Friday, February 10, 2012

It's Never Too Late

Whether it's risking 

life and limb
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to hang chandeliers

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putting up with the frills

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my studio

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or compromising their  

strong backs 

to haul heavy furniture


the MEN in our lives

what a prince
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whose hardworking hands

reach out to us everyday 

in love 


deserve a hand

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for what they do for



making us feel like the 

little princesses 

we WISH to be


BUT loving us for who we 

really are.


What has your






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or life-long companion  done 

for you to show you 

you're special?






See John 3:16

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Patricia Cabrera said...

I can NOT believe I am the first!!!

Divine Theatre said...

Just in time! I have been quasi fuming over the fact that it took my beloved two years to finally help me bring in my Persian rugs from the garage (dwarf star heavy), instead of being grateful that he works so hard so that I can home school and blog and do all the things I have dreamed about doing since I was an orphaned child!
He has toiled in the Summer sun to help me plant hundreds of boxwoods for my parterre, hauled (literally) tons of pea gravel and mulch and compost...
I was sick last week and he bought me soup AND a decorating magazine!
He wrote a poem about six stray cats on ten persian rugs...(the rugs are stacked in our family room for now).
Mostly, Mr. Matter of Fact LOVES Mrs. Stargazer...

Patricia Cabrera said...

Sorry ... I had to do that first comment ....hahahah my first time!!!!grin
Nita, Nita, can wait to see you!!!
Gosh I LOVE this post... the first famous picture hurt my stomach a bit but then the others and your words... ohhh priceless. and what a handsome husband you have!!!*smiles*

Love you dearly!

Sylvia said...

Dearest friend,
You are wise ! Sometimes I fail to remember that I am Juliet and I have my Romeo...( a very attentive, passionate strong man)
To not forget my STORY...To not forget my LOVE is a timeless message ...Thank you !

Palomasea said...

What a BEAUTIFUL, LOVE-FILLED tribute..honoring the special men in our lives, darling Anita!!!!
This music is perfect, (I can see you two lovebirds dancing!!), the images are stunning and lovely (looking good Ruben!!)
What a fabulous, feel-good post dearest!!!
- Irina :))

Cheryl said...

So beautiful!!!! Love the music~ the images... always

Glamour Drops said...

Oh my goodness you are so right! But so often we forget! Never too old, never too late, for anything really, is it? All an attitude thing.

Nella said...

My prince is asleep in his chair right now, but I shall never forget how he has come to my rescue all these years! Thank you for the gentle reminder Anita, N.xo

Nella said...

My prince is asleep in his chair right now, but I shall never forget how he has come to my rescue all these years! Thank you for the gentle reminder Anita, N.xo

georgia~gigi said...

Happy Friday Anita Bonita :)
Oh, Love is in the air, isn't it!
I love that.... putting up with the frills, ah ha ha! So true :)
You definitely have a keeper with your Ruben!
Well, my 17 yr old son is home tonight on a Friday night! I asked him if he didn't feel good and he said he just wanted to be a home tonight! Aw, just made my night!
Sending much love to you Anita
gi gi
have a lovely lovely weekend!

Elizabeth said...

Simply beautiful. The image of the little old mans hands with the dandelion is my favorite. Sometimes life keeps us so busy that we forget to thank the ones we love for all of their support, help and love.

I hope you are having a good night, are you taking care of yourself. I too woke with a sore throat. The weather is cold and snowy so it is a perfect Friday night.

Take care my friend,

Xoxo Elizabeth

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

What a BEAUTIFUL post dear friend!
I just love that photo of Ruben. Such heartfelt words and images, and I just LOVE this song..
All my beloved had to do to make me feel special was give me that certain look, and I am sure he is smiling down on me right now saying, care to dance?
Thank you for the special post Anita..
Bisous, Penny

Julienne said...

Beautifully said...beautifully illustrated. xx

erin said...

after thiry-three years together with my beloved...oy...thanks for the reminder to see him as the jewel in my crown...he indeedy treats me like a princess.

Palomasea said...

Coming back for more beauty, dear friend!
Did you see my e-mail from this morning, dearest?
Adore this post!
- Irina

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

Just home from our Friday night couples dinner, and we wives were all saying the same thing...How blessed we are to have these men in our lives! This is a beautiful post, and one to get us in the mood to make Valentine's Day special for all the men in our lives. How YOU of you to honor them, Anita! [Your prince is a sweetie, too!] Thanks for your visit today, dear :))

Ruben Rivera said...

