Do you remember what it smells like to dry your sheets outside? Saturday was the perfect day. It may not have been very warm although I think we hit 12 degrees Celsius, but a gentle breeze dried the sheets in just a few hours. While I was hanging out the sheets, I spotted an eagle in the back of the yard.
Of course, I grabbed my camera, but I didn't get terribly close. My beloved Mr. T. observing this suggested that it could have been my bright pink pajamas to blame, reminding me of their "eagle eyes". Ah, that is where that saying came from. He was beautiful as he flew away but of course I didn't do a really good job of capturing that either.
Even though the air was a bit brisk, I opened up the bedroom window to give it a bit of airing out as well.
Today, I'm going to make a Valentines dinner for my beloved. I tend to cook a bit on whims. I'll go to the market and see what looks good and plan my menu while I'm there. I already have a homemade chocolate cake baking, which I'll layer with some decadent fillings and cover with ganache. I'll no doubt serve some sort of pasta because that is his favorite and probably a Strawberry Spinach Salad for some energy and perhaps some beef tenderloin.
I remember when we were in our early years of marriage, there was tension that would sometimes surround Valentines Day. I have since then realized that there is far too much pressure put on men to provide the perfect date or surprise for their girls. We have long since stopped bowing to the commercialized idea of what the day "should" be and created our own less stressful traditions. After nearly 29 years of marriage I'm just thankful I have one (a marriage that is). I'm thankful that I have a husband that loves me, and he doesn't have to jump through hoops to prove it. He proves it everyday that he happily shares a home with me. I really realized that I don't need all that and I've been much happier since then. When I think back to some of the most romantic things that we've done together there has been very few that involved money or gifts, they have been directly related to the care and nurture of our marriage. You just can't be tense and stressed for days and then expect to have it perfect and romantic. Marriage is rarely as it is in the movies, we all create our own script to a large degree. Some are given scripts that are terribly unfair and I don't know how you get through that and I'm sorry for you if that is the script you've been given.
Whether you plan a special dinner for your children and then later your husband or if you call up some girlfriends and have a chocolate fondue together and watch a chick flick, I hope you have a day filled with happy thoughts and a day that will build your ever growing memory bank.
What are your plans to do sweet and kind things for those you love? I still have time to change mine.