Friday, August 29, 2008

Playing Catch Up...AGAIN!!

I don't know what happens with my time. I try to budget it and keep up with my blogging friends on a daily basis, but this time of year when we're putting in the cool crop plants, and garden preparation is the most important thing in the world, I find myself dragging in, butt on the floor, chin on my chest and eyes half closed in anticipation of a nap. Yeah, a little fifteen minute cat nap that mostly turns into an hour. Then it's time to cook and yadayadayada...but I know that you all know what I mean! I have to thank our sweet Deb at The Bunnies Bungalow ( ) for the wonderful giveaway which I won. I received the package the day that we lost our Ariel and so wasn't much in the mood to even open the package. I opened it several days later and was so amazed at the bounty! Even a book on flea marketing ( I love going flea marketing) a gorgeous wire cross which I immediately hung upon the lintel of my porch as a blessing. So many lovely things (and I'll be posting pictures this weekend...). If you've never visited Deb, you really must, go here ~the Bunnies' Bungalow~ she has something for everyone at her site, household hints, recipes and fun. Do go pay her a visit! She's one of my "must see" 's.

So, as I was saying, time keeps getting away from me like a runaway train and I'm going to be sitting in here after supper tonight visiting everyone. It may take most of the evening, because you know I have a lot of folks I call friend. The one thing we all seem to have in common is a strong faith in God and a belief in miracles. Together we put up a powerful prayer chain for those in need. The old adage "walk a mile in my shoes" is so apt these days. We never know what problems in life each person has that is so close to being the straw. If we can lift one straw from the bale that loads a friend down, then we've done a powerful job.

While we've been doing the fall garden (I'm praying for pumpkins here, people) I've been neglecting to tell you of awards that I've gotten of which I'm so proud. So here goes...from Brenda and Susie Q and Holley and the rest, I say thank are my Side Bar make my day, too...I intend to hand these out very very soon...pass them on...heck, there's no time like the present, is there?
So, first my thanks to Brenda for this sweet award...and now to present it to a few of my favorites...
.this award goes to IbeatiI Beati- a meeting place to share our blessings and laugh a little !!
She never fails to have something in her blog that sets me off to giggling or having a warm feeling . And to Jo at Jo Beaufoix who tells a tale in such a way that you feel you are there with her. You'll love her sense of humor! (and her two cutie pie kiddies) I'd also like to pass this on to
Vee, our newlywed at A Haven for Vee who never fails to make me smile! And finally, but not least, to Jeff B, at A Word In Edgewise and if you've never visited him, you're in for a treat.

Thank you Susie Q from Rabbit Run Cottage I really appreciate this and sorry I haven't accepted it before now...but it's a lovely award from a love lady. Susie is another Navy Wife with a lovely'll love visiting with Susie and Bill and their two wonderful children.

I'd like to pass this award on (and this is a SusieQ creation) to several of you...first of all to Jan at THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LI'L OL' ME.....another of my friends you'll enjoy visiting! Also to San at A Life with a View You'll love her art work and her take on life. Cowgirl at Riverdale Ramblings is one of the hardest working women I've ever known. Her life in New Zealand is no lady of leisure life, but she handles it and her family well, plus her myriad guests at the bed and breakfast...and the cows she has to take to higher ground...lost yet? Go check her out! She's a peach. And to David McMahon at authorblog who is the most helpful blogger out there. Really. Go see. You'll be amazed at what this man manages to do for us all the while caring for a family and a job...

Thank you my dear Jayne at Country Cottage Chic. Jayne was one of the very first bloggers that I met. I met her thru my niece Kari at Just Livin' Large is the first of the blogging friends I'm passing this on to. If you read her you'll know why. This is not just family pride, neopotism has not a thing to do with it. This girl is capable of making you so angry you can spit, laugh till you're sick and wonder about life and why we are the way we are...and that's all in the same I pass this on to Kari...and I'd also like to pass it on to Tara at Days Missed on a Hammock . She's the perfect blogging buddy, always ready with a kind word and has just the most amazing blog. Go see for yourself! I'd like to also pass it along to Crazy Cath at CrazyCath's Reflections
Go'll love her blog, too! I'd also like to see that Christine at Epiphany Sanctuary receives this, she has the most calming blog in blogdom...

Okay, and just today from Holley at windycornerI received this:
and earlier in the week had received it from Jeni at Down RIver Drivel .
Who could ask for more? It's all tea...four cups of loving tea...and I say thank you Holley and Jeni! And I want to give this award to everyone one who reads this...because you are all my friends and if I tried to list you all I'd still be playing catchup next week. This includes the ones I've just awarded the others to, so don't cheat yourselves!

