Monday, September 19, 2011

Color Me Grateful

Last month when discontinued my old blog and started this one, I was bemoaning the lost of all the Followers I left behind.  But I also left behind a few other things, including the blog awards I'd received there.  So my new blog has felt a little naked.

Last week I was delighted to receive not one, but two, blog awards from fellow blogger Angela Brown.  Thank you so much, Angela.  You made my week. 

I discovered Angela's blog, in a Pursuit of Publishness, just recently and I really enjoy it.

Of course, most blog awards have rules attached for receiving and for passing along, so let me properly accept the following.


1. Thank and link to the person who nominates you - Okay, did that above.

2. Share seven random facts about you - Here they are:

I'm a die hard Red Sox fan although I left Boston at the ripe old age of four.

I chew gum when I write. The more intense the scene, the harder I chew. I've made hamburger out of the inside of my lower lip working my way through a good murder.

I love live theater. Broadway (when I'm in NYC) to local community theater and everything in between.

I'm not an obsessive grandmother or anything like that, but the license plates on my car say "Da Nana".

I am totally freaked out by spiders. All other kinds of creepy crawlies I'm okay with but not spiders. I think it comes from seeing The Incredible Shinking Man when I was a kid. If you know the movie, you'll remember the scene.

I was a first wave Red Cross disaster relief worker after Katrina. I had to set up a shielter for 100 evacuees in a community center with no showers, two single stall bathrooms, no working phones (landline or cell), and no supplies. We were about a county and a half beyond the end of the established suppy lines.

I have a black thumb. Houseplants have little chance for survival in my care. Silk flowers don't fare much better.

3. Pass this award to five new blogging friends - And here they are:

Nay at Cover to Cover and Everything in Between

Maryann Miller at It's Not All Gravy

Cate at Cate Masters

Larri at Seams Inspired

Isis at Isis Rushdan

 4. Contact and congratulate the awarded bloggers - Heading out to do that now.

1. Thank and link to the person who nominates you - Again, did that above. Hi Angela!   *waves*

2. Share seven random facts about you

I'm a tea drinker. Hot tea.  All day, all year round.  Never have developed a taste for coffee, although I will drink one of those frou frou mocha concoctions from Starbucks on occasion.  Odd side note: I love coffee flavor ice cream.
I have lived at different times within 15 minutes of both coasts.  I have to admit, I'll take the northeast over the southwest (my apologies to my friends in Southern California).
I did get as far in my writing career as being signed by an agent a couple decades ago.  Sadly, we were not a good fit and nothing ever came of it.
I have spent my entire adult life on a diet, just coming off a diet, or thinking I need to start a diet.  I have lost enough weight to create several clones. 
I can't ride rollar coasters.  Absolutely terrified. I don't do ferris wheels very well either.  But tilt-o-whirls or scramblers - anything that stays close to the ground - I love.
Surprisingly, considering that last fact, I love rock climbing.  Not very good at it, but love doing it.

I've been married 42 years. (Yes, to the same guy.)

3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it! - Well, I'm going to cheat on this one a little. Not all of these are recently discovered. Just blog friends I want to share this award with.  These are all blogs I enjoy and recommend.

Maria at Maria Zannini

Mason at Thoughts in Progress

Dru at notes from me

Sarah at Falen Formulates Fiction

Jemi at Just Jemi

Liz at Liz Fichera

Mary at Giggles and Guns

Diane at Spunk of a Stick

Stacy at Stacy's Rantings anad Whatnot

Shellie at Chapter Writer

Lee at Tossing It Out

Susan at Susan Says

Mooderino at Moody Writing

Lynnette at Chatterbox Chitchat

Mary at My Place by the Sea

Okay, there we go. Thanks again, Angela. It was fun receiving and passing along.

Note: I had this blog all done and ready to post when Blogger hiccupped and wiped out all my links. That's why I'm so late today.  Personally, I'd love you all to accept this award without feeling obligated to pass it along to quite so many if you don't have the time.

Now I have to race around to everyone's blog and let them know.

Groaner for the day: Two boll weevils grew up in South Carolina. One went to Hollywood and became a famous actor. The other stayed behind in the cotton fields and never amounted to much. The second one, naturally, became known as the lesser of two weevils.


Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

aww thanks! I'll add it to my blog awards tab. And I LOVE roller coasters! Love them so much! But the older i get the more prone to motion sickness i get. Good thing for dramamine

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thank you for the award, Linda. At least you've given me something to blog about - ha ha!

As for your groaner - you should have said they grew up in Alabama. You do know the boll weevil monument is in Enterprise, Alabama, didn't you? I know it's there - I've seen it! Many times. It's located in the middle of their only traffic circle, no less.

