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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I was VERY thankful for grandparents and great-grandparents. I MIGHT have been spoiled by being the first child of two only-children.

This week’s photo challenge by WordPress, Thankful , conjures up pictures of food, family, friends, and material objects.  Beyond our immediate circle of influence and interaction, our country, and the peace, liberty, and freedom it offers comprise some of the more esoteric gifts that make us thankful.  Our lives are improved by people that serve us and do things that we can’t do for ourselves, so we are thankful for:   business people, teachers, doctors, our service men and women, inventors, even attorneys, Jean.

All of what we experience in life today thankfully and appreciatively is built on a foundation of ancestors that worked hard, made mistakes, created, and destroyed, loved and laughed just as we do today who left us a legacy.  I am thankful that life moves on, and things change.

Stocks in Colonial Williamsburg

At a teachers week-long institute in Colonial Williamsburg, we had no idea what kind of trouble we might be getting into.  I’m not sure why we are laughing, our crime was not a laughing matter.  We might have been doing something dreadful such as preaching Baptist doctrine inside the town.  Amazing when it’s out your time period, you can laugh about some pretty horrible practices.  I’m just thankful these are passé.

Here are some other samples of Thankful.

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Ese’s Voice
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Figments of a DuTchess
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « masadiso79′s Blog
  4. Over the Rainbow « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | FOTO chip – © Birgitta Rudenius
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « MaanKind
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « What’s (in) the picture?
  8. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « A year in the Life
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful, can mean many things « A Western Buddhist’s Travels
  10. I am thankful for… | Thirdeyemom
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « « The Great Escape » Life from behind a lens
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | The Patient Gardener’s Weblog
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful (Introducing The Prawn Of Appreciation) | EL Appleby: Short Stories*
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  15. Thanksgiving Blessings « Sisters of Christ
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful — Mirror. « mommyverbs
  17. Thankful « Teepe’s weblog
  18. Thankful… « the thirdeyeworld
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Just a few photos
  20. salsa verde « yi-ching lin photography
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge – Thankful « The Urge To Wander
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Tea with a Pirate
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful – Joy and Woe
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge – thankful | Chittle Chattle
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Form Your Troika
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge – Thankful | Just Snaps
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « warmhotchocolate
  28. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : THANKFUL « beyond toxicity
  29. Weekly photo challenge: Thankful « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge; Thankful « Day One
  31. The Gravity of the Situation | Beyond the Brush
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « thelifebus
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | a hectic life
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Words & Pictures
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Alastair’s Blog
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Lola Jane’s World
  38. They deserve it the most… | Living in Another Language
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Sigoese
  40. Thanksgiving photo post « my blog.
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | colderweather
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | joy cannis photography
  43. Thankful | Galang Pusa
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Miljo Anne
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | The Good Villager
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Perceptions of a reluctant Homemaker
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | s1ngal
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Lonely Travelog
  49. weekly photo challenge: thankful « a nomad in the land of nizwa
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « The World According to Me…
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Blatherskite
  52. Why I Don’t Invite Milla Jovovich to Tea | rarasaur
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for Blog Readers | Cardboard Me Travels
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Ruth E Hendricks Photography
  55. BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: 30 Minute WordPress Consultation | Open Knowledge
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Efrata Denny Saputra Yunus
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | blog SRI IZAWATI
  58. Photo Journal/Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful «
  59. Thankful for every minute of it … | The Wanderlust Gene
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Wind Against Current
  61. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : THANKFUL | soumyav
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Simply Charming
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | SC Surf Butler
  64. Fotograf Sara Marklund « britten
  65. Weekly Travel Theme: Liquid | Sue Ann’s Balcony
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | A Hedonistic Wander
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Sasieology
  68. Challenge photo de la semaine – Gratitude « Paris en photographies
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | I am Super Istar
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Angel Frouk
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | The Serenity Space
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Tammys Pratbubbla
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful «
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Olivia May Photography
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Nature on the Edge
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Colline’s Blog
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful – a time to be thankful, and a time for reflections – to my fellow bloggers, family and friends | My Notebook
  78. Thanksgiving Reflections « SimplySage
  79. Thankful !! | nirvanatrails
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Mirth and Motivation
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Last Train to QVille
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Life&Ink
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Stefano Scheda
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful (Reasons to Be) | Hurtled to 60 and Now Beyond…
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful / My Camera | wAnderful ESCAPADES
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Julie Dawn Fox Photography

