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July 18, 2012 / diannegray

One Lovely Blog Award

I’ve been having so much fun blogging and meeting so many like-minded people that I feel like it’s really bringing me out of my shell! It’s not only given me the opportunity to share my thoughts with others (who take time to read my ramblings – thank you!) but I have loved reading other people’s blogs and looking through their beautiful pictures and enjoying their music – there are so many talented people out there!

And now I find I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Gomez.

Now, I believe I need to do a couple of things.

1. Thank – my nominator – the wonderful Gomez and link back to the site. Thank you!

2. Share  – 7 things about myself

  1. I have always been a ‘breaker of rules’ (this got me into trouble at school and gets me into trouble at work).
  2. I feel as if I have to defend people I don’t think are being treated well (which also got me in to trouble at school – and still gets me into trouble at work!)
  3. I’ve had a tug-o-war with a 750kg crocodile (to retrieve a pair of sunglasses – don’t ask), been chased by a razor back pig and fought off a taipan with a broom
  4. I hate sad movies and avoid them like the plague because they make me cry (my next blog involves a ‘cryer’)
  5. I didn’t realise I could sing until I discovered Karaoke (I’m not sure how anyone else feels about it)
  6. I’ve knocked myself out with the aid of a ladder and a ceiling fan
  7. I’m married to a man who has fallen though a glass window, been assaulted by a stranger in the street which resulted in him losing his left eye and who is now recovering from pancreatic cancer (and that’s just the beginning – if I wrote his life story no one would believe it)

If there’s one thing about my life – it’s never been boring!

Now – for the drum roll…

3. Nominate 7 other blogs (the rules get a bit weird here. Sometimes it can be 7, other times 15 – so I’m going all out!)

In no particular order: – Bitter Charm – for her beautifully woven words – Leigh – for her wonderful humour and staying true to herself – Daphne – for her great writing and sheer determination to be published (it WILL happen) 1girl4adamwest -for being a survivor – and writing poetry that touches my heart – Jill – who is the best cook in all of Texas! – Celeste – whose photography and words are breathtaking – Cookie – for her guts and determination and the love she has to offer to the world – Music, music, music! I love it! – Tiffany – Great book reviews! – Elisa – because I’m still SO impressed with the Reading Between the Wines book club! – Dee – and the wonderful conversations she has with Vicki – artfulanxiety – for being sharing her brave heart with the world – Tammy – because I’m still LOLing! – Kendra – married to the banana man and writes about my favourite food – figs! – Mandy (snowdrop Panda) – I really want to see you do those 30 things before you’re thirty!

4. Inform the nominees linking back to this post so they know the rules (who, by the way, have every right in the world to decline).

That’s it! Thank you all for dropping by!


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  1. bittercharm / Jul 18 2012 8:22 pm

    Congratulations! You every bit deserve it! and thank you for making my day!


  2. hibiscus rosa noor / Jul 18 2012 8:42 pm

    many congratulations, and thank you for following my blog.


  3. ocdreader / Jul 19 2012 12:49 am

    It makes sense, your lovely blog is filled with lovely stories! Very nice! Thank you for the nomination. I will gladly accept and then probably break some rule somehow too… 🙂 Wish you lived closer and could join us at bookclub, I think you would fit right in!
    PS – I am looking forward to the details on the crocodile (sunglasses?!) and the razorback. You and animals seem to have an understanding – lol.


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2012 7:25 am

      I wish I lived closer, too! Me and animals – as long as they’re trained and cute and cuddly I;m less likely to take off in the other direction 🙂


      • ocdreader / Jul 19 2012 7:43 am

        LOL – I hear that!!


  4. uniqueweirdness / Jul 19 2012 1:25 am

    Yay for you! 🙂 That’s awesome!


  5. starproms / Jul 19 2012 1:37 am

    Congratulations, you richly deserve the award 🙂


  6. leighkgb02 / Jul 19 2012 5:41 am

    1. You deserve that nomination with every ounce of my being. Your words have made me laugh and inspired me in equal turn. Congratulations, keep being a wonderful you!
    2. Knowing that you just nominated me as one of the seven, out of all the fantastic and interesting people you must follow, I am truly touched and honored. Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times. 🙂

    Much love ❤



    • diannegray / Jul 19 2012 7:18 am

      Aw, Leigh – that’s wonderful 🙂 Thank you


  7. leighkgb02 / Jul 19 2012 7:18 am

    Also, I’ve nominated you (once more) in my nominations because you really do deserve it!!!



