Hey there blogger buds.  I've been so busy lately I've neglected to pass on way cool awards.  Where are my manners?

Aldrea at   http://thardrandia.blogspot.com/ gave me this. Hmm, yummy, but strawberries go better with chocolate.

Thank you.

E. Arroyo at http://chandarawrites.blogspot.com/  gave me this.  And I do love blogging...to a point.  I'm happy to have met all of you.

Thank you.

Julie at http://gypsyjulesinmysoul.blogspot.com/  gave me this.  I could describe the different attributes of fire, but fire just makes me hungry...so it's only fitting I offer a recipe on this one. 

Thank you.

Alternate Recipe to Beef Stew.

1/2 lb meat
2 or 3 potatoes (depends of how much you like potatoes)
10 sliced Spanish olives
1/2 sliced onion
5 to 7 cloves of garlic
1/2 to a whole green pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup white cooking wine (taste remainder, toss in a little extra squirt for good measures)
squirt of olive oil
Cover with a layer of:
All season salt
salt and pepper to taste
1 can of 8 oz tomato sauce
Mix in large pot and let cook until meat and potatoes are tender.
Serve over white rice.  Good for seconds.  Hubs swears by it.

Tara at http://taratylertalks.blogspot.com/ tagged me.  She gave me this.  I always get a kick out of being tagged because I never know what to do with it.  So in a little bit I'll tell you more deep dark secrets about myself.

Sia McKye at http://siamckye.blogspot.com/  stopped by to let me know I won a $10.00 gift card to Amazon.com.  I've yet to get my butt over there and collect the card.

Thank you.

First, I'm mentioning 15 blogs I frequent because I have the privilege to consider these people friends.  I'm not mentioning anyone I mentioned on the blog hop.  For those of you I left off the list, please accept my apologies.  I will mention you next time.

1. Unikorna  http://unikorna.blogspot.com  I love her honesty and her ability to speak her mind.
2. Mary http://mpaxauthor.blogspot.com  Every visit to her blog makes me feel like I'm  out in space.
3. Botanist  http://thebaldpatch.blogspot.com  He's a great Sci-Fi writer and an awesome artist.
4. Lydia  http://lydiakang.blogspot.com  She offers the most fascinating interviews.
5. Shelly  http://shellysnovicewritings.blogspot.com  Her posts offer variety...not all about writing.
6. Eve   http://thedesertrocks.blogspot.com Special lady alert.  We visit each other through email.
7. Bryce  http://brycedaniels.blogspot.com  Bryce shares his body with a poet.
8. Rusty  http://rustywebb.blogspot.com  His blogs are highly informative.
9. Madeleine  http://rustywebb.blogspot.com  I love her romance.
10. Al  http://alpenwasser.blogspot.com  He has a great sense of humor.  Seriously, he cracks me up, and such a funny commenter.
11. laughinwolf  http://laughing1wolf.blogspot.com  The blog speaks for itself.  He's funny.
12. Mike  http://protecttherisen.blogspot.com  He's been absent from the blogging world for a while, but I'm sure he'll be back.  Mike's cool and a gifted writer.
13. PK http://pk-hrezo.blogspot.com  Great fun lady.  Blogs about her progress.
14. Doralynn  http://dlynnkennedy.blogspot.com  Last I heard she was a little under the weather, but she's writes a pretty awesome blog.
15. Heather  http://littleredhenry.blogspot.com  She a wonderful artist, a sweet person, and a pleasure to be around.

Now some stuff about me.

1. I've recently pondered the idea of having a baby.  Hubs vetoed my suggestion to send off to the homeworld for a specimen capsule, stating that he is more than capable of doing the deed.  He also refuses to let me have a cat.  Negotiations are in process.

2. I write because I love it.  There was a time I needed the success and the glory.  The thing that pushed me was the idea that I would one day be a published author.  Now I find myself thinking how wonderful it is that I just write and that one day others will read my stories, but also how wonderful it is that I'm surrounded by a wonderful family, that I get to see the sunrise or stare at the starts at night.  I couldn't imagine making it through a single day without smiling at the sound of a barking dog.  Life is entirely lovely.

3.  I'm remodeling my house.  It's funny but somehow when you reach a certain age there are things that need to be done.  So I'm stripping carpet, tiling, wooden floors, the works.  And I just bought the coolest sofa and love seat ever.

4.  I find comfort in the color of an eggplant.

5.  I don't eat red meat.  (The stew above can also be made with chicken.)

6.  I always wanted to get lost in the Bermuda Triangle secretly hoping it led to an alternate plane of existence.

7.  I have a hairy guy on a stick on my desk.  When you press down on him, he says, "Boy, do I feel great.  It's going to be a stress free day today."  The spite the little bastard I put makeup on him.  Now he looks like Boy George.

Well, that's it blogger buds.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week.  I will be stopping by to say hi.



  1. Congratulations! All fine blogs to visit. And I'd like to try that recipe with chicken.
    You are always first to my blog. For once, I am first to yours.

  2. That was a great post. Congratulation on all your awards. Good deal. I write because I love it too. Take a picture of that hairy man on your desk. Would love to see that one!

  3. Shhhh ... I'm not here. Congrats on the awards. Love learning more about you.

    "Hubs vetoed my suggestion to send off to the homeworld for a specimen capsule, stating that he is more than capable of doing the deed."


