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#WW Morning Slice of Moon + the Mystery Blogger Award

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Hello, Kittens and Dawgs, I’m still taking a break but I’m interrupting my down time to present the Mystery Blogger Award to a few of my fellow bloggers and while I’m here I decided to share a morning slice of moon take on chilly February morning. I displayed another photo taken the same day with my SWF fans.

 

Passed to me last month after the A to Z Challenge with the honor to receive the Mystery Blogger Award which I will now share with you the general guidelines for accepting this award.

 

Rule 1:  Put the award logo/image on your blog.

 

Rule 2:  List the rules.

 

Rule 3:  Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. ✓  

I’d like to a  very special thanks to Janet Miles for nominating me. You’re a peach! Now, insist you go visit her at Janet’s Smiles. 😀

 

Rule 4:  Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

This step sounds like a cool way to get extra traffic to your blog but any who I’ll play along. 😉 The mastermind behind this nifty little award is a young kitten, Okoto Enigma’s Blog who obviously is pretty smart to come up with this ingenious idea.

 

Rule 5:  Tell your readers three things about yourself.

The first thing you may not know about me is I bleed easily. If I get a paper cut, you’d swear I lost a finger or somethin’

Secondly, I’m beautiful! tossing hair in the wind. Wait, my hair is too short! Okay…you got me I’m beautiful on the inside (aren’t we all?) and as you guessed I’m a bit nuts.  I have a little white jacket to prove it, too. 😀

Third, I don’t know if you want to know this or not but I shave my legs every day. I can’t stand having the prickles. The good thing is keeping said routine causes the hair growth to slow down due to over shaving and if I miss a day my legs are still pretty smooth.

 

Rule 6:  You have to nominate 10 to 20 people.
  1. Lori from My Fragmented Journey
  2. Pam from Life Through My Eyes
  3. Amy from Amy’s Creative Pursuits
  4. Debbie from The Doglady’s Den
  5. Lisa from The Meaning of Me
  6. Ronel from Ronel the Mythmaker
  7. Mandy from Your Everyday Traveler
  8. Eli from Coach Daddy
  9. Tamara Narayan, Author
  10. Photo Art by Claudia Willison
Rule 7:  Notify them.

Rule 8:  Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, one weird or funny question.

My questions:

  • Where’s the strangest place you been?
  • Do you have any naval fuzz or toe jam?
  • Based on your pant size, what’s your IQ? (Intelligence Guide:   0 or smaller = “dumb blonde who cares if you’re a brunette”,   2-4  = “I don’t understand the question”   6-8 = “Getting by” 1  0-12 = “Smarty Pants”   14 -up = “Extraterrestrial” or   no answer = “I’m either too embarrassed to announce to the world how little I know or I’m far too modest to boast how smart I am”?
  • What’s the dumbest thing you ever did?
  • What’s the smartest thing you’ve done?
My answers to Janet’s questions.
  1.  Who is your favorite author? Me. No, really I’m not into literature so I don’t have a favorite author. My reading is strictly blogs and other internet sources.
  2. How long have you been blogging? This June will make seven years. Can you believe it, seven years? WOW, where does the time go?
  3. Have you ever been nominated for a major award? Yeah, I’ve gotten a few of these blog awards over the years. It’s kinda cool to get them just as long as I don’t get too many of the at once because meeting the requirements can be time-consuming.
  4. If you could play a musical instrument what would it be? I took piano for a short while when I was a kid but dropped it. My heart just wasn’t into it but now I’d love to know how to play, so I’d have to say a piano.
  5.  Who is Carmen Sandiego and why should I care where in the world he is? Isn’t he a spy or something? I’m with you, why should I care who this is?  If you find a reason to care then how about sharing it with me and maybe I’ll feel the same.
  6. Extra credit question, did I make you smile today? Absolutely! Anytime a blog friend does something nice for me makes me smile. 😀
Rule 9: Add a link to my best post.

