Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Sunset Over Two Rivers

Laura Breck
This weekend began the celebration of my husband's birthday. We usually try to celebrate birthday for a week or so; two weekends and the full week. Of course, he jokes that my birthday has become a month-long celebration, and is quickly expanding to encompass an entire quarter of the year.

Saturday morning, I asked him what he'd like to do for supper. I wanted to take him out someplace nice for a big steak or a scallop dinner. Nope. He wanted the prime rib buffet at our favorite casino south of the Twin Cities. (Name withheld for copyright reasons.)

And, not only did he want supper, he also wanted breakfast. So, I booked a room and we were packed and on the road in less than an hour.

The drive was beautiful. Dairy cattle grazing on rolling hills of green grass, rows of grape vines stretching across the winery's acres, and cute little towns along the Mississippi River.

The casino is on a huge property at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Saint Croix Rivers. Our room overlooked the water, and we pulled a couple chairs to the window, mixed an adult libation, and sat for a while just enjoying the blue afternoon sky dotted with drifting clouds, and the startlingly green vegetation along the river bluff.

Too soon, the call of the video poker machines intruded and we were stuffing twenties into Double Double Bonus One Eyed Jacks machines and having a great time. At about eight thirty, I suggested we go to our room and change for supper. I was still planning to treat him to a nice meal.

When we opened the door into our room, the walls, the bed, the floor, were bathed in glowing orange. The sun was setting, hanging over the tops of the trees and reflecting off the water.

Another adult libation was poured and we sat at the window watching the spectacle, holding hands and recalling all the wonderful experiences we had the past year of my amazing husband's life.

Maybe not enough for a book plot, but it was romantic and a pleasant surprise for us to have that sunset and that special time together. Too often, our lives keep us busy right through sunsets and into darkness. We vowed to sneak at least one or two sunsets into our lives every week. Keeping the romance alive!

Hope you get to enjoy at least one sunset this week!
~Smart Women ~Sexy Men ~Seductive Romance
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Jannine Gallant said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. Tell your hubby happy birthday.

Laura Breck said...

Thanks, Jannine. I will. It would have been a lovelier time if we'd won that $14K jackpot we were going for...