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The 40th Anniversary. According to Hallmark, it is Ruby. You know, incentive to buy cards and other things from that Hallmark store.

August 9th 1980. In 95+ degree heat. We got married.

We thought that we would be going away to celebrate but Covid-19 ruined those plans.

As our celebration, like we do for minor events where I cook and we open old wines, we decided to commemorate that Ruby theme by opening an old Port. From the year we were married.

Yeah, it’s no longer ruby red but it was really incredible. We bought these Ports from Wells Liquors in Baltimore. They were from the closed Brentwood Inn. We figured they would obviously survive for anniversaries far beyond what a bottle of wine could do.

I served the Port with a few lovely dark chocolate salted caramels from Sweet Cascades. We picked them up at the Wine Bin.

I made simple pan fried tenderloin filets. Bought at Boarman’s. Seared to perfection. Opened a Beringer reserve cabernet. Buttered fingerlings. Sliced heirloom tomatoes. Nothing difficult to make.

It’s been an adventure. Forty years together. These days far more time together since we don’t get out much. Not the way we intended to spend retirement but thankfully having a larger hone and a big yard we can get some alone time when we need it.

Let’s hope better times are coming. So we can go out and celebrate my husband’s 70th birthday later this year.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. Congratulations! We just had our 37th this week, August 6th, and decided to get take out from Iron Bridge Wine Company. Along with a nice desert wine that we got from Black Ankle Winery in Mt. Airy. It was lovely, just like your celebration. Congratulations on 40 year. Chas and I had our first date on Oct 13 1980, so we’ll celebrate our 40th anniversary of that when it rolls around. We always celebrate both anniversaries since the wedding would not have happened if the date hadn’t.

    April Rimpo

    • Our first date was August 10th 1979. We celebrate that too.

      You know. Rimpo Weather is a major part of our life. Following the rain rates and totals because we are trying to establish a new line of evergreens on the property line. Deciding if we should water or not.

      Tell Chas thanks for running the web site.

      And Happy Anniversary to you too!

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  3. Congrats on 40th.

  4. Congrats to you both. We have our 40th coming up in a few months and had also planned on going someplace but we will put that on hold. Be well.


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