Monday, January 7, 2019

Giveaway! Surprise! It’s me, Sassy Cabot!

By Sassy Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by Terrie Farley Moran


Hi Everyone! I bet you were expecting to hang out with someone from the Dinner Club Mysteries or, perhaps, the Ashton Corners Book Club. Never fear, they will all be back with you very soon but in the meantime, I’ve popped in to wish you a Happy New Year from Bridgy, Aunt Ophie, Miguel and all the gang at the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore.

Here in Fort Myers Beach, January is always super busy with vacationers and snowbirds arriving every day so we are all working extra hard. Miguel has created a super new dessert of pears and peaches topped with meringue. Along with our teen book club, I am organizing  a reading club for middle schoolers and Bridgy is spending all her free time volunteering with  Dr. Cynthia Mays, our local veterinarian, to help the animal victims of Hurricane Florence. Fortunately most have been re-united with their families but there is still a lot to be done.  



With all that going on, I still try to keep up with the social niceties. Friends and family members have been so generous to me over the holiday season and I am struggling to send out thank you notes. Look at this fun extra-large coffee mug my Aunt Caroline sent to me. I was so happy with the mug (and the tasty treats stuffed inside) that I didn’t notice the bold NEW ADDRESS! notice on the envelope. When the note I sent her came back “undeliverable”, I had to call mom who, in turn, chastised me because I should have remembered that Aunt Caroline moved nearly a year ago which meant I hadn’t sent a birthday card. So I took the lecture, promised I would remember to send Aunt Caroline a birthday card during the first week of May forevermore and in return mom provided Caroline’s address. Sometimes there is almost as much work involved in gift-receiving as there is in gift-giving.



So, tell me about you. Do you still write long-hand notes for thank-yous or for any reason at all. I have these three cheery note packs and one will be sent off to three different readers chosen at random. To enter please comment below and tell us anything at all about hand written notes. Don't forget to leave your email addy using this format NAME (AT) SERVER (DOT) COM to avoid the spambots. Giveaway closes at midnight your time, January 10th.

It is always great to talk to you. If you want to follow along in our adventures you can find the Read 'Em and Eat gang in Well Read, Then DeadCaught Read-Handed and Read toDeath.




47 comments:

  1. I love writing letters and notes. It just seems to say 'I care', doesn't it? I do wish there were more stationary stores. I loved walking into them, looking at all of the papers, envelopes, pens and such.
    Thank you for giving away the note packs!
    I really enjoy this series!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. I do like writing notes. They are more personal. I like getting them as well.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Those note cards are adorable. I always try to find cute note cards. Sometimes, depending on the note, something elegant, or inspirational, or just plain sweet. It's always fun to receive a card in the mail.
    Meg85242 at gmail dot com.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  4. I write on sticky notes & in notebooks
    Clemmie.Jackson@yahoo.com

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  5. I have an elderly aunt who lives on the other side of the country. We correspond long hand because she doesn't do electronics at all.

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  6. I love to write. . I send letters to friends and try to write in a journal between my daughter and myself.
    Thank you for the chance. ❤️❤️
    lilyanngill56(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  7. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway which resonates with me. I write notes to relatives and family who live a distance from me. I have always been a letter writer and enjoy writing notes filled with news, beautiful thoughts and enjoy this style of communication. I am old school so I wrote letters and notes for years when mail was something to look forward to daily. I miss those days and no doubt people think that my practice is silly but I continue to enjoy this an hopefully cheer up others. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. The notecards are lovely. How special. Stationery was always something which I treasured since writing to friends and cousins was meaningful and still is. My late mother taught me to write letters as we corresponded with so many.It meant a great deal to those receiving the letters and updates. I care about cheering up and lifting their spirits with note cards. I continue to write even though this art has died. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. I do send handwritten thank you's and other notes. Email is certainly convenient but something handwritten is just so much more personal and nice.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I write thank-you notes for many things, especially volunteers that help me in many activities. kckendler at gmail dot com

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  11. I do still send cards occasionally but not as much as I used to. I should do it more often though, as I love getting them in the mail myself. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  12. I do send cards for birthdays and other reasons, but not as much as I should. Most of the time I call and talk to my friends, especially after a get together or party to say thank you. I really should send notes more often, because who doesn't like to get mail?
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I always write thank you notes. We sent a money gift(by way of grandma) for a wedding we could not attend and still have not heard a word from the couple. Thanks for a chance to win! nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  14. For birthdays I do send cards. I love the idea of hand written notes and need to get much better at that. fivewickers(at)msn(dot)com.

