Friday, January 1, 2010

Another winner, and welcome Twenty Ten

It was so wonderful reading your plans for New Year’s Eve last night while I sat home watching tv in my pajamas and my sheep slippers. My husband had gone to bed early and I stayed up watching the Turner Classic Movie channel where they were hosting a Thin Man marathon. At midnight, fireworks went off around here and George came running over to me, scared. So I kissed him and wished him “Happy New Year” and we went out front where the noise was even louder.

I loved reading your responses to my question “what are you planning on doing for New Year’s Eve?” Readers from as far away as Norway, Australia, Canada, and Japan wrote in. And while I was praying, “dear Lord, don’t let anyone in another country win because I cannot afford the postage”, low and behold, number 65 came up. Congratulations to Debra/aka Mimi, a long-time reader who, to my knowledge, has never won a prize here yet.

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Debra, your prize will be on its way as soon as you e-mail me your address. Debra will receive a standout print of the red cardinal that I took during the snowstorm last month.

Hope you’re all enjoying your day. Happy New Year to all and welcome to so many new readers. Must be that cardinal over on PW’s site. I read the comments over there, and some were asking if the print was available for sale. I was tempted, really tempted to put a comment in saying YES, it’s available and here’s my etsy site. But I thought that would be rude. (You know it would, too). I’m just happy that it got featured.

Cheers, all! My husband is in the kitchen doing something wonderful, George is curled up on the sofa asleep, there are fox prints all around the property, and I wish you all a year filled with goodness.

Love,

Oh, and PS ~ Here’s the proof.

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49 comments:

maillady said...

nice kate, glad you had a quiet evening. me too. we did manage to stay awake for the new year to come ringing in. the neighbors behind us set off their own fireworks and it was really pretty . broth again today and than maybe some noodles tomorrow. is well though. keep up the pretty pictures. hello to george and andrew.

Mental P Mama said...

Yay for Debra/Mimi! I am going to PW's to tell everybody they can buy your print!

Carolynn said...

Congratulations Debra/Mimi! That is a gorgeous image! LOVE IT.

Best wishes for a year filled with riches in all their manifest forms.

Jo Whitehurst said...

Quiet NYE at home = Bliss!!

Go MPM!! Rev up the traffic on the Etsy site!! (It's not rude for your friends to do it!)

Happy New Year, Kate and Family!

p.s. - Love me some Asta...just like I love me some George!

CarlaHR said...

Congratulations Debra/Mimi - lucky you -I love that picture (of course I love all of Kate's pictures). Kate, may I change my desktop background for this one?
Lovely day here today, steady soft snow since early this morning - just watching a parade of dogs go by on the golf course - it gets turned into an unofficial dog run and cross country ski track in the winter.

Kris said...

Happy New Year! I stayed in last night. I live in NYC and it's just too crazy!!!

Daryl said...

WOOT to Mimi .. I wonder if Mimi is Mimi of Blog for Peace .. gotta go find out.

I have never been to PW's shrine, er, site but I am headed there to let het readers know Ms CC has an Esty shop

Deb said...

No, Mimi is not from Mimi of Blog but Georgia Rectors. She lives down here in Atlanta area and a friend of mine!!!
Lucky Debra!!!

Gail said...

Congratulations to the winner of this shot. I am salivating over its beauty and clarity.

I have camera envy. How do you decide which lens to use? Do you seek the photos to fit the lens or do you change during the taking?

need_a_latte_mom said...

Congrats Debra!

Kate I hope your Cardinals are smarter than the ones here. I have one cardinal that keeps slamming into my windows all day long...starting at 6am.

Cheers!
Krista

The Weaver of Grass said...

How I love your red cardinal Kate. I do wish we had them here in UK. I managed to see one last year when we were in San Antonio but not as near a view as your fabulous photograph. It is wonderful.
A Happy new year to you both - and may I wish your husband better health too.

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

OMG!!! What a welcome surprise to check in with Kate and see that I won this gorgeous print! I had visited PW's site yesterday to check out the photography section and was admiring Kate's lovely cardinal shot. Thank you! THANK YOU!

You may e-mail me at drector01@comcast.net. OMG! Did I thank you? Woo hoo!

ELK said...

that is a stunning capture Kate...sweet sweet red bird!
2010 looks good over here!

These Nine Acres said...

Congrats to her! It is a lovely prize and I bet many will be purchasing it from your etsy site.

Happy New Year to you!

beth said...

even though the snow and I argue often, I have to admit, it really does make a backdrop for some amazing photos....

love the cardinal !

and now.....happy new year sweet friend !!!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It is a beautiful shot, and congrats to the winner.

I hear you on the postage costs, it seems to be sky high no matter where you send it from.

Jen

Daniela said...

I don't remember how i found your blog, but I'm glad that I did..it's lovely.

Deb said...

Congrats to Debra....that's a beautiful print Kate. We used to have the cardinals in VT but rarely see them here in Maine. My Mom's favorite bird. I'll just have to look for the print on your etsy site :)

NYE found me in bed by 9:30. Days start early and I was wiped. Your eveing with George sounds great. He's a great friend...

