Hi Pups and Kitties!

Jo here sending our good wishes to all the furry kids who like Valentines!

You know sometimes I say that all three of us in this house are rescues and here is a picture for you.

These women are my Aunties, and two of them are my mothers.  They are arranged by age with the oldest on the far right.  The second one on the right is my birth mother, she died when I was just an 18 month old baby after a long bout of cancer.  Everyone loved her and missed her terribly.  Then I was adopted by the eldest, and taken away to live with my new Mom and Dad.  There is only one of these Sullivan girls left, the youngest on the left.  She is 13 years older than I am and we grew up more like sisters.  The one next to her is the school teacher (one room country school), then the one who liked to be gone, more than anything.  I lived until I was three with the ones at home, my Grandpa and Grandma.  I still have Valentines from them.  I mailed a Valentine today to my "sister/aunty" who is 86 years old and suffering Alzheimers.  Her daughter will try to help her understand who sent it.  I typed up the verse in the card in big, big letters so I hope she can read it.  I grew up loving all these women, they were the funniest bunch in the world and gave me their sense of humor.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I miss them.

Now, I am taking a cue from Stella and I want every one in this world for my Valentine.  OR I could take a cue from Zkhat the Diva and wish for no Valentines.

Ah, I think I will stick with Stella, only not quite so exciteable in greeting my prospective Valentines.

Cheers and hugs and a few kisses,
Jo, Stella and Zkhat


  1. Hi Jo
    Thank you so much for telling us a bit more about your family history, even though some of it is sad. The love you feel for the fine looking women in the photo radiates from every word of this beautiful post. I so hope that your sister/aunty can at some level appreciate the Valentine card. I am certain that you did the right thing in sending her one.
    And I too will be taking my cues from Stella not Zkhat today.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (who knows a thing or two about excitable greetings...)

  2. Hi Jo! You can count on two rotties and a 50-something blond as your valentines!! My mother was one of three sisters. My cousins, my brother and I celebrated our oldest cousins' 75th birthdays last summer. We all inherited their wonderful senses of humor and their genuine interest in other people. Happy Valentine's Day!

    Lisa and the rotties

  3. Ernie and I will be your Valentines Too!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing your family pictures and stories. One of my aunts is suffering from Alzheimer's, too. She never had children so I have always kind of been like a daughter to her. It's so sad watching them slip away.

    Pip, Rosie, Lulu, Moo Shu, and me sending you all kinds of Valentine's Day wishes!

  5. Hey Ms Jo, you had a pretty neat family to look out for you. Happy Valentine's Day to all three of you from all of us.

  6. Love your stories and this picture from your childhood! Tell us more!
    You are my valentine for sure!
    Your long lost sister

  7. What a beautiful and loving post.
    Your welcome to come to the cottage to visit anytime. The donkey's would have loved you too :-) X X X

  8. "...only not quite as excitable in meeting my prospective valentines..." made me laugh and laugh!

    Thanks for telling us about your Aunties. It's sad that your mother died so young but it must have been wonderful to have so many mothers. I hope that your living auntie enjoys your valentine.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you!

    PS I "tagged" you at my blog but there's no obligation to answer the questions if you don't want to.