9/26/2012

Wordless Wednesday: Curt Trailer Hitch

 Wordless Wednesday
 New Curt Trailer Hitch
CURT Trailer Hitch (2008 f-150 4.21 v6 Ford Truck) SRV 268.11


 Recently, I won a NEW Curt Trailer Hitch from Mama Loves Her Bargains Blog(Brett Martin) .


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9/25/2012

Aaron Nigel Smith & One World Chorus CD


Aaron Nigel Smith 
Builds a Community in Song with One World Chorus Release,

Welcome to the Village!
Hundreds of Children from
New York, Los Angeles, Portland and Kenya
Sing Together as the One World Chorus
 
Julia Roberts, Jewel and Dan Zanes support the One World Chorus. Downloads are available now on iTunes; CD is available on September 4. A portion of sales benefit the Cura Rotary Home near Nairobi.
Discover what the buzz is about here.
This week, get a FREE download of the original song, "Grateful," featuring Dan Zanes, here.



Portland, OR, August 13, 2012 – Aaron Nigel Smith, known for his work on PBS TV and his award-winning music for children, will release Welcome to the Village!, a globe-shrinking collection of songs featuring the voices of hundreds of children from New York, Los Angeles, Portland and a school near Nairobi, Kenya. The release is the first from Aaron's non-profit One World Chorus project.
 
Welcome to the Village! just launched on iTunes and will be available on CD September 4th from Aya World Productions. A portion of proceeds from the new release will help build a music program at the Cura Rotary Home, an orphanage and school in Kenya.
 
Nearly a year in the making, Welcome to the Village includes 13 songs, including “Fanga Alafia,” traditional Nigerian morning greeting song, performed by children at Cura. Aaron spent time at the orphanage in February working with the children and recording this and other vocal tracks for the album. Aaron mixed these children’s angelic voices with those of kids he’s worked with at the Palisades Children’s Choir near Los Angeles, the Achievement First Academy in Brooklyn, NY, and 5th graders from Forest Hills Elementary School (near Portland, Oregon) as well as 45 children from the greater Portland area. All in all, more than 300 voices are included in the collection of songs.
 
Aaron also invited notable children’s music stars to join in song. Dan Zanes performs on “Grateful,” and for Bob Dylan’s classic “Man Gave Names,” three artists lent their talents: Nickelodeon TV star Laurie Berkner and nationally acclaimed kindie rockers Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and Lucky Diaz.
 
As a measure of the public support for the One World Chorus project, last year’s Kickstarter campaign aimed to raise $15,000, but  brought in nearly $20,000 within four weeks. The funds support travel and the CD production. Julia Roberts, Jewel and Ziggy Marley are supporters, and Volkswagen has also signed on as a title sponsor of the project.
 
Smith has worked with children’s choirs for many years, in addition to touring with his band and performing on the PBS-TV show “Between the Lions.”  With the One World Chorus project, he hopes to make the world a little smaller.  “When kids sing together, I hope that they enjoy sharing the gift of music and learning a valuable discipline that can be used to promote positive change in the world,” he explains. 
 
Smith is not a novice at creating effective educational opportunities for kids with music. His FUNdamentals of Music and Movement program is part of the curriculum at more than 100 schools in several states, with various licensees using the programs he’s developed.  His musical career began at the Interlochen Academy, and he studied vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music. As a youth, he toured with the American Boychoir, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Jessye Norman.
 
For more information about the One World Chorus, visit www.oneworldchorus.org.

For a glimpse of Smith’s visit to the Cura Rotary Home, visit his YouTube page.



October 13 ~ Lakeshore Learning, Lake Oswego, OR
October: Los Angeles and New York City performances to be scheduled soon. Please visit http://www.aaronnigelsmith.com/AaronLive.html for updates.
 



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Review & Giveaway: Word World Kooky Spooky Halloween DVD

Review & Giveaway: Word World Kooky Spooky Halloween DVD

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Elizabeth Mitchell & You are my flower blue clouds CD

Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower - Blue Clouds Album


Recently, I posted a review of Elizabeth Mitchell for her album called Little Seed. And now, let me introduce you to another great CD for the family to listen to time and time again called Blue Clouds. Elizabeth is a marvel. I enjoy listening to the folk instruments and the beautiful voice of Elizabeth Mitchell. It is difficult to select just one of her songs as a favorite.  Froggie Went A-Courtin, Summer is Icumen In and Yuki are my favorites today. I do so enjoy "The Little Bird" too. I wonder what are your favorite songs from Blue Clouds?