Happy 2010 - may it be a year of health, wealth and all that makes you happy.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Congratulations to Debra/Mimi and congratulations again to you, Kate, on being featured at PW's site.

Char said...

yay! congrats Mimi

BUSH BABE said...

Congrats to winner, and to you Deb for looking like a STAND OUT at Ree's place today! So exciting...

BTW I use my advertising revenue (as pitiful as it is) to cover my postage costs for contests/giveaways. Most of my readers are American and Canadian so it makes sense.
:-)
BB

cottage farm villa said...

K a t e ... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I am in awe of the last couple of posts you did with the pictures of the snow and the sky.... I wished I could have been in your home looking out the window .... my breath would have been taken away for sure!!!

I guess I must say congrats to the lucky winner of the most beautiful cardinal pic EVER!!! Though I wished it were me. :) You are one heck of a photographer! hugs.

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Now this is just freaky! I JUST left PW's site, JUST left a comment, saying 'I vote for the cardinal picture' JUST came here and JUST saw that YOU are K. Young.....

FANTASTIC picture!

Happy New Year!

becky up the hill said...

oooh Fox prints. I bet your fox are red. Ours in California are a bashful grey. That was a nice giveaway and I'm glad one of your faithful readers was the winner! Stay warm!

tj said...

...*squeal* YOU'RE IN THE FINALISTS! Woot-woot! You go girl and all that jazz! :o)

...Happy New Year's Day!

...Blessings... :o)

~you're gonna win, I can just feel it! *giggle*

tj said...

...And where are my manners? Congratulations to Debra on winning! :o)

...Blessings...

Molly said...

Ditto, just saw you in the finalists. You very much deserve it, the cardinal is a gorgeous piece of art!

Julie Harward said...

CONGRATULATIONS TO HER! I LOVE THE NEW HEADER TOO :D

Donna S. said...

Oh I love that cardinal!! Heck no it wouldn't be rude to tell someone where they can get something they want!! Glad someone is doing it for you!!

Happy 2010

Betty said...

That is the sweetest picture I wish we had little bright birds here.
~~Love Hugs and Good Thoughts~~

tea4too0 said...

Congratulations Debra/Mimi. Lucky you! I visited PW's site and your picture is loved greatly in the comments sectionm, good luck and have a Wonderful New Year.
T

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Oh I hope you had a wonderful Old years eve too. Love the littel red bird and glad that some one who never won got it.
Have a blessed new year my friend.

Kristin said...

Congrats on your selection as a finalist! You've definitely got me vote. :) The cardinal photos is exquisite!

I'm so bummed that I missed out on a Thin Man marathon. I've been wanting to watch those movies lately and it sounds like a perfect way to spend New Year's Eve!

~K

Hilary said...

Congrats to Debra/Mimi! So kind of you to do these personal giveaways, Kate.

Sandy@American Way Farm said...

Congrats Mimi. That's definitely a prize worth having. Hope everyone has a New Year filled with wondrous blessings.

Janet said...

Hi Kate: Congratulations to Debra/Mimi - a truly lovely shot, and such a hopeful upbeat image for a New Year.
We have a weather warning out for gales and lots of snow, and am sitting tight at home with the woodstove going.
Happy New Year all!
Janet on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia

Evening Light Writer said...

Cardinals cheer me up. I think it is their sole purpose in nature to cheer the observer that spots his red plumage bobbing on a power line or hopping through the snow.

Happy New Year.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

May the worst of 2010 be from the best of 2009.
Happy New Year
from Thistle Cove Farm

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Happy New Year!
Congrats Deb/Mimi ~ lovely pic.

Suzanne said...

Kate the cardinal picture is just beautiful. And is it for sale?

Country Girl said...

Thanks, everyone. Happy New Year right back at you all.

The cardinal was a lucky shot. Yes, it is for sale at my etsy site.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/katydid74 which can also be linked to from my sidebar.

The wind is whipping today and ding dang diddly, is it ever cold!

~ C.G.

Donalyn said...

And do I get to be the person who comes to tell you that you won a runner up prize on PW? :)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Amazing picture and well worth any amount of money, but I know that isn't your intention. I have the most beautiful Border Collie calendar hung up in my office and September resembles George very much. Not as beautiful as George of course but still adorable.

Best wishes, CJ xx

texasdaisey said...

What a great capture. You always do such a good job that it is a joy to visit and see your world through your lens. Great job.
Debbie

Spruce Hill said...

Saw your picture on PW! Cool! great picture!

Spruce Hill said...

Oh and Happy new year!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Tis a phenomenal shot!
Brenda

The Japanese Redneck said...

Amazing color on those red birds. Love how they stand out against the snow.

Oliag said...

This is actually my favorite of all the photos that were highlighted at PW...Fantastic shot Kate!

I was asleep in front of the TV on New Year's Eve...woke at the stroke of midnight, kissed Mr O and directly went back to sleep:)