Kat’s Meow- Awards

I just spent hours writing a post. I have received a number of nominations for a number of blogging awards and after seeing two fellow bloggers post a “group” award acceptance, I decided that it was time for me to do just that. I spent a lot of time checking back and forth through my comments, my about page and so on to make sure I had a complete list and didn’t forget anyone. That task was overwhelming, to say the least. I sat here for hours writing the post, getting links to blogs, searching for the award photos……only to find that it’s all gone. I’m not sure what happened but I lost the post. 😦 I’m so bummed out that I can’t begin to describe it. Instead of creating the post in a document, I went ahead and did it here on Word Press and it is truly gone.

So, here is my much quieter, subdued acceptance of all the wonderful awards that some really awesome bloggers nominated me for. I know that this post will be much shorter- remember those words if you decide to stick with it and see it to the end-

I am truly honored and touched that I was nominated for the awards. I’m a very private person, especially when it comes to my writing, so for anyone to comment, like, follow or nominate me- words cannot describe how good that makes me feel! It’s the only feedback I get on my writing and it really does make me feel like maybe I have a shot at this.:) images (8)Without further ado, I would like to thank Colleen at Silver Threading and Ronovan at Ronovan Writes for not only using a group award post to inspire me to do the same (or in all honesty present me with an idea to steal) but also for nominating me for blogging awards! I am going to follow their lead and make my own rules.


Special thanks to the following bloggers for the nomination:

Colleen at Silver Threading

Ronovan at Ronovan Writes

Jodi at Lunate and the Mermaid


I am honored to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Dorian and her Mama at Dorian’s Hand.

My special friend, Ronovan at Ronovan Writes, nominated me for these two awards- Beautiful Blogger Award and Black Wolf Blogger Award. I love the mysteriousness of the Black Wolf Award and blush whenever the word beautiful is used to describe anything I’ve done- even writing. Thank you, my friend!

Last, but not in any way least-

sisterhood-of-the-world-blogger-award2I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Wax over at Wax’s World. Like Wax mentioned upon receiving this award, it reminds me of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books and I like that!

There are specific rules that are supposed to accompany each of these awards but like Colleen and Ronovan, I’m going to put my own spin on these.

I would like to begin by answering the questions that accompanied Wax’s nomination.

  1. Who do you miss right now?

    While trying to get that question to turn purple I decided to change my answer at the last minute. I miss my friend Rob. We are in an uneasy place right now. Our friendship is quite complicated spanning over 30 years now. He has been nagging at the back of my mind for some time now and I know I need to reach out to him.

  2. What’s the story behind your name? (Or do you have any idea why your parents gave you that name?)

    Well, since I go by a pen name I guess this answer could go either way, right? 😉 I chose this name because I’ve always loved it. (My youngest son would have been Katherine if he had been a girl.)

  3. What is the one thing you are most proud of?

    I’m incredibly proud of my children. They have grown up to be kind, hardworking and amazing!

  4. If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?

    Yikes, looking back I’m not sure I would want to be any specific age forever. There have been so many good and bad times at each and every age.

  5. What is your greatest addiction?

    Jelly Belly jelly beans are undoubtedly my addiction. I cannot get enough of them!

  6. What is the most common compliment people give you?

    I would have to say I get the most compliments on my parenting skills.

  7. What is your favorite part of the day?

    I like the mornings when the house is quiet and everyone’s day has begun.

  8. Who would you like to play your life story in a movie? Why?

    I guess I would have to say Sandra Bullock. She has always struck me as a ‘real’ person and I think she could accurately portray me. (But, I really pray there is never a movie about my life!!!That would be downright scary!)

  9. Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?

    Right now, I would have to fall back on those jelly beans and say sweet. 🙂

  10. If you had a magic lamp and the genie granted you 3 wishes, what would the 3 wishes be?

    1- I would wish for my parents to be able to live a secure, comfortable life.

    2- I would like for my children to lead long, happy, healthy lives.

