So Many Beautiful, Lovely Blogs

Having recently recalled my first impression after stepping off the plane in Paris, in this week’s response to the Weekly Photo Challenge, merci beaucoup seemed the appropriate response to words of appreciation from three of my fellow bloggers.  While many view these informal blogging awards with some cynicism (or worse), I admit to having come round to routinely reading (and frequently enjoying) award posts by those bloggers I admire, because they have introduced me to some of my favorite blogs along the way!

So, read on if you are so inclined, or move on to the next post or blog, if you are not . . . there’s something for everyone in this great, big blogging world of ours.

  Cafe Casey graciously nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog” award.  I believe the post that introduced me to Cafe Casey is still one of my favorites — “Failing at Music, Succeeding at Life: Part Two” — although you can’t go wrong with any of her eclectic posts.  Sometimes humor-filled, sometimes reflective, the diversity of her discussions is always enjoyable.

  Prego and the Loon kindly nominated me for the “Beautiful Blogger” award!  Prego and the Loon generously bares her soul and painful memories, as she moves forward from an abusive relationship.  Her post, “Beauty and the Restraining Order” is powerful and moving.

  I was fortunate enough to receive a second nomination for the “Beautiful Blogger” award from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Man.  I have to thank Kevin for filling the gardening void in my blog, given my lackluster efforts as summer waned!  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Man is not strictly a gardening blog, though, for even some posts peripherally addressing tasks of the garden and yard leave the reader reflecting on so much more.  Kevin’s recent post on raking, “Looking Up Before the Leaves Fall,” is a perfect example and a post I read with pleasure several times.

The “rules” (which I tend to follow loosely) are similar for accepting each of the awards:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Add the award badge
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass on award to 15 nominees
  • Inform nominees by commenting on their wall

So, what do you want to know about me?

1.  “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott was one of my favorite childhood books that I still enjoyed re-reading as an adult.

2.  Music moves me in a way words cannot explain.

3.  I organized our spices in alphabetical order.  My husband is the primary cook in the house; I’ll let you guess whether they are in alphabetical order now.

4.  I am a “cottage garden” gardener, which means weeds are welcome if they bloom.

5.  Planning and researching a trip is almost as enjoyable as the travel itself.

6.  When I was a senior in high school, I was the drum majorette (sans baton) along with a fellow classmate as drum major for our high school marching band. The other three years, I marched with the snare drum.

7.    When I went to the movie “Marley and Me” with my son, who was 10 years old at the time, I started crying about three-fourths into the movie, and couldn’t stop, until my son was ready to crawl under the seats in embarrassment (it is not as if I was the only sniffling, wet-eyed adult in that audience — although I admit I was starting to get the ragged almost hiccupping sobs by the end).  After the movie, I asked my son if he had felt like crying during that movie, thinking about one of our dogs at home who had been showing her age lately.  He thoughtfully pondered the question and responded, that he had thought about it, but the movie was about Marley, and it’s “not like [he] knew him personally or anything.”

Now for the hard, but most enjoyable part of this post — paying it forward with another round of nominations, which I have split between One Lovely Blog and Beautiful Blogger awards:

One Lovely Blog nominations

The Adventures of Tom and Atticus ~ If you are not familiar with the book “Following Atticus” it is a lovely read and vicarious tour of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, along with the endearing story of a man rediscovering himself through his relationship with his four-legged companion, Atticus.  His Facebook page provides almost daily inspiration.

Peri’s Spice Ladle ~ Peri’s blog is full of mouth-watering Indian recipes, cooking techniques, and Indian-inspired food tips.  Whether familiar with Indian food, or exploring it as a new cuisine, you are sure to find something appealing in Peri’s blog.

This Man’s Journey ~ The Island Traveler’s appreciation of life is infectious.  He always leaves you with a feeling of gratitude.

Stonehouse Photo ~ Hannah Stonehouse’s photo of John and Schoep in Lake Superior went viral, introducing her enthusiasm and passion for photography, particularly photography that includes our furry companions, especially dogs!  Her blog reflects the joy she receives from her work.

Mirth and Motivation ~ Elizabeth provides thoughtful reflections in her posts, with hand-selected quotes, and has been a sincere delight whenever we cross paths in the blogging world.

Beautiful Blogger nominations

Leaf and Twig ~ Photos with a nature theme paired with a perfect poem.  Always a pleasure to see a new post!

Perikles Merakos Blog ~ Perikles’ black and white images are particularly compelling, and his use of light makes for memorable photos whether in color or black and white.

Where’s My Backpack? ~ Many of you may be familiar with this blog due to Ailsa’s weekly travel photo themes, but if you have not checked out some of her other posts, they are worth the read.  A recent favorite of mine was her midnight drive along the Beartooth Highway.

Ron Mayhew Photography ~ Ron’s cultural photography is a feast for the eyes, and you will enjoy many of his creative galleries.

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast ~ Follow the Darnells as they restore the birthplace of James Madison and open a bed and breakfast — an obvious labor of love.

I frequently update my Blogroll and Links with many of my favorite travel, garden and eat resources and blogs, and there are still more waiting to be shared, waiting to be discovered!

Enjoy and blog on, friends!

Ciao! ~ Kat B.

The Wonderful, Diverse Blogosphere ~ Awards

A couple of bloggers I have enjoyed getting to know were kind enough to nominate me for blog awards.  Jane, with her annual travels to India, kindly bestowed upon me the Super Sweet Blogging Award, and I am grateful to Sara (a.k.a. The Errant Tuscan!)  for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.  Jane and Sara are two of the reasons that blogging has been such an interesting, and addicting, new hobby.  They both introduce me to parts of the world I hope to travel to some day, or help me return to places I have enjoyed exploring in the past; they reflect a diversity of subjects and thoughts; and they contribute blogs to this big blogosphere of ours that help make it the interesting place that it is.


While I do not routinely and strictly play by the award rules, I agree with many of you that the fun of these awards are the opportunity to share with others the diversity of the blog world, and introduce you to other bloggers with whom you may not have crossed paths yet, or to remind you of those you already enjoy.  So, I did want to take the chance to say thank you, and pay it forward — I am supposed to list the rules, share a variety of facts about me, and list 15 or so blogs as my nominations, but I am going to refer you to Jane and Sara’s links above for the rule details, and want to cut to the chase and share with you some of my more recent blog finds (and thank you to those of you who occasionally share your finds with readers like me!):

  • My Meandering Trail  ~ Jordana is doing something many people only dream about — preparing for a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail next year!
  • Hearing with the Eye ~ Sumithra writes in a style reflecting wisdom beyond her years, with some interesting travels for added interest!
  • 40 is the New 13 ~ parents will particularly enjoy the humor in this blog, but Jennifer adeptly addresses a diverse variety of topics!
  • 2F4F ~ Lady B. does not dress up her weight loss journey in euphemisms and niceties — she openly and honestly shares the difficult journey!
  • The Crafty Cook Nook ~ I was immediately drawn in to Gwynne’s stories with their clever and always compatible recipe pairing!
  • Run Monkey, Run! ~ Hay has a great no-nonsense style and inspiring story, as well — running her way from self-described morbid obesity to fitness over a year and now blogging about her New Zealand running adventures!

Perhaps you will find one that resonates with you!  And there are so many more.  But, for now, I need to set aside my blog mantra — “you can always clean tomorrow” —  as tomorrow has come and gone too many times in recent days!

Ciao! ~ Kat B.