Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Praying for rain ...

The thermometer on our patio says 110 again...
 We are still suffering from triple digit temperatures daily, and the weather man is predicting more of the same, with no rain in sight.  The newspaper reported today that this summer will go on record as the hottest in Oklahoma history, and that agriculture drought damage nears $2 billion.  Please join us as we pray for rain and an end to this terrible drought.

What's left of our pond.  It used to cover several acres and was very deep.

Thank You's:  First and foremost, I want to thank Sally at In My Opinion for choosing my entry to win the Sand Gone giveaway.  I'm looking forward to sharing the product with my kids when they make their annual trip to the beach next summer. THANK YOU!

Giveaways entered:  Some of the giveaways I enter give extra entries if you "blog" about their giveaway.  Its another way to get the word out for their giveaway, and for you to find out about great giveaways you may have missed.

Two Classy Chics: Bamboo Towel Giveaway (2 winners) (ends September 12)  Enter to win a 3pc set of Bamboo Towels from Bamboo Forever.  I had no idea that towels could be made from bamboo.  Be sure to visit Two Classy Chics and Bamboo Forever to learn about these amazing towels.

The Dirty t Shirt: Microsoft Office 2010 giveaway (ends September 13)  Enter to win a license to download Microsoft Office 2010.  Words cannot express how badly I would love to win this!

Thanks Mail Carrier:  Niagara Spray Starch Giveaway (ends September 19) Enter to win a case of 6 bottles of non-aerosol Niagara Spray Starch from CleanItSupply.comClean It Supply sells any kind of cleaning supply you can imagine, from home to industrial strength.  If you can't find a particular cleaning supply here, you probably won't be able to find it anywhere.
In my mailbox:  My mailbox has been pretty empty lately, but yesterday I received a treat.  I'm a BzzAgent, and my first Bzz Campaign is John Grisham's book "The Confession."  As a BzzAgent, I am to read the book and share my thoughts on it.  I'll be reading the book this weekend, so be sure to watch for my post about it.
John Grisham
 I'm also participating in the BzzAgent Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security campaign.  I received a one year subscription to Trend Titanium Maximum Security to download to my computer.  This is an all-in-one program to "protect my digital life."  I'm still evaluating the program and will let you know what I think about it soon.

What is a BzzAgent?  Bzz Agents are sent products from top brands and we try them out.  Then we share our opinion of the product every way we can - by word of mouth, social media, blogs, you name it.  The program is totally free and we get to keep the products sent to us.

Disclosure:  I was sent a John Grisham book and a download of Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security free of charge, in return for sharing my honest opinion about the product.  No other compensation was provided.


Saturday, August 13, 2011


This has certainly been a summer to remember.  Our area has been in an extreme drought since last October, and we have been trapped under the "heat dome" all summer.  We've endured temperatures of 100 degrees or more for over 50 days, and most days, my trusty thermometer has registered 110 degrees.

As farmers, our livelihood is directly affected by the amount of rain we receive and the temperature.  Too much heat and not enough rain, and soon our ponds and pastures dry up.  So many in our area have had to sell their cattle herds because the cattle have nothing to eat or drink.  We're holding on, trying to make it until the drought is over.  But if it doesn't rain soon...and I mean SOON, we will be joining the other farmers and ranchers at the local sale barn and dispersing our herd.

Giveaways Entered:  Do you enter bloggy giveaways?  I love entering giveaways hosted by the blogs I follow.  Here are some of the giveaways I've entered this week:

She Scribes "Sugar Free Ring Pops" giveaway (ends 8-14)  Enter to win 5 bags of Sugar Free Ring Pops.  The Wonderkids would love to find these in the "candy" drawer at our house. 

Go Yay "Pami Pocket" giveaway (ends 8-17)  Do you hate to carry a purse and wish you had a bag just large enough for your cell phone and a credit card or some money?  The Pami Pocket is just what you need.

Mom and More "Connect 4 Launchers" giveaway (ends 8-17)  When the kids were young, we played Connect 4.  Now there is a new and updated version:  Connect 4 Launchers.  This game is perfect for family game night.

She Scribes "Fiber One Cereal" giveaway (ends 8-18) Enter to win a box of cereal, a pedometer and an arm band for your cell phone or iPod.  The pedometer and arm band sure would come in handy when the weather cools down and I start walking for exercise again.

She Scribes "Smuckers Uncrustables Unstopables" giveaway (ends 8-21) Enter to win a Smuckers Survival Kit consisting of a lunch bag, 5 coupons for free Uncrustables sandwiches, sandwich holders, "Fifty Plates from Fifty States" car game, Moleskin Journal, and a 2GB memory card.  Value $130.

She Scribes "Ladybug Girl" giveaway (ends 8-22) Enter to win books from the Ladybug Girl series.  These would be perfect for my granddaughter.  She's a beginning reader.

In My Opinion "Sand Gone" giveaway (ends 8-22)  Enter to win Sand Gone body powder, to remove sand from your skin when you are at the beach or lake.  My kids go to the beach each summer and the number one complaint they have is the sand sticking to their skin.  This product would solve that problem.

In My Opinion..."Carmex Prize Pack" giveaway (ends 8-25) Enter to win a prize pack from Carmex consisting of a picnic blanket and two tubes of Carmex lip balm.  I have loved Carmex for years!  It's a wonderful product.

Life is a Sandcastle "Kix Cereal" giveaway (ends 9-1) Enter to win 6 boxes of Kix cereal.  Plenty of boxes to keep and boxes to share. 

Be sure to visit these blog giveaways and enter!  Thank you to the bloggers for hosting these great giveaways!