Morning Meanderings… Winners! (And it smells like poo)


Good morning!  Holy smokes I slept!  I was semi awake at 5 am and thought I would sleep one more hour after Al went to work.. next think I know it is 7:45 am!  That’s crazy for me!  SO briefly, I need to catch up on some winners, and remind you of one giveaway still going.



For the Dewey Read A Thon that took place this past Saturday, I was offering a giveaway to a commenter…

The books to choose from!


And the winner is:  Leslie from Under My Apple Tree! She receives choice of these books!  Woo Hoo Leslie!  For a closer look at the titles, see the original giveaway post.


Also – The winners for the Best Of Me Movie Tie-In Book are….


Martha from Martha’s Book Shelf!


I also still have the Book Mark Giveaway from In My Book.  Please check out the post about the book marks and see them – they are pretty sweet!  Two winners will be drawn for those tomorrow!


And finally…

the poo.

When I got up this morning and opened the sliding glass door to the back deck as I do every morning to let the dogs out and to get a nice breeze in the house, I got a whiff of something not so pleasant.  So unpleasant in fact, I looked under the table.  When it did not go away I walked around the house… and eventually outside.  I think the neighbors have fertilized their field.  Egads… they must have upgraded to some premium stuff.  😉

Anyhoo… that’s whats in my head this morning 🙂

Morning Meanderings… Lots Of Winners To Announce!


Good morning!  Tuesday already!  It is a dreary overcast day here and I would like nothing more than to sit here and work on my deadline and later curl up with a good book…


I do have to go out there.


Winners.  I have some winners to catch up on from the This Is Where I Leave You Contest to Banned Book Winners.  SO let’s do this!


This is where I Leave You was a contest for a $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters & copy of the book (movie tie-in cover) .  Our winner using is:


Vicki from I’d Rather Be At The Beach


Banned Book Week Giveaways:


A copy of Mice and Men by Steinbeck goes to:


Hannah at Wordlily!


A copy of Lord Of The Flies by Golding goes to:

Brooke from Brooke Blogs


And my big Banned Book Week winner who will win choice of the Banned Book Cup, The Banned book socks, or the $10 gift card goes to……

Lois from You, Me, and a Cup Of Tea


Yippy!  Thanks all!  If winners see this post before I get a chance to email them later today, please send me your address (email it to: for shipping (and Lois I would need what you choose as well!) and I will get the items out to you 🙂

Ok all… off for more coffee!  Have a SUPER Tuesday!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading!


I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.  **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Under the new and hopefully improved 2013 guidelines, the winner each week will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.  This past weeks winner is:

Jay Riv

 Congratulations Jay!   please send me an email at and I will get this out to you later this week!

It was a pretty good week here, I did manage some posts:

BEA:  Day 1 What Is Up With My Pants?

Lets Explore Diabetes With Owls by Davis Sedaris

BEA:  Day 2 Blogger Con and the Harper Parties

Safe Haven Movie Review

BEA:  Recap Day 3 Least Favorite Book Of The Expo

BEA:  Recap Day 4 Breakfast at a favorite authors house!

BEA:  Recap Day 5 Potted Potter and the books!

Blogiversary Party (lots of fun going on here!)

I have a few still to review.  I hope to get caught up this week.  As for what I have going now:

1a1aDavid Sedaris’ new collection of essays – including live recordings! – tells a most unconventional life story. It begins with a North Carolina childhood filled with speech-therapy classes (“There was the lisp, of course, but more troubling than that was my voice itself, with its excitable tone and high, girlish pitch”) and unwanted guitar lessons taught by a midget. From budding performance artist (“The only crimp in my plan was that I seemed to have no talent whatsoever”) to “clearly unqualified” writing teacher in Chicago, Sedaris’ career leads him to New York City and eventually, of all places, France. His move to Paris poses a number of challenges, chief among them his inability to speak the language. Arriving a “spooky man-child” capable of communicating only through nouns, he undertakes language instruction that leads him ever deeper into cultural confusion. Whether describing the Easter bunny to puzzled classmates or watching a group of men play soccer with a cow, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.

I listened to him on audio and really enjoyed it – I needed more 😀

I also need to give the winners of the packages from yesterdays Blogiversary party – using…. here is the winners:


Package #1:  Bonnie at Bonnie’s Books!