    Have fun with this one. Children have a way of changing our lives. That's when we find out our hearts can really exist outside our bodies.

  4. Hey, Laila! What a fantastic collection of awards, all most frabjously deserved, too.

    That recipe sounds good. I'm a full-blooded carnivore so have no qualms about trying it out as described, and it's coming up to that time of year for hearty stews. Mmmmm...

  5. Hey! It's cool to see my blog on there, although I think you got me mixed up with someone else. I see a link to my site in there a couple times. But beside that, your statement that my posts are informative was probably a mistake. If you had said 'rambling and incoherent,' I would know for sure you were talking about me.

    Anyway, I've been remodeling my house since I bought it a few years ago. I'm so tired of it, next time I get one it will be new.

  6. 'Negotiations are in process.'

    Glad to hear that. :)

  7. Congrats to all the prize winners! And I've always wanted to get lost in the Bermuda Triangle, too! I hoped that it could take me to an alternate universe or to a different galaxy or something!

  8. Hi Laila. thanks for the mention. I think. My blog is at http://thedesertrocks.blogspot.com but I love Shelly and I'm sure she doesn't mind people cruising to her blog searching for me! LOL Oh and little Lailas how exciting!

  9. HI Laila, holy crumbcakes, lots of awards, but you totally deserve them all. Plus it gives us a chance to hear more about you, which is always fun. Remodeling eh, I have to admit, I think house projects are kind of exciting. It's nice to look back and say wow, I did that. I'm about to do a large mural painting in a stairwell and my laundry room, it's very drab, it needs some oomph! Anyway, thanks for the mention, you're a sweetie poo. And I agree, eggplant is a lovely color. Have a groovy week! :)

  10. great for you!
    and you should have a kid, it builds character (they will be just like you =)
    and i love reading about younguns just starting a family.
    good luck to you all!
    eggplant is pretty!

  11. There are so many awards to keep track of, good of you to keep it all going:)

  12. Congrats on all the awards. Wow. Lots of them, too! :)

  13. Congrats on all the awards!

    Great post. Yeah, I think with all the pressure to be published, we tend to lose sight of the fact that we are writing because we love it. If nothing ever happens in terms of publishing with my work, I would still write because if I don't do it I am extremely unhappy and grumpy.

    Also I had a baby 4 years ago and it is the best thing ever. For me anyway!

  14. Look at you miss popular! Having babies is awesome but also a lot of hard work. So glad your enjoying writing! That's how it should be :)

  15. Congratulations, Laila! You deserve it.
    And...thank you! I'm touched.
    Which is why I'm not allowed to handle sharp objects.

  16. Wow Laila congratulationsssss darling and thank you kindly for considering me, I would so much appreciate some guidance on how to manage the reciprocation of this award, because you received a lot of awards and I know each one of them has a particular regulation. Thank you and kisses.

  17. Congrats! And, thank you. Also, you can see that I've been a spiratic blogger as of late myself. I'm sooo busy or exhausted.

  18. Congratulations on the awards, lady! I'm still a little skeeved out by the image of a hairy lipsticked man on a stick sitting on your desk, but then I look at my desk and see a skull candle that bleeds out the eyes and a headless Barbie (courtesy of my 4 year old) and think, to each her own. If you decide to have babies, I'm totally throwing you a virtual baby shower.

  19. Congratulations on your awards!

    New follower here. :)

    By the way, I absolutely love your quote at the top of your blog. I majored in Classics and Socrates is one of my favs. :D

  20. wow, congrats on all those fabulous awards.

  21. Great awards! I'm following you courtesy of the pay it forward blog hop - yea, I know...better late than never. LOL!

  22. All those awards are proof you're well loved! Congrats =-)

    I'll leave the stew to you. Never was a fan. But all the other stuff was interesting. Don't give up on the babies. They are what gives purpose to our existence & light to our soul. The best of what we are & what we can be.

  23. Well done on all your awards - blogger star!

    Thanks for the recipe - will have to give that a try. And as for that hairy man on a stick covered in make up? Every desk should have one of those!!

  24. Thanks for the mention, Laila. congrats on all the awards.

  25. You must put a picture of your hairy guy on your blog. It sounds too good not to share.

    "Negotiations are in progress." That sounds ominous. But hopefully ominous in a good way. :)

  26. HEY THERE,

  27. Stopping by from the Blog Hop. I'm a little slow. Nice to know somethings about you. glad tohear your "Hubs" vetoed the cat. I don't like cats unless it's on a cracker. Seriously, though Idon't eat red meat either.

  28. Woohoo! Look at you, Miss Popular! Congrats on your many awards. And to ice the cake, I've got an AWARD for you. <3


  29. Congrats on all those fabulous awards! WOW!
    I can quite empathise with you about children. I am nearing my big 50 and at least I have 2 cats to pour out my maternal instincts on. I hope you win that negotiation. x

  30. You are amazing! Congratulations on a well-deserved award. Renovating, writing AND blogging????

  31. Wow, no wonder it took you a while to get around to doing this post. Very involved! Congrats on all your awards. :) And it was fun learning more about you! (yes, an eggplant IS a really cool color)


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