Tuesday, January 13, 2015

1,000 Post (with prizes to celebrate) - Daybook Post

Outside my window~

Dreary.  No other way to describe it except that it reminds us of the dreary winter skies we left behind in Illinois many years ago.

Temps are suppose to climb back into the normal range this week,  (60's)

I am thankful for the blessings from blogging ~

* new friends

* gathering and sharing of material

* prayers and support from readers/followers when asked for

* the convenience of staying in touch with loved ones and dear friends that we live so far away from

From the school room ~

* Permit license to drive!  It's official.  I think Miss Sally will do great.

* Snowman building ::

(She had a blast gluing cotton balls on to her snowman body.)

From the kitchen ~

I was just sitting at the table working on the new menu, trying harder to tighten the food budget.

What I am reading ~

Are you a Downton Abbey fan?  You will enjoy this book.

Margaret Powell's classic memoir of her time in service as a kitchen maid.  Super easy, interesting read!

You can read more about it here, on Amazon.

Around the house ~

Riding lessons make great Christmas gifts!  It's the gift that keeps on giving.

I am thinking about ~

* My blog.  Wow!  I didn't even realize I was close to 1,000 posts until Miss Ester pointed it out about seven posts ago.

* Prizes (give aways) to celebrate this milestone.    **Read on to see the prizes you can enter to win**

I am praying for ~

* The repose of the soul of an old, family friend, Stacia.  She was a good woman, a great mother, and an even better grandmother.

* all of the people on my prayer list

* the unborn babies and their mothers

* an end to abortion

* a safe March for Life this weekend, particularly in Dallas

What I am listening to ~

Stan and Miss Mabel playing upstairs.  I love the good moments when they actually get along!!

Coming down the pike ~

* Monday - Permit to drive (Miss Sally)
* Monday - Horse lessons (Miss Mabel received six lessons as a Christmas gift ;)
* Friday - Miss Sally's eye appointment with her specialist in Dallas
* Saturday - March for Life Dallas (Miss Sally and Miss Ester will be attending.)

A final photo(s) to share ~

Prizes that reflect my blog and what I write about.

#1 & #2  My faith (and passing it onto our children through homeschool) ~

SaintlySilver on etsy is donating a Mary felt softie doll - (See item details here.)  One lucky winner will be drawn for her.

These are absolutely adorable!!  I first saw these on Etsy when I ordered a St. Cecilia doll for Miss Clementine's baptism birthday last February.

I am also donating a saintly felt doll, (maximum limit of $22), to a second winner, their choice of saint doll!  

#3  My love of cooking ~

Swiddles, Inc , another Etsy shop, has some really fun serving pieces and entertaining accessories.  I have purchased a handful to her items this past year.  They make great gifts!

This is my coffee scoop ~

It starts my day on a bright note!

Here is an image of a tea squeezer (because I know so many of my readers love tea!)

I will be drawing the name of  one winner for one gadget (maximum $15) to choose from over at Swiddles, Inc.

#4 For my love of chocolate (and how it is needed during the school day) ~

This is goooood stuff.  I was reminded of it the other day when I read Kathleen's blog.  One lucky winner will receive some of this awesomeness in the mail!  And as Kathleen mentioned, it goes great with wine ;)

So how do you get a chance to win something?

Here's the skinny...I don't have any of those fancy gadgets that require you to jump through hoops to win something.  (I really dislike those...talk about putting the squeeze on people.)  Anyone (in the continental states) who wants to will get one chance to have their name entered into a hat.  That's it.

Just leave a comment telling me you want to be entered.  Easy peasy.

I will draw the winner next week and post in my daybook post at that time. 

Have a fantastic week!

~  Patty  ~


  1. I would like to be entered please! Thank you!

  2. Congratulations on !000 posts! And congratulations to the new driver. ;-)

  3. I would love to win any one of your great prizes.

    congrats on 1000! keep on going...I love reading about your family and am in awe of the awesome job you and your husband do of incorporating your Catholic faith into everyday life. I wish bloggers like you had been around when I was raising my children. (okay, I admit it, Blogs weren't even a thing when I was raising my children...home computers were barely a thing.)
    I am now a Grandma even though my first grandchild is still unborn. I can't wait to meet him in person very soon!

    1. Thanks for reading my blog, Margaret, and for leaving the encouraging words! I have now added your blog into my bloglovin feeder. Looking forward to seeing what you post next!

  4. Congratulations on your 1000 posts! I know I have gotten much from them. I love your coffee scoops and the like, and would love to be entered to get one.

  5. Congrats on 1000! I remember when you posted about those spoons the first time--so fun! Sometimes jazzed up utensils etc go a long way to brightening a day. I once watched a Paula deen cooking show and she had the prettiest measuring cups. I've wished for them ever since! Maybe some day. ;)

    1. Hope, so happy that you are a reader of mine. I just stopped by your place...why haven't I in the past?? Happy to be a new follower of your blog. You, by the way, have a beautiful family!!

