Hearts Among the Treasures Found in February

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February has so much to enjoy and appreciate, despite some of us

who have to endure such cold weather.  I have fun thinking about

what will good ole’ Punxsutauney Phil do on Groundhog’s Day,

how will we celebrate each of the Presidents, along with will any

of my grandchildren make me handmade Valentine’s Day cards

or will they give me a Sponge Bob Square Pants, Batman, Frozen

or Angry Bird valentines?

February is “Wise Health Care Consumer Month.”

There are choices in your reducing health care costs

and making good ones in your physicians, too.  Learn

more about over-the-counter and the prescription

medicines you take, asking what dosage is the least

you need to be the most healthy. Although it is not

always suggested, I like to take nutritional supplements

to ‘back up’ the fresh vegetables, fruits, fiber and protein

sources I choose to consume.

I take out a few decorations for this festive month, including a

couple of American flags which I put two on my door, along with

Cupid, a heart and a laminated Snoopy giving his pal Woodstock

a Valentine. This about covers most of the main ‘holiday rituals.’

I have had the cupid and “Peanuts” laminated pictures, ever

since my years of teaching middle school in the 80’s.

Amy Poehler, comic, actress and “SNL” show alumni

gives us good, comforting advice for February:

“I think sleep can be really magical

because sometimes Balance is only

a day away.”

FEBRUARY

Birthstone: Amethyst

Flower: Violets

Purple is a beautiful color echoed in both the gem

and the flower of the month.

Feb. 1-

“National Freedom Day”

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in

the world and that is an idea whose time has come.”

~* Victor Hugo.

It is Super Bowl Sunday!

Are you rooting for the New England Patriots or

the Seattle Sea Hawks?

What snacks will you serve? If you wish to read

about the history of hot sauce on chicken wings,

you can push your clicker on the side panel of

my topics to read about. Recipes included from

past posts, too.

Feb. 2-

“Candlemas”

“If Candlemas be dark

with clouds and rain,

Winter is gone and

won’t come again.”

(“The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” 2015 edition.)

Groundhog Day.

You know the results, don’t you? If he sees his shadow,

he will run and hide, means a longer time until Spring.

If it is a gloomy day, and he doesn’t see his shadow, we

are that much closer to warmer weather.

Another special occasion is “The 14th Annual AARP

Movies for Grownups Awards.” Kevin Costner will

be honored to receive the career achievement award.

I would like to see his newest family movie that deals

with his character raising his bi-racial grandchild.

Viola Davis plays the other side of the family’s

grandmother, scenes look funny and uplifting.

It is called, “Black or White.” (Nothing ever is. . .)

Feb. 3-

Full Snow Moon.

On February 3, 1913 the U.S. Congress was

authorized to impose a federal income tax

under the 16th Amendment of the U. S.

Constitution. The beginning of our tax ‘woes.’

Feb. 5-

Personal special day, will go to see my Mom if the

weather is good the weekend after this day. It is

the 60th anniversary since my Mom and Dad got

married. In only 9 months and a week, I will be 60.

So many family members of my parents counted

back to make sure I was “legitimate!”

Feb. 9-

Family Day in British Columbia.

This is the beginning of a great week titled,

“Random Acts of Kindness Week.”

Feb. 11- Last Quarter Moon.

Feb. 12-

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.

The way he read books by the fire and the “Honest

Abe” nickname, made this President special to me,

as a child. Later, when his assassination was more

emphasized in Social Studies, I felt sad to have lost

this fine hero.

The military services always wish for U.S. citizens

to fly their flags for past presidents.

Feb. 13-

This is Friday the 13th… ooh! Some people

believe you may wish to be more careful.

Are you superstitious?

Feb. 14-

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Flowers or candy? Special jewelry or friendly

exchange of Valentine’s Day cards, however

you celebrate, hope it is a fun day for you.

I happen to like heart cookies with vanilla

frosting, what is your favorite ‘treat?’

Flavia quote:

“Love lives forever and belies the passage of time.

It is what we take with us wherever we go.”

The shiny ‘heart shaped’ flowers of the tropical

anthurium are perfect fir a romantic bouquet,

suggested by “Old Farmer’s Almanac,”

2015 edition.

I happen to like peach roses or pink-tipped

carnations. The scent of the roses is sweet

while the carnations smell ‘spicy’ to me.

Last but certainly not least, this is also our

“National Have-A-Heart Day” where the aim

is to raise awareness of healthy eating and

taking care of our hearts.

Feb. 15-

National Flag of Canada Day.

Susan B. Anthony’s birthday.

