Friday’s Fave Five #79

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Susanne hosts Living to Tell the Story and encourages others to share blessings of the week on Fridays. Here are a few of mine from this week.

Birds singing Our central Alberta weather has been mercurial this month. From bitterly cold to record breaking warmth, we’ve experienced it all within the same week. Wednesday was that record breaker for us and it was lovely to open windows, watch the snow melting and even hear some birds singing. I don’t care what the groundhog says, I’m ready for spring!

Reliable transportation My husband and I were reminiscing about our previous vehicle and how we had to guess when we needed a refill because the gas gauge was broken. We tracked mileage which helped, but we never mastered the refill game and ended up running out of gas several times. That is no longer a concern with our new vehicle and we are very grateful for the provision of this new car.

Family night My husband is not much of a games person, and though I really enjoy playing board games, I do not get to very often. When we were in China in December our son introduced us to the game Dixit which, surprisingly to me, my husband enjoyed. Our girls bought him Dixit for his birthday last month and we played it on Monday. It was lots of fun!

Thoughtful spouse My husband asked me to make Valentine’s cards for our daughters and since the girls are big Star Wars fans, I made them Star Wars themed cards I found on Pinterest. My husband gave them the cards with some candy and flowers on Monday night. I’m so grateful that he wanted to do something special for them on this holiday that can leave singles feeling lonely..

My thoughtful husband

My thoughtful husband

Unexpected sales One of my girls took some of my Purple Grandma Designs Valentine’s cards to work to see if anyone wanted or needed a card. I was amazed and blessed that she sold every one of them! These sales help pay for my supplies so I can also give away cards to bless and encourage others.

Here are the last of this year’s Valentine cards from Purple Grandma Designs.

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I snapped a few phone shots of people snowkiting in some fields near our home. I did not even know what it was called – had to look up parasailing on snow and found out it’s called snowkiting. My phone does not take the best pictures, but this will give you an idea of what I saw.

Snowkiting near Beaumont

Snowkiting near Beaumont

February sunset colours

February sunset colours

A Valentine to My Family

This post is just for fun…free-vintage-valentine-cards

To my Poe-quoting kids, “A Valentine” is a different glimpse into the usually dark mind of Poe.  I like that he incorporates a puzzle into the poem.  Reminds me of Graeme Base’s Animalia.

The  Wilcox poem, “Love’s Coming” presents a delightful comparison between expectations and reality.

In searching through poetry and sayings to share with you I was sometimes amused, sometimes confused, and occasionally saddened by some of the stuff that’s out there.  So I decided to write my own poem just for you!

Enjoy!!

‘This Valentine Poem from Edgar Allen Poe was originally titled “To Her Whose Name Is Written Below.” The poem was for Frances Sargent Osgood and her name is within the poem. To find the name, take the first letter of the first line, the second letter of the second line, the third letter of the third line, and so on until the end.’

A Valentine

Edgar Allan Poe

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines!- they hold a treasure
Divine- a talisman- an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure-
The words- the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor
And yet there is in this no Gordian knot
Which one might not undo without a sabre,
If one could merely comprehend the plot.
Enwritten upon the leaf where now are peering
Eyes scintillating soul, there lie perdus
Three eloquent words oft uttered in the hearing
Of poets, by poets- as the name is a poet’s, too,
Its letters, although naturally lying
Like the knight Pinto- Mendez Ferdinando-
Still form a synonym for Truth- Cease trying!
You will not read the riddle, though you do the best you can do.
Source: A Valentine By Edgar Allan Poe, Famous Love Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/a-valentine#ixzz2tETnezWi
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Love’s Coming

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

She had looked for his coming as warriors come,
With the clash of arms and the bugle’s call;
But he came instead with a stealthy tread,
Which she did not hear at all.

She had thought how his armor would blaze in the sun,
As he rode like a prince to claim his bride:
In the sweet dim light of the falling night
She found him at her side.

She had dreamed how the gaze of his strange, bold eye
Would wake her heart to a sudden glow:
She found in his face the familiar grace
Of a friend she used to know.

She had dreamed how his coming would stir her soul,
As the ocean is stirred by the wild storm’s strife:
He brought her the balm of a heavenly calm,
And a peace which crowned her life.
Source: Love’s Coming By Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Famous Love Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/loves-coming-by-ella-wheeler-wilcox#ixzz2tEU0u7SQ
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“A Valentine to My Family”

By Deborah Talbert, otherwise known as mom

Valentine poems seem to say
In such a convoluted way
Sentiments for you to weigh
The measure of true love

He loves her like a fine spring day
And she his love will n’er betray
So let sweet words all fears allay
Expressions of true love

Ah! Now is seen his feet of clay
Her constancy has fled away
Is there any hope that they
Remember now true love?

A glimpse of joy, a sparkling ray
Reminds that love is not passé
Commitment, not just today
Forever is true love

So take this little poem, pray
When young and spry, when old and gray
Embrace the gift that you too may
Celebrate true love

picture credit: http://www.freeprettythingsforyou.com/2013/01/pretty-diy-vintage-valentine-wreath-free-vintage-valentine-cards/