Well, my week ended on a pretty awesome note. After a rather trying work week, I settled down for my Friday night ritual of basking in the warm electronic glow of internet bloggy goodness to find that Simone from simplehealthyhomemade had given me the Versatile Blogger Award! I am really touched (and quite frankly surprised!) since I hardly ever write on here, and to learn that there are actual people out there who are enjoying what I do write is a really good feeling. She also said some very sweet things about me so, Simone – thank you. You made my day. :) And please, show her the love and check out her blog. Her recipes are just like her blog name says – simple, healthy and homemade, and they simply rock. I’ve bookmarked many and imagine I will only be adding to the list. :)
So here are the rules for accepting the award, hopefully I do ok!
1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
2. In the same post, add The Versatile Blogger Award.
3. In the same post, thank the blogger that nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
For my 15 nominated bloggers, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit. I’ve been doing a bit more exploring and have come across some really awesome blogs that I just love to read. This list is by no means all of them, it’s simply a matter of too many great blogs, too little space. :)
Northernhomesteader - homesteading in Alberta. I love to read about how fellow Canadians are doing it, and look forward to reading about how their story unfolds.
I also live on a farm - a blog I love so much I’ve already added it to my blogroll. Old ways, old farm and a pleasure to read.
A Year On The Farm - farming in Georgia and another pleasure to read. I’ve requested that Julia post gratuitous cow pictures so I can get my cow fix through her vicariously. :)
soilentgreens - organic farming in Texas. She hates Monsanto and makes me laugh, which are two easy ways to get into my good books.
Mr Poopers Day Out - Best blog name ever!! Goats, knitting and on St. Patrick’s Day she posted pictures of goats wearing hats. It’s love, kids.
Giantveggiegardener’s Blog - vegetable gardening in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 350 lb pumpkins!! 62 lb zucchini!! An inspiration since every year I try to grow a giant pumpkin.
greenpioneerwoman – awesome food storage recipes. I’ve mentioned them before, but her elderberry muffins are now legendary here.
mikethechickenvet – Yep, he’s an actual chicken vet! A wealth of information and I appreciate his objectivity.
wuppenif OR what would happen if…? - homesteading near Ottawa, Ontario. I like to read about like-minded people close to home. Sort of like having a coffee with a neighbour.
animalfarm – a small farm in Ireland. I daydream about going to Ireland, until then I have this charming blog.
domesticatedphysicist – another pleasure to read and a little bit of everything. It cracks me up that she nicknamed her husband “Beard”.
thefarmingwife – cooking, food preservation and gardening on a farm in Nebraska
Just Another Day on the Farm – of course I’m going to nominate Farmgal, she’s my #1 go-to for inspiration and info. Heck, even the stuff I google takes me to her site. Plus, she likes zombies. :)
The Milk Maid Marian - from Australia. I have a serious soft spot for dairy farmers.
Letters From An Urban Trench – soon to be homesteading in Northern Ontario. I look forward to reading what is to come.
And 7 completely random (but fascinating) bits of information about myself:
1. I’ve never eaten a Big Mac. It’s kind of sad that people are shocked when they hear this.
2. I was once in the same room as Stephen King. Not close enough to touch him, which is probably a good thing because there would have been touching.
3. I cried like a baby watching Dante’s Peak. You know, when the grandma jumps into the lake of acid to save her family….what? It was sad.
4. I secretly nickname everyone I know. Mildly offensive names that pertain to personal hygiene are good (e.g. “Stinky”), while some are just offensive (e.g. “The Harpy”). But that’s why they are secret.
5. We once drove non-stop to Oklahoma so Mr. S compete in a world championship fishing tournament. Saw a guy at a rest stop in Indiana in the middle of the night with clown makeup on. Kinda blew my preconceptions of Indiana out of the water.
6. John Corbett is my boyfriend, he just doesn’t know it yet. Don’t worry, Mr. S is cool with it.
7. I didn’t change my name when I got married, so technically Mr. Sandybanks has my name here on the blog. I also chose Sandybanks as my blog alias because for some reason I think it sounds mildly dirty and this amuses me.
So there you have it. Thank you again to Simone for nominating me, and happy reading kids!