Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Awards Show

I received a nice message the other day from Annie's Granny over at Annie's Kitchen Garden saying that she's sent me a Kreativ Blogger Award. It turns out that as much as I love to receive blogging awards from my fellow bloggers, I'm terrible at following through with the tasks necessary to pass the award along. It's not that I don't want to pass it along. It's just that I mean to do it and then next thing I know I forgot and then it's been so long that it's awkward and weird to pass it along. I'm not proud of this. It's definitely one of my shortcomings.

For example, Cheryl at Cheryl's Garden Goodies was kind enough to pass on "The Blogger Award" on May 1st of this year. I thought it was so nice of her to think of unskilled-ole' me, but then I plain forgot to pass the thing on to anyone else. Here we are about six weeks later and I'm just now mentioning it. Again. Not proud of this. Intentions in right place. Actions…not so much.

With that being said, I'm doing my best to follow through with Annie's Granny's award tasks, even though I fear I'll bore the pants off of my readers. One of the tasks is to list seven things about yourself that people might find interesting. I think it's hard to judge what others find interesting since what you are, just "is" in your world, you know? Nevertheless, after minutes of hard thought, I came up with the following list of seven things.

1) I can play the spoons. Yeah, I can rock out with two spoons, thank you very much. This is why I was so popular in high school. You think being a band geek is tough? Try being a spoon geek. LOL.

2) I'm quite versed in Cockney Rhyming slang. I don't have the accent anymore, but I am fully bilingual in Cockney Rhyming slang. It's not coming in very useful in Florida though. I could tell you to lift your Uncle Ned off your weeping willow, head down the apples and pears and put on your daisy roots to go for a ball of chalk on the frog and toad. And then you'd see why this hasn't come in very useful in Florida.

3) I don't remember most of 1995 due to a little stint with amnesia. Seriously. This explains a lot. Farmer B refers to the "incident" frequently.

4) I hopped a fence and illegally climbed to the top of Mt. Vesuvius when it was closed due to dangerous weather conditions. Farmer B was the instigator. We did it with a lone Royal Mail Postman and two girls traveling in their gap year.

5) Deep down inside I'm a writer, so one of my life goals is to publish a book. I don't know what kind of book. Maybe it'll be about a trio of chickens with special powers since we tell those stories daily around here.

6) I love 1970s disaster movies. Airport, Towering Inferno, Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake…yeah, I've loved them since I was a kid. If scores of polyester-clad actors are dying on a cheesy movie set amidst explosions, I'm there.

7) I've lived in two countries, but never lived more than a 30-minute drive from a coast. I worry I'd feel claustrophobic living in the middle of the country. I've lived on top of the white cliffs looking out over the English Channel…and lived on a small barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, but here in Central Florida (at 30 min's from the beach) is the furthest inland I've ever lived.

I'm also supposed to nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers. This is the hard part. Because I have guilt issues, I start second-guessing myself. What if they already got the award and I missed it? Will they want it again? What if they're a fellow procrastinator like myself and then can't complete the award tasks? Will they feel guilty? Oh, what it's like in my head. I can blame my 1995 incident for this insanity. With that being said, I'm only going to nominate three bloggers. These aren't blogs with large followings and I quite like to read blogs that don't have a ton of readers. I like knowing that people are continuing to write about their lives even though they might not have an enormous audience.

1) Kimchi and white rice - this family just seems like people I'd love to have as neighbors. They've got great style, a great veggie garden going on and they've got chickens too!

2) Mad Beach Maven - Kathryn is a 60-something grandmother of 5 who lives in Florida and is pretty new to gardening (just like me). I love seeing pictures of her dog playing in the white sand and it makes me think of the fun times I had with my dog.

3) Garden Now, Think Later - Erin is a military mama whose husband routinely goes away for long deployments, leaving her with two young boys and a vegetable garden. Somehow she manages to keep it all together while he's gone!

So thanks again to Cheryl and Annie's Granny for thinking of me. I really do appreciate it. To be honest, I'm always shocked that anyone besides my own mother reads my blog, so to know others do and actually like it is always a great feeling.


donna said...

You're such a funny and kind-hearted blogger. Visits here are always enjoyable. I like your mention of people continuing to write about their lives no matter the size of their audience.

MadBeachMaven said...

Oh, my gosh, Kate - thank you so much for the mention! It gives me a little squiggly feeling inside to see my blog name in someone elses blog. I'm so happy you come back to visit and enjoy. Unfortunately, my computer is still in the shop and she has dementia or as the computer fix-it guy says "problems with the memory". Hoping to get her back by the weekend. Til I blog again, take care, and again, thank you! K (aka Mad Beach Maven)

Engineeredgarden said...

Have you ever seen the music video "spoonman", by soundgarden? Next time I see it, i'll be thinking of your spoon playing abilities.
You should really write a book about something....

Erin said...

Thanks so much, Kate! I too, enjoy reading others' blogs w/o huge followings. My blog sometimes is what gives me the push to get things done around here - after all, I am now "accountable" to it, small audience and all! Now I will really have to get my butt in gear and post this week...I am taking 2 days off from blogging to tackle the big cleanup of the yard since the highs are only supposed to be in the upper 70's here...downright frigid and awesome for June!!!
thanks again

Annie's Granny said...

Good for you, Kate! You're the only one of the seven I chose (and it was gut wrenching to pick seven) that responded! I can't even scold you for only picking three ;-)

If you ever write that book, I want to be one of the first to read it.

Kelly said...

Awe, we all love your blog. I am only familiar with one of the 3 nominations, (Erin) and I can see why she made your list. I will be sure to check out the other two! I think you would be a wonderful fiction writer with your life experiences and sense of humor, I would read anything you wrote!! Reading your blog everyday inspired me start one of my own knowing I may be the only one to read it but not caring-and this a a big deal for me because I am so NOT a writer. So, you deserve the awards for entertaining and inspiring us, Congrats Kate and other nominees!

Dani said...

It's so fun to learn more things about you Kate! Your blog has been a favorite of mine since I stumbled on it last year. I'm glad other people think so too and award you for it. :)

Ribbit said...

Well deserved!

whiterice said...

You make me laugh Kate....such a well deserved award!

kimchi said...

Thanks Kate -
We are honored to be mentioned on your blog! It is nice to go through these gardening experiences together. Your blog always cracks me up. Thanks for checking up on us - back to blogging soon :)

Kate and Crew said...

You guys are seriously the best! Thanks for saying such nice things!! Who'd have thought that writing a blog could be such a self-esteem boost?? I feel like Stuart Smalley from SNL - I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me! LOLOL.

Did I totally just date myself by repeating that old skit?

Cheryl said...

You're welcome (for the "thanks for thinking of me"). I've had a lot of work-work to do lately and I'm so far behind on my blog reading (and my blog writing for that matter).

Congrats on the award. You already know I enjoy reading your blog. When I get a few minutes, I plan to check out your favs.

Do I maybe, possibly, hopefully see a spoon concerto in D minor video in the near future?

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