Internet Purgatory Solutions

I’m beginning to feel jinxed as I struggle technologically to blog.  First I had my problems just learning the ropes, then I started jumping unannounced and uninvited into people’s spam boxes.  That all came to a head when WordPress shut me down for pasting in a spam comment with the little gravitar.  NOW I’m voraciously eating up internet gigabytes like there’s no tomorrow, and maybe I’ve sailed to the end of the world, and fallen off the internet safety web.

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So I thought you might want to know what happened today.  V likes to keep me happy, so instead of making me wait until Nov. 24 when Wildblue fills my gigabyte food bowl again, he bought me 2 gigabytes of service.  We answered emails and comments together for a half hour, and he checked the gigabyte meter.  Amazingly we had used 1 gigabyte.  We hadn’t downloaded anything.  We hadn’t pulled up any pictures, visited any of your websites, nothing.  So we went to his office, and I quickly published the post I worked on last night from 12:00 – 2:40 a.m.  Gigabytes are free and unlimited from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. local time.  Then I answered emails in the evening for about 45 minutes.  Poof, the other gigabyte disappeared into my ravenous cybertummy.  At that point I got messages like, “Your email has not been sent.”

So V called Wildblue, and insisted that a few emails do not create even megabytes of information, let alone gigabytes.  Even photos can be done in megabytes, and I avoided photos.  I sent my Foothill Magazine friend a link to my post instead of sending photos.  The technical support person agreed with V, and credited our account for the 2 gigabytes, and gave us unlimited gigabytes that should go into effect by TOMORROW NIGHT until they figure out our problem.

Meanwhile, I waited until midnight to start writing my posts for the rest of the week, and It took until about 12:20 for even Wildblue’s normal unlimited gigabytes to kick in.  I couldn’t get on even with the modem directly connected to my computer.  V pressed some magic buttons, and after about 20 minutes he was able to pull up my screen.

To Wildblue’s credit, they are trying to help us.  Thank y’all for being so patient and visiting me when I haven’t been able to visit you back for about the last week or more.

Trackbacks, Pings

… [Trackback]…

[...] There you will find 77615 more Infos: tchistorygal.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/spam-and-stats/ [...]…

Tara Hunt heartshapedblog.com
“A trackback is an acknowledgment. This acknowledgment is sent via a network signal (ping) from the originating site to the receiving site. The receptor often publishes a link back to the originator indicating its worthiness. Trackback requires both sites to be trackback-enabled in order to establish this communication.Trackbacks are used primarily to facilitate communication between blogs; if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, an entry found at another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, then the commenting blogger can notify the other blog with a “TrackBack ping“; the receiving blog will typically display summaries of, and links to, all the commenting entries below the original entry. This allows for conversations spanning several blogs that readers can easily follow.” Wikipedia
This information helps me somewhat, but there are 40+ of these trackbacks in my spam files, so am I to assume that all trackbacks are SPAM?  Even my own trackbacks, which come up automatically when I do a series of articles such as my Hawaii trip and embed a link to my other articles, are in my spam files.  WordPress has a series of articles that I’m sure I’ve read, and you may have also, but for me it takes some rereading to successfully negotiate the mechanics of blogging.

“Comment Spam

Comment Spam refers to useless comments (or trackbacks, or pingbacks) to posts on a blog. These are often irrelevant to the context value of the post. They can contain one or more links to other websites or domains. Spammers use Comment Spam as a medium to get higher page rank for their domains in Google, so that they can sell those domains at a higher price sometime in future or to obtain a high ranking in search results for an existing website.”

