Wednesday, February 26, 2014

International Women's Day

      Here we are, nearing the month end of February.  I know it’s our shortest month, but this year it seems exceptionally long. Isn’t it funny how zero degrees Celsius with no wind can sound sooo very warm and inviting…lol. We should look on the bright side ... 3 more days till March, and then hopefully  the worst should be over. 
     March brings with it many wonderful things. Our clocks go forward (daylight saving time) on March 9th. This means the sun will light our sky till 7 pm, bringing spring that much closer to us.  Now doesn’t that just warm you up, and make you smile  just thinking about it?  But before that happens, to be precise, exactly a day before, on March 8th, is International Women’s Day!!  This is a very special day as well.  It is a day to celebrate the achievements, the hardship, the support, the courage and love that women throughout the ages have done, and continue to do.
     Women have contributed greatly to our way of life as it is today.  There have been a great number of notable women through history, such as Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Florence Nightingale, Golda Meir, Valentina Tereshkova, Joan of Arc and Susan B. Anthony just to name a few. But this day is not only to commemorate those in history, but every woman.  That means your mother, your sister, your daughter, your co-worker, your friend, even that lady crossing guard who holds the stop sign outside in the cold of winter… ALL WOMEN. So how do we celebrate International Women’s Day, why with flowers of course.
      What better way to say “Happy International Women’s day” than giving a bouquet of flowers to the women in your life.  You simply can’t go wrong with flowers,  especially this time of year when it’s so cold and wintery, it’s like a promise of spring to the people we appreciate.
  International Women’s Day is widely observed in Europe, even more than Valentine ’s Day here. Though it is slowly becoming much better known and popular here in North America as well.  I think that there are so many women that affect our lives each and everyday, why not acknowledge them.  Besides, there is nothing better than making a woman smile, and also appreciate you and your thoughtfulness.  See, it’s a win win situation!
   Now many of you may not know what kind of flowers to give, I don’t think it really matters. All flowers are beautiful when given from the heart.
   So happy International Women’s day to all the women out there, hope you enjoy the day and receive lots of flowers from those around you.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day!

There is nothing like a cold February day to make us want to simply cuddle up to the one we love.  So it is quite fitting that Valentines Day is celebrated in the middle of the month.  February 14th is the day we tell those whom we love, how we feel.  Besides the simple whispering of the words in their ears, it has become almost customary to shower them with gifts as a sign of our devotion. 

    As love has to do with our hearts, Valentine’s is also synonymous with the color red.  So everywhere you go, big red hearts can be seen!!  They come in the guise of chocolates, balloons, jewelry, cards, almost anything you can think of, and they can only be found (for the most part) only on this special day. 
   So what do most people send their significant others, well that would be roses. Yep, and of course, red roses! They send them single in a bud vases, mix them in with other flowers (again mostly red and white), or along with big heart shaped balloons, chocolates or cuddly teddy bears.  But most often, they send them by the dozens.  The rose has always been associated with love, especially the red rose.  So if a guy sends you red roses on Valentine’s Day (or any other day), it is his way of saying I love you!! 
   So I hope that you all have a special someone in your life, and that he or she, will shower you with roses and chocolates and everything else that will make you smile on this coming Valentine’s Day!!