Tis the Season

Tis the season for awards once again.  As Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches, everyone gets into a giving mood.

This week I was given an award by a fellow blogger. I am always in two minds about blogger awards.  That’s not to say I don’t appreciate them in any way though.  It is always nice to be recognized by your fellow peers as someone they appreciate  reading and also as a blogger they feel worthy of recommending to others.

My friend Phil from The Regular Guy NYC – and yes I have called him a friend even though I have never met him.  The reason for considering him a friend is that he has always been a faithful follower and commentator on my blog.  I remember the first time I commented on his blog and looking back on it now he must have thought I was one weird chick.  Anyway – he has stuck by me through most of my blogging life – even when words escaped me and I’ve had nothing to say.  He has always been one of the reasons I keep blogging.  And let’s not forget that besides the subtle sexy messages he leaves on my comments, he always leaves me salivating when I read his blog.

Anyway ….. as I was saying before I digressed – My friend Phil regularly promotes my blog – via his blog or more commonly via Twitter for which I am truly grateful – so I wanted to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You Phil for making me feel special.

Then just when I thought sharing the love couldn’t get any better than this, on Monday I received the following tweet:

And of course it was followed by his post “I’m just a freaking Ray of Sunshine award aren’t I?

It made my week a little more special and motivated me to keep blogging.  For those of you who are not bloggers – it is seriously hard work and very time consuming.  Once you start blogging, you start seeing the world through a different set of eyes – you no longer do things because they are fun, you do things as they provide you with blogging material.  Something my family now jokes about on a regular basis with me.  Whenever I am reluctant to do anything, my sons are quick to blurt out “Just think of what you are going to blog about it” .  On the down side, my sons have also been on the receiving side and been the brunt of many of my posts – so they tend to watch what they say or do in front of me nowadays.

So just like any other blogger awards, I have to fulful certain things as part of my acceptance as follows:

Thank the person who gave you the award

So THANK YOU Phil – here’s a little something I thought you would like in return (Wasn’t sure f you were a boobs or a bum type of guy so went with bum – I kept it tasteful as well)

Include the badge of the award in your post: (Beautiful isn’t it)

I have to tell you 7 things about me – this is a little more complicated than it sounds as I am a complicated person so here goes with a few uncomplicated things:

  1. I love meeting new people and adding to my social circles
  2. I love a challenge – please don’t ever say – “So here’s a challenge for you …”  as I will be tempted to take you up on it.
  3. I have some secret fetishes – yeah, not gonna list them here
  4. I am generally a quiet person – I like to observe people rather than being the center of attraction.
  5. I love travelling – something I don’t get to do much of nowadays
  6. I can very very sarcastic – and I can be very subtle about it
  7. My favorite way to relax is in a nice warm bath with a glass of wine

Then I have to select 10 of my favorite bloggers, or someone I really want to piss off and link their blogs to my post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award! And as Phil says – “The love you receive back will be tremendous, or the deafening silence will tell you how pissed off they are at you.” So here’s my list (hope I can come up with a list of 10)

The first one has to go to Dale over at Diary of an Internet Nobody. Dale also guest posts for me on occasion and I enjoy his writing.

Joeh over at Cranky Old Man – And boy am I going to get in the neck for giving him this award – I know he hates these things.  (Sorry Mrs Cranks if I put him in a bad mood).  I have had him on my blog roll for a long time and love his sense of humor.  He has also written a few books, none of which I have read I’m ashamed to say. (Wish I had the time)

Marcia at Menopausal Mother – My dearest friend.  She has been my savior though thick and thin in my life.  Love you Marcia!


Holli over at Holli’s Hoots and Hollers – we share a passion for Harley’s.  She also recently got married to her soul mate.

Beth from Writer B is Me.  She is a new blogger I am following.

Jules from A Beautiful Day – Also a new blogger friend and we have had some interesting conversations via email and FB – It’s been great getting to know you Jules!

There are others I would have liked to include here but have also received this award from Phil as well – these include:

Kitt over the The Inner Wildcat  – She too writes on the risque side of things and I love her blog and her take on life.

And of course my fellow partner in crime who I write for as well – Matt over at Ramblings of a Semi-Mad Man.  Who knew I’d enjoy writing for a Man Cave type blog.

