Be sure and eat your vegetables!

Dave from My Year on the Grill gave me this great new award.
The rules for the award are that I reveal 7 random facts about me… so, here goes…

  1. I LOVE milk. I mean doesn’t everybody? But, I crave it sometimes and go through a gallon a week all by myself.
  2. I was once an auto mechanic and then became a copy editor for auto technician manuals.
  3. I cannot touch my toes – nope never could because I was born with a missing vertebrae in my lower back.
  4. I don’t have any tattoos.
  5. I’ve been in love with the same man for 25 years and we can honestly say we have never had a fight!
  6. I love road trips and having meals in greasy diners in small towns.
  7. I love weather! Rainstorms, wind, sunny days and snow – bring it al on. I love all the change of seasons.

I am supposed to pass this on to other bloggers. That is not an easy thing to do as I have so many favorites! To only mention a few of my favorites would be such a difficult thing to do. So in breaking all the rules and the spirit of the Christmas season I am going to pass this on to all my followers. After all it is Christmas and it is better to give than receive!

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Off to a great start~

Sweet Melissa from Frugal Creativity left us this wonderful award on our 4 week anniversary. It’s never easy to begin from scratch on a new endeavor, but it’s fun and easy when you’re working with a great group of women. And then before the ink was dry Amanda from Coping with Frugality also awarded us with the same award. We really appreciate Melissa and Amanda’s thoughtfulness in presenting this to us.

Here are the rules of this blog award. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Since we are still so new, I’m going to reserve passing this for a few days to confer with my fellow authors and their choices for the award.

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Say It Forward

There really aren’t many things more special and appreciated by any blogger than a thoughtful comment left by a bloggy friend. Bloggers truly do live for them.

When I sign on and see a new comment sitting there, well it makes my day! A pretty wrapped gift handed just to me amongst all those other options out there in blog land. Comments truly are the jewels of the blog land. Leaving a comment is like walking up to a new friend IRL and introducing yourself. It is how we make friends in the blogland.

How can we thank our loyal friends and readers for giving us these bloggy treasures? First and foremost, we can return the favor! We can visit their blogs and leave them comments. “The golden rule of blogging – do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. It makes the blogosphere go round.”

I love the idea of a pay it forward anything. I think anything positive is a good thing. So it really made my day when I signed on and sat down to google reader and found Diana’s wonderful comment. Stop by Forgetfulone and say hello, she’s become a good friend and I know if we lived closer we would be great IRL friends. So in the spirit of this SAY IT FORWARD I start with Diana. I too can’t remember how we met, it probably was Pay it Forward book exchange over at Overwhelmed with Joy, but we’ve been great friends since.

There are so many wonderful bloggers that come to mind when I think of passing this on. I think I’ll do one every week or so versus all at once. So I won’t start with the obvious (at least to some) and mix it up a bit by starting with Jen from Tatertots and Jello and adding her to this list today. I’m not sure how we met, whether it was a meme or something else, but she pops by regularly and offers great positive thoughts to my day.

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Obsessions & Revelations Part 2

I love my blogging friends that I have met over the past couple of years. It takes awhile sometimes to get the feel for a new blog. Not so with Janet over at Fond of Snape. I felt like I was having a cup of coffee at her kitchen table and chatting from the very beginning. Janet surprised me this morning by giving me this tag via email! Thanks Janet! I would love to give it right back to you! For this award, I am supposed to list 5 things I am addicted to, and 5 blogs I am addicted to. This is hard for me (there are sooooooooooo many), but I’ll try for the next top 5.

  1. Quilt Patterns – I always have a new project in my mind and when I see a piece of fabric that fits, I have to stash it away. Hey they may discontinue it before I get around to that project.
  2. Writing ~ I keep writing cookbooks. I just need to find a publisher. I still have a novel or two running around my brain too. I just need the time to get them onto paper.
  3. Coffee ~ I love my coffee and really love Starbucks Caramel Mocha Cappucinnos. Thank goodness there isn’t one within 125 miles.
  4. Blogging – I just love the creative process. I have always kept some form of a journal, but this is better, it’s interactive with comments and constructive ideas with a sisterhood of special women and it is constantly being updated and improved.
  5. Cooking/Recipes – I love to cook and I just adore creating new recipes or modernizing old ones to eliminate preservative full foods.

