Jun 1, 2009

Awards and recognitions

DISCLAIMER: Last week I was awarded with 3 very important recognitions by fellow bloggers. I have waited until now to post about them because I finally have had time to actually sit down and calmly talk about them and the prestigious trophies they bestowed.

The past days at work have been quite stressful, long hours and tediously hot on the sound stage. I guess the sleep deprivation from the past weeks of work, personal issues involving my son's schooling and general yard-long concerns of red-taped nature, have all piled up on each other. Each little problem, big or small, has contributed to this delay. For that I apologize.

Drumroll, please.

This award was personally handed to me by one of it's worthy initial recipients, Ces of Ces and Her Dishes. This award was created in honor of Renee, one human being who has made such a difference in the lives of many just by being. Her honestly, wit, intelligence, and grit are a tremendous source of inspiration. She can elicit raucous laughter and guffaws in her banter, and then turn right around and offer the most heartfelt, gentle words of wisdom and emotional support. She is a spreader of love, simple and true. And her love is infectious.
This is a brand new award, and I have the pleasure and honor of continuing to spread the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds its way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…"

This is why I love blogging because I meet brilliant, gifted and talented people. So I am happy to give this award to oak trees, whose acorns spread copious love, words and exquisite thoughts:

Rosaria of Sixtyfivewhatnow
Nihal of CrossRoads

David McMahon of Authorblog
Maryann of Finding La Dolce Vita
Edoardo of Clouds and Silvery Linings

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The second award I was given was from sweet Distracted By Shiny Objects of A Tidings of Magpies and it "goes to fellow bloggers who visit frequently and raise spirits with their kind words of encouragement, their beautiful images and their wonderful outlook on life. They make blogging a positive experience and continue to make life richer."

Distracted says,"Please feel free to pass this award along to your friends. I ask that you do name them but you don't have to link to them. Just stop by their blogs and let them know you've given them this award."

I pass this acknowledgement on to ALL my blog friends, you know who you are. I will not list them all in order to end this post in a timely manner. Just feel free to browse my blogroll...

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My third award this week was kindly handed over by Eddie Bluelights of Clouds and Silvery Linings. It is the prestigious Premios Dardos Literary Award.
I was highly honoured to receive this award "for services to literature, requiring deep thinking, innovation and taking risks whilst writing." I am humbled by Eddie's generous gesture and his kind words of praise.

I am pleased to pass on this award to a delightful blogger whom I have known for a while. She writes exceptionally well, involves her readers with her soft spoken posts, and superb writing, triggers emotional response, is a fabulous photographer, an excellent mother, a delightfully generous blogger, and a dear friend.
I am happy to present the PREMIOS DARDO LITERARY AWARD to Lori Ann of Lori Times Five.
She will be picking this up when she returns from her African adventure. Read all about it next week...

ciao my friends, blogging changed my life...


  1. nice. love the way you put the acorn award..."the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…"

    well deserving of these awards lola! blogging has changed my life as well. hope your days are filled with joy.

  2. Lola:

    I just now noticed that you added me to your blogroll. How nice! I have done the same for you (and, since you're from Italy, you have your very own category all to yourself - at least until I get another blogging friend from Italia!)

  3. Congrats on all your recent awards and I'm off to visit those bloggers you're passing them along too!

  4. Congratulations to you and to the other winners! Well deserved. **applause**

  5. thanks for leaving a comment on my blog..kind words....

    I've been by before and enjoyed my stay..sorry to hear someone close t you suffers...I think it must be a worse trial for the people around as there isn't anything they can do really, but listen.

    I stay on a low maintenance dose and I'm fine, 3 years now...its coming off them sometimes isnt worth it...but everyone is different so its hard to do anything but listen...hard work though..because its only about the sufferer not anyone else...its a selfish illness.

    hold on...

  6. Dearest friend Lola
    A little bird from Ilaly informed me that my presence was required here from my self imposed exile on Mt Elba.
    I am very honoured to receive the Renee Award and I am futher honoured to be included in such distinguished company as a co-recipient. I thereby lift my trophy high into the air and will take it all the way back to England where it will be nailed to my side panel.
    I therefore expect my little acorn to grow before all eyes into a huge oak tree and then I shall pass on its fruit, the award to one or more of my talented bloggy pals.
    As for the other prize, "The uplifting Blogger Award" I am very pleased to receive this as well for two reasons:
    a) the honour of receiving it from one so lovely, talented, creative, a genius in the kitchen . . . .etc
    b) to balance the other one so I can carry them under each arm. Otherwise I would walk lob-sided and look a blithering idiot!

    Lola, thank you again.
    Also, I thank you for your kind words and support. Your friendship is very special to me.

  7. Congratulations, Lola! Bravo! Well deserved.

  8. Congratulations, Bella Lola! Enjoy your time in the limelight and take a bow (or curtsy). Well done you.xx♥

  9. Congratulations, Lola. They are well-deserved!

  10. Congratulations Lola!!! You are so well-deserving of these commendations!! So tickled that you have been recognized by so many of your blogging friends and peers! Hurrah! ~Janine XO

  11. It sounds like it has been rough for you lately. May your vigor be renewed this week and I pray things work out with your son's schooling.

  12. You know, it's a fairly common word but it comes from an honest place for me. When I think of you the word lovely comes to mind. I see you around the blogging world and everywhere you've been it's as though you've left your scent having just exited the room. Lovely, it says. Apparently I'm not the only one who think so.

    Hope all sorts its self out in work and with school. You deserve a little easy for a while.

  13. Congratulations on your much deserved recognition.

    All the best wishes for you and your son.

    Sleep well.

  14. Congrats, girl.

    loved the drum roll and lights moment. so dramatic. ;)


  15. Lola I was laughing at the small print on the botoom 'blogging changed my life' you are so fun and funny.

    Thank you for your wonderful words here but mostly in your comment today about it being our birthday.

    Love Renee xoxoxo

  16. This calls for champagne!

    I am happy happy happy! to hear you have received this recognition that seems made for you darling.Enjoy your awards and ignore those heat waves (weather changes)school worries(children grow)and sleep problems (um, that I can't say here, will send you an email asap)!

    and now i'm tiptoeing up to accept my award,maybe no one will see me blush :)

    Thank you Lola.
    thank you.

  17. I just saw your nomination for me earlier in May at POTD! Thank you!!

  18. Hi Lola,
    I've had network issues. Thanks for the lovely award. It is an honor, especially coming from you.

  19. What a lovely gallery of awards from other lovely people. That's one of the nicest things about blogging. You have the ability to connect with so many people you would never otherwise have the chance to meet.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us so freely.

  20. Ohhh you, again you sweet Lola, the kind heart of Italia:)

    Truly an honor to get this award. Thank you very much.

    Yep, blogging has has changed my life as well. And I believe I changed the ideas of some readers who come to read me. A very good shopping, don't you think so. Free-of-charge and nothing can be replaced:) Plus, it allowed me to meet many amazing people -absolutely you are one of them!

    You too enjoy your all awards, a very cliché, surely you deserved.

    Hope your work goes allrite. Lots of Love from the heart. See ya again here at your nice smelling house:)