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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

One of my kindred writing/blogging spirits, Tanya Reimer posted  "Celebrating a Year!" on her blog "Life's Like That". It was her blog's first birthday...and for the party, she gave out gifts of blog awards to other bloggers--and I was one of the recipients. Yay for Tanya! Yay for me!  Thank you Tanya for thinking of me when deciding which blogs were "sweet".

All the recipient is supposed to do is thank the giver, post seven things about him/herself, and pass the award on to seven other bloggers.  I know it takes some time, and we are busy, so...I sure won't hold it against you if you don't pass it on.  In that case, just accept it in the spirit in which it was given.  I like your blog--I like you, I think that your blog is "sweet".

First, seven things about me.  <brevity here, Teresa. Brevity...>
1. I can't walk through a cornfield once the stalks are taller than me. I blame this on the movie "The Day of the Triffids".

2. When I am really stressed, I bake cookies, bread or cake--to calm me down.

3. When my sister, Betty, and I were really little, if we got thirsty while we were out playing, we used to lay down on our bellies and drink water right out of the creek. There was a cow pasture upstream. Yuck. :-)

4.I think mold is the most fascinating thing on the planet, right after humans, of course.

5.I believe there is other intelligent life out among the stars. (I know...sometimes the life here doesn't seem very intelligent)

6.I am deeply disturbed while in the the Primate house/habitat at the zoo. Weird, huh? It becomes extremely uncomfortable for me if one of them looks me in the eye.

7.I am a weather junkie, a weatherbug nerd, a weather.com geek.


Please, try to look at me the same you did before you read that list of seven. ;-)

Moving on...  Sweet, huh?  Irresistibly sweet, in fact. Okay, off the top of my head,

1. Deb Previte has several blogs, and I cannot pick a "sweetest" one, so am forced to post a link to her profile--and if you have time to look them over, let you decide.  I am partial to "A Bookish Libraria" because I like her book reviews. The kindness comes through. She is genuine. 

2. Harleena Singh over at Aha- Now! A complete family blog. has set a wonderful mood on the homepage.  When I visit her blog, it feels as though I am sitting and having a warm chat with a dear person.  She delivers tips, advice, observations and musings on family, health, and general well-being.  always responds and, like Deb above, her kindness comes through.

3. Gigi and Dianna, at Momma Wears Boots are grandma and great aunt to two little boys--adorable little boys. The blog was set up to keep their mother in touch with her babies while she is deployed.  They don't post often, but when they do, it is sweet to watch and read, and I always wipe tears after I leave my comment.  No matter where you are on political/military issues, it strikes a chord.  It is hard to be away from family, and the world over, people in the military suffer the separation of parent/child child/parent.

4.Melissa Ann Goodwin, author of The Christmas Village,  blogs at Writer on the Road.  Okay, She is not so sweet today. I read her latest post and she has a gripe. :-)  But as a rule, her blog is very sweet, enthusiastic, and enjoying life. They have sold their things, bought an RV, and are going to become full-time RV-ers. <envy...much envy> I will enjoy reading about their adventures as they find their way around the country.

5. Michelle Miller of The True Book Addict has a blog called The Christmas Spirit.  Not that the True Book Addict is not a wonderful blog, but The Christmas Spirit is full of sugarplums and such. <wink>  It is a fun place to rest a spell and take in the mood.  Lots of Christmas ideas, Christmas reading suggestions, contest, giveaways...  Very sweet,  indeed.

6. Alison Deluca, author of  The Night Watchman Express writes at Fresh Pot of Tea where she hands out writing tips, reviews books, shares links with other writers and muses on life, at times sharing stories about her own sweet family.

7. Debbie's  My Life. One Story at a Time is surely a sweet blog.  She posts reviews, and is a generous supporter of the writing community.  Oh my!The badges, the links...to wonderful connections all.  And I think I even saw a blog about sweet tea :-)

The disclaimer:  I have not reviewed these sites specifically searching for this award.  I would not be surprised to discover that some of these blogs have already been given this, several times over.

There were so many others that I wanted to include...

Happy blogging all!


  1. Teresa, YOU are sweet for giving me this award. Thanks for your comments over at my blog. I'm USUALLY sweet :-) (but that doesn't mean bad guys can kick me around :-) xoxo

    1. Oh My, Melissa...I understand why you were angry. And I think that you are a sweet person. I don't think a grumpy person could have written "The Christmas Village" and pulled it off. Such a sweet book!

  2. Thank you so much, Teresa! Your comments on both blogs are very sweet. I do honestly appreciate it. =O)

    1. You are welcome, Michelle. It is much deserved by your blogs--and you. I love your Christmas blog and plan on visiting regularly throughout the year--when I need a shot of Christmas spirit. :-)

  3. That's sweet indeed. Thanks so much, Teresa!

    1. You are welcome, Alison. Your warm welcome is easily felt in your writing style at "Fresh Pot of Tea" :-)

  4. Thanks so much for the nomination Teresa!

    It is indeed an honor to be nominated and I would surely add up a post about it later next week, though I have already been nominated for the Versatile bloggers award earlier - guess will share more new things about myself once again :)

    Running across to check out the new bloggers mentioned in your list as well :)

    Thanks once again :)

    1. You are welcome, Harleena. I feel so fortunate to have come across your blog right after I started blogging. :-) I have learned a lot from your posts :-)

  5. I am an infomercial junkie. I could sit there and just watch them for hours. My favorite one's are the Chef Knife's series.

    Thanks for sharing about yourself and congratulations on the Sweet Award.

    1. ha! :-) They are sort of addictive. :-) As long as I don't get out my checkbook ;-) It is neat to watch them and pick out the selling style they are using for each one. Nice to "meet" you.

  6. There you go again, making me flushed with unimaginable surprise over your glowing reports of my blog! Thank you, Theresa. It means the world to me to know there's someone out there who reads and cares. I'm off to check out the other blugs you've mentioned! Oh, and to answer your question: I only write my reviews...people have asked me if I "write" but I tell them so far I have nothing of interest to "say." :] Hugs, Deb

  7. I do think that you have a wonderful blog, Deb. Your writing style makes the reviews a joy to read in and of themselves. I don't often read books outside of a few favorite genres...and maybe that is part of the pleasure I get from your blog. You cover everything! When you are enthusiastic, it really comes through. You deserve this :-) Hugs right back at you :-) Teresa