Friday, January 18, 2013

'Grow Your Blog' Meet & Greet

Hello

My name is Becka.
I am The Girasole Lady here at Girasole Farm.


Welcome,
and Thank You for taking the time to stop by for a visit. 
I really love to meet new friends,
and thus far have never met a stranger. 

I will be honest by saying this is my first time linking up to a 'party'
through another blog, and I'm a little nervous.

Thank you Vicki  at 2 Bags Full 
for hosting this wonderful opportunity to make new friends.

My blog is simply a place for me to come and journal my life.
To share with my family & friends, old and new.
-Aprons to Zucchini-
'Preserving A Past To Be Proud Of''

My very first post on this blog was December 31st, 2009.
You can read the beginning- HERE

A lot has changed since then, but I have remained the same. 

Let's see...
I was born in 1959.
I am married, twice, to 'Caveman'.
I/we have 3 beautiful, amazing daughters.
I have 3 precious, very precious, Gran-baby girls. 
I live in the country in Northern California.
I have 2 Quarter horses.
I have 6 cats & 2 dogs, a Mini Aussie and a Beagle.  

I love to garden.
We have a large Summer vegetable garden, and a small fruit orchard. 
I enjoy preserving the foods we grow here during the gardening season. 
I like to can or freeze the extra produce, but even more, I like to share with family, friends, and neighbors. 
I support my local/fellow farmer's as much as possible. 

I love fabric.
I love to sew.
Sometimes, well lots of times, I buy fabric for no reason at all. 
I'm a fabric hoarder collector of sorts. 
Currently, I am sewing a quilt for my daughter's birthday, coming up in February. 

I really, really, enjoy cooking, not sure love is the right word here. 
I'm not afraid to try new recipes, or use ingredients I have never used before. 
I am a cook from scratch kinda gal, it's all I've ever known.
I'm also not afraid to throw away a meal I have prepared, that doesn't turn out as tasty as I had imagined. 
Once, I made Taramisu cupcakes from scratch, yes including the Lady Fingers. 
I say this because the recipe was 3 PAGES long, and it took 2 days to complete the process. 
By far, it has been my greatest dessert accomplishment to date.  
It was amazingly delicious. 
Oh- and I fell in love with Leeks about a year ago. 

I love, honestly love, to 'shop for junk' as Caveman calls it. 
I'm a Vintage Faire, Thrift shop, estate/garage sale junkie enthusiast. 
I am currently in love with ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). 

Reading- I love reading. 
Books, magazines, NO- I haven't converted to any type of E-Reader. 
Sometimes I collect books, much in the way like I collect fabric. 

I enjoy photography. 
I know just enough to take a decent picture, but overall the whole learning about ISO, white balance, f-stop, aperture, and shutter speed are overwhelming to me. 
I stick to the auto setting. 

I truly believe there is more joy in giving than in receiving.

I am a dreamer-
list maker-
peacemaker-
& procrastinator.

I believe, in spite of all the evil and sadness in the world,
it is still a beautiful place, and there are very good, kind, and loving people among us. 

If you've made it this far and want to learn more about me, or why I blog 
go HERE and HERE

If you've found something here that strikes your fancy, please feel free to say 'hi" and visit often.
I would love the company. 

The Girasole Lady

65 comments:

  1. you make me smile. i'm stopping by thanks to the blog party. i'm a new follower. i hope you will stop by & see my blog too. have a great weekend. big hugs. ( :

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    1. Thank you Beth for stopping in.
      I'll be venturing on over to your blog and say Hello while I'm there.
      See you soon
      -Becka

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  2. Hi Becka! It sounds like you are one busy lady! I'm popping by to say Hello from Vicki's GYB Party and it's a pleasure to meet you. If you want to try some "European" recipes, please come over and see what I'm cooking - my blog (fat dormouse getting thinner) lists what we eat during the week, with links to recipes. My other blog (dormouse.wibsite.com ) is more general. I'd love to see you at one (or both!)

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    1. Thank you for stopping in.
      I'll be popping by your place shortly to say Hello to you.
      We'll be chatting soon.
      -Becka

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  3. Good Afternoon Becka, From one procrastinator to another....it's lovely to know a little more about you. I know your blog will go from strength to strength now that the world is getting to know you and you will make lots of lovely new friends. Have a wonderful weekend, Best Wishes as always, Daphne

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    1. Daphne- you are always so kind.
      It has been such a pleasure to get to know you better each time we visit.
      Hugs- Becka

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  4. I'm visiting from Vicki's blog. I have followed you because we have many things in common. I sew, cook, blog, am a farm wife, have a QH, and like to take photos.I'm an avid reader and writer. I love junkin'- yard sales, thrift shops, and consignment stores. I hope you will come visit my blog. www.everydayruralty.com

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    1. Patrice-
      We do have many things in common.
      I was over visiting your blog and will be following along to get to know you better.

