Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

25 April 2007

Thinking Blogger Awards...



Oh my gosh! I'm pretty sure my brain-power is diminishing by the year, yet - strangely - I've been nominated for the 'Thinking Blogger's award' four times, by:

Akelamalu



lol - Probably because everyone thinks I've not been nominated yet, they have me down as fair game.... so I figured I'd better get this post up to forestall any further attempts to make my head swell!

I was trying to think how I could do this... I could easily think of 20 blogs/ bloggers I like/adore, and many, many that make me think... so how do you narrow it down to just a few?

Originally, I thought I might do the meme as was intended, but some will have already done the Thinking Bloggers meme, so I decided to do a variation on the theme... and say why I liked a whole lot of the blogs/bloggers in my sidebar- I name each of the following because they deserve an award in my eyes, whether or not they've received one already! So, here goes!! :-D

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(So as not to show favouritism, in the order they visited my blog):


(1) Mother of Invention at Spilling Out:
Ah, my dear 'old' (not meant as in age, but in sincerity) friend, who has the voice of an angel (video at top of sidebar, if you haven't heard her yet!). Although she has a fair whack of health problems, she shines with enthusiasm and humour, and her beautiful spirit shines through.
She keeps company with her hubby and several cats out Canada way, writing poetry, songs and interesting anecdotes, in the manner of her bubbly character. I would love to have had her as a teacher at primary school - she's the best!!

(2) Red Dirt Girl (RdKitty) for Red Dirt Poetry:
Another old friend... Kitty writes poetry - good poetry that you really have to think about. Stop by to pick up some culture, to see a combination of writing and artwork she 'nicks' from other blogs, as well as her own posts that exude the 'Red Dirt Kitty' factor. Suffering the ups and downs of bi-polarity doesn't prevent some brilliant offerings and ideas from this particular blogger! (please don't try visiting just now, as there's a glitch in the blog she's trying to fix... it might take a bit :-( )


(3) Mimi from Mimi Writes, Blogblast for Peace and Dona Nobis Pacem: The Peaceglobe Posts
Another old friend, one who many of us know for her brilliant idea of blogging for peace; showing our united front on this issue. She has been rightly nicknamed 'Meme Queen' by some, and her posts are lively, full and funny.
Of late, her love blossoms with fellow blogger, Bud and the two of them together light up each other's blogs.
Here you can find out who are the Peace-bloggers of the day, and catch up on the fun and games in the dating ring.

(4) Brian from Truth is Freedom
A prolific poet with the ability to express some deep emotions. Many ideas originate from Brian, and when you visit his blog, you can feel the love and friendship he gives and receives. His recently discovered/ acknowledged people/ personalities within have all been making appearances and contributing to the photography and writing. Definately worth a visit.

(5) Steve from Bulletholes in the Mailbox
Here's one helluva Texan, who has the ability to recall a tale from his past that drags you right in there, riveted until the end, and still wanting to know more. He has great knowledge about many subjects, including music, poetry and (recently) wars (and with that, peace). His writing is full of feeling, and storytelling twists. It is a pleasure to visit, and one certainly comes away with more knowledge than on arrival!

(6) Madd from Maddisms: Madspace & Whatever
This is one blogger that's also multi-talented, with great poetry, cartoons and pictures to amuse you and a chirpy writing style. Outwith blogging life, she's pulling a hotel up to scratch (no mean feat) and self-admittedly a workaholic. But she still has time to visit friends when she can.

(7) Quasar9 from Quasar9 and Torchwood: If you haven't visited Quasar9's blog, it's worth it for the wonderful pictures of space and other world views. From thinking 'universe' to 'macro-atomic' (is that the right word?), from exploding suns to quantum string theory, he brings science that's usually beyond many of us into small parcel-sized bites that can be swallowed more easily. Ok, sometimes even these parcel-sized bites need a lot of chewing, but it widens your viewpoint anyway... And, stop for a moment in the comment section, and it's like sitting round an campfire under the stars, discussing the life, universe and everything.... :-)

(8) Angeldust from Angeldust & any other number of blogs! :-) Angeldust was the wonderful artist who did the colourful peaceglobe with dove, for the first Blogblast for Peace day. Remember it? Gorgeous! You can see a picture of the original at her blog Studio Galeria
Angeldust's other blogs will certainly make you think, with topics from the role of women in the media to religion... well, a person could get quite involved in the discussions!

