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My friend, Lisa, from Zeebra Designs and Destinations pointed me toward the Let’s Be Wild website and their weekly photo challenge. So, I recently entered their contest with the focus being on weather. And I submitted my weather photo. In case you missed this, here is the link to that post:

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Weather

Thanks to all of you my readers, that commented on their site about my photo, I am the first recipient of a new award category for them. The award: The Audience Choice Award!

Audience Choice Award

I thank all of you that took the time to go to their site and reply to my entry, which is how I won the award. I received a lovely email from Nick, the Editor in Chief, of this site informing me yesterday of my winning this award!

Here is the link to their site indicating my winning this award, and again I thank you and everyone who commented on my photo!

Winners of the Photo Challenge – Weather

Thank you Let’s Be Wild, and I am looking forward to this next challenge on “Escape!”

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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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Thinking of You…


A huge thanks goes out to my new friend Janina, from France, who nominated me for the Thinking of You blog award! I love Janina’s site as it is chock full of wonderful healthy recipes! The other thing I like about her site is that it is bi-lingual! Please take a moment to visit Janina’s site: Age-Defying Recipes

Thinking of You Award

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank and link back to the sender.

2. Tell seven things that I love and that I think about daily

3. Pass the award to seven other blogs.

Again, thank you Janina!

Seven things that I love and think about daily
1. Food, food, food!
2. What shall I write a blog post on today?
3. Taking photographs of the world around me
4. My husband and our lovely pets
5. Creating new recipes
6. Reading
7. What today will bring my way!

Next, I need to nominate 7 other bloggers…

Niltsi’s Spirit
The Way About This
Zeebra Designs and Destinations
Greenhousing
See What Eye See
Sunnys Photo Art
Yummy Lummy

Thank you again Janina!

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When I started blogging, all I ever hoped for is that someone would read my blog and like it and maybe they would make a comment or two. I have had the honor to be nominated for a variety of awards, and I humbly thank all of you who have nominated me and felt that I was deserving of an award! I have been nominated for yet another award for Inspiration!

The lovely Marcella Rousseau, who writes a blog herself, For Your Good Health, graced me with this nomination, and to you Marcy, many thanks for this Inspiration award. The actual award, my dear readers, is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The rules for this award:

1) Display the award logo on your blog. Done!

2) Link back to the person who nominated you. Done!

3) State 7 things about yourself.

Seven things about myself:

* I started blogging on 6/18/2011
* My topics come from where the wind blows me
* I am not a vegetarian
* I love to write
* I love photography
* I love food
* I find inspiration from the constantly changing life that I lead

4) Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

This is where I get to cheat. While I love all of the blogs that I follow, I would rather send you all to one really incredible blog where I am a new follower. I do follow a lot of blogs, but for this award, for Inspiration, there is one blogger in my mind that is very inspiring to me.

For inspiration, which is what this blog award is all about, I nominate:

Christine Sternfels at Be Something Amazing! Please take the time to find the inspiration that Ms. Sternfels gives to us in her series “The Little Things…” and her series “The Re-Discovery of Happiness.” These are inspirational in so many ways!

Hugs Christine! Please take the time to tune in at the first of August as Ms. Sternfels has a family wedding!

5) Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements. Done!

Thank you again Marcy from the bottom of my heart!  And hugs!  Keep your wonderful site going!

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I need to give thanks to Beyond the Green Door for nominating me for yet another “One Lovely Blog Award.” Wow! It truly inspires me to be better with my blog receiving an award like this. Without further ado…

One Lovely Blog

The rules:

1. Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you. Thank you again Beyond the Green Door for the nomination!

2. Describe 7 things about yourself.

Hmmm…Seven things, huh?

1) I love cooking!
2) I love eating!
3) I love taking photos!
4) I love living in the Sierra Foothills!
5) I love to fish!
6) I love to write!
7) I love life!

3. Nominate 15 other bloggers. Here is where again I diverge! Another thing about me, I do not always do as I am told…I would like to nominate one blogger whose site I find is fun and who I enjoy following…maybe you will too!

The blog: See What Eye See

Thank you again Beyond the Green Door!

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I need to give thanks to two fellow bloggers who both nominated me for “One Lovely Blog Award!”

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to Orbital Decay and to Create It Yourself for the nominations! I do need to apologize to you for not having posted this sooner, but it came so soon on the heels of other awards…I am sure that you understand!