Hmm, how does one determine what her best post is? I checked my stats which shows  Friday Sillies: Babies is my most viewed post with nearly 400 visits all times and my top two posts in the past three months are #AprilA2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “A” +#BoTB and #AprilA2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “P”. Feel to visit any or all of my past entries!

Let me skedaddle back to my R&R but I certainly appreciate your visit and please remember to leave a breadcrumb (signature line) in comments so others can find you easier! 😉  Have a wonderful day!

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Sunspiration ~ Liebster Award

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It’s been some time since anyone has passed an award to me. That being said, I thought I would participate in this one just for the fun of it and to give newcomers a chance to get to know me better.

The rules are:

  • You must backlink to the person who nominated you.
  • You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  • You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions.
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  • You must tell the nominees that they are nominated by you.

If you wanna learn more about me, then stick around to read the question line up presented by my new blog bud, Farm Fresh Family, who passed this award to me. Thanks for the special honors! 😉

1. Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from southern West Virginia. After DH & I got married in 1979, we moved to Knoxville. 

2. Do you have a significant other and/or children? Let’s hear about them! Yes, to my best friend. We do everything together! DH is the logical, steady-headed one. He stands to make sense that he earns his pay as an engineer, which is quite suiting to his personality. We are empty-nesters. DD#1 is divorced and has a new job, which she says that she LOVES. DD#2 is happily married for 2-years to a nice young man who we think of as a son. DS isn’t dating anyone at the moment that I know about, but then you know how boys can be. He works for a local building supply company, which he likes. Everyone is happy at the moment, so that’s reason enough to make me smile and be at peace.  

3. Where do you want blogging to take you? I would love to see blogging turn into a way to earn money, but I know this sort of effect requires a lot of energy. I want my blog to be a fun experience, but if the door of opportunity opens then I will go through it without hesitation.

4. What is your all time favorite blog post that you’ve written? I don’t know that I have an all-time favorite post or not, but I am rather partial to anything that I write about Christmas. In December, I wrote for my Sunspiration post, Christian symbolism in Christmas. The one thing I hope to do in 2014 is to actually do more “real” writing while participating in my daily memes. After all, blogging is the outlet I chose in 2010 to verbally express my creativity.

5. What kind of music makes you happy? Just about all music makes me happy. I can listen to music nearly 24/7. Ever since DH converted my stereo to accept streaming content either music I uploaded to iTunes or music from the Internet. You can read how he did it, here. Speaking of music, I co-host Monday’s Music Moves Me and I would love to see you on the dance floor with me each week! 

6. Are there any blogs you read regularly? What are your favorites? In my sidebar, you will find under Blog Roll several I read daily. However, it’s difficult to say which are my favorites. Each blogger has a unique writing style that I enjoy. I invite you to visit them!  

7. What is your favorite outlet for social media? Twitter? Pinterest? I am not really big of the social media circuit, but I guess Facebook is overall my favorite. I get it a little better than I do Twitter or Pinterest, but I still consider myself on a learning curve with these two social media sources. Feel free to join me on any or all of these outlets!

8. Post an image that makes you smile no matter what.

Thoughts of our trip to Maine in 2004 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary brings back fond memories and every time I look at these pictures I smile. I decided to not put up a photo at this time.

9. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

  • To visit the western states National Parks
  • To get into my dream house
  • To try indoor skydiving

10. If you could live in any movie, what would it be and why? I think I would like to live in Kate & Leopold simply because it’s about a love that reaches across time to unite.

11. Post a picture in which you think you look your best.

Between 2004-2007 I looked my best. Although I have a few unwanted pounds to loose I still look very much as I do in the above picture. My goal is to look like this again before summer begins. 😉

Coming up with 11 bloggers to nominate for this award is difficult. I have blogged for almost four years and everyone I deal with on a regular basis surpasses the 3rd one. But, I’ll try to come up with a few and I may need to refresh this section from time-to-time till I can get my grand total.

