Monday, January 2, 2012

I get by with a little help from my friends...

When I started blogging my goal was to just get my stories and photos out there.  I've spent years jounaling and loved the idea of putting pictures with my words.  But in life things evolve, now my goal has changed.  Now I love to sit down with a cup of cocoa after a long day at work and stroll through the lives of others.  I get inspiration from so many other people.  When Jenni from Rainy Day Gardener bequeathed me with the liebster blog award, I was elated because it gives me a chance to tout the blogs look forward to reading.  I apologize that my links don't seem to work.  I've spent two days trying.  To link to the blogs look on my side bar. 

The Liebster is awarded to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers.
Now I'm going to keep the love going and follow the guidelines below, feature some of my favorite blogs.

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

First, thank you to Jenni at Rainy Day Gardener:  I never know what I will find in her blog and her posts always get me thinking.  She had a tough year, but didn't dwell on the negative, instead her posts were full of hope and positive accomplishments.  This is the kind of person that makes my life better.  I appreciate the award and always look forward to reading about your adventures.

Buttons Thoughts:  I love love love her stories and photos.  When I get to her blog I settle in and look forward to hearing a good story every time.  Her photos also capture how she sees the world around her.  Once in a while she puts out there a thoughtful question that really makes me do some serious pondering.

All About Pie:  I love the posts where I see Bonnie's children through her eyes.  She has a great sense of humor and such a positive attitude.  She brings a variety of things to the table.  One of my favorite posts was when she asked us to help her with her Christmas painting.  I was like a little kid waiting to see whose idea she chose and how it would look.

Happily Married to the Cows:  Alicia is an excellent teacher.  I have learned so much from her posts about farm life.  Although I grew up on  a farm/ranch, she has taught me a lesson or two.  I really enjoyed her posts on the slate barn roof and going to the Amish Christmas program.

Kimberly's Cup:  I enjoy seeing how Kimberly's new adventure in Idaho is going.  She rises to the challenges presented with gusto.  Her posts on the addition of a milk cow brought back memories of Mom sitting with old Bossy.  She has really put forth the effort to make life changes and I admire that.

Sophia's Tragard:  I look forward to Sophia's photos.  She has such a good eye.  She brings out the beauty of everyday items.  She is a true artist and constantly amazes me with her creativity. I enjoy learning about Sweden through her pictures.

Thank you all for making my day a little brighter. Ella danced in honor of the awards.

Ok maybe she's after a pinecone, but I'm sure she would be happy to know you won.


  1. Thanks for the award! I'm so glad you enjoy reading my blog...I do it for fun, and am always so surprised at the people who faithfully read and enjoy it!
    Wish I could stop by and enjoy that delicious looking mug of hot chocolate1! :)

  2. Congratulations on your well deserved award! I look forward to checking out the blogs you passed it onto.

    I'm with you! Your pup IS dancing! Love these!

  3. Oh you made me cry. I look forward to coming here for the very same reason.Congratulations on your well deserved award.
    I thank you so much for your very kind words about my blog,you make me believe in myself and I thank you so much for that.
    You have given this award to very deserving blogs most of which I already read and I will be checking the other ones later.
    You my dear friend know I am very bad at accepting awards but do know I am very grateful. Thank you. 2012 is going to be wonderful.
    I loved your comment on my blog. Hug B

  4. Can I just tell you how much I loved the title of this post? :) I'm off to check out the blogs you recommended! You, my friend, are very deserving of this award :) Cheers, Jenni

  5. It's me again...Congratulations's a well deserved award...I really enjoy your posts! I already read several of the blogs you listed, just like Buttons, and am now enjoying a few more, thanks to your links! :)

  6. Ah, but your links do work. Thank you for new places to visit. Ella looks so happy with the snow. We lost our 15 year old Sheltie, Sadie, back in March. We still miss her.

  7. Thank you so much for the award! I am so touched that you enjoy my blog and think it worthy! I really, really appreciate the compliment! It's nice to get a compliment every once in a while!! It feels great!

    I have so enjoyed visiting your blog! Your photos are always great and your green house gardening skills are out of this world! I just loved seeing those photos of your green house bursting at the seams and overflowing!! Loved it!! Congratulations on your award and here's to a great 2012!

  8. Congratulations,On this award I am off to look at those Blogs.

  9. Thank you for stopping by The Cottage Wren.. More importantly I love Ella. Of course she's celebrating your award. She's brilliant..

  10. OK-- I'm seriously in love with that mug--- you have to tell me about it.......

  11. Thank you for all your sweet words and comments. They mean a lot to me. :) Let me know if you get to Idaho!


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