Valentine's Day

A young woman was taking an afternoon nap.

After she woke up, she told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine's day. What do you think it means?"

"You'll know tonight." he said.

That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife.

Delighted, she opened it-only to find a book entitled "The Meaning of Dreams".

I just love to do special

I just love to do special things for my wife on Valentine's day.

Like open the door for her when she puts all the laundry in the washing machine, or plug and unplug the vacuum as she moves from room to room cleaning.

Guys, it's these little thoughtful things you can do to have a marriage such as mine.

Twain wrote:I just love to

Twain wrote:

I just love to do special things for my wife on Valentine's day.

Like open the door for her when she puts all the laundry in the washing machine, or plug and unplug the vacuum as she moves from room to room cleaning.

Guys, it's these little thoughtful things you can do to have a marriage such as mine.

ROLOL. Ya sure ya don't want to marry me instead? My Mom turned 86 yesterday. I STILL tell her, I kept her young.

Twain, You sound like a very

Twain, You sound like a very thoughtful, helpful, hubby...Happy Valentines Day!!!

Twain wrote: Guys, it's

Twain wrote:

Guys, it's these little thoughtful things you can do to have a marriage such as mine.

How sweet Twain,and I bet your wife is just as lovely as you. I know you are both blessings to one another. Have a great day. Smiling Gotta add this..lol.. Love is patient; love is kind
and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish, not quick to take offense.
There is nothing love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith,
its hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things
that last forever: faith, hope, and love;
but the greatest of them all is love.”

Brain Candy Valentine's

Brain Candy Valentine's Trivia Sticking out tongue

15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.

Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.

California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.

During the late 1800s, postage rates around the world dropped, and the obscene St. Valentine's Day card became popular, despite the Victorian era being otherwise very prudish. As the numbers of racy valentines grew, several countries banned the practice of exchanging Valentine's Days cards. During this period, Chicago's post office rejected more than 25,000 cards on the grounds that they were so indecent, they were not fit to be carried through the U.S. mail.

During the Middle Ages, the belief that birds chose their mates on St. Valentine's Day led to the idea that boys and girls would do the same. Up through the early 1900s, the Ozark hill people in the eastern United States thought that birds and rabbits started mating on February 14, a day for them which was not only Valentine's Day but Groundhog Day as well.

February 14, 270 A.D. : Roman Emperor Claudius II, dubbed "Claudius the Cruel," beheaded a priest named Valentine for performing marriage ceremonies. Claudius II had outlawed marriages when Roman men began refusing to go to war in order to stay with their wives.

Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine's Day.

Humorous valentines of the 19th century were called "Vinegar Valentines" or "Penny Dreadfuls." Vinegar Valentines were introduced in 1858 by John McLaughin, a Scotsman with a New York City Publishing Business. Penny Dreadfuls with comic designs drawn in 1870 by American cartoonists Charles Howard became known as Penny Dreadfuls.

In 1929 in Chicago, gunmen in the suspected employment of organized-crime boss Al Capone murder seven members of the George "Bugs" Moran North Siders gang in a garage on North Clark Street. The so-called St. Valentine's Day Massacre stirred a media storm centered on Capone and his illegal Prohibition-era activities and motivated federal authorities to redouble their efforts to find evidence incriminating enough to take him off the streets.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.

In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.

In Wales, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"

It wasn't until 1537 that St. Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday. England's King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday.

On February 14, 1779, Captain James Cook, the great English explorer and navigator, was murdered by natives of Hawaii during his third visit to the Pacific island group.

One single perfect red rose framed with baby's breath is referred to by some florists as a "signature rose," and is the preferred choice for many for giving on Valentine's Day, anniversary, or birthday.

Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine's Day.

Sir Alexander Fleming was a young bacteriologist when an accidental discovery led to one of the great developments of modern medicine. Having left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed that a mold that had fallen on the culture had killed many of the bacteria. He identified the mold as penicillium notatum, similar to the kind found on bread. On February 14, 1929, Fleming introduced his mold by-product called penicillin to cure bacterial infections.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.

The "I Love You" computer virus was detected in Hong Kong on May 1, 2000. In four days the virus had mutated into three different generations. Figures by Trend Micro Inc. showed that "I Love You" had infected 3.1 million computers worldwide.

