Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I'm throwing my hat in the ring...Are you?

Have you seen the A-Z Blogging Challenge banner everywhere?  I have.  It's being hosted by some of my favorite bloggy friends.  (*waves to the gang*) After a little lot of coaxing I joined.  I'm number 583!  Can you believe it?  Last year there were about 100 participants.

Here's the scoop...
The goal of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge is to post something every day in April except for Sundays. You will have 26 blog posts--one for each letter of the alphabet. Each day your post will be related to the letter of the day.

Use your imagination if you join the challenge. You can post essays, short pieces of fiction,  a poem, a recipe, a drawing, or anything else that represents the letter of the day. You don't have to be a writer to do this. You can post photos or samples of your own art or craft work. Everyone who blogs can post from A to Z.

So...Are you in??? (You can sign up here.)

I have a little confession...
I've been saving awards.

Bluestocking presented me with this delicious award.  She's such a sweetie and we've "blog" known each other for at least a year!  With this award I'm supposed to tell you about four guilty pleasures I indulge myself in....So here it judgment please...
  1. I take 4 pieces of hard candy to bed with me every night, so I can eat them while I'm reading.
  2. I have a signature scent. I only get one bottle a year, so I"m careful with it,but I LOVE Channel No.5!
  3. I love a nice strong cup of coffee!  I love it so much that I am giving it up for Lent.  (Wish me luck
  4. Sleep is one of my favorite things.  I can comfortably sleep 8-12 hours a day. 
I'd like to pass this award along to Beth who has a wonderful blog and sometimes posts delicious recipes.  I'd also like to pass it along to my Canadian friend Catherine.  Catherine befriended me when Stripes died and we've been buds ever since.  She has a way with words, photos and paper!  Finally I'd like to pass this award to Jennifer, you might know her as Old Kitty.  She has to be one of the sweetest bloggers around.  She leaves wonderful positive comments all over the blogging community.
My bloggy friend turned critique partner, Melissa Sarno, presented me with the honest scrapper award.  HMMM, I wonder if that was before or after I critiqued a piece for her???  I'm supposed to share ten things about myself.  Since I've already shared four things already, I'm going to share six more...

     5. I was born in England and moved to American when I was eight.
     6. I wear my heart on my sleeve.  
     7.  Boston Bibb lettuce is my favorite type of lettuce.  I adore the texture of the leaves.
     8. Basil is my favorite herb.  I think everything tastes better with basil on it.  (Well, not cake.)
     9. My Grandad reads my blog.  I have to tell you, when he told me I burst out in tears.  He and my
         Nanny are so special to me.
   10. I'm going to see Nanny and Grandad this fall and I'm super excited.  I didn't get to go see them in

I'd like to pass this award along to a few bloggers that have been around for a while and have made a lasting impression on me.
~Shannon O'Donnell who has a way of making me feel special as I'm sure she does to so many others.
~Jackee and I met through my long time friend Susan Fields and last summer Jackee and I teamed up to do a months worth or random questions and prizes.  It was a blast! 
~Kelly Polark is a rock and roll princess at heart.  We met last spring through Mark McVeigh, she's one talented writer.

I was presented with this award by Lindsey  and Reenie.  They are two of my new bloggy friends.  I thought I would present it to some of my new bloggy friends.  :)

I'd like to pass this award along to Claudia Del Balso, who shares a wealth of knowledge on her blog;  Brenda Drake who has some wicked cool critique contests on her blog; Angela Felsted who has a beautiful poetry blog and to Judith Engracia who just started blogging might remember her from last fall when she was around the blogging community...Hopefully you'll welcome her back.  :)

I hope that you'll hop over and meet some of my old friends and some of my new friends...and perhaps even join me in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.


  1. Congratulations on the awards, Sharon! And it's beyond awesome that you were born in England. It's my dream to visit there when I have the means to. :)

  2. Hi Sharon .. 583: that's awesome .. amazing .. and great that you've joined the A - Z .. wonderful your Grandparents read your blog - that's incredible ..

    Congratulations on all the hoarded awards .. cheers Hilary

  3. Concats on the fabulous awards!

    Our mom says the April challenge is too much work and obligation for her. She's such a spoilsport.

    -Fuzzy Tales

  4. cool awards you got and gave. a - z sounds fun. maybe im gonna try it.

