Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Love Freebie, so in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided to talk about some of the things that make me feel loved (by my husband) and other things that I associate with love.
I used to be a hopeless romantic in my younger days, and loved all things having to do with the holiday. Candy, flowers, romantic dinners, etc. As I’ve gotten older, it’s other little signs of love and affection that give me all the feels.
Acts of kindness. They may be the simplest displays of affection, but they don’t go unnoticed. For example, my husband holding my hand and walking me to the car yesterday morning, because it was icy and he didn’t want me to fall. Offering to make dinner or run to the store for me. Moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer. I don’t know if he realizes it, but these small gestures make a world of difference to me.
Meaningful ‘gifts’ that cost nothing. I prefer a hand-written note over a card any day. Flowers are nice once in awhile, when they are unexpected. But I would prefer my husband not to spend any money at all and just do something thoughtful, like cleaning and detailing my car. Which is my gift this week, and I am honestly SO happy about it. My car is a filthy mess and needs to be cleaned out badly. I hate doing it, and he’s so good at it. This gift means so much more to me than flowers or chocolates or cards.
Quiet time together. After having a busy day, there’s really nothing I love more than relaxing together in the evenings. Whether we talk, watch a show we enjoy, or I read and he watches his own show, cozy evenings together at home are my favorite thing in the world.
Cooking. I’ve said it many times – I’m immensely grateful for a husband who cooks. Having him help me in the kitchen makes our evenings go so much smoother. And we eat better when he cooks. 😉
Cheerleader/Motivator. I’m fortunate that Nunzio supports my love of running and my need to live a healthier life. He knows I have to run several days a week, and depending on our schedules I will fit it in whenever I can. From the first day of my weight loss journey, he was my biggest support system and has continued to be a voice of encouragement whenever I need it.
More love not related to the husband:
My daughter’s hugs and hearing her laughter
Coffee (especially that first cup in the morning)
Sunshine (oh how I’m craving some sun right now)
A glass of Pinot Noir
Reading a great book
My sweet kitties
What are some things that make you feel loved or that mean love to you?