(9) Mystic Rose from Mystic Rose
The way Mystic writes draws you into a story, or a poem, with beautiful description and elaboration, she has a gift for breathing her writing to life, and then launching it on the wind for us all to share. There is variety - from inward looking to outward observation... I think you will enjoy.

(10) Mohawk Chieftain from Smouldering Embers in a Mohawk Campfire I came upon the Chieftain's blog through visiting another. The first time I visited, I was a bit overwhelmed by the length of his post - From topical news to cartoon pictures to daily updates on his life, he is funny, cynical, caring and passionate.... guys, you have to check out this blogger, part-descendent of the Native Americans!

(11) Farris from Freeform Fresno
Ah Farris, my old NaNoWriMo writing pal - his posts are well written and pensive. He talks about his little boy (these can have me chuckling, imagining the scrapes the little fella gets into) from the position of being a full-time father. His son, adopted as a baby, is the centre of his life, and the love for him shows through his amusing anecdotes.
Farris also has an audio blog, which you might enjoy visiting too.

(12) Goatman of Pretty Moonbeams Goatman posts eclectically about his animals (especially his duck, Sprig), the local area, art, poetry, myths - it's nice to pop in occassionally and say hello.

(13) M. Shahin from Gently into the Night I'd say, what sums up M. Shahin is her love of poetry - Back from her sabatical, she zooms around the blogosphere, in between studying and other time consuming things, plucking poems from blogs or from other literary sources. It is a pleasure to visit, and see what's new.

(14) That Frolicsome Kid at Soliloguy's Exposed Ah, here's a thinker if ever you were looking for one. Teenager with angst? FK talks a lot about his school life and studying (you think that doesn't sound interesting? Try reading one of his very interesting/ entertaining posts!) -and his friendships. Also, when he's gone on visits, you get the most wonderful descriptions of where he's been and what he's seen, along with background information on religions and other details... This guy is the best!

(15) Topchamp from Bad Jokes and Oven Chips Now, Topchamp came a visiting from my headshave blog, Baring it All and I was curious as to who was so generous to, not only make a donation, but stop by and tell me she was going to do a post to point to the blog! I followed her back to her place (stalker like :-) ) and discovered a wonderful brownie leader with a great sense of humour. As well as playing her trumpet in any number of bands/ groups, she teaches music privately and in schools. I love her humerous story-telling style about the goings-on in her and her boyfriend's life!

(16) Maryam at My Marrakesh And then there's Maryam... Maryam has style, class, whatever you like to call it - she's got it! Many might already have visited Maryam's blog in the past (it's pretty popular :-) ) and been beguiled by the Morrocan setting, the bazaars (sukes ?), the amazing architecture and wonderful furnishings and artwork. Having travelled all over the place, Maryam, her husband and two children made the brave decision to build a home for themselves in the perfect place to set down roots - a place filled with colour, character and bustling fashion and creativity. Maryam's posts are lively accounts of local spots, wares and decor... another definately 'must visit'! :-)

(17) Dan's Blah Blah Blog I can't remember how I first found Dan, or whether he first found me! Dan's posts are humerous accounts of his daily life and other things. Who would have thought a trip to the local DIY store could be so funny, but it was - I fair cracked up! And his account of 'Secretaries Day', now renamed, 'Administrative Professionals' Day', was also highly chucklesome, but then that's Dan. Dan is also a big-hearted guy, who is going to be doing a Moonlight Walk in aid of stopping suicides... he's doing a brilliant job fund-raising so far, but could always do with more support (no-one ever turned down an extra dollar when it's for a good cause, have they! ) :-)

(18) Deepak Gopi (sorry, couldn't find your address) - a thoughtful and interesting blogger.

