Be Happy Anyway

Be Happy Anyway
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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Loyalty Has Its Rewards

When I started blogging almost two years ago, (In a month and half it will be exactly two years) I had no idea where it would lead me. I had no clue as to how many people I would become acquainted with. I was unaware of the affect it would have on my life. I did it because we learned about it at school and our campus tech said it was a tool we could use with our students. (Haven't done that yet.)

After I created my blog, I occasionally would click the "next blog" button at the top of the screen. I was fascinated to see how many blogs there were out there on so MANY different subjects. I still don't understand how the "next" button works as each time I click it from my home page, I get a different blogger. Today as I write this, the NEXT blogger is a mom who tells all about the growing up of her daughter Charlotte - cute little girl. There are many blogs out there like that. I figure they are meant for their family who lives far away, so I usually feel like an intruder when I encounter them and never return.

There is one exception, however. I came across a blog, during one of my NEXT-a-thons that I enjoyed following. This blog belongs to Eva Helen. I commented once and she commented back and we have been blog buddies ever since. She takes such lovely pictures of her family and of the places they go.

The other people that I follow and that come up on my reader are a result of my activity on Scrapblog and SIStv. It is nice to follow people who have similar interests but live such different lives than I. It reminds me that there is more to life than what goes on in my little town.

One of those bloggers is Rieni. She takes the most beautiful photos of the Dutch countryside. When I visit her blog, I feel I have wandered into her world. The fun thing is it is written all in Dutch, so I practice reading it and then I turn on the Google translator to see what I got right. I try to visit her every week if not everyday. For my loyalty I was given a blog award. YAY FOR ME. Now I have to share it with 7 of you. Let's see how it goes.First the rules: Dutch English Norwegian

1. Kopier deze award naar je blog

copy this award to your blog
Kopier denne prisen til bloggen din.
2. Maak een link naar de persoon van wie je deze award gekregen hebt.
Create a link to the person from whom you have received this award.

Opprett en kobling til den personen som du har mottatt denne prisen.
3. Vertel 7 intressante dingen over jezelf.

Tell 7 interesting things about yourself.

Fortelle 7 interessante ting om deg selv.
4. Kies 7 andere bloggers om de award door te geven.
Choose 7 other bloggers to pass the award.

Velg 7 andre bloggere til å passere prisen.
5. Maak een link naar hun blog.
Create a link to their blog.

Lag en link til bloggen deres.
6 Laat een berichtje achter op hun blog,om ze te vertellen over de award die ze gekregen hebben van jouw.
Leave a message on their blog, to tell them about the award they have received yours.

Legg igjen en melding i bloggen deres og fortelle dem om prisen de har mottatt ditt.

