Sunday, May 16, 2010


In over two years of blogging, I've never received a blogging award.  Until now that is. 

Carol from Hot Flashes from Hell (yes, you read it right) and Raise Your Hand If awarded me a "Sweet Blog" award.  Thanks Carol!

Before I get too far into the "requirements" of this award, I have to tell you a story.  

A number of years, my hubs & I, another couple(long-time friends of ours) and another man were taking a group of 8 teenage boys on a mission trip to the reservation in Cherokee, NC.  At the church we were attending then, before anyone went on a mission trip, the pastor and congregation would pray over the team the Sunday before they left.

All of us, adults & teens were called up front to be prayed for.  The wife from the other couple and myself were standing next to each other which was mistake number one.  Side note:  she & I have known each other and been friends for a long time and we both have a strange sense of humor.  

As the pastor is praying, he gets to she & I and says with all these males, that he knows God put us there to be the sweetness and tenderness that will be needed.  Disclaimer:  I have a tendency to get the giggles at the wrong time and so does she.  As he said this, with our heads bowed, we gave each other a nudge and a sideways glance (only momentarily of course, because we were praying don't ya know) and started to giggle.  Not just a little teehee but shoulder shaking, stifling an out loud laugh feeling like you're going to explode giggle.  

Why were we laughing you ask?  Neither one of us would be what anyone who knows us would call sweet or tender!  We're both outgoing, matter-of-fact individuals that are more of the "pull up your pants and deal with it" or the "are you bleeding?  no?  then get back to work" line of thought so to be called sweet and tender just about had us rolling on the floor.  So here we are in the front of church trying to control ourselves and keep from belly laughing.  Maybe you had to be there but it's one of those happenings that is on the loop that we talk about to this day, especially whenever the word sweet or tender comes up.

OK, enough old stories, on to what the award "requirements" are.  
I'm supposed to pick ten blogs to pass this award along to.  I have a big problem with this as there are way more than ten blogs that I read on a regular basis.  I debated on taking the easy way out and not naming ten but would really like to share some of these blogs with you so I am just going to select ten kind of sort of randomly.  Please don't feel slighted if your not on the list but I can only select ten.

Here are the exact rules:
-Make a post about the award, including the picture, and mention the person who gave it to you.
-Put the award on your blog.
-Let your nominated 10 know you've awarded them by leaving a comment.

1.  Shelly @ Surviving Munchkin Land keeps me entertained with stories of what her boys are up to and what she's up to.  She's one crafty lady!  If you need something made out of nothing.  Shelly's your girl!

2.  Janet from On the Road with Janet blogs about motorcycling, quilting and grandkids.   Ya think we have just a wee bit in common?

3.  Joyce of and sew on is like a quilting mentor to me.  She knows much and has (or thinks she has) the patience to explain it to me.  We'll see about that.  I have a paper piecing class with her in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully our friendship will still be in tact after the evening is through.

4.  Crazy for Primitive Quilts is a beautiful blog.  Her quilts are "my style" of quilt and I love her wool appliques which I want to learn how to do someday.  .

5.  Michelle from Life on Vine is the sweetest bloggy friend.  She contacted me a couple of years ago when she saw pictures on my blog of a weekend camping trip we took.  It was then we realized we don't live far from each other and have met three times now.  Michele and her husband Louie are also thrift store geniuses!

6.  Debbie @ Of His Pasture I met in person just a couple of weeks ago at a blogger get together.  Debbie is a gun toting transplanted Texan  sweet lady with a great perspective on life and what's important.  Have you ever met someone and instantly felt comfortable with them?  That's the way I felt with Debbie and her daughter, Miss A.  We're hoping to meet with them again in the future.

7.  From this Side of the Pond is a great blog read.  Joyce lived in England for six years and is now trying to get re-acclimated to life in the US.  

8.  Stop Staring and Start Sewing has given me much inspiration from the fabrics she uses to what she creates from those fabrics.  I have many of her posts starred in my reader for future reference.

9.  Jackie from Jackie's Stitches  does beautiful needlework and has a craft room to be envious of.  Wonderful storage cubbies, a flat screen tv and look at that cutting table!  I'm coveting!  It's a good thing she doesn't live closer or I might be visiting her a lot to borrow this room!

10.  I first read Covered Porches and Wooden Screen Doors because I liked the blog name.  Porches and wood screen doors are two of my favorite things in life but then got hooked on her blog because of her quilting.  This quilt is my favorite so far.  Ahhh, another pattern I'm just going to HAVE to purchase, I guess.

There you have it, ten of the blogs I read on a regular basis and by all means not an inclusive list.  Take some time if you can and check them out.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.


  1. Hey Lori--you're so sweet! My hands up with laughing during inappropriate times---i accompanied my wonderful husband when he had the ol' snip snip...I'm holding his hand and all I could think of was this little construction toy of the boys--it says measure twice, cut once! I completely lost it and almost had to leave the room!!!

    Good times, good times!

  2. Thank you Lori. I think you are sweet too. I wish we lived closer to each other. I am jealous of Shelly and Joyce! Thank you for thinking of me.

    I know you will do great in your paper piecing class with Joyce. I have no doubt that she is a great teacher, and your project will be beautiful. I can paper piece, but I don't do it often, as it takes more time than I am willing to put into it. I need to learn to slow down and not get everything completed NOW!

    Thanks again, be blessed, and have a great week!

  3. Yes, I do think you are sweet, too!! :)

    We WILL have fun at the class and I WILL still like you. :) Time with friends + quilting... what's not to love!! ♥

    Thanks! :)

  4. Thanks so much Lori! This is the first "award" I've received too!
    I hope I can pass this on later this week.

  5. Thanks Lori-that was 'sweet' : )

    I'll go visiting this week and will hopefully post this on my blog later in the week...I'm in post-vacation catch up mode at the moment. I'll let you know when its up. Have a nice week!

  6. Lori, I just got back from a blog break. Thank you for passing the award on to me.

    I sure wish you lived closer too. I have a feeling we'd get into a lot of fun trouble! :)