With Much Gratitude

It’s time to bore you with a bit more about myself  :-) as I properly thank a couple of bloggers who nominated me for awards.  It still amazes me the love I feel from each of you, when I have never met you in person.  I really appreciate the gesture and thought you put into your own award acceptances and enjoy learning a bit more about you.  But before I write my acceptances of my awards, I’d like to share with you an amazing gift I received.

On Lyle’s birthday he listed 53 practices to live a more authentic life (which everyone should read)  and held a giveaway of any photograph of the winners choice from his good friend Irene. I happened to win.  I have mixed feelings about giveaways, for the most part I don’t want any more “stuff” so when I read a post that has a giveaway attached to remove myself from the drawing I don’t comment. But taking a look at Irene’s photographs I fell in love.  At first I spotted the horse prints on the home page. They were amazing, but scrolling through the selection Irene has I spotted a picture from Iceland titled Arctic Drift, you can see it here.  The colors matched my home and as I looked at the iceberg I had a sensation that this was why I chose to live lightly.  I want to preserve the natural  beauty that is our planet.  I knew then this print was the one I wanted.


My phone camera doesn’t do justice to this gorgeous photograph you can see a much better image here.. Please check out Irene’s site to see the rest of her collection she has taken from around the world.  As every piece of art hanging on my walls has a story attached, so too will this one. I will always remember Lyle’s 53rd birthday.  Thank you, Lyle and Irene.

Santa will be joined by his friends in the town square.

Santa will be joined by his friends in the town square.I


Now for the awards, which mean just as much to me.

sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award1The first comes from Sue Dreamwalker who nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World award.

In the time that Sue and I have been corresponding through the comments of each others blogs it has become apparent we would have made great neighbors and even better sisters.  We would have shared workloads around the gardens and enjoyed raising our children and now grandchildren at the same times, and I believe they would have been great friends as well.

This award comes with specific questions I must answer and they are:

  1. Your favourite colour ….I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone, my favorite color is blue. It soothes and comforts me. It is the color of the oceans and the sky which surround me.  I may be mostly indoors this time of year with cold and drab days and early nightfall, but the blue helps to ground me during these winter months.
  2. Your favourite animal …I think I have mentioned before my favorite animal are horses. Any horse will do.  As a young child the first time I saw a horse I was transfixed in awe of their agility for their size. To see a horse walk or run with the natural ease I have never known I can feel my body move as it should have.  To look at a horse and see the placement of their eyes which prevent them from properly seeing what they are eating, which is why you need to feed them with an open hand, reminds me that no being is perfect and each has a limitation.
  3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink …Which season are we talking about?  In the summer the only thing I drink is water, maybe an occasional homemade lemonade.  But in these cold months I still drink plenty of water for hydration but prefer the warmth of my tea and occasionally a hot cocoa.
  4. Facebook or TwitterI began an experiment by joining Facebook for the blog. I haven’t done a thing with it as I don’t find I have anything else to say that I don’t already say right here on the blog.  I don’t have the time or inclination to search for a joke or struggle to come up with something witty to add there so don’t be surprised if you find my Facebook feed gone one day.  As for Twitter, I have never looked at it. I don’t truly understand social media or the draw to it.  I do have a personal Facebook feed because my son will post pictures for me of my granddaughter there, that I understand. Do you understand the draw of social media?
  5. Your favourite pattern …..My first inclination would be to say any pattern found in nature. The shading on a butterflies’ wings, or the pattern on a leaf that tells me what plant is growing.  But when I can’t be out in nature the pattern I am most drawn to is the circle. I see the circle in my Mandala as a symbol of a never ending cycle, the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.  
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? I would guess that you would believe I enjoy giving more than receiving gifts, but it depends on the gift. Yes, I love to give of myself and I enjoy creating gifts I know will be appreciated.  But then there is the gift that is given for no reason other than a person spontaneously telling you they love you.  For weeks now I have been receiving gifts from the little ones.  A feather found sticking out of the snow, a handmade craft given to me with the words “I just love you”  These I enjoy receiving.
  7. Your favourite number … I don’t have a favorite number.  I enjoyed playing with my boys about the number 13, you know the fear of Friday the 13th?  But it was all in jest. 
  8. Your favourite day of the week  Any day the sun is shining.  I’m really that easy to please.
  9. Your favourite flower ….The daisy. It is beautiful because of it’s simplicity and because the white petals are so striking against the green of the grass and leaves that surround it in the fields.
  10. What is your passion? ….I have a lot of passions, but most come back to just a couple of things, family and the environment as you know with my quest to reduce what ends up in the landfill from my town.

