Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thank You, Blogger

Raise your hand if you've ever heard of "Blogs of Note."

If you're like me, you might have noticed the little tab which appears on your Blogger dashboard, along with the "Blogs I'm Following" and the "Blogger Buzz" tabs. I'm pretty sure I might have clicked on that tab once or twice in the past, and when I did, it took me to the Blogs of Note page where a few blogs are listed for your clicking pleasure. I may have even visited a few of them but I never gave much thought to why there were there.

I've learned how effective it is to have a blog listed among them, when on December 30th, unbeknownst to me, Blogger included my humble pages as their Blog of Note for that day. The results were something similar to being recognized on David's Authorblog Post of the Day, but on steroids.

I started getting kind, warm comments from a few new faces. One offered their congratulations for being listed as a Blog of Note. It didn't click. When several more made similar comments, not only on my current post but on a few back posts as well, I took a look at my Stats Counter and found that many wonderful people (plus a few spammers and one irate anonymous troll) were visiting my blog at the astounding rate of several hits per minute. By the end of that day, I had 4,400 visitors and as I type this post, my visitor count has topped 14,000 in just five days. That's insane! But so much fun!

I've been trying to keep up with return visits to everyone who has left a comment (thankfully, nowhere near as many as have visited), but that's going to take some time. Until then, I'd like to thank everybody - from "the new kids on the blog" to my long-standing, loyal bloggie buddies for having such kind things to say about The Smitten Image. I treasure every one of your warm words. And thank you Blogger for finding this blog and deciding that it was worth sharing.

Should you decide to take a look around Blogs of Note, consider clicking on a few of them and leaving a comment. You might just make their day too.

Due to semi-popular demand, I've included a photo of the sink mentioned in the previous post. I was standing in the bath tub in order to take it. This bathroom is that small.

Here it is, Jeffrey's Mission Creep Special.

Below are a few photos taken around my home and Frank's place recently. Please remember to click on them to enlarge the images.

Our weather has gone through a number of changes recently - from bitter cold, to surprisingly warm for a brief spell. One morning last week, I awoke to find that a moody fog had crept in, and took up residence for the full day. (please click to enlarge)

Just beyond this tree, a busy freeway is cloaked in fog, rendering it invisible, though its muffled sounds were still apparent. (please click to enlarge)

The pond takes on a bluish hue when fog suspends over the water, and wisps its way between branches. (please click to enlarge)

A clearer view of some branches against the opaque waters below. (please click to enlarge)

Early the next day, the sun painted the sky with streaks of soft cotton candy and honey. (please click to enlarge)

At the creek near Frank's place, a blustery snow squall followed us for much of our walk. (please click to enlarge)

Outside of Frank's window, this Downy Woodpecker had just finished feasting on suet. His beak is still flecked with the fat. (please click to enlarge)

Back at my place, a young Starling pecks away at the suet feeder in my plum tree, bathed in that late-day sunshine which I love so much. (please click to enlarge)

At the side of my back yard, bright red berries still cling to an overgrowth from the next yard. (please click to enlarge)

On a rainy day, this rosy branch is moist with rain droplets. (please click to enlarge)


SK Waller said...

Congratulations! I saw you on the dashboard tab and smiled. You deserve it. And now I can say that I knew you when...

Tom said...

Hilary - I noticed the other day that your blog was listed but I've been so busy I didn't get around to sending any congratulations, so here they are now - congratulations! Definitely a worthy and well-earned award!


TheDaughterOfTyr said...

From what I've seen your thoughts and creativity deserves to be shared with the masses!

Congratulations, and do keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I'm not quite sure what it is as I no longer use Blogger, but it doesn't surprise me in the least that you are considered a notable blogger!

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Very cool blog! Saw your blog on Blogs of Note and decided to check it out. Love you pics, colors fantastic, glorious subjects. I live in rural central Illinois and the weather here has been whacked out too, one day it's 50 degrees and the next, it's icing and blowing with a high of 22 degrees. Can anyone say global warming?
Dottie :)

Dave said...

Well done Hillary! We knew all along that your blogs were outstanding! I especially liked these photos from this blog - your bathroom vanity, the single tree in the fog, and the woodpecker on a limb. - Dave

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being recognized!

Anonymous said...

your photography should be greatly admired. i love it<3

blunoz said...