That answers the question, “Why do spammers spam?

“Spammers are relentless; because there can be substantial money involved, they work hard at their “job.” They even build automated tools (robots) to rapidly submit their spam to the same or multiple weblogs. Many webloggers, especially beginners, sometimes feel overwhelmed by Comment Spam.

There are solutions, though, to avoiding Comment Spam. WordPress includes many tools for combating Comment Spam. With a little up front effort, Comment Spam can be manageable, and certainly no reason to give up weblogging.”

I came across another article that advises for and tells how to disable trackbacks and pings.

Given my history with spam, would you all y’all advise me to press “Delete Permanently” or “Not Spam”?

 

Questions I Have About Doing WP

 

I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to problem solve using the tools that companies – open source or otherwise – give their customers to take care of their products.  My problems never fit within the normal range – ask Steve Woods,a tech expert at TCOE, who cringes to see me coming.  (I’m taking his Photoshop class tonight – get ready Steve.)

So I am still trying to check out why I’m being so spammy, because I responded to several sites from my reader, and my comments after the posting sign finished, the comment disappeared. I have posted on that site many times!!!  I went to a WordPress forum.  I get distracted on that website when I notice that lots of people have listed their websites for the WP folks to go visit.  Then they type a problem they are having in the subject line.  I think I’ll do that.  But first you have to answer questions and fill in forms.  One of the first questions you have to answer is, “What version of WordPress are you using?”  How would I know that?  I have looked on every page in my menu, and there is nothing about versions.  So I resigned that for now.

Next, I saw that there are WordPress camps around the world where you can go learn about WordPress.  That was cool.  The ones on the west coast were in August ad September.  I think I’ll wait for the Paris trip.

http://www.techwench.com/top-5-tactics-to-increase-your-website-traffic/

Accidentally I saw a way to get your site maximized on google searches.  You had to verify your site by placing the google meta code on your home page.  So I opened up my pages in the dashboard, and the home page didn’t show in the menu.  Then I went to the menu, and clicked home, and it still didn’t show.  The google instructions were pretty clear as to where to paste the meta thingy, but I couldn’t find my home page in order to paste anything.  Of course, I could go to the home page as an outsider, but that didn’t help me paste the meta code.  The dashboard seems to be synonymous with home page, but I couldn’t find the areas that looked like what was so clearly listed by the Google experts.

The result is that I am totally frustrated which I don’t blame on WP.  I had a similar problem already this morning trying to do online bill paying with B of A.  After explaining it to three customer service representatives, and being disconnected twice, and disconnecting myself after the chatter person didn’t chatter for a long time, I disconnected myself.  So I’m starting my own help page.  I ask the questions.  Someone knowledgable sees them, and writes me a decodable answer.

 

The Un-Spam Button

 

I am researching why my comments appearing in some of your spam folders.  I went on wordpress.org and got a user name and password to begin my search.  As I was reading another user’s words of woe, I read that Akismet also has a support site.  It was more helpful.  This is part of what Akismet support said.

“A comment from a friend appeared in my spam folder. Why, and what should I do?

Use the un-spam button in WordPress to rescue it, or the equivalent button in your blog or forum application.

Akismet isn’t perfect, and occasional errors do happen. The un-spam button will teach Akismet not to make the same mistake again.

I heard that Akismet blocks IP addresses and websites. Is that true?

No, Akismet is not a web site or IP blacklist. Blacklisting isn’t very effective and causes false positives, so we don’t do it.

Instead, Akismet always uses all the available information about a comment together in order to determine if it’s real or spam. The IP address is an important piece of information, but it’s always used in conjunction with other information about each comment.

Additionally, Akismet learns the preferences of each individual blog owner, and tailors its results accordingly – each blog has different standards for what is and is not considered spam, so Akismet produces different results on each blog.

All of the comments on my blog are going to spam!

