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07 February 2010

Sugar Doll Award

The lovely Southern belle, Michele, over at Southern City Mysteries gave me the Sugar Doll award. Thank you! It requires me to say ten things about myself:

1. I love Southern accents and slip into one whenever I think about the good 'ol US of A. I have family in Georgia and Arkansas, and I copy my stepdad's accent whenever I'm on the phone to him. I can't help it, and I'm not trying to be rude. He never says anything, so maybe he doesn't notice. That leads me to...

2. I'm bad at accents. If anyone's ever seen "Don't Tell Her It's Me", I'm as awful as Steve Guttenberg was at the start of that movie.

3. I was raised by my great grandmother, so I say "hold your horses" and "are you some kinda wise guy?" like those phrases are still in style.

4. When I was three, I used an old baby carriage to build a house for my cats. When I ran to my grandma saying "Come see my cat house!", she was not amused. I never understood until years later when I learned a cathouse was a brothel .

5. Also because of my grandma, I love the Andrew Sisters and Patsy Cline.

6. I never liked the Lawrence Welk show.

7. I was forbidden to watch The Addams Family. Apparently, the way Gomez spoke French and kissed Mortisha's arm was "filthy".

8. I watched it anyway when Grandma was busy in the other room.

9. My Grandma, Ruth, was the greatest parent and role model anyone could ever have had. She wouldn't even kill a spider, and she nursed people as well as wild animals. I have a photo somewhere of her bottle-feeding a white-spotted fawn.

10. I still miss her.

All right, wiping my eyes now. Back to business. I'm passing the Sugar Doll award on to Elizabeth Spann Craig, Tabitha, Anne Riley, Chase, and Heather. Congrats!

I'd rather be here reading blogs and posting, but I must now drag my sorry, summer cold suffering self back to work (I know alliterations are bad, but I couldn't resist. All the S's go with my sniffles).


  1. Congrats on the award! Great choices to pass it along to :)

    Hope you feel better soon!

  2. That's a cool award. Your #7 is soo funny.


  3. Congratulations Lorel on the award!

    Please visit my blog today as you have another waiting for you! ♥

  4. Well thank you my dearest! I will postpone my acceptance speech for a few more days, but I do appreciate it!

  5. oh, I just love your number 7 thanks to what you wrote in number 8 :)))
    Congrats on the award, I don't doubt Michele has thrown a gala ceremony party ;)

  6. Congrats on your Award, it's always fun to read posts like this! I had a laugh at your #3, because I love to use phrases like that, they are very effective, aren't they?

  7. Congrats on your award :o) I spent a lot of time growing up with my Nana. I still use her saying - 'Lordy Lover Duck'.

  8. Jemi--Thanks. I gave my cold to my husband, which is worse. He moans about it even more than I do.

    Ann--I still chuckle about that. It was frustrating at the time, especially as I tried to argue and point out the actual *kissing on the lips* going on in other shows!


    Anne--You're welcome :)

    Dezmond--Thanks. I couldn't let a little thing like parental supervision stop me from watching the Addams Family!

    Joanne--It's great to see someone else who appreciates old fashioned phrases. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    Niki--Thanks :) I've never heard 'Lordy Lover Duck' before, but I like it. Pretty unforgetable. Grandmothers are the best!

  9. I love getting to know you more! And thank you SOO much for passing this award on to me!

  10. Hi, Lorel! I popped over from Chasing Empty Pavements to say hi and check things out. Congrats on your award. :-)

  11. You're so sweet! Thanks so much, Lorel! I love that you picked up such great expressions from your great-grandmother. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady.


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  12. Shannon--Welcome!

    Elizabeth--You deserve it. I love your Myrtle character 'cause she reminds me a bit of grandma, at least the part of never slowing down and keeping her mind sharp.

  13. Awww, sniffles! Summer? Craziness! There's 30 inches of snow in some places over here! And what wonderful things to know about you. Some people have said these awards are losing their meanings, and that may be true. But I'll honestly say I never give them out at random. I really think the recipients (and I meaan you, Lorel!) have great blogs. And ones like this one allow us all to get to know each other better...Plus, look at your glowing sidebar!


  14. Thanks Michele! Awards do help us get to know one another better, and I believe most are heartfelt (especially yours).
    Yes, it's summer here (sorry). Hope the snow where you are melts soon :)