Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lucky Seven

It's a special day here at Nutwood for me and Ken: it's our anniversary! Yep, 7 years and counting.

It really is hard to believe that 7 years have gone by so quickly--and without an itch! Hey, get it? Without a (h)itch? Seven year itch? HA!

Anyhoo, we got married at Tippecanoe Place, which is one of the nicer restaurants in town. But what is special about it is that it was the mansion built by one of the Studebaker brothers (Clement). It was his home, and after going through a couple of different incarnations, it ended up as a restaurant. We were married in George and Ada Studebaker's room. I like our Studebaker connection. It was a very small wedding, with just immediate family (and Cousin Shane, of course!) and a few good friends, like Bill and Mary Sue from Michigan.

It feels like we've accomplished a lot in 7 years, and I guess that's what happens when people work together, with a common goal. (Are you listening, Washington?) We've also had a lot of fun, and been to some really neat places, and that's what happens when people have common interests (such as traveling). And all without ever having a fight. I suppose there are some who find that hard to believe, but that tells me more about your modus operandi than anything else! If someone can't even begin to comprehend living in peace and quiet, or that there are some planets on which the native species discuss things in a rational manner, that's kind of pathetic and sad. Different things work for different people, and if you really get off on the histrionics and drama, hey, knock yourself out. Or knock each other out, as the case may be! Ken and I work quite well together, thank you very much, and our plan is to keep doing what we're doing. We'll see what the next 7 years bring our way. I'm sure there will be some interesting adventures in there somewhere!

My Dad said a nice thing to me last week. We were over at my niece's, and Dad and I were chatting. He stopped and said, "You know, you look really good, Honey!" He said I looked like I'd put on a little weight (I have, from quitting smoking), and that I didn't look so "gaunt." Ha ha! He and Mom were always trying to fatten me up, and thought I was too skinny. I said I'd probably had a net gain of about 5 pounds, and he said, "Well, you just look really good. I think the happiness shows!" I think he's probably right.

Nothing real special tonight. We're not the going out type (unless we're on vacation), and we had our dress-up night on Saturday. I thought I'd try new recipe, though. How about blackened tuna steaks with mango salsa? Probably some rice, and a nice white wine. Sounds kind of yummy, eh? I'll let you know how it turns out.

I was awakened this morning by a diffuse white light filling our bedroom with hateful intensity. I remembered that "look" from last year, and I wasn't mistaken: we got about 6 inches of snow here last night, and the morning sun was shining off of a white world. It's pretty and all, sticking to the trees, and one of my favorite things is to play pioneer woman and spot the different animal tracks in the snow. (This morning I saw deer tracks and some big cat tracks...if by "big" we're talking the average housecat.) But why do I not feel mentally prepared for winter this year? At least I don't have to drive to work in it this year, which I'm very pleased about. Ken took the truck this morning, so I knew he'd be safe. I suppose the spring and summer just flew by so quickly that winter kind of snuck up on me this year.

So it's our first good-sized snow of the season. They're really getting socked a little further west of here. Up to a foot in some areas. Urgh! It does feel nice to be cozy inside, with the cat curled up on my lap. He's been here for a while, though...I think my butt is going numb.


  1. Happy Anniversary!
    Your photo is beautiful!
    The outside reminded me of the church we got married in....our 14th annivsary is tomorrow.

  2. Happy Anniversary!
    The dinner sounds really good. I love tuna fillets, had them baked with a spicy white sauce of some kind.
    We only got about 4 inches of snow, most of it is lake effect right now.
    Have a cozy afternoon!
    :) Leigh

  3. Happy Anniversary!

    I love the part when your Dad noticed the glow! It always shows on your face when you are truly happy and in love.

    It reminded me of the days when people would say similar things to me. Cherish them Sweetie!

    You and your Darling make a beautiful couple!

    Hugs, Rose

  4. hi beth, happy anniversary! you look lovely in the photo. have a lovely evening the menu sounds yummy! mrs txx

  5. Happy 7th Anniversary!!! I bet the snow is beautiful. You've got to take a picture for me. We don't get much snow here, but when we do it's such treat! We all become children! Have a wonderful evening! I'm glad that you are s happy!!!

  6. Happy Anniversary to my favorite couple! This entry made me smile so big. I absolutely adore this picture of you and Ken too!

    Ahh, I was waiting for the winter to settle in and see how you were. It happens when your no longer working with a routine. The days are shorter, time passes all too quickly. I've found I had to make myself adhere to a organized routine or I lost days during the winter. List work great, you make one out and don't stop until you've worked through it. Your in my thoughts dear one. (Hugs)Indigo

  7. Happy anniversary to your both, great photo of you both, and dinner sounds yummy.

    Take care


  8. Happy Anniversay! Enjoy the snow. We just have a light dusting here.

  9. Wishing you and Ken a very happy anniversary and many more to come. The picture is lovely.

  10. Congratulations to you and Ken! Have a great evening at home with just the two of you.

    Love the wedding pic.


