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WW: Every Day Can Be Valentine’s Day

May you live this quote every day.

I believe you can make your better half feel special on any given day and turn it in Valentine’s Day.

Rithvik Dhanjani

Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/valentines-day-quotes

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Is Valentine’s Day Cheesy?



A lot of people either don’t or reluctantly celebrate Valentine’s Day because to them it is a cheesy made up Hallmark day. It’s just another excuse for companies to get their grubby hands on your hard earned money.

Do I think Valentine’s Day is cheesy? No.


Life get’s busy and while we should celebrate Valentine’s Day every day, we don’t. So once a year we get a reminder to express love to our family and friends. Cherish Valentine’s Day because next year, some of the people you love may not be here.

You will wish they were here even on a day you consider cheesy.

Happy Valentine’s Day. 

Love Always, 





Rommie & Michele’s Backyard “Snowfari” Adventure

Happy Valentines Day! 

Mom tried to write a post for today but did not like it. So when she went to bed, I hacked the computer again. (If you are a new reader, this is not the first time I’ve hacked Mom’s computer and it will not be the last either.) Today seemed like a good day to share our “snowfari” adventure.

A week ago, Mom found Grandpa Q’s yardstick and decided to go measure the snow in my backyard. (She thinks it’s her backyard.)


Your eyes do not deceive you, that is 14 inches. Do you know what it is like to turn around 3 times in order to do your business in 14 inches of snow? Mom helped me by flattening out a spot. (I am grateful we only got 14 inches as I understand my doggie buddies on the East Coast got a lot more.)

This is a picture of the path I wore down in the snow. I stick only to this path and do not venture off into the deep snow unless I see squirrels and kitties roaming the woods.

Rommie's Path

Rommie’s Path

Here I am standing at the end of the path watching for any squirrels or kitties.


Speaking of flattening out the snow. Mom took a picture of her boot print and then…

fell backward landing on her butt, thus flattening out another spot.     😉

She rolled over on her knees and got up on her feet while making sure she did not drop the camera. Since she had no plans to stay out in the snow after measuring it, she wore only jeans; with no insulation underneath them she was quite Frozen .

All was not lost, as she managed to get this pretty picture of the woods before going back inside and wrapping up in blankets. We took a nap for about 1 1/2 hours until Mom warmed up.


That’s all for now. Mom and I wish everyone a joy-filled, tail-wagging good Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love, Hugs, and Sloppy Wet Kisses,

Rommie and her Mommy.

Valentine’s Day: The Elephant In The Room This Week

Let’s just name and claim the elephant in the room this week –


Valentines Day. 

A rough day for those fresh in their grief.

For the rest of us it can still be rough if ambushed by the grief monster.

I no longer have a rough time with Valentine’s day because I decided years ago to stay home away from all the festivities, as this lessens the chances of an ambush. Would I stay home if I were dating? No, not unless I was cooking a romantic dinner for two.

Wherever you are at in your grief the best thing to do to get through Valentine’s Day is to make a plan.

Do only what you feel up to doing.

If people want to take you out to lunch see if that can be done on Friday or Sunday and avoid the chaotic restaurants on Saturday.

May Valentine’s Day be filled with joy even in the midst of your grief. Sometimes the anticipation of a holiday is worse than the holiday itself.

Here is a video I got in my email yesterday. May it be of comfort to you this week and always.


“Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t cure.”

Do You Really Want To Be A Significant Other?

In this politically correct world of ours there are numerous “terms of endearment” used by couples when introducing each other.

Some of the terms are:

  • Partner
  • Significant Other
  • Special lady friend
  • Special man friend
  • Special woman friend
  • Special gentleman friend

Gone are the days of boyfriend and girlfriend.  All this in the name of political correctness and so old people who are dating have a “grown up” term to call each other.  Gag!

While all of the above I find ridiculous there is one which is my pet peeve.

Pet Peeve

My pet peeve of the terms is “significant other.”

Other is the noun and significant is the adjective.

That is my aspiration in life – to be an “other” to someone else.  It is rude and condescending to call someone an “other.”

I would rather hear people who are dating introduce each other as “lover” instead of significant other.

Lover implies action for at least one of two reasons, although in today’s society both usually apply:

Before Widowhood

Yes, before I became a widow I thought nothing about the phrase “significant other” but upon becoming a widow, I started to see differently most aspects of life and relationships.

I’ve always been known as one who sees issues from different angles and viewpoints, widowhood just enhanced this skill.

February 14th

So as you celebrate Valentine’s Day one month from today, ask yourself “Do I really want to be a significant other?” and/or “Shouldn’t I be referring to the person I’m dating as something besides an “other?”

A Picture Of Coming Attractions

Instead of a post about grief or job searching, I thought I would give you a preview of what is coming on this blog.


Playtime Makes Me Smile



Tuesday February 14th, 2012 – Valentine’s Day

No “mooshie, mooshie” post about a hot date or other sordid adventures.  Instead – it is time once again for a Slideshow!  It has been at least 7 or 8 months since I put together a slideshow, so I figured it is about time.  It is my Valentine’s Day present to you.  It will have you waggin’ your tail.  😉

Check out the “Welcome To The (Slide) Show” page for the other ones I have published.


Starting 2/22 there will be scripture verses for the Lenten season and starting March 1st there will be 17 days of Irish Blessing/Proverbs in addition to the scripture verses.


The 27th – the 29th, I will touch upon some things from Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  This book is everything I hoped.  It is a must read in order to gain a better understanding and appreciation for us introverts.

Well those are just a few things I have planned, please stick around because you never know what else I might throw at you  😉


Have a wonderful weekend and remember:

“If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”

Charlie Parker

So live it with joy today and always!

Valentine’s Day Playlist For Widows

Well, this coming Tuesday is Valentines Day – another couples day and another reminder that I am not part of a couple.  So I will limit my exposure as much as possible to Valentine’s Day related stuff.

If you are part of a couple I pray you appreciate the relationship whether it is dating, engaged or married.

So to the rest of us widows, here is a playlist I came up with just by scanning through the music on my computer.  It is designed to keep you movin’ and groovin’ today.  No “mooshie, mooshie”  (link to classic “Barney Miller”) stuff here.  I publish this now so you have time to compile your list before Tuesday is here.

Michele’s Playlist:

  • “Turn the Radio Up” – Barry Manilow
  • “Daybreak” – Barry Manilow
  • “They Dance!” – Barry Manilow
  • “She’s a Star” – Barry Manilow
  • “You Should Be Dancing” – BeeGees
  • “Nights on Broadway” – BeeGees
  • “MacArthur Park” – Donna Summer
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “No More Tears  (Enough is Enough)” Barbara Streisand/Donna summer
  • “That’s The Way I Like It” – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • “Conga” – Miami Sound Machine
  • “Take the “A” Train” – Duke Ellington
  • “Steamroller Blues” – Elvis Presley – (Had to sneak in my theme song for 2012)
  • “I Got A Feelin’ In My Body” – Elvis Presley
  • “Promised Land” – Elvis Presley
  • “Hawaii Five-O”  – The Ventures
  • “Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry