I’m Chosen! I’m Chosen!

The email came.  I whooped!  I hollered!  I yelled at the husband and told him that I was in!  Yes--this news deserves all of those exclamation marks, my friends, because "I" was selected to be a World Book Night 2014 giver! One of my bloggy friends, Bernie, who writes a very witty and engaging blog over at One Mixed Bag got me interested last year when she put information on Facebook about World Book Night.  I had never heard of it before so of course I was drawn in since I am all about … [Read more...]

Filling Stations, Food and Fabulous Friends

How could you not click on a post with Filling Stations in the title???  I am very glad you did and stayed around to read the first paragraph of this post, at least! Earlier this week a group of new and old friends of the blogger type gathered at a local diner in Mason City to get to know each other a bit more. The location:  LD"s Filling Station located on 12th Street NE .   If you have never been to LD's you might miss it when driving by---it is back from the road and a huge favorite of the … [Read more...]

Two Authors—Two Romances

I know I say it all the time on my blog but I love meeting bloggy friends.  There are so many talented and gifted people out there in the blogging world and while I don't go to the conferences and belong to any huge group of bloggers I do love the folks that I have discovered through this wonderful mode of communication. When one of "us" has news we like to share it on our blogs so that our readers can be a part of it and today is just that kind of day.  I have been waiting to write this post … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

From time to time I like to share with my faithful readers some of the great things that I have come across that make a difference in my life.  Today I am going to highlight a few things that are indeed, my favorite things.  Here we go!!!!  (Oh and by the way---no compensation or any recognition from any of the folks that may have any connection with any of these items!!! Just my personal favs!) 1. The Quirky Power Curl cord storage thingy for my MacBook Air!! This thing is GENIUS!  I love … [Read more...]

Is It A New Landmark ? Nope–A New Birdfeeder!!!

Many of you know of my ongoing battle ....the battle between feeding the birds and feeding all of the other wildlife that seems to want to be a part of the Chiles household.  We get them all----squirrels, chipmunks, deer and the occasional rabbit who eats what the others have kicked out.  I have chronicled my fight over the years and blogged about it. Finally I gave up and designated the winter birdbath to feed them....not sure the neighbors were thrilled but the deer were … [Read more...]

Just Added to my Christmas List

Amazon.com: The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification (9780810955202): Julian Montague: Books.   I think this book looks very interesting......who would have thought to write a book about this???    … [Read more...]

Borders Vs Amazon

A couple of weeks ago when I was flying out of Raleigh back home (or at least I THINK that was the trip----I have been in a few airports over the past few months) I decided to get some "Doritos for the mind" as my sister in law calls People Magazine.  When I checked out I pulled out my Visa credit card and handed it to the alert cashier who looked at me and said "Really?  You are using an Amazon.com credit card at a Borders store?"     Well, yea, I guess I was!!!!   He told me I would not get … [Read more...]