  6. Woo Hoo!!!!
    Patty, you were one of the very first blogs I read, and one of the first friends I made.
    I truly look to you for inspiration. And food. Oh, your food!
    Congratulations, my friend!
    To many more!

  7. Let's Celebrate!!! I am so excited to celebrate your 1,000th post with you!! You have been a dear friend and our hearts were drawn together even more when we were due date buddies (remember those crazy days??!!). I am so blessed to call you friend and am always encouraged and inspired by you here at your blog. You bring out the best in all of us and keep us smiling along the journey.
    Of course, I can't pass up a giveaway.....enter me :) You never can have too much Swiddle at my house, I'm finding that to be true. Btw, the Christmas gifts were a big hit!! Thanks for the tip to check their shop out.

    Here's to many more amazing posts from our favorite Texas friend!! *cheers*

  8. Hi Patty! It's so good to see that your daughter has her drivers license; that must mean that her eyesight is under control and she is doing better?
    I remember when my children would play nicely together..for about 20 minutes when the fireworks would start. Ugh. But at least I had that 20 minutes!
    I saw Kathleen's post with the Toblerone too, I guess that candy is well loved :) I love the stuffed St Cecilia doll, and the jewels on the measuring spoon. ( I am a coffee-gal all day!)
    I'd love to be entered into your contest, and I'm so happy for you too! Can you believe that you have written so many posts? What a pleasure to have been on this journey with you for just a little while. I look forward to walking through 2015 together too!
    PS I can't stand those Rafflecopter things. I don't understand them very well either. Thank you for sparing me the angst of dealing with one on your blog!
    Hope it's sunnier today?

  9. Woohoo! It's a 1000 post party! Congrats! I'll have to look what # I'm on...hmmmm. Love your blog and family and have enjoyed getting to know you through the years! :). Best wishes with the driving! My days with my girl are coming fast! Thanks so.much for the giveaway opp! Fun and great prizes!

  10. Do you know how much I love you? (LOTS) I think the same thing about those giveaways...where you have to like and repost and jump through a bunch of things and, blah blah blah....

    1000 posts....I have no idea how many posts I've done...guess I should look.

    I love your blog for 1. it's name 2. all the recipes 3. Your Catholic faith 4. Your homeschooling and last but not least,, YOU!!!!

  11. Don't enter me, I just wanted to shout out some cheers for 1,000 posts! I am retched at commenting lately, but I love your blog and seeing you on FB. Congrats on 1,000 posts!

  12. Happy 1,000. Not a frequent visitor, but enjoy stopping by and I am wild for the coffee scoop.

  13. Congratulations on 1000 posts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Congratulations! I am a frequent reader but don't have much time to post. We adopted our 2 sons from Korea at 8 months and 4 months and they are now 16 and 14. And I gave birth to our 4th child at age 41, a little girl who is now 9. (a 21 year old college daughter completes our crew) Along with homeschooling using Seton, we have a few things in common.:) I really enjoy reading your posts; the are interesting and very clearly written.

    1. HI Cathy! So many great things to have in common!! I'm so glad that you read my blog. So, you are the lucky winner of the Mary doll, and I would love to have it sent to you. I think your nine year old daughter will love it :) When you have a chance, please contact me through my email and we can get your info placed and the doll sent out to you. :)

  15. Congratulations on the 1000th! Keep the inspiration coming!
    I first found you through Carol then again through BillieJo and I am so happy too know your family is in the world living our beautiful faith and setting an example for us all.

    Having a new driver is such a big deal. I find it a little stressful to allow and trust them to drive, even with me right there, but obtaining steps toward their independence is worth it.

  16. I love your blog, Patty. Thank you for taking the time to keep it up.
    Please enter my name. (great prizes!)

    1. Hi Melanie! I'm so glad you stop by every now and then. I am now an official reader of your blog. Your family...so beautiful! All those boys and one girl. My grandfather was one of 10, and the only boy ;)

  17. Congrats on your 1000th post! Clementine is so cute making her snowman.
    I would love to be entered.

  18. Oh my goodness, thanks for the shout out! Yes, the candy is delish and I wouldn't mind winning more of it :)
    Those prizes from Etsy are so cute. Come to think of it, my coffee scoop is brown and plastic...how fun it would be to have that fancy one.
    1000 posts? That's fantastic. It's always such a joy to come here. Looking forward to the next 1000.

  19. Congrats on this milestone! Oh how I've missed blogging...going to try to inch back slowly. Love Miss C's braids:) Hugs to all of your cuties and YOU. (Loving my coffee scooper too)!

  20. Congratulations!! You know I love your blog. Reading it always makes my day a bit brighter. Please enter me if it is not too late! Love your goodies. :)

  21. Yay to one-kay!

    All the prizes are so wonderful, but the coffee scoop is my favorite…although I do admit I would use it for ~cocoa~ and not coffee! (I'm a hot chocolate addict!)

    :o) Becky in OR

  22. Thanks, all!!

    I have closed the drawing and will announce the winners tomorrow.

    Thank you for all the kind words and messages!!


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