Monday, September 7, 2009

I'd Like To Thank The Academy

No, it's not time for the Academy Awards yet, but there are a few people I would like to thank for two awesome awards they have passed on to me.

A big thanks and shout out to Eva at Wrestling with Retirement for bestowing the Splash Award on me. This lovely gem is the brainchild of Jo at Diary of a Sad Housewife.
Eva is a terrific blogger with a zest for life and a wonderful sense of humor. I feel really honored that she passed this award on to me. Here's what it's about....

The Splash Award
Is given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive, and inspiring blogs.

When you receive this award, you must:* Put the logo on your blog/post.* Nominate & link up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.* Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.* Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash Award.

In keeping with the Splash tradition, I am passing this award on to a few inspiring bloggers that I highly recommend you read, follow and comment on-- OFTEN! They inspire me all the time.

1) Holly Queen of the Universe at Your Mother Knows But Won't Tell You: Holly's blog is one of the very first blogs I discovered when I started blogging. I've read, and LOVED, every post since. She's a "must read" in my book and I think she will be in yours too!

2) Brian Miller at WaystationOne: Let me tell you, this guy can write some of the most beautiful and heartfelt poetry you've ever read. You will be blown away when you check him out.

3) Anne at Carb Tripper: When you stop by Anne's blog you will be inspired from the get-go, AND you'll find great picture, music, poetry, story telling and writing. Her wit and outlook on life always leaves me feeling better no matter what kind of day I'm having.

4) Mari at 365 Days: I visit Mari every day for a dose of visual beauty. Her photographs bring smiles, peace and ahhhhs to my laptop. Mari has a great eye and a great way of summarizing each shot with a few words and a lot of heart.

5, 6, 7, 8, & 9) YOU-- I pass this award on to all of YOU! So please accept this award and pass it on to your deserving faves!

The second award is from AmyK at Life is Not A Cruise. AmyK is also a terrific writer and a new blog friend. Her writing is honest, funny and thoughtful. Please stop by and say hello.
I love the award AmyK gave me-- "I Give Good Blog" which was created by JennyMac at Let's Have A Cocktail. This award is like a party, even though I don't drink, I get to party and raise my glass to four other bloggers I think "Give Good Blog".

But before the party starts, here are the award rules:

JennyMac wrote:"The rules: No one really likes rules, do they? I shall make mine simple. Make a cocktail, pick out some of your favorite bloggers. Send this award to 4 of them. Tell them why you think they give good blog. There are SO many fascinating, witty, and fantastic bloggers; let's invite them all to the party.Or you can just put it on your mantle and watch it sparkle.And if you think it sassy that I created my own Award, just consider it a grown up and virtual version of a friendship bracelet."

So, without further ado, I pass this award on to....

1) Alix at Casa Hice: One minute Alix will have you laughing out loud, the next minute you'll be crying your eyes out, but trust me, you WILL love her!

2) Spencer L. Casey of Naked Toes On Algae-Covered Skipping Stones: This guy has such a great way with words that I'm always on the lookout for his latest post.

3) Attila The Mom at Cheaper Than Therapy: You. Will. Laugh. Your. Ass. Off. Period!

4) YOU! Again! Wow, you received TWO AWARDS in one day. You rock!

Please take a few minutes and check out these blogs. They are all by talented writers!

The hardest part of this kind of post is not naming EVERY blog I read, so please know I'm a huge fan of the ENTIRE list of fave blogs you see to the right. And like I said, YES, I really do read them all. I know it's a long list and I know it's not the best way to present your blogs, but I'm working on it. And, if you know I'm a regular reader of your blog and you're not on my list, PLEASE send me an email and let me know! My BlogRoll is all screwed up (Thank you Blogger) and I'm working on getting it together.

And before I leave you, I have a favor to ask. This is a photo of Jayme, the daughter of a great friend at Taylor You. Under the army fatigues, bullet proof vest and boots is a sweetheart of a girl who is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in several weeks. Gulp! Please say a prayer for our girl, G.I. Jayme, and all the other soldiers defending our country. To read more about Jayme click here.

Thanks one and all. You are the greatest readers a blogger could ever ask for! And thanks to the cool gals who created and gave me these awards. Please pass them on!

Welcome to The Fifty Factor - Joanna


  1. congratulations! seems like these awards were made for you! happy day joanna!

