Saturday, September 24, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Giveaway

I have been desperately trying to hold on to summer. I am still wearing open toed shoes, but honestly my feet are starting to get cold. Every year I am amazed that it is t-shirt weather on September 1, but by October 1 I can start to wear wool. This year does not appear to be an exception.

I've started to think about all the holidays and fun that will happen in the next few months. The Jewish New Year begins on Wednesday night. Generally I do a lot of cooking and entertaining, but this year I am blessed to be a guest. I will be doing some cooking -- a blog post will follow -- with my friend Nancy tomorrow, but that is the extent of my extra preparations.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas are all down the road. I am pinning crafts on Pinterest and starting to look at pumpkin recipes -- Love anything pumpkin! -- and thought a little giveaway to help get the holiday mood going would be fun.  

For all the fans of Jan Karon -- is anyone not a fan of Jan Karon and Mitford? -- this is a giveaway for the CD audiobook of "Shepherd's Abiding." It's the eighth novel in the Mitford series and perfect for listening to while you are doing crafts at home or errands in the car. There will be a few other holiday surprises in the package, too. To enter, please leave a comment about any holiday activities you're already doing. An extra entry if you link to this giveaway on your blog and please, be a follower of Buttercup's. The winner will be announced next Saturday, October 1.

Finished my first week back at work and did okay. I'm tired -- really tired -- but glad to be able to be back at work. I'm getting a haircut this afternoon and services tonight. Also dashing over to the post office to mail a certain sock animal. Thankful for lots of happy going on and the sweet regular activities of the weekend. Hope you, too, have lots of sweet activities, too! 


Chatty Crone said...

I am so looking forward to fall - that summer is over - I love cool weather and feel so much more alive!

Hope you get some rest this weekend to recoup from your first week back.


Simply Debbie said...

Happy Fall My Friend,
I stopped by to say hi but to tell you I am having a simple give away of a tag I made.
Get lots of rest.

Mevely317 said...

Funny you should mention the holidays! ...
I've been wrestling with my poor attitude re. this crazy HEAT (108 yesterday) and silly, unexpected challenges.
Just the other day I picked up "Chicken Soup for the Christmas Soul" ... coupled with a glass of my fav red, decorated in a Yuletide theme.
That book has jump-started me thinking outside the box. I may not have a lot to give, but darn if I don't want to make this season's gift-giving meaning-FULL!

Wishing you an enJOYable, restful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh Gosh, I'm so excited for the holidays this year! We've already purchased Isaac's first First Christmas ornament, and I already know he is going to be a turkey for Halloween :)

Happy New Year Buttercup!!!

Lynda said...

Very nice giveaway - - - but I don't need it. Just wanted to say hi.

abfantom said...

Thanks for offering this giveaway. Right now we are decorating for Halloween. Nothing really scary just decorating the front porch with pumpkins, squash, hay bales and corn stalks.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

slb3334 said...

Haven't started thinking about the holidays. Need to get home first.

Anonymous said...

Happy Fall! Hope you get some much needed rest this weekend. Thank you for your kindness on my blog.

Debra said...

Looking forward to putting together my little fall display outside my front door. Fall is such a welcomed time of the year here in the south! Blessings to you and Happy new year!

Theresa said...

Oh how I am enjoying a little cooler weather:) Today, I wore jeans and flip-flops! It was nice but I don't put the shoes on until I have to!

Enjoy your weekend my friend, HUGS!


Entertaining for the holidays is always fun but being a guest is even better. I'm sure you'll make wonderful memories this year. I'm all decked out for Halloween. But when shopping the other night I saw artificial Christmas Trees out, along with Chanukah & Christmas cards displayed. 'Tis the season. I read alot but have never read anything by Jan Karon.

Rebecca Graham said...

I haven't started any holiday activities yet but will be getting ready for Halloween soon.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

My Farmhouse Kitchen said... know i am looking forward to all the holidays...

would love to have a glass of wine with you too, my friend

and i love jane karon too

happy to stop by

kary and teddy

js22 said...

I've started making some Christmas earrings!
Thanks for the giveaway!
email in blogger profile.