"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Friday, October 23, 2015


NO, not my grandson.
He is in jail!  Not really, he volunteered at Mostly Mutts - an adoption agency for pups and that was his little charge.  Just showing you how cute he is.  lol  (Am I talking about the dog or the boy?)

Okay now the give away.

My last post was a giveaway and a catch up.   Marianne B. Ball gifted my blog with an e-book.

What was the book about?

On Dec. 13th, 1993, we were anonymously gifted with a Bijou pear and a handmade note welcoming us to “the 12 Days of Christmas.” For the next eleven days, small gifts arrived on our doorstep from the same anonymous giver. Our family loved the mystery, the surprise, everything about this creative gift. When it ended on Christmas Eve, I decided I wanted to gift someone, in the same way, the following year because we had so loved the experience. It’s an adventure we have been perpetuating ever since. Giving gifts anonymously is not a new idea; however, our family spun the tradition by giving gifts (many homemade) that actually played on the lyrics of the carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Doves, dancing ladies, leaping lords, drummers. This is when our adventure really began....

(I read it and loved it.  I'm starting to plan my Christmas Season with new traditions as I write.)

So here is where you can get your ebook:

E-book Distributor:  MARIANNE BAKER BALL AT SMASHWORDS (Kindle format, pdf, epub, rtf, lrt, pdb, txt, and online reader formats)
Share with us your social media sites, so readers can find you.

Okay the first step was to write everyone's name down who wanted to be in the contest.

Cut them out.

Fold them up.

Put the folded up ones in a container.

Have someone pick and hold who is taller than me - I know I told you I would have my grandson do it - but he did not want to - so you know how that goes so my hubs did it for him.


CRANBERRY MORNING - and let me tell you she is a lucky gal!
 I will write her and Marianne we'll figure out how to get the book to her.


Now this is going to blow your mind.

Do you remember the movie BACK TO THE FUTURE?

Do you know what this means?  
We watched it in 1985 and the future was 
Oct. 21, 2015!
What is today?  Oct. 23, 2015!
We actually made it to the future!

My grandson would love one of these for Christmas - he is not going to get one - but they do sell them.

These are also for sale.

And as you know time stops for no one....

I do wish him well - I think he is a nice guy.


No matter how old we are - just look for it.

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

Congratulations to Judy! Well of course you were talking about your grandson but the puppy is awfully cute too :) Actually Micheal J. Fox had a pair of shoes on the other night on Jimmy Kimmel that looked a lot like those and they laced themselves up by pushing a button. Have a nice weekend.

barbara woods said...

i always read, cute kid

Ann said...

congrats to your winner.
Holy smokes on the date for the future. I guess the future is now....lol
I always liked Michael J Fox

Terri D said...

So fun to see you back here, and congratulations to Cranberry Morning!! I can't believe how grown-up Andy looks now. Has it really been that long since I saw him in person? He was just a little guy! Now he is a handsome young man.

jack69 said...

So good to see the alert. and to read this blog. A very good entry by the way, and that Grandson? GROWING 24/7 and not stopping.
Enjoyed the entry, especially about the FUTURE thing...

Denise said...

congrats to the winner. enjoyed this post.

betty said...

Congrats to the winner!!! What a cool thing for your son to volunteer at the shelter; I bet he had a great time!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Very cool post!
Congratulations to the winner!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Your grandson is a cutie and growing up so fast. It's amazing how we came to the future so quickly. Days do fly by and there is just another example for sure.

Linda O'Connell said...

Your grandson is a cutie. He has grown up! Congratulations to the winner. Hope you have a great weekend.

NanaDiana said...

Congrats to Judy. She is a lovely person and I am glad she won.

Yes- we made it to "the future"...lol So funny how so many of those things predicted came true, isn't it? And so sad that Michael J. Fox suffers with Parkinson's Disease...the same thing that took my father.

Hope you have a great weekend, Sandie. xo Diana

Munir said...

He is cute and it is a good thing that he is volunteering from such an early age.
Michael J. Fox is really talented. I hope he gets some more roles. Parkinson's disease should not have to hold him back.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Well congrats to the winner, I have always like Michael J Fox just finished his last book which I really enjoyed

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Your grandson is growing up !!!
What a great place to do volunteer work!!
He has a heart of gold!!

Weekend-Windup said...

Congrats to the winner! Have a nice time!

Lynn said...

That was a fun contest - congrats to her for winning!

Sharon said...

HI!! Always so glad to see a new post by you!

Goodness, GS is getting so grown up! And yes, he is very cute - and the puppy, too.

The "Back to the Future" series of movies is one of my sons' favorites. So, we were anxiously anticipating the arrival of 10/21/15. USA Today had a "fake" cover replicating the headlines from the second movie - our copies are already ordered!

I remember when I was a whole lot younger, figuring out how old I'd be when the new millennium came - 46. It's hard to believe that it's already 15 years after that!! My, how time flies.

Hope all is well, friend!

"Great Scott"...(Doc Brown)

Betty Manousos said...

happy halloween!

Lee said...

I'm lagging behind...I've just discovered your post a couple of minutes ago...please accept my apologies, Sandie. I hope all is well...take good care. :)

Michael J. Fox certainly is a gutsy guy. I enjoy him in "The Good Wife".

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sandie ... love the photo of grandson and pup. Then the idea of giving 12 gifts over the 12 days - a clever thought and will make some family so happy .. cheers Hilary

Small Kucing said...

Congratulations to Judy

I love Michael J Fox Back to the Future. In fact i think i grew up with it.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So happy to see a post from you! GS rocked the caged animal look ;-)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Dear,
So happy for your winner.

Michael Fox-I certainly did enjoy those movies, they were so fun weren't they?
Michael fights a hard battle and my hats off to him for being so courageous.

Lady Linda said...

Judy at Cranberry Morning is the perfect winner for your give away. I too have been enjoying Michael Fox's part on The Good Wife. My girls used to have the biggest crush on him when they were teenagers.

Changes in the wind said...

Glad I checked in and here you are with a update:) Glad to know things are going well. Grandson is looking mighty cute.

Jackie said...

Wanted to say hello to you....
Sending you warmest hugs,

Starry Dawn said...

This one is a cool post, my friend!!
Congratulations to the winner!!
Have a blessed day!!
Big Hugs from Starry.

Sandi said...

I'm a little late to the party, but I loved that movie. Funny how faraway 2015 seemed then!