Hearts and Flowers

DSC_0017 with heart

Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us. ~ Wolfgang von Goethe

♥Happy Valentine’s Day!♥


3 Years and Counting

Amidst Valentine’s Day and Arizona Centennial Day, another minor exciting (to me) event occurred…the third anniversary of my blog, my blogiversary! The actual date was February 13th. My last post, The Valentine State, was also my 350th post. So…to keep my tradition going, I am having a little giveaway as I did for my first and second blogiversaries to let you know I appreciate you.

Above is the official first day of issue stamp celebrating Arizona’s centennial, the newest Forever stamp. That’s Arizona’s State Bird, the cactus wren, perched there. This commemorative piece can be yours! And, since that doesn’t seem like much of a giveaway, I’ll also enclose a little surprise, something else Arizona-y. And…I’ll enclose a print of one of my recent photos, either this one or this one, whichever looks better printed. Maybe not the most thrilling giveaway but, hey, it’s free!

Everyone in the continental U.S. is eligible by leaving a comment. As in the past (year one and year two), one of my cats will choose the winner. It’s really Abbey’s turn but the boy cats always horn in when she’s trying to do something constructive. The winner will be chosen on February 26th so get those comments in and tell all your friends!

See what my darling husband, Tony, gave me for Valentine’s Day? This was our first year married, although our 18th Valentine’s Day together. We had a long courtship.

Here is Paul McCartney’s original song, My Valentine, which you may have seen him perform on the Grammys last week.

“Um, where’s my valentine?” asks Google. “Shouldn’t that say, For My Google?”

Incidentally, the Arizona Forever stamp is available for purchase everywhere in the U.S. now. You should get some 🙂

The stamp was done by Arizona artist, Ed Mell, and depicts Cathedral Rock in Sedona. Here’s another view of Cathedral Rock from last summer.

Thank you for reading my blog!

The Valentine State

Arizona has been referred to as the Valentine State because it was admitted to the union on February 14th. Today is not just any Valentine’s Day in Arizona, it is Arizona’s Centennial, 1912-2012! This is a 1912 map of Arizona I superimposed on a large saguaro in Papago Park, which is probably way over 100 years old.

Arizona was the last of the contiguous 48 states to be admitted to the union in 1912. It was another 47 years later that Alaska and Hawaii gained statehood.

Since I couldn’t think of anything fitting to honor Arizona’s 100th birthday, here are a few more photos (that I have taken the last 3 years) of cacti, which seem to be synonymous with Arizona.

prickly 1

Barrel Cactus 3


And, as an aside…here is Svengali’s valentine to everyone. I was trying to take a photo of a red boa in my front yard Sunday, a very windy day. All of a sudden Svengali came snooping around to see what was up. I thought that might make a cute valentine if he did something interesting. Little did I know that he would think I was preparing him a spot to, um, well, relieve himself. Fortunately, I grabbed the boa before he was able to implement his plan.

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥

Arizona State Flag showing state colors

♥ Happy Centennial Birthday, Arizona! ♥

Be Mine

Be my blogosphere valentine…all of you. This free texture is from Kim Klassen. Do you enjoy using textures? I think they’re really pretty when other people do them (seems to be a female thing) but I always have a hard time choosing how much of the texture to show through, it looks good every way to me but then I’m never happy with my final product.

My glass heart valentine series is almost complete. Yay!

I found a great article on another blog entitled 16 Charitable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day. Of course, you can do these anytime and the author reminded me that February 14th also starts Random Act of Kindness Week. Check out the RAK website where they suggest an Act of Kindness each day that you can participate in if you feel like it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!…however/whether or not you celebrate it.

Art Day 2/VDay-3

Today was my February Art Day, the monthly day I take off from work to do arty stuff. Hmmm, well, I did laundry and some chores that now I don’t have to do tomorrow. I read a bunch of blogs. I’m blogging now but that’s the extent of my artistic experience today. Maybe tomorrow will be Art Day instead…

So, I’m not really finding much valentine stuff yet on blogs…ideas to “borrow,” etc. If you have any links, please post them. The photojojo newsletter has some photo-related valentine ideas.

The other day I mailed 2 very small valentine gifts to people out of town. To add a little personal touch, I cut up a few paper hearts like we used to do back in grade school and stuffed them in the packages. Primitive, I know.

And today, I baked peanut butter cookies with a little valentine touch.

Monday I’ll probably swing by Barb’s Bakery on my way into work and pick up some pretty-looking, tasty goodies. And the cats usually get tuna on holidays, even minor ones. What do you think about that, Google?