There are a lot of people to love on here.
There's my Sweetie, who's been around for over 30 years. What's not to love about a guy who sticks around and plays guitar and sings?
There are four children and a child-in-law and a foster child, and all of their wild and wacky and wonderful friends. They keep me young!
Grandma and Grandpa and aunts and uncles and cousins live just over an hour drive away -- close enough for frequent visits.
We have great friends and neighbors, too.
There are pets to love on here.
Little Girlie is now the oldest cat in the house, at age 12. We also have Horizon, SissyCat (a/k/a Tripod), Little Sissy (a/k/a The Charismatic Enigma SissyCat), Mikey, Dansig, and Link.
Then there's Pepe the Pup, the Chihuahua. He and i have an understanding, i take him outside as many times a day as i can, and if he is a "good boy" he gets a treat. He gets lots of treats.
We get to love on the cats at the shelter, too.
There is volunteer work we love to do.
Always there are more things we love and want to do than we have time for -- for example, i will never get to the bottom of the reading list, and i love reading so much that's a blessing.
We are blessed with love in so many ways, and i am grateful.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Bird Mating Season begins -- according to legend, in honor of St. Valentine
Blessing of the Salmon Nets -- Norham, Northumberland, England & North Shields, Northumbria, England (just before midnight, nets are blessed and right after midnight, the first nets of the season are thrown out; anything caught is presented to the officiating vicar)
Day Sacred to Juno Lupa -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno of the Wolf)
Extraterrestrial Culture Day -- New Mexico, US ("to celebrate and honor all past, present, and future extraterrestrial visitors in ways to enhance relationships among all citizens of the cosmos, known and unknown.")
Feast of Vali -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (archer god, an Asatru answer to the Valentine celebration, which is really a thinly disguised Lupercalia)
Ferris Wheel Day -- birth anniversary of G.W.G. Ferris, Jr.
Fjortende Februar -- Denmark (Danish lovers send each other snowdrop flowers.)
International Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
International Quirkyalone Day -- a day to value your individuality, whether you are partnered or not; for those who prefer to be single and not dating just for the sake of dating
League of Women Voter's Day -- US
Library Lovers Day -- for those whose favorite companion is a great book
National Call In Single Day -- what a lot of men who feel pressured to be romantic on this day wish they could do, i'm sure!
National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
National Have-a-Heart Day -- to create awareness of the impact of our food choices on the environment, world hunger, animal welfare and human health—especially heart health
National Nest Box Week -- UK; US (begun in the UK, this is a week to build or put up a nest box in your yard to encourage our avian friends and give them safe places to raise their young)
National Organ Donor Day -- US, but no matter where you live, consider leaving instructions about this to your loved ones
National Sports Day -- Qatar
Race Relations Day -- originally on Lincoln's birth anniversary, now on the day promoting love
Rafik Hairi Memorial Day -- Lebanon
Read to Your Child Day -- to start their love of learning early (and do it daily!)
Sts. Cyril & Methodius' Day (Patrons ecumenism, unity of Eastern and Western Churches; Bohemia; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Europe; Moravia; the Slavic peoples)
Trifon Zarezan -- Bulgaria (Viticulturists' Day; since Thracian times, a day to celebrate Dionysus and wine)
Valentine's Day (St. Valentine of Rome, Patron of apiarists/beekeepers, betrothed couples, greeting card manufacturers, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, travellers, young people; Bussolengo, Italy; against epilepsy, fainting, plague)
World Ag Expo -- Tulare, CA, US (largest farm and equipment show in North America; through Thursday)
Jerry Garcia weds Deborah Koons, 1994
US League of Women Voters formed, 1920
Arizona becomes the 48th US state, 1912
Oregon becomes the 33rd US state, 1859
Drew Bledsoe, 1972
Jessica Yu, 1966
Zach Galligan, 1964
Enric Colantoni, 1963
Meg Tilly, 1960
Renee Fleming, 1959
Raymond Joseph Teller, 1948
Gregory Hines, 1946
Carl Bernstein, 1944
Michael Bloomberg, 1942
Andrew Prine, 1936
Florence Henderson, 1934
Vic Morrow, 1932
Hugh Downs, 1921
Mel Allen, 1913
Jimmy Hoffa, 1913
Jack Benny, 1894
George Washington Gale Ferris,Jr., 1859
Winfield Scott Hancock, 1824
Frederick Douglass, 1817
Mary Ann "Aunt Mary" Prout, 1801
"Cloud Nine"(Play), 1978
The Maltese Falcon(Publication date), 1930
"Importance of Being Earnest"(Play), 1895
Today in History:
The annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg make the first known mention of Lithuania, 1009
Approximately 2,000 Jews are burned to death by mobs or forcibly removed from the city of Strasbourg, 1349
Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chases the Jews out of Vienna, 1670
The United States Flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte rendered a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, 1778
James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii, 1779
John Jervis and Horatio Nelson lead the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar, 1797
The apple parer is patented by Moses Coats of Downington, Pennsylvania, 1803
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of the US Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void, 1803
The original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio, 1835
In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken, 1849
Esther Hobart Morris is appointed the first female Justice of the Peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
A.G. Bell and Elisha Gray both apply for a patent for a telephone; Bell first by only 2 hours, and is ruled the rightful inventor, 1876
The first trainload of California grown fruit, oranges, leaves L.A. for the east,1889
Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections, 1899
The Soviet Union adopts the Gregorian calendar, 1918
The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois, 1920
The Bank of England is nationalized, 1946
ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled, 1946
The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time, 1949
Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California, 1961
The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit, 1989
Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system , 1990
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft becomes first vehicle to land on an asteroid (433 Eros), 2001
Love letters written between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are published online by Wellesley College and Baylor University, 2012