What did you do to celebrate your anniversary?

These are some of the things I did on mine:

— Caused [arguably] and then mitigated (from the moominbeach) a bit of a work-related coding kerfuffle.

— Caused and then mitigated (with *much* help from Dogmomster’s) a bit of a garbage-related kerfuffle that just about defies description.

— Used a private outhouse that *didn’t* belong to My Dear Uncle Harry.

— Participated in an informal leech eradication expotition along the edges of a large inland lake in our own upper peninsula.

To make a long story short, we spent this anniversary (the 30th!!!) much the same way we have spent a few others in recent years — at a memorial celebration. This time we celebrated the lives of the Botanist and his wife, also known as the parents of my BFF, Sam the Archaeologist. Although I knew them pretty well (in later years, the Botanist would always ask, “How’s Mouse?” when I visited Sam at his house), it is not my place to write a lot about them. Suffice it to say that they were honorable and productive people who made many positive contributions to society and I am honored to have known them and to have been included in today’s memorial celebration.

So my long-time friend Sam and I are living rather parallel lives, at least for the time being. Oh, wait. Did I mention that Sam was one of my “bridesmaids”? (I kind of hate that word — especially after a close encounter with Say Yes to the Dress (brought to you by Bad TV) — but I am too taaarred to think of something more appropriate.) Those are Sam’s feet next to mine in the pic. (My uber-cousin Pooh was my other “bridesmaid” and I don’t know why her feet are not in the pic.) Anyway, we considered taking a trip to an exotic location for this anniversary but in the end, we decided there were too many other things going on this year and I am somewhat psychologically exhausted although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I’m not sure I could muster the words to explain why if I tried. But what the heck? What could be a better way to spend your anniversary than with one of your, you know, bridesmaids?

Actually, the Green Cabin *is* in an exotic location, right smack in the middle of a picturesque field at the edge of a large inland lake in our own upper peninsula. The community surrounding the Green Cabin is much like the one we have here at the moominbeach. We may not all be blood relatives but we have all known each other for so long, sometimes multiple generations, that it can feel like we are related. I got a whiff of that at the Green Cabin celebration today.

Good night. Sleep tight. Tomorrow is a holiday but even though my life never seems to be quite empty of chores, I hope to be able to kick back a little bit.

4 Responses to “What did you do to celebrate your anniversary?”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Love the photo and all your adventures. Hoping to make it to 30 but it’s looking doubtful. 🙁

  2. becky courtois Says:

    Happy Anniversary!!

  3. jane Says:

    how is it that I always forget ALL of those anniversaries right around July 4th? of course, if I remembered one, I would remember them all.

    oh well – happy day! a couple days late. to all the family members who married on/around the beach on/around the 4th. 😉

  4. Sam Says:

    Thanks for joining us, very much! So very good to get sand between my toes at your wedding, and again thirty years later. I think the cottage is a tad tiny for seating seventeen diners—but we pulled it off! (Tardiness of comment due to the usual wifi and time constraints….)