Post-Thanksgiving Thankfulness

The Thanksgiving weekend weather in southern Ontario could not have been more perfect.  This holiday is my favourite.  I love it no matter what the weather but it’s even more fun counting your blessings when the sun is shining!

Taking time to be thankful every day is a habit I have long cultivated and the … ahem … older I get the more I think about it. We all have days when issues drag us down into negative territory. That’s life! I like to recognize each day for the gift it is, grab on to it and make it the best I can.

Before  I do anything more with this fine day, there are some friends I need to thank … in fact, I should have done this some time ago.

Thanks to Social Media Goddess and Mighty Fine Lady, Kristen Lamb, whose blogging course a number of people took a few months ago, a group of bloggers came together in quite an extraordinary way. A unique cyberbond was formed. (I need to interject here that Kristen is running the course again so if you haven’t signed up … do it! Go! Right now! I’ll wait for you to come back. Click here for the link.)

Now for the overdue thanks. Recently, Tameri Etherton(A Cup Of Tea and Sorcery) , Kate MacNicol (Hanging by A Moment), Carrie Spencer (Smartass Romance) and Natalie Hartford (Life Out Loud), talented bloggers all, on separate occasions honoured me with the Liebster Blog Award. I was thrilled. It’s always fun to receive awards. Thanks to all of you! For you readers, when you have time, click on those links. You will be glad you did!

However with everything else that’s been going on in the past few weeks I am only now getting around to passing on the award. The whole point of this is to pay it forward and build community. Liebster, by the way, is a German term of affection. Very sweet.

Ok, then, these are the *rules*: this award is meant to highlight newer blogs. So the blogger receiving the award links back to the blogger who awarded him/her, and tags 3-5 people. For those I am about to award, I should also point out there is no obligation to continue this award. If this is not your cup of tea, don’t worry.

Naomi Bulger, Messages In A Bottle, author of Airmail, a wonderful quick read that is quirky, magical and thought-inspiring … just like her unique blog. Don’t miss it!

Linn B. Halton, author of Touched By The Light and founder of the fabulous website which brings together writers, readers, reviewers and literati in general around the world.

Barbara Conelli, author of Chique Secrets of Dolce Vita, who writes about Italy in a way that makes you feel you are there!

Patricia Caviglia, author of Masks, and a young woman who speaks to the reality of juggling the demands of parenting, the day job, and being an author.

Congratulations ladies! Pick up the award and put it on your website. This award means you deserve to be recognized.
Do with it what you will!

Then – tadaaaaaa – last week this award arrived from my friend and fellow blogger, Angela Orlowski-Peart, who writes from the heart and has the best smile ever!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated me.
2. Share seven random facts about myself – which I did here.
3. Pass the award along to deserving blogging buddies.
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.
I’m passing this award on to Amy at Everything But The Kid, who puts more energy into every single thing she does than anyone else I know … and always with the cheeriest attitude.
Thanks again all of you, for your thoughtfulness, support, and enthusiasm. Blog on, my friends!
About Patricia Sands

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. I write women's fiction and keep in touch with readers by a monthly newsletter that also has giveaways and contests. Come and join us by signing up on the right. See you there!


  1. Congrats Patricia – well deserved honors!! 🙂 Glad to hear you guys had fabulous weather for this weekend – one of my favs to! It was 26 degrees and sunny all three days here in NB – how fortunate are we! Simply beautiful with the fall colors.
    Always so much to be thankful for. Thanks for the shout out!! 🙂

  2. Congratulations! Very well deserved awards for a very special lady. I love your blog, it’s always a great pick me up during the day.

    Is that picture of Ontario? Ohmygosh, is that gorgeous! We don’t get color like that here. Simply stunning.

    Keep up the super fabulous blog and thanks for the mention!!

  3. Thanks Tameri! The colour here this year is outstanding!

  4. Patricia, I was so happy to give you this award. I love your blog, especially the “French” posts 🙂

    I am gazing at your photo here – amazing colors. I just want to grab my paint brushes and set off to work on a picture!

  5. I’m very humbled by your kind words Patricia. You are so deserving of this award — you truly walk the walk when it comes to kindness and supporting others. Thank you for all you do.

    You have some of the best photographs!

  6. Patricia, first of all, thank you for this terrific award! Right after this comment, I’m heading over to my blog to continue this wonderful chain of blogging love. I appreciate your amazing support and kindness always.

    Your post about gratitude is so true. Very often we focus on what we don’t have and forget to give thanks for how much we already do have. Thank you for reminding us!

    Lots of Chique from me to you!

  7. I love your ‘I like to recognize each day for the gift…’, you always have such a positive take on life Patricia and that’s so welcome these days! Thank you so much for including me, it means a lot! I will pass this on as soon as I’ve caught up from my holidays. And that photo…. amazing, just wish I was there! All the best, Linnx

  8. Congrats on both awards!

  9. Thanks Patricia!!!!!! Big hugs!!!

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