  2. Congratulations! These are perfect awards for you. You are so sweet to pass one on - thanks!
    Hope you have a nice, relaxing holiday!

  3. Congratulations, Joanna! They like you! They REALLY like you! :)

  4. You for sure deserve all the kudos you get and then some! Your blog has been an inspiration to many others and I SO much admire your style!

  5. Congrats on the awards. How could not be the recipient of such fine awards -- your writing is great.

  6. Will send a few prayers up for that soldier--God bless her courage.
    I agree with you on Attila the Mom, she is soooooo funny.

  7. congrats on the awards and thanks for dropping them my way...gave me smiles this morning. Will definitely be rpaying for GI Jayme as well as all our soldiers. hope you have a great labor day!

  8. A nice set of awards for some great bloggers, including yourself!!!!

  9. Congratulations! You are much deserving of them, and more!!

  10. Congrats on your award! Another column will be needed for your oscars. My friend you deserve these and more for adding a ray of sunshine to our day!

    I will for sure include Jayme in my prayers and her family. xoxo

  11. Sending my very best thoughts for Jayme's safety.

    Congrats to you for your awards. :)

  12. Congrats on your awards! Of course I will gladly pray for Jayme and our other soldiers.

  13. I have a favor to ask. Please check this post out and pass it on. Thanks

  14. Well Joanna you are the greatest blogger a reader can have!!!

  15. Congratulations on the awards, Joanna!

  16. You deserve every good thing in life and blogging!
    Thank you for your kind words about my blog!
    Back At You!

  17. 'Sendin' ya a big old Ozarks CONGRATULATIONS. I will certainly be praying for Jayme and his safety. Have a great Labor Day and God Bless.

  18. My darling Joanna, sister to my soul...

    I am now just getting to comment on this post because it took me FOREVER to pop the eyes back into my head after seeing that I'd been honored with the "i give good blog" award. (Not making excuses, but it really is a challenge to Google how to pop eyes back into head when said eyes are laying on the kitchen counter.)

    So thank you a thousand times over for this honor, but mostly for the very kind comment about Casa Hice. I feel very undeserving of such high praise, but accept it graciously. And I'll snatch that award out of anyone's hands if they so much as touch it!!

    Sorry, I can be greedy that way.

    Love you Joanna.

  19. Hugs to Jayme and please keep us posted while she is deployed.

  20. congrats to you on your awards! and i'm keeping Jayme in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. You deserve all the awards plus an additional one for being supportive of others. You are the best.
    (Apologies if I sent this twice)

  22. congrats on the awards! I do so enjoy reading your blog :) looks like you picked tons of great ones for me to check out over the next few days; thanks :)

    hope it cooled down a bit for you guys (it did for us) and you are enjoying a nice holiday weekend :)


  23. Thank you for your kind words of recommendation. You were an easy choice for that award. You give great blog. Kudos to you.

  24. Cool -- congrats on your awards! Well deserved, of course!

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  26. Doh! LOL Congrats on the awards and thanks so much for the shout!


  27. Congrats on your awards and thanks for all of the great links to explore!

  28. Congratulations Joanna. I always enjoy reading your blog. Luv to you always, Rowe xx.

  29. Congrats on your well deserved awards!

    Hope you have a great week!


  30. Congratulations!

    You are pretty awesome.

  31. all the best to Jayme - She and the others willing to serve deserve all our respect and gratitude.

  32. Well done on all your awards!

    Well deserved.


  33. Yes - you deserve all these awards!

  34. Congratulations on your awards. I can't think of anyone who deserves them more than you do!

  35. oOo! Two, two, two awards in one! Is there free Doublemint with that? Anyway, congratulations!

    Thank you for all of your kind comments at my Word Garden Blog, but i think, since you've said that we could, I will swipe an award for my lonely little Objets D'art blog, which already boasts the linkwithin which I pilfered from you previously!

    Congratulations again, Joanna. :-)

  36. Congratulations! AmyK is a doll. And you deserve the awards. Your blog is great.


  37. Always fun to get and give awards. How fun!

    Hey Joanna, is there anything we blogger fans of you can do for Jayme? Could we donate to a paypal account to send a package out to her? I'd love to support the troops and it makes it even more meaningful when you know a little more about where it's going. Praying for her and the rest of the troops!


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