Valentine Post February 12, 2010



~ 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
~ 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
~ About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
~ About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
~ California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine's Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority (red), will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
~ February 14, 270 A.D. : Roman Emperor Claudius II, dubbed "Claudius the Cruel," beheaded a priest named Valentine for performing marriage ceremonies. Claudius II had outlawed marriages when Roman men began refusing to go to war in order to stay with their wives.
~ Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine's Day.
~ Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.
~ Valentine's Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine's Day gifts this year. E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine's Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine.
~ Wearing a wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the vein of love ran from this finger directly to the heart.
~ Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts.

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Snowing in the South!

Where are the Happy Children?

The birdhouses are covered!

The bird's water fountain is showing off.. lol

This is the first view of the unexpected snow right outside our front door.


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  1. I truly appreciate all your effort in the blog hop info. This is my first REAL attempt at a blog hop. I hope I am doing everything correctly...

  2. Sandra, Your gardens are fabulous! I love to garden. I live in such a hot state though i always wonder how much more fulfilling it would be to do so in a wetter, not so blazing hot state!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


  3. Hi Sandra! I enjoyed reading all of the Valentine's Day stats and seeing your snow pictures! Nice visiting with you!


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