I am so pleased to share I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!
The kind and creative Elaine from rainyleaf.com thoughtfully nominated my blog for it’s very first award. Thank-you Elaine! I so enjoy your creations at rainyleaf.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect either as I find the middle of Spring demands versatility from a gardener. For me, early Spring is relaxed and I get so much joy in seeing signs of new life unfold daily. Poking around to see what survived the winter, what didn’t and what I might now have room for!
Alas, the days seem to speed by faster and faster (how can this be since daylight is increasing) until a time comes when I realize I have about a jillion garden things to be done and they should all be started – now. That’s where the versatility comes in since I can’t drop my other ongoing duties and commitments. (Sure, the kids could and would eat pizza for a week freeing up a bit of time but still not nearly enough!)
So I’ve been in extreme versatility mode in the form of:
30minutes of pruning here…get dinner started
20 minutes of planting there…then take a kid to a practice
15 minutes of transplanting…get to a meeting
10 minutes…get a shovelful of compost here and there
5 min…check outdoor seedlings for water
60 seconds… pull a few weeds on the way out the door
This is versatility with a capital V and I imagine it is representative in some way of how many of us handle the “heart” of Spring. Mind you, this is not a complaint about the busyness of Spring gardening, just a strategy to keep everything moving in one’s life and have an amazing food and flora garden too!
Now to the details of the Versatile Blogger Award. Here’s a quick rundown of the “rules.”– Include the Versatile Blogger button in your post – Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them. (Thanks again, Elaine!) – Include 7 random facts about yourself – Nominate 15 other bloggers and notify them by leaving a comment on their blog
1. I am part Basque with dark skin, hair and eyes
2. I am tall (5’11’) and that does not go with looking Basque
3. I have always loved cities and an urban vibe
4. I grew up on a cattle ranch
5. I have always wanted to own a double lot in a large city to have enough space to garden to my heart’s content while the hum of the city surrounds me.
6. If I happen to notice the movie “Remember The Titans” on the television I’ll drop everything I’m doing and watch it to the end.
7. I don’t like to watch movies more than once.
My nominees (alphabetically) for the Versatile Blogger Award
- 66 Square Feet
- Back Road Journal
- Bumble Lush
- Chiot’s Run
- Danger Garden
- Mountain Plover – All About Gardening and Birding
- Muddy Boot Dreams
- My Secret Garden
- Our French Garden in the Beautiful Dordogne
- Our Life in Idaho
- Out of My Shed
- Ramblings From A Desert Garden
- The Sartorialist
- The Gardening Blog
I enjoy reading these blogs as each creator has a unique talent and perspective they offer to the world in a beautiful, engaging format. Most of my nominees cover gardening but there are a few in my favored list that cover fashion, travel, food and more. So have some fun and explore a bit to see if you may find a connection with one of these great blogs just as I have!
12 thoughts on “Being Versatile”
Thank you so much for the comment on the bike, and the support. What a lovely award be nominated for, you have written a great post describing your ability to go with the changes that spring is bringing on.
Unfortunately I don’t have the time to participate in awards, so I will keep this one close to my blogging heart, and thank you for thinking of me.
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams
Curious to learn why you waited until now to prune your peach tree. Looks good.
Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I actually pruned the peach tree in late March right before it was about to bloom in my area. I was a little late with pruning as I think it is to be done when buds are “fat” but sometimes I worry about cold damage since my area (Boise, ID) can still get quite cold (freezing) in March and April. Last year I didn’t prune the tree and it grew massive so this year it was time to “open it up” and give some structure. Do you grow peach trees?
I love this post! Spring is so busy and there is so much to do! I wish we could stop life and just garden, garden garden until everything is just the way we want it. But alas….we fit it in when we can. Today I planted my potatoes….I’m content….for now.
Thanks Elaine! I wish that as well but I’m sure I would always find something else to do…I am growing potatoes for the first time this year but I just have to figure out the right location. Are you growing them traditionally in the ground or in a more unique method?
I am growing them in an old tire for the first time, we’ll see what happens! I’ll get some pictures soon.
Huge congrats on the well deserved award! I love your blog and am so excited to see you receive this =) cheers to urban double plot dreams…ahh I wish! Hugs Julia xx
ps. Huge thanks for adding me to your blog swap, what an honor, I’ll make sure to return the favor if you are not already on mine!! Cheers xxx
Congrats on your recognition… that is awesome! I can only image being an Idaho gardener does require a lot of versatility! On a personal note, you have always been pretty versatile, I think you taught all of us (siblings) what being versatile was all about, for that I am forever grateful!
I just want to thank you so much for nominating me for this award in return. I am very flattered and so happy 🙂
Thank you again!
Andrea, thank you so much for nominating me for this award! I’m a little behind on internet/blog stuff, so I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. My grandfather’s mother was Basque, so there’s a little part of me that is too. I’m short though, didn’t get any tall genes on either side of my family. I hope you’re having a great weekend!