The 17th century a hopeful maiden ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine's eve. It was believed this would make her dream of her future husband.

The ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses on February 14. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage.

The Empire State Building in New York City played a prominent role in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. This year 15 couples will take (or renew) their vows on the 80th floor of this famous landmark.

The first American publisher of valentines was printer and artist Esther Howland. During the 1870s, her elaborate lace cards were purchased by the wealthy, as they cost a minimum of 5 dollars - some sold for as much as 35 dollars. Mass production eventually brought prices down, and the affordable "penny valentine" became popular with the lower classes.

The first photograph of a U.S. President was taken on February 14, 1849 by Matthew Brady in New York City. President James Polk was the subject of the famous picture. .

The first televised tour of the White House aired on February 14 in 1962. First Lady Jackie Kennedy hosted the tour.

The heart is the most common symbol of romantic love. Ancient cultures believed the human soul lived in the heart. Others thought it to be the source of emotion and intelligence. Some believed the heart embodied a man's truth, strength and nobility. The heart may be associated with love because the ancient Greeks believed it was the target of Eros, known as Cupid to the Romans. Anyone shot in the heart by one of Cupid's arrows would fall hopelessly in love. Because the heart is so closely linked to love, it's red colour is thought to be the most romantic.

The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.

The Kama Sutra is believed to be the oldest sex manual in existence. Generally considered the standard work on love in Sanskrit literature, the book is thought to have been written around 300 A.D.

The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife, who died in childbirth. Work on the Taj began in 1634 and continued for almost 22 years. required the labor of 20,000 workers from all over India and Central Asia.

The oldest known Valentines were sent in 1415 A.D. by the Duke of Orleans to his French wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. It is still on display in a museum in England.

The oldest surviving love poem is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C. It was unromantically named Istanbul #2461 by the archeologists who unearthed it.

The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red stands for strong feelings which is why a red rose is a flower of love.

Valentine's Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine's Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine's Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine.

Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.

A ring has been included in wedding ceremonies since the 12th century. Pope Innocent the Third ordained that marriages had to take place in church and that a wedding ring should be exchanged during the service.

In England, the Romans, who had taken over the country, had introduced a pagan fertility festival held every February 14. After the Romans left England, nearly a century later, the pagan ritual was abolished by Pope Gelsius who established St. Valentine's Day as a celebration of love in 496 A.D.

In America, the pilgrims sent confections, such as sugar wafers, marzipan, sweetmeats and sugar plums, to their betrothed. Great value was placed on these gifts because they included what was then a rare commodity, sugar. After the late 1800's, beet sugar became widely used and more available, and sweet gifts continued to be valued and enjoyed.

Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts.

LIVER & CHEESE Three

LIVER & CHEESE

Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle.

The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time.

The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return.

Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, "The first one who can use the words 'liver' and 'cheese' together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me."

The sturdy, muscular black Lab speaks up quickly and says, "I love liver and cheese."

"Oh, how childish," said the Poodle. "That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever."

She turns to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and says "How well can you do?"

"Um. I HATE liver and cheese," blurts the Golden Retriever.

"My, my," said the Poodle. "I guess it's hopeless. That's just as dumb as the Lab's sentence."

She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, "How about you, little guy?"

The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, is the Taco Bell Chihuahua.

He gives her a smile, a sly wink, turns to the Golden Retriever and the Lab and says

...
...
...
...

Liver alone. Cheese mine.

Twain wrote:I just love to

Twain wrote:

I just love to do special things for my wife on Valentine's day.

Like open the door for her when she puts all the laundry in the washing machine, or plug and unplug the vacuum as she moves from room to room cleaning.

Guys, it's these little thoughtful things you can do to have a marriage such as mine.

