Tuesday, May 15, 2012

#86. or, surprise surprise

 So, a few things here that i need to tell you guys.

  First, i'm getting increasingly busy here. I hope to be in the field seeding later this week. I'm working on equipment and trying to get things ready. Not to mention, there's still baby calves coming and i'm trying to get up a little earlier to get in at least a little bit of exercise and stretching. Anyways, i seem to be running out of hours in the day to get everything squeezed in.

  I'm having some trouble keeping up the blogging pace that i had a month or two ago. I'm going to try to not get below two posts a week but i apologize if you come looking and there's nothing new here.

  Second, to all my new bloggy friends, i'm sorry if i've fallen behind on the commenting. For the same reasons as in the first point, i'm having a bit of a time trying to keep up on all the new posts. I can usually try to squeeze in a minute or two to read the new posts on my phone but i like to put some thought into them before i leave a comment. Sometimes, i've forgotten to get back to leave a comment. I haven't forgotten about you, it's just the time thing again. I'm trying to catch up and keep in touch with you guys.

  Then there's this.

  
i've been given an award!

 My friend Pish Posh has bestowed upon me the most prestigious honor of a Liebster Award! Well, i'm not certain that it's actually prestigious but i think it's AMAZING AND AWESOME! I've been running about the house singing, "i've won an award, i've won an award!" (i had to wait until everyone was gone so i didn't look like a complete fool.) So what may you ask is a Liebster Award? It's this:

  Liebster in German, means Dearest, Beloved, or favorite, and it's for bloggers with under 200 followers. Near as i can tell, these are the rules to follow when you receive one.

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
  4. Reveal your 5 picks.
  5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  The first order of business is for me to tell you that you really should follow this link and check out my friend Pish Posh. If it wasn't for her, there would probably still be very few comments on my blog. She's very engaging and makes me want to write better. She believes there's still abs under all my 44 year old flab and she's trying to get me along with a lot of her other followers, into better shape. She's always funny and smart and often, i need to read through her post twice because i've probably missed some gem of knowledge she's hidden in there. Plus, she'd like a well paying job in the teaching profession in California so she can be closer to take care of her mother. If she messes up her interview, overlook that, you would be a fool not to hire her.

  Now who shall i pass this award on to? I'd like to give one to everyone that i read! You are all so talented. But the rule says five, so, for my five, i decided to try to pick people who hadn't previously won. At least they aren't displaying the Liebster Award Button so i'm assuming they haven't been awarded yet. (Truthfully, i'm not really sure how to do that myself but rest assured., as soon as i figure it out, that sucker is getting a place of honor on my side bar.) Also, this is because i know how much getting this means to me and i want you all to share in the excitement. In no particular order, these are my five.

  A Bozzo's Abbozzo  I don't even know her name or what to call her. Sometimes she's Bozzo, sometimes she's Lady in Red. Occasionally she's even been Froggy. No matter what you call her, you should take some time to check out her blog. She lives in India but her family is in the States and is always interesting. Every time i come across a new blog to read, she's usually been there and already left a comment. She's always positive (except when she's hiding from lightning) and supportive of other bloggers and i think she deserves this.

Hammock in the honeysuckle or The slow Dripped Life  I came across this blog sometime early in April during the A-Z Challenge. I bookmarked it because there was something about it that caught my attention. Over time, i found i was coming back to it again and again. Turns out, it was because it was comfortable and laid back there. From her music to her fridge magnet poetry, there's always something interesting going on. Her name is Carrie, and someday i'd like to have a cup of coffee with her.

 Two Shoes in Texas  Jossie is quite the interesting lady. She seems to be a bit of a contradiction because although she's a bit of a free spirit, she likes to spend part of her time squeezing off rounds on her handgun. Her, One Question Wednesday has given me something to think about on the few occasions that i've played along. Also, even though it's called, One Question Wednesday, she has a knack for stretching one into about five questions. She's a straight shooter, and i like her for that.

  Workingdan Dan is a cigarette smoking, beer drinking, grilling mastermind who will shamelessly promote other bloggers through his artwork. He's recently just added a video rant to his blog which i hope becomes a permanent fixture there. He lives with his lovely wife Mrs.Workingdan, and kids, none of which who seem to bring him a cold beer so he has to do that for himself. If i ever have the chance to visit the Workingdan's home, i have to remember not to wander around just off the deck. Seems he's always peeing off of it.

  J is for Joelle  If it wasn't for Joelle, there's a pretty good chance there would be no ken-inatractor.  She is the first blogger that i followed and i spent a great deal of time reading through her stuff and looking at her page to decide if i could do this or not. She's a single mother who's successfully parlayed her blog into a radio  show, co-host gig. She's a strong independent woman and the only other blogger that i've actually met. ( i brought her some cookies at the radio station.) She's been quite supportive of me and has even on occasion, mentioned my meagre blog on her radio show. She's certainly worth checking out.