Since I never know who to nominate and this award is for women (you know sisters) I suggest you check out Sue’s acceptance post where you will find a very long list of amazing female bloggers.



Next Mari from Gather and Grow nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thank you Mari.

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them. Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the Versatile Blogger Award site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

If you are looking for some interesting bloggers you can check out my blogroll page or the bloggers Mari nominated

Now those 7 things about myself:

  1. I can celebrate now that all my Christmas shopping is completed.  I still have a few gifts to add the finishing touches too, but nothing to buy and I came in way under budget this year.
  2. I was happy today not to live on a schedule as I ran into an old friend who I haven’t seen in more than a year.  She went through a divorce 5 months ago and needed an ear.
  3. My favorite tea right now is a lemon chamomile with a touch of local  honey. Mmmn so good after being out in the cold.
  4. It feels good to collect things that are being thrown out when I can save someone a few dollars.  When a neighbor moved I saved 2 pairs of scissors.  It didn’t take long before I had a couple of knocks on my door asking if I had a pair of scissors that I could loan for a few minutes.  I handed each pair out with a “I don’t need them back”. It’s a good feeling to give when it doesn’t cost any money. :-)
  5. I have been waking to the sounds of Canada Geese flying overhead each morning.  The sounds are deafening and I knew there were many more than normal but had no idea how many till I headed out today to find hundreds sitting on the frozen lake.  See picture below.
  6. This past week we stopped at a chocolate business.  I had a few of my favorite chocolate covered cashews.
  7. I have way too many projects going at the same time, I am finishing Barbie Clothes, converting a nightstand to a child’s tool bench, working on a quilt, have a pile of fabric here I am supposed to be making into cloth napkins, and a bed frame I need to strip and seal.  Oh and a second panel of curtains to finish and hang, along with wooden blinds I want to paint and hang to better insulate the front window.  Do you have too many things going on in your life too?

What you can’t see is how packed they are and that they go around the bend to the left and continue for quite a ways.

dragons-loyalty-award1-300x300-300x300 Pat from Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom nominated me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.  I love Pat’s engaging posts, although I have to admit I have fallen behind in my reading and will be looking forward to an afternoon to sit and read everything I have missed recently.

This is the first I have seen this award but isn’t it beautiful?

I feel a bit bad about accepting this award after having to admit I have fallen by the wayside in my commenting (and reading) as this is what the award represents:

“The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly”.

I can think of several people who comment on my blog and some I wish had a blog as I learn so much from them. Eimear and Lynn come to mind at the moment. I wouldn’t still be blogging if it wasn’t for each and every one of you who have stopped and commented.  Thank you.   Pat has nominated some amazing bloggers you might want to check out.

This award requires that I list 7 interesting facts about myself. I don’t think I am that interesting but I will give it a try.

