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Speaking of affairs of the heart, today is as good a day as any to ask yourself if you're taking care of your heart. I don't mean in the romantic way, but in the healthful way. Eat your vegetables, eat some fruit, eat whole grains*, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and lean protein. Then get moving! If you don't have a regular exercise routine in your life.. GET ONE. No more excuses.. love yourself and just do it!
*Choose whole grains in their whole forms whenever possible to keep the GI or glycemic index low. Include grains such as quinoa, oats, farro (spelt), barley, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, wild rice, brown rice and corn in your regular diet. I'm working on this myself. :)
Okay, lecture over.
Today is a rosy kind of day in our home. My husband gave me a beautiful bouquet of a dozen red roses this morning and is surprising me with a special dinner out tonight. Aww so sweet.
After he and the girls left the house for work and school, I started to put the roses in a vase.. when they all started falling apart! The rose petals were literally falling off the stems with the slightest touch. I tried my best not to handle them so much, but alas, two roses were destroyed and the rest were more like rosebuds at that point. I thought about calling my husband to let him know, but I didn't want him to feel bad about it and buy me new ones!
So I made the best of this gift of love that was falling apart at the seams. I arranged what I could in the vase and scattered some of the rose petals on the table.
I put some rose petals on the window sill in the kitchen.
I scattered more petals in the foyer...
...and up the stairs.
marking a path of rose petals to my daughters' rooms.
.. And a few leading to the master bedroom...
.. to our bed. Ooo la la!
I think these rose petals made our home more beautiful and full of love than if the roses had remained intact!
Then I started thinking how these rose petals tell good lessons about love.
Love is delicate.
Handle love with care.
If the love you're in starts to fall apart or change shape, don't rush to discard it.
Work with it.. compromise..
Find beauty and joy in what you've got.
Be creative. Have fun. Love your partner as best you can.
Happy Valentine's Day. xo