Monday, July 14, 2008

I'm A Winner! - Post 43

I've been know to whine a bit about "never winning anything!" I've entered many a contest / giveaway in my lifetime and have come to one inescapable conclusion: If I'd just saved the money I spent on postage to the Readers Digest Sweepstakes, Publisher's Clearing House and the like, I could probably paint the inside of my house, or at least a couple of rooms, the cost of paint being what it is.

I can no longer make that statement. The UPS delivery man, otherwise known as Mr. Brown, just brought a small box to my door. Inside the box was a pair of Silvermark Herb Snips, "The versatile kitchen tool for fine cutting jobs" according to the packaging. I am the recipient of these cute lime-green-handled snips courtesy of Jane Marie of Thyme for Herbs. A few weeks ago, on Jane Marie's blog, she invited her readers to participate in a giveaway, the prizes for which would be donated by the W. Atlee Burpee Co. All one had to do was post a comment, and she would randomly select three winners.

I won! I won!

(I know, I know... pitiful, isn't it?) Nothing cuttable in my kitchen or garden is now safe, but it will be cut with the cutest shears you ever saw.

When I was just a kid, Mama always bought her flower seed packets from Burpee, and I sort of fell in love with the sound of the name "W. Atlee Burpee" -- a bit exotic, don't you think? We used to receive seasonal catalogs from Burpee, and we kids would ooh and ahh over all the beautiful flowers and the tasty looking veggies. I'm quite sure I've eaten many a tomato that was started from a Burpee seed. And Zinnias; Mama always had multi-color Zinnias in her flower borders, and those came from Burpee, too.

Before I forget: I can't remember how I came to my first visit to Thyme for Herbs, but I now am a visitor at every new post. Jane Marie has THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY LILIES I have ever seen, and unlike myself in regard to my relatively paltry lily collection, she knows the names of 99% of them. She's currently showcasing the current blooms. The lilies, and the photographs, are amazing. If you like photos of flowers, go take a look! Tell her Pat sent you.

Oh! And you can also enter Jane Marie's current giveaway, again courtesy of W. Atlee Burpee -- some cute hats!


Texas Travelers said...

Congratulations, you deserve it.

Thanks for the visit,
Troy and Martha

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Congratulations! We all need these little pick-me-ups now and then.

Hilary said...

Congrats to you, Pat. The name Burpee makes me giggle though. ;)

Countrygirl said...

Hooray! It's always nice to have a special surprise! You deserve it!

rhymeswithplague said...

To me, the name W. Atlee Burpee sounds like a bilious prime minister of England.

My age is showing.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

No, no, RWP.. That was Clement Atlee. My friend Washington Atlee Burpee (not named for the burpless cucumber)was a poultry breeder in the late 1800's who branched out into seed corn (for the chickens) then to other seeds. His company developed, among other things, Iceberg Lettuce (before 1900), Golden Bantam Corn and the famous and delicious Fordhook Lima Bean.
(information from Wikipedia)