Package #2:  Kara McManus!


Package #3:  Nise Under The Boardwalk!!!


Package #4:  Sharon Chance Sharon’s Garden Of Books

That’s it.  What are you reading this week?  Please add your link below where it says click here.

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Morning Meanderings… Banned Book Week Winners and a fun box of formal dresses!!!


Good morning and I mean good morning as I am writing this at 3:30 am.  This was not the plan but I woke up at 2:50 am when hubby went to go move equipment and now I am WIDE AWAKE.  😛 
Last week was the fantastic Banned Book Week event and I am still excited from all the participants.  I have BUNCHES of winners to announce and here they are:


The winner of the PREP post $10 Amazon gift card is….  Belle from Book Belle!


The winner of the copy of The Giver is Shannon from I Run Teach Read!


The Chocolate Wars post CHOCOLATE giveaway (which was comments on my post and on Florinda’s  goes to Jennifer from The Relentless Reader!


The Blog Participant drawing of a $20 Amazon gift card that was for everyone who signed up and offered a post during banned book week goes to…. Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair!


And finally – I had mentioned that all comments go into a LARGE Banned Book drawing for my banned book week posts as well as commenting on the other posts I linked for banned book week.  That prize package looks like this:

And the winner is:

Crys from Book Em!!!!


*All winners were chosen using


And one more fun thing. 


Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair sent me a little package last week… she knows that every July my book club dresses in formal wear for our annual “Queen Event”.  She sent me two gorgeous dresses for any of the eighteen girls in book club to choose to wear if they would like.  How cool is that!  Here are the dresses:

Just another thing I love about the book blogging community!  Thank you Gina they are beautiful!

So this morning I leave for our cabin for a crafting weekend.  I am really looking forward to a couple of days of chilling out.  Next week we serve for IHN (homeless in our community) so it will be a bit of a busy week and a little down time is just what I am looking forward to.  Posts and reviews are prepped to go up while I am away so continue to stop in and see whats happening and what I have been reading 😀

Morning Meanderings… and a Whole Lot Of Winners!

Good morning!  Happy Saturday! 

What a week!  I was busy with Audio Book Week, (thank you Jen!) and the weather finally has been beautiful here in Central Minnesota! I have been on a cleanse for 5 days now and that picture above of the coffee looks really good…. 😛

Today for Saturday Snapshot, (thank you Alyce!)I thought I would show a few pictures of when my Navy son was home last July…

July 2011


I show these pics today because Brad will be coming home this week for two weeks!!!


And as mentioned…. I have winners. 


From The Lets Talk About Books Baby post, the winner of the audio book (one audio book) up to a value of $20 from Amazon is:

Steph from Five Alarm Book Reviews


The winner of the audio book A Night To Remember by Walter Lord:

Leslie from Under My Apple Tree



The winner of the $10 Amazon gift card from The Magicians review is:

Christina from Reading Through The Night


The winner of the $10 Amazon gift card from the Finding Ultra review is:

Steve Capell


The copy of the Ravens Audio book giveaway will remain open for the next two days, winner announced on Tuesday.


Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for chatting audio with me this week!  Steph and Leslie I will need you to emails me at journey through with address info, and Steph your audio book choice…. Christina and Steve I will email you your gift cards yet this morning.  Enjoy!!!  😀


This weekend I hope to get in some bike riding and definitely some reading. Any big plans this weekend?

Morning Meanderings… Audio, A Trip, and Garden Party Wrap Up

Good morning!  😀  Hope you all are finding your Friday morning to already be delightful… the sun is actually out here so I am hoping for a lovely day which I need in order to finish our lawn 😀

This will be a rather sporadic post this morning.  I am usually off on Fridays but this next week while I am away is a big one for a kids camp that I usually help with, a big meeting that I normally do the set up for… BEA pushing back one week this year has put me where I am today – going into work to do some more prep work and hopefully I can be done by noon.  I have not packed yet, I want to get my nails done, prep some food for my hubby here, and pack for my bike ride that will take place right after I return from BEA – RIGHT AFTER as in that bag needs to be in my vehicle.  😀

In a completely random side ways conversation… my audio book order came in from… Each of these was around $3.00 each:

YAY!!!  My summer listening is going to be AWESOME!!!