For anyone I may have left out who gave me an award, please forgive me...I'm old now, I'm lucky I remember my own name...I need a secretary. I can't afford to pay much. But I'll feed you well. And speaking of feeding...

There's one more site I want you all to bookmark and visit daily is Click to Give @ The Animal Rescue Site

Click on the site and help feed an only takes a few seconds of your time. They'll thank you.


Cath said...

Awww Sandi you write such accolades for us all! For me you are too kind. You award me just as I lose my blogging mojo and I thank you for that. Your timing is perfect.

I love both awards, and will cherish them. For now, I will go to bed as it is 2am here! But I will come by tomorrow and pick them up.

I love your other choices too. Don't forget yourself Sandi - your blog is a great place to be.

Sally said...

You have many friends, and your awards are so lovely. There's a little "homemade" one over here when you have time.

I hope you get pumkpkins. :)

Jeni said...

Ya know Sandi, I agree wholeheartedly on your assessment about the overall heart of the blogging community! Maybe some would say we're just a bunch of folks who thrive on syrupy, sappy, sentimental stuff -and that is probably at least partially true -but perhaps because I try to believe in the good of mankind being stronger than the evil, not-so-nice folks, I'm really glad to see so much of the syrup, sugar, sappy and sentimental stuff abounding across the blogosphere.

By the way, you got the Blended Friendship award twice ya know -I gave one of those to you earlier this week too!

You're into fall planting and I'm finally seeing one of my 12 tomatoes turning red! It's only taken the last four weeks for that to happen. Darned tomato hasn't grown any more but finally today, Mandy reported to me that it is starting to turn the appropriate colors of ripening! How much tomato sauce do you think I can can with 11 green tomatoes and 1 ripe one?

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Sweet Sandi! congrats on all of those lovely awards! Your blog is one of my favorite places to visit! I know what you mean about playing catch up!!

p.s. my 300th blog giveaway is going on now...spread the word and come enter!

Justabeachkat said...

Wow Sandi! Congrats on the awards. You deserve every single award out there in "The Land of Blog". I love visiting you. I know what you mean's so hard lately to stay up to date.


Lee said...

What a great way to close my day! Thank you, Sandi, with all my heart! I have this wonderful mental picture of us sitting across a kitchen table together.:-) It's on my sidebar...just below the stupid stuff about old souls, which I think will go bye bye shortly. :)


San said...

Sandi, thank you for this beautiful award and for saying such nice things about me.

And thank you for recognizing the other blogs. Some of these I know, and you're right--they are wonderful! Others should be fun to explore.

Have a lovely weekend. Hugs.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Sandi, thanks so much. I really need to get an awards post sorted. I'm so behind. But thanks again lovely, you make me smile too. :D

CatHerder said...

Yes the animal rescue site is actually my first "click" every morning....also ive purchased alot of pawprint stuff from them..the quality of their stuff is really nice.

Akelamalu said...

Congratulations on all the awards Sandi, you so deserve them. I will take the friendship award and I thank you. xx

Carol said...

Sandi, reading this I know exactly what you mean. So much to do in the garden, allotment and ........on and on. I keep telling myself by the time Winter comes I will have much more time to spend blogging. I do miss popping in.
It is a great comfort to know you are there.
Thank you for the award...I love tea in tea cups.
Big big hugs,
Carol xxxxxxxxx

i beati said...

These are great places and I thank you sincerely for the award. I am quite sick and this put a smile on my face and a warm undulating heart coming out of my chest..sandy

SandyCarlson said...

Those are lovely awards to receive and pass on, and you and your blogger friends certainly deserve them!

Good luck with your fall garden. Seems so many of us bloggers are full of activity this time of year.

Winter will come....way AFTER your bumper crop of pumpkins, I hope!

Georgina said...

Congrats on your awards Sandi, that was a great post and must have taken for ever to do. Bon weekend. Debs x

Debra from Bungalow said...

Hi Sandi, I'm so glad you liked the giveaway! Thanks for mentioning me & THANK YOU for the award. Congratulations on all your awards. You deserve all of them, that's for certain!
I know what you mean about catching up! There are so many wonderful blogs out there....& now you've mentioned even more....I'll be spending some serious computer time reading all these new to me blogs.
When you're tired from gardening, it's good tired!
Hugs, DebraK

Unknown said...

Hi Sandi,

I know exactly what you mean about keeping up with everyone right now. I am having trouble myself lately. It's just plain busy right now and I am getting ready to leave for South Carolina in a few days. Anyway, congrats on your awards and sorry I haven't been around to visit much this week. Not sure yet if I'll have a chance to come up your way when I'm in Hilton Head but I would sure love to meet with you. Talk to you soon.

smilnsigh said...

