50th and 55th

Last Saturday we were invited to a 50th birthday party. I took a few pictures, but unfortunately they are not ready for publishing yet.

It so happened that at the party all of our daughters and quite a few grandchildren were present. And we did get the good news, that another great-grandchild is on the way! So that means our daughter Monika is going to be a grandma first time around. She was thrilled about the news. I think she had been longing for a long time to become a grandma. She’s going to be 53 next week. Her partner is the one who turned 50 and in his honour the big party had been organised. They did not have a barbecue this time, but Monika had prepared lots of delicious finger-food. There was enough to eat for everyone. And Mark, the birthday-guy, had engaged a disc-jockey, who had set himself up in one of the big garages. In the other connecting garage all the food was later served. The disc-jockey played nearly non-stop from 7 pm to midnight!

When we arrived towards 8 pm Monika very enthustically let me know that she had ordered a couple of songs especially for me. It nearly blew me away when soon after ‘Rock around the clock’ was played. Nobody danced. Young and old were scattered around the backyard, sitting on garden chairs around huge garden tables or standing with drinks in hand,  talking to each other. Mark had shown me before  where the music was and he and the disc-jockey had obliged to pose for me for a picture. When I heard the sounds of ‘Rock around the Clock’ I immediately found my way back to where the music was. As I said, nobody danced. So I had the dance-floor all to myself!

Later on I danced with Peter to the sounds of Glenn Miller music. Still nobody else danced. Anyhow, I had had my fun. After that my old bones needed a rest. Not so Peter. He continued dancing with a few younger women once a few people had finally appeared on the dance-floor. The music was beat, beat, beat and extremely loud. I found a conversation was impossible! I enjoyed the balmy night, taking some pictures here and there, resting for a while on a chair outside; then getting up again and making a few movements to the music. The noise was easier to bear when I was able to do a few dance movements by following the beat.

I watched the dancers in the garage from outside and took pictures. Mark’s slim, tall, blond daughter and her boyfriend were by far the best dancers. It was a joy to watch them. I saw none of Monika’s three daughters dancing. The youngest one and her girlfriend were giggling a lot when they saw me dancing! We went home soon after 10 pm, after all the birthday-cake ceremonies were finished. Maybe some more people, who hadn’t danced before, started dancing later on.

Our youngest daughter, who turns 33  a few days after Monika’s birthday, went home with us, feeling quite sick. Her partner stayed overnight at our place too. He had to leave early on Sunday morning to go back to Sydney to work. Daughter Caroline still felt too sick and couldn’t go to Sydney with him. We took her back to her place in Sydney on Monday morning when she felt a bit better. Sunday night, when she still hadn’t felt all right and hadn’t been able to eat anything for twenty-four hours we took her to our Medical Centre at half past nine, where a doctor was still in attendance. He advised her not to eat anything till she felt better and then only eat dry toast with honey. He told her to drink plenty of water, but only boiled water. He said he had a few people seeing him that evening with similar symptoms. Apparently it was a virus.

After having delivered Caroline back home we went on to a newly opened IKEA shop for lunch. We had Swedish meatballs. Simply delicious! Then on to Fairfield, one of the Western suburbs of Sydney. Gaby, our eldest daughter, was to meet us there. Gaby had managed on Saturday night to get two of her carers to take her to Mark’s party. By the time she got back home with her carers and put to bed, it was close to 3 am!

Now to the 55. This refers to Peter’s and my wedding anniversary. We invited the family to have lunch with us in Parramatta (another Western Sydney suburb) on Sunday, 18th December. This is not just for the wedding anniversary but also a pre Christmas celebration. This year the family cannot come to our place on Christmas Eve.They are all upset about this. To spend Christmas Eve at our place has been a long held tradition. It saddens them that this year is going to be different.

On the 23rd of December Peter and I  are off to Melbourne to stay with our son, Martin. On Monday the 26th of December we’ll be off  to the holiday cottage at the beach. This is were we’ll be celebrating the start of 2012.

This year is coming to an end. It has been a very eventful year again.

22 thoughts on “50th and 55th

  1. Congratulations on the pending great grandchild and on your upcoming 55th anniversary! Huzzah and many more happy years…

    Hard to believe no one was dancing to either rock around the clock or glen miller….classics both of them!

