I just sat and read all your notes, wishing Rich and me a Happy Anniversary~thank you! You are all so kind and sweet. We did have a nice day yesterday (only had a couple of minor tiffs, LOL) and thanks to my friend Karen, we even got to go on a date together.
We had a nice country-back roads drive to my favorite antique store, past lakes and beautiful houses, (and trees starting to turn colors). At the antique place, we browsed around and I ended up buying some old issues of Country Living magazine. I will enjoy looking through them over the next few days.
After that, we went out for lunch at a quaint local restaurant. They feature old fashioned, New England food on the menu. The staff treated us with extra kindness, because I told our waitress that it was our anniversary. She was an older lady, and told us that we must have been married in the 8th grade to have been together for 13 years. Made me laugh out loud.
The food was SO good, and it was nice to just sit and talk to each other and enjoy our food. We both had cups of creamy New England clam chowder, and salads. My salad was so good I just had to take a picture of it:
It was an heirloom tomato salad, drizzled with a balsamic vinegarette and surrounded by soft wedges of creamy mozzarella cheese.
For my main lunch plate, I had an open faced turkey sandwich served over a slice of cornbread, sausage cornbread stuffing, and gravy on top. There was a small cup of cranberry sauce on the side, fries AND coleslaw, and it was all very homemade and tasted SO good. I had to bring most of my lunch home so I could save room for dessert. We wanted to go downstairs, to the bake shop, for coffee and dessert, but before we knew it our waitress came out with this sweet treat:
Pretty, isn’t it?
We blew out the candle and each had one bite, then wrapped up the rest to bring home. Because, I’m tellin’ ya, that bake shop is “to die for”. And I had been craving a fig square for the last month or so. We paid our bill and headed down the stairs to the most wonderful little place around. I want to go back again soon, with my sister and girlfriends. (is anyone listening??) I told Rich my goal is to eventually try everything in the case.
We sipped our hot coffees, and shared this cream puff:
With full tummies and all that sugar, we got all happy and laughed a lot, and took a few pictures of each other:
We took two boxes of treats home with us, including cupcakes for the kids, a piece of carrot cake for Karen, and two fig squares to satisfy my craving. I’ve been nibbling on them, opening the fridge to take a bite now and then.
When we got home, I had a nice walk with Karen, through the woods, before she left. I had to try to burn off some of those calories! Plus, it was so nice to yak with a girlfriend, we talked almost nonstop, stopping the conversation once to just soak up the peace and quiet of the woods. We both came back with a handful of bits from the forest–pretty leaves, acorns, and flowers.
After Karen went home, Rich and I just basically hung around home, taking care of the kids. Rich took a little nap in his recliner while I made dinner and looked through one of my new/old magazines.
Before the day was done, I pulled my wedding dress out of the closet to admire it. I still love my dress, even after 13 years. I am so thankful that I was married at 19, I was so worry-free back then, and just full of excitement for my wedding and marriage to Rich. I had no zealous opinions about anything, just happy to go along, making plans. My mom and I shopped together for my dress, and I only remember trying on two dresses before we knew this was the one. . . . . .
I haven’t put it on since the day I was married. . . .. But, I did hold it up to myself yesterday. Remembering when I was a bride.
Requested photos from our wedding. . . . .
(In my opinion, this is one of the most romantic verses in the Bible):
“There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.”
Thanking God for thirteen beautiful years with my beloved.
Have a wonderful day, friends!