She’s STILL Talking

How can this be my 600th post????

And while the number 600 isn’t necessarily one of the usually celebrated milestones, let’s party anyway!

Pass the noisemakers; don’t be shy – put on one of the party hats, too!!!

What’s a party without a door prize, so how about a giveaway?

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Teal Drops

For these earrings, I used both Vintage and Contemporary Swarovski Crystals in glorious shades of Teal and Deep Purple! They measure approximately 1 1/2″ long, and feature sterling silver earwires.

If you’d like a chance to win them, answer “Count me in” at the end of the following “mini questionnaire” I have for you, today.

(PLEASE answer the questions even if you do not want to be entered in the giveaway.)

1. Does this page load quickly or slowly for you? (I’m trying to determine if some of the items in my sidebar are slowing this page too much.)

2. Do you find it too much effort to read blogs that update daily? Would new posts a few times a week be just as good, in your opinion?

3. What fascinates you? (I know it might seem like a tough question but I ask because I’m looking for things that truly pique your interest. Perhaps I can include posts on them in the future.

4. For the earrings giveaway, will you choose “Count me in” or “Not this time” for your answer?

A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 28th!

The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If the winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 03/27/11, and the winner will be selected on or about 03/28/11.



Many Happy Returns

It’s his birthday…

But each year, I feel as if I’ve received the gift – having him in my life! 😀

My heart can’t help but cherish the day my soul mate arrived on earth.

This year is one of those “milestone” birthdays for Sir Beads.

How many candles? Well, let’s just say he’s close to retiring. Though to look at him, you might not believe it.

What’s a birthday without a favorite dinner?

The guy loves ribs so we went to a place that prepares them just right . . . and with plenty of napkins. 😉

Next, he chose something that is not traditionally a birthday dessert – strawberry shortcake! It was soooo good and the slivered almonds were a nice touch.

My birthday is just around the corner….

I may just have to go for the shortcake this time, too. 😀



Milestones . . .

I can hardly believe that this is my 400th post.

And in another few weeks, I will have been writing this blog for exactly two years. Who would have thought I had so much to say?

Don’t answer that! 😉

For the first few months, I posted weekly, but before long, I began to post Monday through Friday, and have kept up that pace ever since.

In the beginning, I really struggled to find my blog “voice”. I worried that I sounded too much like a “professor”, or too formal. I wanted to use humor, but was afraid I’d sound silly. I wondered whether I should write on many different topics or stick to a theme? Back then, it quickly became apparent to me, that there was a learning curve to this blog stuff.

After I’d been writing for several months, a new commenter arrived on the scene. It was January 1, 2009. Her comment was very kind:

“Glad I found your blog. I am on my way to see your shop!! I LOVE cabs.”

Little did I know that this lady would be with me every day from that moment on. Each morning when I’d sign onto the blog, her comment was waiting. She became my barometer for measuring how I was doing with my posts. If she liked it, or she laughed, or she said the post touched her – then I knew I was making progress.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know her too . . .

I’d like to dedicate this 400th post to Carol. 😀

Because she has been commenting on every post for 18 months, I fear that, on some level, I take her for granted. Of course, I do NOT mean to, but I’ve become spoiled. It’s like when you turn on the TV in the morning – you expect to see the Today Show. Well, when I sign into the blog each day – Carol’s comment is waiting. It has become part of the day!

Thank you, Dear Carol . . . for your friendship, advice, sense of humor, and very kind heart. I’ve told you before, but it was your consistent support during my earliest days of blogging, that helped me to push forward and have the confidence to keep at it. You’ve made an immeasurable contribution here. Love ya so much! 😀