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Hello? Hello?

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I’ve been working hard to type up the chapters of His Mercy Endureth Forever for Susan to edit. One legal pad down, three more to go. Huff-puff.

Looking back to last week, it seems I finished writing the book on the very last day I could have written it, before bad weather kicked in till next April. Providential!

Pausing from these labors, visiting the old blog, I find myself asking, “Where is everybody?” There were even spaces available in our town’s last parking lot today, and an empty waiting room at the doctor’s: what gives?

Well, I’ll wait till after supper (meat loaf tonight) and then post a cat video, hoping that will draw readership. (“That’ll fetch ’em!” he thought…)

A Message to My Readers

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Sorry, just couldn’t write up any nooze today.

Tomorrow I have to take Patty back to the doctor’s for more tests, I don’t know how long that will take, and please pray that the test results are good.

I’ve prepared for a couple of posts to be published in our absence.

Well, I find myself looking forward to our first Christmas Carol Contest, and steeling myself not to open it until the day after Thanksgiving. We always post a lot of Christmas hymns around here, and I hope the contest makes it even more fun for all of us.

It now appears that when I finished writing my book on Thursday, I finished on the very last day I could have finished. It’s been brutal weather since then.

I hope to be back with you sometime tomorrow afternoon.

8 Years of Blogging

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I’ve just been informed that today is the eighth anniversary of this blog. Let’s eat a jack-o’-lantern, to celebrate.

We’re solid with the hymns and prayer requests, I report as much of the nooze as I can stand, and we’ve got critter videos–plus regular features like Mr. Nature, Joe Collidge, Memory Lane, and Oy, Rodney. Tryin’ to provide something for everyone, I guess.

Funny, it doesn’t seem like eight years. No way.

One of these days, maybe, I’ll be able to figure out if I’m doing it right or doing it wrong.

And We Have a Winner!

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I had a feeling the comment contest would be won today, and next thing I knew, Erlene had won it: Comment No. 35,000. Time to celebrate!

Regrettably, I am unable to award the Eiffel Tower to the winner; so, Erlene, you’ll have to be contest with an autographed copy of one of my books, your choice (but do try not to pick Bell Mountain, because I’m temporarily out of those). Send me an email to give me your mailing address–oh, and be sure to say which book you want.

Next, starting the day after Thanksgiving, will be our first Christmas Carol Contest. I hope it’ll prove to be a big success and something we can enjoy every year, God willing.

To all of you whose comments made the contest fun, there will be another one by and by. So keep those comments coming!

Only 386 Comments to Go!


Shooting for 35,000 comments, we now have 34,614, which leaves just 386 to go. It would be nice to make it before Thanksgiving, when the Christmas Carol Contest will start.

So, whoever posts Comment No. 35,000 receives a talking hamster who can grant wishes, as long as they aren’t really big, human-type wishes that a hamster can’t understand… or else an autographed copy of one of my books.

We have a lot of new friends on this blog, so, ho, everybody–this is an act you can all get in on. Let’s see some witty, penetrating, baffle-the-magic-hamster comments!

Comment Contest Update

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As of this morning, we have a mere 537 comments to go in our quest for 35,000–and I’d like to see this done before we embark upon our Christmas Carol Contest.

Whosoever posts Comment No. 35,000 will win a dazzling prize! I can’t decide whether to offer a deluxe thoroughbred horse farm on the scenic Gulf of Ob, or to continue the tradition of the winner getting an autographed copy of one of my books.

The contest is open to all, and all comments are eligible, with the following exceptions: comments abusive to anyone else on this site; comments containing blasphemy or profanity; commercials disguised as comments; or words simply too inane to bother with. Other than that, anything goes.

Don’t Forget the Comment Contest!

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Just a little reminded that we’ve got a comment contest going here–shooting for 35,000, and we currently have 34,239. Unless the abacus jockeys at The Boston Globe are doing the math, that leaves 761 to go. And it would be nice to have a winner before the Christmas Carol Contest kicks off, the day after Thanksgiving.

This week’s viewership, for some inscrutable reason, is down, down, down–so it’s an ideal time to get on board the contest. Why does tchat make it it an ideal time to do that? I think because of Climbit Change. Or something.

Anyhow, the contest is open to all and the prize is mind-bogglingly fantastic.

Was It Something I Said?

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Again, it’s raining buckets–no writing allowed outside today. And inside, our blog traffic has slowed to a crawl, these last two days. I have no idea what causes that, any more than a baseball player can figure out why he’s in a 1-for-32 batting slump. Although, what with baseball and the way it is now, they’ve surely invented a new euphemism that makes 1-for-32 sound like a glorious achievement, well worth the guy’s $60 million salary. But I digress.

Hello out there! Where did everybody go?

(Yeah, Lee, but if they’re all as sick of the news as you are… You’ve gotta write it, but they don’t have to read it.)

Christmas Carol Contest?

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We have a custom around here of taking requests for Christmas hymns as part of our yearly Christmas celebration. We’ve had a lot of fun with that, the past two years, and I’ve been thinking of making it more fun yet by holding a Christmas carol contest.

How does this grab you? Whoever requests the Christmas hymn that gets the most views on the day it’s requested, wins a prize. I was thinking of “most views overall” from after Thanksgiving to New Year’s, but that would be letting myself in for a major scorekeeping job. Besides, this way the apparent winner could change from day to day–unbearably exciting!

Anyway, folks, what do you think? Open to suggestion…

Our Current Comment Contest

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Hey, dig that alliteration! What a headline!

Just a reminder that we have a comment contest going. We’re shooting for 35,000, and at the moment we have 33,887–just 1,113 to go.

The winner will get an autographed copy of one of my books, unless I can swing a guadier prize. Maybe a dinner with Violet Crepuscular.

All comments are eligible except 1) those that abuse any other reader or commenter on this site, 2) those containing blasphemy or profanity, 3)comments by left-wing trolls, which are usually covered by 1) and/or 2), 3) commercials disguised as comments, like I can’t see through them, and 4) comments too vapid or inane to be considered. Other than the above, anything goes.

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