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Gratitude and Appreciation

It is a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon in Northern Illinois.  I have been doddling around the house and decided to take on some blog maintenance and get caught up.  Since 2014 is right around the corner, I thought it would be nice to ‘spruce up and tidy up’ my blog.

As one can see, I have changed themes and have incorporated an awards page.  I adore every award I receive and greatly appreciate them.  With that said, I am dedicating a page – kinda like a bookshelf – to my awards.  I have just begun construction, tossing ideas around, and I thought it would be nice to christen the page with some lovely awards which have been given to me by a few very special friends, who just so happen to be very gifted writers….

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

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Gifted by the lovely and talented Patty at Petite Magique

http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

The rules for receiving this award are as follows:

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer 10 questions.
3. Nominate 10/12 blogs that you find a joy to read (yes, one can include gentlemen….)
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

The Questions to be answered:

1. Your favorite color – bluey green/greeny blue – any blue green combination
2. Your favorite animal (other than dogs) – swans
3. Your favorite non-alcoholic drink – Caffeine Free Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Canada Dry Ginger Ale
4. Facebook or Twitter – neither – only WP
5. Your favorite pattern – polka dots, paisley a close second
6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? – definitely giving
7. Your favorite number? – never really had one
8. Your favorite day of the week? – Thursday
9. Your favorite flower? – Calla Lily
10. What is your passion? – my boys, my Sydnee Pee, writing, cooking and cleaning (I have become an obsessive house cleaner)

Drum roll please………. The Nominees!

  1. http://raechelsheart.wordpress.com/
  2. http://helenmidgley.wordpress.com/
  3. http://dermsstuff.wordpress.com/
  4. http://richardankerswrites.wordpress.com/
  5. http://wired4more.wordpress.com/
  6. http://mindretrofit7.wordpress.com/
  7. http://ridingbitchblog.com/
  8. http://joeyfullystated.wordpress.com/
  9. http://pamela984.wordpress.com/
  10. http://annarosemeeds.wordpress.com/

The Semper Fidelis Award

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Gifted by Shaun at Looking for Reasoning to a Complicated World

http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

The Rules:

  • Add the Semper Fidelis Award logo somewhere on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Nominate 5 bloggers who’s loyalty and friendship you value and who you consider being part of your ‘pack of wolves’ on WordPress.
  • Post something special for all of your nominees separately and dedicate it to them. This can be a quote, saying, poem, picture, anything you think that would fit that person.
  • Let the nominees know that you’ve nominated them.

My special pack of wolves…

1.  Dominic at http://blackandwrite.wordpress.com/

There was one name that popped out of my head when I first received this award – Dom.  Quite simply, he is a brilliant writer. He can write the most prolific haiku and turn around and write a sonnet that could have fallen off the pages of a Shakespearean manuscript.  I must say what I admire the most about Dom is his ability to describe the human condition – in all of its ‘faces’ and write with compassion, sensitivity and honesty.  This is a gift – and one that I treasure. {Note to Dom – Thee are thouest my special friend.  I doth admirest thee.}

2.  Skye at http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/

Skye is a loving and precious soul.  She is always ‘there’ with a kind word that can warm even the ‘coldest’ of hearts.  Her faith is inspiring.  I could not imagine the WordPress community without her genuine compassion and love for life.  {Note to Skye:  God created you from a star he plucked from the heavens – to (amongst many things, of course) bring light and warmth into the WordPress community.}

3.  Merry at http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

Humph, what can I say about Merry….. Well, she is one of the funniest people I know.  I mean, she can knock me off my chair with her sense of humor.  She is also one of the bravest people I know – she epitomizes the concept of how humor can lighten one’s ‘heavy load’ of life.  She has lightened my load many a time.  We share the same home state of Ohio and we have shared a few ‘similar’ life experiences and danggit she is just one of the loveliest people I have been blessed to have met on WordPress.  {Note to Merry – You and I are going to make our trailerhood a reality….)

4.  Jen at http://blogitorloseit.com/

What first caught my eye about Jen’s blog was her love of art.  Her ability to combine the masterpieces of artistic expression and words in poetic form is absolutely priceless.  As I have come to know her through her work, I have discovered forms of poetry I never thought existed.  Also, she is a fellow stalker admirer of Benedict Cumberbatch and with that said, opened my eyes to BBC’s  Sherlock Holmes, of which my son Peyton has taken quite the liking.   Quite simply, Jen is a very special friend.  {Note to Jen – Are you counting down the days – hours to January 19th yet?  Do you think BC can make a dragon look hunky good?}

5.  WB at http://xpectation.wordpress.com/

Earlier this year, I decided to log onto my WordPress account after a ‘almost year long’ absence.  After a few weeks of writing and reading, I stumbled across a rather interesting blog.  It was visually beautiful and the words were astounding.  I was inspired.  WB can be compared to a composer – his thoughts are structured in words and arranged in a meticulous manner which create a lyrical and visual experience, which in turn effectuates a purpose.  I find myself tangled in thought; mesmerized by multiple interpretations.  Quite simply, I am challenged and I enjoy being challenged!  Oh! Oh! & sometimes, I truly believe he is conveying a message in response to the many thoughts which plague my mind.   {Note to WB – I always look forward to your next piece.  Hummm, what might next time bring?)

