Friday, August 17, 2007

Nice Matters Award

What a nice surprise to find out that I was given an award by the Gal over at One Gal's Musings. Gal writes often and she claims that I make her laugh...she is a diehard Cubs fan and has dead on humorous observations on her blog. Plus it helps that politically we are soul sisters. Someday, I will get out to Chicago to visit another friend and perhaps I will meet the Gal and go to a ball game.

"This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you've been awarded please pass it on to 7 others who you feel are deserving of this award."

Just today I was thinking about how much I enjoy blogging. It's so much fun to write the Thursday Thirteens and then to go off and read others'. From the Thursday Thirteens, I have quite a few bloggers that I read frequently, (Thank God for Google Reader!!) Then I thought there are a few bloggers that I would love to meet and hang out with in person, only because through their blogs it's easy for me to make a connection with them.

It's hard to come up with just seven, but here are seven bloggers that I would like to pass the Nice Matters Award. The first three are bloggers that have helped me with my blog and came by just enough in the beginning to make me feel that there were people out there reading my blog!
  1. Shelly at This Eclectic Life: One of the first bloggers that I made a connection with, she has made so many friends through blogging and has a great project going, Share a Square to have as many bloggers as possible crochet a square, or two, or three to make afghans for children with cancer next summer. I would love to hang out with Shelly, crochet and then hit up some coffee shops with her. But I just don't know about that Texas Shelly, you can come up here anytime.
  2. Tea at Teatime Ramblings: Another one of the first bloggers that I connected with, our kids are similar in ages, she's crafty and we have the same interests in books. I have said this before, but Tea seems like such a sweet person that I just wish she lived closer so we could have a cup of tea, talk about books and knit or crochet. Right now she has a contest where you just have to post a banner and you are entered in for a drawing for 5 hand knitted dishcloths. I may have a bag of cotton yarn ready to make some of these myself, but where is the time?
  3. Janet at Life in Westcliffe was one of the bloggers that Shelly and hooked up with through BlogU, we were all learning how to play with our templates. Even now when I have a question about changes, Janet is someone that has been a great resource for me. It was her suggestion to for me to use a picture I had posted for this banner. I would love to sit outside at her cabin and watch the wild life with her, it seems so peaceful.
  4. Jessica at This Life Rantastic: Boy, she's one rocking chick, and as snarky as she can be in her observations of life, she is a supportive blogger. Her blogs make me smile! And the world needs more smiles....Now if we can only figure out how to get her to the Technorati A-list....
  5. Harlekwin at Boho Rap: A newer blogger, but boy talk about creative! She gets this award b/c she is so personable in her comments and writing. Her blog is beautiful and she did it all....but here's the best part, if you were to ask her how she did something...she takes the time to share. Now I just got to figure out how to meet her and work in her shop for just a week...
  6. Paulie at Paulie's Postcards: Paulie is a newer blogger that I met in round about way through a Teacher forum that I lurk on. Paulie's comments are helpful when I make changes and I am inspired by the photos that she takes on her walks. Talk about finding the good,beauty in anything.
  7. Susan at West of Mars: Susan has one of the more unique blogs on the Thursday Thirteen, she has written a book, Trevor's Song about a rock band and I was thrown off at first not knowing what the blog was about. Soon I was able to pick up on it and Sue's comments are always positive in her responses at her blog and on others' comments.


  1. Thanks so much!

    Sorry I've been a bit quiet lately, I'm on vacation and I'm not always on the computer. I should be back in full swing in another week.

    I have to say you are one person I'd also like to meet up with and have tea...(_)p!

  2. What nice things to say. I've been having kinda a rough day today and it made me feel a tad better.

    You are welcome to visit and stay in the cabin any time. Heck I may even let you stay in the barn! lol

    I didn't know that's how you and Shel found me or if I did I had forgotten. Cool, boy I miss Annie, but now I have BoHo who is more than willing to fill her shoes with advice.

  3. Hi Jen!

    Thank you for the awards and even more for the wonderful words!!! If you come to Chicago, you definitely have to come and see me, too!!

    Don't tell One Gal, but I'm not a huge baseball fan, but my husband and son are White Sox fans, even though we are northsiders! That's nothing short of sin here in Chicago so we are forced to remain inside the house ;)

    Thanks again for the award!!!

    Jessica The Rock Chick

  4. Congrats on getting the award and I love the descriptions you gave to those you passed the award on to. I'll have to go check out their blogs now. Because that's just what I need, more blogs to read to help me further procrastinate from such unfun things as doing dishes or vacuuming.

    And thanks for commenting on my TT list yesterday, I really appreciate it.

  5. You are a sweetheart, Jen. Thanks for being a faithful friend, even though I'm not "getting out of the house" much. Your list includes many of the people I'd put on my own. In fact, I'd probably put them all on the list. Seven isn't enough, is it? There are some pretty cool folks out there on the WWW. can come to my house! I have a guest bedroom stacked to the ceiling with crocheted squares, but I'll move 'em.

  6. Hey, Jen! You're a doll to include me in such a cool list; thanks. I'm honored!

    Glad you're catching on to the fictional fun at the blog. You could have asked me for some clarification, of course; I'm always glad to help out with that sort of thing!

  7. Hooray for nice bloggers!

  8. Jen, thank you so much for including me on your list! I am sincerely and truly honored.

    I think you've created a wonderful itinerary for a vacation with this post. Head to Chicago to visit The Gal and Jessica, turn left for Texas to visit Shelly (I'm sure she'll have a crochet hook waiting for you). Turn left again and head up to Janet's mountain hideaway, then one last left turn to make your way to gorgeous southern Oregon where I can show you all the sights and a few new beading techniques while we're at it.

    And thank you for pointing out my willingness to share... it's one of the things that brings me great joy! I learned long ago, what you put out you get back.

    I hope you're having a super nice weekend.

  9. And then from Oregon, I can go up through Canada to Tea' maybe if I win powerball tonight LOL.

  10. I'd love to go to a game with you. Especially if the Red Sox ever play in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. (Though I have been warned that in some religions, a Cubs-Red Sox World Series matchup is one of the signs of the apocalypse.)

  11. Thanks for the honor -- I don't know if I know 7 bloggers well enough to present any award to them. :o( When I get finished moving, maybe I can think of a few from my PHOTO HUNTERS group. . . we will see. I appreciate the honor. . .

    Did you forget I am in Washington state. It is located north of OREGON!!!!!!!!!!! How about stopping by to see me? sob sob


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