Marcia Strykowski

One Lovely Blog Award

Many thanks to Dtills fromInvisible-No-More” for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Be sure to take a trip over to her place for gorgeous pictures, food, and inspiration.

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
4. Nominate 15 people to do the award

I was really stumped to come up with 7 things about myself (part of my excuse for the delay in posting) so I decided to turn it into a list of my favorite things. Here we go.

My favorite weather is 73 degrees, blue skies, not too breezy, with plenty of puffy white clouds.When I think of favorite foods, apple pie à la mode quickly pops into mind even though I haven’t had a slice in quite some time. I usually eat pretty healthy, but today it seems I’m thinking about junk food. Some of my favorites:A few of my favorite recording artists from the old days are Van, Willie, Norah, and Neil. I enjoy all kinds of music from classical to contemporary.Since I’m looking back a few years, here are a few of my favorite classic novels: My favorite jobs, past and present, include working at a public library, a long ago job in publishing as a textbook art editor, and writing and illustrating stories for children. You’ll find a slaphappy librarian on the job, at right.

Thinking of my favorite animals usually brings to mind the same ones that sneak into my writing—marine animals—harbor seals, puffins, orcas, and then a moose or two thrown in for good measure.

I’ve saved the best for last. The most important aspects of my life always come down to family and friends.

And now for my nominees! I’ve seen the rules stated two different ways, sometimes nominating 10 people and sometimes 15, so I’m going with ten. There are so many wonderful blogs out there, but it’s not easy coming up with names I haven’t already nominated in the past, therefore some of these are rather new, to me.

As always, there is absolutely no pressure to play along, completely optional, just wanted to give a shoutout to your lovely blogs!

A Voice From Iran
Tea is a Wish Your Heart Makes
Little Lilly Meets the World
NovElla&BanannaBelle
Annika Perry
The Dire-Diarist
In Diane’s Kitchen
Watching the Daisies
Agatha Rodi
The Orangutan Librarian

 

54 Comments

  1. That was a great modification, Marcia, and you have some great favorites. We can meet to indulge in some junk food anytime. 😀 Congrats on the award!

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  2. I love your favourite things! You make a very happy librarian.

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    • It’s a fun job. 🙂 I use the cart when I shift my books-to-be-cataloged upstairs to work at the reference desk.

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  3. I love learning a little more about Marcia, especially the apple pie a-la-mode. 😀

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    • Some apple pies are so much tastier than others depending on both crust and filling. My husband used to make fantastic pies before I went gluten free. I think the best ones I’ve found since are made by the Maine Pie Company. 🙂

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  4. Congratulations Marcia I can’t think of a more deserving lovely blog than yours! I’m looking forward to checking out your nominated blogs. They are all new to me so it will be fun.
    Your favourite weather is also mine, and your choices of junk food would suit me just fine. I do try to eat healthily but sometimes bad is good

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    • It was interesting to figure out what foods made the cut. I mean, I haven’t had a chocolate-covered cherry in years! I’ll have to remedy that. Thanks, Barbara!

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  5. Louise

    Congratulatons! Your blog deserves recognition.

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  6. That’s the loveliest blog award post I’ve ever seen. Beautiful photos and wonderful words. I’d love to see the slaphappy librarian at work!

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  7. I love your take on the blog rules. Congrats!

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    • I’d rather switch them up a bit than not take part altogether! 🙂

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  8. andykimbel23

    Hi Marcia, You have a beautiful blogs posts, Great posts.

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  9. I love reading this type of post because it helps connect all of us. I think I knew you worked in a public library (so do I!), and it was fun to see you on the job! Book carts are basically the same wherever you are, aren’t they? Happy reading, writing and blogging!

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    • Yes, book carts don’t change too much. My favorite one is in the picture as I have a bit of trouble ‘driving’ the bigger ones. 🙂 Thanks so much, fellow librarian!

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  10. Marcia, this is lovely…well done on your award. Lovely to get to know you more 🙂
    I remember some of those classics !

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    • It’s funny how once I decide what my favorites are, whether they be books, movies, songs, etc. the same list comes to mind years later. Brings back good memories, I guess. Thanks, Lynne!

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  11. Marcia, a delight to read about your favourite things – after all rules are made to be broken!! 😀😀 I love all the books you mention and am currently watching Anne wIth an E on Netflix and loving it ….the series captures more of her darker back story than I recall from the book. Yeah…your last thing must surely be everyone’s- what is life without family and friends?! Hugs 😀❤️

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    • Great to hear your thoughts on Anne with an E, I’m hoping to find it on DVD (or internet) soon and looking forward to it. Thanks, Annika! 🙂

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  12. Congrats on your nomination, Marcia! You deserve it! By far one of your most enjoyable blog posts for me! You always master the essence of your subject and include wonderful photos to compliment the post.

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  13. A lovely post, Marcia. I enjoyed reading about your 7 favourite things. It reminded me on the song from The Sound of Music.

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    • Oh, I hadn’t thought of that. I should have listed favorite movies, too, and included The Sound of Music! 🙂

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  14. Congratulations Marcia. I love your answers. I am very fond of Nature especially the sea… Unfortunately I am award free but I really appreciate the nomination. 🌼

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  15. Hi Marcia– Love the post! Fun to learn a little more about you. Studying your family picture– What was the occasion?? That’s a whole lot of people! And we have the same musical favorites– Van Morrison and Norah Jones are pretty much on repeat around here… And– love your perfect weather photo– would love to be there at 73 degrees!! (It was 105 in Brea yesterday!). Always love checking in on your blog Marcia. hugs!

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    • Thank you, Rhonda! The occasion of the big group picture was a combined 90th birthday celebration for my parents. They are sitting front center. 🙂 Stay cool out there!

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      • That’s wonderful Marcia– I’m sure they felt loved and honored. I love it when the family all comes together. It’s not often enough! xox

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  16. Anonymous

    Great blog and comments!

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  17. Congratulations – you have a lovely blog. Thanks so much for the nomination!

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  18. Ashley

    Well deserved award, your bright and cheerful blog is like a breath of fresh air!!

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    • Thanks so much, Ashley. It’s readers like you that keep it going!

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  19. So glad you got the award, Marcia, and also glad we get to hear about some of your favorite things!

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  20. hehe I love how specific your favourite weather is- sounds perfect! I genuinely love all of those books! Thank you so much for the nomination!

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  21. Congratulations on your accomplishment! You have a very nice blog, and truly deserve this! I followed you to show my support of your continued growth. I’d love for you to stop by to support my blog if you can. ❤

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  22. Bette Norton

    Congratulations on your “One Lovely Blog Award.” I love learning all about your favorite things with great pictures to go with them! You certainly deserve this award. Your posts are so well written with a lot of thought to detail. The beautiful pictures add so much to create interesting and colorful posts. I always look forward to what you are going to post next! Congratulations again! 🙂

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  23. Wow, this is such a great post, Marcia! Thanks for nominating me, and thanks for sharing your top 7 favourite things cause I get to know you more. Have a nice day, my friend! xoxox

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    • You’re welcome, I hope you are having a wonderful week, as well, Lilly!

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  24. I love the same kind of weather as you! I also love being a librarian. 🙂 Pizza and chocolate are some of my favorite treats to eat. Fun to learn more about you. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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