Blog of the year & holidaying too

I’ve left my pages open and peeked at them now and then, but lately, I’ve just been doing the holiday thing: Thanksgiving 1 at my sister’s house with my side of the family.  Thanksgiving 2 at Jeb’s mom’s house with his side of the family.  Thanksgiving 3 with just us and my daughter, husband, and their kids.  The boys, I know, will avoid that as they aren’t kid proof yet even though they were kids themselves just yesterday.

My brother Kevin & his wife, Tamra:Image

My sister’s lovely mantle decorations:Image

My granddaughter Vanessa showing off the pretty dress Jeb bought her:Image

My sister Gail peeking out from behind my mother in the kitchen & Vanessa steadfasting veiling her poor father:

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Levi wearing his bear hat & my son and step son, Andy & Stephen, best buds forever:

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In between all that feasting, we’ve been decorating for Christmas:

December_1_2013a December_1_2013b December_1_2013d December_1_2013e December_1_2013f…even Jeb.

When I went to redecorate my page, I tried using this picture as a background…

Snowy_forestI was pleasantly surprised at being able to use a gif image at all, but at only 100 pixels square, it’s really too small to use as a background.  So I deleted it and tried various other much larger pictures before settling on one.  But the falling snow, amazingly enough, didn’t go away.  It’s still snowing on my page no matter what background I use.  I don’t know why, but I love it!  How neat!  And it’s supposed to snow here in real life tomorrow too!

Anyway, meanwhile I’ve been off doing things away from the computer, my friend Lori Foroozandeh (author of Lori’s Song) went and awarded me blog of the year 2013!

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I’m so flattered!  Thank you Lori!  Now on to the best part:  she says…

Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

Off the tippy top of my head, two come to mind absolutely without contest: and There are others I read and like of course and friends here I absolutely love, but these are my drop down favorites.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

Muscleheaded‘s blog is just so intelligent, colorful, and often very funny and full of great art.

I’m surprised about this blogger for a very unPeeCee reason.  You know how there are all these blond jokes floating about and the blond in question is supposedly an air-headed female?  Well, I’m not sure where I get this from, by I’ve always thought of men with big muscles as automatic meat heads… and this one isn’t!  Honestly, it’s probably an unfair assumption to begin with, but when a person pours a whole lot of their potential really strongly in one direction, you may expect them to be deficit in other areas… like the blond pouring it all into beauty and fun… or the man pouring it all into his muscles so to… impress the blonds I guess?

Well this guy manages to pour his all into potentials all over the place.  Yes he’s a muscle man, but he’s also a great writer, a connoisseur of art, social issues, humor, motorcycles and lots of other subjects, and he’s a really fun read.  Trust me on this.  You all know how picky I am.  Better yet, go and see for yourself.

Counting Duck‘s blog is just plain good creative writing: short stories written in beautiful prose, as much present day drama as occasional sci-fi, often with sly twists and humor built into them.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

I don’t do facebook groups.  They baffle me and result in way too many notifications in my inbox.  Does that make me a poor sport?

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars! You can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!


CONGRATULATIONS to the following, here is your first star (may be your second, could even be your third) but it is the first from me!  Each of you carries your own special talents and words of wisdom. Thank you for your inspiration, which always seems to arrive when needed. And do not pay any attention to the order the names are presented, God bless you all!

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

And now it’s nearly time for the kidlings to come over.  So I’ll talk to you tomorrow.


About Ampbreia

I'm an ex-Pentacostal, ex-Muslim, ecclectic Agnostic with slightly Wiccan leanings. I am not affiliated with any organized religion or political platform, but I do believe in magic and all things wise and wonderful. I work as an admin in a calibration lab. I've published 2 books so far this year: Lost in Foreign Passions: Love and betrayal, passion and loss in the heart of an alien land (a memoir of my time as a Muslimah and living in Iran for a year), written under my previous married name, Debra Kamza, and Dream Lover (a paranormal romance, the tale of witch that summons her favorite character out of a Bewitched spin-off and the actor who plays him as well). I'm constantly writing stories and poems, thoughts and dreams, and quite a few opinions - many of which are not popular but oh well. Bite me. I'm interested in art, animals, the paranormal, and people. I love to dance, all sorts, but have been studying belly dance since 2006 and LOVE it! I love anime too and love dressing up and going to conventions. My writing runs the gummut of historical, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and erotica. Beware: I may not be safe reading for work. Just saying....
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16 Responses to Blog of the year & holidaying too

  1. The decorations look great. And I noticed the falling snow on your blog. It’s neat!


  2. Ampbreia says:

    Thank you. Ha. The falling snow is cute now but I don’t know how to turn it off when the cute finally wears out. LOL


  3. Well, thank you very much for that, and for your kind words. Also pleased to see you had a nice Thanksgiving. We had a sort of ‘afternoon=tea party for about 18 people yesterday, and that was exhausting, so I cannot imagine what a big dinner with loads of guests would be like


    • ampbreia says:

      Our thanksgiving dinner was no bigger than that either. We had 18 too… which is a very small gathering for us. In the past, we’ve to have as many as 50. I’m glad we don’t anymore. 18 is enough to handle. What was the occasion for the tea party? What does that entail exactly?


  4. ampbreia says:

    I want to try that too. Tell me how it’s gone about?


  5. You’ve got a lovely family, and these are some great pics!
    Congrats on your award– well deserved, if you ask me!
    And thank you so much for your kind mention of my blog.

    I dunno what to say , other than, you are so right about it . 😀


  6. Your family is so beautiful!
    What great photos to remember the time spent together!
    I love that the fishes got some decorations, too!
    Oh…I love the muscleheaded blog, too! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂


  7. whyzat says:

    Aww, even your fishes get christmas decorations! maybe they could have little santa hats, too!!
    Congrats on the Blog Award!


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