Category Archives: “Here Comes the Sun”

Let’s Go on a Picnic! Sunshine Award Nominations

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In the midst of many feet of snow, while growing up in

Cleveland, Ohio, my mother and we, three kids, would

have fun, snow days! The best things came out of those

special moments. It was a time of childhood wonder, warm

cookies being baked, sometimes a tent in the dining room,

(sheet draped over the cherry wood table) or sometimes we

would have a ‘summer’ picnic!

Here is the Menu for my desired picnic on this wintry,

breezy day! Come on! Go into your pantries, you may

surprise yourself with what you may come up with! There

may be cans of baked beans, there may be a can of German

potato salad or those vinegary but sweet, three beans

concoction. If you are a ‘health nut’ be aware, this

writer got up and made 100% whole wheat pancakes, took

some confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon and a dab of real

butter, then “pretended” by closing my eyes, that I

was at the Delaware County Fair, eating a huge elephant

ear!

PICNIC MENU: COME ONE, COME ALL!

Barbecued Chicken

Cole Slaw

(I will make a purple cabbage slaw, with crumbled

blue cheese, pecans, cranberries and a sweet and

tangy dressing.)

Potato Salad

(I love red skinned potatoes and a little bacon thrown

into this creamy mayonnaise based dressing on it.)

Cold, tart Lemonade

(Okay, you may bring a margarita mix, that is also

‘sunshine-y!’)

Spinach Salad with red or purple onions, with a

lot of healthy vegetables, like radishes included

Brownies

(Caramel or Peanut butter with a good vanilla ice

cream)

Cookies

(My favorites are butter frosted ones. They could be

decorated with bright yellow frosting and have a happy

face of M and M’s on it!)

And Muscle Headed will bring lemon sorbet or gelato!

This is also a wonderful post about unique, quirky and

talented fellow bloggers! I am honored to be nominated

for The Sunshine Award by the blog, “Be Good!” Her Second

Award Nomination of 2014 post is on January 22, 2014.

“Be Good” can be found at:

http://reservedlove.wordpress.com

She has been around my blog for awhile, pressing the ‘like’

button and generally, a great friend! This Sunshine Award

gave me several directions to write about and you may wish

to just skip my morning’s coffee and sugar content-driven

spellbinding list of Sunshine subjects!

Hope these “qualify” for my ten things you wished you knew

about me:

1. “Sunshine on my Shoulder” (Makes Me Happy!) by John

Denver.

2. I love ‘The Sunshine State,’ Florida and their ocean

views!

3. Have a sunny outlook on life!

4. I have a sunny disposition, it really helps when times

are hard. But, you know, my WORST days are probably better

than some people’s BEST days!

5. I don’t like my eggs Sunny Side Up! I like them cooked

on both sides.

6. Bright, brilliant, shining, hot SUNSHINE is so lovely!

7. Welcoming people with a sunny greeting, goes a long way.

8. Lasting friendships bring sunshine on gloomy, cloudy days.

9. “The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow” or the next day…

(“Annie” musical number may be corny but it makes me smile!)

10. “Sunny Skies…” my oldest daughter called me last Spring

after I had just sung on my cell phone voicemail this song

from “Sesame Street.” I have her hysterical laughter caught

forever on my voicemail, when it asks me to delete it I just

push the #9 and save it. She says a message back, “Mamacita,

you are a silly, silly woman and I love your silly self! Call

me back, when you get a chance!” If you ever come visit,

I will share some of my own Silly Mom messages! She has one

where she says, “Sorry I missed your call, honey, but I was

heading towards the bathroom and dared not turn around to

search for my phone!!”

My girlfriend, Jenny, who lost her mother when she was in

her twenties, says, “Save that forever. Sometimes, I forget

how my Mom’s voice sounded like.”

Here are the Sunshine Award, 2014 nominations!

There are rules about posting the logo/clip art for the

Sunshine Award, listing (at least) ten fellow bloggers to

nominate for their own Sunshine Awards. Add ten things that

are about yourself, sharing with us.

I hope that sometime during this picnic, we have someone

with a stereo to play,

The Beatle’s song, “Here Comes the Sun.”

Check out “Be Good’s” post from 1/22/14 for official rules.

Food for Thought:

1. Celeste writes about plant based diet, so bring

us some healthy brownies or treats, please!

http://honkifyourevegan.com

2. The Novice Gardener Gorgeous photos, recipes

and bits of philosophy thrown into the mix.

http://thenovicegardener.wordpress.com

3. Timi (I am Africa and No, You Can’t

Touch My Hair). Thanks for sharing some lively

and funny thought, with sprinkles of wisdom, too!

http://livelytwist.wordpress.com

4. Luanne, Writer Site: You can read to us

some of your memoir (or others you have

been studying.) You will sit at the head of our

picnic table!

http://writersite.org

5. Muscle Headed: You can bring the lemon gelato!

Can I put you down for chicken, too?

http://muscleheaded.wordpress.com

Photography plus more:

6. 50’Lux:

http://50lux.com

Great contrast in photos with city-scapes and

diverse people featured.

7. Tracy (Wanderlust): Travel to New England and discover

original off-the-beaten path photos, along with her

wonderful perspectives on life!

http://tllsci.wordpress.com

8. Sherry La Chelle: There’s always a party around

with music, dancing and fun with Sherry along!

Beautiful photos!

http://travelspirit333.com

http://sherrylachellephotography.com

Soulful Spirits:

9. A man who features philosophy, beauty in nature

and life:

http://euzicasa.wordpress.com

10. Glorialana, my goddess friend who featured a lovely

turquoise and gold elephant representing

me!

http://glorialana.wordpress.com

11. Belinda: Dealing with illness with grace

and courage:

http://busymindthinking.com

12. Jonathan shares All!

http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com

‘Laughter is the Best Medicine:’

13. beth, who shares her own brand of sunshine with

her kindergartners and other wild, caring stories.

http://ididnthavemyglasseson.com

14. Rebecca who has her own dictionary!

Laugh and snort your coffee through your nose

with this gal!

http://ladyornot.com

15. Modern Philosopher Maine guy with great

resume, writing all kinds of silly and fun

adventures. Creativity plus!

http://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com

16. Evil Squirrel has you thinking and

analyzing, enjoying his perspective with

great illustrations (comics by E.S.)

http://evilsquirrelsnest.com

17. Cupid or Cats, so much energy and

fun here!

http://cupidorcats.wordpress.com

You Got Me Thinking…

18. Brenda: Haikus, fairy tales and delightful

photographs!

http://friendlyfairytales.wordpress.com

19. Fergus and the Druid gives us lonely but hopeful

poetry with personal level of feelings.

http://fergusandthedruid.wordpress.com

20. Bullying Prevention (who has been such a great

guy, managing blogs and speaking out against

injustices! Also, you gave me that Dragon’s

Loyalty Award and one other one, I owe you big

time! Smiles, Robin)

http://terkinn.wordpress.com

21. Mama Bear Musings, I like her way of weaving

natural scents, aromas and thoughts into her writing.

http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com

What are you bringing to share at our Picnic?