Tuesday, March 2, 2010

quietly giddy

Don't you know, I just LOVE surprises. And yesterday I received this special surprise from a fellow blogger, Marisa at Getting Back to Basics:

Thank you Marisa! This means so very much to me. I've come to think of this blog as my little garden where I come to sow some seeds and experiment in with new plant forms. But mostly this is my place and time to dig deep within myself in an attempt to gain greater clarity and presence within my life. That others may come here and find something of value, if only a place to rest awhile, makes my heart shine.

The requirements for accepting this award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Pass this award along to 15 bloggers you've recently discovered and whom you think are fantastic!
3. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
4. Share seven (7) things about yourself.

Well, Marisa paved the way by being a rule breaker in that she chose to list seven bloggers. I have to confess, in all my wanderings amongst blog links, I am terrible about keeping track of where I've been! I also have a phobia about signing up for too many things and rarely become an official "follower" of a blog. In fact, I confess, I have no idea how that works or what it really means. And yet, I am fascinated and thrilled when I see new followers appearing on my blogpage! I fear I am some Pied Piper leading others astray! So, the requirement to list 15 blogs is a tad daunting, probably because I assume I am always the last one to discover a treasures others have know about for years!

So here are some "recent" discoveries that excite my senses, stimulate my brain and make me wish I had done/written/said what these bloggers have birthed into the blog o'sphere. I know I will think of more after posting, but frankly this was a daunting task!

ART YoWZa http://artyowza.wordpress.com/
Cottage Garden Studios http://rowenleaf.blogspot.com/
Journey to Spirit through Art & Creativity http://deldino.blogspot.com/
Moospeare's Book Around the Corner http://moospeare.blogspot.com/
Sara's Virtual Notebook http://vbook.blog.soulspackle.com/

Okay, so seven things about me - What do you want to know?

1. I share this as a warning: I have a phobia about Barbie Dolls. Cannot touch them, can barely look at them without feeling my skin crawl. Has something to do with the plastic and the nylon hair plugs. Thank goodness, Cowgirl doesn't like dolls! (Even My Little Pony creeps me out!)
2. I take my shoes off whenever I can. I live barefoot or in my slippers at home. Most of my shoes are some kind of clog or slip on shoe for quick and easy removal.
3. I do not like to put my head underwater. I have a hard time coordinating swimming with breathing (a fact my husband cannot fathom given I am a yoga teacher and teach breathing techniques!) I also cannot dance and sing at the same time (well, I can but it does not look or sound pretty!)
4. I apparently mutter a lot to myself as Cowgirl is constantly asking me "what did you say?"
5. One of my favorite smells is grass on my dog's paws. Not so much our current dog, Moose, who does not go outside unless I am with him, but our previous dog Bandit who was never more content than when he could roam his yard all day long. I would breath in deep the smell of sun, dirt, grass and dogginess on those paws and it was intoxicating. I miss that smell. (A side fact to this is I have a very acute sense of smell.)
6. I could probably eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch every day. I did, in fact, eat only pb&j from the age of 8 to 12. (I also used to chew steak and then spit it out ... go figure I became a vegetarian.)
7. The one thing that drives me crazy is when people start to say something to me and then go "oh, never mind." I mind and I want to know!

Now, go and have an inspired day!


  1. Lis - thank you so much! I am honoured and I will display my new award with pride! Although this will spoil the surprise, I was actually in the process of gearing up for giving one to you too! Well, you still don't know what award it is, and I'm taking a long time getting that post sorted so there's still a few surprises left in it for you! I agree wholeheartedly with Marisa - your blog is a beautiful, happy place to visit. I'll definitely be back to check out the blogs you've listed that I haven't come across yet.
    Thanks again!

  2. Dear Lis,
    Thanks so much for including me in this list of wonderful blogs. Not at all a daunting task to include fabulous people out there sharing their lives, loves and deepest expressions. Yes, daunting to tell seven things about yourself. I love the Barbie Doll phobia and actually now that you mention those hair plugs, they are pretty creepy. Your blog fills me with deep inspiration of a spiritual kind, like an old yoga teacher used to do, and one that I miss. Please keep shining your beautiful light.

  3. Lis--You have no idea how much this little award means to me. Your presence in the workshop is transforming who I am as well--as a teacher, an artist, and a person. Thank you for sharing this award with me--and placing me in such amazing company. I know and respect many of those fellow bloggers--and I look forward to getting to know a few I haven't met yet. Big hugs my friend!!

  4. ~congrats to you on your award and to those you have passed it on too...thank you so for passing it along...so sweet are you! i too am always barefoot...i can not stand not being able to touch and feel the many great things those with shoes miss out on...wonderful always to learn more about you...brightest blessings~

  5. Lis,
    Thank you so much for this award, I truly appreciate it.. I am honoured to accept and now who do I pass it on to...hmmm..
    Have a wonderful day and here is to taking the time to breathe and I am with you on the barefoot thing, love it!

  6. Lis,
    thank you for honoring me, along with all these other blogs! Your support and comments over on my blog have been so encouraging and inspiring to me over these last few weeks...especially the advice about teaching! I used that advice today when I taught a practice teach class as an interview at a local yoga studio...so thank you for that! I also checked out the artist you linked me too! Such cool stuff...I would love to see his book in person! The cape is raining/snowing right now...might not be so fun on a house boat, but I love that that is your daughter's memory...sounds like it was a good time! I haven't lived here yet in the summer time...and right about now, I am really looking forward to it! Anyways, thank you for the award and for your thoughtful comments!! Hope you are having a wonderful thursday!

  7. Congratulations! I figured this would be a great post to introduce myself and add my first comment... my name is Megan and I found your beautiful blog nestled in a network of fellow artisans, dreamers, and REAL women. I want to thank you deeply for sharing such insiprational thoughts and creations; it's always a pleasure to read your journal :)