I’m feeling a bit saucy today. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Don’t be a goose, take a gander at this delectable sauce — composed of delicate hints of the Versatile Blogger Award, a dash of the Loyal Reader and a smattering of Team Membership.
Heartfelt thanks to Belsbror and SimonOworkman, who both separately awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Belsbror has great stories, very moving and descriptive. I like his analogy of a blog being like a tree, you should check him out. SimonOworkman has a very engaging and lyrical writing style. I like his caterpillar poem very much.
A double dose of thanks to Jessica Hagan for the piquant Loyal Reader and Wonderful Team Membership Awards. She has inspiring photographs of flowers, butterflies, bees and cats. My appreciation of nature grows every day with the privilege of seeing it through her eyes.
Details about me: I took the last photograph here hanging out of my car window. My three kids and I think up new stories constantly. My middle child has written a fairy tale and wants me to publish it, and I will be proud to do so one day soon. I walk most mornings, and my skin burns to a crisp in the sun, so I usually wear a large-brimmed hat. I have loved fairy tales all my life, and I try to approach every day as if it will be magical, full of beauty and wonder and have compassion when the clouds come. I never expected to enjoy reading the blogs of others as much as I do. Thanks all of you for participating in this exotic, global wonderland.
Now for the swag, here are 14 lovely bloggers who can take home the above three awards in their goodie bag (dig it or ditch it, it’s up to you):
Len, my first reader and most loyal follower. He’s an artist, a dad, a writer, a loving husband, an artist and a student. I can’t imagine more versatility, loyalty and team membership!
Travel Sized, an experienced traveler with lots to share, and a deep appreciation for nature even to the point of camping!
Ed, another loyal reader, who also has a deep connection to nature and has fantastic photos.
Wildersoul, a new friend, who has a cool coloring book for kids — not just more princesses and trains. Love especially her Celtic knotwork and video of her coloring.
Donicia, an old soul in a beautiful young woman, has been a great reader and encourager. I love her photos and quotes. Bless her for being part of my community.
Whyilovewesttexas, another great reader, has a great appreciation of nature.
PacificParatrooper, is a treasure trove of history about World War II in the Pacific and all aspects of life in that time period.
Windup-Razor-Chronicles by Son of Sharecropper is a delightful amalgam of fishing, shaving, poetry and amazing photos.
Basho and Jung, is the Haiku king! Love those pink ears on his gravatar, too. Always a giggle.
Dagny at Serenely Rapt, has inspiring writing, poetry and prose on a beautiful site.
Old News has a brilliant archive of some of my favorite comic strip artists, visit if you need some belly laughs.
Vit Peyr, whose photographs amaze and inspire me, is worth a visit. A look is like entering a fairy tale.
Wish I were here, has amazing stories and pictures from all over the world, and is a great reader.
Jeweledfrogcreations has inspiring designs with an endearing whimsy.
For all readers, these photographs are dedicated to all of you. I’m grateful to all of you, you’ve helped me transform friendlyfairytales from a dream into a rewarding reality. Each one of you has lent me some magic, given me encouragement and welcomed my stories with more affection and attention than I ever expected. Thanks for being part of my world.
I hope that wherever your eye is drawn, you find the beauty and magic there. I see beauty and magic in all of you.
Peace, love, joy and magic!