My Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool!

My mother was never reticent about accepting a compliment or a gift. She set an excellent example of how one can be sincerely gracious when receiving a compliment and enjoy the acknowledgement fully. And I’m the same way.

If you tell me I done good, I’m not going to say, “Oh! No no no, really it was nothing.” And I’m not going to pump for more, saying “Do you really think  so? I was trying but I didn’t know if I really accomplished anything.”

I’m going to say “Thank you so much!”

And I’m going to enjoy the hell out of the compliment given! Do not confuse this attitude with one of ‘doing something with the hope and intention of getting someone to acknowledge.’ Not the same at all.

All of which is a long introduction to saying thank you to my blogging friend, Debra, for acknowledging me and my blogging.  Debra recently awarded me the “Versatile Blogger Award” and yesterday she also conferred upon me the “Shine On Award.”

I recently found Debra’s blog, Mauldinfamily1, and we have been mutually admiring each other’s posts on a regular basis. And honestly, Debra, I have read some of your short fictional tidbits and some of your poetry and you have the ability to draw me right in to whatever you are creating!

I have also found some awesome bloggers to follow via Debra and she has a knack for finding fine, interesting bloggers.

So on to the business at hand! It is my turn to do the nominatin’ and awarding.

The Shine On Award

The Shine On Award

Let’s start with the Shine on Award.  This award asks for seven things about myself and 5-10 nominations.  And of course you also link to the blogger who awarded you, just as I’ve done.  Here we go:

  1. I’m an east coast girl at heart.
  2. I’d like to live in Italy.
  3. I’d also like to live in Maine.
  4. My favorite color is red and always has been.
  5. I’m lazy as all get out.
  6. I recently learned metric measurements for cooking.
  7. I fancy myself to have a Scottish ancestry. True there is some Scottish but it’s not the primary heritage–just the one I relate to the strongest.

(Now pretend we’re at the Oscars) Ahem! And the nominations are . . .

  1. Human Rights Warrior
  2. British Food: A History
  3. The Fantastical Voyages of Flat Kathy
  4. Cindyknoke
  5. Afroculinaria

Actually the “nominations” are all winners because I said so!

Now, let’s take a look at the Versatile Blogger Award. Hmmmm. What does “versatile” mean?

Ver-sa-tile – Adjective

1. Able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities: “a versatile saw”.

2. Changeable; inconstant.

Okay, so the first definition seems complimentary.  The second is not necessarily if you’re saying something or someone is “inconstant.” But I am going to take the first definition here and see if I can nominate some bloggers who have demonstrated variety and ability to adapt their basic blog theme or purpose broadly.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Yikes! Another seven things about meeeee?  (Plus 15 nominations and of course a link to the blogger–Mauldinfamily1–who nominated me.) Okay then here goes:

  1. In the past four years I lost 97 pounds.
  2. I am confident I can handle anything life throws at me and come out on top.
  3. My nickname used to be “Peaches” but now I don’t seem to have any nickname and I really don’t want one either.
  4. I am 100% against psychiatry and also psychiatric drugging.
  5. I think everyone should know their thirty human rights as laid out in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  6. I have at least three Christmas decorations that remain on display in my home all year.
  7. I have three of the most wonderful sons any mother could ask for.

And (drumroll please) the first five nominees are:

  1. Cook Up a Story
  2. Domestic Diva
  3. Fig and Quince
  4. Mama Miyuki Easy Pantsy
  5. Displaced Beachbums

When I find the next five nominees I will announce them.  For now, these are my choices and I hope you’ll visit them soon! Congratulations to all and again, thank you Debra for nominating me.

(Stay tuned – I am very close to starting my own idea of an excellent award to acknowledge favorite bloggers!)

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It’s Gonna Be a Bright, Bright Sunshinin’ Day

I think blogging takes a lot of guts!

On the one hand you are the writer, editor, sometimes the photographer, the graphic designer, the marketing director and, of course, the publisher of your own work.  So exciting!  On the other hand, you start out with a blank space that says, “Add New Post” and you are the one that is going to express a viewpoint, tell a joke, reveal your innermost thoughts or even—(what nerve!)—suggest what other people should do, say, eat, cook, etc.

At some point you have to press “Publish” and from there you have no idea who you are actually communicating to.  Is someone out there?  Are they listening?  Are they interested?  And why do you need them to be interested anyway?

Well there’s a little thing that make makes a communication complete called “Acknowledgement.”  It’s all well and good to write what you want to say and put it out there.  But when someone graciously takes the time to comment, “like,” or otherwise respond–B I N G O!  A communication happened!

Isn’t it great when that happens?!

Today Big Sis and Little Sis over at My Sister’s Pantry sent me a wonderful acknowledgment by nominating me for The Sunshine Award.  I recently “met” these two ladies and love what they’re doing.  They are two sisters who live several hundred miles away from each other and they have found co-writing their blog as an activity they can do together.  I love that!  And I thoroughly enjoy their wonderful recipes and cooking ideas.

Thank you Big Sis and Little Sis for the acknowledgement!  And now I’m excited to pass the “Sunshine” along on this beautiful and sunny May Day.

The Sunshine Award is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”  Awardees are asked to:

1. Thank the person who nominated them for the award and post a blog about it.

2. Answer a few get-to-know-you-better questions about themselves.

3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award and link to their blogs and let them know about their award.

In the spirit of letting you know more about me, here are my answers to the questions:

Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Animal(s): Otters, foxes, centaurs, whales, ants, unicorns, turtles, picas
Favorite Number: 27 (You guessed it!  I was born on the 27th.)
Favorite Drink: Pellegrino sparkling water with lime
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook (Well actually, I still like to write regular snail-mail letters on  fun stationery.)
Your Passion: Scientology                                                                                              Giving or getting presents: Who doesn’t love both of these?  Yes – I love both of these!  Favorite Day: My wedding anniversary and any day I can spend with my wonderful husband.

It was not so easy picking ten from all the bloggers I love and read!  Without further adieu, I hereby nominate The Sunshine Award to:

I hope you’ll check all these blogs out.  Sharing an award like this is a great way to discover new bloggers and expand your circle of friends (the best part).