February 14th, 2021


I was married twice before my current marriage.  Each of the first two lasted about 10 years.  Dana was also married twice before so our number of marriages aggregate to five (I don't think I used aggregate correctly but I like the word so we're going with it).  

Partly, and only partly, as a joke so we would always remember THIS anniversary date we got married on Valentine's Day in 1997.  Twenty four years.  Being the jewelry person she is Dana was thinking it was twenty five and silver and what did I get her.  Hah!

We're not going anywhere as the roads are ice and it will mostly be just another day but we both have a deep gratitude for having each other to quarantine with this year.  It has not been easy.  We both have stopped drinking (me completely, her mostly) and it has changed our relationship considerably, for the better.  We both are very aware that we will grow older together and, as Snoop Dog says, 'down the hole we all go' and we'll end up doing that together too.  In this age of fractured relationships and certainly with our backgrounds it is a weird thing to consider.

The front of my Valentine's / Anniversary card
The front of my Valentine's / Anniversary card

Door art

Inspired by sleepybadger here is our front door:

Dana's angel heart
Dana's angel heart

This damn thing was being worked on for over a year, laying all around the house.  Always in the way I'd have to move it so I could use a table or get to the bbq or something else.  It is made from tin so it has sharp corners.  All in all a complete PIA.

Of course, I love it.

Zoe four wheelin' on the ice

Zoe HAD to go for a walk.  So I put on her foul weather gear and off we went.  This is us getting to the sidewalk which was, at least, flat.  Everything you can see here is covered in ice.  The temp is 21(-6ish) degrees and it is misty so the world is an ice rink and people are actually trying to drive.  You can't see it much here but the cars are mostly just floating along with barely enough traction to adjust their course.  

This was not the only four wheel slip by my girl.  We made it around the block with no major crashes but 21 degrees is really cold.