  1. I am what my grandfather called a “jack of many trades yet master of none” to him this was high praise because he didn’t like the trend of specializing in just one field. I can fake most things adequately enough. :-)
  2. If I have one weakness right now it’s staying away from a chocolate hazelnut spread made locally that is sitting in my pantry.
  3. My favorite music is classic rock, but didn’t enjoy the music from my favorite bands who experimented with new sounds in the 80s
  4. I worked at an after hour club my senior year in high school.  The music played was disco and it’s the only time I have ever had a headache after an evening of music. Every weekend I needed to decompress after listening to disco.
  5. I currently have a cardboard box from a take out meal sitting in my house all decorated with drawings from my granddaughter.  She presented this to me and asked me to keep it so she could put my birthday present in it.
  6. I have one thing in my apartment that is driving me crazy. It is a cottage cheese texturing on the ceiling which has come off in some areas. I desperately wish I could still climb a ladder so I could remove it, patch anything hidden under it and give it a fresh coat of paint.  I try very hard not to look up to ignore it.
  7. It’s now 2:40 in the morning and I am wide awake.  Guess I’ll need an alarm to get up in a few hours.


pjawardAnd finally, this one is also from Pat from Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom who so sweetly thought of me when nominating her fellow bloggers for the Peace and Justice award.

This award is supposed to go to::

Recipients should frequently write about Peace, Justice, Love — the goodness in the world, or putting goodness in the world.

I am very honored to be included in this list of wonderful blooggers.

There are rules for this award as like with most, but these rules are a bit different. They are as follows:

1. Recipients should frequently write about Peace, Justice, Love — the goodness in the world, or putting goodness in the world.

2. Recipients may also frequently call attention to the bigotry or racism that happens in the world.

3. Link back to whoever nominated you and, since this is about goodness, politely thank them.

4. Spread the love to whomever and however many you believe deserve it!”

5. Sharing ONE video to show feelings on Peace and Justice, PLEASE TRY AND PASS THIS VIDEO ALONG ALSO!! It’s called, “A MESSAGE FOR ALL HUMANITY by Charlie Chaplin” and speaks from the past but is relevant now. 

I am going to try and follow the rules this time. :-)

My list of nominees is:

  1. Dan of Zen Pressence. I can’t think of many who do so much to share the subject of peace starting with ourselves.
  2. Sue Dreamwalker, her thoughts are of peace always both within ourselves and the world around her.  Her poetry alone conveys her deep feelings for humanity.
  3. Alex of Liberated Way, who explores life through the lens of history and shares my love of peace and nature.
  4. And finally, Tegan of Earth Baby Blog who gives me hope for the future generation with her passion for environmental issues and her intellect.

Now for a video, good thing i finally learned how to imbed videos last night. :-) I hope you got this far and have a 4 minutes to listen to this song, the word are some of the most beautiful I have heard in a long time.

So to Lyle, Irene, Sue, Mari and Pat, thank you from the bottom of my heart. And to you who bear with me reading and commenting, you make blogging worthwhile.

27 thoughts on “With Much Gratitude

  1. Just a comment about the popcorn texture on your ceiling. Some of those were put up with asbestos materials so you should check about that. It’s not a problem unless it can be breathed. Sounds like that is possible if it’s coming down. Otherwise, there’s not problem except the looks of it.


    • Yes, I know some are made with asbestos and I wouldn’t doubt it if mine was put up with it as the building was built int eh 1940s. What came down was cleaned up and the ceiling was painted to seal it so I’m not too worried about flakes, just hate the look of popcorn ceilings, especially when patches are missing. It seems I’m the only one who notices though.


  2. Hi Lois and thank you for a very inshightful post and for mentioning myself and Irene!

    I am very pleased that you DID accept my birthday gift and I’m glad you fell in love with it :)

    It was also fun learning more about you and tjose are awards are very well deserved!

    Take care and all the best.



  3. Lois – you’re welcome for these awards. I’m truly honored to nominate you and pass along the recognition you so rightfully deserve. You’re an inspiration to me and I’m proud to have you as my friend and fellow blogger. I enjoyed Irene’s site and photos, especially the Icelandic horses.

    That’s the best part of these awards is they introduce us to more interesting people and their interests plus we learn more about the ones we’re already connected to. It just keeps circling the globe.

