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Saturday, February 02, 2008

How To Fix A Scratched CD

How to fix a scratched CD


A History of Valentine's Day

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St. Valentine almost nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14. St. Valentine of Rome supposedly continued to marry young couples despite Roman Emperor Claudius II’s prohibition in 270 AD. So Claudius put Valentine to death. Another legend says that he was imprisoned for his faith and fell in love with the jailor’s daughter and sent her a love note signed, “Your Valentine”, just before he was martyred. Either way, he was martyred on Valentine’s Day.

It was Geoffrey Chaucer who connected Feb. 14 with romantic love. In 1381 AD he wrote a poem in honor of King Richard II and Anne of Bohemia’s anniversary of their engagement. It was printed in 1382 in Parlement of Foules.

"For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese [choose] his make [mate]. "

It took off because, at the time, during the Medieval age, courtly love and romance were very popular. So February 14th became a day of love. The earliest surviving Valentine’s Day card was a rondeau sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife. He was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt, 1415.

“Je suis desja d’amour tannĂ©Ma tres doulce ValentinĂ©e…”

Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

It was back in style in the 1840’s in England and soon came to America. The first mass-produced valentines in America were of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland. Her father owned a stationary and large book store and she got her inspiration from a card she recieved from England.

Marketing in the industrialized world has made it into a very popular holiday. It is considered a necessity to show your love to your loved ones and to make the day super special for lovers. Cards, flowers, dinners out, champagne, lingerie, diamonds, roses, stuffed animals, hotel suites, etc. are typical gifts from women to men and men to women. It’s a time for school children to make homemade cards for their parents and stuff shoeboxes with little store bought valentine’s cards for their classmates. It can be fun but it also puts a lot of pressure on people to:

* Have a “Valentine”. If you don’t, you feel like a loser.
* Come up with the perfect gift for your love and it snowballs and gets to be a bigger ball every year!
* Spend a lot of money.
* Don’t get one-upped by rivals.

Try not to get sucked up in the marketing ploys. Let Valentine’s Day be a time to tell your loved ones, that you love them. If you don't have a special someone then sow some seeds of love by doing something special for those around you. Give a cupcake to your co-worker, send your friend a "Thinking of You" card, take your parent out for dinner, send a missionary a prayer card with a check, drop a pretty pot of bulbs off for your pastor. Keep all gifts low cost and appropriate but sow seeds and you will gain a harvest of friendship and love in return!

Let it be a day of fun. But have realistic expectations and keep it simple. It doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money! Money doesn’t have anything to do with how much you are loved or you love someone.

I make a card every year for my husband and I find a love poem to write in it. He buys me a card and looks for just the right one. He always takes me out for a nice, and early, (because he knows I like to go to bed early which means he is thinking about me) dinner but you could make a nice dinner at home and fix your table up with some candles! Sometimes we give each other a gift and sometimes we don’t. That’s OK. We can’t afford diamond jewelry every year and I don’t need chocolates for my waistline. Being kind to each other is another gift we can give each other that doesn’t cost a thing. Tucking a love note in a lunch sack can brighten their day. Just think of little things. Challenge yourself to show love without spending money!

Monday, January 28, 2008

My Early Spring Decoration for Valentine's Day and Easter

I did my early Spring decorating today incorporating Valentine's Day, Spring, Easter. I hope this gets you in the mood.

Romantic Decorating for Valentine's Day

Romantic Decorating for Valentine's Day

I found this beautiful piece at our favorite Antique Mall in Charlotte, NC, the Sleepy Poet off South Blvd. I love it but I wasn't sure where I would put it so I passed it by.

Household Tips

From Curbly.com

Tea Bags. Wrap loose leaf tea in a filter, then secure and suspend from a piece of string.

Line potted plants. Put a used coffee filter in the bottom of planters to prevent fine dirt particles from falling through the bottom.

Help little hands stay clean. Though adults should be responsible and not rely on disposable dinnerware, sometimes a coffee filter is the perfect size to contain finger foods (and protect carpet or clothing) in young hands. Try shove a popsicle stick through a filter to catch cold, sticky drips.

Embroidering. Use a coffee filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering soft fabrics.

When making soups or sauces. Tie up flavorful, but unedible, ingredients- such as bay leafs, cinnamon sticks, woody herb stems – in a coffee filter and float while cooking for easy removal. The French call this a bouquet garni.

As a coffee filter. Coffee filters can be reused four or five times. One the pot is full, empty the grounds and reuse, then rinse the filter and let it dry, and it’ll be ready the next morning.

Save a bottle of wine. If your cork accidentally breaks when opening a bottle, wrap a filter around the top to strain any particles. Use a piece of ribbon, and it looks nicer than you’d think.

Protect Cast Iron. Place a coffee filter in cast iron cookware to absorb excess moisture and prevent rust.

Strain bacon drippings. While hot, pour bacon drippings through a coffee filter into a ceramic bowl or mug. The brown bits, grains, and other nasties stay in the filter. Also works well for frying oil.

Prevent microwave splatters. Place on top of leftovers when microwaving to prevent messes. Wash and dry, and reuse every time you microwave.

Soften lights when taking indoor photos. Put a coffee filter over lights, lamps, or even your flash to lessen the harshness of direct light.

Create faux flowers. Dip coffee filters in colored water, and allow them to slurp up the tint. (Alternatively, wet them and color with markers). Let them dry, then cut in petal shapes. Arrange and wrap around a bamboo skewer or pipe cleaner, and secure. Great for kids, and tongue-in-check for adults.

Prevent cookware and china from scratching. Place a coffee filter between china when stacking.

Measuring cups for dry ingredients. Use coffee filters to hold pre-measured dry ingredients when baking or creating a fast-cooking recipe (like a stir-fry or pad thai). Then dust them off, and REUSE.

Reusable dusting rags. Wipe soft surfaces – like glass TV screens or mirrors – with a coffee filter to grab the dust. Rinse and let dry, and reuse.

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