I'm belatedly getting around to responding to the Stylish Blogger Award a number of people gave me.
I'd like to thank the following bloggers for kindly bestowing this award (if by accident I've omitted anyone, please speak up) - be sure to stop by and visit them:
A Tale of Two Buckskins
Living a Dream
The "Dutch"ess of Deerfield
Just a Girl and Her Horse
R Lil Bit of Cash
There are four rules with this award:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to 15 (newly-discovered) great bloggers.
4. Notify those to whom you gave the award.
1. I love to eat almost anything (well, except oysters - they're nasty and slimy and only acceptable if wrapped in bacon), particularly vegetables of all types - I love discovering new vegetables, new recipes and new ethnic cuisines. We mostly cook from scratch, and eat well, and mostly but not entirely vegetarian - I have a small vegetable garden and we also have a weekly share of vegetables and fruits from our local organic farm.
2. I've almost moved overseas three times - to Greece (specifically Crete) when I was 10, to Cairo, Egypt in 1981 and to London in the mid-90s. In all three cases the relocation didn't happen, two times due to political turmoil and the last because I decided to hire someone, with more language skills than I, to head European operations instead of doing it myself.
3. I used to travel a lot - I'm a million-mile member on American Airlines and have been to 45 of the lower 48 states (sorry Alabama, South Carolina and Idaho), although I probably shouldn't count Utah as I've only been to the Salt Lake City airport. I've been to at least 9 European countries on business, and especially love Paris. I'm deficient in language skills - I only speak French, although I read it much better than I speak it. These days I almost never travel if I can help it - I retired to spend time with my family and horses, not to travel, although there are still parts of the U.S. and the world I'd like to see someday.
4. I'm of German/Scandinavian/English ancestry. When I visit Sweden, people strike up conversations with me in Swedish since I look like many Swedish people - tall, blond (at least I used to be blond), blue eyes.
5. We have no TV - haven't for years - and I love to read almost anything. We probably have over 1,000 books in our house. I often have 5 or more books going at once, both real books and on my Kindle. I am thinking about getting a TV screen, though, since I love to watch movies and would love to be able to watch downloaded ones, particularly films other than the ones that make it to the movie theaters.
6. I took up music 5 years ago as a complete beginner. I play soprano, alto and tenor recorder - mostly but not entirely Renaissance and baroque music. I take private lessons and also play with a recorder group, as well as taking music theory lessons. This year I'm hoping to begin learning to play the bass recorder. Being effective at playing recorder actually has some of the same elements as being effective at working with horses - being willing to learn new things, adjusting how you play to make the group perform well together, breathing, patience, rhythm, etc.
7. I wasn't better at verbal things than at math/science in school - my abilities are about equal. I'm not so good at languages. I started out in college as a biochemistry major (I thought I might want to be a doctor) and ended up as a major in medieval history. I love learning new things - any new things. I'm the sort of person who does puzzles or solves math problems for fun. I might take some courses at our local community college in math and Spanish.
Now for the bloggers - here are some you may have heard of and some you may not - and I know some of them have already received the award:
TB at X - thoughtful writing about dressage and the whole horse.
The Literary Horse - a number of authors, all of whom are writers, and the home of the Mr. Chips stories!
ClicketySplit - interesting thoughts on equines (including a Welsh pony) and life.
Rockley Farm - they rehab horses with serious hoof problems - very interesting and a great place to learn about hoof health even if your horse is shod.
When the Painted Horse Isn't - a fun take on life with horses, including the paint that wasn't.
One Old Cowgirl's View - out on the prairie, often working with cattle, and writing with insight and beauty.
Barefoot Horse Blog - more great education about hoof health and anatomy.
C-ing Spots Appaloosas - a kind and thoughtful lady who raises beautiful Appaloosas.
A Horse Named Milo - thoughts on working with horses, especially beautiful Milo.
Stale Cheerios - about training horses (and other animals!) using positive reinforcement methods, including clicker.
It's Quarters For Me - the adventures of two quarter horses and their person.
Mountain Music - she raises and trains beautiful paints.
Rose Valley Ranch - working with her horses, most (all?) of which she bred herself.
Thinking About Horses - she writes wonderful pieces on different horse breeds and disciplines - the blog isn't set up to accept comments but I wanted to thank her in this way.
Teachings of the Horse - wise thoughts and beautiful observations, often involving horses.
Give them all a visit - I think you'll enjoy them! (And none of the recipients of this award should feel under any obligation to do the duties or pass it on.)