“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends. I hope you all mark the day with flowers or chocolates or a few snuggles.

Last night it snowed a bit, enough to cover the walk and the car. I thought even that small amount of snow was overkill. It is Mother Nature run amok. I can see her now with her strands of hair flying in all directions. Her flower crown is dead. Her lovely flowing dress is filthy and torn, and her face has a snarl just for us. There is an evil gleam in her eyes. Run for your lives!

Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite days in school. We’d spend a couple of afternoons turning lowly shoe boxes into decorated Valentine’s boxes. I’d cover mine in red construction paper and make a slit on the top for all the valentines I expected then I’d decorate the paper. We’d leave it in school until the special day.

My mother would buy each of us a box of valentines. They had pictures on the front, and the sayings were usually puns: two ears of corn, “Shucks! I’d like to ‘ear you say you’d be my Valentine today”, or the turtle who shell always love me. Can we swing along together? That one, of course, had two kids in a swing. The kids always had red cheeks and big smiles. Clocks were common, “It’s time you were my valentine.”

The night before the big day I’d sit at the kitchen table and write out my valentines. I’d decide which of my classmates would receive one and put a name on each envelope. The worst part was fitting my own name on the back. Kathleen is a long one, and for some reason we always used full names so Ryan had to fit in there somewhere. In the morning, I’d carry my cards as if they were masterpieces, and I’d carry the cupcakes my mother had made for the afternoon party.

School that day was a loss. Arithmetic and spelling were no competition for valentines and a party. Finally, after lunch, the nun would have us clear off our desks. We’d get our boxes and get ready. She’d call us row by row, and we’d drop the valentines on desks as we walked. I can remember hoping and hoping to get one from a boy with whom I was smitten. In the second grade, smitten was about the best we could do. If I got one, I was giddy.

After all the rows had finished giving out their valentines, the party began. The food was up front for the taking. I remember lots and lots of red cupcakes, some sugar cookies and conversational hearts. My friends and I would sit and open our valentines together. I remember a lot of laughing, a lot of little girl laughing for that’s who we were. I don’t remember being disappointed, but maybe that’s something forgotten. I remember the fun of opening those cards, of eating a chocolate cupcake with red frosting, but I mostly remember carrying home my treasures in my beautiful Valentine’s Day box.

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31 Comments on ““All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    And happy 4th birthday to Little Rocky. He’s apparently going to spend it asleep. πŸ™‚

    Valentine’s Day was never one of my favorites in grade school. I didn’t like the silly rhymes on the cards. They made my teeth grit and my eyes roll. Always the literary critic πŸ˜€
    I liked it better when I was an adult and got flowers and chocolate and got to give flowers and chocolate.
    In work, we would always have goodies on this day because… well, we would have goodies on any day with even a whiff of an excuse. πŸ™‚ We decorated our cubes and desks with red and pink lacy hearts. I think I acquired the string of red heart-shaped lights sometime around then and I still have them. Maybe I will put them up.

    It’s sunny and sort of warmish up here. Snow is melting, anyway, and that’s good.
    Your vision of Mother Nature run amok is very much part of her true state. No soft and gentle feminine principal for her. πŸ™‚
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!!

      I always got a chuckle from the rhymes. Writing really bad puns is an art form of its own.

      At work, we do the same thing. People would bring stuff they’d made to the office as gifts, and I’ll have a cupcake or two. My favorite were the sugar cookies. It was the secretaries who got the gifts. The teachers knew the right people to please!

      It is sunny and warm here too. Everything is melting. I went out and filled the bird feeder and a huge wet pile of snow from the tree fell right down my neck.

      It’s trivia night so I’ll have a fun evening!

      Have a great day!!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Valentines Day is not a tradition over here. Yet! Commerce tries everything to change that and some people are already infected and buy expensive presents. Not me, but I like the card idea and I don’t mind an extra hug. Like baseball, Halloween and other American cultural achievements I learned about Valentines Day by the daily newspaper Peanuts strips. No party back then and no party today, but I’ll take any excuse to listen to love songs.
    Have a cozy Valentines Day!
    Send some snow eastwards, but not to Sweden, Christer probably wouldn’t appreciate it πŸ˜‰

    • Kat Says:

      I like sending cards. They are a nice way to brighten someone’s day. This is the first year I haven’t sent any as I was snowbound on the day I expected to go card shopping. I send some e-cards, but I prefer the real stuff. An e-card is easy to send. I like the effort of picking just the right card and sending it.

