Creative Blogger Award


Thanks to the wonderful blogger and her cat Sonu Singh at But I Smile Anyway, I’ve been nominated for the Creative Blogger Award! (Or, as she put it, the Can’t Be Arsed award!)

The rules are as follows:

1. Contact all of your nominees and notify them of their award. You can pick as many blogs as you like, but five is the minimum.

2. Give a shout-out to the blogger that nominated you and post a link to their website.

3. Share five random facts about yourself.

4. Display the Creative Blogger Award image above your post.

5. Pass along these rules to the nominees.

So, five random things about myself.

1. I’m playing fetch with Kobi as I’m writing this.

2. I have celiac disease, which means I can’t eat wheat, rye, or barley, or any derivatives thereof. (Fortunately, I don’t like beer!)

3. I love the beach!

4. I like to write.

5. My husband and I are big geeks (okay, that might not be a surprise!). We both used to collect comic books and still peruse the comic book racks. I have 6+ long comic book boxes in my spare room.

Now it’s time for five other blogs to nominate.

1. Hands on Bowie

2. Gentle stitches

3. These Days of Mine

4. Two Cats Views

5. One Spoiled Cat

Thank you again, Ritu, for nominating me!



The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you, Peace, Love & Country Music, for this wonderful award! She is absolute amazing in her knowledge of country music and Nashville. I am in awe!

The rules are to thank your nominator, list 7 things about yourself, and pass the award onto other bloggers that are fairly new to blogging. In this case I will attempt to share 7 things about HMC and his family, so here it goes.

  1.  HMC absolutely adores “the dad.”
  2. If the dog jumps up on the bed, HMC will slink off the bed in a huff.
  3. “The dad” calls HMC “the herald” as HMC almost always precedes the dad down the stairs.
  4. The S word (soccer) is forbidden in our household.
  5. We are a fairly geeky household.
  6. We keep quite a stock of English bacon in the freezer.
  7. There have been times when all 4 of us are on the same piece of furniture.

My list of fairly new blogs:

A Rodent Life

This Hungry Kitten

The Type 1 Runner

Oh JoyLynn!

All Things Canadian By Just a Canadian



The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

This cool award was given to me by a really neat blog, My Little Garden. Thank you, yinyin!

The Rules of the Award:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself .
4. Nominate 5 other bloggers for this award and show their links.
5. Go to their pages and tell them.

The next item is to state 7 things about yourself. What I shall do is state 7 things about HMC.

Seven things about the Howling Mad Cat:

1. HMC is 21 years old (vet verified! that’s where I got him!) and is relatively healthy. This is inspiring and baffling to me.
2. HMC will only eat food containing the words “tuna” or “ocean whitefish.” Ah, to be able to eat the choicest foods!
3. If one of us is sitting on the couch, HMC will burrow between you and the couch. We should all be so cute, soft, furry, and warm.
4. HMC usually spends the afternoon sleeping under the bedcovers. (Don’t we all wish we could take an afternoon nap?)
5. HMC will get sprayed with water if he wakes us up too early (that is, before 6am). I have my limits.

Nominated Blogs:

In Which I have a blog. The posts by this blogger are so varied and funny! She brightens my day.

Me thinks so….. I just discovered this blog. The blogger is very talented and the artwork is amazing.

Bite Size Canada I love this blog. My husband is not American, so I love learning about other countries, and especially Canada, since we live relatively close to Québec and Ontario.

Dealing with the Dark I know I’ve given this blogger a couple of awards already, but she writes a very inspiring blog.

Turnhout – Nashville I think her story is very inspiring regarding relationships and coming to the United States. I believe that there comes a time when one has to take chances, and she took the same chance as my husband. It can be an awesome and very overwhelming experience (overwhelming in terms of the paperwork!).

The ABC Award

A big thank you to Country Girl, City Bling, who was nominated for this award and nominated The Howling Mad Cat! Thank you! Now I have to share something about me using each letter of the alphabet:

A     Animals. I love animals!

