A Beautiful Award

 

How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?”

 **Lennon-McCartney**
 
 One of my all-time favorite bloggers and people is Cathy and when she graciously nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award  I was very pleased. What a fitting award coming from someone who is such a beautiful person herself.

Thank you Cathy!

Cathy’s site Words and Herbs (I love that name) is a sight to behold. Stunning photos, lovely words and inventive and completely natural yummy recipes.  Cathy is well versed in plant knowledge and lore. Her posts are always informative as well as enjoyable and definitely beautiful. I can’t say enough good things about Cathy and Words and Herbs.
I would highly recommend visiting her site.  It is well worth it.
There are rules that go along with receiving the award but Cathy and I know that some people are put off by them. I count myself among these people. In my humble opinion there are already too many rules in this world and this is supposed to be fun. It supposed to be a networking event; for getting a little recognition for having a good blog, perhaps upping the traffic a bit…
In the wise words of Cathy…”Accepting this award is purely a matter of choice – there is absolutely no obligation!”
 
That being said (whew) what follows are the rules for those that do like them:
~Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them~Nominate 7, 6, or fewer blogs that you enjoy~Notify the nominees by posting a comment on each of their sites with a link back to yours. Write a post to commemorate the event and paste the award image somewhere on your blog for the world to admire.
 
 
 THE WINNERS are…
  A Nature Mom: Encouraging outdoor play and exploring the wonders of nature… every day!   A Nature Mom realises the importance of nature in a child’s life.  There should be more blogs and moms like this. Beautiful all around.
 Mirth and Motivation: Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively…  This blog promises and delivers. Beautiful, interesting and motivating for sure.
 
I would reccommend these two beautiful blogs for anyone needing some interesting and uplifting reading.
Happy Blogging!
Strawberryindigo.
 
 
 
 

Diary of a Mad Blogger: The Second Attempt

It has been nine months since I published my first post and joined this wonderful world of the real and the surreal: The Blogosphere. The experience has changed me quite profoundly.  My family has commented on this and with a little trepidation. I suppose it is because they are somewhat concerned with my mental health.

In fact they think me quite mad. They say I’m obsessed with blogging. They say I’ve lost my mind. 

Is this the eye of madness?

Am I mad?  You decide…..

  • I carry my camera wherever I go.  I will whip it out abruptly and snap pictures often of mundane things at strange angles. I will do what it takes to the right shot even crawling around on all fours, getting in someone’s bushes or just lying flat on my back on a neighbor’s lawn to get some sky shots.  I have developed no shame in these circumstances and luckily no one has yelled at me for sprawling out in their yard.
  • I look at the sky and wonder if it would make a good background.
  • “I can write about that” is sometimes the only thing that gets me out of the house.
  • I have 18 spiral notebooks each mostly filled with outlines, notes, quotes and half-baked ideas.

  • I feel strange if I don’t “check in” to my site for over 24 hours.
  • I have been wearing the same yellow shirt that makes me resemble the female Jack Hanna for the last 9 months.
  • I fantasize of being “liked”  by Matt Mullenweg.
  • I chat online with a fantastic assortment of highly artistic animals, people and objects with odd pseudonyms. I myself am called strawberryindigo.  I do get a bit of eye rolling around the house for that one.
  • I strut around like a newspaper tycoon; shouting out orders to the cat, keeping the print department up all night with last-minute changes and totally harassing my editor to the point where he won’t speak to me anymore.
  • I am considering having “Strawberryindigo.” cards made.
  • I am frequently found typing and laughing and swearing under my breath while consuming endless cups of hot caffeine.
  • I sometimes dream in WordPress and that my life is an endless post written in bold italics with accompanying pictures.
  • I will at times during the night wake up and start spontaneously giggling at an especially funny blog post I read earlier in the day.
  •  Two words: “The Forums”
  •  Fretting over the “Publishing Accident” earlier and looking like a complete idiot to 125 subscribers.
  • Doing all of the above and having a blast!

“There is a pleasure sure in being mad, which none but madmen know!”

**John Dryden**

Have a fun day!  :)

Strawberryindigo.

Strawberryindigo: The beginning

Out of the Shadows part two.

When I started this blog back in August of last year I had no idea what a rich community of people I would be meeting and getting to know through blogs and communications. I have found myself looking forward to chatting it up with some of my newly found blog buddies. Many of you have shared of yourself. Some of you quite a lot. I have found your stories to be funny and creative, inspiring and insightful, and sometimes quite sad but always hopeful. I have seen myself in some of your words and I have been bettered by them.

