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Friday Funny February 15, 2019 Conversation Hearts

Happy Friday! Valentine’s Day is past and now you can concentrate on finding just the President’s Day gift!  But before Valentine’s Day fades to a memory, I wanted to think about Conversation Hearts.


I would imagine that you are familiar with those little, chalky conversation hearts made by Necco – the same people who brought us thin, quarter-sized chalky wafers.  Did you even notice that they were nowhere to be found this Valentine’s Day?  Necco had a rough year in 2018, abruptly shutting down in July after an investment firm bought it in a bankruptcy auction. It was purchased by Spangler Candy Co. at the end of the third quarter but that was too late to get the little candy hears back in the conversation for Valentine’s Day 2019.  Perhaps they will be back for 2020.

Did you know that a serving is 25 hearts and that equates to 100 calories that are pretty much void of any nutritional value?   The ingredients are: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Gelatin, Modified Food Starch, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum, FD&C Colors.  Natural & Artificial flavors? – imagine that – they are actually supposed to have flavor!

They would make changes to the sayings each year to reflect trends in culture.  So, being the helpful person that I am, I thought I would offer some suggestions for the 2020 hearts that will help them get these back on the store shelves as soon as possible.

Recipe for Disaster


UR Subprime

YRU Still Here

# Go Away

1000x No

#1 Hater

Woot Woot

Evil Clown


# Not Ever

Big Twitter Fan

#1 Loser

#No Way

I Googled U

#1 Troll

Epic Fail!

U R Elitist

No Swag

#1 Bae




Not Legit

Thought for the Week

“Valentine’s Day is a day to reflect on love – on love lost, love gained and love long remembered.” 



A Very Difficult Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here and you may still be searching for that perfect gift, planning that perfect evening or looking for just the right words to express how you feel.  

Over the years, my perception of Valentine’s Day has changed quite a bit.  I remember back in grade school, Valentine’s Day meant getting candy from Mom and, like Charlie Brown, hoping to get a Valentine Card from that “cute red-haired girl” in class.  Disappointments were mild in those days because I  got a card from EVERY girl as well as every boy in the class.

In the dating years, Valentine’s Day brought more pressure and expectations in trying to come up with the perfect card or the perfect gift for the girl I was dating if she was near enough to see or trying to come up with just the right phrase to put in a card to communicate my feelings to that special someone who was a thousand miles away physically but near to my heart.

After marriage, the focus of Valentine’s Day shifted again and as the years went on, the excitement and expectations began to wane and the routine became swinging by to pick up candy and flowers.  In recent years it has meant skipping the candy as we have become a little more calorie conscious. Yes, Valentine’s Day is still celebrated, but differently.

As my understanding of the day has changed over the years, I have come to realize that Valentine’s Day has become a day of reflection – a day to reflect on love – on love lost, love gained and love long remembered.

Valentine’s Day last year was indeed a day of reflection and it was my worst Valentine’s Day. It was also one of the most difficult days of my life.  It was the day we buried my Father.  As we prepared and reflected for the service, I was reminded that one of the best examples of love I have seen in my life was given to me by my Father.  It was not the squoosy, heart-skip-a-beat love like one might feel on a first date, that is a feeling and feeling can be fleeting.  The the kind of love that I saw in my Dad was love that is present every day in a million small ways.  It is the love that works long hours to provide a roof, food and clothes to a family.  It is a love that does not seek its own or draw attention to itself.  It is the love that keeps a marriage going strong for more than sixty-five years.  It is a love that sacrifices, puts others first, and just keeps giving. It was a love that never gave up and never stopped.

As the song from the 60’s told us 

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone”

That is the type of love the world indeed needs now and the love that was modeled by my Father.  A little over a year ago, when we met at the funeral home to discuss the arrangements it appeared that Wednesday would work, it was brought up that the service would be Valentine’s Day.  My Mom’s response was that was OK because, “he was the love of my life.”  Burying my Dad on Valentine’s Day was not easy, but it was OK because I know that along with my Mom, my Brother, my Sister and I were the loves of his life.  

Friday Funny February 10, 2017 Not So Sweet Nothings


Happy Friday!  In case it has not occurred to you yet, February 14 is just a few days away! While you are out buying cards, candy and gifts, you might also be pondering some sweet nothings to whisper into that special someone’s ear.  Here are a few to cross off your list.


I plan on being with you until forever ends or maybe opening day.

I saw you were perfect and I fell in love with you.  Then I saw that you were not perfect, so I changed my mind.

My thoughts are free to go anywhere, but it is surprising how often they head in your direction and then turn left.

You deserve the world, and I know I can’t give that to you, so I guess you will have to settle for less than you deserve.

Every time I look into your beautiful eyes, I literally fall for you again which explains these bruises on my face.

A while ago I wished upon a shooting star that one day I would maybe find true love. It turned out to just be an airplane in distress, then I met you.

Last night I looked up into the stars and thought I would match each one with a reason why I love you… I never realized how many stars there are.

Life without you is like a day without raisin bran.

I love you from the heart of my bottom.

If I had to choose between breathing and loving you, well I would turn blue and pass out if I stopped breathing and that wouldn’t do either of us much good.

If our love was a ship it would be the Titanic –  except for the part about striking an iceberg and sinking.

