Today is a landmark blogging day. This is the first time I’ve done two posts in the same day. This is my 250th post, and the reason I’m making this extraordinary blogging effort is that I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by J.G. Burdette. This is the first time I’ve been nominated for any kind of writing award…unless you count an essay that I wrote for the American Association of University Women that netted me a $100 scholarship and designation as Senior of the Year in high school. The surprise is magnified by the fact that J.G. Burdette only stumbled upon my blog this morning. Her (that gender is my assumption) interests are history and crochet (at least that’s what she blogs about), and she seems to be enjoying my Old World Wisconsin adventure. It looks to me that she does a lot more research than I, so I’m flattered that she is finding my posts interesting! Thank you for the nomination, J.G.! Here’s a photo just for you:
Now that I’ve thanked my nominator and included a link to her blog, the other “requirements” of the award are that I share 7 things about myself and that I nominate 15 other bloggers for the award. I’ve wondered about this award ever since I began noticing it on other blogs I visit. Does it indicate the versatility of the writer, or does it simply mean that the award is versatile and may be given out to whomever you please? I’m going to tend toward the latter and nominate blogs for no particular reason other than my own whim. But first, 7 things about me. How shall I go about this? Shall I be historic, random, whimsical, poetic, raw? If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know quite a bit. Maybe I’ll just go with the moment.
1. I just finished doing laundry at the laundromat. I’ve blogged about that before. Today, there was an unsatisfied customer who phoned the manager to complain. He was yelling at his wife, too. I was trying to be invisible, but he must have seen me anyway, because he helped me get my bundles to the car. So I guess what I can tell you about me is that I am not invisible after all.
2. Because I ordered season tickets to the Lyric Opera in Chicago, I got a brochure from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra today asking me to subscribe. There are a few concerts that Steve especially wants to go to. What I can tell you about me is that even though I have a Bachelor’s degree in Music, I know a bachelor with no degree who knows much more about the subject than I. I am reading the program calendar aloud and trying to pronounce the conductors’ and soloists’ names, and he’s finishing my sentences.
3. I imagine my bedroom is a tree house. I sleep with the windows open and listen to the birds. The leaves of the maples are fully formed now, and I am soaking in green light. I hope to turn into a bird some day and fly like I do in my dreams.
4. I miss my late husband. I miss my kids. I wonder about what that means.
5. My glasses are blurry. I got some hairspray on them that I can’t get off, even with Goo Gone. I’ve been coping for a couple of months, and finally, I called about ordering replacement lenses. I learned that would cost $330 — more than I paid for the whole set of glasses, with frames, at the two-for-one sale. I decided to keep coping. I’m cheap.
6. I’m looking for community. I don’t have a lot of friends. I’ve never had a lot of friends. I prefer fewer relationships and greater depth.
7. Today is not a sunny day. That often effects my mood. I want to say something outrageously funny, but it doesn’t seem possible. Here’s a true fact: my bed has bright orange sheets on it. That’s about as outrageous as I may get today.
Alright. Glad that’s over. Now I get to talk about other bloggers and what I like about them. The nominees are:
1. Helen Cherry, author of 1500 Saturdays and Helen’s Photomania. She probably already has this award, but she is my first and most faithful blogger friend, so she definitely gets nominated here.
2. Stuart Hyde of SHPics. Not only is Stuart an excellent photographer with an interesting perspective, he’s a cheeky wit whose comments always make me laugh.
3. Karen McRae of draw and shoot. It wouldn’t surprise me if Karen had won dozens of awards, but it would surprise me if she advertised it. She is an artist whose work emanates purity and ethereal truth…if that makes any sense. Just look at it and clarity will descend on you.
4. Sarah M. Lawton, the adventure mum. She just got back from an elephant excursion in Nepal, and I am living my dream adventure vicariously through her.
5. Mistress of Monsters. This creative crafter reminds me of my daughter. Her posts about making everything for her wedding by hand, in her own inimitable style, hooked me in. It seems like her blog is now more about her business life and less about her personal life; nevertheless, she’s an appeal person.
