It’s an honor just to be nominated!

But .. turns out, I won an award – How fun!!

(They're lying when they say that; they all want to win!)

I was presented with the “Versatile Blogger Award” (pictured above) by Georgette at

From what I can tell, this award is a way to give some virtual “shout-outs” to other bloggers you follow and whom others might not yet have discovered.  I’m flattered to be honored & am happy to share.  ((Although part of me wants to keep my favorites all to myself!))

The other rule is that you’re supposed to 1) publicly thank the award giver and link to them in your post (done). 2) Tell your readers 7 things about yourself that you might not have already, 3) present this award to other bloggers whose work you enjoy and 4) contact the weiners (sorry Congressman, I just couldn’t resist .. hee hee ) to let them in on the *big* news.

There aren’t enough hours in the day to explore all the posts I’m interested in just as there are no shortage of thoughtful people whose ideas, thoughts and insights draw me back for more.

So here’s the skinny on the super nice person who awarded me this prestigious thingy-ma-jiggy:

  • Georgette very sweetly asked for permission to re blog my post (“If Diana had been here” ) back in April, just before the wedding.   She was so polite that I couldn’t say anything but “sure and thank you for asking!”  She and I shared similar thoughts on the wedding but I’ve stuck around to read more of her musings on relationships, teaching, travel and parenting.  You can find Georgette at

Now .. onto 7 unbelievably fascinating facts that you’re dying to know about me (Ha!):

1.       My eyes used to be blue but are now green. How does that happen?

2.      I hold citizenship in Canada, my birthplace, and the United States, my home. I cry every time I hear either anthem.  Canada Day AND Independence Day are fast approaching and I need to stock up on PUFFS!!

3.      I don’t crave chocolate.  Black licorice on the other hand ? Oh yeah!

4.      I’m a lifelong Elvis fan and visiting Graceland felt like a pilgrimage to me.  My favorite Elvis song you ask?  All of them …and Black Leather Elvis?  Me to the ow!!

5.      I shiver when I drive under overpasses and I don’t know why.

6.      I count my marriage and our two boys as my greatest accomplishments.

7.      “Emjay” is a throwback to my childhood nickname, MJ, short for Marilyn Jean.

And now … the show must go on .. so …may I have the envelope please?

For cheeky commentaries that make me laugh out loud, please visit Coopernicus  ** note, a language warning, sometimes.

Sheila, my Alaskan friend, blogs about life and all that comes with it.  Someday we hope to have a coffee together; share the journey at

For a thought-provoking and often hilarious take on life, please pour yourself a glass of

Terri, my sweet Minnesota friend, muses on life, love and bowling .. and the trials and tribulations of a soon to be empty-nester.  You can find this talented lady at

Lenore Diane and I bond on many topics: family, parenting, and life’s lessons.  You can find her thoughts exactly here

As a farm girl, I have three country girls that I enjoy popping in on. It’s not just that they live in the country, it’s how they celebrate their country lives and all who share it.  Each one posts spectacular photographs that, for a moment, take this country girl back home again.

  1. Stop by and meet Lissa Rabbon, a sweet Texas soul most at home when she’s riding.  Visit
  2. Visit with Jesse who shares her adventures with music, poetry and ranch living .. and a one eyed Pug at
  3. I can always count on  The Simple Life of a Country Man’s Wife to charm me … visit

Someone who will inspire you with her commitment to good health and what sheer determination can do is (Sweet) Caroline, living the dream at My Fascinating Life

Beth is dynamic woman who teaches, leads and learns.  Sample Beth’s Shameless Moxie at

Butch Dean moves me to tears with his heartfelt poetry, grace and lessons learned along life’s pathways.

Meet Dianna, Motor Man, Sundae the Cat, her son Marshall and spectacular sunsets at

Renee embraced blogging in a big way, taking time off from her job to take a writing class in France! Celebrate Renee’s journey at

Lastly is Miss Jaclyn Ray who reflects on all things inspiring from her Polkadot Teapot

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Thank you for the honor bestowed on me and my little blog.  And to you, my friends, enjoy the journey!

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27 thoughts on “It’s an honor just to be nominated!

  1. I love your posts Emjay.

  2. Well, this award coudn’t have been given to a more deserving blogger! Congratulations on being nominated and winning!

    You know I frequently comment that I agree with your opinion/attitude/point of view completely…it’s always fun to find a kindred spirit, and I think that’s my favorite thing about blogging…it has opened new voices to me, beyond what I had already stumbled across with my surfing across the net.

    Thank you for so graciously including me in your list of bloggers to highlight…made my day, and I’ll definitely check out the others you list. I’ve already discovered a couple of these,, but I’m excited to visit each blog. Isn’t it amazing how varied each author’s take on life can be? And yet, as the old cliche goes, we’re all in this together, and I think it is the sense of community that makes this such a rewarding endeavor.

    Thank you again!


    • You’re very welcome, Sheila … and I couldn’t agree more .. it’s the sense of community and shared “ahas” that are my favorite things about blogging. Cheers! MJ

  3. Thanks for your kind words, MJ. I’ll get to work on my VB post as soon as possible!

  4. Congratulations on your award! Well deserved! And actually – I awarded it to you too a while back, ( so consider yourself well loved!

  5. I feel like a homing pigeon at whatever time of the day I can gravitate to my blogosphere to find you and a few others first. Thank you for your continuity, and your postings that I find so familiar…I love how you think and write. And I know I will enjoy your recommendations.

  6. hve

    Big congrats to you!!

  7. I wondered where “MJ” came from. Marilyn Jean is such a lovely name 🙂

    Thanks for the award, I’m so flattered! I can’t wait to check out these other bloggers as well.

    • Thank you; that’s it … My family called me that, and my Mom still does… but in her eyes, I’m still .. 9. 🙂 Congrats on your award; most deserving!! MJ

  8. Thank you so much, Emjay. I love your posts, and your middle name… since we share the same one 🙂

  9. Thanks MJ!

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  11. cooper

    i’ d like to thank my director, scriptwriter, agent, makeup artist, valet….
    I’m honored. And congrats on your own well deserved award!

  12. What a great compliment! Thank you, it’s really fun to share you and some of my other favorites with my readers. We appreciate you!

  13. You are too kind to mention me, but oh so glad you did! As for your award? Hate to tell ya I told you so, but “I told you so”. You have a gift MJ…press on.

  14. Congrats on the award, MJ…well-deserved!

    Happy Canada Day, eh!


  15. Great to find you via LeRoy. Great read!

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