Monday, November 16, 2009

Giving Thanks

Thank You
I had the distinct honor this past weekend of receiving the Kreativ Blogger Award six times, and I am simply speechless.  However, I'm not wordless because that would definitely be a blogger's nightmare.  I am extremely humbled by their choice, for they are fellow bloggers who have outstanding blogs themselves.  They are as follows:

Greta at Greta's Genealogy Bog
Felicia at My NOLA Heritage
Jennifer at Jennifer's Genealogy Blog
Mavis at Conversations With My Ancestors
Earline at Ancestral Notes
Russ at My Tombstone Collection

In keeping with the "rules" of this award I must share with you seven things about myself and pass the award on to seven other bloggers.  So here goes:

Things About Me:
1. I have a cat named Peanut.  Everyone who follows me on Twitter probably has been introduced to my Pug, Millie the dog, but I don't think anyone knows I have a cat.  She pretty much "puts up" with us, but I know if we stopped feeding her and scooping her litter box, she'd be so outta here.

2. My Cajun neighbor's husband works in Alaska, and he brought me back a calendar of Alaskan wildlife.  This month is the Sea Otter ~ so cute!

3. Speaking of calendars, my birthday is less than a month away.  [Yikes!]

4. I read romance novels.  [There.  I said it.  Hey, after all the technical and historical reading that I do, a girl's gotta unwind.  Tho' sometimes I combine the two & read historical romance novels.]

5. I also read Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.  It gives me a peek into the New Jersey culture and accent, and I love it.  Plus, Stephanie is a chick with attitude.

6. I still haven't seen snow.  I've seen snowflakes and patches of ice on top of a few mountains, but no snow.

7. I like to sneak away on cold, sunny days, go to Barnes & Noble, purchase overpriced, fattening [but yummy] coffee, and snuggle down in an overstuffed chair on the second floor in front of the big window overlooking the waterway, and read books.

Touch ~ You're It
O.K., my deep, dark secrets are out. ;)  Well, some of them at least.  Technically I should be sharing 42 things about myself, but, uh...hello people, a girl must maintain some secrets...some mystique, right?   So, without further ado, here are the seven fellow bloggers that I am passing the Kreativ Blogger Award to:

Joy at Joy in the Burbs - If you want to learn how to "go green" at home as well as the fine art of coupon clipping, you simply must visit Joy's blog.  She is the coupon queen.  I fall very short of the example she sets forth.  So, it's time you visited Joy in the 'burbs.

Jillian at Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional - Have you ever wondered how a mom gets along with 3 rambunctious boys, 1 husband, maintains her sanity, and writes things, like, a blog and a book?  Oh, and don't forget the sprinkle of humor.  It makes you wonder, "Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional?"

Jean at The Walrus and the Carpenter - Well, for me, it is simply enough that her blog's name comes from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, but if this doesn't tickle your fancy, how about this: she's a published author.  Jean writes Christian books for children and young adults, and I am simply in awe of her work.  I read her blog and complete her writing exercises in hopes that her talent will rub off on me.

Vickie at BeNotForgot - Not only is she a fellow Texan, she is an extremely creative Texan.  If you haven't seen her work yet, you are simply missing out on beautiful digital scrapbooking designs that Vickie creates.  All of which center around her family's history.  A family history that will not be forgotten by those who come after her.  SO, go visit her pictorial family story.

Janine at Janinealogy - Putting aside for the moment that she, too, is a Texan, Janine is a true artist, but more than that, she's a magician.  There really is no other word for it.  Her ability to take a damaged photo, which looks completely destroyed to an untrained eye, and transform it to something better than what it was before is simply phenomenal, if not magical.  She brings the past back to life.  Go see her perform her magic on her blog or when she guest posts on TipSquirrel's blog.

Herstoryan - Another fellow Texan, Herstoryan lives near me, and I can't wait to meet her in person.  As for her blog, have you ever wondered what your ancestors ate?  What were their recipes?  Herstoryan has a yummy family history blog that delves into recipes of the past.  Recipes that show us how much more alike we are with our ancestors than we think we are.  We have a strong connection with food, and so did our ancestors.  Not only does she share recipes from the past, but her ongoing research on her ancestors as well.

Sara Beth at Lessons From My Ancestors - Don't let the cute flowers and ribbon fool you into thinking this is just another "fluff" blog.  This is a geneablog of substance.  Through Twitter and her blog, Sara Beth has been introducing us to one of her ancestors ~ Sylvia, her 5th great-grandmother.  For a genealogist, having the written word penned by your ancestor is gold, and Sara Beth has it.  Well, she has pictures of it.  You see, Sylvia's diaries' home is a museum, and Sara Beth made a visit.  Ah, we should all be so lucky, right?  Sylvia's story revealed by her 5th great-granddaughter is priceless.  Read.  Enjoy.

Well, what are you still doing here?  Go read!


  1. Ohhh Caroline,

    Thank you so much for your gift which was, as you knew it would be, very much appreciated at this time of deep reflection.

    I guess sometimes you have to get the negative to bring on the positive.

    As soon as I get a chance I will follow through with the instructions and wear the badge proudly.

  2. You're the best! Thank you SO much for the award. I loved reading your seven things list. I am very much looking forward to that lunch. I'll email you later ;)

  3. Thank you, my dear fellow Texan, for thinking of me for this award -- and congratulations to you for receiving it (several times)! I always feel like I'm enjoying an extended branch of my own family when I stop by for a visit here. {hugs} V.

  4. If you really must see snow, just come one up! Really, my mother taught school in Galveston Texas for a number of years. It snowed once, and she noticed that when it snowed, the kids were surprised to find that snow was slippery, and cold. I guess photos and other representations don't tell the whole story. Congratulations on your well deserved award.

  5. Thank you so very much for the award. I'm honored! And congratulations to you for receiving six of them! You deserve the recognition.

    I second GrannyPam's comment. Come on this way. I'll be happy to give you some snow.


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