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Not All Who Wander Are Lost
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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thirty-Four Years!

Today is our 34th wedding anniversary.  I remember my uncle saying our marriage wouldn’t last for more than six months because I’m Lutheran and Kevin is Catholic.  I guess he was wrong!

Kevin & Evelyn (9)

Wow, were we young or what! Of course, every relationship has it’s ups and downs.  Then, you throw two children into the mix, and things happen.  But, all in all, those thirty-four years have been very happy.  I wouldn’t trade any of them.  Thanks, Kevin, for being such a wonderful husband!

Last night we went to the Beaver Dam Country Club for fish fry.  They have an all you can eat special with baked and fried fish and broasted chicken. The regular price is $9.95, but it’s only $8.95 between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.  That was perfect since we didn’t want to be gone too late in case anyone wanted to buy firewood.

Unfortunately, the food was mediocre at best. Also, once our waitress brought us our order, she never checked back.  When we were done, she brought the check.  She never asked if we wanted more.  Kevin asked her if it was, in fact, all you can eat.  She said it was, and did we want any more.  We said yes, she took away our plates, and then only brought one plate with the fish on it.  She did go back and get me another plate, but she had taken my fork so I ate my last piece of fish with a spoon.  Mediocre food and poor service; we won’t be going back.

The weather continues to be ridiculous.  Last week we had two days of records highs near 100 degrees.  On Wednesday evening a storm came through and our temperatures have plunged into the 60s during the day and 40s at night.  We had the air on non-stop for two days, and are back to the furnace at night.  As I said, ridiculous!!!!

P1010998I had an interesting jewelry experience this week.  Four years ago when we were in Italy, Kevin bought me a beautiful bracelet in Florence.  It was for my 50th birthday. I absolutely love it, and wear it all the time. Unfortunately, one of the links broke, and it needed to be repaired.




I took it to Ferber’s Jewelers, the only jewelry store in Beaver Dam. They quoted $50 to $100 to fix it.  I left it there and got a call a few days later saying it was too broken to fix, but they offered me $125 in gold value if I wanted to sell it to them. I said no and picked it up.

On my way to Eric’s house last week, I dropped it off at Robert M Jewelers in Menomonee Falls.  They quoted me $35 to fix it and said it would not be a problem to make the repair.  I asked the guy how much he thought it was worth.  Kevin had paid $500 American, but I always wondered if we had overpaid because the dollar was worth less than the euro.  The jeweler said his estimate was it was worth $1,100.  Good thing I didn’t sell it for $125, not that I ever would.

When I picked it up, they only charged me $25 for the repairs and they had cleaned it. It looks like new again!  I’m so glad the first jeweler said they couldn’t fix it.  I certainly would never go back there!

We watched a pretty funny movie last night.  It was called “You Again” with Jamie Lee Curtis, Betty White and Sigourney Weaver.  A bit over the top at times, but overall a funny movie.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!


  1. You should ask the jeweler for a written estimate (it might cost a few dollars) and then see if you can add it specifically to you Full timers insurance.

    I have a ruby ring on my homeowners policy that i lost the ruby from. I claimed it, and they were going to pay when I found the ruby on the floor between two tiles in the studio. I dropped the claim.
    Seems like you could loose that bracelet and although it would make you sad, the insurance would soften the blow.

  2. Happy anniversary! Funny, I'm Lutheran, and George is Catholic..hmmm :) I guess some jewelers are dishonest, good thing you said no!

  3. Congratulations! The bracelet is beautiful and that first jeweler probably was well aware of what you had. It is an interesting world out there. Hope this weather settles down for all of us. We had similar days last week, tonight however is gorgeous and we are sitting by the fire.

  4. Hope you have 34 more enjoyable years! :)

  5. I loathe those retailers or repair outfits who on the one hand tell you it's too broken to fix, and then offer to buy it from you for an insultingly low amount. Good thing you didn't sell. (there's a Nikon camera story in there I could tell). Also....I not too long ago read an article saying that far too many people are doing that whole "cash for gold" thing, and many genuine antiques are being melted down and lost forever.
    This is not good. There's something to be said for the "intrinsic" value of a piece, not just how much it weighs.

  6. Congratulations, I too wish you another 34 years of wedded bliss. I too am Lutheran and when I went through conformation, or pastor required us to take notes on the sermon Every Sunday even while on vacation. If a Luthern church wasn't available we were to go to a Catholic church. All the information was in English ( back then the service was in Latin). You two have proved that it can work.
    Glad that the bracelet incident was a positive one.

  7. Happy Belated Anniversary and many more to come.

    I think that jeweler was trying to rip you off. I would send off a comment or something to the Better Business Bureau or the equivalent in the States. Someone like that shouldn't be in business. Glad you were able to get it repaired by someone else that was honest.

    Kevin and Ruth


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