  11. Happy Anniversary. The dinner sounds wonderful. I am not mentally prepared for winter yet this year either. It was snowy and COLD this morning! I didn't want to get out of the house and into the car to go to work. Linda

  12. Hi Beth,
    Happy Anniversary!! The blackened tuna sounds great. The whitened winter wonderland, not so much ...

  13. Awwwww... I'm such a big fan of love stories! I still believe in love!


  14. Beth:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Ken. Chuck and I will have been married 37 years, and what we would like to know is where is the world has the time gone??? It just seem like it was a few years ago that we were married.....What does everyone else think about how time has flown??


  15. Big congrats on 7 yrs together! XO

  16. Love you, my bride :o)
    Thanks for a wonderful year, and the previous six as well.

    Also, thanks to all of our wellwishers...

  17. Happy Anniversary !!! I wish you many more happy, fun, traveling years ahead.
    Have a great night.
    I was hoping for some snow pictures but seeing you two was just as nice.

  18. I bet you never argue because Ken knows the secret to a harmonious marriage are the words: "I guess you're right, honey."
    Happy Anniversary, you crazy kids.

  19. Doesn't it feel like everyday is a day to celebrate?? Glen & I "go out" to dinner on our anniv day, but other than it being the day we got married, its still a special day because we are together, happy, and content with the life we've built. We don't do gifts for each other for any occasion either, because if there is anything we want, I mean really want, we get it. There isn't much we want because we have everything we need!

  20. Congrats! Happy Anniversary... here's to 77 more :)

  21. Congrats on seven happy years! :)

  22. Happy Anniversary to a lovely couple!
    "The look of love is in your eyes......".
    I always liked that song and it seemed
    to fit the photo. My sister's BD was
    yesterday and my honey's BD is tomorrow.
    So, next year, I will remember your
    anniversary is right between their
    A special day for special people.
    Have a good one and many more. Love, Pat

  23. To the Bride and Groom! I wish you two a very Happy Anniversary, I hope your evening was filled with nothing but love & happiness. What am I talking about, it's you guys! By following your loving marriage for the short time I have, I can feel your love for each other, like no other. The two of you are very special people indeed, and if time is kind as love, you will have countless more! Thank you both for showing the rest of the world that unconditional love does still breath. Thank you both for sharing your kind lives with the rest of us. Thanks for everything! Have a great evening, and an outstanding tomorrow.


  24. Happy Anniversary to you both!
    We didn't get much snow. Just enough to completely cover the ground. (leaves and all)

  25. Happy Anniversary to you both. I wish you much happiness and love. 'On Ya'- ma

  26. Congratulations on seven years. Here's to the next 77.
    After 25 years me and my missus have finally stopped arguing - we don't talk! :O)

    B. x

  27. That is a super nice pic of you and your beau!

    I hope I get to have a moment like your Father had with you ... sometimes, I think I overwhelm my two youngest girls when I say things like that to them ...

    So you don't fight, eh? I believe that at a certain point, when you are comfortable with who you are, you can find someone who is comfortable to be with, and has the same measure of tranquility. Then, it is all about getting there together, not in a style of fashion, as long as it is together, then it is beautiful.


  28. Hi Beth,
    I am just wondering if you and Ken are either Christian, atheists or agnostic?? Please tell me the truth. Was you hubby ever in the Armed Forces?

    Disabled Vietnam Vet.

  29. Mazol Tov on seven wonderful years. And I love your wedding gown :)
    Mark said our life would be one long honeymoon and it sounds as if yours is the same.
    Hugs, Laini

  30. Congrats on your 7 years. I think thats wonderful! I also love that you've found a love that doesn't have to fight, that peace surrounds the two of you. An example I would love for many people to aspire towards.

    I hope your night was nice and cozy inside out of the snow. Sounds like a perfect recipe for......you know:)Snuggle time.....

  31. Happy (belated) anniversary to you. Everyone should have a love affair where there isn't fighting or belittling. Doug and I haven't had an arguement yet and it's been 11 years so I totally believe you & know it's possible.

    I am catching up on your past entries....I think the new Bond is so sexy. I'll see the movie just to ogle him. LOL.

    Congratulations on your award - of course I feel you are most deserving.

  32. I'm a bit late, but Happy Seventh Anniversary to you and Ken! I just realized something -- You've been married 1/3 the amount of time Thomas and I have been married. Oh my goodness, that makes me feel really ancient! You've just got through your first seven, and we just finished our third seven. Oh well! Here's to wishing you many more happy years together. You guys certainly look good together.


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