You guys have blown me away.
While I was gone, I received not one but two awards from you guys.
In fact, in the past 8 months that I've been blogging, I've received 4 awards from my readers around the interwebs. I know. I'm a bad blogger for not properly, graciously accepting the two previously given awards. Embarrassed, perhaps? I mean, what did I do to deserve these awards? I am doing nothing more than what the rest of you bloggers are doing -- writing about my life through the medium of my house. I am over the moon that so many of you enjoy my ramblings, my rough photography, our renovations and my attempts at a little decorating.
So, a huge thank you to these bloggers for the Versatile Blogger award!
And, for the Liebster Blog Award, thank you to Amelia @ House Pretty (up).
Please check out all of their blogs! These are some amazing women, creating beautiful spaces and living gorgeous lives.
Now, for the really fun stuff. Since part of the Versatile Blogger award is sharing 7 things the blogging world doesn't yet know about you, I had best play along, right?
My real name isn't Nette. Some of you already know this, I guess, especially if you've emailed me. In fact, my name is Jeanette. It's not such a far cry, is it? But there is only one person in world who calls me Nette: my best friend, whom I've known since we were in diapers. It's shortened from Nettie, which is the name my father has always called me.
While I chose to use the name here, in the blogging world, in the real world, no one is allowed to call me either Nette or Nettie. My name is Jeanette and you are neither my father, nor my best friend, thankyouverymuch. I might have to get over that pretty quickly if I ever meet any of you blogger friends in person, yes?
We got married in the dark. And yes, I mean that literally, not figuratively. The morning before our wedding, a windstorm knocked out not one, but two of the power lines that lead to the church. Our reception hall was equally in the dark, but with more than one person pulling more than one string for us, we managed to get one of those huge generators hooked up. Ain't nothing gonna slow down that party.
(Photo courtesy of my aunt and uncle, photographers but not our official one)
I grew up on a dairy farm. We had about 40 head of cattle and about half as many cats. Can you guess which was my favourite animal? It's no surprise that, over the course of my childhood, three of those cats made it inside the house to stay. My parents sold the farm in 2005, 6 months before I moved out to go to university.
I am the closest, geographically of my siblings to my parents. The other two picked up and moved in two different directions across the continent. My sister is out west, being the math genius that she always has been. My brother is south, in the States, being the computer science genius he always has been. And I'm here, in Toronto, being the, well. Maybe I'll just stop right there.
The Husband and I have no plans for kids yet for a good number of years. Just in case you were wondering. (There's no space for them in our house.) However, there may or may not be plans for another furbaby. (The Husband hates it when I call them furbabies.)
I have been 'blogging' since 2003. That's 9 years. I started out with a Livejournal and babbled all through high school about everything and anything including some things that no person should ever babble about on the Internet. It's still out there, still open for the world to read. I will not direct you there. From there, I popped over to the Wordpress platform for a few years before finding a home here with a blog that has far more direction than I ever have before.
And now, to share the love.
I know these awards have been making their rounds, so I've tried to award it to the blogs I regularly read that I haven't seen touting the badge yet.
Wait a minute. Which award did I give you? Your choice! There are no 7-things-about-you requirements for accepting the Liebster Award. If you'd rather quietly accept the award without the stress of an acceptance speech, that's ok. If you'd love to spill 7 random things about yourself on your blog, by all means, this is a Versatile Blogger award.
If you're a reader I didn't mention here, because I haven't discovered you yet, or because I may have seen your blog on another list - or thought I did - and you want to do the 7-things thing, please do! And tell me about in the comments section, of course!