Tuesday, January 31, 2012

THE GOOD LIFE

Farm livin' makes this Ozark Farm Chick happier than a gopher in a fresh plowed field! The directions to the Ponderosa may include words like miles, county lines, last or gravel road. We might of used the Big Blue tractor's loader as scaffolding a time or two. I've hosed the kids and myself off many a time before goin' in the house and Lacey or Frilly are the names of farm critters, not the latest Victoria Secret fashions. Early mornin' prayer often covers rain, cattle and crops but it's our life and I love it!!!!

Not to say farm life isn't hard and cash runs low before the next crop or calves are ready to move but if I won the Publishers Clearing House Sweeps tomorrow, you'd find Farm Boy and me still farmin' these Missouri hills and hollers.

Every once in a while somethin' truly special happens, somethin' unexpected....prizes of generous giveaways that thrill me more than a midget with nine inch stilettos. Something to make me shove the furniture back, do my happy dance and shout, "I won!!!"

Back in November I won this spectacular Holiday book by Matthew Mead over at Blue Bird Notes. Koralee is just sweeter than a warm bath filled with decant Belgian chocolate. I referred to this book time and again durin' the holidays. Koralee's charmin' blog is as beautiful as it is soothin'. I just love visitin' this special lady and know you will too.

Then when I thought life couldn't get any better, I won a $30.00 Kroger gift card over at Terra's place Sitting on an Oak. Oh, this girl's a precious treasure. Her blog is filled with informative ways to get the most bang outta your buck. Ya'll will find everything from couponin' tips to money savin' recipes there. Ya sure want to pop over and gab a great pointer or two.

Yep folks, I've been gratefully feelin' the good life. If I felt any happier, I'd drop my harp plumb through the clouds! Originally "La Belle Vie" this 1963 Tony Bennett song hit number eighteen on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart. This chick is richly blessed to live nestled smack in the middle of nowhere, lovin' Matthew Mead's Christmas book and enjoyin' the harvest of wild salmon, chicken breast and tilapia fillets I purchased with the Kroger gift card. I can sing that God has granted me to truly live " The Good Life !!!"

115 comments:

  1. Well congrats Nezzy! Those are simply wonderful gifts!
    I grew up on a farm and I am now a country gal again.
    I love visiting the city but I am not sure I would want to be there full time.
    Hope all is well in your neck of the woods...sure sounds like it!
    Big Hugs,
    Cindy

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  2. No one better to win all these lovely gifts, Nezzy. You are a gem always. Koralee is just precious, I so enjoy her

    I'd love to VISIT you, but this chick is a city slicker, for sure. I truly enjoy driving thru the countryside & seeing those loaders & barns & fields filled with gorgeous horses & cattle.

    When hubby decided we were moving more 2 miles from the nearest town I had near panic attacks of being 'out in nowhere' ... did adjust to that, but 2 miles is my limit.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  3. You certainly did hit the jackpot. Both are wonderful gifts. I'm a city gal but love hearing how you love life on the farm. Life is good.

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  4. "If I felt any happier, I'd drop my harp plumb through the clouds!" This made me grin wide and nod my head. I may not be out in the beautiful countryside or won the wonderful prizes you did, but I am sitting here in my little apartment listening to Tony and going--yes, yes, yes. I live the good life, too, Nezzy. You betcha!! ;)

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  5. Nezzy...your positive take on life always gives me a lift. Not much good ever comes from crying over spilled milk or looking at things from a negative viewpoint. Even though I am a cynical gal (for fun's sake), I am so incredibly grateful for all that God has blessed me with. You have managed to touch so many of us with your witty and warm writing style. Thank you, thank you.
    Fondly, Joanne

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  6. Congrats on two great wins! Always a pleasure visiting with you. God bless you!

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  7. and may it long continue for you!

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  8. Hi Nezzy ~~
    Congratulations on your two Great Wins !!
    Love this Post and Thanks once again for making me Smile !! I too am happy in the country, sometimes Hubby has to nudge & push me to leave the cabin ... and thats when we get in the RV and head to Amish Country PA .... no city for me. :-)
    Blessings & Hugs ~~ Connie xox

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  9. My MO Comrade, YOU are quite blessed. Such great prizes from wonderful bloggers.