I have another person I would like to mention and that is Shaun.  I would first like to thank him for thinking of me and for bestowing this wonderful gift.  Secondly, I would like to thank Shaun for being such a beautiful friend.  Though he lives across the big pond, he is always present – not just on WordPress but in friendship.  He is a kind soul and has a selfless heart.  I also enjoy his sense of humor and his love of information.  Honestly, Shaun is a really cool guy and a great person to have in my ‘pack of wolves’.

So, there you have it – 15 awesome nominees.  I returned to WordPress with the intent to scribble a few thoughts.  I never expected to find friendship and friendship is exactly what I discovered.  WordPress would not be the same without them and my life would not be the same, either:)

One last note to my nominees:  I know that some of you do not accept awards.  I perfectly understand and mean no disrespect.  I see these awards as gifts – gifts of appreciation and gratitude for your inspiration and the friendship you bring to my heart.

Until the next round of gratitude and appreciation…..

Happy Reading, Happy Writing and Happy Day!!

With love,

Kimberly

 

December 17, 2013 at 1:57 am 26 comments

Thank You Transmission #1

‘Tis the time of year to give thanks, so I have decided to do so in a story telling format (after having been inspired by watching the Harry Potter marathon on the Fox Family Channel and the Star Wars Marathon on the Spike Channel – two cable channels in the USofA).  Without further adieu – make yourself comfy, cue the tunes and away we go…..

Once upon a long time ago, in a universe far, far away, there lived a clan of four soldiers.  (This is a true story) They were a kind, loving bunch spreading goodwill throughout the universe – protecting those who could not protect themselves.   The leader of the clan, Syd Pee 3-O, was the strongest of them all with a Paw that could maim with a single swipe.  Next in command was the brains of the operation,  Jor-2-d-2.  He was the technical mastermind, able to bring any operating system to its knees.  Then there was the director of security, Master PeYoda.  He could cook up any top-secret plan and execute it with precision.  The last member, MomBacca, took it upon herself to watch over the clan – making certain the ship was operational, supply clean underwear, food in the fridge and – this is the most important – tuck the soldiers in at night.  MomBacca did have one more responsibility – to blog, aka to communicate.  Blogging made use of the W3 (top-secret wavey things in space), and for the millions of other goodwill soldiers, this was their only means of communication.

Eons of years were spent traversing the universe.  Eons of  clans came and went and many blogs were transmitted, whereupon they still do exist – floating amongst the W3’s in space.  Many of these transmissions have been passed down from generation to generation and some have been placed into a collective source called the WP…………….flash to present day…….

I am the great, great, great…etc… grandchild of MomBacca.  I still oversee the transport, food and laundry of my little clan and I have continued the tradition of blogging.  I blog about many things but one of my absolute favorite things to blog about is gratitude for my fellow ‘clans people’ and here is one such transmission…….

The Sunshine Award

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Gifted by Shaun at http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

The criteria:

1) Use the logo above in the post.
2) Link to whoever nominated you.
3) Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
4) Nominate ten (5) fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
5) Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

My five (should be ten) nominees:

  1. http://cindyknoke.com/
  2. http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/
  3. http://pamela984.wordpress.com/
  4. http://scvincent.com/
  5. http://simonworkmann.wordpress.com/

Most Influential Award

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Gifted by Shaun at http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

The rules of this award are:

1. Add the award logo to your blog.
2. Answer the following questions.
3. And pass the award on to 10 (5) other blogs and let them know.

The 10 Questions:

1) What makes you the happiest?  My children.
2) Do you love the Oceans or Mountains?  I love both, but if I had to choose one, it would be the mountains.
3) What has been a special moment in 2013?  There have been many – Jordan’s graduation from high school, his first job and going away to college.  Peyton turning 16 and taking him for his first spin behind the wheel, ….
4) What’s your favorite quote? “Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it” – David Foster
5) Do you like yourself?  I plead the Fifth Amendment.
6) Do you stay up till midnight on New Year? Only when my boys are with me, otherwise I go to bed early.
7) Something you wish could be done ASAP?  Lots of things.
8) What was your favorite class when still at school?  English Literature
9) What musical instrument have you tried to play? Piano
10) Anything you wish to have learned earlier?  Lots of things.
11) Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting? Sewing

My five (should be ten) nominees are:

  1. http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/
  2. http://findingmyinnercourage.wordpress.com/
  3. http://michellemarieantellg.wordpress.com/
  4. http://chrismcmullen.wordpress.com/
  5. http://secretangelps911.wordpress.com/

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Gifted by Ilka at http://simplyilka.com/

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award.
  •  Include a link to their blog.
  •  Next, select 15 (5) blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •  Nominate these 15 (5) bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My five (should be fifteen) nominees are:

  1. http://helenmidgley.wordpress.com/
  2. http://greenembers.wordpress.com/
  3. http://radiatingblossom.wordpress.com/
  4. http://jadereyner.com/
  5. http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com/

As you can see, I have bent the rules quite a bit.   I have adjusted the number of nominees and the amount of information given about me.  First of all, there is not too much to tell about myself and secondly, I want to spare you the many more words I have to type – of which I have many more to type and they will be revealed shortly with a few more upcoming ‘transmissions’ of gratitude.

I would like to end on this note:  I sincerely want to thank each and every fellow blogger for each moment you have gifted of yourself on your blog site.  These include more than the follows,  likes, comments and awards you have given me – they are the photos, words, thoughts and feelings expressed in each post – the little bits of yourselves you share across the W3’s on the WP!

