Hello everyone! I shall now tell you about my sister Margaret’s birthday celebration. I left my beloved and drove over to my sister’s house. She is the only one who never married so wanted to share her 70th birthday with her siblings. When I arrived at Margaret’s house my brothers, David and Selwyn and my sisters Janet and Fran were already there; Selwyn’s wife was also there, but she left to join her sister as soon as I arrived. I then helped Margaret open some of her presents and write down who had given them. She seemed to be coping better on Friday, but we soon set off to go to the Spinney Hill pub, where she had booked lunch for us all. It was good to be together as a family. We soon found our table and chose what we wanted. We made rather a lot of noise as we laughed and chatted and remembered past times. Selwyn said that he would pay for the drinks and Margaret the food. Fran and I had vegetarian lasagne, Selwyn had beef lasagne, Janet had a pie, Margaret had a chicken dish and David had a Thai curry. The food was good and quite filling. Margaret wanted to share a chocolate fudge cake with someone, so we decided to order one chocolate fudge cake and a separate ice cream, as many of us were feeling quite satisfied. Fran and I went to order the sweets, and we were asked if we wanted custard with the fudge cake, so I went to ask Margaret and remembered how she hated custard, so I returned and asked for the fudge cake without custard. However the puddings arrived and the fudge cake had custard with it. I told the waitress that I had not ordered that but she insisted that I had, but she did bring another pudding with ice cream; in the end we also had the fudge cake with the custard! Margaret ate most of the chocolate fudge cake, as she has a sweet tooth, whilst Selwyn had the chocolate ice cream. I felt really upset as I felt it was my fault about the pudding coming with custard and that I had ruined Margaret’s birthday. I apologised to the waitress for upsetting her, but she shrugged it off. I eventually calmed down. Fran ate half the chocolate fudge cake with custard and I finished it off and it was very good. We completed our meal with large cups of coffee.
Before I got upset I went round with my beloved’s digital camera to take some photos of my siblings. I enjoyed taking snaps which have turned out quite good; they reveal Selwyn and Margaret’s personalities in particular. It was good to chat together, so time passed quickly. After 3 hours enjoying the leisurely meal we went back to Margaret’s to open the rest of the presents and have birthday cake. First of all we went into the garden, as Margaret’s lawn had grown rather long and Selwyn wanted to mow it for Margaret. The lawn mower was located but it needed some oil to get it to move! After some persistence Selwyn succeeded in getting it to work; David also successfully mowed some of the lawn, while Fran collected the grass cuttings. Fran decided to take a share in the mowing and she could hardly move it, but with effort she also did some mowing. I too struggled to mow a little with Margaret’s hand mower; my elder brothers were the best at wielding the reluctant mower. I don’t know how on earth Margaret can use it at all. Margaret settled herself on the ground and weeded, while Selwyn tried to mow round her. Soon we went inside while Margaret opened up the rest of her presents. Janet then produced the cake she had made and put candles on it, one for each decade, seven to represent 70 years. She then called me to go to her as she had balloons to be blown up. I had never managed to blow balloons before, but I managed to blow some up, but Janet had to tie them up. We returned with the 70th birthday balloons and we batted them between us; Margaret was particularly keen on batting the balloons across the room! We sang happy birthday and we all helped blow the candles out!! It was a lovely day.
I returned to my beloved and relaxed with him; I needed no more food as I was still well satisfied. It was good to spend time with him. That was the day that the Lord has made and I rejoiced and was glad in it.