Are you using the ReCaptcha plugin for WordPress? If so, please disable it and see if that fixes the problem. It sometimes catches comments as spam even when Akismet says they’re not.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, please contact support and we’ll investigate.”

On my site I have found that Akismet has done a good job.  Once in a while I will find a comment that makes sense – even though I don’t know the blogger – I let them in.  Most of the time Akismet keeps out sites that are only selling things, are only about sex, or have really ridiculous grammar and syntax.

There were many more entries, but the gist of the matter is that if my comments are going to your spam folder, then you are going to have to invite me back in. – unspam me.  If I have said something offensive to you, I am deeply sorry. However, since the reporters of my spammy comments have been new blogging friends, I imagine that only your computer or your spam catching program is offended by my remarks or IP address. To those offended technologies I say, “Unspam yourself, and have a great day!”

:)

 

Liebster Paid Forward

The amazing Renee has nominated me for the Liebster Award.  I say amazing because of her age and all the many accomplishments she has done in such a short time.  So thanks Renee.  Be sure to take a look at her site.  In my last article about it I followed it backwards for a while several generations, found a fork, and then the fork came back together.  I found out there are many icons for this award, so I’m going to use Renee’s this time.  In this post I’m going to pay it forward.

Thanks Renee!

Here’s how the Liebster Award works.  This Liebster Award requires the award recipients to do the following:

  1. Thank and link back to the giver.
  2. Answer the giver’s questions.
  3. ‘Nominate’ five other blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
  4. Ask five questions for one’s nominees to answer.
  5. Post it all on one’s blog!

1. Where is your favorite place in the great outdoors and why?

Anywhere along the coast.  I’ve been to both sides in the United States, and I haven’t found a single coastline I don’t love.

2.  If you could have been born anywhere, and in any time in history, where and when would you choose, and why?

I love my life now.  I think of my Grandfather and how proud he was of being able to have experienced such a tremendous change in technology – especially in transportation.  Even though I enjoy travel, I love communication.  In what time period has there ever been greater strides in the technology to be able to communicate that the last 50-60 years?  Now we just need to learn or relearn the skills of communicating concern and care for others.  I’m still working on that.

3. What are your top 4 favorite bands, and if you were to have an instrument that could talk and was your friend, what would your instrument be?  Bad question for me.  I don’t know bands.  I listen to music as a background, and don’t pay enough attention to who’s doing it.  I love the piano.  My mom used to play.  I play at it.  If it could talk it might say, learn a new song, I’m tired of the only one you know.

4. If you could chose between being a shark or a horse, what would you be and why?

OK, I don’t see the joy of being a shark AT ALL.  Horses run free with their manes flowing in the wind.  They are fast, strong, beautiful, helpful, have dull teeth, eat out of your hand rather than eating your hand.  Sharks may be beautiful, but you have to be in a scary place to enjoy them, or they have to be in a museum all caged up.  The horse wins this race for me.

5. If you could be any movie character/ TV show character, what would you be and why?

My favorite movie star of all times is Shirley Temple.  My mother and I used to watch all the old Shirley Temple movies together, so the times were special.  I loved her hair, as an adult I read her autobiography and learned how difficult and disciplined her childhood was, and yet through it all she brought hope and happiness in a world wracked in depression, war and sorrow.  She traveled the world, met the most important people, and seemed to retain her humility.  She served appropriately for her training as an ambassador. I think she is one of the most amazing movie star of either sex – EVER.  She is 84.  I would be honored to have lived her life as gracefully as she lived it.

These are my questions.

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. If you could spend a day with someone who wasn’t a family member or close friend, who would it be and what would you want to do and say?
  3. What is your best quality?
  4. What is the most daring or exotic thing you have done in your life?
  5. What book has influenced you the most?

Here are my nominees, although I don’t necessarily know how many followers they have, they are well on their way to becoming some of my favs!