  5. Excellent awards!! Yay for you!!!!! GOOD LUCK giving up coffee for Lent!!!!! Seriously - that is some will power!!! WOW!!!

    I'm not doing the a-z challenge but will cheer y'all doing this!! Yay!! Take care

  6. congrats on all the great awards! GREAT choices for pass alongs :)

    I'm going to cheer the A-Z folks along from the sidelines again :)

  7. Congrats on the nice awards!!! I can wait to see what you do with all those letters!

  8. Congrats on joining the A-Z! Arlee is awesome for coming up with that. So creative. And thanks for the award! More importantly, thank you for your kind words. You've made my whole week! I'm so glad we met and could become good friends. Your friendship is one of the highlights of my blogging experience.


  9. Woo hoo! Awesome awards. Congrats. =)

  10. Aww, I think it's great your grandparents are still healthy ad able to support you by reading your blog!

    Oh, and it may not be cake, but I did have a lemon-basil tart at a restaurant once time so it can be done...

  11. I am doing this challenge too! I am using it to encourage myself to blog every day. I think honesty is one of the best qualities a critique partner can have, so whether I gave you the award before or after, it still works! :-)
    And thanks for linking to these blogs, I have a lot of blogs to visit tonight :-)

  12. Congrats on the awards, Sharon! I loved learning new, fun facts about you!
    And thanks so much for the award!!!! :)

  13. Congrads girlfriend. Very well deserved. And I'm in the challenge too. Which reminds me, I need to blog about it. I'm still in bed most of the days. UGH

  14. Wow! I can't believe there are that many participants this year. Have fun! And thanks so much for the award, Sharon, especially today. The funeral is this afternoon, and I was soaking up some blog love before I get ready--and look what I found! Thank you!!! :-)

  15. congrats on your awards.
    I'll be taking part in the challenge. I'm up to the letter Q so far in preparation.

  16. I'm afraid I can't take on the A to Z challenge. (I wish some of these fun things took place in the summer!)
    However, I will look forward to watching everybody else's alphabetical posting!

  17. Eep! I don't know if I can do that many posts! Especially since I've only been posting once a week or so. But good on you! And good luck. Looking forward to reading your posts. :)

  18. Thank you Sharon! You're so sweet! I will post my award soon.

    How sweet is it that your Granddad reads your blog ~ adorable!

    Happy Thursday!
    xo Catherine

  19. Congrats on the awards. I've decided to do the challenge and keep telling myself I'm going to start writing some posts in advance, but can't seem to get around to doing it.

  20. Hi Sharon,
    You're so sweet. Thank you for the lovely award. I'll post it in my blog. I enjoy your blog as well. ;)

  21. I think throwing your hat in the A-Z ring is a great idea.

  22. Awwww, shucks, you're so kind. Thanks for the award! :D

  23. 26 posts in one month? Nope, no can do... Have great fun with it!

    And congrats on all the awards.:)

  24. Congratulations on your awards! I am too down for the A to Z challenge - still not sure how I am going to manage it yet! Nice learning new things about you too. :)

  25. I'm not participating in the A to Z challenge, but I'll enjoy reading the posts.

    Congrats on your awards!

  26. Sounds like fun... thx for all the great ideas you come up with.

  27. I opted for the Crusader thingie instead of the A-Z blog thingie - we had 210 crusaders and I still havent' touched base with all of them! Are you expected to visit all 500+???? probably not... but it still sounds like an awesome networking thingie!

  28. Congrats to you and the other winners! The blogging challenge sounds like a lot of fun. I might have to check it out. Thanks for the links.

  29. Congrats on the awards! You deserve them.

    I'm not participating in the A to Z challenge, but I'll be reading the posts.

  30. Nice new blog bling! Good luck in the challenge--I think all of you guys attempting this are amazing!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  31. Congrats on your awards! I don't have time to write and blog everyday, but I look forward to catching yours. Good luck!

  32. Wow! So many people have signed up for that blog fest! It sounds like a lot of fun. Good luck to everyone diving in.

  33. I'd join the blogfest just for that awesome badge! It appeals to the teacher in me greatly! :)

    I'll be passing, though, since I'm barely able to make two posts a week these days, and I'm trying to get ahead in my revisions.

    Congrats on your awards. you deserve them all!

  34. Congratulations on all the awards, and thanks for passing one along to me! I'm looking forward to checking out the other winners' blogs.