Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Awards and a sunset to remember...

A little while ago, Chris from His Unfinished Work gave me the Lemonade Award. She says:

The purpose of this award is to give it to someone who is showing gratitude or a good attitude ("if life hands you lemons, make lemonade") within their life or blog.

The rules are these:
1) put the logo on your blog
2) nominate blogs that show great attitude and/or gratitude.
3) have your friends pass it along to more bloggers!

Thanks, Chris! And in a totally unusual fashion for me (I always forget to pass on awards or even actually mention them even though I am deeply honoured and very grateful I promise) I am passing it on IMMEDIATELY to my friend Kelli from Living in Grace .

Now most of you will know all about Kelli. She is waiting for a kidney transplant, and is covered in prayer by bloggers from around the globe. She has a wonderful family, who love and support her, and who are the lights of her life, and her attitude to the formidable challenges she has faced and continues to face has been nothing short of remarkable.

Having a great attitude, or showing gratitude is just a part of human beings. All women, like me, have days when the attitude could use some work and the gratitude totally vanishes. It is called being human and applies to us all. What makes some people like Kelli remarkable, is that she is blogging about the dips as well as the zeniths. She is throwing it all out there. And she is unwittingly giving a master class in grace at the same time.

You deserve this award, Kelli. I salute you!

And then my friend Janine at One Breath at a Time gave me this Your Blog is Fabulous award. Thanks, Janine! I am very honoured, and am sitting here grinning at the thought that someone considers Rocking Chair Reflections a fabulous blog!

The rules are supposed to be to pass it on to 10 fabulous bloggers, and to then list 5 addictions I am willing to confess to. Hmmm. Well, given that I have about 180 blogs on my favourite roll, and that I only read fabulous blogs, of course, this is somewhat of a problem. I also happen to think it may dilute the award if I give it to too many (like all of you). I am very tempted to do just that.

Anyway. I am now going to give it to 5 special people. New rules. Set by me.

Vee, from A Haven for Vee
Sandra, from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Crystal, from Be the Change You Want to See
Britt-Arnhild, from Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods
Barb, from A Chelsea Morning

All lovely women with fabulous blogs. Another reason for narrowing it down to 5 is because I cannot keep up with all the http thingys, adjusting urls and generally messing back and forth on the computer. Sigh. I am also not known for my patience, but I am working on that too.

Addictions??? Moi??? Of course. Coffee, blogging, bookshops, cheese, quilting. Enough said.

Moving on swiftly...... Sunset last night was beautiful, so I took some photos. Here you go then.

The light was spectacular.

I am wearing a skirt. Tick.
I am actually wearing tights. This is progress, uncomfortable though it may be. Having stuff tight around my leg took some getting used to.
If I do exactly what they say I should, there is no time for anything else in the day. At all. This may be what they meant when they said it would be difficult.
5x+ texture de-sensitising. 5x+ mirror therapy. 2x exercise sessions. Then there is in bed therapy, getting dressed therapy, bathing therapy. Add in the physio, trying to go for a walk, cooking and all the rest and there is no time for anything else at all. But I don't care, if it works. Physio first thing tomorrow again. I can do this.


Needled Mom said...

Congratulations on your great award, Linds. You do deserve it!!!

I am exhausted just reading about your days routine. Good grief!Just the exercises alone will keep you busy, but it WILL be worth it.

Beautiful sunset.

Lisa Marie said...

What beautiful photos! And glad to hear you are "lovin your leg" I think that should be your new motto! maybe "Lovin My Leg!" Tee hee!

Vee said...

Wonderful awards...congratulations! (Thank you so much for thinking of me.)

You know, I was trying to pay attention to all that you shared yesterday and I learned some very interesting things...I do so much of what you are/were doing. And so does my mother. I told her a bit about it, but didn't point it out when she actually did it. One funny thing that she father is always "your father" or "your son-in-law" or "your brother" but never his name...I found that fascinating and I'm sure that it means something!

Vee said...

Ackkk, I forgot to say how gorgeous your sky photos are...truly lovely!

Susan said...

Nice awards, and great sunset!!!

Joyful Days said...

You can do this.

I passed the lemonade award on to you, too--don't feel you need to "play" again, but you are an encouragement to me and others!! As is sweet Kelli.

Busy is good.


Jan said...

Congrats on the awards! You are truly deserving!
You photos are breathtaking! I love them all!
I read with fascination your last post! I found it incredibly interesting. You know we are all with you in spirit on this journey!

Carole Burant said...

Congratulations on receiving such well deserved awards, my friend:-) You shouldn't be surprised that we think your blog is fabulous, it really is!! I, for one, love being a part of your life:-)

Such beautiful sunset pictures, absolutely glorious!! It's so cold here right now, the air is actually white with frost. Staying inside where it's nice and warm.

Good for you for doing so well with the you say, it's difficult but it will be so worth it in the end:-) xoxo

someone else said...

Congrats on your lovely awards.

The sunset is breath-taking!!

Mary said...

The brilliance and glory of sunsets - wow- they never cease to amaze me.You can't help but be impressed and moved. I think Thy are one of God's calling cards. Nice pic's!

Now, I was wondering! Do you think you should post a pic of you and beautiful leg in skirt (to make it all official)? Could be part of the therapy? ;)

I'm off to buy some material today. Thanks again for the quilting tutorial. It's ready, set, GO!

Sandra said...

Congrats on the awards Linds, you definitely deserve them :) And thank you for passing one on to me, you are too sweet *hugs*

The sunset photos are amazing, goodness, they are just lekker LOL Sorry I don't know why I felt I had to say that LOL


Kelli said...

Wow. Your words made me tear up. I' just walking along and trying to survive. Your support makes it possible for me to do that, sweet Linds. Thank you so much for all the encouragement you give me. Thank you.

Butterfly Mama said...

Wow, good work! I love fabulous sunsets, thanks for sharing.


Judith said...

Linds, You do deserve these awards. You are much appreciated and a great role model for living life fully, even with difficult challenges.

I love how you approach life.

Dawn said...

You now have a new full-time job - the pay isn't great, but the eventual bennies will be fabulous!

The sunset shots are glorious - I did a sunrise/sunset contrast a couple of days ago.

Please come over and read my latest prayer need. Thanks!

180 on your roll! Remember when you were writing your thoughts to the air??

Linda said...

Congratulations on those well-deserved awards Linds!
It is a lot of work, but I know you'll do it. You have great heart and will do a great job. And it will all be well worth it.
The pictures are gorgeous!

Barbara said...

Congrats on awards and beautiful sunsets Linds, fabulous in fact.