Monday, January 6, 2014

Surprise Surprise!

What perfect timing.

Just before we begin to seriously embark on "another look," I learn that we've been honored with a lovely new year surprise!  The Cloistered Heart is nominated for a Sunshine Award!  Thank you, Melanie at Joy of Nine9, for a dash of fun and sun on this blustery winter's day.

Here are the "rules" for acceptance of this award:

1.  Use the award logo in the post.
2.  Link to whoever nominated you.
3.  Write 10 pieces of information about yourself.
4.  Nominate fellow bloggers who meet the indicated criteria.
5.  Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

Number 1:  check.  Number 2: check.

Number 3.  Pieces of information about myself.  (I loved reading Melanie's!).   Hmmm.  Think I'll just throw a potpourri of things out there, in whatever order they flitter across my mind.... wheeee!

1.  God is important to me!  (you're not shocked).

2.  My family is important to me! (you're not shocked and you're getting bored)

3.  Books are important to me (now yawning, you're wondering if this blogger passed fourth grade).  Not only do I love to read, I love to live surrounded by books.  They are my wallpaper of choice.  Two walls of my living room and two walls of my family room are literally lined with them. 

4.  I love humor.  My own spontaneous silliness surprises even me at times.  I once told a friend that in this sadly off-track world, we need comic relief.  She said "Nancy, you ARE comic relief."  I took that as a lovely compliment.  I like Shoe comics and Erma Bombeck quotes and old videos from the Carol Burnett show ("Went with the Wind!")

5.  I am a very chattery (okay, okay: too chattery) INtrovert.  

6.  I am older than you think.  My goodness.... you think I'm THAT old?!!  O my.  Now add ten years.

7.  I'm crazy about my grandchildren (ages 7, 5 and 3...wanna see my 7,243 pictures?).  Love to play board games with them, do crafts, tell stories, blow bubbles, laugh...)

8.  When my husband and I were dating, we often stopped to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament at our University's student center chapel (his idea) before he walked me home.  This added to his love of fun and his keen intellect made me fall head over heels. And he went in the reverse direction the night he met me, when he tried to impress me by literally standing on his head.  I chose not to hold that against him.  He was only nineteen; he had an excuse. 

9.  I find action movies boring.  My mind wanders during battle scenes. 

10. I like cool weather, nature, mountains, the ocean, chicken with mushrooms, ticking clocks, Call the Midwife, poetry, and I hate beer. 

Nominated bloggers.  I generally don't link to non-cloistered sites on this particular blog, but will make an exception this time.

However, in keeping with the prayer focus of The Cloistered Heart, I am only naming blogs that almost always stick to posts about prayer and growing in holiness.  So, here are a few that fit into the category of "spirituality blogs."

I wonder if a group blog can accept this award?  Just in case it can, I nominate:

Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network

I also nominate the following prayerful blogs: 

 I Want to See God

Bell of the Wanderer

Reflections on the Sacred

Imprisoned in My Bones

Thoughts on Grace

A Life Dedicated to Prayer
The Mad-Eyed Monk

Carmel Light

Check.  Check.  Check.  Check.  Check.  This has been a fun change of pace! 

Tomorrow (God willing) - a further look at another look......

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