Pay It Forward

There are two posts today…taking care of business.

I won a “Pay It Forward” challenge on Jane’s blog.  I’m excited!  I am going to receive something handmade by Jane in the next 365 days.  How exciting…and what a surprise it will be.  She creates the most beautiful handmade things.

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Now I want to Pay It Forward as well.  I have chosen one of my photos…this rose as a symbol of my gift to two of you.  Here’s how it works: If you would like to receive something handmade by me within the next 365 days, please comment on this post to say that you are interested. Tell me a little something about yourself.  I will then draw two names. If you are one of the chosen two, please post the same offer on your blog in return…hence the name Pay It Forward!  You may use my rose as your symbol as well.  I will do the drawing two weeks from today, Friday, December 12. See you then!

 I don’t mind mailing to anywhere in the world so join in!  Anyone can win! You can even participate if you don’t have a blog, just keep it going.

Bookworm Award

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Marjorie tagged me for the Bookworm Award. The rules for this award are:

Open the book closest to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, and turn to page 56.  Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that.  And pass the award on to five blogging friends.

I can never follow the rules :((   I have so many books that I cannot pick one and bore you with page 56 and the fifth sentence.  But…for those who are curious and wish to know what I read…here goes.

While I am an avid reader, I must admit I am not primarily reading anything at the moment.  However, I do have some books on my nightstand just waiting for me as the spirit moves.  So, depending on how I am feeling on any one night, I have at my fingertips, Scott Turow’s old one, “Presumed Innocent;”  Richard Paul Evans new one…”Grace;” Joseph LeMaitre’s, “French: How to Speak and Write It;” (I am always working on this one); Stanley Appelbaum’s “French Reader: A Dual Language Book” (a great way to read French and have the English translation immediately at hand) and Nora Roberts new Christmas one, “First Impressions.”  I have begun all of these except the Nora Roberts one.  I actually skip around and read each one depending on what mood I am in.  I bought Grace and First Impressions for the holiday season….I hope they are good holiday reads.

Here are some I just finished: 

Karen Armstrong’s, “History of God;” Paul Knitter’s, “Jesus and Other Names: Christian Mission and Global Responsibility;” Andrew Greeley’s, “The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germaine;” and “Country French Living” by Meredith Books.

I subscribe to a couple of quilting magazines, Marie Claire Idees French magazine, Nutrition Action Newsletter (upon the advice of Marjorie) and also receive Reader’s Digest.

So now, I would like to know what the following five friends are reading…Paddy’s Daughter, Maggy (even though you do not have a blog), Nanouanne, Miss 376, and Nicole at Le Passe-Temps.