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Friday, September 23, 2011

Pink Saturday Apron Giveaway #1

Here is the first giveaway. But since I wasn't entirely clear on my last PS post that it would begin with this week, I'm adding the names from then to this week. I also want to say a public thank you to Beverly for helping me get the word out for things I want to giveaway. The decluttering continues in this house.

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Simply leave a comment on this post to win this apron. The rest of the aprons will be given away on subsequent Pink Saturdays. With a few thoughts thrown in of course.


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And those of you who have been long time followers know that I sometimes post just random thoughts, things that just pop in and out of my head while driving or just sitting around.

A few months ago I went to a friend's house to watch her bake bread so I could learn how to do it. While there I asked her why she and her hubby built such a large house later in life. They are in their 50s. I told her we scaled DOWN to a smaller house in our 60s (5,000 s.f. to 1800 s.f.) and couldn't imagine trying to keep up with the housework involved. I never again want to clean 4 full bathrooms. Her answer was that the kids get married and return home with all the grandkids. I just looked at her, smiled and said, "That's what hotels are for, sugar." They just sold their house last month within a couple of weeks in this depressing housing market. I think I got through to her!
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Another friend told me she was having a man and his wife visit them and was stressed out about fixing them a dinner; at least, they were staying in a motel for the night. This woman confessed to me on the phone that night that she was so tired lately that she just can hardly get her house cleaned: vacuum, rest, back to vacuum, rest, 3rd try at vacuuming, rest. When she told me about dreading fixing a dinner for a stranger and his wife, I said, "That's what Applebee's is for!" I'm dead serious, too. Many times I loiter at the edge of propriety. ;-)
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We have our yard sprayed about 5x during the summer season and it pays off in spades. Our yard is the best looking in the neighborhood with hardly a weed daring to poke its head up. Great service. So this week he told us he's offering spider/bug treatments. I told him no as I rarely ever see a spider or bug, which is great. But I can remember when Love Bunny (hubs to the new readers) lived in the Jacaranda motel in Oceanside, CA. waiting for military base housing and had to wrestle the cockroaches into submission for our meals. We've come a long way, baby.
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I know there are some of you out there who want to live in "simpler" times. Are you nuts or what?! Give me a Dyson vacuum, flush toilet—preferably one that can flush 10 golf balls, self-clean and freshens the air, a microwave, frost-free freezer and refrigerator, washers and dryers any ole day of the week. I just cannot see dying early from cleaning house! Stymies the heck outta me.
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I was in a house recently and it's pretty hard to describe it but I'll try:
The structure looked like the residence of a troll who had grown weary of living under bridges, without amenities, but who had neither the knowledge nor the industry, nor the sense of pride, needed to maintain a house. It was pretty pathetic. That is not a statement on the people living there. They are kind, gentle, loving and spiritual. They just simply have no sense of decorating.
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Even moral acts can have dimensions that scar the mind and wound the heart. Take care.
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Have you had enough of me today? Until next time.
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36 comments:

  1. 'Had enough of you?' Never, Connie. You make me laugh, and lighten my day!
    I think I'm in your list for the super giveaway.

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  2. Hi Connie,

    I love random blog posts. I am with you on the scaling down and simple life. I do love to live simply as in not having to have the latest gadgets, decor, etc. but I do love my electricity and water. I believe I am already in the list for the giveaway.

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  3. I may have beat you ~ but Dana beat me. That stone rabbit sure has great reflexes!!

    Lots of love and hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  4. Hi Connie..I love your random thoughts and that apron is fabulous too..just like you!
    Happy Pink Saturday..xo Tami

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  5. Add me in too please! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  6. The apron is lovely. I was here last week, too, and threw my name in. I laughed at the "that's what hotels are for, sugar" - I'm totally with you. :)

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  7. I forgot to add - stop by The Pink Home if you get a chance. I'm having a giveaway, too. :)

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  8. I agree--who wants to clean four bathrooms at this time in our lives? Blogging is more important..lol

    Your give away ods lovely, Connie!

    Happy Pink Saturday

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  9. I always say one of the things I am most grateful for is indoor plumbing!
    But you have to remind me, when was it you were at our house? LOL
    (())

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  10. We'll never have enough of you! I just haven't been visiting as I've been so busy my head's been spinning, just trying to keep up.

    So you'll be really pleased to read that Himself has been a diamond - doing most of the cooking, nearly all the washing up, he's a mean hooverer - in fact the only thing he can't do is turn on the washing machine.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  11. O, gosh..4 baths...I'd run off, find Jimmy Buffet and live on the beach!! :))

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  12. Wow, 4 bathrooms! Full ones too! Ugh, and I moan about 2 1/2 bathrooms! Love your random thoughts. They always get me thinking!

    I love the apron. It is beautiful!

