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I’ve been away so thought I would share Carl’s humorous post with you. Don’t laugh too hard and remember to bring your husbands to the rummage sale (those of you who have one, If you don’t, I’m sure you can borrow one!) Which is your favourite?

I Know I Made You Smile

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In case you were wondering how Erik did with his Reading for Renn project I posted about earlier this week, here are the results. Pretty impressive!

Reading for Renn Total!!! and Lititz Book Festival Fun! 😀.


Those of you who know me well, know how much I love shoes.  I have a nice collection of shoes and some great shoe stories.  I tend to buy at least one pair of shoes wherever I travel to and if I travel to Spain it is more like 3 pairs. I am also not very tall so I always wear heels to add some height.

I damaged my left ankle when I was in Spain this fall when I missed the bottom step at the apartment we were staying in.  When I returned home two weeks later, I had it x-rayed and discovered I had broken it on both sides. This required an operation to bolt it back together with 7 screws. I was in a plaster cast for 2 weeks and then an air cast (boot) for the past 8 weeks. I returned to work after the plaster cast was removed and  managed to do my book signings and presentations as planned.  The only thing is, I have only been able to wear a right shoe.  My husband thought it was very funny when I had only right shoes lined up ready to wear.  So he took a picture.

When we visited Fort Lauderdale a year ago, I found the perfect shoe in my size. Unfortunately the sales clerk couldn’t find the mate to the shoe. I even went back the next day to see if they found the other shoe but they hadn’t. I was heartbroken as I really wanted to buy that pair of shoes.  Since it was the right shoe on display, I wish I had purchased it as I would be able to wear it now!  (but who knew?)


New sensible shoes

The orthopedic surgeon has informed me I can start wearing shoes on both feet again, but not heels, which is all I own.  So I had to invest in some sensible shoes. They are Ok but they don’t make me look or feel any taller.

I am happy to report that I am on the mend and hope to be back to normal by the new year.  In the meantime I have a few pairs of shoes  in which the right shoe is much more worn than the left. I could have worse problems, I know.

Do you have any funny shoe stories to share?

Sorry to send out two blog postings in a row, but I messed up!  The contest I entered was suppposed to be a story for children.  (guess I didn’t read the fine print).    The  Valentines Day Contest rules ask to submit a childrens poem or prose in no more than 200 words, about an unlikely couple. So here is my entry, still with the tea theme, but for children.

Tea Party 

Sara made sure she didn’t drip while she poured the tea into miniature china cups.

She smiled at Theodore over her tea cup and fluttered her eye lashes, as she took a sip.

“Isn’t it a lovely day for a tea party in the garden?” she said as she looked around at the tulips pushing their way up out of the damp ground.

“Would you like a cookie?” Sara placed an Oreo on the side of her male companion’s plate.

She carefully unfolded her tiny napkin and placed it on her lap before she took a bite out her cookie.  She didn’t want to mess her lovely white pinafore she wore just for him.

“How was your day?” she asked her charming but silent partner. “Did you work hard at the office? I spent all day cleaning the house and baking these cookies.  I wanted you to have a special Valentine’s Day.”

Sara reached over and straightened Ted’s tie.

“I think someone needs a shave,” she said as she touched his fuzzy cheek.

“I sure love you Theodore and I hope we can get married one day soon. Maybe when I turn six.”

Teddy didn’t say a thing.


I was in awe of these stats so decided to share them with my readers. I wrote 44 posts last year, ten short of my goal of one a week. Will try to do better in 2012. I have 30 subscribers and I thank everyone of you for your support. I plan to double that this year. I enjoy blogging and plan to have more guest bloggers appear. The comments are my favourite part, keep them coming. A big thanks to everyone for these stats!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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This post by Jennifer Stanchfield offers ideas for actively involving learners from the first moment they enter the room for a workshop, training or classroom lesson.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 22 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 28mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 19th with 79 views. The most popular post that day was Another dream come true.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, modelmayhem.com, mail.yahoo.com, thezinnozoo.blogspot.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for christmas joy, amanda a dream come true, amanda in arabia, http://www.stavefallsartistgroup.com, and “amanda in arabia” by darlene foster.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Another dream come true June 2010


Amanda in Arabia video September 2010


Christmas Joy November 2010


Family Matters August 2010


Why Women Are Able to Make Their Dreams Come True September 2010

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