"I don't know what happens with my time. I try to budget it and keep up with my blogging friends on a daily basis, but..."

-sigh- I am coming more and more to the conclusion that the usual way of doing our Blogging Life, is not for the best.

How many of us are frequently trying to deal with the TIME which our Blogging Life, eats up? Too many, methinks.

Does this make sense? That we have a feeling of rushhhhhhhhing and of trying to catch up, most of the time?

Is this really what we call getting the most fun out of blogging?

If anyone says YES, it's worth all the time, and rushing, and angst... then more power to them.

But for myself, I'm getting tired of it. Of the time eaten up and the rushing to catch up with reading and commenting in so many blogs...

You brought this issue front & center for me again. And so I'm just saying... what it's seeming like to me. Each person has to choose for themselves.

Gentle hugs,
Miss Mari-Nanci
'Smilnsigh' blog

Lib said...

Hi Sandi,
Want be long now until we will all have to stay inside and maybe just maybe then we can catch up. I find myself more and more having to play catch up.
Congrats on your awards!
Hope ya'll have a Great wk.end!

Jeanne said...

Good luck with your pumpkins. We're starting to see the first showing up at farm stands along with pots of mums. I love fall so can't wait to get mine for the outside entry.

Jamie Dawn said...

I can relate to you lack of time lately. It feels like time has been whipping by lately. Life is just busier at times than other times.
I'm lucky to get in one post per week, although I like to shoot for two. I always visit those who've commented on my previous post first, then if there's time, I branch out and visit a few more before I post again. This works out well for me.
You have many blog buddies who, like me, enjoy our visits here with you.

Lavinia said...

Congratulations! Wow, these are a whole new crop of awards that I've never seen, and they are beautiful and special and very well deserved by you...

Jeff B said...

Thank you my dear. The smile you say I give you is merely a reflection of the one I receive when I visit you!

david mcmahon said...

Ma'am, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful citation.

Have been having a run of amazing experiences here in the Yukon, Sandi. Not much internet access - but I'm soaking up the Yukon!

Amazing place!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Sandi...just saying hello. I try to keep up with everyone's blog and just don't seem to manage it at times. You do cheer everyone up and me...!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Can I ask a favour? Please can you change my link to this one:
Many, many thanks! Thank you for blogrolling me I am truly honoured. (I decided that I would go for the full domain name as I had/have a business idea in mind...which may/may not come to fruition. I'm working on it!!!)

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Congratulations Sandi on all your beautiful awards. You, of all people I know, deserve every one of them. :)

D... said...

Thanks for visiting me!

I know what you mean about having enough time. Now that school is back in session, I find that I don't have the time I did during the summer. I'm trying to readjust my time and my thinking. I don't have to visit everyone each day, even though I'd like nothing better.

Congrats on your awards!

Gill - That British Woman said...

Gosh that's a busy post......I know how you feel...I know there are 24 hours in each day, but sometimes it feels as though there are only 12 hours in a day.

Congrats on all the awards,

Gill from Canada

Jules said...

Okay, I clicked and I gave. Thanks for that!
And congrats on your awards. You deserve them all, and so much more!

Anonymous said...

I understand about playing catch up, believe me! How kind of you to spread some joy around to your fellow bloggers!

kari and kijsa said...

So many wonderful friends and so many great awards!! Happy Labor Day! Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement!

kari & kijsa

NeereAnDear said...

Such a great post! You do have a lot of friends... and by the way ... I finaly did a post... of course its loaded with a lot of humor...mainly yours... LOL



Christine Boles said...

Sandi, what a wonderful surprise! Thank you for the "I love your blog" award! That was so kind of you!

windycorner said...

Hi Sandi,
You deserve all the kudos.....just look at all the folks who love to read your blog. Glad to call you friend!

Country Cottage Chic said...

I love the "cuppa" award! ;-)

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Hey - thanks for the award! How nice! Our computer has been acting up, hence my absence. And now I'm working on playing catch up, too. That's all I seem to do this summer!

Anywho - I'll be calling you soon - finally got your message. (I rarely check the voice mail on our phone service - too many darn buttons to push. lol).

Love you,
P.S. Thanks again for the award and batten down the hatches for that storm!!

Merisi said...

It is comforting that I am not the only one out there who has serial + serial problems of keeping up even with the blogs dearest to my heart, one of them being yours.
I try to budget my time as good as I can, seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, only to be taken by surprise by a new long stretch of no time for surfing.
Still, congratulations on your awards, you are one of the kindest and sweetest bloggers out there.
Hugs from V.,