Sundays with Gage (and Les Roberts) and my 1,000th post with giveaway

This is a super-sized Sunday with Gage.  Who knew when I started blogging on January 7, 2008, that I’d still be around three and half years later?  These were my first two posts that day.  So, here we are 1,000 posts later and still having fun and loving all of the friendships I’ve made.

Yesterday was a busy day for Gage and here’s why…

His first trip in the pool.  Jason and I weren’t sure what to expect and were pleasantly surprised when he seemed to really like it.  He lasted as long as Daddy, who spent 20 minutes swimming him around.  I was at the side of the pool and getting ready to start snapping pics when a very nice lifeguard informed me that I couldn’t take any.  Huh.  Shows you how often we’ve been to the pool in the last few years.  Apparently, people like to take pictures of kids not their own and do who knows what with them.  I am sure that not all of these people are perverts, but really, way to ruin it for the rest of us.  So, I begged the lifeguard to let me take one photo and that’s the one I got.

Then in the evening local mystery author, Les Roberts, invited all bloggers to join him for a meet and greet at Visible Voice Books in the Tremont area of Cleveland.  This is an area I’m not all that familiar with but have always wanted to explore.  Jason and Gage came with me and while I got to listen to Les talk about his books, writing and life, Jason and Gage toured  the area.

This was the bookstore, which also has a wine bar and live music on the patio in the evenings and also a photo taken with a few of the bloggers that attended. There were around a dozen of us and we each enjoyed a glass of wine and the hour of  listening and asking questions.  I’ll probably include more details in a later post.

Since this is a super-sized 1,000th post I am going to be giving away a signed Les Roberts mystery and you get to pick which one.  On Saturday Les will be signing books 5 minutes from my house, so on Saturday at noon I’ll draw a winner and go and pick up your book.  Since this is also a Sundays with Gage post, you’ll also receive a signed head shot of Gage (LOL).

To enter to win a Les Roberts mystery (a series that is a great representation of Cleveland) just leave your email address with a comment.  You have until Saturday, June 11th, to enter.

56 thoughts on “Sundays with Gage (and Les Roberts) and my 1,000th post with giveaway

  1. Carol M says:

    I’d love to have a signed photo of Gage! lol
    I never heard that about no pictures. Glad you were able to get such a good one!

    I would also love to have a copy of one of Les Roberts’ books. I really enjoy mysteries and his sound good. I also see that he wrote for several tv shows that I use to watch so I’m sure I will like his books, too.

  2. Pam Keener says:

    Wow I would have never in a million years thought about restrictions on child pictures but I see the point. I am so sorry that it is come to this but a childs protection should always be of utmost concern.
    Les Roberts is a new to me author.
    Love & Hugs,

  3. Kay says:

    Look at your little water sprite. Isn’t he cute? Yes, I’ve heard that about the pictures. What a world we live in, huh?

    Les Roberts is a mystery author that I’ve heard of, but I’ve never read any of his books.

    I can’t believe that you have written 1,000 posts, Stacy! Wow! I haven’t even done 500. Of course, I’ve come and gone and come and gone. LOL

  4. Mary says:

    Wow, what a milestone – 1000 posts! I’m glad you’re still blogging. (No need to enter me in the giveaway)
    So great that Gage took to the pool – I’m glad they let you snap a pic.

  5. Mariska says:

    And we are so happy making friendship with you Stacy ! (muahhh)

    i haven’t heard about restriction on taking pictures coz we’re still free to take many here 🙂

    yes, yes, i want a signed copy please. you know how i love mystery *grins*

  6. BermudaOnion says:

    You’re kidding? You can’t take pictures of your own kid at a pool these days? Wow! Gage is a doll and I’m sure he’ll be enjoying the water for years to come!

  7. amy williams says:

    So sad you can’t take pictures of your own kids at the pool. At least you got one great shot. He does look like he is going to be a little water bug. Sorry I could not attend with you yesterday, was disappointed. My daughter called me tonight and asked “how was Les Roberts” and I had to admit my inability to know what day it was!! So nice to see there are still some unique independent bookstores.

