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A Winter’s Rose


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Winter Rose

A winter rose is very rare
Whose delicate petals weep
As the bitter north winds blows
Them fiercely off to sleep
They awaken from their slumber
Beneath a warming sun

And rise to stretch in glory
As a new day has begun
The winter rose has flourished
Through the passing time
A symbol of life’s passion
And love that is sublime

A new beginning, never to end
A life’s passion, deeper than the sea
Embracing this thirsty soul
Never to be separated again
By the north wind blows..this winter rose

JoJo Bean, Dodgy Dave and Meggie Gultiano

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine Ideas

1.You can try creating a treasure hunt for your lover, with clues leading up to an event or a gift that you have planned for them.
2.Wake up your beloved with the sight of a love note where you tell them just how much you love them. Strew them around the house and at every place where you know that they might look. The fact that they will find your notes of love everywhere is sure to make them feel special.
3.You can try to take your loved one out for a fancy dinner. If you are rather the home bird kind then a special meal prepared for them by you, is the best thing. Think of a candle lit dinner, talks and the perfect food, what else more could the heart want. Try decorating the room with the theme of love. Heart shaped balloons and decorations are bound to make the day seem as special as it can be.
4.For the literary and creative side of you, you can bring out the writing cap on; you can try to write a love poem or a love song to your beloved. That will not only make your beloved feel loved, but is sure to melt their heart too.
5.You could try to gift your lover personalized gift items, that are sure to make your lover feel like a million bucks, it could be a piece of jewelry, photo frames, shopping vouchers, perfumes etc. In fact, the options are virtually endless when it comes to personalizing and customizing gifts.
6.For those of you who love to travel, going out for a vacation too would be a great idea. You could go away on a sabbatical to a lovely destination that is only going to add to the beauty of your relationship.
7.You could also re-live the tale of your romance and try re-creating the moments that made you fall in love, try by visiting places or doing certain things; you will watch the sparks flying all across the place.
8.Try to pamper your lover as much as you can, you could even go out for a spa pampering session together; it is bound to fill the day with delight.

How much should I spend?

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in 1 Dollar
Teens are often left with no or very less pocket money when they have to buy something special for their love on Valentine’s Day. However, the good news is that it is possible to woo your partner even with a budget as less as 1 dollar. The best way to fit your celebrations within such a budget is to gift a beautiful rose or make a craft item at home. Call over your love at your place and rustle up a dish using available supplies. This will not cost you anything and still prove to be effective in wooing your love. Pluck some fresh flowers and decorate your place with them to make your partner feel amazing. Your partner will love the idea of being showered with flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 2 Dollars
With 2 dollars as budget to spend on Valentine’s Day, it is unlikely that you can arrange a big party for your love, but you can still impress your partner with beautiful house decorations. Gather all the decorative items that have been lying unused for days at your place and put it to your best use to adorn the home. Welcome your partner with a sprinkling of love petal shower or prepare a bed filled with roses for your love. Although such an act will not cost you much, it will go a long way in getting that priceless smiling expression on the face of your lover. Present your Valentine with a scrapbook with pictures of the special times that both of you have shared together.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 5 Dollars
Prepare the morning tea when your Valentine wakes up and present a bunch of flowers to start the day on a celebratory note. Giving such a surprise to your partner in the morning will pave the way for a delightful day ahead and will surely fit well within your tight budget. Make a sweet Valentine’s Day card or take a walk on the beach side at night while relishing a local brand ice cream if your budget does not allow you to spend beyond 5 dollar.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 10 Dollars
There is no reason for getting disheartened to not be able to spend lavishly on your Valentine on the special day if you are left with as less as 10 dollars in your pocket. You can still arrange for a few things that will fit within this budget and go a long way in making the day special for your partner. Buy candles and small lighting bulbs to adorn the table set near the beachside. Talk for hours or gaze at each other’s eye as the sound of waves fill up the silence between you two. Gift some hand-made cookies or place a coupon holder that has been made by you. Let your love read out the messages in each coupon to know how the days ahead with you will turn out to be more lovely and romantic.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 15 Dollars
Celebrate the Valentine’s Day by visiting a park and munching on some light snacks to fit the celebrations well within your budget of 15 dollar. Although, it is not possible for you to splurge on your love, but you can take her out to the nearest garden and you both can engage in romantic conversation for hours to end the day in a special way. Buy a few flowers and some local chocolates while you enjoy each other’s company. You can also make a special Valentine’s Day Card for your love with cheap supplies that are easily available at home. Gifting a hand purse or a mobile cover will also be a great idea to go well with your tight budget.

Valentine’s Day Ideas under 20 Dollars
If you like to spend Valentine’s Day on a limited budget of 20 dollars, you can think of taking her out to a place of natural beauty that has no entry fees yet has a romantic charm to help you both spend a wonderful time. You can take your partner to a mountaintop and shout out your love for him/her. Take a packet of crunchy snacks and water cans while you take your love to the hills and climb the mountain hand in hand. It will fit well within your budget of 20 dollars. You can make a basket of tissue flowers to gift your love on Valentine’s Day. Call over your Valentine to your place and spruce it up with old, scented candles that are lying at your place. Lay down a beautifully decorated table and catch up with your love over hot cups of coffee. Carry on a romantic conversation as you relish the homemade coffee.

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Story of Valentine

This Valentine’s Day you will probably either send or receive a Valentine from someone. More than a billion are expected to be given away in the United States alone. But just like many of our holidays, there’s a lot more behind it than just cards and gifts. There’s a true life story. It’s a story that teaches us a lot about the true meaning of love, sacrifice and commitment.

