First, a BIG thank you to fellow bloggers who posted birthday comments on my recent post. My birthday weekend was spent helping out at a CERT training session where I received many birthday wishes and this surprise too. (Readers may or may not know that "Beatrice" is an alias used on the blog. Dorothy is my actual name.)
CERT stands for Community Action Response Team and this program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for natural disasters and/or hazards that may impact their community. In a 20-hour training program, participants are taught disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT programs are available in all 50 states. More information is available on this website.
My husband "Grenville" (real name Patrick) is a retired firefighter who provides some of the course instruction. He's very involved in the program where his speciality is fire safety and preparedness. My contribution is helping out with various administrative functions.
There wasn't any birthday party afterwards as later that evening, there was a certain major football competition which Grenville enjoyed on the new TV. It was the TV he said was "for my birthday" that was shown in the previous post.
My real "present" is yet to come as we're going on a weekend getaway as time spent together is the best gift. However, I did buy myself the gift of a new notebook PC to replace a nearly 8-year old model as "it was time."