On Thursday when I was visiting my mother, she mentioned that her neighbor's birthday was the day after hers. I kept encouraging her to celebrate, pointing out that you only turn 86 once and then only if you are lucky. On Saturday my mother picked a restaurant and invited us to Sunday lunch there to celebrate her 86th birthday on Monday. Since she picked lunch, it was very early for my son, who usually doesn't go to bed until about 10 a.m.
After I enjoyed a thought provoking sermon, we drove to the restaurant, arriving just a couple of minutes early, despite my reputation for getting to family events late. The weather was nice for the 30 minute drive. We had a nice lunch although the restaurant was so noisy it was very difficult to hear my mother's soft voice. She boxed almost 3/4 of her lunch before the rest of us were finished eating. When the crew came to sing her their version of Happy Birthday, they brought her a sopapilla. She had no problems finishing it. She'll eat sweets when she doesn't eat much else.
On the way home, I stopped by a Kroger gas station. It was so crowded that I had to wait about ten minutes to get to one of the 9 gas pumps. The gas was priced at the same price as many other gas stations, so I wondered why it was so crowded. I ended up getting a 30 cent discount and figured out why. Most people spend more on groceries than I do, so probably get that extra discount, too. It was nice to pay $2.89 for a gallon of gas.
I came home and got online while my son went back to bed. I was so excited about getting 59 points on a Swagbucks search that I tried for an hour to post it. Not only were the groups very slow to add to the post, as soon as I was finished, I'd get the error message that no groups had posted. I finally gave up. I only average about 15 points a day on Swagbucks, so this was a big boost.
All in all, a nice day. I don't get out to socialize enough, so it was a step in the right direction.