I have 9 old, wrinkly friends, who are retired or semi-retired. Five of them all used to work together and the other four are husbands. They didn't want to lose touch when they retired so they decided to meet and have lunch or dinner when it was their birthdays. However, they got disenchanted with buying a present every time, and decided instead to give a Birthday Bear (thats me.) I get passed from one birthday person to the next each time they meet. The fun part is, that I get to be dressed differently each time, usually to reflect some aspect of the recipient's personality or life.
PS: Two of my wrinklies, Chris and Bob, have gone on a working holiday tour around Australia so they don't celebrate with us very often.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I was so lucky. I applied for a job helping Santa make toys for all the children in the world. Santa usually employs elves for the job but this year he was happy to have a Bear help because he needed someone to make toys for all the bears in the world. Whoo Hoo how happy was I.

Ann dressed me and took me to Sunnybank Hotel to  celebrate Christmas with my wrinkly friends. See my mode of transport. I had finished making toys and it was nice to have a break. I hope all my bear friends enjoyed the toys that Santa brought them.

We had a great Christmas lunch. Even our travelling wrinklies, Bob and Chris were in town and they could join us. The staff at the Sunnybank Hotel are very good to us they are used to me coming to their place for lunch and they decorated the table for me and always set me a place.

Don't look now. Bill let me have some beer because it was Christmas. It had a sour taste but it made me feel good inside. It would taste better with some honey in it. No Christmas Cake but a swig of beer.


I am so excited with my next job . I have to help Ann dog sit for her daughter. Ann calls it her Granddog. He is a lovely dog and his name is Cuda.

 There is not a lot to do for Ann at Cuda's house except read books and play with Cuda. I am looking forward to romping around with Cuda. He is so cuddly and warm.

 He has even offered to share his food with me but I prefer cake.

 Mary dressed me for Ann's birthday celebration with the wrinklies at The Rare Pear Cafe. I read my book while the oldies pigged out on lunch.

 However, I told them that my blog friends, Jerry and Ben said I should go on strike if I don't get cake. Cake is essential for Bears, especially at birthday parties. Well, the wrinklies apologised profusely and they let me go to the cake cabinet and choose a cake. It didn't take me long to decide. I pointed to the biggest one. I was in heaven.  Thanks to Jerry and Ben for suggesting this idea. I am soooo grateful


For Paul's Birthday my wrinkly friends took me to Scarborough Beach Resort for a few days. I love it here because I have a great view of Moreton Bay from my balcony. There were lots of jelly fish floating in the bay today. They looked a bit eeeeuuuuwy.
You are not going to believe this but my friends left me in the unit while they went to Morgans famous seafood restaurant to celebrate Paul's Birthday. They reckoned there wouldn't be enough room for me but they said  they would come back to the unit to have dessert and coffee with me after dinner. Oh well thems the breaks.

It looks like Paul really enjoyed his seafood buffet. It is so good to see him smiling because he is very ill with cancer. He has had mesothelioma for 4 years now. Paul is one of the longest surviving patients with this illness. I guess he is happy to have reached another birthday. I admire his strength and determination to fight on.
I will help him forget his problems by helping him with his jigsaw puzzles. I bought him some new ones too. Paul loves jigsaw puzzles and he is so quick at finishing them.

When the oldies got home they were surprised to see me sorting out the puzzle pieces for Paul. They even gave me a piece of cake and a coffee.

Mary was the one who dressed me and helped me carry the puzzles. Paul was pleased to see he had a helper.
 Early the next morning Paul couldn't sleep so we started doing one of the new puzzles. It was fun helping Paul. We finished the puzzle while the others went for a walk on the beach with the washed up jelly fish. eeeeyew.