Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring has Sprung!!! Hooray, I Love Spring

When I got up this morning and walked outside, this is what I saw........

A Glorious Blue Sky

Trees in full bloom

The Weeping Willow is looking great.

Even my cement pig looks happy about the good weather.

Hopefully you are having nice spring weather where you live.  I am loving the warm days and cool nights. 

Thank you to the Texas Roadhouse

Last week on Thursday night the Texas Roadhouse hosted us in our fund raising efforts for the Susan G. Komen Boston 3-Day for the Cure.  For six days previous to that night we passed out flyers to our friends and acquaintances inviting them to bring their flyer on Thursday night and help us earn 10% of their food check.  Lots of people showed up, so thank you to all of them. 

The Roadhouse also allowed us to set up a table just outside the doors and sell our bracelets, pink ribbon magnets, and pink ribbon pins.  We also passed out breast self-exam shower cards to all the women entering the restaurant.  We got a great response from everyone, and sold lots of our stock. 

I also put a collection jar in my booth at the Flea Market last week-end and collected almost $40 in donations.  Several of those donations came from men who had someone in their family that has been battling this disease.  The generosity of everyone has been wonderful.

If you have already donated, thank you for your support.  If you would like to donate and support this worthy cause, please click on the widget on my sidebar to go directly to the donation page.  With more research and community programs we can help fight for a cure. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Walking for a Good Cause

Here we are (my daughter-in-law and walking partner) getting our picture taken while walking.  This picture will appear in the local newspaper on Thursday to let everyone in our community know that we need their support to raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure. 

If anyone reading this blog would like to donate (no donation is to small), check out the widget on the right side of my blog for the link to my donation page.  To those of you that have already donated, thank you so much for the support. 

To date I have raised 41% of my goal of $2300.  If you want to support a great organization that is invested in breast cancer research and community organizations, please give whatever you can afford at this time.

If you, or anyone you know, is not covered by insurance or Medicare and needs a mammogram, please call the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline (1-800-462-9273) for free or low cost options in your area. 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

And The Winner Is.........

The winner of my first giveaway is Suz at Life Without Drama.  I used (as displayed below) to pick the winner. 

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Suz, please email me with your mailing information so that I can get your beautiful new tote shipped to you by CSN.   My email contact info is on my blog profile.  

Congratulations on being the WINNER of my first giveaway.  Thanks to everyone who participated. 

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Follow

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

He is so darn cute, it makes me smile when I see his picture.

My daughter and her husband have a blog that they post pictures on for the family to enjoy.  I pirate those pictures and download them to my computer so I can look at them whenever I want to without logging on.  Here are the latest pictures I pirated off their blog. 

He loves to swing, what a look of joy on that face.  

He also thinks his mom is pretty funny, and look at those top teeth peeking through.

Yep, he can stand up in his crib, and his parents have now lowered the mattress!!

If you are going to ride the commuter rail with Dad, you might as well have a Charley ticket to chew on.  

His parents tell me he is commando crawling everywhere these days, so it will not be long before he is trying to pull up and walk.  I am looking forward to the month of July because I will get to see him the first week of the month and then again when I am in Boston for the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk.  I have been training, but it will be raining for the next few days, however next week it should feel more like spring and with the time change I will have an extra hour of light in the evening. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Little of This and a Little of That

In case you have forgotten, my *giveaway*ends at midnight on Friday, March 12.  Be sure to enter to win the lovely Thomas Paul Tree Tote in Black.  Since this is my first giveaway I am excited about finding out who will win. 

