I don't know why it is so hard to sit down and start a new blog but lately it seems to be. Maybe it is the brutal winter we have had here this year. Anyhow, I got the idea to dedicate this one to my wife of 40 years as of tomorrow the 14th of February. Thinking back to our first date, which was a blind one to boot- lined up by friends- we hit it off right off the bat. Thinking back she should have known I was a little unusual by the selections in my 8 track tape collection for the player in my 1969 Mustang Mach 1. It included some J.S. Bach, Johnny Cash, 3 Dog night, and Henry Mancini. I think that I didn't get her home to Alpha until the early morning hours. Life with her has been an adventure with only a few bumps in the road. So far our health has been pretty good with only my brush with cancer the major bump in the road. I think that one of the reasons for our marriage stability is the fact that we have always been such good friends and comfortable around each other. I know from my side of the equation, that I love Jan more every day, and it has been that way for more than 40 years now. She has given me three beautiful children which has progressed into seven beautiful grandchildren. When they are all here it is a little crazy, but it is a house full of love. What an amazing sensation that is! I wish we could spend another 40 years together but I am sure that that scenario is not in the cards. I have added some pictures, one is Jan with Rachel when she was a baby. Jan is doing what she is really the best at, being a Mom. I love to listen to her talk to her daughters, and son, and daughter-in-law, and sons-in-law. We have a relationship with our family that I don't always see in others. The scary part of getting older is not being around to see how this all plays out, but I am sure that everybody feels that way. I just wanted the world to know that all I really want from Jan is to grow older together, although I don't feel that old yet. Hopefully I have a few good years left in me to give her warm coffee kisses in the morning, and hugs in the evenings. The other picture at the top is Jan with Leah, Aaron and their Mom Lindsey. So, Jan, I hope you like your surprize at work today and I'll see you later.