Archive for August, 2012

Brick and Beam Meets French Country

I try to post at least one image a day on our Facebook page. I posted these pictures a few days ago and thought I would share them here, too. I tore these pictures out of a New England Home magazine several years ago and now wish I had  more information on the project. I’m quite sure the story was produced by Stacy Kunstel.



Love the “window treatment” in this picture.




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Thoughts on Love and Relationships

Several readers asked me to share what I said to Drew and Lindsey during their wedding ceremony. The following are my thoughts on love that I shared with them.

Before Lindsey and Drew exchange Vows, I want to share a few things that I have learned in my 28 years of marriage with Sally. First and foremost, love and marriage is a commitment and promise made from the heart. It is a lifelong commitment to find and bring out the very best in each other. You are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener and critic. How you are friends to each other, how you confide, love, teach, listen and critique each other will be different every day and will change as your relationship matures. Over time, you will find a perspective on life that will ground you through the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs and highs and lows of your marriage. If you will bear with me a few moments, I’d like to share a few things that I have l learned about love in my marriage with Sally.

It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.

It is the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories and working toward common goals.

It is loyalty through good and bad.

It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weakness.

Let your love be stronger than your anger.

Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break.

Look for the best in your beloved rather than the worst.

Confide in your partner and ask for help when you need it.

Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.

Give each other the same courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.

Love is content with the present, yet it hopes for the future and it doesn’t brood over the past.

If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack.

Say “I love you” every day.

But most of all… ENJOY IT.



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Wedding Reprise…

Sally and I are back from Drew’s wedding with pictures galore!!! My Mom, older brother Bill and wife Tina stayed with us thru late morning today, giving them an opportunity to visit several of Salem’s attractions – the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Maritime Museum, the Friendship (a replica of a late 18th century trading ship and the House of Seven Gables. We had an opportunity to sit around in the evening on our side porch and visit. (Listening to BiIl and Tina recount having their 36’ sailboat being struck by lightning while sailing on Lake St. Claire was riveting!)

Before we settle back fully into our work routine, we’d love to share a few pictures of our weekend and Lindsey’s and Drew’s wedding with you. The wedding was held in York Beach, Maine. Lindsey has many happy childhood memories of the area and has relatives who live in the area. It was a perfect place!


Why is Drew holding 2 cell phones???


On our drive to York Beach, our car was filled to it’s roof with wedding flowers.

wedding flowers


We stayed at the Union Bluff Hotel.


And had the rehearsal dinner at the Inn on the Blues, a short walk down the street.

I can’t say enough about the food and the service! It was wonderful!!!

The rehearsal dinner was held on the second floor overlooking York Beach. The weather was perfect and the garage doors were up, opening the restaurant to the fresh salt air and views of the beach. Here’s Drew and Sally’s Mom, Irene, enjoying the evening.


The table center pieces Sally created for the rehearsal dinner. So very very cute!!! And creative!!!


My brothers, Rob and Bill with me later in the evening. (I’m looking only slightly frazzled…) Shortly after this picture was taken, Lindsey’s grandmother came over and fussed over my hair… :-)


At the end of the evening, Sally and her two nieces sang “Going to the Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Married” to Lindsey and Drew.


The happy bride and groom…


As you can see by the pictures, the Inn on the Blues is an informal, friendly place. Sally and I served cake for dessert in our room after the dinner…


Wedding day dawned bright and sunny with high hopes the ceremony could be outside on the Union Bluff’s lawn. Sally, Tina and Tina’s daughter were busy getting table center pieces ready most all afternoon.


A finished table…


Unfortunately, we had to move the ceremony inside at the last minute as it began to rain. (It was a downpour actually…) I sailed thru the ceremony, as did the bride and groom. Lindsey was radiant. Drew in awe… I have to say the energy is totally different, almost electric, standing there with the bride and groom. I am so, so very glad I said yes to them 6 months ago…


Tears finally came as I watched Drew and Sally dance to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”. (Sally’s request to the dj, Jeff Mader, aka DJ Shyne, who by the way was unbelievable!!! Total unqualified recommendation!)


Lindsey and Drew cutting the cake… (Sort of…)

By 10:30, the dance floor belonged to the young and the young at heart.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, my brother Bill, Tina and my Mom came back to Salem with us for a visit. Our first tomatoes and eggplant were waiting for us when we arrived. Sally whipped up her famous tomato/basil sauce and grilled eggplant for one of our dinners. Mmmm – good!!!

And now it’s back to work and re-entry…

If you’d like, I’ll post my thoughts on Love I shared with Lindsey and Drew during the ceremony.


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