Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Farm Fresh

Words are not always necessary, for more wordless photos visit Wordless Wednesday.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dewey The Library Cat - Giveaway

Dewey The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Vicki Myron with Bret Witter


How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.

Thanks to the nice folks at Hachette Books I have three copies of this book to give to my readers.

-Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win
-No P.O. Boxes, please.
-Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail.

This giveaway will end on October 1st at midnight PDT.

To win one copy of the book is simple. All you have to do is leave one comment letting me know you are a follower of The Road to Here on Google Friend Connect and also tell me why you want to win a copy of Dewey The Library Cat. That's it, just one comment will enter you to win one of three copies. Only one comment per person will be counted in the giveaway.

Have you already read the story of Dewey? This book would be a great stocking stuffer!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

No Traffic Here

As I headed up the trail I turned to look back at the lake and our Blue Mountains. After taking a few minutes to enjoy the view ............

....... up the trail I went. It was a little overcast and I had the trail to myself. If you look closely at the path you might see the horse shoe prints. This trail is used for riding and hiking but today it was all mine.

Visit Freda at ThisWay/ThursWay for more photos.

My questions for you today are "What is you favorite place to walk or hike?" and "What is your favorite season for walks/hikes?" Check out all the questions at Thursday Two Question??????

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CSN Stores Gift Certificate GIVEAWAY

Do you know about the CSN Stores? They have over 200 stores! Are you looking for a new coffee table? Make CSN Stores your first stop. They have a large assortment of styles to suit every taste.

From cookware and bedding to furniture, CSN Stores has all that and more.

CSN Stores has offered to give one of my readers an $65 gift certificate which can be used in any of their stores.

Please read carefully. Leave one comment below for each entry. All spam or non related entries will be removed immediately.

If your email address is not on your blog profile please leave it in your comments. You can't win if I can't contact you.


1. Go to the CSN Stores and tell me one item you might get if you win the gift certificate.
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This giveaway will end on October 6th at midnight PDT. This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunny Honey

Yellow is mellow and mellow is a great way to start your week. For more photos visit Mellow Yellow Monday. And if you want to see the smaller details of our world visit Macro Monday.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Chrome on White

1936 Chevy Pickup
Photo taken at a local car show.

Enjoy the world in black and white if only for a moment. Visit Dragonstar at The Weekend in Black and White.

Most anywhere you find light you might also find a reflection. To find lots of reflections visit James at Weekend Reflection.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Inland Octopus

Ever get the feeling of being watched?

Inland Octopus is a toy store located in our downtown area. This mural was recently added to the store facade. Now our city and downtown officials are questioning whether or not the mural fits in with the historic culture of downtown Walla Walla.

Since this is Thursday Two-Questions #1 I will ask you. How do you like it? Should the mural stay or go, what do you think?

Thursday Two-Questions is a brand new meme, be sure to check it out.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ellie's Kids!

There are quite a few Praying Mantis in our yard this year. I believe this one is a descendant of a mantis named Ellie that stayed on our patio all last summer.

This is Ellie, she lived in the planters on our patio and seemed very happy to be among the flowers and to dine on the insects that came to visit. She would crawl on my hand any time she had the chance.

The world looks different when you take a closer look at the little things. Visit Macro Monday for more photos.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Clouds Ahead

For more photos visit Freda at ThisWay/ThursWay. To see more skies from around the world visit SkyWatch Friday.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Gaillardia Aestivalis

My favorite flower of late summer and fall is the Blanket Flower (Gaillardia Aestivalis) which is in the same family as the sunflower.

I like the whimsical petals that at times seem to be dancing. And of course the colors are so rich and bright even on dreary days.

And looks like I'm not the only one who likes the Blanket flowers, the honey bees can't stay away. Notice at all the pollen on the her legs and body. And I love those eyes.

For more photos visit
Macro Flowers Saturday
Today's Flowers
Macro Monday

Have a safe and happy weekend my friends!

Big Skies

The top three photos were taken on our Idaho trip last spring. The last photo is looking straight up from our backyard.

For more skies from around the world visit SkyWatch Friday.

The theme for this week's Photo Time is "Looking up where you stand".

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Calling The Police

Every breath you take
Every move you make

Every bond you break
Every step you take

I'll be watching you

Mix song lyrics with your photos and what do you get? Lots of fun at Hootin' Anni's Thursday Theme Song.