The Versatile Blogger Award!

I can’t believe I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!
Thank you so much Subhakar Das!  I am humbled and honored to receive this award nomination from you!

There are rules I must follow after being nominated, so here we go!
❤  The Rules ❤  

These are the rules that every nominee must comply with:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

I’m not following the Rules in order!  I’ll start with my Nominees.
Each one of these blogs is unique, entertaining, and upbeat.  They are writers, photographers, poets ~ all teachers of life.   They show care for others and the environment, present teachable moments and provide thought-provoking material.  They give us glimpses of places we have not seen,
 immersed in color or stark black and white, images that tell stories even without words.  Without a doubt, each blog writer’s chosen topic or image will remain in your heart for a long time.

❤ The Nominated List ❤   

amira
becomingmadame
bindu
Elyas
Kerry129
LauraLeighGoyer
lifeintheblueridges
mjmonaghan
plaidoak
readingwithmrsendsley
sartenada
suehealy
toddmaterazziphotography
urbanbuda 

There is my nominated list!  I am proud to know each and every one of these blog writers!  Please click on their links…..and visit their blog.  You will be amazed, as I am.  And tell them who sent you!   😉 ❤

Oops, I almost forgot.  I need to tell you 7 things about me.  I’m not sure you really want to know???    
1.  I’m like a fish out of water.  I love to swim. I swam competitively in my youth.
2.  I love to read.  I finished Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow.  900 pages. whew!
3.  I love my cameras: I have a Nikon D-80, and a Nikon S-8000.  I also have 3 extension tubes for the 80, as I’m trying some macro photography, without incurring the expense of a macro lens just yet.  But I am an amateur……still learning.
4.  I love being in the mountains, although my fear of heights keeps me far from the edge!
I crave the feeling of majesty and awe the mountains provide.
5.  I like to snowshoe in the winter.  The woods are so peaceful and quiet.
6.  I love to travel.  There’s so much more of the world I want to see.  (think: bucket list!)
7.  Peace~I will strive for peace in our world, and equality for all~forever.  Food, clothing and homes for those who do not have them, also.  And so important….I believe no one should have to live with daily fear for their lives.   ❤

❤ Thank you, once again, Subhakar Das for this nomination,  and Elyas, for my first nomination.  You both are very kind, and also great bloggers!

AN AWARD!!!!

❤ The Versatile Blogger Award!   Wowza!

I am blushing still……I am so excited.   I was speechless when I got the news from Kweschn!  that I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award.  And that is not like me!!   I feel very humbled to be amongst such a talented group of  bloggers.  I thank you, Kweschn! (aka Elyas), from the bottom of my heart,  for nominating me for this award.

I have some work to do as a Versatile Blogger.  There are some Rules to follow.  One of them is to nominate 15 other bloggers.  This was very hard for me.  I follow many wonderful blogs by creative people and it was very hard to choose.

❤ The Rules

These are the rules that every nominee must comply with:

1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

❤ So, even though I’ve said it….I’ll do it again:  a big THANK YOU to Kweschn!/Elyas for nominating me, for being one of my first blog followers and for continuing to visit my site~which gives me a lot of encouragement.  You write awesome poetry and I always love to see what new poems you’ve written.

❤ Seven things about me you may want to know?  hmm…
1. I was born in New York State, lived in Detroit and now live in a small Michigan town, where it is cold!
2. I have a great husband and two children who are both married.  I consider their spouses “my kids” too.
3. (So, after reading #2, you know I’m old!)  I love to do calligraphy and any sort of lettering, basically any type of Art.
4. My dad worked for Kodak for several years and loved taking photos.  He always saw the detail in what he was shooting.  It’s one of the things he taught me.  I love to shoot photos, but I’ll always be learning.
5. My kids were my inspiration to blog.  My daughter started to blog last summer, but then work and grad school got in the way. She promises to get it going again.  My son has had a photography blog for several years.
6. Some of my favorites: soft, cozy blankets, hot cocoa, chocolate, blue skies, Lake Michigan, gardening, cloud formations, fall colors, puppies and kittens, my camera, charcoal pencils, traveling, shoes!, surprises, smiles, laughter, hugs, and did I mention chocolate?  😉
7. I hope that someday in the world there is acceptance for all, respect, kindness and cooperation among all.  I know I sound crazy, but my dream is that the fighting and arguing will stop and Peace will reign.  ❤  Thanks for listening to my Seven.

Here are the Nominations:
demonking~ great writer with a good sense of humor, having a lot of fun on that blog!
Harish Sharma ~ cool photos and artwork live in this blog
Igo My Way~ travel along through stories and photos of beautiful places she’s been
keltrustsnoone ~ passionate writer: poems, causes, current events
khushjenny~ loves life and it shows in her writing!
lesleycarter~ starting with an awe-inspiring Bucket List, she tackles extreme adventures with class!
lifevesting ~ from fashion to movies to a wee little pug…..read about it here!
momlovesphoto~ lovely photos, tips and tutorials, it’s all here in this great blog
inside out cafe~ upbeat personality, great writing on a variety of subjects that we can relate to in “real life”
Novel Girl~ awesome writing tips and tutorials for would-be authors and even bloggers like me!  Excellent book reviews too.
riseandroam~ plan to travel? visit her site for helpful tips and the best sightseeing places that may not be #1 in the tourist books
Rob Slaven Photography ~ here’s a deal for you!  Two blogs in one!  Great photos…&  The Tattered Thread~ excellent writing
The Schmitt House~ writing about her family, travels and daily life with a delightful sense of humor
Personal Perceptions~ cool photos~ and there’s always a story or a statistic connected to them….a nice quality in a photo blog
1000 scribbles ~ lovely photos from all over, great music and videos….

Congratulations to all of you!   Everyone….please check out these fabulous blogs.   They all are fantastic!
Good night all!
Judy