Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thankful Thursday:Sunshine Blogger Award

Today Cody and I are  excited because we were  presented with  a fun and happy award from our friends over at Four-Legged Furballs. It's the Sunshine Blogger Award, "which is meant to shed light on those fellow bloggers whose positivity and creativity you admire." Thank you so much for nominating Dakota and I for the Sunshine Blogger Award! We have received this award before, but it was all the way back in 2011!!! We figured we HOPEFULLY have some new readers who have joined us since then, so it is an honor to participate! We are super grateful to have received this award! Thank you Four-Legged Furballs for including us!!

There are some rules to follow with this award, and these rules are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. (See above. But also, thank you again to the adorable Four-Legged Furballs family and their sweet Mama!)
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, adding their links and asking them 11 new questions.
4. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Our friends over at Four-Legged Furballs came up with some great questions.

1. How many animals have you had in your lifetime thus far?
Eek. I haven't had NEARLY the number of pets that others have had. Let's see, when I was born, we had a Boxer named "Brandy" who lived with us til I was 7. She was the sweetest dog, but died quite young. She passed at age 7. From what my family had told me, she would "guard" my crib and get my parents if I was crying. I also had two turtles, some goldfish, a hamster, my first cat was my Angel Bobo, we shared our lives for 18 years. Then Cody, who I adopted 2 weeks after Bobo passed, then Dakota, my first dog as an adult, came that October.


2. Do you have a favorite blog topic, blog hop, or blogging day?
My favorite Blogging day is Wednesday when people participate in Wordless Wednesday. My favorite posts that day are the ones that ONLY use words in the title of the post. To me, those TRULY "wordless" posts beautifully convey the true meaning of the quote, "a picture is worth a thousand words." and what "Wordless Wednesday was originally intended to be.

3. What is your favorite book?
This one is pretty much impossible to answer. I have read soooooo many books that I have adored. Many are classics, many are cat and/or dog related. If you click book reviews , many of our favorite cat books are listed here, but not all! It is impossible to just choose one.

4. If you had to change your first name, what new name would you choose?
That is a great question! I have never thought of that before. I actually like my first name and am happy that my parents spelled it in such a unique way. Being a child of the 50s, at that time "Caren" with a "C" was virtually unheard of. I think it helped make me the creative person that I am. I like to think that I march to my own drummer, I have never been a "follower", and I don't always do what is the expected thing to do or the "norm."  I often wonder if I am that way because of my name.

5. Are you an early bird or a night owl? 
Both. I often stay up til 1 or 2 and get up at 6 am. It isn't healthy to do that, but I do. I find that I am my most alert in the morning. One thing I am NOT is an afternoon person. I am usually pretty dead at 3pm, then I perk back up from 5pm on.

6. What is your favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving. I love the time of year, I love what it represents and OF COURSE I LOVE THE FOOD!!!! All of my favorite foods are present on Thanksgiving!

7. What is your dream job?
Another tough one. I used to have a dream of being an Olympic Swimmer (I was a lifeguard all through college, and was on a swim team when I was young.) At one time I wanted to teach Early Childhood Education, specifically kindergarten. Now, believe it or not, probably doing what I am now doing, blogging and working part-time in the world of Pets. Pet people, as we all know, are special people. I LOVE that I am able to work from home. I worked for approximately 26 years outside of the home, where EVERY morning I had to get up at 5:15am, I had intense deadlines to meet as well as steep sales quotas, working from home is something I never thought I would ever be blessed to do. If I am lucky enough to still be able to make ends meet at home, it is something I would do as long as I possibly can. One day, I would love to discipline myself to write a humorous children's book involving cats and dogs. That would be fabulous.

8. How many siblings do you have?
one older sister and one younger brother, I suffer from "middle child syndrome."

9. What is your favorite candy?

10. What is your absolute least favorite food?
LIVER!!!! Have to add another Bleu Cheese.

11. What do you call it: pop or soda? (Or something else altogether?)
Pop...of course (hehehe)

Next up is nominating 11 other bloggers.
To quote the Four-Legged Furballs Mom: "All of the blogs we read in this blogging community give us inspiration. We know so many bloggers deserving of this award, as all of you are so positive and creative in your own ways. That's what makes this community so great!"  For that reason, and others, we always break the "rules" of these hops. I don't want to list other bloggers because inevitably I would unintentionally leave someone out who is deserving and I don't want to accidentally hurt anyone's feelings. If I follow your blog, it is a pretty safe assumption that I enjoy your blog. So, if any of you are inclined to complete the challenge using the same questions above, (because I am lazy), feel free!

