When I went to my blog to update it, I was so embarrassed that I hadn’t posted anything since January.  I couldn’t help but wonder why!  Then I started thinking about what has occurred since then – just the usual.  Tapings through April, working on the 36th annual KENW online Auction through July, planning for the next series of Creative Living in terms of selecting topics, writing scripts, taping bridges, etc.  I just completed the new Creative Living booklet that accompanies this new series, and I’m so excited for you to see it.

The booklet is divided into four different sections, and I’m going to provide a link so you can go directly to the new booklet (if you’re interested) and download whichever part you want.  It’s free!  The link to all the booklets for Creative Living is:  http://kenw.org/creative-living-booklets.

Wanda Newberry designed the booklet cover again for me, and I told her that I always think the newest one is her best yet – but I’ve loved all the ones she’s designed over the years.  She is so talented!  If you’ve followed the show for long, and looked at all the booklets, let me know which one is your favorite – and I’ll share that with Wanda.

Our county fair is in progress and I enjoyed judging the 4-H Open class this year.  I love keeping up with what the 4-H members in our county are doing.  Probably comes from serving as an Extension Home Economist many years ago and working with the 4-H program as well as the adult homemakers program.

When you have time, I would like to encourage you to go to the home page for Creative Living, which you can find at:  http://kenw.org/creative-living-home-page

I’m making myself a promise that I won’t be so negligent on blogging from now on!  As my father-in-law always commented “Time will tell” and how right he was.

Bye for now,





It’s Auction Time

Please take time to view all of the items we have for bid on the KENW 35th annual KENW Auction. Go to: http://auction.kenw.org and browse to your hearts content. When you get ready to bid, you do have to register if you haven’t previously. Go to the “Register” link at the top of the page, and fill in the required information and choose a password. In a few minutes, a Username will be e-mailed to you. Then you’re all set to participate — and Auctions are a lot more fun, if you participate.

All monies raised during the auction each year go to support our programming budget at KENW-TV. We have to raise over $385,000 each year to pay for the programs that our viewers enjoy watching on our station. The Auction is our biggest fund raiser each year, and the most fun of all. We have almost 2000 items for you to bid on and you’re sure to get some bargains. If you have any questions, just e-mail me at: sheryl.borden@enmu.edu.

A fun trip to Miami!

I have a son who lives in Miami Beach, and thanks to a friend who lives in Greenwich, CT., I recently got to see both of them. My friend bought a vacation package from KENW through our annual on-line Auction (http://auction.kenw.org) last year, and asked me to go with her. The hotel was in Coconut Grove, just outside Miami Beach. I went down a day earlier so I could spend one night with my son.

On Friday night, a friend of his had tickets to the New World Symphony, and it was in their new facility. This turned out to be a rehearsal night, so after we toured the fabulous new facility, we were treated to an hour-long performance by some outstanding young people who are attending this program in Miami. I think what made the performance even more interesting was the fact that these 20+ year olds were dressed in jeans, shorts, tee-shirts, flip flops, etc., but if you closed your eyes, you would have thought you were attending a renowned concert! This rehearsal was in preparation for the grand opening this weekend of the facility. Look closely at the picture I took:

My friend arrived on Saturday, and we had a great afternoon of massages, then a lovely dinner and a late cocktail party. Then on Sunday, some friends of my son hosted a luncheon outside by their pool, and we enjoyed the warm sunshine, delicious food and lots of visiting and laughter.

Sunday night we went to see “Country Strong” with Gwenyth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, and it is a great movie. I’d like to try to get the soundtrack. Have you seen it?

Then it was back home to reality on Monday but with lots of fun memories. Now it’s time to get back to work taping segments for “Creative Living” and working on the 2011 Auction. I hope you’ll go to our auction website and start bidding on this year’s items — remember, all proceeds benefit the programming for our public television station.

Til next time….

Now that the dust has settled!

Our 34th annual KENW online auction is officially over, and we are pleased with the income that came in. This was by far the hardest auction I’ve produced and I think that’s because of the over-all economy — it was harder to get items donated, and buyers naturally had to use discretion in terms of buying merchandise and gift certificates. But, the monies raised will go a long way towards purchasing the programming for our local PBS station. Thanks to everyone who helped by donating or by purchasing items from us.

Now, on to bigger and better things. I’m looking forward to meeting with a friend on Friday for lunch regarding a new project she has planned. It will be even more special because Friday is also my 29th birthday again! ha

The rest of the summer will be spent more in planning now that the auction is over. I need to schedule guests for taping for October and November for Creative Living. Do any of you know someone to recommend? I’m always so thrilled to have repeat guests, but am also on the look out for new people to have on the show to share their particular area of expertise. Just e-mail me at: sheryl.borden@enmu.edu if you would like to recommend someone.

How many of you play Bunco? Isn’t it the most fun game? It’s what is called a “no-brainer” but when you spend all day working, it sure is fun to get together with 12 or more friends and play Bunco. I’ve even won once in a while — but not often! ha

Any big plans for the summer?

Talk to you soon.

It’s Auction Time!

I finished taping for this semester on April 15th, and now it’s time to get serious about the 35th annual KENW online Auction.  Our station conducts an auction each year to raise money to pay for programming for viewers in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas.

Now that the auction is online, people from all over the world can “surf, bid and buy” and support public television.

The web address is:  http://auction.kenw.org You can browse as long as you like, but when you get ready to bid (and that’s the fun part of any auction), you need to click on the “Register” button at the top of the page.  You’ll enter your name, address and telephone number(s).  Your username will be e-mailed to you and you can choose your own password.

Don’t worry – if you forget either the username or password, you can e-mail me at:  sheryl.borden@enmu.edu and I’ll be glad to look it up for you.

Even though the auction doesn’t officially begin until June 1st, we already have over 150 bids.  You can place a reserve bid, and the computer will do your bidding for you — just like ebay and other online auctions.  That keeps you from having to check back so often — although I encourage you to at least check once a day because I add items every day.

The auction ends at 8:00 pm (MST) on Thursday, June 10th.  If you are the high bidder, you will be e-mailed an invoice and you can either:

  • Mail a check or money order to the Broadcast Center and the item(s) will be mailed or shipped (UPS) to you
  • Come by the Broadcast Center in Portales, NM and pay and pick up your items and avoid any shipping charges
  • Put your items on a credit card — which you must e-mail or call us with the number and the expiration date — and we’ll mail or ship the items to you

Only merchandise has a tax applied — which is 5%.  None of the gift certificates have tax.  There are a few items which are too large to ship and you do have to pick them up at the Broadcast Center or at the store.

Every year the auction grows, and it’s so much fun!  Besides being fun, remember all the proceeds go to pay for quality programming for KENW-TV.