Monday, January 12, 2015

Celebrating the 44th year of Matrimonial Bliss

Okay, I'd be lying if I claimed it has been all bliss but it has been a solid and satisfying partnership with much love, friendship, laughter and affection.  We are one of those lucky couples who have grown together rather than apart.  We still share many interests and have learned to tolerate those interests we do not share, mainly by leaving one another enough "alone" time to enjoy them.  We have a lovely balance of unity to solitude.  Anyway, it works for us.

To celebrate, we spent the weekend [Friday evening through Sunday morning] at a lovely Bed & Breakfast in Cold Springs, NY, The Hudson House.  I have a bad habit of bringing along my camera but not using it.  I get so involved in the doing that I forget all about the recording.  I suppose that's not such a bad thing.  So I'll just have to describe the place.  This inn has been in continuous operation since 1830 and the current owners have decorated it accordingly with period wallpapers and spindle backed wooden chairs in every corner with a wing back chair thrown into the mix every so often.  For the rest, there were loads of distressed tables, wardrobes and cabinets.  The headboards were also period pieces.  The food was wonderful, the service top notch but the bedroom was kept at a suffocatingly hot temp.  We had to open the balcony door periodically just to be able to breathe.  And, like so many hotels, motels and B & Bs, the rooms were very softly lit.  So no cross stitching was possible.  On the other hand, I did manage to finish crocheting Liam's crib blanket. On the plus side, downstairs in the public bar and restaurant area, there was a comfortable and cozy sitting area complete with a fireplace.  This was the closest the place came to the common room one expects to find in a typical B & B.  It would only seat half a dozen people, though, and was clearly not meant for mingling with other B & B guests.  It was furnished more like a gentleman's club with leather sofas and barrel chairs.  It was more of an adjunct to the bar than an amenity for overnight guests. The town was quaint and filled with shops,and galleries and restaurants.  Unfortunately, as it was the off season, many were not open.  The few that were open were a bit disappointing.  The antique shops were more properly classified as collectible shops: lots of china, bric-a-brac, depression glass, Beatles and Elvis memorabilia, old toys and old tools.  It is mildly depressing to see that a lot of the kitchenware in such places is quite familiar to me, since it graced my childhood home.  Kitschy 50's era stuff like Corningware, melmac dish sets and Avon bottles just doesn't do anything for me.  It was low end junk back then and remains so today.  I was looking for antique needle work accessories, pin cushions, ivory knitting needles and crochet hooks and found nothing of interest.  Of course, many of the shops were closed.  I'd say the place is worth another look in Spring or Summer.  But if we go again, I'll definitely want to time our visit around a concert or two at Boscobel and make reservations to eat dinner at the Culinary Institute of America.  There's also a needlework shop in Hyde Park that would be well worth a visit.
In warmer seasons, one can enjoy a gorgeous view of the Hudson River which is literally across the street.  There is a charming gazebo and many benches along the river a stone's throw from the Hudson House's front steps.  The view in the winter was quite dramatic: an icy river lined by bare trees and mountains.  But with temps hovering in the high teens we weren't tempted to linger.  

Here at home, I have set up my Anniversary/Valentine's Day tree in my entry hall.  The ornament that is front and center is the one I stitched in 2014 and has my wedding day stitched in the center.  I'll keep this tree up until Valentine's Day, after which it will be replaced by my Spring tree.  the goal is to stitch a few more Spring and Easter ornaments between now and then.

11 comments:

Vickie said...

Congratulations to you both! A beautiful, God blessed accomplishment.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on having such a long standing marriage! That seems to be rare these days!

CalamityJr said...

Happy anniversary. We will celebrate our 43rd later this year; how time flies. Sorry your get-away was a bit disappointing. Your seasonal tree is lovely, though!

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary wishes to you both, what a lovely way to celebrate.

Love your metal tree, its the perfect size for little ornaments. Will have to think about getting myself one like that, my brains thinking all sorts that could adorn one of those. Beautiful ornaments hanging on yours.

xx

Blu said...

Happy anniversary! Congrats on so many years together.

Linda said...

Happy Anniversary. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Linda

Shebafudge said...

Congratulations to both of you on 44 years. These days it is a huge achievement to stay married, so here's to the next 44!!

Linda said...

Many congratulations on your anniversary.

rosey175 said...

Happy Anniversary to y'all. :) I'll achieve #2 this year and it is so nice to hear about long-lasting relationships. It sounds like you had a nice time out, but it's a shame about the antique shops! I prefer ones filled with furniture and interesting fiber things even if I'm not there to buy.

Maggee said...

Congrats on a long and Happy Union! This year is my 25th! The Hudson House looks like quite a nice place. Maybe not such a B&B tho. Maybe they envisioned something different. It IS sad to see antique dealers calling our playthings and such 'antiques'. Americans seem to consider things antique if they are 50 years old or around there. We are such a young nation. But some of us KNOW what a real antique is!! Hugs!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. January is not the warmest month to celebrate in!
Love your tree with the seasonal ornies.