(19) David at Very Short Novels - Do you like novels, but don't find you have a lot of time to read them? You like short stories, but finding good books is a bit of a task (besides which, you're on the computer more often than not! :-) ) Well, here's a perfect place to visit - short stories/ 'novels' under 300 words. What can I say more apart from that they're all excellent, and you won't be disappointed!

(20) Katie from Little Bits of Me - Katie! The Montana gypsy.... Katie is another bubbling blogger... you can feel the energy and humour in her posts. She also has a couple of other blogs (poetry and a collaborative art blog) to explore. Katie's got dogs galore she's rescued, and lives in beautiful place, which she shows in photographs...


(21) Guiliano88 of G. Grassi Photography (translation to English) - I like to see what Guiliano has been taking pictures of. He often combines photos and poetry (though the google translator I've linked the blog with here isn't brilliant at translating this), and experiments with photoshop, unlike...

(22) Ashish of A Lot of Photos, No Touching Up, who takes photos and puts them up for show. Another of Ashish's blogs I like is Weird fascinating Stuff, which is fun to delve into now and then.

(23) Old Lady of Eclectic Tales - admitedly I haven't visited Old Lady like I used to. Not for any other reason than often one lets friendships slip... but, checking out her blog again recently, I realised I'd missed it. I'd missed the way she tells a story, or described events from the past. I shall be renewing my visits, methinks - she's still an excellent blogger (my not visiting didn't cause her to go into a catetonic state at all!)

(24) Mysti of Mysti's Spiritual Journey (formerly of A Place to Journal) Another blogger I've sadly failed to visit recently, but definately one I plan to visit again, Mysti is a beautiful person, who's had much to deal with in life (yes, yes, I know we all do, but sometimes these things run deeper than deep...). She creates some very beautiful pictures, and says things that mean something!

(25) Sanni of Coffee 2 Go -Coffee 2 go is a place where you can hangout for a bit. Sanni, and on rare occassion her evil blogging twin, have developed a style that is all hers. Usually ending with a 'Homer moment' the posts cover different things or are styled in a different way, depending on the day of the week. Many visitors here will already know Sanni and her little Luis (is it his first birthday today or tomorrow?), and others will, I feel sure, enjoy a visit to her blog.

(26) Ann of At Home with Ann - Ann writes about her family, her grandchildren (who she obviously adores), about jewish customs and birds and all sorts of things. She has a seperate blog, London-Love-Verse, where she plants her poetry, which I also enjoy. Most of all, I like Ann's writing style, which is chatty and friendly.


(27) One Of (Josh et al), from One too Many, is another teenager with a turn of words, as shown by his latest post, Mad skills? where his maths teacher was on his back about not doing so well with numerical things, and Josh proved his point that he was so much better at creative writing brilliantly!

(28) My daughter, Tina, of The RandomBlog - well, it's obvious why I go here, but I like to see her developing style of art, which she is very proud of :-)

(29) My Toes of My Toes and Cancer Survivor
So worth reading his profile before visiting the blogs - here's one amazing person!

(30) Bobby Griffin of Bestest Blog of All-Time - a centre-point to discovering new blogs, Bobby keeps tally of many top blogs around!

(31) Rennyba of Rennyba's Terrella - Rennyba's blog is so informative about everything Norwegian - a great place to hang out and educate yourself (or rather let him educate you) from a more personal angle.

(32) Yazi from Seed a Brain - Ideas and thoughts, which might seem so obvious when you read them, because they are so true, and definately help to get you thinking...

(33) Krystyna from Evolving your Spirit-Mind-Body
- with all sorts of posts on looking after every aspect of your being, her natural energy flows out at you! Her advice and thoughts are invaluable to encouraging thoughts about your way of living and making you feel better...

(34) Akelamalu from Everything and Nothing - What a darling person - apart from supporting me throughout my so-called non-blogging month of March, whilst I did my NaNoWriMo with Farris ((11) above), she writes on such various topics as flowers to Buddha to worms to nails... lighting each with her own warm personality.



