The Birthday Girl

I went to a birthday party 2 weekends ago. I mainly, usually, occasionally dread going to parties. Especially birthday parties. Bleh. All the balloons and fun and food and excitement. Who needs it.  I have a new floor buffer.  I have all the fun and excitement I need.

Not this time. This party was one I’ve been looking forward to for the past 10 years. The birthday girl is one of my favourite little ones and this was a milestone birthday. Whenever you make it into the next set of digits and stop counting your age in “halfs” it’s a big deal.

Plus I just got my hair done and it gave me an excuse to wear a dress that I bought in Thailand and I look super-cute in it. Events are always WAY better when you’re super-cute.

I’m a size large in Thailand by the way.  No less than 5 times when I was in Thailand, I mistook a mouse for one of the natives.

So the party.  It was great.  The balloons were the classiest of all balloons (helium filled foil),  the kids were all well behaved, the cake was delicious and the birthday girl didn’t cry or throw a single tantrum.  Although she did spill a little cake on her dress.  She might have been drunk.

Aunt Jean turned 100.

And this is what she looks like.




Aunt Jean looks better at 100 than I do most mornings.  All mornings in fact.  And she’s definitely sharper than I am.  You know how sometimes you see people celebrating their 100th birthday on the news and the birthday girl or boy is kind of propped up and about as lively as a head of cauliflower?  That’s not Aunt Jean.  She ate 3 plates of food, talked to me about politics, the latest reality star news and  her upcoming trip to the Cayman Islands.  I’ve never been the the Cayman Islands.  Although once I went to Toronto Island.

I’d like to draw attention to her bling.  Rhinestone bracelet, gold rings, diamond ring, citron green beaded handbag.

She spent most of the night laughing hysterically.  She has a good sense of humour this one.  She must have been sick of getting her picture taken with everyone, but she kept everyone happy and kept smiling through all the photos.

Worried she had to be getting tired of it all I took the liberty of changing up the rather bland “Say Cheese” for our photo with a “Say Penis”.

Here is the exact moment that happened …




She looks super-cuter than I do.  Had I known this was going to happen I probably would have stayed at home with my floor buffer.  She’s 100.  I was out cuted by a super-cougar.

She’s lived through wars, the invention of the radio, television, and the death of her husband half a century ago.  And all the celebrity sex tape scandals.

The event was held at one of the world’s most prestigious private golf clubs, The Hamilton Golf and Country Club, where unfortunately for both myself and Aunt Jean … they did not serve Ikea hot dogs.



I paid for it all.  No I didn’t.

I did, however, make the cake.



No I didn’t.

I may  however, have hired this slick ride for Aunt Jean to get to and from her party!




No I didn’t.  I didn’t do any of those great things.  I, like everyone else at the party, just showed up and marvelled at Aunt Jean.

The truth is, the greatest thing about the whole event was the people. The family and the friends. All silently thinking the same thing.  I hope one day that’s me.    100 years old and still eating prime rib and wearing lipstick.  100 years old and being celebrated at a country club.  100 years old and there are still things that make me laugh out loud.  100 years old and I can still make other people laugh out loud.  100 years old and still partying, vacationing and styling.

100 years old surrounded by people who love me.

One hundred years old.

Happy Birthday Aunt Jean.



*Aunt Jean will be reading this post and comments, so feel free to leave your birthday wishes.  Watch for “5 questions with Aunt Jean” coming up on Friday.  We get into the topic of wrinkle cream.


  1. Elen Grey says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! May I say that you are rockin’ that outfit. Rockin’. It.
    May your coming year be filled with adventure.
    I have an Aunt Jean, too. She’s 91.

    Karen – I saw your article in the Lee Valley Garden Newsletter! Heh.

  2. Grammy says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! Have a wonderful time in the Cayman Islands.

    Karen, obviously good looks and good humor run in your family. Both you and Aunt Jean look so cute in your nifty party duds, and all of us love seeing Aunt Jean laugh at your joke with such gusto. I hope you’re still posting in thirty years so I can laugh at whatever you say when I’m a hundred, too.

  3. Irene says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean!
    I DO so hope you have been writing your memoirs for atLEAST the last 50 years; the stories you must have to tell, past, present and future, must be a treasure.
    You have lived through and experienced what, to the cocky know-it-all youngsters, is unbelievable; I still remember my friend’s then 12 and now 33 year old asking which button one presses to select the next track on the giant black CD with the hole in the middle. Imagine them trying to grasp the idea of a life without TV! :-D

    • Irene says:

      Oops, pressed ‘post’ before I could say, HEEEOOOOOGE birthday hugs to you, all the way from South Africa!
      Karen, you do look super cute, and that hair! Gorgeous!

