Who is the Artist of Toonaday Cartoons

For many years I subscribed to Ron Leishman’s  Toonaday Digital Clipart. I have used many of  Ron’s toons in my blog posts,  as you can see in the following gallery. Ron is  a fellow Canadian and Albertan (Alberta is a Province in Canada).  Though I have never met him, I have traded emails with him on several occasions, and he has generously created several toons that I requested.

I sometimes combine several of his toons to illustrate my story and that makes me appreciate the immense variety of topics he has covered!

I didn’t appreciate how hard it is to draw until I tried to do it myself. It is one thing to be able to say, “Of course I know the difference between a pirate and a fire hydrant.”  It is quite a different thing to remember enough detail about each to draw them well.

Which one is your favourite?

SLIDESHOW: Click on any photo to open a slide show. Press your ‘es-ca-pay’ button to close the slide show.

Blogroll

There are 164 million (give or take a few million) blogs on the internet! Here are just a few of the ones that I have followed over the years.

Currently Active Bloggers

Expat woman and her husband – Canadian Travel Bugs – China and Canada
Christopher Martin at Christopher Martin Photography – Canada
A talented woman at composerinthegarden – USA
A Versatile writer at Curmudgeon at Large – USA
Janet at Desert Dabbler – USA
Angie Stevens at Doodlemum – UK
Elke at elkemental Force
Amanda J Edwards at Gray Gaia – USA
Hippie at Hippie Cahier – USA
Lemony Gregg at Lemony Shots – USA
Lorna at Lorna’s Voice – USA
Mark Armstrong at Mark Armstrong Illustration – USA
Mike Smith at Mike Smith Illustrator – UK
Mike Hardisty at Say it with a Camera – UK
Peg at Peg-o-Legs Ramblings – USA
Sylvia at Shots from the Heart – Canada
Ruth at Ruth E. Hendricks Photography – USA
Darla at She’s a Maineiac – USA
Dor at Technicolor Day Dreams and Virginia Views– USA
Steve at The Brown Road Chronicles – USA
Al at thecvillean – USA
Christine at The Good Life List – Canada
Sue at The Meandering Matriarch – an American living in Tasmania
Nicole at The Middlest Sister – USA
Margo at The Other Side of 55 – Canada
Maralee at Through My Lens – USA
Amy at The World is a Book – USA
JSD at Undercover Surfer – USA
A Texan at year-struck – USA

A Retired Blog is Not a Dead Blog…

Barb at Before Morning Breaks – USA
Susan at Coming East – USA
Fergiemoto at Creativity Aroused – USA
Jennifer Hamilton at The Domestic Goddess – Canada
An Aussie at Magsx2’s Blog – Australia
Charles at Mostly Bright Ideas – Canada
A creative Woman at Prairie Wisdom – USA
Phil at Random Thoughts – USA
A Virginian at Silver in the Barn – USA
Kendra at thoughts of a woman of a certain age – USA
Winsomebella at winsomebella – USA

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Not every visitor is a fellow blogger, but the comments are just as valuable:
Barb, a friend – Canada
Joy, a friend – Canada
Taryn, a friend – Canada
Evelyn, a friend – Canada
Bob, a friend – American expat
deluxcanuck, a friend and cousin – Canadian expat living in Luxembourg
Beadlejuice – Canada
The Car Guy’s Sister – Canada
Anita – an American friend

Networking – Awards and Challenges

Networking is not about hunting. It is about farming. It’s about cultivating relationships.
– Dr. Ivan Misner –

Networks – how many do you belong to?  I have many, built over the years in response to what I was doing. My most recent network is because of my interest in blogging. A Blogging network  isn’t just about who comes to my blog. It is also about which blogs I follow.

One of the ways bloggers build this network is by passing along Awards and Challenges. Not every blogger is interested in cultivating their relationship garden by taking part in these, which I understand. But I don’t mind them, even though I bend the rules a bit because I really don’t have an unending inventory of fellow bloggers to pass the Awards and Challenges on to!

THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

This was recently passed on to me by k8edid, a delightful Middle Aged Mumbling Madwoman. I only recently discovered her blog, but I already know we share many interests and ideas.

My list of Seven things about me – I’m going to cheat here and send you back to the post I did the first time I got this award: The Versatile Blogger Award.  The only thing that has changed since I made that list is that I took my Christmas tree down in July… In that post I introduced you to Six Bone Marrow Transplant or Cancer Survivors, and I’ve added another one to that list.

SEVEN LINKS CHALLENGE

Amy nominated me for the Seven Links Challenge. See the world through Amy’s eyes at The World is a Book. I know you won’t want to leave her blog once you get there and start exploring, but it would be nice if you came back here for a few minutes.

The Seven Links Challenge has two rules.  The first is that I must publish the links to seven of my own posts for the categories below.  The second is to pass the Seven Links Challenge on to five to seven bloggers. (Or three, if you are up to your ass in alligators and that is about the best you can do for now…)

1.  Most Beautiful Post: Christmas Peace – The Christmas Season, according to the marketing world, will arrive shortly after Thanksgiving. I don’t think, then, that I am too early in suggesting some ways to tone down the nonsense of the holiday!
2.  Most Popular Post: Induction Cooking – Pots and Pans – This post got the most views, and there is not a single bit of humour in it…
3.  Most Controversial: What Dressing Like a Slut says – There are times and places where looking like a hooker might be a bit dangerous, and these are usually places where you wouldn’t leave your car unlocked either…
4.  Most Helpful: Grandma’s Doilies – turns out a lot of people wonder what to do with all those lacy bits that Grandma made with her own two hands.
5.  Most Surprisingly Successful: Using a Barnes and Noble nook in Canada – it turns out there are a lot of us who were given a bit of misleading information about the connectivity of a nook once out of the USA.
6.  Post That Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved: Self-Indulgence –  a cautionary tale about spending what you don’t have
7.  Post I Am Most Proud Of: Actually, I am happy with each and every post I’ve written. But Self Control and Marshmallows was pretty good, and only 10 people ever read it.

Here are three bloggers who might be interested in taking up the Seven Links Challenge, but if not, I still want to tell you about them:

Before Morning Breaks – I just recently found Barb’s blog, and all I can say is that she sure has an interesting way of looking at life through the eyes of a person from Oregon.

Ramblings – Pegoleg is a witty, interesting, tell it like it is (or like you think it should be) kind of gal. Her blog is fun, as are the comments she leaves at other blogs.

Now it is your turn to talk about Networking: What is the most significant Award you have ever received?