Jan 6, 2010

blog award

While I was semi-absent from the blogging world during holidays, Carol's Notebook so kindly gave the DogEar Diary this award. The rules of the Beautiful Blogger award are to pass it on to seven other bloggers, and tell seven things about yourself.
I'd like to hand this one on to:

A Life in Books- I really like the look of this blog, the header image especially. Always features the most interesting books, too.

Nan's Corner of the Web- Nan's Corner is a blog I've discovered recently. I think I first started reading it because I stumbled across a post on an animal book (and she has the most lovely, fun chocolate lab you've ever met, frequently featured), then kept coming back for all the great, honestly written book reviews.

A Striped Armchair- one of the blogs I've been reading since I first discovered book blogs. Eva is on a challenge kick right now, so many I never heard of! Go on over and see if you want to join any of them!

Paperback Reader- The background of worn book spines on this blog is just awesome. I wish I had it on mine. I go there just to look at it, seriously (I'm all about the visuals, sometimes). Nice to read about all the books and things too, of course!

Bloody Hell, It's a Book Barrage!- Chartroose's blog has gone silent lately, which makes me very sad- I always loved reading her blog. I do hope she's well and returns someday soon! In the meantime, there's still lots of cool posts to read about books and things over there.

Read All Day is another blog new to me- and it has a very unique, bold look. I really enjoy Nina's writing, and have added quite a few books to my TBR because of her.

The Book Zombie- is so classy-looking. And the reviews are fun. I'm not really into vampire books, myself (yet- maybe I just haven't discovered the right ones) but there's a wide variety of books Joanne reads and writes about, so I keep coming back for more.

And seven things about me? Hm:

My favorite time of year is autumn. I love the colors of the fall leaves, and the crisp, cool air. I've come to love it even more now that I live in an area that has humid summers- the coolness of autumn is a blessed relief!

When we got our first cat, I wanted a beautiful cat (shame on me). Our first cat was very handsome- but high-strung and aggressive. Our second cat we picked because he was laid-back and easygoing- but sometimes he's so cooly removed and aloof. Our third cat we picked because she purred the most- and she's the most friendly, playful, happy-to-sit-in-your-lap cat! I think I'm getting better at appreciating cat personalities. 

I'm afraid of mold. On food. It gives me the willies. Especially the insides of old Halloween pumpkins- that's just horrifying. (Have I mentioned this before?)

I like composting. There's just something about making stuff you'd throw away into something that can feed my garden. When I find the real dirt at the bottom of the pile I'm thrilled. I don't know anyone else who gets happy over a pile of rotting vegetation and kitchen scraps.

I love houseplants, but don't have many right now. I used to have some philodendrons, until I read they were poisonous to pets (my kitten likes to chew on plants). Then I had a venus flytrap- very cool- but it got forgotten one weekend when we were away and dried out. The only live plant in my house right now is a tiny geranium bonsai I'm trying to slowly coax into shape.

For some reason, Christmas music gets on my nerves. I like to listen to George Winston's December album- where the carols and tunes are melded into piano music- and especially I like to play it at other times of year when it confuses people. Used to drive my college roommates nuts! They hated hearing Christmas music in the middle of summer.

Right now I'm thinking of my favorite food combinations with chocolate. Strawberries dipped in chocolate. Chocolate chips mixed with raisins and peanuts. Chocolate and cheese wedges. Chicken cooked in chocolate sauce- mole! What are yours?


Eva said...

Thanks so much Jeane! And yes, I am on too much a challenge kick, but tomorrow I have an actual book review planned. hehe

I feel like I've been reading your blog since you started! I love how you always review books that are completely different from any other blogger. :D And looking at your collages is so much fun!

bermudaonion said...

Congratulations on your award!

Aths said...

Congratulations to all the winners!! Yay for you!! :)

Nymeth said...

Those are some wonderful choices! I'm sad that Char is silent too :(

And mould - *shudders*

Petunia said...

Last year my sons' closet started smelling horribly. I did a total clean out. I found the source of the smell: a one year old, rotten pumpkin that my youngest hid from me under a pile of stuffed animals so I wouldn't throw it away. He lost many stuffed animals that day. Unfortunately a year later the closet still stinks. *gag*

Congrats for your award and to those you passed it on to.

Nan said...
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Nan said...

Thanks so much for the award and the kind words! I keep wanting to learn about composting. Good for you for doing such a great job with it!

(I had trouble posting on my netbook so I deleted the first one! I'm still getting used to the small keyboard and no mouse!)

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

Congrats on the award! And thanks so much for passing it on!

I enjoy watching the process of composting too. We had our own pile for a few years but one summer the raccoon population surged and since they are drawn to the compost I broke it down. The poor raccoons were in such danger from cars within our neighborhood. Thankfully after awhile they migrated back to the forest area behind our subdivision.

Jenny said...

Mm, chocolate and strawberries is wonderful, but I am really all about chocolate and peanuts.

TheBlackSheep said...

Congrats on the award!

I also love autumn. It's my favourite time of the year.

Jeane said...

Eva- I don't think I could do so many challenges. Thanks- I know I read lots of books that don't appeal to most readers, so I'm glad some like to hear about them!

Petunia- Wow, that's a horrifying story. I shudder just reading about it!

Nan- It's actually fairly easy. You should give it a try! I know of a few books on the subject, too.

Joanne- My backyard heap was attracting rats for a short time. Then my cat got one, and I learned to not put stuff in the pile that rats like. It's good your raccoons went back to the forest- much safer for them there.

Jenny- I like both combinations equally well!

And to everyone else- Thanks!

Melody said...

Congrats on your award, Jeane!

Paperback Reader said...

Thank you so much for the award, Jeane!

I am in the process of moving my blog to another server so feel free to take the shabby books background (I wouldn't mind you using it even if I wasn't moving). Click on the shabby blogs link on my background and then you can have it for your own! I hope though that you will still read my blog ;).

Cats are beautiful no matter their pedigree and are very human-like in their unique personalities.

Nina Sankovitch said...

Thank you so much! This is a thrill and an honor and I have to give the honor right back because I love your blog -- read on and blog on and prosper.

Jeane said...

Paperback Reader- Actually, I'm not sure I know how to put that kind of background in, but I'll keep it in mind!

Yes, I'm still reading- even if I don't comment as much as I should. Let us know the new address when you're done switching over!

Nina- Thanks. It is equally reciprocal.

Serena said...

Congrats on the award.