It’s Not All Mary Poppins

We’re really pretty domestic, he and me

This is what I gave my sweetie for Valentine’s Day:

Because he does most of the cooking, and I truly, truly appreciate it. He loooooves chocolate, and has earned himself a bunch. Some luscious rich, dark chocolate will accompany the potholder. “Will”, because I didn’t get that far. (I’m domestic; I’m just not organized.)

Well, and getting the chocolate would mean GOING OUTSIDE in the FREEZING COLD, too. I’m disorganized and cold-phobic. He’ll get his chocolate when it warms up a bit. Like, April. Or maybe June.

And this is what he game me:

Which is very sweet, but also sheerest self-defense. Because it’s the feet, isn’t it? Always with the frozen female feet in the marital bed. I’m cold-phobic because once I get that way, I STAY that way. Brr, brr, brr. I hate my frozen feet as much as he does: and my feet, they are VERY happy with their toasty new friend.

But harken unto the heart-shaped hot water bottle. Isn’t that so sweet? It’s practical, it’s self-defense, AND it’s romantic.

We don’t do too badly around here with the simple-but-meaningful tokens of love and affection.

February 14, 2008 - Posted by | holidays


  1. Clever you! I love the water bottle. So thoughtful and practical. Your blog is awesome!

    Thank you.

    Comment by Allison | February 15, 2008 | Reply

  2. My wife has cold feet too, but if I whipped that out on Valentines Day I wouldn’t have had to worry about her cold feet because I’d have been sleeping on the couch! lol

    Glad you liked it though. 🙂

    She prefers her romance in the conventional packages, does she? Well, I guess it makes shopping pretty simple.

    Comment by Childsplayx2 | February 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi – have just come across your site. I’m Scott from – we are an online interactive forum for fathers based in New Zealand.

    I was wondering whether you might be interested in a link exchange or posting a monthly summary of father related issues from our blog.

    Please reply to

    Thanks Scott

    Comment by Scott Lancaster | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  4. What thoughtful simple gifts. My sweetie and I just exchanged cards this year as we’re having a getaway for his birthday.
    Hope it was wonderful and that he enjoys his chocolate!

    He got dark-chocolate covered cherries — real ones, not glow-in-the-dark maraschino — and some classy truffles. He’s happy. I love “thoughtful simple”. I figure if a gift is rote, it had better be big; as long as it’s thoughtful, the size doesn’t mattter.

    Comment by Dani | February 19, 2008 | Reply

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