And finally, if you missed out on the garden party here yesterday for our read a long, Secret Garden, you missed some wonderful party conversations!  I, was late to my own party with a heavy schedule yesterday but caught up with all of you at the end and had a chance to chat with each guest so I feel it was a success.  I have not made it around to all the posts yet, but I will – later today. 😀

There were some winners from the Secret Garden read a long and using while I sit my coffee this morning they are as follows:  

Winner of the Secret Garden DVD:

Ryan from Wordsmithonia!!!


Winner of the book, Little Lord Fauntlerot, also by Francis Hodgson Burnett:

Faith Hope and Cherry Tea from Tea Room


 the garden supplies:

Allie from A Literary Odyssey


and the $5 Amazon Gift Card goes to:

Robin from A Fondness For Reading

Winners please email me shipping info (no po boxes!) at  Robin, I will email you your gift card.  😀

There is also a survey going on yesterdays post about what book I am going to offer up next for a June read-a-long, feel free to put your two cents in – I will announce that book and sign up info tomorrow morning.  See you all later – have a gorgeous day!  😀

Morning Meanderings: Are You Pre-Ordering This? (And WINNER!)

Good morning!  Happy Friday The 13th!  😯  I know right?  I feel like I need to rent a spooky movie or something! 

Today is my day off and it looks gloomy out there.  The weather may sabotage my bike ride plan for the day… but that may mean that I will be inside reading instead which… makes me smile. 

When asked the question… uh, Sheila… if you were sent to live on a deserted island for five years and you could only take along with you 5 books, what would those books be?  While I would no doubt sweat this decision… I can guarantee you there would be at least one Harry Potter book in this mix. 

SO…. that said…

yesterday Shelf Awareness revealed that J K Rowling (master mind of all that is Harry Potter) is releasing a new book called The Casual Vacancy.  This books sounds as though it will have none of the magic that bought Harry a permanent residence in my heart, however… it is JK Rowling, and that makes me interested.

Publisher Little, Brown called the novel a “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising” tale of what happens in the English village of Pagford after parish council member Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly. “Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.”

according to Little Brown Publishing

I quickly popped on-line and pre-ordered this book that is due to release in late September.  While currently  the hard cover is sitting at a hefty $21, I believe it will go down in price before release. 

My question is, do you pre-order books from favorite authors?  Would you pre-order this one?


**I also need to announce the winner of the gift card for the Easter Egg Hunt that took place during the Monday What Are You Reading meme!  Thank you to all who participated! I was really pleasantly surprised of how many of you went egg hunting. I had a lot of emails saying that you really enjoyed doing this… enough so, that I will probably do it again in the future. 😀

The criteria was that you had to 1) find 3 of the 4 hidden eggs and email me where they were AND 2) you had to comment on each of these blog posts that had the Easter Egg in order to qualify. (a couple of you forgot that part!).  That said, using, the winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card is:

Lindsey from Literary Lindsey

Congratulations Lindsey!!!   The gift card will be in your e mail yet this morning, please let me know here that you have received it. 😀

Also…. thank you to my wonderful Egg Hosts:  Mari from Bookworm With A View, Lori from Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book, Kathy from Inside Of A Dog, and Reagan from Miss Remmer’s Reviews.  You all ROCK in my book! 😛

Morning Meanderings…. I BLEW UP The Blog

Wait for it…

Good morning.  In care you are wondering what happened around here…

I happened.

Give a girl a Bloggiesta weekend and well..anything can really happen.

I wont bore those of you who have already been here since Saturday afternoon but for those who have not here is the short version of what happened:

1. Went to change from 2 sidebars to one

2.  Seemed easier to change who theme to a single sidebar

3.  Became a CRAZY BIG project

4.  Changed theme.

5. Changed theme again.

(* note:  I may change it again, there is one more layout I want to look at so just bear with me while I go but more dynamite.)


Now – like the header, still trying to get used to the pink (not really me but it is not changeable except to powder blue), not sure I like the comment boxes either but I think it is growing on me.

