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“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
Coco Chanel


Speaking of Valentine’s Day, did I mention that I think this year’s is among the best ever. Well, except the one where Brian proposed. That is tops, totally. But, this year my old man did so great. He gave me potted red tulips. They weren’t “floristy” ones, either. They were garden types in a pot with soil and roots. So, he gave me the best flowers ever in a pot that HE tied a red gingham ribbon around and topped with  a very heartfelt card. He said the red gingham bow just looked like me (…I am guessing that is because of all the red gingham-ry he has seen due to the Wizard of Oz fascination and upcoming birthday party). Perfeito. I loved every minute of our Valentine’s Day this year. I gave him an oversized Hallmark  card from the family. It was a Wizard of Oz theme. Considering Beatrice’s obsession with the Wizard of Oz and her enthusiasm of the large card with all the characters (…seriously, her eyes were as big as saucers), this card was SO perfect. Beatrice and I decorated the huge envelope and we shared our presents over breakfast. Beatrice got a tiny box of chocolates from Papa, and a book from Mama while Whitaker scored a whole bunch of lovin’, a homemade cookie and a card from Tana.  It was a delicious morning around our house in more ways than one.

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relaxing in a hammock
Photo by Vanda Novodomszky

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” Lin Yutang

now, if i could only find a few useless afternoons. where are they

Speaking of riches…

I would not exchange my leisure hours
for all the wealth in the world.
Comte de Mirabeau

Thank you Messy, Thrilling, Life for the post and the picture each is lovely.  As my leisure hours are distinctly different from a year ago (and, I must mention very rare), I find this quote most appropriate.  There isn’t a price for those few vacant moments, moments overflowing with freedom. 

Idle hours are scarce these days, yet highly sought.

HappY Week. May you have plenty of wealthy leisure this week.

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
                   we borrow it from our children.”
                   – Ancient Lakota Proverb

While browsing thru baby slings ( here), this quote was on the bottem of the Sweet Things Baby Slings page:   

“Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long before he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it.  Keep your children short on pocket money but long on hugs.”
– Robert Heinlein

Hail to baby wearing and hugging babies!