Overture, Curtains, Lights!

ImageThis is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
We know every part by heart
Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you’ll hit the heights
And oh what heights we’ll hit
On with the show this is it

It’s that time again. Time to acknowledge some really great bloggers who have passed out awards, and time to pass out some awards from here as well.

I’ve come to appreciate the awards. I’m honored when someone has thought enough of me and/or my silly blog to send an award my way, and I like how the awards give us an opportunity to point others in the direction of bloggers we enjoy and think others would, too.

We may run over time with today’s awards, so I’m going to list the award winners first. They are more important than any babbling I may do, so here we go …


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On September 13, recently published author Tessa Sheppard honored me with the Reader Appreciation Award. I am passing this award on to three good men who you might appreciate reading:
vinnylanni – Live the Dream. He’s a dreamer, he still watches cartoons, and I like his outlook.
Simplicity Lane – Steven writes some beautiful pieces and poetry. I like his “building blocks.”
tincantheory – I love Jerron Tables. He writes things that I can’t make heads or tails of, and then he writes something that has me tapping my toes. I find him hugely entertaining (even though he can be quite serious at times), and he has the best tags out there.



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On September 28, Zen of Zen Scribbles awarded to me the Super Sweet Blog Award. I choose these super sweet women to accept this award. They have wonderful blogs, and I think of each of them as friends:
Dianne Gray author
Michelle Proulx Official
retiredruth Life in the 50’s and beyond
stuff i tell my sister
Maggie Myklebust



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The One Lovely Blog Award came to me from Chelsea Brown of The Jenny Mac Book Blog on September 14. I nominate these lovely ladies – and two lovely critters – for this award:
Valerie Clarizio – I’m reading her lovely book right now. It’s really good!
Tales of a Charm City Chick – La La is lovely and fun. I enjoy her sense of humor.
Scatterbrain – I enjoy reading about Jae’s lovely life and family.
Seriously Seeking Grannies – Mary is a favorite blogger of mine. She has a lovely spirit, and I enjoy reading her musings.
Teaching David to Cook – Rita Kay is as lovely as they come. She is sweet, full of life, and I always enjoy a visit with her.
Deep in the Heart of Textiles – Textile Ranger has wonderful, lovely photos of textiles treasures. I always enjoy a visit to her blog.
Spineless Wonders – Cyrus and Willy. A snail and a worm. They are lovely together. You just have to go see.



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The Liebster Blog Award came twice. Once from Malinka of Malinka’s Studio on October 9, and one from Jackie at Change Is Good…..Right??? This award comes with questions to be answered, and I choose these two authors for this award:
Keri Peardon
That Girl Who Reads Books



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Three Very Inspiring Blogger Award(s) came my way from Chelsea Brown (11/16), Marie at good morning, joe (12/4), and from Claire at LilyPetal (12/16).  This nice mix of bloggers will inspire you in their own unique way.
Brother Jon
Daniel Koeker
Bo Lumpkin at Gatorhead Comics
Rachelle at A Rich, Full Life in Spite of It
Kris at vikingessa



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I was very honored to receive five stars for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. They came from Maggie, Chelsea, Mary, Carolyn, and Paula. I think these bloggers deserve Blog of the Year 2012 awards:
Tessa Sheppard – One of the hardest working writers I know.
The Cheeky Diva – Julie! Cheeky and fun!
Pam Tanzey, Artist – Her artwork is fantastic, and she even does it for Trader Joe’s.
Before I Forget – Katykins! Kate! Creator of Cyrus and Willy. You never know what you’ll get here, and it’s always fun!
Michelle at Play – Probably one of the nicest people I’ve run across in the blogosphere. She makes great lists, and she has wonderful bits of wisdom to share.
Kat at Travel Garden Eat – Kat is inviting, and her blog is a visual delight in addition to giving us wonderful words to read.


The music is playing. They’re telling me to hurry up.



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The final award is humbly and graciously accepted. I was amongst a fine group of people chosen to receive the first ever Cheeky Diva Award on October 7. She is so cheeky, she made her own award. What do you have to do to accept the award? In her own words, “Not a damn thing.” I think these fine folks would love a Cheeky Diva Award, too:
Kate at Let’s Get Milkshakes! – If nothing else, read about her fabulous vacation to Fiji.
Marcus at Voices in His Head – You get fabulous humor here.
The Famous David Harding – He’s just fabulous. Period.
Jackie at Change Is Good…..Right??? – She posts fabulous recipes, her fabulous comments are witty, and her writing is fabulous.
john the aussie – There’s always a laugh at his blog, and his Murphy’s Road Rules posts are fabulous!


