Thursday, October 1, 2009

Not 'THE' Best

I cannot accept the 2009 Blotanical award for 'Best Virginia Blog'...

...without saying at the outset that I truly believe ALL of the VA blogs nominated (and many that were not!) are deserving of this award. It's not possible to choose just 1!


But in keeping with the tradition of the Blotanical awards (now in it's 2nd year), I cannot turn this away and give it to someone else (Janet, The Queen of Seaford;  Racquel, Perennial Garden Lover;  Les, A Tidewater Gardener, or Catherine, Gotta Garden). It would be just plain rude of me to do something like that, don't you agree?!


I honestly feel no more worthy of this honor than anyone else, but having received (what I'm sure were) just a couple more votes than the others, it is just good manners to say that I DO (humbly) accept this award and am sending sincere thanks to all of you who put in a vote for my blog, 'Thanks For 2 Day'. I have placed it  on a  separate page and feel completely honored by you guys;-)


Today I want to say, thank you to my  Blotanical friends! And to Stuart Robinson, Blotanical's founder, thanks for your wonderful garden blogging community!


Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For 2 Day.

47 comments:

  1. Well said Jan but you certainly deserved the award.

    I would like to add my thanks to Stuart for Blotanical and the opportunity to meet so many interesting boggers and blogs.

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  2. A very big congrats to you Jan, have loved reading your blog since I first 'came onboard'.

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  3. Jan - warmest congratulations, so well deserved :)

    And so many thanks are due for your lovely card and gifts. I'm saving the bath salts for one of those really dreary winter nights when the maximum amount of cheering up is needed.

    As you said in your letter - September is indeed a good one this year :)

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  4. My congratulations, Jan. You have a lovely blog. :)

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  5. Jan, Congratulations! You truly deserve this award. I am very proud of you. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

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  6. Lovely speech, something I am not good at... yea, Blotanical allows interactions and connects gardeners all over to share, appreciate and learn about gardening and its creativity.

    Congrats...
    ~bangchik

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  7. Congrats Jan! I was excited to see that you had won.
    What a gorgeous picture.

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  8. Many Congrats Jan... you are a very kind and generous Blotanist! Wishing you a great weekend :-D

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  9. Dear Jan ~ How wonderful that you won. I can totally understand your sentiments that everyone deserves an award. Enjoy your award continuing to be your lovely self.

    FlowerLady

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  10. Jan, dear, I feel the same way about the Indiana award. I'm honored but feel so awkward. I haven't even decided if I will acknowledge it on my blog or not. I don't want to be rude, but I also know I don't even compare with Carol of May Dreams.

    I do want to congratulate you on your award, awkward or not!

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  11. Again, congratulations! That was sincerely a sweet post... and I loved the WOW of the last photo! ;-)

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  12. Congratulations, Jan! And that last shot of the aster is fabulous! :-)
    Frances

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  13. Your kind soul shines through both your fine photos and blog and why we all so enjoy visiting you, dear Jan. I feel the same way ... but you said it best!

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  14. Congratulations. It was a very well deserved award. It sure is hard deciding who to vote for, isn't it?

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  15. Congrats Jan! I love seeing your beautiful photography!

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  16. Well Jan, All I can say is, I really enjoy your blog.

    Nice Zinnia, clover and butterfly.

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  17. Congratulations, I marvel at your humility and the understanding the way you mention that there are more than one winner and all deserve to receive such an honour.

    Above all, you have a lovely garden and they way you show the world the beauty that comes from your garden is heaven send.
    Keep up the good work.

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  18. Congratulations, Jan! You have a beautiful and inspiring blog that this new gardener really enjoys! :)

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  19. Congrats Jan. That was so gracious of you to acknowledge the other wonderful VA gardeners. I think everyone who holds down a blog is a winner.

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  20. Many CONGRATS to you Jan!

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  21. Congratulations on your Blotanical award Jan!

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  22. Fantastic photos Jan! The bees are wonderful, too. Congratulations on your Blotanical Award! gail

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  23. Congratulations on your award, Jan. I think you're the best. Love your photos and your September/now October garden~~Dee

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  24. Thank you so much for your comment today. You are of course so right, I know that but putting it into action seems impossible most of the time. I truly appreicate your friendship and love. Please know that it is returned with a special hug. Look after yourself and congratulations!

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  25. Congratulations, Jan. I "do" think you deserve it. Not only for your wonderful photos, but for your wonderfully positive way you look at things. It is very much appreciated.

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  26. Congratulations, Jan. Good blog!!!

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  27. I felt the same way. Being nominated was good enough for me. All the NY nominations deserved the win.

    But better than any award is knowing you added me to your Google Reader.

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  28. Congratulations, you had stellar company!

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  29. Congrats to you too Jan! That last picture jumps off my computer screen.

    Thanks for following my blog. I am signing up to follow yours as well.

    Happy weekend!

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  30. Congratulations!
    It is an honor you deserve!
    I enjoy your photographs very much. The last one on this post is just amazing...what fantastic color!
    Namaste,
    Sherry

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  31. Warm congratulations on your nomination and award Jan!

    I enjoyed seeing how you expressed yourself on this. I think we're all winners in the wonderful connections we've been able to make with each other, whether nominated, awarded, or not. Not being much of a competitor, it's kind of a wierd feeling being called 'best.' I'm not really even sure what that means or how it can be quantified.

    It is nice to be honored and recognized though, so again, Congratulations to you!

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  32. I've been so preoccupied with family and all of Charm's health issues and gardening that I think I must have missed something on Blotanical? I am out of the loop!

    So... sounds like congratulations to you for an award!

    Cameron

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  33. Congratulations, Jan! And congratulations to the other nominees; I would say that Virginia was well-represented with exceptional garden bloggers. Thank you, too, for your kind comments on my recent post. Looks like it's still summer in your garden!

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  34. Congratulations, Jan, on your well deserved award! I love the glorious photos you post and always look forward to visiting your blog!

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  35. You're being humble, Jan, but your blog is deserving of the award. You're always so uplifting and informative, with gorgeous photography. It's a joy to visit! Congratulations!

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  36. Congrats! It's yours alright! Yeay!!

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  37. YOU'VE been TAGGED! That's right, and it's all because of posts like this one.

    http://wolfdancercreek.blogspot.com/2009/10/ive-been-tagged.html

    Happy Gardening, Jan!

    >^,,^<

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  38. So many deserved to win and I love all the blogs nominated. Congrats to ya and I look forward to visiting for many years. Your photos are beautiful and your humble way of walking through life is a very attractive trait.

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  39. Congratulations, Jan! I've always loved being here:) And I'll keep coming! Cheers!

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  40. Congratulations Jan! i am sure you must be delighted. I agree that it was such a close competition that the runner ups were really as good.

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  41. Beautiful pictures!! Many congratulations on your award. Is your bottom picture an aster? It's absolutely stunning. :) Rebecca.

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  42. Hi Jan, I am so scatterbrained, that I had to look to see if I'd left a comment on this post or not.

    Congratulations! You have an awesome blog! I hope you are continuing to heal. Have you and your son had your appointment with the specialist? I should check your other posts to see if you mentioned it.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my post about the award.

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  43. Sue: I really enjoyed your last 2 comments...which I just published (or 'thought' I'd published)...but they aren't here now. I got a message that the comment moderation isn't working properly...so now I think they're gone forever! How disappointing and frustrating. To answer your question: I use Picasa for my photo editing and publishing.

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  44. Pretty pictures, Jan, and congrats on the award!

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  45. Congrats Jan to a well deserved honor! Thank you so much for thinking of the rest of us. But rest assured you were quite worthy of this award! :)

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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