The Lovely Blogger Award – 7 Clues And 15 Blogs

The Lovely Blogger Award – 7 Clues & 15 Blogs
It’s Award Time – Thank You Kitt Crescendo
  By – Sheri de Grom


          I’ve received the Lovely Blogger Award from the divine Kitt Crescendo. If you are not already a follower of Kitt’s, I urge you to sign up now.  I was hooked from the first blog I read. I don’t remember the title, but it was about a morning kiss . . .

        “Your breath upon my shoulder

           I feel you,

           Skin on skin

           Hold me close,” . . .

          You’ll have to check with Kitt for the next fifteen lines—I believe I tagged her poem as exquisite torture.

          The two-fold purpose of the “Lovely Blogger Award” is for everyone ‘out there’ in the blog world to get to know me better and for me to nominate fifteen bloggers for the award so you can get to know them as well. The rules specify that I tell you seven random things about myself. I can’t imagine why that’s important—but here goes:

I’ve moved 65 times since I left home to attend college. Now that I’m retired, however, my husband and I have lived in our current home for nearly eight years and have no plans to move.

I won my first writing contest at age fourteen with an essay on how I would care for a registered Angus heifer.  My heifer and I went on to win the Kansas State Fair 4-H Best of Show two years in a row. She was turned to pasture the following year with my father’s herd of registered Angus cattle and her off-spring paid for a sizable amount of my college education.

My twenty-year career with the federal government had a nice title with ‘Director’ in front of it. What I really did was ‘take names and kick butt.’ Therefore, I don’t receive many Christmas cards from people I came into contact with during those twenty years.

I’m an advocate for veterans, military health care, concerned citizens regarding the current military drawdown, actively working on a legislative proposal to allow individuals to decide if they want to enroll in Medicare or not, animal rights, and other causes.

I’ve never liked physical file drawers or computer folders. I’m heavily invested in pile management.

I love gardening (especially wildflowers and roses).

Our pets are rescued Shit Tzus.

It’s now my pleasure to nominate fifteen awesome bloggers for the “Lovely Blogger Award.” My selections are in no particular order.

Jordyn Redwood  – Jordon’s blog provides medical facts for the fiction writer. I’m continually amazed at the amount of information available in one blog. Also the book trailer for Proofthe firsts of a trilogy—is a ‘do not miss.’

Nic H. Vidocq  – the pen name of the author of Defrosting Cold Cases – Unsolved Homicides That Haunt Me – You don’t need to be a crime writer to dive into this blog. You’ll come face-to-face with life in the real world. This blog is a satisfying mixture of investigations, guest posts, book reviews, and active discussions.

Kearney was one of my earliest followers and I’ve been loyal to her since day one. She certainly didn’t need for me to follow her back. Her followers are ever so impressive! I love her blog, A Detailed House. Kearney passes along architectural details and points out important design features. Even when a suggestion might not be right for my home or for the home of a friend, I never know when it might be perfect for one of my characters or spark a new idea. Kearney certainly doesn’t need me to nominate her for an award. Check out the award category on her blog. It’s no wonder so many of us love her blog. I think you will too.

Patricia Yager Delagrange  – I first met Patti and her blog thru the Women’s Fiction Group to which I belong. It’s an on-line group and Patti is always supportive of everyone. I started following her blog before I had one of my own. I watched her dedication to posting regularly and her range of subject matter from endangered species, the love of her family, her special regard for the environment, and her tireless efforts to promote her debut novel, Moon Over Alcatraz.

Catie Rhodes  – Catie’s blogs have given me the creeps and caused me to turn all the lights on. I also have to double check the doors and the alarm system. The stories Catie brings to life wouldn’t be so scary, but for the fact that, more often than not, they’re true stories. Check out Catie’s blog. You’ll be amazed by the quality of research she puts into each post. She leaves no doubt in the readers mind that what she writes is historically factual.

