Monday, May 18, 2009

Flattered, Honored and Begging Forgiveness

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

Lost in the last two months was a post to four very special blogger friends. I'm ashamed I haven't acknowledged receipt in a proper time frame. Please forgive my neglect and note the lovely additions on the right side of this site.

The Lemonade Award. It is given for blogs that show great Gratitude and/or Attitude. With great gratitude I thank Margaret of Margaret's Ramblings. I adore her blog as it takes me across the ocean to view the world of the British. I would love to have lunch with Margaret -- in her garden.

From the great state of Florida, I have the Smart Mouth Broad to thank for two awards. First, the Bella Award for new bloggers. I find this is a most lovely award. Looks good on my site, also.

Second .... a Sushi Grade Award for a blog a cut above other blogs that are canned and turned into salad or casseroles. A Sushi Grade Blog is fresh, lively and of superior quality. It is rare, has character and is of good taste.

Oh, and it’s packed full of heart healthy Omega 3 oils.

And, last, but certainly not least, Pseudonymous High School Teacher tagged me for an 8 Muse. Seems PHST and I share a few of the same thoughts so glad it has been a while since anyone has read hers (I used some of her answers.) Here goes:

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To

1. The school year ending
2. Summer reading
3. My niece's wedding in Grand Lake, CO

4. My mom being here for the next week and a half
5. Summer writing
6. Floating on the lake
7. Finding a new normal
8. Being alone with my husband for a few days so we can remember why we like each other.

8 Things I Did Yesterday
1. Lifted weights and ran on the treadmill at the YMCA (my foot and knee are now swollen - why do I try to pretend I can still run?)
2. Planted green beans, squash, yellow bells, plumbago, watermelon and cucumbers
3. Cleaned the cat box
4. Went to the store to buy my oldest son new sheets and a few kitchen items for his first apartment
5. Packed the car and drove my mom to the lake.
6. Unpacked the car, made a vodka tonic and watched my mom swim. I laid on the dock.
7. Cooked a Midwestern salt/pepper meat, potatoes, green bean dinner for my mom
8. Played three hours worth of Two Handed Hand and Foot with my mom (because my two sons who were supposed to do that didn't drive out.) Wasn't so bad. Had fun.

8 Things I Wish I Could Do
1. Travel everywhere
2. Eat food from all over the world and never gain weight
3. Play the piano, guitar, and sing my ass off -- in front of people
4. Win the Pulitzer Prize
5. Soar like a bird
6. Save my dad from Alzheimer's Disease
7. Swim like a dolphin
8.Paint like Renoir

8 Shows I Watch - I'm not a TV watcher, but...
1. Lost
2. Jeopardy
3. McNeil/Leher Report
4. Weeds
5. The Daily Show
6. Food Network
7. Reruns of Law and Order
8. Six Feet Under (on dvd)

Okay, now you know how boring I am.


  1. Wow! Congrats on all of the awards! Isn't it fun and encouraging to get awards!

  2. Looking Forward To: We spent our honeymoon in Grand Lake in Oct. 1973, the only people there in a cabin at the end of the season. It was incredibly romantic, the cabin was full of antiques, and the surrounding view was WOW. You'll love it!

    Yesterday: Don't you love how when you list what you did in a day, it looks like you actually did a lot of stuff? You really did do a lot of stuff, and should get an award for that!

    Could Do: I've always said that in my next life I would be able to play the piano and sing! Want to form a duet? (In this life, all I play is the radio!)

    Shows: You need to add House to your list. I only started watching it six months ago when I was sick in bed and watched a USA marathon, and I can't get enough of it! I watch reruns of reruns!

    Your life sounds nothing like than boring to me.

  3. Congrats on the awards! And I sure did not lift weights anywhere recently ; -) Sounds like you had a good time with your mom.

    I also love Six Feet Under. Have you watched Dexter? I totally didn't want to, a friend talked me into it, now I am waiting impatiently for season 3 on DVD.

  4. Congrats :-) :-) loved your lists of doings too.Have a wodnerful day.

  5. Congrats on your awards. Now can you make me a Midwestern dinner too? Pleeeeeeease?

  6. Congrats on all your awards!! :)

    BTW, you have great taste in tv shows!! L&O - the Briscoe episodes are my favourites! I don't even know anyone who stars on that show anymore!

  7. congrats on the awards. I am horrible at posting them. I always say I am going to post them and then forget.. BAD ME!

  8. Oh how we women would love to eat and not gain...Heaven. No, not boring at all! I love sweet Margaret, and I am awful at posting awards too!

  9. Congrats on the awards. I can't wait for school to be over. Two more days!

  10. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Congratulations on the awards. Sorry to learn that your father has ALzheimer's.

  11. Lovely to know you a little better. And no, none of it sounds boring.

  12. What a fun potluck post! I love Hand and Foot - it's the game my brothers and I play when our families get together. And I am so hooked on Lost (and bummed we only get one more year).

  13. Boring? Hardly! You mentioned things I've never even heard of, like that Two Handed Hand and Foot and Liver and Such.

  14. Judy- Thanks! The awards are very creative.

    Scobber- Thanks!

    Wander-- My husband worked on a dude ranch in Grand Lake in high school. My middle son likes House. I will try it.

    PHST - My friend told me about Dexter. Will start watching when I get some alone time.

    Paula - Hope things are going well for you in your new "life"

  15. SMB - You bet! I can cook Midwestern.

    Cairo - yes, the Lenny Briscoe's are my favorites also.

    Jill - you probably receive many awards also. Post them!

    TTWC - Yes, Margaret is very special.

  16. Debbie: So lucky. Only two more days. We have another week or more.

    Chesire Wife: Yes, Alzheimer's is a most difficult disease.

    Sujatha: Then why do I feel SO BORING? I know, find joy in the mundane.

    Deb: Yes, I wish for more than a year of Lost.

    Jocelyn: Yes, Two Handed Foot. I think they were drinking when they came up with that name.

  17. Not boring, real. What is there to life? I think about this, being in an angsty spot right now, thrashing about for more. What more is there? Not sure.

    Congratulations on all your bling.

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