Friday, October 10, 2008


It is late. The 11:00 news person is droning on and on about all of the bad news in the world. My hubby is snoring away in his recliner. I need toothpicks in my eyelids - but I can't sleep. Our oldest daughter is flying home and her plane lands in one hour. I will be there to meet her plane, to hug her and kiss her and welcome her home. This is the last time she will be flying home as an unmarried woman. Yes, she did get married in India in February but no one seems to know if that marriage is 'legal' here. In sixteen days she will be a married woman and life will change for her and for me. I have not been able to post much lately because I am preparing for the BIG day. I probably won't be posting much until after the BIG day. And that is okay. Because I want to enjoy every minute with my girl.

The last few days I have been exfoliating. A real deep cleaning...scrubbing, scouring, polishing of... my house. I do not enjoy doing housework and I can be the queen of procrastination. More on that later...for now suffice it to say that this house is ready to party. And party we will...

As I clean I make decisions about what I need to keep and what items can go to our local swap shop. As I clean I think about my blog and possible posts. That helps me forget how much I hate to clean. I try to organize my thoughts and file ideas neatly away until I need them. But I find that there is a little bit of this and a little bit of that which can't be categorized so I am going to put them all together in this post. We'll see what we end up with.

In the blogging world I consider myself to be the new kid on the block. I am reminded of when we moved when I was in the seventh grade and I had to make new friends. Not an easy task but a task made easier when some kind soul decides to reach out to you. I have found many such people in blogland but one woman in particular has truly welcomed me into this community. Akelamalu is my blogging mentor. When you stop by her blog be prepared to stay for awhile. She has the music ready, her little butterfly flits around to greet you and her writing will pull you right in - and sometimes scare you! :) She doodles, she rants and she creates - but more importantly, she cares. Akelamalu awarded me with this award a while ago and I am just getting around to acknowledging it. I truly appreciate her kindness and once again I find myself not knowing what to wear while accepting this award. Please stop by for a visit to Akelamalu's - I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

~ The Arte Y Pico Award ~

Isn't she lovely? I just hope that Akelamalu didn't award it to me because she thinks I am a little angel! Guess I fooled her, didn't I?

The rules of Arte Y Pico are that it is passed onto five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting comment, or for contributing to the blogging community, whatever language. Each award winner has to show the award on their blog and link their blog to the blog that has given them the award.

So now I have to pass this award onto five fellow bloggers. How do I choose just five? I have tossed this around in my mind for a few days now. If you read my blog I thank you and feel free to grab this award as your own. I am sure that you have earned it. There are five blogs that I would like to mention and hope you get a chance to stop by for a visit.

1. Andrea with the Flipflops ~ I love the name of her blog. She writes with refreshing honesty about her life. Some of her stories remind me of myself, in a past life, when I was running around taking care of my four little ones. Now I just sit back, read Andrea's blog and laugh!

2. Liebfraumilch and Lipstick ~ You never know what to expect when you stop here for a visit. Elaine writes with emotion and passion. She seems like she has a fun loving spirit and would be a fabulous addition to any girls night out.

3. Louise at Potted Frog ~ This blog has it all. Incredible photographs, writing from the heart, creativity, and wonderful humor are always plentiful. I find it hard to believe that National Geographic has not hired this talented photographer!

4. Dreamlight ~ Her writing is honest, clear and to the point. She talks about being mindful of moments. She talks about appreciating the small stuff. She is not afraid to discuss her emotions. I often leave her blog feeling at peace. Sometimes I leave worried and wondering. I appreciate the humanness of her blog, written with sensitivity and clarity.

5. Liquid Illuzion ~ The first time I stopped in for a visit I spent a long time just looking at the 'header' on this blog. It certainly made me stop and wonder. Her writing and her photos keep you coming back for more. She has created a blog which is a combination of sometimes fun, sometimes flirty but always real. Her focus this month has been to raise awareness and money to help the fight against breast cancer. Last year I walked with five friends in the Susan G Koman 3 Day Walk. Our team, Melons with Moxie, walked sixty miles in Boston and raised over $15,000. Thank you Liquid for using your blog to educate and for helping this cause. Clicking here will give you more info about breast cancer - education and awareness are part of the battle plan to help fight this disease!


