Skip to main content

Worst Valentine’s Day presents

Captain’s Log, Stardate 02.14.2007

Blog book giveaway:
To enter, go to the blog links below and post a comment there.
Renovating Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck
Along Came Jones by Linda Windsor

Bah, humbug.

No, I’m not really a Valentine’s Day Scrooge, but I do object to my husband spending money on flowers that will die in a week. I’m also not a huge diamond or jewelry kind of girl, so the Kay’s commercials are starting to annoy me.

I’ve actually had very few Valentine’s Day gifts ever given to me. The ones I’ve gotten have been rather nice, actually. However, I’ve heard some horror stories that would make your hair curl.

(And the picture above is NOT a candidate for a bad V-day gift. It’s a DeBrand truffle heart box and I wouldn’t mind some money thrown away for something luscious like that...)

Then I thought it might be fun to mention some of the worst Valentine’s Day presents you’ve ever received, whether from Current Significant Other or Past Romantic Mistake.

Oh, okay, and you can mention some good presents, too, if you want.

Christa and me: My friend Christa interviewed me on her blog! Check it out!


  1. Okay Camy, just remember that you asked! This year my hubby gave me some dead tree limbs. Not the floral type. Although it would be more fun not to explain, maybe I will go blog about it now and you can check it out in a few minutes.

  2. Hmmm...I don't think I've ever really received any bad gifts but there was one time (a long time ago) when there was an argument on Valentine's Day and instead of giving me my beautiful heart-shaped box of candy and my flowers The Honey threw them in the trash. lol. Talk about throwing money away on candy and flowers!

  3. Camy,

    Got a great present for Valentine's Day. Hubby came home home last night with POTTED tulips. So I can enjoy the lovely pink flowers until they fade, then in the fall I can plant the bulbs in the garden and enjoy them again next spring. My hubby is not the gift-buying type, even on Valentine's Day, so it was an especially nice surprise.

  4. My husband and I do cards and dinner. The dinner usually waits until the weekend. I can't remember receiving any bad gifts, but the best by far was my Valentine's Day grandaughter.

  5. My wife is like you. She doesn't want me wasting money on jewelry. She actually asks for things like cordless drills and fire extinguishers for Christmas. We like to find hilarious cards for each other, most of which I can't talk about here. My best Valentine's gift is being married to such a wonderful woman for 16 years.

  6. my boyfriend sent me the perfect gift today, 2 hershey bars with almonds and 4 books!!! i got the best boyfriend in the world :)

  7. Loved your interview, girl.
    Hubby took me out to lunch today (guess where, LOL) and gave me chocolates and a card. Very yummy.

    I got him a "manly" box of chocolates and a card.

    That's about the norm for us. LOL!

  8. Well, for me this isn't about valentines per se. The nicest were when I got flowers from our garden in the days when the weather wasn't like it is now: well below freezing.

    I just wanted to pick up on a remark several have made about jewelry. My sister got some nice gold pieces as her wedding present from her husband and that's all she ever wears. And the sisters-in-law, especially one of them, won't look at anything that hasn't got diamonds and platinum, etc. written all over it. In fact, she picked out the wedding present that her son gave to his wife last November, which did not please his wife.

    Today I was unpacking a few of my things and came across some fossils, a polished piece of amber, stuff like that. And that got me thinking about valuable jewelry. I again thought: I really don't have any. In fact, when I was in the Dom.Rep. last year, I specifically bought one of the jewelstones in the rough. Jewelry really does nothing for me. My mother had her gold wedding ring and about 15 years ago my jewelry-loving sister-in-law gave her a diamond ring since she'd never had one. She wasn't particularly keen on it but she did wear it until she had trouble keeping her rings on and that included my father's wedding ring. We buried her with those two wedding-rings but my sister-in-law got hers back and gave it to my niece, which was fine with all of us.

    If I had valuable jewelry, I'd always be afraid of losing it. Instead, I have some jewelry only valuable in memories: some of my grandmother's that my grandfather had made for her by someone who owed him money. And others that he picked up on his trips in the navy. The only piece that may be of value is a supposed ruby pendant that my aunt got from her fiancé before he died. It came on a very good gold chain--which has disappeared--and I've never had the stone evaluated. I treasure it for the fact that my aunt gave it to me and I must admit that I don't even like diamonds. Had I got married, I would have done what a friend of mine did: she designed a ring herself to hold some semi-precious stones she had acquired. So much more personal than a diamond "off the rack" so to speak.

    And I guess especially for us Christians of what value are silver and gold. We've got much more precious things waiting for us in heaven.