Betty Bolte  – Betty’s blog provides me with a glimpse into the lives of extraordinary young American woman of the early 1800’s. Much of what she publishes on her blog is specific to research she’s conducted, often on location, regarding actual heroines of yesteryear.

Lesley Carter    – Looking for something to do, searching for things to put on your bucket list, or perhaps you’d like to submit an item concerning your own travels? If so, this blog is for you. Lesley is an adventure addict who quotes Eleanor Roosevelt. Even if you’re not looking for adventure, you can find an idea for the next scene you need to write on Lesley’s blog. This is the place to be if you want to get the brain cells rocking.

Sebastian   – Sebastian is a non-denominational Christian minister. I invited Sebastian into my blogging life where he spreads God’s Word. I find comfort, hope, and peace when I’m often frustrated and feeling alone. This week I found in his blog the words I needed to see and hear more than I have on any day in a long time. Sebastian reminded me, “We Have Devine Protection.”

NY Parrot  – A heartfelt representation of photo journalism at its best. Take note of: “What If God Was One Of Us?” I’m continually amazed by the talent available with blogs.

Paige Erickson  – The Nice Thing About Strangers – This interesting blog is a collection of photos and stories compiled from years of travel and the strangers occupying the same space as Paige. This is a new take on sharing our planet.

Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi   – I subscribed to this blog before I knew what a blog was. I simply knew I wanted access to the information Angela and Becca compiled. I also knew I wanted their Emotion Thesaurus as soon as it was available. I’ve not been disappointed. It’s a keeper on the bookshelf near where I work. I can’t imagine any writer being without the tools Angela and Becca provide.

Patrick Latter   – This blog is filled with amazing photography plus Patrick shares the tricks of his trade. Not only can you find out about the technicalities of cameras (just in case you have a character in need of such information) but you can also go on beautifully photographed hikes with Patrick.

Mary Metcalfe    – The commitment to blog, write, and publish book reviews creates moments when I’d like to crawl under my desk. Then I meet authors like Mary—a woman I feel I’ve known my entire life. A must read is her blog posting of September 5, 2012 wherein Mary talks of leaving behind a guaranteed pay check to live her own life—a life of writing, publishing, and marketing. And, if you haven’t read Winds Of Change, what are you waiting for? I’m reading it now and I’ve fallen in love with this character driven story. Don’t wait for my review. Buy it now and we’ll discuss it when I post my review. 

Andrea J. Wenger : Write With Personality   – Andrea’s blog is a writer’s paradise and, as stated in its title, it has personality. Learning and rethinking craft is much the same as discussing writing over a cup of coffee with a friend. The topics are varied and relevant at multiple skill levels.

Tom Adair   – Tom is the author of The Scent of Fear and his blog is not only informative but entertaining. Once again, even if you are not a crime writer, there’s abundant information on Tom’s blog to spark your thinking in many directions. Tom’s a retired senior criminalist who truly knows his subject. You will not be getting your information from a televised rerun of CSI. His blog site offers dozens of links useful to writers and readers alike.

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen—my fifteen nominations for the “Lovely Blogger Award.” I think of this award as one going out to individuals that put the best of themselves into their blogs. They share with others and pay it forward. We all learn from the collective wisdom.

Nominees—the balls are in your court—the decisions are yours. It’s your turn to tell us seven random things about yourselves and then to nominate fifteen fellow bloggers upon whom to bestow the award. You may also post the “Lovely Blog” symbol on your blog.

I’ve discovered how much work goes into receiving an award such as this, but I’ve also discovered more about individuals I follow and that has been a real treat. I sincerely hope you’ll have the time and desire to tell us a little about yourself and the blogs you’d like to share.

Note – the photos above were taken by my husband, Tom de Grom, and in my garden.


