One Lovely Blog Award


Well, I can easily state that in my planning, procrastinating, and general work-avoidance methods, I truly did not plan on having this be my next topic to post, but shoot dang, Merle! I was very happy to read that from the sticks to the bricks and back again has nominated my very new, very young blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Since I had no idea that there even was an award, I can honestly state I was blown away and pleased. By way of explanation, bloggers are nominated by other bloggers. This is to promote and showcase up and coming, new bloggers, or promote established bloggers who have lovely blogs! I’m very touched and humbled to have my page included!

As I am a fairly good conformist (I fight when/where fighting is needed, otherwise I am a pretty good rule follower) — I will follow the rules set forth in accepting and nominating, and ask if you’re nominated, please also do the same. Here are the easy and fellow-promoting rules:

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • List the Rules and Display the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
  • Nominate around 15 other bloggers and let them know about the award
  • Follow the blogger who nominated you, unless you’re already a follower.

Seven facts about me:

  1. Humor is what drives me. I try to be funny. I enjoy being around people who are funny. I enjoy funny movies. Absolutely everything I’ve dealt with in my life, at some point, has had a moment of humor. I take it as a gift from God and how He’s helped me to deal with tragedies and stress.
  2. I am a Catholic mom. I have a deep love for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. That being said, I certainly struggle often with all that. I am a stubborn woman who can be passive-aggressive. Okay, it’s not so much that I can be passive-aggressive, but more that I am passive-aggressive. That kind of goes in the opposite direction of living a faith-filled life. God and I are working on that. Still. And again. But mostly still.
  3. I come from a large family. It didn’t seem that big when I was growing up because that’s all I knew. We have four boys and four girls. Well, since I am one of the youngest and I am clearly “middle aged” I guess we could say four men and four women. And two brothers-in-law. My parents still live in the same home we grew up in.
  4. I have a twin sister who is five minutes younger than I am. She and I do not look like, act alike, like the same things, nor have the same life-goals. I am outgoing; she is more shy. I am loud; and so is she. Wait—with people she already knows she’ll be loud. Otherwise, she is not very loud at all.
  5. I have a boatload of nieces and nephews, step-nieces and step-nephews, and a handful of greats thrown in–some greats already here, and one on the way. ❤ This is a happy Aunt Juwie. Or, as the niece who will be having my newest great niece would say, Aunt Ju.
  6. I have worked in state politics for just over 17 years. All but nine months of that time has been spent in a non-partisan office, serving both parties equally. Well, I guess all parties because we have an Independent a time or two. Lonely for them, I’m sure.
  7. I love the color purple–absolutely my favorite.

I would like to recommend and nominate these folks:

Hope, Fireflies and Fairytales

Young & Twenty

Grasshopper Girls



Just Ponderin’


Out of the Dungeon


I know I should have more that I follow, but I am truly such a novice and am still finding new blogs to follow. Please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments. I would love to add blogs to my library!


11 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog Award

  1. DH says:

    I very much enjoy reading your blog; sharing who you are (the good, the bad and the ugly) allows a vulnerability that speaks volumes of your strength and courage of being true to yourself and who you are. Reading this provided such a peaceful mindset – a great way to start my day! Thanks!

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  2. David says:

    Julie, I am not surprised at these happenings. Your work is good. This blog seems a natural extension of your energy and insight. Be grateful, but BE the blogger you are. Inside every successful person is just that ‘ordinary’ person. So lift your feet and go with the flow. There is no reason, from an observer’s/reader’s point of view, why you should not be showered with the accolades coming your way. Bravo to you.


    • Julie says:

      Gee whiz, David! Your continuing support means so much to me. Thank you! I try to keep my feet up to flow, but find myself trying to hang onto the passing walls. Baby steps, baby steps … I’ll get there. Thanks. So very, very much!


  3. Kathy says:

    Hey! Me loud??!! Never! Or at least not in comparison to you! 😉 (just how we both like it) ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    • David says:

      Kathy, no one is loud compared to Julie. That is like saying that flashlight burning my eyes is not bright compared to the sun. But that does not leave you exempt. You can be, and often are, LOUD.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Thanks so much my friend!


  5. Sue Howell says:

    Well, way to go Julie! It’s rather nice to be acknowledged once in awhile; and “from the sticks to the bricks and back again” sounds quite like you. It’s no wonder you’ve got followers even as a beginning blogger (1,430 hits to your blog as of this writing). Your humor is adored, and even though you say you’re passive-aggressive; I can see that you’re also a non-conformist who likes to deviate from the rules a little (nominating 9 bloggers instead of 15). Well, lol and keep bringing us the humor Aunt Ju.


    • Julie says:

      Well, thanks! And I see I am not nearly as mysterious as I’d like to pretend in the novel I write in my head! 🙂 You have me pretty well figured out! I really appreciate you reading, and writing, this! Means a lot!!


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