It is time…

If those words evoke images and songs from “The Lion King”, you might be a parent. Thankfully, The Codefendants are way past that stage so I’m only infrequently accosted by those songs when Pandora decides to let Sir Elton belt out “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. Is it weird that my favorite character wasn’t one of the lions? LUAU!!

At any rate, I’m not referring to a movie. I’m referring to a…

๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐ŸŽ‰


As always, there are no hoops through which to jump. It’s just my way of saying “gee, thanks; y’all are swell” for hanging out here and following along. Unfortunately, because postage is a killer, I’m only able to offer the giveaway to U.S. followers only. You international followers know I love you, but I don’t have spare body parts to sell for extra cash. Mine or anyone else’s.

Here’s what’s up for grabs…a copy of “The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse” by Leann Sweeney.

I’ve always wondered if I’m a reading quilter or a quilting reader. At least that’s what I’m thinking as I lie awake at 1 a.m. waiting for the alarm clock to sound at 3 a.m.


Anyway, I hope you’ll play along. Just leave a comment and you’ll get your chance. Your odds are better than those of winning Mega Millions or Powerball. Himself and I were pretty ticked about having to continue our respective working careers after not winning. Life is sooo unfair!

I’ll have one of the spawn draw a name out of a hat. Very scientific method here. There may even be a bonus. Unfortunately, postal service regs don’t allow me to ship live animals, so sending someone the dachshund is out. Maybe a fiber type gift…? Who likes carrots? Just kidding!

We’ll draw on Monday the 15th. I think school’s out that day, so I’ll try to have the drawing by mid-afternoon.

Good luck and thanks for sticking around!



  1. Always happy to have free goodies- like you we’ve been trying to win some major money-but again like you Nada! Even still having to do my own cleaning and cooking, sigh. Maybe this time……

  2. A freebe is a bonus. I read your blog with a smile or more often a smirk on my face. The words are so true.

  3. Although I know that fawning flattery (probably) won’t increase my chances of winning, thanks for the chance to tell you how much I look forward to your posts. You are a riot! I love the nicknames you have for your family, and your delightful and refreshing irreverence. Keep it comin’!!

  4. I look forward to reading your posts when they pop up on my feed, as I never know what to expect…in a good way! Your humor, metaphors, and ability to state the facts make for a good day. Thanks for always putting a smile on my face.

    P.S.-The title of the book is rather intriguing!

    • Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! The weather here is cold and windy. I should be at home with a mug of coffee and a warm dachshund hogging the recliner. ๐Ÿ“š

  5. I’m so glad to “hang out here”, and share your loves of quilting and reading (you’ve probably discovered Sandra Dallas, right?) Thanks for the smile on this cold, rainy morning. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Yes, Iโ€™ve heard of Sandra Dallas, as well as Mary Marks, Jennifer Chiaverini, and Perry Oโ€™donahue. ๐Ÿ˜€. Weโ€™re not going to talk about how many โ€œrealโ€ books and ebooks I have. Needless to say, I can never die. And whatโ€™s up with everyone and their crappy weather?! At least the sun is out for us today. โ˜€๏ธ Happy weekend, Julie!

  6. Thatโ€™s my daughter. She is very smart.
    (Donโ€™t put my name in the hat. I just wanted tell everyone how smart you are.)

  7. Never argue with your Daddy. I would love to read your book! You didn’t erase the ink in it when you read it first?? My offspring where always suspicious of being the 2nd reader…as if that would change the story. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    • Gasp! As if I would pawn a used tome off on my followers!! Nope, itโ€™s brand spanking new because, guess what, this smart girl has so many books, sheโ€™s forgotten what she already has…and I was too lazy to take it back. And in case anyoneโ€™s wondering where the snark came from, I got it from my Dad!! ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜‚

  8. Hello,
    Well, isn’t this a fun post?!! You had me giggling several times. I love to read quilting books, and I love to quilt books (you know, the fabric kind for kiddos?!). Does that work?! I don’t recall if I’ve read her before – the name sounds familiar. There are a couple of series I enjoy that are quilting/embroidery/knitting related. I would love to win, and I would love to receive the doxie too. HAHA! ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. For me Reading came before quilting, but I love both. Love your posts Stephanie, they keep me smiling, if not laughing.

  10. Cats, quilts and a mystery! Perfect for couch time on a cold winter weekend. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win.

  11. Great book series! Don’t include me becuase I am out of the USA. I just wanted to agree with your choice of reading material. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. A good book to read will chase away the winter blues! It’s rained here for 2 days straight! I’m just glad it’s not ice or snow!

    • A good book is a great companion no matter the weather. Weโ€™re actually having winter in Texas this year…it was cold on Christmas! But Iโ€™m like you: no ice or snow.

  13. I love to quilt and read, so I’m with you. Although reading came before quilting, I find myself quilting more these days. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  14. I’d love to win the book! I love reading and quilting, and dachshunds, too! Did you name Ziva after the NCIS character? Thanks for the chance.

    • Iโ€™ll throw your name in the hat ๐ŸŽฉ! The story on the dachshund is that weโ€™d lost our boxer, Lulu, to cancer just one month prior and we were lonely for the click of nails on the floor. Iโ€™d gone to a quilt retreat and came home to a hubby who said he kinda sorta put in an adoption application for a dog. I was thrilled because I thought it would be a pug. He showed me the picture and there was a…doxie! They hadnโ€™t even told us we could have her and he and the kids had already named her. And yes, itโ€™s after Ziva from NCIS. She definitely lives up to the name and reputation!

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