U and V go together like peanut butter and jelly.  UV rays.  See?  OK, that's the only term I can think of.

But, here in A-Z Land, bloggers are creating all kinds of letter combinations to make it to the finish line.  I'm no exception. 

My UV compound post is called the Ultimate Valentine's Day Card.  It's about my favorite greeting card.  If you like animals (especially monkeys) you'll like it too.

I wrote a post about this card a year ago and am re-posting it today, because writing about it again would just be silly.  And very unnecessary.  Oh, V and U, there they are together again.

Let me know what you think of the monkey.   His name is Verne.

The Ultimate Valentine's Day Card
 Originally posted on 2.14.2011 (Valentine's Day)

Did you buy a card for a loved one today?

According to Hallmark, 141 million greeting cards are exchanged today.  Whoa.

My husband and I have exchanged cards over the years, for various holidays, but for quite a while now...we've not been excited about the card options out there.  They're too trite, poem-y, or musical.  And not enough monkeys.  We came to this conclusion the same year, which I thought was very cool.  

However...in August, for my husband's birthday (I'll get back to Valentine's day in a sec)...I found the perfect card.  

A monkey card.  It was a winner with a capital "W."  I laughed out loud.  I love it.  It's so US.  He loved it too.  We displayed in on the piano until Christmas. 

Then he tucked it in his dresser drawer, where he puts favorite treasures.  I pulled it out this week because...I'm giving it to him again for Valentine's day. 

I covered up the birthday sentiments and wrote a Valentine message.  It's simply the best card I will ever find.  I'll probably recycle it again for our anniversary.   I may have to laminate it at some point, so it doesn't wear out.  It's a keeper.  And, clearly, a re-gift. 

Here it is.  Don't mention it, because I haven't given it to him yet.  (Well...not for this holiday.)

...and the inside...


:-)        :-)        :-) 

You're smiling, aren't 'cha?  Is that the best, or what?  

Heart-tugging sweet.  

After 35 years, it just says it all.  

That, and a pan of brownies.

Here's hoping you have a monkey-card moment with your loved ones today.


Francene Stanley said...

I liked your monkey ultimate valentine's card. Blog on!


Chautona Havig said...

That is just too adorable. You're not the only ones sick of the offerings in the card aisle.

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Unknown said...

That card is a hoot! And I love that you gave it to him again!


betty said...

thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comment! What a cute idea to recycle the card like that! I like it because if you keep adding little notes to it, it will grow into like a letter of sweetness! So very clever!!!


Charlotte Henley Babb said...

I didn't even think of UV--and violet is my favorite color! I love your card and the sentiments within. I remember when my late husband used to send me cards, which came to an end when we got married.

Ah well, I don't miss him.

Happy A to Z challenge. What shall we write about next month?

DL Hammons said...

That is such an awesome card, definitely worth re-gifting! And your right about the Challenge. Some are crawling to the finish line doing whatever it takes to succeed. I commend the originality of word combinations! :)

momto8 said...

yes..I was smiling!!

Fran@Broken Cookies Don't Count said...

Great post, Mare! So glad you found me and I'll be following you as well!

notes4neta said...

Love the card and reusing is a GREAT idea! I try to make my own cards as much as possible because I can't stand paying $6 for a CARD!! It seems people appreciate the personal touch when it comes to cards.. they don't have to be perfect, but it's special to know someone's spent time on them, creating just the right one..like you did!
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Tracy said...

Awwww, how sweet!

Arlee Bird said...

That is a sweet card. I too have thought there's been a dearth of good cards. I used to find really good birthday cards for my family members but now I don't find as good of ones. Seems like there are a lot more musical cards now and I find those to be rather annoying.

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Rita said...

That's the best card ever!! I love it! :)