A Chocolate Smile – lights up the world!

Today a blogger friend of mine introduced an inspirational post with a few words about the importance of a smile. I agree wholeheartedly, in fact …

smiling emmaThe Perfect Chocolate Smile!


“A Smile is the thread of life
with the ends turned up to touch the sky!”
~ Penny L Howe, 2013


Hope your weekend is being good to and for you and as Alastair encouraged today, filled with smiles!

~ Penny

penny l howe

The Rose of Love


The Rose

In Greek Mythology Aphrodite was asked to provide the name for this loveliest of all flowers. She gave the name of rose in honor of her son Eros, the Greek god of Love. By taking the first letter “e” and having it come after the “s” in his name you get – rose. An excellent tale, but for whatever the reason, the rose is considered the flower of love.

Roses are many millions of years old. They are beautiful flowers and come in many colors, shades and hues. There are thousands of varieties. But a rose … is a rose … is a rose and the eternal symbol of love!


  “The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.” unknown


“If you stand in front of a mirror with 11 roses, you’ll see 12 of the most beautiful things in the world.”  unknown


What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare

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And for all women around the world,
a final photograph of the perfect roses …


… Chocolate Ones!


Much love to all,

~ Penny


The Birthday Month


One day during the month of February I will have a birthday. The specific day doesn’t matter. I decided at around file000812859281file000978068007the age of 28 that the whole month is mine – at least that’s how I feel. I’m nestled in among some wonderful things here in the month of February. Valentine’s Day – the day of romance. But for half of the month there are hearts (and lots of chocolate) and pretty pink/red/white/gold things, and (lots of chocolates) and beautiful bouquets of flowers everywhere (and lots of chocolate) celebrating in advance the coming of the day of love. Not bad for starters.

And of course February is also the month where two of the most famous presidents of theGW1782 United States were SHSND-13496-Print-Lithographic-Abraham-Lincoln-Sam-Patrick-corborn. Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In addition Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Jules Vern, Babe Ruth (hey, I like baseball), Susan B. Anthony, Michael Jordan (naturally I’d include the best basketball player ever), Steven Jobs (one of the geniuses of our generation), Victor Hugo (les miserables), John Steinbeck, and Mario Andretti (I love racing cars), were all born in the month of February. There are many more I just decided to illustrate a few. So not only was I born in a month filled with love but I was also born with very distinguished birthday associates.

On another historical note Dutch Bros. Coffee is a privately owned coffee chain headquartered in Oregon (mycoffee treat home state) It is this country’s largest privately held, drive-through coffee chain. The note of import here: They were founded in February 1992!

Finally and for toppers. February is the shortest month of the year and sometimes even shorter than others. So if you’re waiting for a paycheck the wait is much shorter in the month of February.

So then to tie the whole thing up in a nice little present like package:

aquarius22I celebrate my birthday with famous and distinguished individuals, have lots of love and get paid quicker!

It just doesn’t get any better than that. Oh, and my birthstone is Amethyst, and yes I am an Aquarius, actually should have included that in the above paragraph because everyone knows it is the age of Aquarius (the next several thousand years actually in terms of planet alignment and stuff like that of which I actually know diddle about but since it’s my month I decided to include it).

So if you would like to, you may wish me a happy “birth-month” as I lay claim to all 28 (this year) days of February!

Thank you for the visit, hope you enjoy a little fun and whimsy. Good for the soul!

~ Penny

Penny L Howe

The Flavors of Love


Have you ever thought of love as having flavors? And just so we’re clear on this subject I am referring to a non physical application. Love of a sunny day.

Or the pure love of a parent/child relationship. Or the love of footballwatching your favoritefirst steps sports team in a close game of skill. Yes even love of different kinds of food.

I know when we think of food, just a million different potentialities come to mind. What kind of food, sweet or savory, strong or mild, delicate or heavy, just so many possibilities.

I think love does have flavors, A variety of flavors that mix and match on any given day for any given reason. a special feel good spot that can have nuances to it in the moment where some particular extra something happens that sets that moment apart for you. Putting in the last piece of a difficult puzzle.puzzle A day spent with a friend or family where each moment adds a positive feel good feeling.

Christmas villageIn this country, at this time of year. the flavors of love are plentiful. Many of us have cherished memories to associate from holidays past, decorating is a love/chore in and of itself.

Viewing the decorations everywhere is a daily pleasure. But more than that the verbal exchanges from people,

the happy music, and videos, the hustle and bustle, the smells and tastes of delicious treats all of it blending together weaving so many flavors of lovenew years right up to the New Year.

I for one love bringing in the New Year, the ending/beginning and the rejoicing of same!

I’m hoping this year as many of us ‘as is possible’ will  hold true to the spirit of the holiday season and cherish the many flavors of love.

~ Penny