And now on to my addictive blogs. This is the second time I have received this which is great because now can pass it on to 5 more wonderful bloggers. There are so many blogs that I love to visit. but these are some more like when I met Jen, just chatting over coffee at the kitchen table like long lost friends. ~ There is always something new to see or a special ‘trip’ to virtually take over at Sandra’s. I can’t wait to see each day what she has going on.

  1. Shannon at Shannon’s Moments of Introspection ~ She always has something new and fun going on.
  2. Tammy at Queen Size Funny Bone ~ She always has something brewing over there and I love how she speaks her mind, it’s so refreshing.
  3. Mimi at Screaming Mimi~ She has well thought out posts on day to day life and how to have some fun too.
  4. Kiy at Rocking Chairs and a Tricycle ~ There is always something creative going on and I love how she wears her heart openly.
  5. Robyn at 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven ~ She also has well thought out posts on day to day life and how to have some fun too. And with all the kids I love how she answers every single comment. I try very hard to emulate her.

There are sooooooooooo many more I’d like to list…

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I wish I had that figure!

I love my blogging friends that I have met over the past couple of years. It takes awhile sometimes to get the feel for a new blog. Not so with Jen over at Tatertots and Jello. I felt like I was having a cup of coffee at her kitchen table and chatting from the very beginning. Jen surprised me this morning by giving me the cutest award! Thanks Jen! I would love to give it right back to you! For this award, I am supposed to list 5 things I am addicted to, and 5 blogs I am addicted to. This is hard for me (there are sooooooooooo many), but I’ll try for the top 5.

  1. Fabric – I always have a new project in my mind and when I see a piece of fabric that fits, I have to stash it away. Hey they may discontinue it before I get around to that project.
  2. Blogging – I just love the creative process. I have always kept some form of a journal, but this is better, it’s interactive with comments and constructive ideas with a sisterhood of special women and it is constantly being updated and improved.
  3. Candles – I just love candles and to have one burning most evenings! I especially love the warm colored ones with food scents (I know many of you are LYAO, but it’s true – I love the smell of apple pie and pumpkin and vanilla…
  4. Photography – I take my camera with me everywhere. There are just so many pictures to be taken! I’m always hoping for that next great shot.
  5. Cooking/Recipes – I love to cook and I just adore creating new recipes or modernizing old ones to eliminate preservative full foods.

And now on to my addictive blogs. There are so many blogs that I love to visit. but these are like when I met Jen, just chatting over coffee at the kitchen table like long lost friends.

  1. Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom ~ There is always something new to see or a special ‘trip’ to virtually take over at Sandra’s. I can’t wait to see each day what she has going on.
  2. Lucy at Lulu’s Petals ~ She always has something brewing over there and I love how she speaks her mind, it’s so refreshing.
  3. Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers ~ She has well thought out posts on day to day life and how to have some fun too. While I know she has had so little time due to work lately and doesn’t post as often, she does post quality that I love.
  4. Diana at Forgetfulone ~ There is always something creative going on and I love how she wears her heart openly.
  5. Michelle at Scribbit a Blog About Motherhood in Alaska ~ She also has well thought out posts on day to day life and how to have some fun too. I love how she answers every single comment. I try very hard to emulate her.

There are sooooooooooo many more I’d like to list…

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A bright star to a long hard day – Thanks Laane

Triple Award. Sisterhood, Lemonade & Best Friend.

I was super delighted to receive this award from Laane over at Crocodile Soup for the Soul who bestowed this wonderful triple award on me. This truly made my long hard day better! I’m so truly honored that she thought my blog worthy of the award.

Here are the rules for the recipients:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

I would like to pass this award to:
Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers
Kiy at Rocking Chairs and a Tricycle
Jenjen at Tatertots and Jello
Diana at Forgetfulone
Misty Dawn at Misty’s Words
Mimi at Screaming Mimi
Michelle at Scribbit
Janet at Fond of Snape
Storyteller at Sacred Ruminations

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Jenjen & Alice both make my difficult morning brighter

Jenjen over at Tatertos and Jello sent me this awesome award. Isn’t it pretty? Thanks Jenjen.
The award states:
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

Now there are sooooooooooooo many wonderful bloggers out there who deserve this and you know who you are, but I’ll start the awards with…

  1. Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
  2. Shannon at Shannon’s Moments of Introspection
  3. Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers
  4. Holly at Mommy Holly
  5. Joyce at Mom’s Musings
  6. Diana at Forgetfulone
  7. Janet at Fond of Snape
  8. Kiy at Rocking Chairs & a Tricycle
Alice over at Alice’s Restaurant sent me this awesome award. Isn’t it pretty? Thanks Alice.