Congratulations Hilary! It's an honor you certainly deserve for your wonderful photography and writing talent. Keep up the good work!

Kerri Farley said...

Congrats Hilary!!

Tricia said...

Congratulations. It sounds like tons of fun, and the new eye balls are well deserved!

The sink looks wonderful.

Jinksy said...

If I ever need inspiration for a poem, I'll only have to look at one of your photos. That is, of course, if you don't mind my words being born from one of your images? I am definitely smitten with your images.

Bee said...

I almost never click on Blogs of Note, but found you this morning. "Smitten" is a favorite word of mine - so appealing.

We have Authorblog in common; but then, so many do!

We had some patches of snow this morning, but nothing to compare to the beautiful snowscapes you picture. I particularly like your "cotton candy and honey" sky. Do you always get up early? (How I wish that I could convince my body to be a morning person - so lovely to catch those sunrises.)

Anonymous said...

All of these new folks are sure getting a treat when they click on your link! Congratulations on a well-deserved recognition of excellence.
I'm never sure which I am more smitten with - your words or your photographs. (OK, it's the photos, but your words are a close 2nd!)

PS: Does Jeffrey want to come visit us? I have a bathroom just like that one, only the sink & cabinetry leave much to be desired. Yours turned out beautifully!

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - if anyone deserves to be included in Blogs of Note, you do! Congratulations!

And thanks for showing us the results of Jeffrey's mission creep - it looks wonderful. He did a great job!

Mental P Mama said...

I saw that yesterday! And it made me smile because "I know her!!!!!"

A very deserving accolade.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos, thanks for posting them. We have feeders and spend many hours (indoors!) watching the birds feasting.

Rain Blanken said...

That first photo of the wintery path simply took my breath away, and I loved the lush red of those berries against the snow. Still waiting for snow in Ohio.

Glad someone from Blogger decided your blog was 'of Note'. Thanks for visiting my blog, we've got the same taste in blog layouts!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Congratulations, Dear Hilary! A well-deserved mention.

Today's foggy fotos are wonderful.

Michelle H. said...

Congrats Hilary! I read your post in my reader, then clicked Blogs of Note on my dashboard, then clicked on your link for Blogs of Note just to have more fun with it.

Ah, more snowy photos. I love them, and hope you get mentioned many more times in Blogger Buzz.

Time to do some more clicking! ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Those fog pics. Oh, those fog pics!

Suldog said...

You certainly deserve the recognition, Hilary. As I've said numerous times, your photos are superb.


Ady Grafovna said...

I am a new reader of your blog because of the Blogs of Note thingy as well. I started following you immediately and enjoyed your previous posts. I wasn't going to say anything because I am new to blog-world and I don't know the rules here yet about talking to strangers, but you made me feel the urge to comment. :)

Zuzana said...

Ah Hilary, I am so NOT surprised, this recognition is so deserved and I am so happy for you.;)) I knew your blog was so worth a notice after my first visit here.;) Congratulations my dear friend!;))
Your pictures are so representative of the season; you make winter, which I really do not care for that much, suddenly so appealing to me.;))

Frank Baron said...

A True Story from the Not So Long & Far Away:

Wise & Perceptive Frank: "You should start your own blog."

Silly Hilary: "Oh, good gracious no! I couldn't!"

W & P F: "Could so. Just DOIT!"

S H: "Okay."

Flash back to today.

You're welcome. ;)

And congratulations, Sweetie. You deserve the recognition. :)

Concord Carpenter said...

I cant believe they don't notify you? Crazy

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

First of all, congrats, you CERTAINLY deserve it.

These pictures are so beautiful Hilary, I always love visiting your talent!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year!

JC said...

I've know those tabs are there but never click on one. I'll have to check it out sometime. Congrats on being included, it is well deserved. You have never posted a bad picture. Glad to see the sink turned out well.

Anonymous said...

I loved looking at your snowy photos from afar. :-)

Jenni Renee said...

The sink looks great and your pictures are amazing! thanks for leaving the comment. :0)
Keep Smiling!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Wow! Congratulations! Lovely sink. (:

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Congrats on being listed. nice pics.


Hilary said...