    Heather

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  13. Ha! Love the apron...and the commentary too! :)

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Sarah

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  14. Hi Connie, Thanks for the chance to win your awesome apron. Not that I'd ever wear it to cook, it would be jsut to keep crumbs off my clothing while I eat.lol Thanks for the fun post you made me laugh. I'm a new follower. Linda

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  15. Count me in for the giveaway. As for "have I thought of you today"? Why yes, everytime I fold my sheets (for those who don't know about your great tutorial...that comment may seem weird - LOL). HPS!
    Wags, Niki

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  16. Amen to Applebee's! I never cook any more - my husband took over in the kitchen. Love your aprons and what a great idea to declutter with a giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend. xo Nancy

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  17. Amen to Applebee's and down sizing or living a more simple life, but only so far!!!

    You are always so entertaining!
    Jil

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  18. What an enjoyable and delightful post. My house will never be cluttered, but you can find dust bonnie hid about. I hate to mop.

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  19. Your apron is AWESOME!!! I'd love to win it!!

    Did you have a previous career as a stand up comedian? You could have......you are so great with those random thoughts!

    HPS......and I sure wish I had a Dyson!

    Dana

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  20. Gappy Pink Saturday and Happy Fall Connie,
    I LOVE reading your posts. I was away from blogging for a couple of months and it is slow getting back.
    I am having a simple give away of a pink tag I made.
    I would love nothing more than to win one of your beautiful aprons.
    have a lovely weekend
    hugs

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  21. The apron is so cute! Thanks for sharing. Amy Raggedyamy24@aol.com

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  22. I love this post. My husband and I were just talking about houses. He wants to move up to a bigger house, I tell him we are good where we are. Our oldest daughter is 15, graduating early and plans on attending Vet school a few hours away. Our youngest is 10 and has plans on culinary school. I told him in no time at all it's just going to be us and what do we want to sit around in a big empty house for? This house now is the PERFECT size for 2 people. And I mean it. Of course I would LOVE to have a big, fancy house, but when my girls are gone I want to enjoy traveling and going out, trying new things...not dusting empty rooms!!
    Anyway, I love the apron and would love to be entered in your giveaway. I am a bit of an apron-nut! And this one is soooo pretty!
    Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Pink Saturday!
    -april

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  23. Great post, Connie! I can assure you that housework will not be the death of me. Happy Pink Saturday!

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  24. Come out of your shell and tell me how you feel, sister. Actually, I think we are twins separated at birth.
    Perhaps simpler life is the to have modern conveniences but only the ones you really regularly use so you don't have to sort through stuff/clutter to find your toaster oven. When Irene knocked out our lights for 4 days, I relished conveniences.

    I'm new to aprons, love them. Wish I had one of them.
    cgtf@cox.net

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  25. You've got lots of good advice!

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  26. I am a first time visiter and I loved your post. I personally like a bit of simple times with a bit of modern. I want the flush toilet and the vacuum but I love to sit in the evenings and relax with some redwork or english paper pieced hexis. Maby I am "simply modern".

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  27. The apron is wonderful, and the commentary is delightful! I'm just visiting around as I've got a cold this week. Not up to posting.

    Blessings,
    Marianne

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  28. Happy pinkness...Happy Autumn....I am so excited for Fall, I know you are too !!It just makes me want to cozy up...enjoy your week-end!
    God Bless You
    Kandy
    Funny post....my house is small but the kids practically live here...

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  29. luving the apron and the commentary fun =) HapPy PS!

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  30. Connie:

    I needed to read this post today. I just told hubby to hold off on committing for the holiDAZE because I'm not up for the cooking, cleaning, over night guests. Just not the reason for the season, KWIM?

    You keep your random posts coming!

    That apron is da bomb!

    Happy PS!

    Roselle

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  31. Oh the apron is gorgeous.Your blog was too funny lol.Please count me in for the giveaway to cute!

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  32. Wow, your apron is beautiful...but you won't need it at applebees...lol and I love your attitude...I certainly agree with it! Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink

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  33. Hi Connie,
    You are so funny...and its so true. Gary and I often take our guests out to dinner and then come back for cake and coffee. This way I can visit too and not be in the kitchen.
    I love your apron..please drop my name in the hat!
    I enjoy your random thoughts..
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

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  34. Love your post about scaling down. I have been giving away things as much as I can lately. decided a yard sale is not what I want and when I finish giving away, I am going to bring the rest to Goodwill.

    I love the aprons and would be delighted to have my name added to the list. Thanks Sweet Chick

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  35. you are so talented with your sewing... and so spot on about housework! oh lawds no to having it cause stress in someone's life! ;)
    happy PS to you!

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  36. That apron is too cute. You and I are of one mind! We scaled down. I miss my big house on holidays but not enough to find another one!

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