I’m already having a week, (I know what you’re thinking “but it’s only Tuesday!” trust me, it’s already being a week) so I’m going to forgo the randomness and jump right into the coffee-ness. Which can be a bit on the random side, so two birds, one stone, right?

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!

This week’s prompt or question is:

“Show me Love. Now is your chance to get all lovey-dovey. Share a craft, share a poem, share a date night idea.”

I happen to be a romantic at heart. Always have been, always will be. This ‘condition’ is exacerbated by my love of trashy Historical Romance novels. Or the occasional ‘Chick Flick’.

I’m assuming the above prompt is prompted by (heh) Valentine’s Day looming straight ahead. In spite of my love of all things romantic, Valentine’s Day is not one of my favorite holidays.

I suspect that’s because over the years I’ve had to squelch my romantic excitement for that particular day because the hubby is so not romantic.

Opposites attract, you know.

He’s not big on holidays in general, let alone one that tends to initiate excessive pricing all in the name of love.

I do have to agree on that part, though, that it’s ridiculous that you can buy a dozen roses for a reasonable price before or after Valentine’s Day, but the immediate days preceding the actual day?  Highway robbery! So we both tend to refer to Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark Holiday”.

That’s not to say that I wish it wasn’t ‘just another day’ like it tends to be. I definitely could use more romance in my life, or at the very minimum less eggshell walking around a few certain holidays.

You know what I mean.


OK, so as not to be some sort of Debbie Downer, let’s shift focus to craftiness. Of course my ‘go to’ gift for friends is my homemade wine. And to up the ante, I’ll usually put together a gift basket with wine and homemade chocolate.

My favorite (to make and eat) is chocolate covered cherries:


And to ensure my adult friends get extra enjoyment, I’ll make them with cherries I’ve had soaking for many weeks in Kahlua (homemade, of course), or Brandy or Cognac. Or all three.

Princess Nagger is currently following in her dad’s footsteps in the boycott of sappy Valentine’s Day, limited to just what she takes to share with her classmates (she’s already mentioned she’d love to receive chocolate and a stuffed animal) but for taking something to school? Absolutely not. Which, of course, was stated with some dramatic eye-rolling.

That might change by the time she hits high school, though, provided she follows my footsteps by then. When I was in high school, I made little heart shaped cakes for my closest friends, got to school early and left them in their lockers with confetti and cards as a surprise. I’d do something similar for all the other holidays, and especially for their birthdays.

That’s a wrap for this week – you know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome, random or not. And that means even if you don’t have a specific Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel post posted, you can still link up, I’m not picky. You don’t even have to add the badge, just link up so I can come harass you on your blog. I promise to play nice.



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  1. My husband isn’t necessarily romantic but he remembers all holidays and usually does well by me on Valentine’s Day. Hope your week gets better!

  2. I married a romantic and while I am very much a romantic, it’s more on the receiving end then the giving if that makes sense. I can be corny and mushy but its reserved for one person only. Valentines Day has a love/hate relationship mostly because of marketing and retail. I think people put waaaay too much emphasis on it which takes the fun out of it! We keep it fun around here… its day to show some fun, extra love to make others smile.

    I do hope your week gets better!

  3. Valentine’s Day has more often than not consisted of a nice meal made at home. Going out to dinner in a college town is an effort in futility, or very long waits. Staying home, the food tastes better and we get together time.

  4. Honestly, I’m not one who is much for Valentine’s Day either. Probably because back in Germany it was not a big thing, practically non-existent. And we both have always agreed that you should not give flowers or gifts ‘just because it is this or that holiday’. And so we don’t. Which does not mean that I won’t get flowers at times – hubby can be very romantic 🙂

  5. OMG could I use some of your home-made wine and your adult cherries!!
    OMG I just re-read that last part and I AM SO sorry!!! That did not sound right at all. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I love your ideas though. And what a good friend you were in high school. Why don’t I live closer to you?! I could share my stash of historical romances by Kathleen Woodiweiss with you while we drink wine and throw confetti. We will make our own holiday!
    I’m going overboard here and it’s not even Valentines yet.

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