I don’t get it

Dear WordPress:

Can you tell me why sometimes you let me post comments and sometimes you don’t?  I have figured out this much – If I go to type a comment and you don’t know who I am, I am sunk.  Even though I click the little W, and you then twirl and whirl, and come up with my name, the comment can’t be posted.  I have tried refreshing, starting over, even rebooting.  It won’t work.

I am sad, as many of the blogs I follow have comment-worthy posts, but I can’t say a word, I can only silently like.  Now you are keeping me from entering the giveaway at lattes and llamas and that is just cruel.

Please stop.

Me

Mail!

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It is here! The wonderful package I won at rainbowjunkiecorner’s give away.

Look at these colors! She sent a coaster she crocheted, and the instructions (in USA terms, thank you!) and yarn so I can make more.

All I can say is WOW.

Look at all the things I have gotten from you generous bloggers in the last few weeks.
If you recall, these are from give-aways at All Night Knits and Mollie and Claire.

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And while I have done two give-aways this year, I am thinking I need to come up with another one soon, to pay this all forward.

Such luxury should not go unnoticed, nor unthanked. So please, ladies, know that I have a great appreciation for your generosity.

Check it out!

When I went to the Post office yesterday, I was so pleased to find a package from the UK! I knew I had won a skein of Noro from Claire over at http://mollieandclaire.wordpress.com/, but of course, she tucked a few wee treasures in the package as well. Thanks so much, Claire – I, too, love that colorway, and can’t wait to use it. I am already using the tin to hold some beads as I string them on yarn to make a beaded scarf. And I will keep the pouch handy for unexpected yarn purchases – great idea!

Thank you so much for sending all this goodness.

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Presents in the mail!

Check out this post – This is what Diane got in the mail from me to celebrate my 100 followers. The scarf is two strands – one silk, one silk mohair – got it from Halcyon Yarn on Bath (Maine) and LOVED working with it. I’ll get more. I also sent her some handmade cards, unsure if they would be something she would like – turns out, she does, so I am feeling good about the things I chose to make for her.

Diane's lace, knitting and other crafts

Today I got some presents in the mail. I started following the blog whatimuptotoday and she held a drawing for a giveaway amongst the followers of her blog. Sarah contacted me and asked me a few questions and today I got a sweet little package in the mail. I got a red knitted scarf! Red is my favorite color 🙂
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It’s silk and mohair and lightweight and warm and luscious!

I also got some handmade cards.  The funny thing is, Ted and I have been talking about the horrible selection of greeting cards we find in the stores and have made a pact to try and use or find handmade cards whenever we can.  These will be put to very good use.

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So, Sarah, thank you for your lovely and generous gift.  It makes me smile every time I see it.  You made my day.  Everyone, please check out Sarah’s…

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Friday List

A and I are both starting a week’s vacation today, so she is joining me on this list.  It’s great to have her along!

 This morning we will head to Ellsworth early:

Stop at the Post Office on the way to pick up the giveaway package that is waiting there for me, from All night Knitter – can’t wait!

Then it is too the doctor to have my stitches out and learn the ramifications of “pre-cancerous” and what it means for all the similar but small bits on my back.

Following that, we go to breakfast somewhere – of the take out variety, on our way to Stonington. I haven’t been to Stonington yet this summer, and I love their farmers market.  I think today is the last one of the season, so I put it on the must do list. It was harder to convince A that this is what she wanted to do, I had to promise a really good lunch.  Luckily, there are many choices down there this time of year.

After lunch, we wander back up off the island, up the peninsula and into the real world.

Stop by the vet’s to get some wormer for Tigger, who sadly has shown some signs of worms.  The downside of being a good mouser.

I’ll also need to either go back to the PO or stop at the one in Ellsworth, to mail off the package to my give-away winner.  The goodies are all made, wrapped and boxed.  Just have to get to the PO when the desk is open.  Gets tough in rural America with all the cuts, but that is another story.

Somewhere in here we also have to call Down East Toyota rentals and see if they have a truck for us to rent for the weekend, and if they do, we then have to run to the town office in Bucksport to get a temporary dump permit, and then to Bangor to get the truck.

 I’ll have my knitting with me, never fear!

So it will be a day of mixed messages – chores and vacation activities.

Am I lucky, or what?

Lately it seems that lots of blogs I follow are offering give-aways. Like surveys, I can’t resist’em.

But I don’t usually win them any more than I win the lottery.

So imagine my surprise when this week I heard that I won not one, but TWO of them?

Rachel at All Night Knitterhttp://allnightknitter.wordpress.com/ ran a give-away to celebrate her hundredth post and great Etsy shops. And Claire from Mollie & Claire http://mollieandclaire.wordpress.com/ ran a give-away from her yarn stash – I think, just because she could.

I am just thrilled to be the winner in both of these, and I can’t wait to see my prizes!

Now, to run out and buy a lottery ticket….

PS and yes, I know, I have not mailed Diane (http://dianelaces.wordpress.com/) her prize-winning package from my own give-away, but I can say that the gifts it will contain are now about 95% percent complete. I think I will be able to get it in the mail in the next day or so. Hang in there, Diane!

99…100!

As promised, last week when I hit 100 followers, I had a drawing. The logistics of it were harder than I thought they would be, but finally with the help of a random number generator, I had a winner – Diane from http://dianelaces.wordpress.com/

I will do a bit of blog stalking, and I asked her to email me some information, so soon I will know what I am making her. Hopefully, she will like and maybe even find it useful. 🙂 I am looking forward to the challenge. After I mail it off, I will let you know what she got.

Meanwhile, check out her blog, as she is kind enough to follow mine.

What other contests should I have?

It still amazes me that I do have so many followers, and that you are all so geographically diverse – Turkey? Ireland? New Zealand? UK? Wow, how did you find me here in the northest and eastest of the USA? What keeps you coming back? I am not sure I know, but I am awfully glad that you do.