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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Not One Winner But Two!

 Such a gorgeous day here on the North Forty. I woke up excited this morning because I knew that my giveaway had ended at midnight and I could not wait to have my drawing.

My sister-in-law Sherry came by for breakfast this morning so I ask her to do the honor of drawing the winner of my candy. She drew Ya Ya's name from the wonderful blog Whispering Pines. I am so happy YaYa that I will be sending you some of my chocolates.

It was so much fun having Sherry draw for my giveaway I told her to draw another winner. She gave me one of her beautiful smiles and drew again. My second winner was GPC from another great blog Shedding the wolf.

Congratulations to both of you sweet ladies. Just shoot me an email at with your addresses and I will get busy making your candy.

Tonight I also wanted to share with you my brother Gary's little country home that he has been building in Round Top for a while now. It's been a struggle for Gary building this home because not long after he started the building he was diagnosed with cancer for the first time. Since then he has had his cancer come back two more times and is being treated now for lung cancer.

Not only does he spend a lot of his free time on this house Gary has been restoring his wife's house in Indpendence. You may remember the post a few weeks back showing the guest cottage behind her home that Gary restored. It is really precious so which one do I love more is hard to say. Their both too cute.

Since the cancer has come back for a third time they decided to finish this one and put it up for sale. I hope it sells for them and Gary can slow down a little.

I laugh every time I see their two tubs on the front porch. Gary calls them their Cialis tubs. You know the commercial for Cialis where the couple are sitting in the tubs near a lake or is it the ocean. Can't remember exactly which one.

This is the view from their tubs. There are two ponds in front of their home. I only wish I could keep the pond out here on the North Forty looking this good. No matter how dry a summer we have Gary's ponds always have water in them where the one out here drys almost completely up.

The other night I was out side supervising Gary and my brother Tommy on their work and when I turned to go back inside I snapped this picture from the porch. I just thought it was so neat the way the home looked so cozy looking in at dusk. No I was not window peeping!

Look at how pretty Sherry has the table set.
 Don't you love this old Coca Cola machine. I could find a place for it on the North Forty.

I love the small living area. 

Both Sherry and Gary have a gift for decorating.

This is an old antique water barrel that was used at one time on a covered wagon. Wish I could of taken a better picture of it because up close it is really something to see.

I wanted to slip upstairs and show you the bedroom but dinner was smelling good and I thought it would be nice if I helped Sherry with putting it on the table. lol

These cool nights and not so hot days have been delightful.  I just hope our weekend is the same because
  I going to Austin to see my kids. It is the big weekend for my precious granddaughter Kaci's Juvenile Diabetes Walk. She has raised over a thousand dollars for JDF.  What a inspiration she is to me!

As you know I live for my trips to Austin. I love love being with all my kids and I always have the best time.

I hope you enjoyed seeing inside of Gary and Sherry's sweet home. It was fun showing it to you.
Thank you for entering my Candy Giveaway! I wish I could send all of you a box of sweets but I will be having more giveaways in the future so be sure and try again.

Love to All


gpc said...

Oh lucky me! Thank you so much, it is so sweet of you to make sweets for me. :) Gary and Sherry's home is beautiful -- I would like peeping in their window, too, because they have a home that would just draw my eyes in with its warmth. Have a wonderful trip! Visits with grandchildren is the best thing ever so I know you will enjoy it.

yaya said...

Winner, Winner candy dinner! Thanks Maggie so much! I'm excited to be chosen. You are a sweetie! I think your brother's home is beautiful. I hope it sells quickly. I also hope Gary can beat the cancer once and for all. He seems like a hard working guy. Prayers from me to you and your family.Thanks again for choosing me!

Paula said...

Congratulations to both your winners. I agree the house is adorable.

PoetessWug said...

Congratulations to both!...How about 'Share-zees'!! LOL

Julia said...

Congratulations to both GPC and Yaya.
I'm so glad that Yaya my blogger friend has won some of your candy, she really deserves them and it's so sweet of you to offer a homemade sweet giveaway.

Your brother's country house is really pretty and I too hope that it will sell quickly. Great decor.
Prayers for all your family.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Yes, the cottage does look very comfy and cozy. Your brother has done a fine job.

JaneT said...

Love the house pictures you shared. Lots of love, talent and hard work went into the restorations.

Didn't win, but since I am trying to diet, maybe it is best I didn't because I would have eaten it up like something that had been starved for a long time.

Have a great day.

Olga said...

Lucky winners. Congratulations.
The decorating gene must run in your family. I love the window shot especially.

Shirley said...

Good Morning Maggie, Congratulations to the winners. I know they will love their choices. I did when I won the last one. I love how the house is coming and I hope it sells soon. I know you will enjoy your trip to see your grandchildren. They are the best and so much enjoyment. I like love the window shot. Have a wonderful day, Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

acorn hollow said...

congrats to the winners that house is darling. I hope your brother is doing well and is on the way to remission.

Jacqueline said...

Congrat's to the winners. And thanks for sharing the cabin pic's. It looks so warm and inviting.

Arkansas Patti said...

Gary and Sherry should be proud of what they accomplished. The house is really inviting, especially that thru the window shot. Well done.
Congrats to your winners. They are in for some good eating.

Sue said...

Their home is so inviting! I love looking in at my house from an outside window at night. I often do it from the pool in the summer.

Gary seems to have a wonderful attitude. He is in my prayers, Maggie.

And how is your son coming along?


Debby said...

They have a beautiful home. I love the cozy picture from the outside in. I will continue praying for your brother. You sure have had a rough year with this and with injuries.
I'm sad I didn't win the candy but the two lucky winners will love it. Enjoy your week-end with your family and those darling grands. Give that granddaughter a big hug from me for raising so much money.


Hi Maggie....

It's been way too long since I've stopped by, I had to see what is going on in your life.

Loved visiting with you and your brother Gary. Yes, I know the Cialis tubs. LOL

Enjoy your trip to Austin. [one of my favorite cities in TX]

Kathleen McCoy said...

Hi, Maggie! Thanks for the tour of Gary and Sherry's place! It's so beautiful! Some people just have a gift for decorating! I so hope and pray that Gary will beat this cancer yet again!

La Petite Gallery said...

I pray he kicks that Cancer,
that is a home that is inviting. Some homes are cold and stark. Gary sounds like a great guy.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the winners of your candy sweet Maggie. Gary's is making such a beautiful place. I hope he is doing well and enjoying working on the home. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of his beautiful work. Hope you are hanging in and doing well my sweet friend. Love and hugs, Maggie

La Petite Gallery said...

Very nice photo's I like the table setting so cozy. yvonne

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

The home is beautiful and you are right, it does look so cozy inside. They do look like something you want to just sit and enjoy.

Sorry for Gary's stuggle with cancer.
I hope the home sells quickly so that he can slow down.