Surprises are all part of life. My niece Beth and her brother Wayne planned a surprise 80th birthday party for their mother, my sister Joanne, for November 1st in Sudbury, Ontario. Due to the kindness of very special friends who gave me a plane ticket with their Air Miles I was able to attend the party. About 75 people showed up at Beth’s house on Ramsey Lake in Sudbury for an afternoon come-and-go and then a whole crew of family members with their spouses were treated to a marvellous dinner in the evening. Lots of photos were taken and here is one of the five Oltmann sisters. All five had not been together at the same time since 1991 when our mother died. The party was an overwhelming success and yes Joanne was surprised.