About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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31 Responses to The Lovely Blogger Award – 7 Clues And 15 Blogs

  1. Hello Jeanne – You know, I still get a flip in my stomach when I’m nominated for a blogging award. I’ve only been blogging since December and feel so very new at learning my way. I’m humbled when someone believes I’m deserving of an award and it’s such a wonderful way for us to meet other bloggers that we might not meet any other way. I met Patty, The American Woman, reading an award blog that someone else was passing on and thought the name of her blog sounded interesting and then I found your name through her blog or the other way around. The connections that come out of the awards are the best part of all. I absolutely love it. Thanks for jumping in.

  2. A belated congratulations, Sheri! Loving every visit here. So appreciate you and all your friends! Awesome blogging going on! 🙂

  3. Aw Shucks, Kitt. Tom and I met on a blind date (neither one of us been on one before and both tried to cancel at the last minute). We met when I was assigned to an office out of Monterey, CA and he rapping up his military career teaching Organizational Effectiveness. We could have easily missed each other then but for a mutual friend. Once we met on the date, we both broke off all other dating with others without knowing how the person ‘really felt’ and we’ve been together – coming up on 30 years to the day we first met. I believe in destiny and relationships set forth by heavenly guidance. I think from reading your blogs that you and your husband have just such a relationship.

  4. Hi Kit – I’ll admit, I was concerned when I didn’t have a response from you regarding ‘The Lovely Blogger Award.’ I wanted you to know I sincerely appreciated your nominating me. And, it took me a bit of time to put my list of 15 together. I wanted a diverse group. Again – thank you for nominating me.

    The 3 countries and 7 states are just the places we had storage lockers. I’ve actually lived in 12 countries and 32 states — all due to my career with the excepetion of the last 4 moves. It took us awhile to decide where we wanted to call home after moving around so much. Most of my moves within the United States (with the exception of Monterey, CA and Washington, DC were short). Foreign assignments normally were 18 months or more and included: Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Spain, England, Austria, France, and Protugal. Tom and I both want to tour Ireland, Scotland and Whales and we’ve always talked of going back to other countries where I lived but wasn’t married to Tom at the time. An interesting note for Tom and I is that we both lived in Germany at the same time, just a few K’s apart, and never met. We’ve also talked that we wouldn’t have been right for each other at that time so we consider it devine that we met at the perfect time some 15 years later.

    • That’s wonderful! Oddly, Germany was one of the places we were stationed, also. We lived there for 3 years. You know, I love that you and Tom had the whole so close yet so far thing going on. Isn’t funny how that can happen? But when the timing is right…voila! Romantically serendipitous.
      Again, sorry I missed it earlier, but so glad I found it now! You are one very interesting woman!

  5. Sheri- first let me say I am soooo sorry that I’m just now seeing this. I think your track back somehow got thrown into my spam thingie. I know, such a technical word, right? In the past I’ve always been able to find your posts through my reader, but not lately, so I’ve subscribed via email so I don’t miss one again. Thank you for taking the time to do the blogger award!

    Now on to the good stuff…
    Wow…you’ve moved a lot! You make my 11 seem like child’s play. I saw in your answer to Mae that your travel includes 7 states and 3 countries. Which 3 countries? I love hearing people’s takes on their time overseas. You always learn something and often fall in love with certain aspects of those countries. Did I ever tell you that in high school I used to want to be an attorney? I love that you kicked butt and took names! And I’m not at all surprised, by the way!

    Again, sorry I was so late to the party and thank you so much for playing!

  6. Mae Clair says:

    Congrats on the award, Sheri. I loved learning more about you. So, um, you moved 65 times since college. Sixty-five times?!?!?!? OMG. My head is spinning over that one. I am so glad you and Tom and the pups are settled now. 🙂

    • Yes, Mae. It’s good to never save a box for a collectible and wonderful not to have storage units in 7 states and 3 foreign countries. Tom and I often laugh — we actually had to down-size when we moved into our ‘permanent home’ and put everything into one place. I’d forgotten over the years what I already owned. Each day was like a treasure hunt and something new still occasionaly turns up.

