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Catnip’s Bouquet Keeps on Blossoming

Suzanne Detrick

Summer bouquets bring on the sunny smiles! Who would not be tickled pick or blushing red upon receiving wondrous wishes of happiness nestled in the velvety petals of a flower. Each blossom flaunts its uniqueness in color and design. So the same sentiments are felt with blogging awards.

Some are Super Sweet but none are sour
Others Very Inspiring any hour
Many Shine On within the sunbeams
All Part of the Family it seems
When you are Tagged, You’re It!
Quite an honor to admit

Best Moments doth each impart
Hugs for all to warm the heart

The awards that follow are not in any particular order and some were received months ago so please accept my apology for the lateness in responding. It is such a wonderful feeling for the writings of catnipoflife to be recognized for inspiration, joy and often laughter.

Best Moment Award

I would like to thank  Shaun @ Looking for reasoning in a complicated world for the double award. I encourage you to visit his terrific blog, I mean AWESOME blog! Shaun is a Veteran Best Moment recipient!

For the Best Moment Award, I am going to follow Shaun and bend the rules a bit. Often it is the time it takes to prepare the blog posting that prevents or delays bloggers from accepting and paying forward an award. So, here is the rule bender thanks to Shaun:


If you follow me, visit me, like me, enjoy the catnip, then THIS AWARD IS FOR YOU. PLEASE, Take it and live in the moment. If you accept this award which I hope you will do, all I ask is for you to pay it forward to 10 people. Ask them to live in the moment!

Along with the Best Moment Award comes a rule for an acceptance speech. Read mine HERE!

Tag! You’re it!

Tagging is a game and here are its rules:

    1. Post these rules.

    2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random facts about you (I’ll go with the pic here! Some random facts are below with another award.)

    3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post. (Pass if you must! I am.)

    4. Create 11 new questions (I’ll save time and play off of Shaun’s.) and tag new people to answer them.

    5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

My pic selection is a peek into the past! The hairdos are a definite giveaway or should I say “sign of the times!”

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You have been tagged…

TaggedJulie @cookiecrumbstoliveby

TaggedGrace @GraceUnveiled

TaggedTerry @terry1954

TaggedSandra @Boomers and Books

TaggedRoSy @sharing me myself and i


Your Questions

    1. Where were you born?

    2. What do you consider the American Classics?

    3. If you could go back in time, which year would you visit?

    4. What is your favorite book?

    5. Where do you get most of your inspiration?

    6. If you could go to any concert of your choice, who would you like to hear?

    7. What is the longest trip you ever made?

    8. What do you see in a sunrise or a sunset?

    9. What is your fondest childhood memory?

    10. Do you like sports, if so, who is your favorite athlete?

    11. If you could live anywhere in the world you desired, where would that be?


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Double time on The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thank you Shaun @ and Joseyphina @

The Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.

  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

  3. State 7 things about yourself.

  4. Nominate other bloggers (Some rules say 15 but that is flexible.) and link to them.

  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

 Seven things about myself…

    1. Favorite cup:

      A Micky/Minnie Mouse given to me by a dear friend

    2. Pet:

      Dilute calico cat named Foxie – Calendar Cat of 2010

    3. Game challengers:

      Shooting pool and playing chess

    4. Family:

      4 children (1 son, 3 daughters), 6 grandchildren (2 grandsons, 4 granddaughters)

    5. Favorite sport:


    6. Yummy dessert:

      Click Dirt Cake!

    7. Dream vacation:



The Kat and the Falling Leaves Kat inspires through her writing and delectable recipes!

Looking for reasoning in a complicated world Shaun inspires through his writing, pictures and music videos!

Thoughts and Prayers Deidre’s inspiration speaks of trust through a mighty testament of faith.

Northwest Photographer Bob Mielke does not accept awards but he inspires through the most phenomenal photography EVER!

sharing me myself and i RoSy share Whatever Flows and that whatever is always eye-catching and intriguing!

Yves Johnson Ministries Yves Johnson’s Christian fellowship is definitely one to follow – enlightening and uplifting!