I have also been inspired by you all to share something of myself.

What follows is a post I did way back last September. At the time I think I really needed to write it but I wasn’t ready to share with anyone. Soon after I posted, I buried this deep in a sea of bad navigation and a flurry of others. I don’t think anyone saw it.  At the time I was relieved. Now I have reconsidered.

Those who know me by my blog alias; Strawberryindigo, may be surprised by the following post and then again maybe not, but for those who know me by Nancy, the following may explain much……

Out of the shadows

Tagged

Children playing a variant of tag. In snatch t...

Children playing a variant of tag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will admit right here and now to the entire blogosphere that I am no athlete. I am one of those uncoordinated goofs with two left feet. It takes all the powers of my “mighty” concentration just to walk around without hurting myself.  You know I even flunked PE.

Keeping this embarrassing fact in mind I want you to picture this.

Here I am minding my own business…tapping away on my cute little lap top, tap-tap tap… and then out of the corner of my eye, I see her…it’s Morezennow and she’s running toward me…I smile because I really like her…She is an entertaining sort of person, witty and a genuinely funny writer.  I look forward to reading her blog http://morezennow.wordpress.com/

You should check her out.  Here are some of my favorite posts of hers to get you started.

http://morezennow.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/and-the-eyes-have-it/

http://morezennow.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/random-acts-of-blindness/

http://morezennow.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/and-the-search-goes-on/

Hello! I call out and then before I know it…I’ve been hit…I mean tagged!  And I am truly dazed and confused. The last thing I remember was a whisper in my ear….it said….

“I’m passing it on.  Feel free to decline.  And you have my permission (like you need it!) to break the rules, as we all know they are meant to be broken!!!”

Rules

1. You must post the rules.

2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.

3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.

4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

I must say right now that I plan on some rule breaking….I cannot run very fast and I could not catch all 11…..(Some people in this blogoverse run like the wind)

What follows are the questions: skillfully and creatively written by one of the  most entertaining blog buddies in the land of blogging;  Morezennow.

These I must answer.  MY questions are:

Ringo Starr and Friends

Ringo Starr and Friends (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. What would you do if I sang out of tune?   For one thing I would NOT stand up and walk out on you. I would lend you my ear so you could sing me a song but please try not to sing out of key.
  2. Coffee or Tea?  I am a former coffee addict so I would have to say tea, to which I am currently addicted.
  3. Soccer or Rugby?  Rugby because it’s so damn Manly.
  4. Liberal, Conservative or Nunya Beeswax? Fiscally Conservative and socially very liberal…(a really impossible mix that shows my total ignorance and  misunderstanding of the whole political process)…with a touch of cutesy idealism thrown in for decoration.
  5. Love or hate Stanley Kubrick? How can someone NOT love Kubrick…..He is the man who had Kirk Douglas run around shirtless, Jack Nicholson run around with an axe trying to murder Shelly Duvall and made us laugh long enough to stop worrying and love the BOMB…….. or something or another. 

    Slim Pickens as Major "King" Kong ri...

    Slim Pickens as Major "King" Kong riding a nuclear bomb to oblivion in Dr. Strangelove. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Kubrick

  6. What is your favorite era, where and why?  It is funny you should ask this (haha) I have always had this yearning to go back in time to the Roaring Twenties. It was a glamorous age full of cool cars, silky flappy fashion, bobbed hair and gangsters.(sort of like now but in black and white) I would totally love that.
  7. If stranded on a desert island who would you most like to be with? This is a secret I cannot divulge. If I told you I’d have to kill you.
  8. If you have children do you sometimes hate them a little? (Yes , I loves my chilluns but…)? No, but sometimes when I see them make the same stupid mistakes that I’ve made, I want to SCREAM!
  9. What is your favorite novel and why? After much deliberation I must confess that I don’t have a favorite novel but one work of non fiction that stands out to me the most is  “Guns, Germs and Steel” by my favorite author, Jared Diamond. I have learned much from this man. He is an excellent explainer of why we humans are what we are. Well-written and highly intelligent. I would recommend it to anyone interested in that sort of thing.     
  10. Sonny or Cher? Cher. I am probably dating myself but I remember watching the Sonny and Cher TV Show many years ago when I was a kid.  I hated her voice but I loved those costumes she wore. She reminded me of a tall colorful bird…Wow.
  11. What is your preferred method of de-stressing? Gardening, hiking.. really anything that gets me out into nature and music. Music hath charms that lulls this tiger into a wimpy cat in 2 notes flat.
    sleeping kitten

    sleeping kitten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     

The tagged

http://gusgus64.wordpress.com/

http://aspergersgirls.wordpress.com/

http://newsferret.wordpress.com/

http://ohioken.wordpress.com/

http://championofthetenderhearted.blog.com/

These questions the tagged can answer if they choose, when they choose. I am following in the great tradition of the wise Morezennow and not asking any rule adherence. This is supposed to be fun. If it is not, don’t do it! And in the same token: anyone not tagged desiring to play along just join in.