That’s all the love I am sharing today.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend xxxx

Lanthie Ransom

Captains and Merits

Son no 3 recently announced that he had received a Merit Award at school.  This was around the same

Captains and Merits

time that Son no 4 was elected as Hockey Captain (About 10 days ago).  As he verbally told me about it, I forgot.  (I know – I can be a crappy parent at times)  He brought home the actual award this week and I once again congratulated him. But…..

Apparently I publicly congratulated Son no 4 on becoming captain and not son no 3 on his award. (Cannot find a blog post about it but maybe I mentioned it on Facebook)

So……  In order to appease the peanut gallery I would like to formally congratulate Son no 3 for winning a Merit Award for Culture (Dramatic Arts) which he received for his contribution to the One Act Play Festival.  Please pop on over to my Mr Bean Moment post and read about the One Act Play Festival he starred in.

Oh the things we do for our kids!

Gotta love them too bits!

Sharing the love – More Awards

I have received 2 awards recently from 2 of my favorite bloggers.  Oh alright, not that recently and I have to admit that I should have done this post some time ago.  I do apologize for my tardiness.  So let me not waste any more time and get on with the formalities as follows:

I would like to thank Jon Whiting from Speaking my Mind for the Epic Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness.

The rules of this award are as follows:

1.  Display the award on your page – Done
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you – Done
3.  State ten things about yourself 
  • I am a real softy at heart
  • I can’t dance – One of the reasons I haven taken up Belly Dancing
  • I hate people taking picture of me and I am not very photogenic
  • I hate exercise – probably explains my waist line!
  • I am a computer geek
  • I am a wanna be biker chick – Harley’s are my passion
  • I hate being made the center of attention
  • I hate to admit that I have to wear reading glasses
  • I love talking to fellow bloggers I’ve met all over the world
  • I love laying in the bath reading (If only I had the time nowadays)
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link them back to your post 
The second award is the Inspiring Blog Award from a dear friend and fellow blogger of mine – Marcia from Menopausal Mother.  We share so much in common and she has become my strength.  The one person I can go to vent.  So thank you Marcia – for so much more than the award.

As with any blog award, there comes a set of rules:

1.  Display award image on your blog page – Done
2.  Link back to the person who nominated you – Done
3.  State 7 facts about yourself (I’ve chosen Random facts):

  • I love the smell and taste of freshly baked bread
  • I’m terrified of scorpions
  • You won’t get me on a boat – of any shape and size
  • I am a night owl – I can stay up all night
  • I am not a morning person
  • I drink tea and not coffee
  • I have a warped sense of humour
4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
I thought I would share the love with some of my fellow bloggers who have been published with me in Parenting Gag Reel – Hilarious Writes and Wrongs: Take 26 (Life Well Blogged).  I have randomly chosen 15 from the attributing authors.
5.  Notify the bloggers that they have been nominated and link to their posts – Done

More Blogger Awards

I recently received a few more blogger awards so really pleased with some of my fellow bloggers.  Here goes with the formalities….

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I have been awarded another award by fellow blogger Menopausal Mother.  I am really grateful for this one as I have always liked this award.  It somehow says more than so many other awards – it has a sense of belonging.

So the rules of the award are as follows:

  • Include award logo in blog post (Done)
  • Thank the nominee and link back to their site (Done)
  • Post 7 interesting facts about yourself (See below)
  • Pass the award to 7 deserving sisters

7 Interesting facts about my life:  I always find this difficult as interesting to me is not necessarily interesting to you.  But here goes:

  1. I speak 2 languages – English and Afrikaans
  2. I am quiet and reserved (most of the time)
  3. I don’t drink alcohol (yeah – boring old me…)
  4. I don’t smoke and have never even tried
  5. I feel like I am 35
  6. I was named after an operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan
  7. I miss son no 2 so much sometimes I feel like I could just sit and cry

Deserving sisters: (more to follow)

  1. Blair from Blairadise – she has been through such a traumatic time recently and my heart goes out to her.
  2. Holli from Holli’s Hoots and Hollers who is always so supportive and always comments on my blog
  3. Nell from The Rambling Couch Potato – Another faithful blogger
  4. Kellie from Delightfully Ludicrous

One Lovely Blog Award

Mother of Nine kindly gave me the One Lovely Blog Award,  This is a woman I envy.  Coping with 9 children is not easy task.  She always keeps in contact and points me in various directions to help get my blog out there.

