Wednesday, October 5, 2011

An Award

First, thank you so much to Theresa at Bambe's Blog for this award!

Second,  I need to pass the award on to 15 blogs that I recently discovered.  Not all of the blogs I have listed are recently discovered, but they are all blogs that I enjoy and recommend.  And yes, I know, there are more than 15 on my list.  I just couldn't whittle it down any further.  These blogs are all horsey or ranchy in focus and the authors all post frequently.  There are many, many more blogs I also enjoy that have a different focus or are updated infrequently.  It was VERY hard to get my list this small.

Third, I am required to post seven things about myself.

1.  I read a lot of magazines.  Sitting on the kitchen table for reading during breakfast are The Christian Science Monitor and Bien Dire (French).  The pile on the coffee table includes Dressage Today, Equus, USDF Connections, Horse Journal, Bon Appetit, Cook's Illustrated and Saveur. 

2.  I also have two books of poetry that I am reading -- Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Volume One and Marge Piercy The Hunger Moon.

3.  I am addicted to Sudoku.  I have a book of puzzles sitting on the couch.

4.  I enjoy reading biographies, autobiographies and memoirs.  I think perhaps that is why I love reading blogs so much.  One of the memoirs that I most recently read and enjoyed is The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball.  It's about a woman who left her city life to marry an organic farmer.

5.  I also enjoy reading fiction.  I particularly enjoy fiction that follows multiple generations in families -- like Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres.  I also recently read The Help which was just awesome.

6.  I have an extensive collection of cookbooks but there are just a handful that I regularly use.  Lately, the cookbooks most often open on the counter are: Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, King Arthur Flour's Baking Companion, Marion Cunningham's The Fannie Farmer Baking Book, and Deborah Madison's Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets.

7.  I don't watch TV or watch movies very often.  I'd much rather be buried in a book, a magazine or a blog.


  1. Hey Annette...Thanks for including me on that list! I absolutely love your new header shot...the one of the horses drinking is a favorite.

  2. Hi Annette,thank you so much for including me on that list too!! I also think your new header is awesome,love it!

  3. Thank you for thinking of me and for including my blog on your reading list!

  4. Hi Annette. Thanks so much for including me in your list, I'm honored. It's good to get to know more about you too. I'll be happy to take the award and pass it on. Now if I can just think of seven semi-interesting things to write that I haven't done before...

    Like Lori said your new header is wonderful. I love all the pictures but the horses drinking is my favorite, what a great shot.

  5. I check your blog daily, and love keeping up with the goings on at the ranch.

    The best thing about awards is learning a little bit more about my favorite bloggers. Thanks so much for putting me on your list - in such good company!

    Love the new header shot as well. :)

  6. thank you, dearie, for mentioning my blog! really appreciate being recognized with so many others that i follow and admire!

    your 7 things made me laugh! almost every single one is the exact opposite of me! about the closest we came was you addicted to sudoko and me liking crossword puzzles. but i don't read (magazines, poetry, biographies, or poetry) and i watch too much tv. :)

  7. thank you for the blog award! You are so kind to include me in your list to pass it on to! I think I looked at that book, The Dirty Life, a few days ago when I stopped at a bookstore and considered buying it. But I had already committed to two others. Now that you recommend it, I might have to go bring it home after all.

  8. Congratulations, and thanks for the award!

    I love Sudoku too - have you ever tried KenKens?

    Love Mary Oliver, too.

  9. Thank you, such a honor coming from such a great blogger and lady. :)

  10. Oh, and here's my all-time favorite on-line sudoku site - great puzzles and easy to use:

  11. Thank you Annette it was such a nice surprise.
    I love reading more about who you really are. I like you love reading and blogging rather than TV. You sound like a wonderful cook.
    The book The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball peaks my interest I think I will go looking for that one. I almost lived that one :)
    Thanks again and keep blogging I enjoy reading yours. B


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