VALENTINE'S WITH THOUGHT
If you are going to celebrate
Valentine’s, I suggest you do it with a little forethought. I cringe
every time I go to the grocery on February 13 or 14 and see dozens of
men crowding around the greeting cards to buy their cards at the last
Buy your card now and mail it out to
Loveland, Colorado for extra special treatment. Your card will be
postmarked LOVEland, Colorado and it will also be hand-stamped with a
unique four line poem.
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce heads up
this yearly romance project with cards going to all 50 states and over
100 foreign countries annually.
It’s simple. Just enclose your
pre-addressed, pre-stamped Valentine’s card in a larger envelope and
mail to: Postmaster, Attn: Valentines, Loveland CO 80537
You can also send it to postmasters of
these cities too:
Valentine, Texas 79854
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
Kissimmee, Florida 32741
Loving, New Mexico 88256
Bridal Veil, Oregon 97010
Romance, Arkansas 72136
RENT A ROMANCE
Four years ago I wanted to come up with something
totally unexpected and unusual for Valentine's Day. My husband is very
easy to please and I knew that what ever I did he would be appreciative.
I didn't want to just buy something for him to wear or to eat. So, I put
my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with.
I got out the yellow pages and looked for Hot Tub companies. I actually
found a couple of them that rented out portable hot tubs! After calling
a few of them I decided on one and then put my plan into action.
It was being delivered while my husband was at work and they came early
in the morning. I had to move all the dining room furniture out of the
dining room to so the hot tub would fit! I moved all the furniture into
the living room before they arrived.
These guys rolled in a 4 person hot tub and set
it up in my dining room! They started filling it and got it running for
me before they left. Now my only concern was that it would be warm
enough to go in by the time Steve got home from work! In the mean time I
went to the store and bought some wine for later that evening. I kept
calling Steve at work to be sure he wasn't making a surprise visit home!
I made a card and in it I explained that his
Valentine's gift was inside the house waiting for him and I put the card
on our front door. You cannot imagine the surprised look on his face
when he saw a hot tub in the dining room! And I was in it! Above the hot
tub was our dining room light and I had the lights dimmed, candles in
the background and soft music on the CD player.
We had the best time and made lasting memories while that hot tub was
there. The best part of renting the hot tub, the company that I rented
it from was in a home and garden show and called to tell me that they
couldn't pick it up for a few days!
THE PICKLE PUCKER JAR
Last year at valentine's, I got a big glass pickle
jar from a restaurant, scrubbed it clean, and painted the jar with
flowers, hearts, sunshine, clouds, etc.
Then I got a bunch of "fancy" doodle pads and
began writing reasons & reminders of how & why I love my husband. It
didn't stop there-- I began collecting little poems, quotes, and song
lyrics to add to the pot.
When my husband is having a rough day he can open
the lid and reach in for a "boost". This jar was easy to make and VERY
personal, and he enjoys it year around. I love to collect stuff for the
jar as well!
A DIFFERENT KIND OF PARK
My girlfriend used to get disinterested easily,
so I had to keep finding new ways to keep her interested. One way was
something out of character for me, was to take her to the Cemetery for a
picnic. Before I got her, I purchased her favorite drink (diet coke) and
her favorite food (pineapple pizza) and set up a picnic in the cemetery
with two wine glasses set across from each other.
Hers was the one with her favorite flower sitting
inside of it (a rose) and beside that was a heart shaped box. When we
got there she opened the box to find chocolates surrounding a heart made
of barbed wire, after the laughing subsided, we had a wonderful
afternoon of relaxing in the most quiet place I knew of. I chose the
quiet place because we had earlier discussed that we did not have enough
time for each other as our obligations to other people got in the way.
can chooses any spot and modify this accordingly.
VALENTINES IN A BOX
Last year at this time my fiancé was in the Army, stationed in Germany.
With us being so far apart it was impossible to spend Valentines
together, but I still wanted to do something special for him. The only
problem was I could not come up with anything original. Sending him
flowers seemed too trite, but what do you do for someone when they are
so far away.
With Valentines fast approaching I was still out
of ideas, so I went to the store hoping to come up with something to do
for him. I kept thinking that things would be so much easier if he was
here. Then it dawned on me that since he could not spend Valentines
evening with me, I would send one to him.
So, I decided to send him a Valentines evening in
a box. The first thing in the box was a note and a balloon explaining
how much I hated being apart on this special day and if we could spend
Valentines together this is how our evening would go. Then the next
thing he came to in the box was 2 candles and a box of macaroni and
cheese (candle light dinner).
The next item he came to was the movie "While you
were Sleeping" with a note attached to it saying how we would spend the
night cuddled in each others arms watching a movie. The last thing I
placed in the box was the book Chicken Soup for the Couples Soul with a
note explaining how we would end the evening cuddled up reminiscing over
the "story" of how our love has grown. And of course I filled every
empty space with Hershey Hugs & Kisses.
He absolutely loved the package when he got it!
NOT JUST FEBRUARY 14
Two years ago I decided to stretch Valentine's Day out all year long.
After cutting out 365 pink, red and white hearts from copy paper, I set
out on the daunting yet loving task of placing a special message on each
Some were scripture notes from the Bible to give
encouragement or verses that were special to me and by wife. Some were
date notes: movie of your choice, dinner out, dinner fixed by me, a
drive to the beach, etc. Some were chore or help notes: I do the dishes
for a week, I'll clean the bathrooms, I'll watch the baby this weekend,
etc. And some were sweet nothings: back rub, take a long bath, take a
nap while I take the baby, let's look at our wedding photos and
Once all the hearts had a message, each was folded and placed in a large
jar decorated with appropriate Valentine's colors and shapes. I wrapped
her special gift, which she opened and then placed on the counter where
she could reach for each day's note, to be used at her discretion. It
has been a simple yet wonderful way to keep us aware of each others
FROM WORST TO BEST
My boyfriend is the world's worst gift giver. He
either always forgets and goes out at the last minute, buys wilted
flowers, or the worst chocolate ever. He doesn't mean to he just can't
seem to get good gifts.
Finally, last Valentine's Day, I decided that I
was going to force him to get me a quality gift. We made a pact to
actually make each other's gifts. I spent two whole days on his gift
and card. I was getting kinda' nervous when the day before Valentine's
Day I saw him cutting out little red and pink hearts from construction
paper when I wasn't looking.
Once Valentine's Day rolled around and since my
guy had to work I spent most of the day home alone. I was kinda'
depressed all day long as I thought of the gift he was going to give me.
I know its the thought that counts, and that he always meant well, but
around noon a delivery guy stopped by with a wilted rose for me. I was
Aaron called me later from work and asked did I
want to go out to dinner. I said sure and went to take a shower. After
I got out I found a card under the edge of the bathroom door. When I
opened the door there was no one there. I opened the envelope and
inside was a hand made card with the red and pink heart glued to it.
The card read, "Love is big, love is tall, look for me in the hall." So
I went to the hallway and there taped to the wall was a second envelope
and a rose. This time I was lead to the kitchen. There in the
refrigerator was a third letter and a box of my favorite chocolates.
I was then led to the bedroom, and a bed covered
with petals. Fresh ones might I add. I was getting so excited. I the
center of the bed I found one final letter. This letter led me out my
balcony where my boyfriend sat with the dinner he had made at his
sister's house earlier that day (he had taken the day off) lit by
candlelight. He even had my favorite
song playing in the background. It was the most romantic night of my
life and it totally made up for all the bad gifts I had ever gotten.