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Feb 22, 2023 | Features, Uncle Mott

Mountain Musings with Uncle Mott

My Funny Valentine

I guess I don’t have to tell you that I’m a little late for this week’s Valentine’s Day musing. Yep, as usual, I’m a week late and a dollar short. However, I did get the Missus a giant, heart-shaped box of dark chocolate…“Mmmm, chocolate! (Homer Simpson)

My doctor tells me that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is heart healthy because the flavonoids widen your blood vessels, thus reducing the threat of a heart attack or stroke. Even better is red wine, which also reduces the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. With this in mind, I added a bottle of 2016 Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s Alexander Valley.

OK, so the Missus is allergic to chocolate and she never drinks alcoholic beverages…but I do. So, I got her something else, a really practical gift. This year, for the one I love the most, except for the cat, I got her a brand-spanking new ironing board.

In a few days I should recover from the lump on my head I got from that ironing board… some women just know a good thing when they see it. It’s almost as bad as last year when I got her something even more practical, a shiny new snowblower. Well, that woman blew me and the cat down the ice chute that has taken over our driveway.

My funny Valentine, sweet comic Valentine, you make me smile with my heart, yet you’re my favorite work of art. Don’t change a hair for me, not if you care for me, stay little Valentine, stay. Each day is Valentine’s Day. (“My Funny Valentine” – Frank Sinatra – 1954)

Take it from me: If you’re a guy, don’t get your gal a fancy new ironing board for Valentine’s Day…unless you want a lump on the head. And, if you’re a gal, don’t get your guy shiny, new earrings…unless, of course, he’s into that sort of thing.

If you’re looking to have a romantic Valentine’s Day next year, don’t do what I did back in the 60s in the OC, when I asked my high school sweetheart if she’d like to go to The Grove. “How sweet, do you really want to take me to The Coconut Grove for Valentine’s Day?” “No, I meant the Orange Grove,” I excitedly replied. Well, that was the end of that relationship.

Seriously, though, if you are looking for a really romantic Valentine’s Day brunch, you will want to check out The Tudor House in Arrowhead Villas, where they always offer a lovely brunch buffet, with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potato wedges, muffins and coffee or tea, as well as a flute of sparking champagne.

In the meantime, have a romantic Valentine’s Day; and, if you are reading this after February 14…uh, never mind.

My funny Valentine, sweet comic Valentine, you make me smile with my heart. You’re looks are laughable, unphotographable, yet you’re my favorite work of art. Don’t change a hair for me, not if you care for me. Stay little Valentine, stay. Each day is Valentine’s Day.

Keep it flyin’,

Uncle Mott


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