Tokens of Appreciation

I have recently been honored by some of my friends in our blogging world with certain tokens of appreciation. Four of my fellow bloggers have generously given me the Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Blog Award, the Kreative Blogger Award, and the One Lovely Blog Award.  I am nearly lost for words as I consider the weight of their kindness.

A couple weeks ago, Sharon of Figments and Imagination presented me with my first ABC Blog Award.  A few days later, George of She Kept a Parrot honored me with the second.  

And then, shortly after that, Strawberry Indigo touched me with the Kreative Blogger award, and finally, Dovesgold of Season’s Light added to the blessings by giving me the One Lovely Blog award.

Thank you, Friends, each one of you, for your kindness and generosity in sharing your nice words and sentiments.  I cherish your appreciation of my little blog with its pictures and stories….  Your continued visiting of my site, your supportive comments, and now your bestowed honors…all contribute to my enjoyment of working/playing with my blog and encourage me to do better.  Thank you…and thank you.  🙂

If you don’t know Sharon, George, Strawberry Indigo, and Dovesgold, I encourage to visit their sites and take a browse through their work.  Sharon is involved with relief work and seems to take photos and write poetry to maintain a sense of balance in her life.  Visiting with George is like sitting at her kitchen table from late afternoon until early morning, looking at photos and sharing in the history of her life.  Strawberry Indigo has beautiful photography and observations of life…and walking with Dovesgold through her sometimes dark and worrisome poetry can be compelling, as well as validating of our own experiences.

As many of you might already know, most blog awards come with rules or stipulations that accompany accepting them.  The ABC Blog Award asks that you thank the person who gave you the award (along with providing a link to their site), describe yourself with the letters of the alphabet, and then pass the award along to other bloggers whose work you admire.

I don’t do very well at describing myself, so I asked my wife and adult children to help with this part:

A – I’m an acquired taste; B – Book lover; C – Cormac McCarthy is my favorite author; D – Diligent; E – Eloquent; F – Feminist, father, mostly fair, sometimes funny; G – I like Gonorrhea and other STDs; H – Hiker; I – Introvert; J – Jaded?  Jovial – not really, but I like the word; K – Kind; L – Loyal; M – Mindful; N – Neat, naturalist; O – Open-minded; P – Pragmatic; Q – Questioning, quiet; R – Reflective; S – Skeptic, sometimes stubborn; T – Taciturn; U – Unpretentious, unapologetic, unadoptable, unbelieving; V – Venereal disease – see Gonorrhea; W – Writer; X – Like in algebra…unknown variable? Y – Yesterday, the content of most of my writing; Z – Zoetic (from the Greek, pertaining to living, full of life).

There are two of my blog-friends with whom I will share this award – Bonnie of The Iris and the Lilly, and Chillbrook of Cornwall – A Photographic Journey. I think Bonnie knows the name of every flower and tree in her garden and for miles around her lovely home.  She shares her photos and insights and never fails to brighten my day with her posts.  Chillbrook is an early retiree whose life was touched by the children he taught in inner-city schools in London.  He uses his camera now to explore the beauty in his new/old countryside that is his home in Cornwall, England.  Both of these blogs are chock-full of beautiful photos and compelling commentary.

As a recipient of the Kreative Blogger Award, the rules obligate/encourage me to thank the person who gave me the award, with a link to their site, list seven things about myself that other people might enjoy knowing about me, and then share the award with another select group of bloggers whose sites I admire.

I have already thanked and introduced Strawberry Indigo, so I will now identify seven things about myself…that may or may not be interesting: 1) I lived in Germany for over 10 years, 2) I still have my stamp collection from when I was a child, 3) I worked at one job for nine years, my next job for ten years, my next job for 11 years, and only have ten and a half years left to make it to 12 years at my current job! 4) I am still married to my high-school sweetheart, 5) My high-school sweetheart still mostly likes me after more than 30 years as my companion, 6)  I was a veterinary technician years and years ago, 7) and I used to draw blood from people in alleyways, abandoned buildings, and crack-houses to see if they had syphilis.

The two people I have selected to award the Kreative Blogger Award are Dreams and Zeros and Tania Jessica Smith.  Dreams and Zeros shares beautiful words and photos that represent her “daily dreamscape.”  And Tania provides us with looks into her life as she has traveled the world and taken photo-evidence of its magnificence.

