Another Liebster Award!

Pink Liebster AwardI am very proud to again have been nominated for a Liebster Award!!

Nominated just recently by The Urban Pulse and a few weeks back by both MLou’s Photography Blog and The MomHood. I am truly honored and proud to be selected each and every time! I was attempting to spread out all of my blogging love so as not to appear like I am being too cocky with all the recognition and yet then I start feeling guilty for letting so much time pass before responding to the nominations…it’s a vicious cycle!!

So today I would like to recognize and thank my fellow bloggers for my nominations…THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! 

I would like to do a combined post responding to all their questions and then do my part in accepting this award by nominating some of my fellow bloggers and asking my own questions!

Rules for the Liebster Award:

  • Mention, link and thank the blog(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions of your own for your nominated blogs to answer
  • Notify your nominees via social media or by commenting on their blog

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My Knitting Muse has returned…

In ProgressToday’s post is in response to Assignment #15 in Writing 101 of Blogging University. The assignment is to Take a Cue from your Readers. One of the results from my poll that I posted earlier in the course was for more knitting posts.

With the change in season from summer to fall and as soon as the days started to get cooler, suddenly my knitting muse returned!

I really love to knit but during the dog days of summer when I am just trying to do anything that will keep me from sweating, my knitting muse disappears and isn’t seen or s heard from again til the temperatures drop into at least the 60s and 70s.

While I haven’t wanted to actually knit, that doesn’t mean my head wasn’t thinking about knitting and knowing that I wanted to make something from my friend’s daughter who is due to have her baby in November. Continue reading

The Creative Blogger Award

The Creative Blogger Award

I was nominated by Michelle Cook over at Putting My Feet In The Dirt for The Creative Blogger Award. Thank you Michelle for the nomination and am honored that you have even taken the time to check out my blog.

The RULES are:

  1. Nominate a few bloggers and contact them with the amazing news.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Post five (5) facts about yourself.

Five Facts About Me:

  1. I have now lived in Connecticut (20 years, sadly) longer than I have ever lived anywhere else. Yet my heart still aches for and will always love New Hampshire best….I lived in NH from college at the University of New Hampshire til I eventually graduated in 1995.
  2. My favorite foods in most ethnicities is some version of Chicken & Rice.
  3. Although I don’t watch much tv, I have a few favorite shows or movies which is evidenced in some of the names of my pets…my old dog was named Brandon (from 90210), 2 parrotlets named Rory & Logan (Gilmore Girls), bearded dragons named Harry Potter, Weasley, Hermione and Sirius Black (Harry Potter books/movies), and one of my ferrets is named Gibbs (NCIS).
  4. When I was younger I used to have to walk to and from school and many (many) times I had kicked a particular rock all the way home and ended up having to keep that rock because I felt bad because I had kicked him too far away from all his rock family and friends so he would be sad because he was so far from home. (I know…I need help!).
  5. I am a dork! When I get a new pet or want to learn about something new (yoga, various crafts, photography, computer stuff etc) I end up spending lots of time (and money) reading about my new found interest

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Fav Foto Friday #10

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too! Continue reading

Writing and not writing

Assignment #11 for Writing 101 of Blogging University is about learning to take time out of your ‘work time’ for other things, for living life.

As much as we love to write, it’s important to take breaks — to live your life and have new experiences, and to reflect and recharge so you can come back to your desk, ready to hit the keyboard again. Not writing allows you to gain the distance from your words, and thus perspective, which are both needed when it’s time to edit.

What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to this dashboard, refreshed? What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance: Running? Yoga? Gardening? Painting? Cooking?

For me writing is not a ‘full-time job’ so it ends up being pretty easy to take time out and do other things. It’s the ‘other things’ that I need to learn to take a break from. Pet sitting, especially as a sole proprietor, can become an all consuming type of job if you let it. Continue reading

Update your readers over a cup of coffee

Assignment #10 (oh my goodness…am I finally caught up with my class assignments for Writing 101?!?!?) of Writing 101 of Blogging University is to write an update post in the form of a virtual coffee date.

Let's Have Coffee

If we were having coffee right now…I may have to admit that I am not very good at doing the whole ‘coffee thing’ seeing how I am an introvert and that when doing the ‘coffee thing’ I tend to do a lot of listening and ‘smiling and nodding’ cause as usual the cat probably has my tongue.

If we were having coffee right now…I would tell you about the wedding we just attended at our church. A very sweet and loving young woman who has grown up in our church family. And how storybook sweet their wedding was because the two of them have grown up as childhood friends!! It was so nice to witness this wedding and be a part of the their story. Continue reading

Saturday Smile #7

Saturday SmileSaturday Smile is a weekly feature hosted over on Feeding on Folly that I like to participate in because I think everyone can benefit from having more smiles in their life!

This week’s featured Saturday Smile photo is of my freshly bathed canine monsters, who make me smile on this Saturday afternoon!

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Open Letter to Fellow Bloggers

Assignment #9 for Writing 101 of Blogging University is to “reinvent the letter format.”

Some might say a post in the form of a letter is trite and overdone. But when done well, a letter can tell a great story or get your message across.

After a little research on the topic of open letter writing, I did find some ‘backlash’ about the open letter writers and have duly noted their valid points and just wanted to put a disclaimer out there that…Writing 101 made me do it!

I also found a similar letter  as to what I plan on writing out there in the interwebs that also makes valid points, that makes me second guess my choice of letter…but as it is something I notice often, it is the first thing that popped into my head when I read the assignment. Continue reading

Fav Foto Friday #9

Fav Foto FridayShare each Friday, on your own blog, one photo…or maybe even a gallery of some of your favorite photos that you have taken during the week, that make you smile or that was a great photo capturing opportunity…anything really!  And as photographers are often known to say, “The best camera is, the one that you have with you!”

Whether you are a pro-photographer or just venturing into photography…or maybe you are like me and just whip out your cell phone when you are going about your day…take those photos and share them! Feel free to add any camera info and shooting info that you may have on your photos as well.

Don’t forget to link back (pingback) here and add a #FavFotoFriday tag so that I can enjoy all your Favorite Fotos too!

This week’s edition of Fav Foto Friday, is from our little vacation to Wildwood, NJ for a few days. Continue reading

The Space to Write

Assignment #6 for Writing 101 of Blogging University is to describe your writing space.

Where do you write? Do you prefer blogging on your laptop in a coffee shop? Are you productive in a quiet room, door closed, away from civilization? Today, describe the space where you write. Or, if you don’t have a dedicated place, what is your ideal setting?

Consider these questions to shape your post:

  • What are your writing habits?
  • What equipment or supplies do you use to write?
  • What do you need and want in a physical space?

I am constantly thinking about things while I am driving around from one pet sitting assignment to another and so I have been known to jot down ideas or songs that strike a cord with me while I am driving. Continue reading