I’m telling myself  “You can do it.  You did it one time before,” but the task seems daunting to me.  How do I accept awards?” ….. Now this ought not be hard, just say what you mean.  Okay, Self, what do you mean?

I mean it when I say thanks to a couple of fantastic bloggers who have nominated me for awards.

First, to Anand for Creative Blogger Award (or was it Versatile Blogger) either way, or both ways, he is the kind of blogger who sends out goodies to us all the time in the form of help and encouragement.  If you haven’t met him yet, don’t wait.  Hop right over to  and see how right I am.

My second special thanks goes to Rashmi at Mind and Life Matters  Rashmi issued several awards.  I accept her Blogger Recognition Award with gratefulness.  If you don’t know Rashmi yet, run right over and participate in whatever Rashmi has going.  Right now she is starting a Limerick Poetry Challenge.  Sounds fun; I’m going  for it.


  1. Write a post to show your award and to give thanks to the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.  Attach the award badge to the post (right click and save, then upload).
  1. Select other blogs you want to give this award to.  Most awards ask for 5 to 15 blogs for you to select.  Keep in mind that awards are a means for recognizing beginning/new bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Generally we do not know how many followers any one has unless they have hundreds in which case, the number is probably on their home page or someplace like that.  Sometimes I look at the archives list to know about how experienced some bloggers are.
  1. Name your nominees.  Provide links to their URL.  Tell something special about them.  Let them know you have nominated them.
  1. Let your readers know you better by listing ten random facts about yourself.


  1. I began my blogging experience in the summer, 2014.  It took me more than a year to publish 100 blogs and get 100 followers.
  2. I am a great-grandmother. From my generation down, kids just keep getting better! (smile)
  3. I am in the process of having a garage sale. Slow and kind of painful work, because I’m really trying to shed a lot of material that is very sentimental to me.
  4. I have collected many old and rare books. They are among the things I’m trying to sell.
  5. I live on one acre of land in the suburbs of Oklahoma City.
  6. My goal in life is to behave as much like Jesus as I can. I find that to be delightfully fulfilling.
  7. I have an artificial aorta valve (metal, not animal). You can find more of that story on my About page in an article called “Why Me?”
  8. I have been married for sixty-two years. Have had plenty of opportunities for either my husband or I to give up but we didn’t.  For that I am deeply thankful.
  9. I stay up too late at night. That I am doing right now.  It is 1:40 AM and I need to be in bed.
  10. I have written Bible studies for the books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. That is rather uncommon.

BEFORE THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT I want to explain what characteristics I considered in making my choice for nominees.  I love creativity, intelligence, humor, beautiful photos, inspiration, content, word choice….It would be impossible to base awards on those things only.  I did try to limit my choices to people who do not seem to have had lots of awards as yet, probably because most are relatively new to the blogging scene.  The archives list for most indicates less than a year of blogging.  In general the people I chose have been active in reaching out to others via of comments on my posts or I have seen them comment on posts of other people.  I want to highlight a particular strength for each of my nominees.  That said, Let’s get on with the show………………..Oh, one more thing, each blogger gets two awards.


  1. Zuzu  Zuzu is a fantastic artist.  Recommend that you read her post Rainy Day Blues.  She muses about who she most wants to please now that she is a grownup.  Notice the powerful question with which she ends her post.
  2. Gradmama 2011  (in Sometimes) who notes in her About that she has a ABD degree. (All But Dissertation).  That is a new expression to me.  She was able to do a limerick using the enjambment device in “Who you calling imperfect?”  And she is a cat lover (great pictures).  Go see
  3. Sarah C at “This N That With Me”  We have contact via writing201.  I love her “imperfect limerick.”
  4. Pancake Bunnykins at  Pancake’s blog is as delightful and enticing as her name.  I recommend starting with her poem, “Sweet Sunshower.”
  5. Father Says See a very thoughtful blog musing the subject of death.  Realistic and wise advice based on his loss of a wife and a close friend.  “Father” tracks his years of marriage and the importance of family.
  6. Faye Roots, Passionate Creative Christian,  Faye writes a daily devotional.  Her blogs are concise, generally about 300 words.  You will find them to be inspirational with challenges to think about.
  7. Debbie L. Follow the Tumble Lees!  Debbie and her husband, Bill, are full time RV travelers.  Follow their pictorial travel log.
  8. Judyjourneys, Another Perfect Daughter, blogs about her journey with an alcoholic father. Her story is outstanding as she amazingly sticks with him through his nursing home experience.
  9. Sinead, “continuing With M.E.” details personal experience of the disease commonly called Chronic Fatigue.  Experience a day with her and her family often with outstandingly beautiful pictures.
  10. Marion G, also writing poetry with the writing201 class.  She is also an overcomer from an abusive, mostly absent, father.
  11. Colette B,  I love Colette’s opening “I Believe” blog.  It is inspirational and filled with wonderful, picturesque figures of speech.

