Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Versatile Blogger Award



Well, that was a nice surprise to discover....  I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks much to Silvia of SoapJam (one of my most favoritest soap blogs) for thinking of me.

VBA RULES: 
(Copied from versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com)
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
I chose 15 blogs, some old favorites, some new discoveries.  Some of the blogs are about soap and the rest mirror some of my other interests.


And now for 7 things about me:

1. I have struggled to learn how to knit for the last three years--I don't usually have trouble learning a craft--but after three years of on and off frustration, I just may finish half of a pair of fingerless mittens....just in time for spring.

2. I was a schoolteacher in an Amish one-room schoolhouse for two years.

3. I collect old cookbooks (pre-1960s) and do much of my cooking from them.

4. I was home-schooled from second grade until graduation.

5. I have visited 24 national parks (and hiked in most of them) but I have many more to go.

6. My home has two kitchens. :) :) :)

7. I love card games, especially solitaire card games--Blue Moon and Idiot's Delight (quite the ironic name) are my favorites.

And there you have it. :)

14 comments:

  1. It's nice to know more about you, Amy! Is one kitchen for food and the other for soap? :-) That sounds like a dream! You are blessed to have many amazing national parks. Which are some of your favorites? I love Yosemite, and I was so awestruck with The Grand Canyon. I felt that I was just this insignificant dot compared to the vastness and beauty of creation. :-)
    I am so touched that SoapJam is one of your favorite blogs. Can you see my huge grin? :-) :-) :-) thank you, Amy. :-)

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    1. Yes, really, and truly, yours is a favorite. Your enthusiasm and creativity is very inspiring to me. Keep on soapin'!

      I love so many of the parks that it's hard to pick favorites, but Yosemite and Grand Canyon are definitely at the top of the list, along with Arches, Yellowstone, and Congaree for a different kind of beauty. I would include Zion, but I think that park doesn't like me, because I've been sick or injured all three times I've been there!

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  2. Congratulations on your nomination Amy, you totally deserve it! And thank you so much for including me in your list :) I always enjoy reading people's lists, it gives you a glimpse into their personal lives that we wouldn't see otherwise. Sadly, I have only been to one Canadian national park (Jasper) and one in the US (Lewis and Clark). I need to put this on my bucket list! And, I have never heard of Blue Moon or Idiot's Delight...off to check those out! :)

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    1. Well, YOU most certainly deserve it, Cee! I think I've been to Jasper as a child but I've never been to Lewis and Clark--there are so many.

      I wonder if you'll be able to find the solitaire games--it seems very few people play them anymore. (Besides the one that's on the computer...)

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  3. Hey teach, sounds cool to teach Amishes, they are very specific! How did you get along? Also, the practice of home schooling is something we don't have here and I've always been wondering how this is implemented at home.
    Congrats on the award, you certainly deserved it!

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    1. Teaching in a one-room schoolhouse was like stepping back in time (as well as a different country and culture) but a very special experience as few non-Amish get such a close-up view of their lifestyle.

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  4. Congrats, Amy! And thanks for mentioning my blog, too. It's nice to learn some more about you. It must be great having two kitchens - one for soaping, one for cooking!

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    1. When the Mr. mentioned that the house he was moving into had two kitchens, I was stunned with delight. He says he's pretty sure that's why I married him.

      How absurd is that?!

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  5. Wow you are one cool lady Amy! It took me many a year of starting and stopping a knitting project before I finally got the hang of it, so I totally sympathize. From my perspective, home schooled people are some of the nicest, most polite people. I admire and envy homeschoolers.

    Your two kitchens are the envy of most of us here, you know that right? ;)

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    1. Well, I've hit a hurdle in my knitting project (dread those abbreviations!) so I have some YouTube time ahead.

      Homeschooling was the BEST! One of the many reasons was that it allowed me to follow my own interests--making my own bath/body stuff was one--instead of getting caught up in the jr high/high school drama and pressures of conformity.

      Yes, I know how special it is to have 2 kitchens!! I'm grateful every time I make one of my enormous messes in my soap kitchen, then shut the door and go upstairs to make dinner. No casseroles that taste like Black Raspberry Vanilla!

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  6. I love your sense of humor, Amy! Sorry I am late to discovering this post, sometimes I forget to check my blog reader, and I've unfortunately subscribed to some very annoying ones that post seventy three times a day that push all the good stuff to the next page and i can't figure out how to unsubscribe!!!....pause for breath....Getting right on this, thanks so much for including me, I am honored!

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    1. I really enjoy your blog--I remember your old one and was glad to discover you were back.

      Oh yes! I know those blogs! But it takes a long time to organize and add and drop blogs--I've never set a vacation day aside for doing it either.

      I look forward to learning more about you!

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  7. Great post as always Amy and congrats on your nomination! Loved your book reviews and wondered if you will ps the results of your 20 ounce test batches? Great experiments from ages gone by?

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    1. Egads! It took a full three minutes to figure out what you were talking about. I marked the dates and waited impatiently for the full four weeks and then....somehow I got interested in something else and completely forgot! But yes, I'll get on that and update it! And I still have more books to review!

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