WOW!!! My First Blog Awards

A couple of mornings ago there was a new post in my inbox from one of my favorite bloggers, C.B. Wentworth. I love getting her new posts. I might be greeted by her newest exercise in Wreck this Journal, her latest visual art journal page, a new poem or prose piece, a photograph of her travels, or her latest adventures in her journey as a writer. I always know I’m in for a treat.

I had just enough time to read her post before heading out the door to my harp lesson. She shared that her blog just received both the Sunshine Award and the Kreativ Blogger Award – both are well deserved in my book. In order to claim the awards, she had to pass them on to other blogs she thought deserved it. I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw that she was giving both awards to Heart To Harp.

Wow!!! I’ve seen cool icons for different awards on lots of blogs, but I never imagined that this blog would receive one. Thank you so very much, C.B.!

In order to claim the Sunshine Award  I and the people I nominate have some work to do. We must:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and provide a link.
  2. Write a post about it.
  3. Answer the 10 questions below.
  4. Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and let them know.

Here’s my answers to the 10 Questions:

  1. Favorite color – purple
  2. Favorite animal – dogs, especially cairn terriers
  3. Favorite number – 5
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink – a cup of tea with cream, brewed in a tea room or pub in a rural English or Irish village. And an accompanying scone wouldn’t hurt.
  5. Facebook or Twitter – neither
  6. My passion – music
  7. Getting or giving presents? – giving
  8. Favorite pattern – abstract with lots of colors and layers of images
  9. Favorite day of the week – Friday
  10. Favorite flower – tulip

We’re not done yet! In order to claim the Kreativ Blogger Award here’s what I and the next award recipients must do:

  1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and provide a link.
  2. List 7 interesting things about yourself that your readers might find interesting.
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and tell them.

Here’s my list of Seven Interesting Things:

  1. I know how to jack up houses and rebuild their foundations, hang and mud sheetrock, install sinks and toilets, and lay ceramic tile countertops and floors – and I hope I’ll never have to do any of those things ever again.
  2. I have an amazing sense of direction, and can read maps that are not written in English, even without knowing whatever language they are in.
  3. Several years ago I won a cash award in a memoir writing contest. Someday I’ll find time to post this piece on Stories That Might Be True.
  4. I bake great bread and can braid challah.
  5. I created my entire 10-bed raised bed garden without digging up one shovelful of dirt, using the lasagna gardening method.
  6. I make books with hand-sewn signatures using stitching patterns from the Middle Ages.
  7. I have 25 years of worth of my journals stored in a giant green plastic tote box on the floor of my closet.

My nominees: I am following C.B. Wentworth’s lead here, and nominating the following blogs for both awards. You are welcome to take either award, or both!

Notes From Near and Far – Julian Hoffman is a writer living in northern Greece. This is his blog on “the nature of place.” His writing and photo images make my heart sing and my soul breathe deeply.

Sartenada’s Photo Blog – I’ve been traveling the length and breadth of Finland with Matti and his camera. Our latest trip is “Beyond the Arctic Circle,” into the wilds of northern Finland. I love seeing this part of the world through his eyes.

Cheryl Andrews – Cheryl is a writer and photographer from Canada. Her photos and stories about living in her cabin in the woods transport me from my asphalt-bound city life to a place where I can hear the loons and smell the fir trees.

Click! – Lisa Hudson describes her blog as “A Photo Log of Beautiful Moments.” Her amazing eye captures little moments of the day-to-day in photos that take my breath away.

Northern Prints – Photos From Minnesota – Another beautiful photo blog. I am regularly entranced by this photographer’s capturing of light and pattern in both the natural and the human-made worlds.

Philip Bradbury’s Bubbling Words – Philip Bradbury is what so many of us hope to be – a published writer. His challenges and reminders to be mindful of and responsible for creating the life I want consistently pull the plug on any pity party I might be throwing for myself.

Raising My Rainbow – I can’t describe this blog any better than the About Page: “ is a blog about the adventures in raising a slightly effeminate, possibly gay, totally fabulous son.” This mom’s writing about being C.J.’s parent amazes me with its honesty, wit, and courage.

