Jun 15, 2009

Splashing into summer

I have to start this with an apology.

It's been a very long time since I last surfed my way through my lovely blog roll. Before it all went pear shaped, I would religiously post, read and comment like a pro. During the course of a new job which exponentially took over my life, I foolishly thought I could juggle 14-hour work days with mothering a toddler, making ends meet in the family budget, entertaining a suspicion of a social life, managing with the laundry and dirty dishes AND blogging. It turns out I did not.

Days are too short and mommy needs a clone.

A few weeks ago I was bestowed a lovely award by a bloggie buddy whom I dearly care for. Now that my work engagement has been absolved, I have finally carved out the time necessary to tell you about this new addition that adorns my sidebar.

Karen of Border Town Notes is among my dear African continent blogger friends. She posts about her places and her days in Botswana - one of the world's most intriguing, fascinating and beautiful countries - with grace and love. Go visit her site and immerse yourself in the magic that is sub-Saharan Africa. A very powerful magnet.

The Splash Award is given to "alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive and inspiring blogs". Thank you very much, mermaid Karen!

I wish to pass this onto 9 worthy blogs and they are:

100 Words from Dublin

A Woman of No Importance
Angela Recada - Art-Life-Stories
Chef Chuck's Cucina
Food Glorious Food... and life in general
NYC/Caribbean Ragazza

Brew some coffee. Take off your shoes. Slip into something comfy and read on.



  1. Lola, thanks so much! You certainly deserve this award, as well. And I am fascinated by Botswana, so I will certainly be visiting Karen, as well, along with your other picks, except for NYC/Caribbean Ragazza, as I've long been a fan of hers and I visit there whenever I can in any case! Happy Monday!

  2. And there you have the title for your next blog...Mommy Needs A Clone.
    Oh wait, you don't have time for this one, never mind.
    Glad to have you back even for a minute Lola.

  3. There you are! I've been thinking about you and waiting for your re-entry to the blogosphere. I've missed your lovely words...and drooling on my computer screen.

  4. Congratulations on the very beautiful award.
    It's okay to rest from blogging..... there are no rules and you are the only person who knows what is good for you.

    take care and best wishes

  5. Ciao Lola! Always happy to hear from you when you have a chance! I am constantly struggling with feeling like I never get enough done. I don't know if it more the nature of my life or my personality that always drives me to do more. But hang in there! You're doing a stellar job! Mmm... making some iced tea as I type... ready to check out some new blogs! Grazie!

  6. Lola,

    Thanks for the award! Life gets a little crazy at times. of the list, while missing your posts, I am glad the blog was the one neglected. Being a mommy is important and I am sure E loves every minute.

    Hope life slows down a bit for you to catch your breath and enjoy the days. Look forward to stopping back by soon!


  7. Grazie Mille Lola!!

    I'm going to check out those blogs except for Jen's of course. I've been a long time fan of her beautiful writing.

  8. Lola, bellissima, now take your shoes off and don`t do anything but listen. You`ll certainly feel refreshed and energetic afterwards!
    I`m thinking of you!

  9. So glad you're back! I've missed your thoughtful posts and comments. I always learn so much from you.

  10. Welcome back! I was so happy to see that you had posted again, and then completely taken by surprise by the lovely award. Thank you so much!

    I know I'm stating the obvious, but blogging should always, always take a back-seat to other aspects of life, especially mothering. My 6'4" son just graduated from high school and still needs his mama, whether he admits it or not. And, surprisingly, sometimes he does admit it!

    Thanks again, dear Lola,

  11. Nothing to forgive but all to love.

    Glad your back.


  12. For a minute there I was afraid you were going to say you were giving up blogging! Just glad to have you back(ish). You are back(ish)?

    Always pleased to have you 'round.

    Congratulations on your new bling.

  13. Ciao Lola, I want to thank you for making my blog one of the 9 worthy.
    Grazie Grazie!

  14. Congratulations on your award. It's much deserved.

  15. Glad you enjoyed being splashed! I have often wondered how you find the time to create your beautiful work of art blog posts! Blogging is fab, but can be oh so time consuming! Take it easy, and we will hear from you whenever you can manage it xx

  16. Congratulations Lola on this beautiful award. I think you are amazing in that you juggle everything and still write so prolifically. See you at Pos!

  17. Hi Lola,

    Thank you so much for the award and congratulations on receiving it in the first place :-)

    I know what you mean about finding the time. Even though my kids are all grown up now and have kids of their own, I still find that they need me, even if it is just to talk....like the hour I spent on MSN messenger with my daughter last night. :-)

    Then there is the demands of the end of the school year and my best friend's little girl, who spends time with me after school and during the holidays while her Mum works.

    Sometimes blogging just has to take a second, third or fourth place !! But it is always there fo you when you have the time ... :-)

    Now that the school holidays are here, I'm also looking forward to catching up on what is going on in blogdom ...starting with these blogs. I'm off to visit. :-)

  18. Congratulations Lola, such a truly appropriate award - you and your blog are of all of those...and more! Brava! xx

  19. Lola! Thank you! I'm grateful enough for having found your blog and you, but this award is the icing on the cake. A what delectable icing! I love each one of the adjectives. Congratulations on receiving the award and thank you for passing it on to me. Cheers!

  20. So well-deserved! And what a great list to pass it on to... I'm off to explore!

  21. Hey Lola
    Thanks so much for the award.
    Your posts are always a joy to read and must take up an awful lot of your time.