Thursday, January 14, 2010

A bit of housekeeping

I've been out of the blogging groove this past week, and I need to do a bit of tidying up now that I'm back. I know it looks rather stark around here, without a photo in the header. Sometimes, I like it that way, it gives me a clean slate. When the spirit moves me, I'll put up something new.

Some fun things to share! In the past few weeks I've been the lucky recipient of not one, not two, but three blogging giveaways! (blush) It's kind of embarrassing, but at the same time thrilling, like going to a shower and cleaning up on all the game prizes. But, I promise I'll make it up to you all and will be having a little surprise giveaway of my own soon. And, no, it's not another diet book;)

Speaking of which, Susan was the lucky recipient of The One Day Way drawing. She doesn't have a blog, but sent me an email, as she's a regular reader of this blog. So, congrats to Susan!

And now, wait'll you see the goodies that came in the mail last week. Melinda at Country Dreaming is a Kansas City girl and we've kinda bonded because my DH is from KC and I happen to love the place. We spent a few days there this summer on our Great American Road Trip. Melinda had a giveaway of Kansas City memorabilia and I won! Take a peek at all the neat stuff . . .
An array of postcards including some of our favorite KC places and stadiums:), lots of chocolate (KC inspired), BBQ sauce (KC is king), KC roasterie coffee (my personal favorite), a pen, a note card, magnet, and a thimble which will go nicely in my sewing room. Thank you, Melinda, you're a real sweetheart:)

The other two packages arrived before Christmas, so yeah, I'm really late in acknowledging these. The first is a book from Katrina's Fall Reading Challenge at Callapidder Days. It's the third in a series, so I'm holding on to it as I've read the first book and need to read the second.
Another book that I was very happy to win is You Want Me to do What? Journaling for Caregivers, by B. Lynn Goodwin. I highly recommend it for anyone who is in a caregiving situation, whether it be professional or volunteer or for a family member. The book is filled with journaling prompts to help the reader begin writing and to discover how to care for themselves. I'm donating the book to our church library for our collection of books for caregivers.

Now, I'm going to do a bit of housekeeping in my house! I'll be back soon. Promise;)


Kat said...

Hi sweet friend! Thanks for your comment and your understanding. It's so hard to "do it all", isn't it? I really miss all of my blogging buddies when I can't visit and it's so hard for me to read and run. I feel like I must leave a comment. Silly, I know.

I've enjoyed catching up with you.

Hugs from the Beachkat!

RIZZI said...


Country Dreaming said...

Congrats on all your goodies!
Glad to see that everything arrived in one piece. Enjoy!

Melinda :)

Lynn said...

Hi Karen,

I'm delighted that you won a copy of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers, and I think it is fabulous that you are donating it to your church. Thanks for endorsing it.

If you'd ever like a guest post about the benefits of journaling, let me know, okay?

Take care,

B. Lynn Goodwin
Author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

Brittanie said...

I loved that series about Lexi and her baking/love adventures. :)

Inglesidemom said...

I am all excited to see the new layout. I am planning on actually buying a blog makeover soon. I spend too much time there for it not to feel like an actual room of my house.

Jen said...

Lucky Girl! It's been awhile since I have been on anyones blog...trying to play catch up...I'm in need of housework. Maybe if I can get off the computer I could do it!
have a great weekend!

She Was Old Fashioned said...

Hi Karen after my little hiatus I am back hopefully at least once a week. How exciting all your winnings! lucky you. I hope you had a great New Year and Merry Christmas. Hugs to you and God Bless

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Congrats on all your good luck! I can't wait to see the picture you choose to use as your header. Your pictures are always so incredible!


diana said...

congratulations on all those wins. it's always fun receiving fun stuff.