From the Unexplored Wilderness…

Beautiful Blogger Award

… this little badge and nudge suddenly landed in my lap… and never really having been one to “do” those ”pass-along” posts I just sat staring at it befuddled, not entirely sure what to do – but definitely experiencing that “damn-she-got-me” feeling… *chuckles* Still, there are a lot of “firsts” in my daily life at the moment, and why not add one more? Especially, since it’s urged by the lovely and talented Renee over there in the Wilderness.

I don’t know what exactly this award means, or where it comes from. Or even who started it. But recently I have been reminded repeatedly of how the world around us changes with what we pass along to it, and frankly… I think I am long overdue for passing out some appreciation to some of those wonderful people whose words and thoughts inspire mine.

I have no idea whether the people on this list will choose to take it up and pass it on – in some cases, I am not even sure whether they read my blog. But *I* read theirs – and enjoy it immensely, even if I don’t comment (much). So, these are my unsung heroes….

And now,… *drum roll* … the awards go to:

1. Emily of Pajama Days – because she has an incredible way of making everyday life and things too often overlooked special, and she does it with such heart, wit and insight … I love her posts!

2. Kathy of Lake Superior Spirit – because in so many ways she reminds me of myself.

3. Sam of The No Niche – because I love his thought-provoking writing.

4. whirlwindofemotions of Whirlwind of Emotions – because I adore her posts and comments and she doesn’t write nearly enough!! Yes, that’s a hint!! LOL Take it!

5. tsuchigari of My Literary Quest – because not only does she write great blogs about interesting topics, she also shares writing tips and insight that I find extremely useful (not least of all because English isn’t my native language).

6. Mihir of One Line @ A Time – because simplicity and words don’t always mix so well… yet here they do.

7. Abigail of Abigail Thompson Photography – because apart from the quirky, witty remarks and ponderings that follows her images, I admire her creative well of ideas and her means of expressing them.

8. Judy of Just Enjoy Him – because in her blog I find perspective and new ways of looking at things. And to me that is one of the major inspirations both for reading and writing.

9. Reudor of Thinkering – because his strips are just plain funny!

10. Sven of Sven Seebeck Photography – for his beautiful images and neat tips and tricks on photography

I do want to mention, though, that Renee and her wilderness would actually have figured quite prominently on this list if she had not beaten me to the punch. We all need a place to “get lost” … to go exploring… and to find ourselves and our way back home again every so often… and all of these wonderful bloggers help me do just that – including Renee.

So, THANK YOU all of you!

Now, that was the easy part… apparent I am also supposed to come up with 10 things about myself that people “out there” probably don’t know. Which should be totally easy… but somehow just isn’t.

1. My grandma (maternal) is my biggest hero. She is the heart and soul of my family, the cornerstone and gathering point we all converge around, and she is just the sweetest most compassionate person I have ever been blessed to know. She turned 80 in February and still lives in her own (big) house, tending her own (big) garden – including the veggie patch, takes computer classes and helps out in a cafe for eldery people in a retirement facility. She is so busy, doing things and going places and experiencing things that we literally have to call and make an appointment to see her – or she won’t be home *grins* I LOVE my grandma! She is SO cool!

2. I’m a virgo – and it shows sporadically. I used to be much more of a neat freak, organising everything than I am now, but I still fall victim to my own “virgo-spells” now and then and start these massive clean-out-clean-up projects now and then, and don’t realise until I am exactly halfway through that perhaps I was being a little too ambitious…

3. I love to be on my own. I am in many ways a loner at heart. Travelling, going on vacation and just being out and about exploring on my own is perhaps one of the things I cherish most of all. I never find it awkward and though it is fun to share experiences with others, I also value the opportunity of doing it alone.

4. I am allergic to potatoes. Which is very weird and a big problem when you’re a Dane. Potatoes are a HUGE part of the normal diet here, and everyone likes and eats them, so it can be really awkward when invited over to dinner somewhere new and they didn’t realise that I won’t be able to eat half the food they’re serving…

5. I sea-kayak for fun in the summer, and love being on and by the water… but I absolutely hate being in it. I don’t really like swimming and I never swim in the sea.

6. I love a man who lives in the States. Which is a really long way away…

7. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was in my late 20’ies. You can get a license here when you turn 18 but I never really felt like I wanted it until then.

8. Years ago I stuck my toe in Lake Huron in Ontario Canada in March just to test if the water was really cold. I guess the fact that we had to break through the ice by the shore to actually GET TO the water should have been a clue…

9. Butterflies make me think of my brother. He committed suicide in November 2004 and at his funeral there was a butterfly in the church. Usually, they never make it past late September here… but that one apparently did. So, now I can’t see a butterfly without thinking of him. And sometimes, it doesn’t even hurt all that much…

10. Writing lists like this makes me feel vulnerable – like I want to go back an edit stuff. But I am glad that I did write it, and I promise not to start erasing and editing … for now 😉

Thanks, Renee – for the tag and opportunity to do this. And keep up the good work on your blog!!