    I thank you for the Peace Today video — so fitting and apropos for our world today. I hope you don’t mind I bookmarked it for potential future.


    • Thank you, Pat. I’m happy you had a moment to take a look at Irene’s photographs, they really are amazing. I thought I would choose one of the horses myself, but then fell in love with the Arctic Drift and knew that was the one. Maybe another time for the horses.

      You are welcome to use anything here I don’t copyright anything and am thrilled when someone wants to return to something I shared. I would rather the pictures of my grandchildren were not used elsewhere but I have no control over that even if I did use copyrights. I don’t have the time to search the web to see if anyone is using them, then try to get compensation. Ridiculous, but that’s why I don’t ever use their names it protects them a bit.


      • You’re welcome, Lois. I can see where it would be hard in choosing a print by Iren given her collection of photos to choose from. I enjoyed looking at them.

        I’m with you on honoring copyrights and, like you, especially wouldn’t want anyone sharing personal family pictures. I think that’s where the line is drawn.


        • Pat, while I have met only wonderful people online, I was informed there are those who will try and steal your domain name. Sure enough I looked and found people searching my exact domain name, I decided to buy my name but was too late. How crazy, all to sell ads.

          As for my content, family pictures aside, I write to share and to learn. If people pass around what I write then they are simply helping me to do what I am trying to accomplish.


          • Same here, Lois, with writing to share and learn. It’s miraculous when you think about it — the fact that you can share something and it touches the heart of someone clear across the world.


  4. Wow, Lois you definitely deserve this award! Your blog is wonderful and you frequently inspire me and show me there are fantastic people all over the world who share many of my core views.
    I’m also really touched that you thought to nominate me, thank you so much. I’m not really sure how these things work though, am I supposed to post about it and nominate other bloggers? Can someone be nominated by more than one person? And How is the award judged?
    Peace xx


    • Thank you Tegan, What you are doing is so important. You have a wonderful voice and a passion that is lacking in many of your generation today. And your new blog is lovely.

      If you want to accept the award, which is up to you, yes you write a post about it and in this case nominate as many other bloggers as you would like. There are no judges on these, it’s just a way of letting bloggers know they are appreciated and introducing people to bloggers they may not know.


  5. Lois you are certainly deserving of the Sisterhood award and most deserving of these other wonderful awards.. I thank you most kindly for your nomination to the Peace and Justice Award, I am truly honoured. I have a half written post of one award in the pipeline that’s been hanging about for days.. As I gave myself a break from blogging to do some other things.
    Irene’s prints are lovely and I love that speech of C C..And like you said its still very relevant today.
    Thank you so much Lois, and I am bowled over with your wonderful compliments.. I only wish we did live nearer, what fun we would have .. I have just spent the morning in the kitchen making beetroot chutney out of some of the last beets from the garden.. And on Monday I made more Apple and Blackberry chutney with Cinnamon, for some stocking fillers..
    Loved learning that little bit more about you my friend… I had better now try and finish that post and do more adding to it.. :-)
    With much Gratitude in return Lois…
    Love and Light
    Sue xxx


  6. Awh Lois you’re too sweet! I feel so much less interesting than you come across – I learn so much about compassion and patience, and other things, from you. Blogs just don’t work for me I’m afraid; I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe ;)

    I love these kinds of posts. It’s nice to see so many people showing their appreciation for others when an awful lot of the blogging world can be quite harsh.

    And it’s especially nice to see so many others appreciate your blog the same way I do. It brightens my day :)


    • Eimear, when I began blogging the first thing I heard was to have a thick skin as people can be cruel, yet I have found the opposite to be the case.

      I had no idea I would be able to continue to come up with things to say when I hit the publish button that first time but I’m glad you enjoy your visits here.


    • Yes, Sarah, I would like to have the rest of the Iceland photos, and may just purchase them at some point in the new year. Yes, the Chaplin video is just as relevant today although I can’t take credit for finding that one.


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