Jemi Fraser said...

Thank you!!! You're such a sweetie! :)

We have a lot in common -- tea/coffee, the diet, roller coasters, theater - NOT the gum thing though. I can't chew the stuff!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm an awful participant of these blog awards. I accept them cheerfully, but I rarely play along.

I did do this random list just recently though, so I hope that qualifies.

Ref: rock climbing
I didn't know you were a rock climber! I LOVE rock climbing. I can't do it anymore because of the arthritis in my hands. I miss it so much.

I will have to climb vicariously through you.

Dru said...

Thanks for the award Linda!

Liz Fichera said...

Congrats on your awards! And 42 years?! Go, you! That's quite an achievement.

Thanks for paying it forward. :)

LD Masterson said...

Sarah - you ride the roller coasters for me and I'll supply the dramamine.

LD Masterson said...

Stacy - sad to admit I did not know about the boll weevil monument. Obviously my education has been sorely lacking.

LD Masterson said...

Jemi, so we'll have a cup of tea, with lo-cal sweetener, and by-pass the roller coaster on our way to the theater. Sounds like a plan.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - I hate to say it but following all the rules on these too did take longer than I'd planned, but please feel free to accept your award, no string attached.

I'm not the climber I once was but I still love it.

LD Masterson said...

Dru - You're most welcome, my friend.

LD Masterson said...

Liz - Um, it was an arranged marriage when we were babies. Yes, that's it, I was just a couple months old. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Karin said...

I remember the first rock climb! You inspired me to try too. I have never been so scared! Wish we could sit down for a nice cup of tea together!

Cute groaner.


Angela Brown said...

You are more than welcome LD. It was my pleasure, especially since the awards are well deserved.

Mason Canyon said...

LD, congratulations on your awards. Both are well deserved. Thank you for thinking of me when passing on the Versatile award. Enjoyed learning more about you. I can't handle roller coasters either. Congrats on the 42 years of marriage and I can see where it had to be arranged when you were only a few months old. Thanks again.

Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Thanks new bloggy friend! What a delight to receive the award, but so much more a delight to learn some interesting facts about you. ☺ Happy Tuesday!

Angelina Rain said...

Congrats on the awards!

Great facts. I too don't do roller coasters, not even the farris wheel. Too scared that thing would break with me in it.

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for the award, Linda. I'm so honored that you chose me among all the wonderful blogs out there. And have I told you how much I enjoy your groaners. LOL

Shellie said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks for the nomination of this award. I appreciate the sentiment. I do already have the versatile awards, but I humbly accept it again. I guess I should put my awards where people don't have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find. Thanks!

Nay said...

You're so sweet - thank you for the award - and *loved* the groaner:) ha ha

LD Masterson said...

Karin - You, me, and the Captain. That was a blast. We won't mention the ground hugging photographer.

Yeah, I've love to be sharing a cup of tea right about now.

LD Masterson said...

Angela - Thanks again

LD Masterson said...

Mason, Thanks and you're welcome.

And thanks for noticing I'm far too young to be married 42 years. *grin*

LD Masterson said...

Larri - You're welcome, bloggy friend.

LD Masterson said...

Angelina - Yes! And we'd be stuck at the top and couldn't get down.

LD Masterson said...

Maryann - You're welcome. And I'm glad you're a groaner fan. A few of my followers have threatened me with bodily harm over them. (Hi, Maria.)

LD Masterson said...

Shellie - I noticed a lot of bloggers have received certain awards more than once. I guess it's like the Oscar, can't have too many.

LD Masterson said...

Nay - You're welcome and glad you liked it.

mooderino said...

Thanks for the award, always nice to be thought of.


Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much for the award, LD! That's so sweet (literally, for this award - ohhh, groaner.)

Arlee Bird said...

Thanks for the award. I got these things stacked up to acknowledge someday. I probably should start doing it soon before it turns into an epic post.

Incredible Shrinking Man is one of my favorite films--love the ending.

I don't know what to say about the groaner.

Tossing It Out

Lynnette Labelle said...

Thanks for the award. Have a great day!

Lynnette Labelle

LD Masterson said...

Mood - My pleasure. Always enjoy your blog.

LD Masterson said...

Cate, you're very welcome.

LD Masterson said...

Lee - Then you remember the spider in the basement. I've tried to watch that movie again, hoping to get over it but I never make it through that scene. Even tried watching it from another room (as far from the TV as I could get) - still can't do it.

LD Masterson said...

Lynnette - It was the least I could do for the person who got me hooked on on-line puzzles.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you, LD! Sorry, I was gone all day for a seminar on Tuesday.