• Thanks, Steph. I'm going to have to check that tab out more often for people I know. Your kind words are always very much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much, Tom. It seems that others are far more aware of Blogs of Note than I was. Thanks for the very kind words. :)

• Welcome, and thank you, Meagan. Much appreciated. Thanks for dropping by. :)

• Thanks very much, Susan. And Happy New Year to you and yours too. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Dottie and welcome to my blog. I'm glad you decided to check it out. The weather has indeed been crazy but I won't complain if it decides to warm up again. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks for the always kind words, Dave. Very much appreciated. I'm glad you liked the photos. :)

• Thank you Dinah. :)

• Thanks, Arshipx3. Much appreciated. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Kevin. Your always-kind words mean a lot to me. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Kerri. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Tricia. It IS fun, and exhausting. But I'm enjoying meeting new faces.. or eyeballs as you put it. :) And very grateful for the regulars such as you. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Aww thanks, Jinsky. I'd be honoured if one of my photos inspired your poetry. You'd just have to let me know which one so I can read it! Thanks so much for your very kind words. :)

• Welcome, Bee and thanks for the kind words. You're right - many of us do have David McMahon's Authorblog in common. He's been quite instrumental in bringing bloggers together. In answer to your question - no, I'm not much of an early riser.. at least not as in out and about with the camera. But I have a certain Jack Russell Terrier who visits on weekends and his person tends to sleep in (I'm waving at you, Frank!) and so I head out with the dog and camera and occasionally he sits still long enough for me to get a shot or two. Thanks so much for stopping by via Blogs of Note. I hope you'll return soon. :)

• Awww thanks, KC. I know that I'm most smitten with the warm comments left by some of the nicest people in the blogosphere, and you're one of the best for sure. Thanks for always saying such kind words. I suspect that Jeffrey will be a tad busy now that he's back at school again, but we'll see what we can negotiate for his next visit in. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, kindly Baggie. I'm sure Jeffrey will be reading these comments and beam accordingly. ;) How about you? Are you on the mend yet?

• Thanks very kindly MPM. Much appreciated. :)

• Welcome, Sizzie and thanks for the kind words. The birds sure can provide hours of entertainment, eh? I love watching (and photographing them) particularly when they're in late day sunlight. They're a treat. Thanks for dropping by.

• Thanks, Rain. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you liked the photos. I did notice the similarity in layouts between your blog and mine. Great minds and all that. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Pat. Your kind words always mean a lot to me. And what a cute new avitar! Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Michelle.. you manic clicker, you! I hope you find some wonderful blogs that way. Thanks for finding mine way back when you did. :)

• Thanks so much, Leah. I'm glad you like them. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Sully. Much appreciated. :)

• Welcome, Ady and thanks for the kind words. Commenting is always very much encouraged and welcomed by most bloggers, so please feel free to speak up and share your opinions anytime. I'm glad you found your voice here on my blog.. now follow Michelle and click around to keep up that momentum! ;) Truly, thanks for stopping by. :)

• Awww thanks so much, Protege. You always bring the warm fuzzies with you when you comment and for that I am truly grateful. Thanks so much for always being such a kind and supportive friend. :) Winter has been so much better for me since I've been bringing my camera along for the walks. Suddenly it's become a favourite season. It's still only my fourth favourite ;) but my perspective has changed considerably. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Silly Frank.. I never say things like "good gracious." My answer was more like "But what would I blog about? I have nothing to say." And I would never just say "ok" to your orders of "Just DOIT." I probably just said "Nahh" and then went on to do it anyway.. eventually.. once I got the camera. ;) But thanks, my Sweetie. You did indeed nudge me in this direction. Now remind us how you got started with your columns/blog/blolumns? ;)

• Robert, it sure didn't take long for notification to reach me via the sheer number of people. That worked just fine. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much MamaGeek. That means so much to me. I'm glad you keep coming back. :) Have a great New Year yourself.. to you and yours. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind words, JC. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Tootie. There are times I'd prefer to be seeing them from afar too.. but alas.. ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks for the kind words, Jenni. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks kindly, Cheffie. I'm glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, DDF. Much appreciated. :)

Sandi McBride said...

What beautiful photos..just proves my point, I want snow! I love snow! We had lots of fog...and lots of rain...and no snow. But we have February to look forward, too. I hope. And the bath looks pretty cute...

Unknown said...

well I accessed your site today becuase your site was listed under blogs of note. I guess it does work.

The Contessa said...

Completely off-topic ... You visited my blog (and thanks!). Just in case you don't make it back and see my response, I wanted to post here where I knew you'd see it. I loved your "Contessa Fiestas" title. Mind if I use it? Obviously my creativity lies in crafts and not words! I'll mention your blog on my website if you like.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my page. Seeing as I am very unfamiliar with the layout of my blog... I have no idea how to reply to a blog on my page, if you can at all. I may have left a comment earlier on your blog... but if not, I want to say that it was the first one I looked at and it is wonderful. Quite insightful.
Thanks again from an inexperienced blogger. It's nice to know the community out here is nice... if only a few people. ;)

High Power Rocketry said...

What nice fog. Snow always makes the strongest fog: it is ground hugging by nature.

Cedar said...

Nice cabinet...did you have your son cloned yet? I want one of him.

Congrats on making it on Bloggers-of-Note, you do have a great uplifting Blog. I am going to go back and look at your summer pictures now to feel uplifted.

Good Job! Hilary! Risley

Country Girl said...

Wow, congratulations! I rarely look at the dashboard tabs or my stats. That's a huge number and it would probably freak me out.

I love that picture where the sun is painting the sky in cotton candy colors. Just beautiful, Hilary!

Lynette said...

Love your photos! keep clicking. =)

Andrea said...

Wonderful photos!! I was trying to see if I recognized any of the locations. :) Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment. :)

G said...

That's so fantastic! Well, talk about well deserved. Your blog has always been of note and I'm so pleased it's got even more exposure, so more can enjoy your wonderful words and pictures.

bryce said...

Funny this should be the first post on your bog, that's how I just found you.

You shoot beautifully, and you've got my subscription.

Ciao Ciao

Kristophe Dumasis said...

hi Hilary.
I'm glad you're happy, I'll be visiting here as often as i could so you'll never stop in that state of blissfulness. :)


Dr. YoungGiftedandBlack said...

Really nice pictures of the winter scenes!

steviewren said...

If I wasn't one of the earlier ones who congratulated you (I did see that you were a BON) then let me do so now! You certainly deserve the fame. Your nature photography is superb. I especially love the foggy shots in this post.

Lorelei said...

Hey, I visited that day, too! That sink is now famous! :D Looks like your son did a darn good job with all of the obstacles he was facing. Kudos to him for gettin' that sucker to fit! And congrats on the "Blogs of Note" business, I would be having a blast with that too!

Cody said...

Very nice photos quite enjoyed them. Makes me miss the snow. Originally from NS but for my first year away from home, I'm living in Texas. I'm just starting on here, and have already found a blog worth following!

meticulously lazy said...

Hi there I visited the other day also and found your photography very inviting. I dont know how you can make snow look warm, well done.

Anonymous said...


CSouthwell said...

I wish i got anything like that amount of snow here.

what fantastic pictures!!

i have found you on blogs of note too.


Phyllis E said...

Hello from the sunny southeast.

Congrats on the "Blog of Note" award. We were traveling and I missed the day it hit the headlines.

Keep it up Cuzzie!

Hugs from Cuzzies MP&Q, who are now walking around in shorts :-))

Tink said...

How fun! You're totally noteworthy. Just don't forget all us little people... ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on being listed on blogs of note. I've enjoyed seeing your pictures. Keep up the great blogs.

P.S. Love the sink. :)

74WIXYgrad said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog this morning. I hope you got to know a little more about Suzanne during your visit.

Merisi said...

congratulations on winning your spot on the Blogs of Note list, well deserved! I am glad many more people will be able to share in the joy of coming here for your always wonderful writing and picture essays!

I love the sun kissed images in today's post! The world around here has decides to wear gray, day in and day out.

Aly @ Lip Zip said...

A very well-deserved honor!

As usual, your pictures are so gorgeous. I was trying to pick a favorite but I really can't. They are all so pretty.

Reb said...

Congratulations! You deserve every accolade you receive.

Love the downy woodpecker and the cotton candy and honey colours especially.

Jeffery did a great job!

Anonymous said...

I think you deserved to be there! I love your blog and am glad more will discover it!

The pictures! Oh how I love the area you live in. Great shot of the woodpecker. Darling little creature!

A. Malone said...
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A. Malone said...

Right... why was that deleted. Anyways. Congratulations, I love the pictures. I keep coming across people from Ontario without even trying. Must be a lot of us on here, eh? ;)

Chanel said...

Well let be the 988377848th person to say congrats to you! If i keep my fingers crossed, maybe one day my humble blog will make it there. Here's to high hopes in 2009!! :-)

San said...

Hilary, congratulations on your overnight fame. Your beautiful blog is certainly worthy of being recognized as A Blog of Note.

I always enjoy your photographs and your writing is clever too.

Rob said...

Needless to say I got here via that neat little tab!

Those winter pictures make me miss having four seasons, I can't wait to see snow again. It's surely unrivaled in it's natural beauty.

~YoursTruly said...

you are truly gifted, i love your photos. i only wish i may someday be so talented!

kindest holiday regards.

Anonymous said...

From a longtime Bloger and a budding amateur photographer, I am LOVING your blog! Thanks!
- Babs

Anonymous said...

Wow! Your photos are absolutely beautiful! I look forward to reading more of your blogs and seeing more great pics! said...

Hilary...I just LOVE your photographs. You photograph the things I love!! Congrats on your fame! That's awesome.

And the Happiest of New Years to you, too!

Michele said...

Well, CONGRATULATIONS for being on this list.
I don't think I have seen this before so now I learned something new.
I am sort of computer illiterate...
You have some lovely winter photos here...
It has been snowing here considerably as well and just doesn't want to give up however, warmer temperatures are coming!
Keep up the good work!!

Mountain Retreat- Canada

Hilary said...

• Thanks so kindly, Sandi. Snow, eh? Please feel free to help yourself to some of ours if you like. Why wait until February? January has just begun. Thanks for stopping by with your kind words. I wish you lots of the fluffy stuff. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Isra. I guess it does! :)

• Contessa, you are of course more than welcome to use "Contessa Fiesta" for your crafts parties. I'm glad you liked it. :)

• Thanks, Lauren. The blogging community truly is wonderful, and as your blog grows, you'll see that it's quite a large number. :) I did reply again on one of your more recent posts, explaining that you simply have to "post a comment" on your own blog, in order to reply to others. Thanks again for your kind words and good luck with your blog. :)

• Welcome, R2K. Ground-hugging fog is an apt description. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Risley. If I could have my son cloned, I'd have to keep one of him here at all times. He's back at school now and I already miss him. Thanks very much for your always-kind words, Ris. You're a warm fuzzy in spite of yourself. ;)

• Thanks, Kate.. it does freak me out.. a lot! Thanks so much for the compliment.. coming from a wonderful photographer such as yourself, it means a lot to me.

• Thanks kindly, Lynette. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Andrea. I had to laugh because I was trying to figure out the same thing on your blog. Sooner or later, one of us is bound to recognize something. Thanks for the revisit. :)

• Thanks very much BPG. That's so kind of you to say. I feel much the same about your blog. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Welcome, Bryce, and thanks very much for the kind words and your subscription. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Well thanks very much for that, Bucktoothsville. I totally appreciate your visits. :)

• Thank you, Dr. YG&B. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much, Steviewren. I do remember distinctly that you did congratulate me on the last post. Your regular visits are so much appreciated as are your always-kind words. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Welcome and thanks, Michelle. I'm pretty proud of my son as you can tell. He's well-trained to overcome obstacles, and though I'd like to take some of the credit for that, we really have the Canadian military to thank. ;) Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope you'll be back again soon. :)

• Welcome to the Blogosphere, Cody and I'm glad that mine was one of your first visits. Life must be quite different in Texas than it was in Nova Scotia and as much as I gripe about it at times, I would miss the snow too. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. :)

• Thanks kindly, Meticulously Lazy. That's a great screen name. Thanks for the compliment about my photos. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Abe. :)

• Thanks very much, CSouthwell. I suspect there'll be lots more snow as the winter progresses. Your kind words are much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Phyl! :) I asked you in email, but now that I'm reading this comment, I have more of a clue just where you are. Thanks for stopping by and forgive me if I have trouble believing that pooch of yours, Quintzy is walking around in shorts. "Short pants," maybe - if the weather is hot.. but not shorts. ;)

• Thanks, Tink. What little people? All ye of big hearts and warm words? You're HUGE in my book, and always will be. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Welcome, and thanks very much, E. I'm glad you're enjoying the photos. Thanks so much for the visit. :)

• I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, 74WIXYgrad. Your blog posts are a fine tribute to her. Wishing you much better days ahead.

• Thanks very kindly, Merisi. Your own photos never seem to be taken on grey days. You always manage to bring the sunshine into every one of them.. at least that's how they appear to me. Thanks very much for your always-kind words. :)

• Thanks so much, Aly. Your kind words are always very much appreciated. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thank you, Reb. It means a lot to me coming from someone who takes such great photos as you do. Thanks for that. :)

• Thanks so much, MT. Much appreciated. Woodpeckers sure are sweet.. unless they decide there's something worth rat-a-tatting for on the side of the house.. when I'm fast asleep. ;) Thanks for the visit :)

• Thanks, Lyrist. Your original comment did make it to my mail alert but I'm glad you re-posted. You're right about finding a large number of Ontario-based blogs. Most of them becoming apparent to me in the last few days. I'll be around to see yours, and everyone else's blogs sometime after I'm done replying to comments. Thanks for stopping by, eh? :)

• Thank you, Chanel.. probably my 988377848th one too. Thanks for keeping count for me. ;) I wish you great luck with your blog, which I plan to visit shortly. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks so much, San. Your kind words are always so much appreciated. Thanks very much for stopping by. :)

• Welcome, Surly Sagittarian and thanks for stopping by. I'll have to check out your blog to see where it is you're from and why you no longer have these four seasons. I'll get there sometime soon. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Yours Truly. Very much appreciated and right back at you with the holiday wishes. :)

• Thanks very much, Babs. I shall be by to visit your longtime blog shortly.. well semi-shortly. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Satilove. I'm glad you're enjoying it and hope to see you again soon. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thank you very much, Carol. I'm so glad you dropped by. Your kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Michele. It's so good to see you making your way around the blogs again. I trust that means you're feeling better, and that's just terrific. You may consider yourself "computer illiterate" but you're very "photographically talented." Thanks for stopping by. :)

HeatherPride said...

Beautiful, beautiful snow pictures! And whaddya know, I found you through the blogs of note!! How cool - congrats!

Michelle said...

BEAUTIFUL winter pictures... makes me think of home!

Jo said...

You do have an amazing blog, and definitely deserve to be noted in Blogs of Note. And you have the most amazing photographs too. How do you get them to look so wonderful? My photographs always look teeny tiny and insignificant.

Congratulations on being chosen as one of the Blogs of Note!

Anonymous said...

I saw you on Blogs of Note! Congrats!! Those are some BEAUTIFUL pictures!!

Jessica said...

The picture of the kitchen sink - LOVE the color of the walls - all the purple and blue - is it paint? wall paper? I must know :-D

Aathira Nair said...


Beautiful pictures as yours do deserve all the credit and more as blogger has bestowed on you.

PS: I liked the bathroom sink

photowannabe said...

Harrah for you Hilary. Your blog of note is well worth the attention. I think its super.
Love the foggy shots too. Very moody and mysterous.
Thanks for showing the snik. I like the looks of the bowl especially.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Hilary -- I'm so proud to say I "knew you when!" That is wonderful, and no one could deserve it more. (Hmmm. After I typed this, I glanced to the left at the 1st comment by Steph and see that my above reaction certainly wasn't original! But, it is sincere.)

As usual, your photos are great.
It is nice to see the beautiful results of your son's efforts. Ask him if he wants to come live at our house for a while -- we have some projects for him! :)

Congratulations, friend.

V + N said...

Wow, great photos, wish I could take them like that.


Indrani said...

Congratulations, Hilary!

Yours definitely is a blog of note!

Unknown said...

