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Blogging Till I Drop

Country Living’s website is now featuring their own article on the Blue Ribbon Blogger Award’s ceremony. Be still my heart — my photo is on the same screen as Paula Deen’s. I told my daughter, Amanda, who could possibly be Paula Deen’s #1 fan, to take a screen shot and frame it.

Notice how everybody else has big, beautiful smiles and I’m the one looking like a deer in the headlights? Dang it all; everyone else looks great and I look terrible! I swear I need to take smiling lessons or something. Of course I’m old enough to be most of these girls’ mother. I don’t know what that has to do with me not smiling, but I thought I’d mention it.

I’ve got my amazing award (made by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made) up on a shelf in our eating area. That seemed like an appropriate place for it, since our dining table is constantly covered in craft or cooking projects.

My Country Living Blue Ribbon Blogger Award.

And I also got this lovely bean pot and book in my goody bag as well. I’ve been wanting a bean pot! I love the shape of it.

My point about talking about winning the Blue Ribbon Blogger Award again is twofold.

First, I forgot to provide links to all of the other amazing category winners. You really should check them out if you haven’t yet.

Collecting: Parsimonia: Secondhand with Style

Crafts: Always a Project

Decorating: The Shabby Nest

Food: Crepes of Wrath

Gardening: Garden Betty

Lifestyle: Oh wait, this is me!

Pets: Tilly’s Nest

But winning an award like this is an honor, and not one that I’ve taken lightly. It’s recognition for something I started on a whim that bloomed out of control. I had so many things to say and do. Blogging was perfect for me. It gave me creative freedom and a voice. I worked my ass off on it, and I know my husband, children, and friends often wondered why. Was anybody really listening?

I guess they were. I still haven’t quite grasped what this award means, but I don’t plan on wasting one minute of the amazing opportunity it has offered me.

I’ve always been a frequent poster on my blog, but since being nominated I feel even more of a need to do so. To prove myself worthy. But posting in Photography, Cooking, Crafts, Farm, and Thoughts means trying to frequently write about 5 different topics. Three of those require significant work to create a post; Cooking, Crafts and Farm. I’m never short of ideas on any of these topics, but I am short of time.

This past week has been filled with broken bones, casts, concussions, multiple doctor visits, vet visits, parent teacher conferences, volleyball and soccer games. In between those events I try to get things done.

I suspect I’ll come up with some sort of a “schedule” over time that allows me more breathing room. I’ve worn myself out to the point of getting a cold.

But there it is, sitting on the shelf, taunting me.

I’ve got to get back to work.


  1. You look beautiful in this photo, perfectly natural. Congratulations on your honors! The very best way to scare away all real creativity is to feel like: A) the world is watching, so you have to have a full face of makeup on and your hair done; and B) you MUST write, right now, when your soul is not authentically moving your fingers for you.

    Sorry to hear about the family emergencies. When they’re all sorted out and you can breathe, we’ll be here to root you on.

    Going back to lurking now. Hang in there.

  2. Absolutely lovely!!!! It’s seems like it was such a great experience and I am so excited it happened because its partly how I found your blog! Lovely job (and PS- you DO look fantastic so hush!) Happy Saturday!

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