Sunday, April 25, 2010

Honest Scrap, part 2: The Blogs that Can

I forgot to put a picture of the Honest Scrap up on part one. But here it is, in all its glory. It makes me think of Rosie the Riveter. We Can Do It! And to me, that is what the award is all about. Are you ready to do the right thing, even if it's not glorious? Does life come in bits and pieces of scrap that you rivet together to a good purpose?

Momma Fargo over at The Boogie Man is My Friend gave me this award. We are recently following each other. (If you were tracking, that would be some odd trail sign.) She has a daughter that runs up to her and gives her hugs. That says it all about her parenting. She has an S & R dog who recently was very ill, and all we got was a brief mention or two. That says it all about the strong shoulders. And she has a Captain that she can make *blink*blink* and a partner who will roll his eyes, but they count on her every day.

The Ten Awardees
My first Three Awards go to Bloggers I wish were still Blogging. I regret their loss, but this is not about whining, it's about Tribute. Three writers in law enforcement, each very different, all very good. So for Conspicuous Gallantry and Honesty in a world full of dishonest Scrapping:

1. The Warrior Poets--This writer wrestled bleak streets with a near-golden sense of  the beauty in it all. Within those twin tensions, he had a definite opinion, but it was layered with subtleties.  It made me want to do better, even if only to See and Witness for myself.

2. Pepper Spray Me--One Time was adventuring every day, twenty-four seven. The Wild West is still plenty Wild, thank you very much, and meetings on Main Street do not have the rules conveyed by John Ford flicks. But somehow like those flicks, desperadoes and bombshells in red satin still careened through . . .

3. The Johnny Law Chronicles--A spare writer with definite opinions. My understanding of him was clued by his political profile. He's a moderate man who saw plenty of concern in the immoderate way we are living. A moderate man can be a fighter, maybe the best there is, because he won't brook nonsense from the fringe. He was also a great instructor, teaching directly and by example.

And now for The Magnificent Seven. The Rules: You mention me, so that readers can follow the chain up and back and meet new bloggers. Then you tell Ten Things about yourself. That gives you the opportunity to choose other bloggers you believe should be highlighted! It is up to ten awardees.

You can mix it up, tell Ten things you believe about your work, or something like that. It's still personal but won't give your home address, if you know what I mean. Or you can just tell us any thing at all.

4. peedee at Queen of the Dogs
She's a scrapper, all right. She and I want transformed lives. Both of us are changing our diet, the way we work, our sleep patterns (maybe that's just me) and our exercise levels. We're also rebuilding new structures for a new life. There have been days when a letter or post from peedee has been the last holding grapple on the line. I know that grapple holds. Peedee, muah!

5. Bob G. at The Pa-In Erudition
Do I need to say Bob is a scrapper? He Told It How He Sees It for a thousand posts. He knows how to fix a screen,. plant a daisy, and make use of a backbone. Bob, we need Ten Life Lessons, or where you saw Ten Birds on your Life List, or anything that comes to mind.

6. The Bug at The Bug's Eye View.
Dear The Bug, give us Ten! You've been all around the world and seen a lot that we can relate to. That's for sure. And you brighten my day. You may not think you're scrapping, but not everybody does it the loud way.

7. Gia at A Gia's Life!
Dispatcher, mom, best friend to those who are down, sender of packages to the military, gardener, lover of tulips, and a force for Good. Another quiet and honest Scrapper.

8. meleah at Momma Mia Mea Culpa
She's out every day, Doing Things Differently until that Doing means Doing Things the Same. It's about Elevating Rituals.  I go there often to see another person taking the bumps and living with What Is while Moving Forward anyway. She has a unique style!

9. Linnnn at The Chronicle of Linnnn
This is another new blog on my list. She's a funny writer and/but in other posts, very nuanced under a riveting directness. I have been enjoying her insights and her travails now for about a month. Go Linnnn! Give us Ten!

10. Slamdunk at Slam Dunks
Slamdunk, you get so many awards, and so deservedly, I think it sometimes wrecks your regularly scheduled programming. So I am going to Mention You as an Awardee, but without laying the Rules on You.

Everybody knows Slamdunk! And by checking his comments, you can network all over the blog-a-verse. So let's just say he pre-qualified. Right now he is tackling some way-difficult subjects and I am more than grateful. That is Scrapping Loud. And he's doing the good at home, too. That is quiet Scrapping. And both equally honest.

There are so many blogs I love, but they are sometimes very private people or just Don't Do Awards, (really, Schmoe, not even Breakfast? What do you mean, you don't like chickens?), or it's not part of their Blog Mission (Oh, so that's it! No clucks allowed.).   If anyone needs a good read, check out my blogroll. Ann T. has the best blog roll in town, or at least, the best blogroll according to Ann T.


