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Feelin' The Luv

I'm not sure why, but I've been oddly popular lately. My blog following has grown (probably because I finally fixed my broken Follower gadget. :P), and I've been the surprised, delighted recipient of some very kind comments. I even had my first interview. We hear all the time what a great bunch of supportive bloggers writers are, but stuff like this makes you realize it's true.

Livia blew me away by displaying my blog button. 
I didn't even know she'd done it! I just happened to see it when I visited her blog. Thank you, Livia!  :)

And I was recently given the Leibster Blog Award by Katherine Checkley over at The Intrinsic Writer.

Katherine is a real sweetheart. If you don't already follow her blog, you should. 
Same goes for Livia. :)

The Liebster Blog rules are as follows:

  1. Answer the giver’s 11 probing questions
  2. Think of 11 questions of your own
  3. Choose 11 worthy bloggers (who have fewer than 200 followers) to interrogate and pay it forward
In the interest of post length, I chose to answer a few select questions:

What’s your favorite flower?

Roses in a vase are lovelygladiolas, toobut the gardenia is my favorite of all.  I love to walk outside when they're in bloom and pick them right off the bush, sniff (repeatedly), then float them in a small bowl of water.

Name five celebrities you’d kill if murder were legal.

Ack. None! 
If you mean actors and the villains they played, I prefer to see them get their just deserts on film.

What was your first car?

A red Ford Escort I shared with my mom.

What was your favorite age? Or, the best time in your life?

As a kid, I used to think that would be when I was 'older.' Now I wish I could return to the time of childhood innocence when my worries were few and my responsibilities were fewer.

What parts of your body hurt the most?

At my age, what parts don't? :P

What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever done to someone?

I'll have to take the 5th on that. 

Do you regret it?

Absolutely not. 


Now I get to announce 11 worthy bloggers to take part in the next round of the Liebster Award!  But first, your questions:

1. Name your favorite vegetable.
2. Paper or plastic?
3. What is the most outrageous thing you've done for a cause?
4. If you had a yacht, what would you name it?
5. Have you ever jumped off anything higher than a diving board?
6. What was your worst job ever?
7. Crunchy peanut butter or smooth?
8. What's the best prank you've ever played on someone?
9. Name your favorite season.
10. What's something your parents used to say over and over?
11. If you got a tattoo, where would you put it and what would it be?

The bloggers are...

Livia -
Ryan  -
Jennifer McMurrain -
Natasha Hanova - 
My Upside-down Life -
Anne -

And (yep - I'm gonna wimp out on this one, too) 
anyone else with less than 200 followers who is up for the challenge. 

Thanks for visiting. 
I tack this on the end of my posts all the time, 
but I really mean it. :)


  1. Well done on the award :)
    Great answers to your questions too.

    So pleased for you.
    You deserve it :)

    1. Thanks. And thank you for mentioning GPM on your blog today. :)

      Melissa's doing a monthly series on helpful links. Y'all should check it out. ;)

  2. What part hurts most... you're right, after a certain age, everything!
    Congratulations on the award.

    1. Yeah, well, you're older than I, so you'd know. LOL :P

      Thank you! :)

  3. You're doing great things over here, Melissa! Your following is going to do nothing but grow if you keep at it like this. And I'm happy to tag along for the ride. :-)

  4. Congrats Melissa, you deserve the blog love! And I love gardenias too, they smell so amazing.

    "Do you regret it?"
    "Absolutely not." <--Hilarious! xD

  5. Thanks for the shout out :) And I can see why you're so popular!

  6. Thanks for tagging me! What a fun list of questions. :)

    I enjoyed learning more about you in the interview and even more with these questions. Gardenias floating in water look so elegant.

    Congrats on the award.

    1. Whew! Glad you're glad. :D

      I swear, I could sniff gardenias all day. :)

      Thank you!

  7. It's always awesome to get recognition and a pat on the back. Congratulations. Writing can be a lonely world-- nice to feel connected!

    1. Yes it is and it does.
      Thanks for visiting. :)

  8. No way! Tell us the meanest thing you've ever done. Inquiring minds want to know! ;)

    P.S. Congratulations!! *Hugs*

    1. Hmm. What's the statute of limitations on... oh, never mind. :P

      Thanks! :)

  9. Thanks for giving the shout-out of my blog! Congratulations on the award! *hugs*

    1. You bet! Seeing my button on your blog almost made me get weepy. *sniff* :)

  10. You shouldn't be surprised at all that so many people love your blog! ;-)

    When I was younger I worked at a flower shop and my favorite shipment to get each week was the box of gardenias. They always smelled so heavenly. :-)

    1. Aww. Thank you. :)

      Ha! It's probably best I don't work with them. No gardenia is safe when I'm around. *pluck* LOL

      Thanks for stopping by. ;)

  11. Wanna know why? You rock! Good for you and your recent bloggy love. :))

    Roses are my favorite too.

    1. Thank you! That's sweet.

      Oh, yeah. I love roses, too. Hubby has been bringing me red roses since we started dating. Maybe that's one reason our marriage has lasted 17 years. ;)

  12. Congrats on all the extra bloggy love :) It's cool to learn more about you.

  13. LOL! You're so popular, Melissa ;)

    And I love reading your answers... you're so spunky! So fun. You're totally one of the coolest people I know. :D

    1. hahaha You're good for my ego. :D
      Where were you when I was (the quiet, nerdy girl) in high school? :P

  14. Congrats on the award! It is well-deserved.

    And I love Katherine's blog as well. She really knows her stuff, and is entertaining to boot.

    I think one of the reasons we write might be to try and recapture that childhood innocence. Everything was possible, then!

  15. I enjoyed your annswers! Gardenia are pretty. :) Really, you can't think of any celebs that need to be offed? :) My mind goes straight to reality shows on that one.

  16. Hey,

    Like that old rock song says:

    You give good blog love a good name :)

    You deserve all the kudos, Melissa, so well done, I'm delighted to see you get the recognition :)


  17. You received the Super Sweet Blogger Award from me today! You're definitely sweet from what connections we've made via the blogosphere and email! You deserved it because your blog is just wonderful! :)

  18. Congratulations on your award! Thanks for tagging me. It was great knowing more about you. Following you now. Hope you can follow back :)

    1. Thanks. It's always fun meeting new bloggers. :)


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