  So there's my five. Truthfully, i would give awards to everyone that i read if it were my choice. You are all wonderful and i'm so happy to share this little part of your life. Thanks for that.  :)

28 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Love you receiving this and love you passing it on to all of us lol... No one is at home with me so I can easily run about yelling "Ken gave me an award!"

    Thank you so much :)...

    I'll check out the other bloggers you've mentioned here - two of them are new to me. After I send this I'm going to check if you have an email address posted - and if you do, I'll email you my name ;-)

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    1. I think you're very deserving. :) my email should be on my blogger profile. Do you know how to paste the award to my sidebar?

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    2. I'm hunting for your profile - must be right in front of me and I don't see it lol...

      For the image on your sidebar - add a gadget, select the picture/image gadget and then upload the award image from your computer.

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    3. I see it's also on the link to my facebook page. I'll try the gadget thing. thanks.

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    4. Hmmm your profile must not be visible to guests - and I tried to remember the login for my fake FB account but no luck lol... it would be great if you could drop me a line to ! Thanks :)

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    5. ken.degner@yahoo.ca

      I can see it in my facebook badge from my home page. I didn't realize it looks different to anyone else. I may have to look into that.

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    6. The profile and address pops up for me. Maybe it's different in India.

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  2. Why thank you very much! I appreciate the kindness. Normally I don't participate in these tagging things but you're such a cool guy, it's hard to say no.

    I may not follow the rules as listed, but you will surely see a reference to this in my blog! I don't know a blogger who hasn't been hit with this so I will do my own thing and I don't think you will be disappointed!

    You picked some great bloggers to pass this award to. Although there is 2 of them I haven't seen before so I will check them out!

    Oh, and don't worry about having time to comment on blogs. Those who don't understand how busy we are don't deserve a comment. Just do what you can, we won't hate you for it! Life comes first!

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    1. Just do what you feel comfortable with Dan. If you knew me in person, i'm not all that cool, the internet seems to make me more so than i really am.

      I am hoping that once i can actually get my behind into the seat of a tractor, i'll have some more time to comment from my phone, if it will let me.

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    2. I think the Internet lends a lot of impressive qualities to most of us. So even though we're all zipping through cyberspace with our capes flying - in real life... ummm.... not so much lol

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    3. ......still with capes though, right?

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    4. I don't need capes...I have iron fists!

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    5. The original conversation in which capes appeared wouldn't do well with iron fists ;-)

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    6. that is so very true. No Iron fists! Just awesome capes, making something awesome, even awesomer! or, more awesome.

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  3. Wow, what a great way to start off the day! Thanks so much for the award! It's been a pleasure getting to know you and I welcome the opportunity to let my readers know there's a great blog over here waiting to be read! I know you're gonna be super-busy with planting, I can see those crooked rows now as you text with one hand and drive tractor with the other! :-) By the way, my ex once planted his cellphone in a cornfield. He found it by dialing his number and walking up and down the rows until he heard it ring, and it still worked!

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    1. No crooked rows for me, i use a GPS and let the tractor do the steering.

      It's my pleasure to pass this on to you Josie. :)

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    2. Seriously GPS? How very cool! Our grandparents would be amazed!!

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  4. Congrats! I can honestly say you are the only "farm" blog I read and love it! So glad you are a part of my little blogging world!

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    1. Oh, and I came back to tell you that I love the tagline on your header.

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    2. I'm glad i'm different enough to keep you coming back. And actually, it's me that's the happy one to be a part of your blogging world. You have a wonderful blog!

      And thank you for the compliment on the header tagline. I was considering changing it if i could come up with something clever but maybe now i'll just leave it alone. :)

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  5. Thank you for the blog award!!! It means a ton, especially since you've become quite a friend here on the blogging block! I appreciate your comments and the fact that you take the time to come visit my little hammock from time to time. Your award lifted what has been a rather 'yuck' few days and for that, I am grateful!

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    1. I'm happy that it was able to lift your spirits a little bit. I had wondered where you had gone.

      Our blogging block is getting to be bigger and bigger all the time. If we were not from all over the world, a block party might be in order? :)

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  6. I understand not getting to comment. Life happens and should always come before your blog anyway. We understand. I will be checking out your recommendations.

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    1. it appears that a lot of people are in the same boat as summer gets into full swing. i'm hoping a little bit that everyone slows down some so we can all keep up. The odd thing i'm finding is that when i post fewer times, my views per post have gone up by quite a bit.

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