Well, this got me in the mood to hang a chandelier. You never know what might light up. You're a sweet bug. Yes you are. Speaking on behalf of other halves everywhere, we appreciate your appreciation from the bottom of our hearts.

Red Rose Alley said...

Dear Anita,
I got tears in my eyes (tears of joy) when I saw the picture of the son. It so reminded me of my son, who I am very close to. Sons stir our hearts in so many ways, and mine is a wonderful soul. I can totally relate to this post because my husband is a builder. He has worked from the ground up as a carpenter to running huge projects. This message of appreciating our loved ones is such a special one, and I am sure your husband is so happy that you acknowledged him in this post. I love all the pictures. They are incredible, and went beautifully with your story. I've seen that first picture before, and it is a favorite of mine. Happy Valentine's Day to my sweet Anita. I hope you and your husband have a special day of love.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Have a Happy Valentine's Day with your wonderful Ruben, Anita!
~ Wendi ~

Jeri Landers said...

Well my sweetie has spent the last month with tools, paints, sandpaper, stripper, molding,joint compound, etc, etc, etc... creating a bathroom fit for a queen. Tonight, after a long day covered in sawdust, we stood in the "nearly finished" room surveying it with satisfaction and he said "Happy Valentines Day"... what a great guy!

Fete et Fleur said...

I love that photo of Ruben! My hubby is helping me fix up our bathroom, to make it more of a haven for me!

Have a beautiful weekend you two. The day of Love is fast approaching. Thinking of you both. . .


A Magical Whimsy said...

Oh! I love your banner! The balloons are making hearts with their overlapping shapes! Of course, the artist in me saw that right away! a deep subject. If someone had said it's going to be a bumpy ride I wouldn't have believed them... but life is a bumpy ride. But the good times out weigh the bumpy times and makes us better persons able to play in the waves instead of being taken away with the tide. Sorry, being a bit nostalgic and thoughtful here. Let's get our harps out and play romantic songs of love and thankfulness to the men in our lives who are REAL men after all!
They do deserve some applauds from the balcony! Hee! Hee!

Jade said...

Oh Anita, my sweet friend, now i have tears in my eyes......what a wonderful post again......THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! Yes, it´s never too late!!!!!!!!! Love your´s so romantic!!!! Enjoy every moment and have a wonderful weekend,

Hugs Jade & kisses from Sheila ;))

PS: Here in Bavaria it is sooooooo cold and it is snowing again.

Calico Child said...

Hi Anita so sorry I havent been to see you for ages but here i am & loving your post you always say & find the best words & images hope you are well & your etsy shop is doing great :))

francis said...

My prince left me .... long time ago and when that happened my world collapsed .
I did not know than what I know now ...... He gave me the greatest gift .... the love I have had and the four beautiful children who are in my life every day .....
I loved him with all my heart and you know what ... he was as the picture of your husband ....handy and always making stuf .... what his eyes saw his hands could make ... Oh how I loved all of that . And he was a wonderful father ....and he left .....
He met someone and that was that .
The happely ever after went a way I never imagened but ......finally I know now I have my own happiness .
I do miss of course having a prince in my life but ...we never know ......
Your post is inspiring and so beautiful as always ......
Thank you for being here !
Lots of love

The enchanted home said...

Anita.....what a wonderful post and generous tribute to all the great men out there. I feel blessed to have a father who showed me the world literally and figuratively, who made me the person I am, and a husband who at 22 married me and helped me to continue being the person I was meant to be. So thank you for this beautiful reminder for me to stop and think about how special they are to me and about the impact they have had on my life.
Is that your hubby? He is adorable and just from the pics, looks like such a great man!
Thanks for this, and enjoy your weekend!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

My darling hubby makes everyday special for me! I am truly blessed!
Love to you ma belle! Sherry

Design is... All in the Detail said...

Beautiful post - perfect! (especially with the music)
SO glad I found your BLOG! I am going to go read this all again... brilliant! Have a wonderful weekend.

My Spotty Pony said...