I simply cannot make this post any longer. I will do a separate post with answers to questions and some fascinating to me, boring to you, tidbits about me to go along with these awards.

Please do check out some of these fine blogs. There is something for everyone here, and it took a couple of hours to assemble all of the links, so please click some or all!

Finally, I wish I had my own award to give. I’m not quite as cheeky as Julie, but if I did have my own award, I would give one to everyone who follows me, and one to everyone I follow. I’ve only been blogging for seven months, and it has been a great experience. It’s been wonderful getting to know so many nice people.

If you stop by and see your award, please let me know. I’m afraid it will take days for me to notify everyone.  If you haven’t clicked on the award for your rules, click here for all of the award rules.

83 thoughts on “Overture, Curtains, Lights!

  1. Lots of awards here! Thank you so much. Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I look forward to checking out the blogs I don’t know yet! Like David Harding, who’s that?

    • Sometimes you need a day off from retirement. I’ve never been so busy since our kid moved out, and I’m here all day with just one dog. You are definitely on my “fave” list, Ruth. I was clicking on award links from another blog and found some really great people to follow. Happy New Year to you!!

    • Thanks! Most of these awards want you to list ten or fifteen people, and I have them to list, but I let this get out of hand, and it took a long time to get the few in I did. I need a “Supportive Commenter” Award, because even though you fit nicely under all award categories, you are the best at being supportive. ★★★★★ 5 stars for you! 🙂

  2. congrats on all the well deserved awards! Also, thank you for sending one my way for my food blog! I truly appreciate it and the Cheeky one too! Have a wonderful New Year and may it be filled with light and love!

    • You’re welcome, Jackie! I need to catch up with you, but I love your food blog. I just saw yesterday that you weren’t in my follow list for your writing, so I fixed that. I thought you might get a kick out of Julie’s award. 🙂

      • Oh for sure, as I follow Julie too and she always makes me chuckle. I forgot to mention that I finished reading your book that I won! It was great! Really well written I thought. Now I will have to get the others. Keep on writing! 🙂 Also thanks for the follow on my writing blog.

  3. Oh, MADDIE! You should not ever have! I am deeply honored. I am of the solid notion that my blog would slip-drip the steady tear without your eyes. Thank you this much (look to one side of the room and then look to its counterpart on the direct other side, then break through that wall two feet).

  4. Thanks so much for the award and for all the traffic I have received from your site. Because of my limited internet time (and expertise) I won’t be able to fulfill all the rules but I will post your link in my latest blog on my I’ve Been Thinkin’ site. I hope to do a blog of all the special people who have encouraged me lately and you will definitely be in the mix. Again thanks. I am honored.

    • If you noticed, I don’t fulfill all the rules either. 😉 I just do the best I can. And you are welcome, Bo. I enjoy your site very much, I’m honored to be able to read your stories, and it’s a pleasure getting to know you.

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  6. Congratulations on all of the awards; well deserved! And thank you for nominating Simplicity Lane for the Reader Appreciation Award. Steve

      • Thank you and I am glad it’s a book and not a rabbit you pulled out of the hat for me. And I just looked for an email from you (wordsbystevesw@gmail.com), however, so far this week I have only received (seriously, no joke) a loan confirmation from a bank; a notice that I won the MEGA MILLION; and from a wonderful person in Nigeria: “You are hereby notified that your Inheritance/Contract Payment of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($10,500,000.00) has been approved to be paid to you through ATM VISA CARD.”

        I have never bought an E-book, so I am not sure how it works.

        • Do you have an eReader? If not, I can send the book to you through Amazon, and you can read it on your computer through their Kindle for PC. -or- I can simply send you the book through your email as a .pdf file. Let me know which you would prefer.

    • You’re welcome. It did take a long time – more than I admitted to, but I’m happy to point people to good blogs. Happy New Year, Rachelle! I think one of my New Year’s resolutions will be to attempt to get out of cookie pants. 😉

  7. Maddie thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for giving me the “Lovely Blog Award”, I feel very honored that you took the time to think of me. Thank you for all your post this past year on my site it means more to me than you realize. Thanks again for the award. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • Thanks, Dallas! We’re having a late dinner today, and then I’m off to read more blogs that I am terribly behind with. I want to get to part three, and I think four, of your story! I’ll be by in a little bit! 🙂 Happy New Year to you, too!

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