Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Any Excuse to Celebrate

Last week we signed the papers to refinance our house. It wasn't a major milestone and we would have been fine without it but it was a good day. And it's important to celebrate good days.

Underlying our every celebration is gratitude that Denny and I are together, healthy and happy after thirteen years. We didn't know, that first year, how much time we'd have because I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. In truth, no one knows how long they'll have but we all expect a lifetime. Now, thirteen good years later, I'm hopeful for many more.

So if you're due for a celebration, try the wine we enjoyed last week, the Casa Lapastolle Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Merlot, 2005. Deep grapey nose, raspberries and dark plums in the mouth, silky tannin on the finish. Lovely. And a great complement to the grilled garlic-rosemary marinated pork loin with sweet onions, and the accompanying tangy mashed red potatoes (fat-free Greek yogurt keeps our hearts healthy and adds a zing), and lightly steamed young green beans.

Our celebration was as good as it sounds. Hope you make a reason to have a good one of your own.


  1. Congratulations on your many reasons to celebrate. The menu sounds luscious. I love garlic-rosemary combos, too.

    I only recently discovered the fat-free Greek yogurt and enjoy it for breakfast with berries, a few walnuts and cinnamon. It has such a great texture.

  2. Congratulations on celebrating 13 years, K & D!
    And I am happy to say that I've known you for most of them! :-)
    I loved your Sweet Harry blog too.
    Your reprinting Denny's Harry blog was a great tribute to him. (DENNY! not Harry!)
    Rich and I are back on the road again tomorrow morning. Bonnie and Dan will have William baptized on Sunday, the 17th. Then, Rich and I are going to mosey back home, stopping at Williamsburg and Tallahassee. We'll be home no later than June 1.
    Love to you both.

  3. Still getting to know you, and my jaw dropped reading these posts.
    May I assume that Denny is well? I cannot imagine how to keep from unravelling, to not feel like I was dragging a yoke of rocks and cave darkness around, waiting on your life like this.
    The more so for having climbed free of cancer. And you are free ... right?
    What a story you are and tell.
    Thanks for letting me "feel" this, you, and your blessings to me.
    And did you have another blog.. or somewhere else where your writings are posted . I'd love to read more.


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