What a Week – Time to Bring out some Awards!

What a week it’s been.  Always a time of reflection at this time of year as we remember 9/11 and of course this does wonders for concentrating our minds on what really matters in the grand scheme of things.

Life does go on relentlessly however, whichever way we look at it.

For starters,  I certainly wasn’t expecting that I would be writing a post this week about the loss of  our poor, sweet Eric. I miss him so 😦 Then, as the week progressed, it was evident that WordPress gremlins were playing havoc with us.   I was horrified as I watched the number of my followers (better to say friends as my friend Bob pointed out in his recent blog post about this subject) drain away in front of my very eyes.

The only time I usually  see numbers draining away like that is  when I go online to check my bank account balance.

Today, I drove to my local petrol station to fill up my car only to discover that it was closed.  No reason that I could at first see, but then, as I was turning around, and very annoyed at having to do so I might add, I did see some workmen clearing up quite a bit of broken glass on the ground.  I found out later that a woman had driven her car straight into the glass-fronted shop next to the petrol pumps.  That’s not good.

It’s been one of those strange, mixed-bag kind of weeks.

Even the cats have fallen out and aren’t talking to each other.

I'm not talking to you! (c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

I’m not talking to you!
(c) copyright Sherri Matthews 2013

All is not lost, however!   This week did see me celebrate my birthday and I am actually very happy because this weekend I will have all my baby chicks back in the nest again for a belated family get together.  I love it when my boys are home and we are all together again. I am also very blessed that both my boys have lovely girlfriends.  Family and friends. I don’t take any of them for granted.

I don’t take you, my friends here, for granted either.  You are all very much appreciated and I really was genuinely upset when I thought I had lost you all!  It was such a relief when I realised that it was a glitch and nothing I had done (just shows you how paranoid I am!)

Over the past several weeks, I have been very blessed with a  handful of wonderful awards from some of you and, although I won’t be taking part in the rules for these awards having previously participated, I do very much want to take this time to acknowledge and thank each one of you so very much for thinking of me and for your kindness,  it means a great deal to me.

Firstly, The Sunshine Award was sent my way by my lovely Aspie friend Darren of Aspie Story. Darren has encouraged and inspired me so much as he shares his own struggle with Asperger’s, while giving me great insight into my Aspie Daughter’s challenges.  He takes great photos too, is always interesting and informative and I just love reading his blog.  You will too! Thank you so much Darren!

Secondly, lovely Jenn of That’s a Jenn Story awarded me with the Leibster Award.  Jenn is a published author of a children’s novel and her blog is packed full of her ‘slice of life’ stories which are a pleasure to read.  Be sure to check out her blog. Thank you Jenn, you are a star!

Liebster Award

Thirdly, another Liebster Award from the lovely Jane.  Many thanks Jane! She describes herself as a 40 something mum with two delightful young boys, one with Autism and one with Aspergers, who writes about her daily struggles and victories over at her blog ASD Mummy with Issues.

imagesThen another surprise!  Just as I was getting ready to complete this post, I had a message pop up from Wendy from Searching For The Happiness to say that she wanted to give me the One Lovely Blog Award.  Oh, I have such a big smile on my face! Thank you so much Wendy! If you haven’t checked out Wendy’s blog yet, you simply must.  She is a successful blogger and freelance writer and is very generous with sharing what she has learnt with her followers.  Wendy has given me some great advice and I know she will be happy to do the same for you too!

one-lovely-blog1This is one award which does not require any rules.  I love giving presents and this being my birthday week (any excuse to keep the celebrations going) I want to give you a present. Because all of you here are lovely to me, I invite you to please accept this award and display it on your blog proudly, because you deserve it.

Take it, it’s yours, and many congratulations!

I also want to give a shout-out to these lovely blogs:

  1. charactersfromthekitchen
  2. listenwatchreadshare
  3. Travel Words
  4. Lost in the Labyryinth
  5. moggiepurrs,
  6. Susan Irene Fox
  7. Donna Jean McDunn
  8. Aspie Story
  9. Confab
  10. Rachel at Quakerattled
  11. Jardin Luxembourg
  12. Conrad
  13. parillaturi
  14. mud therapy
  15. Proverbs Way

Also, must thank the lovely Jhanis over at Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife for her great idea in putting this post together…see, told you I would copy you 😉

 Wishing all of  you, dear readers, a great weekend.  Now, let’s get this party started 🙂

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri is a writer with work published in print magazines, anthologies and online. As a young British mum of three, she emigrated to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country, a full-time carer within her family. Her current WIP after completing her memoir is a psychological thriller.
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31 Responses to What a Week – Time to Bring out some Awards!

