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To my followers:

As you know, I usually do a post a day.  We are experiencing bad weather, and not only are we having trouble with our phone line, but with our internet connection as well.  As I am able to get this to you now, I thought that I would put this out now while I can.

If you do not hear from me for a day or two, I will be back!  I am dependent on the connections that I am having issues with.  Please stay tuned!

Barb

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Thank you to Prego and the Loon for nominating me for yet another award! I humbly accept your nomination! You can find her at: Prego and the Loon Prego writes from the heart and in her strength you find courage! Please read the heartfelt words of this site. Maybe you or someone you know might want to read about how to face difficulties and overcome them. I admire this woman and the depth of character she has!

I have been given the rules for this award and they are as follows:

The rules are as follows:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you! Done!
2. Attach the award to your site. Done!
3. Share seven random facts about yourself.

To Prego: Thank you! From the bottom of my heart this humbles me!

The award emblem:

Beautiful Blogger Award!

Lastly, 7 things about myself:

I love writing my blogs!
I love reading books!
I love the art of photography!
I love working in my garden!
I love cooking!
I love my family and friends!
I love accounting!

Now I did not see how many to pass this on to, so I will pass this award on to one! I pass this award to: Gary’s Life in Photos I pass this on to Gary alerting you, my readers, to one amazing photographer!

Thank you again Prego! I am honored and you are a person to be admired and admire you I do!

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This is not an easy task that I have asked all in the blog world to take on, only because there are a number of blogs that fit the qualifications for the “Master Blogger Award.” But I settled on one that met the criteria that I have set out. So with that in mind, I have the great honor and privilege to bestow the “Master Blogger Award,” or the “Masters Award” to this fellow blogger.

The Masters

Here are the rules for bestowal of this award. All of the following criteria must be met by the blog site receiving this award. The blog site must be:

1) Inspirational – The blogs must inspire one in some way
2) Informative – The blog overall, must in one way or another impart information in a creative and captivating way
3) Imaginative – The blog must titillate the imagination, making you see, hear or feel the message they are trying to impart.
4) Insightful – The blog should capture the inner nature of what is being written about, photographed, et al…and this includes seeing intuitively.

The Rules:

1) The blogger bestowing this award must tell why they are bestowing their award based on the four criteria. All the criteria have to be met.

2) The blogger bestowing the award must do so in a post on their blog site and include “The Masters Award” emblem. They must also include in their post a link to the site that they are bestowing the award to. Please notify the person who you are bestowing the award upon with a note to them on their site.

3) The site who the award is bestowed upon must write a post of thanks, linking their post back to the site who bestowed the award upon them.

4) In the same post, they must pass on the award based upon the criteria and they must follow these rules.

It is my honor and privilege, to bestow “The Masters Award” to “The Why About This” and creator Penny I. Howe whose blog you can find by clicking on the following link:

The Why About This

I am bestowing this award to Penny because within her blog I find:

* Inspiration that lies within the words that she carefully chooses that make you think about life and how one can make theirs better.
* Information is presented to the reader in a manner that flows from word to word making it easy to read and understand.
* Imagination resounds on this site not only with her art but her poetry as well!
* Insight abounds on Penny’s site as she shares her own self discovery. She carefully weaves this insight in a way that not only inspires, and informs, but tickles the imagination of the reader!

Penny, it is an honor to bestow this award on you! I ask that you please take the time to pass this on to another as deserving as yourself!

Congratulations to you Penny and thank you for Mastering the Art of Blogging!

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When I started my blog in June of 2011, I was a total neophyte. I had no idea what I was doing, except that I wanted to connect with the world. How about you?

Over time my blog site has evolved to encompass the things that I love and that interest me, and things that I want to share with others. I had no idea that there were blog awards until I was nominated for my first award, which was the “Versatile Blogger Award.” I went to the blog site of the person who nominated me and looked for the voting.  There was nothing there.  So, over time one of the things that I have noticed about these blogger awards is that a site is “nominated.”

So now let’s look at the word nomination. It means that one has been declared a contestant for whatever category that might be, but it is a nomination, and nominations need to be voted on. And in the world of blogging, for the time that I have been a blogger, no one is voting. So while there is a nomination there is no voting. So nomination is not correct wording for what is going on here.