  7. nyparrot says:

    Dear Sheri, Congratulations on your Award, and THANK YOU so much for nominating me:-). I accept this beautiful nomination with a pounding heart and a deep appreciation for this honor. It will take a while for me to accept this Award properly, but I will do my best to make it happen as soon as time allows!! God Bless!
    Much love from New York! Glasha

    • Glasha – I’m thrilled you accepted the award. Don’t worry about the time element in responding with your list. I believe it took me three weeks to a month. I love your blog and the photo journalism is among the best I’ve ever seen. The photos are exquisite and your thoughts provide a smooth transition. I’ve gone back and read your posts many times over. It was indeed a pleasure to nominate you in my top 15. Your blog deserves to be shared with our expanding world. Sheri

  8. Natalie – Yep, it was my career that moved me all the time. I never knew where I was going from one assignment until the next. I loved it–and then I met Tom and decided it was time to maybe not move around so much. But–we still moved 8 times before we settled in our current location. I have to say Tom was as responsible as I was for 5 of those moves since we made them after I retired–we couldn’t figure out where we wanted to live. And, it’s nice being nominated for an award by a peer. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Congrats on the award Sheri. So deserving. And I LOVE getting to know you better. Moved 65 times is wild…and LOVE pile management. LOL!! Wonderful list and now I can’t wait to spend some time getting to know your nominees…squeee!!!

  10. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to check out some of your nominees. You are deserving of this award that is for sure, you are a blessing to my day! 😀 – Patty

    • Thanks, Patty. I haven’t forgotten the Super Sweet Award you were so kind to send my way. It’s a warm fuzzy to receive an award from a fellow blogger and I know you have dozens and dozens. I found you when Sebastian nominated you for an award on his blog. And, from your blog, I’ve been blessed to meet up with additional great bloggers. It’s interesting to me how the blogging world goes around. And, to meet up with another military wife — what a bonus. Blessings.

      • thoughtsfromanamericanwoman says:

        This blogging world sure is not what I thought it would be! It is a wonderful community of kindred spirits!

  11. Sheri, what a wonderful award and shout out–thank you so much! I am thrilled to know that the blog and book have been a help to you!

    And there are a few blogs here I didn’t know about, but from your descriptions, I should be visiting–thanks so much for profiling all of these and linking so I can make some new discoveries!

    Happy writing!


    • Angela – I never delete your blog without reading and more often than not, I print the information out. Of course, it’s now wonderful to have a lot of it in book format. The ‘Emotion Thesaurus’ will definitely make great Christmas presents this year. Thanks so much for stopping by. I thought many individuals that read my blog might not be connected to your marvelous blog – no thanks necessary from you and Becca. The pleasure is mine.

  12. Thank you, Sheri. Not just for the award but for the huge compliments. It means a lot coming from an accomplished author.

    See you on Twitter, V

  13. Thank you so much Sheri! When I think of the amount of time you spent researching and assembling this, I am humbled to be among the 15. I, too, go to your postings as soon as I see them, often pausing to get a fresh cup of coffee or tea to enjoy as I read. Thank you so much!

    • Mary, you are more than welcome. I think this blog took me longer to put together than any I’ve worked on — but it was worth it to have the opportunity to pass it along to 15 amazing bloggers. It’s amazing how much I learned about each individual as I took the time to explore each blog, the extras everyone puts into their own creations, that made me want to do more than just list the names. I always look forward to your blog.

  14. CONGRATULATIONS! It’s so interesting to learn more about each other.

  15. Well, Sheri, you cannot imagine my surprise when I saw my name on your list of nominees. Thank you so much. I’m so flattered and humbled that you would include me in your selection. I am honored. And I will work on creating my own list to “pass it on”.
    Thank you so much.

  16. Sheri, I would say that yours is one of the first posts I read each time I go to mail. I have many that I subscribe to that fall off … one of my favorite group blogs is Writers In The Storm, a worthwhile read for inspiration, information and just plain fun. Thanks … and oh yes … awards can give us great pause 🙂

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