Showing posts with label ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE AWARD. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE AWARD. Show all posts

Monday, April 27, 2009


Today, I'm participating in What's On Your Wall Wednesday, sponsored by our fabulous hostess, Barb at Grits and Glamour. Barb, thank you so much for sponsoring this weekly event.

I not only keep china in my cupboards, I keep it on my walls too. Well, you know Gullom (Designs by Gollum) stores beautiful, expensive china behind her draperies, so my bargain china on the walls doesn't sound so bad, does it?

My husband doesn't understand
why we have plates hanging on the walls. For awhile, after I started hanging plates on the walls, when I would give him dinner, he'd look around suspiciously and then ask if I had taken a plate off of the wall. He just knew I was going to feed him dinner on a plate that had dust bunnies on the back of it!

Hmmm, do these look familiar?
If you enlarge these pictures, I just want you to know that your computer screen is dirty, not my plates! Be sure to go see all of the beautiful treasures on the walls of other Blogvillians. You can get the links at Grits and Glamour (You are going to love the wall decor that Barb is featuring on her blog today).

Just thought I'd better show you that I do have a few plates in cabinets! We do not eat off of the ones I have on the walls (or if we do, I wash them first!) I didn't put upper cabinets in my kitchen, so I set aside a space for a walk-through china pantry. Unfortunately, I am even running out of room in there! Can you say "Laurie, you have a problem"! I know... you already said it!

Just look at this award! Isn't it the most fun award you've ever seen? I love this award. Susan at A Southern Daydreamer has honored me with the "Zombie Chicken Award"! Yes, you read that right! Zombie Chicken! I want a Zombie Chicken trophy for my bookcase! I don't think this is an intentional description of me, but as it turns out, this is exactly the way I feel when I am trying to post to my blog! When I saw this award, I thought someone had been spying on me while I was working on my posts. According to Webster's, a "zombie" is
(a): a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead ; (b): a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior.
I'm telling you, when I'm sitting at this computer after midnight, I look like the walking dead, AND I am markedly strange in appearance and behavior. I am also saying (out loud, since nobody else in my house is awake), "Laurie, are you reeeeeely going to click on that 'publish post' button, and share this nonsense with other people?"), and that little finger my mouse produces on my computer screen just hovers over that "publish" button for a good while, until I finally just look the other way and click on it. You see I am also a chicken when it comes to publishing a blog post. So, you understand why I thought this award was perfect for me! Now, disregard everything I just told you about this award, because none of that has anything to do with the award (I told you, after midnight, I get strange - okay you're right, I'm pretty strange all of the time!)

The real description of the Zombie Chicken award is:
"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all..."

That's sounding a lot better than my description of this award! It is a "world-renowned" award! Of course, you know me, I am going to risk the wrath of the zombie chickens (just let 'em try to come after me!). However, it does say that if I choose unwisely, I am risking the zombie chicken wrath. I think it would be unwise to choose any 5 blogs that I visit, because all of the blogs I visit are worthy. I don't visit a blog unless I think the content of that blog is remarkable, so if I have left two or more comments on your blog, that is an indication that I believe your blog content to be remarkable enough to risk an attack of zombie chickens to go read your blog. I further believe that you are worthy of this prestigious award, so please take it with you. Susan, thank you so much for this honor. I've had a great time with this award. I suspect that all of you already visit Susan's beautiful blog, but if you don't, you are missing a wonderful treat, so get right over to A Southern Daydreamer and check it out!

I am honored to have again received the Attitude of Gratitude Award. Although I've received it before, I am so pleased that Lorna at Lace and Ivy Cottage thought of me when she handed out this award. If you've never visited Lorna, you need to go right over to her blog. She has such wonderful and beautiful ideas. I don't know how she even has time to think, much less come up with great ideas, since she has a gazillion beautiful children (I really think it's ONLY 7, but that would feel like a gazillion if they were at my house!) Thank you so much Lorna.