Elaine Denning said...

Oh. My. God.

I am SO fact I'm a little lost for words right now. I can't believe you saw me fit to recieve this award, seeing as I'm a newbie to your blog.

Thank you so much. I'm leaving with a smile and a warm, gooey feeling. x

Akelamalu said...

What an award speech!!! LOL

You so deserve the award m'deario and I thank you for the kind things you said about me.

I'm off to visit your nominees, Elaine's blog is already a favourite of mine and I have visit Liquid Illuzion previously. The others are no doubt a delight waiting for me, as you have excellent taste. x

Akelamalu said...

Oh crikey I almost forgot - have a great time catching up with your daughter and I hope all the wedding plans come together without any hitches. :)

Louise said...

What Elaine said! And I can't believe I was on the list with her because she is one of my favorites. I do not know the others, so will check them out. (I'm still traveling, though.)

Thank you so much. I came here because in my e-mail was something from akelamalu about this. What a surprise and honor.

Enjoy your time with your daughter. I was up that late last night to be ALONE. Prince Charming is not with us (often not on these trips), so I am a "single parent." Being someone who needs and craves alone time, I often stay up WAY TO LATE on these trips.

Anyway, thank you so much for your kind, thoughtful award. I'm speechless about it. I can't express how much of an honor it is!

Liquid said...

You are so precious and absolutely deserving of this award. I am humbled and honored.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Kahshe Cottager said...

I have just spent about 15 minutes reading through the last few posts and the one of your daughter's wedding in India. You have been so busy and very deserving of an award for sure! What a wonderful time ahead of you now and I will look forward to more wedding photos!

Still somewhat out of touch ... still unpacking and stressed about what is left to do ... but I will be back in full swing soon I hope! Thanks for your visit!!!

Anonymous said...

Deb, congratulations on your award. You really deserve it - your blog is great. I always know you will be sharing an interesting perspective on life.

Let me know any questions you have about circle journals - e-mail me if you want. I'll be happy to share what I know.

Enjoy your time with your daughter. I know everything will be perfect.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Great choices in your awards, and congrats on yours! ENJOY this time, I can't even imagine how exciting it must be getting your daughter home for her last few "single" (even though not-so-much so) days.
Best wishes and I hope the wedding is joyful!

Daryl said...

Well deserved!

I hope you are having a wonderful time with your daughter ...


Andrea with the Flipflops said...

Thank you so very much. I have no idea how to put the award up... lol.

Also thank you for your kind words and prayers ... we can sure use them.

Deb said...

Elaine ~ You are welcome.

Ake ~ Can't wait to tell you all about the wedding. We had a cocktail party bridal shower - lots of fun!

Louise ~ You are welcome.

Liquid ~ You are also welcome.

Kahshe Cottager ~ I miss you!

Bev ~ After the wedding I will be writing you for more info about circle journals.

Hostage ~ These are busy days to be sure! Thanks for your kind words.

Daryl ~ Thanks.

Deb said...

Andrea ~ It took me a LONG time to figure out how to put up the award - I am so computer illiterate! Good Luck!

Linda S. Socha said...

I love y ou blog! It feels like stepping into a room for coffee and conversation. The stained glass photo of the church is beautiful. Thank you for sharing

RiverPoet said...

The great thing about your home exfoliation is that you will get to do it all over again after the wedding! There, I'll bet that made your day ;-)

Peace - D

Flower said...

You are going to busy for a while..there's nothing like a daughters wedding to get a house done up!!
Thank you for you kind thoughts about my place. It's been fun to take this adventure ride into blogging. Not everything is perfect...but I do like to see and think about the goodness we are offered each day.

Marg said...

Enjoy those days with your daughter..
I have not had the experience of my daughters getting married and I can't wait....
I feel like I can always feel your heart when you write. Thanks for introducing us to Akelamalu. We all need people who can support and encourage, and help us in our journey.
We'll wait to hear from you later.

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