All the names who commented went onto little pieces of paper and after a great deal of shuffling I trudged up the stairs and found Jack lurking in the flower bed (cleaning windows!) and he drew out a name and......DRUMROLL......it was Yvonne!!!! Congratulations Yvonne! I know you already have that book, so I will find something else for you.
Thank you so much to everyone who entered my little giveaway and to everyone who reads my mumblings. I would never have thought I would actually have readers or that I would be able to come up with so much to mumble about. I'm so glad to have met you all!
Now to tell you about what I've been up to the past few days. Sunday we met #2 son and his fiance at the Metro Zoo and spent the day walking about seeing the animals. It was a perfect day, overcast and not too unbearably hot. I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a new digital camera (thanks Shawn and Winnie!) and I had a great time playing with it. Got some pretty nice pictures too, even though I wasn't sure what I was doing.
These little fellows were so cute - two of them, and they had blankets they kept carrying around and peeking out from under. A lot like human babies would do. Obviously my focus with the camera ended up being the rope and blanket and not the baby with this one.
This grizzly bear was fun to watch. He had a huge ball in his pool and he was having a great time splashing around with it. Here I think he was contemplating jumping into the pool, but he thought better of it and went & curled up for a nap.
This was perhaps my favourite of all - a tiny saw whet owl. I had never seen one before, other than on tv.
And, finally, we actually got to pet stingrays and two small sharks! The stingrays were absolutely awesome! We could hold our hand just beneath the surface of the water and they would come to let you stroke them as they swam by. It was quite a thrill! I didn't get to pet the sharks, but the rest did.
We had a totally fun day but certainly were footsore and weary when we got home and needed all day yesterday to recuperate! It was so much fun seeing the animals and spending time with family.
EDITED TO ADD:
There's a great giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers over at elmilagro studio and even though I'm lessening my chances to win, I'm sending you on over there to see what Anne has up for winning. You won't be sorry!! Go here to see.