      After looking at Christer’s blog that would be the last place I’d send it. We had enough snow fall last night to cover the cars and sidewalks, but it is all melting away. It will, of course, freeze overnight.

      I’m going to trivia night tonight so it will be fun!

    • Hedley Says:

      Findus for Christer instead ?

      • Kat Says:

        Findus did start in Sweden!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, I am thinking that Christer should take responsibility for this horsey thing
        Tottenham are at home tonight against Lyon in the Europa Cup.

      • Caryn Says:

        It’s okay as long as there is a horsey on the package and no mention of beef anywhere.

      • Hedley Says:

        Caryn. I am not sure of the marketing strategy for “Findus Horse Lasagne” or Tesco Horse Spagetti Bolognese” …strap on the feeding bag and enjoy a good Findus ?

      • Birgit Says:

        Can this lasagna jump and can we expect the Stones’ “Jumping Jack Flesh” in meat commercials now? Whatever.
        Hedley, good luck for Tottenham!

  3. Bob Says:

    When you are a kid sending Valentines to your classmates is fun and gets you out of doing work. When you are a husband it is pure torture. What should I get her that will make her day? If I buy her candy will she conclude that I am making a statement about her weight. If I buy her roses will she think that just did the easy thing just like everyone else. And, what kind of statement does a three dollar Valentine make, fast and cheap. It’s difficult to come up with an interesting Valentine gift every year after you have been with the same woman for many years. Another expensive and fattening romantic dinner? Another fattening red cupcake or box of chocolates? This foolish holiday raises husband’s anxiety and blood pressure through the roof! Who needs it?

    Why do we even have this ridiculous holiday? I know all about the history of St. Valentine, thank you Kat for enlightening me last year. The answer is very simple, profit. The greeting card and candy industry needed something between Christmas and Easter to raise sagging revenues and profits. The only other people who benefit are single men and their girlfriends. Every year on February 14 the single man gives his girlfriend a box of candy and a dozen roses. She thinks he is the most romantic man on earth and probably he will get lucky and spend the night. Of course, this only works if you change girlfriends annually πŸ™‚

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Kat Says:

      Creativity is the key. It doesn’t have to be chocolates and flowers. My brother-in-law made a small table for near my sister’s chair so she can put her stuff on it. I now you’re not a carpenter, but I was just giving you an idea of someone being original. Don’t be so anxious. Make dinner or even do a chore of your wife’s she hates. Lots of things are better than flowers and chocolates.

      I think that cards are wonderful as long as you spend the time to find the right one. It takes me a long time in a card shop. I don’t just grab one-I read the inside to see if it fits.

      Sometimes people have to be reminded to say I love you and Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to do that.

      If I were young and single, I’d not think roses and candy romantic at all. I’d think it was a fallback because the guy couldn’t come up with anything else. That is one boring guy!

  4. olof1 Says:

    Valentines Day or as we call it All Hearts Day has never been especially big here despite the commerce trying to make it big. But it seesm that those that do celebrate it expects the men giving something to their women, never the opposite though πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Grey and cloudy here and no snow to expect until next week they say. Fairly warnΒ΄m during the days but nasty cold during the nights. I do long for spring now even if I know we’ll have winter for at least a month more.

    Happy Valentines Day!

    • Caryn Says:

      Spring is coming soon! Well, here, anyway. I smelled a skunk yesterday and I saw a turkey vulture today. The woodpeckers are drumming on the trees. The cardinal is singing and so is the yellow shafted flicker. They know it’s coming, too, and they are staking out their spaces for the dance.

    • Kat Says:

      Here it is mutual. A girl gives her guy something as well.

      It was warmish all day long today. The snow was melting so much you’d think it was raining. The sun is way low in the sky now, and I can feel it getting colder.

  5. vintagespins Says:

    Hi Kat, Is there any chance that you would have time to explain how I can add music to my posts on wordpress? I’ve finally managed to get the first post up, but WP is not quite as straightforward as Blogger (used to be) and I’m pulling my hair out over this.

    Thanks in advance for any help you might be willing to offer this computer dummy.


    • katry Says:

      It is actually pretty easy to do. You sign into WordPress then go to Blog Admin (the page where you add posts). Click Posts (on the left), add new. On the Add New Page you’ll see Add Media, but before you do that make sure whatever media you want to add is on your desktop as I’ve found that is the easiest place from which to upload. Once that’s done, click add media. The page will change and you click Upload Files. You’ll see select files and that’s where you double click on the song file you’ve put on your desktop. It will load and an arrow on the top right corner will let you know the file has loaded.

