Memories, plus bonus Otto

Yesterday I read Liz’s post about her step-grandfather and it got me thinking about MY step-grandfather. So today you get to read about him over at Off Our Chests, if you’re so inclined. He was a character.

Unrelated, here’s an actual, unretouched conversation that happened here yesterday:
Me: Honey, I love you SO MUCH.
Otto: I… love you, too…?
Chickadee: She wants something.
Me: No! I just LOVE YOU!
Otto: I know what she wants.
Me: You do?
Otto: You want me to stop at the store and pick up sweet potatoes.

(I always said a big part of the reason I wanted to remarry was so that my children could grow up seeing what a healthy, loving marriage looks like. Now they can see that when two people really love each other, their love magically produces veggie chili EVEN WHEN they are unexpectedly out of sweet potatoes.)


  1. Otto

    And then you added garlic to the list. And peppers.

    Potatoes, pepper and garlic … does that say something else about our marriage?


  2. Jen B

    It does say something about your marriage! That it’s nice and SPICY!!! ;)

    You guys are awesome! LOL – sorry we missed you last time we were down. Maybe next time!

  3. Tenessa

    I think that spells out T-A-S-T-Y marriage. And those are the best, don’t you think?

  4. Nicole

    And I would like that recipe, please. :)

  5. Karen C

    I’m with Nicole… vegetarian chili that has sweet potatoes..sign me up!

  6. Mom24@4evermom

    Awww. :) Now, recipe, please!

  7. ste

    Sweet Potatoes in veggie chili? That sounds yummy. Do you share recipes?

  8. Mir

    I am trying to find the actual recipe and coming up empty; I’ve been making it for so long, now, I just do it by feel and memory. Let me figure out what I put in it and I’ll post it for y’all tomorrow. :)

  9. RebeccaL

    “I always said a big part of the reason I wanted to remarry was so that my children could grow up seeing what a healthy, loving marriage looks like.”

    Exactly! One of my biggest fears/hopes for the future.

  10. Angela

    Yes please do share. Last night after a horrible day my awesome husband came up to me and said because he loves me after the kids go to bed he’s going to make us a half batch of crack (aka puppy chow)! It was so sweet even though I had to change plans on him and make some amazing almond butter rice crisp treats from ohsheglows since the puppy chow makes my skin hurt. And he was even better because he declared it a no judgement treat as we each ate our halves of the batch. For a house that doesn’t make dessert often it was heaven!!!

  11. Angela

    Oh and I want the recipe too.

  12. Laura

    I have a wonderful plaque that sums up my 30+ years of marriage:

    “you and I were meant for each other…perhaps as punishment?”

  13. Tracy B

    Chili happens to be my most favorite dish that I eat year round like gumbo but sweet potatoes in my chili….ummmm, no thanks! ;o)

  14. Lynn in Mass

    I like what Jen B. wrote.

    It sounds like you and Otto have the type of relationship where you can totally finish each others thoughts and that is awesome :)

  15. Katie in MA

    @Otto: It says that your marriage is well-spiced and very, very tasty. And if you make the kids wash the dishes and clean the kitchen after, it means you are also both brilliant. :)

  16. Karen

    Oh please! the recipe.

  17. MomCat

    Mir, you said “y’all.” Bless your heart, you are turning into a Southern lady!

  18. Sheila

    A fine lesson indeed.

  19. Amanda

    Can’t wait to see the recipe. MomCat, glad someone else noticed the “y’all”, too! :)

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