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Reader Appreciation & Anna Entertains Her Siblings With Mr. Sock Monkey

  1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most ( my frequent commenters don’t all have blogs but are good friends around the world who check out the daily photo and write nice comments on the blog- Thanks you to all readers for following the blog!)
  2. Be thankful. (Thank you Chicago John at fromBartolini Kitchens who nominated me for this award. Wonderful intelligent writing evoking memories of growing up and what was prepared and eaten. He also writes the best comments  but I can’t send this award back to him!)
  3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me. (Okay, that eliminates Greg and Katherine at Rufus Food and Spirits Guide, as Chicago John awarded them too but they write great comments, too!)
  4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded. ( I had better hurry up and do that before I post, YIKES!)
  5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it-
  6. and unable to copy and paste the award symbol I am posting a reasonable facsimile

    My Reader Appreciation Award Shot in Joan's Garden

Six Readers Whom I Appreciate- Be sure to check out their blogs!

1.implicado see the Poinsettias in Mexico and other cool photos shot by Cedric.

2.smilekiddo Spreading happy faces found EVERYWHERE from a swing set to the pavement. Now I  see them, too.  There is so much more than that summation but check out Stef’s blog.

3. watchingnolanature  If you want a walk in the swamp or a hike in the wood with stunning nature photography check out Carla’s blog. If you live in the north and want to feel warmer head to NOLA.

4.  thirdhand art Theresa has a photography blog and is a regular reader and commenter.

5. mark goodwin photography – a photography blogger based in Wales

6. goofy runner my sweet daughter who writes  hundreds of comments on the blog.  You saw her wedding on my blog recently.

Had to keep up with my daily photo post effort as 2011 comes to a close.  Maybe not the clearest shot but I came upon this scene in the kitchen this morning.  I made the sock monkey for Anna when she was small and the arms look like they need a little plastic surgery by the seamstress. Anna asked if I could make a PINK sock monkey and would you believe I found the Rockford, red heel socks in PINK and ordered them today.  If you need a pair you can order here at Supersockmonkey.

It is great when they ignore me with a camera! Jack still sporting his Superman Cape

21 responses

  1. I found your blog through John’s recommendation. I love the size of your kitchen. Very envious!

    December 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

  2. A great shot of the kids having lots of fun~the 2 boys…hilarious!! :)

    December 29, 2011 at 3:41 am

  3. Sue Reinfeld

    They are so lucky to have a big sister like Anna.

    December 29, 2011 at 6:05 am

  4. andy

    i turned the big five-nine thus week and guess what my mom gave me. A sock monkey! Gotta love ‘em. Happy New Year to all.

    December 29, 2011 at 7:43 am

  5. Vincie

    I love the delighted expressions on their faces!

    December 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

  6. Can’t wait to see the pink sock monkey. congratulations on your award

    December 29, 2011 at 8:44 am

  7. Heartfelt congrats, Ruth, and thanks for your kind shout-out! Today’s photo is why I return here every day. Your photos of your children & grand-children are always a treat for me to view. Add in the other photos within your portfolio and the result is one entertaining blog. :)

    December 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

    • Thank you John- for the award AND your ongoing support and encouragement! We belong to a wonderful blogging community.

      Sent from my iPhone

      December 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

  8. Toni

    Great fun!!!! Such happy faces!!! As good as any expensive gift!!
    Congrats. on your award, Ruth!!!!

    December 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

  9. What John writes better comments? Drats. Well, we’ll just have to try harder. Ruth you are a genius! Also, you’re quite the house guest, but more on that later.

    December 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    • Genius, eh? I have been to the Genius Bar. No spirits involved. Almost zero “girls” at the Genius Bar serving as geniuses @ Apple Store. Hambone soup on the stove simmering as I write. Now for a mug of butter to slurp down….

      December 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

  10. Ruth, thank you so much for the award; I’m honored! I still think it’s so amazing – the magic of blogging and the internet – to find someone else who grew up in the tiny hamlet of Morris Plains! I’m trying to take care of a bunch of details before heading out tomorrow on a New Year’s camping trip – so trying to schedule some posts to finish out the year – appreciation and reflection may have to wait until 2012! Also, I’m thinking about retiring NOLA Nature and NOLA Details and sticking with NOLA Wild and Precious – three blogs, as we’ve talked about, are just too many. But I’ve really enjoyed keeping up with all three this year! Plus there’s the coaching website that still needs to manifest itself . . .

    Love seeing these happy family scenes – thanks as always for sharing! Cheers! :)

    Carla

    December 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    • Happy Camping. No worries about time frame on the award.
      I can see you incorporating all three wonderful blogs into one. I abandoned Keep or Pitch and it was a relief.
      So have concocted a new blog plan but this one will be shared by the participants and blogging community and I hope to do a postaweek with the Cardboardmetravels idea.
      Getting a good response has been motivational.
      Cheers to you fellow Morris Plainsite or is it Morris Plainsian?
      Ruth

      December 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  11. They look like they are all having a super-fun time – including the sock monkey! :)

    Thank you very much for gifting me with the Reader Appreciation award – *I* appreciate it!

    December 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  12. Congratulations, so pleased to have found you through John’s blog :)

    December 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    • Glad you found me, too. Looking forward to following your blog. Thanks John.

      December 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

  13. thirdhandart

    Thank you Ruth! I love your photos and immensely respect your talents so it’s fairly easy to leave comments. Looking forward to your new and exciting blogging directions. Happy New Year!

    December 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm

  14. Thank you Ruth for the appreciation :)
    I am working selecting bloggers, such a tough task!

    January 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

  15. Congratulations. Thank you. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

    January 11, 2012 at 2:49 am

  16. Pingback: Reader Appreciation | Smile, kiddo.

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