Monday, June 4, 2012

35 Years - That's A Long Time!

Marriage is HARD WORK!  After 35 years, don't you think we deserve to put our feet up and relax? - Taken at The Sagamore Inn, Bolton Landing, New York

Today, June 4th, Bill and I celebrate 35 years of marriage.  And yes, that's a LONG time!  Every year as our anniversary approaches, we start looking at each other in disbelief.  We were barely 21 years old and hadn't a clue what we were doing.  We were different as night and day.   In retrospect, it's probably a good thing we didn't have a clue what we were doing or chances are, we might've missed the last 35 years.  Easy?  Never!  If you are a starry eyed youngin' out there contemplating marriage and think it's all going to be storybook, you'd best think again.  Life isn't "storybook" and neither are relationships, marriage or otherwise.  Has it been worth it?   You better believe it!  I can't imagine what my life would've been like if I hadn't walked down that aisle 35 years ago and said, "I do!"

One of my favorite posts is the one I wrote two years ago on our 33rd anniversary so thought I'd link back to it as well as the one written last year on our 34th anniversary.  We don't really have any special celebration plans.   We are always traveling when June 4th rolls around and I think we both consider our Summer Adventures both anniversary and birthday gifts to each other.   I mean, what more could he ask for, than to spend seven weeks with me, 24 hours a day, seven days a week?  LOL!   Before we left, his mom gave us money to enjoy a nice anniversary dinner, so we'll find a special place to do that before the end of the trip.  I think we are both holding out for a lobster dinner in Maine.

Happy Anniversary, Mr. B - After 35 years, I think I'll keep you!

It finally stopped raining here in Meredith, New Hampshire sometime during the night on Saturday.  But behind the rain came much cooler temperatures and a fierce north wind.  We've fought with a bit of discouragement because we just haven't been able to spend much time outside exploring.  The discouragement comes from the fact that the entire week looks horrible weatherwise.  Not a single day of sun and most days with a 40-50% change of rain.  Will we go with it??   Of course, we will.  Every trip involves a few days of disappointing weather conditions.  They just don't usually come in spans of entire weeks!  Fortunately, we have an absolutely delightful oasis to return to at each day's end.  That always makes things better.  If there weren't so many things we were looking forward to doing while here, we'd be content to just sit here reading and gazing out over Lake Winnipesaukee.

Sunday afternoon, we took a drive around Squam Lake searching for locations where the movie, "On Golden Pond" was filmed in 1981.   Most of the locations are carefully hidden and not easily found, but the marina/dock used in a couple of scenes is the Squam Lake Boat Livery and is easy to recognize from the movie.  Looks just like it did!  Apparently, there are charter boat tours that will take you out on lake cruises showing you all the locations from the movie that are only able to be seen from the water.  The one we found was $250 for a two-hour cruise.   That's not exactly in the budget, so much as we'd like to see the house used in the movie among other things, we'll just have to know that we were very close today as we drove around via the road!!  

Some exercise was badly needed after yesterday's total lack of physical activity, so we decided to take a walk around the village of Meredith.  That worked for awhile, but it was so windy, we gave up and headed back to our house.  

Today's plan includes the circle driving tour around Lake Winnipesaukee with lots of stops and a short hike.  Let's hope for the best!

Thanks for reading!




17 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary!!!! 35 years is a wonderful thing! I agree, marriage isn't a disney movie, but for us it's still a bit of a fairytale. Looks like it is for you too. ;)

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  2. Happy anniversary! I hope you have many, many more blessed years together.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your day! I vote you take some time to just sit there reading and gazing out over Lake Winnipesaukee!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! Nothing better than to walk through life with a partner. Enjoy your time at that beautiful lake!

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  5. Happy Anniversary! Have been enjoying the tour around New England. Continue to have a fantastic trip.

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  6. Happy Anniversary wishes to the both of you! Hubby and I will be celebrating our 33rd this Sept. Enjoy your special day!

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Nothing better than to travel around with someone that you love spending time with and to be married to them to boot!

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  8. Happy, happy anniversary! I hope you get a weather break to assist with the celebration!

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  9. That's lovely, great to read... here's to 35 more ;D

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  10. Congratulations on 35 years. Here's to at least 35 more.
    Lori

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  11. Hi Sharon, I've caught up with your blog posts... Love reading about your adventures!!!! Sorry about all of the rain up there. We thought we were going to get rain last night and today--but NOTHING here.. We 'may'???? get some during the night tonight --but if not, there's not anymore in sight for a long time. We'll be out there soon watering our yard I'm sure...

    Happy Anniversary. George and I have only been married for 11 yrs ---but it truly has been the best 11 yrs of our lives. It's much easier when one is retired and the kids are all GONE.... ha

    Hope you have a good day tomorrow...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. Congratulations on 35 years! You are so right it is hard work but so worth it. Hope you have a lovely dinner celebration!

    I've been enjoying your adventures. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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  13. Happy Anniversary!!! Wow...35 years.... that is truly amazing this "day and age". I know you guys have lots of marital wisdom to share. Congrats you two!! I hope you have many more years of love and memories ahead!

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  14. Happy Anniversary. It is a long time. Next month we will celebrate 46 years. Doesn't seem possible. Hope you're have a great celebration. :)

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  15. Happy 35th wedding anniversary, Ms. Sharon and to Mr. B as well. I wish you both good health, more adventures to be explored together, more blog posts of your expeditions together, as well as more love and patience for one another.

    1 Corinthians 13

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  16. I'm late in saying this, Sharon, but I wanted to say Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. B. I pray you'll have at least 35 more years together filled with love, good health, and happy adventures.

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