Monday, December 15, 2008

Blogger Awards and Special Thanks

I am pleased to offer a special thank you to Jiggins from and to Charli at Broken Mannequin for honoring me with the Honest Scrap Award. I value both of these bloggers and I appreciate them thinking of me! Please pay Charli and Jiggins a visit! I will be passing this on to 7 other deserving bloggers!. Thank you again Jiggins and Charli.
The rules for this award look pretty easy:

1. List 10 honest things about myself (TRUE and interesting things - not just the color of yours socks!)
2. Pass the award on to 7 bloggers

Ten Truths about Me:

1. My childhood was a contradiction in every area, but filled with love and music and also crazy unreasonable expectations.

2. As an adult I feel I have lived through a dozen lives. Sometimes I look back and think...did I really do that?...Think that? give up so much for that?... and on and on.

3. I had a dog that really belonged to my brother, Chuck, who named him Ole Pete but I pretended he was mine. I loved to dress him in bonnets and aprons. (I have no idea why.)

4. I had 13 cats growing up... even before I was in school. Any number of them slept in my room. One mother cat choose my bed to give birth to her kittens.

5. I have always been an observer. At age 3 and 4, our family lived on a farm before we moved to Ohio.. I watched my Dad drive a horse drawn skid for days while he was working. Then I jumped on ....without him.,... and did the same thing he had done. I can still remember how shocked I was to see him running behind me to catch me. I thought I knew exactly what I was doing!

6. I am dealing with some short term health issues that are scary to me because they slow me down! I am dealing with it. However, I am used to running through my life and ...I have always wanted to have it all, experience wise!

7. I had my first child when I was 16. I have three children and every year I see more I could have given them in the early years had I known what needed to be given..They say I make way too much out of that.

8. My mother said I have always been a champion of the underdog , children and animals.

9. I am in love with life and with the people in it. I started this blog because of that need to connect and the need to create. There is nothing I would rather do that meet new people AND I am always afraid for that initial moment that I will be rejected or not understood....Like everyone, I want to be loved and valued..

10. As a child, I wanted to go to live in Wyoming and be a crack shot...sort of like Annie Oakley:>)

The following bloggers are people who I hope have not received this award already but if they have they deserve two... They are also truthful and interesting writers and ones that I deeply appreciate for both their writing and the personal qualities I have come to know. I am holding one in reserve for another wonderful blogger I may not yet know!


Jesse Mendez at The Art of Jesse

Matthew at Wasteland of Words

Christina at Another Day In Paradise

Steve at Another Sober Alcoholic

Jacqueline Michelle at Or Whatever

Rhi at PeanutButterBound

Robert Talk 3 Talk 4

BUTTERFLY AWARD from Christina
This is a great week for awards! Thank you Thank you!
I received this beautiful award from Christiana at Another Day in Paradise.
I love and appreciate it AND it has all my favorite colors!. Thank you Christiana!
I would like to pass this award on to some of my favorite bloggers friends who
put time and thought and caring into creating beauty in their blogs. Thank you all for the sharing and caring!

Charli at Broken Mannequin
Rabbit at Rabbit Can Fly
Christine at the Voice of the Sea Wind
Heather at Singing With My Heart
Stu at 陶明瀚...小学
Cherie at Butterfly Dreamer


Heather said...

i love this meme, i did it a few days ago after i was awarded it. your truths were awesome! :]

Charli said...

Oh Linda! You and I are so very similar, I think. I love getting to know you. You are such a warm person. I feel like the universe brought us together for a reason.

I wanted also to say that your comments on my blog are always so thoughtful and interesting. Thank you for that.

I am amazed to know that you became a mother at 16! That must have been difficult. You are a strong woman and I aspire to be like you.

Hope you're feeling healthy!

Ezekiel Barzillai Smythe said...

This was very interesting! I wish you well with your health -- always something that people take for granted until it goes... Thanks for sharing these tidbits about yourself.

The Sea Wind said...

Dear Linda,

The 10 truths for some reason shocked me. I feel as if I got to know you so much better just by those facts. You're amazing in many ways and well deserved all the awards that have been given to you.

Thank you for sharing your award with me. Your friendship and frequent visits to my blog are much appreciated.

I hope that all is well for you health-wise. I'm sending you healing thoughts.


Hey Linda, and thank you for stopping by, I've been so busy lately, its been hard to keep up with everyone! lol
I can relate to how u feel about your children, I have 2 boys, my first I was 24 when he was born, but only about 16 emotionally due to the very sheltered life my mother imposed on me. But, anyway, I'm always looking back and thinking "if I had only known", but we just have to do the best we know how and pray it's enough, at least they learn some things not to do when they have children of their own! take care my friend,
Julian :)

Shadow said...

congratulations on your awards!!!

and being 'a champion of the underdog, children and animals' makes you a lovely person in my eyes.

matthew said...

