Washington column for Feb. 10

A Valentine's gift display at R.H. Ballard

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a holiday set aside on Feb. 14 to celebrate our fondest affections for our loved ones. Traditionally, those feelings are expressed through cards, candy, flowers and other gifts.

The holiday is also a day for couples to recapture their relationship and celebrate the time that they’ve been together.

There are many theories and myths surrounding the origin of the modern Valentine’s Day celebrations. Some adore Valentine’s Day, while others dread it. Whatever your inclinations, however, I hope everyone has a nice Valentine’s Day and that the ladies receive their red roses — for the rose has become the traditional Valentine flower. I hope you find a way to enjoy the day.

Remember, love doesn’t make the world go round — love is what makes the ride worthwhile for everyone.

Do you need a last-minute gift for your honey? Stop by R. H. Ballard at 307 Main St. and check out the pretty jewelry and scarves, men’s silk ties and men’s shaving accessories. There are great buys for men and women. Ballard also has Valentine cards and all kinds of cute things for your sweetheart. Ballard is also giving away little heart-shaped Red Truck Bakery cookies this Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy a treat with a cup of their coffee.

Also, check out Washington Ice House Gallery, Geneva Welch Gallery, Goodine’s Designs in, gold and silver, Caulfield Gallery and Studio, and The Inn at Little Washington Gift Shop. I am sure one can find something for their sweetie at one of these locations.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Bryant Lee of Washington who will celebrate his day next Thursday (Feb. 17).

Tamara LeAnn Estes will be celebrating her 16th birthday on Friday (Feb. 11). Her mother wishes her a happy birthday — she loves you very much!

Belated birthday wishes go out to Frank Moffett, who celebrated his special day on Tuesday (Feb. 8).

C is for . . .

Cookies! It’s time for Girl Scout cookies. Cadette Girl Scouts will have a Girl Scout Cookie booth sale on Saturday (Feb. 12) at the 211 Quickie Mart, 12663 Lee Hwy., from 9 a.m. to noon. While there to fill up your gas tank, buy some cookies from the Girl Scouts. Bet you can’t leave with just one box. For more information, call 540-777-5105 or visit www.gsvsc.org to place an order or find another booth sale near you.

Pruning techniques

The Rappahannock County Garden Club will present a program titled “How Should I Prune That? And When?” on Wednesday (Feb. 16) at 1 p.m. at the Washington Fire Hall. The guest speaker will be Adam Downing, forestry and natural resources extension agent for the Northern Piedmont of Virginia. He’ll discuss and demonstrate pruning techniques. There will be a brief business meeting after the program. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, email SusanHornbostel@gmail.com or call 540-987-9620.