I have some Valentines for my family and awards to share with my blogging friends today.
Everyone in my family lives further apart now so I thank wp for this blog to send virtual roses. I had fun yesterday photographing bouquets at the flower market.
For my beautiful mother an hour away who has always been stunning in red…red roses.
For my sister on the East coast with the reddish brown hair…peach colored roses.
For CA daughter from TX with the blond, blond hair…yellow roses from TX.
For Dallas daughter…still a bride…white roses.
And you never know when a day can come in the form of a virtual hug or virtual nod in our blogging community. bridgesburning, Munchow and the Island Traveler have nominated me since the New Year for The Genuine Blogger Award, the Liebster, The Hug Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. Oh my! I am honored. I assured them I would reciprocate by Valentine’s.
I thank Chris because she posts so frequently. She is so dedicated. I believe she was a member of the Post a Day last year. I enjoy reading her musings and know she used to live closer to me at a point in her life. An explanation of the Liebster and the Genuine Blogger Award can be found here.
I thank the Island Traveler because although he is younger than I am, he reminds me of my dad (wink) at age 40. I love reading about his journey here in the states at his age. I remember going back to visit Mexico for Christmas and my dad’s 40th birthday over New Years. I remember how excited he was to return for a visit. Just recently, we learned IT will be going home to the Philippines for a visit. I can imagine his excitement and I can relate. A virtual hug back and I wish him a wonderful journey. An explanation of this award and the rules that go with it can be found here.
I thank munchow as he is mainly a photographer. How patient he is with my smart phone photographs that yes,…I am guilty…make their way into my posts. I thank him for understanding the message in my posts. The rules to the Versatile Blogger award can be found here.
I am required to list other blogs that I believe are wonderful, that deserve these awards and also to share some items about myself, that you don’t already know. I encourage you to visit these sites. You will be enriched for visiting. So…first the blogs, listed in no certain order, and of course, there are many more that I love, but I know some of them have been nominated recently, and I wish I could list more. I believe the following blogs encompass the ideals of these awards. I know some of you have already received one, and I ask you to accept one that isn’t duplicated. And if you don’t partake in awards, I do understand, I really do.
Dianna at These Days of Mine has such a special touch in staying grounded, creating community, focusing on the beauty around us, and acknowledging those who came before us. Her photographs are beautiful, Natural, whimsical, spontaneous, curious and playful. She has nominated me several times for these fun awards that come our way. And, I take a special pleasure in being able to give her an award that doesn’t originate from her.
Kathy at pocketperspectives, thank you for your window transparencies. You know how they warm me.
Linda at The Task at Hand. To read Linda’s posts is to know what a disciplined and dedicated writer she is. She follows the cardinal rule of writing, “Write what you know about.” She is the genuine article. I am honored by her replies to my comments and that she comes to visit this site. If blogging is recognized as a genre of literature, she certainly contributes to this genre for her craftsmanship and knowledge of literature, the arts and history.
Rosie at dearrosie fascinates me with her travel experiences and ability to relate with all kinds of acquaintances through her job at a museum. How often I shake my head in agreement as she shares with us her observations or I learn something new from her. Museums are among my favorite places to be and visit and I love being a virtual fly on the wall seeing what she observes.
Amy at souldipper shares her own authentic, life truths and I am honored she visits and comments. When Amy visits I feel our world becomes more familiar as she shares what she knows to be true, genuine and authentic. As she put it so aptly in a former post “My Roots Are Showing”, she knows herself well.
Carla at randombraincells.wordpress.com/ hails from Alabama. She is a very talented writer and keeps perspective by making everything she writes real and finding the humor in it. It’s always a delight to exchange a comment with her.
I am going to forego writing 7 things about myself because as I wrote this, I think you can find seven things you may not have already known about me as I give Valentines to my family and awards to my blogging friends.