My First Award!

Friday, July 30, 2010

I'd like to thank the Academy . . . oops; it's not the Academy Award but the Versatile Blogger Award! My first award for this blog! I'd like to thank Ms. Understood from On This Journey Called . . . Life.
I have studied the requirements for this award and one of them is to say seven things about myself that nobody knows. So here goes . . .

1. I used to own over 4,000 books. Yes, I counted them. I was going to put them in a database, but I gave up.

2. Because of my book addiction, I have another blog, The Literary Lioness, which I keep for book reviews and anything relating to books, writing, cats, etc. I need to post there more often, though.

3. I'm a real blonde. Really.

4. Until I joined Over 40 Bloggers, I rarely admitted to anyone my real age -- because I'm small and slim, I look a bit younger. Joining that group was a huge step forward in being more honest. Even many people at my job didn't know my real age.

5. I'm going through menopause, and am dealing with some weight gain, depression, and all-around turmoil. It wreaks huge changes on your body and psyche. Those hot flashes, man, are difficult, although not as difficult as menstrual cramps. . .

6. I'm a huge Linda Ronstadt fan. I love almost everything that she has recorded. Well, at least the rock and country stuff. Thank God for YouTube, so I can see early Linda.

7. I'm a struggling to recover shopaholic. It's a hard fight. Unfortunately my credit rating has really suffered from it. I'm still dealing with the fall-out.

Part of this award is that I have to pass it on to 15 other bloggers. I have an eclectic taste in blogs -- I love personal blogs, plus blogs about humor, movies, books, writing and almost anything else if it is well written and aesthetically pleasing.

If someone has a true passion for what they write about, and has obviously done real research, I'll read it, even if it is unusual.

I chose some blogs that are have had some success, but also I specifically looked for blogs that are somewhat obscure, or rather, up-and-coming. I love finding little-known blogs that are really well done.

So in alphabetical order . . .

Drum roll please . . .

A Lovely Shore Breeze -- Somehow Caite manages to write about books, New Jersey, recipes, and photos all in one blog (while I have to use two different blogs), and she does it beautifully.

A Southern Woman Rambles -- A beautifully written blog about her life and times. She is the founder of Real Bloggers United!

Awful Library Books: Hilarious! Old library books that desperately need to be weeded.

Beth Fish Reads -- One of my favorite books blogs. I love her style.

CatSynth -- A most unusual blog about cats, synthesizers, and photography. Besides, I had to have at least one cat blog in this list.

Forget the Talkies! -- In which a 23-year-old (!) writes about silent movies and the people who made them. She really knows her stuff, and her passion for the subject is obvious!

Forgotten Bookmarks: Interesting objects found in used books. I've found some interesting things myself in books. I wish I had kept them.

La Bella Vita -- Food blogs tend to be beautiful, but this is one of the most gorgeous food blogs out there.

La Vie Graphite -- Putting pencil to paper. I still love writing in notebooks.

Letters of Note -- Fascinating letters, postcards, etc. Very interesting stuff.

Literary Rejections on Display -- Well, I'm not rejecting Writer Rejected. This is an unusual blog about being a rejected writer.

A "New" Jersey Girl -- Great photos in this Jersey blog. And she keeps running into bears . . .

Pleasant Family Shopping -- This blog mean seem an odd choice, but it's about old stores that mostly don't exist anymore. This blogger really has done his research and loves his subject. It really brings back memories.

That's the Press, Baby! -- An unusual blog that somehow combines writing about newspapers . . . and department stores -- and makes it work.

The Moviezzz Blog -- This blogger loves movies, especially from the 1980's I especially like the Whatever Happened to . . . section.


  1. Congratulations on your award! I'm your newest follower and thank you in return for passing on the award and for our extremely kind words! I hope that you have a lovely weekend in beautiful New Jersey! Roz @ La Bella Vita! PS I'll post the award and the things about me a bit later next week, if that is OK. Ciao!

  2. Happy Friday!! Stopping by to say Hi!.

    Thank you for share nice blog,

    my community is

    Have a nice day.

    PS. From Follow Friday 40 and over

  3. Congratulations on your award! How fun.And thanks so much for passing it along to me, I'll blog about it in the next couple of weeks. Oh and I visit several of the blogs you listed, but now I have some new ones to explore.

  4. congrads on yor award..
    and thank you for passing it on.

    I am still stuck at thinking of 7 things.

    off to follow BethF's lead and check out the other blogs. except her's which I know well.

  5. Hi, I am a new follower, I came over from Follow Friday 40 and over! Such fun meeting new friends.
    I was in your fine state for the first time a couple weeks ago visiting friends, its great! I have some pics posted on a blog post..
    Stop by if you get a chance!

  6. congrats on your award..
    I am a new follower I came over from Friday Follow over 40!!! you gave me more blogs to read I am a busy girl today trying to stop by all the over 40 blogs and now this :-) have a great weekend!!!