Until the next transmission –

Happy Reading, Happy Writing

and

Happy Day!

With love,

Kimberly

November 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm 29 comments

To Imagine

Good afternoon bloggerbuds-

A few months back, I was gifted The Imagination Award from one of my favorite writers –

Richard of http://richardankerswrites.wordpress.com/

“The Imagine Award” is an award that was created by Jenn Mulherin (who is the writer of the blog “My Fibrotastic Life!”) in October of 2013. This award was made in order to recognize the bloggers who express their passion and dedication towards their blogs through their creativity.

The Imagine Award

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The criterium for The Imagine Award is as follows:

1. Copy and paste The Imagine Award into your post.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
3. List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like (which you think are very creative).
4. Nominate 5 other bloggers/blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
5. Notify your nominees.
6. Display The Imagine Award to your blog’s award page.

I am extremely honored to have been given this special award from such a talented writer.  Richard possesses an incredible ability to mold words into the most beautiful pieces of poetry.  Sometimes his poetry goes beyond that of the written word – he can bring to life a vision, a song, a dream, a picture, an experience.  His elegance as a writer is astounding and he brings a level of sophistication to WordPress.  I was enticed by his talents from the very first time I laid eyes on his blog.  I was hooked then and continue to be inspired by his creative imagination – now.

There are so many writers in the blogosphere who write with a passion and a level of imagination that never ceases to amaze me.  Whether they are writing a piece of poetry or a thought about something in life, I am constantly being inspired – not just as a writer, but also as a person.  Here they are…….

1.  My friend Dom at http://blackandwrite.wordpress.com/

2.  My friend Skye at http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/

3.  My friend Hasty at http://hastywords.wordpress.com/

4.  My friend Michelle Marie at   http://michellemarieantellg.wordpress.com/

5.  My friend Patty at http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

The above is the tippy, tippy top of my list – it can go on and on and on……so please, visit these incredibly imaginative and beautiful souls.  You will be inspired, I promise.

Until we meet again, I wish all of you

Happy Reading, Happy Writing and Happy Day

kimberly xx

November 10, 2013 at 7:23 pm 22 comments

Lots, lots, lots of loads of thanks

Hello, Hello, Hello –

Yes, Yes, Yes – it is about time – I so, so, so apologize for the delay in getting my many, many, many thank you’s out.  I want each and every one of you to know that my appreciation is deeply heartfelt and has been here all along.  I am so, so, so honored and so, so, so tickled by every award I have been gifted.  Please know that I cherish each and every one.

Without further adieu, I would like to customize this post.  Here is my game plan:  I am listing each one, as well as, the sweet and lovely blogger(s) who gifted the award.  I would love to list each and every rule, however, I will be posting a novella and since novellas are not really my forte (not yet), I will condense things and improvise.  Get comfy – and away and away and away we go…..

The Loyal Reader Award

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Patty – http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

Jonathan – http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/

Mer – http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

Jen – http://jrosenberry1.wordpress.com/

Always Here If You Need Me

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Skye – http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/

Shaun – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

The Most Creative Blogger Award

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Patty – http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

The ABC Award

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Shaun – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

The Inner Peace Award

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Shaun – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

Jonathan – http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/

Most Influential Blogger Award

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Dawn – http://findingmyinnercourage.wordpress.com/

The WordPress Family Award

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Shaun – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

Surejukrish – http://boggledself.wordpress.com/

John – http://johnwhowell.com/

Chrissy – http://crissyb315.wordpress.com/

Dan – http://dermsstuff.wordpress.com/

The Sunshine Award

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Patty – http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

Jonathan – http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Simon – http://simonworkmann.wordpress.com/

Surejukrish – http://boggledself.wordpress.com/

Betty – http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com/

The Liebster Award

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Olivia – http://theclaymoreandsurcoat.com/

John – http://johnwhowell.com/

Chrissy – http://crissyb315.wordpress.com/

Defusing Chaos – http://defusingchaos.wordpress.com/

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Mer – http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

Jen – http://jrosenberry1.wordpress.com/

The Perfection Award

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And this lovely bundle…..

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Patty – http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/

The Best Moment Award

Shaun – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

As you can see, I have so, so, so much love and appreciation to send for the above awards and to the wonderful bloggers who gifted them to me.  Please know that I mean no disrespect by tweaking the rules, but I want to pay tribute to all of the writers that I follow – all of which are very special to me and to the WordPress community.  Each award is given to a blog that I feel embodies the essence of the criteria set for each one.

The Loyal Reader Award:

Pamela – http://pamela984.wordpress.com/

Dawn – http://findingmyinnercourage.wordpress.com/

Always Here If You Need Me Award:

Kirsten/Kira/Kirsten – http://kirawoodsbury.com/

Dan – http://dermsstuff.wordpress.com/

The Most Creative Blogger Award:

We Poets Show It – http://wepoetsshowit.com/

The Paperbook Blog – http://jaydeashe.wordpress.com/

The ABC Award:

Write, Write, Write, Sleep, Write – http://therussianway.wordpress.com/

Barb – http://acuriousgal.wordpress.com/

The Inner Peace Award:

Chrissy – http://crissyb315.wordpress.com/

Nina – http://ridingbitchblog.com/

Most Influential Blogger Award:

Theresa – http://soulgatherings.wordpress.com/

MichelleMarie – http://michellemarieantellg.wordpress.com/

The WordPress Family Award:

Bill – http://ghostinthewalls.wordpress.com/

Angel – http://mindretrofit7.wordpress.com/

The Sunshine Award:

Simon – http://simonworkmann.wordpress.com/

Devan – http://djhardesty.wordpress.com/

The Versatile Blogger Award:

The Community Storyboard – http://neverendingstorydepository.wordpress.com/

Howanxious – http://howanxious.wordpress.com/

The Liebster Award:

Kimmie – http://kimmiecricketsays.wordpress.com/

Sophia – http://psychologypathology2.wordpress.com/

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award:

Moinee – http://myownworstenemies.wordpress.com/

Jen – http://thinkandscrawl.wordpress.com/

The Lovely Bundle…..:

Richard – http://richardankerswrites.wordpress.com/

Poetry on a Roll – http://poetryonaroll.wordpress.com/

The Best Moment Award:

Belinda – http://busymindthinking.com/

Mer – http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

I would like to end this post by following the criteria of The Best Moment Award –

I have experienced so many wonderful moments.  Yes, there are the biggies such as every moment with my children, dancing on stage, finishing an Ironman, graduating college, …….. BUT the best moments are the ones which can be the smallest – a smile from someone running past me on the trail, watching the birds nosh from the bird feeder, having a cake bake just right, to name just a few…  Yes, all silly things, but they add up.  At the end of the day they contribute to a feeling of hope.  I would also like to say that my time spent on WordPress has been filled with so many ‘best moments’.  The feeling of accomplishment when a piece is complete and the publish icon is clicked.  Each comment that is made and reading the work of writers who have become my friends and finding new writers to enjoy and appreciate.  All wonderful ‘best moments’!

To the award nominees, please know that you are under no obligation to accept these awards.  Some have specific criterium, and if you would like to get this information, please drop me a line – I will send it right over.  The badges are yours to copy and to place on your own blogs.  If I have given an award to someone who does not accept awards, I understand and I apologize for not getting the memo:)  Let me know, and it will be duly noted. I have stated this before – I enjoy giving awards, because it is a way for me to show my appreciation for what you do and to share your blog with others who may not have found you – yet.

So, this concludes the mother of all thank you awards post.  I would like to end with one more BIG THANK YOU to say PLEASE keep doing what you do because you are all awesome!

Till the next time we meet – Happy Reading, Happy Writing, Happy Day!

Kimberly xxxx

September 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm 31 comments

a cornucopia of appreciation

Yes, I know – I have been a bit absent – as of late. I can thank my summer ‘life’ for this, a helluva computer issue and a rather testy WP app on my i-phone – but – never fear I am here and ready to get down to business – FINALLY!

In the past few months, I have been gifted with a cornucopia of awards. I have been touched greatly and I feel the deepest of heartfelt appreciation for each and every one I have received.  I would also like to say that I understand and respect all of the bloggers who wish not to be nominated.  For me personally, it provides an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’.  I can express my gratitude, as well as, bring to the spotlight some wonderful writers and artists.  It’s quite simple really – I think all of you are awesome and want others to experience the awesomeness I have been so blessed to experience.  Please know that if I have nominated you, there is no pressure to accept or to acknowledge its receipt.

I have quite a few awards to list, so please understand if I have bent the rules a bit (I seem to be having a fixation with the number 5).  My intent is to show my appreciation and bring to the forefront some of the many blogs I enjoy.  So, without further adieu, I am going to begin with…….

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Official criteria are as follows:

Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

Nominate 15 bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award and include a link to their site and tell them that you have nominated them.

State 7 things about yourself.

I would like to thank:

Free Little Words – http://freelittlewords.wordpress.com/

Looking for reasoning to a complicated world – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

Mama Bear Musings – http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/

I am passing this award on to:

1.  http://secretangelps911.wordpress.com/

2.  http://youonlyliveoncepg.wordpress.com/

3.  http://iaminvisibleme.com/

4.  http://deadpoetdormis2.wordpress.com/

5.  http://foodforthesouls.wordpress.com/

Five mind-blowing facts about me – sort of:

1.  Sydnee Pee was adopted at 16 weeks from an orphanage.  She was given the name Princess.  We gave her the name Sydnee – you can figure out where the Pee comes from – can you not??

2.  She had her right leg removed prior to us seeing her for the first time.

3.  She tore her tendon which attaches to the hock bone (think human Achilles tendon) – thanks to a squirrel and a backyard covered in icy snow.

