By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
While January may have seemed a month of economic blues, as well as winter blahs, we’re now entering February, the month of red and roses. We need to warm up.
But, the economy isn’t cooperating, and many people are watching their cash flow. Some are scaling back on entertainment and travel, while others are clipping coupons and watching for specials.
It seems a good time, then, to revisit those “good old days,” when Valentine’s Day meant stickers on a heart-shaped doily, heart-shaped cookies and homemade presents.
Some of the suggestions for a budget-friendly Valentine’s Day listed in this story aren’t homemade, but they can mean as much: after all, it’s the thought that counts.
A parent’s favorite gift from a child can be a coupon book. Each coupon is created by a child, with ideas such as “good for a kiss,” “good for one dishwashing,” “good for one walk the dog,” etc.
Prior’s and Sew Forth has a large selection of Valentine fabric. You can make a set of napkins for your table, which can then be used year after year. Prior’s also sells fat quarters for a nominal price, which the quilters in your family love.
Not everyone loves to eat, but most people appreciate homemade cookies, cupcakes and cakes. See “Recipes for Life” in next week’s paper for Valentine recipes. These goodies are always enjoyed by neighbors, folks at the assisted living and nursing homes, and by those who no longer bake at home.
Area restaurants offer lunchtime or dinnertime specials, which are reasonably priced. Many of Imperial’s restaurants and the community center will be open Feb. 14 for special meals.
If you think ahead, pick up a bouquet of flowers for $5 at The Added Touch on Friday. They’re open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Of course, breakfast in bed is always appreciated by parents, if the kids don’t get too carried away with the syrup on the pancakes. Use a cookie cutter to shape pancakes into hearts, either after baking the pancakes, or by pouring the batter into the center of the buttered cutter.
A rented movie and a bowl of popcorn may be the perfect way to end a Sunday Valentine’s Day. Some popular romance movies are “27 Dresses,” “Bridges of Madison County,” “Casablanca,” “License to Wed,” “The Notebook,” “Roman Holiday,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Steve’s Video is open from 1-8 p.m. on Sundays. Kwik Stop, open 24 hours, also rents movies.
A car wash would be a great Valentine’s Day present to someone who either doesn’t have the time to scrape the mud off the vehicle, or for someone who isn’t able to get about much.
Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, perhaps a donation in memory of a loved one or in honor of that special person may be made at church.
And to all of those late shoppers, please note that most retailers are closed on Sunday. Planning ahead is a good idea this year.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our own troubles and worries that we begin to take for granted the people in our lives. Here are a few simple tips you can use to ensure that your friends, colleagues and loved ones know just how much they mean to you.
- NAG-FREE MONDAYS. Let’s start the work week out right. No sniping and no griping on this day of the week.
- HEAR THEM OUT. Devote a week of uninterrupted listening to a loved one.
- PRAISE THEIR GOOD QUALITIES. Find something positive to compliment your spouse on every day for a month.
- BACK THEM UP. Give your unconditional love and support to a friend for one week.
- TRY LOVING KINDNESS. Act on all the loving thoughts that come your way.
- HONESTY, HONESTLY. Can you go a week without bending the truth? Try it, you just might like this more authentic way of communicating.