Valentine’s Day Musings


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.


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

two wooden hearts on a wooden background


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”.



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.



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.




“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.




Happy Holidays 2016


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.