Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Feast of St. Valentine

I'm always glad for the grace note of Valentine's Day,
an excuse for fanciful indulgences.
Tulips and chocolate wine, sweet tarts and sweet words,
 a heart-warming reprieve as Lent returns~~
all thanks to Saint Valentine, born on February 14.
 

The Legend of St. Valentine: It is said that Valentinus, a third-century Christian was
 arrested for performing marriages for soldiers forbidden to marry under the Roman Empire.
While imprisoned, he miraculously healed the daughter of his jailor, Asterius.
 Before his execution, he wrote "from your Valentine" on a farewell message to her...
the first Valentine ever written.
Since that day, many of us celebrate the 14th day of February.

So, how do you celebrate V-Day?
 
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 The heart of the Milky Way. image: wikipedia
 
 

16 comments:

donna baker said...

I baked cookies and will spend it with my kids and grandkids. I ate too much cookie dough and now don't want any. They'll be happy.

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Becky - Nice pictures you show. Wish you a good Valentines day ♥ :) Hugs Hanne Bente

Linda said...

Blessings, Becky. The sun is shining after yesterday's snow storm and we are thankful for pale blue skies and the ability to get out and about today.

Leslie said...

My daughter was just asking me about the legend today. I'll have to refer her to your post! (Lovely shot of your bougainvillea :)

Dewena Callis said...

I don't remember ever reading this. I love this nice grace note of yours!

Our son who is our neighbor brought in a gardenia plant in bloom to me this morning for breakfast, knowing it is my favorite. Gardenias were the corsage that my father always gave me for any occasion where one was needed, and corsages were called for often in those old days! I have tried to overwinter 3 gardenia plants this year in the house. Two are struggling but one is thriving, no spider webs in sight.

It was a perfect start to the day!

S. Etole said...

I've always enjoyed the legend of St. Valentine. Certainly makes a day worth celebrating. Happy Valentine's to you.

yaya said...

I made one of my hubby's fav dinners and homemade icecream for dessert...I made dinner and took it to my kiddos homes for them and the grandkiddos...simple but fun!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

And thank goodness for that first 'romantic'.....

I love to give more than get. Wonderful homemade chocolates for my Valentines.

Did happen to find a beautiful homemade card...and some roses....for moi!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love your description of Valentines Day as a grace note.

I made a list for my husband of the top ten reason I love him. And I forgot to say that he brings me tea every morning. That would have been #11.

Fondly,
Glenda

RuneE said...

A lovely a story! And as you probably know, Valentine's day is not much used here in Scandinavia - it is an "imported" celebration of the later years. But Happy Valentine's day to you anyhow!

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Becky
Thanks for your comment. It's a song as Cat Stevens has sung ...... the subtitle says HERE! - That you can hear the melody. Wish you a good weekend :) Hugs Hanne Bente

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Shobbing this year my friend.
Thanks for your constant support when I'm aching. You're my trooper.
Hugs and best to the both of you from here.
Dagmar

Annmarie Pipa said...

hope your day was sweet!

tammy j said...

two newies for me. . .
chocolate wine!
and the wonderful legends of st valentine. beautiful! thank you.
xo

Cobalt Violet said...

I went out after work with two ladies and another girlfriend to the wine bar for happy hour across the street ... then to a café that turned out to be having a Bollywood nite!

Anyway ... love the bougainvillea!!! A burst of love and happy! :) Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Nancy said...

I never got too excited about Valentine's Day--probably having something to do with not having received many during my teen years--not that I'm still bitter or anything. Ahem.

In any case, I always go into such a funk after Christmas, and Valentine's Day seemed like an inferior cheap substitute for all that merry-making. But Valentine's Day as a grace note? That I like :)