“Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories. ~Anonymous
Joe and I got married on October 11, 2003. We are celebrating 14 years this week. Our wedding was at the Mission Inn Riverside, California.
There were 112 guests in attendance. It was a wonderful day.
I’ve been thinking about how quickly those years have traveled by.
Of course I’ve also been thinking about how fortunate I have been. Gratitude.
After an Italian honeymoon we returned to California where Joe & I purchased our first home together. It was a 1926 gardeners cottage known as The Honeymoon Cottage because of a young couple Yeager’s who lived there for a brief time after they married. The house was located on Rumsey Dr. in Riverside, California. It was a house that I had fallen in love with years earlier (before I even knew Joe) and often drove by it on the way home from work. I dreamed of one day living there. The Honeymoon Cottage sat right in the middle of Rumsey Dr. surrounded by trees, birds, squirrels and much larger homes. It became a home filled with love, joy, laughter and wonderful memories.
Within that same year another home was purchased 900 miles away. (a gift from Joe) In a small town on the Oregon Coast which I had driven through one summer (before I knew Joe) and remember thinking how magnificent it was and what a wonderful place to one day live. Yes…the years have passed quickly along with many changes. Beginnings and endings
Today I’m taking a moment to celebrate all those (yours and mine) wonderful anniversaries of the heart. Moments we are fortunate to have experienced and now look back on with a heart of gratitude. Memories of the heart don’t go away…we carry them with us always. Those memories of special friend’s and family past and current ones which have touched our lives and given us the opportunity to share love through the passing of years.
and on a different memory
The plein~air group is just about to end for the year. changes in weather Here is a clip from my last painting excursion to Cape Arago on the Oregon coast. I thought you would enjoy it.
here’s what I’ve been cooking in the cottage..
In celebration of all our anniversaries I prepared a wonderful salad. I’ve got to tell you it was fabulous. I always know when something is yummy…because it doesn’t last! I followed the recipe exactly. It is from Michael of Inspired by Charm.
FALL HARVEST PASTA SALAD
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
1 pound multi-colored pasta
3 cups broccoli, chopped (about 1-inch pieces)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cup poppy seed dressing
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the sweet potato pieces on a large baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and then toss. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil & cook the pasta according to the package directions. You’ll want the pasta to be al dente. Drain the pasta, allow it to cool, and place it in a large bowl.
To the bowl of pasta, add the roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli, dried cranberries, pine nuts, and red onions. Toss with the poppy seed dressing until evenly coated. Crumble in the goat cheese and gently stir again until combined.
Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Stir before serving, adding more dressing if needed. Enjoy!
I’m loving the ability to create movies with my photos have you created one?
Here is one showing a few memories of this past week.💕(beach walks, gardening, organizing my kitchen, and loving my pink roses😘)