B     Bare feet. The best way to travel.

C     Cats!

D     Dogs!

E     Editing. It’s what I do.

F     Flowers. One can never have too many flowers!

G     Gluten free. That’s what I am.

H     Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles) is one of my favorite songs.

I      Ice cream – yum yum!

J     Jasmine is such a beautiful flower/scent.

K     Knitting. One of my hobbies.

L     Lilacs smell so wonderful.

M     Music. Life is nothing without music.

N     Nerd, which is kinda what I am!

O     Olive oil. To dip bread in, or to cook with.

P     Piglet. He is so cute!

Q     Quotes. The funnier the better!

R     Red (the color)

S     Swimming. I love the water!

T     Tolkien. Enough said.

U     Upright. As in the kind of piano I have.

V     Violas (the flowers). Harbingers of Spring!

W     Warm–the kind of warmth that comes with Spring and Summer.

X     I’m copying Country Girl, City Bling here–X stands for hugs, and I love hugs!

Y     Yarn. You need it to knit! And there are so many wonderful varieties out there.

Z     Zzzzzz. A good night’s sleep is always good.

My nominees:


Dealing with the Dark

I know I’ve submitted the above-mentioned blogs for the Liebster Award, but they really are awesome new blogs.

The Peckish Kiwi

The Insane and The Impossible

LMS Creation

My Little Garden

Just upload the image to your website, use each letter of the alphabet to share something about you, and nominate a new fellow blogger! Have fun! Ellie

The Liebster Award


HMC has been very lucky to be nominated for the Liebster Award by My Little Garden (, which is a delightful blog. Thank you, Yinyin!

The Rules of the Award

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.

11 Facts about Me

1. I can understand Russian and speak it.

2. Nothing’s better than a good cup of coffee.

3. Melted peanut butter, chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice cream make a great combination.

4. I tend to get up early, even though I’m not a morning person.

5.  I love to cook.

6.  I wish I could have more pets.

7. I collected comics when I was younger (and I still have them).

8. I still read graphic novels.

9. I like books.

10. If I could be any animal in the world, I wouldn’t be able to choose–either a cat or a dolphin.

11. A front porch on which to relax is a necessity in life.

Questions to answer from My Little Garden

1. Do you have any pet? I have a dog and a cat.

2. if you could change 2 parts of your body, what would you choose? Hhhm… terrible question for a girl! My gluteus maximus and my terribly decaying kneecaps.

3. what’s your pc/laptop/Pad‘s wallpaper right now? NASA’s Hidden Universe

4. what is your favorite (or used to be favorite) toy? A Squishable

5. umbrella or rain coat? Rain coat with hood

6. if the time was stopped, nothing or no one could ever move–EXCEPT you, what would you do? I’m not sure. I would probably go swim in an Olympic-sized pool.

7. Do you believe in love at the first sight? Yes.

8. Do you have special interest in collecting something? Squishables and graphic novels.

9. If you could choose the way you die, how would it be? Quickly.

10. Your biggest fear? Losing my loved ones.

11. If you could have a special power (like those in X men for example) , what would you choose? I always liked Kitty Pryde’s power–she could walk through everything.

Questions for my nominated blogs

1. Do you have any pets?

2. What’s your favorite pasttime?

3. If you had your choice, where would you live?

4. What’s your favorite snack or dessert?

5. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you choose to play?

6. What’s your favorite animal?

7.  Do you prefer walking, running, or swimming?

8. If there was one thing you could do if money were no object, what would it be?

9. Do you prefer serif or sans serif fonts?

10. Butter or no butter on toast?

11. Have you ever cried while watching a film?

Nominated Blogs

Country Girl, City Bling

Three Cat Yard

In Which I have a blog.


GF and Me

Art Out With Your Heart Out

Michelle’s Healthy Cooking


The Underground Writer

late at night…

Dealing with the Dark