Today is our forty-fourth wedding anniversary. Hoo-boy! As I like to note, those who get married in Maine in March are apt to be hardy couples who can weather most anything. And so it is with Clif and me.
Because of the pandemic, there will be no going anywhere special. No matter. We bought plenty of tasty treats, including shrimp—the highest on the food chain that we’ll eat—good bread, real butter—oh, wowsah!—and a small chocolate cake. Holy cats! I can’t remember the last time I had chocolate cake.
We also bought some Sees chocolates and nuts, which will last us for a long while.
As we got married in March in Maine, you might think that we went somewhere warm for our honeymoon, but you would be wrong. Instead, we went to Montréal, where the snowbanks were as high as they were in Maine, and the snowplows traveled at a clip that was terrifying.
But what a wonderful trip it was, and yesterday Clif and I had a lovely time reminiscing about that gray European-like city. We ate tourtière pie, went to small cafés and pastry shops, visited a museum with a fabulous King Tut exhibit, stayed in a delightful hotel that could have been in the middle of Paris, and laughed at a smartly dressed woman who swore in French when a car splashed her at an intersection.
In those days, we traveled with the help of AAA, with little bound paper strips of maps called TripTiks. Readers, they were awesome and really made traveling easier. We found our delightful hotel through AAA. I think we just stumbled on the cafés, but that was forty-four years ago, and we might have used AAA for guidance with that, too.
Anyway, despite the passage of time, it made us both smile to talk and think about going to Montréal.
This week, for music in honor of our anniversary, I am turning to the buoyant Jon Batiste and his “I Need You.”
Here are some simple pleasures and favorites from blogging friends.
From Piglet in Portugal, a jar of smiles.
Ju-Lyn, of Touring my Backyard, got warmth from a snowy scene. (Someone from Maine just might have sent her a card.)
Thistles and Kiwis shared the many wonderful things popping up in Wellington.
Dawn, from Change is Hard, featured a picture of one of the loveliest harbingers of spring in the northern United States, the red-winged blackbird.
80 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: A Forty-Fourth Anniversary, See’s Chocolates, and Jon Batiste”
Congratulations on your anniversary.
A sweet photo of you both – Happy Anniversary!
Happy happy Anniversary!!!
Hip hip hurray to you both. Enjoy today and everyday!
Congratulations on your anniversary! You both look terrific!!
Thanks so much! Working hard to live a healthy lifestyle.
Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more happy years together.
Congratulations! Happy Anniversary! And what a wonderful uplifting music choice this week too. A good start to my Saturday morning.
Happy Anniversary! I well remember See’s Candies; I used to buy them in California. If you’re ever inclined to try something more local, I can recommend the Chatham Candy Manor in Chatham, MA. I just received some, and believe me — I’ve never put such a good chocolate in my mouth! I love that they’re a local business, and that they’ve been around for 65 years — the history on their website’s wonderful. Here’s to at least 65 years for you and Clif!
Thanks! My heart belongs to See’s, but someday I might give Chatham’s a try. 😉
Happy anniversary, Laurie. I can’t think of a better place to have a honeymoon than Montréal, but then that’s where I went to university and met my husband. Great choices all around!
Thanks, Jane! How lovely to go to school in Montreal.
It was for sure. That’s what got me to Canada. I never left (except for a few years when we were in England).
Happy anniversary, and best wishes for many, many more.
Happy Anniversary! Loved your photo, very sweet– Enjoy your day!
Congrats and here’s to many more!
Thanks so much!
Happy anniversary! 🎂🍷🍺
Happy Anniversary! Glad you shared good memories and some tasty treats.
Congratulations on a married journey well travelled with, I hope, many years ahead. You both look very happy in that photograph – enjoy this milestone.
That is a wonderful photo of the two of you! Happy 44th, Laurie and Clif! You are already someplace special to celebrate your anniversary. There is no place like home. 🙂🙂 🐱 ❤️
Thanks, Lavinia! So true. There is no place like home.
Happy 44th Wedding Anniversary, Laurie and Clif. I love your creative way of celebrating. See’s Chocolates!! What could be better?!
Thanks so much! Oh, those chocolates.
Happy happy anniversary Laurie and Clif, here’s wishing you many more happy anniversaries to come! 💕💜💕
Happy Anniversary. When you say you can’t remember the last time you ate chocolate cake does that mean it’s a long time since you had one. Or is your memory becoming more like mine? I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday! Enjoy the chocolates.
