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Friday Favorite: Mr Chiots

May 27th, 2011

This coming week Mr Chiots and I will be celebrating 13 years of wedded bliss. I figured it was the perfect time for an ode to Mr Chiots as part of my Friday Favorite series (of course he’s my all time favorite thing coming above every other thing that’s been listed as a Friday Favorite).

Mr Chiots and I met 17 years ago in Cincinnati our freshman year of college. We were acquaintances for 2 years before he got up the courage to ask me out. After many trips to the local ice cream stand we were married two years later a few weeks after we both graduated. The few years we lived in different places before finally ending up in Northeastern Ohio at Chiot’s Run in 2002.

Even though he doesn’t write articles, he’s a large part of this blog. I take photos and write, he takes care of all the coding, domain name and hosting issues for me – he’s the geek behind this blog. Whenever something’s not working properly he gets to work trying to figure out the problem. When I decided it would be great to be able to have slideshows of photos of our most recent vacation to share with you, he researches and comes back with the best option. He’s also always ready to come out and take a photo when I need him to.

Mr Chiots is very supportive and goes along with all my crazy ideas. He’s the resident handyman and day laborer, ready and willing to jump in whenever I have something that needs done. When I brought home maple spiles and decided to tap our maple trees, he grabbed the drill and got to work. When I decided that hoop houses would be perfect on the raised beds for winter gardening, he borrowed a pipe bender and got to work. When I found 55 gallon drums and wanted to collect rain water he designed and installed a fabulous system complete with pump.

Mr Chiots is also the resident barista a Chiot’s Run. Every morning and afternoon he hands me a cup of perfectly brewed espresso mixed with some steamed raw milk, a truly wonderful gift when you love coffee as much as I do!

Life certainly wouldn’t be the same at Chiot’s Run without Mr Chiots. He’s my better half, the love of my life, my best friend and a wonderful husband (the world’s best I think). The last thirteen years have been truly great – here’s to many more.

Who are you thankful for today?

40 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Mr Chiots”
  1. Shannon on May 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

    This was so sweet. And by the way I did the math on the freshmen year + 17 years and can hardly believe you are that old… are you sure? You look so young and well. I am thinking it’s all of that homegrown food :).

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    • Susy on May 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

      Yes I am that OLD :)

      Usually when we tell people we’ve been married for 12 years – they say “WHAT – did you get married when you were 15?”

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  2. pam on May 27, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Congratulations! He is definitely a keeper!

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  3. louisa @ TheReallyGoodLife on May 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

    You know what, I’ve been meaning to say this for a while now and this seems a perfect time to do it.

    In brief: Mr Chiots. Phwoar. ;)

    Happy 13 years – I hope you have many, many more together :)

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  4. A on May 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Congratulations and wishing you many many more.

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  5. karenp on May 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Jeepers! Does Mr.Chiots have a brother???? Happy Anniversary!

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    • Susy on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

      Sorry – no siblings.

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  6. Lisa Brown on May 27, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Congrats to you both, wonderful ode. Does he have an older brother?

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  7. KimH on May 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

    And what a cutie-pie too! :D Isnt it wonderful to have the love, support, and help from your other half.. It is indeed Gods Blessings!
    Happy Anniversary to you both! And many moreeeee…♫♫♫♫

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  8. Johanna on May 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

    This was so sweet! My husband and I are celebrating our two year anniversary on Monday :).

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    • Susy on May 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Ours is Monday as well!

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  9. Margaret on May 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Happy Anniversary! Wishing you both many more years of a shared lovely life.

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  10. The Sage Butterfly on May 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Great post! Husbands can be terrific! I am also very grateful for my husband…he is my support, my best friend, my partner, and my love. Life would definitely not be the same without him. Happy Anniversary!

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  11. Grace on May 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Congrats to both of you. Our 13th is coming up next month and I am very thankful for her love and support all of these years. Being happily married is one of life’s greatest gifts, don’t you think?

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    • Susy on May 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

      They certainly are!

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  12. jeannette on May 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    congrats!! this was very sweet.. i hope i’m lucky enough to find such a good man as well. they run rare!

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  13. Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig on May 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Beautiful post…you two make a wonderful team!! Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  14. on May 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Wow! Congrats! This is an amazing accomplishment! Hope for another great 13 more, then another 13 and yet another 13 more! (you should be over 50 yrs at this point!)

