Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hey, It's Someone's Birthday Today!!!

And this 'someone' is none other than my husband, Ronald Douglas Troke!

 
High School graduate.

Ron was supposed to be a Christmas baby but 'held on for dear life' till after
New Year's!

Mr.President if you please!!

I could never imagine what it would have been like to have a birthday this time of year.

Just when everyone is exhausted and 'gifted out' from Christmas,
energy (and gifts) would have to be found all over again!

That would be Ron!!!

Having known Ron's mother, I know she made it look easy.....
after all this was her baby boy's birthday!!

In Nassau 1974.

So on that very cold night in January 1950, 
there was a new addition to the Troke family
and a brother for Michael.

Taking Regan (our first dog) home from vets.

These many years later,
it is always exciting for me to help celebrate this day!

Christmas at Ron's Mom's with Regan, 1976.

So, without any further ado Ron, I want you to know 
how much I am thankful for your sense of humour
(even though I have no clue what you find funny all the time),
laughter, quick wit, sense of loyalty, courageous spirit,
generosity, fairness, sense of honour, your swimming skills 
(otherwise I would have drown years ago!),
artistic abilities, supportive nature, 
vivid imagination......

Niagara Falls in the '70's (no, not to get married.....)

I think you get the picture and I know I do love to go on!!

Happy Birthday, hon!

Remember, I did say he had a sense of humour!

That was then, this is now....

 Ron is frequently seen nowadays with a camera.










56 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Ron, I hope you have celebrated in good fashion, your attributes ( qualities) have been named in plenty, you are so much appreciated, cared about and for, and much loved. Have a great day, and a super duper year ahead. Fond greetings from Jean. Jim, did you run out of words?? My Thesaurus has plenty more, and I am sure so many would suit Ron to a T..

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    1. LOL! Jean, I figured I better stop or I'd make a fool out of myself!! We had a great day with a visit from my sister, Mim, and her dog....to the beach trail for a long walk (no wind today so bearable), Thai food, a chocolate mousse cake, and tea! It was a good day! Thanks for dropping by Jean. And I hear there was snow in the mountains near you?

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  2. Adorable, then and now, and so lucky to be loved the way you love him!

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    1. That's what I thought then and that's what I think now!! We are both pretty lucky Mitch and thanks for that!

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  3. Happy Birthday to your Ron. I must say men get better with age don't they?

    His mother must have been desperate to give birth having gone so over due.

    Enjoy your day with your sweetheart, and of course your lovely dog.

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    1. There is not so much pressure on men as there is on women to stay looking young....for some reason. For Ron, it's his genes!!! His mom never looked her age. And I am sure she had a very uncomfortable Christmas in 1949!!
      Thanks Chania!

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  4. Happy Birthday Ron!! that is so exciting. enjoy the day!! i bet his mom would think that was an awesome surprise!! such a gift. love looking back at those yellowed photos. big big hugs to you both. ( :

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    1. Hey Beth! Ron's Mom loved a party and she attended many of Ron's. Yes, looking back can be fun!

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  5. Now you must do your best Marilyn impersonation and sing "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" . . . we're waiting! Ha ha, happy birthday Ron!

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    1. Debra, THAT was supposed to be a secret!! But I will do my best!!

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  6. Earlier in the week, I got an email via Facebook letting me know the birthdays for the week. Then last night while at Girl scouts(Claire's meeting, not mine), I went into a panic thinking that I missed wishing Ron a Happy Birthday. So I rushed home, tucked in four kids quickly and ran to my computer to do so. Well, it turns out it was my cousin Pete's birthday that day. Who cares? He has to love me, I'm family!
    What a great birthday post.
    "Happy Birthday Mr. President".
    Jim, does Ron make you call him that?

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    1. On occasion he does Mark! I have gotten to like being VP around here!! Have a great day!

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  7. Wonderful birthday tribute!
    Happy Birthday, Ron!

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  8. I hope you made Ron a cake and put candles on (enough to warm the room)!

    Happy Birthday, Ron!

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  9. What a kind and loving birthday post for Ron! Thank you, Jim, for posting all the great pictures. They are fun to look at. I see that there is at least one Wolfville HS yearbook that can be found in your basement! What year is that picture of Ron in the "that would be Ron" photo? There was a lot of that going on in grade 8, and the guy behind Ron reminds me of John Pineo. I'm glad you two found each other! Enjoy celebrating Ron's BD today. He shares the same birthday as JRR Tolkien! Happy Birthday, Ron!

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    1. Louise, that is John Pineo and they were all at Evangeline Beach playing miniature golf! It was 1964!! You were there then?
      You don't know how glad I am 'we found each other'!!

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    2. I'm thinking I was there, Jim!
      I played miniature golf at Evangeline Beach with people from my class. We sort of ran around in a herd!
      I have a picture somewhere of 5 or 6 of us bent over like that on the beach. I'm going to have to hunt for it - you have no idea how many photos I have!
      It's entirely possible it was burnt by my great grandmother Sara Cossaboom who thought the photo was appalling and that no proper young lady would do such a thing!

