GIFTS, GIFTS and MORE GIFTS

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I love Carissa's Miscellany Mondays, as RANDOM is my middle NAME. She just makes it easy for me to be RANDOM. Plus I find the greatest post on this HOP every Monday...and I am warning you this is going to be ULTRA RANDOM! You can comment on both blogs and on Sunday, PARKER will draw. We will combine all the comments from each of the two posts, if that makes any sense....Takes NOTHING more than a COMMENT...no jumping through hoops, no blogging about it, no telling 100 friends, just say HI!
I looked at my dashboard this morning thinking I was getting ready to write a post about date night with Jack (AKA Woody) and realized that on my two blogs I had 275 posts and over 1150 followers in just 16 months. I know to many of you that is not a lot, but to this girl that thought one post would be the end, it seems like a MILLION. I thought about waiting until I reached the 300th post, but I will be so busy getting ready for the tree season, that I decided I would show my thanks NOW to all of you who have befriended me in the blog world. So on both blogs for the next few days I think we NEED to CELEBRATE..as in give a FEW THINGS AWAY. I am already drawing for a copy of IN A HEARTBEAT! I am adding to that some more prizes on EACH BLOG...so you will have to check both out. This post will stay up all week (because I have to start working on getting Christmas out of storage and staying away from the computer so much)! On SUNDAY NIGHT, PARKER will draw for all the prizes....So you have two chances to win Leigh Ann and Sean's book In A HEARTBEAT! (Are you getting that I LOVE this book? I think this is the 8th copy I have given away.) I love Robin McGraw,so I am including her book, What's Age Got To Do With It? . Then there are two new cookbooks, 500 SALADS and The Gooseberry Patch CHURCH SUPPERS COOKBOOK. It only takes a comment...and you can comment on both blogs...Just a little token to say thanks for reading ME.
There will be a few different giveaways on this blog, but I will combine the comments on the posts on each blog and draw for all the goodies together....if that makes sense...FRIDAY is the DAY!

AFTER this post I will start putting CHRISTMAS back in and this blog will go back to a REAL HOLIDAY BLOG. I will be going back to market in September and October and believe it or NOT, we are starting houses in LATE OCTOBER. I have some GUEST POSTERS, some NEW ornaments to show you, some new wreath ideas that you can make, and on and on. My number one elf, Terri at Ninnys Notes, is going on a cruise..(yes that would be 10 days at Disney and a Cruise all within a few months) but MAN does she deserve it. She is a NINNY (grandmother) in every sense of the WORD!

For a few more random thoughts...if you do not read NIENIE DAIALOGUES, you should. What a beautiful HEART, what an amazing STORY.. I have read her for years and never grow tired of her journey. Another rather new friend in the blog world is CATHY at THE STYLISH HOUSE. PLEASE put her girl, Heather's name or picture on your fridge or in your BIBLE to remember to pray for her everyday. I have a girl just about her age and my heart breaks for this family as they bravely approach her liver transplant. If you would like to send her a card of encouragement, email me at annah99@aol.com and I will get you an address. YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT SNAIL MAIL. And don't miss this post.. KINDRED SPIRITS...Enough said on that subject. A few other prizes that are not on the other blog are this new CUPCAKE COOKBOOK!

AND THIS PRETTY BOX WILL HAVE SOME SURPRISES IN IT...THIS MIGHT BE THE BEST GIVEAWAY of ALL of THEM. NOW, on to my DATE last night with Jack AKA WOODY. It was so much fun that I am thinking of going out with him again. I am just hoping that he will ask me. We mostly played Woody, Buzz, Jessy, you get the picture. Jack does all the talking and the only RULE is I AM NOT TO TOUCH WOODY. WOODY BELONGS to JACK ! PERIOD...no sharing..no need to ask! WOODY had to sit in TIME OUT several times and I have no idea what he did wrong. One time I think he lost his hat. One time his head turned to the back and JACK HATES that. And we did go TO INFINITY and EOND (that's beyond, you say it with a long E and you say it really loud) about 100 times! He did come to me about 11 last night and said, "MAMMY (still working on the GR)I WITE" I ask where and he opened his little fist and he had autographed his hand with a blue marker. I asked where the marker was and he went straight to the ottoman, got on his knees and pulled it out from under it. He had hidden his pen for later use. A BOY never knows when he will need to sign something.

Though this is not a great picture from Amanda's phone, this was DATE NIGHT for Jack's Mom and DAD. I think they LIKE each other.There are more pictures of our date on GRAMMY GIRLFRIEND! Plus more prizes...so check them out. All the prizes will go into one drawing and I REALLY WANT YOU TO WIN ONE ! Have a GREAT WEEK.

