Tuesday, March 10, 2009


It's one of, if not my only strong suite. It's one of the classic interview questions: "What do you do better than anyone else?" If ever asked, my answer would be, "I make lemonade out of lemons." I've been accused on more than one occasion of being something of a Pollyanna. Mary Sunshine. So what, I say. GOOD.FOR.ME!

I was out to lunch with MHS and Daddy on Friday when I got the email from my friend, Crone and Bear It, telling me that she had an award for me at her site. I was excited and giddy as a school girl. I couldn't wait to get home and see what she had left me. Oh sure, I could have checked out her site on my crackberry but I wanted to see my prize in full size and all its glory.

I haven't known Crone and Bear It for long and I am honored that she thinks enough of me and/or my blog to present me with the "When Life Hands You Lemons" award. Thanks, CBI! I graciously accept and hope I can live up to your expectations.

Like any award, this one comes with rules and they are as follows:

  1. Post the logo on your blog.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
  3. Link to the nominees within your blog post.
  4. Notify the recipients of the award by commenting on their blog.
  5. Share the love and link back to the person from whom you received your award.

It was a hard task to narrow my blogroll down to just a few. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you (in no particular order) some of the best makers of lemonade I've encountered. Check them out.

Beth of What I Should Have Said
– As an elementary school principal, Beth has opportunities to make lemonade everyday and then tells us all about them.

Lori of My Life Interrupted – Just when Lori was about to set off on her adventure with her new husband, life handed her two darling grandbabies to raise. Lori should probably get two of these awards.

Jason of the Jason Show – Jason has a quite a story to tell. I've gone thru his archives and he will make you laugh and cry at the same time.

Mona of WsprsweetlyofCottages – Mona used to write about lemons and then get nervous and delete them. I've given her such a hard time about it though that now she proudly posts lemonade and sells it for 25 cents a cup.

Liar (as I like to call her) of The Fragrant Liar – I've been reading Ms. Liar's blog long enough to know of some of the lemons that life has thrown at her and I don't think anyone has dealt with them as eloquently or with a better attitude.

Fancy of Nothing Fancy – Fancy has a lemon of an ex but life turned to lemon, syrupy goodness when she met Blue Eyes.

Snow of SnowWhite and the 76 Dwarfs – Ms. White encounters a lot of lemons as she tries to shape and mold the minds that will one day be our future. And some days she has a hard time doing it with a straight face.

LiLu of Live it Love it – Lilu is a young woman whose honesty and sense of humor cannot be denied. Give her a lemon and this girl will make you a cocktail.

Jan of Jan's Sushi Bar – Jan has enough lemons in her past to make anyone a sourpuss but instead you will find a warm and funny woman who knows how to make lemonade and anything else your little heart desires.

Erin of It's Only a Movie – Erin is a teacher of children with special needs. Nuff said.

Pseudo of Pseudonymous High School Teacher – Pseudo is a breast cancer survivor and a high school teacher. I tip my hat to her lemonade making skills.

Thistle of Thistles and Maple Leaves – Thistle is a psychologist who treats patients with more lemons than one can imagine. Her razor sharp wit and intelligence make for some very tart and sassy reading.

Kathy of My Space, My Blog, My Life – Kathy and her son have moved far away from family and friends. Check her out as she makes a new life in a new place.

I have more that I could have listed but the hour is getting late and a woman my age needs her beauty rest more than you know. Check out my blogroll for more sassy sensations.


smiles4u said...

That's right good for you!!! I love your attitude about life and anyone that has a problem with it is just plain sour! Thank you for passing this award on to me...you really are too sweet. I read many of the blogs you awarded and to be included in that group is an honor. I will have to check out the ones I haven't. Now enjoy your beauty rest my friend!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

There is such a difference in our ages..and yet I learn so much from you. Thank you for helping me to hang in there and say what I really want to say. I love you for that..but then you already know that.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

P.S. By the way, I fell off my friggin' chair when I read what you wrote. :)

Oz Girl said...

If you'be been accused of being Mary Sunshine, then you just MUST check out this video, you will die laughing... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd4tugPM83c&feature=channel_page. I will check out your nominees' blogs in the next few days, can't wait... but have to get ready for my AZ trip tomorrow so the next week is going to be cwwaazzzy!

Beth said...

I love your positive attitude! And all your funny stories, too.

Thanks for the award! It means a lot to me.

P.S. My mother has called me Pollyanna for as long as I can remember. I love the nickname!

Jan said...

Bless your heart, woman! Thank you, thank you!

Oh, this so makes me want to post a lemonade recipe...


only a movie said...

Wow, SMB, thank you! I could use all the lemonade making practice I can get. Beth - my mother calls her nicer children Pollyanna too - sadly, she doesn't mean it in a good way. I think it's a compliment.

Kathy said...

Awwww thanks! And funny - you haven't even heard about HALF my lemons!! LOL
And I was never Pollyanna - it was always Sarah Bernhardt (not to be confused with Sandra, the crazy Madonna-friend one).. Now that I have the drama queen as my child - I understand. :)
Thank you!!!

Gaston Studio said...

Congrats on your award. Love your blog and look forward to it each day.

Lo said...

thank you for these wonderful blogs!!!!! ooooo can't wait to read all of these. AWESOME for a slow day at work when it's raining!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Thank you. I humbly accept. Now I off to make more lemonade!

Fragrant Liar said...

Aw, SMB, thanks so much! I am so honored that you thought of me for this award. I will accept it with a full, happy heart (and gas, but that's another story).

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Wel, thank-you so very much SMB! I am honored. You know I love your blog and you too. I do believe we could use a little more polyannas these days, and so I tip my hat to you and am fortunate to consider you my friend.

LiLu said...

I know exactly what to do with that lemon... make chocolate cake martinis!

Thanks so much love, you are the bestest. So glad to have found you in the blogosphere!


Anonymous said...

You totally deserve the award! Congratulations!!!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Smiles-It's been my experience that having a good attitude can be annoying to those who don't have one.

Mona-Please don't tell me you've fallen and you can't get up. LOL I love you too.

OG-The video is hilarious and proves my point in my comment to Smiles.

Beth-From one Pollyanna to another....Congrats!

Jan-You deserve it muchas, muchos, ah sh*t, you know what I mean.

Erin-I think you do a great job of making lemonade.

Kathy-Does that mean I need to dig deeper or there's some juicy stuff coming soon?

Gaston-Thank you so much.

Lo-Sending you warm and dry wishes. Thanks.

Liar-You're welcome and do you think lemons give you gas? Hmmmmm?

Fancy-Congrats and may I have a cup, please?

Lilu-I knew you would have a goody.

Pseudo-I love you too and you so deserve it. *muahhh*

BV-Thank you very much.

midlife slices said...

Aww....thanks so much....I love you for giving me...oh wait. O.k. nevermind. *wink*

Jason, as himself said...

I'm honored! Thank you for thinking of me, and for your kind words, and for the link...and I love lemonade!

Anonymous said...

ohh thank you! thank you! i do deal with some lemons... regularly! too bad the factory won't take these ones back! you've inspired me; i'm doing a giveway. it's related, trust!

thistle said...

Hey! Been swimming in lemonade this past week...mostly of my own making hence my absence from the blogosphere. Thanks for the award and sorry i've been so slow getting over here to pick it up...playing catch up on everyone's sites this weekend, and will be putting this up front and center on my own!