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       Another Valentines Day has come and gone. Wanting to make the most of it……I did a little “after holiday” shopping. Maybe I got a little carried away, or maybe the “Mad Cow” was in full swing…..either way, I made a haul. I love to go “after holiday” shopping because everything is dirt cheap. I always come home and show the family what great deals I found and proclaim to them……”This was a steal!” They roll their eyes and shake their heads….Mother, Mother, what are you going to do next.       078.jpg            Yes, this is all mine. Well, I share with the family……sometimes. When I do this kind of shopping, I always tell myself…..”Man, I hope I don’t see anyone I know. They’ll think I’ve lost my mind.” Almost inevitably, I see a familiar face. What can I say when I’m caught red-handed hoarding sale items?! Something like this……Uh, I milk cows for a living…..this is what it takes to survive. Don’t judge me……That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!    069.jpg      The rules never apply on special days. They go flying out the window. It’s a “free day”……live it up. All the cookies you want, extra large iced coffee, and plenty of bright flowers. By the end of the day I’m pretty much “jacked up” on sugar and caffeine. I can always “detox” later. Don’t take life too seriously. Right?!    071.jpg       Farmer Brown bought me some beautiful roses. Ahhh….look at all the bright colors! That’s exactly what a milkmaid needs in the dead of winter….color.   060.jpg         I looked everywhere for this special “heart” and finally decided this is as good as it gets. So, I hope your Valentines Day was full of brightness, and lots of chocolate, or whatever your specialty is. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get.” One of my favorite lines………………………..Carol