Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happiness and Joy!

Beth at Plant Postings recently gifted me the Versatility Award, which I have to say, made me really happy. It was also an incredible excuse to stop grading and go blogging instead, which made me even happier. According to the rules, to pay this forward I gift the award to 15 other blogs I love and post seven random facts about myself. Easy!

Seven random facts about me:

1.  When I was about five I helped my brother set the couch on fire while our mom was at work and our Navy dad was remote to another continent. He was babysitting me and we were bored. Our mom didn't find the results quite as spectacular as we did.

2.   She also didn't appreciate our shaving cream fights. Sad but true...

3.   I love ethnic food, especially Thai and Indian cuisine. Just don't give me meat loaf. Ever.

4.  I recently finished the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and am currently reading Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years. I love them both. :o)

5.   I don't watch much television but love the show The Big Bang Theory. I can't watch reality shows such as Say Yes to the Dress or House Hunters without yelling at the TV.

6. I'm 42 and my kids are just-turned 20 and almost 17, which is completely different than just being a regular 16.

7.  I really wish I had chickens.

 These are not my chickens but I wish they were.

Here are 16 blogs that I really love. Random fact #8: I can be rotten at following rules.

The Sorry Gardener  Kelly is smart, funny, and honest.  Plus, she's a great writer. What's not to love?

My Weeds Are Very Sorry  If Laurrie were a cookie, I have a feeling she might be a gingersnap. Sweet but zesty with a very real blog full of her journey from executive to gardener.

Bumble Lush  BL grows an incredible micro farm on her deck and is the inspiration behind my seed order of ground cherries.

Organic Garden Dreams Christine grows beautiful organic roses in San Diego. She grows many varieties I've never heard of.

In the Garden Tina has a wonderful garden in the mountains of Georgia. Just wait til you see the huge pond she dug herself!

Las Aventuras Visiting this blog is a bit like taking a vacation. I never know if he'll post pictures of a wonderful trip or the wildlife in the deserts around his home.

Sweetbay I love how abundant and natural Sweetbay's garden is. Her roses are enormous!

Three Dogs in the Garden Jennifer's photography and garden design are superb. She makes me want to move to Canada (but only in the summer).

Women and the Garden Patty's blog is having a multi-volume garden history delivered to my inbox. She focuses on writing about "the history of the garden and the various roles women have played in that history". It's always a fabulous and enlightening read.

The Garden Roof Co-op  A wonderful blog focused on native plants, birds, and chickens. I learn something every time I visit!

The following bloggers all survived a hellacious drought during the summer of 2011 with class, humor, and grit. They are a truly inspirational group!

Go Away, I'm Gardening!

Signature Gardens

Southern Meadows

Gardening With Greggo

Deb's Garden

East Side Patch


  1. Thanks for mentioning my blog! I am very grateful, and I am also very happy that drought is over! I enjoyed reading the facts about yourself. I feel a kinship with your mom. I can tell horror stories about my children's escapades.

  2. Ha, your poor parents! ;-) The shaving cream game sounds like fun, though. We watch "The Big Bang Theory" all the time. My book club recently read the Henrietta Lacks book, too. Nice chickens--maybe you'll get some soon. What kind are they? Cheers!

  3. Why thank you! I'm honored! I love reading random facts about people with this meme. No meatloaf?:( Too funny on loving the Thai and Indian food. It is very spicy for sure. I like The Big Bang Theory too! Sheldon is too funny.

  4. Thanks so much for the award and your kind words. I love going through the list of blogs that you enjoy and checking out any that are new to me --- it's always fun to discover new garden writers, especially when recommended by a blogger whose tastes and interests I trust.

    Those chickens! Really? What was Nature thinking!??

  5. Thank you SO much for thinking of me for the versaile blogger award. I'm touched! I think it's hilarious that you "helped" your brother set fire to the couch as a kid, and I love those chickens! Lately I've been reading about more and more bloggers who want to raise their own chickens.

  6. Congratulations! I, too, felt very honored to be appreciated. When I was about 9 or 10 years old, I arrived home to find my brothers had begun a very small fire in the middle of the kitchen floor...because they were cold. I got there in time, but it is funny that you also 'played with fire.' It is always so nice to get to know fellow bloggers/gardeners.

  7. And I thought my children were bad! Their paint escapades pale in comparison to fire! Congratulations on the award. I look forward to checking out some of these blogs that I haven't had the pleasure of reading yet.

  8. set the couch on fire!! OMG I can't even imagine how your mom reacted. I have that problem of yelling at tv shows too but includes yelling at everything from the news to movies. The really nasty yelling seems to be reserved for reality tv and politicians mostly. Great list of blogs to check out, it's always nice to get a glimpse of what others are reading and find something I might have missed otherwise.

  9. And an extra bouquet of virtual flowers - to the ones who survived the drought. Still high summer here, but March and the rain will come if we can hang in there.

  10. Thank you so much for the honor! This really made my week! I wish I had chickens too...fresh eggs and pest control...how could you go wrong! My HOA won't allow them but I have often thought about putting a coop in the backyard where no one can see them (I wouldn't be following the rules either)!

  11. Thank you for the award! Some of the blogs are not familiar to me and I'll have to check them out.

    You asked about spiderwort a while back -- all of the ones I have, with the exception of Hairy Spiderwort, like a LOT of moisture -- otherwise they look like heck until they finally do everyone a favor and go underground for the year.

  12. Thank you so much for the award. It made my day!!

  13. And right back at you !! TS you are now the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award! http://bit.ly/yhCUbI Hooray!

  14. Congrats on the well-deserved award!

  15. Congrats on the award. When I was little, I caught the broom on fire when I stuck in the fireplace to push back the papers I was throwing in. Oops. I think lighting the couch on fire is of a slightly higher plane and I commend you. :) Ditto on the reality TV. Have you ever watched Modern Family? It's a riot. Nice to get to know you a little better.

  16. Well, not to pile-on, but you are very popular indeed. I always enjoy your writing and have, therefore, nominated you and your Blog for The Versatile Blogger Award. My post this week includes your nomination and a link to your writing. ~Debra, Gardens Inspired

  17. Tammy, Thanks so much for the award! Boy oh boy, you were quite the trouble maker as a child. Saving cream wars and couch fires! Your poor Mom; she must have been traumatized. Love the Big Bang Theory, can take Reality TV only in moderation, love Indian food, and I desperately want some chickens for my garden too! Those are some crazy looking chickens, BTW.
    Note to self: Must remember the name of the two books and add them to already long reading list.


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