In 1808, on this date in history, the U.S.S. Maine sank.

Remembering veterans and servicemen.

Feb. 16-

Presidents’ Day observed, United States.

The American Veterans request you proudly

fly your flag.

President George Washington’s birthday is on

February 22nd, but most calendars say we

“observe” his and all other presidents’ today.

Celebrate the tale of young, honest George,

who said, “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down

the cherry tree,” by having a piece of cherry pie

with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Yummy! I suppose if you were dieting you

could simply eat some fresh cherries or

have cherry yogurt.

A book recommendation from “AARP Magazine” is

of Robert Middlekauff’s “Washington’s Revolution:

The Making of America’s First Leader.”

Celebrate “Family Day” (Alta., Ontario, and Sask.)

The mid-month “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” 2015 suggests

planting winter beets. They are hardy, which surprised me

that they can be planted in the winter time. (Should your

ground not be frozen solid.) They suggest harvesting beet

greens when they are a couple of inches tall.

Did you know the ‘new green sprouts’ can be added to a

salad and are considered delicious?  I learn something

new every time I open and read the almanac. They are

most tender before they reach 6″. This will not disturb

the growth of those red or purple beets, which provide

sorts of healing powers, through their nutritiousness.

Feb. 17-

“Fat Tuesday”

or “Mardi Gras.”

Celebrating the last day before you go on a ‘fast’

for Lent. This seems early and I re-checked this

fact. We have forty days of Lenten Season, before

Easter, should you be Catholic or another church

which celebrates the ‘walk’ of Jesus’ last days by

not indulging in what you crave.

I like the idea which my friends and coworkers do,

eating pancakes with sausage, bacon and eggs. The

Filipino coworkers have a traditional feast full of

a variety of savory and spicy foods.

What I remember from my childhood was receiving

those Lenten “fish” cardboard boxes where we would

put our leftover lunch or allowance money into. On

the last Sunday before Easter, (Palm Sunday) we could

turn them in and they would go to a needy cause.

These days the church I am affiliated with uses the

money for preparing and serving twice a month free

meals for those who wish to come. We also collect

products once a month for local humane shelters,

the battered women’s shelter in Marion (“Choices”)

and  P.I.N. which stands for a food pantry that is

called, “People in Need.” If you wish to do something

extra this month and the next, check out local centers.

You may make a big difference, “in the spirit of Lent.”

Feb. 18-

“Ash Wednesday” is the first day of Lent. Some

Catholic and other churches use ashes to form a

cross on a person’s forehead denoting the start

of the Lenten Season. Mass or communion is

usually served on this day at churches.

New Moon.

“The February sunshine steeps your boughs

and tints the buds and smells the leaves within.”

~*Written by William C. Bryant

(American Poet,  1794-1878.)

Feb. 19-

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

This calls for my going to our local Chinese

restaurant and ordering Sweet and Sour Chicken or

Shrimp, or if I am in a spicy mood, General Tso’s

Chicken or Pork. I will ask for a fortune cookie

should they forget to throw one in. I will let you

know my fortune, hope you will let me know yours.

Feb. 20-

Heritage Day, (Y.T.)

Feb. 22-

If you still have some leftover cherry pie, you may

wish to celebrate George Washington’s ‘real’

birthday today!

This is the Academy Awards or Oscar’s night.

If you are one who likes the Red Carpet, the

guests and singers who will perform the “Best

Song” nominations, or just like to have a fun

time watching all the famous people, this is

one of my favorite nights of the year! I get

some snacks, popcorn or chips and dip, some

nuts and a piece of fruit, sometimes if there is

any leftover wine, or if I need to stay awake,

(more likely) I drink some flavored coffee.

Feb. 23-

The infamous photograph represents this real

event in history today, 70 years ago today:

The flag was raised on Iwo Jima in 1945.

Feb. 25- First 1/4 Moon.

Feb. 27-

Battle of Java Sea, 1942.

Here is a pray or words to consider for February:

“Extra Things

We thank thee, God (or Higher Being) for extra things

You send along our way,

Both when our days are sunny bright

And when our skies are gray.

The little planned surprises dropped

From Thy great, loving hand,

Like unexpected showers on

A parched and desert land.

The meeting of an old-time friend,

The lifting of a care,

And sunlight breaking through the clouds,

To tell us You are there.

Just why You do these extra things

Our finite minds don’t know;

It must be you delight in them

Because you love us so.”

~*Written by Alice Hanche Mortenson.

The above prayer could be just pleasant thoughts sent your

way, as if someone sneezed and you say automatically,

“Bless you!”

What special things do you do to celebrate the month of February?