49 comments:

  1. Concatulations on your award! I loved reading your answers.

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  2. Concats on this sunny award!
    We know how Cody brings lots of kitty sunniness into your lives and the lives of all of us who read your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much!! That was sooo sweet! xoxo

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  3. Concatulations on your well deserved Sunshine Award, Caren and Cody and thank you for the insides to get to know you better :) Pawkisses for a Sunny Day :) <3

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  4. I'm a Thanksgiving girl too (stuffing, sweet potato, pumpkin!!!!).

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  5. Your answers are very interesting. I just had a quick count up on my fingers and think I have had 36 pets in my lifetime including an ancient cow (28 years old).

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    1. 36 pets AND a 28 year old cow?????????????????? WOWZA!!!! You were blessed to have so many pets!

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  6. Congratulations, Caren and Cody! This award is well-deserved, as you certainly bring a little sunshine into my day. I enjoyed reading your answers. Yay, Almond Joy!

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    1. Thank you so much Roby!!!! Yesssssssssssssssssss YAY Almond Joy!!

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  7. Thank you so much for participating, Caren and Cody! You really put such wonderful thought into your answers, and we love them! Have a lovely, sunshiney day!

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    1. You are soooo sweet! Thank YOU for giving both Cody and Dakota this award, it was the LEAST I could do since you were beyond kind to present it to both. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo

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  8. Teehee, I used to say pop, but I've slowly changed since living in California! I also love Thanksgiving! So much fun learning more about you!

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  9. Congratulations on your award. I loved finding out more about you!

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  10. Congrats on the award, Caren! It is fun learning about you♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  11. Cool beans, Caren and Cody! Concats! I am a middle-child too, but I'm number 5 of 6! There's a whole 'nuther bunch of syndromes to that, I'm sure. Like you, Caren, my parents spelled my nickname of Vicky with a 'y', which put it in an unusual class too; lots of Vicki and Vickie's out there.

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    1. See? That is why we are so unique and special ;)

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  12. Way to go on your new award Cody.

    Have a purrfect day. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Sending you tons of kitty kisses! xoxo

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  13. Congrats on the award!

    I loved reading this and getting to know you better :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  14. Congratulations on your award! We like the way you choose to pass on the awards. :)

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  15. Great award, concats. So nice to learn more about your survant Cody.

    Emma and Buster

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  16. guys...conga ratz two ewe all on thiz way kewl award....we N joyed reedin yur momz answerz....pleez ta tell her we said thanx for knot men shunin.... TURKEE.....at all....in number 6... { tho we noe her prob ablee iz inn cloodin it.... in her "minds eye" } !!

    heerz two an eeltail catfish kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

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  17. Concatulations on your award ! We enjoyed reading your answers ! Purrs

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  18. Great answers. Didn't think I could learn more about you but I did. I'm still deciding if I should let TW answer some of these cos they don't apply to cats.

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    1. Thank you!!!!! YES!! Let TW answer!!! I would LOVE to read her answers!!!

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  19. Congrats on this award. And we sure enjoyed reading your answers...always learning stuff about our blogging friends.

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  20. Congrats on the award and I think you need another pet or two. :)

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  21. Great job! Good for you doing this and doing it so quickly. I hope I do mine relatively soon. It was fun to read your answers.

    Almond Joy is so yummy!

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    1. Thank you!! It is RARE, trust me that I do these fast (which is why years ago I stopped doing them! lol). I still have to blog about a trip i took....but...I went and rushed doing this lol!! Ohhh yesss about Almond Joy and thanks about my answers. Can't wait to read yours!

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  22. Congrats dear friends, you always bring sunshine into our lives!

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  23. Concatulations! We loved reading your answers.

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  24. Congratulations on your cool award
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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  25. Congratulations on your well deserved award. You always brighten my day. Nice to learn more about you.

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    1. you are so sweet! Thank you so much! You brighten mine too!!

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  26. How fitting that you got that award, because you always bring so much sunshine, Caren and Cody. :)

    We loved reading your answers!

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    1. thank you so much but you deserve it WAY more than I do!!! Thank you!! xoxo

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  27. Aaaaaaaaaaaw We luvved your answers. And we luvved da foto of Bobo da hobo in your next posty too. Fanks fur da FYI 'bout da fotos. We're going to one of those spay clinics and not an actual VET office, but mommy kinda feels like you do 'bout da fotos. It's all da other peeps dat wanna know where our fotos are. Sheesh Anyways, Ya'll have a great weekend.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  28. Caren and Cody, we would like to congratulate you on this accomplishment! You really have something to be proud of. We loved all your answers EXCEPT that you don't like LIVER because that is our favorite! We are not much for swimming either, though our peep lugs it too. Lastly, we hope u DO write the kitty book, we're sure it'll be a gift 2 the world!

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    1. Why thank you!! Ugh, liver!!!! Don't hold your breath about the book, but thank you!

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  29. Love! Love! Love your answers!
    Mes thinks yous sended mes this award the first time it came around...So glad yous guys did it again too!
    Kisses
    Nellie (and Mommy)

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