I'm finding it hard to believe, but I've been blogging now for over a year! A year, people! One. Whole. Year! Isn't that something? I mean, I always knew I could jabber on and on forever; I'm just shocked to realize that you guys are still reading my blog after all this time! lol But thank you, thank you, thank you for doing so. My contact with all of you is something I look forward to every morning. I check my e-mail first thing to see if anyone's left me a comment and then I go around and try to read all of your blogs. I'm fascinated by our differences and amazed at some of the things we have in common. Blogging has done so much for me and my life. I've learned to really look at all the things around me ('cause you never knew when a good photo opportunity might be staring you right in the face!), I've learned that I shouldn't take myself so seriously most of the time - the things I think are so hugely insurmountable in my life are really just hiccups along the way. I've learned that good health is a blessing and that bad health can strike at even the best among us. I've learned that feeling happy can be contagious and I've learned that ranting and raving every now and again can not only relieve the pressures that build up over time, but it can also give others a little laugh and a place to say "hey, that's happened to me, too!". I could go on and on even more than this with all the reasons I've enjoyed this past year of blogging, but then I might start to bore YOU (yeah, you!), and I'm sure I've done that enough times over the twelve months I've been in Blogland. So let's get to the giveaway.
When we were traveling on our recent vacation, I kept trying to find the "perfect" Blog-iversary giveaway gift. But I kept getting distracted by snow and old presidents and beautiful scenery. (Hey, what can I say? I have focus issues!). Then I came across these little dolls:
They're each about 2 1/2" tall and are made of ceramic/porcelain (like I would know the difference!). They represent the 4 seasons I've been blogging. From left to right, in case you can't tell which is which, is Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. 'Course, seeing as how they're so tiny and all, I can't just give them away without spicing it up a bit, so I shopped until my feet nearly fell off and found these things, too (Gosh, I'm such a lying little drama queen, eh?):
An 8"x8" metal "&" sign, a Morenci Bundt Cake scented candle (Morenci's are THE BEST scented candles I have ever had, bar none!) and a little resin birdie (which I so wanted to keep for myself, but how crummy would that be for me to do?). As a bonus, I'm throwing in 2 audio books; "Shiver" by Lisa Jackson and "Pop Goes the Weasel" by James Patterson. Okay, okay, I have a confession to make here. The audio books aren't new - the packages have been opened and they've been listened to - once - by me. But what in the heck do you do with an audio book after you've already listened to it? (Unless it's a Harry Potter or a Star Wars or maybe even a Dan Brown. I listen to those audios over and over and over and won't even think about parting with them!!) Everytime I go to put a "regular" audio with the Goodwill stuff once I've listened to it, I start thinking that maybe someone I know would want a chance to listen to them, too. (And then I forget to give them to anyone at all so they just sit on the table in the guest room forever.) So....I figured I'd just throw them in with the giveaway stuff. And if I get any flack about it, peeps, rest assured I won't ever do it again (I'll just slip them in the very next package I send out and pretend I don't know where in the heck they came from. lol). Just leave a comment on this post and on Saturday, July 5, I'll draw a winner. (And YES, this giveaway is open to the U.S. - of course - and Canada, the U.K. and APO/FPO addresses (little ol' customs forms don't scare me none! lol).
Thank you all so much for visiting with me time after time and thank you for showing me so much more of the world and the people in it than I ever would have been able to see otherwise.