  2. It sounds like you deserve your break on the beach at the end of the year Uta!!

    Congratulations to your daughter on becoming a Grandma for the first time. I think it is always wonderful to hear about expected babies 🙂

    I love Glenn Miller’s music (I have played quite a lot of it as well as listen to it in my various bands) and I must share a little anecdote with you: My Dad’s older brother had a birthday party a couple of years ago and I was introduced to a lady who was one of his friends. We got chatting, like you do, and we got onto the subject of music. She said her Dad was a trumpet player many, many moons ago and he played with Glenn Miller before he got famous. She told me that it was because of her Dad’s mouth injury that the unique Glenn Miller sound was born. Because he couldn’t play a particular gig one day, Glenn Miller hastily rewrote the brass parts for clarinets and saxophone instead. Nobody had done that before and it proved to be a huge success. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the lady I was speaking to, but she said her Dad went on to play for many years afterwards but didn’t play with Glenn Miller again after that.

    It certainly is a small world!

    1. I like your anecdote about how that special Glenn Miller sound was “created”. It reminded me of Acker Bilk, his special sound came about because he had one finger missing. Or so it goes.

      1. Isn’t it wonderful how new musical sounds and styles are born from accidents or out of other necessities? It just goes to show that proper music truly is an organic process and can’t be contrived, unlike what they do with pop music on the X Factor and such things!

  3. So. it was you I was dancing with? I thought it was a younger woman. Indeed the music, “Rock around the Clock” and “In the Mood” reminded me of the time we met and attended the dancing school – they call it ballroom dancing now.

    With the new baby in the family it is getting harder to remember all those names. Perhaps they will put her / his name on a bib just for us.

  4. thank you for sharing your wonderful celebration. congratulations on another great-grandchild! always wonderful to welcome a little bundle of wonder into the family, isn’t it?
    have a wonderful trip – merry christmas and may you be blessed richly in the new year!
    happy blogging!

  5. Thank you for your comment on my Hodgepodge post Uta!! 🙂

    I have never eaten sauerkraut, but it does sound nice with black pudding and boiled potatoes. I’m interested to know if you can get Blutwurst in Australia? Are there other things that you could get in Germany but not in Australia now?

    1. We can get here rings of black pudding, but they’re rather expensive compared with chicken livers, which are a real bargain! The Blutwurst I remember from my childhood contained a lot of barley. It didn’t taste like blood at all!

      Last year we were in Germany. It was the time when they had fresh white asparagus (Spargel), which Peter loves. I prefer the green thin asparagus and this is available here.. Also the fresh summer fruit was a bit different from the summer fruit we are used to getting here. I loved all the summer fruit.in Germany. But I also love all the fruit which we get here. We get here a great variety of fruit!

      Australia is a country where an enormous variety of food is on offer for tastes from all over the globe. It’s very different to what it was like when we first came here.

  6. Isn’t it wonderful to visit with family and friends at this time of the year? You celebrations are such fun! It is also such a blessing that you and Peter are still mobile and healthy enough to enjoy these festivities up to your 55 years together. There is something to emulate there! Do have a great time in Melbourne. One day, I will travel to see Australia. My daughter has been there with her friends this past summer after her graduation. She stayed at someone’s home in Sydney with a wonderful view of the city. Yes, one day I’ll go with my hubby!

  7. OK, now that wasn’t so bad, was it? Did they only play those two songs for you? Or were there more. I could dance to Glenn Miller, probably. But I was never too good at dancing so Rock Around The Clock would have been impossible for me. Although if I had enough drinks maybe I wouldn’t care if I looked like an idiot! So you were there for about two hours. Did it seem like forever? Or did you end up enjoying yourself. And 55 years? My parents were able to do it.Well, actually they did 58 years. I always wanted to do the same, but my marriage only lasted 24 years. Anyway, enjoy the beach. Wish we could join you there. We’re thinking of taking off for Bryce Canyon around Christmas/ New Year’s. And congrats on the new baby!

    1. Thanks, Doc. No, it wasn’t so bad after all. We stayed for about two and a half hours. This was long enough for me. It was a pity that Caroline felt so unwell. But she is better now. Went back to work.

      Well, I hadn’t had anything to drink yet when I arrived. Because I liked the music I started dancing straight away. On my own! I didn’t care if I looked silly. I wanted to have fun. My grandsons, the twins, know me to be outrages. With a couple of drinks I act even more outragesly! The twins, when they were little, used to say: ‘Grandma has had a few!’. Giggle, giggle, giggle. Seems to me they had a lot of fun watching grandma!.

      Are you planning for a white Christmas at Bryce Canyon? Where is Bryce Canyon?

      We already have two great-grandaughters, three and four years old. They live close to Melbourne. Our grandson hopefully is going to bring them to our son’s place in Melbourne so that we can finally see them!

      It’s going to be great to have another little one to cuddle.next year. One of the thirty-two year old twins is going to be the proud father. The other twin is still looking for a partner.

      I find Rock around the Clock irresistible!

  8. What a fun night. Bill Haley! The beginning of the rock and roll era. I remember him well. Those youngsters don’t know what they missed. Congratulations on the great grandchild. Wonderful news.

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