Monday, August 30, 2010

A big day coming up

In honor of my hubby's upcoming birthday this week, I'd like to share this poem that I will give to him.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Don't complain....
I'm older than you!

Hubby has given me permission to share his was taken many, many a few years ago.  The first photo is one that shows Hub's 5 o'clock shadow but it's one of my favorites.  It was taken at a ball game where we spent too many hours to mention over the years watching our children play ball.  Or in Hub's case, coaching. 

He dearly loves his kids and has always been there for them.  And I think he might like me, too...:)  Even tho I know I've tested his patience many times.  We've been through a lot together.  He's a good man and he's my best friend.   Happy Birthday, Hubby!!!

Here's my 6 foot 2, eyes of blue:

The next photo shows the two of us at a picnic many moons ago.  Hub has that serious look going and I have that goofy mouth thing going as usual.  My blond hair was looking dark in this pic, for some reason. 

My dear hubby doesn't have his pretty black hair anymore.  It's gray now and thinning on top.  He has quite a few more lines in his face, but he has stayed fit and trim.  (You notice I'm not talking about my lines, etc!)  He is very active with his job and I know that working out in the elements and late hours has a lot to do with those lines.  My hubby is a lineman for a rural electric cooperative and a lineman never knows when he will be called to go to work beyond their normal 8 hour days.  It might be 10 pm or 2 am.  Whenever there is an outage, and they are called, they go.  Many times, they work straight through the night.  Yesterday, he got called to work for a short time. 

I remember one Thanksgiving week coming home from a grocery shopping trip to Columbia and finding a note on the table that he had left to go work an ice storm around Ozark, Mo. and that he wouldn't be home Thanksgiving Day.  That was before we had cell phones and that is another good reason to keep the laundry caught up!  

The lineman are required by OSHA to practice a pole top rescue once a year.  I'm proud to say that my ole man is still keeping up with the younger ones!  He loves his job and it will be hard for him to give it up.  When he retires in 4 years, he will have been a lineman for nearly 40 years.

Here's one last photo of the birthday boy.  It was taken last year when he went down around the Poplar Bluff area during an ice storm to help out.

I've always liked this quote by Mark Twain, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."   I'm only 2 1/2 years older than Hubby and it's never mattered either, even tho he likes to remind me of it from time to time!

Until next time...


  1. Thank you for visiting the Castle,you are very welcome.Our blogs,Deb,yours and mine are similar in content,I like that,we all have something in common,to comment about.!!
    Happy Birthday to your Hubby,hope he has a lovely day.

  2. Hi cheryl,
    Happy birthday to your hubby.. hope his birthday will filled of love, joyful and happiness..
    Love to read your sweet post, my friend!!
    I bet you both are wonderful, even you're 2 1/2 older than him...You look great on the pic.
    I also love the quote of Mark Twain..
    Thanks for sharing..

    Wishing you have a wonderful week ahead!

  3. Happy Birthday to your 6 foot 2, eyes of blue Hubby! It is so nice to see a shot of you Cheryl, of both of you. Always fun to see our blogging friends :) I wouldn't spend one second worrying about those 2 and a half years! Your roses are beautiful!!

  4. Happy Birthday to you handsome fellow. I remember well the storms you mentioned and am truly thankful for our dedicated linemen. Tell him thanks from me for everytime he is out in the freezing, dreadful weather repairing the lines so we can stay warm and toasty and see what we are doing.

    I am also older than my man, but only by 2 1/2 months. Ha. Age truly does not matter.

  5. What a sweet post about your awesome hubby! Hope he has a great birthday. Now when I hear Glen Campbell's song "...I am a lineman for the county..." I can think about men like your husband getting out & working in the cold, rain, & icy weather. Celebrate together!

  6. Hi Cheryl, Happy Birthday to your sweetie pie --and your best friend... Being 2.5 yrs older makes you MUCH smarter, doesn't it???? ha ha

    He does have an important job --and when our electricity goes out in the middle of the night, we do appreciate people like him who come and fix it.

    My middle son loves sports... He always wanted sons --so that they could also play baseball and football and basketball.... BUT--he has TWO daughters... The good news for Mark is that both daughters love sports and both play softball. AND---he is one of their coaches... SO--his dream is coming true even though it may be a little different from what he originally wanted... ha

    Are both of your kids out of the home and on their own now??? In college???

    Are you taking the birthday boy out to dinner tonight???? I'm sure it will be a special day for him no matter what!!!!

    Have a great one.

  7. Hi Cheryl!

    Happy birthday to your husband! You two are a cute couple! He is very handsome and your are adorable, and I'm sure you still are! I admire a dad who loves his children and supports them in their efforts!

    Isn't it funny how the years fly by - 40 years at the same occupation...that is something to be very proud of these days! And, you, my friend, deserve a big pat on the back for supporting him and always having the laundry caught up...:0} My husband has been a pipefitter for 38 years, and it seems like just yesterday that he turned out as a journeyman! We also plan on retiring soon, I can hardly wait for that day!

    I hope you do
    something really fun for his birthday, you both deserve it!



    P.S. I've always thought that age was just a number, it's the love that counts!

  8. Thanks, everyone, for your sweet comments and birthday wishes for my hubby. Where do the years go? Can we be thisclose to retirement age already?

    The photos I shared, except for the last one, were taken many years ago when we had much more hair and a lot less wrinkles! Oh, for the good ole days!

    In answer to a question above...yes, our children are out of college and have been working in their chosen fields quite a long time. Our daughter was married for a number of years, but it sadly ended in divorce. Our son has had several girlfriends over the years, and we thought the last one might be "the one", but sadly, that ended not long ago. Hopefully, the both of them will find the right one soon! Nothing pleases a parent more than their children being happy in their own homes.