Don't count your chickens

@JudyEv (134917)
Bunbury, Australia
April 3, 2017 7:17am CST
Have you heard that saying? Don't count your chickens before they hatch? We seem to have done that. My husband, Vince, turns 70 on April 11 and we're having a 'small' party this Saturday. Hopefully it won't be bad luck to celebrate early. Vince is one of seven and has four brothers and a sister still living. Although we invited them all, we were quite sure that two brothers, whose wives have quite serious health issues, wouldn't be able to attend. There was also another couple that we felt sure would be unable to attend. So we offered beds for the night to other friends from the city. However, both brothers have accepted our invitation, as have the couple we thought wouldn't be able to attend. We are delighted that they've all accepted and with a bit of thought we'll be able to accommodate them all. We will sleep two couples in the house, another couple and a single, all of whom know each other, in the bus, one couple in the caravan and the remaining couple will bring their motor-home. Vince's sister and her husband will stay with a brother in Bunbury and two local couples will go to their own homes after the festivities. The remaining brother, a widower, will stay with his daughter who lives in the neighbouring subdivision. What started off as a small celebration has turned into a gathering for 20 people – 22 including us. We're keeping it simple. We'll cook some steaks and sausages which we'll have with salads and there will be desserts after. We can set up three tables in our lounge and it will be a very happy gathering. Only five more sleeps! The photo shows some of our group at the caravan park in Denmark, Western Australia.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Apr 17
It sounds like you will have a wonderful gathering for his birthday. I hope it all goes well and the weather is perfect.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Thank you. I have copious lists and keep adding to them so hopefully I won't forget anything.
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@just4him (127167)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Apr 17
@JudyEv You're organized, so I don't think you'll miss or forget anything.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
@just4him I find I'm much less stressed if I have things written down.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
3 Apr 17
That will be quite a gathering - I thought you'd got rid of the bus?
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Someone is flying from South Australia at Easter to look at it. We're very hopeful that, if he is making that sort of effort, he'll buy it and drive it home. Please keep your fingers crossed for us! In the meantime, we will make good use of it this weekend.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
3 Apr 17
@JudyEv It's fortuitious that you still have it for this weekend, and I hope that chap buys it later.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
@jaboUK Maybe it's all turning out for the best - the fact that we haven't sold it earlier. It is certainly useful as extra accommodation.
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@Kandae11 (40370)
3 Apr 17
That picture is lovely - it shows good company, friends , relaxation and fun.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Thanks. We are lucky to have some lovely friends.
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• United States
3 Apr 17
When you plan a party you never know which way it will go! At least you are prepared and have enough room. Sounds like it will be a great party for Vince.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
It will teach us - once again - to never assume!
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr 17
It sounds like you have sorted everything out and it will be a wonderful celebration. My husband will turn 70 in August, I haven't thought yet about what we will do.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
Vince wasn't fussed about a celebration but really family and friends want to wish you well when it is a 'big' birthday. I'm pleased he agreed to it.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr 17
@JudyEv I need to talk to the kids and see what they want to do.
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@allen0187 (33914)
• Philippines
3 Apr 17
Sounds like it will be quite the party!
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
I'm not sure about that. If we last till midnight we'll be doing well!
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@allen0187 (33914)
• Philippines
3 Apr 17
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@HazySue (23054)
• United States
3 Apr 17
It sounds like you have it all planned out. Have fun and enjoy. I have found that sometimes we have more than we expect and sometimes we have less. Happy Bday to hubby.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Thanks for the good wishes. We couldn't make the group any smaller. What with family, a special group of friends and just a couple of locals, the numbers just escalated.
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@HazySue (23054)
• United States
4 Apr 17
@JudyEv sometimes it just happens that way. One Christmas we invited 15 people over for dinner, the next thing you know we had over 20 show up. We ended up asking (and so did some of our guests) a few people the day before when we found out they would be alone that day.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr 17
@HazySue The widower asked could he bring his daughter and SIL but we said no this time. They won't mind at all. Last time he just turned up with them which was okay too really. Mostly we don't mind extras and at Christmas I think it is great that you invited those who would have been alone otherwise.
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@RubyHawk (29375)
• Atlanta, Georgia
4 Apr 17
Happy birthday Vince. Enjoy your visitors and and your party.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
Thanks. I'll pass your message on. He becomes as old as me on the 11th.
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@RubyHawk (29375)
• Atlanta, Georgia
5 Apr 17
@JudyEv it will take my better half two years to catch up with me.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr 17
@RubyHawk And by then you'll be two years ahead again! :)
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
3 Apr 17
Any help in organising games for the party. I am good at it (lol)
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
That's kind of you. We can't play hunt the thimble as none of us have the eyesight for it any more!
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@allknowing (69448)
• India
3 Apr 17
@JudyEv I was so hoping atleast with that pretext I will be invited. Never mind (lol) A birthday wish is on its way
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
@allknowing There is always room for one more! Thanks for the good wishes.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
3 Apr 17
Lovely photo. It is nice to be able to plan a happy gathering. I don't think it is bad luck to have celebrations early. I had three lots of celebrations for my 50th.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Vince is having his golfing mates out for a 'boys-only' barbecue next week so he'll enjoy that too.
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@Gillygirl (17367)
• Sutton, England
4 Apr 17
@JudyEv That will be an extra treat for him.
@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
What a great picture. It looks like everybody is having fun. Sounds like Vince will be having a wonderful birthday celebration. It will be nice for the family to all get together. Glad that they all could come.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
It is particularly special when one sister-in-law has multiple myeloma and a back condition. We really didn't think she'd be able to come.
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
3 Apr 17
@JudyEv it is so nice that she is going to be able to make it
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@andriaperry (58779)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Sounds like fun to me!
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
These people are all old friends and we'll all be very comfortable in each other's company.
@jstory07 (69928)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Apr 17
I hope that your husband and you will have a very good time Happy birthday to your husband and I hop he has a good time.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
Thanks very much. It should be a lot of fun.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
4 Apr 17
Sounds like it should be a fun party!
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr 17
Over a good period of time, almost everyone will know everyone else which makes it all a bit easier.
@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
3 Apr 17
Hope you have a nice time and good amount of people showing up!
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
It isn't often all of Vince's family get together at the same time so it will be a bit special if they all make it. Great photo opportunity.
@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
3 Apr 17
I am glad they are all coming! Sounds all kinds of fun
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
We have had some great gatherings from time to time so we're looking forward to this one.
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@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
3 Apr 17
Sounds like you will be having quite a party! Happy Birthday to Vince!
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Thanks. It's hard to believe my toy boy is turning 70! I hadn't counted on that.
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• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Apr 17
Sounds like fun, fun, fun . Wonderful picture also.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Haha. We fully expect to have fun, fun, fun. Thanks.
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@DianneN (85007)
• United States
3 Apr 17
Happy early birthday to Vince. Your photo is terrific!
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Thanks for the good wishes. Sitting around late afternoon with friends is the best.
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@FayeHazel (19951)
• United States
3 Apr 17
Oh cool, looks like you have RV parks too... your friends look nice and I'm happy that Vince is getting such a nice turn out, I don't think that it's bad luck to celebrate early... providing you do some small celebrating the actual day too :-)
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr 17
Yes, we'll do something a bit special on the day and he's also having his 7 golfing mates out for a barbecue.