Sunday, April 23, 2017

Da Week Dat Was

Painting by Maud Lewis "Covered Bridge"

It was one of those weeks, non-stop gallop. I don't particularly like those but they can be fun too. I planned a surprise birthday dinner for Daughter who turned, gasp, fifty.

I am the mother of a 50 year old. I don't feel adequate or mature enough. She is thoroughly basted in middle age now, isn't she. Feel so very fortunate for living this long when of my friends more are now dead than alive.

The birthday was held at a local restaurant which closes during the week in non-tourist season but opens for large groups.

They especially made huge platters of Jiggs Dinner which included lashings of roasted turkey, masses of veggies cooked with salt beef, pease pudding, dressing, turnip, cabbage and mounds of potatoes and gravy. Man oh man, we were all groaning. There was hardly any room for the cake which was especially made by a friend who designed and made this gluten free number, complete with mathematical symbols which is Daughter's forte.

We all had a jolly good time.

We had a Book Club Meet thrown in during the week too. I was on duty for the dessert.

Then Car developed weird lights on the dash which alarmed me and I had to take it into the dealer, a long haul in freezing rain, you know it's bad when the trees are exquisitely ice-draped along with the power lines. But I made it in. Parts ordered.

Then it was off to see "Maudie" with a friend who texted on the off chance I was in town and would like to see it. Oh, I recommend. It left me spellbound. What I love about living in a small province is that I run into people I know at the movies all the time. So instant discussions on the quality of the film. And I know one of the producers too, she had the grace to see my play when it was on its run and expressed an interest in filming it at some point.

So there you have it.

All is well.

Overnight it seems, I have an elderly daughter.

25 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful...except for the elderly daughter bit...Fifty is at the outer reaches of middle age these days, especially as more people are living to be centenarians. Though I don't expect to make it that far, I hope you do. Will check out Maudie. Haven't been to the movies in months.

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    1. I hope to see a lot more when I go to town and joing the Film Society too. I've loved movies since I was a little kid and lucky me my uncle owned a cinema.

      I ran my first half-marathon post-50 so all things are possible. LOL

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  2. "Elderly" at 50!! What!!!???
    I'm envious that the old bat Orla still, at age 50, is fortunate to have her mother.
    I was just looking in the mirror and realizing that, at age 58 now, it's taken me nearly 20 years to get used to the idea of becoming (and looking like) an old woman. Maybe I'm just a slow learner, but I'm guessing it's a hard fact to accept, for many of us. Anyway, Happy Birthday to your darling daughter, and congratulations to you for raising such a good gal.
    Can't wait to see Maudie. And one of your plays filmed -- wow! Exciting.
    -Kate

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    1. I say elderly daughter with more than tongue in cheek. She is fast approaching the age at which my mother died so it resonates little more perhaps.

      I've ways felt these are the bonus years. Many don't get them.

      Thanks for the lovely wishes.
      I have wasted my time on vanity maintenance in forever it seems.

      Let the bits and the sags fall where they may. LOL.

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    2. I did know your tongue was firmly cheek-planted ... but yes it must be weird to have a child of 50. I might keel over when my eldest turns 30 next year. Oy. - Kate

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    3. 50 is such a watermark. I remember risking love after 50, relationships,refinding myself,playing again. I think Daughter is doing something of the same. Had a long talk today about it. 😊

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    4. 50 is such a watermark. I remember risking love after 50, relationships,refinding myself,playing again. I think Daughter is doing something of the same. Had a long talk today about it. 😊

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  3. My eldest is 42, so she's getting there. It is weird to have kids an age that seems like yesterday when you were there, eh?

    I'm in Orange Co, and what a different life it is here, vs my little Montana town. Glad to visit a close friend, but.....man, am I glad I don't live here. Claustrophobia awaits around every crowded intersection.
    Cheers,
    Mike

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    1. We get used to the wide open spaces Mike and it agrees mightily. I won't forego any of that in the city I'm moving to. It has been voted one of the top cities to live in. Loads of green space and the water, oh the water.
      I might have been to Orange County in my travels in California.
      I can see why you miss Montana.
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  4. My daughter in love and son are both 46 and I enjoy their company. I don't get enough of it though!

    Congratulations on your new daughter and also for Maudie. I hope that it gets screened here. If it does, I shall surely see it.

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    1. Yes, she does feel freshly minted to me Ramana. A threshold has been reached or something.my next "biggie" is 80. Incomprehensible. Truly

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  5. A possible film of your play? That sounds exciting.

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    1. As with all such enthusiasms Nick I don't hang my Nhat on it. But lovely that she said it.

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  6. I'd not heard of Jiggs Dinners, but your description set my mouth watering! Sounds like a great 50th celebration - 50...to me it sounds a delightful age to be - she's but a veritable youngster. ;-)

    Thanks for the "Maudie" recommendation - I suspect it'll find its way to Netflix or Amazon Prime in due course - it will then be pounced on by me!

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  7. If you're familiar with the boiled dinner of old this is close. In Ireland it was bacon and cabbage (the really good ham roasts were called "bacon")Here there's everything thrown in :).

    Yes a lovely film, I'm still savouring it.

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    1. I've been watching Single-Handed, which is set in Ireland, and noticed in the background of a scene in the local bar that "bacon and cabbage" was on the menu. I did wonder about it ... whether it would be tasty or not ... but of course it would. What's not to love about bacon (or ham) or cabbage? -Kate

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    2. If you haven't tasted Irish boiled bacon Kate you're in for a treat. My dad would tell me about the days when the bacon would be buried in smoking straw in a deep pit and unburied 24 hours later and it would fall off the big bone.

      My granny would serve it with boiled crabapples and floury potatoes and cabbage.
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    3. Oh WWW - do stop I'm dribbling down my shirt! :-)

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  8. I enjoyed Maudie too, great film. It stays with you, I still think about bits of it.

    Lovely birthday cake!

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  9. My eldesr daughter is 48 and the younger is 42. They seem very young to me. The food sounds so good. After a bout of chemo my appetite has come back, and I want just that kind of meat and potatoes banquet.

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    1. I do hope you get it Hattie. Comfort food at its finest.

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  10. I know what you mean. My daughter is an "elderly" 32 ... no, 33 already. And yo are so right. It happens overnight.

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    1. I'm finding this 50 biz quiet exciting as she's talking pension and retirement and good investments etc. A rebirth S it were. She went off for a medical and had her eyes checked as well. She's an ex-hippie now.😏

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