An Anniversary?

I didn’t intend to write today, but was surprised to find out just a moment ago that I have been blogging here on WordPress for four years.

Until I moved from Southern California, a distance of about 2,700 miles from home, I had never felt the need to blog.   However, when you are this far from family and friends, well, there is suddenly a lot to share.  And what better way, than to blog with pictures for punctuation and emphasis!

I think of my blog as an open diary…  and sometimes, when I go back and reread old posts, I am amazed by how much I have learned and grown here on the Farmlet.  I have gained new friends here as well.  You’ve arrived on my little bit of blog from all over the world,  and you have all had a part in helping me to survive the occasional loneliness,  distance, and the learning curve of country life.

Thank you.

Here’s to continued learning, growth, and sharing with old friends and new!

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A Milestone: 200 lovely people

This morning I find that I have reached a blogging milestone…

200 followers!

It makes me smile to think that I can barely get out my door lately and yet I have 200 lovely people coming to my blog to read about what entertains me on any given day.

I do try very hard to make it fun, interesting, informative, and picturesque, though perhaps not all in the same post. 😉

So to all of you lovely followers, I say

Thank you!

I’m off to celebrate now!

(Kindly click the photograph to Russ On Line for photo credit.)

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Well, much to my surprise, I have just today been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  The lovely award was sent by a new blogging friend Terry1954 who can be found here:  http://terry1954.wordpress.com/

Thank you Terry!

As with all awards they come with rules of course…

and the rules are,

  • Give credit to the one who nominated you
  • Tell seven secrets about yourself
  • Nominate seven others

Seven secrets?  Hm, I don’t think I have any more since I started blogging here on WordPress! 😉  But, here goes…

  1. If I could, I would live on five acres and get a pair of Alpacas because I love their little humming noises
  2. I am allergic to carrots and I love them, but not the stomach ache I get when I eat them.
  3. My eyes are Hazel Green. <— (click here to guess the secret.) 😉
  4. I am a perfectionist and have to do it perfect or I can’t  won’t do it at all.
  5. I am going to be completely tearing out my vegetable garden and revamping it between now and next spring… it is going to be redone in raised beds with a goose proof fence all around.
  6. If I had enough money and time I have several friends around the world that I would love to travel and visit with!
  7. I am hopelessly old-fashioned in my ways.

My Nominees, should they choose to accept, are:

  1. Lori at Day by Day the Farmgirl Way  because we have so much in common.
  2. Julie at Wings and Things because we both love geese, and because I know she won’t accept this award (and I secretly covet one of her “Hot Potato” awards that she hands out to people who give her awards.  😉  )
  3. Linda at The Task at Hand  because she is a masterful writer and always surprises me with her stories she weaves.
  4. Jayme at Tales From the Coop Keeper who I know won’t accept it, but I’m sending it anyway.  A funny chicken keeper and gardener who recently lost 100 pounds!  Yup, she get’s it.
  5. The Kitchen Gardener over on the Farmy who has more energy and verve for life than anyone else I know.  She accomplishes so many things in her day.
  6. Cindy of On and Over the Hills who is a school librarian five days a week, and finds the time to capture captivating photographs and writes so beautifully about her subjects.
  7. And finally, April at Gluten Free Zen because she makes Gluten Free easy and delicious!  Those who can do what she does are few and far between!

That was harder than it looked, because it was so hard to choose!  I hope you will go and have a visit with each of the nominees.  They are only a few among the many unique, talented, and lovely women I know.

Again, thank you Terry!

Acceptance of an award

Way back in April, the 10th to be exact, my blogging friend Cindy of On and Over the Hills surprised me by nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award.  I was very surprised and flattered, but unwilling to accept… too shy I guess.

Then there is the nominating of 15 other bloggers who deserve this award… good grief!  Do I even know fifteen other bloggers?

Oh, and of course there are the rules.  Five of them . . .

OK then!

