Tuesday, November 24, 2009

On Being A Husband

This past Sunday, Debra and her friend were at our house baking cookies all afternoon. A LOT of cookies! Like 72 Dozen cookies! The house smelled great all day. Except for the time that I was cooking burgers on our electric grill and the smoke set off our fire alarm. (OOOPS!) But Debra and Friend were having a good time chatting and baking while I vegged out watching football. At one point (while they were busy) Debra asked if I would make a pot of hot tea for them. I said "Sure, what kind do you want?" To be honest, I never gave it a second thought, I just hopped up, made the tea, and sat down to my football game again. But evidently that impressed her friend, because she said something along the lines of "Wow - he didn't even complain - just aked what kind you want" to Debra. But I guess I've always been that way - I like doing things for my wife. I did a lot of things for my first wife, when she was alive, that I wouldn't think of doing for anyone else because I loved her. And its the same now, I do things for Debra that I wouldn't do for others, because I love her. I always said that part of a good marriage is the willingness to compromise and the willingness to do things for each other without complaint. And honestly, it makes me feel good when one of my wife's friends say - "Wow, you got a keeper!" I hope that I can continue to do that the rest of my life.

Thursday is Thanksgiving and tomorrow afternoon I will start cooking my bird and the trimmings. And no, I'm not asking Debra to help. I've cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family most of the past 20+ years and I'm not going to stop now. She can help with some of the tasks if she wants, but this is pretty much my show and as it gets closer I actually itching to get started.

Everyone have a great day! And and great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Title on Blog

Well, finally got around to updating the title for my blog since DKB and I have been married going on 3 weeks now and she did take my last name. She's changed her driving license, social security card, etc. It is a little bit of a pain to get it done, but its all done now.

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and I'm going to do my annual dinner as usual. The gathering will be a little smaller than usual this year as some family members opt not to come and/or have other family obligations. They will be missed, but those family members & friends in attendance will enjoy my ugly (but falling off the bone tender) turkey with all the trimmings. I'm sure the day will still be a happy one.

I pretty much finished my Christmas shopping a few weeks ago. Come "Black Friday" (the day after Thanksgiving which marks the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season - for the uninitiated) - I will not be getting up early and fighting the mobs in any of the stores looking for bargains. Instead - I'm thinking of doing my annual Santa Ride twice this year. Once on "Black Friday" and again on 12/19. Haven't decided for sure yet though. My Santa Ride I do each year in honor of my late wife, who died in 2005 and her birthday is 12/23. Even though I've remarried, DKW is fine with this and understands why I do it. Plus I enjoy doing it and watching the reaction of folks around town.

Everyone have a great Day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Back to Work

Well, as of October 31st, DKB and I are married and she is now actually DKW - so after I make this post - some time in the next couple of days - I will make the change to my title. The wedding went well and we had a great time on our honeymoon in Natchez. If you ever get a chance to visit, its a wonderful place for a restful vacation. We stayed at a great place called the "Bluff Top Bed and Breakfast" and ate at a bunch of great places. The best meal we had though was at a place called "Biscuits and Blues". Highly recommended if you ever get the chance. We also visited the "Old South Winery". If you stop by you can get a free tour and even samples. This is the only winery in the state of Mississippi. They make (almost exclusively) muscadine wines. Almost, because they also make a very good blueberry wine. We also toured one of the oldest cemetaries in the region. I know this sounds like an odd thing to do, but we had both read a few of (Natchez author) Greg Iles' physcological thrillers and one is titled "Turning Angel" and refers to an angel topped tomb in this cemetary. So we both wanted to see the angel featured on the book cover. If you've never read Greg Iles, start with "Mortal Fear". You won't be sorry.

Anyway, we got back last Thursday evening (Nov.5th) and have begun to settle into our new life together. Kind of short this time, but still have lots of work to catch up on. Everyone have a great day!