  4. Mary Werner says:

    Aunt Jean is fibbing just to get a great party – she is only 70 – IF that!!!! Don’t let her fool you but don’t let her fibbing stop you from having a celebration worthy of 100 years. Aunt Jean, please invite me to your 110! A few years ago, someone asked Dolly Parton what she wanted people to say of her in another 100 years and she replied “My, doesn’t she look good for her age.” Aunt Jean must have a little Dolly Parton in her – can she sing? Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean – you sure have a great smile!

  5. Lisa says:

    Way to go Aunt Jean!!

  6. JF says:

    Happiest of Birthdays, Aunt Jean!

    I have a favorite Aunt Jean as well but she’s just a kid. . .barely into her 80s!

    Looking forward to hearing more from you on Friday!

  7. Lesley Williamson says:

    I think Aunt Jean needs a blog. In it she should describe all the things she’s done, eaten, drunk (drank? Oh, please tell me there was drinking) over the years to arrive at this sublime level of fabulousness at age 100. Seriously, it would be a public service, a charitable endeavour and an inspiration to those of us in the murky 50s who are sitting on our couches at 11:40 a.m. Monday, still sporting ratty pyjama pants, t-shirt and bed hair, forcing down lumpy breakfast smoothies and getting raspberry seeds stuck in our teeth. Hypothetically.

    Happy birthday, Aunt Jean. You totally rock!

  8. Wendy W says:

    Aunt Jean you are FABULOUS! Happy 100th Birthday! And just so you don’t feel left out, Karen, you are FABULOUS too!

  9. Anita says:

    Happy Birthday to your Aunt Jean! She sounds like the coolest new kid in the centenarian club! (I had to look that word up on wikipedia!) :)

  10. kipper says:

    Happy birthday Aunt Jean! How are they going to top this year’s birthday celebration next year? I love the photo of you and Karen.

  11. Ruth says:

    Wow! Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! If you look carefully to the southeast when you’re in Cayman, you will be able to see me waving over here in JA. Enjoy!

    Side Note: I’m going to need a photo of you in standing position, Karen…. That colour-blocked fabulosity you donned appears to be a prime candidate for one of my future knock-offs. Ca-yute! (My philosophy… if you can’t afford it, knock it off. Hehe…)

    • Karen says:

      Um … there’s a photo coming up on Friday but I’m almost sure I’m crouching again. I can’t remember. :( ~ karen

  12. Talia says:

    What a fantastic post! Happy Birthday to your Aunt Jean! She looks and sounds like an amazing woman!

  13. Jodi T. says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean!!

  14. Traci says:

    Can I be adopted by your family? They are awesome! You too! Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! I always say age doesn’t matter, just how you feel and what you do with yourself. Looks like you’re beating us all in that department! Can’t wait to hear your words of wisdom on Friday! Keep laughing and having fun! You’re an inspiration!

  15. Patti says:

    A very happy birthday to you Aunt Jean! And Karen’s right, I was looking at your picture thinking I hope that’s me someday!

  16. Cathy says:

    Happy Happy Birthday Jean! Best wishes for a wonderful year ahead!

  17. AmyKate says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. Wish I had a cool Aunt Jean. Karen you are lucky!!

  18. Jebber jay says:

    HAPPY 100th Jean!

    I’m deeply tocuhed by the lovely and uber stylish celebration of your 100th. You are clearly adored by your family, and from what Karen wrote, with great reason. I wish you continued health and laughter. :o)

  19. Janet says:

    Happy birthday, Aunt Jean!!

  20. marilyn says:

    happy ,happy birthday Aunt Jean ..bless your bling loving,bedazzled shoe wearing heart!! certainly someone to emulate and admire! and Karen your dress is spectacular!

  21. Sarah In Illinois says:

    Happy 100th Birthday Aunt Jean! You look AMAZING! I am glad you had such a wonderful party!

  22. Cindy says:

    Happy birthday, Aunt Jean! You look beautiful. Karen, you do, too.

  23. Happy Century! That is something to be proud of.

  24. Mary says:

    What a lovely tribute! How nice that you would celebrate your Aunt’s with it’s very own blog post. I don’t know you Jean, but I trust you had a wonderful day. Best wishes that life will hold many, many more laughs for you. Cheers!

  25. Richard Birney-Smith says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. You are an inspiration to a seventy-three year old who is trying, like you, to attain one hundred in good health and lively mind.

  26. Su says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean! you rock…. wishing you and those who love you all the best!

  27. jo says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!!!