These are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who honored you and give a link to their blog.
  2. Tell 7 random facts about yourself.
  3. Pass the award to 15 new-found bloggers.
  4. Contact each blogger onto whom you pass the award and let them know.
  5. Let the giver of the award know you accept it or not.

Seven Random Facts

  1. I was born in Wichita Falls, Texas.  My mother, unwilling to give birth to me alone in California, hopped on a bus, and went to be with my Dad who was stationed there.  Imagine it, nine months pregnant and riding a bus all that way!  In the 1950s!  Now imagine this:  She got there, had me, and then my Dad was shipped out two weeks later to March AFB!  Oh the irony.
  2. I am the oldest of four siblings.  At this writing my sister, the youngest, and I are the only two left.
  3. Did I mention I love gardening?
  4. How about geese?
  5. My home is furnished in vintage eclectic fashion.  I have some very old and lovely things… some days I want to push it all out to the curb and replace it with all new.   I dream of smooth surfaces, no clutter, and all bright and shiny.  Yeah sure, why don’t I just cut off my right arm while I’m at it.
  6. I love to write, but I am such a perfectionist that often much of what I type stays right here on my computer.  Blogging with all of you is helping me to get over my hesitance with chaining words into cogent thought.  (So how long does it take me to go from writing to posting?  Well, this acceptance was started in September… but I think other issues must be included in this example of tardiness. 😉 )
  7. I love to sew!  I learned how from my mother who used to take apart last year’s clothing cast-offs, from my aunt,  and remake them into lovely outfits for me to wear.  My first attempt at sewing was a dirndl skirt for my Chatty Kathy doll.  I was seven and sewed it by hand (too young to use the sewing machine).  The hem was a bit dippy, but I was so proud of it!  This summer I have begun to teach myself how to quilt and I must say it is going well, and I am loving it almost as much as writing.

Now here is where I am supposed to award and nominate fifteen other bloggers!!!  Hello… I don’t know fifteen other bloggers.  Nevertheless, I chose these lovely people whose interests are close to my heart:

  1. Creekwood Farm ~ Juliet is a new Alabama friend who shares my love of country living.  She has children, goats, chickens, a real farm, and she shares them all in lovely photos.  She is so blessed!  *(I just found out recently that Juliet has given up her farm animals and pulled her web page.  She loved her livestock, but leads a very busy life, and so I certainly understand her hard decision!)
  2. Scratch and Peck ~  Lauren is the gifted proprietor of this website.  Her chicken’s stories are spun out of love for them through her talented illustrations and wonderful humor!  She writes children’s books about their antics too!
  3. Luci!  ~  Luci has been my friend for a very long time.  She is so talented and I am envious of what she can accomplish with pastels, paper and scissors!  She blogs, but IMHO not nearly so much as she could, or I would like.  But then, when you illustrate all your blog entries, plus live a very busy life, well, then you get what she can offer  when she has the time.
  4. Tales from the Coop Keeper ~ Jayme is the kind of friend I wish I had living next door to me.  She’s fun to be with, domestically talented, hilarious, loves her chickens and her gardens, makes instructional videos on various topics, and often she is inspirational.  It is uncanny how her inspiration will come when needed most.  How does she know?   Through her videos you will learn how to make anything from  laundry soap to bread, how to harvest your bees honey, and more!  Mostly, she makes me laugh.  Why?  Because I recognize myself in much that she says and does.
  5. jmgoyder ~  Julie is an Australian bird lover who cares for all sorts of feathered friends from chickens to emus!  She also has a talent for writing, as in, she’ll have you laughing one moment and in tears the next!  She is new to blogging, but I think she has flair!

So that’s my list.  I’m sorry that it falls far short of the requested 15, but really 15 is a very tall order, don’t you think?

Cindy, Thank you so much for thinking of me and the nomination.  It makes me smile to know that you enjoy reading my adventures with your morning tea.

~*~

PS:  Would someone kindly tell me how to put this award into my sidebar?  Thanks!  🙂