Track List:
01. Hop Up, My Ladies
02. Froggie Went A-Courtin’
03. Arm in Arm
04. San Toki (Mountain Bunny)
05. Kooks
06. I Wish You Well
07. Summer is Icumen In
08. Rollin’ Baby
09. The Little Bird
10. Circle of the Sun
11. Moon Don’t Go
12. Everyone
13. May This Be Love
14. Yuki(Snow)
15. Blue Sky(Little Martha Intro)
16. Blue Clouds

Features artwork by Remy Charlip from the book "Arm in Arm" and includes an introductory essay by Brian Selznick, 16 tracks, 39 minutes, and a 32 page booklet.

You can stay connected by visiting on Facebook, YouTube and/or Elizabeth Mitchell online. 

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Review & Giveaway: Sid The Science Kid- Sid’s Spooky Halloween

Review & Giveaway: Sid The Science Kid- Sid’s Spooky Halloween

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9/24/2012

Eccentric Eclectic Woman: Elizabeth Mitchell Blue Clouds Review and Giveaway...

Eccentric Eclectic Woman: Elizabeth Mitchell Blue Clouds Review and Giveaway...: One of my favorite folk children's music artists is Elizabeth Mitchell . Her newest album called Blue Clouds is precious. There are acous...

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9/20/2012

Escalator by David Tobocman


Move It On Up Now with David Tobocman’s new release,
David Tobocman's Escalator
 
Escalator
Smart Songwriting and Thoughtful Lyrics Inspired by Family Life. Available September 28, 2012
 
What People Are Saying about David Tobocman's Music:
“...taps into a child's mind with insight and grace” ~  OutWithTheKids.com
 
"Appealing and clever. Sweetly offbeat." ~ You Know, for Kids

"Tuneful melodies and sweet, memorable songs" ~ Singin' in the Bathtub

"Hilarious and playful, Tobocman's songwriting resounds with life truths in a way that little ears and parents will understand and enjoy" ~ Muse Reviews

 
"Totally appealing" ~ Zooglobble

"Positively easy on the ears" ~ Hear It Love It Share It
(Los Angeles, CA, September 2012) ~ Songwriter David Tobocman’s third album for children is a celebration, a rousing set of high-energy songs about the excitement of growing up. Rocking and straightforward with an emphasis on movement, Escalator is infused with a “let’s go” spirit and true sense of fun.
 
There’s a song about a young race car that dreams of hitting the open road and one about a family camper that can travel through space. All through Escalator, David presents the theme of striving and advancing, urging kids onto life’s great adventure, to “move on up” with optimism and spirit up the great big escalator and “if you’re going down, then use the stairs.”
David Tobocman's EscalatorAlways witty and engaging, David’s playful songs for children show the craft that he’s developed as a career songwriter and composer. When not recording and performing for kids, David writes scores for indie films and TV shows (he is currently penning songs for the Nickelodeon animated series, Robot and Monster).
 
After years working behind the scenes, the birth of two daughters inspired his first album for children, the stylistically diverse I Count to Ten and other Very Helpful Songs, which gained critical acclaim and fan interest off of the deeply affecting ballad, “Home” and its accompanying video. His 2010 album Lemonade School also gained national attention.
 
The characters that populate David’s songs are intelligent kids who are not afraid to be different. “Kids are smart,” says the songwriter. “I just try to meet them at their level.”
 
When he's not performing major concerts around Los Angeles (he and his band played the prestigious Getty Garden Series and Topanga's Theatricum Botanicum in August), this musical father of two hones his craft with free monthly family sing-alongs at various venues.
 
Escalator  will be available from various retailers on September 15th ($12.98 CD/$9.99 digital). For David Tobocman's bio and 2012 concert schedule, visit www.VeryHelpfulSongs.com
Escalator
by David Tobocman
Available on CD September 28, 2012
Suggested retail price: $12.
Distributed by Clamorhouse Kids
 
Track Listing
1. Escalator  2:13
2. Custom Family Spaceship 2:55
3. Born to Rock 3:08
4. Gonna Be a Garbage Man 2:26
5. The Owie Song 2:30
6. Playin' on a Sunday 3:36
7. Run Run, Race Car 3:21
8. Zoe's Intro  :19
9. Peace Sign 2:27
10. America's Our Country 3:21
11. Big Train 3:06
 
David Tobocman and daughter
Making records for children in the Tobocman household is a family affair. The two Tobocman daughters sing and provide dialog throughout Escalator while the eldest has co-written songs on all three albums. With the arrival of his first CD in 2008, David and his enterprising wife, KC Mancebo created Clamorhouse Kids, a children’s music label dedicated to providing independents with distribution and promotion, a label that KC now runs. This umbrella group allows like-minded independent kids’ musicians to band together as a collective to gain entry into the established network of distributors.