      Now this is the big piece it took me a while to learn. Look on the right side of the page before you do anything else. You’ll see ATTACHMENT DISPLAY SETTINGS and underneath that some drop down choices. Pick none then click insert into post. You should see the complete page and the lst thing you do is you click publish which is on the right hand side.

      Let me know if you have any problems.

  6. Bill S. Says:

    One of our cabinets has a supply of “new” cards, including Valentines. Peg pulled out one of them to give to me, so I told her to select one for herself. We don’t sign them–why bother? I guess Valentines Day is nothing special here.

    “Warm” and sunny here in southern NH today. The house I am working at in Bedford (NH) has a lot of snow melting off the roof, and a large area over the access door with “impending doom” icicles, ready to decapitate those who enter or exit.

    Can someone explain to me how stink bugs can survive the winter, and how do they enter houses?????

    • Kat Says:

      I am an expert on mice-nothing from me on stink bugs! I don’t even know what they look like.

      Nice day here today, but I just got home from trivia and everything is frozen. I almost went down again but managed to save myself.

      Valentine’s Day wasn’t special for me too much either. I did buy some candy for my trivia team, and that was about it.

  7. im6 Says:

    Never did get around to creating a Valentine’s mix “tape”, so hope some heartfelt words will do: Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Kat. You make every day feel like Feb. 14 with your warm thoughts and wonderful memories. And greetings to all the Coffee fans (even Hedley!). Hope it’s been a wonderful day.

    Speaking of searching for cards that say JUST the right thing, perhaps you’ll enjoy these vintage cards — love and affection not required!


    • Hedley Says:

      Hugs and kisses to you as well im6, I hope that your day was filled with Love (M).
      Our tradition was that a valentines day card was to be anonymous. The trick was for no one to see you place it and hope that the lucky recipient was equally smitten – of course Linda Cannon wasn’t but hey it was a long time ago.
      We have had a lovely day, card exchanges with Mrs MDH, Maggie the Westie was in on the action, and I always get a card to my daughter wherever she is..she likes a good monkey card but no luck this year, something a bit sentimental.
      So this evening we are watching TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR play Lyon which was dvr’d from earlier, Maggie is begging for chips and we are drinking wine.

      Kat and I want to know your opinion of Wonderful Glorious…

      Happy Valentines Day my friend.

      • Hedley Says:

        Tottenham 2 Lyon 1 going in to the second leg in France. The brilliant amazing Gareth Bale with both goals.

      • Kat Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        I like the idea of an anonymous valentine, but I suspect that it could cause a great deal of heartache should the guesses be wrong.

        I am so glad you and Mrs. MDH had a lovely Valentine’s Day. I like the idea of a tradition concerning a monkey.

        I went to trivia night and had a wonderful dinner and some drinks which helped make up for what was our worst showing in years.

        Miss Gracie got a new chew and was quite delighted.

        Thank you!!!!

    • Kat Says:

      I bought some vintage valentines, and you were on the list to receive one, but they didn’t come in until today. I have to say none were as awful as the ones from your link, not even close. I really got a chuckle. I haven’t ever seen valentines like that before-now I’ll have to hunt down a few to give to my “lesser” acquaintances.

      Thank you-yours is the nicest “valentine” I got!!

  8. Spaceman Says:

    I dunno about celebrating Christian saints in public schools.

  9. vintagespins Says:

    Hi Kat, I’m so grateful for your instructions. I understand how it should work now, but all I’m getting is a direct download link rather than the player. My browser is IE8 and it seems that I’ll have to switch to IE9 or Google’s Chrome in order to have the player appear on my site. I’ve tried both in the past and don’t really like them, but I’ll give IE9 a try tomorrow.

    Thanks again, and I’ll let you know the address if I’m successful. Marie

    • Kat Says:

      After the file is uploaded and before you insert it, go to ATTACHMENT DISPLAY SETTINGS on the right hand side of the page. Below that it says Link to and you have an arrow. Hit the arrow and then choose none. After that, insert the file. It should produce the player.

      I use Safari so I have no idea whether the other browsers will work, but the key to the player is choosing None. I learned that through lots of trial and error and hunting.

  10. Spaceman Says:

    Muslims discourage its celebration because associated with a Christian saint.

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