Tips For Living Life (February)

January's gone. February's here. Get ready!


February is "Love Month"

Be they frilly, silly, or just a thanks for friendship, those cards with hearts, those candies in heart-shaped boxes, and all that goes with them, are the first half of February.

By the time we get over all of that (and it happens almost as fast as last Christmas turned into a whole new year) we will still have half a month to do something with the less heart throbbing events of election year 2016.

It's not all about love, but the best part is: love is still in the equation as we tackle how to best protect what we hold dear.


Pony Tales

"I want a pony!"

"Speak to your mother for that.

She does your hair style,"

Votes and Valentines

If we care at all about politics, the first half of February is the initial kickoff for this year's national elections in the United States. Two lightly populated states, Iowa and New Hampshire, have the early center stage, followed by the state of South Carolina. When the first part of February gives Americans their political candidates who are actually being voted into leading roles, we can start to settle in for the long trail to the political conventions and the final elections in November....just nine months from now, a pregnancy that starts in February.

By mid-February that chunk of our attention will have given way to not forgetting any family members, friends, and sweethearts on Valentine's Day. That will help us feel something normal is still happening in America coupled with Ground Hog Day and Presidents Day! It should temporarily eclipse the adults' concerns over immigration, the country's growing indebtedness, the threats from terrorists, the economy's variable barometers of jobs and Wall Street, failing schools, the treatment of veterans, income and gender inequality, racial confrontations, and federal vs. state powers.

For those who will be gardeners later in the year, the last half of February is the time for starting the transplants that will eventually go into their gardens. The seed catalogs will be hitting the mailboxes, and later success or failure will depend in part on decisions made in February.

For those following sports, the Super Bowl will pass into history, college basketball teams will be lining up records in hand hoping to make their case for being part of next month's March Madness tournament games, and baseball teams will be filling their rosters for spring training.

With an extra Leap Year day this year, and the arrival of the required tax forms along with the valentines and catalogs, some will choose to file their federal and state taxes early to have the refunds they have awaiting their filings, while others will grimace at what their figures seem to indicate they will owe and then start saving to be able to pay up in April.

With moderating weather as February draws to a close, those still sticking to their New Year's resolutions to become fit will welcome the chance to spend a little more time outdoors. Those dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder will be welcoming the longer daylight hours.

With any luck, Mother Nature will provide more rain than snow, fewer tornadoes and more dry roads for safer travel; consequently those who are able to do so will hit the road taking advantage of continuing low gasoline prices.

February, just as other months, has its milestones and opportunities. Even in a Leap Year it remains the shortest month of the year. So get up and finish all those things you thought you would do when weather would sometimes dictate what you couldn't be doing.

February is not too early to be doing spring cleaning. If you do it now, when spring finally comes you will be free to enjoy it.

Keep your eye on that groundhog's shadow, and your fingers crossed that the snows of January will be only memories by late February.



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kbdressman 10 months ago from Harlem, New York

Thanks for the reminder to be deciding what I'm going to do with my garden this year! It's hard to believe that the time to start transplants is only a month away!

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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

kbdressman - Two weeks away would be more like it. Put your south-facing windows area to work and start with seeds that take the longest from planting to harvest. Good luck. Make it one of your best gardens yet.

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Carb Diva 10 months ago

Wow, for a short month it certainly is a busy little beast, isn't it? I already have daffodils popping up in my garden, so I'm a tad ahead of the Spring waiting game. However, our rainfall for the water year (yes, did you know that there is such a thing--it runs from October through September) is already at 150 percent. It will have to dry out quite a bit before I can start working in those flower beds.

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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Carb Diva - With the rain flowing out of your flower beds, does that make them "flow-er beds"? I think my two gardens this year will best be described as "tired beds," as I plan to do much of the planting in old auto tires....sort of round planter "boxes." I will still use the painted soap buckets for some cucumbers, squash, melon, and vine crops. I'll try the tomatoes in the tires, make trellis tents for the pole beans to grow onto from other tires, etc., and just see how I like that approach. It's fun to experiment and I have lots of ready compost to fill the "boxes."

Wishing you the best with giving the daffodils some awesome company.

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AliciaC 10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

The daffodils are growing here too, although they haven't produced flower buds yet. The crocuses have, though. They're ready to bloom. I'm looking forward to February!

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aviannovice 10 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I am indeed, looking forward to February. This is the time that I will be on my Whooping Crane Project at Aransas NWR in TX. Since OK rarely gets snow, or next to nothing, it could well be smooth sailing ahead, sans El Nino.

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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AliciaC - It's not a long wait now! We just had three more inches of snow, with more due today and tomorrow. Enjoy your rain and warmth, and pray your flowers do not get zapped by some air from the Gulf of Alaska.

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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Whooping it up with the whooping cranes! What a glorious February frolic for Deb! More great photos, I am sure. Wishing you safe travels (both ways).

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annart 10 months ago from SW England

Thanks for the reminder of the Leap Year; it had completely passed me by, though I'm sure I would've realised eventually!

I'm amazed how quickly February has come around and when you're busy you have to stop to take stock before it's gone without you knowing.

I enjoy these hubs of yours which look at the months.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

annart - So what will have been the highlights of February in your neck of the woods? We just received three more inches of precious snow I shoveled off the driveway shown in the last photo.

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annart 10 months ago from SW England

So far, February has ushered in a successful offer on another house - we have to do it up before we move though! Also lots of family events and we're only on the 5th!

As for the weather, it's most uncharacteristic - wet, windy and mild - not wintry at all. I'd much rather have the snow and blue skies. This neck of the woods doesn't often have snow though Bristol, just up the road, does have it more often. Where I used to live, in the South East, there is winter snow far more often.

Let's hope the rest of February gets back to normal!


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