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Oct. 14, 2012 3:44 pm 
Updated: Oct. 21, 2012 7:07 pm
Jon and I will be celebrating our 31st anniversary on Wednesday.  Last year our two kids surprised us with a party where all our close friends and family came to celebrate with us.  This year we were uncertain when we would be able to find time to celebrate.  This past week we decided to go out for brunch today at Blue Canyon Restaurant - we'd heard their brunch is fantastic.  It was good - we gorged ourselves with everything from prime rib and smoked salmon to eggs benedict to oysters on the half shell, all enjoyed with a mimosa.  The finishing touch was chocolate fondue with strawberries, pineapple, and pretzels.

Over the years we have celebrated in many ways.  We've done everything from preparing a seafood feast at home to going out for dinner and staying at a bed and breakfast.  Our first anniversary was celebrated by  going out for a movie and dinner; after a beautiful bunch of roses had been delivered to me.  Once we returned home we cut our cake top from our wedding that we had pulled from our freezer.  I remember it looked awful, but tasted fine. 

What did we do when we got home today?  Well...... about six weeks ago we had a massive tree fall in our yard and on our house and on our garage.  Progress is being made.  The insurance company has issued partial checks and a few things have been repaired.  Friday we had the satellite company in to replace the crushed satellite so now we have TV.  Something that doesn't really excite me as I don't watch it, but my husband does and he's one happy camper now! The tree is slowly being cut and removed from the yard. Luckily we have a fireplace and now we'll have firewood for a long time to come. Back to what we did today...

Jon fired up the chainsaw and logsplitter and got busy loading the "gator" with firewood. My job was to stack it. And stack it I did - for several hours. I'm not sure if I'll be able to move tomorrow morning.  Today we not only celebrated our anniversary but it is our black lab, Suzy's, fourth birthday.  She joined in helping us with the tree.  Suzy could only carry one piece of wood at a time and she has  a short attention span.  More often than not she would get interrupted on her way to the wood pile and stop to work on making her log into mulch, but she had fun. 

We both agreed we didn't need any dinner tonight - our brunch is still taking up a lot of space in our stomachs.  Maybe in an hour or so we'll pull out the ice cream and even let Suzy have a small dish.  It's her special day, too!