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38 responses »

    • Thanks for this lovely set of comments, Carol! I cannot believe we are beginning a second month of the year already. I will pass on your kind wishes, to my Mom. We remember their anniversary, even though I lost my Dad awhile back. I like random acts of kindness whenever I am reminded of giving some away. Hope it is a marvelous month for you, Carol!

  1. I like to celebrate at the end of February. Knowing it’s one month closer to spring makes me very happy. I’m pulling for the Seahawks, Robin. Since I don’t like to start a new week of work being tired, I’ll be going to sleep at halftime. 🙂

    • I am likely to either nap during the day or go to bed early and listen to the morning news, Jill. I am glad you have a team to ‘pull for!’ I don’t like starting the work week tired either!
      I hope this is a wonderful and special month for your family and you. Only good things and since you are already ‘wishing the month away,’ I hope it will go quickly for you, Jill!

      • Well, I’m not really a Seahawks fan, the Redskins are my team, but they didn’t make it. Ha ha! My mother always said “Don’t wish your life away.” I will enjoy February, but I’ll enjoy it even more on the 28th. 🙂

      • Oh, I am with you on wishing for the warmer months, Jill. I just walked in a brisk, blustery wind but the sun was shining and so that energy is with me for awhile… Have a great weekend, hope the sun is shining there, too…. xo

  2. i love celebrating ground hog day, it’s one of my favorites. also love to make valentine’s day cards, love chocolates and we celebrate fairy tale day in my room too )

    • Oh, Beth! I do so love Valentine’s Day and all the ‘trimmings’ and fun with little ones exchanging cards and all the decorations. Party time!
      I like the idea of a Fairy Tale Day! This would be a great month to have this.I look forward to seeing photos of the kinders in their gowns and holding magic wands.
      In January near the end of the month, we would use “Bear’s Shadow,” (Frank Asch) and teach the ‘science’ behind shadows. The book uses both the sun and moon for casting shadows, I believe.
      Once they start to grasp shadows, we would work on making little groundhogs to come up out of their holes. I made this little drawing of a groundhog.We could duplicate it four times on a piece of copy paper. We would have them color it, (about three inches long and only one inch wide). We always had piles of empty toilet paper rolls so we would call this the groundhog’s hole to push the colored with crayon’s critter out after he was glued on a popsicle stick.

      We would hold a Teddy Bear Picnic later in the month. For snacks, we would have Teddy Grahams and banana slices. We once brought in our toasters and spread ‘honey’ on the toast. What a mess! We would have the kids wear their pajamas, we would too. The blanket we would spread for the picnic was an old quilt we found which actually had bears on it! We made out of paper plates sometime during the month leading up to our teddy bear day, we would paint the plates with either chocolate pudding or brown paint. It depended on the maturity of the teachers or the kids that day. We would let them dry and have the kids the next day place their brown construction paper ears on the masks. We cut the eyes and glued them to tongue depressors. It was a good way to hold it up without fear of it getting twisted like a string does in their hair.
      Beth, I love February and hope it is a fantastic month for you and the kinders!

      • You are always welcome, since I miss those days and it makes me feel happy sharing some of the fun things we did. My grandson was over last night and I made him a drawing of a groundhog and he liked using a straw to poke him in and out of the hole (for all of 6 minutes…!) He did color is and stuck it into his backpack to show his male teacher what he ‘made.’ ha ha!

  3. Oh my, you guys certainly celebrate a lot. February here only Valentines Day, well there possibly is a lot more, but many of us aren’t into celebrating. We may give a card, but that’s about it. I guess like other countries, traditions or rituals aren’t world widely celebrated. Thank you for the interesting post as usual hun. xx

    • I am glad you found the post interesting and let us know what was going on with you, or that you don’t celebrate too much in February. I hope it is getting warmer and you are having a lovely time, hoping your Poppa Penguin is improving and Momma isn’t going too crazy with her mate! Smiles, Jen! Hope you have a wonderful and peaceful February!

  4. Wow, Robin, I haven’t even thought of all February has to offer. So glad you listed it here as it give everyone something to look forward to in the coming days. Great inspirational post! 🙂

    • Kim, so glad you found this both informative and inspirational, too. I hope you have a special month with lots of exciting and happy days ahead. I have been doing monthly calendars for two years so it is fun to try to make them different and hope if you think of a particular date to celebrate, you will add it here! Thanks for the smiles and kind comments, Kim!

