Awards Part Two: Fun and Flowers To Brighten the Day

Following directly on from my first Award’s post here is Part Two in which I’m so happy to share some light-hearted fun and present some beautiful flowers.

Firstly, I must make mention once more of lovely Maria over at Lost in the Labyrinth, bless her, who has nominated me for four, yes I said four, awards over the last couple of months! Thank you so much Maria, you are so generous in thinking of me for these wonderful awards and also for the very kind sentiments with which they are sent.

The first two are: The Imagine Award and the Blog of the Year 2013 Award.

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Having already accepted nominations for these awards just before Christmas, I won’t be participating again, although the Blog of the Year Award 2013 is a bit different because each time somebody is nominated, a star can be collected for a grand total of six stars. I presume this still counts even though it is now 2014!

To save space and time (and cheating just a little, sorry!) my previous post for the Blog of the Year Award 2013 with the rules and my nominees can be found here.  Go ahead, pick up your extra stars if you wish as I am nominating you all once more and congratulations to you all!

lindamadhatter-jesters-award1Maria then nominated me for the Linda Mad Hatter Jesters Award which is a  personally created award by Linda Mad Hatter herself to be passed on for ‘whatever fun-loving reason’ with this proviso:

If you receive this award, it is polite to pass it on, however there are no firm and fast rules here. 

Please also feel free to post recipients below (and the reason for their award, if you are so inclined to share), so we can all check them out :)

Here are my fun-loving nominees for the Linda Mad Hatter Jesters Award:

1. Playful Kitty – for all the fun Robin shares with her two lovable and darling cats, Cinco and Manna.  Take a look at what they get up to and some hilarious photos too!

2. moodsaplenty – Wanting to thank Steven and nominate him for this award because he never fails to bring laughter into my day with his witty banter and shenanigans (I love that word!)

3. thebufferzoneblog – Diane’s delightfully written blog posts aimed at the modern, dysfunctional family never fail to make me laugh out loud.  Her blog is a delicious treat you can’t afford to miss.

3. The Photographic Journey – Bulldog for always making me laugh with his laugh-out-loud (very clever!) captions to his beautiful wildlife photographs.  Thanks Bulldog for always bringing a smile to my heart 🙂

4. A Blumes With a View – Andrew for his hilarious – and very clever – take on movies together with his brilliant illustrations which will leave you in stitches, trust me.

Thanks guys for the fun and laughter, you brighten my day in more ways than you know 🙂

Then came the Awesome Blossom Award which I received not only from Maria but also from my friend Lorraine, so a huge thank you to both. Lorraine is a prolific blogger and writer who has recently announced the launch of her new website ‘Wording Well‘ and I wish her every success in her new endeavours.

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This award is very close to my heart (and not just because it is so pretty) because, of course, I love anything to do with gardens and gardening, having at long last had the chance to grow my own and actually stay to enjoy it for a few years rather than leave it all behind after a couple of years!

The sentiment behind the Awesome Blossom Award is extra-special, representing as it does the beauty and colour of our ‘virtual’ gardens as we grow and nurture them through friendship and community.

With this in mind, for the Awesome Blossom Award I have nominated:

  1. B is for Blessed  – to Lilka for her delightful posts sharing her observations on family life, her faith and the struggles of daily life against the backdrop of her beautiful garden in Atlanta, with homegrown photographs to match!
  2. Alzheimer’s Trail – Awesome Blossoms to Sheila to cheer her day as she tends to her mom who lives with Alzheimer’s.
  3. A Maine Mama’s Mind – To brighten this mama’s family ‘garden’ as it grows and changes with each new season of life.

Congratulations lovely ladies 🙂

As if Irene hasn’t been generous enough, she also nominated me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award (which I have already participated in).

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Then, as luck would have it, just as I was preparing this award’s post, a message pinged up that she had nominated me the gorgeous Field of Flowers Award!