Hello dearest Anita!
What a lovely post, and I was so filled up after reading it that I sent a text to my husband at work to say I loved him. He has just replied... 'What do you want?'! I thought that was so funny, but it did make me realise that I do not say it enough!
What a great picture of Ruben, your own Prince Charming, and I love his comment... although I misread it at first. I thought he wrote 'this got me in the mood to hang from a chandelier'!! Teehee :) I am behind with writing posts but am trying to catch up with everyone this weekend. Not long until the show now, but the director is away this weekend so we have some time off. Phew! I need it!
Hope you are keeping well and I wish you and your dear husband a wonderful weekend.
Our darling Spotty boy is lame. He has seen the vet and is on a course of treatment to get him better. I have of course given him a special 'Anita hug'.
Love to you dear friend, Abby xx

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Oh, how sweet for your Valentine! He's the cutest. Wishing you a lovely Valentine's Day.

I have my Valentine Heart and your little card which reminds me of what a sweetheart you are.


Anonymous said... this ever sweetly sentimental true...they really do....those wonderous men...for the women they
bless them all...

"Create Beauty" said...

What a beautiful reminder to show our LOVE to the good men in our lives!!!

On a day to day basis it is so easy to get caught up in the annoyances... but what if we concentrated on those things we are thankful for instead?!?!?

Our busbands have to put up with a lot don't they? : ) Oh my.
My guy has changed out a few chandeliers this past month... so I could keep my treasures when we move from this house...

Blessings my dear kind-HEARTED friend!!!
~ Violet

"Create Beauty" said...


Just saw the John 3:16
at the end of your post ...

now that is TRUE LOVE!!!!!!!!

~ Violet

Anonymous said...

ps...that is suppose to be sentimentally every way..

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

This has to be one of my FAVORITE posts (for so many reasons!). The images are absolutely heavenly...and look how handsome Ruben looks!
Oh, what a wonderful, romantic, fabulous post.
This just made my day...
I'm trying to think of so many things to say...but it always comes back to MAGICAL when it involves ANYTHING that you touch.
What an inspiration you are to me.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this....and YOU! xoxo

mermaid gallery said...

aqua chandeliers and pink barns!!!!My sweetie does all that and life is built around his love....for him i would do anything....we are truly blessed...thanks for reminding me!

restlessjo said...

Mine's gone to the football- brrrh! I zumba'd this morning- much warmer.
Love your blog- it's so uplifting. It sparkles from the header on down.

koralee said...

Love LOVE love your sweet post today dear one...we are blessed!!! I am off to give my sweet one a kiss right now! Thank you for the very sweet reminder. Love to you...happy creating this lovely weekend...the birds are singing outside my window right now...oh I adore this happy sound. xoxoxo HUGS

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh...
its true..
the world is truly
one big classroom
on love and other assorted subjects...

It's me said...

O yes !!!....after 18 years we are stiil in love love loev

J. Beaudet said...

Hi Anita! This post is amazing! So romantic and really makes you think how wonderful the men in our lives really are! This is perfect for this weekend of love! I love all the images you've chosen for this and your studio fits right in with them.
Have a great weekend!

Anne said...

Oh, so sweet!! A wonderful Valentines Day to you and your prince, sweet girl! Bisous, Anne

Martina said...

Oooooooh, such a sweet LOVE post Anita! Am so fond of my men, what would we do without them? Anita, stay warm and cozy and take good care of yourself. Hope you can avoid being sick again, it gets so tiring! I have one thing after the other somehow - headache for 3 days now! I'm having a leisurely weekend with much sleep, meditating, cooking ... It's still very cold here! Stay warm and cozy and pamper yourself!

Privet and Holly said...

Like your Prince Charming,
mine shows his love through
the little things ~ which to me,
are huge ~ like gassing up my
car, putting in dimmer switches,
coaching our son's baseball
teams.....and just generally
being my ROCK. How often
I break out into that classic
song, "It's So Nice To Have A
Man Around the House!"

Happy Valentine's Day,
xx Suzanne

RobinfromCA said...

Wonderful post - as always! My eternal companion takes wonderful care of me. He may forget to do the small chores without a little (or a lot) of prompting but, when it comes to taking care of me, he's the best!
Have a good weekend, Sweet Anita,

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Valentine's Day Anita Sweetie...
As usual, a beautiful heart felt post. I love the photo of Rueben, he is probably asking himself, "Now what is she up to? Does she have another project in mind that I don't know about? Do I run?" LOL

Love that pink barn too. Can you imagine?