    • diannegray / Jul 19 2012 7:28 am

      Oh – you are such a sweetheart! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  8. c00k1i3 / Jul 19 2012 10:28 am

    You are awesome! Congratulations on being nominated and thank you so much for nominating me! You’re comments kept me writing when it felt like no one cared. I owe you so much. Thanks again! 🙂


  9. 1girl4adamwest / Jul 19 2012 10:34 am

    YOU are indeed a heart friend!!! Thank you soooo very much for reading my words…feelings. I shall follow suit! I have only been here for a couple of weeks but, I have been happily immersed in so many beautiful writings that I already have my picks in mind! (((Huge Hugs & THANK yous)))!!!!


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2012 5:31 pm

      It’s SO good to hear that you’re enjoying the blogging world (me too – and I’ve only been here for about a month!)


  10. robincoyle / Jul 19 2012 10:48 am

    Good for you! Congrats and well deserved.


  11. Daphne Shadows / Jul 19 2012 2:53 pm

    Congratulations on the award!
    You could just write about your life and sell tons! My goodness! A crocodile!?! 😉
    Thank you for the award. I may take a while to post on it, but I’ll definitely accept!


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2012 5:32 pm

      Excellent, Daphne! It may take a while to post on it (it took me a while) 🙂


  12. Purnima / Jul 19 2012 6:39 pm

    Congratulations 🙂


  13. The Bumble Files / Jul 20 2012 12:37 pm

    Hi Dianne. Congratulations to you!


  14. Tammy @ LaughingAtEverydayLife / Jul 20 2012 3:13 pm

    Thank you so much…. Also, note to self…… based off #3 I’ve had a tug-o-war with a 750kg crocodile (to retrieve a pair of sunglasses – don’t ask), been chased by a razor back pig and fought off a taipan with a broom (NEVER MESS WITH YOU!)


  15. thesoundofceleste / Jul 20 2012 3:51 pm

    Hi Dianne! Congratulations! Your blog certainly is lovely. Thanks as well for the nomination. I’ve been writing for years and years, but only decided to start blogging as I end one phase of work life and search for another. Your words of encouragement are just wonderful. I’ll accept and try to pass the honor on to some other lovely blogs tomorrow. Thanks again!


    • diannegray / Jul 20 2012 5:24 pm

      I just left a message on your latest blog. Sorry about the typo, but I meant every word I said! You are very, very talented!


  16. Jill Thaxton / Jul 20 2012 5:16 pm

    I’m honored, but a bit embarrassed by the fact that I haven’t posted anything about cooking since April! Gah! Ever since school let out, I’ve been focusing on writing creative non-fiction and fiction, not cooking. We’re all just eating cereal every day. Just kidding. But really, thank you!


    • diannegray / Jul 20 2012 7:00 pm

      Hey Jill, the Smokey, Spicy Split Pea soup transcends space and time! Best of luck with your writing 🙂


  17. Russel Ray Photos / Jul 21 2012 11:45 am

    Yeah! Yahoo! Yippee! & Congratulations! Now I’m off to click on your nominee links.


  18. audiophileparadise / Jul 21 2012 3:24 pm

    Thanks a bunch Dianne! I always thought that I was the only one in this world who actually gave a damn about good music. But now, since I started blogging; I’ve gotten to meet new people (Like you, for instance!) who have a profound love for music. It feels awesome to be nominated too! Thanks again! Keep posted on my blog! Lots of goody goody songs coming your way!


  19. ly / Jul 21 2012 10:53 pm

    Dianne–thanks for deciding to follow my blog! I’m exploring yours this morning with my second cup of coffee, finding great things and beautiful words. I’m very new to blog writing and wonder how did you find my blog? I’m always amazed when someone follows it out of the blue, not feeling forced to read it like family and friends. Then, I come here and find this wonderful list–can’t wait to visit them all.


    • diannegray / Jul 22 2012 12:05 am

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading my blog! The name Realism Redfined caught my eye and I began reading the quotes and decided to follow – so glad I did 🙂


  20. undercoverheiress / Jul 23 2012 12:56 pm

    Congrats! Love your writing. Thank you for following my blog 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 23 2012 2:02 pm

      Thank you! I’m really looking foward to reading more of your work 🙂


  21. adinparadise / Jul 27 2012 10:43 pm

    Congratulations on your award, dianne. Good gracious, you certainly live life on the edge. You’re one tough lady. Thanks for the follow. 😉


    • diannegray / Jul 27 2012 10:56 pm

      Thank you! I absolutely love your pics. My next big travel venture will be to Cairns in about a month (YAY – warm weather). I’m an appalling photographer, but hopefully I’ll get one or two nice snaps to share 🙂


      • adinparadise / Jul 27 2012 11:07 pm

        Oh, I absolutely loved Cairns. Look forward to your photos. 😉


  22. Pagadan / Jul 30 2012 11:04 am

    Congratulations! And isn’t that a lovely name and title?


  23. Pagadan / Jul 30 2012 11:05 am

    Shoot. I meant to say name and logo (the tree).



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