Monday, October 17, 2011

Nineteen Years Later

Today is our 19th wedding anniversary. According to the internet there is no traditional gift associated with this anniversary. So, I guess that means we get to make it up ourselves, which we do anyway (renegades that we are!). We always celebrate our anniversary with a special bottle of wine, not a particular wine, but one that catches our attention by vintage and vineyard. This year it is a local 2008 Zinfandel from Nevada City Winery. I'm making an Indian dish for dinner, a variation of Chicken Makhanwala, a delicious cream curry. We bought a fantastic garlic naan to go with it. This is going to be a very spicy feast. Nineteen years requires this kind of celebration and attention.
We just got back from a very quick trip to Santa Cruz, the place Roger and I lived for 15 years before our life-changing moves to Port Townsend and then to Grass Valley. It's been two years since we've been there. We didn't remember it being so crowded and crazy with cars and people everywhere. Even the short respites on the beach were spent among throngs of surfers, other walkers, and dogs chasing things into the waves. There was never a moment of silence. Not one. Still, we loved sniffing the flowery fragrant air and seeing jasmine and datura, sweet peas and scabiosa in bloom. A complete delight for our senses.
One of the very coolest things about being back in Santa Cruz for those 48 hours was the fantastic coincidental arrival of the monarchs. It's amazing how much we took these sights for granted, and now it has become a rare feast for our eyes to see them again. Lucky for us, they were everywhere.
Then, we were back home. Beautiful skies. Katydids on the old squash leaf, and a lizard in the sink. Nineteen years and the greatest gifts come for free.

18 comments:

  1. Happy 19th anniversary! I am picturing a beautiful October wedding day 19 years ago in Santa Cruz. A splendid time of year and and an auspicious place to begin a marriage of kindred spirits.

    Looking at the lovely clouds and blue sky above your trees, I thought you might like this book that a friend gave me for my 62nd birthday. It's a delight!

    http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/collectors-handbook/

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  2. Oh, very happy anniversary! Nineteen years of being with your soulmate.

    And, yes, the best gifts are the free ones. If we loved the gifts that Nature hands us for free each and every day, we wouldn't need to occupy Wall Street, because Wall Street would crumble into nothing.

    Here's to another healthy, active 19 years of love and Nature.

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  3. Congrats on your pretty much a score of years anniversary! Dinner will be lovely, like the photos are.

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  4. Happy Anniversary, you two! Aint love grand?

    That monarch photo is freakin' fantastic!

    When you got over the mountains to Santa Cruz, did you notice the smell of the ocean? Since I've been gone, that's what I notice first when I go back. That salty sea air.

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  5. Happy Anniversary friends. :)

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  6. Happy Anniversary and many many more! I am visualizing the post you did at some point with your wedding day picture overlooking Capitola, a beautiful sky backdrop and smiling faces to camera.
    Put on that Patty Larkin song; you guys and making it true life.

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  7. ingstortHappy anniversary, both! An excellent way to celebrate, with an Indian meal and a fine bottle of wine. Enjoy!

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  8. Oh, that "ingstort" was a misplaced word verification. Sorry!

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  9. Happy anniversary. Your way of celebrating it sounds perfect

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  10. Happy Anniversary and I hope you are going to have many, many more together.

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  11. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!

    Love all the pictures!

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  12. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Glad you had such a beautiful day when you went back to Santa Cruz.

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  13. Happy Anniversary! What wonderful pictures you shared!

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  14. Stopped by to soak up some beauty thoughtfully written in my favorite quiet spot & to leave a warm, comforting hug for you both...

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  15. I'm more than a little late coming here to wish you a happy 19th anniversary! I hope it was just as spectacular as I expect it was!

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