Always Here If you Need Me Award

AlwaysThereQuite surprised to find the Always Here If you Need Me award waiting in  my inbox this a.m., compliments of a fellow voracious reader and writer, Julian Froment.   As I have been remiss in doing my duty in the awards arena, I vow to get caught up on all of them, today!  So get ready for a slew of wonderful blogs to visit!

The rules for this award are:

  • Post a picture of the award somewhere on your blog.
  • List 5 things that make you happy.
  • Choose 3 people to nominate who have been a virtual shoulder to cry on, checked in on you when they knew things were rough, or have always been there for you.
  • Comment on their blogs and let them know of the nomination.

5 Things that make me happy

Sitting in the quiet of a summer night, or that magical moment just before sunrise – when the calm of the world enters my soul.

Finding out that something I said or wrote helped someone else through a rough patch.

Having a whole day to write without having to do any pesky chores, like cooking, cleaning the bathroom, laundry…

Going to sleep on fresh, dried-by-wind-and-sunshine bed sheets.

When one of my cockamamie inventions actually works, perfectly, the first time around.

Nominate 3 people who are there for me

Aw…c’mon…only 3?!?   This is why I get behind on awards – the nominees portion of the drill always trips me up!   Anyone mind if I break with precedent and nominate more?  Great,  let’s get started then…

Here are the folks that inspire, motivate and check in on me.   They share the joy of triumphs, appear with hugs & hankies when heartbreak appears and never, ever,  fail to truly make me Laugh Out Loud:

Shamanic Tracking



Daily Echo



Because You’re Fantabulous Award

I must admit, I got nominated for awards last week when I was taking a break from WordPress AND started having enough problems to be in my “I’m grumpy – might log in to read, but not writing anything” mode.

I’m honored to receive these awards – very much so.  But I absolutely hate having to go through and pick just who to nominate for the pass-on.   I so enjoy getting nominated, but then stew and fret over fulfilling the duties to accept the award – Which bloggers to pick?  Am I portraying their blog in the way they like?  Will they actually have time to follow “Da Rules” for accepting?

So after finishing my two award posts, I decided to be clever and put in the widget that allows me to show you who I like and follow – but that was a bust – the widget only let’s me display 50 – and so much of my list is left out in the cold.

Sigh… WordPress techies, can you fix this, please?


Because the list of those I follow outnumbers my own follows – because there are so many wonderful bloggers out there – because I hate having to narrow nominees down – and because I think there should be one easy to fulfill and display award (I’m lazy – did you get that yet?) I’m announcing the “Because You’re Fantabulous Award”.

This award is to be handed out willy-nilly.  Feel free to award it, tell people you awarded it and give them the link so they can get the artwork for their widget area or awards page.

If the pure lackadaisical nature of this whole system leaves you feeling like you didn’t earn the award, feel free to answer questions or nominate others – but the only rule is:

It is to be awarded to you – not just copy and pasted onto your blog.

Who am I kidding?  I’m not going to police this – if you’re feeling like no one appreciates you and want it for your blog, go for it – – I won’t know…

Have fun, you Fantabulous Bloggers!


Psst… By the way…if I follow you, then you’re already awarded – feel free to display it on your blog!

(I told you I was lazy, right?)

Epic Awesomeness

Dear Cranky has nominated me for the Epic Awesomeness award – thank you so very much.   In order to keep from writing an Epic Novel (as I’ve done previously when so blessed by a nomination) I’m going to attempt short/sweet…okay, I’ll try to keep it under 2,000 words – –


Cranky is really quite lovable when you get to know her.   She’s rather like the neighbor that yells at kids to put their coat on and keep off her lawn but always has the bowl full of king size candy bars at Halloween and winks and whispers, “Oh, take another – your mom won’t care.”

I’ve also been greatly gratified at all the wonderful bloggers I’ve found through the Cranky link -and who have chosen to visit me from her pages – so if you enjoy what you read here, you might want to visit her and click on those from her circle – it will be a fun journey, no doubt about it.