Hi Linda. Thank you for the kind sentiment. I have linked the award on my page to your site (let me know if that is not okay). I don't plan to post many other sidebar pics, but damn, that one is pretty cool. I wear the badge with honor and gratitude!

Robert Lau said...

You are worth your salt...Linda
...and your words are the celebration of life.

Keep up the good work.

Best Regards,

Robert Lau

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

What a great list to help us all get to know you better!!!



Indigo said...

Congratulations on both awards dear friend. I've always said I've lived too many lives before this one. I'm often referred to as an old soul. We are the continuation of our souls, no matter what lifetime. (Hugs)Indigo

Cherie/ Butterfly Dreamer said...

Thank you so much for the award Linda , you are a very lovely lady.

Stu 陶明瀚 said...

thank you

LORENZO said...

Thanks for your kind words and the award. I'm not much for prizes, but if it comes from you...I know it is sincere. I appreciate all the comments you have written for my poems. There's good folks in Tennessee!

Marcus said...

What a great list!

Annie A said...

Linda! As an adult I want to go and live in Wyoming like Annie Oakley.

paulwchambers said...

really interesting - very honest too. i like the way tou maker yourself vulnerable

Melissa B. said...

Hey there, you Superior Scribbler, you! First of all, I'm not "spamming" you; I promise! Second of all, I'd like to introduce myself: I'm Melissa B., The Scholastic Scribe, & I'm the "Original" Superior Scribbler! Third thing on my mind: I've been nominated for a pretty prestigious blog award; I'd greatly appreciate your vote, so if you click on over to my place, you'll see the info. It's an annual award from EduBlog, and I'm up for Best Individual Blog. And 4th thing on today's agenda: I've got a cute "contest," of sorts, going on at my place every Sunday. Please come by this Sunday for the Silly Sunday Sweepstakes. And, thanks for your support!

Rainbow dreams said...

Thanks for being so honest.. and for coming by and commenting - I appreciate it :) cheers, Katie :)

Jacqueline Michelle said...

Thank you so much! I'm glad you like my blog as much I like yours :)

Congrats on your two latest awards - you deserve them.

Charli said...

Thank you for my butterfly, dear friend!! I'll be posting it soon! You are a sparkly snowflake.

KreativeMix said...

LOVE IT!! Thanks for stopping by my blog too :-)

Christina said...

Thanks for the Honest Scrap award, I have posted it on my blog. Your ten truths were very interesting. I too enjoy getting to know new people and have met some fascinating individuals thru blogging.

Christina said...
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steveroni said...

"There is nothing I would rather do that meet new people AND I am always afraid for that initial moment that I will be rejected or not understood....Like everyone, I want to be loved and valued.."

Linda, you wrote that last Monday, and how true, we all want more of love, more of gratefulness, more acknowledgement, more satisfaction, more LIFE, amd (did I say?) more LOVE!

Thank you for visiting me, and commenting so graciously on steveroni. And bless you for spreading far and wide, your Good Cheer.

Steve E.

Merle said...

Dear Linda ~~ Congratulations on your awards and your honest list is very good. It is nice to get to know people from all around the world and we bloggers have a special relationship. We share joys and sorrows and really care for each other. Thanks for your kind comments. I have to do a post now, so until next time. Take care, have a lovely Christmas. Love, Merle.

Hope said...

I can especially relate to #7 of your honest scrap list. It's hard not to have a love/hate relationship with hindsight some days.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Linda S. Socha said...

I am so grateful fo all of you. You light up the blogger world and my especially. Thank you for your caring honesty and your thoughtful and insightful remarks...
Thank you Heather. I have now learned a new!
I agree with this on all levels. Love you and appreciate you. I am very grateful for the wonderful connection you provide and for your honesty and you deeply feeling nature. To know you IS to love you...Truly

You are a faithful blogger friend and I love your wit and your blog and now the sharing of your travel adventures. THANK YOU

Ah Christina
You were my answer to my request to the universe.I love your point of view and the sharing of your journey. You will always be special to me.,,truly. Love the photos of Patrick
What a lovely comment to share. I think we may have had some kindred experiences. I wish you the joy and fun and relaxation you need and deserve this week. Thank you so much
Lovely to see you here .I have been following your adventures in blogging for awhile. Love your approack and I appreciate those things you support. Thank you!

I love your work and I appreciate you comments and the connection. Thanks for being here
Robert...You are such a poet in life and in works . I look forward to all you have to see and value it. You are so good at going to the heart of the matter...

More soon!

I feel really have all brought the Christmas Spirit....close to home for me.
I am so grateful for these wonderful connections....

jiggins said...

