Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Vows

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
-Charles M. Schulz

No, it doesn't. Hurt, that is. In fact, chocolate actually helps to alleviate pain. And, in my case, all kinds of pain. You name it: knee pain (from fighting over the last piece in the house), headache (more like migranes, from mulling over the stuff!), toothache (let's face it: if you have a sweet tooth, salt just doesn't cut it), heck, even imagined pain (cravings are real; don't let anyone tell you otherwise!). But, the hardest pain to endure is that of the heart, which pounds and pangs over unrequited love, or agonizes and aches because of a break up, whether it be sudden or anticipated. In any event, chocolate is there to soothe your sadness, sending merry messages to your mind and feel-good pheromones to your being! So, do not despair; this cocoa concoction is really all you need. But a little love now and then doesn't hurt either (haha).

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

And two beds. I'm no rocket scientist, but, the latest love stats claim that even some soulmates choose to snooze solo.  Apparently, 25 percent of American couples are saying, 'So long and sweet dreams' in the hallway, and heading to different bedrooms for a night of uninterrupted sleep.  Several suspects accused in the stealing of slumber include nasty noises like the roaring of snoring, tactile traumas, consisting of cold feet and kicking, while disturbances due to hot flashes and night sweats exhaust even the heaviest of nocturnal nemeses. Peace and quiet, covers that stay put, and  no tantrums over temps, lead to lullaby luxury, when the only thing inhabiting one's body is rest! Relaxing, revitalizing, replenishing, rest. Thus, back to our equation: 2 separate sleeping souls = 1 very happy close couple!

Age does not protect you from love. 
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
-Anais Nin

It's so true. When you are in love, love and are loved, even if it's platonic love, or sibling love, you feel alive! All your senses are finely tuned, even heightened, so that the world, in general, is a bright, blissful and beautiful place to be. Isn't that how children see the world? It's a joyful and inspiring playground, so much to discover and share. There is definitely a pinch  of childhood innocence and a dash of whimsy inherent in the ingredients of love. Have you taken (and given) your daily dose of this wonder drug today? Careful, it must be taken every day for the best results! So, give your loved one a hug, kiss your sweetie hello, and before you know it, you'll be young forever!

Happy Valentine's Day!




  1. What a beautiful post about the power of love! (and chocolate!) Have a great Valentine's Day!

  2. Wow!!! I did not know chocolate healed all that! That is amazing!! Now, when I ask my husband to bring home chocolate Ill say " its for my menstrual pain". ha ha.. Loved this post!! it is true about feeling Alive!!! Have a great day Poppy! Have I told you how I love your name? and if I ever, If I am blessed with a baby that will be her name! Have a beautiful day filled with love! XoXo Marissa

  3. I love that and it's so nice to know chocolate is so wonderful.
    Thank you for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  4. Happy Valentine's Day! I love the picture of the swans. I am not crazy about chocolate, but I am three weeks out of surgery to repair a nasty break to my wrist. I need a little natural pain medication! I am sharing vintage Valentine's Day cards today. Stop by for a visit!
    Many blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  5. interesting stats on the sleeping arrangements...I have never heard that before. i think in the 29 yrs I was married I spent a total of 10 nights without my husband next to me....maybe it's all the chocolate we eat .
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    happy Valentines day!

  6. Happy Valentine's my sweet friend!
    I love visiting you and your lovely blog. What fascinating statistics about love and marriage. I, especially, like the one about chocolate. This Valentines I made my hubby a batch of velvety chocolate fudge. It turned out delicious and creamy.
    Blessings and fond friendship to you on this sweetest of days,
    Carolynn xoxo

  7. At last I found time to read this beautiful and inspirational post. I love chocolates, and anything that has chocolate in it (unfortunately for my weight.) Loved all pictures, and I especially agree with the peaceful slumber reference. When young, we put up with our spouses' various, shall we say euphemistically, melodious and scented offerings. But as we become older, and more cantankerous, we eschew them for the sake of a peaceful life. Parting at night is no longer a sweet sorrow, but a welcomed happiness - on the odd occasion;) Bravo on a well-written, thoughtful post.
    Lots of love,
    Maria xoxoxoxox

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  9. Such great topics for Valentine's Day! (Or anytime!) Loved the way you wrote this post, Poppy (as I do all of your posts). I would have sweet solo sleep at night except the kitties insist on cuddling to keep warm! When the temps get warm again, they won't want to sleep on the bed. They are sweet, though. I also love chocolate, although I have to watch my sugar and caffeine. But I do have a little just about every day! Enjoy your week, Bess

  10. ha! loving the chocolate paragraph!

    m ^..^

  11. I'm drinking hot chocolate as I read your post! I love chocolate! I love all your observations on love, chocolate, and sleeping arrangements. The truth is, I may, just may, sleep better when my husband is away. He's 6 ft. 4 in. and I'm 5 ft. 9 in. and we sleep in Queen size bed. We really need a king. But we don't have the space for it. So, I struggle. I love nothing more than cuddling my husband in bed. But sleeping? Not always as sweet!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  12. To quote the Beatles: All you need is love, love! Love is all you need!! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's! I'm sorry for being so late, Poppy. Catching up on life after being sick for a week :( Actually enjoying a cup of hot chocolate while reading your post :)


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