37 CommentsAgeing/Aging, Life, Memoir, Music

♫♫ Take one fresh and tender kiss / Add one stolen night of bliss / One girl, one boy
Some grief, some joy / Memories are made of this ♫♫

My husband turns 65 years old this month.
Typing that honestly jars me. Shocking how much time has passed!

When we met, he was a few months shy of 21 and I was 16. Instant mutual dislike turned into friendship, then love. (Read more about that HERE.) It will be our 42nd anniversary in August and that too is shocking, but also amazing and wonderful! Most people said it wouldn’t last. We showed them, didn’t we? 😀

It seems, the older we get, the more we reminisce and savour our memories of times past.

make some memories to savour! the doglady's den

I have two dear friends, whom I’ve known for decades and our conversations often turn to all the good, (and not so good 😉 ), fun we had in our “wild and wonderful” days of yore. This is a positive thing and not the same as “dwelling in the past”, which is largely a negative activity, whereby one is haunted by past mistakes, etc. Isn’t it wonderful to know that when we reach old age and the infirmities thereof, we will always have those memories to make us smile?

So, let’s get out there and make some more, yes?

Memories and music go hand in hand for many of us. I’ve always said that my life has a soundtrack.
In future, The Doglady’s Den will be introducing a new feature:

“Musical Memories”

These will be occasional vignettes, based on memories triggered by specific songs.
[Inspired by Robin of Your Daily Dose]

Do you like to reminisce? Any memories you’d care to share?

Any thoughts on the new feature?

Looking forward to your comments!



Monday, June 15

Battle of the Bands BOTBThis one will be a complete change of pace.
Come on by and vote for your favourite.
See you then!

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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37 thoughts on “SAVOUR THE MEMORIES

  1. Hi Debbie,

    Oh wow. First of all, congrats to you and your hubs. How awesome to prove everyone wrong and make it happen. I love that you are continuing to make memories and rock the married life. So many just dream of this and don’t get that it takes WORK! Not everything is the honeymoon phase. I’m working on a relationship segment right now and I would love to share this post within one of them as a message of inspiring healthy relationship.

    Wishing you the best and am so glad I am feeling a bit better to visit today. Talk to you soon or when my health cooperates and allows me back online. LOL


    1. Thank you, Irish. 🙂 Yes, we are delighted to prove people wrong! Relationships DO take work and I’d be honoured to get a mention in your article. Thanks for that, too.

      I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well. 🙁 Best wishes for improved health!

    1. Thanks, Kim! 😀 We live in suburban Toronto and also met here, but hubby was born in Italy and I was born in Germany. Glad you enjoyed the photos. We can’t believe we’re that old! 😛

  2. Great pictures and wonderful that you met your life partner so young and are still together.

    About being 65, we are all young at heart. It is just a shame our body wears over the years. It is great to get older in that you don’t really care about what people think. lol

    1. HI Ann; Glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂 I’m partial to the younger ones, but as you say, being “young at heart” is what matters the most. Agreed that age does have certain advantages. Thanks for dropping in. Have a great week!

    1. Hi Marcia; Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for the compliment. 🙂 It’s always difficult to see oneself age in front of the camera though. 😛 Rewind, rewind! LOL

  3. Great Dean Martin record… Happy Birthday to your significant other… Really nice pictures.

    I live in the past. Heck, I can barely remember last week, but things from way back in the day ring clear.

    I am listening to a live show by the Byrds, from 1970, when the band was Roger, Clarence, Gene & Skip, and thinking how much better I like the “modern” version of the band, from its Preflyte days, when Chris Hillman & David Crosby were there. Then it comes to me, Clarence White has been dead since 1973… Oh.

    1. Listening to music from the past is my favourite activity, because there’s always a memory attached – hence the upcoming series. 🙂 Not so great when there’s a sad memory involved, but at least the music lives on. Clarence White’s death certainly was tragic. 🙁 So many musical greats have passed on, but I try not to dwell on that part too much. John Lennon’s murder affected me the most, I think, along with Maurice and Robin Gibb’s premature exit. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Myke. Have a good week.

