It definitely is for most of us living in the upper part of our nation. And certainly much of Canada, too. We have plenty of winter weather left all the way through March and (yikes!) even some years well into April.
It's also the month with the holiday of Valentine's Day in it which, sorry to say, has become so overly commercialized. This year perhaps we should celebrate the day by telling the people in our lives whom we love that we do! Does anyone ever get tired of hearing those words spoken aloud?
For other friends and acquaintances, take the time to tell them how appreciated they are and how much you enjoy having them in your life.
Be brave and forget the syrupy cards and expensive bouquets of flowers. (Unless, of course, those two expressions of your sentiments will win you an untold number of points from your Valentine.)
Instead why not make a pan of fudge to share? I'll make my annual batch of pink frosted, heart-shaped sugar cookies. Or how about having friends over for an old-fashioned home cooked meal? Those of us still firmly entrenched in winter time desire food that will sustain us through a few more snowfalls and temperatures stuck near the bottom of the thermometer.
The meal can be as simple as a bowl of thick soup and fresh baked bread or rolls. (With a plate of that fudge for dessert.)
Speaking food, I've read in several places that cabbage is "the vegetable of the month." Knock on wood, ours are still holding their own in our root cellar. From cooked, buttered cabbage to flavorful coleslaw, we like it. Oh, if only I had gotten and saved my mom's recipe for Pigs in a Blanket. Gosh, those were always so good!
Another little tidbit I picked up when reading about the month of February, the first Friday of the month is . . . are you ready for this? National Bubble Gum Day. And the first Friday of the month happens to be today! Sadness and woe, here I sit without a single piece of bubble gum in the house.
I wonder how long it's actually been since I had any bubble gum? How 'bout you?
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