Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Really Random Tuesday #36: A Book Winner and a Pretty Dwarf

Please congratulate Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea, the randomly chosen winner of Creating an Orange Utopia by Patricia Ortlieb and Peter Economy. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway, and special thanks to everyone who helped publicize this giveaway. If you didn't win this book, which tells the story of Eliza Lovell Tibbets, please take a look at the others I have listed on the right side of my blog, and stay tuned for more giveaways to be featured in the near future.

In honor of Eliza Tibbets, and in celebration of Patricia's birthday, I recently planted a dwarf navel orange tree on our property. This is our first navel orange tree, and I've named her Eliza in honor of this pioneer, who changed the course of history in Southern California. With any luck, Eliza will bear fruit within a few years.


In the book department, I've been busy reading lately, instead of posting on my blog. (Some of you book bloggers are incredible; you read an enormous amount of books and manage to post quite frequently!) I've just finished two terrific books, A Small Fortune by Audrey Braun, and Carry Yourself Back to Me by Deborah Reed. I'll be posting an interview with the author (yes, she is one person!) as well as a special giveaway for both books this Friday, September 30. Currently, I'm savoring a little gem of a book, Don'ts for Wives by Blanche Ebbutt, published in 1913, which I learned about on Petty's blog, Pen and Paper. My nightly reading has been a soothing antidote to the stress of my days. The bookmark featured in the photo is a handmade creation from BookQuoter. :)


Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of. If you're inspired by this idea, feel free to copy the button and use it on your own blog. For other recent Really Random Tuesday posts, please visit Naida's blog, the bookworm, and Avis' blog, she reads and reads. Please leave a link in the comments if you’re participating and I'll add it to this post.

As always, thanks for reading!


  1. I'm looking forward to your reviews and interview Suko.
    Nice orange tree, thats sweet that you named it Eliza :)

  2. Congratulations Diane and good luck with Eliza!

  3. Congrats to Diane!

    I love nighttime reading - it really does help with stress.

  4. Thanks for linking to my RRT post, Suko!

    I'm looking forward to your reviews and I hope Eliza does well!

  5. Congratulations to Diane.

    How wonderful to be able to have an orange tree. I hope you tree does well. (I name my plants too). In the next few weeks I'll be digging up all the tender plants I want to save and bringing them inside for the winter.

  6. Thank you so very much. Exciting. I hope your new dwarf tree flourishes for years and years.

  7. Thanks for the mention, this really is an amazing book, I'm so glad you are enjoying it.

    I'm also pleased to learn that I am not the only one to name my plants, every single one of mine has a name.

  8. Congratulations to Diane! I also love your little orange tree, and can't wait to hear how it fares as time goes on.

    It's good to see you here again, and to hear that you are reading some wonderful books. I have the desire to just sit and read all day, and sometimes life really interferes with my plans!

  9. I'm behind by like 10 reviews if that makes you feel better :) I was going to try and remedy that but instead decided to visit blogs which has been refreshing :) Glad to hear that you have been reading some good books!

  10. Lovely initiative, SUko. To plant a tree :)
    I am also amazed at how all our blogging friends seem to read tons of books in a week :)

    I am happy if I can get one done in a week :) lol!

    I hope you enjoy your reads :)

  11. Yay for Diane. And what a cute little tree. Does it give tiny little oranges too?

  12. Jenners, the oranges should be of regular size. :)

    Thanks for all the comments. More are welcomed.

  13. Update us with a picture of your orange tree once in a while. It will be fun to watch it grow. A big good luck!!

  14. BQ, I like how you think. I'll try to post a photo of Eliza in a year or so.


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