Monday, August 8, 2011

Home from Vacation to do some Claiming!

This past weekend, I headed out into some fairly majestic mountains for camping and an awesome family reunion, where the fact that everyone smelled like campfire, river water and bug spray meant that it was okay I did, too. We got to hang out in surroundings like this:

And play and laugh and reminisce. And I came home to some fabulous blog awards from some fabulous bloggers!

First off, Cherie at Ready. Write. Go. gave me this award. --> (Sorry I didn't get this posted sooner, Cherie!) And really, what could be cuter than that puppy? Thanks, Cherie!

Then I got the Liebster award, which spotlights up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. I found out from CherylAnne Ham that it means "friend" in German. How appropriate!

I would like to thank Jessie at B-Word for first giving me the award. (And apologize for it taking me a full week to post about it!) I'd also like to thank CherylAnne Ham at CherylAnne Ham, TaraNator at More Than Fiction, Leah at Leah Writes Pretty Fierce, and Carrie Butler at So, You're a Writer...

Thanks you guys! You're the best!

The rules of the award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!

I love that in the writing community, everyone supports everyone so well! Here's my picks to receive the Liebster Award. Go check 'em out!

1. Lani Wendt Young at Sleepless in Samoa. Ohmygosh. This lady is HILARIOUS. I actually laugh out loud at some point in every single one of her posts. I absolutely love every second spent on her blog. (And while you're there, check out her Rejected. By a Sandwich. post on her sidebar.)

2. Kelley Gerschke at Between the Bookends. Kelley recently made the transition between writing for fun and writing because she wants to be published. Her posts are always interesting and fun, and her excitement toward writing is infectious!

3. David Powers King at The Cosmic Laire of Science Fiction and Fantasy. David has a great writing voice that makes his blog fun to read. His posts are helpful and enjoyable. And psst! If you become a follower on his blog, he'll do a shout-out to you and link to your blog!

4. Barbara Kloss at The Adventures of a Writer. Whenever I go to Barbara's blog, I just stare at it for a while before I get to reading. Her blog is so pretty! (And not just because we have an affinity for the same fonts.) Her writing voice is AWESOME. She has fabulous writing posts and great book reviews.

5. Leigh Ann Kopans at The Naptime Novelist. I love the title of her blog! Leigh Ann does fabulous posts on writing, and has a wonderful writing voice.  And she gives great comments.


David P. King said...

Stellar! Thanks for the award, Peggy! I'll post it up the moment I'm able.

I love rivers. Just so you know.

Jessie Humphries said...

Vacay! I need one of those. Congrats on all the awards. You deserve it.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your award Peggy! Lovely blog. I look forward to checking out those five fabulous blogs you shared as well. Happy writing!


Kelley Lynn said...

Peggy, you so deserve this! Thank you so much for your inspiration and for handing the award my way! I have my five posted.

Carrie Butler said...

I'm so jealous of your camping spot. It looks gorgeous. :) Oh, and congrats again on the awards!

Precy Larkins said...

You're welcome! I'm glad you had a fun vacation ;)

Lani Wendt Young said...

Thank you Peggy. This is my first EVER blog award thingy and Im totally buzzed about it. I appreciate the mention and the positive encouragement for my blogging.

Almost jealous of your camping holiday - except i do hate the outdoors. did you actually have to go out into that lovely outdoors? Or could you just look at it from the air conditioned comfort of your 5 star hotel room w/cable, room service and endless supplies of cookies, diet coke and doritos?
The QueenHater of the Outdoors

Abby Fowers said...

Ah, beautiful picture! Now I want to go camping. Isn't it wonderful when you can smell like all those things and not have to worry about it? I love it! And great job on the awards! So fun! I love that stuff! Can't wait to check out the blogs you mentioned!

Theresa Milstein said...

Such a beautiful photo!

Congratulations on your award and to the people who you've passed it onto.

Bkloss said...

Okay...I'm seriously blushing :D Thank you!!

And I am OH so jealous of your camping trip! That photo is gorgeous...

Smoke stain is totally worth it. Well, camp-smoke stain. :D

Thanks so much again!

Peggy Eddleman said...

David-- You're welcome! And I love rivers, too. Water is THE MOST fascinating thing to watch!

Jessie-- Thanks for awarding me one of them! I wish I could award you a vacation in return.

Jennifer-- Thanks! I hope you love them as much as I do.

Kelley-- Thanks! So do you! I can't believe how quickly you got them posted! I am quite impressed.

Carrie-- It totally was gorgeous. And thanks! Twice!!

Cherie-- Thanks! I totally did.

Lani a.k.a. QueenHater of the Outdoors-- So excited I got to be the one to give you your first award! And your comment made me laugh! Then I read it to my son (the King Hater of Outdoors). He totally agrees.

Abby-- Ahh. The freedom of carrying a stench with you wherever you go and not worrying about it. :) And thanks!

Theresa-- Thanks twice!

Barbara-- You're welcome!

Tara Tyler said...

darn, i missed your response comment. that's ok.
congrats! and if you want, i could make you a cookie badge for your friday cookie distributioning =)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Tara-- I'm more than willing to do as many response comments as needed! This one's just for you. :)

I don't quite know what you mean by a "cookie badge," though...

Lan said...

Hi Peggy! Congrats on the award. I'm jumping through from Lani's blog and am now following you. Looking forward to discussing bookish things and cookies :)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Yay for camping and smelling like campfire and bug spray! :D Congrats on the awards!

linda said...

Wow, the photo is gorgeous! Congrats on all the awards. :)

Leigh Ann said...

Wow, congrats on the awards! I am TOTALLY flattered that you picked me. <3 <3 <3 THANK YOU!!!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Lan-- Thanks! I love Lani's blog! And welcome to my blog. I look forward to discussing bookish things and cookies, too!

Chantele-- :D And thanks!

Linda-- It was SO beautiful there. And thanks!

Leigh Ann-- :) You're welcome! You totally deserve it!

J+S said...

That mini waterfall is gorgeous. Please share the location so that I may go there. :)


Peggy Eddleman said...

It's in Hobblecreek canyon, at Cherry campground. It's just past the national forest sign. We've gone there several years, and all the kids work hard to make sure that dam is fully functional, so they can have the waterfall.

unikorna said...

Congratulations, I am charmed I discovered your blog :)>