Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Some of the ways my husband spoils me

Cliff was still recuperating from his quadruple bypass surgery when I found out my current favorite folk singer, Iris Dement, had a concert scheduled in Iowa City, Iowa.  That's about six hours from here, but it seems to be as close as she'll ever be.  I wanted so badly to see her live and in person, and I told Cliff about this golden opportunity.

Now, Cliff could care less about Iris Dement.  Neither her singing nor her politics are in line with his way of thinking.  He'll gladly tell you, "I wouldn't walk across the street to see Willie Nelson or George Jones." 

But he saw how badly I wanted to go to this thing, and he told me to go ahead and buy the tickets; and I did.

So the last Saturday of this month, God willing, we'll be sitting there watching Iris.  Cliff will be saying, "Here's another one of your hair-brained schemes."  I'll be smiling.

My regular readers will recall how much enjoyment I was getting out of our neighbor's filly colt, until David took her south, along with her mother.

I miss her.

Lately, my grandson, Arick, has been buying, selling, and breaking horses.  Horses are at an all-time low, as far as prices are concerned.  When Arick was here the other night, I asked him how much I'd have to pay for a young horse.

Cliff hit the ceiling.  His sister Charlene and her husband were here, and I think Charlene thought we were going to be name-calling before she left; she kept trying to change the subject.  Obviously she doesn't know her brother very well.  He rants loudly and well, but his heart is made of putty.

So once everyone was gone, I said to Cliff:  "Remember when I insisted you build that shop, even though we hadto refinance the house to do it?  You were hesitant, but I insisted.  Because I've seen so many men die while waiting to see their dream come  true."

Silence.

"... and remember when we went and bought a brand new John Deere tractor on my birthday, because I wanted you to have it?"

"Tell Arick to get you a colt," he said.  And there was no anger or resentment in his voice... only love.

That's my husband. 

Of course, when there's an unruly adolescent horse outside in the pen, he'll be saying, "Here's another one of your hair-brained schemes."

21 comments:

ajoleblon said...

...but how fortunate you are to have Cliff....

pinkroseal said...

MO, Iowa City, Iowa, nintey miles from Waterloo, Iowa where I lived 19 yrs. before my move to Minnesota three yrs ago.  Any thing to do with Iowa I read about, and will look forward to your report on the concert end of the month.
Keep us informed, thanks..... Pink~ in MN.

rollinghillsides said...

What a beautifully written and meaningful entry.   Just what true love and understanding are all about, for sure.   A lot to be learned here.  Thanks.  Judy

siennastarr said...

You two are so awesome, you just make me smile!  And, yes this entry made me laugh too, especially the thing about you and "your hair brained schemes!"  Cliff complains (lovingly) about them, but he wouldn't have it any other way!

Yaaaay!  You get a colt!! :)

Hugs
Jackie

lanurseprn said...

You are so blessed!  Can't wait to see the new colt!  And your smile!
Pam

plieck30 said...

Very cute entry. My deceased husband use to always call me War Department when he called from work. Anyone who didn't know me would think I was some rough mean woman until they met me and were they surprised. He was full of fun like that. Paula

amy122389 said...

LOL, Donna...I just KNOW you were hiding a smile behind those 'remember when I....'   I do the same thing....hee hee...  I'll be looking for some horse pictures soon then!

~Amy

redpoppy007 said...

You deserve it and more..u take very good care of him and your home.

madcobug said...

Cute entry. Looking forward to seeing a new colt soon. Helen

marainey1 said...

You are spoiled...but very nicely so as you do spoil him back too !  Sounds like you'll have your work cut out for you!  Enjoy Iris!  'On Ya' - ma

mumma4evr said...

you both deserve to be spoiled!
Becky

magran42 said...

I just love your "hair-brained schemes."

ukeliah said...

Oh, Donna.
Yesterday you made me laugh, today you make me snivel. See how you are?
I heart Cliff.
-Mel

salemslot9 said...

my step-father has taken my mother
to a few Neil Diamond concerts
even though he's not
really into it :)

nerves05 said...

You guys are so sweet to each other. I pray one day my hubby will be that way.
I want to get  a horse one day.
Your hair brained schemes are pretty cool... actually your a pretty cool grandma..

Take care  :-)


bnanajm said...

I love him for loving you so much.

:o)

tendernoggle said...

Yep, I think he loves you! lol
Yall remind me of me and Danny.
love ya,
carlene

mutualaide said...

Ah, but your hair-brained schemes are really fun!  (for me anyway)

oldmanssubs said...

Most interesting how we play and work our mates to our own selfish ends (ha ha ho ho he he). How well we get to know and sway our mates when they're short on seeing all the right in the total light. Wonderful how we may influence them to broaden their reasoning maybe not so much to sway them, but so’s they see their answers more clearly.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, get your traveling in from now on whenever you may. Take from me, I’m no longer desirous to try motoring out of my neighborhood anymore. And finding someone to take me is almost as difficult the ride of any distance anymore.
It is a most difficult day that day when it comes we must cut back on what was once so easy.

rebuketheworld said...

Your husband is soooooooo lucky to have you....wisdom....When you wrote...dreams untrue...its sooooooooo true...it will sap the life out of someone if they dont seek after them.....Glad your going to the concert with your hubby...you guys are a great example of a good marriage...

~Raven

randlprysock said...

What a lovely entry Mosie!!  Sounds like he is a keeper.  Hugs,
Lisa