6. My daughter, the Approximate Chef. Not that she’s had time to post an entry lately, with grad school and work and singing in a punk band and all the rest. She’s actually the Versatile poster child.
7. Elena Caravela. Artist, children’s book illustrator, art advocate. She’s gotten “real” awards, for sure.
8. Am I only half way done? This is taking a lot of time. I’m letting Helen have two spots.
9. Frangipani Singaporenicum. She’s blogging about her mother’s journey into dementia. She’s a great story-teller, honest and loving, from a culture that’s exotic to me.
10. A Circle in the Path. Not only does she have a mother with dementia, she now has a 93 year old “uncle” living with her, and a daughter and granddaughter across the street. I relate to her as a woman trying to hold all the people she loves, and herself, together…in all senses of that word.
11. The Nature of Things. I like returning to my old “stomping grounds” in Illinois when I visit her blog.
12. Jeffrey Foltice of Photo Nature Blog keeps me in touch with the area around my grandmother’s cottage on Lake Michigan.
13. Susan Ezell of SKEdazzles already has awards, but she gets nominated again because she used to live across the street from me in California, and her photos bring me back to that slice of paradise.
14. Anita Mac is a much more experienced traveler and athlete than I will ever be, I think, but I like to go along with her on her travel destinations bucket list.
15. Suzanne Rogers is one crazy nature girl. Her window into the woods lets you see out on the world of squirrels and woodland critters and in on a person who’s in love with her surroundings.
Alas I’m a Killjoy on the blogger awards thing ( as others have discovered!) .. I decided at the very beginning of my life in the blogosphere that I would not accept any awards ( I had seen them on other peoples blogs and several had mentioned how they go round and round a bit like a chain letter and are extremely time consuming. I figured I was gonna find it tough enough to post a photo every day on Photomania ( as I had decided I would do for a year) and write a weekly blog as well so I placed a photo on both my blogs that says this ” No Awards Please -It’s reward enough that you choose to come and visit my blog”
So I hope you will forgive me for declining the nomination though I love that yo want to nominate me!.
I visit your blog because I love what you have to say and will continue to do so. 🙂
Now to other things.. I used to have a friend in the states who had an eye test and got a prescription for her glasses from the optician but didn’t buy glasses from him. Instead she bought them online at a fraction of the cost.. worth looking into..
I’m with you on the friends thing.. 🙂
I did see that “No Awards” thing, I just forgot. Well, we can use the word “versatile” to mean anything we want, right? So it means you’re a great blogger and not obligated to do anything if I mention you on my post. That goes for everyone. 🙂
Thanks for the glasses tip! I’ll look into that.
If I was religious I’d say Bless you 😉
Congratulations and thank you so much for the nomination!
You’re very welcome!
Thank you very much! I’m honored. 🙂
Am so glad I stumbled on your blog – love your stories and pics!
You’re welcome, and I’m glad you found me!
Yes, I’m a she and I love your Wisconsin posts! And the picture included here, my two favorite subjects combined into one. Thanks so much for it! Loki forward to more posts!
Hope to have lots more “presents” for you!
Aww! I even wrote a response blog despite being on semi-permanent temporary hiatus, which you can find here: http://theelsewherecondition.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/hello-world/
Thanks so much for thinking of my little blog which I have been neglecting a bit of late. It’s things like this which give me the kick up the bum I need to get writing again, so thanks so much for continuing to read my ramblings and for being so complementary about them.
You’re welcome, dear! Thanks for all the smiles your monsters bring!
Thank you! I’m honored:) And congrats to you!
You’re very welcome…and completely free to take it as you please!
I’ve been MIA for a few days and just came across this, thank you so much and congratulations to you as it is well deserved. You speak honestly from your heart and that is what I love most about your blog…along with the fact that WordPress found a way to reunite us. 🙂
You’re welcome, and I hope you got a few visits out of it. The beauty of California gracious living just shines on your blog. Love the Big Dipper today!
Congratulations. A well written blog about yourself and others you honor.
Thank you! Glad you stopped by…your family research looks very interesting, especially since you mention Salem, my birthplace!
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