Friday, April 28, 2017

Celebrate: Squirrels & Giveaways

This week I'm celebrating that by the end of today, my Spring Cleaning will be done.

Well, mostly done.

Okay ... I'm just done.

Did I mention that this week we had 2 sand storms in 3 days? They had to close the airport. My newly-clean home looks like hundreds of dust-bunnies flew in through the windows and then exploded ...


Some squirrels for your viewing pleasure!


(Me, at the end of my Spring Cleaning.)








Congrats to all those who 
did the A - Z Challenge 
or even attempted it.
You ROCK!!


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

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When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for April 28, 2017:

Free Historical Romance Paperback – Win The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green, about a convicted midwife branded with the King’s mark and forced to emigrate from France to Louisiana and the fellow convict she is forced to marry. Enter via rafflecopter on the Susan Heim on Writing blog. Few Entries – Good Chance to Win! (ends Apr 30)

Free Audiobook of All Female Thriller/Crime Collection – Win one of 10 audio copies of The Smoking Gun Sisterhood by Thad Brown, a collection of 10 short stories about tough, resourceful women heroes. The audiobook is 12 hours long and will be gifted through Audible.com (you don’t have to have an account to win). Enter via blog comment on the Mercedes Fox Books blog. Few Entries – Good Chance to Win! (ends May 5)

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Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Whiskers and Bear by Giacomo Giammatteo, a Life on the Farm Series Book, True Stories from an Animal Sanctuary, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Enter via rafflecopter on the Terri Guiliano Long blog. (ends May 15)


Free Kindle e-Reader – The site E-Reader Obsession is giving away a Kindle E-reader – Black, 6” Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, a $79.99 value. An entry into this giveaway will sign the entrant up for the site’s newsletter featuring clean and inspirational books. Enter via Entry form on the E-Reader Obsession site. (ends May 1)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

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34 comments:

Sue Bursztynski said...

Congratulations on completing the spring clean! Though I don't imagine you have too many squirrels where you live...?

Ann V. Friend said...

Lexa, I love your sense of humor with the squirrels (smile) Nice job of being d o n e with spring cleaning! Thanks for the smiles caused by the pictures of the squirrels! Have a blessed weekend!!!

PlanetKimberly said...

Wow! I can't imagine what it would be like to have a sandstorm hit my city or house. Interesting! At least you got some cleaning done. Something good did come of it!

JeffO said...

I can relate to squirrel number one.

Sorry about your sandstorms (or is it sand storms?). Do you usually have an idea of when they're coming so you can batten down the hatches a bit?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your sand storms sound like the dust storms we'd get in New Mexico. Yes, everything covered in sand and dust. Plus I'd always bring home a tumbleweed trapped under my truck.

The Cynical Sailor said...

I can't even begin to imagine having to deal with sandstorms and having it ruin all of my cleaning efforts. Have a fantastic weekend!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome you got your spring cleaning done. I'm just trying to keep mine cleaner. Have a great weekend!

messymimi said...

My sympathy on the dusty end to your spring clean. Thank you for the squirrel pics, they are priceless!

Andrew Leon said...

One of my earliest pieces of fiction,and first published piece, was about squirrels.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Yikes, I haven't even started my spring cleaning!!! Thank you for the squirrel memes, I needed a good chuckle this morning!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Giant UGH! Clean, sand, clean, sand, clean, sand —I'd be done too. I like the nut truck and chubby squirrel pic best.

Julia Thorley said...

Thanks for the cheeky squirrels. Enjoy your weekend, Lexa.

Unknown said...

Sandstorms must be scary. Luv the squirrels

Marilyn @ onbecomingawriter.com

Julie Flanders said...

Oh wow, I can't imagine what those sand storms must be like. Sounds scary.
LOVE the squirrels, especially the one who overindulged on the nuts LOL.

Stephen Hayes said...

Yes, it's Friday and sunshine is finally coming to Portland. I hope you have a terrific weekend with no more dust storms.

Kate Larkindale said...

How frustrating to have finished spring cleaning, and then have a dust storm. Fingers crossed there won't be another one once you've cleaned up this time.

Diane Weidenbenner said...

I've been behind on Celebrating the Small Things so this week I combined my Blogging A to Z (today is Y) with my CTST. Thanks as always for listing Freebies. I continue to enjoy your blog. Have a great weekend! http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com/yard-sailing/

Erika Beebe said...

Sandstorm? Interesting! I live in the midwest and when you drive through Kansas it can get a bit windy for my taste too...but I don't think I know what a standstorm would be like. Bless you! Congratulations on the cleaning and I love squirrel pictures!

Sharon M Himsl said...

Oh, Lexa, you made my day. Those squirrels are hilarious. Congrats on the spring cleaning, and I suppose that means I better get started. Now come check out my good news :)

Mark Murata said...

Sandstorms. Not something I deal with. (I live in the Pacific Northwest in the USA.) This shows why people in the Ancient Near East, both male and female, kept headcoverings handy.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Great pictures. Squirrels are so cute.
One reason not to clean house: sand storms. :)

T. Drecker said...

Yay to finishing the cleaning...want to come to my house next??? Lol! I really need to get going on some things. Cute pics.

Rhonda Albom said...

Wow, April went by fast. I was so busy I am glad I didn't attempt AtoZ this year. As for spring cleaning and sand storms . . . I feel for you. Would closing the windows have helped, or does it sneak it's way in anyway?

Nas said...

Hehe...you are funny! I loved all the squirrel memes!

Cathy Keaton said...

My spring cleaning is almost done, too! I am not a fan of dusting, thus there are many bunnies growing all over my place. Congrats on yours being done, too.

cleemckenzie said...

Perfect way to start my Monday. Squirrels with attitude and humor. I have one that sits on the tree outside my window while I'm trying to write. He's quite the distraction, but I do love his visits. I'm going to take a closer look to see if he resembles any of yours here today. :-)

Emilyann Girdner said...

Hahaha! The squirrels are awesome, I needed the laugh. Hope you are recovering now from cleaning. =-)

www.emilyanngirdner.com

Tamara Narayan said...

Those squirrels are incredible. My cat kind of looks like the tubby one that overate. I wouldn't trust her around a truckload of kibble.

I'm trying to upload a squirrel video my daughter took yesterday of one trying to birdseed in the rain. I hope it works.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Such adorable squirrels! Sorry to hear about the sandstorms. Glad I missed those!

Crystal Collier said...

LOL! When I read your title, I was sure Loni Townsend would be in the post. Alas... I'll have to send her this way. Thanks for the chuckle. MUCH needed.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Sand...ugh. I can offer you a much better spring cleaning experience if you want to come take care of my house. No sand. ;)

Great pics!

LD Masterson said...

Um, so now that you're done spring cleaning there, would you consider...?

(I have lots of squirrels.)

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Love the squirrel posters. We have squirrels in our back yard, and they go through those very postures and struts. So much fun to watch. Congratulations on getting your spring cleaning done. I'm about halfway.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Congrats on the spring cleaning, Lexa. I'm just getting started. While in the depths of querying, I decided I needed to tackle something where I could see tangible results to my efforts. So my office is getting an overhaul - decluttering and deep cleaning. Next up - the mini blinds. Yuck.

Love the squirrels!!

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