Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. 
 A day to feature the romantic
 in all of us.

 I have gathered together
 a collection of my sentimental favorites 
that have a connection to
 a day of romance.

 Words and pictures 
that all are 
keepsakes from the heart.


"I believe flowers have souls.
  I've known roses 
that I expect to meet
 in heaven."

Lucy Maud Montgomery

A sweet bouquet of roses 
from the past summer's garden.
 A reminder 
that there is more beauty 
yet to come.

"Plant a rosebush every year
 and you will not have 
lived in vain."

Henry Bowen


Lovely examples 
of the valentines we collected 
as young children in grade school
 and a well read post card 
sent to a very special someone 
from miles away.


"All you need is love, 
but a little chocolate 
now and then 
doesn't hurt."

Charles M. Schulz

Art imitating life.

  A long kept card 
that reminds me so much of 
Tami and Jake 
from a few years ago.


A collection of fabric hearts 
that come out of the cupboards 
from time to time.

"Love and magic
 have a great deal in common.
  They enrich the soul,
 delight the heart,
 and they both
 take practice."

Nora Roberts


Some painted bouquets.

"Wait not till tomorrow;
 Gather the roses 
of life 

Pierre de Ronsard


A framed sentiment 
for someone special.

A pair of rustic love birds.


A simple mail box 
that came with the Cottage. 

 A reminder of days long forgotten,
 when the postman would
 deliver our letters to the back door 
and would often be thanked, 
with a warm word or a cookie
 fresh from the oven,
 for his troubles.


Have you been watching
 Victoria on Masterpiece Theatre?

 What woman could resist
 being lovingly courted 
with poetry,
 pictures of clasped hands 
and promises of paradise?

"He clasped me in his arms 
and we kissed again and again...
to be called names of tenderness 
I have never yet heard 
used to me before -
 was bliss 
beyond belief!"

Queen Victoria, in her journal


And the 
sweetest and simplest message
 of all...

"A smile is a light
 in the window of the soul
 indicating that the 
is at 

Author Unknown




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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Do you remember 
I wrote a post last year 
entitled Sprinter?

 here we go again...

Apparently,around here, 
winter is just a word
 not a season.

It has become tradition 
at the Cottage 
that the month of January 
belongs to the snowmen and women.

  But, here we are, 
in the middle of winter
 and it has been reported
 that the groundhog 
has seen his shadow 
which means there will be 
six more weeks 
of the same...

...but Kai 
is not buying it!

 It sure doesn't seem 
like a cold winter's day 
to him.

The surrounding hills 
are already turning green 
and people are actually 
walking around in
 short sleeves.

 We have no indication
 of rain or snow 
and in the newspaper, 
where the weekly weather is displayed, 
there are five repeated pictures 
of a bright sun.

 I have stated,
 and repeated over and over, 
that I do not want to wish time away
 and I like to just take
 the seasons as they come 
and enjoy each one, 
but it really is kind of hard 
to keep on track 
when what you see outside 
does not jibe with 
what the calendar says.

as January moves on,
 so do we, 
and the snow people get put away 
for another year.

"Maybe you guys 
will get lucky next year. 
 These sunny days 
couldn't have been what 
you were wishing for.

 I would hate to think 
of what a mess we would have 
 if you existed 
outside of my mind."

Now February is here
and our thoughts turn to Valentine's Day.

 We don't celebrate this day
 to any extent.
  I put a few hearts here and there
 and there might be some
 cuddling in front of the TV 
but, other than that, 
it is just a normal day.

 In honor of said Valentine's Day 
here are a few photos 
I have played around with
 in Picasa...

...just to show you 
that my heart is
 in the right place.


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