Thank you for sharing sweet friend. You always have such a beautiful share, I so enjoy reading them.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Deborah said...

How true Anita!
It really is the little things that mean so much!
So sweet to see your sweetie!
We are blessed!

Deborah xooxoxoxo

Presépio no Canal said...

You moved me with this post! So tender, so beautiful, coming from the heart! I wish you and Ruben the most happiness in the world! You deserve it! Stay happy and well! :-) Mille Bisous!! xoxoxo

millefeuilles said...

I can feel tears in my eyes Anita. Your post is kind and gentle as usual but also has a strong message URGING us to show our loved one how we appreciate all his qualitites. It is true that my husband loves me for who I am. He is patient with my fabrics, yarn, etc scattered everywhere even on the ironing board. He holds my hand through all my dreams, hopes, and disappointments. He is so efficient. He is a wonderful father. Thank you so very much dearest Anita. I have read with my son (his birthday is the day after Valentine's Day) tonight and I marvel at him every day for ALL his gifts and capacities even if I do not always understand his love of cars and car lights!

I wish you a beautiful week Anita. Do you have time to create your fairytale oeuvres?



lostpastremembered said...

It is good to think of them, isn't it? We take so much for granted in our lives. Not the least of which is having someone to share a day with. My fella cleaned the kitchen for me since we're having a dinner party tomorrow... very sweet. You remind me to thank him better. Have a great VD!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Yes I believe in love and happy endings too Anita. I love all the beautiful images here today. I love sparkly chandeliers and those are so beautiful. I also love the Mother Theresa quote you have here. Wishing you a happy and blessed day.


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

You have shared such a beautiful post with all the gorgeous images. Love the chandeliers all the frills, and your beautiful studio.
Like you, I too am blessed with the most wonderful husband, who at this very moment is down cooking lunch for us. I am so lucky and have to pinch myself.
Hope that you and your sweetheart are having a wonderful weekend and a very romantic Valentine's day.

Love & hugs

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Can't say enough good things about my Prince Charming who treats me like a queen. Thank you for such a beautiful reminder of the "guys" in our lives who lift us up daily!

hi-d said...

Sweet post for a sweet holiday! Happy Valentine's Day, Anita!!!

I am so grateful for Rob's dedication to me and Maximus...for being such a great provider and a loving Husband and Father.

I am still recouping from this last week. I am finding that I REALLY need naps and if I don't get them, I am NOT myself. haha...That little Maximus keeps me on my toes. :)

I hope you have a restful weekend!

helen tilston said...

Dearest Anita

As always you are kind and considerate and your Valentine's message is one of being thankful and grateful. So many good men, behind the scenes, contribute to making the world a better place. Thank you for remembering. A very Happy Valentines Day to you and Ruben.
Helen xx

Ivy Clad said...

What a SWEET, sweet post! It reminded me of how a person's perception of romance can make a drastic change over time. I know it has for me. These days, a romantic gesture from my husband is putting the kids in bed so I can blog, or bringing breakfast home on Saturday morning (like he did today). And I think he feels that my saying a sincere "thank you" is being romantic back.

You're so right-on as usual. I hope your Valentine's day is the sweetest and the best with your Love!


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita, how beautiful to be thanking the men in our lives in this week of romance...Happy Valentines dearest...Dzintra xoxox

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Bonjour chere sweet Anita, have a peaceful and wonderful Sunday morning, Your post is brilliant as always. I'm feeling all romantic now :)
We still have ice, cold and snow on the ground so this afternoon I'm going out to play.
Happy hugs to YOU xoxoxoxo

The Dutchess said...

That's so beautiful...Ruben is a lucky man..:))))

Happy weekend dear friends..xoxo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Visiting with you again this morning for an extra hug and kisses on both your cheeks XXOXX

Sheryl McClure-Pitler said...

This touched me in an unexpectedly profound way. My husband,son, brother and father are the extraordinary men in my life, and I am grateful for every one.

scrapbookertink said...

