The Very Inspiring Blogger Award – 2014


It has been awhile since I actively participated in the Blogging Awards, and frankly, I have kind of missed it. It gets pretty old just talking about crappy marriages, angry ex-husbands, cyber-stalkers, bikers, or mind-bending drug addictions. Enough already!! Let’s go back to having some fun!

My fellow blogger, Stu at  Something to Stu Over (the link is at the bottom of this post. WP is messing up links at the moment) nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Stu is a Christian writer and ministry leader with an edge – he has made mistakes and actually learned from them. In my book. the Christians who have fallen flat on their faces, and gotten back up, dusted off the dirt, and kept on walking forward, those are the people I want to learn from and who have my full respect. Trust me, I don’t respect easily. I love most people; respect is harder. Stu has my respect. So, I would like to thank him for nominating me for this award, and tell him, you deserved your nomination more than I did. Well done, Stu!

Here are the rules

  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

So, I’ve already done 1, 2, and now we’re up to 3. Seven facts about myself.

A) My Myers-Brigg’s profile is INTJ – The Scientist.

B) I think personality tests are a bunch of nonsense.

C) I once joined EHarmony, and in six months, they only found two people they thought would be compatible with my personality type.

D) Both of the men they matched me up with were recent widowers and were dealing with their losses with alcohol.

E) I still wanted to date one of them, but The Scientist in me chose to end any further contact before I ended up with another Chef.

F) I’ve made $.21 from my Yahoo article about this blog.

G) I adopted a tiny kitten so the puppies would grow up not killing cats. Her name  is Piper aka Little Foot. She’s super tiny!

Number 4 is to nominate 15 bloggers. Not.A.Chance.That.Was.Ever.Going.To.Happen.

Instead, I will nominate 4. That is what my attention level is capable of. Here goes!

1. Victoria Visits –  – One of my dearest friends who has been having so much fun vacationing, she has been neglecting me.

2. I’m Just Sayin’ – – My sister-in-law who went on a cool rant today about rude Christians. I love her! Plus, after I tossed some publicity her way, her blog ended up down for days. The changes look great, though. I hope she has as much fun blogging as I do!

3. My Vegan Heart Blog – – Another of my dearest blog friends who has the most awesome comment fights on my site. I always end up siding with her. She’s obviously right all the time. 🙂

4. Home To Go – – Diane is my adopted mother and the calming voice of reason and hope when my life gets unmanageable. She has lived first hand some of the horrible things I just went through, and I tend to follow her advice before anyone else’s.

I hope you will check out Stu’s site, Something to Stu Over –

Thanks, Stu, for remembering me!!!

~ Bird




Blog of the Year 2012

Look what my friend Melody at The Donkey Whisperer passed on to me! You all know I love getting these little awards, and I thank Melody for remembering my blog when she set about nominating blogs she likes. Thanks, Melody!! Melody was in a terrible accident that ripped her poor body apart, and she deals with chronic pain every single day. Please visit her blog. She’s clever, funny, and most importantly, honest about how she is feeling and what she is learning about life. I enjoy her little corner of blogosphere and I know you will too!

I believe the first thing I’m supposed to do is to say why I started blogging and how it has helped me. Well, it started out that I found out my sister, who I haven’t had any contact with in several years, was blogging, and when I read hers, I thought it was a good idea and I wanted to create my own to write stuff my kids would like to read later on. I didn’t like hers, frankly, but I figured I’d just do mine differently.

But, it quickly took on a life of its own, as my husband’s addiction left me alone a lot, locked in my bedroom with just a television and a laptop. It became a diversion from my train-wrecked life, and I made a ton of really good friends on it that have held my hand through this major change in my life. Anymore, this little blog has some power to make me calm down by writing out my thoughts and feelings, plus the added bonus of be a great medium to receive advice and encouragement. Frankly, this is the most fun I’ve been having in a year!

So, on with the nominations. But first, the rules.

Here is instructions for the Blog Of The Year 2012   As you can see there is one gold star with the possibility of six in total. The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… 6 stars image

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect! 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 favourite 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 6 stars!

My Nominations – These are some of my very favorite blogs, although by no means all of them. Please check them out. You won’t be disappointed!

Victoria Visits

Confessions of an Apple Junkie – Incidentally, the only kind of junkie I want to be around these days. 🙂

The Spiritual Abuse Sanctuary



Ed’s Christian World

Inner Angels and Enemies

Like I said, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it is a good start. Thank you again, Melody!