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.
"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.
© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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