My husband and darling son are my inspiration, hope you have a lovely valentines, you asked in another post about my dissertation it is for a BA(Hons)in Education! Take care, Doreen x

desde my ventana said...

Happy St Valentine's day to Ruben and you.

Hugs from a very cold Madrid


Sizzle and Zoom said...

What a precious, beautiful, sweet post!

La Petite Gallery said...

This was such a great post. That Chandelier was so pretty. I miss
my Hubby. LOve that man, It's never too late to remember either.
Happy Valentines, It's Renee's birthday too.


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Dear that you and Ruben regularly have a Beatles 'fix' does the world of good doesn't it...and the memories it brings back....oh boy~!!!!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Lovely sentiments as always found here. Happy Valentine's Day to you! I have your aqua heart wand in my studio. ox

Anonymous said...

a tutu!
how magnificent
and a most splendid
piece to wear during
those butterfly months!
sweet dreams!

Chris said...

Hi Anita, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

wendy said...

What a nice tribute to your hubby.
When I hear his name Rueben....
it reminds me of a song I knew as a child:
Rueben Rueben I've been thinking
What a grand life this would be
(and that's all I remember)
You guys make a beautiful couple.

wow...your studio is beautiful. You couldn't help create beautiful things in there.
(how do I get into your etsy shop??)

Lets see, what have the men in my life done for me??
my dad...set an example. Patience.
my brother...put up with my teasing and he married me and Mr. Gorgeous
my hubby...for waiting for me for 40 years and never giving up on our love
my sons...FOR ALLOWING ME the sacred privilege of being their mom.

happy valentines day.

Ivy Clad said...

Hi Anita!

I forgot to mention how dreamy your studio looks! It's beautiful enough for a magazine.

Thank you so much for sharing what you have done in your garden with arborvitaes at my place today. There is a beautiful home in my town where the owners did the same thing to fantastic affect. I feel your pain about the blast of arctic air. I woke this morning to wind chills of 5 degrees above 0. It appears that I have already lost one arborvitae and one 20' tall Leyland cypress this winter. The arborvitae is not part of a hedge, so it can be replaced without too much trouble, but that great big tall cypress almost makes me want to shed a tear! Together, we'll keep our fingers crossed for your hedge. I hope it holds out!

Thank you for alerting me the Garden of Marqueyssac. I did not know of it, but OH MY Goodness, how gorgeous! Now that I do, I will have some fun reading a researching!

Have yourself a wonderful week!


Christel Hutson said...

I am SO happy you and Tita are! What a blessing for both of you! Loved this post Anita, great picture of Ruben. XOXO Christel

Marie-Ange said...

Un Prince et une Etoile ...
Ton blog chère Anita a les couleurs de l'Amour ...
Bisous à vous deux et très belle Saint Valentin.

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

C'est ce quele poste magique! Tu es magnifique!!!
Whewwwwww! :) :)
Love you! xo

Anonymous said...

OMG that little boy with the curls is precious! xo

Barbara said...

Happy Valentine's Day to your and your honey, Anita!

(I'm mad for that pink barn!)

Kristin said...

Dear Anita, I so agree with you! It's so important to always think what I, myself, can do to bring good things into the marriage. What a wonderful post. I love the images you use and don't understand how you're able to find them all every week! That princess picture is so cute and a great example on how we all really want to feel! Hope you have a lovely day and week, Anita!!!

Kristin :)

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you's now just after midnight on the 13th...Have a beautiful day...Dzintra oxoxo

koralee said...

Sending you some Monday love my friend...xoxoxox

Marti McClure said...

Such a fabulous post! Happy Valentines Day Anita! ~Marti

ivana said...

I love the first sentences of celebrating everyday happiness. This is the most beautiful post about love that I came upon lately. You're really special!

annie said...

What an absolutely beautiful post and such lovely images. It's always nice to see something so positive! Thank you!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What a delightful post! How I miss reading your blog ... I really have to find a way to put more time into each day.

Happy Valentine's Day - have a lovely one!

George The Lad said...

Anita its me George ;)I had to beg mom to let me on the laptop so I could send you a valentines kiss across the pond XXXX
Mom and dad are like two peas in a pod, they don't show their love much, mom thinks its special when dad does the washing up :) so thanks for your lovely post, at least I know what it means. Me and Tess both know we are special to them.