      • It is great fun, last night my 5 and a half year old grandson saw me put up two 8″ flags and a heart made like a snowflake (cut out with intricate designs) while he made a little ‘book’ of snowman drawings and I had him color a little groundhog. When I couldn’t find any popsicle sticks, I stapled it on a half of a straw, we poked this in and out of an empty tan colored toilet paper roll. He liked making ‘shadows’ in the dark, so he is ‘ready’ and taking the groundhog on the straw and his ‘hole’ to kindergarten on Monday… You are an AWESOME mother and will do wonderfully with those little grandbabies, Kim!!

  5. I have always thought of 13 as a very lucky number. And when I found out one of my grandmother’s also like the number it made it even more special. If you want to believe that luck is affected by anything – Make your own!

    Always and interesting read for the days. I’ve a few family members celebrating in Feb. too.

    I might get more settled in a day or two – just glad to be back home…
    We have some snow now, but the freezing rain underneath may cause some opening delays tomorrow. I’ll save unpacking for then…

    Thanks for stopping by ~ Jules

    • You have come back from the warmth, to be greeted by the brittle cold, ice underlying the snow! Well, you will have some little ones to warm you up and keep you busy, along with laundry and unpacking… Hope it was a refreshing vacation with the hubby!
      I want you to know both my youngest daughter and my oldest grandson chose #13 for their sports’ number on their jerseys. Felicia in soccer, track and cross country, while Skyler was in football and t-ball. Smiles and I just put this in there, so people would give me input, knock on wood! ha ha! Thanks Jules!

  6. February is looking an exciting month
    for you Robin, of course there is Valentine’s Day
    to get wicked for but wow your calendar is
    full my sweet friend 🙂 😉

    Have a wonderful Friday and weekend alike Robin 🙂

    Andro xxx

    • Hope you had a special Friday, too, Andro! I had my little 5 and 1/2 year old grandson over and we did art projects, played flashlight hide and seek, read books and all kinds of fun. (Not wicked, though! smiles!) I will wish you a sunny weekend, since it was brisk and cold yet sunny on my walk to the library today!

    • I enjoy this, probably being first a middle school and then, preschool teacher, I like to celebrate each month. Colleen, you celebrate the passing of days in your own unique ways, touching lives along the way.
      Last night, Micah and I made a groundhog, a little drawn one I had him color and cut out, we used an empty tan toilet paper roll to be the groundhog’s hole, then stapled the little guy to his straw, (I didn’t have a popsicle stick to use) then for about 6 minutes he played with it, popping him into the hole and out. He put it in his backpack to share at kindergarten on Monday. While he was cutting and coloring, I put two little flags on my door and a heart that I cut out of red construction paper. You can fold it in half and cut intricate designs to create like a ‘snowflake’ but it is in the shape of a red or pink heart… Gluing on white paper makes the designs stand out. My grandson enjoyed seeing the door decorated. He says he has Presidents’ Day off, which made me remember to say the flags represent all the Presidents…

      I guess I admire ones who choose to carry their happiness over to their grandchildren in their own ways, not necessarily ‘crafts’ but special moments, like you share, Colleen with your family younger members….

      • I love your celebrations Robin. In every way. 🙂 I love that you made a ground hog with his own little burrow. 🙂 I think that is unique and special!!!

      • Oh, Colleen! I love your mentioning ‘burrow’ instead of the hole the groundhog goes into. I need to remember to tell Micah this word! I sometimes am surprised when I forget my ‘good’ vocabulary, since I love words. Thank you, Colleen!

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    • I love pingbacks but silly wordpress put this in my ‘pending approval’ holding cell. So sorry, Rashmi! You and I follow each other, don’t know why I had to find this a few weeks late, too. I apologize, I found 28 other nice friends here, too. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and every day, my dear.

  8. Wow ! What a co-incidence ! Today I too mentioned feburary and its relevance in my post. I am surely going to edit it and share the link of your post there on my blog. It will make my post more meaningful. Thanks for such a detailed information on coming month. Give my regards & wishes to your parents.

    • Rashmi, I think we were on the same ‘wavelength,’ my dear friend! Your post will be so wonderful, I shall go visit after I finish commenting and replying on this one and the silly chicken wings post. Thanks so much for the ‘Wow!’ and linking my blog to yours, too!

    • Naomi, you showed me your heart and mind in this comment. I appreciate it so much. Yes, he was really in the midst of a trying time, later to lose his life…. his position was not an easy one and I find him in my top five people I admire. Thanks for sharing this. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. We dont have Groundhogs day here Robin, we have bloody Groundhogs year every year, our bloody government changes and its on the cards the Prime Minister will change again, dont know who the hell I vote for any more.
    Think I might hibernate with Punxsutauney Phil

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