We weren’t lighting the world, the state or even the city up, but the Michigan Hot Sauce Club was our baby. If we sold one or two of something, we’d order one or two more, plus a new product or two until we’d reach free shipping status. Jeff had long and real conversations with our suppliers. I came across many of them while going through his email after he passed away.
I also have a good number of interesting and humorous exchanges between us. At first, I held onto them accidentally. Clearing out email wasn’t even something I’d ever considered doing, for which I am thankful. I’ve held onto them for a long time, now, considering most of them are 12-15 years old. I haven’t shared them before, but now seems like a good time. So, keeping in mind we were married in 2001, went through deaths of multiple family members and Jeff’s health was failing, here comes a small sampling of some of the best support we offered each other.
05/06/2004 Re; hello?
Me: I love you!
Jeff: wooo hooo!!!! can ya see me do the snoopy dance? ? ? you love me!!! and I love you!!!
05/10/2004 Re: ok… so…
Me: I love you more than the never-ending blue sky that is always around when you are. kisses. me.
Jeff: I think you just made my day … my week… my month… my life… I love youuuuuuuu
09/16/2004 Re: Christmas cards
Me: We have blank card stock, so we need envelopes, but here is my idea [for MHSC]…. Happy Jala-Days!
Jeff: sometimes I think I would like to crawl inside your head, just to see how you think up all your great ideas.
Jeff: I can’t remember if I told you that I loved you this morning… so just to make sure…. I LOVE YOU! Jeff
01/19/2005 Re: American Idol
Jeff: Well shoot. We missed American Idol last night. But I really enjoyed snuggling up together and reading last night. I love you. Bubba
02/09/2005 Re: nothing but trouble
Jeff: You are the GREATEST wife in the world. I don’t know what I would be doing without you. Probably be locked in the basement at Gary & Mom’s is my guess. I’m so glad you came into my life. I hate it when I get short and grumpy at you. I feel like such a heel when I let myself do that. I think for Lent I will give up arguing with you. Oh, did I tell you lately that I love you? Well, just in case I haven’t…. I LOVE YOUUUUU!! If I could get up on the roof of OUR house, I would shout it from the rooftops for all to know and hear! Will you be my Valentine??
Jeff: We can get schmaltz from the mustard guy
Me: Almost quitting time. Looking forward to our long weekend! Do you know when the fireworks start?
Jeff: I’m hoping tonight when you get home. 😉
Jeff: Gappy Valentine’s Day! oxoxox. I LOVE YOU!! TAH DAH! (He was missing a front tooth.)
Jeff: it’s raining cats & dogs. I just stepped in a poodle!
Jeff: I LOVE YOU!! TAH DAH!
Jeff: Seasonings Affective Disorder = the need 2 kick things up a notch when they taste fine the way they are.
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Unfortunately, I’ve spent about an hour and a half searching for the source of our “Tah Dah!” It came from a TV program Jeff and I watched one night featuring a humorous inspirational blonde woman speaker; I believe from Australia. Her two key phrases and matching gestures were “Get Over It!” and “Tah Dah!”