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Awards, Blogging, and Lily River

January 19, 2009

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Awards day at So Many Books, So Little Time.  I was so touched to receive these wonderful commendations from two fabulous bloggers.  Jeanie at Marmelade Gypsy,  who is the most affable blogger I know, sent me the Marie Antoinette Award for “being an inspiration in our little creative/blogging world.”  Thank you, Jeanie.

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And from Becca at Bookstack,  the Premios Dardo Award, which recognizes “the effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day.  These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”  Becca has built warm affinity in the writer’s corner of blog-land, and introduced me to many like souls.  Thank you, Becca.

It is hard to pass this on to just a few people, and I know that many of the sites I frequent have already received these awards.  I will, instead, direct you to my blog roll.  I have updated the list with many I visit often but had neglected to include here, and I have removed obsolete links.  If you don’t already, please visit all of them.

I want to extend my appreciation to all the readers who drop in here.  I appreciate the conversations, short or long, and look forward to chatting with you and visiting your posts.  This blog has a second anniversary coming up in March.  I have plans for a St. Patrick’s Day advent style calendar for a couple weeks, in celebration of both events.  I think I will tell the story of Qugrainne then.

Postscript: I visited Lily River yesterday.  I saw numerous animal tracks, listened to the birds, and snow shoed on the frozen river, picturing the fish and frogs sleeping under the ice.  The following is a little photo journal of a lovely day.

1-blue-snow

Is there anything more beautiful than wind sculpted, blue snow?

2-port-washingtonPort Washington Nuclear Power Plant: what we need to get away from!

3-green-bay-papermill

Paper mills on Green Bay: another thing we need to get away from.

nicolet

Ahhh.  Entering Chequamagon-Nicolet National Forest.

5-northernedge

Northern edge of property

6-northwest-corner

Northwest corner.

7-island

Island: perfect spot for a tree house.

8-woods

Birch, pine, oak, maple, and ?? we shall see in the spring when the leaves are out.

9-drive-away

It snowed (again!) on the drive home.  Back to reality.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. okathleen permalink
    January 19, 2009 9:45 pm

    Bliss, we never see scenes like that, just slush and mud… intriguing blog!
    http://www.okathleen.wordpress.com

    Okathleen – I say the same to you.

    Sorry about the slush and mud – at least you don’t have to shovel it. I suppose you might get stuck in it, however, which we also suffer from when not careful. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

  2. January 19, 2009 10:25 pm

    What beautiful pictures! I am so jealous of your snowy adventure, thank you so much for letting me go along vicariously!!!

    Sure, Carl – anytime! I don’t think I’ll be going back for a little while. The last three trips north have been quite harrowing with snow, ice, and slippery roads! I counted seventeen cars in the ditch in a 50 mile stretch yesterday. A little nerve racking, to say the least. I was listening to a book on tape, and I had to keep turning it off to focus on one thing – the car staying on the road. And I wasn’t even driving!

  3. January 20, 2009 7:52 am

    Oh, Qu, how clean and clear and lovely the territory you share! (and yet I have some guilt over the paper mill, being such a paper lover AND over the power plant, being a human who loves to turnon lights with the flick of a switch) but the blue snow and the trees – I can smell the freshness!

    And congrats on the awards. Truly you do enlighten, entertain and share so much that we would likely miss on our own.

    Oh, Thank you. You are very kind.
    Well, I guess we all like that light switch to be handy. You use the curly bulbs, right? I am sure you do. And canvas bags at the grocery store? Of course. If we could all just head in the right direction, it would make such a difference! I do love paper… lunch sacks, typing bond, Christmas wrap…but those paper mills are just nasty. Have you ever smelled one? Ugh. I know you mean you love lovely paper. They don’t make that kind at the paper mill, so you don’t have to feel guilty about that one.

  4. January 22, 2009 4:25 am

    Nice photos!

    Thank you, Lilian! What a lovely name you have.

  5. January 23, 2009 10:23 am

    Congrats on your awards. You have great photos in your recent postings.

    Thank you Princess. I am a photographer at heart. I have to steal my daughter’s camera to indulge, however, which doesn’t make her too happy. One of these days I will get my own camera!

  6. January 23, 2009 10:22 pm

    Congratulations on the well-deserved awards! And thanks so much for the lovely snowy photographs! I just adore the winter colour palette!

    Thank you Pamela. I love the light in winter, too. It makes everything, on a sunny day, so clear and sharp. And there really is nothing more beautiful than blue snow. I snapped photo after photo along the highway as the sun was coming up.

  7. January 28, 2009 4:05 am

    Hello! I’m catching up and reading backwards! Thanks for your lovely words, and the award from Becca is MORE than deserved! (Stop by the Marmelade Gypsy — I’m having a drawing in conjunction with One World, One Heart!)

    Welcome back, Jeanie. I will stop by today!

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