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Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday Musings and The Lemonade Award

Make Time for Small Reflections
I'm a bit late publishing because I've been enjoying many recorded Australian Open Tennis matches all weekend & this morning too ... trying to catch up from falling behind early last week when I allowed myself to be caught up in the historic Inaugural events. Yesterday when I blogged my blessings at Sacred Ruminations I wrote about 'tennis' so I won't repeat myself here. However I am surprised by all the heath & injury related 'retirements' mid-match ... most recently of Azarenka, Zheng, Monfils ... but perhaps these will help me catch up today?

I've certainly enjoyed sharing collages of skies & critters lately on each of my blogs! Tisha of Crazy Working Mom and others have asked what program I use for my collages ... and it's Photoshop Elements. Regular readers will remember that I started taking classes in PSE6 at in local Adult School program. It's certainly fun to have developed some facility with many 'tools' in this wonderful program and to be putting them to effective use.
In case you missed them ... here are a few links to recent collages:
Pretty Purple Pansies
Shadow Shot Sundays - Fur Friends and Miscellaneous Shots
Molly at Play and Molly on the Move
The weather here in Southern California finally feels like winter ... with scattered rain showers & cooler temperatures of late and more rain predicted for today & tomorrow. I've photographed the continually changing skies with my new Nikon D60 and will continue to share over the days & weeks to come.

The Gal Herself at One Gal's Musings and Alice Audrey of Alice's Restaurant both honored Small Reflections with the Lemonade Award recently.

I'm grateful and want to say THANK YOU to Alice and The Gal Herself!

I received this Lemonade Award once before in December from Clara of Coming Back to Life and shared with 10 bloggy friends at Happily Retired Gal. I won't repeat those recipients here, but because I love to introduce my bloggy friends to one another ...
I do commend that list to all who pass this way because their blogs are certainly worth visiting.

Because Michelle passed this along to Sacred Ruminations at the same time she gave it to The Gal Herself, today I share it both here and there.

Without further ado, I hereby bestow the Lemonade Award on the following folks and encourage others to visit each one as time permits if you haven't already done so:

1. Akelamalu at Everything and Nothing - an absolute Wiz at Friday 55 Flash Fiction, Saturday Wordzlles & Doodles

2. Apple Debbie of Planet Ollie-wood - comes up with the greatest variety of animal to share for Camera Critters and lives in the mountains ... not too far away from me in Big Bear so she also shares SNOW pictures

3. ChrisB of Ms Cellania - keeps me laughing on Wednesdays and we have a friendly rivalry around our favorite tennis champions. She's currently hoping Andy Murray will win the Australian Open & he's playing magnificently ... but I've got my eye on James Blake and Andy Roddick, hoping an American might come through with flying colors ;--)

4. Claudia at On a Limb with Claudia - shares interesting info from a variety of sources, emphasizes 'Kindness' in a multitude of ways, and enjoys Unconscious Mutterings each week.

5. Hootin' Anni - always keeps me thinking and entertained with her well written posts ... amazed at her wonderful graphics!

6. Joy at the Joy of Six - writes delightfully entertaining anecdotes and finds fascinating things to pass along in the most interesting ways.

7. Lucy Creates - offers images of her visual craft experimentations and photographs of the most delightful kind

8. Maggie's Mind - tells stories of her life in Haiku in the most amazing manner

9. Mary's Writing Nook - blesses all who visit with her lovely graphics & stories of her family ... always setting an example of kindness while encouraging others to do likewise

10. Misty Dawn and My Dogs Keep Me Sane - runs Camera Critters
(a weekend meme I enjoy) ... consistently sharing wonderful animal photos with entertaining stories about them. She photographs & publishes the most colorful skies too!

In closing ... I've never been one to follow rulez very well and this is no exception. Although I've highlighted some specific blogs I follow to share with those who pass this way, I'd like ALL those I visit regularly to have this Lemonade Award ... so please feel free to 'snag' ... enjoy ... and pass it along to others by following the rulez or not.
Remember to see also
my Lemonade Award posts at
Small Reflections, Smile Back

Thought for Today
"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book


Sandee said...

Congratulations on your newest award. Well deserved.

Enjoy the weather. I certainly loved all the rain we got yesterday. Our dog didn't care for the thunder and lightening though.

Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

Akelamalu said...

Oh thankyou m'dear, how kind you are. x

George said...

Congratulations on your latest award. It's well-deserved.

Joyce said...

That is such a good idea to give an introduction to each of these bloggers as you present them with the Lemonade Award. Tomorrow I will try to do some visiting!

ChrisB said...

Well I don't know what happened to Andy-I had great hopes for him and I really thought he would get further than he did. But you've cheered me up with this award, Thank you x

Unknown said...

Congrats on being a triple winner. :)

Joy Des Jardins said...

Thank you once again Virginia for thinking of me for the Leomonade Award....very sweet...

Aline C. said...

Hello from Brazil:) I just gave you an award (a seal) on my last blog entry!

The significance of the seal Premio Dardos:
"With the Premio Dardos is to recognize the values that each blogger uses to transmit cultural values, ethical, literary, personal, etc.. that, in short, demonstrate their creativity through the thought that is alive and remains intact from their letters, between his words. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for a job that adds value to the Web. "

The rules for receiving the seal are:
1) View the image of the stamp;
2) Link the blog for which you received the alert;
3) Choose 12 other blogs to those who deliver the Premio Dardos.
4) And tell everyone, of course!

I hope you like my indication :)

Pamela said...

I have photoshop - and have taken one class. It is so complicated! We went to photoshop rather than photoshop elements, because my husband thought he should learn the program. Ha.

We'd have to work on it 24/7 -- and still you wouldn't know the whole program.

I haven't spend much time with it. Maybe I need to enroll in some more classes.

Betty said...

Congratulations on your latest award. It was sweet of you to pass it along to others.

We have had colder weather lately, too. I've been in Southern Ca. in the winter months, and it's never as cold as it gets here in Tennessee. It's in the mid 30's right now, calling for snow for tonight. Maybe I need to move to So. Ca.

Travis Cody said...

I keep forgetting the Aussie Open is going on now.

Karen said...

I figured you'd be lost in the tennis matches! ;) Congrats on the latest award!!

lucy said...

thank you for the lovely words and encouragement!!

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