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The word, addiction, has been defined as:  the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming… to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Some addictions have their own pleasant rewards.   Congratulation to Kate Kresse of Believe Anyway for receiving the Addictive Blog Award.  Her blog is inspirational (and yes, addictive) and a must for those of us who need a little extra push, a bit of motivation, the courage to go on.  I am privileged too because she has nominated me for the very same award.  Thank you Kate!

The rules of this award:

Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.

Share a little bit about why you started blogging.

Copy and post the award onto your own blog

Nominate up to ten other bloggers you think are addictive enough to deserve the award.

Why I Started Blogging

About a year ago, my friend, Julie, the owner of a local gift shop, asked me to sit in on a training session on blogging for business.  I was writing promotional copy for her gift catalog anyway and she thought I might be interested in developing a blog for her as well.  So, I sat in on the session as a blog was created for Virginia Born and Bred called The Virginia Shopper.  I became “the shopper” and began to write and write and write.  I loved it!

I was writing to sell, but I imagined writing a personal blog too, and wished for my own blog to be something I could share with my grandchildren.  So, I started one called Technicolor Daydreams.  That’s when there suddenly emerged a blogging “community” of fascinating, delightful, interesting and inspirational people who love to share their talents and comment on mine.

I hold my circle of friends in cyberspace very close and each one is most dear.  Reading their thoughts and viewing their art and photography is every bit as addictive as writing my own and there is never enough time in a day to do them all justice.  I feel like a mother with way too many children and at the same time, a child needing confirmation.

Today I write this blog called Virginia Views. And surely I am addicted once again because blogging is now “psychologically habit forming to such an extent that its cessation causes me severe trauma!”

Addiction Can be a Wonderful Thing!

Recommended Addictive Blogs (in other words, here are some of my favorites):

A Daily Thought  http://judysp.wordpress.com

Apronhead  http://apronhead.wordpress.com

Bless Your Hippie Heart http://blessyourhippieheart.wordpress.com

Coming East  http://comingeast.com

Lydia Street  http://lydiastreet.com

Not Quite Old  http://notquiteold.wordpress.com

Mama’s Empty Nest  http://mamasemptynest.wordpress.com

Photos from the Loony Bin  http://photosfromtheloonybin.wordpress.com

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat  http://coffeekatblog.com

Winsomebella  http://winsomebella.wordpress.com

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Congratulations to CathyG of Comments from Cathy for receiving yet another award.  The Mrs. Sparkly Ten Commandments Award is supposedly based on a real woman who was (or is) known for her elegance.  She was/is also renowned for her personal integrity, good manners and behavior, for having high expectations of people, and a great sense of humor.  All of these things certainly shine in Cathy’s blog, so be sure to take a look.

Now Cathy has gone and passed the award on to another group of bloggers, including me, and in so doing, zeroed in on one of my best kept secrets – I LOVE things that sparkle!  So this award is happily received – not because I am elegant and possess all those wondrous qualities (though I’m sure I do) – but because “sparkly” is in the title and that makes me feel good.

The rules of this award:

Answer 10 questions.

Nominate some bloggers you think deserve this award.

Notify your nominees.

Sounds easy huh?  But, answering the 10 questionscommandments is more difficult than you might think.

1)      Describe yourself in seven words.

Sparkly – Ha!

Neat

Kind

Worried

Proud

Creative

Stable

2)      What keeps you up at night?

My dog, Rozie, who has nightmares or hears things and pants in my ear to wake me up at 2:00 AM.  When I finally calm her down, she goes back to sleep, but I’m awake the rest of the night!

3)      Whom do you aspire to be (like)?

A combination of people with various admirable traits, talents, abilities, drive, self control, beauty, and loving characteristics.

4)      What scares you?

People who cough in my face.

5)      What are the best and worst things about blogging?

Best:  Of course, the other-worldly bloggers I meet and admire who provide new perspectives.  And I love having this platform for my need to write and show and tell. Thanks to my son if you are reading this, for telling me to stop saying, “I can’t.”