What is actually occurring is that one blogger is “bestowing” an award on another blogger…So, what I propose is that all of us in the blogging world say what it is that we are really doing: We are “bestowing” awards. Don’t get me wrong. Nominations are great and I appreciate every one that I have received!

What is common to each of these “nominations” is that we thank the person who nominates us (including a link back to their site), tell all this information about ourselves and that we have to “nominate” a whole list of sites, anywhere from 5 – 15, if I have the numbers right. The reason for the numbers is to attract traffic to our blogs.

My dear friend, Conor Bofin, wrote a blog about this very same topic. It was brilliant! He actually took the time to figure out the odds. And he suggested a new award, called “The Two Chances Award.” Two Chances Award Again, it was brilliant!

So, today, I formally announce, that I, Barbara W. Beacham, of Life in the Foothills, am asking for the blogging world to make a change. I have created a new award: one that is bestowed and is not a nomination. I came up with this as I was thinking about the Oscars, and that is what blogging awards should be too: The Oscars of Blogging. But that name is taken! So the true name of this award is “The Master Blogger Award,” or “The Masters,” for short. Here are the criteria for this award, and the rules as well.

The rules for bestowal of this award are simple. All of the following criteria must be met by the blog site receiving this award. The blog site must be:

1) Inspirational – The blogs must inspire one in some way
2) Informative – The blog overall, must in one way or another impart information in a creative and captivating way
3) Imaginative – The blog must titillate the imagination, making you see, hear or feel the message they are trying to impart.
4) Insightful – The blog should capture the inner nature of what is being written about, photographed, et al…and this includes seeing intuitively.

The Rules:

1) The blogger bestowing this award must tell why they are bestowing their award based on the four criteria. All the criteria have to be met.

2) The blogger bestowing the award must do so in a post on their blog site and include “The Masters” award emblem. They must also include in their post a link to the site that they are bestowing the award to.

3) The site who the award is bestowed upon must write a post of thanks, linking their post back to the site who bestowed the award upon them.

4) They must pass on the award based upon the criteria and they must follow these rules.

To the blogging community: Let us make an award that celebrates excellence! An award that 78,000 do not get after 7 posts…Let us do something different!

Are you with me? ARE YOU WITH ME? PEOPLE, LET’S GET EXCITED ABOUT DOING SOMETHING NEW! (Sorry for shouting, but I wanted to motivate you!)

Stay tuned…Tomorrow I will launch the first of “The Master Bloggers Award.”

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Marcella Rousseau, the lovely lady whose site is called, “For Your Good Health,” included me a while back for the Super Sweet Award! A bow and a thank you, Marcella! Please visit her lovely site at:

For Your Good Health

Now the rules of this award are:

1 – That I give credit to the person who nominated me. Again thank you Marcella!

2 – That I answer the super sweet questions. Here are the questions and answers:

Q1: Cookies or cake? Definitely cake….thinking a really good chocolate fudge cake with a chocolate fudge butter-cream frosting.

Q2: Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate for cake, vanilla for ice cream….unless we are talking about Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Chocolate Chunk Fudge ice cream…then chocolate!

Q3: What is my favorite sweet treat? It has to be the triple layer chocolate mousse cake made by “The Copenhagen Bakery” on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame. They also have super lunches!

Q4: When do I crave sweet things the most? Generally I do not. Believe it or not I am not much of a sweet eater!

Q5: If you had a sweet nickname what would it be? Pumpkin Buns! I just think that is a funny name and has nothing to do with a physical aspect of the area one would associate the name to go with!

3 – The last part of this award is that I nominate a Baker’s Dozen of super sweet bloggers:

The Why About This
Zeebra Designs and Destinations
Niltsi’s Spirit
She Cooks, He Eats
One Man’s Meat
Yummy Lummy
Russel Ray Photos
Recipes Happen
Cindy Sample Books
Greenhouse Starter
Little Box of Books
Au Naturel Essence
Somethingville

These are in no particular order, and each one of them is sweet to me in one way or another! My best to those on this list!

Thank you again Marcella!

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This was to be a fight to the finish! The players were in the ring and ready to go! Tension amongst the audience was high! Some were rooting for the Jackson, others for the Gecko! Jackson and the Gecko stood in opposing corners!

Jackson vs. the Gecko

Now you see the reason that this is Jackson vs. the Gecko is because the Jackson eats the Geckos. Jackson moves in.

