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Dreams dreams dreams

You know how they say you can’t die in a dream? Somehow you will always wake up just before that fateful moment?

Last night I had the weirdest dream. Nightmare, actually 😦 One of those unusual dreams that continue when you fall back to sleep after waking yourself up to stop the craziness. It involved a bad guy (of course). At first he just repeatedly stole stuff from me and my friends [uni friends of course, sleeping over at some strange hotel shopping mall thing],  but I always seemed to catch him thieving, so he started trying to kill me. Great. And always by throwing a ridiculous assortment of random sharp objects. Because naturally we were running. I was chasing him, shouting like crazy, and NOBODY ELSE DID ANYTHING TO HELP!! Why? And to make matters worse, when I tried throwing things at him to try to protect myself and stop him, all I could find were plastic things. Brilliant, that’s going to stop a hardened criminal and my wannabe murderer.

As I said, I woke myself up/got woken up by Little Man [it’s all a bit of a blur now] but it continued to get more and more strange, although all in the same vein, when I fell asleep again. It all came to a head when, just when I thought I had finally scared him off for good, he returned. I rushed to the door of my room to lock it, but through the interlocking door (to the kitchen?) came…. a cook.

She finished icing the cupcake that was in her hand, and then ate it, slowly, looking at me in a strange way. It was all in slow motion, and I had this awful feeling that maybe she was in cohoots with the thief/killer. I was shouting at her to lock the door, but she just kept on eating her cupcake, licking the icing off (something that annoys we in my awake state anyway!)… As I flicked the lock on the door, I looked over at her and for the first time I noticed… in her hand she was carrying a cake icer [yes, in my dream that is a real thing. It looks like a fire extinguisher, but it blasts out icing to hose over a cake rather than foam to put out a fire]… I was still holding onto the door handle after a dramatic dive to reach the lock… she locked eyes with me… out of the corner of my eye I could see her bringing the cake icer/fire extinguisher up to my head and holding it next to my ear… I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was going to kill me by spraying icing into my brain.

And Little Man let out a squawk and thankfullyI woke up.  I have never been so grateful to be woken up by a crying baby.

It was only when I got back into bed (afraid to go back to sleep) that I realised the fantastic truth: She was going to ice me. Ice me.

——— oOO ———

On a completely different note, I said on Monday that I would post the best Valentine ‘story’  from your comments. My poor Blogger Ego – only two comments! To make my B.E. feel better I’m telling myself it must just be that none of you did anything comment-worthy for Valentine’s Day (how sad), and of course you’re all such busy people that you obviously wouldn’t have had time to post a comment anyway…   😉

So thank you, Belinda and Helen, for your replies… and well done to the winning commenter, Belinda – I think perhaps I would have picked yours had there been hundreds of replies anyway since it sounded absolutely perfect (no doubt aided by the fact that you mention a beautiful sunset over Table Bay – pulling on the heart strings!)

Here’s what Belinda and her Special Someone did for Valentine’s Day (read it and be envious!):

“Enjoyed a cheese, fig jam and biscuits platter with a bottle of chilled rose champagne outside, watching the sun set over Table Bay. All from the comfort of our verandah.”

Sigh. Sounds perfect.

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Spread the Luuuurve

So… I’m dying to know what people did for Valentine’s Day. Share! Share! Do!

 

Do you have a cool V-Day tradition?

Did you get surprised by a mystery valentine?

Did you make something special or have something special made for you?

 

Post in the comment box below – I read all comments, and I will post** the coolest Valentine thing in my blog this week 🙂

**If you’re a local, you may even find yourself the recipient of some yummy brownies as well as having your idea published. [Sorry, sorry, and once again sorry, to non-Plymothians.]

 

Personally, getting some sleep is far more important than huge romantic gestures. The best Valentine’s Day gift ever is to not have to be the one who gets up each time there’s vocal action from the nursery. Thanks, LOML!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Back in my uni days I discovered the poetry of e. e. cummings.

This is one I have not been able to forget…

(How is that I so easily forgot the stuff I studied, but remember some random poem?)

love is more thicker than forget

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea 

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

 

Have a love-ly day, one and all, whether relishing the romance or bah-humbugging the commercialised gimmickiness of it all.


PS. I consider myself very lucky to have a wonderful husband and a gorgeous little boy. Both of whom I am very much in love with. And as for me and my peeps, we are thankful to our God who invented love in the first place, and who uses the most incredible ways to show us love, and to show us how to love.

