Monday, January 23, 2017

GIVEAWAY, CARDINALS, AND WOODPECKERS

Quote for the week: Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got.  Art Buchwald.


First, a gentle reminder of my giveaway of two copies of my audio book Under a Purple Moon, silver winner in the 2016 Children's Literary Classics Awards, teen category.
 
 
What people are saying:
Under a Purple Moon is a book about friendship, and in particular, about one young girl who comes to accept her own self-worth. Author Beverly Stowe McClure has done a splendid job depicting the wide and varied range of emotions experienced by Eden and her friends. Literary Classics Book Reviews


In case you missed how to enter the giveaway, here it is.

1.  Leave a comment on my blog saying whether you like audio books or not.

2.  Follow me on twitter.

3.  Follow me on my Amazon Page.

You earn one point for each thing you do. You can do one or two or three or none. Tell me in your comment how many points you've earned, and that's it. I'm giving away two audio copies. The giveaway will run from Jan. 16 through Jan. 31. Winners will be announced the following week.

I'll write everyone's name that enters on strips of paper, one strip for each entry, put them in a basket, and Patches will draw the winners. Don't laugh she's done it before. If she's not in the mood, then I'll choose the winners.
Next, I have some photos to share with you. What? You're not surprised? Yeah, I do take a lot of pictures.
 
 

It's winter where I live! Cold wind! Snow! Ice! Wait a second!
Right now, as I'm typing this, the temperature is 70 degrees.
A few rays of sunlight are breaking through the clouds.
Also a few drops of rain are falling from time to time.
This is winter? I'm not complaining, I love it.
The birds do too. Here are some recent visitors to my yard.
 
 
Cardinal


 
One afternoon, I looked outside and saw four cardinals in the yard. Knowing me, you can guess what I did. Yep, I got my camera and slipped quietly out the door. Three of the birds flew away. This little guy stayed so I could take his picture. Some people say that seeing a cardinal at a particular time in their life is a comforting signal from a deceased loved one. Whether this is factual or not, there is no doubt of the blessing received with a glimpse of a creature's beauty. Seven states have named the Cardinal their official bird.
 
Cardinals do not migrate. If you provide them cover and food, they will remain permanent residents. Their favorite food is black oil sunflower seeds.
 
 
Woodpecker
 

 
I'm not sure what kind of woodpecker this is, but he was outside my writing room window one day. A second bird was in the tree too, but they were moving so fast, eating insects in the tree, that I couldn't keep up with them. Was lucky to get this shot. It's dark because the day was cloudy, and if the flash comes on through the window, there's just a blur.

Have any birds visited  you lately?

Don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway.
 
Have a great week. Hope your weather is nice.
 
Happy Reading!

18 comments:

  1. How so very true that quote Beverly.

    Loved the birds, awesome pics.

    Have a wonderful week despite the cold. It is frosty here both on the ground and air. Am staying in today.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. The quote is a good reminder to me. Birds fascinate me. Sounds like the perfect day to stay inside. A wonderful week to you.

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  2. Love the quote, Beverly, and great pictures! Cardinals are so cool!

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    1. Thanks, Karin. Cardinals are beautiful birds. Have a super week.

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  3. We have so many cardinals in our yard and at our feeder. (Probably why it's our state bird.)

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    1. That's great, Diane. We have quite a few. I haven't been feeding them but plan to as soon as I buy some feed. Have a great week.

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  4. Hi,Beverly. You know, I haven't tried audio books before, but I think I would like them. I do love cardinals, they are our state bird. We have feeders up, suet up, and a pine cone smothered in a peanut butter/crisco/oats mixture that the birds love. By the way, I follow you on twitter and amazon. Thanks for the give away!

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    1. Great, Janet. You have three entries. Audio books are new to me too. I've listened to the Veronica Roth series, and that's all. It's cool hearing my own novel. Good luck.

      How exciting to watch the birds. I'm thinking of putting up a feeder for mine. Will try the butter/Crisco/oats. Have a super week.

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  5. Always fun to see the visitors, bet the cats love to watch too haha Cardinals are around our yard.

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    1. Yep, the cats get a bit excited when they look out the window and see the birds. The birds are the reason why I go outside with the cats when they want out. Have a great week.

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  6. It's strange. We don't have many bright birds in the west. I recently spent time at my daughter's in Rhode Island and it was so fun to see bright flashes of red in the trees. I miss that. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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    1. That's interesting, Kai. I guess the birds are like people and settle where they're happiest. Or maybe it just their nature. We have a lot of lovely birds but most of them migrate during the winter.

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  7. Some great shots.
    Yeah, our weather can't make up its mind either.

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    1. It has been a weird winter most everywhere, I think, Alex. I just heard the other day that 2016 was the hottest summer ever recorded. Winter may be close behind. Thanks for the comment. I enjoy taking pictures of wildlife.

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  8. Good luck to everyone entering! I haven't seen very many colorful birds lately. Mostly just black ones.

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    1. Most of the birds don't hang around this area during the winter, Stephanie. Cardinals do and some other lovely birds. I'm glad because they're fun to watch. We have black birds that pass through by the hundreds. I'm always glad to see them go. :)

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  9. Great to see your book in a lot of places, Beverly! And as to birds, we just had some robins. They came in middle of a huge storm. What were they thinking?

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Well, birds have little brains. :) The robins leave here for the winter, as do many other birds. A few stay, like the cardinals.

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