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A Lesson in Patience and a Giveaway

October 20th, 2011

I’m an avid reader and reading, on average, a few books per week. I have a few favorites that I read over and over again, Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill being my most favorite and the one I’ve read most (with East of Eden coming in a close second). I first read this book many years ago and fell in love. Not only do the authors portray a beautifully simple seasonal lifestyle in their kitchen garden, their way with words is perfect, almost better than photos. I keep checking this book out of the library over and over again, and each time I notice there are fewer and fewer copies in my library consortium. This past time there was only one, I decided it was time to buy a copy for my library.

I’ve been eyeing this book for years on Amazon and checking at any used book store I visit, searching to find it at a good price without any luck. I also added it to my wish list on Paperback Swap even though I’ve never seen a copy there either. Usually it’s being listed for $150 or more anywhere they have it, that’s a bit out of my price range for a book, no matter how much I love it.

Being threatened with the risk of not being able to read it again if the local libraries lost or sold their only copy, I decided it was time to finally buy a copy. I found one used for a price I could afford. Even though I paid more than I usually do for a book, with the number of times I’ll read this book, the price actually seemed reasonable for the amount of joy and inspiration I find in it’s pages.

Ironically, while still waiting for the book I purchased to arrive in the mail, I received an e-mail from Paperback Swap that another member sent a copy of this book to me. That means I got a copy of the book for FREE. I was flabbergasted!

Generally, I’m very patient person, waiting for quite a while before purchasing anything. This patience has saved me thousands of dollars in the past, on everything from t-shirts to land. Maybe I was impatient in my purchase of this book, or maybe I valued it enough to finally spend the money on it. Either way, I’m happy that I have two copies because now I can share this book with someone else. It certainly is a good reminder to be patient and to remember that the phrase “Good things come to those who wait” is very, very true. So faithful readers, my impatience will reward one of you.

Comment below for your chance to win my extra copy of Living Seasonally. For extra chances to win: use the icon below to tweet this post with the hashtag #chiotsrun or head on over the my FaceBook and share this post.

We have a winner! KimH a fellow Ohio gardener has won (if you didn’t get my e-mail make sure you contact me through the link in the sidebar).

Are you a patient person? Have you ever had an experience that reminded you of the important of being patient? Do you have a favorite book you’ve been trying to find a copy of for your library?

135 Comments to “A Lesson in Patience and a Giveaway”
  1. Mark S on October 20, 2011 at 5:34 am

    My wife and I have been trying hard this year to get into the swing of living seasonally as well. This book would be awesome for us to have!

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  2. Kat on October 20, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I have been watching for this book as well! Is this my lucky day?

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  3. Michele on October 20, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I love books too! Sometimes we have to bite the bullet and get the books we want.

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  4. kristin @ going country on October 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

    No, I am not patient. Something I struggle with a lot now that I have a child.

    Ever since you first mentioned this book here, I’ve been looking around for it, but our library system doesn’t have it at all. BOO.

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  5. Annie on October 20, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I am not very patient. I’m always trying to work on that though. Some of my experiences with small farming in particular have taught me the value of patience.

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  6. kathi cookk on October 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I keep looking at library sales and on line for older hardcover versions of the children’s series Betsy-Tacey. I would love a set of that series.Living Seasonally looks wonderful.I’ll have to see if my local library carries it. I would love a copy. I too reread books that inspire me. I just reread Under the Tuscan sun for the 3rd time. I also reread Michael Pollan books. My problem is that I get excited about a book and loan it out and don’t always get it back.

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  7. Ken Toney on October 20, 2011 at 6:47 am

    This book looks interesting. I’ve been striving toward sustainable living for several years now, raising animals for meat and growing most of the fruits and veges that my family eats. This book would be a great tool to help us reach that goal.

    My local library doesn’t have a copy, but that doesn’t matter anyway since I “lost” my card. When I was starting our farm in ’06, I borrowed Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin from the library. Unfortunately, my English Bulldog got jealous of me reading the book and not playing with her and she chewed it up. I bought a brand new book from Amazon to give to the library. Several days after returning it, I got a letter saying that my library privileges had been revoked for destroying property. The book was an interlibrary loan and the other library was upset about the destroyed book, even though I had replaced it. Guess I should have kept the brand new copy for my book shelf.