Momma Fargo said...

Awesome! And Otis is doing much better, but he is getting to retire. Sob, sob.

Thanks for the compliments!

Ann T. said...

Dear Momma Fargo,
You deserve them every One!
Ann T.

Unknown said...

Annie!!! Thank you! I had a coach once refer to me as "scrappy". So now your the second to say it. In all honesty, thank you very much. Coming from you it really means something. I read your blogroll and there are a lot of really good bloggers out there. MUAHS!!!

Anonymous said...

Pepper Spray was great! Hope he will be back sometime.

Ann T. said...

Dear peedee,
This Award Suits you to a T. I admire you so much.

Go forth and Scrap More,

Ann T. said...

Dear Kick Ass,
He was ! And I hope so too, but only when he's ready. . .

Thanks for bopping by,
Ann T.

The Observer said...

Ann T:
Your blog roll rocks--I have to resist just adding them all to mine! BTW, Best Blog award back at ya :-)
The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
You still have that big award a Waiting--just load when ready!

I think you should add anyone you want to your blog roll, but you're right--I get a pleasure out of going to one of my neighbors,then seeing how their neighbor is doing too!

Ann T.

Gia's Spot said...

Dear Ann T
I was so surprised and really mystified to see me and my tiny blog here on your awards list with the likes of Pee Dee,Slam Dunks and all the other fabulous blogs that I have stalked thru your blog roll!!....... I am indeed thankful for it! I love awards! I will try to do you justice when I post it on my blog!
Thank you again

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for kind words and the award Ann T. This will be my second time as well--we have formed some type of club now.

Bob G. said...

Thank you again for my consideration...
At this rate, I'm going to need a larger electronic mantle...LOL.

And congrats to ALL the other guys truly deserve it!

Have a great week, everyone.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Yes, when we meet in blog world, we will be wearing a sandwich board of two clanking signs that say, 'honest scrapper'. Hopefully our signs will not have bullet holes in them like they do in the illustration!

You deserve every compliment, and the dispensation granted above. Do as you will!

Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
These distinctions are all of merit,
and if you need a larger mantle, I say go for it.

I appreciate what you do and you may evolve the rules in a way that suits you best!

Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Gia,
More people need to stop by and learn how to make a pizza, a care package, a friend. You take every compliment, now, and you run with it!

Ann T.

The Bug said...

Ooh - I'm honored! Especially since I'm just a WEE bit fluffy compared to everyone else on this list.

Ann T. said...

Dear The Bug,
No, no! Not fluffy but often about happy things. There's a difference.

Enjoy the Award, and make of it something that suits you perfectly!

No dissing of The Bug allowed,
Ann T.

meleah rebeccah said...

Awwww! Iam so flattered and so touched that you thought of me!

I was given this award about a month ago from another blogger, but I would still like to give you my ten honest answers!

1. I am still very conflicted over a certain ‘On’ again ‘Off’ again relationship in my life. And NO, I do NOT want to talk about it. I am just trying my best to stay focused on ‘Doing Things Differently’ because that seems to be working well for me.

2. I honestly believe that having a really good sense of humor is absolutely crucial. And that it’s very important to be able to laugh at your self.

3. In addition to my fear of Spiders and Bridges, I am also terrified of being alone for the rest of my life.

4. Occasionally, I still have delusional dreams of grandeur.

5. I am 35 years old but sometimes I still tell people I am 33.

6. I think I am starting to LIKE cooking, but please don’t tell my parents.

7. I am extremely indecisive and it can take a very long time for me to make up my mind.

8. My father always says to me, “For some one who is so smart, you sure are quite gullible.” And, he’s right.

9. I am a ‘People Pleaser’ which is NOT always healthy.

10. I may be a good person, but I am not always a nice person.

Linnnn said...

Anne, THAK YOU for the award and the mention! I am so honored and flattered...Stay tuned to my place for my response to the 10 items attach...just got reoriented from a 35th high school reunion last weekend - How much fun, booze, tears, and pranking can one middle aged chick do? Well, I did it!

Ann T. said...

Dear Meleah,
Well, I am not surprised you have won before. Thanks for stopping by and giving us the 'skinny'.

Have a great day, and congrats!
Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Linnnn,
I'm very glad you had a blast at the Reunion. I hope your pranks worked for sure. You'll have to post on THAT, too.

Enjoy the award, you deserved it!
I'll be by soon, but take all the time you need!

Ann T.

The Bug said...

OK, my Honest Scrap post is up. That took a while - you made me think darn you LOL!

Ann T. said...

Dear The Bug,
And a beautiful job, too. Thank you Very much!
Ann T.