Simple Pleasures Cynthia Baker definitely nails the adage “a picture is word a thousand words” with her blog of photography & more!

Kurt Rees Poetry Kurt’s poetry goes beyond inspiration to nestle right in the center of the soul!

The Sanctuary of My Heart Skye’s inspiring words, music and photo blog provide an amazing journey through life!

prodigal daughter The Prodigal Daughter inspires us with knowledge that God alone is sufficient.

Thank You to each of you for bringing sunshine into my life! Now, be sure to click HERE! and also grab the Shine On Award from catnip!

Super Sweet Award

Sincerest heartfelt thanks goes to Gys @ for sprinkling such sweetness upon catnipoflife. Catnip actually received this award just recently from another blogger so the same rules as the earlier nomination apply here:


    1. Cookies or Cake?

      At one point in time, I would have automatically said ‘cookies’. Now, I will take either one at any time of the day!

    2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

      Um-m-m? Does vanilla topped with Hershey’s syrup count?

    3. Favourite Sweet Treat?

      Cheesecake, definitely Cheesecake!

    4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

      Night time when I should NOT have it!

    5. Sweet nickname?


ALL of YOU, my blogging family, are Super Sweet! How can I possibly award some and not others? NO WAY! You are all deserving of this award. Grab it, display it on your site and pay it forward!


Most Influential Blogs 2012

On December 31st, catnipoflife was honored by Len with being one of the Most Influential Blogs of 2012. Thank you, Len, but it is YOU who truly inspires me!

The Most Influential Blogs of 2012 Received from Len

The Most Influential Blogs of 2012 Received from Len

The first to be honored with this award from catnip was Arlen Shahverdyan who received the award on New Year’s Eve. Now it is time to pay it forward to a few more.

But, first, aren’t there RULES to follow?




The rules are there are NO RULES except you MUST pay it forward, and that means, sometime in the next six (6) months you “should” choose the blogs you deem worthy of your label of The Most Influential Blogs of 2012. Those that have influenced you the most!

That’s it, folks, no ifs, ands, ors, or buts! The envelope, please…

Marilyn @Serendipity

Alastair @Alastair’s Blog

Wendell @Forever Poetic and A Taste of Bliss

Penny @The Why About This

Pat @Source of Inspiration

Amber @LadyLovelyBlogger

Raani York @raaniyork


Reader Appreciation Award

ReaderAppreciationAward2Here we are in the first month of the new year and catnipoflife is overjoyed upon receiving the Reader Appreciation Award from Alastair. Yes, ma’am and yes, sir! I do visit Alastair on a regular basis and leave comments often, very often as a matter of fact. His posts naturally draw me into commenting on his writing, poetry, music and awesome photography. What? You haven’t visited Alastair’s Blog? Well, no time like the present…click HERE or any time you see his name for his is also an award-winning blog!


As with any award, there are rules. The “rules” for this award state that

1) catnip cannot award someone who has already been awarded. Now, that is a tough one! Some bloggers receive awards and do not display the badges plus it would take an immense amount of time to go to all my followers blogs to see who and who has not received the award. As for catnip, she was a recipient in 2012 but this is her first in 2013. I suppose it is okay to accept since it is a new year.

2) And she cannot give the award back to the person who bestowed it upon her.

With those thoughts in mind, I would like to thank all of the people who comment on my blog, but especially Alastair who honored catnip with this award. Alastair is an avid catnip visitor and his comments are always welcomed and enjoyed.

To my recipients, here are all the rules for this award:

  1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
  2. Be thankful.
  3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
  4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
  5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it.

Catnipoflife bestows the Reader Appreciation Award to. . .

Marilyn @Seredipity

Raani @Raani


Ute @Ute Smile

Amber @Lady Lovely

Valerie @Valerie Davis

MESSAGE FROM CATNIP: My deepest appreciation extends to ALL my visitors and readers. The one drawback I see to the blogger awards is the limitation toward paying each award forward. While I may have listed only a few, the names missing does NOT mean your visits go unappreciated. Should anyone want to grab the badge and pass it on to your own readers please do so! After all, it is all about paying it forward: joy is in the giving!


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