By the time you read this, I'll be clackety-clacking on the train to the big city Wednesday. During my regular eye exam in April, the doctor discovered something peculiar about my corneas. After referencing an intimidating Latin term and telling me not to worry about that, he instructed me to do nothing and return in six weeks for more testing. Did I look up that Latin word on the Internet? Hell no. I’m big into denial here. So much so that instead of telling you how I feel about this appointment, I’m going to focus (No pun intended but let's keep it in anyway, okay?) on positives.
Awards, to be exact.
Last week, both Ro, at Soft Winds and Roses and Robin at Your Daily Dose gave me the Sugar Doll Award.
Now, here’s the thing. By the time I grew up, my father had over 100 rose bushes on his property. In his honor, I try to cultivate about six in my shady plot of land, with limited success. I can tell you about aphids, black spot, Japanese beetles and powdery mildew. There are blooms yes, but never enough sun and I don't win the war. So the gorgeous roses twisted around a cartwheel on Ro’s masthead swallowed me in, from there it’s been good fun and fantastic pictures.
As for Robin, well she says it like it is. You have to check out her “Here’s to you Thursdays.” She’s thoughtful in her selections, kind and sensitive…and I don’t say that just because I was a previous honoree! Check out Your Daily Dose.
The rules of the Sugar Doll award are to share ten things about yourself and pass the award on to ten bloggers you admire, but I’ve already spilled just about every pseudo interesting about me in Middle Passages. After all, waking from a snooze on the driveway to a neighbor who wants to call an ambulance? That’s kind of interesting, right? That said, if you can’t restrain your burning compulsion to know more about lil' ol' me, click here, but I will harbor zero disappointment if you move right along. If you like the little do-hicky and want to post it to your sidebar, feel free to snap it up--the ten interesting things are optional.
Next, John Paul over at Where Sky Meets Ground bestowed the Journey Support Award on me.
JP, the amazing helicopter pilot who, up until recently was stationed in Afghanistan and is now on the way to an assignment in Sicily with his family, gets a huge shout out for the links he includes and the lessons he writes. The award from JP highlights what I’ve been saying for several months now. Writers are nice. The insight, compassion, ideas, thoughtfulness and empathy that emanate from so many writers out there in the blogosphere drill down about as deep inside me as you can get.
I have benefited from many more, but below, in no particular order, are a group of bloggers and/or aspiring writers I'd like to honor, all of whom have helped me to stop, reflect and learn:
Jody at Author, Jody Hedlund
Carol at Carol’s Prints
Simon at Constant Revision
Glen at Differences with the Same Likeness
Bridget (who I miss) at JBChicoine—Aspiring Novelist
Sharon at Musings of a Mercurial Woman
Helen at Straight from Hel
Suzy at Extraordinary Ordinariness
Tricia at Tailspinning
Tabitha at Through My Eyes
Thanks to all. I wish you continued success.
"See" you in a day or two.