One Year Anniversary & A Giveaway!

Last year, today, we had a couple of feet of snow on the ground and things just weren’t letting up (sound familiar, all you up in the PNW?), we had feet of snow.  All I did, it seemed, was take care of a small fussy baby and feed animals, I was starting to get a little nutty.  So, after reading the Pioneer Woman’s blog for many months by then, I decided to start my own just to get some of my locked-in-the-house crazies out and thus the beginning of this blog.  I’ve since discovered that blogging and bloggers are actually quite interesting with a lot of neat, goofy, and thoughtful posts.  I am glad to have entered the blogosphere and meet and converse wtih so many more people who hold the same interests as me… So!  I have decided to hold a giveaway in honor of my first year blogging.  Yes, a lot of people hold giveaways so that’s where I got the idea but I can’t afford the hundreds worth of dollars in prizes like some people do so I will give a prize that’s worth about $4.00 in material and a few hours of time:

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It is hand crocheted by yours truly and made out of Homespun yarn in the color “Prairie,” (maybe someday I’ll be making them out of Jacob wool!)  All I ask is that you leave me a comment and an answer to the following randomly generated curiosity questions:

  1. Are you a regular reader of Mud Ranch’s Real Dirt?
  2. What is your favorite season?
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. What is your favorite animal type?
  5. What area of the world do you live in (doesn’t have to be specific)?
  6. Why do you visit my blog?
  7. Why did you start blogging (if you have a blog)?

That’s it!  I’ll choose a comment with the Random Generator, one entry per person please and the winner will be announced on January 1st!  Thanks for stopping in!

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I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on December 28, 2008, in Anniversary, Giveaway, Me. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I read every post! although I don’t have my own blog I love reading what life is like for someone not stuck in the city. You can take the girl out of the country, but not the country out of the girl.

    My favorite season is winter. I love the cold nights and being able to cook “winter food”

    My favorite color is emerald green!

    My favorite animal is tough…I love my dogs, but miss my horses very much.

    Well I think my first answer says it all! I miss the country life style and for the time being I am stuck in the suburbs of California.

    I don’t blog because I really have nothing exciting or interesting to comment on! But I live for other people’s blogs!

    Hope you have a great year and love your web site!

  2. How fun :)

    1. Yes
    2. Summer
    3. Always changing – right now it is sage green ;)
    4. Dogs
    5. NW United States
    6. For your beautiful pictures and to find out what is going on at Mud Ranch
    7. You inspired me to start my blog – Thanks!

  3. What a great idea Joan, gosh it hardly seems like a year has passed! time flies when your having fun :-)

    1.Are you a regular reader of Mud Ranch’s Real Dirt? I do pop in on a regular basis, its great to catch up with things that are happening across the other side of the world :-)

    2.What is your favorite season? I Love springtime, everything seems so fresh and new.

    3.What is your favorite color? My favourite colours are greens and purples

    4.What is your favorite animal type? I absolutely love horses, I have done since I was a little girl.

    5.What area of the world do you live in (doesn’t have to be specific)? I live in Scotland (UK)

    6.Why do you visit my blog? Your blog is informative, creative, an inspiration and your photography is wonderful, also its great to catch up with whats new with the animals… oh and following Annie’s progress from baby to toddler :-)

    7.Why did you start blogging (if you have a blog)? I started blogging so I could record my progress with growing veggies, flowers, share my home baking, recipes, my chickens, and the rest of the furry friends that live with us… its also a release…for when cabin fever creeps in :-)

  4. 1. Yes! (Do I get extra points for being a “follower”?)
    2. Fall, probably. The cooler temperatures are so welcome after summer!
    3. No favorite, really, but a mixture of blue, purple and teal can make me swoon.
    4. Friendly!
    5. Right here, especially if I could have a few more acres….
    6. Because you are interesting, and take beautiful photos!
    7. A fellow Shetland shepherd suggested it when I was looking for an inexpensive way to market my sheep.

  5. oooops – entered my info wrong :)

    Happy Anniversary!

    1. I stop by a couple times a week usually.
    2. I genuinely love each season, but the ones where I can garden are my favorite[s].
    3. Doggies – Riley is watching so i have to say that!
    4. Upstate NY
    5. Cause it is always entertaining – the same reason I visit most blogs.
    6. I started blogging in 2004, but began daily blogging a little over a year ago.

    And I think your prize is a great idea – it is lovely!

  6. 1. Yes, almost daily.
    2. Fall. Love the Fall colors, crispness in the air, and travel during that time typically has less tourists.
    3.greens and blues
    4.Dogs followed by horses
    5.Monroe, WA….that snowy Pacific Northwest
    6.I started when I was told about a lovely little ewe lamb, named Constance, by Shannon at Kenleigh Acres. THEN, I found out you had Kigers, AND you took beautiful photos. It was a done deal at that point. :)
    7.When I got my first Shetland from Michelle at Boulderneigh, and was bitten by the bug, she suggested I start a blog to keep everyone up on my sheep addiction. Once I found out how easy it was I was hooked. Now I’m also addicted to all my blogging friends! It’s definitely been a sanity saver since this incredible snow we’ve had! Tammy

  7. 1. Yes
    2. Usually whatever I am in…though Fall ranks up there
    3. Spring green
    4. that’s tough…cats…though dogs and horses are close to the top too
    5. Pennsyltucky
    6. Because I love you and I love your photos!
    7. no blogs

  8. 1. Absolutely, almost every day I check your blog
    2. Summer, beautiful Indian Summer
    3. Dun for horses, blue for me
    4. Kiger horses of course, and silly old weiner dogs
    5. Southwest, Central Arizona
    6. Because thru you I got to own one of the best sweetest little horses around.
    Everyone should at least have the opportunity to be acquainted to that breed.
    7. I don’t blog, I am just a shirttail hanger on, but I find out great information, and get
    to see pictures I normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to see

  9. Oh my my my, I had to wipe drool off of myself after seeing that saddle, absolutely drop dead gorgeous, that is one of my pet peeves, people not being able to tell mexican chicken skin from the real thing, and oh my, I think I said that, I just want to touch it, beautifull tooling, beautiful leather or MOOOOO LOL (wipes drool off of self again) I would be beside myself if my husband bought one of those for me!!!!

    answer to the following randomly generated curiosity questions:

    Are you a regular reader of Mud Ranch’s Real Dirt?Yep I try to keep up with everyone on my blog list, love the new spotted baby too, so cute, love Jacobs sheep.

