Jan 25, 2011

Breaking all the rules...

I'm not a huge fan of blog awards because of a couple of reasons. First, I like to think that gifts come with no strings attached, and usually there are "requirements" to be met in order to accept the award. Secondly, I really don't have the time. It's all I can do to get around to all the blogs I want to read, plus write my own. Thirdly, there's always the chance of offending someone who you didn't "choose" to pass the award on to. A year ago this month, a sweet blogger friend tried to give me an award and I turned it away and posted one of those "award-free blog" signs in my sidebar. Now I'm ashamed and sorry I did that.

Today I have re-thought my attitude. Nellie over at Nellie's Cozy Place blessed me with a blog award and I am graciously receiving it. Thank you Nellie for thinking of me! You have been a great blogging friend and a wonderful encouragement to me! Visit Nellie if you have a chance and introduce yourself. You will find lots of love over there, as well as all kinds of interesting things.

But I AM breaking the rules. I'm listing 8 (not 7) blogs that I enjoy reading regularly and I think you might enjoy them too. Please copy the award onto your blog only if you WANT to. You may have reasons for not doing that, and there is no need to explain if you choose not to. Pass the award on only if you WANT to and have the time. It can be 7 people or as few or as many as you like. Lastly, list 7 things about yourself that people may not know if you WANT to and have the time. I'm going along with this just because I think it is fun and MAYBE someone will be interested! Oh and don't forget to tell the people you've awarded, but only if you WANT to! I'm not going to tell them...I'll see if they are reading my blog!

So here are some great blogs that I recommend, in no special order. Thank you ladies for being my friends in the blogosphere. I left off some of my favorite reads if I saw a "no awards" sign on your blog, but if you reconsider, let me know! Oh and by the way, some of these ladies have more than one great blog going, so be sure to check their sidebars.

I recommend you visit:

*Brenda - Beesnest

7 Things you May Not Know About Me

1) My hubby Bob and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary this year. We have to make it last at least until September 25th because I've already ordered and received a snowflake Christmas ornament with that fact engraved on it! (Lisa Leonard Designs)

2) Bob and I were high school friends. We met at a splash party at Water Works Park in Cuyahoga Falls, OH when I was 16 and he was 17. We went our separate ways and while we remained friends, we didn't marry each other until 11 years later.

3) His mother and I and most of our family still call him "Bobbie".

4) I used to love outdoor ice skating when I was growing up and walked after dark to skate at "the gorge" ~ a nearby Metropolitan Park. I had to slide on my bottom down a huge wooded hill with my skates slung over my shoulder to get down to the skating area, and then climb back up with my skates still on to make it back up the hill. I never gave a thought to being afraid.

5) One time when I was about 13 I threw snowballs at passing cars. I have no idea why. It was dark and it just seemed like fun. (???) An angry man stopped his car, got out, and chased me all the way home, about a half block away. My dad actually got mad at the man for chasing me. It was probably the worst thing I ever did as a kid, with one exception. You'll have to ask me if you want to know the other thing...

6) I'm the oldest of 7 in the birth order of my family.

7) In two days I will be old enough to collect Social Security. No kidding.

Just having some fun today.....


Rebecca said...

I saw my name here. (And after your prior post, how can I not comply?)

Facebook already told me what #7 tells me here. Well, half of it anyway. I enjoyed learning the other details. Afraid I don't have anything nearly so interesting to tell.

We ARE surrounded by a wonderful bunch of people in blogland, aren't we?

Deborah Ann said...

Congrats on the award! I used to do those too. I just got too lazy, what with all the requirements and such. But it is a nice way to get to know a person better!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Jacquelyn,
Actually you got both awards!!
Thanks for accepting, if you really don't want to do all the work, I certainly understand, cause it does take some time.
But just wanted to encourage you!!
Blessings hon,Nellie
Gotta go read what you had to say about yourself now. lol

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Thanks hon,
for doing this!! I sorta feel bad, cause I feel the same way you do...
I too, think it should come with no strings attached and if you want to pass it on you can....anytime!!
I didn't realize you were award free, I never think to check that. Guess I will from now on, or just change the rules and say here's your award,
Congratulations, do whatever you want to with it!! lol
Enjoyed reading about your young escapades you lil snowball thrower you!! lol That was sort of mean of that man, good grief, it was just a snowball.
You gave awards to a few of the folks I gave the sunshine award to last year. thought that was neat!!
Well, dear,
Blessings for a great week!

Lori said...

Thank you Jacquelyn for your kindness in giving me this award. Even though I don't do awards it really touches me so thank you for thinking of me.

I really did enjoy reading these 7 things about you. You did capture my curiousity with saying you did something worse then throwing snowballs at cars when you were young...lol...I like the history of you and your husband...very neat...happy birthday early if I don't get to say it on the day...sending you hugs and love your way my friend. XXX

Mariel said...

how fun!! I love that meme! I also love elaine's blog...she is precious and so deserving of this sweet bloggy honor! Gonna check out the other fun blogs you awarded :)

Pat said...

Happy Birthday! I've been receiving SS for a year now...it seemed like quite a big deal at the time, LOL! Next is Medicare!
I loved all the little known facts you wrote, I would have been scared to pieces to have that man chase me!
You deserve all the bloggie awards, you are all things good!

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday, friend! I do enjoy your blog and your friendship. Thank you for the blog award. I am honored and appreciate that it came with no strings attached. The quotes on the side of your blog are so good! It is challenging and encouraging to read through them. You are having an impact on many people. (I am also married to a Bob but I like to call him Mack.) I hope your day is happy!

Dee said...

Hi, My name is Dee and I am visiting from Rebecca's blog.It was nice of you to share about yourself..I just turned old enough to draw social security myself and will get my first check in February.I am enjoying your blog and will be back to vist often as I am now a new follower. :) Dee

Hilary said...

Thanks so much for the award, Jacque! I so appreciate all of your support, comments, and encouragement.