Happy anniversary to me…

and Julia I suppose. πŸ˜€


36 years ago today I married the wonderful Julia. Almost everyone I knew said I had been rash marrying so quickly and that it wouldn’t last!! I think they may have had a point, we only met on December 20th 1981, got engaged on January 8th, moved in together on valentines day and married on March 20th. 3 months to the day after we met, We must have been mad?! I think we did the right thing. I think our success has been because we put raising a family first. Early on we had little money but what we had was spent on activities with the kids. We didn’t spend nights down the pub or put any outside activities ahead of the family and we only bought what we could afford. Our motorhomes were always older than all the others in our motorhome club group but ours wasn’t on credit so we weren’t stressed about paying for it. (we always knew we would have the nice vans like our friends only they would be 10 years older when we got them πŸ˜€Β  ) There have been ups and downs, Julia has had to put up with a lot more than I have but she has been patient and waited for me to become an adult, when I was about 45. πŸ˜€ All in all we have done okay so far. Let’s see how the next 36 years pan out.

We have had a few false starts with spring this year only for snow to return and spoil it. As usual the country ground to a halt as soon as a snowflake hit the ground! How is it that other countries manage just fine with snow and we don’t? When I lived in Indiana we would regularly get 6 to 12 inches of snow in a day and still go about our business without any problems, here we get 5 cms and planes, trains, and automobiles cease running. πŸ˜€ We had a night at the weekend that was a bit bad. Temperatures were -5 but with the wind chill was -17 I really felt that in my bones but I think that is just my age. One Christmas in Indianapolis it was windchill of -40 and the main water supply line under my house froze but my Father in-law and I spent the day outside replacing it with nothing more than the soldering blowtorch to keep us warm.

My boys don’t let the weather spoil their day.


The boys in the snow, Indy laying down waiting for a ball and Hamish being a snow plough.


Now to my health again. I probably won’t mention it a great deal from now on otherwise the blog becomes a constant stream of complaining. I haven’t been great but I think I have expected that since I was told I now have secondary progressive MS. Once I get my head around the fact that I won’t improve I will be fine. The decline isn’t terrible, it is still slow, so I have plenty of time to find things that I can still enjoy doing. My Epilepsy has been okay so I have nothing to worry about with that. All in all life still ain’t bad. πŸ™‚



A gorgeous little girl called Nina looking for a home via Irish Retriever Rescue.


If you can’t adopt a lovely dog like Nina there are many more ways to help rescued dogs, you can donate money or time or even just spread the word about dogs that may be in need of a home.


About Mick C Gorman

Slightly damaged old bloke who is plodding on with more than a little help from a great wife. I have been married for 36 years and have 2 grown up children. I did the usual thing and replaced children with dogs when the nest became empty, best thing I ever did (apart from getting married of course). Life has taken a few interesting turns so far but this Epilepsy thing beats the lot! I love lots of things but in the past have never really stuck with them long enough to be good at them, I am trying harder to be better at a few things rather than okay at loads of things. There is still plenty of time. :-D
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6 Responses to Happy anniversary to me…

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Congratulations to you both. Nice to hear the comparison between Indiana and the UK when it comes to snow. I’m from Nebraska and I understand exactly what you mean.

  2. paolsoren says:

    The only snow I understand is the stuff I scrape off the bottom of the freezer in my fridge whenever I run out of ice for my whisky.
    But seriously now, Congratulations on those 30 years. I wish I had been so fortunate. And what is more, even though it is only through the blogosphere, I am so glad to have known you.

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