Valentine’s Day

pink flowers valentine's dayIt’s January 31.  5 days before THE BIG GAME, and 14 days before what has become one of the most hyped-up holidays: Valentine’s Day.  I have to be honest here, I’m not big on this holiday.  Don’t get my wrong, I love expressing my love for my husband and my children, but this is one of the top 2 holidays for me (second only to New Year’s Eve) that always has such astronomically high expectations and…well, I don’t know that I’ve ever known anyone who’s expectations for those days were met.  PLUS, I love chocolate.


Around my house, Valentine’s Day usually includes a lot of heart shaped foods to eat, and notes tucked into lunch bags and workbags.  A cute email? Absolutely.  A card? Maybe.  Hershey kisses?  Yes, pleaseandthankyouverymuch.  Flowers?  Hard to say no to those.  But gifts? I don’t know.

It isn’t that I don’t LIKE presents and flowers.  I do.  I really love pink things, and sparkly things.  Or sparkly pink things.  Or pink flowers.  I’m generally happy to receive anything from the  “gifts for her ” category, in fact.    I think I just kind of prefer to focus on the how and why of the Valentine message and not the gift itself.  Or I’m getting older.  Or I’m too lazy to shop.  Maybe it isn’t just one thing.  I love presents, but not so much on Valentine’s Day.  I think we’ve let it snowball into this big huge thing, when really it should be a day to share and express love and friendship to those around us.  Let’s save the presents for another day.  Or for any other day.  Like a present for no reason at all!

Maybe I’m just too cheap to spend big money on this holiday.

Now, when it comes to May and September?  Sign me up for birthday gifts and anniversary gifts!!

What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day?






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Unwelcome Guests of the Creepy, Crawly Variety

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If you have ever had ants, cockroaches, ticks, mites or termites, you understand how very UNwelcome they are. Even the most gracious hostess in the world isn’t going to open her arms and door to her home to these “guests,” no matter what the occasion.  No offense to these critters but they are, by nature, a destructive lot and kind of need to be stopped before they get to the door.  Unfortunately, most of the time we’re unaware of our visitors before they’ve already crossed the threshold-either directly through the door or in other, more sneaky and most definitely destructive ways.


There are many things you can do to prevent these pests from moving in, like amending the soil near your affected area by adding live matter- compost or rotted manure, placing strong magnets around the area, and others, but sometimes, no matter what you do, they come anyway.  That’s when you have to call in professionals like Terminix (Which gets expensive fast- but click to save $50 on Terminix Pest Control Services).  Once undesirable pests are in your home, they don’t like to leave without a fight!!   [click to continue…]

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This year, for the first time in, oh, forever?  I have to file our taxes myself.  Well, I’ll have help, but my brother in law is a CPA and has been able to help us for years.  There’s been some changes and likely just for this year, he’s unable to do ours at his work, so here I am, facing the challenge.  Kind of nervous.  At least I can get TurboTax for free and not have to pay!



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Rite Aid this week

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Its almost the end of January.  That means tax season is upon us.  Did you know you can file your taxes FREE with H&R Block At Home?

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Thanks Stretching Your Budget!