It’s Gonna Be a Bright, Sunshiny Day

A View from My Summerhouse.

Doesn’t get any more peaceful and relaxing than that.  Just the words themselves evoke images of light, bright spaces.  It stands to reason, then, that it is the woman behind this blog, Sherri Matthews, who nominated me for a Sunshine Award (which she writes is “awarded for writing positive and inspiring articles and so bringing some ‘sunshine’ into the lives of others”.)

Sherri, my doppelganger (a fellow Virgo, mother of three, and plodding through the writers’ life) across an ocean and continent, writes beautiful reflections on life – as we wish it to be and how it actually is and how the two intersect.  And she said my blog was ‘exquisitely written’!  Well!  Thank you so much, Sherri, for the honor and for sharing your sunshine with the world.

Here’s how the award works:

Rule 1.  Post the Sunshine Award logo on your blog.  The Sunshine Award

Rule 2.  Nominate 10 fellow bloggers

Rule 3.  Announce their nomination in their blog’s comment section

Rule 4.  Mention links back to their blog, including a link to the person who nominated you.

Rule 5.  Answer the questions.  This is designed to help people get to know you better.

Ten other bloggers spreading sunshine into the dark corners of our world are:
  1. Jardin Luxembourg – It was through Tieshka’s Liebster Award that I ‘met’ Sherri Matthews.  So glad to have the ‘introduction’!  And to read her refreshing, carpe diem take on life.
  2. A Canvas of the Minds – Spreading awareness, acceptance, and knowledge about mental illness.
  3. Free Little Words – Spreading love and positive energy with her positive world view and words.
  4. DENY – because they showcase beautiful design and give me way too many ideas for the new home I’m supposed to be decorating.
  5. Mamacravings – Such a positive, inclusive atmosphere to support mothers in finding the joy in it.
  6. 2 Guys Photo – Gorgeous photos, unique in their perspective, accompanied by thoughtful written commentary – plus practical help if needed.
  7. Vox Nova – Thoughtful dialogue on spiritual matters.
  8. Motherhood is an Art – A great mix of the personal and professional aspects of motherhood (in other words what it means to us and what we need to be to our kids).
  9. Reluctant Mom – There is beauty in her honesty and in others’ seeing they are not the only non-PollyAnna momma.
  10. Blue Bicicletta – An inspiring intersection of graphic art and reflections on life.
And now for the interview portion of the show:

1. Favourite Colour:

Purple has always been my go-to answer, but lately I’ve been leaning toward persimmon reds and orange – trying to be bold in this phase of life, I guess.

2. Favourite Animal

Birds?  I’ve had many dreams where I fly; I love watching robins put their heads down and run; they also have metaphorical meaning for my husband and me.

3. Favourite Number

Three (also the # of this question – should I play it in the lotto?)

4. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink:

Lemonade and iced tea combination at the Vietnamese restaurant at which my writing group meets.

5. Favourite Alcoholic Drink

Bellini (champagne and peach nectar – of the gods!) – and perhaps another reason you and I are doppelgangers, Sherri?

6. Facebook or Twitter?

As I am one of the three remaining people on earth who does not have a Smartphone (and feel Twitter is pointless without one) – Facebook

7. My Passions

Uh, no pressure.  Loving my husband.  Loving my children.  Writing.  Burning a hole in my corner of the universe.

8. Giving or Receiving Gifts?

Giving, definitely.

9. Favourite City

Roma or New York City

10. Favourite TV Show

In a disturbingly, Kramer-it’s-hideously-scary-yet-I-cannot-look-away sort of way, Hunted, which I am so sad to say will not continue in a collaboration between the BBC and Cinemax.  Still waiting anxiously for its next incarnation, though.

Now it’s your turn to go blow sunshine up someone else’s @$#, 😉

Leave a comment


  1. Congrats on your award. Its always awesome to be acknowledge by the reading community.
    Cheers and continued success.


  2. Jennifer, thank you so much for this nomination!! I have been in a bit of a lull lately with my writing, but continue on.. this is just the pick me up I needed.

    Congratulations on your Sunshine Award as well!! (and I am glad that you & Sherri are now connected. I have been finding out lately how wonderful the WordPress blogging world is)!

    Tiki (aka Tieshka)


  3. Congrats on your award! And thanks for the nod! I needed that encouragement today :)) You totally made my Tuesday ❤


  4. Little Mighty

     /  May 7, 2013

    Congratulations again. You never cease to amaze me. Keep up the good work.


  5. Congratulations to you and thank you so much for the nomination my way! You are in a writer’s group?? That has to be a lot of fun! Also, you will be happy to know I am one of the three people…..I do not own a smart phone. What’s even funnier about this is the fact that my husband works for a cellular company and I could have a smart phone for free with a very reduced monthly rate but I still opt for my plain jane cell phone! Have a wonderful week and thank you so much again!


    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  May 9, 2013

      Ha! My husband works for a communications company, too! Ironic (though we wouldn’t get one for free).

      The writers’ group is very fun – and so helpful with their feedback.

      Congratulations to you as well! Love reading you!


  6. Thank you so much, Jennifer. I am honored to have been chosen by you. The words you used to describe my blog were some that I’ll try to continue to live up to. Some days it’s lovely just to be acknowledged by a fellow blogger-and one that’s been freshly pressed none the less.
    Kelly ♥


    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  May 9, 2013

      Gotta love the blog love! I always appreciate your acknowledgments – and your writing.


  7. Oh my goodness Jennifer, my champagne-lovin’ (a Bellini does sound sooo good) doppleganger,as always, another great post and thank you so much for writing here so beautifully about my blog! I feel really honoured. You deserve as much sunshine as you can get for your ‘exquisitly written blog’ (I say that because it is!) and many congratulations once more on all your recent awards and writing successes.:-) Oh, and btw, I love the last sentence 😉


    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  May 9, 2013

      I was hoping I wouldn’t insult anyone with that one!

      I’ll take all the sunshine I can get! Thanks again for sending some my way! Cheers!


  8. Ever since I’ve started this blogging thing, I have thought that these awards are such a great idea! Not only because they acknowledge the blogger, but like you have done here, they give the opportunity to shout out other blogs! I went through this list and there will certainly be a few I will be going back to, to visit 🙂 Congrats on the award, and happy blogging!!!!


    • Jennifer Butler Basile

       /  May 9, 2013

      Thank you! The awards do make for happy blogging. And, like you said, it’s great to acknowledge others.


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