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Chalk It Up OzoKidz Style: OzoKidz

 Chalk It Up OzoKidz Style   
Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz
New CD Available on Tuesday, September 25
Ozomatli Presents OzoKidz will be in stores on Tuesday, September 25th, and the band can't wait for everyone to hear it. Now, your kids may get into the act of creating art inspired by these new songs.
Folks who purchase the new OzoKidz CD at participating independent record stores will receive a FREE OzoKidz chalk box which contains a link to the bonus track, "Vamos a Cantar."
Kids (and parents ) everywhere are invited to enter the
OzoKidz Chalk Art Contest!
Entry Details:
 All you have to do is recreate the Ozokidz album cover art on your driveway or sidewalk. OR for the bonus prize, create a visual representation of the bonus track "Vamos A Cantar," using the Ozokidz chalk. Send us photos of your artwork and we'll pick the best ones. Winners will receive an OzoKidz prize pack!
Send photos to ozofans@gmail.com
When sending photos, entrants must include the Ozokidz chalk box in the photo. For a list of record stores participating in the chalk box giveaway, please visit: http://www.recordstoreday.com 
Please call your local store ahead to confirm they have the items.
For more information and updates, visit www.ozomatli.com/ozokids.

Bonus song download code and Interview requests: Beth@sugarmountainpr.com

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WRECK-IT RALPH: FREE DOWNLOADABLE POSTERS

WRECK-IT RALPH COMING NOVEMBER 2ND 2012


All posters can be downloaded at:

Enter the Play & Win Sweepstakes! Complete missions, earn coins, and get the chance to win a hero's journey from Adventures by Disney!


"Like" WRECK-IT RALPH on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WreckItRalph

"Follow" WRECK-IT Ralph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wreckitralph

Visit the official site: www.disney.com/wreckitralph

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FRANKENWEENIE - October 5th

FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!




FRANKENWEENIE
DISNEY
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Genre:                                                  Animated comedy
Rating:                                                  PG
U.S. Release date:                                October 5, 2012
Running time:                                        87 minutes

Voice Cast:                                           Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder
Director:                                               Tim Burton
Producers:                                            Tim Burton, Allison Abbate
Executive Producer:                              Don Hahn
Screenplay by:                                      John August
Based on a screenplay by:                    Lenny Ripps
Based on an original idea by:                 Tim Burton                   


From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which elevates the classic style to a whole new experience.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.


NOTES:

  • When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984. 
  • “Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
  • Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.
  • The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).
  • Classic horror films inspired several of the character names.


OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, “Frankenweenie” is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. “Frankenweenie” releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

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Frankenweenie – Science Experiment Activity Sheets

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9/19/2012

HP PhotoSmart Printer AC Adaptor for SALE

HP PhotoSmart Printer AC Adapter / Power Cord for c4599 Printer & other SRV $40.00
  
This product is guaranteed to be compatible with ALL HP PhotoSmart printers.

I recently ordered this for my printer/scanner but it is a lost cause. The printer fails to work and it's not worth taking to the shop so I am offering the NEW adaptor for sale. If you are interested, please contact me. I am asking $40 to cover shipping and handling fees inside the US. (Submit inquiry in comment below - private posting) Thank you. 

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Best Deal of Year: L'Oreal Paris True Match Makeup

Best Deal of Year

Recently, I came across the clearance section at my local Dollar General and found one of my favorite brands of makeup for sale. Normally, L'Oreal Paris True Match cost around $10.96  and up for a bottle at the local pharmacy.

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup SRV $10.96 plus

 I purchased seven bottles of makeup. The price is half the yellow sticker value posted on each bottle. Why? Because I have a couple of teenagers still at home. My BIG DEAL totals $8.50 without taxes. ($9.18 w/taxes) That is seven bottles under $10 or Buy one get six FREE!!!!

If you spend $25 or more at Dollar General you can save $5.00 until September 22, 2012.  Print coupon: here.


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Eccentric Eclectic Woman: Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust Review and Giveaway

Eccentric Eclectic Woman: Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust Review and Giveaway: With our recent acquisition of a property with 5 and a half acres, two houses, a large barn, a lean-to, and a shed we have been busy. Not ...