Twain, have you been beat on by your wife yet? lol

The FEMALE always makes the

The FEMALE always makes the rules.
The RULES are subject to change at any time without prior notification...by the FEMALE.
No MALE can possibly know all the RULES.
If the FEMALE suspects the MALE knows all the RULES, she must immediately change some or all of them.
The FEMALE is never wrong.
If the FEMALE is wrong, it is due to a misunderstanding which was a direct result of something the MALE did or said wrong.
The MALE must apologize immediately for causing the misunderstandings.
The FEMALE may change her mind at any time.
The MALE must never change his mind without the express written consent of the FEMALE.
The FEMALE has every right to be angry or upset at any time.
The MALE must remain calm at all times, unless the FEMALE wants him to be angry or upset.
The FEMALE must, under no circumstances, let the MALE know whether or not she wants him to be angry or upset.
The Male is expected to "mind read" at all times.
The MALE who doesn't abide by THE RULES; can't take the heat, lacks backbone, and is a wimp!
Any attempt to document THE RULES could result in bodily harm.
The FEMALE is ready when SHE is ready.
The MALE must be ready at ALL times Evil Sticking out tongue

BE BLESSED!

BE BLESSED!

Happy Valentine's Day! I

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all had a wonderful day! Smiling

Okay...I don't get umm well,

Okay...I don't get umm well, warm and fuzzy too often but music usually does it for me. Smiling
I loved this song the very first time I heard it and I just found a home made anime type art movie to it: Divine Brown, Old Skool Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPIayPB1ZOw

Happy Valentine's everybody.

Daenerys wrote: Liver alone.

Daenerys wrote:

Liver alone. Cheese mine.

LOL!! Too Cute!! Thank you for sharing. Smiling

Daenerys

Daenerys wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPIayPB1ZOw

Happy Valentine's everybody.

Very nice Daenery's, Happy V day to you also. Smiling

Msdoodle wrote:Daenerys

Msdoodle wrote:
Daenerys wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPIayPB1ZOw

Happy Valentine's everybody.

Very nice Daenery's, Happy V day to you also. Smiling

I thought you would like Divine Brown Doodle. Smiling I love her voice. If you search youtube, you can hear her sing Aretha Franklin's RESPECT live. It's awesome!!

I certainly will go look

I certainly will go look Daenery's, music is so nice,and it's very therapeutic. For me anyway. Thank you!! Have a great night. Smiling

Two of my all time favourite

Two of my all time favourite Valentine songs :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ2vRnW9hGw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1nyPEkFrBQ

Smiling Smiling Smiling Magic

Daenerys wrote:Twain wrote:I

Daenerys wrote:
Twain wrote:

I just love to do special things for my wife on Valentine's day.

Like open the door for her when she puts all the laundry in the washing machine, or plug and unplug the vacuum as she moves from room to room cleaning.

Guys, it's these little thoughtful things you can do to have a marriage such as mine.

Twain, have you been beat on by your wife yet? lol

I have told you that she's taking Kung-Fu classes, haven't I?
Now I know why.

Twain wrote:Daenerys

Twain wrote:
Daenerys wrote:
Twain wrote:

I just love to do special things for my wife on Valentine's day.

Like open the door for her when she puts all the laundry in the washing machine, or plug and unplug the vacuum as she moves from room to room cleaning.

Guys, it's these little thoughtful things you can do to have a marriage such as mine.

Twain, have you been beat on by your wife yet? lol

I have told you that she's taking Kung-Fu classes, haven't I?
Now I know why.

What are you doing here Twain??? Are you not supose to be cooking dinner and cleaning up the kitchen for the wife?? Smiling You're a wonderful husband Twain and a sweet person. Don't change. Eye-wink

Product, I think Twain

Product, I think Twain sucked up all the spiders for his wife. LOL Smiling Job is done!!!!

Naly wrote:Product, I think

Naly wrote:

Product, I think Twain sucked up all the spiders for his wife. LOL Smiling Job is done!!!!

That's funny Naly!! Hope all is well with you today.. or as well as can be expected. I'm back in a walking cast from my toes to my knee for 6 weeks. They sort of remind me of ski boots. I've learned to drive with it and everything!! Laughing out loud

Naly wrote:Product, I think

Naly wrote:

Product, I think Twain sucked up all the spiders for his wife. LOL Smiling Job is done!!!!

Naly, I've never heard that expression before. Please explain.

Product of USA wrote:Naly

Product of USA wrote:
Naly wrote:

Product, I think Twain sucked up all the spiders for his wife. LOL Smiling Job is done!!!!