    I’ll share your post on my Facebook page also. Thanks.

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  8. Stone Soup on October 20, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I am a pretty patient person, but I am so impulsive when it comes to books. I’m too much of a book hound! Love the pages, love the covers, can’t wait to read the words! Living Seasonally looks like a great read, would love to win it!

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  9. B ryan N. on October 20, 2011 at 7:11 am

    When it comes to books I am not a patient person.I love to read so if there is a book I want I just buy it unless of course it is to expensive.I guess gardening is where my lessons in patience have been learned everything I have learned has for the most part been self taught by reading.Our local library is quite limited in their selection of gardening books so I usually don’t go there unless our kids are looking for something.Thank you for the chance to win what looks to be a great read.

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  10. Lisa on October 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I have really been longing for a copy of BREAD ALONE. I am still trying to master sourdough bread and the starter.

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  11. aruna on October 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I am working on living seasoning for the first time this year. I have actually planted a garden this fall that I hope will survive through the winter. I have made a simple cold frame and I would love to get a copy of your book. Thank you.

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  12. Deborah on October 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I would love a copy of this book! I am trying to build a library of books that connect growing vegetables with cooking them, and this one looks great! I remember reading a book about their flower gardens and thinking how beautiful it was.

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  13. Jeph on October 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Ooh, I love a good book where someone’s writing about their garden/farming. Have you read The Seasons on Henry’s Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm? Great book!

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  14. Aparna on October 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I am a new gardener and an urban gardener at that. I would love to read more about how to live off seasonal produce.

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  15. amy on October 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I remember a time when I desperately wanted this no longer published cookbook by Karey Swan. I was so desperate for it I ended up clicking the buy button twice:)and ended up with two copies. Then the dilemma began do I keep the second copy in case something happens to the first;) I am ashamed to admit that. I ended up giving it to our young youth minister’s wife. She loves it as much as I do and really has cherished it. What a shame had I hoarded both copies in case….. I think it lovely Susy that you are so generous.

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  16. Melissa on October 20, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Gardening really does teach you patience- it seems I learn this lesson year after year! That book looks wonderful, would love to give it a read!

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  17. Miranda on October 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I have been praying to be more patient, and God has been teaching me. Be careful what you pray for!

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  18. DebbieB on October 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I’m not at all patient! I do force myself to wait sometimes, but it’s never easy.

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  19. Stephanie on October 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

    We are very patient when it comes to purchases. We’ve learned the hard way that impatience is costly! Would love to have a copy of this book!

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  20. Stephanie on October 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

    shared on facebook

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  21. Shea on October 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Overall, I’m a very patient person. Unfortunately that means I often wait so long, looking for a sale or cheaper price, that the item I want disappears all together. This book sounds wonderful though. I try to move a little more towards eating seasonally every year; however I do still can a freeze as some things are just hard to live without.

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  22. Sarah on October 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I am a patient person. Since having children I’ve learned how to be MORE patient, but I confess that it is my natural inclination to begin with. There have certainly been moments that have taxed this and stretched my my character and I’m glad for it.

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  23. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings on October 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

    It’s hard to want a book and my wallet won’t allow me to get it… whether used or new. That happened with the Foxfire books at a used bookstore we frequent. They had several of them from the set of 12 and I would buy one (usually with store credit) here and there when I was able to get one. By the time I had enough store credit to get the others I wanted for the set, they were all gone. I guess others were doing the same as I was. lol I had to breakdown and buy the last 3 volumes new but at least I paid for them with an amazon gift card I earned through Swagbucks. I try very hard to find a used copy of the book if I can. Going to the library isn’t always feasible for us.

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  24. Teresa on October 20, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I would love to own a copy of Living Seasonally. It would be a valuable addition to my small collection.

    I’m more patient now that I’m older but still hard to wait at times.