    T

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  10. The "good life" doesn't come with a million dollar price tag..just sweet little surprises that bring smiles. It can be the sweet smile of a Grandkiddo, a letter from a friend, or a surprise win at a blog site! Your post made me smile and be grateful for that reminder. We can all find the good life if we take time to look around us and be grateful for what we have, and also for what we can share. My "good life" surprise today were the 60de. temps with some sunshine thrown in...ahhh....

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  11. Good things come to good people....you are a prime example of that.
    Your joy is contagious and I thank you for sharing it.

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  12. Hi there...I am happy that you are happy! I love how the scriptures tell us to pray for and over our animals and the crops of our fields.
    How awesome to be a winner...and you are that for sure sister! ;D

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  13. Those are some great gifts! So happy for you! :)

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  14. Congratulation, Nezzy! For a second there, I thought you might be going to sing the theme song from Green Acres.

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  15. Congratulations! As my wife would say, it's the simple, little things.

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  16. smiles...if anyone deserves the good life it is you...smiles...congratulations! it def is the little things...

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  17. Congratulations and God Bless, Nezzy. Thanks for the links, too!
    Have a wonderful week! ♥

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  18. YOU are a treasure, Nezzy.

    TO be grateful for everything we have. Truly, a blessing. ENJOY THAT SALMON AND...isn't Koralee just fabulous? I MET HER IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!! Anita

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  19. You are so blessed, and I am so happy for you. Glad you won all those neat things. Have a great rest of the week!

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  20. Well, congratulations to you, Nezzy! What a wonderful thing it is to WIN something or two or three. You are so cool! :-)

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  21. Congratulations Nezzy! It is fun to win things - one of the perks to blogging - the other is to share wonderful things with Kindred Spirits! Love country living too!
    Have a great week,
    Kathy

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  22. Hi Nezzy! You've been on a roll winning things! Congratulations! Are those your cute little cows? They have the most beautiful eyes! ;)
    Keep enjoying life and sharing with us! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  23. What a lovely book! I love books like that. And a $30 gift certificate too! I'm happy for you. I think living on a farm would be a beautiful way of life.

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  24. Congratulations on your wins, Nezzy!

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  25. Congrats on your wins. Nice blog you got here and everytime I read your blog name it reminds me of the picture I took at the ranch of a toadstool growing out of a cowpatty. lol

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  26. You are the most amazing person. Just reading your blog post has me smiling and reflecting about how much I also like the simpler things in life! I love that Lacey and Frilly are critters - I'd prefer that, too! Can't stand lacy and frilly clothes... never could! Congrats on winning - I know about that happy dance - it does make a person feel better!

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  27. wow 2 wins.. I'd say for sure the heavens are smilin upon ya.. You are a joy to read and I am so blessed that you came to visit me so I could follow you back here..
    enjoy your gifts to the max~!

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  28. Why I'd say you're one lucky duck!
    Congrats!!

    Patti

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  29. Hang on to your harp, Nezzy.
    Love hearing a Happy Heart.
    Congrat's on your wins!

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  30. Well congratulations lovely lady! You are so right, nothing better than farm livin,even during the lean times,its a good life.Thank you for always making me smile, amazing lady!

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  31. Woowee!!!!
    Congratulations--looks like a great read and the fish sounds DELISH!

    Melinda

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  32. Amen for the good life! Hope you are doing well!

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  33. Congratulations on your terrific wins! I know you will enjoy using them both. How can your week get any better? God's blessings to you, from one farm girl to another.

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  34. Congratulations, Nezzy! Couldn't have happened to a sweeter gal! :)

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  35. Go Nezzy....You deserve everything you win....You leave the sweetest comments and always make my day....Happy Wednesday.

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  36. Whoo Hoo!
    So happy for you :)

    You are a winner every single day... and not just when you win a great giveaway!

    Enjoy those new generous gifts.

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  37. I'm not a winner,but I'm glad for someone like you, Nezzy, who keeps winning nice things. Enjoy!

    Your biggest prize is your life on a farm which is a productive , healthy, and natural way of life. Enjoy !

