Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to the lovely Megan Elizabeth for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m just getting to know this lovely addition to my WordPress Family, and I’m looking very much forward to learning more and continuing to read her excellent blog!


“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them. Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then!”

Here’s the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


About me:

  1. My sister says I have to tell you I am impatient.
  2. Sometimes, though, I can be very patient.
  3. I am full of dichotomies (that’s what my late husband always said)
  4. I love to read historical fictions, women’s journals and diaries, and poetry
  5. My favorite color is fire-engine red
  6. My favorite sound is the sound of a child laughing
  7. My favorite smell are autumn smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, apples, zucchini, squash — all cooking in my kitchen

My nominations are:

  1. ivonprefontaine
  2. sophiaschildren
  3. pethchary
  4. maxima
  5. petrel41
  6. heartafire
  7. michael lai
  8. sunshinebright
  9. Dr. Rex
  10. Victo Dolore
  11. hitandrun1964
  12. justjan
  13. ashiakira
  14. just patty
  15. Cindy Knoke

Visual Trip Across America


Why am I taking you on a visual trip of America? Because I want you to remember all we have here. This is our America.

These pictures are symbols of what we vote for. We vote because we have the right to vote and have since the Founding Fathers. We have the duty to each other and to America to speak up and let government officials know how we feel. We must  vote, or everyone that has died fighting for our country and way of life will have died in vain. Even if you are not happy with our present government and if you see racism and sexism and judgmentalism as black marks against us, go out and vote. Just go. Send your message, send your thoughts, send a message of what must change. Send a message that is representative of your voice. It is ELECTION DAY. Go to the polls and vote. It is not too much to ask.

Smokey Mountains

Smokey Mountains  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013



To Majestic Mountains

To Majestic Mountains  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2012



My flowers in glorious bloom. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2012




To your own home

To your own home  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 1013



To country roads

To country roads  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013



To Texas butterflies. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2007

To butterflies. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2007



And lakes

To lakes  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2011



From Oceans

And oceans and islands  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2012