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From the Unexplored Wilderness…

19 thoughts on “From the Unexplored Wilderness…

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      Absolutely no problem 😉 You’re more than welcome. I’ve grown a bit quiet – again – but hope to get back to blogging now that life is yet again to settle into a routine of shorter days, less light and more time for reflection ;

      Thank you for stopping by!

  1. Thank you so much! This was a wonderful surprise to find in my pings. It makes all the difference in the world to know that there are people out there that like my stuff. I will proudly display it and pass it on. I can’t wait to get a minute to check out everyone else on the list as well – always love finding new voices.

  2. Whirlwind of emotions says:

    Oh wow! I was having the crappiest day and this was just so uplifting and very unexpected! Thank you, though I hardly deserve it! And yes, I have taken the hint and will write more often now! Thank you for this lovely surprise and for your comments and support, means a lot! Will definitely be reading up on the other writers you have given this award of recognition to. Seems we have very similar taste in our way of life and choice of reading! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

    ps. I can so identify with your no.10 on the list!

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      *I* think you deserve it! And I am delighted to have managed to spoil your crappy day *grins*

      I am swamped here at the moment but have already spied a new entry on your blog that I haven’t had time to read yet!!! So, I will definitely be doing that this weekend – so I am sure it will be a good one 😉

      I look forward to see whether you conquer our #10 and what you come up with if you do. Have a fantastic weekend, my friend!

  3. Oh, wow…thank you so much! This is extremely nice! The greatest compliment one can give a writer is to simply read their work..so just to know that you actually take the time to read something I write, is just awesome. Thanks so much. I definitely look forward to checking out your blog tonight…and adding it to my blog roll to make sure.

    By the way..so sorry you’re allergic to potatoes… That…would drive me crazy…

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      You’re most welcome. I only recently stumbled upon your blog and was intrigued by the Island of Lost post you did…. and since I have my finals in September I can totally relate to the inner conflict of wanting to get off the island versus trying to make the best of being there. Your words inspire thought and reflection … and I SO appreciate that!

      And about the potatoes… don’t be sorry! It was the best day of my life when I found out. All my life I have hated potatoes – eating them made me feel sick to my stomach – and everyone would think I was just picky and stubborn “because they’re so good for you”. And then one happy day, I got a piece of paper from a specialist doctor actually stating that I am in fact allergic! SCORE!!!! LOL

  4. This is a pong to your ping. Thanks for the award, Rayn! I am honored and humbled and blushing…no, that’s the recent suntan. But definitely honored and humbled. It’s nice to be appreciated :º))

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      LOL You’re very welcome. Your comic strip has become part of my daily morning ritual… I just love how it is both so personal and profound at the same time – not to mention funny!!

      Great work!

  5. pajamadays says:

    I saw that I had a *ping* back (whatever that really means) from your blog today and was totally knocked out by your sweet words. Thank you so much for making note of my blog and for really seeing my life. I am going to settle in this evening with a big glass of wine and try and catch a glympse of yours as well! Congratulations on receiving your cool badge!

    – Emily

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      You are SO very welcome. I started reading when you posted about Chelsea – and bawled my eyes out over it, because it so reminded me of our first dog. Your post about empty nests and puppies was really special too – for many reasons – but that I am going to comment on there!

      I think the way you write and capture your life, thoughts and feelings is so inspiring and in many ways it has actually changed my views on blogging. Which is actually a topic I am expecting I will be elaborating on in an upcoming post soon…

      I hope you will enjoy your evening, the wine … and what you find here, if and when you visit.

  6. Wow, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoy my blog and pictures, it is so good to hear that I am not just posting to air, haha. Thank you again, you are too kind!

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      I do! You have actually made me start taking my camera out with me again when I go out for walks etc. It’s taking a bit of time to get back in the habit of “seeing shots” but I love how it changes the way I look at the world around me…

  7. This is such a wonderful surprise! How very cool. How utterly cool. Thank you, thank you. Lake Superior Spirit thanks you and does a happy dance!

    and to think you’re not even on my blogroll. I am going to add you right now. Can’t wait to peek at some of the other blogs you love.

    One big way we’re alike–I love to be on my own, too. Especially traveling alone. It’s the best, isn’t it? Thank you again!

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      *chuckles* You’re very welcome – and no worries about the blogroll. I haven’t been keeping up with my own one either – it needs a serious update, and yes Lake Superior Spirit will definitely be on it!

      And yes, traveling alone is fantastic. These past three years I have been on Rhodes, Crete and mainland Greece on my own and absolutely loved it. This year I am trying out Mallorca for size. Can’t wait!

  8. I’m so glad you picked this up, although there was NO pressure! It’s good to learn more about you, though. I love your grandmother and hope I’m as active and healthy when I’m 80!

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      Thank you – so do I! And yes, actually now that it is over (gosh, it sounds like it’s been such a horrible ordeal, which it really wasn’t LOL) I am really glad I did it. I guess these “10 things about yourself” thingies aren’t as bad as I thought 😉

      Thanks again for tempting me 😛

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