Recently, two of my blogger buds gifted me with the Sunshine Award. Curiously, they come from different directions, one from the U.S. and one from Down Under, and the pictures of the Award differ, as do the Rules. Tremble. Neither one could explain what the Sunshine Award was for. They thought it may have something to do with being positive, but wouldn’t swear to it. Both said it was a compliment and gave me permission to accept, play or not, or just say thank you. Not good enough for HuntMode. I have to know why this Sunshine Award originated. It’s a bit like digging through the family records in the attic, or blogsphere, if you will. For those that come after me, this is the story behind why you receive it.
I started with my two award givers, Jak and M.R. Stringer, and I started tracking back from their posts and back and back and back. I finally resorted to googling “Sunshine Award.” Oh my… Turns out there is a whole bunch of Sunshine Awards out there given for all kinds of philanthropy or journalists who have done really well and then, there’s our Word Press family, the one I was looking for. Finally, as far back as 2012, I found someone who kindly put in the why of the Award in quotes, but didn’t attribute it to anyone…. Well, at least Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls, a lovely food blog, provided the why and that was good enough for me.
According to Ann, it is given to “bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” “Thank you, Ann,” she says devoutly. And, her Sunshine Award was different from the first two. Ann’s Sunshine Award looks like this:
Jaklumin nominated me, saying if anybody deserved it, I did… hmmm… Is that a good thing or bad thing?
Rules of the Sunshine Award (however, Jak said do whatever I want and no more… – I quite like Jak!)
Post 11 random facts about yourself
Nominate 11 bloggers
Answer these questions:
1. What is the first thing you do as soon as you wake up in the morning? Stretch and start hunting over the side of the bed for where Elby, That Cat! kicked my glasses off the bedside table.
2. What is your greatest fear? That this time, I’ll find my glasses have broken. When your vision is 2800, this is a major cat-astrophe.
3. Do you have a new years resolution for 2014? I did… what was it?
4. What is your favorite song at the moment? This is cruel and inhumane punishment, Jak. Song Wyrms… They blast at full orchestration in my head for days. Every time I place a song in one of my posts that is the song I will hear for the next 48-72 hours… Not going there.
5. What is your favorite childhood memory? There are quite a few, I’m pleased to say. Quick to mind, hitting Danny Josclyn with a raw egg when his back was turned. Dirty dog! (He had hit me with one and it was a neighborhood free for all.)
6. What’s your favorite social media platform and why? I don’t have one. They serve different purposes.
7. What did the last text message you received say? “Where are you?”
8. What bugs you the most? Umm, a toss up between stupid behavior and bullies.
9. What do you consider to be the most important appliance in your house? Hands down, the coffee pot.
10. If you could have one song that would play whenever you entered a room, what would it be? Shudder, see answer to #4 above.
11. What’s your favorite movie quote? The Princess Bride, off the top of my head: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
M.R. Stringer’s Rules were:
Thank the person who nominated me and link back to his/her blog.
List 11 facts about myself.
Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award.
Announce my nominations
M.R. Stringer’s Sunshine Award looks like this:
10 or 11 facts:
- I used to be a brunette with red highlights;
- Now, I’m a redhead with white highlights;
- Changed it to red because the guys called me a “ballbuster.”
- Now they say, “I want the feisty one!”
- I need to color my hair and return to full on redhead;
- A few of my friends are Democrats;
- I agree with Frank Sinatra, “Living well is the best revenge.”
- I believe in the existence of soul mates;
- I think we have more than one soul mate;
- I had the honor and privilege to marry my soul mate and to mourn that crazy-making, joy-filled man;
- I agree with Joseph Campbell: “The privilege of a lifetime is to be yourself.”
Thank you to Jak and Margaret Rose for nominating me for the Sunshine Award, given for “bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” I am honored and I thank you.
These are my nominees, each tugs at my heartstrings and makes them sing. My rules: Accept and play; Accept and choose not to play – know I thought of you. These are new voices for me and I thank them for contributing to our world:
http://isurvivedamurderattackmyfamilydidnt.com/ (warning – this is a shocker)