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  25. glenda on October 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

    My patience depends on the situation. If it is a material thing I will wait for years to acquire. If a situation arises involving a living creature such as a stray kitten found at the garden center then I am the most impatient person in the world. The kitten must be dealt with now!!!!!! I won’t walk by pat the cute kitty and go on with my day!!! I suppose that makes me an extremist!!

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  26. goatpod2 on October 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I am a very patient person! Sounds like a good book.


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  27. Janet on October 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Wow, great giveaway! I can be patient about some things, and not about others ;) And I am more patient with animals than people….

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  28. Katie on October 20, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I generally just get what I want when I want it. But for some special items I mull it over and it adds to the excitement of when it is actually in my hands.

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  29. Kelly on October 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I am patient with most things, though people tend to be the one thing I’m least patient with (and should be the most, I know). I’m a work in progress.

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  30. Kate on October 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I see that my local library does not have this book. I generally am extremely patient about waiting for books and rarely can bring myself to pay for one. I always have a long list of holds filed at my library. The most recent book I have read about seasonal living is Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and I enjoyed it alot and would be interested to read something in the same vein.

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  31. ElizaJ on October 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Because of your blog I checked out a copy of this from the library last Winter ~ this book is wonderful!!! What an awesome giveaway. I can’t imagine owning a copy of it.

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  32. Melissa on October 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I generally try to be patient and having a wishlist has certainly helped me to stave off impulse purchases!

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  33. Jane on October 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

    What a nice story! I do hope that I get the 2nd book.

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  34. canned Quilter on October 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Although not overly patient when younger I find that as I get older my patience has improved : )

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  35. Allison on October 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    $150 for this book? WOW!

    Sounds interesting, I will have to check it out.

    My horses taught me patiences :) Otherwise, I am normally unpatient at best!

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  36. Kristin on October 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I am not a patient person by any stretch. I would love the book!

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  37. Jennifer on October 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

    would love to have this book- love your blog, and have learned quite a bit

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  38. Charlene in Kentucky on October 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I’ve been looking for that book too! Glad you found a copy. Hope I can win the extra!

    Thanks – Charlene

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  39. Daedre Craig on October 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I love my local library. It’s the best place to “test” out books before purchasing them. I would love a copy of this book because my library system doesn’t have it.

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  40. Ben Wilson on October 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

    We have learned to be patient with our farm in any number of ways. Everything happens for a reason and in its own time. At least that is what I keep telling myself.=) Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  41. Erika on October 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Wow, what a blessing! I enjoy your blog very much and have learned a lot, though we do live in totally different growing zones and situations.

    Erika @ A Homegrown Family

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  42. Hannah Elise on October 20, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Heh. Not patient. My son reminds me of this almost daily…

    Guess there’s a reason God put him in my life! Such a sense of humour..

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  43. Hannah Elise on October 20, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Oh… and I shared this on Facebook. :)

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  44. Pamela on October 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    If your inspired by this book, then it must be pretty awesome! I love gardening and cooking books. Those seem to take up the most space in my bookshelves.
    I am the same when it comes to some of my books and a few magazines to be honest, if its great, it gets read, touched or fondled often!

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  45. Karen on October 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This year I have just started thinking about living seasonally, as lot of people on the blogs I visit daily live that way. I would love a copy of this book.

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  46. Lozy on October 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I too have been eying this book! I have heard about it from your blog and a few others I follow. Keep up the great work on your blog I love reading it!

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  47. Kaytee on October 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This sounds like a great book. I’d love to add it to my collection. And I’m going to check out that Paperback Swap site.

    I’m not a patience person at all. I’ve been working on that, but it’s tough.

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  48. Texan on October 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I have patience on somethings, like purchasing. I can wait and wait for the deal I am after. Someone once said half the fun is in the wanting. LOL. Or at least I would say in the hunt!

    I too am a reader, love to read.

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  49. MAYBELLINE on October 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Mostly I’m a very patient person; but there are times when…Well, it’s just not pretty.

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  50. Lynda on October 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Yes, I believe I’m patient. But, that I believe, comes with age…and five kids, and 12 grand kids…lots of animals, gardens and an impatient husband!

    I’ve had this book on my wish list forever…just didn’t want to spend the $$$ for it…would love to have it.

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