  7. Congrats on your award and I am honored you chose me as one of the blogs to pass it along to! Thank you so much! I'll be blogging about it next week. I need at least until then to figure out what 7 things people don't already know about me! ;)

    Lynne @ A "new" Jersey Girl

  8. Congratulations on your award! :)

    I am visiting from Follow Friday 40 and Over and is a new follower of your blog through Google Connect.

    Please stop by sometime and visit my blog at

    Shelli :)

  9. Congrats !!
    I am now following you through
    Follow Friday 40+!!
    Peggy Gorman

  10. @Bella -- I love your blog it is beautiful! Thanks for following!

  11. @Nan Bennett - Thanks so much for stopping by!

  12. @Beth F -- You are welcome! You have a great blog!

  13. @caite -- Don't worry. You'll definitely think of 7 things about yourself that no one knows! I love your blog!

  14. @Dogmom Diva -- I did stop by! I am now a follower!

    It has been very hot and humid for most of July, but then last summer was rather cool, so I guess it's making up for that!

  15. @Pam Ponder -- I visited you and am now following you! Happy Friday!

  16. @Lynne -- I'm happy that you're happy! You are welcome!

  17. @Shelli -- I just visited your blog and followed you. It's a very stylish blog!

  18. @Peggy -- Thanks for much! I visited your blog and am now following!

  19. Congrats on your award :0) Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I look forward to visting your blog!

  20. wow,that is amazing!Congrats!Go!Go!GO! btw,please feel free to visit my blog~ :)

  21. Congratulations on your award. I hate/hated menapause too. It really makes you feel funny. Good luck.

  22. Congratulations on your award!

    Thanks for stopping by and following. I am now a follower.

  23. Thanks for following!

    Yeah, I'm 40+, too... *sigh*
    Harsh reality... I never imagined it! I remember thinking that was OLD!! LOL!!

    Hang in there with the moods!! I think I'm kind of STUCK with mine.. So it's a constant battle.

    Funny, when I got this award I only had to pass it to 10 and I thought THAT was a LOT! LOL!!

    Nice getting to know you a bit! WOW at the books! ;D

  24. Congrats on the award! It´s always good to feel appreciated. I love the versatile links you put up. Looks like checking in to.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, I hope to see you there again some time!

  25. Congratulations! Over 40s Bloggers?? I need to check that out. I always seem to find the 20-somethings blogs.

  26. @Karen Mortensen -- Yes, it is, and it's hard for men to understand.:)

  27. @Angie Chu -- Thanks for visiting and following!

  28. @NorCalMom -- Thanks for stopping by and following!

  29. @Holly -- Yes, I know what you mean about the moods! And I just can't take the crap anymore from other people. I flip out at them if they're rude to me. I never used to do that. I even screamed back at a manager at work *oops*.

    And yes, I'm a confirmed book addict. My town has many sales where you can get books very cheaply (sometimes a whole bag for five bucks!) I never pay full price for books.:)

  30. @Betty -- Yes, I have very diverse tastes in blogs. Don't you just love the internet?

  31. @citymouse-- The over 40 Bloggers are cool. And you visit some great blogs on the Friday Follow blog hop! Lots of followers, too!

  32. Congratulations!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by The House on the Corner ~ I'm your newest follower!

  33. Congrats on the award. Stopping in from Friday Follow and returning the follow.

    I am a real blonde too but it's starting to get harder and harder to convince anyone of this. Since having kids my roots are dark!

  34. @Donna -- Thanks for visiting and following me back!

  35. Thanks for visiting me! I'm following you back now for sure :)

  36. @TheSportsBitch -- Thank you and you're welcome!:)

  37. Thanks for following me via Friday Blog Hops! I'm your newest follower. Try and stop by and link up for my Meet Me Monday. It starts tonight at 10 pm. Hope to see you then.

  38. @Inspiring -- Thanks so much for following me back!

  39. Congratulations on your award!!! I happen to qualify for the over 40 crowd as well. :(

    Did Linda Ronstadt sing It's So Easy? I loved that one!

    Visiting back from comment club!!

  40. @blueviolet -- Yes, Linda sang a cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy". A great song.

    Here it is:

  41. Congrats on your award!

    Stopping by from the Weekend Comment Club. Thanks for signing up.
    Have a great rest of your weekend!

  42. Hey. It's great to meet you. I'm visiting from the comment club. Grats on your award. If you'd like to visit my blog this week, you can add your blog link to my blog hop. Thanks
    Julie @ Bunches of Bargains

  43. new follower from FF :)

  44. I do like reading about the life of other bloggers, always interesting and yours particularly.

  45. Thanks for joining me at Create With Joy and congrats on your first award! I really enjoyed reading and learning a little more about you on your post. We have a lot in common!

    I signed up to follow both of your blogs and I look forward to getting to know you in the future!


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