Goodie Bag Winners + Frozen in Florida

There’s a sentiment on the beauty queen circuit that when the winner is announced, there are only two happy women in the room: the newly crowned queen and her mother. I think that an apropos analogy to my announcing the lucky winners of the National Tie One On Day goodie bag giveaway. I can just feel the disappointment of everyone other than the six. I so wish I could have managed goodies for all. It’s taken a while to make contact, and here they are: Melissa in Bryan, Tx; Melanie in Rigby, ID; Kimberleein Joliet, IL; Angela in El Paso, TX; Sue in Ventura, CA; and Becky in Pittsboro, NC. To everyone who participated in this year’s National Tie One On Day, thank you!
I’ve heard from many of you that the experience was so gratifying, NTOODay will become a new Thanksgiving eve tradition. I’m writing an article on NTOODay – if any of y’all would like to share their experience for possible inclusion, please email me at with your contact info so we might talk.
I’ve just returned from a trip to the south, stopping first in Jacksonville to visit my youngest sister. I’d anticipated warmer weather than was on hand, especially for a booksigning event held at the most wonderful independent store, the Bookmark. Do note that Carol is dressed for the arctic because it was about 50 degrees or something, while I refused to cover up my adorable Christmas apron.

The store is located on a little plaza, which was decorated for Christmas. Posing on the holiday bulbs was irresistible, plus we had to walk across the street, which got my frozen feet moving.

My appearance had been scheduled to coincide with the lighting of the Beaches Christmas tree and a decorated bicycle parade, but between the chill and a televised football game of the most important rivalry in the area, the anticipated crowd never happened. I felt so badly for the store, which had gone to such efforts to create a festive signing, I decided to drag my sister all over the plaza, figuring two ladies in holiday aprons would attract some attention, which I could direct back to the Bookmark.

But there was really no one about, and I was turning into a popsicle, so we popped into a hotel lobby to thaw out. And lo! Another opportunity to show off my cutie apron.

Jingle Belle

Tie One On…an apron, of course!