Binnielula’s Valentine, 2007

Binnielula’s Valentine, 2007

Originally uploaded by Allen Gathman.

Traditionally, I make a valentine for Binnielula every year. Here’s this year’s entry, a paper picnic basket (the weaving took me a while to figure out), and paper goodies including wine, bread, cheese, chocolate, grapes, olives, prosciutto (far right) and a slice of cantaloupe. And a valentine card, of course, with a slightly mangled quote from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Yes, I did get some other things done during the day at work.

8 Responses to “Binnielula’s Valentine, 2007”

  1. kicking_k says:

    That’s so lovely.

    I got this one from J – we always try to make each other cards too. (He got a montage of cats hugging. I’m not as creative as he is!)

  2. Allen says:

    Very nice. And I think “Furrinesses” is worth quite a few points as well.

  3. kicking_k says:


    Despite being cat people to the bone, we have no cats. We’re both horribly allergic :(

  4. Allen says:

    Well, I’ll try to post some cat pictures for you.

  5. Reno says:

    Furriness is worth 17 points with double letters factored in. It doesn’t double to 34 because it has 8 letters, which means someone had already done a word across the center star. When the last two letters were added to make furrinesses, the double letters had already been used, so the amount multiplied was 14, yielding a nice but not mind-blowing triple-word-using score of 42.

    That said, it’s a lovely valentine.

  6. Allen says:

    Thanks, Reno. I was too lazy to figure it out myself. Of course, “fuzzinesses” would have been better.

  7. Reno says:

    I can’t resist a Scrabble board. Sometimes I total license plates while on long drives. My Nevada place is a disappointing 6 points for the letters; my Oregon plate was 15.

  8. kicking_k says:

    But there’s only one Z in the Scrabble set…

    Also, in Britain “fuzzy” tends to be used of out-of-focus photographs, and “fluffy” for cats or blankets. So it wouldn’t have been J’s default choice.

    I am not convinced that “furrinesses” is in the Chambers English Dictionary, or even the complete OED.

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