My heart races the moment I see you, my doctor says it is AFib.

You are the reason I am alive and happy today, well you and that airbag in my car.

You are the sunshine on my mostly cloudy with a 95% chance of precipitation days.

You’ve made all my dreams come true, except for the ones where I wake up screaming in the middle of the night.

I don’t love you for your looks, or your clothes, or for your fancy cars, but you know those sure haven’t hurt your chances.

I am very indecisive and always have trouble picking my favorite anything. But, without a doubt, you are just perhaps, quite possibly one of my favorite things.

I love you more than everything in this world with the possible exception of baseball.

Thought for the Week

“Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.” ~ By Ursula K. LeGuin


Friday Funny February 12, 2016 More Silly Love Songs


Happy Friday!  Valentine’s Day is upon us. I remember Valentines Day back in grade school.  I would go through the cards that my Mom had purchased carefully matching which card would go to which classmate.  It was always important to make sure that the guys got the macho Batman valentines while the girls would receive the not quite as macho Batman valentines.  On the big day, all the decorated boxes would line the perimeter of the class and we would go around the room delivering cards.  After school I would rush home and go through my box to see if I received a valentine from that cute girl in class and I would be thrilled if I did.  I guess it didn’t occur to me that every kid in the class received a valentine from every other kid in the class.  I guess I have never fully grasped the concept of February 14. 

Well, over the years there has been a boat load of love songs, some good and some not so good.  This weekend, a lot of those songs will be dusted off and played again.  However, we may have “heard” these songs so many times that we don’t “hear” them anymore.  Because if we did, we would probably turn them off.  Here are a few examples.


Queen – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

“This thing called love, I just can’t handle it
This thing called love, I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Crazy little thing called love”

What better time than Valentine’s Day to let your significant other know that you are not ready for commitment and are a bit unstable as well?

Anne Murray – “You Needed Me”

“You gave me strength to stand alone again
To face the world out on my own again
You put me high upon a pedestal
So high that I could almost see eternity
You needed me, you needed me
You needed me, you needed me”

So, “you needed me”, but thank’s to all you have done for me, I don’t need you anymore??

Foreigner – “I Want To Know What Love Is”

“I gotta take a little time
A little time to think things over
I better read between the lines
In case I need it when I’m older”

Happy Valentine’s Day……let me think about this for a while…

Captain and Tennille – “Muskrat Love”

“Muskrat Suzie, Muskrat Sam
Do the jitterbug at a Muskrat Land
And they shimmy, Sam is so skinny

And they whirl and they twirl and they tango
Singin’ and jinglin’ a jangle
Float like the heavens above
Looks like Muskrat Love”

Most days I try to avoid thinking of furry rodents and Valentine’s Day should not be an exception.  If I saw Muskrat Suzie and Muskrat Sam I would grab a broom and try to shoo them out the door.

Donny Osmond – “Puppy Love” 

“Someone, help me, help me, help me please
Is the answer up above
How can I, how can I tell them
This is not a puppy love”

Most days I try to avoid thinking of Donny Osmond and Valentine’s Day should not be an exception.  Someone help me, help me please find a way to get this song out of my head.

The Police – “Every Breath You Take” 

“Every single day every word you say,
Every game you play every night you stay,
I’ll be watching you.”

Is it just me or are these lyrics just a bit creepy? 

Air Supply – “All Out of Love 

“I’m lying alone with my head on the phone,
Thinking of you ’till it hurts
I know that you hurt to, but what else can we do?”

It is not the thinking that hurts, it is lying with your head on the phone; try a nice fluffy pillow instead.

The Greatest Love of All – George Benson/Whitney Houston

“Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me”

Happy Valentine’s Day, I hope you love me as much as I do!

Thought for the Week

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670



Not Ready for Prime Time Valentines


I am sure that you are aware that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Perhaps you have searched and searched for that card that expresses just the right sentiment that you were after.  Here are a few verses that you probably did not find at your local Hallmark store.

Roses are red                                                                                                                                       Violets are blue                                                                                                                                             I guess wherever you are                                                                                                                           It is Valentine’s Day too

Valentines is near                                                                                                                                       And I am waiting here                                                                                                                             My heart will never be the same                                                                                                       And it is clear you are to blame

Fountains mingle with the rivers                                                                                                         And the rivers with the ocean                                                                                                                 Valentine cards try to be clever                                                                                                               But this one lacks emotion

I may not let my feelings show                                                                                                                 What I’m feeling deep inside                                                                                                               The emotions that rapidly flow                                                                                                             So that is why I run and hide

Our love is like a lovely bridge                                                                                                     Between your heart and mine                                                                                                             But the bridge is old and obsolete                                                                                                     And needs a new design

I think of you often…I do                                                                                                                   From morning ’til evening I do                                                                                                           With every moment of pain                                                                                                                       I think of you a-gain.

We began as strangers                                                                                                                           On a very fateful day                                                                                                                         We’ve never talked                                                                                                                               Strangers we will stay

How do I love thee?                                                                                                                                 Let me count the ways                                                                                                                        One, two and three

  Since you left                                                                                                                                                   I cannot eat                                                                                                                                                   I cannot smile                                                                                                                                           Please send back my dentures.

 Not every day is Valentine’s Day                                                                                                      Here is your card