Oct. 14, 2012 4:45 pm
hi ma! glad ya's home are coming together. such a pain in the yehaw! i remember seeing the pictures from a prior blog. ya were so lucky no one was hurt! happy anniversary and yep, i wouldn't be able to move after the brunch, let alone paul bunyan work!
Oct. 14, 2012 5:15 pm
Me and sue normally have prime-rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a vegetable. don't normally go out and do anything, however we did when we were younger (36 years ago). one of our other favorite things is a meat ball hoagie since that's what we ate for dinner on our wedding day back in 1976. so this may be a good time to clear out the trees close to your house so you can have 31 more years of uneventful days of trees coming thru the roof.
Oct. 14, 2012 6:07 pm
Congratulations, Mother Ann and Jon!
Oct. 14, 2012 6:22 pm
Happy Anniversary to you both. Brunch sounds amazing. My DH & I will be celebrating 31 years this month too!
Oct. 15, 2012 3:09 am
gderr - I didn't want to do any "Paula" Bunyan work, but felt guilty making hubs go out and work so hard while I sat zombielike in a chair watching. :)
Oct. 15, 2012 3:11 am
Kingsparta - If I cleared out the trees close to my house we'd have to take out about 50 trees or so - that's how many that are as close or closer than this oak tree was. We live in a woods basically. But, the oak was the largest by far. Meatball sandwich sounds good - might have to make those later on in the week.
Oct. 15, 2012 3:12 am
Thanks, Mike! Magnolia Blossom - Happy Anniversary to you!
Oct. 15, 2012 6:46 am
Happy Anniversary! Our's will be 22 years later this month. Glad the house repairs are coming along!
Oct. 15, 2012 7:51 am
Congratulations Mother Anne, DH and I celebrated 31 years of marriage last week. Looks like October is a good month to get married. Happy anniversary too, to Magnolia Blossom and Cathill.
Oct. 15, 2012 8:47 am
Happy Anniversary Ann and John! May you have many good years together!
Oct. 15, 2012 10:34 am
really an oak tree?, I hate it when one of the great trees die. Pine trees are what we have here in North Carolina and are a dime a dozen. I hate Pine trees.
Oct. 15, 2012 10:59 am
Happy Anniversary to both of you. I've heard Blue Canyon is a great place, have to get there some time soon. My DH and I were married 35 years on 10/8.
Oct. 15, 2012 11:37 am
My sister was married to a navy man and moved several times in their first year of marriage, each trip she carefully toted her top layer from the wedding cake from freezer to freezer. On their anniversary, she defrosted it and served it. She had trouble cutting it and finally realized it was in icing covered piece of styrofoam. Glad your tasted better, happy A.
Oct. 15, 2012 12:34 pm
Happy Anniversary! I love that part of your celebration was putting your home back together. Wishing you many more.
Oct. 15, 2012 12:34 pm
Thanks Cat! And Happy Anniversary to you! ;)
Oct. 15, 2012 12:35 pm
Happy Anniversary Candice and thank you! Yes, it appears October was a good month for marriage.
Oct. 15, 2012 12:36 pm
Thanks Lela! Yes, Kingsparta - an oak tree. We were sad to see it fall - my husband counted the rings yesterday while cutting the massive trunk and it appears this grand tree was just over 200 years old!
Oct. 15, 2012 12:37 pm
Luvs2Bake - Blue Canyon is a beautiful place, but very expensive!
Oct. 15, 2012 12:39 pm
Covergirl you made me chuckle with that story! :) BigShotsMom - Yes, it was sort of fun. I will say it was better than the year I went out on Lake Erie with Jon while he fished. I enjoy going out on the water - but not in October when it was rainy & cold! That was our 10th anniversary and the big fish is hanging on our wall as a reminder of that trip. :)
Oct. 15, 2012 1:55 pm
Mother Ann lets assume it was 200 years old, it may have been planted during the war of 1812.
Oct. 15, 2012 2:22 pm
We just celebrated our 2nd yr on 10-10!!!! We just went out to eat and had some wine! Oct is a good time for wedding! Happy anniversary!!!!
Oct. 16, 2012 3:13 am
Happy Anniversary Shanon K! Hope you have many, many more to celebrate!
Oct. 16, 2012 10:56 am
My husband and I celebrated our 50th on October 12th. Yes October is a great month to get married.
Oct. 17, 2012 3:17 am
char - congrats to you and your husband!
Oct. 17, 2012 3:51 am
Happy Anniversary! Just being together and enjoying each other's company means the most. Here's to the next 31 :)
Oct. 17, 2012 4:47 am
Oct. 17, 2012 6:13 am
Happy anniversary! We just had our 19th this month. A great time for weddings!
Oct. 17, 2012 8:22 am
Happy anniversary you two. And many more.
Oct. 17, 2012 12:32 pm
Happy Anniversary back to all the October couples:)
Oct. 17, 2012 6:56 pm
Happy anniversary - and to all the others as well! We are celebrating our 25th this Halloween. Time sure goes fast....
Oct. 18, 2012 3:13 am
Thank you everyone for the well wishes! On the actual day things went as we had thought they would. I spent the day with Jon's cousin and sister "down on the farm" playing with puppies and baby cows. Jon had half the day off and he spent it getting the clubhouse ready for this weekend's field trial and cutting firewood at home. We did manage to have a late dinner together of left-over chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli.
Oct. 19, 2012 2:32 pm
Best wishes to you both! Happy anniversary!
Oct. 19, 2012 3:10 pm
Happy Anniversary, you two! Thanks for keeping us posted on the repair progress. I hope you get everything buttoned down before winter.
Oct. 20, 2012 3:56 am
Happy Anniversary! Your day on the farm sounds like a great time to me!!!
Oct. 20, 2012 9:55 am
Nice to read about all of our AR friends celebrating marriage. Wonder if there's a connection between "home cooking" and staying married? We've been married since 1977.
Oct. 20, 2012 12:54 pm
Indiana Peggy - I wonder?? Interesting thought!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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