Anticipation: What Are You Looking Forward To?

on January 28 | in 2013 FOLK Journal Agenda | by | with 3 Comments

We are headed into the second month of our Community Journal Challenge! Have you linked up?

FOLK Magazine 2013 Journal Challenge

If you are a blogger, join us by answering our journal prompt each week on your own blog and linking up to our community journal post on Monday’s. If you are not a blogger, why not start a blog today? We’re here to help get things rolling for you by providing you with writing prompts and a community to read your posts and grow your blog traffic. It’s a win/win situation!

The journal agenda for the year can be found HERE and the prompts for February 2013 are as follows:

FOLK Magazine Community Journal Challenge February Prompts - Answer on your blog and link up at every Monday!

This week (On Saturday, February 2nd) we are celebrating Groundhog Day! As a child I always thought Groundhog day was funny but I took it very, very seriously! You see, I am a Summer baby and cold weather is not for me. Each year I actively search for the first signs of Spring. I have even heard that people can be allergic to cold weather. I am not sure if that is really true but until it is proven to be wrong I am claiming the cold as an allergen! Each year I patiently wait for Groundhog Day and pray the day is cloudy, an omen that will usher in the Spring season (and warm weather)!

In the near future the groundhog is looking forward to Spring!

What are you looking forward to?

There are many stories of how Groundhog Day came about. In general it seems to have been built on European (particularly German) traditions. I have personally heard that Groundhog Day took root here in the America’s to mark a time when farmers should have at least half of their yearly hay supply remaining. As a farmer’s daughter I can testify to the importance of having enough hay for your livestock to make it through the Winter until fresh grass is available in the Spring. It is imperative!

Half way through winter you should still have half of your hay! #FarmLessons

In celebration of Groundhog Day, this week we want to know what you are looking forward to in the near future. For me, it is Valentine’s Day that I am looking forward to (and of course, warm weather). Depending on how you celebrate Valentine’s day it can turn into commercial chaos… or it can be quite authentic.

I look at Valentine’s Day as much more than a box of chocolates shaped like a heart. To me, Valentine’s Day is a time to show everyone you love just how much you love them (even though I’m sure you do that throughout the year as well). Each year I bake some kind of cookies from scratch and package them up with a hand-written card or note. It’s a simple (and cheap) little gift just to show your appreciation for those you love. I love baking for people and I rarely make the time to actually do it, hence the reason I am looking forward to this so much!

Last year I whipped up my homemade peanut butter and salted caramel cookies in the shape of hearts, then packaged them with a cute little handmade card that donned the phrase: ‘Thanks for sticking with me through the Sweet & Salty moments in life!” This year I have another clever recipe and card combination up my sleeve. I can’t wait to get started on it! If you are interested in baking for your friends, some other great options for homemade treats include Amy’s Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and Heather’s Nutella and Blackberry Valentine’s Day Hand Pies.

In the near future, what are you looking forward to the most?

Share with us what you are looking forward to the most in the near future on your own blog and link up below. Be sure to mention in your post that you are linking up to the 2013 FOLK Journal Challenge and be sure to grab the journal challenge image at the top of this post. For a list of future, weekly writing prompts visit the 2013 FOLK Journaling Agenda.

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3 Responses to Anticipation: What Are You Looking Forward To?

  1. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    I am so looking forward to some green grass and the daffodils & tulips blooming. Ringo Starr had a song called Stop & Smell The Roses, which I do every spring only it’s the daffodils and tulips I stop and smell and admire. Yellow is my favorite color so when I see it I get so excited and just wish I had more sunny spots so I could plant some. I can’t wait for Spring!

  2. I wanted to say a quick Thank you for arranging this journal challenge and for giving me the opportunity to participate. I am enjoying it and look forward to each new prompt! Have a great week.

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