  8. kim W says:

    This is such a nice post…and what a great picture you got…it is such a shame that you can’t even take a picture of your own child at the pool! I can’t believe it…what a nice little bookstore and what a great atmosphere for a a summertime jaunt…I would just love to win a book so here is my email…lol…

  9. Stephanie D. says:

    At least you got the one picture. Geez!
    My son hated the pool up until he was 3. I think it was just too cold and big. I’m actually nostalgic for the days of swimsuits with built in rubber tires and water wings. Sigh.

  10. Jean says:

    Love the picture and such a great shot too. Such a shame that there have to be such restrictions.

    What a cute little bookstore!! So glad you were able to attend and wish I had been there to go with you.

  11. Jean says:

    Ooohh!! I didn’t realize he had a new book out until I enlarged the picture. Guess I should have figured with him having meet and greet. Would love to have a copy of his new book – so enter me in the drawing, please.

  12. Margot says:

    Congratulations on your 1000th post. Amazing how time flies by. Gage looks so curious about the water in this picture. A lot more than he sees in his normal bath is what he is probably thinking. Wait until he sees Cleveland’s really big body of water.

    Glad you have a fun author, book and blogger event. I haven’t read any of Les Roberts books. If II’m the winner I’d go for the first one in the series.

  13. Staci says:

    That honestly smacks of being illegal in some fashion in regards to not being able to take photos…anywhooo…love that photo. He’s getting big!!

    1000th post…wow!!! Congrats on that girlie!!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Honestly, I think it’s crazy. I do wonder if it’s perverts or teens posting other teens on Facebook that is the problem. I have to hope it’s FB because to think that there are that many perverts out there is disturbing!

  14. Jenners says:

    Swimming with my son when he was a baby was one of our favorite things to do. They seem to just take to it so easily. Pity about the photos. I’ve never heard of that… why do people have to be freaks and ruin stuff like this???? ACK!

    Congrats on 1000 posts!!!! That is quite an accomplishment!

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I hope Gage becomes comfortable in the water since I never have been. I’m hoping introducing him early will help. I could have written this whole post on my near death experiences in the water!

  15. Wrighty says:

    Gage is so darned cute!! Babies is swimming suits are adorable! So glad he liked the water. It’s very sad that we have to worry about things like perverts taking photos of our children but better safe than sorry. That’s the first time I’ve heard of that happening to someone I know.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      It’s ridicullous when a parent can’t even take pictures of their child’s first time in the water! He was so cute 🙂

  16. Teddyree says:

    Congrats on your 1000th post … how awesome!
    Love the pic of Gage at the pool, I understand that people need to be cautious cause there are some freaks out there but it’s getting to be ridiculous. We have to get permission at soccer games to take pictures of our own kids playing and they’re fully clothed … go figure???

    • stacybuckeye says:

      What?!?!?! Permission to take pics of your own kid in a public place, fully clothed? I’ve never heard of such a thing. What is this world coming to?!

  17. Caspette says:

    I’ve heard rumours of this happening at beaches and parks etc. I think it is so sad. Our pool thankfully doesnt have this policy, phew.

    Glad Gage loved the pool, our little monkey does he loves the water.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I think it’s crazy, but what can you do? Maybe they should just kick the perverts out of the pool area! Why punish the parents?

  18. jennygirl says:

    Congrats on the 1000th post! Blows the mind a little, doesn’t it?
    Looks like Gage took to the water like a fish. Good for him! Add Olympic swimmer to his list of possible occupations!

    The photo thing is not far fetched. On vacation there was a little girl (4 yr. old) next door that kept trying to talk to my hubby. just say hello. He would never answer her because he was worried his actions might be misconstrued. Pretty sad huh?

    Thanks for the contest too 🙂

    • stacybuckeye says:

      That is sad about your vacation. It’s hard when you don’t know how the other parents will react. I bet it was hard for him to ignore her.

  19. Amanda says:

    Oh man Gage is such a cutie! That’s weird but I guess understandable that they wouldn’t let you take pictures. Glad you got the one! Thanks for the giveaway as I’ve never read a Les Roberts book!

  20. Bonnie/Redlady says:

    Congrats on your 1000th post milestone! I wish that I could have made it to this book signing. I’ve read many in this series but lost touch on the new ones. I’m glad that the series is still going. Gage is just adorable! There must have been a problem at the pool for them to have this policy, it’s to protect the kids but it’s sad that we have to do that these days.

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