Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 11 of Books for Women by Women - LINDA COHEN







Today with pleasure I introduce Linda Cohen author
of 1,000 Mitzvahs, an excerpt from her book! 


1,000 Mitzvahs

MITZVAH 1

Giving a Book to A Friend

A friend of mine was leaving for a trip and I thought she might enjoy a
book for the vacation. I gifted her with my copy of a book I had recently
read and loved.

Throughout the course of the mitzvah project, people often asked
me what my first mitzvah was. They wanted to know if I had initially set
out to do big mitzvahs and then realized it would be too hard and therefore
started to tone it down. The truth is that from the outset I knew that
my mitzvahs would be small acts of kindness. That was my intention
from the beginning. The idea of tracking them gave me a chance to
write and find solace and comfort after grief.

Indeed, giving, or even regifting, is a small gesture. But it’s certainly
a donation, and it’s something that can help you share ideas and
resources with people you know and love. Alternately, you can consider
donating your used books to libraries, which can always make use of
good books to build their collections. Giving away a copy of a book
you’ve read, or a CD that you’ve enjoyed, can mean opening you up to
a conversation you might not have otherwise had with a friend or loved
one. This was, in fact, my first mitzvah, and my friend was touched by
my small gesture.

Gift a book to a friend.



WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
 to the following over the top generous GIFTERS 



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink...


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!


With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!


Congrats Jules you a copy of Fridays book, 
31 dates in 31 days....


And MRS THOR won a box of PURDYS CHOCOLATES....
Congrats...this may sweeten your week....




Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 10 of Books for Women by Women - Tamara Duricka Johnson







 We will be featuring Tamara twice, as I ( Mdm Samm)  did my review on this book....I loved her story....She is witty, bright and shared some upbeat moments...




31 Dates in 31 Days

(excerpt from pg. 147)

My reactions to men were out of balance. Either I would feel like I had full control of my dating life by rejecting or accepting a man, or I would feel powerless, as if I were lucky to have some poor sap show me any attention.
However, I’m beginning to form a better attitude about dating, which means finding that middle ground between having control and letting go. While it’s good for me to have a general idea of what I want in a partner, there’s much to be said for
being open to other options. I need to assess guys who come my way based on who they are—not on my expectations—and accept that the next guy won’t be my last chance. That attitude will make it easier for me to choose whether I want to invest
my time.
I wasn’t quite sure how seriously guys would take my project before it began. I wasn’t sure if anyone would find it worth his time or effort. And granted, lots of guys have turned me down, saying first dates are difficult enough. Why would they want to put themselves out there for every other girl to judge them?
But then there are the guys who not only seem really interested in being part of the project, but also want to plan our date, pay for it, and do their best to impress me. I’ve been humbled and surprised by how kind all of the guys have been so far. Is this how men really function? Could guys really be more selfless and emotional than I’ve been giving them credit for my whole life? They don’t really go out of their way for women like this. Do they?


Way to go Tamara....we will have to connect....

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
 to the following over the top generous GIFTERS 



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink...


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!

With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!



And the winner of Yesterday's book, Follow my Lead is ...

PAT you won....and I do believe you have dogs?
Congrats
and to
MARY look what you won...
some Aurifil thread...
WE still have 2 more boxes to give-away!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 9 of Books for Women by Women - Carol Quinn







Good Morning Carol and Carol....
Carol our cheerleader ( just let me quilt)  who dove into bowls with borders
and will be cheering Nancy Drew is a clue in March
did her review on Carol Quinn's book...





"FOLLOW MY LEAD"
The title and cover lures us into believing it is just a book about training dogs, but it turns out to be wonderfully so much more. The author, Carol Quinn, takes us down the path of her life changing experience while attending a dog agility training class with her two Rhodesian ridgebacks, Nairobi and Sheila. Her dogs have definite strong personalities, including some aggressiveness, which made her search for ways to teach them appropriate behavior. As Carol works with them on the agility field and at home, she notices something about their behavior and reactions. She compares this to her own relationships and life, finding ways to make positive changes. She's very candid and open about her weaknesses and insights, which helps to relate to her experiences.
The agility teacher, Irina, though skilled and obviously intelligent, is quite abrasive and would send most people running out of her class at her first biting remark. As it turns out, her influence proves to be what helps Carol focus on making changes in her dogs’ actions as well as in her own personal life. Irina does add some humor to the book by her remark: “Don’t like dogs barking? Get a cat.”
By slowly making changes in her life based on what she was learning, Carol found that “Setting a finite amount of time for each task gave me a sense of a beginning and an end. It relived stress and allowed me to accomplish more and to receive satisfaction when a work segment was completed.” (Reading this paragraph is a great example of what Madame Samm has been telling us about using a timer.)
Carol has several “light bulb” moments about her dogs’ actions and how they relate to her life. “Dogs don’t bring negative emotions into a situation. If they don’t like something, they simply won’t do it.” How often are we thrown into saying “Yes” to something we don’t want to do and then we’re miserable?  Ah, to be a dog and only do what we like to do.
This book was a totally enjoyable read and gives a lot of moments that should make one think about their own life and relationships. Even those people who aren’t pet owners could relate to this book’s view on dealing with others. Pet owners will relate to her stories with laughter and sometimes heartbreaking connections to their own pets.



“Dogs could care less about the future. They want to have fun now.”
Fabulous review Carol and Carol your book is a must have for any dog lovers..which would be all of us...lol


WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS
 to the following over the top generous GIFTERS 



A huge thanks to the following sponsors for offering up some very heartfelt presents for the month of December... Besides the featured Authors book each day, we will have weekly PRESENTS of the following..




From top to bottom.....Pellon is gifting 2 pillows, 1 batting for a throw, some  pillow stuffing, and some wonder under  to  2 winners who stick with Pellon!

Aurifil is gifting 4 boxes of large threads in a variety of colours to 4  lovers of threads....

Bag Lady is gifting 5 assorted frames for coin purses to 1 coin purse lover!

Reliable Corporation ( you can see close up here) is gifting 2 Sensor Irons to 2 quilters who love to iron.

Purdy's Chocolate is gifting 4 large boxes of chocolates...( I did not even peak under the wrapper, so I am not sure what is there )  to 4 lucky chocolate lovers.

Andover Fabrics is gifting 4 beautiful assorted fat quarter bundles to 4 fabric lovers...

And Seal Press will be gifting the book that is featured each day!

 Our whole month of December we cheerleaders will be celebrating all of YOU, who have been
with us for years. To our  new followers,  we will welcome you with all the warmth we can muster....

WE hope you will be visiting us and leaving lovely comments for all of our guests who have
made this month possible.... Take this time to thank those around you for all of our blessings...
It will be a very special month....

All those who follow will be eligible for all of our gifts.....and if we hit 5,000 followers, I have a very special gift for YOU....oh yes...wink...


                      Whatever your wishes are this season, these are our wishes for you...!

With warmest blessings from our cheerleading TEAM...

Jane, Carol, Katherine, Marlene,  Wendy, Corrie, Linda, Cherry, 
Pauline, Christine....These are our cheerleaders...
and a new one who will be joining the team in 2013 Mary!

ps. each day winners will be announced the next morning! 



 Congrats Thearica, you won yesterdays book, 
We hope you like this song....

And Tracey, you won this Reliable iron...I still have
  1 more to give away..
OHHHH you are gonna love this very generous gift from Reliable...YOU will rely on it for a very long time...