(35) Dave previously of The Underachiever Paradox, but now of Dave Mows Grass, is one of these people in life that you need around you - solid in their beliefs, yet also prepared to be fluid on a point. Dave is 'the salt of the Earth' kind of guy, who I'm happy to have as a blogging friend.

(36) Queenie from Queenie's Random Ramblings
- a cultured lady who visits the theatre and talks intelligently about it, and who has well written, eloquent posts about many different topics. She gave up smoking only last week, and is also feeling unwell, so could do with some words of support.... It's well worth reading something while you're there - there's much to enjoy!

(37) One Million Love Messages from One Million Love Messages - a vision of getting together 1000000 love messages (to anyone - family, friends, sweethearts, children) on one blog... it's getting there! (unfortunately, I couldn't get through to the blog tonight, to find out how he's doing :-( )

(38) Twilite from Twilight Mug - A lovely blogger who it's always the pleasure to have visiting! Twilite's blog has images and writing that gives wonderful insights of her part of Asia - I enjoy catching glimpses of exotic flowers or art and sculpture, and photographs of nearby towns.

(39) Soubriquet from Grit in the Gears - Now, here's someone who can write a comment or two that takes a page... and there's not many of us out there that do that, so I'm glad to know one other at least (I believe some of Angeldust's visitors are pretty good at this as well!) . But comments aside, Soubriquet has interesting, fun and wide-topic posts, which are always worth dipping into. If you don't believe me, read one of his latest posts on St George of the Dragon fame... very entertaining (especially the songs at the end! :-D )

(40) Dana of Nightengale, only recently aquainted, has an unusual poetry style - go visit and see what I mean. Her expressive words are written in a style exclusive to herself - take a moment to read through a second time, and you'll see what I mean...

Some new visitors have been:
(41) Princess Haiku of Princess Haiku
(42) Lettuce of Lettuce-Eating
(43) Pod of The Bad Photographer
Having visited these blogs, I think I'll be putting them up in the sidebar along with my other blogging friends...


And last, but not least, is (44) Kilroy of Gonzo Papers, who has a special place in my blogging list... He was one of the first visitors to Words that Flow, but I have to admit I stopped visiting when 'paid per post' monopolised what were his very interesting and entertaining personal posts. He's here again, because I've newly discovered that he's doing more personal posts again - these make great reading. He also is a dab hand at photography, and etching, and has recently started 'splash' painting galore!


So, this is a run-down of most of my blogging friends. There have been others that have come and gone: some who've stopped blogging, others who've faded out of my sphere, but I remember most with affection for what they have brought to me, and what I have gained from them (I think there's a difference, isn't there?)

I hope this post hasn't been too long. For some blogs/ bloggers I've wanted to elaborate at much greater lengths, but because of the size of the post already, I've had to rein myself in. I hope you all realise that I love you to bits, and you make my life a better place for being in it!!


You are all stars!



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43 Comments:

At April 26, 2007 1:03 am, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Hokey Man! Thanks, AL! You did such a lot of work on this post and do all of us a wonderful tribute. I want to read all the blogs I've never read! So many blogs, so little time.

Blogging is a special part of our lives to be sure. We feel guilty when we miss even a few days, but it's nice to know that everyone has a limit and "outside Real Life" sometimes cuts in, and we all understand that. We're all still here when you come back.

So I raise my glass (diet pop!)to toast all of these fine bloggers and to you, AL, for highlighting us! (CLINK!)

 
At April 26, 2007 1:13 am, Blogger Maryam in Marrakesh said...

What a generous, generous post! This must have taken you ages. Thank you so much and I love my pic, too:-)

 
At April 26, 2007 2:48 am, Blogger krystyna said...

Hi Annelisa!
Woow!
Congratulations for your nomination!
Blogosfera would not be the same without you!
Thanks!
Thanks for blessing us all.
You are so supportive and encouraging.
Peace and Love and Blessings to you!

 
At April 26, 2007 3:29 am, Blogger la bellina mammina said...

hi - dropped by from Queenie. Thanks for sharing all these beatiful photos..you're a great photographer!

 
At April 26, 2007 4:30 am, Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

So pleased I came to visit you tonight. What a great surprise. 8-)

And...I've been tagged! And now, so have you!! I hope you'll play along.

