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 post-election year 2021.
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, February is the first full month of a new American government. an infant, born but still learning to communicate.
As we approach mid-February that chunk of our attention will have given way to not forgetting any family members, friends, and sweethearts on a Sunday 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 woes, 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 without excitement 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.
Without an extra Leap Year day this year, and with 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 planned as a reward for their filings. Others will grimace at what their figures seem to indicate they will owe, and then start saving to try 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 the continuing low gasoline prices they no longer expect to prevail.
February, just as other months, has its milestones and opportunities. Now without 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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