640. Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Many authors claim there’s a link between St. Valentine’s Day and the rites of the Ancient Roman Festival. However, there is no evidence that supports that. The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Then in 18th century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionary, sending Valentine greeting cards, and sometimes having a little fun.
Love makes your soul
crawl out of its hiding place.
~Zora Neale Hurston
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I took my troubles down to Madame Ruth
You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth
She’s got a pad down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
Sellin’ little bottles of Love Potion Number Nine
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I told her that I was a flop with chicks
I’d been this way since 1956
She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign
She said, “What you need is Love Potion Number Nine”
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She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
She said, “I’m gonna make it up right here in the sink”
It smelled like turpentine, it looked like India ink
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink
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I didn’t know if it was day or night
I started kissin’ everything in sight
But when I kissed a cop down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine
~Excerpts from a song written
by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. ~1 Corinthians 13:1-3   ✝
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639. Update on knee surgery…

So I go in last week to do the pre-op for my knee replacement surgery which was (notice I said was) scheduled for next Tuesday, February 17th, and they call me the next day to say that my EKG was abnormal and that I need to see a cardiologist.  Thankfully there were able to arrange an appointment with the cardiologist for today.  This quote in the photo below seemed to be just right for an update about all this since it talks about the heart and left and right issues.

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The electrical impulse that moves from the right side of the heart to the left should create a simultaneous spark or beat or whatever they call it, and mine isn’t.  There’s a split second delay between the firing on the right side and the firing on the left side.  The good news is that the cardiologist said it wasn’t a long enough delay to be serious at this time and that sometimes it happens as we age.  He went on to say that more than likely it would not require the insertion of a pacemaker.  But just to be sure there is no heart disease that might be causing it, he wants me to have a stress test and the quickest that it could be scheduled was next Tuesday the day I was supposed to have the surgery.  Thus, now pending any negative results from the stress test, the surgery has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 26th.  In the meantime the pain in my knee (actually now it’s pretty much my entire left leg and foot) has increased significantly.  That’s why I’ve not been able to read many of your posts and have been slow to answer comments and emails for the last several days.  I hate that and sadly with this increased amount of pain, that may continue right up until the surgery.  So please forgive me and keep those prayers a comin’.  I am going to try however to keep up with a daily post as that helps keep my mind off the pain, the tedium, and the anxiety.  I know the Lord has a reason for everything and I trust that He is watching over me and guiding these events, but the going is still very tough at times especially since this and another health issue have plagued me for over a year and both are exhausting.  Hopefully, I will be back some day soon.  Much love, Natalie

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