Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Anniversary Waltz

It's your syncopated stomp
at daybreak chasing
the paycheck.
It's the well-rehearsed turn
of your key in the lock
every six o'clock.

It's this pas de deux
we do
to celebrate 34 years 
not floating on a cloud
but on worn and scored
earth beneath our odyssey.

Give me 12,410 more 
with you
rather than one still-life
bouquet of fragile promises.

les dames d'abord

les dames d'abord

les dames d'abord


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Anita, stopping by to say hello. Hope you are doing well. Been sick here with terrific migraines but a bit better now. We are storming and tornadoes all around. More on the way. We do need the rain to bring the spring flowers. Have a great rest of the week. You may be on spring break. If so, enjoy!!
Blessings my friend. xo

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Happy Joyous Love ~ Sweeties!!!
Sending warmth and good wishes Enjoy your special day!!
XXX OOO Linnie

Cathy Hickman said...

Wonderful milestone for a couple. We have been 36 years..., it is a good journey. Blessed be all that survive with love & luck.Sending you both much love and respect for your journey.

Cynthia said...

Oh dear, Anita! Or should I say, Dear Anita. . .such lovely poetry and photography! I always love visiting your page.

Junkchiccottage said...

Happy Anniversary. Our journey together is 34 years too. Enjoy each others beautiful love.

CiciBianca said...

Lovely thoughts, words and photos - I always enjoy your beautiful work - Thank you Anita

A Joyful Cottage said...

Ah, your poem is so very fine, Anita. It captures the essence of true love. . .which endures through the everyday. Steadfast. Sure. Dependable. And then there are flowers, which signify romance and charm, and those moments with our beloved that take our breath away. Lovely. Happy Anniversary, my friend. hugs ~ Nancy

Marie said...

Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite couples. I love you both dearly. So proud to call you family.
May you continue to uphold your promise to cherish for all your days.

Love you,

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Anita wishing you and the mister happy anniversary wishes. John and I celebrated 37 years married in December and love, friendship and play continues on. I know you also married your best friend and I enjoyed your poem. Beautiful Tulips.

Deborah said...

Anniversary blessings to you both!!!!
Enjoy your anniversary my dear friend ....love abounds in you and through you xo
Beautiful shots of those blooms!!!!!!!!

All my heart.
Deborah xoxoxoxoxox

The French Hutch said...

So lovely. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Anita.

Down by the sea said...

Congratulations to you both on your 34th Anniversary. Those are such wonderful words and images to celebrate this special occasion.Have a wonderful day! Sarah x

Daniela said...

My Dearest, Beloved, Esteemed Anita, I'm always so pleased when I see a post of yours and I have the chance to come and visit you here !
Happy Belated Anniversary to both of you, sweet friend your journey sounds so wonderful ... May you spend still 100 years together, with the same love of the first day, I wish it to you with all my heart !

Sending such a lot love to you
with boundless gratitude

Barbara Fisher said...

Such sweet words Anita you made me cry! I love the entire poem, but the last part is simply magical. I wish you and your hubby much love and laughter.
You have enriched my life far more than you will ever know. xxx

The Dutchess said...


Taste of France said...

Just lovely! You are very lucky!
Your photos are beautiful as well. I love the little pink Eiffel Towers.

therelishedroost said...

The absolutely loveliest poem, you are amazing. xo K

Jade said...

Congratulations dear Anita! What a wonderful post full of beauty and romance!

With love, Jade

Karena Albert said...

Dear Anita, what lovely poetry! Happy Anniversary my dear!

The Arts by Karena

Celia Becker @ After Orange County said...

Your post was the first thing I opened this morning. What a lovely way to start my day. The poem accompanied by the piano and lovely photos was so enchanting. Thank you and happy anniversary.

Sarah said...

Anita, how lovely to see this post pop up. Happy Anniversary to you two love birds. Your words and images are just as eloquent and elegant as ever. I miss you, my friend. All the best to you!

donna baker said...

Oh those tulips and roses... We celebrate (or take the kids out for dinner) Friday - 44 years. Unbelievable.

Peggy said...

You are an island of beauty.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

The depth of your talent, eloquent photography and gentle words glorify the beauty of our world.
Thinking of you always and sending love.

Red Rose Alley said...

Happy Anniversary, my dear. These are wonderful picture to celebrate such a special day.

love, ~Sheri

"Create Beauty" said...

Truly Beautiful my dear. Your words AND your gorgeous photos!!!!
Happy Anniversary!

~ Violet

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary to you! What a wonderful dance this is...enjoy your week and your year!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy Anniversary dear friend! Your beautiful photos and words are perfect for such a special day.

Cathi Rafalski said...

Just lovely, Anita! I especially love the tulips; think Spring!!! xoxo

Leslie said...

Congratulations Anita! ..it just keeps getting better doesn't it?;) Your flowers and poetry are just lovely. Thank you for sharing this special day with us! xxL

bernadette b said...

happy birthday Anita et encore beaucoup d'autres.

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary, Anita!! Such a pretty post...a weekend in Carmel to celebrate?

Jeanie said...

Much joy in your celebration of long love! Your words and images are simply spectacular! Happy day!

Lowcarb team member said...

What beautiful flowers.
Happy Anniversary.

I so enjoyed your pictures and your words.

All the best Jan

It's me said...

Wooooooooooooooowwwwww.....beautiful !!....congratulations ....love Ria x ❤️❤️❤️

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Cathi, thank you for visiting!

handmade by amalia said...

