Sunday, July 26, 2009

Three Bloggy Awards

Over the past month or so, I’ve received three awards from very talented, creative and funny bloggers, and I thank them all for thinking of me. It’s always such a surprise to find an award waiting in the comments…

The First Award—The Creative Blogger Award
…came from Frank of The Early Birder on Saturday, June 13, 2009! (Yikes, I’m late.) Thank you, Frank!!! I love it! Check out Frank’s blog for interesting posts on the English countryside and all the birds he encounters daily while he walks his “patch” in Surrey. I’ve learned a lot following Frank’s blog about European birds. With this award, you are supposed to list seven things about yourself that people might find interesting (I think this has slowed me down, because I’m just not that interesting). You then need to pass the award on to seven bloggers.

Here are my seven things:
One - I’m an absent-minded professor/procrastinator type (which helps explain why I'm so late passing the awards on). Everyone who knows me, knows this, and they put up with it. I’m trying to change, but I’ve been this way for 47 years, so I doubt any improvements will be forthcoming any time soon!! It’s really a pain sometimes--just ask my nieces, Sarah and Alyssa, who live in Munich, Germany. I have a big box in my office with lots of presents in it. The gifts go all the way back to Valentine’s Day…and Easter…and Alyssa’s birthday (in May) and Sarah’s birthday (yet to come in August). I will mail it this week (after I wrap everything--I hope). Let’s shoot for getting the gifts there before Sarah’s birthday…

Two - I am a night owl by nature and have to work very hard to go to bed early. I have been this way my entire life. When I was in first grade, my mom used to sit me at the table at breakfast and give me coffee so I could function. I remember she told me “Don’t tell your teachers you drink coffee for breakfast, they might not like that.” (In those days, kids were supposed to drink milk, or orange juice, or maybe Tang—but coffee was not for kids). Being a birder and being a night owl don’t often mix, unless you’re looking for owls.

Three - I love to listen to waterfalls, brooks, creeks, the ocean…anything wet. Maybe because I’m a Pisces.

Four - I have green eyes, and when Matty was small he thought the song “Green-eyed Lady,” by Sugarloaf was written about me, “Mom! There’s that song about your green eyes again!” (Can you tell we listened to the oldies station back then?)

Five - I’m an introvert. I can act like an extrovert, and sometimes seem like one, but it tires me out. I assume lots of birders are introverts because we spend so much time alone…in the woods and fields…looking at birds -- or alone…in the house or bookstore…reading about them, and we like it that way!

Six - I’m an artist. Whenever I see something striking…unusual…or ordinary, I often see it painted in my mind. I’m also a potter and have been throwing pots since 2000. I love fine china and antique china. I don’t know why, but it will stop me dead in my tracks. It’s an extraordinary art form, and teacups and teapots are my downfall. (If there is a bird painted on it, watch out!)

Seven - I love animals. When Matty was a baby we had 5 cats (Theobald, Mikasa, Pumpkin, Kayla, and Puddin’). Our sixth cat, Jasmine (Jazzy), had gone to live with my parents because she was a princess and needed to be adored exclusively. She did not like others of her own kind. One day when Matty was very small and didn’t yet talk, we were in Kroger’s. Matty was sitting in the cart and started licking his “paw” and meowing. Every now and then he would rub the back of his hand across his forehead. Now he wants to be a vet and work in a zoo—go figure. (Fourteen years later, we only have one kitty…Bip, the Very Scary but Hardly Hairy Cornish Rex Cat.)

I’d like to pass this award on to:
Gabrielle of Inner Artist
Tammie Lee of Spirithelpers

The Second Award—The I love this Blog Award
…came from Roy of Roy’s World. I received it on June 20, 2009. (D’oh! Late again…) You have to pop over to Roy’s blog and check it out. It’s always interesting. He’s very good at finding music videos to match his theme. He lives in Newport, Rhode Island and posts lots of lovely photos of the old homes, cemeteries, parks, and birds in his neighborhood. He also includes bits of history in his posts for interesting reading. This award doesn't require writing seven interesting things about yourself (which is good, because I ran out interesting stuff).

I’d like to pass this award on to:
Mona at Montanagirl
Jenny at Wren’s Nature Notebook
Moria at Confessions of a Nature Lover
Nick at Saskatchewan Birds, Nature and Scenery
Chris at Tails of Birding
Dave at Birds from behind
Michi at hillbillyfarmgirl

The Third Award—The Best Blogger Friends Award
…is from Dave of Birds from Behind from July 6, 2009 (I’m not quite so late on this one—comparatively!). Dave is another Ohio birder. Dave visits Magee Marsh a lot and the Black Swamp Conservancy up near Toledo. Dave’s blog is funny. He’s a funny guy, and his birds say and do funny things. Did I forget to mention his specialty is photographing birds from behind…or shortened, birds' behinds? This award doesn't require writing seven interesting things about yourself either!

