If you've been wondering why I haven't posted a new blog or stopped by to comment, recently, it's because I've been on vacation. I know, I didn't tell you I was going on vacation, but it was a last minute kind of thing. I think it's almost always that way when you take a vacation............from sanity.
Yes, friends, that's where I've been. At home and losing my mind over an endless stream of unexpected expenses, pricey auto repairs (on every vehicle we own), damaged kitchen countertops, an early spring thaw (can you say mud?), an overwhelming winter storm (can you say knee deep snow?), and one particularly clever field mouse that snuck in the house and evaded capture for over a week.
When I shared on Facebook that it was raining lemons around here, a friend suggested that I make margaritas. Wouldn't you know that we were out of tequila? Such is life....
Today is a day of celebration in our house because it's our son's birthday. As hard as it is for us to believe, he is now eighteen years old. The time has gone by so fast.
It's quite possible that you're thinking "My goodness, Willoughby, you don't look nearly old enough to have an eighteen year old son!". I probably wouldn't argue with that statement. Take a look at a recent picture of me:
I look far too young to have an adult son, don't I? The same could be said for Mr. Willoughby. See for yourself:
Judging by these pictures, I think we look just as young as we did on this day eighteen years ago.
Happy Birthday, Son! From your not-so-old parents!
When we built the bar on our back porch, we spent weeks searching for bar stools that were just the right style and size. Eventually, we compromised and chose a set that are great looking and comfortable, but a little shorter than we would like. This spring, I'm hoping to replace them with taller, or adjustable bar stools.
So, now, you're wondering why I'm talking about bar stools and what they have to do with the giveaway I mentioned. Well, CSN Stores have lots of fantastic bar stools and they have given me a $40 gift certificate to award to one lucky winner. You can use it toward any item (not including shipping) on their website.
I will draw one winner, at random, on March 1, 2011. Please be sure that your email is linked to your blog or that you provide a contact email in your comment on this post.
1. You must be a follower of This Stop Willoughby, or become one.
2. You must click on the link above, browse the items in that category, and then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me about one of your favorites.
3. You may leave an additional comment (one per day) telling me about a favorite item from any category on CSN Stores.
4. If you would like to earn a bonus entry, mention my giveaway on your blog along with a link to this post. Please be sure to leave a comment (with link) letting me know that you've done so.
5. This giveaway is limited to the United States and Canada (sorry!). Don't forget that you are responsible for shipping charges.