Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Blog Awards

Monday, July 23, 2012

I am so excited about having been nominated by Lisa Lynn over at Little Homestead on the Hill for the "One Lovely Blog" and "Very Inspiring Blogger" awards.   


Thank you so much for thinking of Cranky Puppy and congrats on your own awards, Lisa Lynn.  I am truly honored to be on the list with 14 other really awesome bloggers.  (You can check out the other blogs at her post here!)

So I believe the way this works is that I'm supposed to tell you 7 random things about myself AND...here's the fun part....I get to nominate 15 other blogs that I find lovely and inspiring.  This is just too much fun.

If you promise not to tell......here are 7 random secrets about moi:

  1. I was 40 when I ate my first pickle. (I was one of those picky eaters that moms hate!)
  2. I'm learning how to play bluegrass banjo.
  3. My favorite flower is the iris (so many varieties!)
  4. I was blessed to be raised by my grandparents who grew up during the Great Depression. They taught me the value of money, hard work, and thrift.
  5. Despite #4:  a couple of years ago, I realized my life-long dream of owning a vintage piano. Our parlor is now graced by a beautiful 1893 Steinway baby grand.  Sometimes I just sit and drool over it.  And, yes, I do play.
  6. I'm an extreme couponer.  I used to have a coupon blog and I still teach classes.
  7. I have a soft spot for men with orange Converse high tops.

Okay, enough about boring ol' me.  Let's get to the good stuff. 

It was really hard for me to pick 15 lovely and inspiring blogs because I read so many of them.  Everything from homemaking, preserving, urban homesteading, quilting, crafts, gardening, and existential basketweaving.  (Hey, don't knock it 'til you've tried it.)  I can easily come up with 50 blogs that deserve these awards.  But I guess the rules say 15, so here they are in no particular order:

(**if you're on the list and want to decline, I promise I won't hold it against you.  Just let me know!)

That's a great list and I recommend you hop on over and check out these lovely and inspiring blogs toot-sweet.  That means "as soon as you finish your coffee" in American-speak.

Thanks again to Lisa Lynn for the nod and to all of you, my readers.  Seeing and reading what everyone is up to puts a smile on my face every day. 


  1. Thank you so much. I truly am honored, but I'm no good at getting around to posting awards, so if you would like to nominate someone else, I really do understand. Thanks again for thinking of me.

  2. Thank you! I'll have to do this over the next few days (work obligations. And, congratulations to you and all the others you have nominated.

  3. Can't wait to check out all of your nominations! Looks like an amazing bunch of bloggers :)

    I really enjoyed your list of 7 random things ;-)

  4. Thank you for this! I can't wait to check out some of these awesome blogs! I'll get to my 7 & 15 ASAP! Hope you're having a happy day :-)

  5. Cranky, first of all thanks so very much for the awards. You are sweetness personified. I will definately be checking out all the other blogs. Second, I love the header bar of this blog. One day when I remodel one, I'll be back to look at yours for inspiration again. Nice job

  6. Well, thank you! I'm still having computer problems so have limited time (at the library) in that department. I don't know when I can get around to following through. I appreciate it though!

  7. 40 when you ate your first pickle??? Good Grief Girl! I enjoyed your 7 things and will try to get around to the other blogs you've nominated. Thank you so much for including Sall's Country Life. I may not be able to follow through for a bit, too many irons in the fire (or cucumbers in my basket as the case may be)! Thanks again, and congrats on your nomination also!

  8. Congratulations for getting the award! And thanks so much for including me in your nominees! I already have one of the awards although it is a different design. But I'll be happy to accept the other one! I'll post about it soon, if not tomorrow.
    Thanks again, it's fun to get to know another Missouri blogger!


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