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  5. Nice to meet you Becka and we must be long lost sisters as we seem to have a lot in common LOL Except I've never made taramisu cupcakes and although I would love to garden and have attempted it the past few years - I seem to mostly have a black thumb. I don't know if the pitiful amount of veggies I garner from my efforts are worth it LOL I'll be back to read more of your blog later.

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    1. Hi Jill-
      We must be long lost sister for sure.
      I will share gardening with you and you can teach me about felting wool.
      Looking forward to seeing you again.

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  6. Hello fellow Californian and boomer born in 1959!

    Visiting from Grow Your Blog hop.

    Give me a visit some time ~
    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Tami-
      Thank you for stopping in for a visit.
      I shall be popping over to your Thrift Shop to say Hello.
      I'll see you soon.

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  7. Hello!
    Your blog looks lovely - am now following!
    xx

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    1. Hi Sarah-
      I've just returned from visiting you lovely blog, and will be following along.
      I'm fascinated that you're from Australia, and can't wait to get to know you better.

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    2. Hi Becka,
      Thanks so much for the kind comment you left on my blog!
      Have a lovely week, xx

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  8. Hi Becka, I just found you through Grow Your Blog and I am now a follower. I am also a junker and love to take not so great pieces and transform them into beauties. I look forward to seeing more of your blog. xx, Sherry

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Sherry.
      I've just came from visiting you at your blog.
      It's absolutely lovely.
      :) Becka

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  9. Hi, I am from blog hop. Didn't get signed up in time but am hopping anyway. I love your writing and I am following.

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    1. Hi Gin-
      Thank you for stopping in for a visit.
      I'll be popping over to have a visit with you, and will leave you a comment.
      Have a great day.
      :)

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  10. Hello Becka - I am here from Vickie's 2 Bags Full.

    Your introduction is so warm and inviting. I was born in 1958 in LA and will be a grandmas in 2 weeks or so!

    I want my blog to be more a journal of my life, not just work and school. I need to make that a priority and to get past the fear of what people will think.

    You wrote, "In the end it doesn't matter that I am not an amazing writer, what matters is that I wrote." I need and want to remember that!

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    1. Hi Susan-
      I have just returned from visiting you blog.
      I left you a message there.
      So glad you stopped by for a visit.

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  11. Your blog is delightful and I enjoyed my visit here so much. Thank you for joining in the party and sharing.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Kathy.
      I am headed over to your blog and will say "Hello" there.

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  12. very much enjoyed your refreshing frankness (bit of an 'auto' setting photographer myself!)

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    1. Hi Jennifer-
      Thank you for stopping by Girasole Farm.
      I had trouble linking to your blog through your profile, but was able to find the name of your blog and went there directly.
      See you soon.

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  13. wanted to mention the peaceful feeling I get from your blog. I shall have to follow to get it more often

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  14. Glad I followed the link to your blog.

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  15. I am a cross stitcher/designer and love your blog. There is something so homey and comforting about it. I hope you don't mind if I follow. :) Have a blessed Sunday. :) Cathryn

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    1. Thank you for stopping by.
      I am so glad that you found me, and feel homey and comfort here.
      I'm delighted you are following along.
      hugs- Becka

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  16. You have a lovely blog. I'm a new follower and participant of 'Grow your Blog'. Have fun at the party!
    Evalina, This and that...

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    1. Hi Evalina-
      Thank you for visiting Girasole farm.
      I've just returned from a visit at your blog and left you a comment there.
      We'll be chatting soon.

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  17. Great photos. I came to your blog via Vicki's blog party. Come over to my blog for a chance at the vintage lace book give away. See you there!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Girasole farm.
      I've been to your blog and left you a comment.
      We'll be visiting soon.

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  18. Reading your notes sounds like we would enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine together with lots to share. I too am a Grammy, love to can, freeze and cook from the garden's offerings. Im going to follow you and would invite you to visit me. Jan

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    1. I have accepted your invitation to follow along on your blog.
      I've just returned from a visit there, and left a comment.
      Thank you for visiting Girasole Farm.
      Hugs- Becka

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  19. Your blog comes across as very genuine. I like that. I love wearing aprons because they are pretty, and I like pretty, also I tend to spill things. My grandson calls them Grammy's bib. I'm taking part in Vicki's blog party. I hope you have time to hop over to mine.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Susan.
      It's good to know we share a love of Aprons.
      I've just returned from visiting your lovely blog, and left you a comment there.
      :)

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  20. Becka
    You have a beautiful blog. So nice to meet you via the GYB party.

