Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Mishmash

 
Still haven't quite perfected the couples selfie, but we had to document 32 years!  Some day we'll look back on this picture and marvel at how young we looked, LOL.

I am one of those weirdo date people who loves it when the numbers of the day, month, and year line up in a fun way, and yesterday was an especially good one - a full-on palindrome of 6-16-16...and it didn't hurt that it also happened to be our anniversary - 32 years!  We had a low-key celebration with dinner out, along with sharing a fabulous mango strawberry tart for dessert:
Anniversary Happy?  The waiter came out laughing at how the pastry chef did the writing - but hey, it was a nice gesture.

So after being married for 32 years, I can tell you that the actual anniversary is not as important at the day-to-day things.  For example, on Wednesday morning I opened the back door to the patio, intending to go out and water the pot plants and then clean the patio with my leaf blower.  I got about two steps out when I saw an unidentifiable mass of gore on the chaise lounge, complete with blood dripping down and flies buzzing all around it.  I turned around so fast and was back inside the house, with the door safely closed and locked for good measure that Paco hadn't had a chance to follow me and was left outside with the carnage.  I opened the door just enough for him to quickly squeeze through, and for the rest of the day, he did his bathroom business in the front yard.  But getting back to the gore...all I could figure is that it was something that one of our cats - Kip, most likely - had killed and left to rot in the baking sun.
Who, me???  Why am I always the suspect??  I am indignant!  And OK, yes - it was me.  It's always me...

While it was disgusting, I knew that I didn't have to deal with it, because Jeff would be coming home that evening from travel.  Sure enough, shortly after he got home, he took care of the ick...he thinks it was something the cat killed (a mouse, maybe?), ate, and then vomited.  Lovely.  But it's nice to know that in our marriage, if he's home, Jeff will deal with the gross things.  And when I discovered the cat vomit in my closet the next morning (at least it was just cat food this time), Jeff took care of that for me, too.  It's the little things that make our marriage work - he doesn't have to sweep me off my feet with a romantic trip to Paris (although I wouldn't turn him down if he showed up with two airplane tickets)(but I would wonder how in the hell he managed to get them, knowing the state of our bank account) - he just needs to clean up the vomit.  It works for us.

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We are experiencing the dog days of summer already, and that called for our first sno-cone of the season:
Blue coconut - tastes great plus you get the bonus treat of having a blue tongue afterward!

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I currently have three socks finished, with three more on the needles.  And only one will make a matching pair - what can I say, I love all the different sock yarn and want to make all the socks!  My goal, by the end of summer, is to have actual PAIRS of socks completed.  In the meantime, here's one:
My mom gave me this yarn for my birthday - it's Regia's Cotton Pairfect, in Beach colorway.  Of course I couldn't just knit the sock according to directions - I shortened the peach toe and used the extra yarn for the heel; I am really enjoying putting a pop of color on the heels and toes when I can.

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Have a great weekend - and Happy Father's Day to my Dad. :)

17 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary lovely couple! I love the selfie, nothing wrong with it.
    And indeed it's the little things that are important.

    Oh and Jeff little tip: if you do want to book a romantic trip for Shelley I can highly recommend Amsterdam :) She can also meet her favorite Dutch blogger if you would book that :)

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    1. Good idea - Amsterdam over Paris. Or Amsterdam with a side trip to Paris...it's close by, right?

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    2. Yes 6 hours by car approx. You could totally combine it.

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  2. Happy Anniversary! It is indeed the little things that matter a lot!
    Love the color of your sock.
    Have a great weekend and Happy Fathers Day to Jeff.

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  3. You know my mind actually went 6-16-16! AND 16+16 = 32!!!! Happy Anniversary, you kids look great ;)

    Yes to a husband who does the gross stuff and it is more important than flowers and platitidues.

    Dear Jeff, Shelley wants a trip to New England. You could visit many historical sights, see gorgeous lighthouses and ocean views, and needless to say, visit ME! You and Mr. Helen could go on a fishing charter. Just a thought for the future.

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    1. I can't believe I didn't pick up on 16+16=32!!! That makes it even more perfect! :)

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  4. Happy Anniversary! And you're right - the key to success are those little things, not the big celebrations.

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  5. You are cracking me up with your adventuresome, creative knitting! I totally love that sock you featured.

    Its so nice to hear a couple that gets along after 32 years. It would be nice to have someone to clean up the gore, but at this point, it seems a lot easier to just pay MLG every couple of weeks to do the things that are too hard for me to do :)

    LOLOL @ Helen and Fran's comments.

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  6. Happy anniversary! It is the little things. Yes, sweeping romance is great, but things like refilling a coffee cup, remembering which week is the recycling week, etc - those are what make a strong foundation.

    Sounds like you pretty much need to do a world traveling trip and make a lot of stops LOL!

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    1. Oh for real - I'd love to go on a blog friends tour!

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  7. Happy anniversary! Love how the dates lined up this year too. I can't remember if I've asked you this before, or you've mentioned it here on the blog, but did you ever thing to open an Etsy shop and sell your socks and such? You'd make a killing!

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    1. I would not make a killing on Etsy - I knit so slowly that I'd have to charge $150 for a pair of socks...and who would pay that?! Nah, I just knit for my own enjoyment.

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  8. Happy Anniversary, Shelley & Jeff - the Sock Knitter and the Gross Whisperer :-) I agree that it is the little things that make it work - after 24 years, DH can still make my day with a cup of coffee, or warming up my car, or a smoochy text at lunch time. Here's to many more years for you two!

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  9. Happy Anniversary Shelley and Jeff!!! My mind did the same as Helen. 16th in the year of the 16....16 and 16 is 32! (I'm goofy with dates and numbers too) Oh KIP!!!! Cheers to the little things!

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  10. Happy Anniversary. My husband always cleans the carpet. And, it makes my heart sing! I'm very impressed with your knitting skills.

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  11. Happy Anniversary! I think your selfie is great. And it's TOTALLY those things that make a marriage work! I love that I can rely on Steven for stuff and hope he feels the same about me (ha)! I do take care of the spiders ;)

    You've posted your recommended sock patterns and which ones to start with, right? :) I think I will tackle some this summer.

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  12. Happy Anniversary! And yes, every time I want to throw my husband out with the trash, he does something little that means a lot. After 28 years? I'll take it.

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