Kreativ Blog on Fire .. x 7

Some sweet friends gave me Blog Awards and I’ve been remiss in accepting – and posting them.  From Dianna at These Days of Mine,” comes the “Kreativ Blogger Award” (November 2011).  From Renee over at Writing Feemail comes both a “Blog on Fire” award (July 2011) and the “7×7 Award” (December 2011).  I’m going to accept these awards now and combine my responses here.  Thank you very much!

The first two awards have rules stating that, in accepting, we are to reveal tidbits about ourselves that we might not have shared before now. We also are to share links to other blogs that we enjoy.  The fascinating tidbits (ha!) are below and my links follow at the end of this post. Here goes:

1.    Some of you know that I hold citizenship in both Canada, my birthplace, and in the United States, my home. What you don’t know is that every time I go through customs, it’s all I can do to hold myself together.  When an Immigration Agent says, “Welcome home” at either border, I blink back tears, every time.  I’m patriotic like that.

2.     I love to read and always have a book at my side.  But I get ornery when authors leave me hanging with a poor plot line or a dismal ending.  I will finish a book I’m not enjoying but won’t visit that author again. They don’t know this, or care, but I do. I’m stubborn like that.

3.     I bake goodies and give them away; chocolate does little for me.  Potato chips?  Different story.  Potato chips take me back to summer nights in a backyard tent, reading comic books with my cousin, telling stories and plotting our next great adventure. I’m quirky like that.

4.     I love going to the airport.  I can cry watching someone else’s reunion.  I’m sappy like that.

5.     The older I get, the less I care about what people say and the more I watch what they do. I’m determined like that.

6.     I try not to look back unless the view is worth it.  I’m odd like that.

7.     “Emjay” is a throwback to my childhood nickname, MJ, short for Marilyn Jean.   I’m sentimental like that.

Next up is the 7×7 award.   According to the directions of the 7×7 Award, the recipient should review all posts written and assign selections to 7 different categories.  It should then be passed along to 7 other bloggers.  This took me quite a bit of time to do but I have to admit it was rather fun.

My 7 top posts under each category are as follows:

1.  Most Beautiful – I had to include this post about saying good-bye to my Mother, “I don’t like to leave her”. This was one of the hardest posts for me to write; I cried my way through it and I still cry when I re-read it.   For more on my wee hero, read “On Mothering.”

2.  Most Helpful  – adopting a filing system to help deal with difficult people, Corn Casserole.” This is particularly appropriate as we head into times of holiday stress.

3.  Most Popular  –   I’ve been “Fresh Pressed” twice.. the first time, my post about Christmas music blaring on the radio the DAY AFTER Halloween seemed to hit a nerve with others.  “Sorry Frosty, not yet” was featured on November 1, 2010.  I was so green to the process that I didn’t understand why I had so many comments. 110 people commented and 46 bloggers “liked” the post.  Imagine my surprise when my emotional post about bawling my way through the Royal Wedding called So, did you watch?” was Freshly Pressed on May 3, 2011?  4,793 people read it, 137 bloggers gave it a “thumbs up” and 334 posted comments.   For days, I was busy responding to each and every comment … but oh was it ever fun!

4.  Most Controversial  – My posts are not controversial but this is one that I had angst about releasing, “Hop-Skippin the Rabbit Hole.”

5.  Most Surprisingly Successful –   see # 3 above.

6.  Most Underrated – One of my favorite memories is finding Christmas with Dad “One Christmas Night.” for more about the kind-hearted man who was my father, read “On Fathering”.

7.  Most Pride Worthy  – This post combines examples taught by my parents, lived by me & hubbs and taught to our boys: “What’s in your relationship basket?” Lastly, even though I moved to the city, I’m still a country girl at heart.  More at “Where I come from.”

These posts (sorry, I exceeded the 7 rule) tell my story: who I am and what moves me.  It’s consistent and I’m glad.

Here are my seven picks for bloggers whose writing I enjoy and for whom I think the 7×7 /Kreativ/On Fire would be new to them (they may have rec’d one but possibly not all 3).  I am looking forward to seeing what they will share through their own reflections at some point soon:

  1. Lenore Diane
  2. Tom
  3. Lissa
  4. Marc
  5. Rich
  6. Sheila

Please take time to pay them a visit.  There’s something on this list for everyone.  And to Dianna and Renee … Thank you!