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Momma Told Me: Tasty Tuesday: My Blog Spark: Shake N' Pour Giveaw...

Momma Told Me: Tasty Tuesday: My Blog Spark: Shake N' Pour Giveaw...: Momma Told Me: I'm no Betty Crocker, but I can whip up a cupcake in 20 minutes, flat! As much as I love baking 'from scratch', and as ...

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9/18/2012

Wordless Wednesday: Fitness Update for September

 Wordless Wednesday: Fitness

Weight Training
Weight Training

Weight Training
Sept 2012

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Where Love Grows by Jerry S. Eicher

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!



Today's Wild Card author is:


and the book:

Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to Ginger Chen of Harvest House for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Jerry Eicher’s bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah’s Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Visit the author's website.



SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:


In Jerry Eicher’s conclusion to his popular Fields of Home trilogy, readers will be delighted to attend the wedding of Teresa, the young Englisha girl who has come home with Susan Hostetler to learn the ways of the Amish---and in fact to become Amish herself.



Product Details:
List Price: $12.99

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736939458
ISBN-13: 978-0736939454



AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:


Susan Hostetler made her way to the barn to hitch the horse for the drive to the small farmstead where James and Teresa would live after their wedding next week. Susan smiled as she thought of Deacon Ray’s struggle to get used to the idea that his son James was marrying an Englisha girl. Nee, it had not been easy for him. Of course, Teresa was Amish now. In the months since she had arrived with Susan, Teresa had turned into a model of submission and humility. Deacon Ray shouldn’t complain even if Teresa’s baby, Samuel, had been born out of wedlock before she came to the community. Yah, in an unwed state, but wasn’t changing one’s life for the better a commendable thing to do? Of course it was.

And Teresa was now properly baptized. She knew how to cook, wash clothes, and sew with the best of the women. She even had her own quilt completed and stashed in the cedar chest upstairs awaiting the day she and James would marry. She would spread the quilt on their bed and be able to say with complete honesty that she had done much of the work. There had been help from Mamm, five of Susan’s eight sisters who lived nearby, and Susan herself. Between the work on the quilt, helping Teresa adapt to her new life, and now the plans for the upcoming wedding, the months had sped by.

Summer was waning, and it wouldn’t be long until snow would be covering the Amish farms spread among these rolling hills of southern Indiana. But now was not the time to think of snow. The rest of summer lay ahead, followed by fall, and perhaps a glorious display of Indian summer. How appropriate that would be for all of them. And Teresa deserved a wonderful stretch of gut weather, both before and following her wedding day. It would be fitting after the hard road she’d traveled after arriving in the Amish community.

Mamm hadn’t seemed worried back then by the attempt to match Yost Byler and Teresa. But Susan had been ready to panic before Yost finally decided, with Susan’s daett’s help, that marrying Teresa wasn’t a gut idea. Such a marriage would have been a disaster for Teresa and probably also for Yost. Yah, he needed a wife who had been born Amish to cook and clean for him. The gut news floating around the community was that Yost may have finally found an older widow as a potential frau.

Only a few days remained until Teresa’s wedding to James. It would take place here on the Hostetler home place, just like Daett had provided for all Susan’s sisters. How could things be more awesome than that?

Perhaps the icing on the cake was the love that was now beginning to stir afresh in Susan’s heart for her old flame, Thomas Stoll. Who could have imagined such a thing? Yah, she had loved Thomas since their school days, but that love came to a halt the day she caught Thomas kissing Eunice outside a hymn singing one Sunday night. Thomas had claimed he’d just had a “weak moment.”

After escaping into the Englisha world for a time, Susan was back now. And despite all the fuss, she and Thomas were getting together again. Of course, it hadn’t hurt that Teresa had encouraged her to restore the relationship after Thomas’s repeated apologies and continued attention. Mamm and Daett also gave their encouragement at every opportunity. But it was Teresa’s opinion that had carried the real weight. How strange that an Englisha girl should have such sway in her life. But that was how things had turned out. Teresa was now the friend closest to Susan’s heart.

Since Susan had returned from her flirtation with the Englisha world in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Thomas was the picture of repentance. Had he wanted to, he could be married to Eunice by now—or to just about any other young woman in the community. But Thomas hadn’t pursued anyone but Susan in the months since her return. The result was that Susan felt some trust returning in her heart for him. Perhaps someday soon her heart would be fully restored.

