Friday, September 26, 2008

A Welcomed Award

It's the little things, don't you think? Well, I've finally gathered myself since my return trip from Idaho and have gotten back to blogging when I posted for National Honey Month. I hadn't planned on posting today because I'm still trying to catch up to October who is knocking at the door. Then, it happened. Lidian over at Kitchen Retro honored me with my very first ever BLOG AWARD! I was truly gushing with excitement. I've been tugging with myself and quite frankly, thinking perhaps, I should cut down on my postings. I tend to get carried away sometimes and although I've been trying to control my"wordiness", it just seems to overflow. The “I Love Your Blog” award from Lidian could not have arrived at a better time. For that, I thank you Lidian. I have enjoyed my visits to your corner of the blogsphere immensly.

I wasn't quite sure what my next move should be after receiving this boost of encouragement. Of course, I wanted to display it with the immense pride I felt but was unsure of whether anything else was required. I checked around a bit and found a compiled list over at Frugally Retro a blog I had never visited before and look forward to dropping in on again. Here are Julie's suggestions:

1. A winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate up to 7 other blogs.
4. Put links to the nominated blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the nominated blogs.

Although I have only been blogging for almost a year, (October is my 1 year blogaversary:) I've been a long time web browser. It never ceases to amaze me as to the amount of dedication, knowledge and creativity "ordinary" people share selflessly on the internet. IMHO, bloggers have enhanced this harvest of experiences into a cornucopia of feasts. My hobby is collecting cookbooks. So naturally, to my mind, bloggers who LOVE cookbooks are certainly those where I feel most comfortable. I don't think of myself as a foodie but must admit I tend to lean more toward food related websites. I especially like to visit those blogs which offer recipe triumphs as well as misfortunes. I'm in awe of the amount of food related travel, both home and abroad, and the detail and frankness shared in some bloggers personal lives. It is sometimes a culinary escape enjoyed as the icing on the cake; delectable, sweet and not quite forbidden. The paths the world has taken throughout history that have lead us to what we now find in our refrigerators, simmering on our stoves, baking in our ovens and filling our cupboards have always been my passion. Those blogs which offer insight to those chosen roads will always be a stopover for me.

Like Lidian, it would be difficult for me to limit myself to 7 blogs I love. My first reaction was to enjoy my award and leave it at that. Then, I got to thinking. The “I Love Your Blog” award made my day. I don't really want to impose on anyone and yet, I find the need to accept and pass a long... if for no other reason but to thank others who have been encouraging and yes, sometimes critical of my blogging endeavors and whose blogs I also LOVE. I'm only including five simply because 5 is my lucky number! Once again, thanks Lidian. Louise.

A Blustery Day

You would think the words which would remind me of my glorious trip to Idaho would be love, family, and cotton candy. No, dear visitors. The first word that comes to mind is...blustery. I don't know if anyone realizes it, I certainly hadn't, Idaho is at times, very windy! "Grammy, can I come outside with you while you drink your coffee"? my early rising grand-daughter, Tabitha asked the first morning of my visit. "Grammy's on her way in" I replied through the crack in the door focused on her cute little button nose. It sure is a blustery day. She looked at me with a cryptic glance and instantaneously began to laugh. Winnie the Pooh says that she giggled. I grabbed my coffee and the Mickey Mouse blanket I was using as a wind shield and made way my back into the house. "Whew! It sure is windy out there..." By the time I made my slippers do the walking to the entrance of the door, Tabi was back gleaming with her infectious smile and her favorite Pooh Bear. It seems so long ago that she was but half the size of the golden glowing icon of Hundred Acre Wood.

Noah is not without his own rendition of the needs that must be tended to in such turbulence. "Grammy, when you're done with your coffee, can we go see Tabi's sunflower? Okay, bear with me, I need to fill you in on the story of the sunflowers. I sent the kids sunflower seeds to plant in Idaho for summer's bloom. They hadn't moved into their new house yet but, Michele (my daughter) tried her best to "grow" a green thumb and help plant the seeds in pots on the window sill in their temporary apartment. In the eyes of the children, her efforts were more than successful. As you can see in the Mammoth Sunflower picture shown:) When they got into the new house, the kids encouraged Michele to plant the sun thirsty sunflowers. To her dismay and the kids gleeful joy, the sunflowers struggled to thrive. Now, as I was saying, Noah wanted to go check the plants to see if the one possible bloom could manage to evolve. We drafted our way over to the canal where the sunflowers are planted with the gusts of winds giving us a turbulent boost. "Grammy, Noah tugs.

"It's opened! "It got pollination."

"Pollination!" I said enthusiastically.

"How do you know about pollination, I questioned."

"The Bee Movie" he replied.

"I've never seen the Bee Movie, "I informed him.

"When we get it back from Devin, we can watch it" he answered triumphantly. "Bees make pollination."

The conversation was over as far as 4 year old Noah was concerned. It continued in my mind. I suppose, I was just not prepared for my young grandson to enlighten me with a word like pollination. Noah took the picture although, a bit worried a gust of wind would upset the bees.

From: Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day
Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by: Sterling Holloway [Pooh]

Hum dum dum ditty dum
Hum dum dum

Oh the wind is lashing lustily
And the trees are thrashing thrustily
And the leaves are rustling gustily
So it's rather safe to say
That it seems that it may turn out to be
It feels that it will undoubtedly
It looks like a rather blustery day, today
It sounds that it may turn out to be
Feels that it will undoubtedly
Looks like a rather blustery day today

1. National Honey Month: A Beekeeper's Lunch
2. Cooking with Pooh!
3. Eeyore's Snack Page 
4. Classic Winnie the Pooh Cake


  1. Thank you (:
    We miss you terribly. As do the "blustery" Idaho days.

  2. Many thanks, Louise! I've really appreciated your visits to CT, and your kind feedback!

  3. What kind of daughter am I... Duh - (as Devi would say.) Congratulations on your amazing award, Mommy. I am so proud of you!

  4. Just catching up. Congrats and thank you. Your grandchildren look so cute. I can imagine how great this visit was.

  5. I'm late, late, late in thanking you for the award! I love your blog and all the information found here. Isn't it amazing the great things that are inspired by an old cookbook or two?

  6. Hi T. W.
    As do I.

    Hi Glamah,
    Thank you so much. They are such a delight. I miss them already.

    Hi Kathy,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. GREAT things are harvested from cookbooks. sometimes much more than just recipes. You are very welcome...

    Hey Pumpkin (frutlup)
    You're the BEST daughter ever and I miss you and the kids and a gust or two of blustery...


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise