Mini Flowergram and A Surprise Bouquet

Surprise!  This Mini Flowergram comes with a bouquet of awards…

In June, I received not one, not two, not three, but four awards from Claudia of The Wandering Youth.

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Claudia is an artist and poet whose “illustrated thoughts” beautify my world.  (Check out her stunning artwork!)  She enjoys everything from fashion to making smoothies and I know you’ll enjoy her combination of words and art.  Thanks very much, Claudia!

In July, another surprise arrived — Becoming Madame gave me the One Lovely Blog Award, too.  I’m feeling twice blessed — thank you!

Becoming Madame writes about life in Paris (how lovely is that?) and it’s a pleasure to read her musings on French cooking, the City of Light and Love, and more.  (Click on the links to see for yourself!)

Last, but not least, Chocolate Chip Uru bestowed a double honor upon me this weekend:

CCU’s blog, Go Bake Yourself, is a treat to read — not only because she creates out of this world ice cream flavors and baked goods, but because she also writes with an imaginative flair.  (I especially enjoy CCU’s Undercover series — fun stuff!)

Again, thank you lovely ladies, for the sweet surprises!  Before I commence with the pleasantries, here are the “rules”…

1)  Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

2)  Share 7 things about yourself.

3)  Nominate (approximately) 15 other blogs you enjoy.

4)  Let each nominee know you chose them.

5)  Participation is optional; if you don’t care to pass along the award(s), that’s fine.

While I’m figuring out the logistics, here are 7 random facts about me:

*   I’m a picker-upper — clothing that’s fallen off hangers in stores, trash (within reason), etc. — if it doesn’t belong on the ground, I put it where it belongs.  Plus, bending over is good exercise!

*  I listen to 1960’s hits because the music is upbeat and I can still remember most of the words. ;)

*  The Man Of Few Words was shocked when I volunteered to clean fish for the rest of the season.  (I’m serious about improving my knife skills!)

*  I once weighed 198 pounds, but after walking 6 miles a day for almost a year, I lost 50 pounds.  I’ve maintained that weight (or pretty close to it) for 13 years now.

*  Every November, I don my wedding dress on our anniversary.  (Bonus fact:  I like the word “don.”)

*  I enjoy playing pool because it involves physics.

*  Naps make eminent sense to me… zzzzzzz.

Okay, I did the math and 7 awards times 15 nominees equals 105 links.  Hmm...  Much as I’d like to dispense that many awards, I simply have to draw the line.  (Please don’t interpret that as being ungrateful!)  Instead, I’ve decided to share them with the incredible women who have been instrumental in encouraging my writing.  Enjoy!

1)  chocolate for breakfast.  Sue Ann Gleason not only has a lovely blog, she has a way of making you feel lovely.  Sue Ann appreciates her readers and engages with them regularly — such fun!

2)  The Busy Hedonist – Tracey Ceurvels is a food writer and novelist, as well as a friend who makes me feel “at home” every time I visit her blog.  And for heaven’s sake, try her recipes!

3)  Kathleen Prophet unleashes the artistic side of me and expands my Universe to consider alternate perspectives.  Playful, fun, spontaneous… because of this forward (and inner) looking woman, I just may add “artist” to my resumé one of these days.

4)  Then there’s Shanna Trenholm…  Shanna brings clarity and simplicity to my life — writing and otherwise.  Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to pare down to “real.”  (That’s all I have to say — and all Shanna would want me to say.)  I love her conciseness!

5)  For you world travelers (and ex-pats), Nasrine Shah-Abushakra has opened my eyes to living the global life.  Culturally and environmentally aware, Nasrine tells it like it is — often from 30,000 feet!  Because of her extraordinary gift for sharing from the heart, I’m blessed to live “larger” than Oklahoma.  I hope you’ll be, too!

6)  Helen Hunter Makenzie has served as my mentor, teacher, and ongoing inspiration.  In fact, service encapsulates Helen to a capital “T.”  Thank you, Obiwan. ;)

7)  Denise Ellis Stewart‘s posts leave me breathless… and wanting more.  Click here for one of my favorite posts — you’ll love it! — heartfelt, honest, and basically what we’re all going through.