The rules of this award indicate that I am to tell you 7 things about myself that you do not already know…

1 – I am an avid reader.
2 – I used to make teddy bears.
3 – I once went to a SF Giants game and saw a great game with these players: Willy Mays, Willy McCovey, Juan Marichal, Jesus Olou, Matty Olou, and Jim Davenport.
4 – I love movies.
5 – I cannot stand Lima Beans
6 – I caught my first fish with my hands when I was very young.
7 – In Junior High School the boys teased me and called me Olive Oyl.

Now I am to nominate 15 or so bloggers for this same award. I am breaking the tradition and nominating one. This gal not only has great photos, but has been doing some pretty awesome series of late that are deserving of an award!

Somethingville

Thank you again Orbital Decay and Create It Yourself!

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Dear sweet Genie nominated me for another award! Again, I am humbled. To find out more about this sweet gal, you can find her at Genie Speaks

I need to answer some questions about myself, and here we go…

**Describe yourself in 7 words: Inquisitive, Inquiring, Giving, Creative, Humorous, Analytical, Loving

**What keeps you up at night? My husband’s snoring!

**Whom would you like to be? I am good with who I am.

**What am I wearing right now? Pajamas with feet and a back flap!

**What scares you? Not knowing where I will be and how I will embarrass myself the next time I trip over my own two feet! Grace was never my middle name!

**What are the best and worst things about blogging? The best thing about blogging is how I am able to touch the lives of others around the world. The worst thing about blogging is that I never get to meet these folks face to face in person.

**If I could change one thing about myself, what would it be? My hair color.

**Slankets, yes or no? What the heck is a slanket?

**Tell us something about the person who nominated you. Genie is an amazing women full of insights about life and living it to the best of one’s ability. She is able to laugh at herself before she laughs at the world. She takes the time to stop and consider issues that are important to her, and she questions life resulting in personal growth. And she has the guts to share this with you in her blog! Hugs to you Genie!

My next step in this award is to nominate 10 others…Here we go…

Yummy Lummy
The Big Fat Noodle
A Yorkshire Lass in Ireland
Little Box of Books
Zebra Designs & Destinations
Russel Ray Photos
The Pyjama Gardener
Orbital Decay
Professions for Peace
B&W Bears

Thanks again Genie!

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A heartfelt thank you to my friends over at Putney Farm for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

The Versatile Blogger Award

The rules of this award are:

**Thank the blogger who nominated you.
**Nominate 7 other blogs that you think are amazing.
**Share with everyone 7 things about you.

Again, thank you to Putney Farm for the nomination! I am humbled.

I nominate the following 7 amazing blogs in no particular order!
Soulsby Farm
Other Alaska
Joshi Daniel Photography
The Elaborate Spinning Machine is His Head
Sotardalen Nokota Horses
Somethingville
She Cooks, He Eats

Hmmm….7 things about myself…
**My favorite color is blue, like the sky up here in the Sierra Foothills
**I am an Accountant by trade (I have left brain logic, right brain creativity!)
**I love to travel
**My favorite animal is an elephant
**My favorite author of all time, and I wish I could write like him, is Mark Twain
**I am a procrastinator
**My favorite film actor from days of old is Peter Sellers

Thanks again to my friends over at Putney Farm!

The Versatile Blog Award site can be found at:
Versatile Blog Award

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Wow! This morning, when I signed into WordPress I found that Carine from Books, Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Squirrels nominated me for “The Sunshine Award! Thank you Carine!

Sunshine-Blog-Award

The rules of this award require that I link my blog to hers, which I did above. Next I need to answer 7 questions, and then nominate 10 others for this same award. So here we go with the questions:

  • Favorite number:  3
  • Favorite non-alcoholic drink:  Grapple, which is grape and apple juice in equal parts mixed together
  • Facebook or Twitter:  Neither
  • My passion:  I have a number of passions.  They are cooking, taking photographs, reading and writing my blog posts.
  • Favorite pattern:  I do not really have one.
  • Favorite day of the week:  Thursday’s, as this is the start of my weekend.
  • Favorite flower:  Long stemmed smelly yellow rose

Now for my nominations for the sunshine awards:

To the nominee’s, you will need to link my blog to yours like I did with Carine.  Answer the questions, and nominate 10 bloggers for this award.

Thank you again Carine!

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