Monday, March 16, 2015

Jeanette Levellie Shares Her Heart of Humor


Today's guest post comes to us courtesy of Jeanette Levellie. I met Jeanette through blogging; she is a sweet and talented author who has a knack for making readers laugh. Her latest book, The Heart of Humor offers a "...vacation from stress, worry, and global whining." I've read it and I must say, it does just that!. :) 

Jeanette has offered a paperback copy of The Heart of Humor to one of my followers, so check out the details below.



If Socks Could Talk 

By Jeanette Levellie

What is it with socks? Do you think they conspire to separate when we wash them? Perhaps as they come off the assembly line and their price tags are attached, they yell to each other, “See you the first week in November at the International Sock Reunion. This year we meet in St. Louis!”

For the first few months you own them, they behave, staying in tidy pairs from the hamper to the dryer. But soon the time approaches for their annual get-together with the friends they haven’t seen since birth. They start to strategize in the drawer at night. 

“Hey, Bernie, you drop on the floor when the guy throws you in the hamper from across the bedroom. You know how he likes to pretend he’s Michael Jordan. Scrunch behind the dresser where no one will find you. I’ll fall out of the lady’s hand when she tosses clothes into the washer. We’ll meet outside at ten tomorrow night and hitchhike to St. Louis. I can’t wait to see if one of those little French anklets with the purple lace around their cuffs shows up.” 




In the meantime the orphaned socks slump in the back of the bottom drawer, reading the novel Left Behind and wondering what they did wrong. A men’s trouser sock grumbles to an athletic, “They better find my mate soon; I haven’t been outta this drawer since last October. I just hope the sock police didn’t catch him. Their toe-jam torture nearly ruined my sister’s boy. I heard the black dress shoe telling its mate how he could hardly breathe after a day with my nephew.”

“I don’t believe you,” cries the athletic sock, huffing in disgust. “What kind of idiot do you think I am? Everyone knows shoes can’t talk!”  


© From My Heart to Yours: I love the story in the Bible about the talking donkey God used to rebuke a prophet gone astray. Makes me want to obey the Lord’s direction for my life, or He might decide to make one of my socks talk to me when I’ve wandered off His path.  Jen
 

Jeanette is a popular speaker, editor, and pastor's wife. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, traveling, and finding ways to avoid housework. She and her husband are parents to a son and a daughter, grandparents to three, and servants to four cats. 
  

Find her books on Amazon:  The Heart of Humor and Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top 

Visit her blog: Hope Splashes - Finding Gold in Life's Puddles



Giveaway Details 

Jeanette is giving away one paperback copy of The Heart of Humor. To enter, please note the following:  

1) Open to U.S. residents only  
2) Please leave your email address 
3) You must be a Google Friend Connect Follower of Write Now (on sidebar) 
4) Giveaway ends Friday, March 20 at noon Eastern Daylight Time 
5) Winner will be announced Monday, March 23

Congratulations to Jessica Haight, winner of last week's Amazon gift card giveaway!

Do your socks talk and tend to disappear? What's your "missing sock theory"?

Have a great week,

Karen
 




34 comments :

  1. Congrats to Jeanette on her book! Awesome that you met through blogging. I'll let someone else win this.

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  2. I have her first book and use it as a devotional. Second time around on it! Would love to win this one!

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  3. Thanks for having me on Write Now, Karen! I appreciate the many ways you help fellow-writers succeed in their journeys.

    My husband solved his sock issue by purchasing a dozen pair of identical black socks. Then he got rid of all the orphan socks. Makes laundry folding and dressing boring, but efficient. I prefer various colors of socks to match my different outfits, so I have to put up with AWOL socks now and then. Gives me something to write and laugh about!

    Jen

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  4. Funny! That's why I always buy the same kinds of socks. Then they all match.

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  5. Natalie,
    I am thrilled to have met Jen through blogging. She is a treasure. So glad you got to meet her. :)

    Terri,
    I agree, her first book is good too. I like the idea of using it as a devotional. Thanks for coming to see us! :)

    Jen,
    It's always a pleasure to have you stop and visit. You are welcome back any time! :) I'm like you, I have a few different sock colors. Makes life interesting, right? :)

    Alex,
    Good sock strategy! My husband thinks the same way as you and Jen's husband. :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  6. Natalie: Thanks; it's been a fun roller coaster ride!

    Terri: Thanks for stopping by! I know you need to laugh right now; maybe you'll win!

    Alex: Very wise and convenient. But not so much fun, in my opinion. But then, I'm all about fun and colors!

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  7. Jeanette: My story, and I'm sticking to it is " The dryer ate them." Last week I found an AWOL sock of Hubby's in the very bottom of the laundry basket. I had some clothes that wouldn't make a load an that AWOL item was hiding beneath some of them.

    email address" cll4him(AT) sbcglobal (DOT) net.
    I am a member of Google Friend Connect-Write Now.

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  8. I'd love a copy of Jeanette's latest book. Great for a late night read and laugh before sweet sleep. Jeanette, haven't you heard of the Lord of the Socks? He lives in my dryer and taxes one of each pair. Apparently, his kingdom has expanded. Love your humor and books! If I win, please notify me at SplashesofSerenity@yahoo.com. Thank you.