Love,hugs and kisses from your fuzz face friend George xxxx

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Another beautiful post, Anita! And Happy Valentine's Day to you and chou chou!

YONKS said...

Anita, some wonderful thoughts here! I didn’t have to think too hard about what John has done for me for the past 23 years. He has stuck with me through thick and thin and, HE STILL LOVES ME!!! I am blessed :-)

victorian parlor II said...

Beautiful!!! It would take too long to list all the wonderful things my dear hubby does for me every day but fixing/building the things I desire is at the top of the list. Of course, the most recent gift is his agreeing to portray Rhett Butler as I dress as Scarlett for the film festival this weekend:).



Leslie said...

Gorgeous pictures!! The hands of our men {sigh} Valentine's Day is always a surprise. Maybe flowers? Lingerie? a little chocolate and sparkling wine - feeling the love after reading your post! Have fun tomorrow


Anonymous said...

happy, happy valentine's day
hope its splendidly grand
with your man! xoxo

Anonymous said...

oh and i LOVE that you
dress up and sparkle
and LOVE that the children

Velva said...

What did we do before Pinterest (smile). This was amazing.


Burlap Luxe said...

Never ending love story over here :)
Your hands that write profoundly inspiring beauty and love.

Anita thank you for your visit to my theatre giveaway, I could not help myself and took one of my more simple designs so to fit in with anyones style passing it on creating that gentle feeling you gave me when I was a visitor of your performance of Opera'

Thank you for your beautiful support and all that you have inspired in me!

Valentine Love! to you my sweet dear friend.


Burlap Luxe said...

PS. Come visit my Song 1 and skip to song 2, its a dreamy time to create is it not!

Happy Valentine


Sonja said...

So beautiful Anita.

Mine will never hang a chandelier, heaven forbid! I would rather he NEVER hangs a chandelier!!

BUT... I am so thankful for a man who loves me, day or night, no matter how I look. I am beautiful in his eyes.

Thank you for reminding us of what we already treasure.

And I KNOW Ruben is feeling extra blessed by these words! :)


hi-d said...

Thanks for stopping by the other day, Anita! I hope you have a fun day tomorrow. Do you have any Valentine's Day plans for the classroom?

Oh let's do another skype session sometime soon...when things slow down for you a bit. That sounds great!!!

Happy day!

georgia~gigi said...

Thank you Beautiful Anita Bonita for your friendship and love!
I hope you have a lovely lovely Valentines Day!!!
gi gi

Maria said...

Oooooo Love this post, Anita!
I'm burning the midnight oil finishing up my baking {of chocolate cuppie cakes} for tomorrow ♥
I just love the photo of the couple holding hands under the table... I'm still smiling!
your studio
and that dazzling ring set!

I'm going to sleep tonight with that cheery song in my heart ♥
Have a Sweet and very Happy St. Valentine's Day mon amie!

Elizabeth said...

Hello my dear,

Happy valentines day! I hope you have a fabulous day! Enjoy all of the love you receive today from you pupils, friends, family, pup and wonderful husband!

Xoxo Elizabeth

M.A.the2nd said...

Dearest Anita .... Happy Valentine's Day to you and Ruben! Such a beautiful post and all the images are just exquisite!!! Your sentiments for the men in our lives are so true and we are so lucky!!!!! Anita as always a fabulous post and I am off to check out your etsy site (finally!) I am so sorry but I have been so busy!!!! Love to you both

Veronica said...

Anita, what a gorgeous post! Love the header as well! Just enchanting like you and your writings!


Tiff said...

Happy Valentines Day dear Anita! Thank you for a short escape and some uplifting words... school is draining so much of my energy, I barely have time to think lately! Big hugs! X

Sandra van Doorn said...

Bonjour Anita! oh i love this post! i am all about living happily ever after!
xo sandra

michelle said...

Good morning dearest! Happy Valentines Day to you and yours! I hope your day is filled with hugs, kisses and much much love.
Thank you so much for your sweet visits, they fill my heart so.
Enjoy this day.

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello Beautiful,

Happy Valentine's Day to you and Ruben. May your day be filled with romance and sweetness. You make blogging so much fun!

Hugs and kisses!

~CC Catherine said...

