Hello ALL SEASONS bloggers,
Sunday Feb. 12 – Wednesday  Feb. 15

Enjoyed your beautiful, witty, and amazing blog  posts last week!

In the spirit of Valentine, who gave up his life for the people he loved, am sharing two virtually unknown “handmade” gifts -one to me, and one to the world.

Next week we will together celebrate our One Year Birthday!


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Love can be little handmade gifts:)






Eventually the snow will melt – I sigh, for you it may be a hurrah. This was 14 days ago, and would be very surprised if we would see more snow – after all, this is California!





You may not become as known as Martin Luther King, or Einstein who influenced thousands of people, but something like the following is in the reach of any blogger:)

The flap on the back side gave the history of this journal cover, I came across in the store of the Sutro Baths, San Francisco. All quotes.

Albertus Seba’s Locupletissimi Rerum Nauralium Thesuari reveals the fusion of art and science. Internationally renowned in the eighteenth century, almost 300 years later, Seba, his collection and his book still have a significant influence on scientific study and engagement.

Seba reached an agreement with two publishing houses to produce a four volume work, comprising 400 illustrated plates of his collections. The illustrations would accompany text, on editions in Latin and French, and another in Latin and Dutch, to achieve the widest possible audience. The first two volumes were largely written my Seba himself with other naturalists, and published in 1735.

In 1736 Seba died and the final two volumes of his work were edited and completed by his colleague Arnout Vosmaer and other friends during 1759-1765. (;
National Historic Museum,

Think of it. A. Seba published these four volumes in 1735 with the help of his friends.
If the sky was the limit in 1735, what is holding you back in 2017?


Your turn! Snow or not:)


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22 Comments Add yours

  1. What a pretty valentine! Have a great weekend!

  2. Mascha says:

    So lovely valentines gift.
    Have a great Valentines day and a good new week

  3. Debbie Smyth says:

    Almost a year!
    Have a peaceful Valentines Week!

  4. Carol says:

    Happy Valentines Week!

  5. Happy Valentine’s Week Jesh — that handmade valentine is beautiful . And what a wonderful find is that beautiful butterfly book. I’ll bet he would never have dreamed that people would still be excited about his collection centuries later!

  6. jMo says:

    I am no longer a fan of snow and unless there’s a big shift we are getting a very early spring. That tree looks like it is determined to welcome the warmer weather. Happy Valentine’s Day to you J.

  7. handmade by amalia says:

    I enjoyed this post. And Happy Birthday!

  8. Pat says:

    Happy Valentine’s week, Jesh! I love the handmade Valentine and the 18th century book. No snow here–we are having a very strange winter. Denver broke a weather record with an 80 degree day last week!

  9. NixPages says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Jesh!
    Thanks for hosting.

  10. Mitzi says:

    Love the heart! And the snow around the tree is awesome. I didn’t realize it snowed in California. Of course…those rare times we had snow down here, I was totally surprised. Have an awesome week my dear friend….& Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  11. Wow! Snow in California! I’m not sure if we will have any more here or not. Some spring plants are beginning to peek their heads out. I’m concerned that another bunch of cold days will kill them off. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Week. 🙂

  12. jesh stg says:

    Amy! Was just thinking about you this weekend:) My neighbor’s bulbs are starting to come above ground, so I understand your concern. Since you have kids you probably can’t get away with not celebrating Valentine’s Day, but you made my day with coming to my blog – missed our little chats!

  13. The only thing holding us back, is us!

  14. Linja says:

    The lace heart is really sweet!

  15. Alexa T says:

    Thank you for invitation and the lovely thoughts! I’m so sorry, but I opened a little bit late.
    Also, many thanks for letting me know about this so interesting artist. I’ve searched for her art works. I can see why, it reminds you of her style, after reading about on Wikipedia that she “painted scenes of rural life from earlier days, which she called “old-timey” New England landscapes.” The same time I found various paintings at It is a very delicate and so warm manner of painting, in impressionist style, I think.
    So, thank you, once again. I’ll try gladly to join your lovely meme, (as much as possible, if it is ok, thinking that I usually have a post just once weekly).
    Best regards and Have a lovely Valentine’s Day and week, too!

  16. With the kids being teens, we don’t have to prepare those cards for an entire class, so there’s relief in that. 🙂 We keep it pretty simple. Glad I found your blog again! 🙂

  17. jesh stg says:

    didn’t see this comment till right now:) on one hand there’s less taking care of teens, but on the other hand prepping them for adulthood can be much work and worry at times:)

  18. sharon says:

    What a delicate, dainty valentine! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration. I got chocolate, which I much prefer to flowers, and we took my 4 grandkids out for lunch — happy day!

  19. jesh stg says:

    A hard choice between chocolate and flowers (I did get chocolate)! Nice to have your grand kids so close by!

  20. So stunning valentines gift…Have an incredible Valentines day and a decent new week..

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