ONE RANDOM PS...and this is JUST A QUESTION...I am one of THOSE who has been DETERMINED to stay away from taking HORMONES. About two years ago I had about 3 months of HOT FLASHES and they just disappeared.. Thought I had the easiest menopause EVER. WRONG! Still had a few symptoms....but the HOT FLASHES were what I could not deal with. I am hot natured anyway but this was the REAL DEAL. Guess what? They are BACK..out of the blue..for the last 2 months. I may have to RECONSIDER the HORMONES..but BEFORE I DO, if you have any natural remedies, any views on bio identical hormones, pros and cons of your experience on the subject. Maybe there is someone else out there that would benefit from your answers and I know this ONE would love to get some answers. If you ask five doctors you get five different answers and to me that is FRUSTRATING!

26 comments:

FindingJoyinVegas said...

Following this blog too! Awesome! I love contests and giveaways, but I especially love Christmas! I know that I am going to enjoy reading this blog very much!

Mandie said...

I would love to be entered for this great giveaway!

I am also interested in doing that post for you. Just let me know when you want it and what you want it on.

Have a great day!!!!

Kaypt said...

Love reading your blogs all year but am really looking forward to the Christmas ones coming up. Thanks for all you do.
Kay

Lea said...

This is my first stop by our blog and I'll definitely be returning. How fun! Looking forward to the ones related to Christmas. Blessings to you for a great week!

granny said...

I read your comment on my granddaughter's blog "A Love Worth Waiting For". I have enjoyed reading your blog and about your family. We have 12 Grandchildren.
Looking forward to following your blog.

Grandma Cyndi said...

Sorry can't help with the hormone question. Too long to get into here, but I did not like my short (6 month) time on them and have not needed them for 12 years now. Things are probably differnt now but would lean towards the most natural you can get. Eating soy products seem to help some, but there are down sides to that too I guess. Looking forward to the decorating tips, can't believe a year has passed already.

Mass Hole Mommy said...

Hi there!! I am your newest follower!

Kat said...

You my sweet friend amaze me with your giveaways, your schedule, your cards, etc. How do you do it all?

I'll email you about the hot flashes.
I could write a book on that.


Hugs,
Kat

Debbie Jean said...

If you get any good idea's on the hot flashes, please oh please share, as I am going thru that also, and they are the pits!!!

I love Christmas, am looking forward to reading this blog.

Thanks for the opportunity to win some gifts. How fun!!

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

gossipmama said...

Im your newest follower from tuesday Tag along.

http://www.tsangreqz.com/2010/08/tuesday-tag-along-81010.html

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Fun Blog!!1Hi..I’m Barb….I am from TTA. I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. I also would love for you to be a new Fan of my Facebook page too & click “LIKE” in the upper right hand corner of my blog & you’ve done it..Thanks so much! I am just starting at Facebook. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

Jerri said...

Aw! What a cute story! And a fun date!

Hootiebee said...

Newest follower from Tuesday Tag-Along. I hope you can stop in and see me at www.hootiebee.blogspot.com

Mom's Review for you said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I am following you!!! I would love it if you could follow me back!

http://momsreview4you.blogspot.com/

Melissa

Janell said...

I want to be entered in the giveaway, I love Beth Moore, cupcakes and surprises!

Janelle said...

What a wonderful generous giveaway! Love your date night post, too cute! Place my name in the hat.
Best wishes.
Chanticlear1@gmail.com

Christa said...

Following from Blog Hop Thursday! My cousin LOVES cupcakes that would be a perfect gift for her!

Big Mama said...

Cute Blog Love the Christmas layout! I guess its getting to be Holly time again!

Here from the blog hop and following! Nice to meet ya!


http://thebristolproject.blogspot.com/

Nezzy said...

Woohoo...ya'll know how much I love a great giveaway!

The hormone thing...I've been goin' through it for years and will be 58 next month. I've tried different natural remedies that seem to work for awhile, some up to two years then the ragin' hormones override the product. The thing that changed my life for over a year was a product call Menopause Solutions (Health Food Stores) and they also have a websight, it helped almost immediately. I've used everything along with a progesterone and estrol cream. I'm in the process of tryin' to go off everything to see if my body will level out on it's own but it's hard. We are in our third week of temps over 100 and I am still active gettin' shingles here and yonder...then ya throw flashes and sweats on top of it....can ya'll say 'meltdown'. Heeehehehe.

Take care and have a great day sweetie.

Jill said...

Your giveaways look fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your Christmas blog!

Pam Ponder said...

I am your newest follower, loved reading your blog and looking forward to your Christmas posts as well,,,

Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

Thanks for stopping by on Friday. I'm returning the favor!

Bacardi Mama said...

Another wonderful giveaway. I am an avid reader, so your giveaways are great.

Love Being a Nonny said...

Just got back from vacation. Behind on blog reading! I don't take anything for the hot flashes but it is TOUGH!!!!!

Emily Simmons said...

Love giveaways and your blogs! (Both of them!)

Emily
1prince1princess@comcast.net

Katrina said...

Still making rounds from New Friend Friday! Following you. :)