    I've always wondered, and somebody may be able to clear this point up for me: Since diamonds, if I remember correctly, are just made of carbon, do they burn to nothing in a fire? Probably a silly thing to ask but that's how much jewelry interests me.


Post a Comment

Popular Posts

Camille Elliot's March newsletter

My Camille Elliot (Christian Regency Romantic Suspense) newsletter went out last week, but in case you missed it, the link is below. In my newsletter this month, I posted a link to a knitting pattern for the muffatees/arm warmers worn by my character Phoebe in Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 4: Betrayer as well as a blog post for the cover character for Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 2: Berserker . I also posted an update on my health and my next upcoming release. Click here to read my Camille Elliot newsletter for March.

Camy's Blog Tour!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in my blog tour for Sushi for One ! The full schedule (with links) is at the bottom of this post. Here are some highlights from a few interviews: From Julie Carobini's blog : Hey Camy, You often speak fondly of Captain Caffeine and his imported espresso maker. What's your favorite caffeinated beverage order? Honestly, tea. Strong English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast tea. I'll take Earl Grey if I'm feeling zesty, or Ginger Peach (Republic of Tea) if I'm feeling fruity. In the summer, it's iced. In the winter, it's scalding hot, sometimes with a little soymilk and honey. However, I won't turn my nose up at a latte, especially if it's from Captain Caffeine or our favorite coffeeshop, Barefoot Coffee in Santa Clara. From Sally Bradley's blog : SB: In the story, Lex mentions a girl named Camy who gets brained by volleyballs all the time. I have to ask — is that you making a cameo in your own bo


「ひとり寿司」をブログに連載します! ひとり寿司 寿司シリーズの第一作 キャミー・タング 西島美幸 訳 スポーツ狂のレックス・坂井 —— いとこのマリコが数ヶ月後に結婚することにより、「いとこの中で一番年上の独身女性」という内輪の肩書を「勝ち取る」ことについては、あまり気にしていない。コントロールフリークの祖母を無視するのは容易だ —— しかし、祖母は最終通告を出した —— マリコの結婚式までにデート相手を見つけなければ、無慈悲な祖母は、レックスがコーチをしている女子バレーボールチームへの資金供給を切ると言う。 ダグアウトにいる選手全員とデートに出かけるほど絶望的なわけではない。レックスは、バイブルスタディで読んだ「エペソの手紙」をもとに「最高の男性」の条件の厳しいリストを作った。バレーボールではいつも勝つ —— ゲームを有利に進めれば、必ず成功するはずだ。 そのとき兄は、クリスチャンではなく、アスリートでもなく、一見何の魅力もないエイデンを彼女に引き合わせる。 エイデンは、クリスチャンではないという理由で離れていったトリッシュという女の子から受けた痛手から立ち直ろうとしている。そして、レックスが(1)彼に全く興味がないこと、(2)クリスチャンであること、(3)トリッシュのいとこであることを知る。あの狂った家族とまた付き合うのはごめんだ。まして、偽善的なクリスチャンの女の子など、お断り。彼はマゾヒストじゃない。 レックスは時間がなくなってきた。いくら頑張っても、いい人は現れない。それに、どこへ行ってもエイデンに遭遇する。あのリストはどんどん長くなっていくばかり —— 過去に掲載済みのストーリーのリンクはこちらです。 *** ********** 「ダメだ、早すぎる」エイデンは別のエクササイズボールをつかんで彼女の横に寝転がり、ボールの上に足を置いた。「僕の真似して」 ブリッジのエクササイズ——肩を床につけたまま、床から体を持ち上げた。彼女は彼の真似をした。できる限りゆっくり降りてくる。ハムストリング筋が燃えている。 「いいよ」十五回の一セット目、彼がペースを決めた。それが終わると、彼女は息苦しいのに、彼は汗もかいていない。 すぐに彼はまた位置についた。「行くよ?」 彼女は位置について、うなずいた

One-Skein Pyrenees Scarf knitting pattern

I got into using antique patterns when I was making the scarf my hero wears in my Regency romance, The Spinster’s Christmas . I wanted to do another pattern which I think was in use in the Regency period, the Pyrenees Knit Scarf on pages 36-38 of The Lady's Assistant for Executing Useful and Fancy Designs in Knitting, Netting, and Crochet Work, volume 1, by Jane Gaugain, published in 1840. She is thought to be the first person to use knitting abbreviations, at least in a published book, although they are not the same abbreviations used today (our modern abbreviations were standardized by Weldon’s Practical Needlework in 1906). Since the book is out of copyright, you can download a free PDF copy of the book at I found this to be a fascinating look at knitting around the time of Jane Austen’s later years. Although the book was published in 1840, many of the patterns were in use and passed down by word of mouth many years before that, so it’s possible these are

What are you reading today?