4.  She will be 9 years old at the end of the year.

5.  She is very protective of her brothers and myself and her left front paw – aka as The Paw.

The Sunshine Award

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Official criteria are as follows:

* Use the logo above in the post.
* Link to whoever nominated you.
* Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
* Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
* Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

I would like to thank:

Mama Bear Musings – http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/

Soul Gatherings – http://soulgatherings.wordpress.com/

Joeyfullytstated – http://joeyfullystated.wordpress.com/

Looking for reasoning in a complicated world – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

Sending rays of sunshine to:

1.  http://dermsstuff.wordpress.com/

2.  http://davidconfidential.wordpress.com/

3.  http://christinajoneswriter.com/

4.  http://dlmchale.com/

5.  http://eliabintang.me/

Five bits about me – sort of:

1.  Peyton will be turning 16 years old in October.

2.  Peyton loves chocolate, pasta and cheese.  (I poisoned him in the womb)

3.  Jordan loves fruity and tart things.

4.  Peyton and Jordan are quite frequently mistaken for twins.

5.  Peyton, Syd and I will miss Jordan terribly when he leaves for college next month.

Interesting Blogger Award

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Official criteria are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. List 5 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate a minimum of 5 blogs for the award
  4. Ask the nominees 5 questions of your choice
  5. And finally, let them know you have nominated them

I would like to thank:

Looking for reasoning to a complicated world – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

My five nominees:

1.  http://crissyb315.wordpress.com/

2.  http://artgowns.com/

3.  http://findingmyinnercourage.wordpress.com/

4.  http://slamfestpoetry.wordpress.com/

5.  http://dishanrajapaksha.wordpress.com/

Five questions for my nominees:

1.  What is your absolute favorite book  ever?

2.  What kind of music do you listen to when trying to relax?

3.  If you had one ‘free’ hour in the day, how would you spend it?

4.  Desktop – laptop – pad – smart phone – or all 4 or combination of ?

5.  dog – cats – or other?

Five more bits about me – sort of, kind of:

1.  Peyton and I are tinkering with the idea of starting a blog in the fall.

2. Both Peyton and Jordan are mega foodies.  They photograph their food!  (Nothing more interesting than receiving a picture of a burrito or steak on my cell phone).

3.  I let Peyton have the full reign of the kitchen – to do with whatever he wishes (safely, of course).

4.  Peyton has a wide variety in taste, but has a few texture issues.  Example – likes apples – but not as a sauce or in pie or a juice.  Recently, Jordan managed to get him to eat his favorite food – beans – now Peyton has become bean obsessed and Jordan will not stop teasing him about all the years he would refuse to try beans and my house stinks.  (Jordan looks at himself as some sort of god when it comes to his brother.)

5.  Jordan does not cook – he is pretty much lost in the kitchen but he knows how to surf the net for some awesome recipes.  He is our menu planner.

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

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The rules of this award are:

The nominee of The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.

The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little; linking to their blogs; and telling them about it at their blogs.

The nominee shall name his/her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post during 7 days.

I would like to thank:

Mama Bear Musings – http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/

Looking for reasoning in a complicated world – http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

My nominees are:

1.  http://iaminvisibleme.com/

2.  http://wired4more.wordpress.com/

3.  http://tucsonblonde.wordpress.com/

4.  http://poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/

5.  http://wyreantiquarian.wordpress.com/

I would like to close this post with a few thoughts.  I love the time I spend on WP.  I have been a bit lost lately without my home computer.  I have missed reading and ‘chatting’.  It is odd that I have never met any of you face to face, yet you are all in my thoughts – I think about what you are up to and how your day/life is coming along.  We do not know each other, yet we do, in some respects, know each other very well.  This is a very unique aspect of WP – wouldn’t you say?

I would like to thank all of the wonderful bloggers who have gifted me the above awards and I would like to thank all of the blogs listed here and not listed here for your inspiration and friendship.  I still have quite a few more of these to post ……

So until next time ……. Happy Writing, Happy Reading and Happy day!

Kimberly

July 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm 8 comments

many, many merci’s

Good Day or Good Evening!  I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  I have been wanting to sit down for quite sometime to give my many, many merci’s to some wonderful friends and fellow bloggers and to pass on what I have been so graciously given.  With this said, please fasten your seat belts and join me on a lovely afternoon (or evening) ride…..

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

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The Rules:

1. Display the logo on your page. 

2. Finish the sentence: “A great reader is……….”

3. Nominate 14 readers you appreciate.

4. Inform the readers with either comments or pingbacks.

The above recognition was given to me by two awesome bloggers –

http://fishofgold.net/

and

http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

The sentence:  “A great reader is someone who enjoys reading and connecting to the words I write.”

Here are the 14 readers I appreciate so very much – for their interest, their comments, their eyes (kinda like ears – but we read:), and their friendship.

  1. The Lyceum – http://xpectation.wordpress.com/
  2. Black and Write – http://xpectation.wordpress.com/
  3. unloving you – http://unlovingyou.wordpress.com/
  4. The Sanctuary of My Heart – http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/
  5. Knocked over by a feather – http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/
  6. ordinarygirlinbrum – http://ordinarygirlinbrum.wordpress.com/
  7. Free Little Words – http://freelittlewords.wordpress.com/
  8. My Pen, My sword – http://kirawoodsbury.com/
  9. Tucson Blonde – http://tucsonblonde.wordpress.com/
  10. poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom –  http://poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/
  11. Busy Mind Thinking – http://busymindthinking.com/
  12. Destroyed Destiny – http://destroyeddestiny.wordpress.com/
  13. Pieces – http://nekneeraj.wordpress.com/
  14. Lunch Sketch – http://lunchsketch.com/

Now – please continue to on ……

The Inner Peace Award

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This award was gifted to me from Theresa whose blog is Soul Gatherings –

http://soulgatherings.wordpress.com/

I must say that I am very honored to have received this award – it brought tears to my eyes and real warmth to my heart.  I wrote above that a great reader is someone who enjoys reading and connecting to the words I write.  I believe the word connecting – connection is what keeps me writing.  It is also what connects me to my Reader – the blogs that I so enjoy reading day after day.

