A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Friday, February 13, 2009

It's Valentine's Day Tomorrow

Something appeared on my end table a few days ago. A small package wrapped in white tissue and a card in a red envelope. My hubby went to his workshop and "made" his own gift wrap. He is meticulous about things and it took him some time to do this. He covered the paper with little perfect red hearts in red marker.Tied the package with red crinkle ribbon that he curled and fashioned into a bow on top. He wrote little messages to Balisha on the top. I was bowled over that a man would do this. It doesn't matter what is in the package...the paper is enough. I was touched.

The first picture is a pile of Valentine M & Ms. Maybe we should sample them. MMMMM! I love these little treasures. So glad that someone thought of coloring them for different holidays.

I am making a special dinner tomorrow night. The menu is Steak Diane, Oven Garlic Potatoes, Chopped Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, Mini Corn on the Cobs ...and a tall Parfait dessert.

I love Valentine's Day. Lots of memories for me. In grade school...the valentine box and all it held. I remember using lots of crepe paper in my day to decorate. Twisting the red, white and pink streamers to decorate my room. Helping my little children to select then make out all those little penny valentines. My first engagement came on Valentine's Day. Down through the years hearts, flowers and candies. Little homemade valentines held in my kids sticky fingers (glue and glitter) They proudly gave me their creation. All through the years their little artwork would be proudly displayed on the refrigerator.

The kids always had these little conversation hearts. I love them still. Pop one in your mouth after selecting just the right message. The pink ones are my favorite. Now they have new messages on them. Abbreviations like text messaging. Time marches on and the thought is still there. Hubba Hubba....My Girl......Love U.....My Guy and on and on.

I have made thousands of heart cookies in my lifetime. Years when things were tough this would be my gift to kids and family. I have always made them for my neighbors. I have packaged them and shipped them to other states. I have made them for bake sales. Then to grade school for the Valentine parties. I was room mother many.. many years and this was the favorite party to plan. Valentine cookies, pink punch and Valentine candy. Everything sweet and loaded with naughty calories. The party was at the end of the day and the kids sent home on a sugar high. I can't forget all the years of being a scout leader...cub, brownie, and girl scouts. We made valentine treats for all the meetings and parties. Wasn't life fun years ago...when it was simpler?

I didn't make the cookies this year, but sent the Grand kids cards and a little money. Sent my kids and friends computer ecards.I took little Barbie and soccer candy next door to my little neighbors and bought my hubby his favorite...chocolate covered cherries. I do miss the old days when my kids were growing up. My life was hectic and very busy, but all the work was worth it when the kids would make me a gift and hold it behind their back and give it to me with their sticky fingers. I guess that's why I was so pleased with the paper that my hubby made for me. It did bring back a few memories.

My wish to all who read here....Happy Valentine's Day to all of you. I love you all for keeping me at this new hobby. It has changed my life and made my heart expand to hold you all near.

Balisha (PS: This was a fun post to do.)


One Woman's Journey said...

Balisha, thank for entering my world and may your Valentines Day continue to be pleasing to you.

One Woman's Journey said...

Balisha, I am starting to have an appetite after this surgery. Your menu sounded so tasty so I am duplicating for one later today.
Do you make a homemade blue cheese dressing. It is my favorite. I remember years ago my husband and I and children went to an Italian place weekly and they had the best dressing. Wish I had it. They have all passed away. It was made with olive oil and not cream based.
If you had an email would have written that way.

Balisha said...

Hello One Woman,
I wish you a wonderful day today. I love the simple things and I'm thankful that I have good health to enjoy life. I hope that your health continues to improve. I have to confess that I buy Marzetti's Blue Cheese Dressing.It is pretty good, but we don't like the reduced fat one....wouldn't you know?

Elenka said...

Happy Valentine's Day!
What is your favorite Valentine's Day cookie? I've made some over the years, but nothing that knocks my sox off.

OhioMom said...

Happy Valentines Day Balisha ... I share your memories of children and cookies and hearts. Your dinner sounds fantastic .. I am off to bake a cake :)

Balisha said...

Hi Ohio Mom...are you taking a picture?

Barbee' said...

What a dear and fun hubby!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet man you have Balisha. I would of been bowled over by the paper too. :) I have memories like yours from my childhood. Now they don't allow you to bring sweets to the school for holidays, everything has to be healthy and nutritious. Future generations won't have these sweet memories. Happy Valentine's Day!

Balisha said...

He is a keeper. Looking at him, you would never know that he has this side. He surprises me all the time.
I talked to my grandsons today and they said they can't take sweets to school either. No parties. I told them how it was in "my day" They love that.

MNGarden said...

I like your attitude, Balisha...a month of celebrating love. You are so lucky to have lady's slipper orchids. We have woods behind our house also. There are many wild flowers. I would be delighted to run across LSO. I enjoyed your poem.

Balisha said...

Hi Donna,
I always enjoy reading your blog. It's one of my favorites. Thanks for commenting.

OhioMom said...

I just had to come and visit you, this morning DH and I were able to walk (now that all that snow is gone) and we saw a pair of hawks .. and sitting quietly in a tree was a Robin! I have never seen Robins so early in the year ... can you say global warming ?

Balisha said...

Hi O.Mom,
I keep hearing that everyone is seeing those robins....It coulc be a result of global warming.