Happy Hearts: February 2014

February is about the heart, whether it be American Heart Month  or Valentine’s Day or even Eve Ensler’s V-Day, when you put your money where your heart is. However, February is also when we celebrate President’s Day, which is about honoring our first president, George Washington, but I think it has become more generic, honoring all past presidents.

National Wear Red Day® (www.goredforwomen.org)- Please go to the website for more information an heart disease and wearing red on Feb. 7th.

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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. For more than 10 years, the American Heart Association has sponsored National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

Celebrate National Wear Red Day® with Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer—heart disease. Join the movement nationwide and learn how you can honor women like you on this important day in the information on the website above.


And, of course, February 2nd is the annual  Groundhog Day, and who could not love the little creature who may or may not see his shadow. Here’s what I found on the Internet and one of these days I will get to Punxsutawney. It’s on my Bucket List!

“Groundhog Day 2014 is expected to be the biggest year yet! Make your plans soon to come and celebrate Groundhog Day with Punxsutawney Phil. The planning process has begun, get ready for a great year! Groundhog Day 2014 will be here soon! Phil will leave his burrow at 7:20 February 2nd at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania he will observe the weather conditions and look for his shadow he will then make his prediction for the remainder of winter. We plan to have many great events this year to help celebrate Phil’s Prognostication!”  (www.groundhog.org)

Since I will be packing to go to Florida for a few days, I want to wish you a Happy Groundhog’s Day now!
(I found this photo when I Googled pictures for Groundhog Day.

 

On the food front, we still have winter here, so I am reviewing two macrobiotic cookbooks, one on Miso, a wonderful base for soups and stews and one on rice, which my husband and I both love. Here are copies of the covers:

 

Also, on the food front, I went to VEDGE, a restaurant that features vegetables as its focus. It is owned by Rich Landau & Kate Jacoby, a husband and wife team whose first cookbook, Horizons, I reviewed some time ago. I will post my experience at the restaurant and also a recipe from their newest cookbook by the same name: VEDGE. I plan to feature one of the dishes I ate when I went to the restaurant last month with my husband. It is made with shaved Brussels Sprouts & I plan to recreate it at home. Here’s a photo from the Internet of one of their vegetable dishes:

Just one of the many vegetables delights at VEDGE



Since I met my husband Alan two days before Valentine’s Day in February 2003 and he called me on Valentine’s Day two days later, I have a special place in my heart for this day, so I will post some rhymes I wrote when I was in those heady days of falling in love. Love has no age, so love is always a possibility.
Marriage has not altered my feelings about Alan, but the trivia of everyday life can sometimes be a challenge, and even couples in love have their differences. That’s what make relationships so complicated and why keeping the “language of love” in your life is so important. Here is a sample rhyme from my earlier days with Alan and a picture of Alan & me at our wedding in 2004, under the chuppah and listening to the Rabbi

 

SeniorElla

12/29/03

 

Seniorella is who I must be

‘Cause I got a senior prince crazy for me.

We’re both goldenagers with kids of our own                       

Five altogether and all of them grown.

We live in a condo near historic Philly town

He’s cute and he’s funny—a yiddisha clown!

I wear his ring—sparkly and bright

With several tiny diamonds, black and white.

He’s more than a Prince—a King with a crown

Of curly white hair, as soft as down

And eyes that twinkle by dawn’s early light

And arms that hold me through the darkest night.

SeniorElla is okay by me,

So long as this fella stays crazy for me.

We’re now a couple who fell in love by phone

No longer apart, no longer alone.

 

Remember to keep a happy heart all month & all year long!
There is not special way to happiness, because happiness is the  way

P.S. The Crytoquote Puzzle in the Philadelphia Inquirer had this message about happiness on January 28th. Very appropriate for this months message on happy hearts

“The greatest part of our happiness or misery depends upon your disposition, and not upon our circumstances.” Martha Washington

10 Responses to “Happy Hearts: February 2014”

  1. Paula Says:

    I love the poem, and the Seniorella and the Prince (King) lived happily ever after. Happy Anniversary!
    Happy Valentine’s Day. This is a special month for me. I was born 4 days before Valentine’s Day.
    Enjoy Florida! Bring back some heat and sunshine.

  2. Flora Buchbinder Cowen Says:

    Echoing Paula’s sentiments, the poem is “spot on”! I plan to pass it along to family and friends.

  3. ellen sue spicer Says:

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  4. ellen sue spicer Says:

    Thanx! Will call when I return from Florida, if we get there!

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  6. Paula Says:

    Hi! to my classmates! Stay warm and dry… Thank you for greetings.

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