  1. imalloversblog.wordpress.com - a brand new blog for anyone who enjoys animals.
  2. http://mixandmatchmeme.wordpress.com/ - blog with random thoughts – how could I not love that?
  3. http://mhdriver.wordpress.com/ - a guy who loves to travel in a motor home, and has been all over the place
  4. http://plainphotography.com/ - beautiful photographs, not plain at all!
  5. http://thatwritinglady.com/ a young teacher of writing, how could I not love her???

Practicing Photoshop

Steve Woods from Tulare County Office of Education runs a tight Photoshop ship, and he navigated us through some difficult waters.  I practiced quite a bit today, with mixed success.  Steve says I’m persistent, and that is a prominent character quality of mine.  He didn’t say I was artistic, brilliant, creative…just persistent.  I’ll take it as a +Here is the before picture of a lavender quilt that Carmen made for me.This is after I adjusted the color.  I used Adobe Elements 10, went to Enhance, Adjust Color, Remove Color Cast.  You merely clicked the eye dropper that automatically appeared on a white, black or gray spot, and BINGO, there it was.  By the way TOEMAILERS, I left my toes in the picture just for you.My texting wasn’t quite as successful. Not that it looks bad.  I just couldn’t rasterize it or whatever that is.  Which means I couldn’t play with the shape of the words.  Not only that, Elements does not have the cool fonts that Photoshop the full program does.  I did “simplify” the text, but I couldn’t do all the cool things we did in class with the text after it was a jpeg.

When I put it in Facebook, the image was too big for the words to show anyway.  To create text over the picture was easy enough.  You just press the T, click where you want your words to appear, and start typing.  I had a false start, and ended with two layers of writing, and didn’t know how to delete, so I closed the picture without saving, and that worked.  The menu bar up at the top worked just the same as it does in the extended version of Photoshop which we are learning.

Another little learning experience in today’s practice, the pictures that I did save as jpegs weren’t allowed on WordPress.  I chose the same picture that had been duplicated, like every other picture I have uploaded, but the message from on high told me that the file type is “not allowed”.  By learning experience I mean frustration, but not to the point of screaming or pulling out my eyebrows.Just so you know, this picture started out like this.  And yes, is was a great retirement party at Café 225 on Main Street in Visalia, CA.  It’s a great place to eat, and a wonderful place for a surprise party.  I wasn’t the only one having fun at my expense – I was totally surprised by the event.  The happiest looking person in the picture besides me is my former new boss, Charlene.

Blog Thoughts

 

Most of the blogs I run across include photography.  Blogging documents trips, family or friends’ gatherings, spotlights interests, conveys information, or displays creative talent.

Cousins Hal, Amy and I in the Robert Morris pew in Christ’s Church in Philadelphia, PA

I find that I compete with myself daily as a blogger.   I check my statistics multiple times  hoping that I have more visitors today than yesterday or my highest day.  Why am I driven to do this, I wonder? The statistics gods seem to know that people like me click their little line graph like a cookie addict reaches for the fresh-baked snicker doodle that calls from the plate in the center of the table.    I’m not trying to sell anything.  Yet, the blog gods suggest what to do to get more visitors, suddenly my mind is screeching  “Get More Views!  Get More Views!”

So if I really want to be a successful (as defined by Getting More Views) blogger, what must I do?  The best blogs usually have a theme.  Highly viewed bloggers write about what they know best, and they are worth reading because readers know they will learn something about that subject.  In the information line I see lots of travel blogs, and I’m not sure yet what sets the good apart from the great.  Political, economics-related, and educational blogs are popular as well, but they don’t seem to show up in my reader. Hmmmm.

I enjoy conversational blogs.  The topics vary greatly depending on each writer’s life. Folks write about their experiences with cancer, fishing, raising kids, eating sweets, shopping, or whatever consumes them for the moment.  I enjoy getting acquainted with these people, but their viewometers don’t usually register at the viral level, unless they  are about 18 and writing about music or sports that is already a viral topic on its own.

