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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another Round of Endorphins, Please

This time 39 years ago, I was dressing for our wedding.  The Mass was to have begun at 11:00 but when we got to the church, a funeral was still going on so we had to ride around the block a couple of times and wait until they put the casket in the hearse.  (Luckily, I was too  naïve to believe in omens).

We had planned to go to a restaurant in Baltimore tonight, but decided instead to dine on hoagies while watching the Ravens and the Steelers.  It's more our style, anyway.  We have been married more than half our lives -- our first year of marriage making the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam look tame -- but luckily, and with some work, found our stride and are a good team.  I think we know each other very, very well and we also know what is acceptable and what would be a 'deal breaker' as far as our relationship goes

Yesterday I was a busy, busy woman.  An engine light in the car was flashing (it turned out to be a softwear glitch), so I dropped the car off at the dealership, picked up a loaner , went to the gym where I did cardio and weights, came home, vacuumed and scrubbed the sunroom tile floor, put on a large pot of split pea soup, and then participated in yoga (which is why I had to scrub that floor!)  Suffice to say I slept like the dead last night.

Before going to the gym, I happened to read Bilbo's blog post.  What a great way to have begun my day -- I laughed so hard I cried.  He featured lines from the old TV show "Hollywood Squares".  I had forgotten how amazingly funny this show was.  (While it was unscripted, I do believe the celebrity participants had an opportunity to preview the questions).  If you could use a good laugh, check it out.


Retired English Teacher said...

Congratulations are in order. I hope the next 39 years are even better!

Purple Flowers said...

Congratulations of your Anniversary. Best wishes for many more happy years to come. My Mother and Father were engaged yesterday sixty seven years ago. It's amazing to me.

BTW: I read Bilbo's blog, and laughed hysterically. I loved that show. I am so glad he brought it back for a memory laugh or five.

Seth M. Ward said...

I use to love watching Hollywood Squares! I will definitely check it out!

More snow's coming.


I'm sick of snow and dirty roads:(

Happyone :-) said...

Congratulations on 39 years!! May you have many more happy years.

Bilbo said...

Thanks for the shout, Kathy! Congratulations on your anniversary - Agnes and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary next year, so it looks as if we have a role model to follow. Have a great anniversary and many more!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats, Kathy on your anniversary..... Hope your team wins tonight --just for YOU two..... We're enjoying your anniversary also by having Pizza and watching the game. Go Ravens!!!

Linda Reeder said...

Congratulations! I'm celebrating your anniversary with you I guess, because I'm watching the Ravens and the Steelers as I read your blog.
Those damn Steelers are making a comeback. Here in Seattle we hate the "Stealers" as a result of our Super Bowl five years ago.

Sorry about your Eagles. I had picked them to go all the way this year. I certainly didn't dream the Seahawks would still be in the hunt. We meet da' Bears tomorrow morning.

George said...

Happy Anniversary! We've been watching the playoffs as well, but we haven't been very successful at helping our favorite teams win.

Kimberly said...

Happy Anniversary! I like your celebrating style!

Cobalt Violet said...

Happy Anniversary! Great day ... the 15th is also my parents anniversary. 45 years. Blessings and joy to you both.

Tracy said...

Congratulations on a long relationship...I certainly applaud you for figuring out how to make it work, and it IS work, yes?
...that's really cool Kathy, enjoy your celebration!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your Honey! Seems that first year in marriage can be a big hurdle for many of us. Guess that's why we lived together for 10 years first! No everyone believes in that method, but hey, it worked for us.


Cheryl said...

Congrats on your anniversary. You and hubby are lucky to have found partners for life. I know that things are usually lively for the two of you. It's the only way to be.

I had an Italian hoagie from Mama Lucia's last night for dinner with the works. Delicious!

I'm off for the Chines buffet now. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love love...... You two are inspiring.

cri said...

Dear Kathy, congratulation for your anniversary! I'm happy that you appreciate my little postcard!
Always late!
I'm 41 but I'm happy... very good!

Anonymous said...

Belated congratulations on your 39 wedding anniversary Kathy. I think it is marvelous and wish you and your husband many more years spent happily together!

Deblynne said...

Belated Happy Anniversary & Thank you for posting the link to WWPLS It was so funny