“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
I know you come here to read about real estate and look at houses, but sometimes I have a few other things I want to talk about. Today I have some blog news, some people to thank, and some blog love to share.
My entire family was pretty much flattened this week by the flu bug. Ugh. All four of us have been out of commission. This was the second time in a month that my poor husband (aka Handy Dave) had it, and he’s the only one of us who bothered to get a flu shot this year (so unfair)!
Anyway, when I woke up from my flu stupor this morning, feeling (almost) like my regular self again, imagine how happy I was to see that Hooked on Houses had scored some “Major Awards.”
First, thanks to Courtney at Nesting Instincts for giving me this “Excellent Blog” award. I love her blog, too. If you haven’t seen it yet, go there now and check it out.
I hereby pass the “Excellent Blog” award on to Restyled Home. I’m in awe of everything Linda, a professional home stager, does.
And thanks to Marie at Watch the Wind Blow By for giving me the “You Cheer Me Up” Award. Marie is so much fun. She showcases some of her own decorating projects on her blog, so pay her a visit. She’s a loyal reader here, so you probably recognize her name if you read the comments. One of hers made my list of the Top 10 Comments for March.
Who cheers me up? It’s hard to choose–there are so many great blogs out there that I visit every day, but I’d have to say Daisy Cottage for sheer cheeriness. Just try to look at the photos of Kim’s yellow cottage without smiling (shown below). She makes me want to paint everything yellow and red!
I also have to thank Ramblings of a Renovating Couple, another of my favorite blogs, for highlighting Hooked on Houses in a post about blogs they love. This has been such a rough week. You guys don’t know how much it did my heart good to get some blog love!
I was pretty thrilled to have my Dolly Parton post (Dolly Parton’s Childhood Home in Tennessee) linked to from several sites, including Country Music Television’s online blog. Welcome all CMT fans!
I can’t forget to thank Desire to Inspire, one of my all-time favorite sites, for telling their readers about Hooked on Houses. Their generous mention drew hundreds of new readers here, and it’s been great getting to know so many of you.
From Here to Maine posted some very kind praise about Hooked on Houses. She also gives her take on the book House Lust, which I reviewed here (she liked it, too!).
Teri at The Brick Ranch wrote a post praising this site. She writes about real estate and housing news. Thanks, Teri!
Remember how I told you I was writing an article about Coco Chanel for the magazine Kiki? Ann Kroeker wrote a post that mentions me and Kiki that I appreciated. I hope it brought in some new readers for that wonderful magazine for girls.
Hooked on Houses reader Amy said some awfully nice things on her site, Lemons and Roses. She says “It’s an entertaining way to put the ol’ thinker on neutral.” That made me laugh. Thanks, Amy!
“The Nester” (such a creative girl, and so talented!) generously added me to her blogroll over at The Nesting Place, and I’ve been thrilled to have so many of her readers stopping by. In case you missed it, check out the post I did about her house in February: Curb Appeal (that’s her house, shown above).
My philosophy of life is that it’s all about having an attitude of gratitude, which is why I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support and encouragement. Thank you! I appreciate you all so much.
(If I’ve forgotten to thank anyone, I apologize! If you have mentioned my blog and I failed to notice, please let me know so I can give you a shout-out, too!)
I’m always surprised that so many of you want to read what I have to say. And when you go the extra mile to add me to your blogrolls or mention me on your own blogs, it warms my heart and makes all the late nights I spend blogging feel worthwhile.
Now I’m heading back to bed to try to sleep off the rest of this lingering bug. While I’m snoozing, why don’t you take a moment to visit some of these sites I’ve listed and make some new friends!