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Yikes, Another Award!

Sunshine blog award

Hearty thanks go out to Paula Tohline Calhoun for nominating me for the Sunshine Award.  I accept with heart-felt gratitude.  This particular award had absolute perfect timing for me, and I’ll tell you why.   Today, I was feeling somewhat useless and unappreciated (post started on March 22/12).  Since I don’t enjoy wallowing in negativity, I sent the wish out into the universe for something to help me out of the blue funk.

At a luncheon with friends, these ladies, one and all, expressed their appreciation for my past help in my role as spiritual wayshower a couple of years ago (I conducted some self-help classes that were apparently very helpful).  I did feel better after that, but then I thought, they did all the work…I just helped them to organize it, so maybe I didn’t really deserve their praise (see how a blue funk can eat positive energy?).  I was losing that glow and feeling a little desperate, when I came home and read my email.

 One of them directed me to the award and the neat things Paula had to say about my blogging, and especially about my comments.  THAT was the icing on the cake, which enabled me to neatly sidestep the dreaded blue funk..  So…Paula, thank you for being in the perfectly right place at the perfectly right time…at least for me.

And now on to the Sunshine Award.  The requirements include posting the Sunshine Award badge (see above image), passing the award along to ten other bloggers you feel are deserving of the award (see below, in no particular order), and sharing ten things about myself (see also below).  As emphasized by Paula in her acceptance speech, please don’t feel obligated to accept the award.  I know some people feel it a pain to carry out the requirements and don’t have enough time to do what they need to do.  But if you do have the time, please acept the award as the honor I intend it to be.


1. Enduring the Silence – Debbie Norman’s “blog about autism with acceptance, love, faith, and fight.” Debbie gives me sunshine with her every post because of the deep insights she provides and the cheerful way she accepts what she needs to do.  She is the perfect example of:  if life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.

2. The Water Witch’s Daughter – Suzicate’s wonderfully expressive blog about all things positive under the sun.  Along with being a great photographer, Suzicate just has a way with words that generally put a positive spin on just about any subject she tackles.  That’s sunshine, folks! 🙂

3. Miss Beehaven with Hobbit Queen – Beginners Luck with Honeybee Farming.  You might think that a blog about honeybee farming might be too technical or, frankly, boring for non-honeybee farmers.  Wrong!  Hobbit Queen has imbued her blog with freshness, great pictures, and an endearing look at both the honeybee and her travails and wet-behind-the-ears honeybee farmers who seem to make it fun AND a success.  Pure sunshine!

4. Rumpydog – “I’m a dog with a unique perspective.” Submitted by Rumpydog’s mom, Jennifer Threet, this blog is from Rumpydog’s perspective.  Rumpy, a beautiful black and white Malemute and a rescue dog, conducts interviews with various animals (and once with Santa Claus himself), offers opinions and tales of his adventures.  Frequently amusing and always interesting, Rumpydog puts an insider’s spin on kindness to animals and the world they live in.  Good sunshine.

5. Out of the Woods – “My journey into authorhood.” An Eastern New Yorker transplanted to the UK nine years ago, Billie Jo Woods is working towards authorhood and letting us watch alongside her.  What sets Billie Jo apart from many of the thousands of wannabe authors is that she writes from the heart and very often gives valuable insight and advice on the process as she goes along.  She also writes about facets of her life, interesting in her easy-to-read style.  More sunshine.

6. The Painted Universe – “Tales from a technicolor life.”  Anna is the hilarious writer of this blog, which has become one of my very favorite spirit blogs.  She writes about her invisible boyfriend Daniel in a way that not only lifts the hair on my arms but often gives me a hearty chuckle as well.  Having had experiences along these lines myself, Anna helps reassure me that I’m not crazy and that communicating with a centuries-dead-boyfriend is not the least bit unusual.  Yup, sunshine!

7. aNTibakTeRiYeL – I’d cite the quote from this site, but I can’t because it’s not in English. Thus, I don’t usually go to Tarkan F’s blog for the text posts (although often he translates them from Turkish (I think) into English).  However, his photographs are stunning, and he usually has an English translation of the text that accompanies them.  I defy you to go to his current photograph of an unusual leaf and his meaningful text, and not feel some sunshine entering your heart! 🙂

8. Inspired Vision – “Cecilia Futch’s Blog” – The first thing I noticed about Cecilia’s blog was the photograph of the adorable little girl from possibly the ’50s or ’60s.  I loved that pic and would return to the blog, just to look at the pic.  Well, Cecilia’s posts are like that pic–happy, sometimes not-so-happy but still inspirational, funny, and/or from the heart, and accompanied by gorgeous photos.  Take a look at today’s (Mar. 25/12) photo and see if it doesn’t lift your spirit.  That’s sunshine!