I think the last time I had cake was for our anniversary last year. Lemon, as I recall.
A year without cake? I knew thinks were rough but I didn’t realise civilisation had decayed that much! You poor thing…
Yes, things really went to heck in a hand basket. 😉
Congratulations on your anniversary!!! I hope you have a wonderful day. And that spring is on the way to you too!
Thank you! Spring is coming slowly, as it always does.
Happy Anniversary and enjoy the wonderful meal and snacks!!🙂 Love Jon Batiste and remember many wonderful vacations using those great TripTiks.🙂
Many, many thanks! Jon Batiste is a gem.
Chocolate cake! That is definitely going to make for a happy anniversary. As part of an older couple, can I recommend enjoying your youth while you can. 🙂
I enjoyed the music of the day.
Yes, chocolate cake makes any celebration better. Thank you for the advice! Clif and I will do our best to follow it.
I am glad to hear that.
Happy anniversary to you both! You look fabulous. It must be 40+ years of love. I like the way you celebrate and love your reminiscences of Montreal. Congrats!
Thank you so much for the kind words! Montreal is a special place.
What a cute couple! How beautiful to celebrate such a milestone! Congratulations and best wishes for many more years of happiness.
Thank you, thank you!
Congratulations, Laurie & Clif! 44 years – fabulous!
❤❤❤ your couple photo – you looks so together & serene & happy. And your new hairdo – very chic!
Thanks so much! As for the hairdo…one year of not going to the hairdresser’s. I cut the sides, and Clif cuts the back. Seems to work. 😉
Wow! That is great teamwork! It looks so professionally done!
Congratulations Laurie and Clif, and what a sweet photo of you both…
I think it was Mark Twain who said it took 40 years to really enjoy being married…something like that!
I loved your story of your Montreal honeymoon …it seems you got Montreal and Paris rolled into one!
Have a happy day, and enjoy the chocolate cake.
Many thanks! Gray, cold Montreal was marvelous.
Hearty congratulations. A lovely photograph as a tribute to a life of love. I may have mentioned that I am not a great fan of chocolate, but that See’s box wouldn’t last me very long 🙂
Thanks, Derrick! We’ll try to make those chocolates last into next month. 😉
Congrat’s on 44. We just purchased tickets to see Henry V on our anniversary (28) in July! May the theatres be open again. – Oscar
Fingers and toes crossed for you. Once more unto the breach!
Many many congratulations to you both and thank you for the music (and dancing).
Thanks so much!
Congratulations! We celebrated 38 years on March 19th.
Wow! Another anniversary on March 19. Happy, happy!
Congratulations on 44 happy years. Enjoy the chocolate cake, and if there’s any left over do remember your poor English cousin on the other side of the pond!
Thanks! Wish I could share with you.
What a cute photo of the two of you! I love it! (Also love Jon Batiste.)
Sweet post! Love the photo of you two–congratulations! Forty-four is an achievement! (My first was 21 years and I’m now in year 25 of marriage #2). The video brightened my day!
Many, many thanks! Glad you liked the video. Jon Batiste is terrific.
Congrats 🎉 Love the photo of you two 😊❤️
Thanks so much!
Congratulations! That is a lovely photo of the two of you. See’s Chocolates was very big in Seattle; Allan’s first girlfriend worked there for years! A friend of mine also worked there and said she ate way too much chocolate, something about employees were encouraged to sample so that they could describe and promote the wares. 🙂
Many thanks! I could never work at a See’s factory. I love the chocolate too much, and I would never get sick of it. 😉
Happy Anniversary, Laurie and Cliff. It sounds like you had a wonderful day reminiscing. When I married we lived in Vermont and honeymooned in Maine! Lol. Enjoy your chocolates!
Many thanks! And lots of people come to Maine for vacations and honeymoons.
Forty-four years?? Congratulations to both of you! It’s a testament to making the right choice in the first place, then to working through any possible blips along the way. Here’s to another forty-four … or more!!
Oh wow! Forty-four years! Congratulations to you both! I love your Montréal memories!
Happy anniversary to you both.
It’s wonderful reminiscing about special times together. Forty-four years is extraordinary. Congratulations. I’ve never been to Montreal, but I hope to go one day. I’m originally from Ontario, Canada, and I’ve spent time in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. It’s on my long list of hoped-for travel.
I love Jon Batiste’s new single, the video, and his joyful approach to music and life. He’s a gem.
Many thanks! Yes, John Batiste is a gem.
He is indeed.
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