Have you ever had one of those senior posting moments? You know, the kind where you desperately need something to post about but the posting angel is on hiatus — and since it’s winter, you can’t even get by with a random flower photo?
Well, that was my state of mind for the past few days — until the posting angel arrived in the form of Jane from Tidy Gardens, who presented me with the “Versatile Blogger Award.” I’m not sure of the criteria Jane used, since I’ve never considered myself versatile, but I am very humbled and flattered to be on her list of versatile bloggers — although she has also informed me there are rules that I must follow as a recipient of this award.
But before I get into that, I do owe Jane many thanks. Her site is one that I return to quite often — usually to bring a smile to my face. It’s strange to have struck up a friendship of sorts with someone I’ve never met, but I do appreciate her humor (and the fact that she gets mine). What I especially enjoy about her posts or her comments here, is that when I read her words, I can hear her voice — although, I have never actually heard it. I encourage everyone to check out her site. You’ll see what I mean.
Now for the rules.
1. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award. Check.
2. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog. Check.
3. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself. Hmmmm. Let’s see. 1) I hate clowns. They terrify me, with their painted-on smile that stays there no matter their true emotion. Just creepy. 2) Joe calls me a “domestic disaster,” since I can cook a one-pot meal with every pot and utensil in the kitchen. It’s a skill — but the end result is worth the mess. 3) I play bagpipes. Practice is tonight and parade season, also known as March, is around the corner. 4) I guess the next logical random piece of information is to tell you what I wear under my kilt. 5) When I was kid, I interviewed Dick Clark for a local newspaper. 6) I’m a walking miracle. I’ve had 42 staples in my head as a result of a car accident some 15 years ago, and now I have 13 stents keeping the blood flowing to my heart due to coronary artery disease. 7) I would like to be a published novelist, but I get bored with my own ideas.
4. In the same post, include this set of rules. Check.
5. Forward this award to 15 (only 15?) fellow bloggers, and inform them with a comment on each of their blogs. Well, since I have the stage and the microphone, I would also like to add a little information about each of my nominees.
Lee May’s Gardening Life — When I started this blog, the advice was to go out and find other blogs that you think your audience would like and link with that blog. Lee’s was my first link. His words are soothing and inspirational, and his wisdom and wit are treasures.
Hortus 5 — Mario is one of the most talented people I’ve met (although we haven’t met). He has a great eye for design and his warmth always comes through in everything he writes.
Jean’s Garden — Jean actually found me. She regularly profiles new garden blogs on her site, and she selected mine for one of her posts. Her style is friendly and accepting, and I find that when I read her posts, I leave with a sense of peace — as if I just had a cup of tea with close friend.
Visionary Gleam — Here is one of my favorites — I think because Jim and I share a very similar sense of humor. He tends to find humor in everything, and yet all of his posts are quite touching at the same time.
Arigna Garden — When I need a taste of Ireland, I go to this site. Bridget’s style is informative, and many of her posts are like a warm blanket on a cold winter day — and there is always the soothing aroma of some tasty home-made meal being prepared.
Patrick’s Garden — Patrick is one of the most dedicated and inspirational garden bloggers out there.
Canoe Corner — Here is a nod to a blog from Canada. It’s always a treat to check in and see the work being done on their dream home and land.
Enclosure — This blog from Rwanda is incredible, with posts that are able to open up a world that many of us have never considered. Fascinating.
Karen’s Garden Adventures — It seems that whenever I visit Karen’s site, I get another idea for some future project. Her site is very hands-on and educational.
The Eloquent Garden — If you’re in need of some motivation, inspiration, healing, or a smile, Lilith’s site, based in Australia, is well-worth a visit.
A Hocking Hill’s Garden — Lona is the garden blogger who took me under her wing when I registered this site with Blotanical, a garden blog search engine. She has been a tremendous help in getting me up and running on that site — and her own blog is filled with gorgeous photos and great ideas.
Dreaming of Roses — There is always something to enjoy here, from posts on garden ornaments to gadgets to, you guessed it, roses.
Graphicality – UK — Helene’s site offers something for everyone — the gardener, the reader, the designer. Always a treat to visit.
Me So Thorny — The name alone is deserving of an award, but Chad’s writing and humor and sensitivity are just as deserving.
And that would be a big check after Rule 5. Now, all I have to do is contact each of my nominees. Again, many thanks to Jane, and all of the bloggers listed above. Believe me, there are many others that I could also include in this list. Perhaps that will be a post for another day.