That's funny Naly!! Hope all is well with you today.. or as well as can be expected. I'm back in a walking cast from my toes to my knee for 6 weeks. They sort of remind me of ski boots. I've learned to drive with it and everything!! Laughing out loud

LOL. Get out of here Product. You can drive in it? I never did learn how to drive in ski boots. I tried once. Not a good idea. I hardly got out of the parking spot. LOL

How's your leg doing? What's going on now?

Twain wrote:Naly

Twain wrote:
Naly wrote:

Product, I think Twain sucked up all the spiders for his wife. LOL Smiling Job is done!!!!

Naly, I've never heard that expression before. Please explain.

ROLOL Twain. It's a chick thing I think. Being petrified of spiders. I suck them up with the vacuum cleaner.

Naly wrote:Twain wrote:Naly

Naly wrote:
Twain wrote:
Naly wrote:

Product, I think Twain sucked up all the spiders for his wife. LOL Smiling Job is done!!!!

Naly, I've never heard that expression before. Please explain.

ROLOL Twain. It's a chick thing I think. Being petrified of spiders. I suck them up with the vacuum cleaner.

Naly, the spiders you have sucked up with your vacuum cleaner have not died. They have multiplied for countless generations into one gigantic colony ready to explode and fill every room of your house. You better get someone who's not afraid of spiders to empty the bag somewhere far from your house.

O PLEASE DON'T TELL ME THAT.

O PLEASE DON'T TELL ME THAT. I know the ones sucked up died. I have one of those clear things. YIKES!!! I start shaking everytime I have to dump it into a bag and then I run it under the water faucet outside.

We had really nice weather the last two days. Today it snowed. I had a spider on my wall when I came home!!! AAGHHHHHH.

Naly wrote: We had really

Naly wrote:

We had really nice weather the last two days. Today it snowed.

We've had tons of snow this winter, more than ever before. It was great for the Canadian Ski Marathon.

Twain wrote:Naly wrote: We

Twain wrote:
Naly wrote:

We had really nice weather the last two days. Today it snowed.

We've had tons of snow this winter, more than ever before. It was great for the Canadian Ski Marathon.

How did that go? I'm going to sign off for now, but I really want to know how it went. I know you were training hard.

RandomThoughts wrote:Two of

RandomThoughts wrote:

Two of my all time favourite Valentine songs :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ2vRnW9hGw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1nyPEkFrBQ

Smiling Smiling Smiling Magic

I hadn't heard McClelland before. Very nice. Sort of reminds me of the Cowboy Junkies.

Happy Valentine's Day,

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone . . . hope you had a special day. Ae

Naly wrote:Twain wrote:Naly

Naly wrote:
Twain wrote:
Naly wrote:

We had really nice weather the last two days. Today it snowed.

We've had tons of snow this winter, more than ever before. It was great for the Canadian Ski Marathon.

How did that go? I'm going to sign off for now, but I really want to know how it went. I know you were training hard.

The conditions were great (weather, snow, wind), the scenery was fantastic (across the meadows, over the mountains, through the woods), the people were amazing - over 2000 of them, from 8 to 80 years old. A weekend to remember.

RandomThoughts wrote:Two of

RandomThoughts wrote:

Two of my all time favourite Valentine songs :

Smiling Smiling Smiling Magic

So good to read you again Random. Smiling Long time no read..lol. I liked those too. Thank you for sharing!! I like this one too,even though you may not. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGHcFqrRIqo Have a great night/day, whatever. Laughing out loud

Twain wrote:Naly wrote:Twain

Twain wrote:
Naly wrote:
Twain wrote:
Naly wrote:

We had really nice weather the last two days. Today it snowed.

We've had tons of snow this winter, more than ever before. It was great for the Canadian Ski Marathon.

How did that go? I'm going to sign off for now, but I really want to know how it went. I know you were training hard.

The conditions were great (weather, snow, wind), the scenery was fantastic (across the meadows, over the mountains, through the woods), the people were amazing - over 2000 of them, from 8 to 80 years old. A weekend to remember.

That is so cool Twain. It sounds beautiful too. I'm going to look it up and see if there's anything out there on it.

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