 

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A Week Of Handmade Valentine’s Ideas: Sunday

In the run-up to the cheesiest of all celebrations, I thought I’d get in the Valentine spirit and hook us all up with some cute ideas, whether to do, or give, or hint at to be given, or to make to *show the love* around your home. I think they’re kinda nice. And not too cliche (in my opinion). Best of all, they’re {mostly} handmade and non-bank breakers.

 

Paper Chain

Heart Chain Via Craft: Transforming Traditional Craft

Something easy peasy, and a novel take on the traditional Christmassy paper chain.

Click here for a full How To…

Spread the luuuuurve and get the little people involved 🙂

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A Week Of Handmade Valentine’s Ideas: Saturday

In the run-up to the cheesiest of all celebrations, I thought I’d get in the Valentine spirit and hook us all up with some cute ideas, whether to do, or give, or hint at to be given, or to make to *show the love* around your home. I think they’re kinda nice. And not too cliche (in my opinion). Best of all, they’re {mostly} handmade and non-bank breakers.

Start a New Tradition!

Photo Booth

I love this idea from Young House Love. Start a tradition by taking crazy and cutesy snaps in a photo booth every year on the same date, whether Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversary or birthday.

These guys keep their photo booth strips in a dedicated album, as well as scattering them around the house in various displays. A great conversation starter, and I expect catching a glimpse of some classic  funny moments in the middle of a  “domestic” would help to break the tension a little 😉

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A Week Of Handmade Valentine’s Ideas: Friday

In the run-up to the cheesiest of all celebrations, I thought I’d get in the Valentine spirit and hook us all up with some cute ideas, whether to do, or give, or hint at to be given, or to make to *show the love* around your home. I think they’re kinda nice. And not too cliche (in my opinion). Best of all, they’re {mostly} handmade and non-bank breakers.

Sweetheart In A Jar

Of course, I naturally have some kind of cooking or baking involved in showing my affection… I love food = I show my love through food (anyone heard of Love Languages?)

So, food isn’t exactly an original idea, but it is handmade and it doesn’t have to empty your purse. And you can make it as cheesy or uncheesy (figuratively speaking) as you and your Special Someone are comfortable with. Personally, I’m not a fan of the cheesiness of the whole Valentine’s thing, but I figured heart shaped cookies are fairly low on the cheese-ometer. I may even add a few star cookies to lessen the heartsy effect. But you could always add a soppy note to crank up the cheese 🙂

 

Vanilla Sugar Shortbread

*To make the vanilla sugar beforehand: Whizz 1 vanilla pod and 225g caster sugar in a blender. Pour through a sieve, then blend again. Store in an airtight container.

 

150g [5oz] flour (cake/plain)

100g [3.5oz] butter, softened

50g [2oz] vanilla sugar

Preheat oven to 180 C [160 C fan/gas 4].

Rub flour and butter together in a bowl until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the vanilla sugar and mix to form a dough {I had to add a few drops of water to get it to bind properly}.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface, then use cookie cutters to cut out heart shapes.

Place on a baking tray (greased or lined with baking paper) and sprinkle some ordinary sugar over the shapes.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until just golden. Sprinkle with a little (lot!) more sugar while still hot, then leave to cool.

Decorate if you wish to, and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Makes about 20 biscuits, depending on size and thickness.

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A Week Of Handmade Valentine’s Ideas: Thursday

In the run-up to the cheesiest of all celebrations, I thought I’d get in the Valentine spirit and hook us all up with some cute ideas, whether to do, or give, or hint at to be given, or to make to *show the love* around your home. I think they’re kinda nice. And not too cliche (in my opinion). Best of all, they’re {mostly} handmade and non-bank breakers.

Cute or Funny Photo Bunting

Photo Bunting

Ashley Ann, from my much-loved Under The Sycamore, contributed this idea to the Design Aglow website, including a full tutorial.

It’s a little technical and requires preparation – you’ll need photos and photo editing software. But of course, you can always use speech bubble stickers, or cut out your own speech bubbles and glue them on the pictures.

Use funny photos of the two of you together (steal them off Facebook if you need to!), or photos of your children, like Ashley does.

If you have pictures of the day you met, you can re-tell the moment of your first meeting (sigh) – add your friends’ pictures and their comments or version of the story too. This could get embarrassing! Heehee.

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