Worst:  My growing obsession with blogging where every spare minute is spent, and when not blogging, thinking about blogging and thinking about it and thinking about it, etc. etc. etc. and etc.

6)      What was the last website you looked at? 

Photos from the Loony Bin.  Cindy is not only an excellent photographer and writer, but she makes me laugh out loud (LOL).

7)      If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would magically appear as a size 6 and look fabulous in a teeny weeny red bikini.  I know this is not an altruistic or admirable wish at my venerable age, but sometimes “truth is stranger than fiction.”

8)      Slankets yes or no?

I had to look this one up.  Didn’t realize it is a blanket with sleeves for easier reading.  Great idea but obviously my answer is “no.”  I never had one.

9)      What are you wearing now?

Jeans and a summer blouse, a solar watch (never needs a battery!), and a little sparkly gemstone necklace (See, I love Sparkles!).  Not wearing: shoes.

10)   Tell us something about the person who nominated you.

I have been following Cathy G for some time now because I love her stories and pictures of her family.  She is so fortunate to have a wealth of information and photographs that go way way back to her ancestors and she writes about them so beautifully.  I hope she is planning to convert her blog into a book.  It will be a wonderful gift for those she loves.

Phew!  Now that is done and if I haven’t embarrassed myself too badly, here’s the good part – nominating other oh-so-talented bloggers for this very unique award.  And yes, you all sparkle and shine!

Mama’s Empty Nest

Not Quite Old

Coming East

Lydia Street

The Coastal Crone

Apronhead

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APPLAUSE PLEASE!

They say actors and performers find their inspiration from cheering audiences.  Recognition from fellow bloggers is the same.  We may enjoy  blogging, but awards are the love and inspiration we need to stretch and grow.

So, Congratulations to Judysp and her wonderful blog, A Daily Thought.  She can take bows now because, for the second time, she has received two awards at once – the Beautiful Blogger and the Versatile Blogger Awards.  It’s like having twins TWICE!

If you have not visited A Daily Thought, don’t miss it!  Versatile and Beautiful are the perfect words because no matter what your interest, there is something there – from jokes to videos, to book reviews, and humor.   Her sense of humor is enormous!

Meanwhile, thanks Judy for passing these two awards on to me as well.

Here are the rules:

  1. Copy the logos and place them in your post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. Tell seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate seven other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

I have lately been expanding my wonderful little blogger-friend-community and have found some fascinating friends to add to those I already know and love.  I have included a few of them here.  These are my nominations for the Beautiful Blogger and the Versatile Blogger awards.  If you haven’t checked them out yet,I think each one is definitely applause worthy:

A Serene Scribe

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat

Peg-o-Leg’s Ramblings

Lantern Post

Oh Dizzle

As I Age

Lydia Street

As for seven things about myself:

1)       I hate cereal in any of its many forms.

2)      Dusk is my favorite time of day.

3)      Autumn is my favorite time of year.

4)      I never saw snow until I was 21 years old.

5)      Bread is my downfall on a diet.

6)      I cannot carry a tune, so ask me to sing at your own risk.

7)      I keep trying to downsize but keep adding things anyway.
Luv, Dor

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Congratulations to CathyG of Comments from Cathy on receiving the One Lovely Blog award AND the Versatile Blogger award – a “double hitter!”  Now that is real proof!  Cathy’s blog is definitely impressive and she is a fine friend to find in the blog-us-fear!

Awards are the gold stars for us bloggers.  They matter because they are further confirmation that our friends are looking.  And we must have something that touches our invisible family of followers – a special way of capturing life in photographs, of expressing thoughts and emotions in words.  So Thank You Cathy for including me in your list to receive both of these wonderful awards.  They matter.

Sometimes we receive the same awards more than once.  This is the double hitter that is twice as gratifying because it’s like saving the last delicious bite for later.  It’s the second time around for me and ever more special.

So, if you are on my list below of admired bloggers and you have already received the two awards, rejoice!  You are well loved.  You can follow the rules again or just wallow in all the admiration.  And if you are on the list and have not received one or both of these awards, rejoice!  You can still wallow because you are a Double Hitter!

