Saturday, July 3, 2010

Award Fun!

Patricia Stoltey on her blog ( was kind enough to pass on the Versatile Blogger award to me this week. Thanks so much Patricia, I really appreciate the award! I have to admit that this was quite a pleasant surprise for me!

This award comes with rules:

1. Thank those who loved my work (and me) enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Bestow this honor on 15 newly discovered or followed bloggers-in no
    particular order-who are fantastic in some way.

I try to follow the rules so here goes:

1.  I am a mother of three grown sons with four grandchildren (3 granddaughters, one grandson).
2.  I was an English teacher for a time, and wrote for a small local newspaper as a columnist for two years.
3.  I adore Italian cooking, and love exploring other cuisines as well.
4.  I went back to college at 38 and graduated at 42 with a degree in English with all of my three kids in middle school and elementary school.
5.  I am an animal lover and am drawn to any creatures that I find out walking their owners!  (I have 2 dogs of my own right now - my 10 year old Foxy and her dog, Mac -  It's a long story.)
6.  I love medieval mysteries!  I've read all the books in the Cadfael series, the Owen Archer series, and way too many others.
7.  I am exploring the possibility of taking a trip next year to Ireland which is where many of my ancestors came from at least four generations ago.  I'm extremely excited about the possibility of going!

Now I need to pass on the coveted award to 15 newly discovered, or followed bloggers who are fantastic in a really special way.

1.  Marty Rubin at Aphorism Of The Day
2.  ChrisJ at At My Soiree
3.  Susan Bearman at Two Kinds of People
4.  Elizabeth Munroz at Elizabeth Munroz Official Blog
5.  heirloomgardener at heirloom gardener
6.  Linda J. Gross at  Linda's Photo Journal
7.  Iowa Gardening Woman at My Iowa Garden
8.  Meam at Shining History :Medieval Islamic Civilization
9.  Bax at The Celtic Music Fan
10.  Ken at Expat From Hell
11.  Plants at  Plants and more
12.  Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs
13.  Robert V. Sobczak at  The South Florida Watershed Journal
14.  Dorothy Stahlnecker at
15.  Doreen McGettigan at They say everyone has a story..this is mine..

Now I have to contact all these wonderful bloggers by Monday and let them know!  Please take a few moments and check out Patricia Stoltey's blog, as well as these special bloggers that I've discovered over the past few years.  They all have a variety of blogging gifts that I bet you'll find interesting!


  1. That's an exciting list of bloggers for me to check out. Thanks for the link, Ciss. Keep up the good work.

  2. Thanks, Patricia. Your passing on the award, and encouraging the others on your list opened up a whole group of new blogs to check out for me as well.

    Have a great 4th!

  3. Thank you.

    Also, I like the new sidebars - bookshelves.

  4. Congratulations on your award. It’s fun to find out more about you on my first visit to your blog – I’ll be back. In the meantime, it looks like some interesting links that I need to check out.

  5. Wow . Everyday you get to learn something new. There are so many things about you I am yet to discover! Very adorable life you have there. I share you interest in Medieval mysteries.Thanks I am honored to be on your list :)

  6. Ciss-I'm honored that you chose me as one of your recipients. And it was fun finding out a little more about you.

  7. Congrats on your award; Wow, you worked hard for your degree~ I am considering going back, but haven't figured out the path, yet. I look forward to checking out your picks!!!

  8. Congratulations on your award and thank you for passing on the award to me. I was happy to learn more about you.

  9. Thanks, Ellie and Linda.
    The award was a nice surprise, but for me it was a great time to pass on to those who've caught my attentions as great bloggers as well.

  10. Congratulations! A well-deserved award. Nice to know more about you. Your point#4 is very inspiring and I like your spirit!

    Thank you so much for the award :)

  11. Thanks for the award. Sorry for my lateness. Hope the committee hasn't taken it back. I'm truly honored. Have a great week.

    Stephen Tremp

  12. Thanks Meam and Stephen,
    I appreciate your good wishes so much!

  13. Congratulations: you're one of the blog-o-sphere's most uplifting forces. At least in the small universe that I travel. Well deserved.

  14. Thank you so much, Robert! I have to admit I love your blog, too. Looking at your blog reminds me how beautiful Florida is - and how much we need to care for the water every where on our planet!