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The Big Giveaway Starts Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the DAY!!! Tomorrow you can start entering for the big prize giveaway to celebrate the release of HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE LATTE. Stop by the blog every day starting November 9, answer the daily question to get an entry to WIN the prize package that includes free books and gift cards (open to US residents only). Every day you enter gains you another entry. More details posted at the blog starting Saturday! **If you’re an international reader and want to enter too, PLEASE DO SO. You are eligible to win a complete download of the entire Coffee House Chronicles which includes the following books: Talk Dirty To Me, Nice Girls Do, Take Me I’m Yours and Have Yourself a Merry Little Latte. When you comment, please put that you are an international reader and I will enter you into a separate drawing** See you tomorrow!

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Spare Time

Do I have any? LOL Well in my spare time I like to, of course, read. And then I like to cross-stitch. But this seems to be a winter activity for me. I guess when it’s 105 outside, it’s not as fun to sit on the couch and stitch. I do the counted and sometimes it’s really, really hard. But it’s always fun. This time, I may have bitten off more than I can chew on this current project. It’s HUGE. I mean like ginormous. I’m doing a fairy. It looks like this: Isn’t that gorgeous? My fabric is 36 inches wide to make sure I have enough for how large this is. I’m doing 36-ct which is, um, really tiny to say the least. And I’m stitching on linen which makes it even more challenging. But I really think it’s going to be beautiful when I’m doing. However, I don’t have a scroll frame big enough to put the fabric on. Or I should say I didn’t. I talked my husband into making one for me that was as wide as the fabric. It’s the world’s largest scroll frame. I told you it was big. But I can attach it to my floor stand and then stitch without having to hold the frame. It’s sooo cool! Of course I’m only excited about this. No one else probably will be. LOL So what do you do in your spare time?

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Road Warriors Part 3: Deadwood and Devil’s Tower

If you’ve been following my travel posts, then you read about our trip up and then our trip to the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. On our second day, we traveled to Deadwood and Devil’s Tower. It was a good thing, too, because it poured hard at the campsite. We were glad we weren’t there. Mud was splattered about halfway up the tent when we got back. So we got up early and headed out after cooking breakfast. Husband made scrambled eggs and bacon and I made hash browns. There is something wonderful about camp food and cooking it on that two burner stove. I don’t know why it tastes so good. And of course we had our percolated coffee. I even let the kiddo have a cup. He loved it, of course. Deadwood was on the way to Devil’s Tower. It was my turn to drive. The streets were really narrow and there wasn’t a lot of places to park at the visitor’s center. I ended up following a tour bus up the side of Mt. Moriah to the cemetery, which is where we wanted to go anyway. We parked and paid a whopping $2.50 to enter the cemetery. The town is really kind of amazing. The cemetery is built on the side of the mountain. It’s a closed cemetery so there are no plots for sale but there. All the plots are owned. We saw gravestones from the early 2000s to the 1800s. We saw Wild Bill Hickok’s grave….

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Road Warriors Part 2: Rushmore and Badlands

So yesterday I told you about driving for two solid days to get to the Black Hills. It poured that first night we were in the tent and I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. The tent faced east and it was a spectacular sunrise. The orange glow woke me up at 5 am and being the camera nerd I am, I immediately jumped up and unzipped the window. It was breathtaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange sunrise quite like this. It was still kind of rainy, though, so I zipped it up and lay back down. I drifted on and off for the next hour. When I tried to check the time on my iPhone, it was completely dead. Not sure why because when we bunked down for the night, it still had about 50% battery left. Husband’s was dead, too. We figured it was trying to hit a network all night or something and it killed it. Luckily, we could charge in the car. We finally dragged ourselves up at around 7 am. He made percolated coffee for the first time and I snapped pictures here and there of the campground. It was CHILLY! We had to wear our jackets. It was also threatening to rain again. Dark clouds moved in overhead. Since we couldn’t see the radar, it was hard to know what was happening. Luckily, the rain held off just as we poured our first cup of coffee and headed back into the…

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