Tuesday, February 14, 2023

hearts and love

I know I'm late in posting this for Valentine's Day because it's now evening, but I suppose it's never too late to send a little love to my blogging friends. 💓

I've always liked this holiday because it's non-commital. Brian and I exchange cards, but that's it. We don't buy each other gifts for Valentine's Day or go out to eat. Fill my car up with gas when it needs it? Make my tea in the morning? Now that's love. Though we do all have our own love language and maybe one of mine is gifts of service. (It's been so long since I've taken that test, that I can't remember.) I do like presents and going out to eat, but not on "Hallmark" holidays.

(Hearts made by various friends; photo by my friend, Hilary Packard.)

Brian doesn't get home from work until later this evening anyway, and he will be exhausted from his 12-hour shift. We'll have a little quiet time together before he crashes. 

A couple of other tidbits:

I treated myself to a lovely package of ephemera from Creative Yellow Pen. (You have to love yourself, too...and if one of those ways is buying yourself a present, then go for it.)

What a great haul! If you're at all into art or junk journaling, I highly recommend this etsy seller. She has sales, so watch for them.

To go along with the heart and love theme, this book. I'm an avid reader and admittedly, a picky one when it comes to fiction. Once in awhile I read a book that leaves me saying at the end, "Now THAT was good writing." This was one of those books. Beautiful prose, not a word wasted, intriguing plot, every character well developed. I never thought I'd like a dystopian novel, but this was so close to reality, it was frightening.

I'll leave you with this poem, from an account on Instagram.


  1. Happy Valentine's Day Melanie! It's a perfect post and perfect timing, after all, there's never a bad time to share a little blogging love. I'm not a big fiction reader but your description is intriguing, I may have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing and happy day!

  2. Love all those gifted hearts. And I really liked the poem since it ties in with the articles I've been reading with regard to how unsustainable the rose market is this time of year -- definitely always a better option to give a gift that has the ability to live on with TLC long after a day of celebrating. I don't often read fiction -- truthfully, sometimes I feel like I'm living in a dystopian society as it is. But just read what goodreads had to say about it and it definitely sounds like it could be fictional history which I do like to read depending on the subject matter. Wonder if I could find it here (our bookstores have very limited options unfortunately). Take care.

  3. This is a beautiful post, Melanie. It sums up perfectly what real love is, especially at this stage in our marriages.

  4. I love those pretty hearts! I bookmarked the Etsy shop. And I read that book. Yes, it was scary to read it. Like watching The Handmaid's Tale.

  5. This post is just loaded with treats. Loved your heart pictures, and I am definitely looking into the ephemera sources.

  6. Happy Valentines Day, my dear friend. ❤️

  7. Glad you had a nice Valentine's Day. The book sounds great. Have a good rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

  8. I do love the poem! And your package of ephemera even though I have no art talent for using them creatively. But I always stop to look through bits and bobs of pieces of paper at antique stores, bringing home the strangest things. Just can't resist.

  9. The bowl of hearts is so lovely! Always excited for a book recommendation. Went to the ibrary yesterday when the threat of a snowstorm was looming and I didnt have enough options to be snowed in with

  10. I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, but hubby doesn’t care for Hallmark holidays. So I just celebrate it on my own, and I’m perfectly happy that way. I buy myself tulips, take myself out to eat, and treat myself to a little chocolate. And of course I send treats to the grandkids.


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