Saturday, March 25, 2017


It is just a personal thing with me, but I have loved gardening all of my life.
Many years ago, a garden meant planting on a very large scale, vegetables, and all things we needed for canning.
Now, gardening means looking over the flowers planted for years and which grow here and there in tight spaces in the yard.
I cannot pass any display at the grocery store which has fresh flowers or fresh vegetables displayed there even today.
But sooner or later, one has to make decisions of what to spend a lot of time on and what to not spend so much on. The gardens got smaller as the desire to write books got bigger.
Every year, I look so forward to this blog party created by a dear writer friend. She knows a lot about writing AND about gardening, so hence we get to have this blog party which is kind of like a garden party also since I can give a good look at the flowers and flowering trees outside and see how they have made it through this Winter. It has been a mild winter here, so the cactus has not lost even inches, and the flowering trees still bloomed.
I am interested now in these little miniature gardens, sometimes in small containers in the house. I am enjoying studying examples of these I find on the Internet.
I have a few pots and old cups in the house which have their own plants growing there. I am not very good at indoor cactus and have to hold off watering them and even get suggestions from friends and family on how to water these without drowning them.
Right now, I am enjoying reading the work of others and so like to look over the list of authors participating in this blog and pick out a Summer Reading List. I suggest you do so.
I am also currently reading a book furnished by The Project Gutenberg, published first in 1898 called “Elizabeth and Her German Garden”: by Elizabeth Marie Annette Beauchamp
I would also like to turn your attention to a new book, a short read, because we are all so busy it seems as the weather gets warmer, and my new book is a G. I. Joe Kindle Worlds book, “G. I. Joe: Busted Star Commander”. This book features a female villain famous in the G. I. Joe series written works since the 1970s. I so appreciate the publication of this book and since I love dolls, I thought it exciting that there are dolls of the character The Baroness and have been for many years. I do invite you to look for my own short read at Amazon Kindle Worlds, Teen and Young Adult now.

Meanwhile, SWEETPEA’s CHATTERHOUSE is going to have a drawing for a Ten Dollar gift certificate from Amazon in a drawing at the end of our blog and be sure to go over and register for the other prizes all along this wonderful blog event! Leave a comment with us to get your name in the hat for the drawing. Wait until event starts Monday please!

Authors are having a Garden Blog Hop now!




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 Plus a GRAND PRIZE you’ll be digging to win!
How it will work:
Authors participating will post their giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both on their website, beginning March 27th and leaving their contest open through April 5th.  You will have 10 days to enter each individual author contest and then submit your entry for the grand prize!!  To win the grand prize, you must visit each and every author on the hop.  Each site will post the links of participating authors but please feel free to visit to find the author link list at any point in time. Some authors might offer more than one entry to win like a “follow” on Twitter or a “tweet,” maybe even a visit to their Facebook or Pinterest page. However, only one is required to enter.
What will be given away?
Everything from books to swag, promotional products and more! The GRAND PRIZE is an ereader of your choice (up to $200 value). A second prize of $25 gift card for winner’s choice of book retailers, available to US and INTL residents, except where prohibited by law.
Authors will note US or INTL for their giveaway eligibility. Where US or INTL is not specifically noted, US eligibility will apply. The grand prize is available for US entrants only. Winners will be announced on the landing page, BloominThyme.
How do I submit my grand prize entry?
Grand prize entrants will be entered via a Rafflecopter giveaway widget, available on the initial and final landing page of this hop, located on BloominThyme.  All entries (and actions) will be verified to deem winners.
What can I expect out of this hop?
Each author will be posting a giveaway, gardening tip, recipe or both!  It’s a spring celebration designed to introduce you to authors and give you a chance to win prizes. Individual authors may offer more than one chance to win their individual giveaway, so increase your odds and enter them all!
What do I do when it’s all over?
By April 7th we will post the grand prize winners on the main page and the landing page.  Individual authors will announce and contact the winners of their author-specific giveaways. You will be required to claim your prize according to each giveaway’s terms and conditions.
Please feel free to contact me!
“Giveaway ends April 7th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the US only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Dianne Venetta, host of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop, is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.” VOID where prohibited by law