Here goes, I want to pass the Liebster Award to:

Gilligan and Maryanne’s Island
Retired not Tired
Julie’s Lifestyle

**be sure to check back periodically to see who gets added**
Your questions are:
  1. What’s the story behind your blog name?
  2. If you hide behind your blog name and not your real name, then tell us what it is?
  3. Why did you start your blog for family, promoting a hobby, or etc?
  4. How many posts have you written to date?
  5. Who inspires you to compose your posts?
  6. Do you post daily?
  7. How often to you join in on blog hops?
  8. Would you like more Blog/Twitter/Pinterest followers? If so, point us to the appropriate URL for each social media site.
  9. When is the best time of the day to spend blogging – reading or writing?
  10. What advice,  if any would you offer to a newbie blogger?
  11. Tell us one thing that you really want us to know about you.

I am sure to struggle with gathering the chosen few for this award. That being said, I am going to loan out these questions for anyone to snag and post. For those who qualify for the Liebster Award with 200 or fewer followers, then considered yourself nominated. Should you decide to accept the award, please follow the rules.  As for the rest of you, all I ask is in return for borrowing my questions is that you link back to me. I can’t wait to read your answers! I hope these questions give you sunspiration on your next post!

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Did You Know I’m Sweet?

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Sweet as sugar, right?  Okay, maybe it’s not that I’m sweet, but I’m feeling kind of sweet because someone did something very sweet for me.  Don’t you just love that warm, fuzzy sense that fills you?  I love-love-love it!

 
This is what happened to me, I got that all warm, fuzzy sensation tickling my whole insides.  Someone special did something very sweet for me.  Look what Marie from XmasDolly gave me…

First off, the award looks scrupulously sweet. Mmmm, strawberries! Second, I feel so honored. Me, irresistibly sweet? No, wait… not me, but my blog is irresistibly sweet, right? Aah, me equals sweet….blog equals sweet…oh well, regardless if it’s me or my blog that’s sweet, I’m privileged to receive this award.


As with anything, there is responsibility. By accepting this virtual world award, I need to follow these little guidelines.   Not to worry, these rules are very easy.  I was asked to throw out 7 random facts about myself in this blog post, and then (here is where it gets a bit tricky and I consider it to be the hardest part) pass this award on to 10 deserving bloggers. Don’t let your blog awardees stumble upon being named for this honor.  Make a point in letting them know they have been given it. Trust me, this will make their day a bit brighter and happier like it has yours hopefully. I know it put a little extra sunshine and giggles in my day.

Let the fun begin!  Here are the facts Jack (about me)…

  1. I love pretty fingernails but I have extremely fragile ones. Growing them out is tricky.
  2. I’ve been drinking coffee regularly since 1983, most of the time I take it straight up black.
  3. My blood type is AB+. I’m the third in blood type rarity, but the good news is I’m the universal recipient.  I guess I’m in the clear if I need to cash in on a blood bank someday, huh? Let’s hope that never happens.
  4. I hate syringes, if one gets in proximity, then my thoughts immediately are, “It’s time to go to my quiet happy place.” and without fail every time I look away.
  5. I wore braces two years after I graduated college. My teeth were crook it, but thankfully I wasn’t. lol. But, the real problem is I had TMJ and suffered from bad headaches.
  6. I’m addicted to Spider Solitaire so much I have an app on my smartphone and play periodically throughout the day.  Hey, it exercises for my brain. Don’t laugh, I have one you know.
  7. I want to take an art class to learn how to draw or to paint with watercolors someday. No one draws stick people better than my darling husband.  I would like to at least outdo him someday, but that may have to be a forever fantasy.  How can I compete with such great talent?

Like I mentioned, selecting deserving bloggers is always the most difficult part.  In making my picks, I visit many blogs and then I simply listen to my heart’s direction (God talking to me).  Let me say, I follow so many wonderful blogs and there are more out there I don’t if by chance you’re visiting and wonder, “Where’s my award, Cathy?”  Just consider yourselves an honorable mention of this award because I truly believe in my heart each of my loyal blogging buds deserves their own Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.

