Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Friday, June 27, 2008


My husband Mike Anderson is a gentleman and last night talking with some of the ladies after my book club I figured out he may be rare. I have always known he was good but perhaps I am taking him for granted without enough appreciation. So I am shouting it on the rooftops: "Thank you Mike for growing up and being considerate."
One of my boys visited this last week. I always forget they are still children at least at my house. When they come they get out boxes of cereal and have breakfast and then walk off and leave it all sitting there for me to put back. Hello, can we be adults here. I wouldn’t do that at your house.
So, I am telling this to the girls in the car coming home from Salt Lake last night and some of them said, "Well, you are lucky if your husband doesn’t do it too." Then they went on to tell about closets that are strewn with clothes, bedside tables with books flowing onto the floor, dishes put in the sink at the best but most likely left on the table with cereal boxes. Yikes, Mike never does those things. Here are some things I love about Mike:
1. He washes the dishes every night including cleaning the kitchen. If we have guests I get to sit and talk after dinner while he cleans up
2. He takes care of all the finances. I hate to think about what a mess I would make of things and maybe I could learn but am grateful I don’t have to.
3. He supports my whims. I want to paint—sure take lessons and I will build you some frames. Mostly he tries to accommodate my ideas--recently a flagstone patio in our backyard woods. There isn’t much he says no to.
4. He is a man who talks and is interested in women things. Hey, he even watches Masterpiece Theater with me.
5. If I want to go off with my girlfriends to Education Week, a road trip, 10 days in Monterey, New York with a friend, painting in Colorado, whatever, he always says yes and I mean always.
6. He never says a word about the money I spend and he could and he is generous with all the people in his life.
7. He is a patient teacher. He has taught many people to ski. He is our Spanish tutor right now and none of us work very hard but he still plugs along trying to inspire us with creative ideas.
8. He has perseverance in all his life endeavors. He can teach himself how to do anything; rock walls, tile, refinish furniture, stain glass, do woodwork, speak Spanish, play golf ( his biggest challenge) whatever.
9. He picks up after himself--always has and he maintains the cars (I used to tell him that's why I married him).
Thank you Mike for being a gentleman. I am a lucky woman to be yoked with you because you pull more than your load.


Alicia said...

Good job on describing my fantastic brother. I am not sure you should put this stuff on a public blog ...because Mike might just have all kinds of women chasing him down. He is definitley one in a million. Thanks to Mike for being a great husband to you and brother to me.

Cheryl said...

You've made me realize I'm one of the lucky ones too. Kim does a lot of the same things Mike does for you. He isn't like the comments made by the book club ladies. I guess I've taught him well!! My kids on the other hand...just like yours when it comes to clearing the table after themselves. What's up with that??

Tresa said...

A fine gentleman for a fine lady. What a wonderful pair you two make.

Just one tall girl named Laurel said...

Mike's great. I have been witness to the greatness on many a frantic pre-wedding prep day, or family holiday, or trip. What a lovely post.

keri & aaron said...

Sounds like I shouldn't have missed the Summerset reunion and an opportunity to have some of those gentlemanly qualities rub off a bit on me. I wish Jared and I could have made it. Mike certainly is a rare jewel amongst men in this world. Maybe the slogan, "I wanna be like Mike" should be reassigned. We hope you guys are well!

Tasha said...

You are a lucky woman to have such a wonderful man in your life. It makes me appreciate what my man does for me (not what he doesn't). Thanks

Also, I hope you are okay and really don't have Lyme Disease. Kalli is doing great :)