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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Blog Awards Dogs and YTT

Today I want to thank Karen Wojcik Berner of Bibliophilic Blather for the Versatile Blogger Award. Karen is the author of a wonderful book entitled A Whisper to a Scream which is the first in I believe a six book series. Karen’s an amazing lady and very supportive of the writing community.

I must admit, I’m honored, but I usually avoid accepting these awards because they require me to do two very difficult things. One is to figure out how to link to it, and the other is that in return I have to choose five other recipients for the award and I’m the type who wants to spread the love and give everyone an award. So, if you’ve given me an award in the past, and I never posted it, then it’s simply because I’m a dummy and not because I’m not thoroughly honored.

With that said, I’ve decided to put on my big girl panties today and follow through with the stipulations on this award. I see by the rules that I have to post seven things that you don’t know about me so here goes.

1. When I walk I listen to music on my iPhone and adjust my walk to the rhythm of each song… sway, sway, bounce, skip;)

2. I always wanted to be a blues singer, wear a slinky black dress, and sprawl myself across a Grand Piano.

3. I intend to take tango lessons… preferably by an angry dark-eyed Spaniard.

4. I cannot have any stimulus other than instrumental music playing when I write. I get distracted very easily and wind up dancing instead of writing.

5. I love it when silvery sunbeams escape from behind the clouds and create a God Sky. I believe that it’s a sign from beyond telling me that I’m not alone and that everything is just as it should be.

6. I always wanted to live in an old house on the beach with natural woodwork, a fireplace, large windows, walls of bookcases, and a porch with hanging potted plants. Oh, and a swing so I can sit there after a long days work and ponder everything.

7. I just adopted a Chihuahua puppy and she’s so wild that I had to hand her over to my daughter for training. I fear she may be too much for me and that she might end up like Fenton. (See video at bottom of post.)

Now for the most difficult part: passing this award on to only five recipients. Here are some of my favorites blogs. I could have easily gone on and on with my favorite cooking blog, movie blog, photography blog etc. etc. but alas the rules are the rules. So, in no particular order here are some wonderful blogs that I would like to pass this award on to: ~ Healing Morning~ Dawn, for her generous spirit and light giving words. ~ My Poet Charm ~ Andy, because your words melt my heart. ~Painted Path~ Julia for her boundless creativity and enthusiastic love for everything. ~Suburban Soliloquy~ Jayne, for her beautiful writing; her ability to see things in a most unique way, and for turning me on to amazing music. ~Rock The Kasbah~ Marie, for mixing things up, making me smile, and taking me traveling with her. ~Writing While The Rice Boils~ Debbie, for generously sharing so many important facts on the craft of writing. ~Bloomtopia~ Brooke, for her gut wrenching honesty, insight and boldness of spirit.

I see that I’ve broken a rule already and chose seven instead of five blogs. Oh well… I’m going to break them even further too by stating that if you received this award today... you do not have to post this on your blog, or follow any of the other rules, if you don’t want to. It doesn’t matter as long as you know that I think you are all fabulous! Oh… and it took me three days to put this post together. That top picture is me trying to figure this thing out. I never could get the links to work (except for Karen's) so simply copy and paste the urls in your browser or check the blog list on the side of my blog for a link. I believe they are all there except Andy's. For some reason unknown to me I can't find him on the blogs I'm following to list him there. THREE DAYS! LOL!! Duh duh duh;)

Thank you Karen! *grin

You Tube Tuesday, adopted from Josh at ~ It’s Tiger Time is a day set aside for sharing your favorite video. Feel free to join in each week and see how creative we bloggers can be. Each month, Josh will highlight a selected video and present the winner with the 'You Tube Tuesday' Award. If you participate, remember to leave your You Tube Tuesday link in the Linky Tool at Its Tiger Time. And remember, your video doesn't necessarily have to be from You Tube, it can be any video.

This is what I fear my little dog's fate might be if we don't snap her into shape;)


Jessica M said...

Congratulations on your award! It is well deserved. :) What an adorable puppy! ...

Bongo said...

