Awards: Accept or not accept?

I have been thinking about this for quite some time. I’ve read reasons to give and accept awards and reasons to not do them in any form. You will notice, all awards, except for the Inner Peace Award have been removed from my blog.

Before I go further, if you do not accept awards and someone should make the mistake of giving you one, please be courteous. Many times, awards are given with the thoughts of kindness and true appreciation of your work. If you can’t respond in kind, then please don’t respond. A simple, “Thank you, but I do not accept awards” is sufficient. The giver of the award does not need a lecture about how you are above such things, don’t belong to social networks (as if the award implies such), or believe in quality rather than quantity, or any other such unwarranted remarks. I don’t know about you all, but I was taught if you can’t say something kind, say nothing. The way you handle a bestowed award says a great deal about you, regardless of your blogging superiority.

That being said, I have decided to no longer accept awards. Not because of the social network thing, which I still don’t understand, not because of quality versus quantity (I control that by my writing, not by the person giving the award), or any other reasons. I appreciate the true kindness and recognition of persons who have given me awards in the past. This is just a personal decision I have made.

However, the one award I am keeping and displaying is the Inner Peace Award. This was given to me by my dear friend Clowie over at Clowie’s Corners. The Inner Peace Award is exactly as Clowie said, “I feel at peace when I visit your blog”. I want people to feel welcome at my blog. I want to connect, to share, to learn from you all and for you all to learn from me – to take away a smile or thought from my words. I write because I enjoy the creative process and I do so appreciate those of you who “Like” and/or comment. I write because I have been writing almost all of my life. I write because I enjoy it.

So again, thank you to all of you who have given me awards in the past. Thank you all for your taking time to comment. I intend to, instead of giving awards, in the future, to make more comments, to show my appreciation for your work.

Let us be kind to each other. Let us take more time to comment and show our appreciation or respect or enjoyment or how the blog touched us. Sometimes that simple smiley face in a comment box means more to me than an award. We are all so busy and I know you all, like me, follow multiple blogs. Share you encouragement, thoughts, dreams, stories.

Thank you again to all of you who have commented, liked, given awards.  Let us give to each other courtesy and kindness.

OOPSIE! Here’s the video for Better than Freshly Pressed blog

http://This is the dog version.  God bless all the animals who have adopted me and rescued me through the years.


wooo – hoooo Better than Freshly Pressed

Yes, I’m down. but a friend reminded me I had been through worse and survived. Friends in the blogosphere gave me cyber hugs (and a furry one from my friend Clowie!), they shared music that made them smile. They encouraged. I’m still down, but I’m moving up. Bent but not broken.

Hugs back at you all….I am posting a video – Best Day of My Life by American Authors – the Dog Version. Animal welfare is very dear to me. I have been rescued and adopted by some of the most incredible animals in the universe. So this is a shout out to all of them.  How we live, how we cope, how we survive – it’s all a choice of attitude.  I have faith in a great God, I have friends who care, I have people who love me in spite of me being me….I am wealthy beyond the imagination.

This post is a very belated THANK YOU to some super bloggers who passed along awards to me. They didn’t do the rules thing, but I was taught to say thank you and that I am doing. I am also linking to them and I hope you will will check them out.

I would love to nominate all my “followers” because you all provide me with my best moments, new perspectives, joy, knowledge, music….you all expand my world. So….ALL WHO FOLLOW THIS BLOG AMD READ THIS POST – pick out any four of the awards posted for yourself. It may not sound very personal, but I want you to pick what will make you feel great. Like giving you a bag of Jolly Rancher candies and you picking the combination you like the best.

I have been given all of these awards by you all.  Something I wrote spoke to something in you and you took the time to let me know either by comments or awards.  So…have at it.  Take your pick.  Everyone of you deserves every one of the awards.  Thank you to Huntie, Belsbror, and the Seeker for your recent nominations.   Pass these along to others.  Let’s all of us take more to time to let others know about how they touch us.


I have been nominated for and given the choice of awards as they posted them…

Thank you dear hearts for reading my blog and nominating me:

Things you should know about me:
1. These are three of the blogs I follow.
2. I want you to go visit them if you have not already
3. I really enjoy these three blogs. I like what they say, how they say it, and who the bloggers are.
4. I like all the blogs I follow!!!
5. I am a prolific reader
6. I have over 1500 books on my Kindle and the number is still growing
7. I am a kickbutt cook.
8. The rest of what you want to know is all through my blog.

Help yourself to four of these:

shaunyaward[1]  Sunshine-Award[1]  bth_VersatileBloggerAward-Tekkaus[1]  shineon1[1]   unique-leaves-award[1]

seed-of-light-award[1]  imagesCAOLFA1G  first-best-moment-award-winner[1]  bbaward  sweet[1] inner-peace-award1[1]    very-inspiring-blogger-award-2[1]     one-lovely-blog-award[1]    most-influential-blogger-e1364230844577[1] rose-of-kindness-award[1]   Liebster Award



Finally, I figured out what numb nut thing I was doing about putting the awards on my page.  thank you all for your help.  those of you who were kind to give me awards – hold on, I’m comin’.

