Thursday, December 20, 2012

36 years, celebrate, surgery, and millinery

Busy December indeed!
Thirty six years ago December 18 was a busy day.

He looked so handsome!
Our anniversary...what to do, what to do.
We started celebrating on Sunday the 16th with a viewing of the movie Life of Pi.
Loved it!
Want to see it again in 3D, and would really enjoy discussing the movie with some other couples.
Lots to talk about...and I have read the book too.
On the anniversary day proper it turns out we watched Luke for awhile (which I considered to be a perfect gift!) and then Bernie booked a 90 minute couples massage for us that evening.

Him: You aren't going to post that are you?
Me: Darn right I'm going to post it. You looked hot!

Massage was followed by an appetizer meal at McCools, the Irish restaurant by the massage place.
Sweet potato fries with a curry mayo dip, potato skins, and bangers and mash.

The draw to:  Lamb riblets in a sweet and spicy sauce to die for!
We finished up dinner and got home in time for NCIS.
(Either you are or are not a fan of NCIS.  If you are, you "get" why getting home in time for the show was a must!)

The next day, Wednesday Dec. 19 Bernie finally got his knee surgery.
He is clomping around the house on crutches now and doing pretty good.

It is friggin' cold!
The mid west is having blizzards, but we are clear skies with freezing daytime temps.

Decided with it being so cold I would be sporting Christmas-y hats over the next few days.
And as long as I was wearing them as I knocked about town, I thought I would try photographing them again.
(The reverse camera feature on the iphone is great because you can see yourself as you click away.)

Sugar plum fairy?
Naw...beaded grapes.
Perfect wine tasting hat don't you think?

Both hats are created using a Kate Pernia's Katrinka pattern called "Jill".I had requested she draft a glen garry style Scottish cap, she did so, then named the pattern after me.

Beading the fabric's Christmas tree was fun.

(OK...I got a little carried away with the photo touch up feature in these make up is what I call it.)
Wearing a Christmas hat everywhere is such fun.
People stop me to talk about the hats; it still amazes me how hats cause people to approach me and strike up conversations out of the blue.
 I am finding my creative juices are starting to flow again.
Might just be making a new hat soon.
I am sticking closer to home until Bernie is feeling better.
Think this would be a great activity to pursue on a cold winter day in front of the fire.
With cookies.
Which still need to be baked.
This has been SUCH a fun Christmas season!


ellen b. said...

Ok I'm smacking my lips over those lamb riblets!!
Congrats on 36 and I'm glad you were able to fit in a few celebrations before the surgery!

Sara said...

Congratulations on your 36 years of marriage and still being together and having enjoying each other's company so much too. Lovely.

Waiting to see more hats in future posts . . .

Pondside said...

I love your Christmas Glengarry!
Best wishes to your Bernie as he recovers, and congratulations to both of you on your anniversary.

Vee said...

You must be very approachable, Jill! Has Bernie not yet figured out that he, and everything he does, is blog fodder? Most spouses of bloggers figure these things out early on. Knee surgery, too? Wow. Okay, good thing that he isn't responsible for Christmas dinner. Happy Anniversary to you both! You were a great looking couple then and you're a great looking couple today. So glad that you know how to celebrate! (That Christmas hat is delightful.)

Lorrie Orr said...

Happy Anniversary, Jill. You look very festive in your hat. I hope Bernie's knee continues to heal well. Merry Christmas!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I was wondering what kind of a spa Bernie had found now...with the blue hair bonnet and all...and then realized it was about knee surgery! Hopefully all is well...and he is spry as could be in no time.

Congrats on 36 years of marriage...and many blessings on the journey ahead for you two!

The hats are fabulous!

Lovella ♥ said...

I'm smiling at your hat photos and your delicious looking anniversary food that you shared. I do hope that the couples massage has by now translated into relaxed muscles for both of you.
Thinking of you today dear friend.

Kathie said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and Bernie, Jill! I hope he's feeling much better. Won't it be fun to celebrate with a baby this year!! xoxo