WOW! I was late for this party! :) I am glad you like the 'award' It was cool for me to receive it as well. It's nice to be part of a group of people that enjoy being around one another - even if we have all never actually met.. well not all of us I mean. See you on the next post!

vixen kitten said...

I loved your answers...and too!

You are a fascinating woman. I look forward to learning more about you.

Thank you for your sweet comments in my gratitide blog.


Linda S. Socha said...

Hey Jesse Mistress of Mischief
Thanks for your kind words. Good to see you here!

I have felt affinity for many of your posts as I wonder the internet world. Thank you Glad to connect with you.

Cherie...You are a beautiful butterfly, in the physical and in the spiritual sense. Thank you.
I know I am a little off your beaten path. I value you and your posts.
Jacqueline Michelle and Charli and Kreativ Mix and Christina
Steveroni....Thank you again...You are a blogger I much appreciate
Much thanks for coming by and for your comments. Please join here anytime!
You are most welcome. I appreciate you~
Vixen...THANKS I can tell you understand

All comments are much appreciated.I look forward to hearing how each of you connects!

Please accept the invitation to follow this blog and with your permission I am glad to do the same with your blog
Happy Christmas Week!!

Jesse Mendez said...

Hi Linda,

thank you for the gesture and the nice icon as an award for my honesty.

I have soooo many to catch up so a little at a time until they are all in chronological order passed out....


Linda S. Socha said...

Hey Jesse
You are ok here ~! Have a wonderful holiday...It will all come together:>)

TraceyBaby said...

Hi Linda! Thanks for the comments. Ready to drop, I'm so tired but wanted to say hello and hopefully I'll be able to read some more in blogland soon.

Happy Holidays!


Blur Ting said...

I love this post too! I feel like I know you so well now. I'm sure you've been a great mum to your kids. We sometimes wonder if we had given enough but we all just do our best at every stage of our life don't we? So, that's good enough. The kids will know how much we love and care for them.

I wish you and your family a wonderful christmas and especially I hope your health will get better soon.

Michael said...

Dear Linda,

I'm here, I'm here!

I've quickly scanned through your blog and I get the feeling I've stepped into a whole new subsection of the blogging community. This blog is incredible and so are your blogger friends. I don't know how I've not come across it before.

Anyway, about your post.

As a teenager, I, too, feel like I have lived through dozens of lives because there is nothing that I, too, would rather do, than to meet new people. This diversity in my social life has allowed me to sort of be in a lot of different places, living different 'lives'.


Richard said...

After reading your posts,and responses, I have to say that you deserve these awards.


Thanx for stopping by. I tried to e-mail you but I couldn't get a page to come up. I've actually stopped by your place a couple times before. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I will stop and read more.

Jesse Mendez said...

Hi there how are you? I just wanted to stop by and say hello and so hello...LOL I also have something for you at my blog, so when you are ready click here and pick up your award. I am very grateful for your friendship on my blog and yours.

Jesse Noe

Linda S. Socha said...

Thank you
Traceybaby. I look forward to you visiting again. I appreciate folks willing to take the time to read and share impressions!!

Blur Ting
Thank you so much for the thoughtful and caring and comforting words. I love your blog.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your impressions. I appreciate that.

Michael! :>)
Welcome! I am looking forward to learning more about you!. I an see the diversity and the living many lives. I love your connectedness. Thank you!!

Something Happened Somewhere..
Welcome back please come anytime. Your comments are appreciated

Hello beautiful man
Welcome and THANK YOU

Wonderful Holiday dreams and realities to everyone

Robert Lau said...

Wishing you “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

Best Regards,

Robert Lau.hedia

~PakKaramu~ said...

Happy new year to you

paulwchambers said...

have a great christmas linda - look forward to reading more about you and your world soon


boxofficegirl said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and good wishes for the New Year.

Gledwood said...

Hi! As a more recent recipient of the Honest Scrappin' Award I followed the trail backwards and am so far last year and at you... I'm with you about the bloggiverse opening up such a whole new world... I don't know whether you've ever played 6 degrees of separation online..? I saw the film a couple of days ago and was reminded of the urban myth idea thing: that we're all of us on earth (or at least in our own countries) connected by no more than 6 degrees of friendship. I'm not sure it's quite so few but have noticed if you find a blog at random and hop via comments comments and comments out again... within 10 or 12 blogs ~ no matter how unfamiliar the territory gets ~ you nearly ALWAYS will come across someone you know again ~ it might even be a dear friend ~ back in someone else's "randomly" selected comments! It's an excellent game to play. Now I'm burrowing back in this honest scrapper award to see who I might encounter on my troubles... plus I've always been intrigued as to WHO initiates these meme things!!

Great blog you've got here... I'll be seeing ya!

All the very best

"vol 2"...

Gledwood said...

What was I saying: Charli Broken Mannequin's here already and that was only 3 degrees of hopping backwards through that Award...