Grateful.

The small things are the best things. 

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Impromptu date nights.

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A flying dog.

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A calm morning.

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These ears (which are not really all that small).

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Wildlife returning after landscaping chaos.

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Fire in the hills.

Writing a blog is interesting. I enjoy it immensely and have made wonderful connections with people all over. One day, I had 530 views (what?). Today, I have 20. I haven’t been able to figure out what makes people stop by 500 times vs. 20 times in a day. It makes me smile to get that occasional reminder that my words matter to more people than just myself or my family. (Hi, Mom.) Recently, I got three such reminders! (Do the math- three big smiles!)

The Usual Bliss got shout-outs from a few of my favorite bloggers. Shannon at Dirt N Kids included me on her list of favorite blogs, which is an honor since I feel the same about hers. Her comments and personality just make me happy. She lives in Texas; I live in Utah. She has four small kiddies; I have one spoiled dog. It seems like we wouldn’t have a lot in common on the surface, but we do. And she’s hilarious.

Loni at Loni Found Herself nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger award, which is just awesome. But I have to admit that her kind words of praise about me and this little ol’ blog got to me- in a good way. “Fun, hip, and creative”? Blush. Thank you so much, Loni!

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Last, one of my regular stops when I’m in foodie nerd mode is Salt and Serenity. The recipes on this blog are always drool-inducing (Peruvian Garlic-Lime Chicken? Yes, please.). So I was overjoyed and humbled to be included on the list of food blogs nominated for the Addictive Blog award. Especially when it’s been awhile since I have spent any quality time in my kitchen.

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I’m about to change that, though. I’ve got some risotto to make!

I will share the nomination love (and also some facts about me) per the blog award guidelines soon. I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you. 

5 replies »

  1. Congratulations on your awards! And I totally agree with you on the blog visits. Sometimes I post something that I am sure will attract the world and it does not. Or then I post something I think isn’t that great and it gets lots of comments. Someday we’ll figure it out. Love those ears.

  2. Congrats! I feel the same way – I never know when a post will speak to a hundred or just a few. But, it is a great feeling to know that some people are getting it and getting you. Your story is encouraging. Keep up the good work! -Rene

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