Other successful blogs may not have a specific theme, like travel or self-publishing, but they display quality product.  Expert writing varies from humorous, thought-provoking, informative, surprising, emotional, or a stunning tapestry of description either in poetry or prose.  Great photography, even just the “record shots” my dad took, requires an artistic eye.  Photographs include primarily snapshots, and by that I mean unposed.  However, photographers often stage the possibility of a photograph, where they position the camera on a tripod and wait for the right second when the bug walks on stage or the lightning flashes.  Many take conversational photos, just snapping what strikes their fancy at the moment when they happened to be holding their camera.  Other photographers’ skills lie in processing the photos layering and enhancing what they took to make something extraordinary.  I think fewer people actually manipulate their photos once they are created because it takes a tremendous amount of time and knowledge.

My blog falls into the conversational category.  My life experiences flit like a theme-less butterfly, streaming from thought to thought, from interest to interest, and from experiment to experiment.  My photographs aren’t ugly or uninteresting, but I wouldn’t rank them as competitive either.  The only constant is that I love to write, take pictures, dabble in processing, and hurry up and publish, so that I can see More Views. “Take More Pictures, Write More Words! Get More Views!” my head is bombarded with these burgeoning thoughts.

This blogging experiment caught me.  I’ve turned from a butterfly into a fish, and I’m netted.  I’m making friends in places I’ve never been, and learning skills I never had.  I’m getting positive feedback – even from my husband and friends at home.  And I even Got More Views than I ever thought possible the other day, when 100 people visited my site. WHOOPEE!!!  I’m happy, happy, happy!!!!

 

Inspiring Blog Award

Thank you so much Seasonsgirl for nominating me for the Inspiring Blog Award.    I didn’t know there were so many awards out there, nor did I ever expect being nominated for one.  I am so honored that this blogging experiment of mine could be considered inspiring – funny in places, maybe, informative – hopefully, a great connecting experience for me – definitely.  So thank you from the bottom of my inspired heart.

You can see from the pictures below why Seasonsgirl was nominated.  She writes recipes, and many people besides me love to eat, and some of them even like to cook.  But her website is more than that.  She takes beautiful pictures at home and when she travels.


One of the things I love about blogging is that it takes me places I’ve never been before, and might never ever in a million years get to see.  Unlike Einstein, I am not naturally curious, but I love people.  So when I like someone and they are doing something or seeing something, my interest antennae pop out, and say LISTEN, LISTEN, LOOK MARSHA LEE here is something that you might like.

I had no idea what OPSAIL was so I had to look it up.  And I didn’t know where in the world Half Moone was so I googled that as well.  I hyperlinked them so if you are like me, you can check them out, too.  Thanks Seasonsgirl and blogging friends for inspiring me and expanding my world.

The rules  for receiving the Inspiring Blog Award are as follows:

1.  Thank the person who nominated you -(see above)

2.  Share 7 things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers that you admire or inspire you

4.  Go leave a comment and let the people know you have nominated them.

My Seven things…

  1. I love people.
  2. I love to be alone from time to time, but not for too long.
  3. I love to travel.
  4. I love not to travel, and stay home.
  5. I love to be creative, though I’m more enthusiastic than creative.
  6. I love to get organized, though nothing stays that way for very long!
  7. I love to admire.

The nominations for the Inspiring Blog Award…

As a new blogger, I realize that accepting a nomination for an award takes a lot of time because you have to evaluate a website and not just slip in and out of it.  For this Inspiring Blog Award you must differentiate between interesting, beautiful and inspiring.  To inspire means to stimulate or excite your spirit.  What inspires our spirits?  I am inspired or excited when someone’s blog makes me want to go out and do what they are doing – and I assume that it will be something positive.  If you inspire me to go out and wreck my car, then I’m not sure you should get an award.  I also think that you have to be somewhat humble, or at least seem to be on the outside.  My late husband was a minister, so  I know how some of the best-intentioned folks  in the world (me, for example) ruin their inspirational opportunities by their pride in doing good or giving advice to the less inspired.  So I have to give this some thought and research.   Like my friend Seasonsgirl, I tend to go back to the same people who I have mentioned before, but I am going to stretch myself to reach out to some new sites even though that takes a little more time.

