This post won't be for those of you delicate of stomach. As blogging seems to have become my medium recently - how could I not use it to be gooey about my Andy Chap.
A small sample of the things I love about my Andy Chap.........
1) He's my life support system. Before Andy came along a tomato and a few prawns regularly sustained me. Now I eat real, beautifully cooked food. He's a great nurse too - medical and psychiatric.
2) He's my 'put things in perspective' rock. He has a magical, to the point, way of summing things up and filtering out the stuff that doesn't matter.
3) His sense of humour. He giggles a lot. Sometimes with me, sometimes at me, sometimes at himself, sometimes with himself, often at things few would find funny and many other times. And when he giggles, I have to giggle too.
4) His hat wearing. It's something to behold.
5) His wearing of female attire is even better. He'd have made a good woman.
Would-be female genre: Lady Di coyly looking out from under her flicked fringe.
6) He thinks I am great. Just as I am. Imagine that. I found my minority. It's him.
7) His capacity for the THE SILLY and THE BIZARRE is fantastic - city scapes made out of things from the skip, smell museums, pistachio nut spiral in wax, absolutely nonsensical humour to be found in his home-made cards, a musical chair, Christmas cards made from rotting leaves(!), the human noise making machine ...to name just a few.
8) His 'projects'. Wine making, cider making, music writing, conserving, growing stuff, strange things constuction, bread making, mass kidney bean soaking, many things DIY (shelf building, kitchen fitting, painting, bike fixing, etc). He says that I should really do these things as we are role-reversed. I say I'm too pretty.
9) He is the single most tolerant and patient man in the universe. He's nurturing and humble and kind and warm and cheery. He is Super-Easygoing-Man saving the universe by calming the waters and keeping the storm in the tea cup. Our children and I have been sent to test him. So far he looks set for a distinction.
10) His guitar playing is AWESOME (I reserve that word just for his guitar playing).
If you haven't heard it and would like to, some can be found at:
Andy Kirkham Guitar on Youtube
11) His unpredictability. From the music he plays (very varied: Eno, Rachmaninov, Dylan, Farke Touri, choral works, Fleet Foxes, great steam trains of the 50s - no kidding etc etc), from what he says (whether he's talking to himself or actually to someone), his next project, the next book he's going to read, an idea about where he wants to go, what he wants to do....it just cannot be predicted.
12) The fact his general knowledge makes up for my lack of it. He reads newspapers properly - carries on through the distracting pest in the room attention seeking.
13) When his hair is all 'John Noakes'. To have a husband that reminds you of Blue Peter's hayday is pure bonus.
14) And of course I love his stickability and stamina. He married me and he still loves me. He will get sainthood status surely.
AND FROM THE DAY ITSELF.....
My card to him......
His card to me -breadcrumbs on a squashed takeaway tin - what more could a lass want?