In Accepting This Award…

Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn via Wikipedia

Katharine Hepburn won Best Actress a record four times. She never once showed up at the Oscars to accept the award. But her multiple wins prove that, back then, if they thought you deserved it you won.

A couple of days ago I wrote a post that meandered through my thoughts.  Among the things I wrote about were Awards, and accepting or declining them.

One of the comments I received on the post made me think that perhaps my ramblings could have been misconstrued and might have been considered rude.  Of course, this was not my intention and if anybody took the ramblings in this way, I sincerely apologise.

As I said in that post my concern was for the question of having to nominate several other bloggers for this award.  I find this difficult to do as I follow so many great bloggers and read some others to whom I haven’t yet subscribed. How do you pick and choose from the list?  In the past I have got around over my concern about this by nominating all those on my blogroll.  Cheating I guess!

Sometimes a few days pass before I read all the posts waiting in my in box.  A few days after I published the post I read that I had been awarded the Leibster Award by fellow blogger the island traveler.

Liebster blog award

So as I am a woman, and it is well known that we change our minds (I’m also blonde so make of that what you will) I will accept both these awards with grace but in doing so will cheat again and instead of nominating five (or is it fifteen?) bloggers to receive the award, I nominate all those on my blog roll.  You have all entertained me, made me think, taught me many new things and kept me on my toes in the nine months since I started on this blogging journey.  We have connected in a way that I wouldn’t have thought possible before this time.  So thank you all and please accept this award as an early Christmas present.

Versatile blogger award

Also please accept the versatile blogger award.  This was graciously awarded to me a couple of weeks ago by Janet at thoughts to mull.   I hope that Janet was not offended by  the remarks in my earlier blog.

Again I nominate all of you on my blog roll to receive this award.

This award calls for me to tell you seven things about myself  If you have been following me in the past months you will have seen these things (or some of them) before.  If so, please take it as written/read/said.

  1. I consider myself blessed in that I  had a great upbringing in a loving and secure family environment.   I know from reading some of the blogs and talking with friends that this was not afforded to everybody.
  2. I was blessed in my relationship with my husband aka the dashing (not so) young Scotsman, that lasted 41 years until his untimely death in 1998.  I say that I grew up with him and have him to thank for the woman I am today.
  3. I am blessed in my two grown children who now each have two children of their own.  I like and respect the people they chose to be their spouses and of course, I love my four sturdy, bright grandsons.
  4. I am blessed in that I have two sisters, one in London in the UK and one in Los Angeles , California with whom I am very close.  I say that the best friends of all are sisters.  We don’t see each other very often now but we are in regular contact via the phone and more particularly emails.
  5. I am an English woman who chooses to make her life in Godzone otherwise known as New Zealand/Aotearoa (the land of the long white cloud).
  6. I am a trained life coach and in recent years have spent time helping people come to terms with grief and loss.
  7. I am “retired” and now spend my time helping a Real Estate agent friend in her business, running courses mostly on Self Confidence building, writing, blogging and I volunteer at the local hospice each week.

So there you have it.  Thank you once again for reading my posts and thanks to those who consider them worthy of awards.  I hope that my making my own rules for acceptance doesn’t step on anybody’s toes.  And as Peter Ustinov said :

“To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal”.

Note – just re-read the post and see that the word ‘more’ was left out of the quote by Peter Ustinov. 

16 responses to “In Accepting This Award…

  1. Judith, I, too have been bless with awards of the type you describe, and I always gratefully decline, since my own blog takes up so much time, and I don’t want to “play favorites” by choosing only so many of my favorite poets and writers. It’s hard to decline the award when it’s sent out of admiration… but I don’t send Christmas cards either, and I let go of that guilt years ago!! Thoughtful post. Thanks, hon, and peace, Amy


    • Amy thank you. Just reading and responding to all the great blogs that I subscribe to takes a large chunk of my day. And I don’t want to play favourites. So if I accept an award I will always pass it on to my blogroll – I am sure you are on that if not…
      On the subject of Christmas cards I used to post 70 (yes seventy) to friends and relatives around the world, I stopped doing so a few years ago and feel no guilt about it.
      Thanks for the encouragement.


  2. A toast to all your blogroll friends and the people who shared your journey for 2011. What a great way to end the year. Gratitude, friendship, shared hopes and dreams. Honestly, it took me a while to finally make the ” Liebster Award.” I’m not into rules and when I give, I wish to give without restrictions. And so when you shared the award for all, I knew I wasn’t alone. Here’s to another amazing path for the incoming 2012. Have a blessed day my friend.


    • Thank you friend. I knew you would understand. I am looking forward to continuing my journey into and through 2012 with all the amazing people I have met in the last few months, and probably/hopefully some new ones.


  3. Congrats on the award! It is interesting to learn more about Judith – the woman, the myth, the legend.

    The few times I’ve been presented with these awards, I’ve been tremendously flattered and grateful, but have decided not to follow the instructions or pass them on. Just because I can barely keep up with the stuff on my plate now, and don’t need something else on the to-do list.


    • Yes I too am flattered that my peers think me worthy of an award. But for now I shall acknowledge them with thanks and pass them on to all on my blogroll. I must go back to it and check that you are on it.
      Like you, I barely have time to keep up with all that’s on my to do list so one more thing is just one more too much. Thanks for the comment.


  4. You caved! You caved! But, we got to find out more about you, so I guess it is OK. (smile) Congrats.
    P.S. Katherine Hepburn is one of my favorites. The Philadelphia Experiment is one of my favorite movies.


    • Yes well I guess I am a devote coward. Thought about those lovely people who have given me the awards, this time and in the past, and so I thought I would accept but make up my own rules for the game.
      Love Katherine Hepburn too and always wanted to be her when I was growing up and she was always on the screen.


  5. During a very busy time, I followed your example and directed readers to my blogroll. 🙂 If bloggers don’t post their awards, we don’t know if they’ve been missed, or choose not to participate. I try to direct regular readers to any new blogs I’ve found. It is a help to those starting out to get their blog name out there and some readership, and also leads them to other blogs I’ve found interesting. We tend to follow bloggers who have similar interests. That was a big help to me when I started.


    • Hi Patti. Thanks for the comment. I can spend hours reading all these interesting blogs and every day I find another one that I want to follow. When I started out on this blogging journey I used to wonder how anybody ever found me and I know that it is because of others pointing to my blogs. I taske the opportunity to do this too.


  6. I applaud you and your always gracious ways…..with or without your many awards.


  7. Even though I knew many of these things about you, I lived reading them again. You are someone I wish I lived close to.


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