Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Blogging Award from Texas Travelers

Troy from Ramblings Around Texas Gave me a "Blogs That Make My Day" Award last week. I am pleased and overwhelmed to say the least. Now it's my turn to pass on the honor to 5 of my favorite Blogs. The choice is not easy. There are so many good blogs out there and I enjoy visiting everyone, and some of my favorites have already received their awards from others.

The rules for this award are:

1) Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day.

2) Acknowledge the post of the award giver (Thank you Troy!)

3) Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news!

Here are my five choices:

1. The Brownstone Birding Blog. Larry was the first unknown person to come and comment on my Blog. Whether he knows it or not, he is a great encouragement to me and I have learned so much about blogging from him. He says he is not a great writer but he is better than he thinks. I don't know what his real life job is but I can tell he has an educators' heart. His blog is always so helpful and informative. Plus, he birds in many places that are familiar to me since I grew up in CT. His blog is my window on my homestate.

2. Doug Taron at Gossamer Tapestry has an informative and funny Blog. He has become my entomologist expert and is always so kind to help me identify the insects I am seeing. While I largely ignored or complained about the 6 legged creatures before, I now look at them with interest. One of his funniest post is the Dear John letter he wrote to his ailing lab equipment.
3. Mary's View for her open and kind heart, her friendship, and her great bird and pond photos. Plus, she always makes me laugh (or cry)!
4. Nature Remains for her wonderful photography and well written observations of nature that hover between prose and poetry.
5. From Patrice/Pappy's Balderdash Okay, I'm cheating here, but there is a reason. From Patrice is one of my favorite blogs. I visit all the time but she has shut off her comments so I can no longer communicate with her since I don't know her email address. I love her poetry and I miss her as a friend. I think I found Texican through her and he is connected because he writes awesome poetry also which I love to read. So, Kudos to Patrice and the Texican for my daily poetry fix! (Patrice, I can only hope you still visit here. If you do, please turn your comments back on, I miss you!)
Fenlandwalker, Maine Nature Photos, Island Rambles, Ramblings Around Texas, Out With Ari, and Aunt B's Backyard are just a few of my favorites that have already received this award from others.
Roy Norris from Fenlandwalker also nominated my Blog for this award. Thank you so much Roy! I always enjoy a walk in the fen! (Does this mean I get to pick 5 more?) Okay, here goes!
1. Beth's Stories for my peek at life in Maine.
2. Hasty Brook for her great nature shots, her sense of humor and her incredible courage in facing life with joy after great loss.
3. Twelve Acres for letting me see life on the farm again and for her love of trees!
4. Bookbabie because she inspires me to create.
5. Nature Tales and Camera Trails, a new blog I have just discovered that has awesome photography from New Brunswick, Canada


me ann my camera said...

Why thank you very much Katie, for having included me within such a fine group of nature bloggers; I'm honoured! Several of the blogs you have mentioned I am already familiar with, but there are others you have named that I will now enjoy visiting too. And I am so glad that I have found your blog also!

nina at Nature Remains. said...

It's always nice to receive awards from fellow bloggers--and an honor to know someone enjoys the place we create.
I'll try to get on top of this very soon--again thanks!

It seems this time of year, things have really accelerated outside. I can barely keep up!
(Anyone else feel like they're drowning?)

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Awww, thanks Kathie! The award and your words are so kind. I'll wear the badge proudly!

Pappy said...

Thanks Kathie. I'm glad you enjoy the Balderdash. This is going to be a difficult task. Only five. I will try and select wisely. Hope Gus is feeling better. I'm happy when I see you've come by and left a comment. Visit often. Pappy

Mary said...

Kathie, I like the looks of the award, especially BOLD EDGY :O)

Thank you for thinking of me. Whenever I learn how to upgrade my blog and add the badge, I'll display it proudly.

YOU also make my day. I enjoy seeing your part of the world.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Kathie, you made my day:)

Amy said...

Kathie, thank you so much! I am so very honored that you chose my blog as one that makes your day. It makes me happy to know that it helps you relive life on the farm. I know I love living out here in the middle of nowhere and it's fulfilling to share it with others using this medium. BIG HUGS Kathie!

Amy said...

P.S. I've nominated you for a Blogs That Make My Day award. Find info here:

Larry said...

Thanks so much for your kind words.
I've often been inspired when reading your blog. The descriptions
of your time spent in the field is remarkably colorful. I don't usually do these award type of memes but if I did your bog would definitely be on my list. Thanks again-there are times when I barely manage the energy to post something and this gives me a nice little psychological boost.

Kathie Brown said...

Me ann my camera, you are so welcome. I am glad I found you too!

Nina, you are a wonderful writer. Yes, I can feel overwhelmed by it all and this time of year I'd rather be outside than at the computer. I struggle to find balance but I am getting better at it.

Lynne, you are so sweet!

Texican my man, glad to see you again. Yes, Gus is getting better. He went back to work yesterday and now I am playing catch-up once again.

Mary, it took me awhile to figure out how to do the badges also. I found I could click on the picture and it would offer a choice to save to my computer. I saved it in a picture file,then uploaded it like any other picture. After that you can actually highlight the photo in your draft and click on the "add a link" button which opens up a screen to add a URL. Add the url in the box, click OKay or DONE and voila, you have a photo with a link! I was amazed and so proud of myself when I finally figured this out as I am a total idiot when it comes to computers or writing HTML. I always use the compose mode.

To put a badge in the sidebar I found out you can click on "customize," then "add a page element", then "add a picture." When you add the picture it offers you the choice to add a link and or a title right there. Easy as pie once you know how!

And, as always, thank you for visitng. I know you are very busy. I don't know how you do it all!

Bookbabie, you are welcome. I am working on some paintings right now. I hope to post them either here or in Kathies Poet Tree when I am done.

Amy, thanks for the hugs! Kiss the chickens for me!

Larry, don't give up. You do a great job and I can tell by the comments you get that people enjoy your blog. You don't know how many times you give ME a psycological boost!

Doug Taron said...

Wow, I'm a bit late to the party here. Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm doing the post right now on my blog. You make my day, too.