In the meantime, there was no need to rush into setting a wedding date, even with Thomas’s pleadings that they do. Yah, he loved Susan and wanted to marry her, but he also wanted to begin the work of taking over the farm from Susan’s daett. In fact, he wanted it very badly. Thomas had no background in farming since his daett was a cabinetmaker, but he was anxious to learn.

Mamm and Daett were older now and tired. They both yearned for the comfort of the dawdy haus, which would be built as soon as the matter between Thomas and Susan was settled by marriage. Until then, Daett had hired young Steve Mast to help with the farm. He’d started in the spring and was a hard worker—no doubt due to his being raised on an Amish farm over in Daviess County. During the days he worked Daett’s farm, Steve took his supper and lodging at Susan’s sister’s place. Ada and her husband, Reuben, lived just down the road a piece.

Steve was a rare find, Daett said. A real answer to their prayers. Not many Amish men were available for hiring out once they became of age at twenty-one. Either they were married, were planning to get married, or had work on their own family places.

Steve didn’t have work on his daett’s place, neither did he have a girlfriend or a prospect that anyone knew of. He was the second boy in a family of ten—six of them being boys. He wasn’t that handsome or forward about himself, a good quality for an Amish man.

Susan stopped just short of the barn and looked up at the swaying branches of the old oak where she’d once had a swing and had climbed to its highest limbs. She sighed to think she was too old for that now. But at least she was here. She was home, hopefully to stay.

It was here she had played in the front yard with her cousins and older sisters during many a summer. Here she had watched Daett harness the horses in the first light of dawn. Here she had watched him take the teams to the fields, where his tall form moved in and out of view all day. Here her heart had taken deep enough root that she was pulled back after her time in Asbury Park. Susan sighed again. Was this why she was giving in to Thomas? Was this why she was allowing him to bring her home on Sunday nights again? Was she accepting his attentions although still feeling a little uncertain about their future?

No, it was more than that. It was high time she made up her mind and settled down with a husband. Steve couldn’t work for Daett forever. And Daett was getting up in years. He and Mamm deserved to move into a dawdy haus and not work so hard. Was that how her love for Thomas would grow? Her desire to stay here in her childhood home, Thomas’s desire to farm, and Mamm and Daett’s desire to settle in a dawdy haus?

It was possible, Susan supposed. Hadn’t Mamm said love could grow anywhere? Anywhere it was allowed to, that is. Then Susan would allow it for everyone’s sake. If love came slowly for her, then so be it. She and Thomas would have a lifetime for her love to grow stronger. That it was beginning small and uncertain for her would be her secret.

As Susan reached to open the barn door, a man cleared his throat behind her. Susan jumped and whirled around.

“Umm…I have the horse ready,” Steve said. “He’s tied up in the first stall.”

Susan relaxed. “You didn’t have to do that, Steve. I would have done it.”

A hint of a smile crossed Steve’s face. “It was no trouble. Happy to do it.” He looked up at the clear sky. “It’s sure a beautiful morning.”

“Yah, it is,” Susan answered. “Well, thanks for getting Toby ready. I wasn’t expecting that. I know you’re busy with the usual chores Daett gives you.”

“Your daett is a gut man and a gut farmer.” Steve tugged the hat rim down over his eyes more. “He’s done a gut job keeping things up on the farm, even with his age.” With that, he turned to go.

Without thinking, Susan asked, “Do you have any secrets, Steve?”

He stopped and looked back over his shoulder. “Me? Secrets? I’m a pretty ordinary fellow. No secrets.”

“Really? I thought everyone had secrets.”

“Not me. I’m pretty much what you see. No secrets and no roots. I’m kind of like the dandelions in the field. I grow where Da Hah blows me.”

“So why don’t you have a girl?”

His eyes twinkled. “Maybe I haven’t found the perfect one yet.”

“Is that why you moved to a new community? To…”

“Scout the land?” He finished her sentence. “Perhaps. Do you have anyone in mind?”

“Nee,” Susan said. “And I don’t know why I even asked something like that. Maybe it’s that type of morning.”

He smiled. “I’m afraid you’ll have to look someplace other than myself for secrets. And no offense taken.”

“Thank you,” she said. “What do you think of Teresa and James?”

He raised his eyebrows. “They seem like a nice enough couple. Why do you ask?”

“Oh, no reason,” she said. “I suppose you heard about all the ruckus before they got together.”

Steve shrugged. “I don’t pay much attention to rumors. They look like they’re in love with each other. That should be gut enough for anyone.”

“I want nothing more from life,” she said, “than to settle down to a boring sameness, day after day, night after night, living in peace and love. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?”