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What really moved me was that Irene sent it with the message that she ‘hoped the flowers would brighten my day’.  Thank you again so much Irene for this beautiful, heartfelt award and sentiment, I feel as if I have just received a wonderful bouquet of flowers which did indeed ‘brighten my day’ 🙂

The rules for this bright and beautiful award are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Place the award on your blog
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something why you are giving these bloggers a ‘field of flowers’
  4. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them

My 7 nominees for the Field of Flowers Award are: 

  1. MoggiePurrs – Bev was my first blogging buddy and these flowers are my way of saying thank you for sticking with me and for all the marvellous support 🙂
  2. Tracy Lee Karner – Flowers to say ‘Get Well Soon’…
  3. Jennifer K. Marsh – A field of flowers Jenny Jen Jen for blue skies and twilight…
  4. Imelda – Because she ‘longs to see a field of flowers’…
  5. Mich – A field of flowers for her dream of her life in France…
  6. Sonny Days – Flowers for a wonderful mom to her autistic son
  7. Living with Shadows – A woman who finally feels she knows who she is, sharing the shadows from her life.  I applaud her courage with these beautiful flowers.

Many congratulations to you all!  

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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54 Responses to Awards Part Two: Fun and Flowers To Brighten the Day

  1. Congratulations on all the awards Sherri, these just show how much you’ve touched people with your blog. I hope it gives you encouragement to keep writing 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      I am greatly encouraged by the awards but also all the lovely comments and beautifully kind words from you and everyone else here. Really blown away actually! I’m not sure what more I can say, I am very moved to say the least. Thank you again, as always Andrea, for your kindness towards me 🙂 I am heading over to your blog very shortly…

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  2. Congratulations, Sherri. You’ve been blessed with so many beautiful awards. People recognize your talent and warm heart!

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    • Sherri says:

      Wow Bev, I am quite overcome to be honest but I do feel very blessed indeed! I let these awards accumulate but what I love is being able to send them on to lovely people like yourself 🙂 Thanks as always for being my wonderful blogging buddy, and long may it be so 🙂

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  3. Congratulations on all of them Sherri. You deserve each and every one.

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  4. A Maine Mama says:

    Congrats on all of your awards…what a lovely tribute to your message and your voice! Like so many others, I thoroughly enjoy your writing and connection! And thank you for my award as well 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      I’m so glad you found my blog MM, it has been lovely meeting you and I’m so happy to have been able to send an award your way, you deserve it! You are so kind and encouraging about my writing, and my voice, wow, thanks so much 🙂

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  5. A Maine Mama says:

    Reblogged this on A Maine Mama's Mind and commented:
    Reblogging as I received this lovely award from a writer whose prose and opinions and view of the world I thoroughly enjoy and respect. Your voice is so much fun…so thank you, for appreciating my voice and determination to grow, move forward, and strengthening those in bloom in my own home!

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  6. Great Scott! Mega-congratulations appear to be in order, Sherri. “I knew her when…” };-)>

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  7. Lovely awards, Sherri. Congratulations. They are well deserved indeed. 🙂 xx

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  8. Thank you so much, Sherri. I’m having a bit of a relapse day and was almost going to feel sorry for myself. Decided to check up on wordpress to get my mind off of myself and look! You’re here, cheering me up.

    I’m grateful, dear. You are sweet!

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh Tracy, I’m so sorry you haven’t been feeling great, but I was so happy to know that this little ‘field of flowers’ helped to brighten your day, which is just what I had hoped! You are most welcome and I do hope and pray that you are feeling a bit better…prayers and hugs for you my friend xx

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  9. Congratulations again, Sherri. Pretty badges to brighten up the day. 🙂

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  10. Congratulations Sherri on your awards, you are a gifted writer and blogging friend. Thanks for nominating me for the Awesome Blossom Award. A beautiful thought from you. I’m afraid I’m not reading others these days, it’s been trying … the flowers … thoughts … AWESOME!

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    • Sherri says:

      You have a great deal on your plate Sheila and I fully understand but I’m so glad to be able to see your poems still there on your blog 🙂 I wanted to send you this award just to say I’m thinking of you in it all, and keeping you in my prayers. Thank you so much, you have always been such a lovely blogging friend and I appreciate it very much 🙂

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  11. Imelda says:

    Hi Sherri. Congratulations for all of these commendations. They are well deserved.
    Thank you for including me in your list. I do. I do long to see some flowers and colors other than white and dirty white.
    I had the chance to visit Photographic Journey and I did enjoy his page and followed. 🙂 I’ll try to visit the others when I get the chance to.