To conclude, a quick side note, I'll be continuing to do Pay Per Posts...but the megaposting experiment is over. The Gonzo Papers will be much more as it was before the paid posts started appearing. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

 
At April 26, 2007 4:39 am, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! What an honor and how very very (to the infinitive) kind of you to include this 'nong-nong' to your roll! A surprise indeed. You made my day brighter whenever I visit your blog.

Unfortunately my laptop crashed from the strike of lightning during a tropical thunderstorm a couple of days ago and had lost that in the box!!! (augh! sigh.) Looks like I will add comments for a while...

Thank you again for your graciousness Annelisa.

 
At April 26, 2007 6:11 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

cheers doll! It's a lovely entry. I'll visit all of them as they sound fab but prob not before going to work.

 
At April 26, 2007 7:01 am, Anonymous davidbdale said...

Beautiful, Annelisa, simply beautiful. I couldn't hope to find myself in finer company, and such a gracious hostess!

 
At April 26, 2007 9:14 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

A fantastic post Annelisa, showing why you deserve the Award!

Of course it goes without saying - I LOVE THE PHOTOS!!! :)

 
At April 26, 2007 11:14 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Cheers, MOI - my glass is also raised to you! I think, had I more time, this post would've been even longer (I wonder how long it took for your poor old machine to download! :-) ), because, as you say, the people you get to know around the world, across the blogosphere, are friends.

I consider it like when I was a kid and had pen-friends I wrote to around the world. I never did get to meet any of them, but I certainly enjoyed the relationships, and finding out about their lives in different places, different countries. They were people you could reach out to, just as bloggers are today, where you can 'meet' people with similar interests, or very different interests, to your own.

I know for sure I wouldn't have developed my photographic skills to even what they are, nor would I have written my novel last month, without the connections I've made here - It's just so wonderful to be able to reach out and 'talk' to people that you 'enjoy the company' of...whether you're at home or work (I'm sneaking five minutes at work just now :-D )!!

Hiya Maryam - I'm guessing you're cued into the technorati thing, or have some sort of 'feed', to be here so quick! :-D
It's good to see you.
It did indeed take quite a while, but I think sometimes it's nice to show appreciation of friends, and you deserve a big mention, my old friend :-)

Glad you like the pic too... I'll be by to visit you soon!

 
At April 26, 2007 11:16 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

And that goes right back at you, Krystyna -You deserve so much more!

 
At April 26, 2007 11:19 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Sorry, no time to answer any more just now (work calls)- I'll be back later...

 
At April 26, 2007 1:15 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Thanks Annelisa. Your blog is one of the highlights of my day. Thank you for your kind words and understanding.

 
At April 26, 2007 1:44 pm, Blogger Dave said...

Thanks Annelisa! I don't think I've even seen 44 blogs, much less had that many relationships. Absolutely amazing!

Cool wraparound photo, bye the way!

~Dave

 
At April 26, 2007 2:43 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

You are just one heck of a lady, for once in my life I am lost for words (honest). Its a wonder there isn't 50 thinking awards on your blog. If you can get them for kindness and thought-fullness, you will be flooded out.
Just how did Maryam get there so quick???
OK,OK, I found a few words, I think the saying talk for England had me in mind......Bless you annelisa

 
At April 26, 2007 6:06 pm, Blogger Dan said...

Annelisa, first, your photos are always oustanding. These are no exception. Second, thanks for being the seventh person in a few weeks that has given me the Thinking Award! :) And thanks for your very kind and sweet words!

 
At April 26, 2007 9:41 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Go Annelisa Go
So does that mean you got your goldilocks back

 
At April 26, 2007 9:46 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

WOO-HOO! So many great reads flying right into my firefox bookmarks - be sure I´ll visit them all, especially those I´ve never been to before - right after recovering from Luis 1st birthday party. Imagine babies, a Zoo and a BBQ =)))

 
At April 27, 2007 11:47 am, Blogger dana barnett said...