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  15. I love to write handwritten notes and cards, but I don’t send as many as Inused to. I always love getting a handwritten card also. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. I was raised to send written thank you cards or notes and loved having a pen pal when you would write back and forth. Today's communication has been broken down due to e-mail and facebook. It is fantastic to receive a book from an author with a signed note inside them. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I do send written notes often. The post office can't figure out why I buy so many stamps, but I love to send unique stamps on all the cards I write! Thanks for a chance to win. I just read this series of yours and truly enjoyed the books! ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  18. Is it bad that I love receiving and writing handwritten notes, but I am slow at doing it. kelly reece (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  19. I love receiving hand written cards and notes, but I'm bad at sending them out. I'm so much more likely to send an email or e-card. JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  20. I have to say, sadly, that I used to write notes and letters all the time. I've gotten away from it all though, now that everyone is on the internet, I tend to e-mail more, and I'd really rather just talk on the phone. I've always done that and will never give up that habit/routine, call it what you will. I still have a land line and I use it! There! I said it! lol Thanks for the chance for this wonderful package!

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    1. Sorry, forgot to enter my e-mail: judy399rn@gmail.com

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  21. Handwritten notes are more personal and lets others know that you care. dhazelton(AT)myfairpoint(DOT)net
    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy New Year!

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  22. I don’t think I’ve written a hand written note unless Christmas and birthday cards count. Thanks for the chance angelcake12@optonline.net

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  23. I write hand written notes to my family that live in other states. I also wrote notes to friends who are sick and need encouragement through the week.
    lorih824(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. I do....if someone sends me a gift card...or I don’t have a home address for them, I always thank by email or messenger. If I have an address, I send a handwritten note or letter. But then, I’m 71..... I thank people for letting me pass in stores or holding a door open...but most younger people say no problem instead of you’re welcome....but I don’t fault them. The politeness is still there....

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  25. I forgot to say, our oldest daughter lives in Ft Myers...as does my 27 year old granddaughter and her husband. Between them, they have four kids....

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  26. I write hand written notes �� I feel it’s more personal. I love to write to my family and friends.

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  27. I do still send the occassional birthday card. Because I don't live near any of my extended family I send out a holiday letter which is typed. I still have lots of notes and cards given to me over the years from my stidents. They mean a lot to me. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  28. I love to write handwritten notes and thank yous! I always have! I love note cards and stationery!! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I am surprised to see such information on this blog post, however great topic. I am spending more time to learn these days.

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  30. A hand written note is so personal. I try to do this most often.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  31. Yes Sassy, I sure do! I am a whiz at thank you notes and also just enjoy keeping up with people that way. After all, who doesn't like to get mail! Thanks! JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I do like to send thank you notes. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I write long hand thank you notes regularly. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  34. I loved writing letters...unfortunately the ones I wrote to have passed away and no one else is left to write too.

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  35. I forgot my email!!!!
    Vickiela3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. Yes, I still write hand written notes. I like to buy cute note cards and write little notes on them. Something my mom taught me and I still think it’s a nice thing to do.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  37. I love writing and receiving handwritten notes and letters. They're so much more special than something typed up on a computer. sherman(dot)saraann(at)gmail.com

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  38. I used to write hand written notes but seldom do now. I give the person a phone call or message them on facebook if they use it. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  39. I love to write notes and letters, but the norm today is text me or shoot me a quick message. LOL I still write notes just to annoy them. vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  40. I love to write notest and letters. vboudreau57@gmail.com, please enter me in your contest! Thank you.

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  41. I am sadly remiss in my handwritten notes. I think everyone I know has an email address or facebook page, so that's how I let friends know how much we appreciate their thoughtful gifts. I call my sister and my mom. vwinship at aol dot com

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  42. I make my own note cards, I send several a year. Even with postage going up I think people do enjoy the personal touch. At least most people mention the note I sent them. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  43. I love to send and recieve hand written thank you notes! Unfortunately this seems to be a lost art in this world. Appreciate the consideration!

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  44. I used to write and written, thank you notes, just because I could, I love sitting out little notes to people that I love and care for I haven't done it in a long time, then you get back into it, thanks for the chance

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  45. I send cards at birthdays and enjoy getting snail.mail. I send my sister birthday gifts too. It’s fun. Donakutska7@gmail.com

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  46. Giveaway is closed. Winners have been notified by email. Thanks to everyone for participating. xo Terrie

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