  28. Beckie says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    (I love the beaded purse!!)

  29. Tigersmom says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! You obviously rock.

    Nice to see you all dolled up, Karen. Sometimes it makes it more fun and special when you don’t do it that often. I am remembering how cute you looked rocking a black fitted strapless number with a killer pony tail from your television presenter days. Of course, you also look cute building a pizza oven in shorts and a tee.

    I need to see a pic of you standing up in that dress, tho. I’m curious about the waist area and want to see you in it in its full length fabulousness.

  30. Ann says:

    Happy happy birthday to the awesome aunt of one awesome lady. It must run in the family, this awesomeness.

  31. Kim Norgate says:

    Happy 1ooth Birthday Aunt Jean! You look smashing! I would love to set her up with my Grandfather, he’s 101.

  32. Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!! My goodness, that outfit is spectacular – I love the vivid colors and especially the bling; thanks for the inspiration and the reminder to wear more bling, more often.
    Karen, you don’t look half bad yourself – your hair & dress (and I spied some mighty stilettos, too) look marvelous. Yay for parties with the high class helium-filled mylar balloons. Ya gotta live a little.

  33. Karen says:

    Oh, what fun! Everyone looks great, is happy and laughing! Great way to celebrate 100. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AUNT JEAN!!!

  34. Louise says:

    Wow – Aunt Jean looks so much younger than her age! Don’t tell her I said she only looks 70 because she’ll probably get mad. My 85 yr. old mother was in a swimsuit at the club pool, and some old man told her she had the figure of a 40 yr. old. She was mad because she works out so she’ll have the figure of a 25 yr. old!

    And welcome back from your vacation – we missed you desperately! (I had to read your old posts so I could go to sleep at night.) I hope you had a great time and feel refreshed and invigorated!

  35. Melody says:

    Aunt Jean,
    You don’t “look good for your age,” you look good for any age. What a great life attitude!
    Happy Birthday!

  36. Deb says:

    Aunt Jean! Way to hang in there! May you have many more days surrounded by a crowd of people who love you. Karen, thanks for sharing your family with us, you are inspiring.

  37. Cynthia says:

    What a fabulous female gene pool your family has, Karen. You’re a treasure Aunt Jean, but I am sure your wonderful family already has you convinced of that. These kind of stories really inspire me to live my life to the fullest. Thank you for setting such a great example that has flowed on to so many other women through Karen’s blog. :)

  38. Chris says:

    Aunt Jean looks absolutely fabulous! Must be all of the laughing and the love, and a bit of money doesn’t hurt either. You also look quite fab. yourself! What a great celebration, for a great lady.

  39. Laura says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! I can’t wait to read all about how you’ve managed your gorgeousness and your joyfulness for one hundred years!

  40. Luanne says:

    Happy birthday to you, Aunt Jean. So happy they caught your laughter! The smiles are infectious – and made it all the way to Manitoba!

    May you have more happy days like this than you can count!

  41. motherhen says:

    Did anyone at the Country Club check her ID?
    I think there may have been an error, she can’t posssibly that age!!!
    A Very Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!

  42. Sarah says:

    By the way, Karen, your dress looks super cute.

  43. Sarah says:

    Happy, happy birthday, Aunt Jean!! Wishing you the best.

    Hugs and penises,

  44. Muff says:

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean! You both look great (and both outfits qualify as super-cute!) Keep up the laughter – it’s what makes it all worthwhile!

  45. Shuckclod says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean. You look wonderful. We know where your niece gets her sense of humor from. :) Karen you look super cute in your new dress.

  46. Mindy says:

    That’s awesome and amazing and awesome. I know, I already said awesome, but it is really awesome. Happy birthday!!!

  47. Cindy says:

    I typically don’t comment, just enjoy the hell out of you and your blog. But… I’m coming out of lurkdom to say “Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean”. I’m also going to add, Karen, you are one of only three celebrities I’d love to have lunch with…. the other two… Reba McIntyre and Debra Messing. Somehow, I think it would be a blast! Maybe for your 100th birthday.

    Lots of bloggy love to you and Aunt Jean.


    • Karen says:

      Thanks Cindy! You lurker you. Don’t feel bad … I lurk lots of blogs. And thank you for the lunching compliment! I was just watching Will and Grace the other day and was reminded of HOW great whoever dressed her for that show was! Great style. ~ karen!

  48. Cathy says:

    Although this was 2 weeks ago, it showed up on what would have been my Mom’s 97th (Aug10).
    Been singing to her all day long!
    Ps: you are a knockout in that dress!

  49. Becky says:

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!!! What a fabulous tribute for such a huge milestone

  50. Sue says:

    You do look super cute!

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