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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Beautiful Blogger Award

I wanted to take my time with this post. You see, I have been honored with the nomination for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Lois, from Living Simply Free bestowed this honor upon me last week. I'd like to tell you a bit about Lois and the blog she keeps.

Lois blogs about her past, her heart's desire, and finding a life that suits her, by thoughtfully simplifying. One of the things that makes her blog so special is that Lois is very candid about her struggles and her joys. Do you know the feeling, when you think you've got it going on, and you meet someone who truly humbles you, in their abilities, their humanity, and their kindness? That is what I feel when I read one of Lois' posts.  You absolutely have to read Choices and the Consequences that Follow. As I read this post, I had a gut reaction, wanting to jump from where I sat, and do something, get involved, while at the same time, I was saddened by a loss with which wasn't mine to begin. Please read this. You'll be moved as well.

To be nominated by Lois is humbling. As I accept, I spread the blog love on. Thank you so much, Lois!

Here's how it works:
  1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post. 
  2. Write something about the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate other bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.  No number was specified to me, but online, I found other bloggers were nominating 7 new bloggers for this award.

I feel odd telling 7 things about myself, as frankly, I'm a rather dull person. But here goes:

1) pumpkins -- I love pumpkins. I dedicate a small part of the yard each year to a pumpkin patch. Years ago I had a bench in the patch and would go outside and sit amongst my pumpkins. In my dream life, I would have an enormous pumpkin patch and grow blue and white ones in addition to the traditional orange variety. So far, this year I have 5 pumpkin babies.
2) disneyland -- my favorite family vacation memories were from Disneyland vacations. When I'm down or stressed, I go online to one of the many Disney message boards and read other people's trip reports. I grew up in So. California, so maybe that's where the Disney affair comes from.
3) my faith and church -- having strong faith and going to church each week changes who I am on the inside, each and every week. I drag myself there on Sunday mornings, grumpily wondering why I make myself go. Then sometime during the music, I begin to feel the change happening. And my grumpiness morphs into cheer.
4) flowers to remember loved ones -- I plant flowers to remember those loved ones who have passed away. I have irises along a path to a small pond, because they remind me of my grandmother. She had irises along a path in her yard. I planted some yellow roses because of a dream I had after my mother passed away. In my dream, my mother told me to pick up a yellow rose bush, while I was at the nursery, for remembrance. So I did. I have since managed to kill off those two rose bushes, so I will be buying another two this next spring. 
5) bridges -- I have a huge fear of driving over bridges. I have to scrunch down really low so as not to see the edge of the bridge or how high up we are. This is quite a problem, as to get into town in downtown Seattle, I have to drive over a bridge -- no other way into town from the north, except by boat.
6) changing the world -- if I could do one thing to change the world, I'd get rid of all the grumpies, (they harsh my mellow, man). But then I'd have to go, too. Oh well, so much for world change.
7) snack food favorites -- I have two favorite snack foods that I could live on if I had to, popcorn and toast. See, I told you I was a pretty dull person.

And now, I'd like to spread this wonderful blog love on to these 7 blogs. They're all different. Some have very good and helpful info, others are humorous and make me laugh, others have beautiful photography of nature, which always cheers me, and all are written by the loveliest people that I just want to share them with you. Visit them and see for yourself.

Tracy at Cocopaws
Sarah across the pond at Everyday Life on a Shoestring
Shara at Mama's Mission
"June" at Live and Learn -- Toss and Turn
Connie over the back fence at Food Stamps Cooking Club
down under at Economies of Kale
Belinda at the Frugal Workshop

Again, I just want to thank Lois for thinking of me and my blog. I'm honored to accept this award and pass it on to some of my favorite bloggers.


  1. Thank you so much for the blog award, Lili. You are so sweet to nominate me. :)

    I read the post about Choices and the Consequences that Follow. It is sad what can happen to a small town when it dies out like that.

    1. Hi Belinda,
      You're welcome!

      I've never lived anywhere where a town just dies out. I've only lived in suburbs of major metropolitan areas. Seeing those photos made me feel a loss of sorts.

  2. OK, now I understand what it's all about! Thank you for the nomination!

    1. You're welcome, Sarah! You're like me, my first response was, "I have no idea what I've been nominated for but I accept". I could have been accepting the role to clean the public bathrooms at the bus depot for all I knew!

  3. Lois' post was thought-provoking. Thanks.

    Congrats on your BBA nomination. And thank you for letting us peek into your life. I love toast, too! Perhaps you should visit your inner child and check out one of the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo from the library (children's section). It's about a pig who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson and looooves hot ... buttered ... toast! Each book ends in a toast-party. It's so nice to have children so I have an excuse to read kid's books! :) Sometimes I share them with the kids ...

    1. Hi Kris,
      Thank you! I've always enjoyed the privilege, as a parent of being able to slip into the kids' section of the library and check out books for me to read, without anyone looking askance at my selections. I enjoyed a lot of historical fiction when my kids were all smaller. And some of the novels that were originally intended to be children's novels, I've enjoyed as well. I'll check the Mercy Watson books, um, uh, I'll be babysitting some kids later this week. Yes, that's it, babysitting.

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. I don't know what to say, what a wonderful write up you gave me, it has humbled me. I never thought about my blog in those terms. Thank you.

    I haven't had time today to check out the blogs you nominated, but definitely will soon.

    I have one question, what's so dull about popcorn and toast. I love both, and on a cool fall or cold winter day toast and tea are favorites of mine.

    1. Hi Lois,
      Gee, I didn't know there were so many toast lovers out there! Well, that raises toast to a whole new level. Toast and jam with a cup of tea is one of my favorite snacks. I guess I just thought I was odd because i wouldn't choose chips or pizza as a favorites.

      Thank you again for the honor of this award! I meant all of what I said.

  5. Thanks for the nomination. I am flattered by it. Your blog deserves its nomination also. It is attractively laid out and you have well written posts. Also, I'm not sure how you have time to do all that you do and post about it too. However, I enjoy reading them.

    I too have a fear of bridges and don't like driving over them. That made it difficult for me when we lived in New Orleans and I had to cross the big Mississippi River Bridge everyday to go work. Thank goodness there was a bus I could take.

    I am looking forward to learning about some of the new-to-me blogs on your list.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      You're welcome! And thank you for the lovely compliments.

      I bet the Mississippi River Bridge was a monster of a bridge, too. At least I don't have to go into Seattle very often. Every day to work would either cure me of my fear or make things much worse!

  6. Congratulations! And thank you so much for submitting my blog! I love to read your blog, very informative. I Love pumpkins too, but mostly, I LOVE all halloween decorations!

    1. Hi Tracy,
      Thanks! And now you get to have the fun of nominating some bloggers yourself! I love Halloween candy -- especially those little candy pumpkins!

  7. Thank you so much for the nomination, I feel honoured :) It was really nice to read a bit more about you, and I have checked out Lois's blog too.

    A question about the pumpkins, do you eat them as a savoury food? We do that all the time in Australia, but when I lived in the US as a kid, they only really had them around Halloween or as pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin so much, especially roasted :)

    1. Hi Economies,
      you're welcome!

      Pumpkins -- I think more and more Americans are eating them in savory dishes. But by and large, there are still quite a few who only eat pumpkin on Thanksgiving, in pie.Too bad for them, all the more for me :)

      Personally, I use it to make soup, a pasta sauce with sage, as a side dish, in biscuits and yeast dinner rolls, added to custards, as well as the traditional pie, bread, cake, muffins, and cookies.


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