Friday, June 25, 2010

Children's Book

Crops on the Farm (Optimized for Kindle)

For those of you who have Kindle's (and children) I have just published a children's picture book!  It is priced at 99cents (which is the lowest price they would let me put it).  It's got 17 pictures and shows a farmer planting his field and some of the crops that come from it.  Good way to show kids where their food comes from.  The farm pictured is my family's farm located here in Alabama.  

Also, for any who might not know, the price of the Kindle just got reduced to $189.  Nothing like a little competition to drive the price down.  It's still quite an investment, but they are nice if you can afford it.


Join the City of Auburn for the Annual Fourth of July Celebration, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation, on Sunday, July 4 behind the home side of Duck Samford Stadium. This FREE community event is open to all ages. Gates open at 6 p.m., followed by live music and children's activities at 7 p.m. The evening culminates with one of THE best fireworks displays in the area at 9 p.m.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Exciting Week from the Gnu's Room

Looks like a lot of fun stuff going on this week with the Gnu's Room and the Shops at Southside:

Tuesday, June 22nd at 2:00 p.m. - Write Time
Free weekly writing workshop. An hour of inspiration, sharing, and
information for writers of any level of expertise.

Tuesday, June 22nd at 5:30 p.m. - Tea for Tuesday
Free tea tasting hosted by our resident tea expert, Chip Self. Come,
learn and sample - simple!

Wednesday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. - Singer/Songwriter Competition
We would like to continue this event through the summer months, but
may not be able to if we don't have participation. Only $4.00 entry
fee for performers and $5.00 admission for listeners. Cash prize to
winner is $100.00. Come support your favorite performer!

Thursday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. - Science Cafe Auburn
Tia Gonzales, Agricultural Program Assistant at Auburn University and
owner of Naturista Fine Garden Design, will be presenting the topic,
"Rain Barrels: What, How & Why?" Learn more about the benefits of
water collection using rain barrels and how to set up a system.

FRIDAY, JUNE 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - SHOPS @ SOUTHSIDE

The first of three events, Celebration #1 will feature free music by
local performers, a reading/book signing by local author Jim Buford,
drawings for great prizes (no purchase required) and special pricing
at all participating shops.

5:00 p.m. - Store specials and registration for prizes begin

5:30 p.m. - Meet Auburn author Jim Buford, who has recently had a book
of short stories published, "The House Across the Road." Jim will read
one of his stories and will be glad to sign copies of the book for you.

5:45 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. - Music by Bree Windham

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Music provided by Brennan Reece and Josh McKenzie

9:30 p.m. - Drawing for prizes

Prizes (thus far, but more to come) include:

Friday Night Wine Tastings from Fine Wine & Beer by Gus
Whole Bean Coffee from Mama Mocha's Coffee Roastery
Gnu's Room Gift Certificates
Perch Gift Certificates
Scuba Lesson from Adventure Sports
Guitar Lesson from The Guitar Shoppe
Yoga Session from Yoga Ananda

Friday, June 11, 2010

This Week at Gnu's Room

Here's the latest from the Gnu's Room.  They have some new stuff for the summer that sounds pretty good.  I'm particularly excited about the tea tastings.

Here's the info:
Friday, June 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Chair Massage at the
Gnu's Room

Conar Rochford will be offering relaxing chair massages to erase the
stress of a long, hard, hot week! Only $10.00 for a luxurious 15 minute
session. Don't miss it!

We are initiating some "GNU" ideas for the summer, which will begin next week.

Try out our new Call-in Curbside Coffee (CCC)!

If you are in a hurry, but need some quality coffee to jump start your
day, you have a wonderful option effective with Monday, June 14th. To
participate in CCC is simple:

1. Come by the Gnu's Room and purchase a gift card for any desired
amount. We will keep your card on file and let you know when your
balance is running low.

2. Call in your coffee order 10 minutes prior to when you wish to pick it up.

3. Park in front of the Gnu's Room (you may need to pull in behind
other cars, but it will only be for a few seconds). We will deliver
your coffee to your vehicle!

Tea for Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. each week

Beginning on the 15th, Chip Self, our local tea aficionado, will be
offering free tea tastings at the Gnu's Room with lots of great
education to accompany each sample. Chip was instrumental in the Gnu's
Room carrying the fine selection of organic loose leaf teas we have.
For those non-coffee drinkers out there, this is the perfect
opportunity to see what else is available for the discriminating

Gnu Biking Crew at 6:00 p.m. each Thursday

This is a beginning biking group for women only (sorry guys - but you
have lots of other options!). The meeting place will be Blooming
Colors and the pace will be as slow as needed, with easy terrain.
Route maps will be available. Any type of bike is acceptable and if
you don't have a bike, the city of Auburn has loaner bikes. You use
the bike for two weeks at no cost and get a helmet by just showing
your i.d. The total time for the ride will be about an hour and a half
allowing time for warm up and cool down. Since the ride will not be
over before it starts to get dark, you will need to have lights for
the front and back of your bike, a reflective vest, and a helmet. June
17th will be the first group ride. If you have any questions, please
contact Ginger Purvis at 524-4767.

The Gnu's Room Bookstore & Coffee House
414 S Gay St
Auburn, AL 36830

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Yard Sale at New Leaf Galleries

I've been meaning to post about New Leaf Galleries for a while now.  It's an upscale furniture consignment store in Opelika, AL.  Of course, it's not super cheap or free like I normally get excited about, but the prices are really good for furniture.  The store is beautiful, all the furniture is great, and the people working there are really helpful. If you are looking for furniture this is definitely a good stop. Also, I just got an invitation to an Anniversary Yard Sale they are having.  

Here's the info:

Come celebrate New Leaf!

Can you believe it's been a year?

Come see us on June 19th for a free hot dog cookout and a non-profit yard sale to benefit Original Design Outfitters ( and CONVERGE auburn (

We'll also be cooking hot dogs in the parking lot, so don't miss your chance at a free lunch!

Auburn Stride Walkers June Schedule

Looking to add a little more movement to your daily routine? Join the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department and the Auburn Stride Walkers every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this month at 9 a.m. as they explore various City walking trails as a group.  Participants may walk at their own pace and distance. Join us for the following walks this month:
June 2Kiesel Park
520 Chadwick Lane 
June 4Ogletree Village Shopping Center
Meet in parking lot near Moores Mill Road
June 7  
Auburn Public Library
749 East Thach Ave.
June 9
Town Creek Park
1150 South Gay Street
June 11Charlotte & Curtis Ward Bike Path
Located at entrance to Chewacla State Park 
June 14 
Jule Collins Smith Museum
Located off South College Street 
June 16Hickory Dickory Park
1400 Hickory Ln & N. Cedarbrook
June 18Dean Road Recreation Center
307 South Dean Road
June 21
Kiesel Park
520 Chadwick Lane
June 23Ogletree Village Shopping Center
Meet in parking lot near Moores Mill Road
June 25Auburn Public Library
749 East Thach Avenue
June 28
Town Creek Park
1150 South Gay Street
June 30Charlotte & Curtis Ward Bike Path
Located at entrance to Chewacla State Park
This program is open to all ages and is free to the public.  Participants are encouraged to bring bottled water and wear comfortable walking shoes.  For more information, please contact Melissa Weldon at 501-2946 or Dee Watson at 501-2948.  Walks will not be held on rainy days.