And finally, with regard to the One Lovely Blog Award, there are no rules, nothing that must be done…it is simply a gift of appreciation for a blog’s content.  The award comes with a beautiful badge/button that I can pass along to other bloggers whenever I choose…just to let them know that I really admire their blog.  Thank you, again, Dovesgold, for this beautiful badge that I have at the bottom of my blog.  As this post has become long enough, I will pass that award along to select bloggers at other times.

Thank you, again, Sharon, George, Strawberry Indigo, and Dovesgold for the little treasures you have shared with me.  I will and do cherish them.


16 responses

  1. Congratulations on your well-deserved Awards Scott! I enjoyed reading your A-Z descriptions.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:02 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer…it was kind of difficult, but I think the help I enlisted did pretty well. 🙂

      March 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

  2. Congratulations! Well deserved!

    March 13, 2012 at 6:04 am

    • Thank you, Madhu…very much. 🙂

      March 13, 2012 at 6:16 am

  3. Congratulations. I enjoyed learning a bit more about you and discovering a few new blogs!

    March 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

    • Thank you, Lemony. I hope you’ll still visit after learning more about me. 🙂

      And enjoy your travels with our other blog friends. Thank you again.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

  4. Of course, I’ll still be visiting. All the more reason to now: we have several things in common. I identify with MANY things on your ABC list. 🙂

    Plus, I enjoy hanging out in your space. It’s very welcoming and peaceful here.

    March 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

    • Wow…how sweet is that?! Thank you Lemony…so nice to know we’re in similar company. And thank you, truly, for your nice words about my “space.” I’m glad it’s welcoming and peaceful here…I like that very much. 🙂

      March 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

  5. I have several awards I need to acknowledge myself and I really like the way you incorporated yours all into one post. Great idea, which I think I’ll steal when time allows. In the meantime, congrats on all of your awards. You seem to be such a sweet person and you do have a great blog, so obviously deserve these and more. Congratulations!

    March 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

    • You are very kind, Marcy…thank you for your nice words and sentiment. 🙂

      March 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

  6. Congratulations on your awards and thanks so much for honouring me with the Kreative Blogger award!! Scott, you certainly are Brill! 🙂

    March 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

    • Thank you, Tania…and you are most welcome…and most deserving, as well. 🙂

      March 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

  7. George Weaver

    I don’t know how I missed this, but I did. You handled these awards really well. You qualify for every one, by the way. I don’t get here as often as I’d like, but I always think about what I read and see when I do. I smiled at your references to STDs. Who the hell lists venereal disease and gonorrhea in an acceptance speech…much less in the same one? You get the Kreativ Blogger award for that alone. I loved it. I also liked the stuff you included about yourself. I know you better now. And, I don’t believe there is a “taciturn” bone in your body. You just like that word too, I think. 😉

    March 16, 2012 at 1:06 am

    • Thank you, George, for your very nice words and sentiments about the award post…you are very encouraging. And yes…Gonorrhea and its ilk seem to never stray too far from me…seem to inform many of my waking hours and have contributed to many fond/rich memories of work and coming to know “life.” I’m glad you got to know me a little better, too…becoming closer blog-friends. And, while I do like the word “taciturn,” it does also seem to be a good descriptor for much of my conduct in more social settings. 🙂

      Thank you, again, my friend.

      March 16, 2012 at 6:02 am

  8. Wonderfully said and accepted. As is likely apparent, the “blog-world”, its honors and its norms are still a bit unknown to this questioningsoul, but reading over this entry has revealed the community you have built and created through your words, perspective and images. Well-deserved! Congratulations.

    March 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

    • Thank you for your very kind words, Questioningsoul. 🙂 The community has indeed grown, this society of blogging artists, photographers, and writers, and I have found myself in the midst of very pleasant company, many of them absolutely precious…people whose company I would love to share in person, if it were not for the miles and continents that often separate us. Their honors have been humbling…that they, as such accomplished members of their specific artisan groups, should enjoy my contribution is indeed special…touching. Thank you again for your kind sentiments and congratulations…and it is so nice to see you here again, Miss Questioningsoul. 🙂

      March 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

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