I love your blog and came upon it on the blogs of note comes as no surprise. congratulations

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Heather. I'm glad you did! Thanks for dropping by. :)

• Thank you, Michelle. Thoughts of home sounds like a good thing. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Jo. But I totally disagree about your photos. They always look warm and inviting to me - and in a very big way. Thanks very much for the always-kind words. :)

• Thank you, Jen. Much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Jessica. It's paint, sponged over a few times, done several years ago. I'm long ready for a change. Probably a solid shade this time. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind words, Aathira. Much appreciated. Thanks also for the visit. :)

• Thanks very much, Sue. Your supportive words are always appreciated. I'm glad you like the photos. It means a lot coming from you. :)

• Thanks so much, Sandra. I never doubt your sincerity and am always grateful for your lovely comments. But you'll have to fight me for those infrequent visits home from my son. ;) Thank you. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, V+N. :)

• Thanks kindly, Indrani. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Chessa. On my brief visit to your blog, I saw some incredible photography. I'll be back. Thanks for the visit. :)

Otter Thomas said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog. The pictures are beautiful.

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

Just found your blog and have enjoyed reading and viewing all your nature photos today!

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Otter. :)

• Thanks kindly, Pfeiffer Photos. Weren't you tempted to use "Pfotos?" ;)

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Blog Of Note is a big frickin deal!!!

I think I can only muster to be included on a Blogs That Don't Make People Weep directory or maybe a These Blogs Cause Massive Chin Hair Outbreaks listing.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Oh, and I rarely check my sitemeter but I noticed a big influx of hits from your blog.

I can only surmise that some of your 14,000 + people saw the blog title about nakey Internet photos and couldn't resist clicking over.

Anonymous said...

Count me as another person who found you through "blogs of note" and I am glad. I would love to read more but have enjoyed the few days so far. Love the pictures. Thanks for blogging and becoming a blogger of note. Hopefully I can find you again. This is all still new to me.

Hilary said...

• EWBL you crack me up. Thanks for that. You're a gem.. chin hairs and all. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Joanne. I've already commented on your blog so you'll be able to click back from there. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Late to the party, but wow, you made Blogs of Note? That's fantastic!!!!!!

And very well deserved. That's awesome!

Hena Tayeb said...

thank you very much Hilary

Anonymous said...

You're STILL on blogs of Note as of 1/9/09. :) Lovely pictures and nice close ups of the animals. :)

mansuetude said...

well, you KNOW how i just found you... but i do love your snow photos, the shadows and the sunlight glowing... its beautiful.
Thanks for the woodpecker too, haven't seen one in a while.

Stay warm.

Kat&Corie said...

That bathroom is pretty creeptacular. I enjoy your pictures very much. If you're ever interested in being featured on my blog sometime let me know. People like you are instrumental in our efforts to summarize anything in one sentence. The pictures on the blog make up for the information we simply can't fit into a sentence, and your pictures especially are worth more than a thousand words.
Contact anytime,

Hilary said...

• Thanks very much, Crabby. And you're never too late to the party. Grab a drink Mingle. Have fun. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Sure thing, Henzy. :)

• Thank you, Bevy. I think it's pretty much done by now. Whew! ;)

• Thanks very kindly, Mansuetude. You kind words are much appreciated. I'll do what I can to keep warm.. but it IS winter! ;) Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks very much for the kind comment Kat&Corie. I'll be along to visit your blog soon. Much appreciated. :)

Spaz said...

I'm another "Blogs of Note" clicker...thought I'd comment as a gesture of kindness :~)

I really enjoyed your beautiful pictues...thanks for sharing!

Live, Love and Laugh...everyday!

Hilary said...

Thanks very much, Spaz. Your kind gesture is very much appreciated. :)

Louise said...

Congratulations! And I love your snowy pictures.

And although my heart has been warmed by your faithful visits to my blog through the last few weeks/months of my being a blogging nightmare (erratic posting, infrequent visiting), now I'm staggered that you even did it in the midst of your new popularity. You are a gem among bloggers!

Sandra said...

Hilary -- I came back to see what you said back to me (because you ALWAYS do reply), but when I saw 99 comments and knew I was wayyyyy down the list, I thought, "Oh, she won't answer all of those." But I humbly confess I underestimated your resolve. I am so impressed that you have responded to all of those comments! I don't think very many bloggers would have taken the time to do that. You are a special lady and all of those people will find that out if they are smart enough to make you a regular read. Good job, as usual, friend.

And congratulations to Frank for encouraging you to start blogging!

Hilary said...

• Louise, thanks very kindly. I do miss seeing your posts out there and hope to see your smiling face more often. Thanks very much for your visit. :)

• Sandra, that's such a kind thing to say. Thanks so much for always visiting, commenting AND revisiting. That means more to me than you know. Thank you, friend. :)