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    3. OMG, Jim! I found my pictures!
      Not only was I there, I have the exact same photograph, and those are my legs to the right of John! The original picture may have come from my camera. That's Lella Gm. behind Ron. I had a bad feeling that those were my legs when I first saw your post! Not the most flattering shot. We went on a bike hike across the dykes to Evangeline Beach where we played mini-golf among other things!
      Wow, how fun is this!

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    4. Louise....I SO remember that bike hike....and I have the photos....IN THE BASEMENT! I will go down in the dungeon tomorrow and TRY to find them....promise...now hold me to it!

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    5. I'm posting a few tonight, Birthday Boy! LOLOLOL!

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    6. This is hilarious Louise!! You guys had a ball! And I'm sure your great grandmother has gotten over it by now!! lol Do you still have the negatives? Just wondering. Now don't go crazy looking for them either!!!

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    7. Woop! Woop! Juror # 502 has been excused and jury duty completed! Not that I didn't want to do my civic duty, but I've been down with a nasty bug all day and was really worried about tomorrow. I've seen the court keep really sick people in the jury box! That's why I didn't have a new post until this evening. All this birthday fun gave me enough energy to find those photos and do a post! Now I'm going to crash.

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  10. On a cold day the warmth of a celebration is just what's needed, isn't it?

    I liked how a couple of the pictures show how dogs have been a part of Ron's life--some things never change, do they?

    PS: *´¨)
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤HAPPY BIRTHDAY RON!!!

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    1. Ron is so great with dogs! They ALL love him and just look at me!! lol Except for Soph, of course!
      The walk on the trail, Thai food, sister Mim, Chocolate mousse cake, and tea...all kept us warm! Thanks Kim!

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  11. Lovely series of shots. Wishing your honey a great day!

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    1. Thanks Fiona! We had a wonderful day!

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  12. Happy Birthday Ron. The years have been good to him. Does this mean there will be cake? And are we invited?

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    1. Yes the years have been good to Ron! Yes there is cake too! A chocolate mousse....interested in a slice? Melts in your mouth!!! Thanks Barb for 'dropping in'!

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  13. Happy Birthday Ron! I love how much your dogs have been a big part of your life. That says so much.
    XOXO

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    1. Dogs have been a big part of Ron's life and he has taught me to appreciate them much more. Good to see you Victor!

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  14. Jim! What a beautiful post! HAPPY BIRTHDAY RON!!

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa! Glad you dropped by!

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  15. Getting to know you! Thanks Jim and Happy Birthday Ron!

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    1. Yes indeed! Shedding some light of this fellow!! And he was OK with it!!

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  16. Balas fotografias...Espectacular....
    Feliz aniversário para o Ron....
    Feliz Ano Novo com muita luz por um mundo melhor....
    Cumprimentos

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    1. Hey Fernando! Thanks so much for the greetings and Ron thanks you! Yes, let's bring light to the world!
      Jim

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  17. Happy, happy birthday, Ron!!

    How the hell does he look exactly the same in every picture?! Jim, do you have a portrait of him in your attic?

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    1. Good question Lisa! as I have been asking for years now....as I get older and older looking!! You know what? I think he is sneaking out at night and getting botoxed or something!!!! lol And it's his natural hair too! With a few gray hairs only!! What the heck Is going on here!

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  18. Happy Birthday to Ron! What a cutie, then and now.
    And what a busy guy in high school!

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    1. That he is! And imagine, doing all that in HS!! He was a keener!!

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  19. Happy Birthday to the BirthdayBoy!!
    Nice retrospective.
    Many more years like that!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Thanks Bruno! Yes, here's to many more years!!

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  20. Happy Birthday Ron!! I love looking back...you have not changed a bit! Have a wonderful, colourful, happy filled, cake eating day...;j

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    1. Thanks Joanne! Speaking of that cake....it MELTED in our mouths!!! Loved it!

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  21. Hello Jim,
    What a touching post, a real collection of memories and he hasn't change very much has he! Wishing the birthday boy a belated happy birthday (sorry been ill) hope you both enjoyed his special day.
    Best wishes Ivan

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    1. Thanks, Ivan, for this! We did enjoy Ron's day!

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  22. Oh, I love this post! And I hate that I missed it yesterday!! We lost our internet for a couple of days and I've been out of the loop.

    Anyway, here I am to wish Ron a (belated) happy birthday, and a healthy and happy year ahead. Your are both terrific guys (and of course, there's lovely Sophie) and I'm so happy to be part of your blogging circle. Ron was - and still is - a very handsome, dude!

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    1. That he is! We are just as happy to be part of your circle, Martha! So good to have met you!

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  23. Ron has many talents, dancing is one of them......!!!!!!

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    1. Sister Marilyn is back from her trip!! Hi! Yes he is a good dancer and you have to 'hold on' for dear life!!!lol

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