You see, I am a logical person.  I did reverse engineering to do this procedure – didn’t work.  Asked for help and some of you kind people responded.  Didn’t work.  I don’t know what I just did but an award finally showed up on my webpage.

You folks are the bestest and I give you all the Bestest Folks award.  You earned it.

HELP!!!!! I can’t get my awards to post

I have been given awards by several wonderful people.  I’ve got the post ready to go but…..I’ve forgotten or either I can’t get the awards to display on my page.

Could someone help me please??  Thank you!!!!

I feel like such a primo doofus.  You are welcome to have a good guffaw at my expense.

A Splendiferous Galaxy of Awards…..Gratitude flows


You registered on 1 years ago!  Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!


Okay, this isn’t an award.  it is a computer generated notice.  They haven’t fresh pressed me so they don’t know I am doing good blogging.  .

HOWEVER (ahem)  it is all of you out there who have read my blog, liked, commented… is all of you out there in Blogland that share yourselves with others, that give us some of our best moments, that inspire us, make us weep, make us laugh and chortle with delight, inform us, influence us…….and in a large part, that “us” is me.  Yours truly……the very imperfect cherry blossom who strives to be the perfect cherry blossom.   When I started blogging, I wasn’t sure what to expect or where I was going.  Somehow, KanzenSakura has taken a life of her own and has skipped merrily along, sometimes with me, sometimes, apparently when successful, without.

A few weeks ago, a meteor shower of nominations lit my world.  Alas, pneumonia laid me low and so I am later that I wish to be at thanking those shining lights who nominated me.  Here is the amazing part:  no rules.  No link backs, no answering questions……just those precious souls saying, “Here is a garden of awards.  Pick yourself a bouquet.  I know you deserve them all but pick the ones that make your bouquet as special as you.”

So being a good (sometimes, more often than not, naughty) southern girl, I am doing as my mama taught me years ago.  “When folks are nice to you, say Thank You.  and oh yes, pass it along.”

Thank you to:

I’m posting the awards I chose.  I am going to mentally go out to Oklahoma and wander around  mom’s pasture and cogitate on this a bit.  I’m going to share.  I may even wander around the lovely land of and his amazing sonnets, or scoot around Japan compliments of

But wherever I go in my thoughts, I’m going to share these awards in the same spirit as they were given.  I know some of the folks I choose will not accept and that is fine, just you all go visit their site anyway, okay?

Thank you all again.  Words in this case, are insufficient.  I send you all hugs from my heart.


So……here is the Splendiferous Bouquet of Awards – Yowzer Y’all…..

hug-award11[1] most-influential-blogger-e1364230844577[1] one-lovely-blog-award[1] rose-of-kindness-award[1] seed-of-light-award[1] shineon1[1] unique-leaves-award[1]


Versatile Blogger Award


This one actually came before the Best Moments Award.  I needed to think long and hard about the Most Versatile Blogger.  Sometimes my idea of things are waaaaay different from other’s.  Hence, probably some of you are thinking some of my choices for Best Moments are a bit odd.  Well, ODD is one of my middle names (along with Stubborn, Geeky, Lives in an Alternative Universe, A Bit Twisted -you catch my drift).

The same will be true of the Versatile Blogger Award.  But I am pleased with my choices.  I tried to choose new or bloggers who hadn’t racked up a bunch of awards already.  Please do check out the winners for both awards.  Find some new interests, different perspectives, cool stuff, funny stuff, inspirational stuff……maybe even a new friend or two.

THANK YOU to   for giving me this award.  His blog is worth checking out.  I like everything he chooses to share.  And the reason behind his choices I find typical of the way he is. Photographs, sayings, humor, inspiration, provocation of thought – all on his blog.  I am honored by his choosing me.

I told a friend about Versatile Blogger, and he says “Why, because you are a white southern woman writing about Japanese stuff?”  I said to him, “No, Dopey. it’s because I am a white southern woman writing about Japanese stuff, southern stuff, recipes, poetry, prose, Christian thoughts, and fun things.”

So that settles that.  My blog is a bit of a mish-mash of what is coming out of my head and heart at that moment.  I hope you will try some of the recipes – I’ve been on a Japanese jag for a bit so now it is time for me to go back to Southern.  Also, the poems aren’t the best in the world, but you may like some of them.  I thank all of you who read, like, follow my blog.  You all are the most versatile group of people I have ever met.  Keep your wonderful posts coming.  You are all special.

VBA Rules

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell 7 things about yourself
  1. 1.  I am part of a group of friends all born, in different years, on 11/16 within the timeframe of 5:00 am and 6:30 a.m.  I call this the 11/16 Society and have done various posts about it
  2. I love Blue Bell ice cream (hooray, finally in Virginia!) esp. the banana split, the banana pudding, and the peach cobbler.
  3. I’m afraid of spiders.  I think they are cool but I am afraid of them.
  4. My Japanese is really really bad and I thank you all for putting up with me.
  5. I’m not fond of chocolate
  6. I wrote my first poem when I was four:  Rain. Rain. Rain.  Ducks like rain.  Sometimes I do.  Sometimes I don’t. Rain. Rain. Rain.
  7. I like to ball room dance, especially standard tango and Viennese Waltz.

AND THE WINNERS no special order…

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