Now….let’s give a great big round of applauds to the following…

Kindly visit my Irresistibly Sweet Blogging friends and leave a sweet comment.  You know, this small gesture will surely make them all warm and fuzzy on the inside.  Wouldn’t it be nice to spread a little love?

Finally, allow me to say, “Mucho gracias Marie, my sweet friend!” If I were there with you now, then I’d like to give you…

a hug!

Happy Blogging to each of you and share some love with your blogging pals!

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In Appreciation For…

Blogger Appreciation Day is a monthly meme where you list the blogs that gave you the most traffic for the previous month.

Here’s how to join in:

  • Go into your tracking service (ie. Google Analytics) and set the time period for March 1 to 31st.
  • Find the sites that have referred readers to you and put them in order from most sends to lowest.
  • Write a post (like this one) listing your top 10 referrers.
  • Link that post at 3 Boys and a Dog.
  • Grab the Blogger Appreciation Day picture and add it to your site.

Here’s the list of the top blogs that referred me the most traffic for the month of March:

    1. SelfSagacity
    2. XmasDolly
    3. Jenny Matlock
    4. One Little Mister
    5. Everyday Ruralty
    6. Never Growing Old
    7. Paisley Passions
    8. Lynnette Kraft
    9. Dollycas
    10. Makobiscribe

This is just a tiny way to say, thank you, ladies for directing readers to my little niche in Blogville.  Have a wonderful day and God blessings to each of you!

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Life is Good Award

The Life is Good Award recipient requirements are as follows:

  • Thank and put a link back to the person who so kindly gave this award.
  • Share a few things about yourself.
  • Pass the award onto some other bloggers you deem deserving.
  • Inform these said bloggers that they have received the award.

I’m flabbergasted by another blogging award.  You’re very kind, Debbie, for naming me one of the recipients of the ‘Life is Good’ award.  Check out Debbie’s blog, No Filter Mom . Cute name, huh? She is a cutie-pie 40-something mom of two little boys. I know she has her hands full, don’t you suppose? LOL.

*  I’m slow to getting jokes…sometimes.

*  Cyberspace screw ups drive me bonkers, like lost emails or links not working, etc

*  I prefer baked goodies over candy. Yeah, it has become a revolving change over the years.  It used to be the other way around.

*  My voice is tiny. I’m sometimes mistaken for a kid on the phone. Don’t you just love that?

*  One of my favorite chewy candies is salt water taffy.

*  I’m all for making prisons seem like prison again – remove internet access and cable TV, take away cell phones or other creature comforts.  They are criminals why treat them like they are at the Ritz Carlton or something? Our military gets the worse end of the shaft than most prisoners do. What sense is that? NONE! (Sorry for the ranting!)

*  When I was very young, my parents lived in a two room house and we had an outhouse.  I kid you not!

Just when you think you know me, I really throw some surprises in there for you. LOL.  Now to share this lovely award with of my blogging buddies.  Come on down…

Shelly is a proud working Christian momma of four kiddos and a devoted wife to her husband of 14 years.  She wears her faith on her blog so-to-speak and I hope you’ll take the time to visit with her.

Linda shares bits and pieces of her life in her blog.  I feel a comforting connection with her, as she displays her faith in Christ with the world, her love for her husband, and her family. Characteristics which I cherish.

 

Nichelle is a very, courageous young woman whose life took an unexpected spill in January 2010. I’m  impressed with  her overall upbeat personality but my heart feels her sorrows which she shares.

Amanda’s Blog: A Writer's JourneyAmanda, a good friend of mine, blogs about her writing journey to the publishing world as a Family Saga Novelist. Her nature style and ability tell me one day soon she’ll get her book series into print.

This award truly is a privilege. Once more thank you, Debbie, @ No Filter Mom for bestowing this surprise my way.  Anytime someone in blogosphere passes an award to you, it’s a good feeling knowing someone has taken the time, attention, and effort in making my day a little brighter.  I invite you to visit all of these fine bloggers whom I passing the torch to. Perhaps, you’ll find someone new to call ‘friend’.  Life is truly Good!

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