I can honestly say that I am unable to gift this award to just a few.  I would like to pass this on to everyone.  If you choose to accept, please “pay it forward” to those who inspire you with words of kindness and gratitude.  With this said, I would like to express my gratitude to all of my friends and fellow writers and readers within the WordPress community.  I would also like to send forth a special thank you to a special few, with whom I would be lost had I not connected especially with them:)

Kira

Kelly

Mer

Shaun

Bee

Skye

Dom

WB

Thank you to all!

I would like to end on a familiar note:

Happy Writing, Happy Reading & Happy Day!!

Kimberly

xxx

June 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm 16 comments

TGIF & MBTY!!

I have one thing to say today – TGIF – oh, wait – two things – TGIF and a MEGA BIG THANK YOU!  The TGIF is pretty self-explanatory – a hellish week, which by the way, will continue on into next week.  If you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for there to be some sort of conclusion to the maybes, kind ofs, and don’t knows –  I hate to disappoint.  No worries, this project will come to an end – these ‘things’ always do….

In the meantime, I have a few items I would like to share.  Two awards in which I hold the highest regard.  As one can see below, they share a common theme – INSPIRATION.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award 2013

http://rachieadventures.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/veryinspiringblogger2013.jpg

gifted to me by Rachie Adventures

http://rachieadventures.wordpress.com/

Rules are short and sweet: 

Reveal 7 interesting facts about yourself and nominate 15 other blogs!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

http://a2lsm.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/inspiringbloggeraward2.jpg

gifted to me by Kira at Wrestling Life

http://wrestling-life.com/

&

Laurien at Destroyed Destiny

http://destroyeddestiny.wordpress.com/

More short and sweet rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Here are my inspiring nominees:

  1. The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel – http://secretangelps911.wordpress.com/
  2. hutbythemountainstream – http://hutbythemountainstream.wordpress.com/
  3. “Art Gowns” – http://artgowns.com/
  4. Moinees’ Words – http://myownworstenemies.wordpress.com/
  5. Green Embers – http://greenembers.wordpress.com/
  6. Story of My Life – http://manythingsb4u.wordpress.com/
  7. Busy Mind Thinking – http://busymindthinking.com/
  8. Expressions of my life – An evolution of art – http://benjaminprewitt.com/
  9. Under The Blue Door – http://underthebluedoor.org/
  10. Knocked over by a feather – http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/
  11. YouOnlyLiveOnce – http://yolonce12.wordpress.com/
  12. Mad About….the simple pleasures in life – http://littleinkelf.wordpress.com/
  13. Ordinary Life – Life loves you as who you are – http://beawonghangyu.wordpress.com/
  14. Blog It or Lose It! – http://jrosenberry1.wordpress.com/
  15. From the Fog – http://fromthefog.me/
  16. Through The Healing Lens – http://throughthehealinglens.com/
  17. Under the full-moon – http://underthefullmoonvan.wordpress.com/
  18. Almost Annika – http://almostannika.wordpress.com/
  19. Hunted2Hunter – http://hunted2hunter.wordpress.com/
  20. Where Words Fail… – http://wherewordsfail.com/
  21. heartfeltemotions – http://heartfeltemotions.wordpress.com/

7 more highly and exciting things about me (sort of ) that you already do not know about (sort of):

  1. In less than one week, my baby (the first one) graduates high school.
  2. Today was the last day I will ever take my baby (the first one) to high school ever, ever, ever again.
  3. Peyton – my second baby, has three more years of high school – which means I have three more years of dealing with nutty parent drivers.
  4. I cried this morning – like a baby – when I dropped the babies off at school.
  5. I made a kickass lunch for the boys – homemade meatloaf on oatmeal bread (not homemade).  Old Style pretzels and oatmeal granola bar.
  6. I have upheld my mother’s tradition of making kickass lunches.  What can I say – I am kickass!
  7. Tomorrow I take my first baby to his first day of work – he is working as a film editor for an amusement park – Six Flags Great America!  Who knew they have such a thing?  Anyway, the young man is on his way to Hollywood (there is still college – which means more future posts about my baby and me crying my eyes and heart out…..:)

As you can see, I am exercising my creative free (rebellious) spirit and breaking a few of the award nominating rules.  If I keep giving you more ‘sort of information’ about me, you will most certainly die of boredom.  Secondly, in regards to nominees – this is such a difficult task, basically because I want to nominate everyone.  Each and every blog I read inspires me.  The list above is just a sampling.

Some of the above blogs are new to my eyes and some have been hanging out in my reader for the past few months.  Each one is special to me and I enjoy having the opportunity to recognize them and what they bring to the WP community – which is inspiration and incredible talent.

Here comes the MBTY:

To Rachie, Kira and Laurien – I would like to say Mega Big Thank You so very much for this lovely honor –

To Rachie, Kira, Laurien and my 21 incredibly awe-inspiring nominees – Mega Big Thank You for all that you do

&

To the entire WordPress community – Mega Big Thank You for every moment in which you create inspiration and click the publish icon!

Till the next time………

Happy Writing, Happy Reading and Happy Day!

May 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm 13 comments

A Shining Boom Boom Thank You!

