Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I have been so blessed to have met some really wonderful people since I started my blog. I consider them my friends, though we have never actually met. I trust their opinions, I appreciate their comments and I love their blogs. I have been given several awards and I honestly did not have time to accept at least one of them properly, so, I am doing it now. You all are so sweet, generous and thoughtful, thank you!

The Creative Writer Blogger Award 
Here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth.
5. Nominate seven "Creative Writers" who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Susan Mordigal nominated me for the lovely award

My Lies and Single truth are:

1.  I am actually a world class chef and went to school in France to study when I was in my early 20's.
2. When my husband was in the military, we actually met the Queen of England and she invited us to tea. 
3.  When my children were very young I decided that I had no talent and stopped doing any artwork for 10 years. I did not start painting again until my oldest child was in middle school. 
4. We do BBQ competitions quite frequently and have won many championships.
5.  When my grandparents were young my grandfather was a revenue officer. His job was to arrest people for making moonshine and to destroy their stills.  One day he actually tied a man to a tree  in the woods in the Appalachian mountains while he went in search of his still and supplies. While searching for the still he got lost. As a result he left him there all night because he couldn't find  where he had left him. While he was trying to find his way back he found a 3 1/2 carat amethyst and had it set into a ring for my grandmother.  
6.  I have traveled all over the world and cooked for many famous people.
7. When I was 13 years old Dr. Seuss(Theodor Seuss Geisel) came to my middle school art class and talked about what it was like to be an author/illustrator.  That is the day that I decided that one day I would write and illustrate childrens books. 

And the nominees are: 

* Ok, so I didn't nominate seven blogs; many of my friends already have this award. Please do not feel obligated to follow the rules in order to accept this award. Just copy and paste the award into your blog without all the hubub if you'd like because that's cool too!

The Renee Award

Thank you to Susan and to Shirley for giving me this award. It is such a special award. To find out  why please go to Ces's blog and read the story behind it. Ces and Bella created this award and it is as beautiful as it is sweet. Because of  what this award stands for, even though I know most of you already have this award, I want to give it to the people who have supported me the most and made me feel at home in the world of blogging, and to a few newer friends too.

So, that being said, this award goes to:

 And now the Deborah Award

Wow, this one I have to give to a lot of the same people because they are my dearest bloggy friends and have been so wonderful and supportive.

Last, but not least, the
Zombie Chicken Award

Thank you to Justin for this crazy fun award! Hope you don't mind Justin, I am going to have to marinate on this one for a little while before passing it on or I will end up giving it to all the same people again!


  1. thanks so much, Karen! You've been a great friend in the bloggersphere too! Now, as far as your 6 lies and 1 truth, it's really really tough!

    No. 3 sounds like something that people really do, but then, I hope you've always known how much talent you have!

    No. 4 is entirely possible!

    No. 5 is such a crazy story it just might be true! Certainly if it's a made-up story you were in a good story-telling mood ...

    No. 7 sounds so real that I almost want to choose that one too.

    [ thinking ]

    I vote: number 5! Ha!

  2. I'll let you know Justin. I'm told the best lies come from little truths, so I did my best to use some truth, in some of them anyway.

  3. Thank you K.H> I am starting to get a complex. This is the second time I received this "liar" award and I did not even list any lies from the first one yet. I am going to alter the rules on this one. I always do. I will list truths and include one untruth. Thank you again.

    BTW, Bella and I collaborated on the design of the Renee Award. See that cute little girl? Only Bella can do that. On original design, the girl looked skinny and sterile.

    Have a great day!

  4. Oh My Sweetheart of a sister you can never have to many awards!! he he he he! Yes I'm up to my neck in work right now so please don't be offend if I don't post anything just yet. I just finished a project now I am on the the next. Thank you so much for your awesome show of honor and friendship. I am deeply touched by this. Thanks so much from the bottom of heart!

  5. Ces, I will amend the Bella award info to include Bella, and please don't get a complex, I meant it in the best possible way and actually thought it was the only award you had not recieved. Would you like the Zombie Chicken Award? You may have it also and you don't have to tell any lies to get it! ;) I like to change the rules too and sometimes disregard them completely!

  6. No no no! That's not necessary. This will give me enough excuses to tell lies! HAHAHAHA! No really, just kidding on the complex(es). I am already full of them so another one will not make a difference. HAHAHA! Have a great day, KH.

  7. Yay, so glad you and Ces are friends now too Karen! Wow, I gotta think on your truths and lies, hmmmm, tough one! Love the story about your Grandpa, like Justin said, if you're makin' that up, man you are some storyteller! I'll be back - and thanks so much for sending back the awards too, like Vee said, you can never have too many! xoxo

  8. AAAHHHH! Awwww, you are such a great talent and wonderful friend. There just aren't enough awards for you, you know that? Thank you so much for these.

    I don't care if #5 is a truth or a lie. I just want to hear more!

    Marinated zombie chickens taste like...well, chicken.

    Thanks again, Miss Lovely! Hope you have a fantastic day.

  9. are SO super kind, Karen. Thank you for these amazingly wonderful awards. They mean a lot to me, and I am so deserve the award, as you have made my blogging experience such a wonderful thing. Thank you for your continuing support and friendship! You just rock!! And I love those lies and truths..I'm hoping the one of your grandpa is true! : ) I'd love to see that 3/12 carat amethyst and I am cracking up at the thought of him losing where he had tied up the! Hope you've been super..I'm really trying to focus so I'm sorry to have been out of the loop for awhile. By the way, I just LOVE detective!!! It turned out wonderfully!!

  10. Hya, Karen thankyou very much.

    You know, when I visit your blog it is just from pure greed at soaking up your beautiful work. :)

    So I do it entirely for my own selfish satisfaction!

    Thankyou for the award. I feel special.

    I already explained to Ces why she deserves the award... because she paints such special worlds in her pictures.

  11. thanks 4 checking out the Gronkle, Karen! Really looking forward toward your follow-up post to the "Creative Liar" Award ... the one when you reveal the truth! Ha, you did such a great job with the lying!

  12. thanks Justin, I am actually a terrible liar, if you could see my face you'd know in a moment because I do this very silly grin when I try to lie.

  13. Dear Karen,
    thank you so much for The Renee Award!!! I am so happy about it!!! You made me feel special :)
    Thank you for your friendship :)

  14. I really loved reading about you and your wonderful life, delightful! You have lived my friend ;) Thank you for sharing and you are so talented and wonderful and I appreciate you each week :D super fun to be blog buds with you and this is a lovely award and i thank you truly :-D

  15. Thanks do much for the nomination, Karen, I really appreciate you thinking of me!


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