9. Huffygirl’s Blog – “Laugh. Cry. Think. Learn. Light-hearted musings about wellness and life.” In this particular series of awards, I tried to give it to people I follow who haven’t received an award from me before.  Obviously they provide me sunshine, since I still follow them (I am a sunshine sort of person :P).  However, there are two bloggers who consistently give me a good ration of sunshine every time I visit their blogs.  Huffygirl is one of them, and her own caption says it all.  Thanks, HG!

10. Spirit Lights the Way – You knew this one would be on the list, right?  Nancy Hatch offers a potpourri of everything–humor, inspirational, investigative, recreatonal, personal–you name it.  But each post carries her own brand of thoughtfulness and caring.  Some of her posts have made me think, others have inspired me in my own life.  And each one carries its own brand of sunshine.

Well, folks, that’s all for now.  I’m going to have to do another post another day to list the 10 unusual things about me.  Thanks for reading along this far.


You Wanna Do What to My Memetastic Award?

Memetastic blogging award

Wheeeee, look at meeeee!

Yup, you heard me right.  Memetastic Award!  And I got one.  No, it doesn’t hurt…it’s a fun thing, a blog award and dear Dorky Deb passed it on to me and four other recipients, having received one herself previously.  Is there a catch?  Not as far as I know, except…well I gotta set out five facts about myself…oh wait, four lies and one fact, and you gotta guess which one is the truth.  I’ll warn you in advance that I have led a pretty…uh…exuberant life.  Okay, weird life.  And any one of the little gems could be true, but only one is…you guess which one.  Ready?

1. My mother was a talented and acclaimed radio actress and played in radio dramas in the late 1940s.  My father wrote the plays and produced them.  I once got to scream in a WWII radio drama and then was shot while being held in my mother’s arms. The scream scared me more than the shot did.

2. My brother was good at horse riding and showed me how to ride when I was 6 or 7.  He was training me to ride in the junior division of The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.  However, the horse I was training with, named Gypsy, bucked me off, I got scared, and didn’t get my nerve back until after the Fair was over.  I never tried riding at the Winter Fair again.

3. My grandfather, a government surveyor, was surveying the boundary between northern Alberta and southern Northwest Territories in the early 1900s, when he was captured by aboriginals disgruntled by various Indian Treaties.  They told him the government lied and they would kill him if he didn’t change the treaties.  He did some fancy talking to convince them that he was a government surveyor, not a treaty agent.  They eventually, reluctantly, let him go.  He used to tell me the story as I sat on his knee.  I didn’t really believe him until he showed me the faded newspaper clipping he kept in his desk drawer with a bunch of other memorabilia.

4. How fleeting is youth!  When I was in my early 20s, I won a small beauty contest in Montreal…Miss NDG (Notre Dame de Grace), a municipal English district in Montreal.  I let it go to my head, thinking maybe I could reach the heights of Miss Canada and then maybe even Miss Universe.  Far from disliking the whole world of beauty shows, I loved it…the excitement, glamor, attention.  I seemed to get along well with the other girls, which made a difference too.  Anyhow, the next division was Miss Montreal…and I lost miserably to a lovely French girl.  I later admitted that she was prettier than me.  A lot prettier.  I didn’t even get Miss Congeniality…they didn’t have that award in the Miss Montreal contest.

5.  Motherhood agreed with me.  Every time I got pregnant, I seemed to glow…never got morning sickness and seemed to be spared the more common aches and pains in the 7th, 8th and 9th months.  My first child was born quickly, although I went through some pretty excruciating labor pains, but only for 7 years.  During the 2nd and 3rd pregnancies, I practiced self-hypnosis, and honestly, I’ve had worse gas pains when it came time for labor.  However, something went wrong with my innards, and the 4th and 5th babies were delivered by Caesarean.  I couldn’t have any more babies after that.  All five were healthy and normal.

Okay, of the five stories above, only ONE is true, the other four are lies.  You have to figure out which one.  Please leave your guess in a comment 🙂

Now for the rules for the five new winners of the Memetastic Blogging Award that I will choose shortly.

Here’s the deal with the Award.  Once you receive the award you must do a few things:

  • You must proudly display the award in a post.
  • You must list 5 things about yourself and 4 of the 5 must be BOLD FACE LIES.
    (your readers must guess which one is the truth)
  • And you must then pass this prestigious award on, to 5 deserving bloggers.

And the winners are……………

1. Michael of Michael’s Blog

2. Janet of AnimalsOurEVERYTHING

3. Haley of Soldiering Through the Writing World

4. Hobbit Queen of Miss Bee Haven with Hobbit Queen

5. Kristin of Fearlessly Nourished

Congratulations, guys.  Now get back to your blogs and…lie! 🙂

P.S. If you want to add yourself to the Memetastic Award winners list, here is the Memetastic Hop page.