“The Rules” are:

If you are one of the nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award you must do the following:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to them in your post.  
  • Share seven unknown things about yourself. I’m going to cheat here and refer you to the list above 
  • Nominate other bloggers and blogs you like or admire… 15 or so if possible.  I am struggling to list 15 deserving bloggers.  I recently tried a blog hop hoping to find new blogs to read but there was not much interest.  So this will follow in time to come.
  • Contact the bloggers you nominate to let them know and to link them back to your post so they can read “The Rules,” too.

The Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to thank Quirky Grandma for giving me the Versatile Blogger Award.

Here Are The Rules For This Award:

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you to Quirky Grandma

2. Include a link to their site

3. Include the award image in your post.

  • See below and on my sidebar:

4. Give 7 random facts about yourself.

  • I love Cadbury’s Creme Eggs
  • I hate Call Centres
  • I like Chocolate
  • I dislike cheese
  • I drive a Toyota Prado
  • I live in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • I have 3 cats

5. Nominate 15 other Bloggers for the award.

Wow – This is a tough one!  Will nominate a few now and add to the list as time goes by:

  1. Nell @ http://www.theramblingcouchpotato.com/
  2. Melanie @ http://themotherofnine9.wordpress.com/
  3. http://superearthling.com/
  4. http://ramblingsfromanupsidedownlife.blogspot.com/
  5. http://myhusbandisannoying.com/
  6. http://meanderingmadmother.blogspot.com.au/

More to follow……

6. When nominating, include a link to their site

  • Done

7. Let other Bloggers know they have been nominated

  • Done

More awards

I have just been bestowed with 2 new awards and am so very grateful to my fellow bloggers for giving them to me.  I will address them each separately here:

The Kreativ Blogger Award

Bestowed upon me by Marcia@ http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/ Thanks so much -I am so lucky to have you as a friend.

The rules for the award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to the awarding blog.
See above….

2. Answer 7 questions about yourself.

  • What’s my favourite City: Singapore.  
  • What’s my favourite TV Series: Sons of Anarchy
  • What’s my favourite film: Armageddon
  • What my favourite pet: Slush – our little white cat who has us all wrapped around her little paw
  • What’s my biggest fear: Scorpions
  • What’s my favourite food: Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, but condensed milk comes in at a close second
  • What food’s do I hate: Cheese, Lettuce, Gherkins, Cucumber

3. Provide 10 random factoids about yourself.

  1. I have 4 gorgeous sons
  2. I have been married for 24 years
  3. I have been married before – I was first married at the age of 17 and was divorced a year later
  4. I live in Johannesburg, South Africa
  5. I have traveled to: Brunei, Malaysia – Sabah and Sarawk, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, USA, UK, Zimbabwe, Labuan, Singapore
  6. I prefer Gates to Jobs
  7. I can’t do without my iPad and iPhone
  8. I have an older sister – 20 years my senior and and older brother – 18 years my senior and a younger brother – 5 years younger than me.
  9. I am 46 going on 38
  10. I have fake boobs

4. Hand the award to 7 deserving others.

The Fabulous Blog Ribbon

 Rules to the Fabulous Blog Award:

1. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and share the link back to the awarding blog.
A big THANK YOU to Nell @ http://www.theramblingcouchpotato.com/  I love your rants and raves and am honored that you find me deserving.

2. Name 5 fabulous moments in your life.

  • When Son no 1 was born
  • When Son no 2 was born
  • When Son no 3 was born
  • When Son no 4 was born
  • When Son no 1 got married to a great young lass

3. Name 5 things that you love.

  • My kids
  • My Hubby
  • My iPad
  • My iPhone
  • Blogging

4. Name 5 things you hate.

  • Call Centre Agents – Really despise them!
  • Banks
  • Insurance Companies
  • People who shout at others
  • The cold

5. Pass the award to 5 deserving bloggers.

(It is difficult coming up with a list of deserving bloggers who have not already got some of these awards)