What are you reading today? I’m reading the latest volume in the Japanese light novel series (translated into English), Infinite Dendrogram by Sakon Kaidou . It’s a LitRPG or Gamelit series, and if you enjoyed Sword Art Online, you might like this series. The story is about a college student in a full-dive virtual reality role-playing game, and there’s nothing deadly about the game itself, but it soon becomes obvious that the game world is not what it seems. The hero is just an overall nice guy, which makes me root for him. What are you reading?

No Cold Bums toilet seat cover

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.22.2008 I actually wrote out my pattern! I was getting a lot of hits on my infamous toilet seat cover , and I wanted to make a new one with “improvements,” so I paid attention and wrote things down as I made the new one. This was originally based off the Potty Mouth toilet cover , but I altered it to fit over the seat instead of the lid. Yarn: any worsted weight yarn, about 120 yards (this is a really tight number, I used exactly 118 yards. My suggestion is to make sure you have about 130 yards.) I suggest using acrylic yarn because you’re going to be washing this often. Needle: I used US 8, but you can use whatever needle size is recommended by the yarn you’re using. Gauge: Not that important. Mine was 4 sts/1 inch in garter stitch. 6 buttons (I used some leftover shell buttons I had in my stash) tapestry needle Crochet hook (optional) Cover: Using a provisional cast on, cast on 12 stitches. Work in garter st until liner measures

What I’m writing in The Year of the Dog

This month, I have decided to focus more on my Christian Contemporary Romantic Suspense novel, Year of the Dog , so I’ve been spending more time working on it. It’s actually an old manuscript that I submitted to Zondervan but it was never bought, and I’m rewriting/revising it as a (second) prequel novel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series set in Hawaii. Here’s a little bit of what I just rewrote/edited. This morning, her mom was about to tackle the attic when Marisol put her foot down. “Mom, I have to go to work. I can’t spend the whole day helping you clean the house.” “You have plenty of time. What can you possibly do all day now that you quit your job?” “Oh, I dunno. Renovate my new facility?” “You’re only going to have dogs there. How much renovation do you really need?” “It would be nice if the roof didn’t leak and the windows opened and shut. Oh, and I kind of need a floor.”  I guess Marisol’s relationship with her mother isn’t getting better anytime soon …

Follow Camy on Amazon

Follow my Camille Elliot author page on Amazon! You’ll get an email from Amazon whenever I have a new ebook release and occasionally when Amazon decides to run a special on one of them. Click here to go to my Camille Elliot page on Amazon.

A List of my Free Blog Reads

Curious about what my writing is like? Here’s a list of all my free books and the free short stories, novellas, and novels that you can read here on my blog. I’ll update this post as I add more free reads. Christian Humorous Romantic Suspense: Year of the Dog (Warubozu Spa Chronicles series, Prequel novel) (Currently being posted monthly on my blog as a serial novel) Marisol Mutou, a professional dog trainer, finally has a chance to buy a facility for her business, but her world is upended when she must move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate. When she stumbles upon a three-year-old missing persons case, security expert Ashwin Keitou, whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier, is tasked with protecting her. However, danger begins to circle around them from people who want the past to remain there. Can they shed light on the secrets moving in the shadows? Christian Romantic Suspense: Necessary Proof (Sonoma series #4.1, n

Phoebe’s Muffatees knitting pattern

In Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 4: Betrayer , Phoebe wears a pair of lace muffatees, or gauntlets/arm-warmers that hide a rather deadly surprise. :) I actually got the idea of having her wear muffatees because I saw a lace manchette pattern in Miss Watts’ Ladies’ Knitting and Netting Book , published in 1840, page 20. However, after doing some research, I found that they were called muffatees in the Regency era, and the term manchette did not arise until a few years later. They were essentially arm-warmers worn under those long sleeves on day dresses, which were usually made of muslin too thin to be very warm. I decided to knit Phoebe’s muffatees using a Leaf Pattern originally suggested for a purse in Mrs. Gaugain’s book, The Lady’s Assistant, volume 1, 5th edition published in 1842, pages 234-237. I think there was an error and row 36 in the original pattern was duplicated erroneously, so I have adjusted the pattern. The original manchette pattern called for “fine” needles a