How completely lovely. Happy Anniversary.

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, congrats again - it is SO SPECIAL to have a partner to share your life with, and in such a nice way. Your pix are stunning my dear - so, so beautiful! Happy hugs from germany!

Madelief said...

Dearest Anita,

Congratulations on your 34th Wedding anniversary. I hope you and your love had a wonderful day! Wishing you happiness and those 12.410 more everydays together!

Thank you for your always sweet comments on my blog too. I sometimes forget to reply, but I want you to know that they are dear to me.

Have a lovely weekend ahead sweet friend!

Madelief x

Sonja Goodson said...

My heartfelt congratulations to you, beautiful couple!! God was smiling on you both the day He brought you together my friends!

Mindy Whipple said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations on 34 years. We just celebrated 35! I echo your sentiment of wanting 12,410 more...

Debbie said...

BEAUTIFUL. Honestly Anita, you have a gift. Happy Anniversary to you and Ruben (please say hello to him for me)

Jeri Landers said...

Dang.... that was so fine. I commend and congratulate you for being in love and together for all these years. You are obviously meant for one another, a magnificent pairing.

HWIT BLOGG said...

Beautiful music and beautiful pictures...you really have a lovely blog!
Love from Titti

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Quel message splendide.

J'adore le contenu de ton blog
et je te souhaite des jours
plein de bonheur et de succès
dans ta vie personnelle.

To dine at leisure,
flooded in bright sunlight:
the perfect summer...


Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Happy anniversary! Wishing you many laughs together more important than bouquets, to many comforting moments more precious than jewels.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

cher Troebadoer! Je suis contente toujours de vous voir ici. Vos paroles, c'est la poèsie! Et vous êtes si gentil de me laisser de telles perles. Je vous souhaite "The Perfect Summer."

Red Rose Alley said...

Good Morning Anita,
I would love to see your one set of three small white rabbits with aqua eggs hehehe. I only have a few things that I put out ever year also. But it's nice to see them around knowing that spring is in the air.

Have a beautiful Sunday, my dear friend.

love, ~Sheri
(off to check out your instagram). :)

Red Rose Alley said...

aaahhh, the pink roses against the white marble, sooooo pretty. Is that your fireplace?

Robyn said...

Oh, Anita! You have such a way with words. Your verse is so powerfully charged that it took me aback, made me smile and then make me shake my head with wonder at how you created something so beautiful. Only true, very true love could allow you to create those perfect thoughts and images. Thank you, dear friend. xoxo

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

That is such a perfect loving poem!! :-)
The Mousiekins say to The "T" You are WELCOME anytime!! ;-)
xxx ooo

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Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you dear friend for your visit... So happy you enjoyed the rose buds.. I can't wait to see yours.
I added a photo, stop in when you have time... A bun bun in my neighbors yard.

Ana said...



Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Thank you for stopping by!

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. Hope you will be able to visit my country one day. I think it has a lot to offer. I enjoyed reading your translation of the words on the plaque. You were really close. The words say that love is the foundation/the base of it all or 'it's all about love'. So beautiful, especially when you know that the building onto which the plaque is attached, was an orphanage in the 17th and 18th century. I hope the children got the love they deserved.

Madelief x

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Happy anniversary to you both! Love how you counted the days. Such a lovely poem. And many more to come!

Stange and ich said...
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Stange and ich said...

with you it's all right with springtime! very beautiful!!!
sunny greetings

Red Rose Alley said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Anita! Did you know that my kids are part Irish on their father's side? The Irish are such a jolly bunch, and it's one place that I'd love to visit someday. I am even wearing green today hehehehe.

love you, ~Sheri

oh, I so enjoy looking at your instagram now and then. Your pictures are simply wonderful.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hello dear Anita, the words are like music to my ears. Happy anniversary to you both. I so love the gorgeous flowers. I am loving your photography skills dear friend. Have a fabulous weekend. xo

Burlap Luxe said...

Dearest Anita,
An email will follow...I am planning a major fram job on it where again I will feature the painting along with a make mentioning about every how the painting cam about. When I spotted your header and told you it was my all time most favorite header to date it was due to my life growing up in the Bay Area of Northern Ca. Carmel is where I fell in love, and being a dear friend of Cindy's I often send her photos of inspiration ...
When I saw your header, I sent her over to you, but by the time she visited she came back to me saying she did not see the header I was talking about. I then told her perhaps Anita will privately share it with you. To my great surprise, I was totally in shock when a package came to me, a knock at my door via Fed-ex! I tore through it like Christmas morning, tears flowing and over taken with a love replaced in my heart as to my true love found on the cliffs of Carmel Ca.

As to not mentioning you or where the exact inspiration came from was not of neglect, but rather leaving it open to making it only about Cindy Austin-Redmen and the mystery as to who the blogger was... Also knowing I would leave the door open for another grand post on all that inspired the painting. Again it's due to get framed with grand salvage if it works out? If not I will still hunt for the perfect pieces for this said painting.

Yes, being an artist myself, I find joy in Cindy's art, and what do you think? It's such a great French fit for my French rural cottage.
I love the sheep, and many areas of the Bay Area you will find sheep grazing about, it feels so close to the countryside of France, and this is why I am so enamored with this piece.


Thank you for taking the foto that inspired.


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Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy Happy Anniversary to you both....may your Days be endless.....love to you xo

Anonymous said...

Your words took my breath away.
Simply beautiful.

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