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Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Lea Jurock – who has a blog of interesting book reviews and photos, by the way – for nominating me for this one!

The rules of The Versatile Blogger Award are:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded The Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award.
  •  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So – some of the blogs I’ve been following. (This was the hard part – there are so many great bloggers out there!) If you read my blog, you might be interested in the writers below. If you’re one of the writers below, I think you deserve an award; accept it if you want to. If you don’t like Internet awards, ignore it.

Alice (through the Macro Lens) who shares things we might never have noticed about the world inside and outside

Beverley Smith – so many thoughts about tracing your family tree, healthy eating and living, and much much more

Cedric de Alicoque, who posts wonderful photos of Mexico

Doodlemum, for her clever cartoons about life with three children and a very big dog

erafferty, who writes about living as a foreigner in China, and faith, and travel, and cooking…

Gilly Gee, wonderful photographer and writer and traveler and grandmother

Huffygirl, who spends her time either working out or else satirizing the world we live in (um, I think the post about Colorado importing unused Canadian oxygen was satire, wasn’t it?)

“K” from Oregon, who is determined to keep eating for only $35 a week

Laura Mays Hooper, who has so many ideas about how and what to write

Margekatherine, who encourages all of us to stretch our boundaries and enlarge our comfort zones

rthepotter, who seems to be interested in just about everything there is to be interested in, and takes pictures of it too

Suzie Ivy, who shares beyond-belief stories of life on the police force

Virginia Spencer, who takes lots of photographs and paints too! And who also has a (sometimes) purple dog.

Warren Smith, who draws and posts an impressively elaborate maze every single day – wonderful if you’re crazy about mazes like me!

ziggyshortcrust – elf portraitist and memorialist of doomed little white cars

And seven things about me –

1. I am probably the least talented aikido student in the known universe – it took me about twenty years to reach black belt. (Which isn’t the end of training – it means that you’ve learned the fundamentals well enough to start really studying.)

2. I’ll eat and enjoy just about any vegetable there is – but please don’t try to feed me lima beans or broccoli raab.

3. (Just in time for the unofficial start of summer) – I am not a beach person. Give me shade!

4. I enjoy singing – which doesn’t necessarily mean that anybody else enjoys hearing me sing!

5. I hate shopping for shoes.

6. I like to do things with my hands – cook, knit, garden, cat’s cradle, whatever. (Oh, all right. I probably haven’t done cat’s cradle since I was twelve. I bet I can find refresher instructions somewhere on the internet…..)

7. I can come up with plot ideas much, much faster than I can write the stories, so I have an enormous backlog of books begging me to write them.

Sunshine – thank you Beverley

Beverleysmith over at January to December nominated me for a Sunshine Award – the idea is to answer a few questions and pass them along. (You’re supposed to select other bloggers to answer the questions next, but at the moment I think I’ll make this “blogger’s choice” – I think the blogs I follow deserve an award, so if you want to accept, it’s yours. Feel free to post answers to the questions – for that matter, go ahead and pick people you think deserve Sunshine Awards!)

And Beverley, my USian spell checker is nagging me to take all the “u”s out of “favo(u)rite”, but I don’t think I’ll obey it. I was taught to spell all those “o(u)r” words like color and honor and favor without a “u”, though. (And why don’t we spell that last word “thogh”, I wonder? Of course, it’s just silly to expect spelling in English to make any sense at all.)

What is your favourite color? It varies – but today it’s gray and rainy out and the only spot of color is the azaleas in full bloom, so right now I’ll say azalea hot pink.
What is your favourite animal? Cats – they’re warm, they purr, they act silly, they try to bump foreheads if they like you.
What is your favourite number? Two – it’s less lonely than one 😉
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? Strong black coffee
Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? I’m not crazy about either one, but I do have a Facebook account.
What is your passion? Making things
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Mmm…giving.
What is your favourite pattern? Greek key – it reminds me of a maze
What is your favourite day of the week? Sunday
What is your favourite flower? I like flowers I can trust to put on a good show without needing a lot of attention – peonies, daylilies, snapdragons. And azaleas.

Sunshine award

Thank you, Rajeev Kumar at Requesting Truth for offering me this award – it’s meant to recognize “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. And that’s not a bad description of what I want to do – hopefully entertain you readers out there as well – but it is so cool to be told someone thinks I’m succeeding.

(As an award winner, there are a few rules to follow: Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it. Answer the questions below.Pass on the award to 10 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs, and let them know you awarded them.)


Favorite Drink – good strong black coffee!
Facebook or Twitter – I’m on Facebook, but don’t use it much
Your Passion –  helping people, writing, singing (maybe not well, but loud), talking, cooking, reading – you know what? Just about everything is interesting, and worth being passionate about. (Maybe those are the top six, though. Tonight, at least.)
Giving or getting presents – welll…getting 😉
Favorite Day – Sunday
Favorite Flowers – Daylilies, because they come in so many colors and just come up every year and bloom for weeks without being pampered. Snapdragons, because they’re such an odd shape and once you plant them they keep flowering and flowering until the frost gets them. Peonies, because they’re big and sweet smelling and once you plant them they’ll come up every spring for forty years or more and give you lots of gorgeous flowers with no fuss. We do have a theme going here, don’t we?

Few blogs that deserve this prize
Lucid Gypsy
Chittle Chattle
Chronicles of Illusions
Inside Out Cafe
Huffygirl’s Blog