My Lovely

Dear Friends,
(Sorry – this is a longish post – my apologies) I’ve been blogging about six months now. Since starting, I’ve been the fortunate recipient of a happy Liebster and a colorful Versatile ribbon. I’ve hung these pretty things on my little blogcabin mantle. I now have the honor of adding a ‘One Lovely Blog’ ribbon. Please note, I’m still holding out for that Chocolate Crown 🙂

A spicy youngin’ has nominated me for this Lovely Blog award. I’ve since visited her site. Bethan reminds me of why being 19 is X-citing. Bethan is quite sassy and speaks her mind. She is a young person of conviction and I don’t doubt she’ll make something quite grand of her life… If you don’t believe me, check out her blog for yourself at Bethan Nicole



As part of playing along I must nominate fellow bloggers. This is the lovely part of these generous nominations. Sharing other blogs, because we’re all in this pixel porridge together. I apologize in advance to my nominees (not in any particular order). Though it’s an honor receiving these treasures, they take some time to put together. I realize many of you are quite busy, so play along if you’re able, either way I’m most happy to share blog directions to your splendid homes here:

HemmingPlay: a brilliant mind and mighty muse
Images and Words from Bluerock: the name says it all, engaging and thoughtful
Triggershorse: strong, intelligent matriarch whom I admire greatly
C-Dog and Company:- Caring, compassionate, caretaker of animals – we sip invisible Starbucks together
Simon Tocclo: musician of life, family and music
Brooklyn Doodle: a caring young person whose small doodles have huge impact
Pamo’s World: a terrific cartoonist and avid motorcyclist (I’m jealous)
Luggage Lady: documents with love and panache her worldly travels (she the stewardess, he the pilot)

Now onto the ‘reveal stage,’ where I must divulge 7 things about myself to you my friends:

I had my first huge crush on a boy in 3rd grade. I cut out his little head from my class picture and placed it in my silver heart locket. I showed him one day and he ran. I mean he sprinted in the opposite direction – not the reaction my throbbing heart was hoping for. From that point, while in Catholic School, I literally hid in classroom closets whenever boys passed by. Unfortunately, I ran out of closets.

I’ve never gotten over my childhood fascination of horses. I do hope to have one in my backyard one day. Right now, I’d settle for a donkey 🙂 This is a picture of the shelf above my studio entrance. The running Breyer’s horse is Ruffian. I sobbed for days when she was put down on the track in 1975.

RuffianGeez, the first 2 are depressing let me try for uplifting. When I was minutes away from delivering my first child, my ob-gyn asked, “Do you mind if a few med students observe?” I said, “Of course not, bring whoever wants to learn something, I’d love to help out,” then I suggested, “Why don’t we sell raffle tickets and have an Open House!”

I often fantasize Hemingway, Fitzgerald and I are companion barflies. We smoke cigarettes, sling back a few and talk life in a darkened corner of some Parisian Café… They tell me I shouldn’t smoke (I don’t) and I tell them they shouldn’t drink so much. Hemingway and I share laughs over our matching black turtlenecks, Fitzgerald is wearing wrinkled linen, but he laughs too because he thinks we’re madcaps. We continue smoking, drinking and gabbing the night away…
(Speaking of drinks, I pick my wine according to the animal on the label. I like this rooster.)

rex wineI have three sisters and two brothers who are much smarter than I (or is it me?).

I lived the first half of my life totally insecure. Somewhere I smartened up. I looked inside and out and decided this is what I have to work with so mold it like Picasso. It’s okay if the eyes are on the nose and the ass is on the knee.

I often look at the open sky by my home and hum “Cool Change” by Little River Band. You should try this. I swear even when my feet are planted it feels like I’m sailing. Very peaceful and cathartic…

big skyThank you once again, Bethan and all of you bloggers our there – a glorious weekend to you all…

Dream well…


17 thoughts on “My Lovely

  1. You are such a sweetheart, AnnMarie, to nominate me for this award. It will probably take me until tomorrow night to do my part, but I am honored and will get to my homework when things settle down a bit! – Fawn


  2. You deserve it Miss. You’re so lovely and cordial and tolerant, you even talk with me! That proves the last adjective. I often think of us as ‘The angel and the badman.’ I know it was an old John Wayne movie, but it has appeal and it’s true in our relationship.


