The Lovely Blog Award

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Clash of the Season, November, 2014

Clash of the Season, November, 2014

Over the last month I have been nominated three times for a Lovely Blog Award. With life being the roller coaster that it is, it’s taken me until now to publicly say a big thank you to each of the following women for doing me that honor. Thank you to: Kathy Pooler, Mary Gottschalk, and Janet Givens. I so appreciate your encouraging support.

This award is wonderful way to honor folks we admire.  There are what are called “rules” but they’re easy and no one who is nominated must respond or take part in moving it forward if they choose not to. This is not meant to overwhelm or make more work for anyone.

The rules:

Name and thank those who nominated you.

Share 7 things about yourself that others may not know.

Nominate 15 bloggers (or as many as you like) that you would like to pass the nomination on to.

Contact those bloggers and let them know that you have nominated them.

Just remember, we all know how life is and that we all sit in the shadow of overwhelm. So forgive my lateness in responding and let me say to those that I nominate below, that this is just my way of saying, “I love you and your blog. You don’t need to do anything more except keep blogging.”

Seven things about me:

1. Yesterday I turned 72 years old. I was born on November 17th, 1942, nine months after my parents married on Valentine’s Day of that same year.

2. My maiden name is Zabski, hence the Z. as my middle initial. In means FROG in Polish. I collect frogs of all sorts … not live ones. In junior high my friends called me “Froggy.”

3. Bill, my husband, and I will celebrate our 50th year of marriage on June 19, 2015. We dated each other for two years before we got married and we still love each other madly, most of the time. 🙂

4. I have two kids, Mark and Lisa. Lisa has presented me with 2 grandkids, Zoe and Noah. Mark has brought me a step-granddaughter, Casey McCarty.

5. Bill doesn’t allow me to go to the SPCA alone. My secret wish has been to have a place where I can take in homeless animals … dogs, cats, horses, whatever shows up. I’m doing my best with 2 dogs and 1 cat on a city lot. Beyond that, divorce. 🙁

6. I can be a bit of an overachiever. In fitness classes I often injure myself because I think I can do what the 25 year old working out next to me is doing.

7. I’m a bookaholic. If you need some reading material, come visit and take some books with you when you leave. But only the ones I’ve already read.

Now it’s time to pay the honor forward to other bloggers. I follow these folks on a regular basis. They inspire me and bring me new things to contemplate every time they blog. I hope you’ll visit them and enjoy them as much as I do.

Marian Beaman, at
Val Boyko, at
Laurie Buchanan, at
Linda Hoye, at
Jeri Leach, at
Jennifer Louden, at
Sherrey Meyer, at
Lisa Rough, (my daughter), at
Becca Rowan, at
Dorothy Sanders, at
Shirley Showalter, at
Krista Tippet, at





  1. Tha is so much for mentioning my blog, Joan. Having been a recipient of this award a few times in recent months too you’ve inspired me to pay it forward with a post of my own. Stay tuned for some links to blogs I enjoy too!

    • Thanks, Linda. I love reading about your lifestyle of simplicity and appreciation for what is important. Plus, your dog is so adorable. If you ever find her missing, you might come lookfor her at my house. 🙂

  2. Joan … Your award is well deserved … your blog is always inspirational …. and thanks for the references to a couple of wonderful sites I wasn’t aware of.

    • Mary, Thank you for your kind words. I find your blog inspirational as well and am glad to be in your fine company!

  3. Joan, your blog is very inspirational and deserving of this award! Thanks for sharing your list of bloggers to check out.

  4. Joan — Oh my gosh, I loved learning those interesting this about YOU. Happy belated birthday!

    Thank you for nominating me for the Lovely Blog Award. I see I’m rubbing shoulders with some mighty wonderful bloggers — I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.

    • Joan Rough says:

      Thanks, Laurie. And your welcome. Yours is one of the amazing blogs that I love to flow. You always inspire my brain to work.

  5. I learned a little bit more about you today- although I’m not at all surprised about your desire for a menagerie, or that you’re a bookaholic 😉 Congratulations on your birthday, and your upcoming anniversary! And thank you for including me as one of the bloggers you “love”. I am honored.

    • Thanks so much, Becca. I do love your blog and that we’ve been hanging out for such a long time. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Give your little dogs a special pat from one more admirerer!

  6. Somehow I haven’t been receiving notification of new posts, so I am re-subscribing, Joan. I guess I am one of the casualties of the switch to a new website. Or some other quirkiness!

    I am planning to respond to your kind nomination in my Wednesday, Dec. 3 post. Thank you for the nomination: I am pleased to be named among those in this august group. I too have been nominated before, but have not found the time until now to follow through.

    The most intriguing thing about this award is the fascinating things I learn about writers I follow. I will mention 4 on your list: I am older than you by one year, my true love and I have been married for 47 1/2 years, I have two children also – a boy and a girl, and I have an unusual maiden name: Longenecker to your Zabski!

    One more thing: We have placed Aunt Ruthie’s schnauzer Fritzie into a good home just in time for Thanksgiving. We hear he will be getting a Christmas stocking too.

    • Marian,

      I’m glad you’ve resubscribed. There is always some problem with our technology. Hope it works.

      I also enjoy learning new things about those I follow. It’s always amazing to me that we have so many things in common besides the writing. We are not alone in this world and that’s comforting.

      I’m glad to hear that Fritzie has a good new home, especially one where he’ll get a Christmas stocking.

      I hope you’ll have a wonderful holiday season!

  7. Joan, you Lovely Blogger you. Congrats on being named yourself, and thank you so much for adding my name to the great list above. I decided to respond in a rather unorthodox way with today’s blog post. Hope you enjoy.

  8. Thanks so much, Shirley. I love being included in such wonderful company and so appreciate your support and encouragement as I work toward getting my book published. I so appreciate you!


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