Saturday, January 24

Jackie at In the Land of the Living Skies, has tagged me for a meme. Here are the rules:

Open a document or photo folder

Choose the fifth folder and then the fifth photo in that folder.

Do a post describing the photo.

Tag five friends to do the Meme.

This is the fifth photo I found in the fifth file. It is of my niece, Melissa and her oldest son, Griffyn, who is almost 19 months old. This was taken at Christmas, I believe. Melissa was having some fun with Griffyn. Look at that smile on his face. You can tell that Melissa and Griffyn are very close when you look at this photo. She is an excellent mother.

Now to tag five people. That isn't an easy task for me, but here are my choices for this meme.

Diane of Diane's Place

Mama Bear of Bears in Exile

Denise of Samaritan Women

Storyteller of Small Reflections

Pea at Pea's Corner

Please let me know when you have posted the meme. I'd love to drop by to see the photos and read your story. If I haven't tagged you and you'd like to play along, you're most welcome to do so.

About a week ago, I received a package in the mail. It was from Hootin' Anni. When I opened it, this is what I found:

Anni knows I'm an avid reader and she picked me up a copy of Centennial by James A. Michener.

Centennial is an epic novel of the history, land, and people of Colorado. Centered around the fictional town of Centennial, the story contains an extensive cast of characters including Native Americans, French fur trappers, English noblemen, and American cowboys. Providing lively narrative against Michener's skillfully researched canvas are people like Levi and Ellie Zendt, who left the confining life of the Pennsylvania Dutch only to find terror and uncertainty on the trip west, and the Garrett family, whose yearly struggle to farm the land was met time and again with defeat.

This book is one that I know I'm going to love. It is a thick book and it's going to take some time for me to read it, but it is the kind of story that piques my interest.

Along with the book, Anni was kind enough to include a maple leaf book thong that she made and a beautiful card. In the card she wrote: May you enjoy this - It's a story of the area of Colorado USA where I grew up. Also included, a maple leaf book thong for my Canadian friend.

Thank you, dear Anni. You made my day. My apologies for being so late posting this. First my camera wouldn't work, then I had trouble uploading photos to my computer. Finally, after a lot of determination, I was able to get it posted. I appreciate these tokens of your friendship and treasure these gifts. The book, once it's been read, will go on my bookshelf with others that I love.

I hope all of my readers are enjoying the weekend. Remember to take some time to do something that you enjoy. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. What a sweet thing for Anni to do! I'm sure it will be a good book. Isn't it fun to look back at old pictures? That's a nice one. I hope you have a good weekend too!

  2. Thanks, Mary. I have the post ready and scheduled for Wednesday.
    What a thoughtful gift. That is a big book to read.
    Mama Bear

  3. Mary, loved the photo and I am so happy you took part in the meme.

    Funny thing Harvey bought me Centennial when we left for our honeymoon. Guess what I did while riding in the car to Calgary and back. I will have to see if it is still in my bookcase and pull it out for a read. I loved it.

    God bless.

    Got your interview questions and will do them tomorrow.

  4. Centennial was filmed just a few miles east of us. I loved the mini-series so much - we rented all 11 cassettes one Christmas break and watched it again. It was so well done. Enjoy!

  5. I've read several of Mitchner's books -and "Centennial" is one that I read quite a few years ago. I loved it and with your love of history and such, I am betting you too will totally enjoy it!

  6. hey Mary, just stopping by to say hi :-)

  7. happy reading...don't forget us!


  8. What a deal..... nice surprise..... It is good to have such friends........ I got a book in the mail the other day and I need to post the picture! I keep forgetting! I am a bad blogger..

  9. Mary...... I have posted my Meme...... thanks for asking me to share........ It was fun!

  10. I have been reading too. Hope your weekend is beautiful my sweeyt friend...m.

  11. I just posted my Sunday Dinner entry so I'll try to get to this meme early next week. My 3 year blogiversary is next Friday but so far I don't have anything in particular planned for it.

    Bless Anni's heart, she sent you a wonderful package. Hope you enjoy the book. It seems like I read it years ago when it first was published.

    Have a great Sunday and stay warm, Mary. :o)

    Much Love,


  12. Hi Mary....
    I'm so happy to know that you enjoyed your New Year's Gift!! I hope you'll enjoy reading it. Like Dawn, who was a 'neighbor' when I was growing up in Colorado..and didn't know we lived so close --she a bit north of me by about 50 miles....we were there in Colorado when the epic mini series was filmed. It is a great story. I'd tell you who my favorite characters were, but that would spoil you upcoming adventure in the fur trapping days.

    Yes, it IS a long, long, book but I really think you'll find it a good book. I tried to find you a first edition, but the best I could do was first edition 2nd printing. Either case it's a collector's item if you're 'into' books.

    Happy Sunday.

  13. PS....I like the fact you have a countdown to Spring....are you anxious for the deep freeze to leave you? [kidding!]

  14. You? An avid reader? Who woulda thunk it? :)

  15. What a great gift!

    And I kinda like this meme...there have been a bunch going around, but they are better than usual!

    Have a great week....I tried to comment on your other wouldn't let me...but it was wonderful my friend, and I can't wait for more!

    Thank you also for your kind comment on my poem.

    Lots of love to you! And I hope things are going better for you and your hubby...


  16. Nice photo! Hope you enjoy your new book!

  17. Never read the book-but it sounds great!

  18. Such a wonderful picture of Melissa and Griffyn:-) Thank you for tagging me for this meme, dear Mary, I will post it tomorrow morning! Now I'm curious as to what picture I have in my 5th folder! lol I recently did this meme but it was the 6th picture in the 6th folder.

    That Anni of ours is just such a sweetheart! How just like her to send you a book she knew you would enjoy and that book thong she made you is also exquisite!! She sure knows how to put a smile on her friends' faces:-) xoxo