    1. Thanks, Laurel! 🙂 It’s unbelievable to us that so much time has passed. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I’d like to rewind the clock a bit, for aesthetic purposes. 😉

  4. Hi Debbie,

    Aw, this is such a sweet way to show love for your hubs. I can tell you are really crazy about him. :). You two make a beautiful couple!

    Wish your hubs a happy birthday for me. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us. By the way I love Dean Martin!

    Have a great day and weekend.


    1. Hi Cori; Well, I guess I’d have to be crazy about him to stick it out this long! 😉 Thanks for the compliment and the birthday wishes. Have a good week.

  5. Hi, Debbie! That Dean Martin record triggers memories of my childhood. It landed on the Billboard chart just after I turned six years old. My parents bought the 45 and I played it often on my tiny tinny turntable. The flipside, “Change of Heart,” is another great song, reminding us that “oil and water” don’t mix but that “an old dog can learn new tricks.” I’m glad you and your guy turned initial dislike into love.

    As you know, “Musical Memories” is right up my alley, the kind of thing I’ve been doing for nearly seven years on my own blog. I look forward to participating. You and your husband were a cool couple back then and still are now. Happy birthday to him! I turned 65 last fall and can hardly believe it. I applaud the two of you for sticking together and look forward to reading about your upcoming anniversary celebration.

    Have a safe and happy weekend, dear Doglady!

    1. Hi Shady; Sorry for the late response; didn’t spend much time online this weekend.
      That is a classic Dean Martin song, for sure. Thanks for the info about the B-side. Sounds good too and I’ll look for it. 🙂 Did you know his son’s band, “Dino, Desi (Arnaz Jr.) and Billy” covered it in 1966, on their album of the same name? I had that record at one time.
      Ah yes, I do know you’re into “Musical Memories” in a big way – another thing we have in common. Glad you think we’re cool. I’ll be sure to tell hubby! 😀 Happy Belated birthday to you. Turning 65 is quite the milestone, isn’t it? I’m still trying to come to grips with turning 60 a few months ago. 😛 It’s incredible how quickly time passes!
      Thanks for your always interesting insights. Have a great week!

  6. The older I get (I’ll be 54 this December), the more I reminisce. Sending bday wishes to your husband! Have an awesome weekend and I’ll be dancing with you on Monday!

    1. You too? I think it’s natural as we get older to recall all the wonderful times we had in our younger days. Thanks for the BD wishes. Sorry this response is so late – Monday already!

  7. Ah … those memories. My first marriage lasted for 27 years despite his bipolar condition. When he chose another woman, I fled to the other side of the world and have now been married for 25 years to my life partner.

    1. Sounds like you have great stability there, Francene. 🙂 Twenty-seven years with somebody who is bipolar must have been difficult, to say the least! Congratulations on a quarter century of happiness with your current partner.

  8. I love this post! I feel like I’ve known you for a long time, and you two truly remind me of Sonny and Cher. What a delight to see your anniversary photos over the years. Yup you sure showed ‘em! Happy birthday to your Hubby! My husband and I also love to reminisce and we savour our memories. My mother used to say those memories that you collect in your youth, become your personal heart felt reruns in your old age.

    1. “Personal heart felt reruns” is a perfect way to describe all the good memories we think about over the years. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed our little bit of nostalgia here, Angelika. FYI: Hubby is Italian, just like Sonny. 😀 Thanks for the birthday wishes – I’ll be sure to pass them along.

    1. Nostalgia seems to be a constant here too. 🙂 I bet you have some wonderful photos of you and your hubby over the years, Carol. Thanks for dropping by.

  9. I reminisce all the time on my blogs as you know. It’s weird to think about getting older. Your husband is about 6 months older than I am. My kids are all old enough to be what I once considered kind of old.

    That’s a great series of photos that you have.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    1. I enjoy reading your memoirs, Lee. 🙂 It sure does feel weird, getting older. In our heads we’re still young, yes? I know what you mean about kids. Some babies we used to know are middle aged now. It’s jarring how quickly the time passes, but the good news is, we’re still here! Thanks for dropping by.