"Mary from Madison". Congratulations, Mary! Because those of you that participated in my drawing weren't able to be in attendance when the winner's name was drawn after the 8 p.m. close of the drawing last night, I will describe the setting and what transpired. I printed off the list of comments submitted on the Food Blog Awards and Free Drawing post then assigned each person a number. I wrote all the numbers on separate tiny squares of paper which I folded into even tinier squares. I then placed them into an oatmeal box that I had decorated befitting such a momementous occasion. After thoroughly mixing up the numbers, Dick drew the winning number from the box. Mary's acceptance note via email: "I am so tickled I can hardly stand it! I woke up late today with a cold coming on and RAN to work and felt behind all day. What a great surprise to find in my inbox! You MADE my day! Thank you so much... I just have to have a lovingly used copy of Smart Cookies, if you are willing to part with it." Thank you to all who participated in the Well Fed Network's Food Blog Awards Voting and/or commented on the post. You're all winners in my world!
A side note about the oatmeal box... When I attended 1st grade in a one-room schoolhouse in the country 10 miles S.E. of Brainerd, then 2nd grade at Harrison Elementary School, and finally 3rd - 6th grade at Lowell Elementary School... both located in the city of Brainerd, a highlight each year in February was decorating a box so my classmates could place their valentines into a slot cut just large enough for the cards to slip through. Often, I would choose to use an oatmeal box because it was readily available in our cupboard. Therefore, in remembrance of those happy times, I chose to wrap a small oatmeal box with pink construction paper then adhered cutouts from an old Dick and Jane workbook featuring a clothesline because hanging laundry outside was a part of that time period, along with learning to read with Dick and Jane. I glued a strip of scrapbook paper onto a snap clothespin to accentuate the clothesline theme. I gleaned the clothespin craft from Martha Stewart. So... I hope all of you had fun with my drawing. I know I did because "The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." ~William Morris
Feb. 10, 2009
Today's mileage: 2 mile walk at the close of yet another day
Total monthly mileage: 28.5 miles
Bible reading? Ooooooh yea.