Later today, I'll be posting the list of books read during March. Life interrupted, with a big surprise. In fact, it was a weekend of surprises. Sunday, April 1 was my 50th birthday. I thought it was just going to be a nice weekend with my husband, Jim, and we'd go to dinner and enjoy the time together.
I didn't expect to open the door Saturday at noon and find my mother, Liz Growel, and my two sisters, Linda Crawford and Christie Harper, standing at the door. They had flown in from Ohio to surprise me. In January, Mom decided to come out for my birthday. Christie's husband suggested she come, too. They called Linda who agreed, and then told Jim they were coming. He made arrangements for them to rent a guest suite right here on the property, which was a terrific deal, and a great place. We had a wonderful afternoon cheering for Ohio State in the OSU/Georgetown basketball game. Linda, Christie and Jim decided to "take a walk" around 5 pm, and it was just as big a shock when they walked in with Jamie Shaheen, my college roommate. Jamie and I share the April 1st birthday. It was a fun evening with lots of talk and laughter.
Sunday morning, we went to church, then met Jamie and Jim at the Coffee Bean. Linda rode home on the back of Jim's scooter. We had a quick lunch, and went out to the mall because they'd already made an appointment for us to get family pictures taken. Jamie went, too, and she and I had pictures taken together. We had a ball. It was so much fun. We played tourist for a little, and arrived home about 4:30. We crashed for a little, then everyone "took a walk through the development" before going to dinner. We never made it to dinner. We arrived at the club house; I walked in; and my library staff, the library director, and the other library managers were all there for a surprise party. It was the warmest evening, just so nice.
Jim had saved his presents to give at the party. His theme was, you're now 50, and eligible to join the Red Hat Society. So he gave me a red hat, a purple dress, and a beautiful plaque with the poem from Jenny Joseph on it.
I can't believe that all those library people gave up their Sunday night to come to my birthday party. They are so thoughtful.
I can't say enough about what a wonderful job Jim did making the arrangements and keeping it a secret since January. He said he had so much help from the staff for the party. He also said he, my Mom and the staff had a terrible time keeping the secret all that time.
They all left at 7:30 this morning, after the best birthday, and one of the nicest weekends of my life. It's not so bad turning fifty. (smile)
As Jenny Joseph says, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me....Maybe I ought to practice a little now? So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised, when suddenly I am old and start to war purple."
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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1, 2, 3 ... By the Sea: A Counting Book
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