I thought I'd feel a lot older when I reached 65. I guess my body and mind are acknowledging a certain amount of degrading, but overall I'm doing much better than many at this age. Hey, many of my ancestors were dead before this age! Turning 65 has a certain amount of magic associated with it. All hotels and restaurants call me senior now. And I am officially enrolled in Medicare, whatever that means. I guess I will be finding out if I ever need to see a doctor.
We had all the local family over for dinner on my birthday, which was on a Saturday. Eva, Jerica, Dmitri and Jansen are pictured here as the guests arrived. Notice the look of anticipation on Jansen's face as he awaits the food and the activities.
Before dinner and after everyone had arrived we had a treasure hunt
that Julie and Jerica devised. It was very unique and took a lot of
work to figure out. They had 13 clues, each introduced with a clever limerick.
Since a limerick has five lines, there are a total of 65 lines in the
13 clues. See if you can figure out any of the final in each, indicated
with a line. Click on the line to see the answers.
Jerica figured out an interesting birthday activity for the grandkids. Each one drew around their hand on colored paper then cut it out. Jerica added in a few adults too to get to 13 hands. So there were a total of 65 fingers (counting thumbs). She taped them together to form a crown that I got to wear all evening. Here I am with my crown about to blow out the candles. You may notice there aren't 65 candles on the cake, but the ones placed there are arranged to form the numerals 6 and 5. They were easier to blow out than had there been 65 candles. I got them all with one puff.
Jill devised an activity for the celebration of having everyone guess the number of jelly beans in a bowl. Now the bowl was opaque and it had a lid, so one couldn't see the size of the jelly beans nor how full the bowl was. There were guesses from a few dozen, to 65, to several hundred. I guessed 250, which was the closest, so I got the whole container of close to 200. Now that I have three bags of ginger snaps and all these jelly beans (oh, and by the way, Jerica added in a partially eaten bag of Australian licorice) how am I going to avoid eating too many sweets? The picture on the left shows Jill counting the jelly beans after all the guesses were logged, with Ethan verifying the count. On the right Ethan and Jamie are helping me reduce the number of jelly beans that will be sitting on a shelf in our pantry.