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  1. MJ, I loved reading your list of “tidbits” about yourself! Many of the posts you chose sound familiar to me, but I’ll double-check to be sure I’ve read them. Congrats – threefold!

  2. congratulations….and a very nice post about yourself and your blog

    • thank you; it feels a bit self-indulgent at times but taking an opportunity to revisit our thoughts is good for all of us. Thanks for visiting – and commenting!! MJ

  3. MJ…thank you for the recognition. Whenever a guy like me (who has very few followers) gets recognized from someone like you (who has many)…it’s gratifying.

    About your patriotic feelings and getting teary eyed at the border….I get a lump in my throat whenever I hear Taps played or see soldiers coming home to their families. Some gave all…the ultimate sacrifice. Heck…I get teary eyed at some sentimental TV commercials from time to time.

    And finally…about you liking potato chips….I’m with ya. Why aren’t potato chips considered a quality side dish?

    It’ll be a while before I can write well. A situation is sucking the “fun” right out of me currently. Maybe later this week. Thanks again M.
    R

    • Rich Ripley, I love what you write … so I am happy to recognize you. I’m with you on the soldiers coming home. I have had to stop watching those videos at work when someone emails them to me b/c I cannot not cry. And yeah … the Folgers/Christmas “Oh Peter you’re home!” gets me every time, too.

      Potato Chips! I knew we were kindred spirits 🙂

      sorry for the fun-sucking situation .. hope it’s better soon, MJ

  4. Congratulations 3x over!

  5. I’m so glad you listed this one for me to visit since I missed it the first time around. In addition to the image of your dad warming the calf’s ears, this line is memorable “but really .. he already knew God.” What a wonderful place to grow up, and what a wonderful place to be on Christmas Eve. I think you have the stuff of many stories here.

    • ..thank you for reading it,Georgette. He was sweet, kind-hearted man. I miss him so much but I love having that special memory that was just his and mine. -MJ

  6. Love the tidbits and the combination of the awards. Wish I’d thought of that. Many of your posts are familiar, which is a testament to the great writing style you exhibit. We not only read your work, but we recall it. Another reason that you deserve these awards. Congratulations.

    • Aww, thank you, Renee. That’s really nice; I appreciate your kindness and generosity .. and the fact that you come back and visit again 🙂 Cheers! MJ

  7. Thank you for the nod, MJ. I enjoy when bloggers point out the posts that mean the most to him/herself. As you said, the posts you chose tells us who you are and what moves you.
    We may write hundreds of posts, but a select few (or not so few) really capture the essence of our character.

    I’m curious to find out what authors you’ve banished to the ‘never to read again’ pile.

    Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit my blog. I do appreciate it.

    • You’re welcome for the nod; you deserve it 🙂
      I didn’t keep a list per se but if I thought long & hard about it I could probably come up with one. I’m stubborn enough to not have let them take up space in my head!!
      Have a great day! MJ

  8. Thank you for including me in your group of bloggers for these awards. It was fun to read your lists too. Always nice to know more about the person behind the blog. And I enjoyed reading your selection of posts that were favorites. One of my favorites of yours was from a year ago, your post about the Christmas to do list and carollers on your street. I’ve been there in my thoughts if not in the exact circumstance!

    You’ve put out a lot of great writing! Keep up the good work! ~ Sheila

    • You are very welcome; thank you for reading and for “getting” the madness behind my Caroling nightmare ~ that was my defining moment for Christmases future. I knew I never wanted to experience that feeling ever again – there was no joy, only the mania of the d*mn to-do list. Never again!

      Cheers, MJ

  9. Congrats on your awards, MJ! It was nice to catch up on some of the posts I hadn’t seen!

    Wendy

  10. I always wondered how to revisit some of my favorites! This will be fun. Thank you for the honor but wow! This is going to take a minute!

  11. alanamokma

    Those posts look interesting! (the 7×7). I will have to pop back over and read them in the next couple days.

    I enjoyed learning “new” things about you. I was especially intrigued by how you enjoy being at the airport to watch OTHER people’s reunions. This sounds like something I would really enjoy doing myself. 🙂

    • Thanks, Alana. The airport is so significant to me because, generally speaking, it brings me good things: Loved ones coming to see me or me going to see them. The only bad part is the crying when we separate …

      Enjoy your day!
      MJ

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