Your rules are:

Thank the blogger who nominated you,

Provide a link to his/her site,

Share seven things about yourself (no, not 14!),

Nominate seven (no, not 14!) other bloggers for the award(s) and notify them of the nomination(s),

And – you can post an award badge or both badges to your own site (optional).

So. “open the envelope please.”

Here are my nominations for both the ONE LOVELY BLOG award and/or THE VERSATILE BLOGGER award:

Apronhead

Bless Your Hippie Heart

A Daily Thought

Before Morning Breaks

Lydia Street

An Observant Mind

Believe Anyway

Finally, although I have offered up seven things about myself before, I can’t resist doing it once more.

1)      I dream in color!

2)      I have always wanted a fireplace, but settled for a wood stove instead (more practical).

3)      There is no place like home.

4)      I once traveled in my work at a time when getting there was half the fun.

5)      Now writing takes me to other worlds.

6)      I love my friends in cyberspace and want to sign my comments, “Luv, Dor,” like in a real letter, but isn’t that too personal for someone I have never met in person?

7)      I don’t “text,” but I’m thinking about it.  By the time I am cutting edge, we may be sending messages by brain waves.

Luv, Dor

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CONGRATULATIONS  to Judy of  A Daily Thought who has just received The Inspiring Blog Award!  She is a new cyberspace friend and I absolutely adore her blog.  If I could give her the award twice, I would do so.   She is quick, fun, funny, innovative, informative, and Definitely Inspiring.

To make matters even better, Judy listed me to receive that award too.  Wow! Thanks Judy!  Having learned about it this morning I staggered around feeling totally inadequate, unable to think straight enough to give a coherent reply to register extreme gratitude.  If you haven’t guessed, I am not a happy morning person until coffee and sustenance.

The rules are also to nominate seven other bloggers who inspire.  Seriously, I could name 70.  But here are eight (Ha! Breaking a rule!) of top-of-the-list recommendations.  These are fabulous, fascinating bloggers who are extremely inspirational , worth a look and even a deep read:

Comments from Cathy

An Observant Mind

Writing for Daisies

Newfoundland Traveller 

Photos from the Loony Bin

Apronhead Lilly 

The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife

Before Morning Breaks

Now seven things about me I never revealed online before:

  1. Perfect Purse Seeker – Looking for the perfect purse since childhood.  Maybe there is no such thing as light weight, single handled, cross strapped, feet on bottom, outside pockets for sunglasses and glasses, an easy to find place for a pen, wide enough, deep enough, the right color……..
  2.  Neat Freak – I am a total neat freak if you are surface-looking, but don’t open drawers or closets – please!
  3. Avoid Mirrors – I avoid mirrors unless absolutely necessary.  Would rather have a murky lake to look into that would blur the image. Please don’t ask me to go on Skype!
  4. Love Dogs – Probably listed that before (love breaking rules!).  There has been a pup in my life ever since I can remember.  There is a dog at my feet even now.
  5. Avoid the Kitchen – Friends think I am a gourmet cook but I fool them with extremely simplistic recipes that are time-tested winners.  I actually avoid the kitchen whenever possible.  Kitchens and Mirrors are depressing.
  6. Love to Write –  Give me a subject – any subject – and I will write about it.  It’s an addiction.  Is there a cure for this?
  7. Hate Public Speaking – Making any kind of speech leaves me paralyzed, sweating profusely, staggering to the podium and holding my notes in quaking fingers.  Is there a cure for this?

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Shop Lifting for Fame

What a wonderful thing it is for a blogger to receive awards from fellow bloggers.  I feel especially euphoric today because I received The Reader Appreciation Award from the Newfoundland Traveller.  And of course I wish to thank Pauline for including me in her list.  It is a terrific honor because she is so infinitely professional in every way. Her posts are not only entertaining, but educational and insightful, and they offer glimpses of a similar but different culture in  a parallel universe.