The Questions:

  1. What is the best gift you have ever received?
  2. If you could meet any famous person, living or not, who would it be?
  3. Have you ever walked out of a movie? Which one?
  4. Do you have a pet peeve?
  5. What is your favorite breakfast?
  6. Do you have a favorite article of clothing?
  7. If a tree falls in the forest would it make a sound if no one was there to hear it?
  8. Have you ever seen anything that doesn’t exist? U.F.O’s, bigfoot, ghosts, etc?
  9. Favorite summer song?
  10. Name an animal that you identify with the most.
  11. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go for an all expense paid holiday? 

    The Sangat Island resort.

    The Sangat Island resort. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember there is no pressure here. Please feel free to decline. I know these sorts of things can become a burden sometimes. Use this as you see fit.

Have a great day!

Strawberryindigo.

Adventures in Kreativ blogging: The awards

A couple of weeks ago I heard the news from a wonderful blogger who is responsible for the wonderful blog Heart to Harp. One of the newest on my must read  list. I was informed that I had been nominated for the Kreativ award. Wow! Thank you for the recognition Heart to Harp…and thanks for calling me wry. That is very cool, I have always wanted to be wry.

Heart to Harp is an interesting and inspirational blog written by a creative person who is up for challenges, plays the harp and shares my love for dark chocolate. I would recommend this blog highly. What follows are three posts to get you started.

http://hearttoharp.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/wow-my-first-blog-awards/

http://hearttoharp.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/weekly-photo-challenge-indulge/

http://hearttoharp.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/weekly-photo-challenge-down/

This being The Kreativ Award I decided to go with the whole “Kreativ” thing to be a little creative by breaking the rules a bit.  The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who gave you the award and provide a link. (Thank You heart to Harp!)
  • List 7 interesting things about yourself that your readers might find interesting…(I am not very interesting but I’m giving it a shot.)
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and tell them.

♦The 7 “interesting” things about me:♦ ♦

  1. I am a “wanna-be” visual artist who cringes at the sight of ugly paintings demanding such a hefty price and I think “Damn…I can make ugly paintings too.” So far no one has paid me a dime for anything remotely artistic but I still dare to dream.
  2. I can write legibly with both my right hand as well as my left.
  3. A former black coffee caffeine addict I now drink lots of Jasmine tea….It’s supposed to be good for you.
  4. I have been known to laugh and cry at the same time listening to certain songs in coffee shops.
  5. I have a strange almost supernatural power over cats.
  6. My favorite Beatle is George Martin.
  7. I am a terrible speller who has a wonderful and talented editor who prefers to stay behind the scenes but makes me seem a lot smarter than I really am…thank you Editor! (You know who you are)

I nominate the following blogs for this creative award.  There are no strings attached. Do with it or not do with it what you will. Be creative…no pressure.

This is supposed to be fun. If it is not your cup of tea, don’t drink it. I understand totally. I will still like you. I promise.  If I am a chain breaker and I get 7 years of bad luck from the bad karma blog fairy, let it be so…I will fall on the sword for creativity’s sake…..

  ♦ The Nominees ♦ 

Inspiring life’s journey   Total Trinity’s blog is positive, uplifting and totally inspiring my life’s journey.

Pieces of me and other sundry things  Beautiful and inventive photography among other things by Scott Brill.

The Nature of Things  sf4images has a talent for nature photography and the telling of an interesting tale.

Will of Heart   A Journey from the word of the heart.  A great blog, full of perspective and ruggedly beautiful photos. Heartfelt and true.

Contoveros   Mindfulness, meditation, spirituality, PTSD, Vietnam veterans, letting go.

Getting Better Man  Sedone’s self-improvement and personal development blog. You will be bettered by great ideas and helpful advice.

 Third Eye   Stunning photography. Colorful and full of life. A must see.

I highly recommend these blogs.  All are high quality and definitely award worthy. I enjoy visiting each and every one of them. You will too.

Happy reading!

Strawberryindigo.