8)  Laura Gates.   Here’s one of Laura’s posts that pushed me to the edge… dare I say into outerspace?!  NASA consultant, teacher, and share-er of life’s experiences, mine has been richer for knowing her.

Ladies, please dispense these awards as you see fit, have fun doing it, and thank you for making my world a lovely place.

Enjoying unexpected bouquets,

~ Kim

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22 thoughts on “Mini Flowergram and A Surprise Bouquet

    • Talk about good timing, CCU… I was just finishing up my post when your ‘notice’ arrived, so I figured, “the more, the merrier.” :) Thanks for your thoughtful gesture and please keep those ice cream recipes comin’ (even tho you’re in the middle of winter) — baby, it’s HOT outside!

  1. Kimby! We’re from the same era…1960s, and, yes, the lyrics were sung w/clear diction and you could understand…I still hum ‘It’s my Party and I’ll cry if I want to…’ remember being in junior high and being dumped by my boyfriend! lol! I also will now follow Madame…great blog! xo Ally

  2. I’m big on naps, too! Seriously, a quick 30 min. of shut eye during my mid-afternoon lull is the best picker upper during a tough day. I’m amazed how I can come back recharged and get through the rest of my day refreshed and ready to go. As always, I love your photos. Feeling inspired to break out my camera and see what happens. Sending lots of love.

  3. Kim! I am thrilled to be on this list of amazing and lovely influences–I love your writing and enjoy watching you blossom–a true gift you are, my friend!

    • Thank you, Miss Shanna — you’re a gift to me, too! That’s the best kind of “gift exchange” — no boxes or wrapping paper either. :)

    • ChopinandMysaucepan, it’s not everyone who can rock that era with style. ;) (Loved your retro dinner party post!) I did the disco thing, too, but fell in love with the classic rock songs of the time (although they weren’t “classic” at the time, ha!) and ended up playing bass guitar in a band in my 40’s — good times! Thanks for stopping by the lake to comment.

  4. That’s certainly a stash of awards. Congrats! I think it’s amazing that you lost all that weight 13 years ago and you haven’t put it back on. What a great achievement. Love how you ‘don’ your wedding dress on your anniversaries. I should do the same! xx

    • Charlie, I was honored. This community is so supportive of one another! Re: my weight loss… I gained it for all the wrong reasons, eating “comfort” food (rocky relationship — long story…), but walking (and mindful eating) was the ticket. Gave me time to THINK, too!

      Since I’ve started food blogging, it’s been a challenge to keep it off, lol, but I’ve managed. Thanks for your encouragement!

  5. Now why doesn’t it surprise me that you would receive not one, not two, not three, but four awards for your amazing blog and your wide open heart? You tend your flock more powerfully than anyone I know and I feel so lucky to know you and dance with you in this beautiful online world. I sit on your deck with you. I share your beautifully presented exquisitely photographed meals and I just drink in the serenity knowing some day I just may pop over there and join you for a little lunch. Maybe I’ll even bring the “Twix Man” who I’m sure would have much in common with “Man of Few Words.” I feel so honored to be on “your list”!

  6. This is my 3rd comments, straight in a row & I’m so happy I got passed the first two w/o much effort this time.

    Congrats, my dear friend! U truly deserve all the awards u can get.

    Hey Kim, I love oldies too & like u, I can sing along with the songs cause the lyrics are all in my mind. Seriously, u “don” your wedding dress on anniversaries? Unlike u, I don my apron on my anniversaries. Lol! Have a good week, dear!

    • Hooray, Shirley! Three’s a charm. :) My wedding dress is an elegant, ivory tea-length gown that’s heavily beaded (it weighs about 10 pounds!) and I love how it “feels” on, if that makes sense. Obviously I don’t cook in it, ha! But after I try it on, I put it away until the next year and get out my apron, too. ;)
      P.S. We’d have a blast singing oldies together!

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