Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How do you get a goose to pull a name from out of a hat???

Said Hat.... er, Bonnet

Said Goose. 
Well, you have to be tricky.. 
 I first wrote the names on torn scraps of white paper,,hAh,hAh, thinking to disguise the white paper as bread.

But Fiona wasn't buying that one for a minute and honked her displeasure, along with the rest of the chorus,

So next, I cut up bits of white bread, ( a goosies favorite treat) and numbered 19 pieces, marked each name with numbers to correspond, as seen above.

 OOPS! This is not your job, Claudette!

Numbered Bread goes into bonnet and gets a good shake.

 Now, the idea here, is to get Fiona II to take a piece of bread and then  I shall snatch the hat away to see which number has been removed. The problem is, I can't seem to get her to do it.
 As soon as she comes close to choosing, some other bird distracts her. She is not nearly as cooperative as Fiona I!!!
 I move said Bonnet all over the yard, hoping someone will choose a "name".
But nary a taker! Of course, it doesn't help to have a Peacock intimidating anyone who comes near the bonnet!
Everyone runs off!!!!
I move the bonnet to a garden and alas, finally someone is willing to play the game.
Eugene and Prudi come closer....closer...
 And quick as a lick they yank FOUR"names" out of the bonnet and devour them before I can snatch the hat away!
SO here are the winners, not one but FOUR, and NOT chosen by Fiona Goosefeathers II, but by two trusty chicken-folk. You can always count on the chicken-folk to be hungry.
Corresponding names to missing bread.
  Okay, here we are:
 Heather, from Everyday Graces
Anna, from Fairy Garden
Anita, from Castles, Crowns and Cottages
Congratulations to you all, you will like this book.!
 Please e-mail me with your shipping addresses and your books will be on the way.
And Fionna can have her Bonnet back.


  1. Fun, I must have missed the post to get in this contest, my number would have been eaten anyway as the only thing I have EVER won ( and this is dumb ! ), is a 5th of Chevis Regal at my husband's X-mas party 28 years ago !!!! And I don't drink the stuff ! I don't even know whatever happened to it. take care, Gina

  2. What a cute story. I had told DH about Fiona pulling the # out of a hat, and we both wondered how that was going to work. What a hoot!

    Congrats to the winners.


  3. LOL!What a cute story Jerri. I am glad that Eugene and Prudi were very willing to help a girl out. LOL!
    Congrats to the winners!

  4. good job sweet chicken ;o)
    I am very honored to be one of the winners!
    Thank you so very much!
    I will email you my adress!

  5. Oh Jeri! What lengths you went to! How funny.. Well, Fionna looks contented, now that she has her bonnet back. This was so much fun. Fionna has a mind of her own for sure..
    Congratulations to the very luck ladies, and my dear friend Anita.. She is going to be thrilled!!!!

  6. Woo Hoo!!! I am so excited:) Many thanks to Eugene and Prudi, and of course, thank you Jeri. I am so looking forward to reading and sharing your lovely book.

  7. I WON! I WON! I WON THANKS TO A CHICKEN!! THIS IS TOO HILARIOUS BUT I AM PLEASED AS PUNCH! I will run to send you my addie and WOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I am so excited. This was so darn cute; no wonder yu are in the profession you are in....you are so imaginative. I thought I had a broad imagination! LOVE YOU! Back in a few, Anita

  8. We thank everyone who participated in this little game, I had a lot of fun with it. I simply must do it again! Next time I will see who can pick the acorn out of the bucket. I will use my sheep for that game, they are not in the least bit reluctant to try new treats. Next book givaway will be "Bushky Bushybottom". I wish everyone could have won, but I guess 4 books is a pretty cool deal; I gotta stop somewhere!

  9. Thank you.... such a pleasure to see this :-)xxxxx

  10. How funny! I missed the give away post, but this sure looks like a cute book. I love your artwork!

  11. lol what a time you had Jeri but those chickens saved the day. Congratulations to those who won the book :)

  12. Hi Jeri
    Thought I would stop in and wish you an enjoyable Sunday.. Also, I just had to read this post again. What an imagination you have.. To give Fiona the honors and end up with the CHICKEN picking the winners.. What a HOOT!

  13. You TOTALLY cracked me up! You had to have been worn to a frazzle by the time you got this giveaway sorted out. And 4 lucky winners. How special is that? They are bound to enjoy the book. Great give away.


  14. How cool is that! Chickens picked out the winners and I WON!!! My 2 1/2 yr old wants it now and was tearful because I told him I won him a book!! He loves to read!!!


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