Thank YOU so much for visiting me, even if I am strange. Now I'm going to look the other way while I click on that "publish post" button. laurie

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Those of you who have read my blog for awhile probably know that I love needlework, especially if it contains, what I refer to as, "words of wisdom". You see, when my children were growing up, I didn't have words of wisdom to spout to them (you have to be wise to have words of wisdom), so I hung them on the walls! At my house, we need all of the words of wisdom we can get!

Today, I am sharing some of my "words of wisdom" with you. I have done a lot of needlework myself, but today I am sharing some that I have collected from flea markets, tag sales, and garage sales. Therefore, I am participating in all of the wonderful events in Blogville that pertain to these!! "Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears".

A very ambitious post for me!

Diane at A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words, sponsors 2nd Time Around Tuesday, and these needlework creations are at least second time around. Victoria at Auction Girl Vintage is sponsoring 30 Days of Junking. Although I don't consider these "junk", somebody certainly did, because I purchased all of them at garage sales, tag sales, and flea markets. Tam at The Gypsy's Corner sponsors Three Or More Tuesdays. I certainly have 3 or more Words of Wisdom needlework pieces to share (actually, I don't think I've pictured all of them in this post!) Barb at Grits and Glamour sponsors What's On Your Wall Wednesday. These are all hanging on my walls, so I'm going to link to that event also!

"The heart hath it's own memory like the mind, and in it are enshrined the precious keepsakes". I am the self-appointed rescuer of these words of wisdom! Having done some needlework myself, I know it is a labor of love, and it just makes me so sad to see, what I consider to be family heirlooms, in garage sales, etc. and selling at such low prices. I don't think I've ever paid more than $20.00 for any of my needlework pictures, and usually not more than $10.00. (NOTE TO MY CHILDREN: If you are reading this after my demise, please do not sell my needlework-keep it in a box in the attic if you don't want to display it-perhaps my grandchildren will want it one day!) If you sell it, I will be back to haunt you!

Of course, I have MY mother's needlework hanging on my wall! My mother created this piece in 1930, and it is probably one of the reasons I ever did any needlework. "Sweet are the thoughts that savor of content. The quiet mind is richer than a crown".

"He Careth for You"

A small garage sale purchase. "This is the day which the Lord hath made".

"A Child's Prayer-Dear God-Thank you for Your care. You've been right with me everywhere. At school at play you're by my side, my special friend, my loving guide. And when the sun has said goodbye, and little lights shine in the sky, you're still with me, not far above, right in my heart, for you are love".
An estate sale purchase. (This still has a price sticker of $12 on the back).

"To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth"

"Love makes everything easy"

Don't forget to visit these blogs:

Diane at A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words for Second Time Around Tuesday,
Victoria at Auction Girl Vintage for 30 Days of Junking;
Tam at The Gypsy's Corner for Three Or More Tuesdays,
and you don't have to wait until tomorrow to go see Barb at Grits and Glamour for What's On Your Wall Wednesday. All of these ladies have wonderful blog posts, no matter what day you visit them. Thank you ladies for these wonderful events you sponsor.

I am SO ambitious today. I have one more very important thing to share.

Cathy at Mille Fleur, has honored me with the Attitude of Gratitude Award. Thank you so much Cathy for honoring me with this special award. If you don't already visit Cathy's blog, you should hurry over there right now and see her beautiful blog. I love that title of this award. The award requires me to tell you "how I've come to have an attitude of gratitude".

I really don't know how anyone could not have an attitude of gratitude. No matter what our circumstances, God has given all of us so much. When I look around at God's creation, I am so grateful, and when I think of the gift of His Son, dying for my sins, I have so much gratitude. Most of you know that I was adopted, and I am grateful to my biological parents for knowing that they were not going to be able to raise me, and I am grateful to my adoptive parents for raising me in a God-loving environment. I know that I am not supposed to be telling you what I'm grateful for. I'm supposed to tell why I have an attitude of gratitude. These things that I am grateful for are what have given me an attitude of gratitude.

If you would like to do a post about your gratitude, please take this award with you. I'd love to read your gratitude posts.

I am also grateful to each and every visitor to my blog, and grateful for visitors who take the time to leave a comment and let me know that my ramblings are being read. laurie