Yes, yes, after yesterday’s post you wouldn’t think you’d see that, but I still recall all to well fighting to tamp down a scowl upon reading the OTHER thing.
Regardless, there are some fun things that have popped up I thought it would be fun to share with you today! There’s book-giving, romance, ice cream, and bold yet funny calling cards and Ben in the snow on the menu—you know you want to check it all out, don’t you? Don’t you?!
First of all, it’s not just Valentine’s Day. It’s International Book-Giving Day! Now THAT is a holiday we can probably ALL get wholeheartedly behind! Unfortunately, this only came to my attention last night, but if you ask me, any and every day could be Book-Giving day. Imagine how happy we’d all be! (Bookworms, anyhow.)
For the more romantically, it-can-happen-to-you, ice-cream lovers in us all, there is this charming story from local Ice Cream Goddess Jeni of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (available in several major cities across the country, and nationwide via online ordering, and Jeni does not need to pay me to say any of that because her ice creams are marvellous): An ice-cream shop proposal! So old-fashioned yet fresh at the same time, and sweet all the way through.
Weird fact: When we moved to Columbus a few years ago, one of the things I was most excited about? Jeni’s. News had spread far and wide already.
And speaking of old-fashioned, I’ve no doubt you’ll all be charmed by and giggling over these rather cheeky vintage acquaintance cards, cousin to calling cards. While most of us are probably familiar with the simple, elegant calling card, these are humourous and a bit more forward about seeking a lady’s attentions! Like several of the commenters, I can’t help but think these would be useful for breaking the ice nowadays. You’ll see several at that link, and Mr. Alan Mays’ entire collection of them here.
Though I of course have business cards, calling cards are useful to have—I’m out, though, and would like something fresh and new before ordering again. If it keeps snowing as it has, trapping me indoors (my neighbor had to help me dig my car out of the snow dam at the end of our drive last week, how embarrassing!), there may be plenty of time to think of something!
As promised, Ben in the snow—is that big collie smile not the most pure expression of joy? This was taken back in our old neighborhood in West Virginia, but it has looked much the same here. The cold has been a bit too much for my health this year, unfortunately, so we’re not out in it as much, but Ben still loves it (especially as he has a new, cushy bed to sleep in at night).
That’s it. Happy Valentine’s Day!