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Reading and responding to your emails is the highlight of my day. Thank you for taking the time to write. Enter this week's Bubble Machine giveaway, go to: http://tinyurl.com/25mn97s Bubble machines like good china, shouldn't be saved for special occasions. When you turn on a bubble machine, you create a special occasion.
From my Email Bag:
"Suzanne, I am not entering our library for a bubble machine, but I have to tell you that the one we won from you several years ago has been a big hit. Our summer reading theme is 'Make Waves @ Your Library,' but I'm thinking about 'Making Bubbles @ Your Library.' Thank you again. The fun continues."--Kathy Bretschneider, Director of the soon-to-be new Lied Battle Creek Public Library.
"Dear Suzanne, I love bubbles too. Last year I bought a bubble machine for our booth at Relay for Life. It was a big hit with all the children. I had so much fun watching them play in the bubbles. I haven't used it again since then, but you have inspired me to pull it out of the closet and watch the bubbles. If I'm lucky some of the neighborhood children will come enjoy them with me. Thanks for the fun you give us each day."--Hannah Hunter
"In Buffalo NY, you know it's spring when someone says, 'I saw the Bubble Man today!' At the corner of Allen and Main Street, a man sits in a third floor apartment with his bubble machine, and he spends hours blowing bubbles through the intersection. If you are lucky enough to commute through this intersection, you can count on a daily grin in the good weather. I love bubbles, but I usually only generate enough for my own enjoyment--and I blow all those bubbles myself. But I'm so thankful that other people (both you and the Bubble Man) understand what a gift it is to make enough bubbles to share."--Liz Parke
"Dear Suzanne, last Saturday I was going past a local appliance store. In their show window were a bright red washer and dryer! I thought of you and how you were going to get a set of red ones for yourself. I hope that you are liking them and that they were worth the wait!"--Sincerely, Martha Troxel
(Suzanne replies:) Martha, yes indeed my new ruby red washer and dryer were worth the wait! Last Friday morning I was up at 5 a.m., and after a quick peruse of the manual, I washed everything in my house, including rugs and bedspreads. I didn't stop until 8 o'clock that evening, and the magic is still with me. I love doing laundry. I looked so disappointed when I ran out of things to wash yesterday, that my husband suggested I go knocking on neighbors' doors, offering to do their laundry! Who would've thought I could get so excited over a ruby red washer and dryer? I'm not sure if I should be smiling about that realization, or feeling embarrassed?
Have a wonderful weekend. Remember, you can still enter for one of three bubble machines, go to: http://tinyurl.com/25mn97s
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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