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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Change of plans, need ideas!

I mentioned the other day that my husband and I were planning to spend our 10th wedding anniversary at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In my opinion, it's one of the most fascinating places on the East Coast. Gregg has a soft spot for the Outer Banks, having spent a few years in his 20s living just north of there, in Virginia Beach, VA.


There are beaches, obviously, but it's also the site of the Wright brother's first human flight (at Kitty Hawk), the lost colony of Roanoke, old haunts of famous pirates like Blackbeard, several shipwrecks to explore if you're into diving (the coast up there is called "The Graveyard of the Atlantic"), and if you're lucky you might get to see wild horses that live on the beach that are the descendants of horses that swam ashore after Spanish shipwrecks long ago. Here's a link to tell you more:

Wild horses of Corolla

I was soooooo looking forward to going.....and then, my dental drama begin. Two simple fillings turned into two weeks of pain, and an expensive root canal yesterday, and I'm still not entirely sure the problems are completely fixed. So we decided to postpone our trip. I'm terribly disappointed, but I just don't want to take a chance on not feeling 100% well on our trip. It takes 5-6 hours to drive there, and hotel rooms are terribly expensive from mid May until mid September which is the height of the tourist season. It would be a shame to go to all the trouble and expense and then to feel bad. So we're thinking of taking a long weekend at the end of September and going then. The trip will cost less and the weather won't be so terribly hot, which are the two consoling facts about waiting for me.

But, Gregg and I still have more than a week off together! Our vacation starts this weekend (Friday) and lasts through all of next week. Now I have to think of some alternative ways to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary a little closer to home.

(I cried the other night because I felt so bad about my teeth being the reason we're missing our trip, and Gregg was so sweet about it. He says he's just thrilled we're celebrating ten years of marriage, ten happy years, and that he feels lucky that we can take time off together no matter what we end up doing, and even if we stay at home the whole time. He says just being together is enough for him. Of course, that really made me cry. What a good man I married!)


I have no idea what we should do to celebrate now that we're not going anywhere special. I had hoped to spend our anniversary on the beach and sitting on our private balcony overlooking the ocean...but now that's out. I thought about some sort of picnic close to home, but it's so hot here....today was 95F and humid. I suppose there's always the beaches closer to home....and there are several public gardens I've always wanted to visit....not that gardens are terribly appealing to Gregg.

I'm open to any ideas for marking our special day that my blog friends may have. I'd love to hear from my readers in relationships about how you celebrate milestone anniversaries!





16 comments:

  1. If you have a friendly local potter, how about painting a plate each to celebrate your 10 years (portraits maybe). You'd treasure them always. Just an idea!

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    1. That's a great idea! I met a local potter once, but he was very old...I wonder if he's still working? I will check. Thanks Cro!

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  2. Pic looks beautiful with the shades of the sun in the sky...

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    1. It is a beautiful picture! The Outer Banks is a beautiful place!

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  3. I like that each paint a plate idea; that would be a super memento. If it is hot and muggy, is there some indoor place that is air conditioned? Music concert? Public acquarium? Your husband Gregg sounds like a sweetheart.

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  4. Go swimming together in a fun pool with a wave machine, then go to the café for a milkshake and then later have your favorite takeaway meal and relax at home together.

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  5. After 40+ years together I can say we have had a few similar anniversaries, so just buck up my dear and tell each other how strong your love is and then any place will seem like paradise. Love will see you through all the disappointments.

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    1. You're right of course! Such is life, and marriage. We'll find ways to enjoy ourselves. :)

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  6. Wonderful to have a week off together - it does not really matter all that much what you'll be doing, as long as you have some relaxing time for the two of you. Don't overplan it, or the week will feel rushed and not at all relaxing.

    For your anniversary, what about revisiting the place where you got married, if that's possible? A nice meal, whether at home or eating out, and exchanging small gifts with a personal meaning.

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  7. We always celebrate our anniversary with a nice meal out but when you have just had major dental work eating isn't as pleasurable as it should be. Gregg sounds like such a lovely guy - no wonder they named a chain of British bakery shops after him!

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    1. I woke up last night with fresh pain...now I have to take an antibiotic. Eating hasn't been fun lately. On the bright side, now I can fit into shorts that had gotten too tight over the winter! Every cloud has a silver lining I guess!

      Gregg really is a good man. I don't just say that because he's mine. What are the bakery shops called?

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