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  38. You are such a JOY Nezzy, and you are so darned funny! Hang onto that harp of yours and keep right on winning! Your comments are always so warm and loving just like your posts. You are an absolute angel to so many of us out here.
    Lots of love coming your way... :):)

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  39. You are blessed, indeed. It couldn't have happened to a nicer gal. Congratulations, Nezzy. What wonderful gifts. I'm just crazy about Christmas and Kroger's so I know how excited you must be. LIFE has a way of showering you with unexpected treasures, filled with joy when you least expect it. ENJOY! LOVE that song. Will check out the other websites too. Take care.

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  40. Wonderful! ... it really couldn't happen to a more deserved and nicer lady :o) xxx

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  41. Woot! Congrats on your wins - fun stuff, too!

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  42. First, I read thirty thousand dollars and was turning flips for you. $30 is still great.

    If I won publisher's clearing house, I would buy some new fence and maybe build a new barn...great minds think alike.

    May your blessings continue.

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  43. I am a winner at life (living in the country too) but not a winner of prizes. Nor do I do well at the Casino. It is usually best for me to avoid contests...unless they are for best looking granny:)

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  44. Congrats to you on your TWO wins! LUCKY YOU! I was raised on Country Sunshine and truly believe it IS THE BEST LIFE:) Have a blessed day dear Nezzy, HUGS!

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  45. You are on a roll. PCH winnings may really be in your future. Glad you will stay on the farm and still blog. You did say you would still blog didn't you?

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  46. "a midget with nine inch stilettos". Love it!
    m.

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  47. Thank you sweet one for the lovely mention...you are such a dear!!! That is why we all LOVE you so much! Hugs for a great day...make it a good one and HAPPY February! Oh how I love this month! xoxoooox

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  48. Happy February 1st! Wow, lots of good stuff happening where you are, Congratulations!

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  49. Oh I adore Matthew Mead. Congrats on your win.

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  50. Congratulations--so happy for you! In fact, happier than a tulip bulb when the first rays of spring seep through the hard ground and say, "wake up!"

    Hugs
    Jen

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  51. Congratulations. I have a feeling you don't really need a magazine to turn to for help in decorating, maybe a fun read or a bit of inspiration, but you've got it goin' on. Ummmm, a protein feast purchased with a Kroger card, my kind of win. Krogers are real big around here, literally, they are big stores and always busy. I'm happy for you. I'd say I'm happier than that guy that had someone drop their chocolate bar into his peanut butter. (I don't know many sayin's so I made that one up, giggle)

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  52. Hooray! What fun to win some lovely things. Thanks for checking in on me you sweet thing you! I just can't seem to keep up with blogging lately. A certain busy one year old and then chasing the older 2 around takes up all my time. Blessings, Jennifer :)

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  53. What a great post! You are one Special lady; congratulations on your wins; it is fun. Love that Special song; thank you so much for sharing.
    Rita

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  54. You are one lucky farm chick!! There's nothing better than winning a prize. Congratulations!!
    Love Di ♥

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  55. I envy you. Farm living is the life for me. . .yeah, I know it's from Green Acres.

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  56. Congratulations on your wins!! :-) Have a delightful week Nezzy!

    blessings,
    Jill

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  57. The Good Life Indeed! You deserve all this goodness. Enjoy!

    Blessings to you on this gorgeous Missouri day!

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  58. Congrats on your wins! You're on a roll. Love the cow pic. Can't resist a new born babe.

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  59. sounds like you are having good luck, perhaps it IS time to play the lottery!

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  60. I think you live the good life because you LOVE life.

    At least, that's what comes through in your blog...

    =)

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  61. Nezzy, You are a treasure yourself. Blessing are a good thing and to recognize even the smallest is a better thing. It sounds like we are probably not that far apart. Of course that could be relatively speaking. Hugs! Bonnie

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  62. You are sweet! you deserve to win the lottery or publishers clearing house because I just know all the love you would spread, not that you aren't already doing a good job. Congrats
    xoxo
    SC

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  63. Congrats on your winnings, Nezzy. How exciting!...Christine

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  64. Well....you DO sound as joyful as a bunch of angels at choir practice. (ok, I don't do the "sayings" as cleverly as you do)
    How nice, that you love your life so much that no matter if you won some kind of lottery, you would still choose life similar to what you already have.
    I would too...except, my dear friend. I only live in a 950 square foot house...so although I'd stick with my wonderful country life, I'd have to get a BIGGER Love Shack.