Congratulations on a well deserved award....and I want that puppy LOL..As always...XOXOXOOXOXOXO

sparklemezen said...

Congratulations on your award... You got it right with the links!!!

Dangerous Linda said...

Congratulations! I love, love, LOVE the photo of your puppy -- HAHA! Priceless!!!

Looking forward to checking out your favorite blogs -- if you love them then I sure I will, too!

Jan said...

great post, I love your sense of humor, I have a hard time with all that link stuff too! Now I am on wordpress...ugh I know nothing. Fenton is quite the dog...I hope your puppy doesn't get so rowdy...

Susan Deborah said...

Loved reading about you. You are someone I ought to meet sometime in this life. We can dance together and paint the world red. Charming person, you are.

Congratulations on the award. I think you should accept more awards and write more interesting aspects of you.

Joy always,

melissa said...

It's wonderful to know those seven things about you. I particularly like number 6 ;)I'd also love that :D

We grew up with classical music ~ my dad plays the piano by ear ;)

Of the blogs you shared, I only know of Andy's, I hope to read some of them too.

CONGRATULATIONS to you and to the people you chose!

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Leah! Sometimes I think we could be twins. I've always wanted to drape myself across a piano and sing "Blues in the Night" with a red feather boa (and clothes, of course, no one needs to be blinded).

Thanks for the kind words. :)

Stuart Nager said...

Congrats on the award. Instead of a taking Tango lessons from a dark eyed Spaniel, try the wild puppy...oh....Spaniard, not Cocker Spaniel. Never mind.

JANU said...

Great post...indeed you are the most versatile blogger, delighted with your writings.

Leah Griffith said...

Thank you Jessica! Kahlua is her name (my daughter named her) and she is beginning to show progress with her potty training;)

Leah Griffith said...

Bongo, thanks for your kind words.
If you lived nearby last week I would have handed her over LOL!! She is as much of a handful as she is cute. Go figure huh? LOL!

Leah Griffith said...

Sparkle, thank you! But... actually I only got one link to work. When I tried to post the rest the entire page disappeared. I believe I made a tiny mistake somewhere in the html code and that screwed up the entire page. Thanks for the vote of confidence though... you're always such a great cheerleader;)

Leah Griffith said...

Hey Linda, I could do a blog on the puppy alone. I would name it "It Takes a Blog to Raise a Dog" She's got so many crazy behaviors I'm sure all of you would have some pretty clever suggestions. LOL!
Thanks for the congrats!

Leah Griffith said...

Hi Jan! Wordpress huh? I've seen the blogs there and they are nice looking. I'm staying put... I can't deal with any more challenges;)

Leah Griffith said...

Susan, you have such an amazing love for life! I'd dance with you any time;)
I used to dance with my mother... I'm so glad she taught me.

Leah Griffith said...

Sweet Melissa! Number six would be soooo nice. I would write in front of the big windows. Now I write facing a blank wall, which isn't bad considering all the good stuff is on the inside of me anyway. Perhaps a beautiful view would distract me. Hmmm... I'd like to try and see.

I'm amazed that your dad plays the piano by ear. I've always wanted to play the piano. Do you play?

Thanks for your support on ELR Melissa!

Leah Griffith said...

Karen, listening to that audio last week gave me a clearer picture of who you are. That was amazing.
I'm thinking of doing a reading of my book on video and posting it on my website. I get pretty nervous reading out loud (I never used to) so perhaps I better start practicing.
Anyway, some day we will have to take off to a place where nobody knows us, buy red boas and slinky black dresses, and crash some high-class party. Once we've consumed a bit of liquid courage we can entertain the masses and get thrown out on our asses! LOL!!

Leah Griffith said...

Stuart, a dark-eyed Spaniel just might work as long as he doesn't try licking me! LOL!!
Thanks for the congrats;)

Leah Griffith said...

Thanks for your sweet words Janu. They make me want to be an even better writer.

Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

Leah, I'm so honored! Now you've given me more blogs to check out. :)


Corinne Rodrigues said...