Awe.....what an inspiring Valentine's Day post my precious French Influential friend... :) I definitely will put my plan of appreciation in gear now to make my Heart Shaped Scones for my own beloved.

THANKS for inspiring me, YET AGAIN!
Reuben has a gem in you, and you in HIM!
xoxo Be on the lookout for a teency little Valentine DREAM package for you today...hope it makes it in time!


Cynthia said...

Beautiful post!! I think that say it all.

Karena said...

One of my special brothers and his wife had me over on Sunday( I am still rehabbing). We sat looking out on the golf course, watched Water for Elephants, and had Steve's yummy, warming Steak Soup!

Happy Valentines Dearest Anita!

Art by Karena

BirgitW. said...

ma Chère,

Seulement deux mots aujourd`hui...

Happy Valentine

pour toi et ta famille

A bientôt ta Birgit l `allemande

Martina said...

Happy Valentines dearest Anita! Am sending lots of LOVE for you and Ruben, have the most lovely day! xx

Draffin Bears said...

Happy Valentine's day, dearest Anita.
Wishing you and Ruben a wonderful, romantic day, with much love.

Sending love & hugs

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy Valentine's Day my dear friend!!!
This evening, put on your pretty, then the dancing shoes, turn the music on and grab Ruben.. DANCE like there is no tomorrow...
Sending a BIG HUG your way..
Thank you for loving Bunny....

Red Rose Alley said...

I got my surprise this weekend. Nel brought it over on Sunday, and I opened the wrapping, and saw my beautiful gold bird box, and along with it a decorative soap. I LOVE IT!! Thank you so much. I am going to put it right on my desk, so I can see it throughout the day often. Happy Valentine's Day, Anita, and I hope you have a blessed day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Happy Valentine's Day Anita,

Wishing you a lovely evening of romance and love.


Sandra van Doorn said...

Oh Anita! bonjour, it’s me again... i was looking for your email but cannot find it on your blog ( am i blind?) i just wanted to send you THE useful link... on how to bring your little people to life!!!
it’s so easy, you’ll probably laugh! you do need photoshop though.

Send me a quick email
so i can write back to you :)
a bientot, sandra

koralee said...

Happy Valentine's day sweet friend. xoxox

hi-d said...

How was your Friendship Party? haha...I've never heard of that one before. Anyway...I hope it was fun!

Have a good rest of the week, Anita!

Jade said...

Thank you soooooo much for your visit here, my sweet friend, and having a cup of tea with me ;))!!! Have a wonderful day,

Hugs Jade

Jacqueline said...

He has provided laughter, the gut wrenching kind that clears the soul.

He has provided my milk and cookies and all food on the table for 24 years so far.

He has picked me up, hung up my clothes, nursed me back to wellness, bandage ugly wounds,loved me anyway and always.

He has forgiven me and showed me right from wrong.

He has played hard with me and played soft with me...

He said I do..and meant it, over and over and gave me second chances when I needed it most.

He has loved me, for reasons I'll never know.

In love,

koralee said...

Good morning friend...sending you love wishes for the day after was it a crazy red and pink, chocolate buzz, heart filled day at school yesterday...I still can't think straight.
It is your anniversary soon? Oh joy. xoxoxo hugs

"Create Beauty" said...


Thinking lovely thoughts of you today my dear!!!!

~ Violet

Patricia Cabrera said...

Nita, I know you can't go online during the day... don't fret, I will wait to hear from you later . i was wondering if we can meet this coming Sunday? Becca has games on Sat only.
i should be home after church.

love you!!!

momto8 said...

what lovely, beautiful [pictures!! the first one always makes me nervous...I have too many kids!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

DolceDreams said...

How I love this! Somehow I don't get emails when you post anymore? three men make me feel special every day!
Such a wonderful reminder of all that we have to be grateful for!

Jacqueline said...

What a gorgeous smile he has! I always tell my honey that he has no idea what it does to make my heart go pitter patter when he does some "honey dos" around the house so I loved this picture!

Mine wrote me a beautiful love note. I think that is one of my favorite things!

Hope you had a wonderful day for Valentine's Day!

C'est moi Claudette said...