Photo Nature Blog – Jeffrey Foltice is a photographer in West Michigan who specializes in nature and outdoor photography. You’ve got to check out his portrait of a rough-legged hawk!

Listening for the Whisperings – Catherine Anderson, the author of The Creative Photographer, is an artist, photographer, SoulCollage facilitator, and creativity midwife extraordinaire. Her images and words never fail to help me see deeper.

My Life In Color – This “blog about almost everything” is the newest entry on my blogroll. Strawberryindigo’s wry observations and writing that tells me I’ve found a kindred spirit. I mean, someone who has a blog section for “rants” and “would kill for dark chocolate” is welcome on my team!

Thanks again, C.B., for reading my blog, and for giving me these awards. I am touched that Heart To Harp is one of your favorites.

17 thoughts on “WOW!!! My First Blog Awards

  1. Firstly, huge congratulations of winning your award, Janet! You must be delighted with the recognition. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading the seven things about you (the book-making sounds fascinating); as a fellow gardener I’m now fascinated about the ‘lasagna’ technique, something I’ve never heard of!

    Second, I’m honoured and touched that you thought of Notes from Near and Far. Looking at some of the other blogs here I’m in fine company, and wanted to let you know that I deeply appreciate your kind words and continued reading. Although I made a decision about a year ago not accept blog awards I’m thrilled that you thought of me and look forward to following your musical journeys here.

    My very best wishes and hope all is well,


    1. Thanks, Julian! When I started my blog, I never really expected to attract any readers, so the awards were a delightful surprise. But after going through all the steps required of getting a blog award, I totally comprehend why you decided not to accept them. I am happy that you know how much I enjoy your meditations on place. Both your word and photo images touch a deep peaceful place and leave me hopeful for this sweet world. I hope the mention in my post will direct some new readers your way.

      Here’s one of many links to the lasagna gardening technique: There’s a book available but I think you can glean everything you need to know from websites. It’s still a lot of physical work to build the beds, but it works. I had less than an inch of topsoil before reaching yellow bull-tallow clay – no amount of double digging beds was going to turn that clay into usable soil, if I could have even gotten a shovel into it. Six years later I have almost two feet of luscious, dark, friable, loam in my first beds. Each year the soil gets better.

      Thanks again for your congratulations, Janet


  2. Thank You Janet. I really appreciate the appreciation. At same time I am very surprised when You selected my. Oh, Congratulations to You also, sorry, because that I should have to say at first.

    I am yet a little bit befuddled, because I was photographing World’s biggest Snow Castle in Kemi and arrived from there very late yesterday evening. Kemi is quite near to Arctic Circle. Photos from that I’ll present next December. So You have to be contented so far to see the 2011 pictures. 🙂

    Happy Saturday to You and Yours!


  3. Thank you so much for listing my photoblog Northern Prints. I enjoyed reading your list of interesting things. I also like to bake bread 🙂


  4. What a simply lovely thing to find out and hold…appreciation from a blogger you have such esteem for. Congrats…hope I don’t start getting bogged down in more blogs…ha! Will have to check out some of your favorites.


    1. Thank you, Nanci! There are so many people in the world creating so much beauty. . . it gives me hope that perhaps our species won’t go down the tubes after all! But it would indeed be easy to spend entire days looking at wonderful blogs – which would not be good for our harp practice. Still, I hope you’ll enjoy some of the blogs on my list.


  5. Thank you so much for the unexpected blog award. My name is actually Philip (not Phil) but the unsolicited recognition has made my day. I always hope to give readers hope, inspiration and practical life tools – you’ve given me all these with this award.
    Kia ora


    1. Hi Philip- I’m so sorry I truncated your name! That’s what I get for writing at 1 am. I’ve corrected your name on the link to your blog and in my post. I get called “Janice” for “Janet” all the time, and get quite annoyed with that – so a double apology for doing a similar thing to you. Your blog has been just as inspirational to me as an aspiring musician as I think it is for aspiring writers. Thanks again for your wonderful bubbling words. Janet


  6. Thanks so much for the awards! I really appreciate the appreciation. And thanks for calling me wry. I have always wanted to be wry. I shall celebrate with some dark chocolate and a look-see at the other nominees. 🙂


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