Leah - Congratulations on the award...and thanks for the links. Can we share the rent on No.6? :) I love your little Kahlua! Thanks for introducing me to Fenton, he reminds me of our Pablo!!

Leah Griffith said...

Debbie, I really appreciate all the information that you post on your blog. I understand the hours involved in research etc. Thank you!!

Leah Griffith said...

What a fabulous idea Corinne! If we split the rent between a few of us we could afford a wonderful place. Of course we would have to decide which continent to have it on;)
Thank you for your support Corinne <3

Brooke said...

Wow, Leah! Absolutely didn't expect this when I opened your blog today! What an honor to be included in the list! Thank you, thank you! It is so nice to feel a community with us writers. Realizing it is a necessity for the creative process. So glad that you are at the party! Can't wait to check out these other blogs! Sending love and Happy New Year!!!!

Brooke said...

Oh, and big congratulations to you!! I truly hope some publishers fall on your site. I foresee your name down the cover of many a book spine.

Martha J. M. Orlando said...

Great post, Leah! I have to admit I don't know how to do the "linky" thing either. Hope to one day and hope those who have shared awards with me understand . . .
Blessings to you!

Andy said...

Hello Leah.
I can't remember if I left a comment already, so I'm back again.
Congratulations on the award! I am touched & honored that you would pass it on to me. Many thanks. Will visit the other links too.

Your puppy is adorable. I'm sure you'll have it in shipshape condition soon...not like that wild & crazy Fenton! LOL

Thanks for sharing. Appreciate your kindness.♥

Zealous For Your Love

Jayne said...

Leah, breaking rules! That's what I love about you. A most deserved award-congratulations! You are, now doubt, one of the most versatile bloggers I know, and your posts always inspire me.

Thank you kindly for passing the award along to me. I have received it in the past and the button is in my sidebar--is there a rule against receiving it more the once? Oh, who cares, we're rule breakers, aren't we?! I will add your link to it (actually, I may create a separate page, and add your link there). I'm working on pages...

Your pup is adorable. Hope he's listening well! FENTON!!! LOL!

Leah Griffith said...

Brooke, I am so excited for you and your new beginnings. I so want to be more a part of Bloomtopia, and I will once I catch up with things.
Keep on inspiring people my love because that is what you do best!

Leah Griffith said...

Martha, thank you for admitting to that. See... I'm not the only link challenged blogger here! Dawn has agreed to help me with the link thingy so when I get the hang of it I will pay it forward and help you.

Leah Griffith said...

Andy, I am honored to pass it on to you. You have such a gorgeous heart!
Keep penning those poems and the world will be a more balanced place.

Leah Griffith said...

Jayne, you are venturing forward and I'm so excited! I see many more awards in your future;)

We must promise each other to always test the boundaries of things and break some rules.

Julia said...

Leah! I'm just now seeing this. I'm so touched and honored--everything in me wants to bow to you.

Thank you, beautiful woman. I think you are quite amazing.

Sending a whole heart full of love your way,


Rachel Hoyt said...

Heheehe!! FENTON!!!! Cute video. Congrats on the award.

Leah Griffith said...

Julia, you deserve this award. Your talent is amazing and your heart is generous! I wish for everything wonderful to come your way sweet lady.

Tameka said...

Leah thanks for sharing some great bloggers with us and letting us in on a few things we didn't know about you. Ha! I can see you bopping down the street to your music! I do the same thing! When music takes hold, watch out now! ;-)

It's always lovely to stop by your writers corner. There are always cool tunes playing and great vibes to go around. Cheers!

sm said...

congrats for award

Eydie said...

Congrats on your award. You are an amazing writer. I love stopping over to visit. I never know what kind of inspiration I will find on your blog.

I also had a crazy four legged furry friend ... I know how crazy life can get.

best of luck to you and yours.

Leah Griffith said...

Hi Eydie, Thank you so much!

Little dog is getting more civilized, in a doggy kind of way. She's the sweetest thing one moment and then a little tornado the next... oh but those big brown eyes of hers...


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