Well my dear dear friend Anita.
I'm only a couple days late to wish you and Ruben a Happy VD, but to me this whole month is of LOVE. Not only are my boys the loves of my life, but Randy is the jewel in my Tiara. Why he puts me on that very tall pedestal all the time I'll never know. I need to put him there since he has been my rock, my soul mate, my true love for nearly 24 yrs. now.
We had a lovely day together, but my V. treat for him will be on Sat. There is a chef cook off from Montréal, Québec, and Ottawa competing for a titile during the day in our village, then the chefs make us a five course meal, wine included ; ) My cousins are coming too. I've never been, but I know Randy will get a kick out of watching the chefs create and cook before our eyes. We are also going to Nordic Spa. Not too far from here. Outdoor hot pools, massages, wine and appetizers. I'll feel like I'm in another world. Looking forward to that one on Sunday.
Visited with Sister Lolotte yesterday to celebrate VD. We had CC's special tea she sent Sister and some chocolates. It was a feast of Beaver Tails for all the nuns at the convent. They had chocolate all over the place, just like giddy children. Beaver tails is a type of pastry that is fried into a flat pancake type. You top it with cinnamon and sugar and lemon or Nutella and fresh fruit. Yummy. We call it WInterlude the last 3 weeks of Feb. We skate on the longest skating rink in the world. Remember I blogged about a while ago? Anyway it was a wonderful day with Sister and my sister Debbie. It was Julie's birthday yesterday. She turned 50!!! Oh to be 50 again. I think that was by best year. 56 this March already ouch!!
Well Randy and Colt just arrived. Time for a little steak and salad with a glass of wine for Randy.
Lovely post for a sweet Valentine Anita. I know Ruben adores you... it shows.
Sending you moon beans and sunshine my friend.
Love you
Love me

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...


chateaudelille said...

Dearest Anita, sorry I havent been over recently. School is crazy busy and I struggling to come up for air. I have a very demanding class with lots of challenges but I cant wait to show them your blog and the gorgeous french story you told last year. Loved the french decor pics you showed. Had to keep some of those. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.Cheerio, Fiona

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
I just read {on Koralee's comments} that you taught Science EN FRANCAIS to post-Valentine's Day sugar'ed
You receive an honorary medal for "teaching in the moment!"
and Bravery!
Happy Weekend dear ♥

Stacey said...

I am so late to join in, but a beautiful message of love that goes far beyond just one day! Your words are always like a magic potion. Thank you darling for this decadent post. Tomorrow is Friday, yayy!!:-). XX

Fashion-isha said...

This is like the best bog post ever! I am in total love and awe. This is beyond words in every way! And I love your new header!!

Have an amazing weekend!

koralee said...

Evening sweet is now the weekend for me..we get tomorrow off as we have had a busy few days with student conferences I get an extra long weekend. Enjoy your Friday...I love that always feels so good to know that soon you will have a few days to regenerate! xoxoxoxo

A Magical Whimsy said...

Dearest Anita
Just stopping by to say hello, was thinking of you and haven't even posted a new post on my own blog for a week! I had a sinus cold which was not much fun, but I am on the mend and hope to go see 'The Woman in Black' with my sister on Saturday...Gothic sinister ghost story with Daniel Radcliffe. I hope I don't freak out! My twenty-one year old son said he went to see it (he's down in Los Angeles going to college) anyway he said it IS very scary, and even had to cover his eyes in one of the scary parts!
Maybe I'll get some ideas for Victorian dolls from the vintage clothing in the movie. I probably will dream of ghosts after I see it! Ha!
Sweet dreams~

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Good evening dearest!
Thank you for visiting.. You always leave me with a smile!
I just love this post...

Patricia Cabrera said...

forgot to mention ... love how you closed the post!*grin*

yes, yes, i am looking forward to Sunday... lets see if will work out this time.

nita, come see my pottery video , is the one before the last post you left me a note.

June said...

A beautiful post of love dearest Anita! I have now been married for 39 years and to me it has been happily ever after almost everyday. I fell blessed too.
Hugs from me...

Dawne Boynton Polis said...

It's Friday night, so I'm just hangin' around, waiting for a new post... I think I'll go sit in your studio, on that fab white setteeee under the canopeee...

STORIES Photography said...

I love you your blog. I'll be back for more. Have a blessed Saturday.

Gem said...

This is such a wonderful devoted post Anita - you truly have a way with words and I do love the photos you illustrate your prose with.
Much love
x x x x