There is the story. 😀

A few of you have asked where Coffee Cup is (used to sit on the upper right sidebar).  I was actually going to switch out that blog widget BUT- now I am so impressed that a few of you asked about it and realized it was missing that I think tomorrow morning I am going to introduce you to the real Coffee Cup.  To the average reader that may just seem a little C R A Z Y, but hey, first of all don’t judge 😛 and second of all Coffee Cup actually comes with a great story… one so good, I think I will add it to my About Me page after that post goes up tomorrow.

Ok…. moving on… I need to announce winners from the Bloggiesta weekend.  Give it up for the winners of my mini challenge, using they are:

$20 Amazon Gift Card:  alexia561

$10 Amazon Gift Card:  Tanya Patrice

next up… winner of the Descendent movie:


and last but not least the winner of the YA choose what I read contest and win it for yourself:

Mary Preston


All winners have been notified by email and gift card winners have been sent out this morning.  😀

How super fun!  Congrats all!  I have work, and hopefully play, and then I want to READ.  😀

Morning Meanderings…. What NOT To Eat, ooh and Book Winners!

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!

About a year ago my cousin told me about My Fitness Pal.  It is a free on  line site where you can plug in “all about you” and then daily, type in what you have eaten and drank, and calculates it for you.  It’s actually pretty cool when I use it.  It even tracks exercise and then gives you more calories to eat (woo hoo!) when you work out.

I have dabbled with this site off and on the last year and just recently trying to do it daily.  And of course, I have a story.

Last week I had a crazy busy day (shocked, I know…) and after working out and living life at the end of the day I still had around 500 calories yet to use.  I was reading around 9 pm and was craving chocolate.  The only chocolate in the house was some Ghiradelli chocolate chips I had recently used in banana bread (oh yeah… that is awesome!).  There was not many left, maybe a cup worth and I sat down with a cup of coffee and those chips.  Mmmmmmm….

The next morning I thought I should plug those chocolate chips into my fitness pal for my previous days calculations.  I was guessing it to be around 300 calories.


Any guesses?




647 calories.

I blew it on chocolate chips.  😯

I will not be doing that again.

SO again, my plug for My Fitness Pal, holds.  Sometimes it tells you things yo do not really want to know… but on the flip of that… it is good to know the damage one can do while “innocently” snacking. 

Ok.. .on to funner (yes. my word) things.

Remember last weeks Library Sale?  And I offered up for you to make a choice of what book to read for me and then I would go from there and read them and pass them to you?  I chose one winner on Sunday and now here are the other two and the books you chose for me to read:

#92 Judith at Leeswammes’s Blog

#96:  Barbara from Freedom Acres chose for me to read:

YAY to the winners, please email me your addresses to: and once I read these books I will pass them on to you!  😀

Have a great day everyone… it is windy and gloomy here which is a bummer, but I am at work all day, the gym, and then a meeting tonight so I guess better today than a day I have off 😀

Morning Meanderings… what happened to yesterday (oh, and winners!)

Good morning and happy Sunday.  😀

I am sitting here… still coffee free (but not for long) wondering what happened to my yesterday.  I had plans… not big ones… but baby steps back into my life routine.  I was going to unpack (did not happen), I was going to do laundry (it made it to the washer)…

I was going to write reviews for the two books and one audio I finished while I was away this last week (instead I fell asleep in the chair).

At 3 pm yesterday Hubby Al came in the house and wanted to go out for supper…. right then as he had not eaten yet.  At 3 pm.  Supper.  I told him we were not 80 and he could wait at least until 4:30.  Then our friends Dan and Key called and they asked us to meet up with them so by 4:15, e were out of the house anyway.  It was a good night, had dinner with them and then went back to their house for a while to chat.

We came home, watched the Survivor episode I missed while I was away and then bed. 

Today – my agenda is wide open again and I am glad…. Monday will come soon enough.  😀



Yesterday I announced a one day comment for a bag of Honduras Coffee that I brought back with me.  This morning using I chose the winner and that was:

Truly Simply Pink


For Snowflower and the Secret Fan the DVD or Blue Ray winner is:

Kailana from The Written World

The book goes to:



The winners of the signed hard copy Laura Childs Skeleton Letters are:

Mary Preston

Carol Wong


Thanks everyone for entering.  I need to go get ready now… but I will be back later with a review, and tonight of course with Monday What Are You Reading.