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REALLY? Doctor Valentine Day


Don’t get me wrong, and I hope you won’t think poorly of me.  I know the doctor’s perspective is the right one, but sometimes you have to laugh.  And then reorient your thinking.

Case in point:  Recently we had a lovely Valentine’s dinner.  The good doctor took me to a chic restaurant nestled in a perfect spot.  We were able to enjoy seeing lights reflect off the river flowing beautifully by.  And we enjoyed a bit of time alone together, enjoying each other’s company in a rather elegant setting.  As we were leaving this picture perfect occasion, my doctor husband looked at me, as he took my arm lovingly.  I gazed tenderly up at him, expecting some profound words about our love and our years together.  He said:  “It’s really good to be able to see and walk.”  REALLY?!!?  Where did that come from?  Am I THAT old?! 

It’s good to be able to laugh at these things.  He then went on to elaborate about how he sees so many people struggling with health issues; that he realizes how fortunate we are to have good health.  It’s never far from him, because of his profession. 

Another example:  My husband sees so many terrible accidents in the Emergency Room so his perspective is correctly based upon safety first at all times, especially with his family.  No one has ever left our house without his words of caution:  Be careful, be careful,  be careful.  How can that be wrong or  funny?    Oh, but it can!  One time he called out after our children as they went outside to swing, “BE CAREFUL!”  The girls protested, “Daaaaaad, we are just outide the door on this slow moving swing.  There’s nothing to worry about!”    Not to be outdone, he responded with, “WATCH OUT FOR…uh,  MOSQUITOS!”    We’ve laughed about that for years.

But he is right, really.   Being careful  goes  right along with not taking good health for granted.  Accidents can take that away.  And each day, many people get that bad report that takes their well-being away.  As a doctor, he sees this daily, and that’s why  he has the outlook that he does.  And really, he is on to something.   

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Spring is not far…how did that random thought fit in?  It does:   We are experiencing some wonderful weather here and there,   sandwiched in between the last days of winter.  Enjoy these days!  Take the time to stop, look around at the beauty  and take pleasure in the blessings around us.  And remember, “Be careful,” and “it’s really good to be able to be able to see and walk.” 


One fine day, a friend unexpectedly dropped by with these cookies and a lovely planter filled with pansies as a birthday gift….a gift of love! I’ve never forgotten that happy day! And, I’ve enjoyed these each year at valentines. They make a nice big cookie that can be iced.

Beat together: one cup oil, 2 sticks butter, one cup sugar, one cup XXXX confectioners sugar, 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract, one tablespoon almond extract Add 2 eggs

Gradually add 5 cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar.

Wrap the dough (or keep in the bowl and cover the bowl with tinfoil) and refrigerate overnight.

Roll out to about 1/4″ (or a little thicker?) and cut with desired cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350 for 6-10 minutes. Watch them carefully and remove as soon as they begin to brown.

Cool.  Eat any cookies that are imperfect or too brown.

Unfrosted, these cookies are good with coffee and adults seem to love them, as they are not too sweet.

For valentines, I frost mine with Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting that I tint with red food coloring.