Monday, September 28, 2009

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Have you ever read, 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', 'Of Mice and Men', 'Gone with the Wind' or 'Where’s Waldo'?
Then you have read a Banned or Challenged book.

Yes, you read right.
"A BANNED or CHALLENGED book". Scary words to me.

This isNational Banned Books Week . Seems too strange to even be saying those words here in the ol' U S of A.

Banned and Challenged Classics

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms.

According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 42 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site.

-. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
-. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
-. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
-. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
-. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
-. Ulysses by James Joyce
-. Beloved by Toni Morrison
-. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
-. 1984 by George Orwell
-. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
--. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
--. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
--. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
--. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
--. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
--. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
--. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
--. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
--. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
--. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
--. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
--. Native Son by Richard Wright
--. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
--. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
--. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
--. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
--. Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
--. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
--. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
--. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
--. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
--. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
--. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
--. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
--. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
--. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
--. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
--. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
--. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
--. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
--. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
--. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
--. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Most frequently challenged books: 1990-1999

-. Scary Stories (Series), by Alvin Schwartz
-. Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
-. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
-. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
-. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
-. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
-. Forever, by Judy Blume
-. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
-. Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
--. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
-. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
--. My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
--. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
--. Alice (Series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
--. Goosebumps (Series), by R.L. Stine
--. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
--. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
To see the rest of the list ....Click Here
Both my children and I have a deep love for books. And I believe you should be the one monitoring what books are in your children's hands not a "group".
What's next? The internet?

Here is an excerpt of a letter a librarian wrote to a patron when that patron asked that a book be removed from their library...
"... our whole system of government was based on the idea that the purpose of the state was to preserve individual liberties, not to dictate them. The founders uniformly despised many practices in England that compromised matters of individual conscience by restricting freedom of speech. Freedom of speech – the right to talk, write, publish, discuss – was so important to the founders that it was the first amendment to the Constitution – and without it, the Constitution never would have been ratified." To read this wonderful compassionate letter in whole... Click here.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Doing laundry with Alice and Vaska

In a previous post I told you about a shopping site that is new and growing. Free shipping...make that FAST free shipping and adding more products all the time.
I am a facebook fan of and a reader of their blog. So today I stumbled upon a giveaway they are having for Vaska laundry Herbatergent and fabric softener. And I love the purple color they use for the bottles. Their Herbatergent uses real herbs and potent botanical cleaning agents for high performance stain removal and extreme freshness. Clothing stays brighter, lasts longer and feels softer without the chemical residues that cause skin irritation and fabric damage.

Three winners will receive a Vaska Variety Pack (above) that includes:

(2) Vaska Lavender Herbatergent (32 loads each)

(2) Vaska Scent-Free Herbatergent (32 loads each)

(2) Vaska HerbaSoft Fabric Softener (32 loads each)

Now who couldn't use 60.00 worth of free laundry stuff? Frugal is great FREE is better. "So,what do I have to do to win this great giveaway", you ask. EASY. Head on over to alice's blog giveaway post and follow the directions. Basically become a fan on facebook or twitter and then leave a comment about the product or a laundry tip. There are more ways to up your chances but that is the basic entry. Entries stop Saturday, September 26 at 11:59 pm
If I win, I will write a post about the product.

Friday, September 18, 2009

My First EVER Giveaway ! YAY !

Welcome to my very first Giveaway. I am very excited to have providing the great product that one of you lucky ducks will be receiving.

I went over to kitchen furniture area, and shopped around to pick out something that I thought would make a great gift for the giveaway, and while there I was impressed with the vast amount of items. Here's a little collage I made of some items to show you the wide range that's available:

Each "store" is set up with furniture and items for a different area of the home. One shopping cart handles everything though. And it's more than furniture. Pots and pans, wall art, wine racks, dishes and lots more.
There is also a bit of history provided and a link to the community efforts they have been involved in. And I was surprised to find a 'Return Outlet' where you can purchase returned, but in good condition, items.

While there are higher end goods, there are also lots of things on sale and a bunch that are "Free Shipping". ( I just LOVE free shipping)

One of the items that I fell in love with is this wall clock, I found it in, you guessed it, the wall clock category under the heading "kitchen".

Another favorite is this Retro dining set......we had something like this when I was about 5.

And this framed print of an old crate label for wine grapes.

It was fun looking around at the huge selection of all house stuff A-Z.

Now for the really yummy part.....CORNINGWARE!!! We all love Corningware or we have someone in our life who hearts Corningware.
You know you've eaten something pretty darn yummy that's been cooked in Corningware. And even if you do not cook (?) this would make a face totally light up and a person totally cook you something grand if you were to give them a gift of Corningware.
So it is the gift that keeps on giving. will be sending the winner of the giveaway this Corningware - French White 10-Piece Baking Set

With it's classic, fluted design this set is a great way to bake and serve a meal all in one pan. A perfect blend of style and function, it's designed to be used for casual and formal dining. The dishes and covers can be used in conventional, convection and microwave ovens as well for storing food in the refrigerator and freezer. These dishes wash easily by hand or in the dishwasher and the non-porous stoneware won’t absorb food odors. They are also non-reactive so acid-based foods can be prepped or baked in it.


