Best Holiday gift: a blogging award!

Happy Holidays and a much appreciated blogging award —

Thank you to One Girl One Suitcase for a Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award nomination. I love reading about her travels, and learning new things (my favorite: seeing her photos of Art Nouveau buildings in Riga, see it here). And read her post on setting goals for the New Year here:


Now I get to pass along the Blogger Award with new nominations — first, here are the Rules for new nominees:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Pass on the award to other bloggers and link to them.

4. Let those bloggers know you’ve nominated them.

5. Answer the following questions  (here are my answers)

Your favorite color: It’s hard to pick just one (but I’m partial to hyacinth blue).
Your favorite animal:  Kitties!

Sam's KoKo, between snoozes.

Sam’s KoKo, between snoozes.

Your favorite non-alcoholic drink: root beer, no wait: coffee, no wait: spice tea… all of the aforementioned.
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook– my long-ago hometown has a community page.
Your favorite pattern:  A medieval sward of “nature nurturing” — Unicorn tapestries anyone?

Unicorn Tapestry Photo from "Web Gallery of Art" image collection.

Photo from “Web Gallery of Art” image collection.

Do you prefer getting or giving presents:  Giving. I have way too much stuff.
Your favorite number:  I have so many, all of them prime.
Your favorite day of the week: Friday, for its promise.
Your favorite flower:  For January, hyacinths.

Just started my January hyacinths, here they are with 3 days of root growth.

Three days of root growth on my January hyacinths.

What is your passion? :  Writing, visual arts, travel.
My Nominations:

The Acceptable Sin: Connie’s blog is centered on health-related issues, and keeps us mindful in an entertaining way. Among her other hats are children’s writer, reader, puppeteer, and cowgirl.

Pipmarks: her posts on “Environmental and Social sustainability in a brave new Internet World” are always thoughtful, yet presented with a twist of humor. I love it that she’s in Australia and I’m in the US: I can read her blog and see what’s happening tomorrow.

Treading My Own Path, another blogger from Australia, writes about a sustainable lifestyle and inspires me to work toward being plastic free. She’s just home from a trip, truly a Sister of the World.

Paula B Puckett’s “Random Thoughts from the Creative Path”: She’s an artist, a writer, and a craftswoman. With a nod to Richard Brautigan, I’ll say that Paula’s blog is “all watched over by alpacas of loving grace.”

Happy New Blogging Year to everyone —


All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace:


11 thoughts on “Best Holiday gift: a blogging award!

  1. Congratulations on the award! I thoroughly enjoy your Hoarding posts. You are giving me inspiration to get rid of “stuff” so my kids don’t have to deal with it down the road. Some is pure trash; other things are useful items I can donate.

    • Thanks Mickey — I’m donating everything that seems useful or interesting, but did finally end up taking a pickup load to the dump last week (and thanks to Sam for helping me with the garage cleanup AGAIN).

      • We’ve seen on the news that it’s extremely cold in most parts of the US & Canada. Makes us even more thankful for where we live!

      • Roses! It sounds heavenly. I’m getting ready to plant hellebores, also called “Lenten Roses” — it was too cold to plant last week, but this week is looking better. That’s as close as I can get to roses in January and February.

  2. You deserve an award, as I said before, your posts are works of art.
    I have a confession to make and I can’t think of a better place to make it than on your site: All the while holding myself up as a role model for downsizing, I never mentioned that we have a storage until. That is we had a storage unit. Your inspiration and the fact that they raised the rent convinced us to get rid of it. We just cleaned it out and gave notice today.
    It means, however, that we will have to get rid of two bikes. Eight bikes in 1300 square feet is simply impossible. So it is the mountain bikes that will go as we have not used them in probably five years. Nevertheless selling them will not be without some trauma as getting rid of things where a lifestyle change is implied is always difficult. It’s cool, though; if we ever have occasion to use mountain bikes again we will just buy used ones and then when we are through, give them to our local bicycle collective where they will find a good home hopefully with someone less fortunate than we are. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Ah, my storage units are my garage, my basement, my bonus room, I could go on…(I’ve even been known to store stuff in the back of my pickup truck) but, I’m working on it! I’m impressed by your discipline in letting the bikes go. I think I would want to devise a way to hang them up and call them art. 1300 sq feet makes you my role model.

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