Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine's Day

Hope you have a wonderful day, everyone. Whether you “celebrate” Valentine’s Day or not, it is a great reminder to practice self-care and be kind to ourselves and each other.

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete” ~ Buddha




Here is my favorite Valentine’s Day memory:

My favorite Valentine’s Day memory didn’t actually happen on Valentine’s Day. Hubby and I had been living together for about six months and talked about getting married. He met my parents, and unbeknownst to me, asked my Dad for my hand in marriage, at Christmas. For a while I thought he was going to propose at Thanksgiving…then at Christmas…then on New Year’s Eve. But, nothing happened.

I thought “ah, he’s waiting for Valentine’s Day,” and all the when-is-he-going-to-ask-me-to-marry-him stress left my body. It was briefly replaced with maybe-he’s-not-going-to-propose panic, but I figured it would happen eventually, otherwise we would not have talked about it. He also said, “leave Valentine’s Day open.”

Around the middle of January, my washing machine broke. Hubby said, “you need to be home because I’m calling a guy to come fix it.” Ok, cool. It never occurred to me that a repairman coming out to our apartment on a Friday afternoon was odd. So, when the “washing machine repairman” knocked on my door, I opened it.

It was Hubby, fortified by a few beers at Hooters (the waitress ended up comping all of them, when he told them was he was getting ready to do), and dressed in his suit dropped to one knee and proposed. :)

We still celebrate our un-Valentine’s Day date, almost 17 years later.

Tell me about your favorite Valentine’s Day.


30 Days of Thanks – Day 14

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30 Days of Thanks - Day 14

My Baby Brother is an amazing father, husband and engineer. I am blessed to have him in my life and call him a good friend.

Independence Day – A Day to Say Thank You

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Independence Day - A Day to Say Thank You

Take a few moments today to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces, and veterans, who protect our freedoms. Work passionately to ensure they are welcomed home with honor and their families have the support they need, while their loved ones are in harm’s way.

I honor Hubby, and the artillerymen of the U.S. Army’s Berlin Redlegs, today. “Volens et Polens.”

Enjoying a Rapp Pale Ale at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou.

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Enjoying a Rapp Pale Ale at Cajun Cafe on the Bayou.

I was FINALLY able to relax on the patio of Cajun Cafe on the Bayou (Pinellas Park), and enjoying a couple of beers, after the end of Nursing Level III. Grades were officially posted and I have a little time off, before next semester.

Cajun Cafe is a local legend, and provides the closest to New Orleans, Creole and Cajun cuisine in all of Florida. It is the only place I have found, that makes boiled crawfish like you would find in Louisiana.

The Cafe also features items from local and craft breweries. I have found a new taste for freshly brewed, IPA (India Pale Ales and sours. Why order something brewed in a factory, when you can sample a delicious, handmade beer?

Hannah’s Tanning Paradise.

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Hannah's Tanning Paradise.

Zeke (left), 10-year-old Black Lab/Greyhound, Hannah (middle) 9-year-old Black Lab/Pitbull, and Charlie (right) 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, enjoying the Florida sun.

Hannah is a professional in the art of GTL, and often has her brother and sister packmates over for spa days.