* 1.5-qt. round dish with glass & plastic lids
* 2.5-qt. oval dish with glass & plastic lids
* 15-oz. oval dish with plastic lid
* 16-oz. round dish with plastic lid


* Plastic cover for microwave and storage use only
* CorningWare material resists chipping and cracking
* Non-porous surface does not absorb food odors, flavors, or stains


* Durable stoneware
* Limited 1-Year Warranty on CorningWare
* For use in oven, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer

(Just to let you know, you do not have to blog to become a member of blogger,although you may end up blogging because it is a fun way to meet people and share stuff and get things off your chest. When you are a member it makes it so much easier to leave comments,follow blogs and enter contests. I hope you will consider joining)


Okay now look, I have only a few followers on this here blog, so for the first entry go over to the join up (follower) thingy and join up as a public follower, yeah I know, it's a bit of extortion...but show me some web love. Put in the comment that you did the follower/stalker thing.... I'm going to have MORE giveaways so now you'll know.
AND include in that first entry what you would buy (no holds barred) from kitchen furniture shopping area. Yep, gonna have to work for this great prize.
These 2 requirements are a MUST.


3 extra entries if you blog about my giveaway and link back to my giveaway post. Leave 3 separate comments that you did this.
Drawing will end at midnight EST on Wednesday September 30th.US residents and over 18 only. I will post the winners name on my blog and email the winner on October 1st. You will have 48 hours to get back to me with your shipping info or a second winner will be picked.
Turn left at the pigs.... is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. The name and address will be forwarded to PR person.
Thank you for entering!!

Friday, September 11, 2009 Whiplash

I'm sitting here still kinda blown away by and UPS. is a shopping site dealing in household goods, non perishables, ie: dog treats, shampoo, razors, laundry detergent, make-up, toilet paper, trash bags etc. (and they have fiber one poptarts!)
They have pretty good prices on a lot of their items and they search online coupons and apply them to what you order. And one of the BESTEST features is FREE FREAKING SHIPPING !! Just buy 6 items, no matter the cost.
I ordered yesterday morning and it was delivered by UPS about an hour ago. I have NEVER had a package come so fast. How do they do it? I don't care hahaha! All I know is I got a bottle of Suave Juicy Green Apple shampoo for .60 after coupon and Bounty paper towels for .59 after coupon.

  • Fiber One toaster pastries blueberry (6 per box) 2.15 w/ .40 coupon 1.75

  • Fiber One toaster pastries cinnamon (6 per box) 2.15 w/ .40 coupon 1.75

  • Altoid Mints (cream de menthe) 1.89

  • Cover Girl lip gloss 3.87w/ 1.00 coupon 2.87

  • 4-Bounty paper towel rolls .84 w/ (1).25 coupon 3.11

  • Suave Juicy Green Apple shampoo 1.10 w/.50 coupon .60

  • Scotch high perform packaging tape (art transfers)2.80w/.50 coupon 2.30

  • Pedigree Snack Food Breath Busters large 2.89w/1.00 coupon 1.89

  • Sub total 16.16

  • Tax .75

  • Shipping 0.00

  • Total 16.91

They have added more items since I was there in June when I first signed up. And they also have a great blog and forums. They are on Facebook too.
I entered a giveaway for a book titled "The White Trash Mom Handbook" on their blog site.

I am pleased with my order and will be ordering again. I do not use a lot of brand name items, but when the savings are better than store brand...well hella yeah.
I also saw on the news that P&G are lowering prices on 10% of their items to compete with store brands. Also they will be offering more coupons too. So that is a good thing.
I hope you will check out and join them on facebook and their blog site for updates on new items, contests and giveaways. You might also save more than a few bucks.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Some pics

Have not felt like blogging lately but wanted to post some catch up pics.

This is some flowering tobacco that smells so sweet. Hard to believe its tobacco. I'm planting a bunch of it next year for an all white, silver and blue evening garden.

These are some Glad bulbs I got from Bulbs Direct. They have some great deals and free shipping. Their bulbs are always good ones.

I kept this little guy alive and in leaf all winter and it bloomed so nice this summer in the greenhouse, in constant bloom. Tuberous Begonia.

I kept this Lantana alive all winter in the house. I love it, the colors are gorgeous.

Cukes,tomatoes and yellow squash in the greenhouse.

3 Very Good Boys

Dahlia from Bulbs Direct

Castor Plant I'm planting a lot more of these next year. I have not seen a mole tunnel in 2 months. And I love the way they look so tropical here in Ohio.

He is getting bigger. And he is totally crazy. Non-stop. Loves to play and drives Larry nuts, grabbing his feet and the bottom of his pant legs. He loves to eat and goes into a frenzy when fed. I have to feed him in bites or he wolfs it down and gets the hiccups. We call him 'little ricky' now. Well, we had "Jackee and Mikee", so "Rickee" just fit better. He knows his name. He can come in the pet door but is reluctant to go out it, so I have to push him out, then he pushes his nose against it to come back in.

Catching up with some photos

Last June I entered a giveaway online and I won my choice of an apron from a sweet Etsy Company called Boojiboo Well, I immediately thought of my beautiful daughter Sarah (aka Ines) who has really turned into a fantabulous cook. I knew she would love one of these great retro aprons. I wanted to surprise her with one and thought about the damask in black and white, but then I thought maybe I should just go ahead and let her pick out her favorite. So I called her and asked her which one she would pick. Well here is the one she chose....the black and white damask, hahaha so much for surprises.

Sarah says it is very well made and she loves it. If you are looking for a great gift or something nice to give yourself, stop in at Boojiboo's at Etsy And take a look at all the gorgeous aprons.