Sunshine Award!


Hooray for the sunshine award!

My good friend and blogging pal, Caro Ness, nominated me for The Sunshine Award earlier this week.  This is for creative and inspirational recognition, and it also means that I can paste this gorgeous orange gerbera daisy on my post for today!

And now, pursuant to the rules of the Sunshine Award, I’ll post 7 things about me. (Ugh!) This is awkward, since just yesterday I posted an entire post of me, and I’m a little tired of me at this point. But I’ll soldier on.  (You can skip over this next part if you’d like.)

1.  I ran track in high school and was the anchor of our mile relay team. I still run, though not as fast as I did back then (sigh).

2.  I love to dance.

3.  My birthday wish every year is that I can float down the Big Blue River in a canoe, preferably with my family also in canoes with me, adequate snackage, a camera, and nobody in a hurry to get any place that day.

4.  This is hard.

5.  I loathe faux brick, faux wood paneling, faux anything.  I like real. Real building supplies, real butter, real food, real people.

6.  My daughter is dating a wrestler from Hawaii. Oh, wait, that’s not about me, technically.  Oh well. He’s cute and I like him.  (That’s close enough, right?)

7.  I’m typing this on an ancient desk-top computer, but I’d love to have my own Mac. I’ve dreamed of that day, by the way, when I can march into the Apple store (my techie son Timothy with me) and order my own fancy ‘pooter.  (That’s what my little Mack used to call the computer.)  The ancient ‘pooter I’m typing on is sitting on a vintage green office desk, with steel trim, that we rescued from a church in Iowa that was going to toss it.  It’s massive and heavy and I love it like a brother (almost).

Phew–that was painful–now that I’m done with that, I’ll get on to more enjoyable stuff–ergo, nominating ten bloggers who inspire and encourage me:

1.  William Chaney, a retired chef from Wisconsin who writes interesting posts about herbs, food in general, and health. He is intelligent and kind.  He writes also from his seaside home in Mexico, which is why I resent him heartily (not really, Chef!). Also he posts some great recipes right here:

2.  Andrew Miller, my wildly creative son, blogs at, about living on purpose, increasing creativity, gratitude, and also about his comic strip “Aprons,” which you can check out at (Shameless mommy plug, sorry!)

3.  Theresa Loe blogs about chickens, gardens, and lots of great stuff that I love at She has great tutorials for newbie chicken owners/gardeners/etc.

4. Caro Ness, a woman of many talents who has made her daily poetry a welcome part of my morning.

5.  Anita-Clare Field of Lover of Creating Flavours, who blogs about all things food-related and includes lots of great recipes at

6.  Joy at writes about (surprise!) food, and her photos are stunningly clean and gorgeous, and I really enjoy her writing style and her recipes, too. She sounds like a sweetie, too, and I like that.

7. Jason blogs about strength training and long-distance running and I love to read his articles.  He’s very knowledgeable about running, and training in general.

8.  June Fuentes blogs and encourages Christian motherhood and wifeness at and she does it beautifully.

9. Jacqueline at Deep Roots at Home blogs about Christian womanhood and gardening and also healthy eating.

10. The folks at The Art of Manliness write articles that make me giggle and swoon in admiration, all at the same time. Learn how to fend off a bear attack, how to make a bratwurst and onion sandwich, and how to dress for an interview, all right here!  I love this website.

Whew!  That’s it for me!






20 thoughts on “Sunshine Award!

  1. Jocelyn

    Congratulations, Amy! This is my first time here, but I can easily tell you are full of sunshine. You’ve got a great sense of humor and I love the way you not only talked about yourself, but transitioned into the blogs you love and shared them with us. I’m definitely going to check a few of those out! Thank you!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      hahaha! You know (I was too modest to mention it, ahem, but it bears mentioning) that the anchor is always the FASTEST runner on the relay, Roy? Therefore the visual image of a heavy anchor being pulled along behind somebody does not, shall we say, ring true.

  2. Carlana

    Hi there! You are funny to boot! I’m glad I’m doing to blog challenge and found your blog because I’m about to start backyard chickens and organic gardening as a hobby and I’m always on the lookout for other bloggers that are into that.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Hooray for you, Carlana! Good luck on the chickens and the gardening! Adventure awaits you, I promise! 😉

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      “She’s too busy in college to bother reading my blog,” said I “She’ll never see it, go ahead,” said I. 😉

  3. Michelle

    Congrats on your award and thank you also for stopping by my blog earlier today! I hope you get your Mac soon! I love mine! And I’m a runner too, although mostly distance! And I’m not as fast as high school or college either. 🙁

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