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SHARE the LOVE (Valentine Giveaway!)

This giveaway has been on my mind since before the last and very recent one. Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart. I will get to the business-end of this post later.  For now you have to endure some sap.

Valentine’s Day 1975 was the date of Husband’s and my first date. Thirty four years ago…is that right? Is that possible? I can tell you exactly what I wore on that date to our school’s Valentine’s Day Dance. I wore a pair of dark washed very high waisted jeans and a color block shirt that was mustard, navy and cream. The shirt had a superfluous hood but I thought it was very cute.  That was our first date (I was 15) and we have never looked back. It was quite the whirlwind romance.  Well, unless you consider the fact that we weren’t old enough to get married. for another 3 years.

I suppose as we approached “middle age” and passed 30 years of marriage we have both wondered what it was.  The connection.  It is not that common for our species to mate for life these days. I think much of it is that when we were together we could just “be”.  I don’t have unreal expectations of him. And he doesnt of me. We hung out at school, had classes together, played chess after school. Oh and were pretty much inseparable during waking hours after that first date.  We didnt fight and bicker.  I didnt flip my hair and stomp off in a tiff accusing him of  “being a guy” or “not treating me right”.  We instantly liked each other the first time we met.  He was smart and unusually mature for his age.  He wrote me poems and drew me pictures and held my hand.  We were both good at math – him better.  We were both good at chess – him better.  He could cook and made us pizzas after school. He didn’t kiss and tell.  He was sincere, honest, worked and unlike so many men (and women) was not constantly looking for “a better deal”.  We complimented each other’s personalities.  We loved each other.  And that was that. And it still is.

And then 21 years later our sixth and youngest, Benjamin, was born.  A surprise indeed as he wasnt due until March 4.  But weighing in at 8# 2oz, he and I were ready!   Awwww…warms the the cockles of my heart to think on these things. So yes, Valentine‘s Day is special to me.

Okay, okay.  Enough  I know.  As I said, I have pondered on what should be the gist of this giveaway.  Something I love…something I believe the winner will love….what do I love???? I love coffee.  I love chocolate.  I love books and magazines. I love aprons. Okay…that’s it!  A bag of my personal favorite Farmhouse Blend (yeah, I blend it myself) Coffee,  a box of homemade fudge ~ I make a mean batch of fudge~ and it will mail well,  a copy of the Valentine’s edition of Porch.  You don’t know Porch??? Well why not? Oh…and yeah, another apron. Ho hum.  Just kidding.  Yes!  Another OOAK NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron. Something red and dotty maybe?


Now get over there and check them out! Just click on the picture.

Okay here’s the deal.  You know the routine.  Leave a comment and consider yourself entered.  I will add your name to the, now approaching legendary status,  Mason Jar.  I will draw a name on Feb 9th and on the 10th the package will go out Priority Mail to the winner. I suppose it goes without saying that the winner must have a US address.  Customs gets CRAZY over perishables and coffee!

Okay now SHARE the LOVE! And post it to your blog – don’t be selfish now, you know your friends would like to play too.  You don’t want to be that kid at school who didn’t give EVERYONE a Valentine.  You know the brat I am talking about.  You remember.  Elementary School, you spent the day before Valentine’s Day making paper bags decorated with hearts and your name, and then that night you carefully signed the back of those cute little Valentine cards and with chubby little fingers you managed to get them in those envelopes that were always just slightly smaller than the card itself.  Then you wrote on the outside of  the envelopes the name of a classmate, being very VERY careful to check off the list the teacher gave you so as not to miss someone.  Your heart raced a bit as you wrote the boys names, wondering if they would think you liked them or LIKED liked them.  Then there was The Brat. Usually a girl for some reason, who would deliberately leave someone out.  Everyone got 29 Valentines except a few, sometimes only one which was even worse, because she didnt think they were worthy.  I always hated that kid.  My stomach churns right now thinking of it.  THE girl in my first grade class was Delores.  I would know her today if I saw her.  Prissy and snarly with an evil laugh even as a 1st grader.  So don’t be that kid!  Share the LOVE!  Here’s you a button to use. Leave me a comment, grab the button, post it and link back to me. Sweet and simple.



Oiseau de Rouge de Dame


She was just too beautiful to keep to myself.

Husband took this picture this evening as the sun was setting behind her.


I've been tagged!

I have been tagged by Kelly. I actually maybe one of those who LOVES tags…though I dont always find time to do them…I try.

Here are the rules of the game:

1. When you are tagged you are asked to list eight random facts about yourself and post them on your blog for visitors to enjoy.

2. Tag eight of your blogging friends and leave them a comment that they have been tagged and to join in the fun if they have the opportunity. (If not, that’s okay. They can still enjoy the random facts everyone shares 🙂 Be sure to list a link to your eight friends in your posting.

My random facts…

1. I have never been to Rome, Italy.


2. I really did wear overalls everyday for 3+ years. And still do a LOT.  Dang I have aged!  I need to grow my pigtails back!!!sbdbw




3. I can’t sleep well unless I am cold. (I dont guess I really have a picture for this one)

4. I went to Paris and didnt see the Mona Lisa!
monalisa5. I have an obsession with cupcakes.  They are perfect little desserts to be dressed up or down.

6. I hate clowns with the fire of a thousand suns.  There is not ONE THING funny about a clown. I will take this picture down soon or I wont be able to visit my own blog!

7. I talked to Harry Connick, Jr. on the phone once. H.O. T.

8. I am very deathly allergic to beef…which sucks.


Okay, now it’s your turn. Tag! You’re it! Anyone and everyone consider yourself tagged!  Come on play along.

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