Blog Kudos to 10 Friends

OL Blog Award VI BLogger

The lovely Viv at rerouted and wherethejourneytakesme has nominated me for the double blog award, “Very Inspiring Blog” and “One Lovely Blog.” I appreciate the shout-out on her blog and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about 10 of my favourite blogs (other than the above-mentioned, of course – do visit!)

Here they are in random order:

Rachel in Veganland. Rachel and Maddie have just moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains (NC) where they share a home with indoor and outdoor cats and a cute bunny. Lots of photos and recipes. Everything about their life is warm and cuddly!

Livetolist. Sarah is a young professional living in a loft in Sydney AUS and she loves to make lists, like me!

Cash Only Living. A published author and web developer living a grand life in Las Vegas on a budget – who knew that was possible? Also an avid desert trekker.

Chrisbykate. This blog has many musings about political and social issues that are dear to my heart. There are not a huge number of humanist blogs so I value having a kindred spirit out there.

Spendology. Likewise, Keith at Spendology provides a liberal view on our economic times, with some personal finance info on the side.

Canadian Veggie. Canadian Veggie is a newlywed almost-30-year-old from Vancouver who blogs about food, running, cycling and city design. Both members of this couple have socially-responsible careers. I am most impressed by their lifestyle!

Life Commentary with Dr. Ptol. Gemma is a PhD and works in food science, but I read her blog for the reviews of TV shows that I would never normally watch! It gives me a glimpse into a whole other world out there.

FIMBY. Fun in My Backyard is a blog by Renee, a very contemplative homeschooling parent who is attuned to creativity and the outdoors. I love how these kids are being raised (and it is notable that the two parents work from home.)

Canadian Doomer. If you don’t know, a doomer or prepper is someone who knows our present lifestyle is unsustainable, and foresees that civilization as we know it will collapse. Lavette @ Canadian Doomer is getting ready to move from an urban apartment to a remote homestead thousands of km away, and will rely on traditional skills and community sharing to forge a new path.

Rainy Saturday. Amy is a kickass mom to a one-year-old and I love reading her blog because of her very irreverent attitude. Not to mention that Eli is such a cutie.

Now on to part 2 of the blog awards, in which I share 7 random facts about myself:

  • As I drive to work, I can name the make and model of almost every car on the road.
  • I am a queer ally and have blogged about it here.
  • I have a bit of a compulsion to pay musicians for their work. I own about 600 albums and I am old enough to still like listening to albums all the way through!
  • Besides the robot toys that were pictured here, my previous collections were wooden toys, trinket boxes and candy tins. All inactive now.
  • My pre-librarian jobs included babysitter, swimming instructor, playground leader, grocery clerk, and T-shirt store employee.
  • My idea of a boy band is the Bay City Rollers 🙂
  • My cats chew on fabric so I have to stow away all clothing, blankets, tea towels and gloves –  all the time!

If any of the above bloggers would like to pass on the award to other bloggers of their choice, the “rules” are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

Thanks for tuning in!


  1. Wow! Thank you sooo much! I am flattered 🙂

  2. So now I know even more interesting little things about you! I can relate to the candy tin collection – I find I cannot let go of tins even though I haven’t anything to keep in them! The car one I am the complete opposite apart from recognising my own (can’t even pick out my better half’s in a car park even after 3 years!!) I couldn’t tell you the names of any other makes and models. I could tell you the colour of a car that I passed! Just going now to check out your nominees blogs.

    • Yes, between the tins and the trinket boxes, there are lots of empty containers taking up room in my house! I do like cars, though I have never felt compelled to own a flashy one.

  3. Thank you for the award! I was so surprised! What a nice way to start the day!

  4. First of all – thank you so much for the recommendation! So lovely and flattering – and inspiring!

    I share a similar compulsion for paying artists for their music. I’ll happily shell out $10 for a CD when I attend a free concert in the part, if I’ve enjoyed the music. It is a talent I have not been blessed with – and one that I am happy to reward. 🙂

  5. I too like to pay for my music, I wouldn’t want someone enjoying my work without giving me something for it. That being said, Bay City Rollers? That took guts to write, they are one of the bands no one likes to admit to listening to. For me, I don’t remember much about their music, but I did hear an interview with the band on our radio when they were big and heard one being called Ian. Loved the name so much that 12 years later I named my son that.

  6. Gemma Ptolemy

    Thanks for the recommendation. I like your site because I thought I was the only person that made lists and likes to be crazy organized. You are lucky you can just read my blogs about the tv shows and not have to work with me and have to hear all the details of the shows from the day before. lol

  7. What an eclectic and awesome list of blogs Lots to check out. Thanks for including me.

  8. Thank you so much! There’s a real canadian presence here. Are you in Canada? If so, we’re practically neighbors since I’m right on the Canadian east coast, though not quite as far as NS.

    • I’m so sorry. I spent some time digging around your blog. I see you are Canadian east coast. Real east coast. So if you’ve read my blog long enough you know my folks are in Lunenburg County. If you ever have a chance to take one of my mom’s food courses, she offers those locally, you should do it. Especially if she does it at her home. Being a recipient of my mom’s hospitality and cooking is a real treat. Here’s her blog:

    • YVW, and yes, I am in the Halifax area.

  9. Thank you for listing me! I’ve been out of circulation for almost a week with a killer cold, but now I better get cracking sharing the love and posting things – you might just poke people into visiting my blog 🙂

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