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  15. kristin @ going country on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Well, it appears your mister has figured out the key to a successful marriage: The tolerance and support of your spouse’s various expressions of Crazy. In our house, it’s my garden and my husband’s sheep. You don’t have to care about it yourself, but you care about it because you care about your partner.

    Happy anniversary to both of you.

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  16. Donna B. on May 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

    You two are amazing together. [And the Barista thing is a PLUS!]
    I’m happy that my boyfriend is tolerant of MY “crazy”! hehe! He’s good at helping me out too because all I have to do is say “do this” and tell him how to do it and it’s done. [Plus, I can’t work power tools, so that’s his domain.]
    And goodness. I’m fooled by your age as well! ^_^

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  17. Lee on May 27, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Aww, Happy Anniversary! Mr. Chiots is such a supportive and loving husband, but I’m sure it goes the other way around too. You two make a beautiful couple.

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  18. Morgan on May 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

    There’s nothing like honest-to-goodness love. Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  19. Melissa on May 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Such a nice tribute! Sounds like a keeper to me. Happy Anniversary!

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  20. Renee on May 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Your wedding picture put a big smile on my face – you both have the most wonderful excited looks on your faces!

    The photo in front of the capitol is wonderful, too – you are so beautiful and your Mr. Chiots – what a handsome guy! Such great smiles! You show us glimpses of yourselves throughout the year on this blog, but it’s nice to see photos of just you two and to hear a bit of your story.

    Happy Anniversary, and here’s to many more!

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  21. MAYBELLINE on May 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I’m thankful that I have a job and have the day off today. Still in my PJs but I’ve been puttering around in the garden. It’s a wonderful day.
    Congratulations on #13.

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  22. Marcia on May 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    A cheer for good men and congrats on a what is obviously a partnership based on mutual respect and affection. Sometimes I hear such dirt thrown at the males of our species but we have to also celebrate their qualities. We ladies aren’t always sugar and spice and everything nice. Today I am grateful that it’s Friday, raining and cold so it makes it perfectly alright to order in Chinese food and cuddle up with my great guy in front of a few films noirs.

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  23. risa b on May 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    SUCH a keeper.

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  24. goatpod2 on May 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I’m thankful for the family that adopted me! You’re probably as old as I am (I’m 28 years old, will be 29 in December). My parent’s have been married for almost 42 years now (it will be 42 in December).


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  25. deedee on May 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm


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  26. Vivian on May 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    You two make a beautiful couple! I will be married 41 years August 1st and so wish my hubby was handy. He has no desire to learn either! Oh well, he is kind and loves animals and me! Congrats on the 13 years together! Wishing you many many more!!

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  27. bonnie on May 27, 2011 at 9:17 pm


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  28. nic@nipitinthebud on May 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

    hoorah for amazing husbands. We met and married around the same time as you but in a totally different part of the world! Each year that passes and the curve balls that life throws out brings a whole new meaning to the vows we took. Wishing you a wonderful anniversary and many more blessed years ahead x

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  29. Beegirl on May 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Happy anniversary! Wishing you many more wonderful years together!

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  30. judym on May 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Congrats, niece! Has it been that long already? I remember the wedding and it was one of the most fun events I’ve gone to. Uncle and I have been married 39 yrs (May 13) and I know what it’s like to have someone there to support you in good times and bad. It’s such a blessing to have one who completes you. I’m thrilled that Richard is getting more involved with the gardening thing. He’s wanted to for years but now he uses it for stress release. Love to you both and keep it up – keep it up!

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  31. Sara on May 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Aww, so sweet! Happy anniversary to you both!!

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  32. Barefeet in the Kitchen on May 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

    What a sweet post! I second all of it for my own awesome DH. He is my biggest fan, he is my best friend and truly the greatest gift in my life. I am indescribably thankful for my husband.

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  33. Brenda on May 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    What a lovely looking pair you make, I love the photo of the two of you together xx

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  34. dkswife on May 30, 2011 at 5:35 am

    That is just wonderful! Happy belated anniversary. My husband and I will be married for 28 years in December :)

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  35. igardendaily on June 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

    What a lovely, thoughtful post. Mr. Chiot’s seems to be a very giving, loving person. I have experienced similar support for my love of growing (although I don’t think quite at the Mr. Chiots’s level) from my mate. It’s so nice to enjoy things together. You are a delightful couple and I wish you many years of happiness…

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