“I don’t know about that,” he said. “I’m not much into boring. I’m surprised you are. I heard you’d been with the Englisha for a while. That’s not something a person does who’s looking for boring.”

“So now you’re paying attention to rumors?”

Steve laughed. “I didn’t really hear that much. People seem to think highly of you. And I’m sure your mamm and daett will be happy if you plan to stay. And Thomas, of course.”

“What do you think of him?”

“Thomas?” He paused for a moment. “You want me to comment on your boyfriend?”

“Yah, I’m asking you. Coming from another community, you might have an unbiased perspective.”

“What if I don’t like him? Can I continue working here?”

She laughed. “I’m not going to chase you off.”

“Well…”

“Come on now. Tell me the truth.”

Steve tilted his head sideways. “Thomas comes from a good family, as far as I can tell. Of course, I don’t know what secrets lie in his past. Maybe he ran off to the Englisha world for a while too. You know, something wild like that.” His eyes twinkled as he spoke the last line.

“So you think that’s a character flaw? You keep bringing it up.”

“Depends on why a person did it, I guess.”

“Let’s just say I had my reasons.”

“Fair enough,” he said.

They stood silent for a moment.

Susan finally said, “Well, I better get busy or Teresa will wonder what’s happened to me.”

“And I better get busy in the fields before your daett thinks I’ve gone lazy on him.” He turned and left.

Susan went into the barn thinking about the exchange. Steve hadn’t given away much about his past. Not that it was any of her business. But a person just couldn’t help wondering. Had some girl dumped him? He’d probably had his heart broken, and the wound was healing slowly and out of sight of the people who knew him.

She’d done much the same thing by moving to Asbury Park. True, it had been time spent among the Englisha. But Da Hah had brought good things out of the experience. That time of her life was nothing to be ashamed of.

Susan untied Toby and led him outside. Lifting the shafts of the buggy, she swung him underneath and fastened the tugs. Holding the bridle, Susan looked toward the house and waited. There was still no sign of Teresa.

Thoughts of last Sunday night buzzed through Susan’s head. Thomas hadn’t tried to kiss her yet. In a way she wished he would. It might hurry things along. But apparently Thomas wasn’t willing to rush things until she agreed to a wedding date. To his credit, he seemed to ignore the fact that Eunice still made eyes at him almost every Sunday night at the hymn singings. Mamm was right though. Susan needed to trust Thomas and believe he wouldn’t fall again just because Eunice batted her eyes at him. After all, Thomas claimed Eunice acted that way toward all the boys, which was partly true. To his credit, Thomas really didn’t want Eunice. He was choosing her—Susan. That was worth something, wasn’t it? Surely his persistence would arouse some of the old feelings she used to have for him.

And now here came Teresa, running across the yard, her face glowing with happiness. At least somebody had things figured out in this world.


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Review & Giveaway: W Is for Wapiti An Alphabet Songbook

Review & Giveaway: W Is for Wapiti An Alphabet Songbook

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Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy

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9/17/2012

Save on Vitamins at Walgreens

Staying Fit & Healthy

I workout weekly and include vitamins daily to help my body work it's best.  I am always
checking the sales papers online for savings.

What is your favorite pharmacy that you frequently buy vitamins? Do you look for savings
buy choosing different brands other than the more popular ones?

SAVINGS ALERT:

Buy 1 get 1 50% off at Walgreens on your favorite brands of vitamins.


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US Cellular - Hello Better

U.S. Cellular Hello Better.
  
Say Hello to Better with US Cellular

 If you are satisfied with your current cell company, then more power to you. I have had several mishaps with two of my past cell phones and dealing with the issues is not a day at the ball park. I am a bit ashamed to admit but recently, I dropped one of my cell phones in the toilet. I did all the wrong things to try to remedy my error. I did not have fun trying to change my cell number to a new phone. I am not exagerating when I tell you it took hours. I even was hung up on accidentally I am sure. Then there was more... I tried to get my minutes transferred to the new cell. Frustration!!! I was over charged and till this day I have not been accurately compensated. I will not reveal the cell provider. Ugh! 

Why not do research and find a company that offers more? I have seen U.S. Celluar. Ad's all over the internet. They have many good selling points such as a rewards program. They have a NEW Unlimited Plan program running right now, family plan, single plan, and much more.



In spite of this overall dissatisfaction, respondents are hesitant to call it quits. More than one-third of respondents say they stick with their current provider because they believe all carriers are the same, it is too much trouble to switch carriers, or they don’t want to sign a new contract.




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