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Valentine Chocolates

k12275228There are many kinds of gifts given on Valentine’s Day

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and yes, it seems more for women than men…

Over the years I have received all of the above

and now Gift-Cards are considered pretty nice… and a dinner out

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My Dad always bought us Valentine Candy…

Mom got the bigger… prettier… heart-shaped box of chocolates

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and my sister and I got a smaller versionx19299978 x19299978

I remember savoring each bite… and I could keep my candy for several days… maybe weeks… as I would take little bites at a time… and if any had nuts in them… They were given away…

I now love nuts… but, I had a loose tooth when I was young… and hated the thought of biting down on a nut and a tooth falling out… k10703732

I know… go figure!

Let’s get back to Mom’s box of candy OHL0007 … She was worse than me about keeping it for a long time…

We would have eaten all of ours and be thinking about hers sitting on the buffet in the dining room…

So tempting!…

But, you knew not to take any… It was her gift from Daddy…

Of course she would let us have some… She just liked to see us almost begging with our eyes… I believe she got a kick out of it!…

When we were finally told we could get a piece

We would find where several pieces had been pinched… a slight indention… where my Mom would have to see what was insideu22316014

We commented on this… only for our Dad to say, “It’s her candy… and if she wants to pinch every one of them she can!”…

Do you think that kept us from eating piece after piece out of her pretty Valentine Box???… Of course not!…

When the box was finally empty… she would let me have it… I thought it was just beautiful… and would keep my crayons, pencils or something that I felt was a treasure in it for a very long time…

I knew there would be a new one next year…

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Like clock-work… on February 14th   Daddy would bring in those boxes of heart-shaped candies OHL0007 x19299978 x19299978 just for us!

I TRIED!… She Made Me Do It!

I tried… I really tried… but, that Little Red Head Girl made me do it!…

She decorated the boxes in such an enticing way… I couldn’t help myself…

I should know better…

I tell myself, “Don’t go down that aisle”… “no one needs them”…”I won’t eat them!”…

“I’ll just get them for the guys”…

So… working myself backwards in this story…

see if you could have helped me… could you have stopped me…

I really doubt it!

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There’s the cellophane wrapper… They don’t even make it hard to get off… Just a little tear and it drops right off…

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Yes!… You see chocolate!… There was such a struggle going on in my head… Chocolate??? Vanilla with that Pretty Pink Frosting???… Don’t open the box Marilyn!…

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Ice cold milk in one of my freezer cups… That sure would go well with chocolate…

Do you hear me talking???

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This is that cute faced little red-haired girl…

SHE MADE ME DO IT!

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Putting her face on those pretty boxes… Just sitting there grinning at me… with that look of…

“I know you can’t resist!…

They are shaped like hearts… aren’t they the cutest!… Just try one… take me home”

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So how could I not buy one of each…Chocolate and Vanilla… Both looked so yummy!… and there’s Valentine’s on the back… The Grandkids will like them…

NO!… I will like them!… and it’s not for the cut-out Valentine’s!

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and so that’s how it all began…

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At least I didn’t fall for the sweet talking little girl enticing me to buy all of her products…

maybe later thoughValentine’s Day only comes once a year… and those Cherry Cordials keep calling my name…

and Doug would like the Iced Brownies… and Bobby might like the Rice Krispie Marshmallow Treats???

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The McKee’s “Little Granddaughter”…what’s her name??? … “Little Debbie!”… 

sure knows how to sell her Grandparent’s products…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: LOVE!

Gift… Memory

Hearts have always reminded of me of Love for all of the obvious reasons… So I thought I would see how many Hearts (signs of love) I could find in my house…

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A Valentine Candle I found at my favorite Thrift Store… When you burn it… you find little treasures… like:

* gold-plated or sterling silver charms and pins…

*pewter figurines…

*semi precious stones

It’s so pretty I hate to burn it… so I may never find out what’s inside!

