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Being Versatile

So people ask me  – do you do awards?

Of course, I do. I am happy to receive awards because then I get the chance to give out awards. In this latest round of award giving I was happy and surprised I had been given The Versatile Blog award by The Roycroft Report and Reinventing the We’ll.

Because I am a bit radical, a bit on the left side of the political spectrum and a bit blasphemous, it makes me perk up my ears to know that John and Jay read my blog and like it. Apparently, they enjoy my cooking posts and movie posts and political mutterings. John tends to be more conservative and sometimes a bit libertarian in his politics, Jay is a minister who asks compelling questions in his posts. I like reading both although I do not get around as much as I should. I hope that you make an effort to visit these guys and see what they do.

This award compels me to thank my nominators, tell seven things about myself and give this award to a few other people. So who do I absolutely want to read for reason of never knowing what I will get?

One blog I like to visit is The Kitchen Garden because I do not know what Cecelia is talking about today. Today, it is about photography, other days it is about her farm or a trip elsewhere. I like reading and exploring something different.

Another blogger that I enjoy is Loaves and Stitches. How can I not love someone who cooks and crafts and has more UFO’s hanging around than she should? If you do not know what a UFO is in this context, you are not a crafter easily distracted.

I haven’t visited the Lady Jane’s Books for some time and then I stopped by the other day in time for her/his review of ‘The Voyage Out” by Virginia Woolf. How can I not love a person who as fanatical about Virginia as I am about Jane?

The crafter in me is always, always, inspired by Completly Cauchy. I love her colors and crafts. I love how she works on scrap quilts and shows you how to do it as well. I am never sure what she is working on but I know it is interesting.

Last but not least is Prada for Breakfast. I get fashion, food, pictures, books. I just love it.

Now for a few fun facts.

1. I cannot figure out how to put badges on the side of my blog. Seriously, I need help.

2. Chances are if I have ‘liked’ a post, it is about food.

3. I have been doing this blog for two years and never run out of things to talk about.

4. I appreciate everyone who bothers to leave a comment, even the spammers because they amuse me as they tell me I have ‘lifted’ a completely original blog post from somewhere else.

5. I really need to overhaul my list of bloggers I like to include new ones that I like.

6.  Charles at Mostly Bright Ideas still makes me spit out coffee in laughter.

7. I look forward to the day when I can meet a fellow blogger face-to-face.

So with everything but the shouting completed, let me congratulate the nominees, ask that you visit them, comment and fall in love just a little bit.


Happy to Pass It Along

So I get this email telling me I am lovely.

My husband tells me that all of the time, it is something I am used to hearing. But then I read the rest of the email to find out that Georgette told me she thought my blog was lovely.

The Lovely Blog award is making the rounds and Georgette gave me one along with some other bloggers. But there are a few other responsibilities when you receive this award. You have to tell seven things about yourself not mentioned ever before. And you have to pass this award on to other bloggers.

So what I am going to share that I haven’t before?

1. On my droid is an app called Noom that tracks my workouts. The voice has an English accent and I call him ‘Hugh.’

2. Finding new recipes is one of my joys.

3. If I had never been fired, I would not have become a blogger.

4. I love Halloween and carving pumpkins.

5. I do not drive stick shift.

6. I like to drink White Russians or just about anything with Kailua in it.

7. Despite taking at least four bags of clothing out of my room within the last week, there is still too much in there. And it is not all mine.

Now for the truly hard part – picking out others to send your way. There are some bloggers I visit on a regular basis and others that I get to every now and again. I only hope that those who receive this award will accept it with the love and devotion that was sent with it.

  1. Mostly Bright Ideas is a great place to go for a laugh, some thoughtfulness and just plain old good writing. I am always inspired by Charles but I never go during a coffee break. That could be dangerous to the computer screen.
  2. No one will ever mistake me for a fashionista. But I still like knowing what is in style or the current hot thing. That is why I visit Prada For Breakfast. I can see new creams, makeup and clothing items that are Right Now.
  3. Everyone needs someone who is a straight shooter who tells a good story without a filter. Who is willing to tell you the truth without a filter. I found that in The Redneck Princess. I love her tales of the BC and life in general.
  4. Whenever I want to go to for the French feel of New York or Paris, I go to Ritournelle. There is an elegance in her blog that I just love.
  5. Why I ever subscribed to a blog about whiskey and beer, I will never know. However, I find it interesting to read about different beers and craft beers and whiskeys. Beer & Whiskey Brothers are always interesting.
  6. There are some posts that I enjoy for their total immersion into one subject. The Last Muggle to Read Harry Potter is an enjoyable dip of the Harry Potter pool in which I can read or discuss some of the finer points of the series I have a hard time letting go.
  7. Last but not least, a blog that I enjoy is called 4 Mothers. These four gals who have 11 boys amongst them are from Canada and share a blog, reporting on life from their points of view. I love to hear their differing viewpoints on any number of topics.

I ask that you visit these blogs and enjoy them. Not all of them will fit but I hope you will enjoy making a visit here and there. Each and every one is lovely in their own way.


You know that feeling when you have the right amount of energy and your head is feeling clear? Some call it being healthy.

 I am there.

Picture by Doctor Bob

I have energy, actual energy. I want to get out of bed and do stuff. Like my workout or making food or writing a real blog entry. If I am going to sing, I am going to give it my all.

 Bring on that karaoke version of Hound Dog on YouTube.

 It is wonderful to feel totally on again, not just halfway there. My thoughts are not turning to when I can go back to bed or the next cup of hot tea or finding a blanket so I can be a part of the simple goings on in my house (which by the way needs a thorough cleaning). After three weeks spent trying to get over a cold that coupled itself with a nasty cough and nasal congestion, I am thankful for the return of good health. I plan to guard it at all costs.

 All of this down time has helped me make some important decisions. Back in November, I complained about the ennui I was feeling. How I saw many roads and was not sure which to follow. I felt a lack of purpose in my life, a lack of giving and a lack of using my talents to their full potential. 

Picture by Seemann

I decided to go ahead with the magazine. I had done so much research already that I know which printer to use, I know how I want to distribute the magazine, I know the approximate monthly costs. Oh, and I already have a logo thanks to a designer friend of mine. Writers are not hard to find because I know many and believe that others will come along. I have come to realize that sales people are out there and I will find them. The tough part is finding a backer. I am ready to do that.

The next improvement of the year is to find a charity to give my talents to, whether it is a few hours a week or a month. Last week, I called my local Habitat for Humanity and offered my services. I am happy to do whatever but did make the request to do any needed writing.

Picture by Chelle

 Lastly, I am doing an overhaul of my personal appearance. I need a new haircut and to put my wardrobe into one that is well put-together whether it is a casual day or dress up day. After going through catalogs and magazines, I believe it will take only a few pieces to get there. Trouser cut jeans, a black pencil skirt and a wide black belt are the building blocks I need to buy. I can make a few new skirts with material I already have in my stash. The boots that I saw and loved at Prada for Breakfast will have to wait till next fall. 

I have other goals that include getting to a networking situation once a month and finding ways to earn more money until the magazine is up and running. Plans are underway to be a better mom and to be better to myself. I am trying to be reasonable in my goals but understand that doing the little things, one day at a time, is what is going to help me get to the place I want to be.

How are you making this year a better year for you?