Next: To tell 7 things about myself.
  1. I have been crafty since elementary school. We had a great art teacher Mrs. Blomquist and she taught us papier mache, quilling, pottery, crayon resist and many other things. I wish my students had these type of resources regularly, but with budget cuts, we have no art teacher. They are left with me as an art teacher, and I must admit I have been lax in that area on a regular basis.
  2. As a child I learned to crochet from a Japanese lady who lived down the street. Her name was Toshiko. She would tell me to make a chain with HIFTY links and I couldn't understand her. Her husband Robby would walk by and say "FIFTY!!!"
  3. I learned to knit from one of my mother's knitting books. I got pretty good at it, but was always really bad about finishing projects. (There is a sweater in box somewhere with only a front. I am sure.)
  4. I learned to sew in 4H. My teacher was Mrs. Seiser. I had a crush on her son Derek. (She had all boys, and they used to like to play Queen-the only place I ever head rock music for many years.) Once a week I would go to her house and learn to sew. My first project was a little knapsack. My second was a sundress. I sewed many of my daughter's clothes many years later, but haven't touched the machine in two years or more.
  5. I learned to cook with Mrs. Seiser too. Those who know me know where that has gotten me.
  6. I played the flute from 6th grade through college and afterward played in church orchestras until my flute was stolen in 1997.
  7. I live in the town I grew up, but have moved away many times. (More about that some other time.)
Finally, the award giving.
1. Eva Helen for her candid photography and for letting me have a peek into her world.
2. Sandra has the best scraproom in the world. It is in an old carriage house which, by the way, has the BEST guestroom int he world too. When she makes it out there (when not playing with her cutie of a grandson) the makes the nicest things.
3. MJ makes the cutest hand painted items, but is currently out of commission due to an unfortunate slip. Sorry folks, her blog is private, but I am giving her an award anyway.
4. Letti is so prolific that she has two blogs. One is about her Adventures in the U S of A and the other is the loveliest mom to son blog I have ever seen where she documented her daily life during her pregnancy and her son's daily life as he grows. I love how she speaks to him. It will be a treasure for him in the future.
5. Thinkie travels so many places and takes so many photos. (I think I have thing for photoblogs.) She is another Dutchie and has given me window to so many different worlds.
6. Marit is a creative art journaler and has started her first online workshop. She has already shown us how to make our own art journals. I can't wait to see what else comes up.
7. MrsPeel has entered full force into the world of digital scrapbooking. I met her on Scrapblog, but she has taken the art of digital scrapping even farther. She is quite talented.

So click on over. Meet these ladies. Get to know the people who inspire me. And I will see how loyal I can be to my own blog in the future.


Chris said...

Love your answers and all of your blog recommendations - I follow quite a few of them also but love to find new ones. I always appreciate your lovely comments on my blog. Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the award AnneMarie! I'm honoured and blessed that we found each other on this world wide web...! Have a lovely Sunday dear!

Thinkie said...

Thank you so much! :-) I really appreciate it, the award but mostly your visits to and comments on my blog!

MrsPeel said...

you are such an amazing woman....
I only started blogging here because of you & Peggy,though the first blog I came to see was Octomom,hers shows my failings too much and kinda...well, not gonna go on abou that now.

I admire you deeply, being a mom, a wife, a ateacher AND all the things you do online....
I m not even able to do half of what you do.(and I just saw you do Twiter too!!!!! oh my!

Thanks so much Annemarie, you & Peggy are the two people who have always, always encouraged me into doing more, and feeling better.
I should give YOU the award of most amazing woman in MY Web!!!! (I may just create that!)
Thanks so much! :)

Roban said...

I'm looking for some spare time lying around my house somewhere. I need it, so I can go visit these sites you mentioned. (Other than Letti and Mrs. Peel, they're all new to me.)

I didn't know that you were such an accomplished musician... and seamstress. Such a talent in so many different areas!

miruspeg said...

Loyalty sure DOES have its rewards Annemarie.
Always enjoy reading more titbits about your life.
You have received some lovely comments here.....all absolutely true.
Lots of love from your travel buddy.
Peggy xxxx

letti said...

awww, thank you, that is soo sweet of you. Thanks for sharing your stories with us also, it is always wonderful to get to read them. Oh, and I've kinda been lagging with Scrapblogging since Jaxon arrived on the scene :) I'll have to do one for his first year when he turns one! :)

many hugs and have a blessed week ahead

Anonymous said...

thank you, sweetie, for the award.
i love reading your blog.
i think you should pull that sewing machine out and use it on your art journal! i'm excited about our class.
i'll post my award tomorrow.

Eva Helen said...

Kjære deg!

Tusen, tusen takk for awarden! Jeg ble virkelig glad.
Håper vi møtes til sommeren, når dere kommer. Det hadde vært så koselig!

Varme tanker, og gode klemmer til deg!

Sharmaine Kruijver said...

And I appreciate your online friendship too. Love your write up on each and wish I had time to venture to more blogs and foster new friendships too. Yes it is on my growing list of things to do when all the girls are at school. So, yes, you were right, there will be lots to keep me occupied :) HUGS and thank you :)

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