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This “Casino Cash” jar was given to me by a little aide that was in the classroom I was in during my last year with my Special Ed students… She did sign language with our hearing impaired student… She knew my husband and I enjoy playing penny slots… I still use it for our loose change

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A heart plaque I have in the kitchen… LOVE… Everlasting love…

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Valentine Pot Holders given to me by a good friend over 5 years ago…

reminds me of her every time I get them out…

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Metal Heart Shaped decorative piece hung on the front of our home…

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Shiny Red Valentine Heart I found for a $1.00 at the dollar store… I just added a ribbon…

and hung it on my door…

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My Valentine Centerpiece for my kitchen table

Variety of glass containers with red/white/heart candles and my little Heart Salt/Pepper Shakers I found at a “Cracker Barrel Restaurant”…

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My back window with a few of the flowers left from my Birthday Bouquet

and Window Clings for Valentine’s Day… which I think is such a fun way to decorate for the Holidays…

What better way to show love…than through our hearts…

“My Own Little Rut!”

Keepsake…

Do you ever feel a little let down after all the Holiday Hype? … I do!…No more shopping … no more wrapping…no more parties…no more buying…no more coming up with extra money…no more baking … no more get-togethers… no more card mailing… no more decorating… no more stuffing our faces with all that wonderful food … I guess it’s the no more anticipation that gets me the most… So, I need to look forward to the next happenings that will be coming up… Birthdays come to mind … Taxes come to mind… Valentines Day comes to mind … Winter weather comes to mind… Maybe some snow? … Getting back in a routine comes to mind… I believe that’s the best thing that has come to my mind… Back to normal… whatever YOUR normal is… It makes us more focused… more settled… more in tune with ourselves … more orderly… it clears our minds for the things we need to focus on… So, as much as I like the hullabaloo about the Holidays … I’m enjoying the quietness and peacefulness of just being in my own little rut … Feels good!

“Are “Hugs” Valentines?”

We made Valentines tonight at our TOPS meeting…it was the program a girl in our club came up with…We discussed things in our life that make us feel good besides eating food…which usually means sweets  …some of the things were shopping, doing for others, pampering ourselves with a new hair cut  , having our nails done  , or a pedicure  , talking to someone we haven’t in a long, seeing someone we have not seen in quite a while, getting outside in the fresh air, walking/moving our bodies…as you see we came up with these ideas and a lot more!…we proceeded to make ourselves a Valentine’s Day Card  …one we could read when we felt out of control about eating what is not good for us…or just too much!…we decorated them and then put our name on the envelope…what I got from this exercise is this…We don’t take as good of care concerning ourselves as we do others, we give to others before ourselves, we don’t take time for ourselves, we don’t seem to like ourselves or feel deserving as others…a young man joined our group tonight and spoke up and said,”We need to learn how to love ourselves”we are worthy, we are in need sometimes, we like it when someone shows concern about how we are feeling or what’s happening in our lives…I believe this is called friendship…and true friendship is being sincere in what is showed and done for others…I think I’ll send myself a card at other times in the year just to remind myself that “I Am Loved” and being a Friend to myself is OK!

 “MY KIDS!”…

I visited “my kids” today at TJ Middle School…it being Valentine’s Day  I thought it would be a good time…I could have taken them something like candy, a card, something??? but, I opted to take them “ME”…I hadn’t even gotten inside the school when I was seen by one of the counselors…she gave me a big hug …asking, “How are you doing”…”Are you glad you retired?”…”Do you miss being at work?”…and I answered,”I’m fine!”…”Yes, really glad “…and “At first yes, but every day gets better and better”…I went to the office   and signed in seeing a few more people I knew…and then made my way down the hall to the familiar room I had been in for so many years…I peeked in and viewed the scene ….it was as though I had never left…Michele giving me an another big hug…”So glad to see you!”, she said. One of the boys comes over immediately and gives me another hug…growing so tall…still the same sweet guy…another says hi and it continues…as they tell me who’s there today and who’s not…I go over to see my good buddy, Mr.Coleman…we worked together for so many years…such a nice man!…another hug…we talked until the other teacher…the “male” teacher I have mentioned comes up from behind and another hug…”Was I feeling loved?”…I sure was!…I proceeded over to the other class to greet more friends and kids…the new kids are so sweet…I will never know them like the ones I left…but I love them anyway….we talked and as I went back  to see the little girl I had spent so much time with…she has autism…she leaned over to me and gave me “LOVE”  I was elated!…you just know when you have bonded with someone…and now I’m sure we did and that it is still there…Today I know I am loved and have “True” friends… A Valentine just for me!