Category Archives: The Sunshine Award

Awards that I May Not Deserve!

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While living as I do, ‘flying by the seat of my pants,’

going to the library and pretending to be a ‘good’ fellow

blogger, I miss things. Details. Lots of times I miss some

of your great posts, wonderful adventures and really need…

More Time in the Day!

I actually write my posts at home, run to the library after

work, post a story or article, then read my comments, and

once in a great while, check out my emails.

Last weekend, I had 500 blogs to read and over 1000 emails.

Yikes!!

This is how my past weekend went…

I managed to go to my oldest daughter’s home, with a trio

of star glazed donuts with sprinkles, a special card and

an enclosure of cash for her 34th birthday. The donuts

were eaten by the ‘birthday girl,’ her 5 year old son,

Micah and her partner, Michael. I felt like that was a great,

but too short visit. I headed to the library where I was

able to post a story, read about 25-30 posts, checking on my

comments on my posts, responded and no emails checked.

Then, on last Sunday, I had that ‘epic’ and exciting trip

to the Palace Theater to see “Sesame Street Live!” show.

I managed to write about that for April Fool’s Day…

You can see me, in any situation, trying to ‘talk myself

out of the ticket, Mr. Policeman, sir!’

In amongst the posts you are writing, the comments you are

saying, I really care and try to stay connected!

If only you lived in walking distance, had time to share a

cup of coffee, and be part of my neighborhood landscape.

We do the best that we can, in our busy lives we lead!

I missed on March 26, 2014, this very fine award nomination

from Anne T. Bell. It was for “Being a Light of the World”

Award! Thank you very much, Anne!

You may find her at:

http://talesalongtheway.com

I am so sorry about missing this award and really would like

you to encourage you to read this retired teacher’s stories

about her travels, experiences and she truly does shine a

bright and friendly Light into the World!!

Another special friend, Jane, who sometimes I call Janey,

is one I have passed on an award to, once along her blogging

career. You may be checking her out since I recommended her!

Jane nominated my for a “Quintet of Radiance” Award! Wow!

I loved the fact that she really followed the rules to a “T!”

She made me very proud to know her and I feel you will be

smiling, chuckling and learning some really ‘quirky’ things

about Jane when you check out:

http://cupidorcats.wordpress.com

The awards in her Quintet were for the Most Influential Blogger

Award, The ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award, The Inner Peace

Award, The Sunshine Award and The Versatile Blogger Award!

I hope it is okay to tell you that it was passed to me,

without the fifth award (The Versatile Blogger Award) but I am

sure that it was not meant to be a Quartet!

“Sh-h-h!!” this was how it was given to me, missing the fifth.

I received two awards on an old friend of mine’s blog. We have

been connected for longer than most of my regular commenters,

here is a great fellow blogger who writes short but very deep,

interesting posts! He gave me the One Lovely Blog Award and

the Beautiful Blogger Award.

http://belsbro.wordpress.com

I would like to offer these suggestions for people to read

and enjoy their stories, poems, art and photographs. I am

nominating this list of fellow bloggers any or all of the

above Awards! I was very honored by these and hope you will

also, feel honored. As I feel that my true and faithful

friends will understand, these are relatively new followers

and readers of my blog. I like to encourage new gifts to

these, in the form of choosing to nominate them for the

multiple (Eight!) awards!

1. http://luluspoetrycorner.wordpress.com

2. http://ramblingsfromamum.wordpress.com

3. http://laxmanprajapati.wordpress.com

4. http://gedepramascompassion.com

5. http://sacredtouches.com

6. http://deanjbaker.wordpress.com

7. http://southcarolina1670.wordpress.com

8. http://borednicole.wordpress.com

9. http://uthamz.wordpress.com

10. http://dawnpisturino.wordpress.com

11. http://patcegan.wordpress.com

12. http://hopedog.wordpress.com

Congratulations to the Dozen nominees!

I hope you receive some visits from my readers and friends

here in my neighborhood.

Please check out the three people’s posts where they nominated

me, for the rules. I hope that you will accept these honors and

will be happy to read your suggested nominees, as you pass the

awards around!

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?

The sunny and happy award

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I was nominated for the Sunshine Award by the sweet person who

represents this award to a tee! Brenda is an author of numerous

fairy tales and spreads sunshine, plus smiles, daily! I am in awe

of this award because every 2 or 3 of my posts have a disaster

or sad story. I explore how relationships reveal our hearts, by

sharing my stories that can be rather hapless and clumsy. I

also find many people who tell me their love stories so I share

them in the amazing mixture that they arrive.

Please check out Brenda’s unique, creative and magical fairy tales:

http://friendlyfairytales.wordpress.com

I have a list of questions that Brenda passed on to me:

1. Favorite fairy tale…             Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid”

2. Favorite exercise…              Hiking

3. Favorite smell…                   Baby’s skin after a bath

4. Favorite dessert…                Southern butter pecan cake with cream cheese frosting

5. Favorite vacation spot…     Sanibel Island

6. Favorite sound…                   Children’s belly laughs

7. Most unexpected visitor…   My third child (gift from Heaven)

8. Dream for the world…          Peace, harmony, and no child hungry

9. Closest dance with death… White out rear end accident that folded my car

10. Favorite lake…                      Erie, just grew up there, it is Home to me!

Now, the blogs I found to have the characteristics of the Sunshine Award,

Positive,  Inspire Others Creatively or Make You Smile!

1.  The Return of the Modern Philosopher; Gives us smiles with the funniest stories!

http://moviewriternyu.wordpress.com

2.  I Don’t Want to Talk About It; Serious stories with successful personal rebirth.

http://shoe1000.wordpress.com

3.  Uncharted Waters; Shares philosophy and life stories.

http://openoceanvoyage.wordpress.com

4.  Apple Core; Every six months a new world location, photos and stories.

http://globalexplorerclub.wordpress.com

5. Dishing It Out with Clarissa; Recipes from seedlings to everything in between!

http://dishingitoutwithclarissa.wordpress.com

6.ItyCharles; Writes about life, living, and meaningful messages.

http://itycharles.wordpress.com

7. Joanne writes from science fiction to love, and musical messages.

http://joannebest.wordpress.com

8.  The Accidental Cootchie Mama writes in all kinds of directions.

http://andrawatkins.com

9. Jonathan Caswell writes weaving faith, poems and photos, too.

http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com

10.  Maria blogs from her heart and leaves insightful messages.

http://solvingmaria.wordpress.com