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  65. Congrats of your winnings! Isn't strange how the little things or the unexpected event can be the highlight and often costs nothing or pennies?

    On our vcation this past September, it wasn't Mount Rushmore, or Crazy Horse, Deadwood or Bandlands, but a sign like RED ASS RHUBARB WINE, my fall in the PortaPot escapade, the noest maid that found and returned my wedding rings, the unexpected sight of wind turbines in Minnesota when we had grumped about detouring the raging Missouri River, etc.

    So enjoy your winnings. It looks like you already have.

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  66. Winning rocks!!! But nothing beats the farm life! :-D

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  67. Your metaphors always make me giggle hysterically! A midget with 9-inch stilettos...LOVE that!!

    Congratulations on all your winnings! You sure are one lucky lady!!

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  68. Hi Nezzy, congrats on winning. I finally made my way over for a visit. I am your newest follower. xo

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  69. I love your descriptions of farm life! Congratulations on your winnings!

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  70. Love the photo, Nezzy. So sweet!

    And congratulations on your winnings! Perhaps you should go and buy a lottery ticket today! :)

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  71. All great gifts to a well-deserving blogger and farm chick!

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  72. Congratulations on your wins! Hope your having a wonderful week.

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  73. Congratulations! Hoooooooray for you!!!!

    "Some day you will be old enough
    to start reading fairy tales again."


    ~ CS Lewis~

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  74. Congratulations to YOU! I enjoyed the guest post as well! Enjoy your day!

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  75. You're one lucky gal (and seem to know it)!

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  76. Congrats on the terrific wins! Couldn't happen to a better lady. Hugs.

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  77. What a lucky farm chick you are! Congrats on the fabulous wins! I'll be checking out the new sites, too. Have a fantastic Friday and weekend!

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  78. You don't live on a farm unless you have to get undressed outside before coming into the house about 3 times per year.

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  79. Yes my sweet Nezzy you are one lucky lady to win such great giveaways. I had to laugh picturing you moving your furniture doing a happy dance. lol
    Life is good when you love what your doing and where you live. Farm life is hard but girlfriend it is your calling and blessing.
    Love
    Maggie

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  80. I can tell I'm gonna' love following your blog! You are one clever funny lady! Thanks for putting a smile on my face this evening!

    RaShell

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  81. Nezzy, thank you for your always encouragement. You just know what to say. Blessings to you dear one.

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  82. Hmmm...I remember reading this post and leavinga comment, but I'm not seeing it!

    Stopped by again to say Hi, but I'll offer some extra congratulations on your fun wins while i'm here.

    Is it Friday yet?

    Woo hoo!

    Yup, yup, yup, it is!

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  83. The good life indeed. Although I haven't won any big contests lately I consider myself also to be living the good life, retired here in beautiful Bluff Country. :)

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  84. You are living right, Nezzy! Congrats on your giveaway wins. Maybe you should buy a lottery ticket? It seems you're on a roll.
    Fingers crossed for you.
    xo jj

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  85. Amen Sister! I think you are living the good life and rejoicing in it. Keep on lifting up a song and prayer.

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  86. Nezzy oh you took me right back to the farm where I grew up as a kid. Congratulations on winning the giveaways...I think you should buy a lottery ticket...like you if I ever won I would be on a little farm with a bunch of animals. I married a city boy...lol. thanks for your encouragement about water today. have a great weekend. hugs.

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  87. Ni Nezzy, congratulations on winning. You certainly have many "followers" who love you and wish you well. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  88. Hi Nezzy! Is it spring there yet? You are one lucky lady winning all that loot! I totally understand the winning the lottery staying where you are at thing..the lottery would make it a tad easier and a whole lotta fun to spread it around:)

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  89. If for nothing else but the good cheer you bring to the blogosphere with the sweet comments you leave and those colorful descriptions that only you could come up with, I wish you win every giveaway you enter! :)

    Have a lovely weekend, Nezzy!

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  90. Whoa...this is a delightful post...and blog. I love it all.
    I especially am lovin your sweet nature and good heart.
    Glad you were the winner of these fine giveaways...don't we just adore getting goodies in the mail. :))
    I am going to become a new follower....right now.

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  91. Couldn't happen to a sweeter lady. Love coming to visit here and wish you a wonderful and sweet Saturday!

