Everybody loves a good love story …

October 1, 2010

… and alot of people have one of their own!

The contest for a great how-we-met story is over and there had to be a winner, which was tough because you posted some really great ones.  If you haven’t read all of the ones that were shared, here’s the link to that post.

Without further delay, the winner is my old high school friend, Barb.  Her husband Tom just passed away a few weeks ago, and that makes the telling of their story about how they met especially poignant.

Thank you, Barb for sharing your story.  You were definitely blessed, and I know Tom lives on in all the wonderful memories of him that remain.

I’ll send your address to Tim King and you’ll be receiving a copy of his book.

Thanks again to everyone who participated.  I truly enjoyed reading your stories.  Good work to all!

The How-we-met Story That Got Away

September 11, 2010

Please don’t forget to go back a few posts and leave a comment about how you met.  A winner will be announced October 1.

By the way, my dear friend, Linda has started writing a blog.  That is wonderful news, because Linda is a faith-filled, funny lady who was just born to blog.  So be sure to visit her new blog, To Behold The Beauty, and welcome her to this new adventure.

And Linda and Doug happen to have a great story of their own about how they met.  You can read it here.

Welcome to blogging, Linda.  You’re perfect for it.  I look forward to re-reading all the funny things you have said to me over the years, but that I have since forgotten.  That’s the nice thing about having “old folks” for readers — everything looks new to us!

A Contest: You met the love of your life, how?

September 8, 2010

One of the advice columnists in the newspaper has published how-we-met letters several times.  I always find those stories fascinating.  So I thought we would do something similar here.

And just to make it a little more tempting for you to participate, we’ll make a contest of it!

My blogging friend, Tim King, is an author and  has generously donated one of his books to be given away.  Here’s a little bit about it.

The Secret to Happily Ever After (It’s simpler than you might think.)

I was born with the heart of a romantic. I fell in love at the drop of a hat, longed for someone to heal my loneliness, always attracted to the wrong women.  Like others, I struggled for years with love and relationships. And like others, I thought I was all alone and that there was something wrong with me.

I finally did find a special someone, but finding that person was simpler than I had thought.

The storybooks have it all wrong.

This is my story, the frank confession of a romantic idiot who was lucky enough to find the secret of happily ever after.


So, now friends, it’s up to you to make this fun.  Please leave the story about how you met the love of your life in a comment.  October 1st a winner will be selected by “our panel of distinguished judges” — that would be Hubby and me.  And by the way, if you missed the post I did not too long ago about how we met, you can read it here.  Maybe reading our story will get your writing juices flowing, as well as give you a laugh.

I’m looking forward to hearing your stories!

Profile of a Winner!

June 28, 2010

My old friend, Cheryl, is the winner of my I-can’t-believe-I-posted-700-times contest!

I actually had planned to share photo documentation of the  very high-tech system I used to arrive at the winner, but my photos of the little pieces of paper with all the names on them in a big plastic pitcher don’t want to download, so you’ll just have to take my word for it — Cheryl won!

To remind you who Cheryl is, besides being an occasional commenter here, she and I went to high school together and I wrote about a fun encounter we had here — a time when I noticed her browsing in the tropical fish department of the nearby super store.

Yesterday I stopped at the super store on my way home from church, and it just so happens that I encountered Cheryl again — and again she was doing something “interesting”.  As I walked past the cosmetic aisle I noticed Cheryl studying a wall of products.  So, of course, I walked over to say hi.  And as we chatted she told me she was looking for waterproof eyebrow pencil.  Hmmm.  I’ve never heard about a product like that, nor the need for one!  She said she needed it because hers keep wiping off.  Being the caring, thoughtful friend I am, I gave her my very best advice to solve her problem — “STOP RUBBING YOUR EYEBROWS!”  She said she would take my sweet advice under consideration as she waved a waterproof eyebrow pencil under my nose as proof that she wasn’t the only one who had the problem of disappearing eyebrows!

So, anyway, eyebrows or not, Cheryl is the winner of the original greeting cards.

“I’ll have my people call your people, Cheryl, and we’ll do cards.”

Thanks to all of you who left a comment and joined in the fun.  You are all winners with me!

