Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

I had a special surprise waiting in my inbox this afternoon.  Gary Keimig, Wyoming artist and gentleman, has awarded me the Kreativ Blogger Award!  I am so honored!  Thank you!  And yes, I am putting aside other tasks because acknowledging this and passing it along just cannot wait.

Here's what Kreativ Blogger Award recipients are supposed to do:

1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

There's also something about listing 7 things about yourself, so I'll dispense with that first:
  1. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California.
  2. I also grew up in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, where my family owned Rock Creek Lodge.  I spent every summer there until I was 21.  The mountains and my experiences there shaped who I am.
  3. I majored in English at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  (Yes, I love to read.)
  4. My husband is my soul mate.  We like to say we share one brain.  We're one of those couples who completes each other's sentences.  Sickening, I know.
  5. We chose not to have children, but do have two rather spoiled dogs who think they're people.
  6. I (we) LOVE to travel.  I get depressed when we come home from trips, even just day trips.  Life "out there" is just so fascinating and exciting.
  7. The thing I am most grateful for these days (aside from all of the above) is this world I now inhabit online.  I know there can be negatives - I think we have all complained about being tied to our computers - but I have met the most creative, inspiring, friendly, warm-hearted, REAL people here.  You make my day everyday with the things you share on your blogs or in the comments you leave on mine.  Thank you!
Now, let me introduce a mere handful of the aforementioned people.  I hereby pass the Kreativ Blogger Award to these lovely women (in no particular order):

Suzanne Berry - LOVE her bugs and everything else she does - and certainly her friendship
Camilla at bloom - her photography frankly takes my breath away
Sarah at Bee House Hives - I came for the bees and stayed for the everyday beauty she shares
Kim at Bella Della Farm - she shares her most wonderful farm - and her charm
Diane at Sabino Canyon - her photos and stories about her desert home always educate and delight
Karen at Beelieve - she reminds me to be silly, free, feminine, and perhaps a bit wild
Akiko at Art by Akiko - her ability to capture animals on canvas is simply beyond words

Now, I must say that this is a very short list!  There are so many more I wanted to include.  But many have already received this award, so I wanted to share it with those who have not (as far as I could tell).

Ladies, thank you for the wonderful things you bring into my life through your blogs.  You are truly Kreativ spirits. 

(And please don't feel that you have to pass this along if that's not your "thing" - it is given without obligation.)


  1. Thank you so, so much. That means so much to me. I am truly amazed and so happy that my little part of the world can touch other people. It's the blessing of blogging. And I am so blessed.

    Thank you and big hugs!

  2. First of all YOU deserve it...I haven't known you for very long, but I so enjoy your beautiful images and your lovely words you share with us. Visiting and reading you blog is a real treat Leslie.
    2nd thank you for sharing a little bio of yourself... I can start to visualize who you are as a person more, you have a very interesting life.
    3d I am honored, thank you for your award and kind words, I really appreciate them, Leslie.

  3. Leslie,
    Thank you thank you. Your mail made me smile this morning, and surprised me too.
    I love that YOU were picked, because your blog is so interesting, and your photos so great to see. I get to do a bit of traveling here!
    It is so touching to make these connections with people such as yourself. Thank you very very much again!

  4. I'm not surprised you received the Kreative Blogger award as your site is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places around. Thank you for nominating my blog, I am truly honored. I enjoyed reading the seven things about you. I feel the same as you do in number 7...the blogging community has opened my eyes to so many creative ideas which I am grateful for.

  5. Congratulations for receiving this award!

  6. Leslie, THANK YOU!!!! How kind and generous, I really appreciate your kind words and the award! It really feels nice, especially to someone like me who is constantly, to the point of nausea, feeling insecure about her work and what she writes. And congratulations to you as well for receiving it.
    I loved reading about you! Sharing space with a kindred spirit who sentence I finish is the high point of my life and certainly my love of dogs are two life rewards we share. we might get a pug!!!! so excited.

    I'm so far behind but plan to catch up and post my award and the artists I admire. I haven't had time to visit blogs or even write my own, but no complaints. Busy is good.

    Thank you again, you are too cool! chat soon, suz

    Thank you so very much.

  7. Me again. Just wanted to thank you for those delightful blogs you nominated. I so enjoyed visiting each one!! Just amazing. Thank you! suz

  8. Tes, thank you for the congrats and welcome to my blog.

  9. Suzanne, your sentence "It really feels nice, especially to someone like me who is constantly, to the point of nausea, feeling insecure about her work and what she writes" is EXACTLY how I feel! But we have found kindred spirits who appreciate us just the way we are. How nice!

    I hope you do get a pug, or any dog for that matter. I sure am glad to have two dogs so that when #1 goes, I still have a security blanket. Rusty may be into his last couple months now - although he has already surpassed the vet's expectations, so who knows what he's capable of? Still oblivious that anything is wrong, thank goodness.

    Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

  10. I'm so glad Rusty is oblivious to his condition. that could be why he's just carrying on! bravo! i hope he ignores it for years to come. two of them is the way to go, both for selfish reasons and for their comfort. they need to be with their own as well as with us.

    gonna try to line everything now. wish me luck and thank you so much again! i like this set up so you can respond to comments. feelin' brave tody, think i'll try that too. take care! hugs to Rusty.


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