The “Gargie Award”

Woke up to freezing rain, now just rain rain, here in IA. According to Younger Brother (who, remember, works for the wheelchair transportation company), the roads are solid sheets of ice right now. Ouch! Hopefully anybody out driving in the area today takes care while on the roads. Or stays home, if at all possible.

But! I also woke up to a happy surprise. C at kissmeunderthepinkblossomtree nominated me for the Gargie Award!

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I’m speechless. Really! Well, not really, but….oh, you know know what I mean!

C says “I admire what you write because you write with your heart….” And, well, I know, because I just do. Like I said, I don’t lie. And I don’t want to sound narcissistic or self-centered when I say this, but the ‘me’ you see and read here is really all I’ve got.

I’m just….me.

So ‘me’ is sort of overwhelmed by all this. Thank you so much, C!

Continuing with the Gargie Award – the only rule is to nominate 5 to 7 other bloggers for the award, bloggers that have inspired me in turn. And here they are, not in any particular order:

1) Gabbie at Tell me, when will my life begin?. Gabbie also writes so honestly and so deeply. As she puts it, “This blog contains everything I didn’t say….all the things I wish I said, the things I wish I did.” Well, Gabbie, many times, you speak for all of us.

2) bottledworder. bottledworder’s posts make me think about how to make my blog and writing better. Plus bottledworder is just really witty and clever. thank you, bottledworder!

3) Veronica Haunani Fitzhugh at charlottesville winter. She has some of the most inspiring short stories and poems, one of my favorites being this one, called “The Pygmalion Effect.”

4) Janine Russell. I’ve only recently found her blog, but she is just awesome. As my guitar instructor recently told me, “It’s not about perfection, it’s about making progress and enjoying that journey.” Just keep on making progress, Janine, in your own way, and I’ll certainly keep reading.

5) Colleen at Loose Leaf Notes. Colleen is a blogger I followed back when I was “Mouse’s Lilypad,” because she just has it all. She mixes photos and poems and personal anecdotes so seamlessly. She’s a wonderful person, and a wonderful writer.

6) Seb at tarnation and eudemonia. Seb is definitely offbeat, and that’s a good thing. I mean no offense when I say he may not be to everyone’s taste. But, actually, that’s why I like reading his stuff – it’s a step outside my personal comfort zone. Awesomeness. And thank you for the comment on an earlier post, Seb. Turned out to be a kind of perspective thing, and don’t I feel just a tad silly now.

7) David Allen at Allen Fiction. Apart from being another wonderful writer, David was also the first person to ever follow my blog. In turn, I follow his. And so, I nominate him for this award.

If I was allowed to give an honorable mention, it would be to teleute. Unfortunately, I don’t think she is part of a blog or the blogging world anymore. teleute, I miss you so!

Thank you once again to anyone who has ever read and/or followed my blog, or who liked a post on my blog, or who even stopped by once! It really does mean so much to me.

Quoting Mozo, as this is how he closes out every show of his, “Until we meet again, may all of you be well, be blessed, and know that you are loved.”

The regularly scheduled weirdness will continue on next time!

EDIT: Wait! Wait! If you’ve already stopped by, come back!

I thought of a song!

It’s how I feel. And it really needs no introduction, except that it’s ABBA again (so if that’s not your cup of tea, I understand).

But it’s a song that always makes me happy, and makes me feel special, and it’s how I feel right now.

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