OLD BLOG, NEW BLOG, SAME PERSON

The award was actually given for my old blog, Technicolor Day Dreams (a natural mistake since I recently ended that one and Pauline did not know).  If you are visiting me at Virginia Views, then you know this is my new blog about country life.  So, Pauline, forgive me if I am greedily accepting your award.  This could be called Awardlifting (tantamount to award shoplifting).  But, is it really “lifting” if I am stealing my own award from my own blog for another of my own blogs?

Ahem.  O.K. – I confess!  I am accepting The Reader Appreciation Award anyway.  Is there a blogging police patrol? What is the punishment for such a crime?  Can I go forward with this cowardly, reprehensible act?  Is it worth the risk?

Yes – I will take the risk!

RULES FOR THIS AWARD

My responsibilities as a Reader Appreciation Award winner (I have no shame) are to link back to the person who gave it, and then to nominate six worthy bloggers to receive the same award.  I hate this part and I love this part of the Awards process.

  • I love it because I truly appreciate all the fabulous blogs I follow. They are consistently beautiful, fascinating, edifying, funny, and ever inspirational.  Really.  Even criminals recognize excellence in blogging.
  • And I hate this part because I know I will regret leaving out any of my favorites (who may not want to be associated with an award thief anyway).  Each deserves applause even if they are lucky enough NOT to be included here.

Forging ahead no matter the consequences, the six worthy  blogs are below.  Do check them out for reading pleasure!   They are my new (perhaps illegal) nominees for The Reader Appreciation Award:

An Observant Mind – Because Karyn is a fabulous writer who has perfected the art of self deprecation and her blog posts are full of humor and perspective.  She gets herself into a lot of “situations” and the best parts are how she gets herself out.

Minimalist Lifestyle – This blog explains the joys of cutting down and cutting out the clutter in your mind and in your environment.  It’s about simplicity as a goal and getting down to the basics for ultimate living.  I always feel clear headed after reading one of his posts! Would that it would stay that way!

Coffee Kat Blog – Kate is a fabulous writer, full of humor, wit and endless stories of the people in her life, the fun and funny incidents, her cats,  and her experiences in the Human Resources field.  Her meanderings are well worth reading for sheer enjoyment.

Coming East – Coming East was one of the first blogs I ever followed.   I am  still a devout fan of Susan’s for her insightful, heartwarming stories, beautiful photographs, and I love it when she throws  in a surprise, comedic zinger!  She always catches me off guard with her trick endings, while at other times she is seriously profound.

Jonesin’ After 40 – Stacy is truly a versatile blogger who deserves immense appreciation for her delightful stories and reflections on the joys and challenges of family life, love, and children.  In between she laces her blog with hilarious observations on coping with life’s changes after 40.   I can hardly wait for the next one (post that is – the life’s changes I can do without)!

Serene Scribe  –  Writing to find peace and harmony,  Dana brings us into her very special world of charm and humor.  Her stories grab you from the start as places to laugh out loud (like the one about her first visit to a chiropractor) or to learn something profound.  Warning! Dana’s posts are addictive.

O.K.  You can bring on the handcuffs.  I have no remorse!

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Congratulations to Dana of Serene Scribe for all the new and well deserved awards she has received recently.  And thank you Dana, for naming my new blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.  It is truly a lovely thing to see that shining heart image in the side column.  And every time I see it, I know I will again be grateful to have met such inspiring fellow bloggers in this whole process.  One lovely thing can make a day extra special, and today was my day!

The Rules of Acceptance of the One Lovely Blog Award are:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Next, select 5 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those bloggers for the Awards
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  • In the same post, include this set of rules.
  • Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

The best part of this award is that I get to share it with other accomplished bloggers.  Please take a few moments to check out their blogs:

An Observant Mind

Photos From the Loony Bin

Apronhead

Bless Your Hippie Heart

CoffeeKat Blog

As for seven things about myself,

  1. I love chocolate chip cookies,
  2. cry at animal stories, and
  3.  am transported by old photographs of friends and family when they were young.
  4. I believe in the healing power of good nutrition,
  5. wish for peace around the world,
  6. enjoy quiet times, private times, and time to write.
  7. And I dream of beaches.


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