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    1. Hi Debbie-
      Thank you for stopping in for a visit.
      I visited your blog, and will be checking back to visit you often.
      I was unable to find a "follow" button on your blog, but I will bookmark your spot.
      See you soon.

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  21. Your blog is fun. I am a quilter and smocker. I also like to can and preserve. Mostly jellies, jams, and various recipes with tomatoes. Looking forward to visiting again.

    I am over at nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com Found you through Vicki's GYB

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    1. Hi Charlsey-
      I've just returned from visiting your blog,and was amazed at all the lovely quilts.
      I'll be seeing you soon, and getting to know you better.
      :)

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  22. HI Becka!! Howdy from washington state! I found you via the blog party and am so glad i did. I grew up on a farm and learned to can and freeze and make stuff from scratch with the best of them. I stopped canning when my kids left home and there is just hte two of us. I still make homemade jams and jellies and once in a while get the urge to make homemade pickles. I am a new follower and can't wait to get to know you better.
    Come by and visit and join my blog giveaway.
    CatieAn

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    1. Thank you for stopping in for a visit.
      I will be visiting your blog and will leave you a comment there.
      We'll be visiting very soon.
      :)

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  23. It's real fun to read your blog.Vicki's idea is offering so many new possibilities. So many bloggers create such wonderful things and I would never have found them without her idea.I'm looking forward to your next post.
    Magdalena

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    1. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
      Vicki's party has been such a pleasure to participate in.
      We'll be visiting again soon.
      :)

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  24. Looking forward to getting to know you and your blog...hope your week is wonderful - Tanya

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    1. HI Tanya-
      Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
      I'm headed over to your blog for a visit too.
      See you soon.
      :)

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  25. Hi Becka!Good to meet you through GYB!!!Look forward to sharing with you!You have as varied interests as I do!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Gabriela.
      I've just returned from a visit at your blog. I left you a comment there.
      We'll be seeing each other soon, I'm sure of it.
      _ :)

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  26. Hey there, I enjoyed reading through your blog and looking at some of the pics. Good luck on that quilt. I think one of the reasons I haven't quilted yet is hoarding the fabric! I've got hoards of scrapbooking and cross-stitch I can't fit a third cache in here! I like your pictures even if they are on auto ;)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
      I am a fabric hoarder for sure.
      I also like to scrap book too.
      I'll be heading over to you blog to say 'Hello'
      :)

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  27. I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to reading your blog in the future.

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    1. Hi Kathy-
      Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
      I couldn't find a link to your web-page, not sure if you have a blog or not.
      But that doesn't really matter.
      I'll look forward to visiting here again soon.
      - :) Becka

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  28. Hi Becka! It's great to meet you and I loved your post. I am sure, probably, by now you are not as nervous about the blog party as you were before it began?! I still have quite a few blogs to get to, I'm trying to make it to everyone but yours resonated with me because I too live in the country and love most of the things you described in your life... especially horses and gardening and canning. I have become your newest follower and am looking forward to many enjoyable visits in the future!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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    1. I have just returned from a visit to your lovely blog.
      I'm in heaven.
      Thank you for stopping by Girasole Farm, and saying Hello.
      I am certainly looking forward to getting to know you batter.
      :)

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  29. Howdy, nice to meet you! Northern CA, wow, you are the first Californian I have met in the party so far. That's cool :-) I can't wait to poke around your site more. I love cooking from scratch too, and I collect vintage books (though my Kindle is nice for Doc appts only).

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  30. Such a fun blog you have here I will become a follower here. Love this party, and it will take a while to get through all the blogs, but it is so much fun to meet more bloggers through the GYB party!

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  31. Stopping in from the blog party, I like reading about farm life and I am a little envious. It sounds like a lot of fun and I am sure hard work. It is nice to "meet" another fellow blogger. I am now one of your latest followers. Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Eileen-
      I've just returned from a visit to your blog, and left you a comment there.
      See you soon-

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  32. Becka, thanks for visiting Boulderneigh. I look forward to following your blog, since you're too far away to be neighbors (but I think I would enjoy it if we could be).

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  33. Hello Becka, I enjoyed visiting your farm and truly reading about everyday life on it. The rain storm seem very bad and I am glad your greenhouse survived it. Lovely farm. I have become a follower. Hugs Judy

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  34. Hi Becka! Nice to meet you! Love your farm..it's so beautiful!
    Here in Italy we have no any of those ...
    I found you through Vicki's Party :)
    I'm your follower now!
    Hugs,
    Mila :)

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  35. We have a lot in common you should stop

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  36. OH, we have a lot in common; I hope you get to come by and visit my blog, too!

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  37. Your blog is very pretty and peaceful. I love reading too, among other things. Please visit me at my blog. There's a link in the upper right to link to Grow Your Blog party.

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