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  92. What awesome prizes! You know you have such a way with words...always make me smile! Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  93. Congratulations! So glad such a sweet blogger won some great give aways! laurie

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  94. Woo hoo, Nezzy! Great win! I miss Kroger's--none around here. I grew up on a farm in Ohio and it's always great to come here and see how farm life is doing. It's the best and so are you!

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  95. When I was a kid, I'd think, "No way I can live 'in the counry'!" Now when I go to the horse farm for my horseback riding lesson, it is so freeing to be surrounded by nothing but a barn, horses, 3 pigs, stray cats, and a bunny. (Otis the goat has found another home.)

    I understand how you feel so blessed.

    Congrats on winning the goodies. I'll stop by the sites you mentioned on my next blogging break.

    EnJoy your day!

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  96. Congratulations! Both on the prizes, and the life! I know what you mean. There's no life like it! (Isn't that a slogan or something?) :)

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  97. Well, congrats on the win! I must be living the good life too because my blogger home page is working today, and there you were! (I've told you that you appear... and then disappear... and then appear... Well, you know.

    I wish we had a Kroger here. Walmart pretty much bullied all the good stores outta town.

    I am going to click to that frugal blog you mentioned. I need tips!!

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  98. Wow..you are a lucky girl. I love Mathew Mead's halloween books. I don't think that I have seen a christmas book, must remember to look for one next season. Sounds lime you made some great purchases with your gift card. I have never been to a krogers... not sure if there are any on Maryland.

    Hugs from Baltimore

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  99. Yay... congrats. I love it when the really nice people win things. :)

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  100. Yep, we've been known to use our loader tractor as scaffolding, too! Works like a charm! Congratulations on your wins!

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  101. I LOVE that you won a Kroger's coupon...that is great! ..And the "Holiday" book looks like a fun prize too!
    The photo above...pure cow love ~sweet~
    Glad you are so happy. Our area used to be more farms, but we are all burbs now...sigh...miss my critters...(chickens, rabbits...lots and lots of dogs)

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  102. I just noticed home many comments you've had on this post! How do you get them all read??? Of course, I can see why so many folks read your blog. You are just so dang cute and can always bring a smile to our faces:) My hubby grew up on a farm and though he wasn't able to grow up to have a farm of his own, farming is and always will be in his blood. He would definitely agree with you that country living is by far the best. Congrats on your wins...I need to get busy entering some giveaways and see if I can win!

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  103. "If I felt any happier, I'd drop my harp plumb through the clouds!" That's where I lost it. You are are a hoot dear girl. And now I'm a follower, thanks for stopping by Sall's Country Life hope you find your way back real soon. Congrats on your big wins, I think your a winner all the way 'round!!!!!

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  104. Congratulations on all your winnings, Nezzy! Mathew Mead is so creative so his book muct be wonderful, and the Kroger's gift certificate must have come in handy. Keep on winning --you deserve it!

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  105. Congratulations on EVERYTHING!! but mostly congratulations for being so thankful for your life. I love your beautiful spirit it's catchy!!! and it makes me smile to come here and read your blog. as my 5 year old daughter says "It just brings me joy!" She is so smart :)

    I think it just beautiful that people who struggle and live life one day at time are so grateful close to God! It keeps things in perspective when we pray for everything :) I love it!!!!!!

    xoxo, Lisa

    PS ~ Love your photos!

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  106. Thank you so much Nezzy for your kind words, you are a gifted writer and your words give me great comfort and laughter. Much love to you all, jackie x

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  107. Thanks for stopping by Queenie's wee blog and for your wonderful comment. So glad you enjoyed your visit.
    Your blog is quite wonderful. Queenie grew up in NW Ohio, awesome farm country.
    Have a really great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  108. I can completely relate to the sentiments in this post, Nezzy. While I don't farm myself, I do live in a beautiful rural community where getting stuck in traffic just means you're behind a tractor. Not a day goes by that I don't marvel at my blessings.

    And when I win something! Woo-hoo!

    And you grow the most beautiful crop of grandkids anywhere! Hugs...

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  109. Congrats on you wins! Enjoy them!

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  110. Hi sweet friend

    I'm up early...way too early...but I'm having fun sipping on some coffee and FINALLY catching up on my blog reading.

    It's always fun to visit YOU. Always!

    Hugs,
    Kat

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