Saturday, February 14, 2015

12 Days of Valentines

Twelve years ago today we said "I DO!"   It's hard to believe it's been that long already.  How our lives have changed over the years.  Happy Valentine's Anniversary to us!  We had a nice day together.  Clint surprised me with jewelry, candy, and flowers!  I have the best Valentine.

Since it's our 12th anniversary, I had the idea to do "12 days of Valentines."  That didn't quite work out because Clint was at work on some of what would have been the first days.  I decided to do a week of Valentines instead.

Day 1, Saturday.  I bought a butane lighter (we never can find one or they do not work) and put a cute tag on it that said "Come on baby,  light my fire!"  I placed it next to Clint's side of the bed, leaning against his lamp.  The entire day passed, and either he didn't see it or just ignored it.  Bed time came, he turned on his lamp and never said a word.  I went to sleep.  At some point, he either saw it or moved it out of the way.

Day 2, Sunday.  I put a small bag of Andes Mints on his dresser with a tag that said "We were MINT to be!."  We were getting ready to leave for the parade, and Clint came walking down the hall singing "Come on baby light my fire" and "You were meant for me..."

Day 3:  Monday.  I decided to cook something I rarely ever cook because the kids do not eat it and I have to cook something else for them - stuffed bell peppers.  I made double dipped chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.  Clint does not get home until very late, usually long after we have had dinner.  I made sure to put the strawberries out so he'd see the surprise.

Day 4:  Tuesday.  I crept outside in the middle of the night and decorated the inside of Clint's work truck.  I put some hearts with Valentine sayings on them and a small velvet rose on the driver's side seat.

Day 5:  Wednesday.  I left a pretty heart shaped box on Clint's side of the bathroom vanity.  It was right in the front so there was no missing it.  Inside were stainless steel "G" cuff links.  He got ready for work and did his usual routine in the bathroom.  I was in there too and saw him glance in the box's direction.  He got dressed and left never touching the box.   Later that night, I was laying in bed with my eyes closed half asleep and I hear "Thank you baby for the cuff links!"

Day 6:  Thursday.  I got up during the night and put a small picture collage of us over the years on the kitchen cabinets over the coffee pot.  There's no way to miss it there!   I put a note in that said, "I still do!"  When I got up, Clint said, "I still do too."

Day 7:  Friday.  I left a second surprise Valentine's box next to the coffee pot, again where he couldn't miss it!  Clint's the one who usually gets up and makes the coffee.  Inside was a silk tie and a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar tie tack,

Day 8: Saturday.  Valentine's Day!!  Anniversary Day!!  We exchanged gifts with one another in the morning.  Today's gift bag had some candy and a few little things Veronica picked out.  A few years ago I had given Clint a back up wedding band to have something different to wear.  Somehow it disappeared, so I replaced it with a black Tungsten Carbide satin finish black wedding band.  We went out for lunch to avoid the mad rush tonight.  Traffic was crazy --  Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, and President's Day weekend all rolled into one makes for people everywhere!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!

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Monday, February 09, 2015


It was a fun weekend but the aftermath....  a complete disaster.  A fun disaster, though.

Welcome to Carnival Time!!  The time of parades, king cake, and more parades are upon us.  Most out of towners think of Mardi Gras as a drunken, naked party.  Well, it can be if you make it that but it really isn't.  There are lots of family friendly parades around.  Our parades are smaller than New Orleans' but still lots of fun!  We had perfect parade weather over the weekend.  We skipped the local Friday night parade because it is usually over the top and the riders throw too hard.  You don't really understand what that means until you are whopped upside the head with a gallon ziploc bag stuffed with beads.  It's like getting reamed with a bowling ball.  Saturday night we met up with friends for the night parade.  Great fun!  Sunday morning Clint got up extra early and parked his truck along the parade route.  The same friends met us for two back to back parades.  It was a gorgeous spring like day to be outside and the kids had a blast.  We brought along small laundry baskets for our throws and they worked out so well.  It's much easier to just hold up a basket for the riders to toss stuff in.  Many of them see it as a challenge and will practice their aim!  I think I may paint a bullseye on the bottom for next time!!  We got quite a haul for only two parades.  There are five more next weekend.  I doubt we'll make them all, but more parading is definitely on the agenda.

Have you ever been to Mardi Gras?  Would you want to?!

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Rainy Day - inside and out

Today was cold, wet, and dreary.  That pretty much sums up how I feel most days.  On days like today it isn't worth the effort it takes to leave the house, so I didn't.  I didn't go to the gym or run errands.  Instead I stayed inside my nice, warm house doing a bunch of nothing.  This weather seems to make me feel worse, and I can't imagine why.  I'm tired of feeling so 'off.'  I feel sad to keep repeating to the kids that "I can't. Momma doesn't feel well."  This can't be my new level of normal.  I had bad days before the surgery, but now almost every day is a bad day.  Every day I wake up with the hope that I will somehow feel better.  I don't.  There are so many things I want and need to do.  The good news is I made an appointment to see a new doctor.  The bad news is I couldn't get an appointment until the end of April.  Until then, here's hoping for sunnier days ahead....
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