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A Stylish Award For Someone Who Wears Baggy Pants


Recently I was awarded the Stylish Blogger Award by both Casa Mariposa and Gardens Eye View. A hearty thanks to both, though I think if they had seen me in my gardening duds they would have thought twice about awarding me anything with the word stylish in it! (What do you wear when you garden? I tend to wear stuff that is well worn. Loose-fitting cotton pants, baggy shirt, and a sun visor is standard wear.)

The award comes with strings attached: I must link back to the person giving the award; share seven random things about myself; pass the award on to fifteen additional bloggers and drop them a note about it.

 So here goes! First are seven random facts about myself:

1. I am a neonatal intensive care nurse. That means I have the cutest patients in the hospital and I can pick most of them up with one hand.

2. I love all kinds of music. I write to music. I clean house to music. I drive my car to music. I do not garden to music, however, as I like to listen to the bird song. (But that's music, too!)

3. I can not sing or play any musical instrument. I am hoping that will be remedied in Heaven. I can definitely see myself playing a harp, though drums would be OK, too.

4. I have double-jointed thumbs.

5. I enjoy white water rafting.

6. I met my husband in July, 1973, at 7AM in a hospital cafeteria. I had a glass of grapefruit juice in my hand. I went home and told my roommate I had met my future husband.

7. I bought a fig tree yesterday. The variety is White Marseilles, which was Thomas Jefferson's favorite.

Choosing fifteen blogs was hard! So many garden bloggers are a source of information and inspiration to me. I started my blog about sixteen months ago, and I can truthfully say it has made a difference in my garden practices and in what I plant. This award is passing around like weeds in the wind, so a lot of bloggers already have it. Nevertheless, here is my list of fifteen great garden blogs, among the many that deserve recognition:

Carolyn's Shade Gardens

Curbstone Valley

Dakota Garden

Flower Hill Farm

Fold, Fallow, and Plow

Gardening Asylum

Garden Sense

Garden Walk Garden Talk

Island Threads

Ledge and Gardens

My Dry Tropics Garden

My Weeds Are Very Sorry

Signature Gardens

Sunny Side Up

The Bunnies Buffet


You may also enjoy my previous post, An Award No Lizard Can Give, especially if you are relatively new to blogging.

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Reader Comments (21)

Thank you very much Deb for including my blog for the award. Also congrats on receiving it. Your seven things are so interesting and different. I bet you have many stories to tell from working in a hospital with the babies. And besides being cute, they don't complain either, the perfect little patient.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Fun post. I have frequently said...I hope I will be able to sing in Heaven. :) I am completely tone deaf on Earth. Sounds like we have the same gardening attire. Have a good weekend!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Congrats on the stylish blog award.. I have to agree, yours is one of the most reliably clean, clear, stylish and informative blogs I read. I loved learning you are a neonatal nurse and how you met your husband!

And thanks for passing on the nomination to my blog. Now I have to start thinking of seven things....

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

Deb, Thank you for giving me a stylish blogger award. I am honored. It must be because I too have double jointed thumbs. Carolyn

What a cute post! Funny when I imagine you picking up your clients with one hand. And white water rafting? You sound like a tough lady.

How can you remember the exact time you met your husband? Something to do with the no. 7? July is the 7th month.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOne

Awww Thanks Deb! I've gotten this award from now three blogger friends! Good thing I haven't posted it yet! I'll make sure there are no more to come before I do ;-)

I have double jointed-thumbs too!!! hahaha!
It's great to learn a little more about you.
I looked at a fig tree yesterday...almost bought it but have to find a place. I have one but it looks more like branches growing out o the ground becaue it is in the shade :-(
Thanks for posting, and thanks for thinking of me!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEve

You and I couldn't be more opposite when it comes to garden style. I'm out there in anything but baggy...it's nothin' but spandex exercise pants and a tank top for me. Lets me move nice and free. Holes in the fabric are optional. Of course, I'd never be caught dead beyond the property line in that attire. And I just pretend the neighbors can't see me. ; ) It could be worse. I had an aunt who used to do her gardening in a bikini. O_O

Bless you for being a neonatal nurse! My babies certainly benefited from some kind and caring nurses after their births. And how wonderful that you remember the moment you met your husband! I still remember the moment I met Mr. PITV as well. ; ) Oh dear, that was 1979!!! My, how time flies!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFloridagirl

wow, so romantic you remember the exact time and place. I hope I get that too someday.
Congratulations on your award! it is very well deserved

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfer

Deborah thank you so much for recognizing our blog! We recently received the award from another blogger...a Mule known as Fenway Bartholomule, so I shall acknowledge it next week, as I love pointing out blogs I read to others too.

As for formal garden attire, I usually resort to wearing my Dickies coveralls over jeans. The ticks are bad here in spring, so I spray down the coveralls with an equine tick repellent (permethrin), so the evil beasties don't sneak up my trouser leg. Coveralls, and wellington boots, coupled with a straw hat, I look more like a scarecrow than a gardener! I almost need a photo of that now to prove to the world how stylish I am. Too funny.

I'm with you, no music in the garden, Nature has its own music. Congratulations on your new fig tree too! Jefferson would be proud!

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

Hi Deb. Ended up here because of Diana from Elephant's Eye. May I ask how you fixed your problems with the comments? TIA.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBom

Dear Deb, Thank you so much for the honor of being mentioned with these other wonderful blogs. You are so kind to think of me. I truly appreciate you! It is fun to learn more about you. Your work must be amazing really. Intensive care . . . little tiny babies. . . it must be a bit heart breaking at times. So sweet too. Your garden has a elegant and natural style . . . Congratulations on your award. Enjoy the weekend.

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Deb you are stylish especially in your gardening duds...I love reading the 7 things about the person and I have learned quite a bit about you....my mom was a neonatal nurse so I feel even more connected to you...enjoy the well deserved award...

February 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Was intrigued by the Harvard glass flowers on the Ledge!

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElephant's Eye

Deb that is so interesting... I've wanted to know more about you. :) Your job must be very hard but rewarding too.

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSweetbay

I enjoyed reading your seven random facts. It's great to get to know more about you.

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

aloha deb,

love learning more about you..that fig sounds delicious - and what a great way to meet your future husband, amazing!

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternoel

I really admire you for the job you doing - must be very emotional at times.

I garden is comfy clothes generally jeans and sweatshirt - whatever it is will be covered in mud and dirt by time I finish

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Praise God for NICU nurses like you...our Professor was in the NICU for a week and I was just so thankful that he was in the care of wonderful nurses who were so kind to him & us!

February 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHanni

Being a nurse is so incredible. :o) My mom was a pediatric nurse and worked long, hard hours. I also love music, especially live music. Maybe the fig tree could go near the persimmon and you could start an orchard!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Mariposa

oh, I am hoping there are no drums in heaven... one drum playing sibling growing up was all the drums I will ever need in any lifetime!

February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I like music too. What do you listen to? Congrats on the award!


February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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