Friday, February 14, 2020

Celebrations of Love by @BonnieEdwards #RomanceGems

Again, as I write this, I'm preparing for a trip to sunny Portugal where Valentine's Day is not celebrated in the same way as it is in North America.

While running errands surrounding our trip my husband disappeared in the mall. Not a surprise, plenty of men do this, particularly when -ahem- the wife decides she must check out the store with 70% off. By the time I came out of the store with a new camisole and leggings he'd gone on some mysterious quest of his own.

I found him in the card section of a store. You see, he won't be able to buy me a Valentine's card when we're away. Portuguese men are not nearly as well-trained on this celebration as North American men. A lack, I think, of foresight from the women in Portugal.

In fact, the only thing we'll be able to do to celebrate Valentine's Day (in public, anyway) is go out for dinner. Why? Because the restaurants have embraced the day reserved for love and lovers while card makers and touristy stores have not.

It's even difficult to find birthday cards! And wouldn't you know it, my birthday falls shortly before Valentine's Day.

So he had to find not one, but two cards that show his undying love and support of me: the wife.

Be aware please that I did not prod him to go card hunting before our trip. He wants to avoid all the tramping around from store to store he did last year. He's learned that if he wants the romance to continue, he needs to plan ahead.

Good man. Well trained. Is yours?

A quick update on my year's plan (posted last month): I'm working on adding words to Christmas to the Max! This is the Christmas story that I’ve set in Welcome, WA.

DH is a late sleeper and I'm an early riser so those couple of hours are all mine to write, after I do my short morning yoga practice.

If you enjoy a good second chance romance and feel like grabbing a bargain (who doesn’t?) you might check out my story Whole Lot o’ Love This is a book about a woman with a new start and an old love...and another old love... and it’s only 99 pennies.

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20 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Bonnie. Now I know if we travel to be prepared for today's holiday before the trip. Thanks for the book sale! May you be treated to many.

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    1. Thanks Nora. I had to write 3 blogs before leaving...the last will need pictures...

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  2. Mine is better about cards than I am. That being said, Valentine's Day is never a biggie for us, although we often go out (we are this year--to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater production; alway fun). Happy Valentine's, Gems!

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    1. I’m too sick to go out tonight...he’s off to get a rotisserie chicken from the store. Now, that’s love...

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  3. LOL I liked your comment asking if our husbands are well trained. Someone once expressed shock when I casually mentioned how old Karl and I were when we married. I told them I knew it would take me this long to train him. We're working on 51 years this August. He fixed breakfast for me yesterday and then dinner last night and he wouldn't let me help. We usually cook together, though. This morning, I fixed his fav's for breakfast.

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  4. This time around, I was determined to find a romantic guy. My on-line ad said I was looking for a romantic alpha male. That scared off all the wimps (don't waste my time). He fit the bill and never fails to surpass my wishes and dreams for a mate. Enjoy your trip, Bonnie. Nipping over to grab your book to read on my vacay next month.

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  5. enjoy the read Kathleen and thanks for the support!

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  6. Belated Happy Birthday and an on-time Happy Valentine's Day. I'm sure you can at least get chocolates in sunny Portugal!

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  7. I'm off to get a copy of your book! Love your stories!

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  8. Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy your trip!

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  9. Enjoy your trip and Happy Valentine's Day! 💖

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  10. Happy Valentine's Day, Bonnie. I envy your trip. I love travel but we're pretty well locked into being homebodies. I enjoy that, too, though. Have fun.

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    1. Thank you Caroline. We’re making up for years when we couldn’t travel so i get the “homebodies”.

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  11. Happy belated birthday and Valentine's Day, Bonnie! Portugal is lovely. Have a wonderful holiday with your sweet hubby!

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