Good evening everyone!  It is a quiet Sunday here in the NW ‘Burbs of Illinois and I am sitting in my office with the Pee.  My other ‘P’ is upstairs cooking an incredible spinach lasagna and my ‘J’ is all over the place doing all sorts of stuff – all the stuff but the stuff I want him to do!  Amazing how that is, isn’t it?

Well, while the lasagna bakes, Pee stares at me and Jordan fools around, I wanted to send out some Boom Booms and Shining Stars – so, buckle your seat belts and away we go…………………………..

The Blogging Fireworks Award

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The Scoop on the Boom Boom:

The Blogging Fireworks Award honors the blogs that shock us, inspire us, touch us, or make us laugh.

The Rules of the Boom Boom:

1.  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.

2.  Display the Fireworks on your blog.

3.  Share five meaningful things about yourself.

4.  Nominate five bloggers to share the fireworks!

This very flashy and exciting award was given to me by Jen at Blog It or Lose It!  She is such an incredible writer.  I love her ability to pick topics and create wonderful works of art with her words.  The first time I experienced Jen’s poetry was during her Artists A-Z series, and I have been hooked ever since! If you have not had a chance to bask in Jen’s eloquent offerings, please head on over to – http://jrosenberry1.wordpress.com/

For the five meaningful things about myself:

  1. I am very sensitive – emotional to the max – I cry at a drop of a hat!
  2. I am 5′-3″ and I wear a buzz cut – #4 or #3 blade.
  3. I love to go dancing but have yet to find anyone in the world who will take me dancing or even want to dance with me.
  4. I love to cook – especially with Peyton.
  5. I am going to miss Jordan terribly when he goes away to college.

For the five nominees who Boom Boom my world!

  1. Kira at http://wrestling-life.com/
  2. Neeraj at http://nekneeraj.wordpress.com/
  3. Shaun at http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/
  4. Leslie at http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
  5. Gita at http://poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/

The Shine On Award

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The Rules of Shining On:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

Firstly:

This bright and beautiful award was given to me by

Shaun at http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

& Yolo at http://yolonce12.wordpress.com/

Shaun and Yolo are passionate writers – they really love writing and you can feel this enjoyment ooze from every word they write.  Please check them out – they will bring some brilliant shine to your day!

Seven shining things about myself:

  1. I have always enjoyed looking at the stars in the night sky.
  2. The stars of my life are Jordan, Peyton and Sydnee Pee.
  3. If I could have been a star – I would have chosen to be a prima ballerina.
  4. I love Sci-Fi movies – Star Trek, Star Wars – to name just a few.
  5. I never had shiny braces, but I wore a retainer in high school.
  6. I love the song Shining Star by Earth, Wind and Fire.
  7. I have been told many times that my mind is in the clouds – I like to think that my mind is hanging out amongst the stars!

My fifteen Shining Stars:

  1. Tucson Blonde – http://tucsonblonde.wordpress.com/
  2. Poems and Other Not-So-Pretty Things – http://whatwehavisthis.wordpress.com/
  3. Destroyed Destiny – http://destroyeddestiny.wordpress.com/
  4. Almost Annika – http://almostannika.wordpress.com/
  5. Unloving You – http://unlovingyou.wordpress.com/
  6. Ordinary Life – http://beawonghangyu.wordpress.com/
  7. The Adventures of Rosebud – http://theadventuresofrosebud.wordpress.com/
  8. unkilleddarlings – http://unkilleddarlings.wordpress.com/
  9. Just me – http://depressedpessimist.wordpress.com/
  10. Mindful writing – http://writingmindfully.wordpress.com/
  11. good enough grace – http://goodenoughgrace.com/
  12. helenavalentina – http://helenvalentina.com/
  13. Ramblings & other nonsense – http://matronbell.wordpress.com/
  14. love, life and wisdom – http://lovelifewisdomquotes.wordpress.com/
  15. Rachie Adventures – http://rachieadventures.wordpress.com/

So, there you have it – 5 Booming Fireworks and 15 Stars which Shine On amongst the WordPress community – all vivacious, bright and wondrous in their own way.  Please pay them a visit and let them illuminate your reading experience!

Again, I would like to thank all of my co-bloggers for your support and for your constant inspiration.  Please keep doing what you do and until we meet again –

Happy reading, happy writing, happy day!

May 27, 2013 at 2:09 am 22 comments

A Super Shining Big Thank you

Oh blogger buddies, my blogger buddies  – I have missed you so.  It seems like many weeks have passed since I have conveyed my deepest appreciation for all that you do – for the inspiration and support you provide to myself and the rest of the WordPress community.

Life has been a bit chaotic these past few weeks, but I am taking advantage of a little extra time (albeit, these minutes will not last long) to send lots of love and hugs to some wonderful bloggers for bestowing upon me some lovely awards.  I am so honored and humbled for these gifts.  I am also blessed to be amongst such a wonderful community of creative minds – it is awesome!

The first award is:

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The Super Sweet Blogger Award

The Rules:

  • Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer five Super Sweet questions.
  • Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post.
  • Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees on their blog.

I would like to thank Kira of  http://wrestling-life.com/ 

John at http://johnwhowell.com/

& Mer at http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

Five Super Sweet Questions:

  1. Cookies or Cake:  does not really matter as long as it is …. see next ?
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla:  chocolate
  3. Favorite sweet treat:  anything my son Peyton bakes (which usually has chocolate in it – he inherited my cocoa genes)
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most?  any time really
  5. Sweet nickname:  I do not have one.

