Today, I wish you flowers and joy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
If you plan to celebrate, share you plans with us!


  1. Happy Valentines day to you ………..
    I made a card with my swish *new to me software* which I have shared on my blog today.
    I am going to be cooked my first ever meal tonight – the full works …………. I am rather looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚
    This will be the first time my beloved has attempted anything beyond beans on toast – except for BBQ’s which he is ( being a man) excellent at.
    Enjoy your day ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nicola!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too, my sweet!
    I will have to check out your blog and see the goodness!
    I love a meal I can eat but don’t have to cook. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I hope your beloved has been practicing!

  3. David! A very Happy V Day to you and glad to hear you dont have to cook! Me? Well, since theres no husband , no BF and my daughter has gone out to celebrate with her BF, I am left all alone surfing and whiling the time in Starbucks sipping my latte. Err..anyone care to join?

  4. Hi Hanie!
    Oh, I feel for you! Happy Valentine’s Day! You are our official Urban Semiotic Sweetheart for the day!
    There’s no need to be lonely when you’re with us here! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Thank you for holding the love, Nicola!
    I’m back!
    Great meetings. Lots of good energy created for the future!
    Is your home filling with good food smells now?

  6. David,
    This article says it all. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is definitely a religious thing but I think eventually even if I weren’t Jewish I would have rebelled against the day and created something like Zognor day – the day after V day but with none of the pressure of the day itself. ๐Ÿ™‚ Celebrate on the 15th and you can also save a bundle! Hee hee.

  7. Thanks for the enlightenment, Gordon!
    If we called today, “Happy Gordon Day” would you participate? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I like the plans for the 15th, but I wonder if we should keep that quiet, lest another day of celebration is added to everyone’s calendar!

  8. I suppose I’d have to do so – I’m Gordon, and I am happy today! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m pretty confident that Zognor day won’t be added to calendars worldwide. After over 30 years people still don’t give much credence to Kwanzaa, after all. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  9. Happy Gordon’s Day, Gordon! We’re joyful and 100% Christian/Saints/Pagan-free!
    There are some people in the world who want a gift on any holiday — including Zognor and Kwanzaa!
    You’re right that Kwanzaa does seem to be dying down a bit. For a few years it was growing, but the last few it’s sort of faded away.

  10. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too David! And to all the others who have commented too.
    I plan on a quiet evening with my sweet hubby, with no electronic devices (phones, computers, TV etc) and no interruptions. Oh yes, and hopefully a scrummy meal that will magically appear. Nothing fancy. Just the time and space to really reconnect.

  11. Hi natzgal!
    Thanks for the good wishes today!
    Your evening is right up my alley: Private, intimate, meaningful. Such fun you will have!
    What is a “scrummy meal?” That’s a new one for me.
    Have a great time re-connecting!

  12. Just reporting back to say the meal was wonderful – not a foot wrong.
    I had perfectly cooked steak, mushrooms, baby potatoes, green beans, and peas – all washed down with my favourtite pink fizz ….
    I am so proud of him – and we had a really nice evening.

  13. Hello David, I humbly accept the title official Urban Semiotic Sweetheart for the day. lol.
    I am back with my own little report of my V Day in Starbucks last nite. Parking was ample, I had a good seat at the favourite corner, the latte was great as usual, Service Staff attentive, and the piece de resistance – WIFI didnt drop at all throughout the 3 hours!
    Hugs to everyone, even you Gordon!

  14. Hi Hanie!
    We were thrilled to celebrate you yesterday and forever! ๐Ÿ˜€
    It sounds like you had a romantic evening with Starbucks! Good for you!
    Few men can match the staying power of a good WiFi connection! ๐Ÿ˜†

  15. I found out what a scrummy meal was though interestingly enough now this very article is the top of google’s searches for scrummy meal!
    According to various sources I have found, scrummy is a combination of scrumptious and yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Oh sorry chaps! I totally dropped the ball here. Gordon is correct. “Scrummy” is a combination word, made up of scrumptious and yummy. Interestingly enough, I thought I’d made up the word myself, but I guess there really is no original content, is there ๐Ÿ™‚ .
    By the way David, I have spent some time getting more personal at my blog, especially with an ‘About Me’ page. Feel free to have a looky-see (another one of my ‘made-up’ words), if you like.