    • Ah, thank you my friend. I’m lovely in metered doses
      I think of us more like, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra – you get to be Erik (sans facial misfortune) and I’d love to be La Carlotta, the spoiled Prima Dona (you know me and singing show tunes) but alas, I’m probably Madame Giry. I’d say Christine, but she’s way too wimpy. 😉 Though come to think of it, being an angel isn’t half bad, I hear they make pretty good money 😉
      Have a terrific weekend. I write a little monthly column for my local paper and I’m too near my deadline for comfort. I will be playing reporter, Lois Lane this weekend 🙂


      • Introspective. . . You’ve got me pegged. I sing too! You didn’t know that did you Miss? So much you don’t know. If you’d slow down a little you could find these things out 🙂


      • I have this ridiculous entranceway that is at least 20 feet high – so dumb – or is it? I sing really loud (only when no one is home, otherwise they get really mad at me) It kind of echoes like a soundstage and I make pretend I’m a prima dona. I belt out tunes at the top of my lungs and love every minute.
        I assumed you were a singer, most persons of deep thought need release and singing someone else’s words is very cathartic – isn’t it? I especially love singing fantastic torch songs…
        As far as slowing down, I can’t – well okay, I’ll try. I’m way past my deadline of being famous at 30 😉 I’m now going for not forgotten by friends and family at 80 😉


  3. Your energy and spirit jumps off the viewing screen. When I read your words, I enjoy them. You are truly a gifted writer and I can see you slinging back a few with Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
    I will visit the blogs you’ve listed and thank you dear heart for including me! I’m honored and frankly quite thrilled. I rarely have the time or energy to participate in these wonderful events but somehow, someday I’ll figure out a way to return the honor.
    Thank you! Have a fabulous weekend. 🙂 You are HERE!!!


    • Gosh, I would give anything to sit in a bar with those guys for even ten minutes – what conversation – and I’d only listen – I wouldn’t even speak. Your art and spirit are equally as vivacious and vibrant! You too, have a glorious weekend. Yup, WE ARE HERE 🙂 !!!

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  4. First off, congratulations, AnnMarie, on this (another!) blog honor — you certainly deserve it! I really enjoyed reading your “7 things” and now feel as though I know you better via cyberspace (although I wish we had a real Starbucks where we could meet and get tanked up on caffeine!). Secondly — dang! You set the bar so high with your wonderfully articulate and artistic answers; you have such a way with language (and pens, inks, pastels and paints, of course) that leads me to believe you’re a true poet at heart. Thirdly, I’m humbled and honored to be nominated by you, and yes, I’m be happy to play along and provide my own “7 things” as answers. Besides completing the assignment, I find these exercises are very inspirational and, interestingly, they help me to “meet” and understand myself better. So, again, congratulations on your honor (and on your blogging track record of 6 months — that’s terrific!), and thank you so much for the nomination!


    • Hi there, lovely person 🙂
      We’ll have to settle for sipping Cyberbucks Coffee for now 😉 Hey, someday you never know maybe your dog rescuing will bring you to the great state of NY 🙂
      I’ll look forward to reading your magnificent seven from the wonderful gal that is Debra 🙂 Your blog is quite lovely and I do so appreciate and will continue to appreciate all you stand for as an advocate for our furry friends. Goodness knows they need true champions like you 🙂
      Here’s to learning about ourselves and others and then some. 😉
      Happy, happy weekend


  5. Congratulations to you, AnnMarie!! So glad we found each other! Love your witty words and that fact that you pick your wine based on the animal on the label! LOL Since the old bag lady took a year off, my One Lovely Blog Award is a bit buried in the fray. Here’s the link if you’re super super bored and wish to read. 😉

    Otherwise, feel free to pass the honor on to another deserving blogger. Thank you again for your sweet write-up on my blog and for your kindness! Happy Sunday!!!


    • I should have guessed your lovely blog already received this lovely honor, but, it is an honor for me to list your blog in this post regardless…
      I once picked a wine with a weird rodent, can’t remember the name. It didn’t quite taste the same 😉
      Perhaps I should stick to fowl…
      Enjoy what’s left of your weekend as well.
      And now I will venture to your site and read your lovely post…
      AnnMarie 🙂


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