Shirley’s Birthday BBQ
I got a late invitation to my friend Shirley’s Birthday BBQ on Saturday at noon. Well, I got a call on Friday night that Shirley had asked that I be invited too. I had planned a full day of things to do at home, but for Shirley – sure, I’d make time to attend the noon party in the Meewasin Park alongside the broad Saskatchewan river that meanders through our city.
Lynn said to be there at 11:45 am. So I hurried in the morning; I wanted to spade up some of the flowerbeds in the front yard, and plant my 11 geraniums there. I managed to get that done, and got cleaned up and changed in time to get there for 11:45.
That did not mean the party was ready to start. The first three women were deciding that the first picnic area with a BBQ pit, and 2 picnic tables was going to be in too much sun soon, so they moved on to the next area. Gradually others arrived, and the food stuffs, and firewood were carried to that spot.
Eventually Shirley arrived, and she was tickled at so many of her friends coming – we were 14. But she was a little put out that word was out now that she had just turned 80. (I would have guessed her to be in her early 70s).
What surprised me even more was that her friend, Patricia, revealed that Shirley used to drive a motorcycle. Really?! Later Shirley admitted that she had owned 3 of them at different times. I’ve known her for about 17 years but never heard this before!
About 1 pm the hamburgers and hotdogs were barbecued and the salads, condiments, etc., set out and we could start to eat. At first I sat in one of the lawn chairs I’d brought, but there was a chilly wind. At least, it was chilly when in the shade.If I got up and wandered to stand in a sunny spot, then, the wind was comfortable, even somewhat warm. So I did that several times.
Dessert was an ice cream cake with a black motorcycle design on the top in the creamy icing. It tasted quite good! (Shirley is in the foreground taking a photo of her birthday cake).
About 2 pm. I was getting tired of being chilly, and I knew I still had a long to-do list at home, so I said my farewells, and left.