Happy St. Patrick’s Day to my friends, my family and my 200 fabulous blog followers (some of whom are included in the aforementioned categories.)  Today is the day when thousands of people from all over the world, put green food coloring in their beer to celebrate the life of a 5th century religious fanatic.  But wait!  There’s more!  Today is also the day that my beloved husband and I celebrate many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many years of wedded bliss.    Yes, this is our wedding anniversary.

It seems like only yesterday when we had our gorgeous wedding at Ocotillo Gallery in Tejas. Our friends…our family…the beautiful music…the flowers…the candles…the art…the wonderful food and beautiful wedding cake…  (Special gratitude to sweet Peggy Spott, who I miss with all my heart…)   When I close my eyes, I can still see every detail.  I still tear up when I recall that day, and how happy and in love we were.  We could barely say our vows, we were so overcome by emotion.   Feeling much the same way this morning, at 4:46 a.m. as I sit here in the quiet Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, as my beloved husband sleeps just yards away.

Today we leave this lovely abode and head toward Klamath Falls.  We will be staying at the Running Y Ranch resort tonight, then heading home tomorrow.  Time to settle back into our normal routines once more,  and to hold the memories of this past week in our hearts forever.  It has been a fabulous vacation.  I am grateful for every minute of it.

Happy anniversary, dearest John,

 Thank you for this magnificent journey through life as your wife.  I wouldn’t change a minute. I  am eternally grateful for every day that we have shared.  Precious, are these times together.  I do cherish them, each and every one.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Your loving wife,


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