“I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.”

Today is dreary but above freezing. It may even reach 40˚. A bit of snow gave us, Henry, Jack and me, pause earlier when it slipped off the roof to the deck. The noise of the slipping caught our attention then the snow slammed the deck.

The front steps are wet from melted ice. I’ll throw more of the deicer on them a bit later to make sure they don’t refreeze. I have no reason to go out today.

On television detectives check trash bins near crimes for whatever they can find. Why is it that every dumpster has neatly closed trash bags, maybe some folded cardboard boxes and a tidy dead body? My kitchen trash basket is far messier. The last thing I would want to do is go through that basket, even with gloves and a mask.

When I was a kid, St. Valentine’s Day was a big day. Before the event, I had to bring a shoebox to school. That week before, during art, we each decorated our boxes with red construction paper and added sweet words written in crayon. My mother and I would walk uptown to Woolworth’s so I could pick my valentines. There were boxes of choices, all two dimensional. The sayings on the front were silly, but not to me back then.

“It’s plane to see you’re the valentine for me,” has a plane on the front piloted by a dog. Then we have the pig, “Rooting,” for me to be his Valentine. The worst I found made me groan. It has two peas in a pod on the front. The message was “Peas be my ponder.” I wonder if, back then, I understood the puns, the plays on words. I doubt it.

The night before Valentine’s Day, I sat at the kitchen table and wrote out my valentines. When I was young, my name on the back was slanted downward because I usually ran out of room. I’d put my classmates’ names on the front envelopes.

Paying attention in school was difficult on Valentine’s Day. Our boxes were on the desks just waiting to be filled. Finally, after lunch, we’d clear our desks of school work and put our decorated boxes right in the middle. Row after row took turns walking around putting Valentine’s in boxes. When we were all finished, the party started. My classmates and I had brought goodies to share. Again, row by row, we’d choose our treats then sit down and open our valentines. It was the best day.

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10 Comments on ““I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    Much less cold here today but still cold enough to keep all wildlife calm. It would have been much nicer if a western wind hadn’t blown but then again western winds usually mean warmer weather so I’m not complaining 🙂

    Valentines day wasn’t a thing at all in school or otherwise when I was a kid and I doubt it is in schools nowdays either. It has become a thing for grownups though. I guess I can buy lots of bonbons cheaper later in the week and that’s always nice 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The sky here does look as if something is coming. It could be snow, but I’m hoping for rain to get rid of the snow. It is not a pretty day.

      I don’t remember when we stopped doing valentines in school. I’m thinking it was in the older grades. You’re right about the bo\n bons. I have to go out tomorrow so I’ll check for sales.

      Take care and stay safe.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    We awoke this morning to about an inch of snow under cloudy skies and the temperature was 19° but it’s now slowly dropping. The real nasty snow storm will hit tonight with temperatures in the single digits and blizzard conditions forecast with high winds until tomorrow afternoon. This is a once in a lifetime weather event for North Texas. On Nextdoor, lots of folks around the neighborhood have pipes that burst due to the cold weather. Hopefully mine will not be among them. 🙁

    I never know what to get my spouse for Valentines Day. She doesn’t want candy nor flowers. She’s on a low carb diet and thinks flowers should be for non valentine days. 🙁 I won’t repeat my feelings about this totally useless holiday. When you’re in love, everyday should be Valentines Day. 🙂 Especially when you’re just in lust. 🙂 Woman don’t realize the pressure they put on us men for a silly occasion. Halmark has done a fabulous job of raking in the cash.

    The Republicans once again proved that they are spineless bastards, especially Mitch McConnel. He held the Senate out of session until January 20th too prevent a senate trial and then voted to acquit Trump because he is now a private citizen. What a hypocritical a-hole. 🙁 Hitler was right, if you tell a lie often enough, then people will believe it. Approximately 80% of Republicans believe Biden didn’t win the election fairly and is an illegitimate President. 🙁 The next demigod we elect might not be as stupid as Trump was and our democracy will be lost forever.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Your weather is more extreme than mine. It is warm enough here that the icicles are melting and dripping off the roof. We will get back to the 30’s tomorrow. That scares me because of the melting. I’m amazed about the pipes. With the heat on, they shouldn’t burst.

      Does your spouse have a hobby, does she like movie? There are so many different choices beyond the usual of flowers and candy. I can’t dislike a day of love, valentines and Cupid.

      Damn Mitch McConnell for voting against the impeachment but claiming afterwards that the managers did make their case and Trump did what they claimed he did. How dare he.

      Several current senators will not run again. I don’t understand why they continue to be afraid and did not vote to impeach. Even they lack courage.

      • Bob Says:

        Other than the outside faucets, which we covered with socks, I only have one inside faucet that’s on an outside wall, the kitchen sink. I leave the doors under the sink open and leave the faucet dripping overnight. By yesterday the hardware stores were completely sold out of outside insulated faucet covers. I have my fingers crossed that the pipes will make it through the week. Another snowstorm is predicted for Wednesday. My pool freeze guard is working because the pump is running 24/7.

        Here we don’t have basements and the pipes inside the outer walls are not that well insulated because we rarely get this cold. The last time we had temperatures in the single digits was more than ten years ago.

      • katry Says:

        I have two faucets outside, and I cover neither. I do shut off my outside shower, but I don’t cover it. My irrigation system is emptied of water. Those about my only preparations for winter, and in all the years I have lived here I haven’t had a problem. I never heard of a sock over the faucets.

        The basement is where my pipes are against the outside wall. They are not insulated. But again, no problems

      • katry Says:

        It gives you peace of mind!

      • Bob Says:

        I’m not sure the socks really work because the outside spigots are in the wall and are supposed to be freeze proof, but it couldn’t hurt. 🙂

  3. Rowen Says:

    I loved the school Valentine’s Day ritual. It was way better than doing school stuff and there was candy. I sorta remember pink cupcakes with Red Hots too. It took me way too long to notice that the cards we all exchanged were essentially one joke and that the humor and art never varied from year to year. But I was easily impressed. I happily munched down all those nasty conversation hearts that would probably kill me now.

    • katry Says:

      Necco closed and Conversation Hearts were sold to some candy company, but the recipe has changed. Fans of the real hearts aren’t happy! I use them for decoration in glass containers around the house. They’d break my teeth if I ate them.

      I thought those cards were funny, but, like you, it took me a long while to notice the humor was so similar. I have several cards I bought way back, the old cards. I send them to friends my age, a fun piece of our history. I noticed some are now for sale on e-bay for about $4.00 and up, far more than I paid.

      Happy Valentine’s Day!

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