lovespoons

It may be a bit early for spring flowers (although in-one-night, last night, I kid you not, my daffodils emerged and grew 2 inches),

but lacy hearts, bouquets, chocolate treats, and spoons are sprouting up everywhere.

MaryJanesFarm Organic Brownies available HERE

“Whoa, MJ. Stop distracting me with brownies.”

(Swoon.)

“I could have sworn you said ‘spoons.’”

Typo?

Why, no …

I did say spoons.

Lovespoons, to be exact. One word, not two: lovespoons.

Before you begin to blush …

Photo by Alan Bell via Flickr

… look here:

Photo courtesy of National Museum Wales via Flickr

Almost as delectable as the plate of brownies, isn’t it?

This is an example of a Welsh lovespoon. Throughout northern Europe, Cupid-struck craftsmen began decoratively carving spoons to be presented as gifts of romantic intent as early as the 16th century.

“The lovespoon was given to a young woman by her suitor. It was important for the girl’s father to see that the young man was capable of providing for the family and woodworking,” explains Wikipedia. “Sailors would often carve lovespoons during their long journeys, which is why anchors would often be incorporated into the carvings. Certain symbols came to have specific meanings: a horseshoe for luck, a cross for faith, bells for marriage, hearts for love, and a lock for security, among others. Caged balls indicated the number of children hoped for. Other difficult carvings, such as chains, were as much a demonstration of the carver’s skill as a symbolic meaning.”

Photo by Vladimir Alexiev via Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

Energizer Bunny

Speaking of energizer bunnies, Meg and I are going to slow down our postings a tad, which is the reason you get to enjoy Mr. Bunny an extra day. The feedback we’ve received is that we need to give more people more time to read our content. Not only that, but Meg and I want to free up some of our time to work on our Event Center plans and I have a bread book I need to finish. See you Wednesday morning bright and early, then Friday and Sunday. And then next Monday again. M, W, F, and Sundays, here we come!

Groundhog Day

Will he, or won’t he?

Photo by Cephas via Wikimedia Commons

Phil won’t spill (the beans, that is).

Not until sometime around 8 a.m. Eastern Time.

Are you hoping for a shadow … or no?

In case you’re unsure of what the shadow portends, here’s the superstition:

If the esteemed Pennsylvania rodent known as Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

Photo by Susan Sam via Wikimedia Commons

“The celebration of Groundhog Day began with the Germans, Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers,” explains Groundhog.org. “They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, ‘For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May…’ The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day.”

Photo by Skeeze via Pixabay

Naturally.

For the latest updates on this year’s shadow sighting, it would be prudent to follow Phil on his Facebook page (insert chuckle here).

His “prognostication” is scheduled to occur between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. (not sure if that timeframe includes some sort of “pre-game” party, but I think I’ll wait till sunup for the report). Check out the official Groundhog Day Guide to see what else goes on in celebration of the 130th annual event.

Of course, if Phil sees his shadow, don’t despair. USAToday reports that, since 1988, the groundhog was “right” 13 times and “wrong” 15 times. In other words, only 13 times did the national average temperature for the remainder of February match what would be expected based on what the groundhog predicted.

And, anyway, if you’re in dire need of spring sunshine, scurry on over to this groundhog’s burrow, where you’re sure to smile:

All in good time, my dear, all in good time.