Monday, August 2, 2010

The Verstile Blogger

This morning when I opened my blog I was delighted to find two comments (thank-you) and an award! Julie from nominated me for this award:

Thank-you, Julie. Julie is an inspiration to me for many reasons. Read her blog to learn more about her own journey to better health. Julie doesn’t know this, but her blog was one of the first blogs I found at BlogSpot after I made the decision to start my own. Because of her blog list and her followers, I have found many more inspiring blogs. So my gratitude to Julie is for the nomination, but also the fact that she keeps her blog up daily with compassion, humor and honesty. I am going to pass this award on....

Now here are the rules of this award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.

2. Share seven things about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs.

4. Let your nominees know about the award.

Seven unique things about me that I am sure you are all anxious to know:
1. I married my pen pal. True story. He is from the Netherlands and I am from in So Cal. We wrote for 5 years before we meet each other. I went to visit him, and the rest is history. He is the best part of my life. Truly a life’s partner. Plus, we incorporated many of the Dutch traditions with our family including playing voetbal (soccer), ice skating (schaatsen) and a love of lekkers (a generic word for any tasty bakery type treats).

2.I never out grew collecting things. Right now I am collecting butterflies and moths. Don’t worry; they are all previously living organisms. The remarkable diversity of insects, especially moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) inspire me. Insect ecology in general is a remarkable function of our natural world. I collect because I am awestruck at the beauty of our natural world and the diversity within it.

3.I love snow. Never, never is there enough snow for me.

4.I hate freezing rain.

5.I have a thing for Christmas lights. I believe you can never have enough (LEDs of course). I love their soft sparkle and how the light emits when the snow is gently covering them. My spouse and I have an agreement that they will go up only after Thanksgiving, although we keep them up until February (MN has long winters). They are on a timer so I use as little energy as possible ☺.

6.I enjoy (love) playing in bodies of water. Whether they are the ocean or one of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, doesn’t matter to me. A few summers ago, I bought a boat for my spouse off Craig’s List, a Bayliner. we all have enjoyed that boat tremendously. We are not big speedboat folks rather the kind that cruise around a lake and throw out the anchor in a nice spot. He fishes. I swim and read. If the grandbabies are with us we all jump off the back of the boat and scare all the fishies away so hubby cannot fish and can come play with us. We also discovered TUBBING!!

7.I want to learn how to paddle. Really paddle. I can get around a lake in a canoe, but I am scared to death (fear of drowning overcomes me). I am a nut for bodies of water and I want to enjoy the quiet spaces that you can access with a canoe. Thus, I hope to become more confident in paddling.

Here are my nominations of blogs. I added in a little blurb about each one. Most of the descriptive text comes from the blog itself. They are in alphabetical order:

1. Adios Fat Pants: Adios fat pants is a blog about a former fat pants who is preparing to run her first marathon.

2. Chubby Chicks Run Too: Tales of an out of shape runner getting back into the sport while balancing work and family.

3. Diet of 51: A working mom with a lifelong weight problem takes a stand against the menopounds that are dragging her down.

4. Dr. Fatty Finds Fitness: One Doctor's Quest at Finally Finding Her Inner Fitness.

5. Incremental Improvements: Things I'm learning along the road to becoming the woman God made me to be.

6. Lanie Panie: Lanie Panie writes that her goals are to adopt a healthy lifestyle and take better care of the environment, including her home. Loads of good information, too.

7. Musings on a 100lbs+ Weight Loss Journey: Come with me on a weight loss journey to lose the excess baggage!

8. Obesity Time Bomb:
This one will knock your socks off. Bold.

9. Paulawannacracker: Musings of a hungry women who is trying to live a fit and active life.

10. Real fat and sassy: dropping the fat and upping the sass.

11. Something Brilliant is Brewing: This blog is a bit of this and that as I endeavor to break away from food addiction. It's also a whole lot about life. I just have to get out of my own way in this pursuit of brilliance and...freedom!

12. The Skinny Girl Inside: I love life and I'm working on regaining control of my life and weight again.

13. Soul Vision: Diaries of a motorcycle riding hot chick that is marching forward on her journey to better health.


15. Wasting time: Honest, hip, and fresh blog on the journey to better health.


  1. Thanks for the nomination! My first one! Oh what to do, what to do!

  2. Thank you for nominating me and letting me know about your blog. You've chosen some great bloggers for the award and I'm glad you listed me as a recipient.


  3. Thanks for nominating me! But, better yet, thanks for commenting on my blog so now I've found yours.

  4. Thank you! I admit that I have gotten this one before but have moved my awards to a separate page. I follow about half the blogs on this list already and am going to check out the others. I enjoyed your seven things, especially since I was just in Minnesota this past weekend and wished I lived with all those lakes around me:)

  5. Me too! Thank you, Michele, for the award. I've read back in your posts and discover that we have a lot in common--several grandkids and biking for one. I'll be coming back to follow your progress and am glad that you found me, too.

  6. Hi Michele,

    Thank you for the lovely award! I have received several before, but I don't think this has been one of them. It was very kind of you to think of me, especially when you saw my undecorated page!

    This is shaping up to be a very busy week, so I don't know if I'll get to the "pay it forward" part in the next few days, but I will definitely give you a shout-out in my next post for your thoughtfulness.

    That is very cool, that your pen pal turned out to be your soul mate! Paddle on!


  7. Thank you so much for the nomination!! I didn't know there were so many others out there!! It's great to find all the support!!

  8. Dear All!
    Wow, seven comments! I will enjoy reading all of your blogs now and learning SEVEN new things about you all!

    Now it is my turn, to thank all of you for taking the risk to make your journey public via your blog. We are all in this together. Hugs, Michele