Jackson on the defensive

Jackson comes out full guns, exposing his flared out throat in a challenge!

Jackson full guns

Jackson moves in for the kill! The audience is in a state of suspense! Then, suddenly, a huge figure moves in. The audience, you can just hear them, let out a roar of surprise! Intervention occurs and the Gecko sighs in relief as he has been spared one more day. The Jackson runs off yelling, “Drats!”

Before I intervene

“Next time,” the Jackson thinks to himself!

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OMG! – One of my newest friends, Conor Bofin of “One Man’s Meat” at conorbofin.wordpress.com, has painstakingly followed me through my growth pains as a new blogger. He has given me inspiration and by vicarious mentoring, has shown me what a blog is about, and how one can attract others in various ways. Well, my dear Conor has nominated me for the Versatile blogger award! Oh, again I feel humbled! Thank you Conor Bofin of Ireland for the nomination! I bow to you sir! Please check out One Man’s Meat either by clicking on the address in this email or on the right where I have a link to his site! And, be sure to try out his recipes!

Not knowing what this was, behind the scenes I sent Conor an email asking what the heck a “Versatile Blogger Award” is. Duh, Barb, look it up on the internet….Another bit of learning curve Conor, that and jet lag from an ungodly 15 hour return trip from Hawaii!

So here is the scoop: The “Versatile Blogger Award/Nomination” has the rules posted at the following WordPress site:

Versatile Blogger Award Rules

Per the rules, I am to inform you of 15 bloggers that I have newly discovered or follow regularly…I love all the blogs that I follow, and cannot include all, so, forgive me if I do not mention your blog, I have too many to choose from. In no particular order, I love your blogs, and I nominate you all for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. One Man’s Meat
2. She Cooks, He Eats
3. Yummy Lummy
4. Going Dutch
5. Do You See What I See
6. Because There is Always Something Wonderful Going on in this Life
7. A Yorkshire Lass in Ireland
8. Paprika and Pinot
9. Parent-Trapped
10. Sotardalen Nokota Horses
11. The Alternate Economy
12. Hella Sydney
13. Aquaponic Family
14. Come Travel with Us
15. El Fogoncito

To Conor, per the rules, for nominating me I am to tell you seven things about myself:

1. My purpose in life is to give to those around me all I have to give.
2. Grace was never my middle name, so I have two left feet.
3. Even though I am a clutz, I have good eye hand coordination!
4. I have the left brain logic, and the right brain creativity.
5. I love the color blue that is in the sky of the Sierra Foothills.
6. I make horrible hard boiled eggs.
7. My favorite drink is Vodka and cranberry.

Thanks again to you Conor for the nomination, and to all bloggers, keep it going!

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It is just that time again, when I find myself amazed by the number of folks who follow me and who comment on my posts! My wish is to entertain you with my recipes, photos and commentary on life! It is you and your support that helps me keep this going! Hugs to you all, and I humbly thank you!

Barb – The Salmon Fishing Queen

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We headed out from Kilauea Iki towards the Jagger Museum when we came upon the steam vents. This is one of the few active volcanic features that you can actually walk closely to. And the views on the tail end of our trip here in the park brought us closer and closer to the sulfuric vent of Kilauea!

The park service is restoring this area, so we had to park on the road. All around us were steam vents.

Steam vents to the right of the road

Walking towards the vents we see Kilauea.

Sulfur rises in the air by the steam vent area

I hit the trail along the steam vents.

A line of steam vents

It is truly amazing walking besides these vents. Here the air smells normal.

One view of a steam vent

Looking down into a steam vent

And the way the light hits the steam, you get a better view of the vents from the other side.

Looking back down the trail of steam vents

We then head up the road about a quarter mile, and we enter the area of The Jagger Museum. And here is Kilauea!

Kilauea from The Jagger Museum

The air is stinky here. Not too bad, but this is the first smell of the volcano that we experience! There are signs that indicate if the “smoke” is apparent in the air to close your car windows and avoid breathing the gas. The wind howled around us as we took photos.

Another view of Kilauea

Before leaving the park, I wanted to leave you with this panoramic view of Kilauea.

Panoramic View of Kilauea

I hope that you enjoyed Volcanoes National Park as much as I did! Next we will head to Hawi, pronounced Havi, and Pololu Valley. Would you like to join us?

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