On another note, if you have ever thought about donating even $5 to a worthy cause, please consider donating to my 3-Day Walk for the Cure.  I am training hard for this 60 mile walk and I need your help to reach my fund raising goal of $2300. For those of you that have already donated, I cannot thank you enough.  If you have contacts that might be interested in being a part of this worthy cause, please forward them the link to my blog.  Only by working together are we doing to move closer to a cure for this disease that takes so many women and men in the prime of their lives.  "Let's Do It"

On still another note, the sun has come out where I live and it was 72 degrees yesterday and I cannot tell you how it improved the winter fog I had been in for months.  Strange what a couple days of sunshine can do for your mood.  Do you suffer from the 'winter blues'?  If so, how do you handle it?  I never think of it as depression, I just think of it as the few months a year that I simply do not feel like doing anything constructive.  Oh yeah, I keep the house clean, and do my daily chores but I cannot seem to make myself do much else.  Do you feel that way in the winter?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Tell me how you handle the winter months. 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hot Frogs! I am having my 1st Giveaway


I am posting this giveaway when many of you are probably sleeping, or you might be out with friends, perhaps sitting on a bar stool in your favorite restaurant or drinking establishment.  As many of you know, I love purses and totes, so when CSN Stores contacted me about hosting a giveaway for all my blogging friends I was thrilled.  As I browsed their website I found this adorable Tote.  So thanks to CSN Stores, one of you will be the proud lucky owner of a Thomas Paul Tree Tote in Black.

Since CSN is providing this product, let me tell you a bit about CSN.  They are an online retailer based in Boston that started out in 2002 as two employees and one online shop.  They have become one of the top 3 online US retailers of home and office goods with over 400 employees and 200 online stores.  They sell cookware, toys, furniture, pet supplies, and much, much more.  And they ship most items to Canada also!


If you would like to win the Thomas Paul Tree Tote visit CSN and leave a comment on this post telling me about an item that caught your eye. 
Please include your email if or have it visible in your profile.  

For extra entries, do any or all of the following and leave a comment letting me know after you do the mandatory entry mentioned above:


o Follow my blog with Google friend connect

o Tweet about this giveaway and leave the link (you can do this once a day)

o Blog about this giveaway or post it on your sidebar (2 extra entries)

This giveaway is open to US and Canada and will end on March 12 at midnight.  Feel free to leave your entries in separate comments or all together.  I will add up all the entries and use to pick the winner.  Prize will be sent directly from CSN to the winner.

I got a dreaded letter in the mail.......

I have lived my entire life without ever being summoned to Jury Duty.  I am not sure how this happened, but I never gave it a lot of thought.  Well today I go to my mailbox and I have a letter with the return address of the United States District Court.  My first thought is 'oh good grief, have I been summoned to testify about something'?  Of course good grief was not what I really thought, but this is a family read blog, so I will stick with that.  Well, the answer was no, I am not being called to testify, I am being called to U.S. District Court Jury Duty.  Oh my flying garters, I cannot imagine what type of case I might be called to serve on, but I am not really excited about this 'call to duty', especially since it starts just 4 days before my birthday, and we all know that my birthday is a 'holiday'.  Also, the instructions say I will be required to be available on any day during the following two weeks in the event that I am chosen on any one of those days.  They were good enough to say that the trials normally only last 3-5 days, so how bad could it be, right? 

So I get to drive to a city that I have avoided since I have moved here.  I do not know the streets or locations of anything, and that was just fine with me.  I hate the downtown sections of any major city, the parking is scarce, and I always find myself on some one way street that takes me blocks out of my way.  The letter states that there are 25 juror parking spaces at the building.  If you are not lucky enough to get one of those spaces, you have to use one of the lovely parking garages a few blocks away.  I HATE parking garages! 

The only positive side to this story is that they will pay me $40 a day plus mileage to do my civic duty.  I hope if they choose me, I will at least get an interesting case.

P.S. At least is was not a letter from the IRS......score!

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Keli Pink Pendant

One of my blogging friends, Margaret, has an Esty site called Little Heart Shaped Box.  In honor of my decision to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure, she has designed a pendant called Keli Pink

Please check out her Etsy site and look at all the beautiful pendants she has created. 
Also please check out the widget on my sidebar if you would like to contribute to my 3-Day Walk for the Cure.   No contribution is too small.  The walk will take place in Boston, MA on July 23-25.  If you are going to be in Boston during that time, please come out to cheer us on.  We would love to see you there.