    What is your favorite season? As I get older, summer, nothin better than sitting on my patio with a good book and something to drink on a hot summer day.

    What is your favorite color? My favorite color is blue.

    What is your favorite animal type? Horses are my favorite animal in every shape size and color!

    What area of the world do you live in (doesn’t have to be specific)? I live in the Pacific NW, SW washington, Washougal
    Why do you visit my blog? It is fun to see what different folks are doing on thier farms, wonderful stories and pictures!

    Why did you start blogging (if you have a blog)? I started blogging in Nov of this year, it has been really fun and I have met a lot of realy nice people!

  10. Are you a regular reader of Mud Ranch’s Real Dirt? You bet
    What is your favorite season? Fall
    What is your favorite color? anything red
    What is your favorite animal type? Kiger mustangs
    What area of the world do you live in (doesn’t have to be specific)? North of Seattle
    Why do you visit my blog? because you have such interesting stories and I love your pictures, especially of Annie
    Why did you start blogging (if you have a blog)? Does reading blogs count? I just like to read what other people are doing, especially with their animals.

  11. It is hand crocheted by yours truly and made out of Homespun yarn in the color “Prairie,” (maybe someday I’ll be making them out of Jacob wool!) All I ask is that you leave me a comment and an answer to the following randomly generated curiosity questions:

    Are you a regular reader of Mud Ranch’s Real Dirt? I am!
    What is your favorite season? Spring for the newnest of growing, Summer for the beauty of heat, and fall for harvest
    What is your favorite color? Blue all kinds of blue
    What is your favorite animal type? Dogs, cats, chickens, cows….
    What area of the world do you live in (doesn’t have to be specific)? Delta, Colorado
    Why do you visit my blog? I LOVE getting to know real people and how they live
    Why did you start blogging (if you have a blog)? Lots of people started asking me to explain to them about farming
    That’s it! I’ll choose a comment with the Random Generator, one entry per person please and the winner will be announced on January 1st! Thanks for stopping in!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

  12. Are you a regular reader of Mud Ranch’s Real Dirt?
    Yes, I check almost every day. I found you when I searched Kiger Mustangs, to show my hubby what kigers looked like.

    What is your favorite season?
    I like all seasons, and I am always ready for them when they come. I don’t love boiling hot weather!

    What is your favorite color?
    I like the whole rainbow!!!
    What is your favorite animal type?
    Definitely horses. Then dogs. Then everything else but spiders.
    What area of the world do you live in (doesn’t have to be specific)?
    I live in Boulder, CO.
    Why do you visit my blog?
    At first for the farm lifestyle, which I have to say I rather covet!! Then, because I fell in love with your adorable personality, and the fact that you are a fellow Christian. I know it sounds silly, but I feel we would be great friends if we were neighbors or something! =)
    Why did you start blogging (if you have a blog)?
    I don’t have one. I’ve thought about it, but my life is really not that interesting. Not bad at all, just not really different than any other working person’s. I have lots of dreams, though!

  13. 1. Yes, I read it all the time
    2. Spring!
    3. Purple
    4. I have to say horses, but Jacob Sheep are close
    5. The Georiga mountains
    6. It’s fun, educational, and entertaining
    7. I started blogging because Betty B in Vermont asked me to help her post pictures on her blog. I had to sign up so I could see how to do it. I just kept going :-)

  14. Oops.. forgot to mention dogs and cats. They just seem so much like family members, I forget they are really animals.

  15. Danielle— If you check comments again — I thought I would let you know that our son (Joan’s brother) lives in Boulder.

  16. 1. yes
    2. not a single one, each have their charms.
    3. purple
    4. horses, then dogs
    5. North Central Washington State
    6. Interest in other people and parts of the world to begin with, then I become involved in the daily life (lives) of those I read about… It helps keep my world from getting to small.
    7. **shrug** a way to keep up with friends ~ then? I discovered that I like to write. :) Writing is a way to get things straight in my head, ya know?
    :)

  17. lol! Well I know I’m late for the bus. As you know I’ve been a little ‘pre-occupied’ and now am trying to catch up. But I want to say “Happy Blogiversary” and what a beautiful scarf.

    I’ll answer your questions, just because you asked :)

    Are you a regular reader of Mud Ranch’s Real Dirt?: Yes, weekly.
    What is your favorite season? Summer/Indian Summer
    What is your favorite color? Orange
    What is your favorite animal type? Horses and Llamas and Chickens
    What area of the world do you live in (doesn’t have to be specific)? SouthWest, USA
    Why do you visit my blog? Have always loved your photography, your writing, your sheep and horses…and your adorable baby girl.
    Why did you start blogging ? August 2006 for my first blog Twins Plus One. September 2006 for Laughing Orca Ranch

  18. Hmmm,,,, You asked why…not when.
    I blog for myself to journal my life and get my thoughts out there and to share my life with others. I read other’s blogs to explore other parts of the country and world, to learn about other’s ways of life, to get to know fellow bloggers and follow along through their ups and downs. Blogging is way to step out of my little bubble and meet others with similar interests, too.

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