So here’s the 2, ” To-Do’s”  in order to display Epic Awesomeness

1. Tell 10 Epic/Awesome tales about yourself.

1. I once removed an air filter, shook out the weeds crammed into it while doing figure 8 donuts backwards in a front-wheel drive car in a pasture, (my own version of crop circles) poured water on it, shook it out again, re-installed it and made it back to town/mechanic – I only learned later you never, ever, ever, use water to flush out an air filter.  Worked for me and that, my friends, is why you never say never.

2. While dispatching for the State Patrol, I once said “Condom” over the open air waves – remind me to tell you the story sometime.

3. Was threatened with losing my FCC license when I was a midnight drive DJ,  because I aired a news story about a government mess up and then segued into a Restless Heart song by saying, “And here’s another ‘Tender Lie’ …”

4. I never once, in 15 years of restaurant work, spit upon or otherwise sullied anyone’s food.  I did, however, often use the walk-in freezer as my personal “cuss & scream” room.

5. I can’t sing my way through Country Bumpkin without getting choked up and/or crying.

6. I can sing “Bingo” in multiple music genres – classical, operetta, grunge, modern country, twangy country, hard rock, pop rock and rock ballad.  (You know, “there was a farmer had a dog…” )

7.  I love to sing, but still haven’t gotten up the nerve to do karaoke.

8. I once drove from Paducah, Kentucky to Limon, Colorado, straight through, by myself.   Apparently, every time I hit towns where I could stop for the night, the street lights woke me up and by the time I was half-way cross Kansas, it just seemed silly to waste money on a hotel room.  Oh, to be young again.

9. If I start writing first thing in the morning, I’m still in my t-shirt, sweats and hand-me-down sweatshirt when supper time comes around.

10. I was never Daddy’s Little Princess – I was too much of a tomboy and he was too practical –  but I’m my Father’s Daughter and he’s still my hero.  And the highest compliment ever paid to me for the effort of doing all the girl stuff you need to when dressing up for special events, a date or your wedding is still,  “You look real pretty, Sis.”  Apparently, my dates and husband didn’t understand just how much effort I had put into dressing up.  Dad did, because we only had one bathroom – – what a patient man…

2. Nominate 10 Epic/Awesome bloggers and let them know how Awesome they are.

My “Blogs that I follow” list has been growing by leaps and bounds – Here’s some new additions to my reader and I hope, yours:

There are days when all I want to do is look at the beautiful – for

that reason, I follow and nominate these for Epic Awesomeness…

DaVida Nature Photography –
This gal takes photography to a whole new level.   🙂  Always a soothing balm on my spirit whenever I visit her.

Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary
I really like her articles, but I have to confess, her blog design and artwork widgets are so wonderful, I would’ve have followed, whether I liked what she wrote or not.

The ART of Life
Upbeat philosophy coupled with beauty in all it’s forms – What’s not to like?

Wildersoul Colouring Book
Yay!  I can color again!  Where’s my crayolas?

Litebeing chronicles
While there’s always a story to go with, the pictures here just lift my spirit, all by themselves, AND then I get to be inspired by the words!

While I really like the pictures here, you actually get some author/marketing advice to boot!  What a bargain!

Universal Cosmic Conscience
Visit, view and just feel the stress trickle out your toes…

Then there are days when I like to think I’m not the only one who sits around musing about life, myself and the world I inhabit –

Fresh, honest and confiding, I like the musings and the accompanying photos.

Duck? Starfish? but …23
A treasure trove of a variety of topics and always enjoy my visits here.

Poetry – for some reason, I’ve been attracting and then visiting several poets –

Memoirs of a Dragon
Words that reach deep and illustrations that wow –

Some Call It Red
A dancer who also writes poetry – always good for a laugh to start your day off with.

Happy, Awesome Reading!