My blogging friend Dianna just presented me with three awards.  Wow!  That is certainly a nice way to start the day.  And Dianna knows a thing or two about starting the day out right.  She usually does this by seeking a sunrise to share with her followers, or sits outside waiting for the perfect shot of a sunset.  This takes determination and patience and I applaud her stellar efforts.  So that means I am thrilled that she thought of me when she was passing these along.  Thank you Dianna.

The first of these is the Sunshine Award.

Accepting The Sunshine Award requires that I answer these questions:

Favorite color:  Blonde.  I spend a lot of time trying to maintain this color so it must be my favorite.

Favorite animal: Dogs, especially German Shepherds. 

Favorite number: Five

Favorite non-alcoholic drink:  Coffee.  Can’t start my day without it.

Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Twitter

My passion: Excluding family – writing.  For as long as I can remember, stories and conversations lived in my head. 

Prefer getting or giving presents: Oh this is tricky.  I prefer giving but getting isn’t too shabby either if I’m being honest.

Favorite pattern: I’m not sure how to answer this one.  Butterick?  Simplicity?  Circles?  Help!

Favorite day of the week: Saturday. 

Favorite flower: Lilacs – for scent.  Hydrangeas for their longlasting mopheads. 

The Genuine Blogger award doesn’t come with any stipulations, but I’m really tickled to receive it. Genuine is good.

As for the Hug (Hope Unites Globally) award, you can read all about the origins of that here. And the only requirement for accepting the HUG award is to pass it on to at least one other person.

I am passing along these awards to the following bloggers.

Arindam who I think actually gave me the Hug Award but I don’t think he has the Genuine or the Sunshine and definitely should.

Lee who is a mentor.  She shared my writing school experience and maintains a wonderful blog about life and travel and challenges.  She recently caught a rare Firefall effect in Yosemite.  Check it out.

Another Dianna who shares a love of horses and all things outdoors.  She’s also a sports mama and although my son didn’t play hockey, he played baseball – very competitively. 

And Melynda who needs a few awards for not just maintaining a blog, but doing so under stressful conditions.  Visit her site and send her a few good thoughts.

Many others come to mind, some who are definitely award worthy but either don’t like them or are pressed for time and would rather not participate, or recently received several awards or I thought might be presented by one of the other fellow awardees.  So, if I didn’t include you in this round of awards, I’ll catch you next time.  For now, enjoy the sites of these few and go check out Dianna’s elegant sunrise and sunset shots.  You might even get a few barns and fences, or a pair of swans – all good stuff.