  1. http://leannecolephotography.com/  This is a new site to me.  She instructs people about editing her photos, and she responded to me when I asked a question.  Thanks Leanne.
  2. http://smilesalot1969.wordpress.com/  Smiles A Lot just plain makes me laugh.  Is laughing inspirational?  I don’t know, but it makes you feel good.
  3. http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/  I like Bucket List Lesley’s site because she helps people accomplish what they would like to do in life.  That reminds me of Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  I bet her Bucket people are just blown away!  She also comes back often and visits and comments on my site.  That inspires me to write some more, and to make comments so that other people feel good about what they are doing.
  4. http://manipalphotoblog.wordpress.com/  Preetam Nath is only 18, yet he truly inspires me not just because he posts beautiful photographs, but that he posts other people’s work.  In addition, he reaches out to others.  He has written to me, invited me to Google+ and admired my photographs.  Thanks so much Preetam.  I hope you continue to inspire others for many years.
  5. http://travelagos.wordpress.com  Lago comes to see my site from time to time, and I his.  He has a great sense of humor, and is obsessed with many ordinary things.  That inspires me to stop and enjoy the popcorn along the way that calls my name whenever I go to a movie, but I’m not obsessed????
  6. http://everywhereonce.com/  I like the looks of this site, but there’s more to this site than looks.  Brian and Shannon are living, not only their dreams, but mine.  They have some thoughtful things to say, and some beautiful photography.
  7. http://wphotoshopping.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/bleu-oudaya/ This person has some beautiful pictures, and is graphic designer.  The website looks professional, and inspires me to keep pushing on.
  8. http://wheresmytbackandotherstories.wordpress.com/  Eva, a writer/photographer, has a great sense of humor, sees the beauty in family and simple things.  She’s the kind of person you would want as a friend.
  9. http://hikingphoto.com/ This is a new site to me, and the pictures of Canada are amazingly gorgeous, and at times very funny.   Even more so, Patrick Latter tells his experiences with a sense of humor.  You will enjoy this site.
  10. http://suchthelike.com/ Amy Turner Taylor continues to inspire and impress me with her wonderful sense of color.  She has a great eye.  She doesn’t let her website get old and dull.  I may get inspired to change my cover photo, however, I might lose my double meaning blog title.  Decisions – the bane of inspiration.
  11. http://nyparrot.wordpress.com/ This site has some interesting stories from music to electric cars.  I am not a car person, but my husband is, and his son is a motorcycle man.  Between the two I have  learned to enjoy the beauty of a car, and appreciate some of its qualities other than getting you somewhere.  NYparrot has some amazing cars, and I am inspired to own one of them one day in the distant future.
  12. http://dogpatchwriterscollective.wordpress.com/  This is another new site to me,  Jilanne Hoffman writes to writers.  Since I want to be a writer when I grow up, I am interested to see what she has to say that might inspire me.  The day I had the most viewers was the day I sat around wondering what in the world to write, and wrote about THAT.  She wrote me back on that day.
  13. http://forestforward.com/ This Vermont photographer has some photos of glistening beauty.  There is one photo, a young deer with sun shining through its ears, that is more adorable than Bambi.  I think I’m inspired to visit Vermont and see some of these beautiful animals.
  14. http://amazingazaleas.wordpress.com/ The photographs on this site are amazing.  I’m really inspired by the beautiful color of her background with her amazing azaleas at the top.  Nothing matches the title better than hers.  The azaleas are nothing less than amazing, but the rest of the photos are great too.  Clouds are spectacular, buildings with reflections cause me to pause to show on my own photographic compositions.
  15. http://cristianmihai.net/ Cristian still intrigues and inspires me.  One of these days I am inspired to self-publish a book or two now that I have read his tips about how to do it.