I AM CLOSING this blog, not because I don’t have more wonderful blogs to send you to, but because this is long,  and I want to check my e-mail to see what else awaits me. Thanks again to Anand and Rashmi.





About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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27 Responses to AWARDS GO TO———-

  1. SarahC says:

    Thank you so much 🙂 . I have a hidden message on my blog page Award Free Thanks…..thankful for your likes and your comments as my award, re-ward for my blog. No probs nominating me though! Right now I have another one I got after I posted award free note. They are fun, and I love meeting the new people they bring to me……..Those troublesome hands make it hard to get it all done timely. I may take the 10 random facts about me as blog writing idea soon however 😀 have a great day

  2. oneta hayes says:

    I didn’t notice your “award free” zone. These awards are quite costly in time. I understand. Anyway I may have sent someone your way. Hope so. I appreciate the contacts you make to my blog. See you more in writing201..

  3. Gradmama2011 says:

    thanks so much for the attention you pay me I really appreciate it. Although I dont have an “award free” notice on my blog, I respectfully decline to accept awards because of time restrictions. I am honored at the nomination!
    one thing I need to mention is that I do not have an “ABD”, that is just a description of the status of someone who has completed all their academic requirements for a PHD degree…EXCEPT for their dissertation. this is my situation…

    Unfortunately I did not complete my dissertation within the time limit, so that is what is meant by “all but dissertation.” Thanks again.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, Gradmama, I did understand you ABD. I think it is a clever way to describe your level of education. It is not an easy feat to do the class work for a doctorate. You are to be congratulated. I had to work under a time limit also. I was going to a private University which lost their accreditation because of a loss of funds, a common occurrence in a cash-stressed economy. In order to get an accredited degree, it had to be completed during their last year of accreditation. I understand about not accepting the award. It is very time-consuming. However, making the nomination to you should still send some new folks your way. I hope so.

      • Gradmama2011 says:

        one of the regrets of my life (there aren’t many) is that I didn’t finish the dissertation. I had even completed the dreaded “comps” 🙂 I was beyond the age when I would have done anything with the degree, but it would have felt good just to have it in my filing cabinet drawer with some others.

  4. Congratulations, Oneta!!! You deserved all these awards! Thank you for the nomination too. I really appreciate it. I didn’t get any notifications though, but I always check your posts 😀 Glad I saw it 😀 I will get back to it as soon as possible.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, I understand that these awards often are costly in time, but it is a good way to get some new exposure and say thanks along the way. I also held mine back for a couple weeks or so, just keeping up with other things. I wondered what the best way was to make notifications. I think, however, that most of my nominees are also followers. Hope so, I will keep record for doing something else for anyone who doesn’t respond just in case they do not see. Handle as you see fit, dear.

      • Thank you, Oneta. I will try to find out about this notification problem. I am notified with comments, likes and follows. I’m not sure about the link though. I thought I would receive a ping back or something.

  5. Debbie L says:

    Thank you for such lovely post and nomination! I happily accept, but it will be with several other nominations that are still pending! Initially, I was resistant to this on this blog, but Anand hit me with several, so I just couldn’t resist his Vibrancy!!! Anyway, I plan to accept and share the love!!!

  6. Debbie L says:

    PS, you’ve introduced me to a few new bloggers!!! Love learning about others with whom I have much in common!

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Thanks, Pancake. the last time I made nominees on an award, I think I only got one response. I’m pretty sure I dropped the ball somewhere!

  8. Yinglan says:

    Congratulations, Oneta! I like your ten facts! 🙂

  9. Vibrant says:

    Hello Neta 🙂

    This is a wonderful post with such nice recommendations. You have kind words to say to all and I am amzed by so many things about you, especially the logevity of your marriage. God bless you both! I hope your garage sale gets well too. Don’t work too late in night–not good for your heart!

    I wish you very best. I have shared this article on the social media.

    Have a lovely week ahead.

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Anand, how could we survive without you! You do so much to bring unity and friendship among us. Thanks for the comment on my post. And I do appreciate the exposure on to other social media. I’m on Face Book, but other groups are intimidating to me. Again, thank you.

  10. dawnlizjones says:

    Waa-hoo!! You deserved every award!! Sooo glad for it. And we’re almost neighbors–I live in southern Missouri (come to find out it’s pronounced “missou-RAH”).

  11. oneta hayes says:

    Well rah-rah for MissouRAH! Lol, neighbor.

  12. This is a wonderful post! Thank you for a great read! Glad you chose to accept the award 🙂

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    • oneta hayes says:

      Hi, Debbie. Thank you for the sweet words and for sending your readers my way. I am honored. I also run behind on the “award” honors. They are important and I do like them but I don’t want to “give less than I get.” You are kind. I appreciate you, my traveling friend. I’ve been staying up with your travels pretty well. Thanks for the comments.

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