Link Love #4

Yesterday was a busy day in the yard, so I didn’t get around on the Thursday Thirteen meme very much. Wednesday, I followed links like crazy for the Wordless Wednesday, and discovered some pictures that took my breath away. My Link Love list this week is a mix from the two of those and is extremely eclectic, as are my tastes.

Kristy, at Just Another Blogger, asked the question: “Have you ever missed an important appointment because you have become so engrossed in a book you forgot the time or were up so late reading that you didn’t wake up in time?” I can tell you that I have now officially lost an opportunity for a gig, because I was too busy blogging! I’d laugh, but it’s not funny. I’m not crying over it, because it sounded like what we storytellers call “a gig from Hell.” But, I digress. I enjoy Kristy’s blog, primarily because I’m a sucker for posts about books. Kristy is relatively new to blogging, and started her blog as a “book review blog.” Her posts usually include the publisher’s hype and her own assessment of the book, and she has me making a list right now of books I want to read—if I can wrench myself away from the computer.

I’m getting a kick out of The Smiling Infidel. She calls herself “The Elastic Waistband Lady,” so she hooked me right there. She’s raising six kids in Houston, Texas and she makes it sound like fun. Her observations about people are right on target, and I loved this post from her archives.

L.L. Barkat has a blog that intrigues me called Green Inventions Central. I found her through the Wordless Wednesday, and started looking through her posts. She also has a poetry blog, but I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the site yet. As the name might imply, she is heavily into preserving the earth. Though her religious views are on display, she does not cram her ideology down one’s throat. Her blog reads to me like a sacrament, a loving testimony to the beauty of life on the planet. She posts lovely photos interspersed with equally delightful essays and interesting recipes. This one combining a picture, essay and a recipe for “Tofu Joes” caught my eye. I might be able to eat Tofu Joes—with bacon.

At the other end of the spectrum, I found The Freelance Cynic through Wordless Wednesday. Simon is living in Bristol, in the UK and claims to serve up “black humour” daily. If you are squeamish about “alternative lifestyles” don’t go there, because he tells you straight up that he is gay. Then again, perhaps you should visit just to open your mind a little bit. He has a devilishly funny wit. Simon is shamelessly promoting his blog, and giving away 250 free hits to anyone who links him as a Technorati favorite. If you read this, Simon, that’s not why you are on my Link Love list—you’re here because you make me laugh.

Rosemarie at Voice on Miscellaneous Matters makes me giggle, too. She’s out there in Arizona just blogging along—with wit and humor. This particular post had me falling out of my chair. I’m looking forward to looking through her archives some more.

I’ve been watching Karen at Miscellaneous Adventures of an Aussie Mum for awhile. She’s a “mommy blog” obviously, and even though my children are grown and gone, I enjoy reading her adventures—and there are many enjoyable ones. Karen has an excellent and entertaining writing style.

If you want pictures, here’s a photo blog that is eye candy. Autofocused is in the UK, and of course I found him through Wordless Wednesday. Cathedral ruins, waterfalls, flowers and breathtaking scenery are all featured here. If I win that lottery, I’ll be buying a plane ticket.

There you have it: My Link Love list for this week (+ two I didn’t have time to add last week). Take some time for a visit around the archives of these blogs, maybe leave them a comment if you’d like. I hope you enjoy.

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OTHER NOTES

Sweet Teamouse at Tea Time Ramblings nominated me again for The Thinking Blogger Award. I’m delighted and grateful that she would do that. With the third nomination, I’m feeling writer’s block come over me! Teamouse, I will nominate my five new Thinking Bloggers next week, and thank you for the kudos!

I posted earlier this week about my grouse with comment boxes on Blogger. I really am frustrated by not being able to sign in as “other” on some of the blogs I enjoy. I have to sign in with my old blogger account, which takes people to a “dead blog.” A comment from Gattina drives that home: she said she kept going to my old site and thought I wasn’t blogging anymore! So, I’m begging you folks, examine your comment box and make sure it is user friendly.

Now, I’m going to spend some time in omphaloskepsis, so I can write more later today (I hope!).

  9 comments for “Link Love #4

  1. April 13, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Hey there, thanks for the love. I think Tofu Joes would accept bacon…

    … and I accept your kind thoughts with appreciation.

    You are more than welcome. Thank YOU for some wonderful posts!~skt

  2. April 13, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Many thanks for the link & the kind comments – I hope you get that lottery win soon, you’d love Scotland.

    Do you mean that ‘No anonymous comments’ thing on Blogger? It’s awful isn’t it?
    I’ve taken to emailing the blogger concerned to let them know I’d love to leave a comment but can’t, and most then turn it off-I don’t think they realise that people without Blogger accounts can’t comment when its on.

    Chris.

    That’s what I mean! If the comment box doesn’t say “Choose an identity”, then you have to be on Blogger or have a g-mail account to comment. I would indeed love Scotland (I’m a “Scots-Irish” lassie myself…though the Texan has far overshadowed it). Your pics are fantastic.~skt

  3. April 13, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Hey, thanks for mentioning my blog. I need the traffic! LOL. I also can’t wait to check out the other blogs you mentioned.

    Not a problem at all! Watch for me, I’ll be back~skt

  4. Jen
    April 13, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Hey, you’re good at this. I will do mine tomorrow.
    So do you keep a lint jar going for that little activity planned for today?

    Is my blogger comment set up okay?

    I don’t need a lint jar, baby…I just have to find my navel. Your comment box is just what I need…it let’s me “Choose an identity.” Sorry I didn’t get around to visiting last night. Just saw your newest post and will have to go read.~skt

  5. April 13, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    My best review ever. 🙂 Consider yourself added into the comp anyway, and i may give you an extra entry for giving my ego a boast precisely when it was most needed -Friday night just before I go visit the club and look down on all the other homos.

    Hope My latest post didn’t lower the tone for you too much 🙂

    You are quite welcome…today’s post was pretty close to the edge, but as long as you keep it clean when you come to my house, we’re good.~skt

  6. April 13, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Why thanks for the mention 🙂

    You’re so welcome.~skt

  7. April 13, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    I was afraid I’d overwhelm you with the award but you have a great site – and it actually does make me think.

    As for the comments not working – I think I have fixed the problem – let me know if it’s still not working.

    Have a great weekend!

    Your comment box works great now! Thanks for fixing it so I can sign in as “me.” Have a good weekend yourself.~skt

  8. April 14, 2007 at 2:26 am

    I’m having a Sally Field moment minus the runny mascara racoon eyes! Thanks for the shout out.

    Shoot, if I didn’t give you runny mascara then I didn’t do the job right. But, you can scream “they like me,” because for sure I do. Poor Sally isn’t ever going to live that moment down, bless her heart.~skt

  9. May 29, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Where was I when you posted this? I just noticed this on Technorati tonight. My bad! Thanks for the shout out.

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