My girl Annelisa,You have MADE my day...You deserve that award!!!!!!SORRY for not coming around so much latly...But like M.O.I says-[WE'RE ALL STILL HERE WHEN YOU COME BACK].So very true...I am glade that you got somthing out of my poetry the secont time around!!!I will try and add more to my blogs...I have been dealing with a bit of crapola in that thing called life...




Truly,Dana :-) WRITE back soon as you can...

 
At April 27, 2007 1:38 pm, Blogger Pauline said...

breath-taking beauty!

 
At April 27, 2007 6:16 pm, Blogger steve said...

Annelisa-I didn't know I was your fifth...I thought you had been around longer... but I know we got to be fast friends and well, you already know how soft I am on you!
(got your picture on my mantle, you know, and I tell everyone you are my sweet ass girl))

 
At April 27, 2007 6:29 pm, Blogger "Angeldust" said...

Annelisa dearest,

What a lot of work putting such nice showcase together!

Brilliant minds think alike as I was thinking in "featuring" a friend a the time during my "down times"... hey, why not?

I like your Peace Meme, but I liked seeing your smiling, happy face "up close"...

Thank you - (((BIG HUG)))

 
At April 27, 2007 8:00 pm, Blogger ann said...

**W-o-W**

WHAT A POST

there's me thinking whether I can be bothered to post or not, but decided to visit everyone first. So.. I thought I would start at the bottom of my links and work my way up and say hello... little did I expect to be greeted with this...

Annelisa - You - Are - The -

*S*T*A*R*

 
At April 27, 2007 11:02 pm, Blogger Vintage to Victorian said...

What a fantastic page of photographs. I'll come back again and view more. Sue

 
At April 27, 2007 11:39 pm, Blogger RennyBA said...

What a great collection and of course I feel honored to be among one of the nominated - thanks for you kind endorsement! You should be one of those too:-)
Wishing you a wonderful end to your week!

 
At April 28, 2007 4:06 am, Blogger mystic rose said...

the pics!!!! wow! they are awesome!! i couldnt stop staring at some of thsoe..esp ones of the path/road.. and the sunrise(set?) over the lake..

and ofcourse, congratulations!! on the thinking blogger award...

and thanks also for those words.. i was quite touched.

 
At April 28, 2007 4:07 am, Blogger mystic rose said...

and how looong did it take for this post..?
truly annelisa, thank you so much!

 
At April 28, 2007 8:20 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Krystyna - sorry, I was interrupted at work... just want to say 'right back at ya!' You've been so supportive and encouraging to me too... have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by, and for the compliments, la bellina mammina

Hi Kilroy - I went to that webpage... what a strange site - straight into the painting without warning! How do you save? 'printscreen'?

Hey, Twilite :-( Sorry to hear about your laptop, it's a real pain when you loose your pc, isn't it!

....how about next time you have a tropical thunderstorm, you get out your camera and take a picture? :-D

:-) You reckon you'll visit them all, TC? Takes me an age! :-)

David - you are in good company, but you are also the good company! Good to see you :-)

Thanks, Akelamalu - my favourite of these photos is actually the one next to my daughter's 'Random Blog'(28) - the buds & leaves that look like a dove about to fly...

Thanks, Brian - yours also mine.

Dave :-) took a while to find your blog again... having sneaked it to a new location without leaving word!

Thanks about the photo... you have to really click on it to show how amazing the sky was that night, don't you..

Queenie! Are you up and about again? Thanks for your very kind compliments... but, if it wasn't for all the lovely people I've got to know in the blogosphere, it would be a much duller world to live in!

(Maryam, I suspect, either has one of those 'site feed' thingies, that you click on each blog's 'site feed' button and it shows up all the latest posts when they come up [something like that, I think] or if you join Technorati (where you can also make claim to your blog by putting a bit of code in the blog template), you can 'favourite' other blogs you like, and then it's like that site-feed thing, and shows you all the latest posts from your favourite blogs... I've done it sometimes, but I prefer to go straight to the blog and read up on a few of the latest posts... see what's going on... :-)

Thanks, Dan, re the photos... you don't have to count this as a 'thinking blogger' if you don't want... 7 is rather a lot! But then, you deserve them, and no doubt you'll get more! :-)

Goldilocks, Quasar? nope, no matter what I try to think of, I really don't know what you mean! (maybe alzheimer's kicking in... did I say something about the three bears? Is it metaphorical? :-S )

Hey Sanni - darn, I missed Luis's first birthday(Sorry)- That sounds like one heck of a combination!!! :-D Maybe it'll take you a year to recover, in time for the next one!

