Welcome to this weeks Saturday Snippets…in many ways, my favourite post of the week as I can indulge my whimsy…The healthy eating is..it is…starting slowly……My exercise routine has kicked up a notch…I have walked 10,000 plus steps each day for 3 days on the bounce and my lazy mutt aka Saangchai has finally got his butt into gear… he lapped me last night and this morning he was waiting so I had to do 2 laps before he was happy then get him back inside the gate and then set off on my walk …as he normally walks off the lead that is fine in safe places but I would not trust taking him off lead when I walk to the market etc and he doesn’t like the lead too much …that wouldn’t work for me or him but laps around where we live in the early evening is a great exercise for him as well…I have cut his rice down so hopefully, he will lose some of the excess fat…My total steps on my morning walk were 4327(3.12)km…hopefully with my late afternoon and early evening walks it will be 4 days on the bounce…
My sunshine breakfast today was live natural yoghurt, coconut meat, passionfruit and a satsuma with coconut water to drink…I need that after my walk…it was lovely and refreshing…
February is National Chocolate lovers month which is quite apt as we have Valentines Day on the 14th, tomorrow actually and that is synonymous with chocolate and roses…I do hope you boys have got something nice for your other half…Just saying! x
Valentines ...there are so many tales both true and false…During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the thought that it should also be a day for romance.
The English poet Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to record St. Valentine’s Day as a day of romantic celebration in his 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules,” writing, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”
The tradition of giving Valentine’s Day flowers dates back to the late 17th century, during the reign of King Charles II of Sweden. During a trip to Persia, King Charles II was exposed to a new art—the language of flowers. This expressionist art focused on one’s ability to communicate using flowers without uttering any words at all.
The red rose, as you may have guessed, translated to deep love.
The rose took on this meaning because of its affiliation with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. In Greek mythology, it is said that rose bushes grew from the ground through Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis. The Romans, who turned Aphrodite into their goddess Venus, kept the rose as her symbol of love and beauty. So when Valentine’s Day became the mainstream holiday as we know it today, the rose was an obvious choice for the most fitting gift.
Let’s have some Music…
There have been many songs associated with Valentines some great and some for me cringeworthy…Here are just a few…with Perfect and Bleeding Love being my cringeworthy ones…
- “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran.
- “All of Me” – John Legend.
- “Just The Way You Are” – Bruno Mars.
- “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele / Bob Dylan.
- “Stay” – Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko.
- “Come Away With Me” – Norah Jones.
- “Gravity” – Sara Bareilles.
- “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis.
Did you know that on this day…in 1982 Pink Floyd’s album “Dark Side of the Moon” marks 402 weeks in the album charts? This is a fabulous track from that album…
What are you cooking for a valentines dinner? Don’t want to cook? Do you really want to treat the love of your life and have 61,000 dollars to spare…
Or pennies tight? But you still want to impress? Still, quarantined? …
Such a cute dog…I also know which one I would prefer…
Yesterday was the Lunar New Year Day it is also the Year of the Ox…none of the bright cheerful celebrations here just some fireworks… very muted because of the Covid…But what does the year of the Ox signify…The Ox, in Chinese culture, is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, this year the world will get moving again in the second half of the year.
Many people take this 60-year calendar very seriously and believe each persons own birth sign will be affected differently by the year’s heavenly stems and earthly branches.
Which means the calendar plays an important role in making life decisions for the year ahead like marriage or starting a business.
Followers believe that for each of the Chineses zodiac signs that luck will depend largely on the position of the Tai Sui…the stars directly opposite Jupiter.
Hence if your zodiac sign clashes with Tai Sui in a particular year you may find yourself dealing with disruptions. For people born in the Year of the Ox, there will be more changes and instability in general.
This lunar festival lasts 15 days the highlight comes on the last day (February 26). In ancient Chinese society, it was the day when young girls could go out to admire lanterns and meet boys. Thus, it’s also been dubbed Chinese Valentine’s Day.
There are however and for those of you who don’t live in China, you can breathe a sigh of relief…There are 6 Valentines days in China per year…this is one of them the Qixi Festival…
Thank you for popping in today I hope you have enjoyed Saturday Snippets …as always I look forward to your comments as you all know I love to chat…Thanx Carol xx