Archive for May 7th, 2012


Versatile Blogger Award for SwittersB

Well, I am honored by, Teri (FlyFishBrat) at Recipes From My Kitchen, who has nominated me for a blogging award…The Versatile Blogger Award. Not having received a lot of recognition for writing about what I so love, this is different.

I just received the coveted Sunshine Award for my Hoarding Woes blog site. All this in one week makes me think my ‘versatile’ side is showing. I am truly thankful Teri for your kindness and effort to pass it on.

So, when one receives one of these awards there are a few requirements that go along with the award. You provide a few (7) details about yourself and then you select those blogs you feel are worthy of this award. The latter is very difficult because there are so many worthy writers out there. But, the point is to pass on a bit of kindness and smiles isn’t it.

So, first a few things about me: (1) I am a rare commodity in Portland, Oregon…I was born and raised here and still live here; (2) I often find myself surrounded by two dogs (Emma & Harley) and a cat (Penelope) at night so I really never get to stretch out at night; also, every morning between 5:55am and 6:05am Penny and Emma conspire to wake me up for breakfast (I did not teach them to tell time…I blame Harley); (3) My favorite flowers are Roses and Fuchsia because they were my parents and I am sentimental about such things; (4) I hate Judge Judy; (5) I have two tattoos and plan on more, but will need to be greatly inspired for the next time…nothing so far; (6) my favorite historian is Gale Ontko, who wrote the Thunder Over the Ochoco series…and I have visited his grave in a small cemetery East of Prineville, Oregon; (7) I prefer Beef ribs over Pork ribs.

My nominees for The Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

1.  Winona Fly Factory (inquisitive & innovative)

2.  Mysteries Internal (Erin is a wonderful writer)

3.  Planet Trout (way more than fly fishing…old Hollywood there too)

4.  Bail Fly (exquisite artistry)

5.  Fresh Start (starting over)

6.  MiddleScapes (BlessedBeBeth)

7.  Graham Owen Photography (beauty)

8.  Stella Marr (Anti-Prostitution Efforts)

9.  Urge To Wander (Visual Passion)

10. Val Millett  (Paradise Found)


Moving Water by Limp Cobra

Either You Get This Simple, Yet Beautiful, Shot or You Don’t…Can’t Be Explained. Do You See It…….Yet?

Limp Cobra


‘Urge To Wander’…This Woman Captures the Passion

“Welcome to my blog. My name is Madhu.  I love design. I design interiors for a living (At least I did, till I took a long sabbatical!) I love reading and I love desserts. But travel is my passion. I cannot imagine life without travel. This blog hopes to convey some of that passion, to inspire you to spread your wings. This is home to some of my journeys. This is what I saw.” Urge to Wander

Urge To Wander Captures the True Passion of Travel

I have traveled little in my life. Most of it for fly fishing, a little for romance, some for work. To travel with reckless abandonment and with a passion for life without strong restraints….I have not really enjoyed for long. Most of us are that way and we do admire those that travel and I especially admire those that can do it, write about it and capture it in images.


All Work and No Play Makes…………………


Like taking me back in time…to a frustrated, struggling Algebra student. It wasn’t a good outcome then. Now, there are no excuses. My budget submissions were due this morning. I struggled with Excel, but I was done on time.

Nothing too remarkable about my work. I have been working in one way or another for 48 years. I had one job for 32 years before retiring. Passion is a word that comes to mind now. My job doesn’t love me now. There is no passion. But, like most people I do it to make ends meet and take care of the family. Soon I will retire again and perhaps for my later years find something to work at or give to that again provides that purposeful fix…the passion of it all. Don’t get me wrong. Given the times, I consider myself very fortunate. Blessed even.

The Fly Fishing Passion is never far from me, whether at home, in the car or at work.

I am blessed now, because I work with very nice people. I am also not working in a job that tears at my old, broken body. It does tear at my old, broken brain….but ‘whatever’. Like I say, it could be way worse. My dad worked until he was 78. That’s when he died. For many years he worked two jobs. Like I said, I know I am lucky. His work ethic did not, does not tolerate whining. That’s Ok with me.

There is always the hope that I can get out the door. Sometimes it happens and often it doesn’t. That’s life…..right now.

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Challenge Topic: Hatching

Join in on the Every Day in May Outdoor Blogging Challenge. Take the topic and write as you see fit. Link to the Every Day in May post by How Small a Trout…tag it and have some thoughtful fun.


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