Hi Dana - you should never worry about not coming round... like you say, there's 'Life' to think about, and be involved in... sometimes blogging can be your life, but that's not for most of us. For most, it's making connections to the rest of the world, and finding a place for ourselves in it.... I appreciate your visits... whether once a day, or once a week or month!!

Thank you Pauline. You have a very excellent blog... good poetry and pictures that I saw so far!

lol, I've been around a bit, Steve, but not that long... On the blogosphere, only since October (just feels like forever :-D )

Yeah, it's a real pleasure getting to know you Steve... Have you got a picture of all your lady-visitor-friends? 'Cos I'd have said you are pretty soft on all of us! :-)

[ *grin* never been called a 'sweet ass girl' before... ]

Hey, Angeldust! That sounds like a great idea, doing a friend at the time... maybe that's what I should've done, rather than trying to cover everyone I like... looking at the post now, I keep thinking 'I would have liked ot have said this, or that...' I missed out so much more than I said!

The Peaceglobe is going to stay up as my avatar until 6th June, then I'll revert back to my old one (or perhaps will take a new one, maybe)

(((hugs)))back

:-D I do that sometimes too, Ann - start at the bottom and work up, I mean (partly to counteract the always starting from the top effect that you never get to see everybody!)

Did you have time to see anyone else, after reading all this? :-D

Thankyou, Sue - you are welcome back any time! (If I don't see you before, hope it goes well with the wedding next week!)

Hi again, Rennyba - I thought that you might miss this post, having just flown through, so I'm glad you came back! :-)

Hope you have a great weekend too!

The pics over the reservoir (the tops ones are the lake in the forest) are of a sunset. [I'm building quite a collection of these! :-)] I'm hoping to do a sunsrise there at some point soon, but I usually end up going to the forest, seeing as the dogs are in tow, and they can run harder at the forest :-)

The post took...er...a little while, which the kids can attest to - their chorus every time they passed:

Aren't you finished yet?
Aren't you finished yet?
Aren't you finished yet?

 
At April 28, 2007 8:29 am, Blogger lettuce said...

well i'll never be finished now (my daughter wont be pleased) with all these new blogs to visit.


thanks for the mention, I'll be adding you too, I very much like your blog - and you.

 
At April 29, 2007 9:14 am, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol Annelisa, NO
Something much simpler
Has your hair grown since Xmas

 
At April 29, 2007 9:17 am, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

long enough to create 'locks'
ok 'goldilocks' could have been misleading.

Alzheimer's kicking in - lol!
Where was I?

Oh yeah, great posts, great pics
great blogosphere (community)
Thanks for the mention!

Wishing you a great Sunday
not quite as bright or hot
as yesterday - Saturday over here
But another fine 'cool' day

 
At April 29, 2007 12:48 pm, Blogger steve said...

I know Annelisa, i'm kinda fickle, but none of the other girls as published a glamour shot like yours....you won't hold all this against me will you?
Hey, i like that photograph of your daughter (?) holding the sticks siloetted against the pond.

 
At April 29, 2007 6:50 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Your smart also, like you I just blog. Ive just done my longest, taken an age, most painful post, thinking 'WHY' do I enjoy this!!!
It's cos I meet such nice people in the world like you :)

 
At April 29, 2007 9:30 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Steve: You're the softest Wizard of OOOze there ever was, but we all love ya!!

Annelisa, You are hosting quite a party here and it's so neat to see cross-over...as in I see a lot of people I visit here, some you got from me, and some I got from you...and still new ones I plan to visit. YES, blogging could BE your life easuly but so many blogs so little time!