    3- I would wish that everyone could just live in peace- put down their judgments and prejudices and just LIVE life.

Guidelines for my nominees- You are free to do whatever you like with your nomination. I’m going to do a group nomination because assigning people to specific awards is quite frankly a lot of work! If you want to do nothing but consider it Kat’s Crazy Award- please feel free to do so! (I will even make a cute little award picture for you. Yes, I have completely lost it. I admit it. ) If you feel up to the challenge of spreading the love, go for it! Give a brief summary of yourselves and your blog and Invite others to participate. You certainly can ask questions if you wish to know more about your nominees.

I nominate and encourage you to head over and check out the following blogs:

Charissa at Charissa’s Grace Notes– Charissa has come to be a dear friend. Her writing is eloquent, educated, enlightening…. and more.

Maria at peacefulyogamama– Maria inspires me. I think she is much more motivated and ambitious than I was when my 3 children were younger. I love quotes and I can count on Maria to share a relevant quote at any given moment.

Hugh at Hugh’s Views & News– Hugh always has something entertaining to read. I enjoy when his dog takes over his blog and I know that Ari is just itching to hijack mine every time she sees Hugh’s pup on screen.

Julia at I Love You More Than Ice Cream– Julia and I bonded over a love of writing and a great conversation about Beatles music. I love the name of her blog- it’s so original!

Wax at Wax’s World – Wax’s posts are always a bright spot. I have to imagine she’s an engaging teacher because her personality is so so bright and fun.

Roz at Call Him Hunter– Roz and I have a lot in common- a transgender son. Her words are my words. She reminds me of the importance of remembering that I am not alone.

Dorreen at Mother Hen Diaries– I just recently found Dorreen and I have become a fast fan. From the short time I have spent poking around her blog I have smiled- a lot!

Joy at Tellin’ It Like it is– I enjoy Joy’s posts so much. I like how she calls her daughter “the little monkey” and I look forward to participating in 30 days of gratitude with her.

There were so many more I could nominate but for now I think these 8 are a great place to start.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone for the nominations. They made my day! 🙂


Wow! Just when I needed a boost…



I was having one of those days. You know the one- I am fighting a cold, sinuses, allergies or all of the above. I’m still running around like crazy attending Andy’s last music/high school events. I’m not feeling every effective at any level and then there it is! I was nominated for this award for being inspiring and it just made my day! Thank you so much to Bob and Emily for nominating me! I certainly don’t feel very inspirational these days but I’m giving it my best shot!

Here are 7 things about me-

1. I absolutely LOVE That 70’s Show. It takes me back to my teen years and seeing the décor and fashion just makes me laugh. Who can’t love Kitty? She’s the ultimate kick-ass mom, in my book!!

2. I am terribly pale with freckles. The glare from my legs now in mid-May will be the same at the end of August. I do not tan. I burn, peel and fade back to my original color. Sometimes my freckles get darker but that’s about it. I have given up the fight. I wear dresses and blind everyone with my lily white legs and I just don’t care anymore.

3. I traumatized my husband and two of my children (mid teens at the time) by forcing them to watch Rocky Horror Picture Show as a family.

4. I used to play the piano and I would love to start it up again. Unfortunately I would need a teacher for that and I’m not sure I’m up for that.

5. I am a Taurus. That means I am stubborn, loyal and slow to burn- when I finally lose my temper, watch out!

6. I rarely remember my dreams. My husband and middle child, however, have full length Technicolor motion picture dreams that not only last hours, but also take hours to recount.

7. I love Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I especially love Magic Kingdom. Every single time I have gone to Epcot it has rained. Not just rain but a torrential downpour that lasted for most of the day. It’s some strange curse I carry with me. We’ll see what happens when we are there next month!


Here are 7 inspiring bloggers-

1. a boy named Sue

2. To Search and To Find

3. greatsnaps, goodreads and me

4. the relative cartographer

5. getoutamyhead

6. Looking Glass Mama

7. Mermaid for a Day

And here are the rules!

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you.
  5. Include this set of rules.
  6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.