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock …

June 25, 2010

… time is running out to enter my I-can’t-believe-I-posted-700-times contest.

Win a box of six original photo greeting cards.  They will be blank inside (unless you want me to try my hand at greeting card writer too — I might be able to do it!) and include matching envelopes.

Think of it this way.  “Someday” wayyyy in the future, after I’m gone, there may be a huge number of collectors who collect … not baseball cards … not comic books … but original greeting cards!  So, if you were to win this box of six now, maybe you could sell them then on a huge black market for the very popular collectible greeting cards, and feather your retirement nest!

So, comment here or on the original contest posted last Monday for this once in a lifetime opportunity! (said in my best Billy May’s voice)

Happy Friday!

Words, words, words …

June 21, 2010

… I’ve got words, and I have the statistics to prove it!  I’ve now written over 700 posts.

I remember telling DD, when she encouraged me to start writing a blog, that I didn’t think I would be able to think of enough to write about.  Ha!

Soooo, in honor of this milestone, I thought I would give away some of the results of my new “flavor of the month” hobby — making greeting cards from my photos.

These are some I’ve made to give away at our golf fun day in July.

So, if you would like to “throw your hat in” for the give-away, here’s how it will work.

Between now and midnight on Sunday, June 27, please leave a comment here, and I will randomly draw a winner on the 28th.

For that winner, I will make six cards (they are blank inside), with any combination of the following three pictures (all six of one picture — two of each of the pictures — three of two different pictures — you get the idea, whatever you want).

Orrrr,  if there is some other photo I have published (that doesn’t have people in it, please) that you would like made into cards, I could  do that.

Although I would make one exception to the “no people” rule because this one is me, and I don’t need anyone else’s permission.  I’ve made some get well cards to send out myself with this picture and words on the front.  I have no idea if that would be fun for any of you to send out, but I’m hoping I’ve given some sick people a laugh when I sent them this baby!  (You could write on the inside something like, “Cheer up!  You can’t possibly feel worse than she looks!”)

But whether you win greeting cards or not, those of you who have taken the time to read many of my 700 posts have my undying gratitude!  You are the secret ingredient in the “add humor and faith … mix well” batter that makes writing this blog fun for me.  Thank you.

I really want to know!

May 27, 2010

I love my blogging friends, C and V, at Stickhorse Cowgirls, and it’s not just because they are some of the few blogging friends I have whom I have actually met!

A few days ago, V did this post that just listed five questions.  She answered them first, and then she asked her readers to give their answers.

I was actually surprised at how interesting it was to read the answers to those five questions by her commenters who were, of course, complete strangers to me.

So, I thought I’d try that here.  Now, I do have to say that I never get alot of comments on this blog.  I’ve always assumed that’s because there is something about my way of expressing myself that doesn’t encourage response!

But this time, I would really like for lots of you to answer my questions because I think it might be fun for all of us.  Or not.  Let’s see.  Here are the five questions I have chosen to ask, and my answers:

1.  Are you a homebody or someone who is always looking forward to your next trip?

I am a homebody.  I enjoy traveling occasionally, but I’m always delighted to return home.

2.  If you had to be in a talent show, whether you wanted to or not, what would be your act?

I might read some poetry!  When I competed in speech tourneys in high school in the poetry reading category, I came to realize that there are lots of interesting, sometimes funny poems that I enjoy!

3.  They say that of all the senses, smell has the longest memory.  What a favorite smell you remember from your childhood?

My mother’s yeast rolls.  They were heavenly, to taste as well as to smell!

4.  If you were alone in your house (no family members or pets to worry about) and there was a fire, what would you grab as you ran out of the house?

My “brain”, i.e. my purse!  It contains all my credit cards, my checkbook, my wallet, my address book, my camera and even an umbrella!

5.  Do you have a favorite quote or saying that comes to mind frequently because it seems to frequently fit the situation?

Actually, my husband is the one who first became a fan of this saying, but I find it comes to mind often for me too, because it fits soooo many situations:

“Nothing is impossible if you don’t have to do it yourself.”

Okay.  Now let me hear your answers!