  1. Rachel says:

    That’s a very cute photos of your cats. I hope you have a lovely time with all the chicks back in the nest, congratulations on your awards (you deserve them!) and thanks for the shout-out.


  2. jas2jar says:

    A belated Happy Birthday xxx


  3. Love the cat pics!! So typical of felines. Congratulations on all of your awards. You are creating quite an impressive side bar of lovely images and sentiments. Thanks, also, for the mention of MoggiePurrs!


  4. Happy, happy birthday, Sherri; and thank you SO much for the award. You, my dear, are a treasure, and I appreciate it. I wish you a most lovely weekend, and pray the cats reconcile before the party begins. 😉


  5. jennypellett says:

    Hi Sherri! First, I must say a huge thanks for the shout out and subsequent award you have bestowed on me and my little blog. I’m not quite sure what to do about awards, to be honest, but that doesn’t mean I can’t accept graciously!
    I must let you know that I’m still sniggering about the pink shorts and that after the event I thought of this punch line – ‘wearing those, you’d definitely be taking the chic out of Chichester…’ (sorry, just had to share) 🙂
    Have a great weekend with your brood x


    • Sherri says:

      Ahh, thank you Jenny for your kind wishes and you are very welcome…don’t worry (about what to do with the award), be happy 🙂
      Ha! Yes, those shorts…but whatever do you mean about taking the ‘chic’ out of Chichester? All this time I was under the impression that the city was named for that very reason after my very first visit there in ‘those’ shorts. Or maybe I am just very, very deluded… 😉 x


  6. Heyjude says:

    Thank you for the award Sherri, I will treasure it! And have a fab party with your family – it is very rare I gather all my brood close (one lives in Sydney) but when it does happen it is fantastic.
    Jude xx


    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much Jude, and you are very welcome, enjoy! Yes, it was a wonderful time with my brood and just catching up now. Sooooo behind but it’s worth it…
      Ahh, I know what that’s like when I lived in America so far from my mum and brother. But, as you say, although you don’t see each other so frequently, when you do it is wonderful. I hope you have plans to see them all again soon 🙂 xx


  7. Lesley Dawson says:

    Thank you for the award, Sherri! That’s a wonderful photograph of your cats – they’re like a mirror image of each other … well, except for their colouring. I hope your birthday party goes with a swing. 😀


  8. LOL you didn’t have to say it but you are most welcome. Congratulations on the awards! 🙂


  9. Denise says:

    Wow Thanks for the shout out! Also I’ve found a couple of really interesting blogs through your page today. Darren’s photography is amazing.


  10. Aspie Story says:

    Thank you very much for the kind words and the award! It’s also a real encouragement to keep writing.

    Sounds like you’ve had an interesting week. I’m sure next week will be much better and within no time, your cats will be facing each other again. 😉 Love that picture!

    And though this is inexcusable late… Happy birthday! It’s never too late to celebrate right? 🙂


    • Sherri says:

      Ahh, you are very welcome, you deserve it and thanks so much Darren, I really appreciate your kind birthday wishes…Absolutely, I love your thinking…never to late to celebrate 😉
      Lots to catch up on writing-wise this week, so far so good…let’s hope it continues! The cats are indeed facing each other again and I’m sure that since it has started to cool down here with a distinct autumnal nip in the air they will be cuddling up much more again 🙂


  11. Pat says:

    Wishing you a happy belated birthday, Sherri, and congratulations on your awards. They’re a tribute to you and your writing — your friends love you.


  12. Congrats and happy birthday!! 🙂


  13. Asha says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, Sherri. God bless.
    And congratulations for all the awards and many more to come.


  14. tieshka says:

    Dear Sherri- thanks again for the One Lovely Blog Award. When you have a moment you can check out my acceptance post at this link: http://jardinluxembourg.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/the-one-lovely-blog-award/ . Have a nice evening!


    • Sherri says:

      Ahh Tieshka, you are so very welcome. Thank you for your lovely words in your acceptance post, I really do appreciate it and I’m so glad to have you as my friend! Keep going, you are doing a wonderful job on your blog and I look forward very much to all your posts from the other side of the pond 🙂


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