Now there are sooooooooooooo many wonderful bloggers out there who deserve this award too and you know who you are, but I only have so much time so I’ll start the awards with…
  1. Jenjen at Tatertots and Jello
  2. Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
  3. Michelle at Scribbit A blog about Motherhood in Alaska
  4. Misty Dawn at Misty’s Words
  5. Lucy at Lulu’s Petals

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Christmas Spirit

Sweet Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom tagged me with this special award/meme. She is certainly full of the Christmas spirit and it is a joy to receive this from her and be able to pass it on.


5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT CHRISTMAS

Now my list may seem like Sandra’s but let’s face it she listed the important things! So I’ll keep her titles and fill in my reasons.

1. Christmas Tree – There is something sooooooooooooooo magical about the Christmas tree when it’s all lit up, especially at night. I absolutely love the end of the evening when all is quiet. I turn off all the lights except for the tree. I just sit on the couch and stare at all the twinkling lights and the lifetime of accumulated ornaments and what they represent for the memories of our life. I’m so totally mesmerized by it.

2. Christmas Baking – I start baking the week before. I always make a plate for all the neighbors of our family favorites. You know Christmas wreaths, rum balls, fudge and peanut brittle. Hubby always pops his head in so he can be a taste tester. The house always smells sooooooooooooo good and we never lack for yummies!

3. Christmas Snow – One of the things I don’t lack for at Christmas time is snow. But I look forward to seeing the flakes actually fall ON Christmas Day night with the Christmas lights in the foreground and the deer eating their dinner of cracked corn in the front yard nose to nose with the rabbits.

4. Christmas Movies – It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street the original & the remake too), White Christmas, Holiday Inn, The Santa Clause and all the wonderful ones on Hallmark and Lifetime too.

5. Christmas Mail – I try to make my own cards every year, a true labor of love and I really appreciate receiving handmade cards. I have such an awe and respect for those. I just love hearing about everyone’s year and seeing the new pictures of kids as they grow and grow.

I’m passing this Spirit of Christmas Award/Meme Combo to the following wonderful ladies who have made blogging such a joy to me and have such beautiful spirits year round as well as Christmas.

  • Barbara who I know is too busy to participate, but has one of the biggest Christmas spirits I know.
  • Diana who has become such a dear blogging buddy and has a HUGE Christmas spirit.
  • Anni who has sooooooooooooo much holiday spirit for every holiday!
  • Jen who is awe inspiring with her ability to manage 9 kids and have such a beautiful spirit too.
  • Michelle who manages to inspire me ALL the time.
  • Jenn who (though I’m a bit biased) has been filling me with the Christmas spirit since her Christmas eve birth – Happy Birthday sweetie
  • Janet and her ability to find the fun and joy in everything.
  • Kiy who has such a beautiful spirit and wants to make everything perfect for her family.

I know there are sooooooooooo many more, but my baking timer just went off and I must go! LOL

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Let’s all make lemonade together

LEMONADE AWARD

I found this over at Where the Road Takes Us and sitseer put this award “out there for those of you who know you have a positive attitude and work at it all the time too. Here’s to you!” Since I almost ALWAYS have a positive attitude (if you ask hubby it’s too often) I decided to snag this and pass it on to others during this giving season!

Here are the rules:

  • Put the logo on your blog or post.
  • Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
  • Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  • Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
  • Each of the women listed below has impressed me in lots of different ways. All of them are truly deserving of the Lemonade Award for having a great attitude and have become dear blogging friends and inspirations!
  • Here are the ones I’ve selected to start with ~
  1. Barbara at Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers
  2. Diana at Forgetfulone
  3. Janet at Fond of Snape
  4. Jenn at What I did at School Today
  5. Joy at Joy of Desserts
  6. Kiy at Rocking chairs and a Tricycle
  7. Lucy at Lulu’s Petals
  8. Michelle at Scribbit
  9. Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
  10. Shannon at Shannon’s Moments of Introspection
  11. Tammy at Queen-Size Funny Bone
  12. and the list goes on and on… Everyone feel free to help yourself and pass this along to anyone who needs a positive attitude!

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