Valentine’s Day Musings

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Valentine’s Day is not a big deal for me, yet I do consider myself fortunate to share my life with an incredible man.  Somehow way back our souls found each other and like Velcro we have been stuck together ever since.  Enjoyably so I might add which is important when you spend 24 hours a day 7 days a week with someone, it’s good to enjoy their company.

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We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird.

And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible

with ours, we join up with them

 and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness —

and call it love — true love.”

Robert Fulghum

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Personally, I find this to be one of those over-the-top celebrations with cupids, chocolates, flowers, hearts, cards and raised expectations.  Perhaps over the years I have come to accept the fact that my dear husband does not celebrate days like this (well, he also forgets birthdays but that is for another post) so I am fine with this being “just another day”.

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We still laugh every day at something, talk like friends do about everything, never go to bed angry or disagreeing about something and we can argue like the best of them even over things like how to shovel sheep manure.  And even after 35 years of marriage we still discover things about each other – I just discovered he dislikes whistling, big time.

I don’t need a special day to tell him how much I love him.  Okay, I’ll admit I will probably make him heart shaped French toast and I did decorate the Hoosier cabinet with two joined hearts but that’s it.

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I stitched this for my parents many years ago as an anniversary gift as I was so taken with the quote, it has become one of my favorites. This framed piece now hangs in one of my guest rooms.

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“Love does not consist in gazing at each other,

But in looking together in the same direction.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

This is more a day to celebrate all those you love, parents, siblings, friends.  Pick up the phone and call them and let them know how important they are.  There, I feel better now – Happy Valentine’s Day to you and all those you love.

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Happy 2017 From the Shops of the FMNDDTeam on Etsy and Help With Your Resolutions

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Originally posted on Forget-Me-Nots Daily Discoveries on Etsy:
“The old year cracks under the burdensome weight of twelve heavy months, and the next year emerges fresh and anew from its shell. A cracked bell still tolls” ~Terri Guillemets The New Year offers us the opportunity to look upon 2016, now in the rear-view mirror and…

Happy Holidays 2016

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The stockings are filled and the tree twinkles with lights and ornaments with memories of holidays past; a sense of calm descends upon the farm for another year.  

The turkey waits patiently on the counter for attention.  My hot chocolate smoothie is almost ready and any moment now the dog will appear by my side waiting for her morning stroll. Does she care it is Christmas morning?  Nope, she just wants me to remove this festive bow I have affixed to her collar.   

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza or keeping this time in some other way, I wish you the warmth and joy of family and friends and may this be a wonder-filled time.  All the best to all of you for the holiday season and a New Year that sees all your dreams come true.

 

Dancing little Christmas star

that fills my world with light.

Shine down upon the ones I love

and bless their worlds tonight.

Bring them peace and hope and joy

to fill their hearts and then,

Watch over them and keep them safe

‘til Christmas comes again.

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Full Moon Magic and Mystery

 

It is a wonderful sight the full moon.  Nothing seems to conjure up more magic, myths and reverence than that golden orb rising above my tree line.  For a while I am transported from my problems and left to watch in deep regard for this constantly returning visitor.   

As it rises in the night sky a warm glow is cast over the farm and I’m sure the animals wonder when I will be turning out the lights.  Even the roosters crow in the middle of the night when the full moon splashes through their coop window – hmm, perhaps shades are in order for the next coop renovation. 

For centuries, cultures have ascribed magical properties to the full moon and in literature and art it is depicted in fascinating ways. 

There are so many wonderful stories and myths regarding the full moon and it allows us to look up in wonder and let our mind wander for just a bit.  Be captured by the majesty and magic. From werewolves to lunacy to love and lust and everything in between. 

A full moon can bring a sense of calm to even the busiest moment – I’m sure the hustle and bustle of this old street scene in LA came to a standstill at some point to observe the moon. 

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Los Angeles Under A Full Moon

I recently ran across this interesting “myth” about the moon and I must say it was not one I have heard before.

 

A rabbit dwells on the moon.

Intriguingly, legends from various traditions around the world, including Buddhism and Native American folklore, recount the tale of a rabbit that lives on the moon. This shared myth may reflect common interpretations of markings on the lunar surface—an alternate take on the fabled “man in the moon.” Shortly before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, mission control in Houston jokingly referred to the Chinese version of the story, telling the spaceship’s crew, “Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there’s one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit.” Command module pilot Michael Collins replied, “Okay. We’ll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.”

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Bunny Clock

 

 

MOONDANCE LYRICS (Thanks Van Morrison)

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance With the stars up above in your eyes A fantabulous night to make romance ‘Neath the cover of October skies

And all the leaves on the trees are falling To the sound of the breezes that blow And I’m trying to please to the calling Of your heart-strings that play soft and low

And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

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Moondance Art

 

From the National Geographic Site – The October full moon will also make its closest approach to Earth on the 16th, making for a spectacular lunar event. Sky-watchers are gearing up for a super-sized moon that will grace evening skies this Sunday, October 16. The so-called HUNTER’S Supermoon kicks off a lunar triple play happening over the next three months. And if you miss this month’s Supermoon, don’t despair. The full moons of November and December will also be Supermoons. Next month’s Supermoon promises to be the most impressive, as it will be the largest full moon visible in our skies so far this century.

 

So – go look up in wonder and let your mind wander – enjoy the beauty, drink in the magic.

 

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A Haunting Moon

Spotlight Friday: Post office

Post Offices – a wonderful part of our past and hopefully our future

The Journey of Handmadefuzzy

Well, this week we had a half a day at School. That meant we could finally get the passports done for our kids. We had to take the trip to down town Post Office, because they where open until 4 and had walk ins, meaning we didn’t need to make an appointment. So after I had filled out all the paperwork I was sitting there watching all the people coming in to mail their packages and letters. How much it changed since the internet, I was thinking.

I remember when I lived in boarding school, every Sunday we where supposed to write letters to our family. I still have a few of those, ones that I had written to my Grandparents in Germany.They where not very long, usually just talking about the weather in a very scraggly cursive hand writing.Not that it is any better now.

During my teenage years I…

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Ever see a Victorian Red Tomato Server?

If you love tomatoes as much as I do, then you simply must use the correct server!

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At a local flea market, I ran across a box of spoons not too long ago.  When I started looking through them, I found quite a few utensils that really got my interest.  The Victorian Era was pretty interesting when it came to the serving pieces that were made, and one of those serving pieces was in that box I bought.

That piece is a red tomato server and is marked WM ROGERS MFG ORIGINAL ROGERS.  The server has the LA FRANCE pattern and dates to the early 1900’s.

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Here’s the kicker—there are two different types of tomato servers.  There’s one for red tomatoes and for green.

There’s a big difference to the server, and it’s that the spade on the green tomato server is not perforated. The red tomatoes can be juicy, so the perforations lets the juice drip through.  Green tomatoes are not nearly as messy so you…

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