Paying The Blog Love FAward

I bet you thought there was a typo in my blog heading. No typo dear blog readers but a new blogging term:

FAward – the act of passing on valued blog awards distributed by talented and worthy bloggers to other talented and worthy bloggers.

I have to confess that I feel a bit sheepish accepting these awards as I haven’t been blogging much lately. It’s not for want of desire, just that “stuff” gets in the way and the creative process is always the first to suffer. Isn’t it amazing how our thoughts determine through which pair of glasses we are going to view the world on any given day? Currently, I have my serious glasses on and I am using them to try to locate my humorous pair. Thankfully, I can still shoot out the odd quip or two in comment time, but to sustain an 800 word humorous post is proving a little harder.

Whilst I love the serious wisdom posts and thinking and writing about the bigger philosophical questions in life, I think I like myself better when I’m funny.  I envy those who know the flavour of what they are going to consistantly deliver through their blog on any given day. Me, I’m still hopelessly conflicted, although it is a nice conflict to have.

But, onto business!

A big


to the following talented and worthy bloggers who have seen fit to bestow upon me the following blog awards:

Bohemianspiritedmom awarded me the Lovely Blog Award. Bohemianspiritedmom blogs at the blog of the same name and is a kindred spirit in the teen parenting journey. Her blog is amusing and full of joie de vivre and a delight to read.

Magnolia Beginnings who blogs at the blog of the same name awarded me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Magnolia’s blog conveys a journey, one of discovery and fulfilling your dreams. It is courageous and wise just like its author and also serves as an inspiration to me. Leave your regrets at the door to this blog and hop aboard to share Magnolia’s journey.

My MidLife Mayhem who blogs at My Midlife Mayhem awarded me the Beautiful Blogger Award. Midlife Mayhem’s blog is about the journey through the ages of 35 to 50 and the reprogramming required as we make the adjustment from physical strength to mental beauty. Feeling the solidarity with my fellow Beautiful Blogger. I am floored that Midlife Mayhem chose to include me in a list of recipients for this award which included the Bloggess!

There are certain rules to accepting these awards, including outlining a number of facts about myself. Here are seven titillating facts about me that you never really wanted to know:

  1. I think peanut butter is the bomb – especially this new whipped stuff. Light as air and doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth!
  2. I don’t like cold weather and have a heater grate pattern permanently imprinted on my butt during winter.
  3. I have a really small family. There is a trend of only children throughout my family tree which I was mad keen to break with my own brood. Luckily God blessed me with two wonderful boys.
  4. I’m a tomboy at heart and am totally lost with eyeshadow and foundation. I can manage a daily smear of lipstick and a couple of brushes of blusher, but as for the rest, it’s either nothing or total drag queen.
  5. My motto is when all else fails rely on humour and be sure to make your own everyday. It’s a good day when you have made at least one person laugh.
  6. I have been to all States of Australia except for Tasmania. Tasmania is naturally beautiful and cold and one day maybe…
  7. Wunderlust is my weakness and I always want to go to new places and experience new things beyond my front fence. I can’t help but think the world awaits and I need to capitalise on its beauty before something really prevents me from doing so.

And now for the good stuff, paying these awards FAward. I am aware that some of these blogs may be non award blogs and in those cases please just take this as my way of thanking you for allowing me to enter your world a little every day and for touching me with your words:

Human in Recovery – thanks Kina for sharing your journey

Free Penny Press – Lynne’s pot pourri of interesting projects, concepts and musings

Fifty Four and A Half – if I could just bottle Elyse’s spunk, wit and energy!

The Bucket – GOF’s blog containing humour, poetry and snipets of rural Australian life

Musings of and Old Fart – the blog of a scholar and a gentleman (btg5885) with a clever wit and a big heart

Waiting for the Karma Truck – Mimi’s beautiful blog which is wise, funny, kind and giving and makes me think and smile at the same time

Magsx2’s blog – Mags is a fellow Aussie and blogs about well…. anything!

Buckwheatrisk – Zoe’s courageous and raw blog about dealing with the aftermath of child abuse. My admiration for Zoe in writing about this publicly is immense.

All of these blogs are awarded all three awards. If you take the time to visit some or all of these, you will not be disappointed.

OK now time for the post award speech nosh up. Salute!

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About the curtain raiserhttp://raisingthecurtain.netI have spent my life in offices. For now I am putting that behind me and preparing for the second act. Middle age didn't come with acceptable signposts so I am making my own through my writing. A journey shared is more fun than going it solo.

40 thoughts on “Paying The Blog Love FAward

  1. Congrats Curtain! Whipped peanut butter? Oh, I think the WPB & I could have a loving relationship…never heard of it. I can’t believe you have been to every state but one in your country…that is amazing and inspiring to me.

  2. G’Day!! and Thank you for thinking my wee blog is worthy of a nod.. I’ll definitely check out your recommendations too and last but not least

    CONGRATULATIONS to the non-make-up wearing face in the crowd!! 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Curtain. All well deserved awards. I love your humor, and your more serious posts are thoughtful and interesting. It makes for a good combination, and makes me keep coming back.

    Thank you for sharing the love! I am in good company on your list — I follow many of them (and hope Mags comes back soon!)


  4. First of all, I love your new word “FAward.” Very fitting. Second of all, I enjoyed learning these things about you, and I completely agree about the need for humor in our lives. And finally, I must try this whipped peanut butter of which you speak! I hope I can find it in the US.

    Congrats on the blogging award!

  5. congratulations on all your awards and thank you for the lovely compliment!! Agree also about peanut butter–on apples, or with marshmallowfluff and nutella 🙂

  6. Read your post before walking my dear little puppy. Thought of your comment about humor and writing. I wanted to say that I love your writing, whether it is serious or humorous. Sometimes seriousness comes in so that in hindsight we can truly enjoy the humor that we missed while going through it all. Congrats on the awards, they are well deserved and I look forward to reading any and all of your posts. DAF

  7. Congratulations (very well deserved) and thanks for the shout out my way. You are too kind. I’ll accept the big heart, though the scholar part is debatable. That is why I hang around with folks like you, Hugh, Barney, Jenni and others, so I can learn new things. I like the humor failsafe you mentioned. My supplement to that is be able to laugh at yourself. I would rather have the world laughing with me than at me. Many thanks and congrats, BTG

  8. You thoroughly deserve the awards which have been given to you… is an exquisitely written blog.
    Thanks also for considering mine worthy of mention, and I will also check out all the others who you included on your list. I just wish I had more time (and electricity) to spend reading all the quality blogs in this neighbourhood.

  9. Agreed on the time. I have to budget my reading to a few a day. Yet, I find many of the blogs I read are better than the Op-Ed pieces in the newspapers. They tend to cover more pertinent topics and more holistic than some of our “pundits.” Thanks for the consideration. G’Day Mate.

  10. Hi,
    Thank You very much for the nomination.
    I’m sorry I was so late in responding, I am on a break from the blogosphere for awhile and I had just checked my blog and saw your comment. Again Thank You.
    I will be back soon, and will definitely catch up. 🙂

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  12. Very graciously received 🙂 It is indeed difficult to be perfectly regular with blogging. I love your style over here.

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