  17. Oops! Apparently, according to some definitions I found on the web, “scrummy” is a childish amalgamation…how funny…I guess my vocabulary is childish…;-) .

  18. Nice to hear from you again, natzgal.
    I think you reveal too much on your About page. Sure, people can find out whatever they wish about you online if they invest some time and money — but don’t, by default, give them your keys and a map of who you are and where you live and your DNA…

  19. Thanks for the feedback David! I really appreciate it. You are ever the voice of reason ๐Ÿ™‚ . Sometimes I find it tough to strike a happy balance.

  20. natzgal —
    Your step-mother is right as well in that you shouldn’t be airing dirty laundry in public if it isn’t specifically your own and your alone. Public figures are fair game but better halves, lovers, children, and family are generally off-limits unless there is some sort of illegality at stake or public behavior that must be addressed.

  21. David,
    My step-mother is a wise woman in many ways and I am so lucky to have her in my life.
    However, is dirty laundry ever really only your own? One would have to exist in a vacuum for that to be true.
    Also, I’m not sure what you mean by some sort of illegality at stake or public behavior needing to be addressed?
    By the way, this is off-topic for your post. Do you mind this conversation taking place here?

  22. natzgal —
    Right — so I guess I’m trying to say I agree with your step-mother — keep your dirty laundry private because it involves other people. If you have their permission to discuss their private life on your blog, then that’s fine.
    There are a lot of blogs out there that reveal private, intimate, hatreds and dismays that are likely better kept offline because the telling comes off salacious, pornographic and hectoring. As you read those blogs you can’t help thinking out loud that we don’t care how awful your husband is or how your child disrespected you or what your baby threw up in the crib.
    If, say, a family member were arrested for drunk driving — that is “illegality” at stake — or if one were molested by a family member physically or emotionally… that’s fair game for online revelation.
    Sometimes comments morph into different streams of thought and that’s always a good thing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. David! This is a fascinating topic!
    I don’t necessarily agree with you about not caring how awful one’s husband is etc. There have been many times when I have really appreciated someone revealing their deepest secrets. It has helped me. And there have been many times when someone else has found comfort or answers in my struggles. And then there are the times when I was looking for answers and subscribed to a blog, stick with it for a while and then suddenly I am totally turned off by it. And so I unsubscribe. I think it totally depends if you have an audience. In our western culture we have a huge audience who would rather live in someone else’s lives and dramas, than their own. Not saying that it’s a good thing. But it is true nonetheless. Just look at all the soupies and reality tv shows. We call that entertainment.
    That brings me onto the legality point. Why is this fair game? This is also “dirty laundry”, probably dirtier than the rest, in fact. My step-mother would certainly not be happy about me airing that lot of laundry ๐Ÿ™‚ .
    Thanks for helping me with this!

  24. natzgal —
    Private people deserve private lives unless you have their permission to write about them.
    A blog should reveal you, not those around you.
    Now, you can change names and situations to protect privacy, but to reveal verifiable details about someone online who is unaware or unwilling to go along with that outing in a public forum can quickly bring legal heat and Google is their best defense against you.
    Children are the most vulnerable online — and their tormentors are those vested to protect them — their parents!
    I just find people airing their personal dirty laundry online unseemly and sad and to read it with voyeuristic delight isn’t something I find effective in the medium.
    Now attacking public figures and arguing against the status quo and news articles is entertaining and enlightening! ๐Ÿ˜€
    You can write about dead people. You can write about people in the public eye. You cannot write, and name, and identify, people who lead private lives.

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