And the Winners Are…..

You remember that fun book giveaway to win two book by "Cotton" Ketchie,  right?  Today's post is just to announce the following winners!!! Winner of signed copy of "Trouble in Love Valley" goes to faithful reader and commenter---Gibber. Winner of the signed copy of the children's book (with companion coloring book)  "The Perfect Christmas Eve" goes to Cynthia Tompkins who just happens to be my favorite local radio personality. Congratulations to these two readers and enjoy the … [Read more...]

Claudia Must Die—-or Must She? It’s Up to YOU to Find Out.

I have had the honor and privilege of making so many great friends because of blogging.  Some of my favorite bloggers are now published authors and many have started their publishing career during the time that I have followed their blogs so that makes me believe that I am part of the process.  Not true, of course, but it certainly is  exciting to be on the journey right along with them. Today I am thrilled to feature my friend, T.B.Markinson, who has become a great friend across the pond. … [Read more...]

Now That’s Whimsical

Some of my fun North Iowa Bloggers and I attempted to be crafty the other night.  Some of us succeeded perhaps a little bit better than others but we all had fun and that was what the whole evening was about. You might remember me writing about visiting the Carlson Christmas Tree Farm back when I was posting about our Franklin County Harvest Bloggers Tour in the fall this year.  It was one place that we stopped on our first night to enjoy some fabulous food and conversation.  Oh yes--the … [Read more...]

Pleased to Announce—“Chasing Jenna” by Micki Fredericks

Today on the blog I would love to share one of my new favorite authors and also my new friend----Micki Fredricks. She lives right here in Mason City and is an amazing woman all packed into a small package.  I am privileged to announce her latest book today and allow my readers to join in on a giveaway (at end of the post). I have also added my review on Goodreads here. Title: Chasing Jenna Author: Micki Fredricks Genre: Romantic Suspense Release Date: November 27, 2014 Synopsis Twenty … [Read more...]

It’s Snowing on Teapot Tuesday

It appears that winter might have arrived ahead of schedule this year with the cold temperatures and the remaining snow piles that will undoubtedly be replenished before the end of the year.  With that being said I don't actually hate winter.  I just wish that when the snow and ice fell it would avoid the sidewalks, driveways and roads.  Is that too much to ask?  I don't think so. Today's teapot was an eBay find from the woman who was selling her mother's massive teapot collection.  Yes---it … [Read more...]

Christmas Shopping? No Bah-Humbug in Mason City!

It is not a surprise that I love to shop.  I don't have to always make a purchase but I do love to see what local stores are offering and this past Friday the North Iowa Bloggers spent a bit of time together enjoying a few of my favorite shops in our town. First stop was Soyphisticated Candles.  I love all of the products that Camille Lee offers and have never been disappointed with anything that I have gotten from her.  I have blogged about her before several times (check out my first … [Read more...]

#North Iowa Bloggers + Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank = A Very Good Thing

Friday was a gray and gloomy day in Mason City, Iowa but some of my local blogging buddies definitely brightened up my day and their actions will brighten the days of others in our area. We took a field trip to Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank located at 122 S Adams Street in Mason City to drop off our trunkfuls of food and cash donations that the bloggers and their readers had collected during November.  It was a fun morning for all of us and volunteer Ozzie Ohl was the consummate host and gave … [Read more...]

Sharing a Bit of “Cotton”

Everyone loves a giveaway and today I am featuring TWO books that you can win with just a comment.  My friend, "Cotton" Ketchie has written several books and today I would love to give away two autographed copies to my readers. "Cotton" is an accomplished and skilled artist and photographer who features his art at Landmark Galleries in downtown Mooresville, NC.  We have been friends with he and his wife, Vickie, for years and are thrilled to be able to share these books with you as a giveaway … [Read more...]

In His Pocket

Mr. Diamond (Chris) and I have an interesting relationship.  We have always had a lot of fun together and he reminded me not too long ago that we have been together an amazing 2/3 rds of our lives.  That is a long time in dog years as a favorite pastor used to say. The geographic separation is wearing a bit thin as we are at almost 5 months of him being in Texas and me being in Iowa.  The good thing is that we DO get to see each other.  More than some other couples who have to be separated … [Read more...]

Buddy Takes Center Stage on Wordless Wednesday

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