I’m passing this award on to:
Heather of Heather of the Hills
Laure Ferlita of Painted Thoughts Blog
Frank of The Early Birder
Warren of Pittswood Birds
Keith of Holdingmoments


Anonymous said...

I love the bird pictures. I have never seen one of these birds. I don't get out and about and now any exertion requires oxygen so it isn't likely I ever will see them unless they come here.

I appreciate your thinking of me for an award but I don't do them for a variety of reasons. Thanks.

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Dave said...

Kelly! Thanks for lovin' my blog! I love to read yours and look at your great photos. but, you know my blog is very serious as are the comments made by all my little birdy buddies...not really...

Laure Ferlita said...

Wow, you've been busy! I think the awards are much deserved and it's always fun to learn more about our cyber buddies!

Thanks so much for the award! It's greatly appreciated.

Laure Ferlita said...

ps. can't wait to read up on this other blogs, most of which I don't know - yet!

Heather said...

Thanks for the Blogging Friend award Kelly! I loved your 7 facts - thanks for sharing them. Regarding number 3, now I'm REALLY bummed that the water wasn't running when we visited the Hocking Hills! And I love that little bit about Matty preening himself like a cat. Congrats on all of your awards - they are well deserved, since you work so hard to make informative, creative posts!

Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you so much for passing on the "I Love This Blog" award to me! I'm so honored. I love your blog too and your wonderful pictures. I hope to get as good at photography as you are one of these days. So I guess I need to pass my award on to 7 bloggers too, is that how it works?

Thanks again! ~ Moria

Betsy Banks Adams said...

You are a sweetie... I can tell why this one took you awhile to complete. Thanks for the award. I will display it on my sidebar.

I love water also---but I'm a Leo!!!! I'm not a procrastinator---but I know plenty of 'creative' people who are. I used to be a night owl---but not anymore. I turn into a pumpkin if I stay up after 11 p.m. ha

Have a great day and thanks again for thinking of ME.
Love you my friend,

Kelly said... is very serious. Seriously funny! :-) are a great blogging friend...and so talented and creative...and....

Heather...thank are a great blogging friend as well! I always love your posts.

Moria....I think you can pass it on to as few or as many as you would like. Some just do one or two, but since the other awards were seven, I just stuck with that lucky number! :-)

Kelly said... mom is a Leo too! Your birthday is coming up! Sometimes I'm spot on, but other times, watch's a curse! (but that's okay!) :-)

holdingmoments said...

Kelly, thank you for thinking of me, and passing on The Best Blogger Friends Award. Really appreciate that; I'll get it put up soon. (glad I don't have to write 'interesting' things lol)

And congratulations on your awards. Very well deserved.

Creative Cards said...

First I would like to say Wow and thank you for the award. Second it was very nice to learn a little more about you...I'm a water sign too and a complete and total introvert so I know what your saying. I like it that way too :)

Have a wonderful day!!

Montanagirl said...

Kelly, thank you so much for the Blog award! I'm so tickled you enjoy my blog and photos. I appreciated your thinking of me! I'll post the award on my blog today.

Tammie Lee said...

Wishing you the best on getting that package in the post. That should be so fun to receive that they might forget it took all year. ;-}

I seem to be a night owl too. I love mornings, but seems it has to be one or the other.

Ah, we are both Pisces.

That is so cute that your son decided that song was about you, and to him it is!

I wonder if it is the introverts that have a harder time doing these awards, just a thought (that makes sense to me).

You have a lovely and interesting blogs. I enjoy your photography and the tales you tell about the life you see. You absolutely deserve these awards!

Thank you also for sharing your award with me. You have touched my heart.
I look forward to visiting the blogs you have shared with us.


FAB said...

My dear friend. THANK YOU for this charming Award.
I had never considered you as absent-minded but points 3 & 5 'rang a bell' with me too!
Thanks for the additional plug for the "Early Birder".

E said...

Kelita, congratulations for the awards, you have a great place, wonderful photos, interesting comments, loving personality and a big heart. Well deserved! Here is a song for your eyes.

God bless you. Thanks for sharing.
Big hugs

Cicero Sings said...

"I’m an introvert. I can act like an extrovert, and sometimes seem like one, but it tires me out." ... That is a good description about how I feel about myself!