I cherish my weekends. Work e-mails are done when I leave at 5 on Fridays. All can wait until Monday morning. This is my time.
How did I fill my Valentine's weekend? With all of my favorite things...most free or frugal-minded.
Free: a film from the library. A romantic comedy seemed fitting for this weekend.
Free: library books. I had a "blind date" with a book, a fun program at my library where you take a gift-wrapped book home. Don't like your date? Return it next time, no hard feelings.
My date, which came with a lollipop. I'll give my date a chance.
Frugal: splitting a dish. I split vegan pancakes with warm cinnamon-scented pears, $7.99, with my mom at the Rutherford Pancake House. Of course most frugal is eating at home.
Frugal: thrifting. I went to the C.A.T.S. Resale Shop, whose windows were adorned with hearts ($1 each), in honor of past and present companion animals who so fill our own hearts with love and happiness.
Free: cat socializing at the shop. I spent some quality time with my friend Dottie...
...and found Sylvester sneaking in one of my own favorite (and free) weekend pastimes: a nap.
Free: going to the park with the dog. I wondered if I was too old to go sledding?
Free: making a snow man. How about a baby one? I'm just the humble photographer, not the artist.
Frugal: not doing major gifts or eating at expensive places on Valentine's Day. "I love you" doesn't mean fancy jewelry, clutter gifts, gadgets or flowers for me and my sweetheart. We indulged in the sweetheart box from Sweet Avenue Bake Shop, four cupcakes, $16.
All yummy, and all vegan: Elysium Wine (chocolate wine cake) with blackberry frosting, spicy hot chocolate, red velvet cake, and pomegranate champagne. My non-vegan boyfriend loved them all, as did I.
Hope your Valentine's Day weekend was filled with people, animals, places and things you love and cherish. All days should be.
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