Sunday, January 23, 2011

Foregiveness, Fuzzy Hats and Stylin'

Doc has finally forgiven me for my abandoning him. He nickered as I entered the barn this morning...just like days of old. He also has returned to his 'Golden Retriever' alter ego, loving to be petted and rubbed. Especially around the face.

Here we are having a special moment together. I am wearing the beautiful hat that Lisa (Laughing Orca
Ranch) knit and gave away as a prize last month. I was so excited to win and just love the colors and the fuzzy fibers. Thanks, Lisa, for taking the time to knit the hat and for the contest give-aways. I will enjoy the hat for a long time!

Since the hat is so beautiful, I decided that it would be appropriate to wear it for the announcement of the 'Stylish Blogger Award', afterall, what could be more stylish than turqouise and purple, a Haflinger and a beautiful Colorado day?!

I'd like to thank Sidney at Bitless Horse: Science VS tradition for bestowing this award...well, for sorta suggesting I could 'take' the award! Sidney wrote, "You know I break rules all the time right? Well I honestly would love to go through my blog list and pick 15 of you but .... you'll understand if I gift this award to the first 15 who have read this and haven't received it yet. Please put it up on your blog and link back here so I can see you stylish bloggers please!"

There are 4 duties to perform to receive this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!
Seven Things About Me

1. My life has become crazy since we decided to buy the house. We have begun to work on the house and you will see blogs about our progress.

2. I love to read, but find I have little time to do so. When I do find time, I'm usually so tired I fall asleep! 

3. I got a Kindle for Christmas - well, actually right after Christmas. I miss browsing for books and the pretty covers of books, but the ease of buying books is awesome...and scary!

4. I think I am developing arthritis - boo, hiss. (The Kindle is easier to hold!)

5. I am trying to learn to be less critical of others. It's a terrible habit and I think I picked it up from my mother. Does anyone else out there find that as they get older they grow more and more like their moms? 

6. I love watching kids get excited when they learn new things. I love teaching; kids, dogs and horses. Husbands, however, are too hardheaded to teach!

7. I like alliteration. to give this award to 15 'recently discovered' bloggers. That's tough.

Like Sidney, I'm going to bend the rules a bit. I will pass this on to 15 folks, but perhaps for slightly different reasons than being 'recently discovered'....I'm going to focus on the 'Stylish' aspect. For all of the following blogs are truly special, and very stylish!

First, I'd like to give this to Once Upon an Equine who got me into blogging to begin with. I know she is really overwhelmed at work and may not be able to pass this award on for a while (it does take a bit of time to respond to the duties) but I truly enjoy her blog and her wit.

Next,  I want to pass the award to Mrs. Mom at Oh Horse Feathers & Related Twisted "Tails". She encourages so many bloggers and shares great stories, wit and wisdom.

Because I think (and no, I'm not the least bit brainwashed biased) Haffies are the bestest and cutest, I'll bestow this award on other Haffie bloggers, if I  am missing a Haffie blogger, please let me know - I'd love to follow others adventures with these not so wee beasties.)
Reina's World  (This blog actually fits the rules - I have just discovered Reina's world)

I am smitten with other barnyard animals that are brought to life by the folks they own. I hate it when I miss a day of their blogs:

Because I'm never too old to learn, and I'm always learning from this 'stylin' lady, I give this award to Kate at A Year With Horses.

Oh, I only have one more spot...and so many Stylish bloggers...oh, darn. This one I'll give to Buried in Colorado. I feel a special kinship to Danielle Michelle as we both live in this beautiful state and we both know what it's like to have chalk dust and marker all over our hands.

Well, I am going to break the rules (again)! I am going to give my last, last award to the gal who made me so stylish; Lisa at Laughing Orca Ranch . Lisa knit the hat I am wearing in the picture above and sent it to me as a prize in a give-away. Lisa's site is down while she takes a bit of a break. We understand those things!

Thanks to everyone who opens their souls, pours out a bit of their hearts, gives us a glimpse into another world and shares their love, heartache, good times and bad in their blogs. You are all my special "blog friends" and I have gained much from that connection, even though I've never met you face to face.


  1. Thank you for the award Dreaming! You are right, it will be awhile before some times frees up. Work is make in difficult for me to blog much.

    I love the hat that Lisa gave you. Beautiful job Lisa! And I know how much us knitters appreciate such things.

    Congrats on receiving this award Dreaming. You deserve it.

  2. Thanks! That's a nice horse (I meant to say hat but look what my fingers typed!)!

  3. Thank you so much Dreaming! Now that everyone is back on the upswing here, it will be a lot of fun to play along with this!

  4. Glad your back and things are normal =) Your traveling sure looked adventurous!

  5. My Haflinger likes to have her face rubbed too. Other breeds I've been around hate it. Maybe it is a Haffie thing.

  6. I'm so glad you like it. It really does look nice on you.
    Thanks for the award, too :)



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