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    • Sherri says:

      You are very welcome Imelda, so glad that you are enjoying your Field of Flowers and many thanks for the congrats! Yes, you will love Bulldog’s blog, he is a lovely guy and his blog is awesome. He is writing a book about his adventures and his wildlife photos are incredible. Enjoy 🙂

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  12. bulldog says:

    Sherri I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again, you have a blog worthy of awards… congratulations on all of these… and as I look down the right hand side of you post, there are so many of them…
    But then to read and see you’ve been kind enough to think I deserve one, Thank you… I appreciate the honour you bestow on me, but I don’t do the awards thing, to stupid to work out how to place them on my blog as well as not sure how to answer half of the questions I must answer. I do however keep the post where I have been awarded in a file that every now and then I go through. Why? To see what I’ve been given. Like Oscars they are on a special shelf (file) called, “See what others think”…. so for this I thank you and copy and paste it to my shelf… you’re a Darling…

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh Bulldog, I wasn’t sure if you ‘did’ awards or not, but how lovely that you have a special shelf for them, just like your Oscars! Love it! No worries, either way, I just wanted to share with my lovely readers about your awesome blog and I’m sure that many of them will come over so that they can see what they have been missing!
      It’s been great meeting you here, thanks so much for being such a wonderful support, and I’m so happy that you enjoy coming over to my summerhouse 🙂 Let the fun remain…and thanks for the huge smile on my face right now 🙂

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  13. rmudge says:

    Congrats on all of your awards! You are quite popular lately 🙂 Thank you for nominating me too. That is one award that I don’t have yet. Yay, new bling! I have place this on my list 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Robin, thanks so much! I did check to make sure you didn’t have this award already, as you have quite a lot of bling, very richly deserved may I say!! Enjoy and all the best with your move! 🙂

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  14. The attention and effort you give to your fellow bloggers and the time you take to respond is a real endorsement of the quality of your work!

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  15. Congratulations Sherri! It’s easy to see why everyone loves you. 🙂 xx

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    • Sherri says:

      Congratulations to you too Jo, I hope you have seen your nomination in my other award’s post! If not, you soon will, ha! Thanks so much, you are so kind and I really don’t know what else to say….. 🙂 xxxx

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  16. Congratulations, Sherri! I love the Awesome Blossom award, so beautiful, much like yourself. xo

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  17. Gosh, doesn’t someone get a lot of rewards! 😉
    Thank you very much though, Sherri. I’ll treasure my little bouquet of flowers dearly.

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  18. TBM says:

    you are on a roll! And I admire your dedication to spreading the word about the awards and the blogs you enjoy. Congrats. Well deserved.

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  19. Steven says:

    Congratulations again! 🙂 You are seriously going to have to put another floor on that summerhouse.

    Thank for the jester hat! I love the word ‘shenanigans’ too… that or ‘escapades’. But yes, shenanigans? Moi? Why, never! I am the picture of innocence.

    I don’t quite know how I manage to make you laugh but it’s rewarding to know, anyway. 🙂 It’s the best medicine!

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    • Sherri says:

      Ha Ha! Thanks so much JG! Yes, shenanigans and escapades – love it! You make me laugh a lot, with or without a jester’s hat!! Anyway, I’m so glad that I made you smile too, in all innocence 😉

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  20. mysonnydays says:

    Sherri,
    Congrats on all your awards! I am inspired, you have such a wonderful blog! I could learn a lot from you I think! And thank you so much for the nomination! So lovely of you to think of me!

    Keep well! xxx

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much Sonny, I am very flattered, *blushing* bless you! Many congratulations to you once again, I am so happy to be able to send these wonderful awards your way, and so deserving too! I hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂 xx

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  21. lilkaraphael says:

    You are so deserving of all these awards and so more. Your generosity knows no bounds! I thank you, my sister. Much love and many blessings to you!

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