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  9. Cecelia,
    I'v had the dryer eat socks too. When we moved from NJ to KY 11 years ago I was sure I would find a few rogue socks that had been missing for years. Didn't find one! Oh well. :)

    Elaine,
    Jen's books are good for reading any time, aren't they? She has such a way with words. :) Thanks so much for coming by!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  10. Cecelia: This is why I wrote that story--now you know where the AWOL socks end up!

    Elaine: Thanks for the kudos, and the chuckle. Lord of the Socks sounds like a movie, doesn't it? LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by,
    Jen

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  11. Congratulations to Jeanette on the book! I know where some of those socks are . . . they're at back of MY drawer, and some of mine have left town. lol Thanks for the smiles today.

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  12. Congratulations Jeanette on the book!

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  13. Lisa,
    Aha, so you've been storing the socks just to make our lives interesting, right? Maybe you should package them up and send them off to a trusted friend to free up some drawer space. :)

    Kelly,
    Glad that you got to meet Jen! :) Thanks for stopping to see us.

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  14. So nice to see you here, Jen! I already have your book, so I won't enter the giveaway. What a great cover! It's you. :)

    Losing socks is not as much of a problem as finding comfortable socks. Once I found a brand I liked, I bought a bunch and got rid of the rest. Like your husband, I bought them all in the same color. It's sad to give up my wild sock collection, but happy feet are worth the sacrifice.

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  15. This sounds like such a fun read! I can so relate to the sock problem. We have an ever growing list of singles that hang out together in our laundry room. Thanks for the intro and giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)

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  16. Thank goodness for Bol.com so I can order the book. Moving to the USA a bit drastic but your book does deserve drastic measures Jeanette. ;-) .

    Maybe from now on I moght stop linking my socks before adding to the washing maching load. I probably cause all sprts of stress for those wayward types!

    Absolutely loved the story and made my day.

    Thanks Jeanette and Karen for this moment of mirth.

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  17. Many times I lose socks. They usually dropped somewhere or are stuck on another garment. One of my cats likes to pretend they're prey--he takes them in his mouth and hides them. Thank you for the giveaway. sharif(at)sharifwrites(dot)com

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  18. If I were six years old it wouldn't matter if my socks matched. My granddaughters mis-match and love it. Alas, it goes against my whole way of thinking so that back-of-the-drawer pile keeps growing. Love this post, Jeanette! www.scsundwall@gmail.com

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  19. Susan,
    Jen's book is another winner, isn't it? Comfy socks - now there's another topic to discuss! That can be hard too. :)

    Anita,
    I think you will enjoy Jen's book. Her "heart of humor" really shines through. She is a blessing! Glad you got to meet her! :)

    Medeia,
    I think you've hit upon yet another idea - cats and socks. Those who have cats might think they are the source of the missing ones! :)

    Susan S.,
    Now this is true. If we were younger, or maybe very old, matching socks would not be as much of an issue. :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  20. I love gentle humor! The cover is fabulous, too!!!
    Well, I think it's important to keep the dryer happy (sorry socks)...
    Blessings! ;)

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  21. Thanks, all, for your kind, funny comments. YOU made my day!
    Jen

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  22. The mystery of the lost pair of socks. Used to drive me crazy when I was a kid. :P
    Congrats on the book.

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  23. So funny! Thank you for sharing. Jeanette is one of my sweetest blogging buddies. I hope to take a trip across the US one day and she would be one I would love to meet in my mismatched socks.

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    1. Lynn; I'd love to meet you, too--socks matching or not!
      Hugs,
      Jen

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  24. Cheryl,
    Then you will love Jen's books! So glad you got a chance to meet her. :) I agree, the cover is wonderful. It suits the book very well.

    Lux,
    It can still be a mystery around here sometimes. :) Thanks for coming to meet Jen!

    Lynn,
    Jen is a peach, isn't she? So glad she's a part of our lives. :) I am sure she would love to meet you and your socks! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  25. My socks do disappear. Sometimes I think there is a monster that lives behind the washer that steals one here and there just to mess with me. :) Jeanette's cover is awesome- I love the design. Great to get a taste of her humor too. Sounds like a funny book! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.
    ~Jess
    (Follower and you have my email)

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  26. I love the "sock talk". Congratulations and best of luck on your new book.

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  27. Jess,
    Maybe there is a sock monster in some homes. You never know. :) I agree, Jen's cover is great! It really suits her and the book.

    Linda,
    I think we all need the "sock talk" on occasion, you know? :) LOL Glad you got to meet Jen.

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  28. Karen: Again, thanks for hosting this fun giveaway! I appreciate you, and may your socks never run away...

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  29. Jen,
    Thanks so much for sharing this post with us! It's always a pleasure to have you visit. :)
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  30. When I was small I heard my mum complain to her sister about the sock thief living in our house. Took me weeks to get to sleep at night for fear he was under my bed. Great post.

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  31. Joylene,
    So glad that you are past that fear! :) I have similar memories of things I thought as a child. Funny how that works. :) So glad you got to stop by when Jen was here!
    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  32. I should slip a Manga into my "one-sock" drawer just for comfort. These usually become my rags, and they know their future. Poor things. Loved reading your post.

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  33. Lee,
    Yes, the rag thing is a good one, and this is where mine often end up too. :) They might as well be useful, right? Thanks for stopping to see Jen and me!
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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