My Bakers Dozen:

  1. All The Tiny Moments – http://silenceofasomebody.wordpress.com/
  2. Unloving You – http://unlovingyou.wordpress.com/
  3. Green Embers – http://greenembers.wordpress.com/
  4. sarah monagle, pondering it all – http://sarahmonagle.wordpress.com/
  5. Kelly Hartland – http://kellyhartland.wordpress.com/
  6. Riding Bitch – http://ridingbitchblog.com/
  7. Hunted2Hunter – http://hunted2hunter.wordpress.com/
  8. Sheri De Grom – http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com/
  9. Heartfeltemotions – http://heartfeltemotions.wordpress.com/
  10. MindRetrofit7 – http://mindretrofit7.wordpress.com/
  11. Land of Quo – http://landofquo.com/
  12. Fueled by Diet Coke – http://fueledbydietcoke.com/
  13. Ordinarygirlinbrum – http://ordinarygirlinbrum.wordpress.com/

The second award is:

sunshine-award2

The Sunshine Blog award is an award given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is given to bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

The rules for this award are:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your Blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 Bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their Blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
  • Link the person who nominated you.

First and foremost I would like to thank the very special individuals who

nominated me:

  Kira at http://wrestling-life.com/

& Shaun at http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

Ten Trekkie questions about myself:

  1. My last trip to the movie theater was for what movie?  Star Trek – Into the Darkness.
  2. Seen in 3D or digital? 3D
  3. Did I like it?  I loooooooooooooooved it!  Thought it was awesome.
  4. Will I see it again?  I am thinking quite seriously about it – I cannot wait until it comes out on DVD.
  5. What food stuffs did I eat during the show?  The boys and I shared popcorn – no butter and bottled water.
  6. Favorite part of the movie?  Uhh, I am not telling…no no no no.
  7. Am I a Trekkie – and if I am – am I one to wear the Spock ears and attend conventions?  No, but I grew up watching the show and all of its spin-offs.  My first crush as a little girl was on Captain Kirk (yes, preteen lust for William Shatner) and I thought that Captain Jean Luc Picard was quite the sexy dude with his bald head.
  8. Romulan or Klingon?  Hard choice, if I had to choose one to hang out with I suppose it would be Klingon. They are big on the concept of honor.  To be one – I would pick Romulan – to fly a cloaked ship would be way cool!
  9. If I could be an officer on the Enterprise, what position would I choose to be?  Easy one – science officer.
  10. One more tidbit – I cried several times, screamed a few and sat on the edge of my seat the entire film!  Wow – what a great movie!

My 10 Shiny nominees:

  1. Black and Write – http://blackandwrite.wordpress.com/
  2. The War in my Brain –http://meganhasocd.com/
  3. The Sanctuary Of My Heart – http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/
  4. The Past, Present and Future – http://codymccullough.wordpress.com/
  5. Free Little Words –http://freelittlewords.wordpress.com/
  6. Daily Echo – http://scvincent.com/
  7. Mama Bear Musings – http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/
  8. Where Words Fail… – http://wherewordsfail.com/
  9. The Writ of Imagination – http://thewritofimagination.wordpress.com/
  10. Oceanoartico –http://oceanoartico.wordpress.com/

The third award is:

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The rules of this award are:

1. Add the ABC logo to your blog.
2. ABC about yourself using one word or phrase.
3. Nominate however many blogs you wish.
4. Let the recipient know via a link in their comments.

Before I type my ABC’s I would like to thank

Jen at http://jrosenberry1.wordpress.com/

& Dave at http://fromthefog.me/

Always on time – unless (refer to the letter U)

Bubbly – I have my moments

Creative – I have even more moments

Dancer – once upon a time, a long long time ago……

Eggs – allergic to those

Free spirit – usually -always

Goofy – sometimes, sort of

Harried – sometimes more than others

Ironman – yes, I kicked some butt – once – got a cool medal as proof!

Jordan – no explanation needed

Kimberly – who might this be??

Loner – mostly

Moody – almostly (really – this is a matter of opinion:)

Noisy – other times (refer to letter Q)

Organized – for the mostly part

Peyton – no explanation needed

Quiet – sometimes (refer to letter N)

Runner – may be stretching it – jogger would be better but ‘J’ was taken

Sydnee Pee – no explanation needed

Titanium – my left arm packs two plates and 48 screws

Usually – on time, if no one slows me down (refer to letter A)

Vacuum – a lot – Pee is hairy

Woods – love the woods

X-Men – yes, I love comic book movies – I have two sons – I have brain washed

Yogurt – Lowfat, in particular

Zany.

When it comes to nominations for this award I have a few bloggers in mind.  I am curious to know what they will choose for their ABC’s!

Kira at http://wrestling-life.com/

Mer at http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

Kurt at http://kurtrees.wordpress.com/

Blogdramedy at http://blogdramedy.wordpress.com/

I would like to thank those who nominated me.  I am honored and very much enjoy spreading the sweets, sunshine and ABC’s of the blogging kingdom.  Until the next time – when I can get my derriere on a chair long enough to type up another batch of award acceptances – please remember…….

Happy writing, happy reading and happy day!

May 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm 15 comments

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