An unexpected break in winter weather brought sunshine and milder temperatures.
The snow melted and is now just a cold memory.
I did the warmer weather sunshine chicken dance out by the farm stand.
Neighbors drove by and honked at me.
I’m sure they were thinking there goes that crazy lady doing weird shit again.
Tire tracks in the snow from customers down at the farm stand made my heart happy. I left tracks of my own, walking back and forth keeping the eggs stocked.
Just like that the snow melted and warm temperatures zipped in and it is lovely out. I know it won’t last, but oh how wonderful it is now.
This week, I baked crusty bread and sweet potato carrot soup. The vegetable scraps went out for the chickens and Papaya.
Mr. Cottage will have to go to the dentist.
He broke a tooth on my crusty bread.
The hyacinths in the kitchen window are blooming and the whole downstairs is wrapped in the scent of spring. Devine.
I’m sipping lots of tea these days and dreaming of spring planting. A few seed packets jumped into my shopping cart the other day.
Papaya is doing the fan dance regularly – love is in the air.
Now, about that award.
I’ve been awarded the Liebster Award, by Mrs. N in Japan. (please go see her at her charming Clover Cottage).
How kind, except I really suck at these kinds of things. Actually, I’ve turned similar awards down before because I’m not so good at following directions, or chain letters, or pyramid type schemes.
The point of this award is to help bloggers that don’t have a very big following, find their audience. I feel in this case it is, for the most part, a good thing.
I have struggled for a long time finding my tribe. I won’t lie, it has made me sad at times that there hasn’t been much interest in my blog.
D.A. Squires, who is an extremely talented writer, made a comment on my blog recently that writing for her, and she thought for me too, was something we simply must do.
I don’t consider myself a writer, a storyteller, perhaps. A storyteller with my pictures. She is right, I just feel I must do this.
I’m blogging for myself, now.
Hoping that doesn’t sound selfish.
Maybe you’ll understand, maybe not.
I prefer quality over quantity. I only have a few folks that read or comment on my posts. I cherish those comments, and many of you have come to feel like friends. I wouldn’t trade these few, for a million readers.
In the spirit of helping others, I present The Liebster Award.
The rules are simple:
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you.
Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.
Nominate 11 other bloggers, that have less than 200 followers.
Ask them 11 questions.
Let them know you have nominated them.
Here are my answers to the questions that I was asked:
1) Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging, several years ago, under a different name, to promote my art. That didn’t work because I’m not any good at marketing myself or my work. I hate self-promotion. Also, I’m not a very good teacher and I don’t do well explaining how to do something to people.
2) How did you decide on your blog name?
That was a hard one to come up with. This blog started out with the name Life at Coral Cottage – which was an easy name because our house was a cottage style farmhouse and it was painted coral.
A few years ago when we started our whole house renovation and addition, I knew the house would be painted a different color, and I was ready for a change to the blog name that reflected the changes we were going through. However, I really struggled with what name to change to. When we did excavation on the house and I shared photos here on the blog, so many people commented on the red color of our soil.
I wanted to call our place a farm, which might be splitting hairs a wee bit – we don’t farm farm, we just sorta farm. And then there is this whole part of my heart that wants to be a flower farmer, but all I’ve got to work with is this red dirt. Then one night we were watching Blake Shelton on The Voice and he talked about a genre of music called Red Dirt Music – well I got what he was saying about it being a regional thing. I just loved the sound of Red Dirt, something about it seemed real and from the earth and natural and not pretentious and all the sudden it was – that’s us, me and my one and only. Were simple, real people with a real life and a real little farm with a whole lotta red dirt.
3) What is your favorite post that you have written (link please) ?
4) If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?
I don’t want to be anyone else, I’m just now, 50 some years later figuring out how to be me. I wouldn’t mind spending the day with the guys from American Pickers, that I would love.
5) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’d love to go back to Germany. However, since I have been there and done that, I’d say Hawaii. But, if you want to give me a free trip to Germany, I’ll take it – just ‘sayin. I would love to photograph the tropical flowers and see the volcanic formations and that blue water.
6) What is the most difficult situation you have found yourself in?
Helping a loved one who was in a severe mental health crisis, get help. It was a very complicated and dangerous situation. It is too personal and painful to talk about.
7) Would you say that you are an introvert or an extrovert?
Oh Introvert – no question there.
8) Where do you prefer to live-city, country or someplace in-between?
Country. Country. Oh, did I say the country?
9) If you went to Japan what is the one thing that you would want most to do?
I don’t know anything about Japan and have never had any interest in going. Now that I have found two new bloggers who live there, I’m so excited to learn this new culture and see photos taken by real people, living real lives there. I’d want to meet Mrs. N, for sure.
10) What is your favorite book?
I can’t say I have a favorite book, there are many. However, I think of two book series from childhood, that have had a lifelong impression on me. The first, The series from Laura Ingalls. I learned so much about hard work and honesty and trust through those books. Thanks to the character in the book – I wanted to marry a man named Charles. I loved the way that name sounded. As luck would have it, I found my Charles and married him – (yay Mr. Cottage).
The second being Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Three Investigators. (No Hitchcock did not actually write the books). This series started me on the road to a fascination with mysteries and crime and wanting to solve mysteries. I always wanted to be a detective – still do.
11) What is your biggest challenge?
Right now, this part of my life. Staying true to myself, staying on course of my True North, while following through with family obligations. I thought life would get easier as I got older. The last few years have been a real struggle, oftentimes thinking it isn’t going to get any easier from here on out.
So folks – now shall we move on to the bloggers that I have nominated. I haven’t followed the rules. There are a lot I mean A. LOT. of blogs out there. I found it hard to find 11 blogs that I wanted to follow, that had fewer than 200 readers (the rules). I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the right blogs. Also, for my own personal ease, I stuck to blogs that are hosted through WordPress.
In no particular order here are my nominees. I hope that you, the readers and the nominees, will stop by and say hello to everyone.
- To Create Sunshine
- Chester House Farm
- Dream Valley Farmstead
- Brunson Home
- Southern Rural Route
- No Harm in Farmin
To those of you that I have nominated, follow through as you seem fit to do and what feels right to you.
Here are my questions to you.
- Do you prefer warm weather or cold weather?
- What type of music do you enjoy listening to? A favorite artist or group?
- Are you a listener or a talker?
- Would you rather go to a big fancy party with all the trimmings, or have a quiet night at home in your favorite comfy clothes?
- You drive by an old abandoned house. Do you stop and whip out your camera/phone and start taking photos or drive by it thinking it should be torn down.
- What makes your home special to you?
- You find an obviously abandoned Dog/Cat what do you do?
- You have a free day to do anything that you want. How do you spend it?
- Do you enjoy cooking? What is your favorite dish to cook?
- If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
- You’ve been kidnapped. The characters from the last T.V. show you watched are coming to rescue you. Who is coming to save you?
That’s all folks.