Saturday, February 26, 2011

A bounty of affection goodness

Apparently my cup does indeed runneth over with good tidings this week. First I discover that my little corner of the blogosphere is nominated for a "Best of Kern" award for best local blog, then the lovely Banjo and Millie bestow upon me the Stylish Blogger Award! I'm once again touched that someone would think so kindly towards my efforts out here on the Interwebs. Thank you so much for the lovely gesture.

Meeting so many wonderful and talented bloggers is the icing on my keyboard cake. So many of you make me think, make me laugh and inspire me in more ways that I can properly articulate. I may not comment on every post, but know that I appreciate what you all bring to the blog party.

The spirit of the award is to thank the blogger who bestowed it upon you, share seven things about yourself and/or your pets, share the award with fifteen other blog sites and let them know. Eventually we'll blanket the entire pet blogosphere with blog fan love!

Let's start with the seven things:
 y   1. My favorite color is purple, which is kind of funny since it's probably the only color not in existence on my site.

2. I'm a sucker for kitschy cat-themed items. I could be the crazy-cat-item collector if I could afford it, and I love getting gifts that have cats on them.

3. We will go our entire lives not having any idea what slew of breeding madness created Darby. He simply defies description, and we've decided to be O.K. with it. If anyone asks his breed, my standard response is SPCA.

4. The Doodlebug becomes instant calm dog if you put a leash on him. Something about giving over all control of his being to the end of a leash settles him down in a way no amount of treats, reassurances or commands can accomplish if he's freaked about something. All we have to do is pop it on him --- holding the other end is optional.

5. The song Mr. Bojangles will forever be linked in my mind to our departed sheltie, Bosco.

6. Speaking of songs, it's well-known in the family that I will take a song (usually some old standard) and change the words so it's about my pets. Then I will sing it to them. Repeatedly. Weebs knows her song so well that she will start purring (and drooling) within the first ten words or so.

7. One of my fantasies is to someday build an old cats home on the property so that old cats who are homeless can have a place to live out their days in peace. On a related note, this fantasy is a huge reason my spouse never buys a lottery ticket, as he's afraid we'd win and this is where the money would go.

Now on to the best part - the fifteen blogs I'd like to award with this lovely offering. If some of these are new to you, check them out, as they are truly great works. In some cases they may have been awarded this honor by someone else, but I find their efforts worthy of additional mention. So, in no particular order, here they are:

Happy Saturday!


Anonymous said...

Congrats!! Point #7 made me laugh!!

Vicky said...

My husband laughs, too. Nervously.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the award. I will display it proudly!

Opie and Opie's Mom

Vicky said...

You are most welcome!

Lori @ According to Gus said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm finally getting a chance to sit down today and this is so exciting! I'm honored.

Once I read that purple was your favorite color, I immediately tried to find it somewhere on your blog. You're purple to be found! Although, the kitty's nose is somewhat purplish. :D

Thanks again...I love your blog and I know I've mentioned before how much I love the design. SO cute!

Vicky said...

Enjoy, Lori!

And I take no credit for how cute the site looks, other than hiring the person who did it for me. It was really pretty reasonably priced and I've loved the look since the day we rolled it out.

Unknown said...

Thank y'all so much for sharin' the Stylish Blog Award with us. We love stoppin' to visit y'all.

My Human's mom loved purple too. My Human Papa likes my Human Momma to wear purple.

Thanks again for the Award!

Hawk aka BrownDog

24 Paws of Love said...

Congratulations on both of your awards! I love the one about 'the breeding madness' that went into creating Darby. I know there's a mix in our breeds that is till a mystery.

Thank you so much for the nomination. It is greatly appreciated.

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! I am honored to be linked to such a fabulous post!! THANK YOU!! Please forgive me if I don't post about the doesn't take away from how much it means to me and how grateful I am!

How did I not know you had a Sheltie? I am so sorry! If I knew I am embarrassed that I forgot.

I also make up songs to my boys, isn't it fun? I sing something new all the time!

Thanks soooo much for your much appreciated support!!

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

oh and congrats to you for being nominated in your community AND for the Stylish blogger award as well! xoxo

Vicky said...

St. Bosco has been gone nearly six years now, Caren, so it's easy for you not to know. I still dream of getting another one someday.

And I certainly understand if you or anyone else doesn't wish to post on the award. No worries. I'm in a particularly grateful mood, so I want to pass along the good vibes, which is really the only important part.

Unknown said...

Following from the blog hop! LOVE your posts. So cute :) Come over and "meet" us at

~Katie, Nugget & Oscar

chandra said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved Stylish Blogger Award, Vicky! I really enjoyed your "seven things" list and I'm rooting for you on the "Best of Kern" award. If you win, I think your husband should buy you a lottery ticket!

-Chandra at Daley's Dog Years

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

We loved your facts! Purple is one of our Mama's favorite colors too. We love that you sing to your pets. Our Mama sings to us, but she's not that creative with the words! She'll just sing, "Sammy-Joe, Sammy-Joe, Sammy-Joe-Joe-Joe," over and over, and things like that!
If we ever win the lotto, we'll make a donation to your homeless cat retirement home! :D

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

thanks so much for understanding! It is hard to keep up with the posts about them.

I would love to see photos of your Sheltie angel one day if you ever want to share :)

Sam said...

Congratulations on your awards! Love #7. That's something I'd dream up, too :)

Kristine said...

Yay! I can comment! You have no idea how excited this makes me. For weeks now my computer has not let me open the comment frame on your site - drove me nuts!

Now that I am finally here there is so much to say...

Thank you so much for the award! And congratulations to you as well. I have always been in love with your site design and am incredibly jealous of your skills.

My favourite colour is purple too. And that is the exact same response I always give when someone asks me what breed my dog is. I say it with pride. :-) Happy Sunday!

Lavi said...

Congrats for the award! You really deserve it.

It's interesting that your dog calms down when the leash is on. But it must be really helpful too.

Have a nice Sunday!

Vicky said...

Thanks everyone!

Caren, I'll definitely post some pics of Bosco. I usually do a yearly tribute in July, but I can dig some up before then.

Kristine, I reported the issue to Blogger, which seemed to get it cleared up. Please let me know if you run into future issues.

Happy Sunday, all :)

Bella and Ollie said...

Congratulations on the award and for sharing the 7 things.
Love from Bella and Ollie

meowmeowmans said...

Congratulations on your stylish award! Thank you for sharing those 7 things; it's always nice to learn about our friends! :)

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

Vicky that would be wonderful! If you want to send me some via email my email is cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com


snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

Hey Vicky,

Thanks so much for the award, I'm truly honoured......and very excited! :)

It was great to read your list of things, Mum wishes I was calm when the lead comes out, but sometimes I've been known to go a little crazy, I can't help it, the excitement gets a little too much!

Thanks again,
Your friend Snoopy :)

Kim Clune - This One Wild Life said...

Congratulations on both awards, Vicky! So very much deserved. I love the list of things about you, especially the song for your cat. Jackson has his own little drool-fest when I say his name over and over, kind of like a song.

And thank you so much for passing this award on to me! I am so very honored.


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