In the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. He was nicknamed Claudius the Cruel because of his harsh leadership and his tendency for getting into wars and abusing his people. In fact, he was getting into so many wars during the third century that he was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers.

Claudius believed that recruitment for the army was down because Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant. And no one seemed interested in standing up to the emperor.

But a simple Christian priest named Valentine did come forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor’s orders. In 269 AD Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine thrown into prison and deemed that he would be put to death.

As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl, who happened to be the jailer’s daughter. On the eve of his execution, with no writing instruments available, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. It was a brief romance because the next day Valentine was clubbed to death by Roman executioners.

St. Valentine gave his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit. Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine’s self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually he was granted Sainthood and the Catholic Church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked February 14 as the day of celebration because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds, but also owls and doves) began to mate on that very day.

It’s surprising to know that Valentine’s Day is really founded on the concept of love in marriage. On This Valentine’s Day, what are you doing to keep the love in your marriage burning? While giving a gift and card, having a candlelight dinner, and sharing special words of love are all important, the true spirit of Valentine’s Day needs to last throughout the year.

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Valentine Puns for your Homemade Cards

Here are a 101 puns taken from a website that may help to create that cute card for a loved one!

101 Valentine Puns!

I obviously really like puns & there is no better holiday to break out the puns than on Valentine’s Day! A silly little pun paired with a cute image is a recipe for valentine perfection in my book. It harkens back to my favorite valentines of the 30s, 40s, & 50s.

A silly pun is the perfect starting point for your crafty valentine making this year, so dive in and shower your friends and loved ones with some punny love!

And so, I present to you, 101 of my very favorite Valentine puns…

Animal puns:
Bat : I am batty about you
Bear : Can’t bear to be without you
Bees : Bee mine / You are the bees knees
Butterfly : You make my heart all aflutter
Cat : You’re the cat’s meow
Cuddlefish : Wanna cuddle?
Deer : Happy Valentine’s Day, Deer / You’re such a deer
Dinosaur : You are dino-mite
Elephant : Don’t forget to be my Valentine
Fish : Hooked on you / You’re a catch
Fox : You are foxy
Hippo : I love you a ton
Kangaroo : Hop to it and be my Valentine
Lion : I ain’t lion when I say I love you
Monkey : I’m hanging around to be your Valentine
Mosquito : I can’t resist you
Octopus : I’m a sucker for you / my arms long for you
Otter : Glad you are my significant otter
Owl : Owl always love you
Porcupine : I pine for you
Sheep : I love ewe
Skunk : I am so scenti-mental about you
Snake : You’re the besssssst
Tiger : You are grrrrreat
Whale : Whale you be my valentine

Button: You are cute as a button
Gardening Tools : I dig you
Glue, Stickers : I am stuck on you
Knitting, Yarn: Wool you be my valentine
Marker or Pen : You are just write for me
Ruler : You rule
Scissors : You’re a cut above the rest
Sewing Supplies : Sew in love, I love you sew much (super simple gift idea!)

Apple : You are the apple of my eye
Banana: I’m bananas for you
Berry : You are berry sweet
Cake : You take the cake
Candy : Have a sweet Valentine’s Day / You’re sweet, Valentine
Coffee : You perk up my heart / I like you a latte
Cooking supplies, Stove : What’s cookin good lookin
Fortune Cookies : I’m fortunate to be with you
Hot Cocoa : You warm my heart
Hot Dog : Frankly, I like you
Ice Cream : You melt my heart
Mason Jar, Canned Goods : You can be my valentine
Measuring Cups, Spoons, Measuring Tape : Our love is immeasurable
Mints : We are mint to be
Nuts : I’m nuts about you
Olives : Olive you
Orange : You’re my main squeeze / Orange you glad you’re my valentine?
Peach : You are such a peach!
Peanut Butter & Jelly : We go together like peanut butter and jelly
Pear : We are the perfect pear
Peas : We are two peas in a pod
Pie : You’re a cutie pie
Plum : You are plum perfect for me
Pretzel : You tie my heart in knots
Soda : I’d soda like to be your valentine
Soup : You’re souper
Tea : You are pre-tea cute / You fit me to a tea / You are my cup of tea

Beaker : You have the formula for my love
Book : You’re tops in my book
Calculator : You + Me = Love
Glasses : I only have eyes for you
Robot : I’m nuts & bolts about you / I like you a bot
Rock You rock my world
Rocketship, Astronaut : You are out of this world / my heart soars for you
Stethoscope, EKG : My heat beats for you
Superhero : I think you’re super
X-Ray : My heart radiates for you

Arrow : You make my heart quiver
Band-Aid : I’m stuck on you
Bandit : You stole my heart
Boat : You float my boat
Bowling : You are striking / you bowl me over
Boxing gloves : You’re a knock out
Broom : You sweep me off my feet
Car : You drive me crazy
Chandelier : You light up my heart / I fancy you
Cowboy: Glad to have you as my pardner
Cuckoo Clock : I am cuckoo for you
Drum: My heart beats for you
Dump Truck: I dig you
Fire: You warm my heart
Key : You have the key to my heart
Letter : You are write for me
Lightbulb : you light up my heart
Map, Compass : I’m lost without you
Matches : We’re a perfect match
Mittens : I’m smitten
Motorcycle, Bicycle : I wheelie like you
Pirate : You Arrrrrr Wonderful
Puzzle : We’re the perfect fit / You complete me
Record : Just for the record, I love you
Record Player : I like having you around
Socks : You rock my socks
Typewriter : You are just my type
Umbrella : I would like to shower you with love
Viking : I’ve taking a viking to you
Watch, Clock : I love you big time
Woodgrain, Tree : Wood you be my Valentine?

Thank you –

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