A Summer Stroll AND June Giveaways!

by Cathy Baker

Care to join me for a stroll in my garden on this sizzling
summer day?

Granted, my garden has seen better days. Days when wisteria
didn’t strangle the life from my beloved hydrangeas and lilies. Days when I
wasn’t as timid about stepping on fire ants (I’m deathly allergic!), helping to keep weeds at bay. At some point, I grew tired of the battle and bowed to the power invasive plants demand.

Still, there are moments when I step outside, exhale and
stand in awe of God’s artistic flair:

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist. After all, Buttercup is now part of the landscape — and a beaut!)

Thank you for joining me for the stroll as well as the June series. 
This Wednesday, I’ll announce our NEW
series for July but in the meantime, I have two gifts I’d love to share with
someone. One gift is a signed copy of Covert Justice by Lynn Blackburn
(remember this post?) The second gift complements our Summer Snippets theme, beach chairs and all.
Simply leave a comment on the blog and your name will be entered into a random
drawing to be held on Friday.
The winner will be announced in next Monday’s

The Fragrance of Love: Pencil Shavings and Giveaways

by Cathy Baker

I LOVE anything with the hint of pencil shavings except, of course, jelly beans. (Yes, this exists.) 

The office supply section at Target has a gravitational force that sucks in nerdy lovers of all things paper with little resistance. And when that paper item just happens to be paired with anything tea related? Bye bye necessities! 

Today, I’d like to share last week’s Target find with you. Literally. But first, the specifics. I love the size. It fits in a pocket or purse. The kraft paper is the perfect backdrop for the steaming cups of tea. Pages are lined and ready for pen in hand!
Here’s the fun part:

If you (or your wife) would like the opportunity to receive this find (along with a cup of tea!) in your mailbox this week, simply leave a comment letting me know how you might use it — journaling, jotting down noticed quirks for your next novel, poetic ideas, grocery list, etc. 

I’d love to share this with you! Enjoy!

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” 
Edgar Allen Poe
Tiny House on the Hill

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