Christmas definitely came early this year. As if I hadn’t received enough gifts already, two more surprise packages arrived! One from my lovely friend Mike over at Eye-Dancers and another one from dear Sandra at quirkybooks who have both nominated me for Blog of The Year 2013 award, twice in Sandra’s case! I was not expecting this at all!
From the early days when I started my blog almost one year ago, Mike has been a consistent reader of my posts which is a great encouragement to me. Mike is a a published author of his book ‘The Eye-Dancers’ (which I am reading and loving!) and he is adept at weaving his everyday thoughts about life and all it’s peculiarities and coincidences into his own stories and brilliant blog posts.
I am not one for maths but I always felt a pull towards science at school and for some reason I am fascinated with all things to do with the possibility of a ‘parallel universe’ which is why I love my conversations with Mike about mutual favourites like The Twilight Zone stories!
Not only do I love reading Mike’s blog, but he is an all-around wonderful guy who found my little blog sitting quietly in a corner of blogland in what seems like an age ago now! I’m so glad that he did 🙂
Lovely Sandra has been so generous with giving me several awards and you can read more about her in the first award post of this series of three here. More than that, she is a busy lady working on her book for 2014 and many other projects. She has a heart of gold, never failing to encourage and help anybody who needs it in any way she can. We have become good friends through blogging and Sandra is a real treasure.
Thank you so much Mike and Sandra for thinking of me and sending this wonderful award my way, now I get to have some stars on my blog but I think it is you who are both the stars!
Right, onto business.
The instructions for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award are simple:
1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.
2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)
4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link :http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/
5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear
Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.
6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!
Who doesn’t love collecting stars? I can see a bright smile on your face and stop being shy. Come on! It’s all yours and grab the awards
Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!
There are a total of 6 stars to collect.
Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!
You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.
Well, according to these rules, it looks as if this means that I start out with three stars so I feel extremely ‘blinged’ out. What a way to end the year! Christmas definitely came early to this blog but now it’s my turn to hand out some gifts and I really love this part!
These blogs are just a few of my favourites (and I call the bloggers behind them dear friends) and this is my way of saying ‘Thank You’ for all you’ve meant to me during my blogging, writing and life journey.
Now, without any further hesitation, here are my nominations for Blog of the Year Award 2013 –
1. Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife
2. Playful Kitty
3. Lorraine Reguly’s Life
6. Searching For The Happiness
7. Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom
8. The Mirror
So that’s it. A huge thank you once again to all of you who took the time to send all these wonderful awards my way, and many congratulations to all of you on your nominations. The hardest part for me was choosing who to nominate and so please know that all of you my dear friends and readers mean so much to me and I don’t mean to miss anybody out.
Over to you all now to spread the good news. Then I’ve really got to get on with Christmas…
Have a lovely day everybody! Love Sherri 🙂 x
And so well deserved – really – you posts are of consistant interest, diversity and quality.
Well done and here’s to a successful 2014 for you ! !
Thank you CM 🙂 x
Congratulations!!! Well, now I know why your behind with you Christmas decorating! 🙂
Ooop..busted! Ha Ha! Thanks Jill, yes, I knew that it would be like this this week but I hate leaving things and just like to get them done in a certain order. Also, I work best when I’m right down to the wire. Got the tree decorated and most of the rest done in between so getting there 🙂
Well Sherri vis a vis my last post, I really don’t know what to say – other than I don’t know when you find the time to beaver away at your book! Good luck with the writing over Christmas – it looks like we could be getting just the weather we need as an excuse to hunker down inside with our laptops open!
Well, this is why I’m not beavering away at my book! I will though, I promise! As I said to Jill, I just had to get this done first…as for the weather, I wish we would get snow. This time two years ago remember when we did?
As for not knowing what to say…pink shorts anyone? Well, it is the party season… 😉
Hope your Christmas preparations are moving ahead!
Congratulations, Sherri! An impressive and encouraging way to “wrap up” your year and be ready to jump into 2014.
Yes, thank you Marylin, time to wrap things up and move into 2014 with a fresh approach. Got some great ideas that will really help…. 😉
I can understand why many would bestow you such wonderful awards. You have a beautiful heart which shines through your writings and I am very proud to say that I have found a friend in you. 🙂
Thank you for the nomination, I am truly grateful and appreciative of the recognition Sherri 🙂 May you have wonderful days for the rest of 2013 and the new coming year!
Ahh, you are so very kind Jhanis and you are also very welcome and deserving. Thank you so much, may your days ahead be richly blessed in all you do…. 🙂
Congrats!! Your blog is fabulous and this is the perfect award for you to have received. I have mentioned your award on my Facebook page with a link back to you. Thank you for passing a nomination my way. It really meant the world to me.
Oh Wendy, you are so very kind, thank you so much, and you are so very welcome. You deserve this and much more. I can’t thank you enough for the amazing help your wonderful web site and blog has been to me and so many others. You and your success story are an inspiration to us all 🙂
(Clap-clap-clap) Sherri. I’m happy for you and congratulations on a job well done, my friend, and so deserved. Many thanks for the Blog of the Year 2013 nomination. You truly made my day and brought a smile to my face. 🙂
That is wonderful to know Pat, I’m so glad 🙂 You are so very deserving, thank you so much for your lovely, kind wishes. Many congratulations to you, we’ll share a cup of good cheer sitting around your ol’ kitchen table, fire blazing away and the snow falling softly outside on those Colorado Rockies….I close my eyes and I am there 🙂
I like that you join me around my internet kitchen table, Sherri. It’s wonderful having you here. I just posted a thank you for the award on my site at (http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/happy-surprises-nearing-the-end-of-this-year-blog-of-the-year-2013-award/).
Thank you again for this award — you made my day! 🙂
Love your post and just commented. You are so very welcome Pat, have a lovely day my friend 🙂
Thank you 🙂
You’re wonderful. I think you have to stop at 7. };-)>
Ha Ha! Thanks so much Michael, and all congrats to you my friend 🙂
Bravo. Congratulations and M.e.r.r.y. Christmas. *smiles*
Merry Christmas to you too Tess 🙂
Sherri, I just read through all this and I don’t mean to be a party pooper but I’m not going to start collecting stars for an award, especially since I plan on moving my blog at some point in 2014 and think it may take years to get all six stars! LOL
Of course, I may just steal the image from the creator that has six stars and add it to my awards page, with a link to both of you. 😉
No probs, do what you think best Lorraine 🙂
A great end to your blogging year, hope you get back on track with those Christmas preparations – and the memoir!
Thanks again so much Andrea. Yes, I really do need to get back on track, but all memoir writing put aside now until the new year. Fresh start then. I hope your Christmas preparations are going well 🙂
Thanks so much for your beautiful words Sherri, they mean so very much to me and are a huge comfort during my time of illness.
Bless you Sandra, and I do hope that you are recovering and feeling just a little better…
Still ill and signed off work by the doctor for another week. Thanks for thinking of me.x
Thanks so much for all the very kind words, Sherri! –Mike
Thank YOU Mike 🙂
Congrats and totally deserved Sherri!
Thanks so much Jo, you are very kind 🙂 x
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