Great gerbils, love, awards!


If you look closely at my hands, you’ll see I have time all over them. In order to get it off, I sit in the recliner, rocking and making anagrams of Versatile Blogger. The post title is an anagrammatically correct version of Versatile Blogger. Although it works as a statement, I couldn’t find any evidence on Google that gerbils love awards, so I added the commas, and rather like the expression, “Great gerbils!” I hope you don’t mind me calling you “love.”


Three kind, talented, and versatile bloggers nominated me this month for Versatile Blogger: Detrimentally Disgruntled, Chicken Nuggets and Elmo, and Riatarded. That anyone reads my blog, much less enjoys it, continually surprises and delights me.


Since I received this award once before, I am only going to highlight those who nominated me. Detrimentally Disgruntled draws delightfully for her droll stories, Chicken Nuggets and Elmo provides parenting pointers in prose, and Riatarded writes and rants well about reality and things she reads. You will enjoy each one. None of them are compulsive alliterators, in case you were wondering.



Detrimentally Disgruntled also included me for a Liebster award. I’m thinking of adopting her. And, although “A weird blaster” is anagrammatically correct for Liebster Award, I wasn’t happy with it. I can imagine someone saying, “Web raids later,” to mean they will Google something when they have time, but I will leave it up to you to come up with something more interesting. From Liebster Blog, I came up with “Le Big Lobster,” which would make a nice name for a French seafood restaurant or a blog.


This last award has rules:

  • Thank the blogger (see above) who bestowed the award.
  • Pass it on to five other bloggers, who must have fewer than 200 followers.
  • Notify the nominees.
  • Display the award on your blog.

The hardest part is picking only five bloggers. The second hardest part is figuring out who has fewer than 200 followers.


  • Bluebird Blvd. – an eclectic collection of words, music, poetry, drawings, and good writing (she also owns a small mint for coining new words and phrases)
  • Just Add Attitude – a lovely Irish woman who introduces you to her world through words and pictures while keeping both feet on the ground in her lovely ballet flats
  • Words from my Soul – a writer in Papua New Guinea who writes with a broken heart about violence against women and children (bring tissue)
  • The Painter Lady – an artist who writes about life, books, spirituality, and history


There are plenty more, and I have plans to share them with you in the coming year.





Great gerbils, would you look at the time!  I’m off now on some web raids, looking for love and lobster. Just kidding about the love. I’ve got plenty of that from you.

16 thoughts on “Great gerbils, love, awards!

    • You do make me laugh. I am exactly the same way. I was so sick of messing around with those anagrams, I felt like I needed to just stop and post. I seem incapable of letting things like that go, so it always encourages me when others have the same neuroses as I do. I’m trying very hard right now not to think about “curses year struck.”

  1. YOU nominated ME????? Oh my gosh! This is going to be a project! I don’t even know how to figure out how to track down the number of followers one has collected!!! lol I also know that the folk I follow will immediately NOT fall into the category of having fewer than 200 followers, given their blessing of having been ‘freshly sqeezed’ lol Well, this is a hoot! I will sort this one out over this evening. I am blessed to have bumped into your blog, yearstricken! You give me such fits of laughter. Thanks for the nomination!

    • I was happy to nominate you. It’s a bit of a project. Some blogs post the number of followers, but many don’t, so you may not know. It takes time to post about it because you have to select other blogs, write a post, link, and then contact them to let them know. Have fun.

  2. Congratulations on receiving the coveted VBA! I do have a question though: How does one nominate a fellow-blogger for an award? Do you have to post a certain number of blogs before becoming eligible to nominate someone?


    • Long, long ago someone created the award, nominated some people, and had them nominate others. It’s like tag for blogs. I mentioned three bloggers in the beginning of the post. They were nominated by someone and then they nominated me and so forth. I’ve noticed that some people put the award icon on their blog so folks will know not to nominate them again. I was nominated once before and a couple of the people that I nominated wrote and told me they had been there, done that, and so declined. To me, the value is in recognizing others and encouraging them in their blogging – something most of us need, I think.

  3. I beg you to allow sharing of this perfectly wonderful expression, “Great Gerbils!” It’s long since I’ve heard such a grand phrase for all important occasions.

    Congratulations on your wildly-deserved recognition with these awards! ‘Fraid I’m still going to be loitering around here gleaning every bit of wit and wisdom you fling about here with such careless ease, as though it doesn’t take enormous quantities of both those ingredients in the author to create such great stuff!

  4. A very amusing post, and with the help of anagrams you have finally given a little dignity to these awards. I would nominate you just for the anagrams. Thanks.

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