Friday, April 21, 2023

Irene's Birthday Week


                        New flowers, from our garden, on the table.

Irene turned 18 on Monday. We missed a celebration on Sunday at her Aunt Jan's because we were still isolating after being exposed to COVID, which we escaped. 

On Monday, her actual birthday she went out to dinner after track practice with two of her track mate friends. 

On Wednesday we were able join Irene, Isaac, and Jill for a casual dinner out for our turn at celebrating. Of course we had to order Mud Pie!

There was a card and a check, of course, and also something special. I had been waiting for Irene's 18th birthday to give her two rings of mine that I once was able to wear before weight and arthritis altered my body and hands. She was pleased with the star sapphire and the opal rings. For Jill's belated 50th birthday we presented her with her Grandmother Bernice's diamond ring, which we had tucked away for an long time now. Grandmother rings for both of them. 

On Thursday we traveled to an away track meet in the 45 degree rain.  Tom and I were under cover in the grandstand and bundled up with layers. The kids and coaches had to suffer the coldest April day in many years. 

Still, Irene was a star, winning both the 100m and 300m hurdles. 

She also ran the 200m sprint, and managed to pull into fourth place. She's not a star in this race but she likes to run it. After we left she also ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay. I guess if you run enough you can keep warm even in that dreadful weather. 

Hopefully she slowed down today. We have.


  1. Happy Birthday Irene! What a wonderful gift to give to her and to Jill too:)

  2. What a lovely way to celebrate Irene's birthday and pass your rings on to her.
    I'm glad you stayed well.

  3. 18 years old! Such a milestone and passing your treasures down to her is wonderful.

  4. I've done a couple of those miserable weather track meets.

  5. What thoughtful gifts. The pie looks very dangerous! Linda in Kansas

  6. Happy birthdays! And yes, Thursday was really cold, but Irene seemed unfazed by it all. Thanks for the great pictures!

  7. What lovely gifts for Irene and Jill. I'm certain they will be treasured.
    This spring hasn't seemed very spring like. Hope it warms up soon.

  8. Your flowers are beautiful! We have a grandson who does the high and long jumps. His first meet this year started at 4:45 and didn't end until after 9:00! We didn't stay for the whole thing. We left shortly after he was finished jumping. Our meets have been in cold weather too... I said that they should play soccer in the spring and run track in the fall! Enjoy your weekend!

  9. I would like to be 18 again 😆!
    Nice that Irene could have her Birthday and her very nice family presents. If you go to your cabin you must be much better. I wish you a good stay and many beautiful pictures! Here it is still cold for Spring but we have planted all the flowers we have bought today.

  10. What a brilliant idea to give your daughter and granddaughter those rings. Too bad you didn't take a picture of them.


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