 
At April 29, 2007 10:49 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Thank you Annelisa. You are very special.

 
At April 30, 2007 2:50 am, Blogger The SUCCESS Coach said...

I need to gain a better sidebar spot. I didn't qualify as a star!

I've gotten into my first game of tag and I came to see if you're going to join. I needed to find someone creative to move things along.

I will have to start getting out to write comments more. Face time does amazing things.

You're it!!

 
At April 30, 2007 2:11 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

:-) I have to say, Lettuce - I'm never finished. And I never have enough time to explore even one blog as I'd like to...

But, even if you only ever visit some blogs once, I find it adds something to the whole experience... you get to thinking about things you wouldn't otherwise - and I guess that has to be a good thing!

Just don't let your daughter start blogging (I made that mistake) or you'll never get on!! :-D

lol Quasar - yes, my hair is looking pretty static at the moment (as it's standing up in all directions! :-) ) - I shall have to put up a picture, seeing as MOI's also been asking...

I actually stopped by your blog a couple of times (read article on Alzheimer's at your Torchwood blog) but didn't have time to comment as well, so shall stop by asap and catch up (not! - you have way too many posts to completely catch up! :-) )

:-) Course i won't hold it against you, Steve - in fact, I'll hold me against you - in a big hug... what a love you are!

Yes, that's my daughter - she was slashing down old (dead) dock plant flower stems with those sticks, and managed to cut her hand in the process, silly chump. But, she photographs well, so I thought I'd grab the chance to get a subject in the pics (seeing as Goatman pointed out before I don't usually have one! :-) )

Aw, thanks Queenie - and I have to return the compliment, and say that's why I haven't given up the blogging as yet, even though I've been so pushed for time to get on here... it's because of lovely people such as yourself, who make the world a better place! I shall have to come over and see this humongous post! :-D

I know what you mean, MOI - I think bloggers drift from blog to blog (blog surfing = blurfing? :-D ) through seeing friends of the blogs already visited. I must admit curiosity has had me doing that more often than not! And it's such fun, isn't it!

But you're right... there's not enough time in the day to visit everyone, unfortunately :-(

Hey, Katie - what's special is the friendships that have build up/ are building up...

Success Coach - it's been so long since you visited, also so long since I'd visited you!! (terrible, I know, but that's how it goes sometimes, isn't it...)

You're playing tag now? I'll come and look, but I'm behind in my tagging posts, so I'll do my best, but it might have to wait a wee while... :-S

 
At April 30, 2007 2:15 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Ok, The Success Coach I've just seen the tag is the same as Kilroy tagged me with, so I'll see what I can do... I might have to do a joint tag post :-) Catch you later!

 
At May 01, 2007 9:19 pm, Blogger Anthony said...

You got tagged twice, and did three pictures. Aren't you a champ!

I don't have many visitors so Pay Per Post isn't a real issue for me. I, unfortunately, have had to do it after my job was eliminated. So I do it to pay for my health insurance which I must have + meds + Dr. co-pays. Yes, the American healthcare system is top freakin' notch!!

There is one thing I found confusing reading through this post. I can identify with the deal about Kilroy's blog. But Bobby Griffin's "Bestest" blog was a ripoff from the start. It was nothing more than a link exchange people somehow thought was "original".

 
At May 02, 2007 6:03 pm, Blogger dana barnett said...

Hey Annelisa,Just came by to say hellow...Life seems to be getting better...I've met a nice man...?I hope he is as sweet as he seems...Wish me luck for our 2nd date this weekend...we are going with another couple to see spiderman 3...How are things in your beautiful country side!!?There was a gorgeous, full,illuminous,moon last night with the clouds opening up around it...It looked like Gods Grace...Thay looked like puffy thick cotton...Like a painting...Oh well my Lillian is feeling sick right now. I will talk to you later...Dana ;0)

 
At May 05, 2007 8:49 am, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

Oh Annelisa - What a beautiful post. I am honored to be among these stellar bloggers and to be your like-minded soulmate/blogfriend/peace collaborator/etc etc etc from "across the pond."

Hugs and peace to you.

Mimi

 
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