The Mystery Blogger Award—Grati nominated by Esther, Thanks!   October 25, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1110)

On this past Sunday evening, I began browsing some of my favorite blogger friends’ blogs and I started off with Esther’s Book of Esther blog.  Well it turns out that her latest post mentioned that she had been nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award by Herba (another blogger that I enjoy reading).  I enjoyed reading Esther’s responses to the questions she was posed and congratulated her upon her nomination.

Though The Mystery Blogger Award name includes the word mystery, the nature of the award and one blogger posing questions to other bloggers helps to illuminate each blogger for their readers.  Esther’s task then was to nominate 10 or so other blogs and bloggers for The Mystery Blogger award—which is really a lovely mutually nurturing and supportive honor.


And I and my Something About Love blog were among Esther’s nominations.  I was startled and delighted to be included!  And I thank Esther so much for nominating me for The Mystery Blogger Award!  That is so kind of her!  Thanks again, Esther!  Hugs & Love!


The description of The Mystery Blogger Award, as shared by Esther in her post at her Book of Esther blog:

“About The Mystery Blogger Award:

This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.

Okoto Enigma is the creator of the award. To motivate the Blogger please do visit her blog.

The Rules of the Award:
– Put the award logo/image on your blog.
– List the rules.
– Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
– Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
– Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
– You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
– Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
– Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
– Share a link to your best post(s).”

Tell you three things about myself?  Hmmmm.  Welllllll …

1)  In 6th grade I got in trouble for absentmindedly making a duck quacking noise in math class—that the guy in front of me giggled about–while the teacher had stepped out and left another student in charge. Uh huh. Ha!  Interestingly, I don’t create the duck quack via my vocal cords.  Instead, I fill my cheeks with air, clamp down on my teeth and open my mouth (creating isolated pockets of air in each of my cheeks), then I slowly squeeze the air out of my cheeks by moving my lower jaw down, thus making the duck quack sound.  Or maybe, it sounds more like a duck squeal.  Ha!  You decide:
[password = DuckQuacks]

2)  My hubby’s and my home is rather electic in decoration and color scheme—mixing old and family heirloom pieces with great newish finds at garage and estate sales (or new to us old finds, Ha!).  Our Dining Room has deep indigo blue painted walls with painted white wood work as a nod to my love of blue and white china.  Another jewel tone theme is in what technically is our 3rd bedroom—in our one story 3 bedroom ranch style home—is the pinkish burgundy carpeting in that room and underneath my grandmother’s baby grand piano as its center piece.

Finally the room between each of these two rooms—in our open floor plan home—is done in creams and gold, with accents of burgundy and deep blue tying the rooms together.  The walls throughout are home are a creamy taupe—except in our soothing pale botanical green master bedroom, and the pale butter cream walls of the 2 bathrooms.  Our narrow 10 foot wide alley kitchen has black formica countertops against whitewashed maple cabinets—whose countertop coloring was suggested to me by a longtime friend.  I suppose the color choices are a bit bold, but they work harmoniously and are never bland looking.  Ha!

And mixing old with new furniture and decorations is fun—and less expensive.  And I’m a sentimental girl—in addition to my being frugal.  So if something has a memory attached to it and it can be functional in some way, it stays—and I won’t replace it until it crumbles into dust (me being frugal), or if it’s still usable we donate the item to our local gently used furniture  for families organization.

3)  I love all of the four seasons (especially, Vivaldi’s orchestra work)—with perhaps Spring slightly beating out Autumn.  I love the smell of newly mown grass in the still cool Spring and the feel of the grass blades between my toes.  Summer gardens at our university are lush with vibrant hues of flowers—rather reminiscent of my father’s self tended gardens in my childhood home.   The changing foliage colors of Autumn have their own colorful vibrancy in golds, burgundys, russets, and pale greens—a last gasp before they must lie dormant over Winter until Spring wakes them up again.  And finally, Winter snow blankets the ground and pillows the tree branches with frosty and icy coverings—and the crisp still air offers pristine breaths, albeit under downright freezing conditions. Ha!

Esther’s five questions to me:

1) Your favorite genre of book or movie? Name 3 examples of each.
Historical fiction/romances that were books and movies: Jane Eyre (Bronte), Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility (Austen), The Age of Innocence (Welty), The Last of the Mohicans (Cooper), etc.

2)  Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life and who should play your partner? (If you don’t have a partner, you can make up a mystery one! Even if you do have a partner, you can make up a mystery one. 🙂)
Melissa McCarthy (for her beauty and humor) could play me. And as for my husband, my hubby is a big tall bear of a man-yet he is soft and cuddly with me.  He is my faithful John Standring—so Richard Armitage, the Brit actor, could play my hubby.

3)  Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Please explain why.
My hubby rises early for work at 4:30am.  So with him making morning prep noises, my falling back to sleep for more than an half hour, is not an option.  Ha!

4)  If you won the lottery what would you do?
Pay off all of our bills, share some with charities and family, travel, etc.

5)  Tacos for life or sushi for life?
Neither, chicken and noodles. Ha!

My nominees for the next round of The Mystery Blogger Awards are (and the hard part is finding bloggers who haven’t already been nominated in this latest round): 
Ania, Perry, jholland, Judiang, April,  Crystalchandlyre, Phyllys, Fabolaktuko, Mulubinba,  Sophie, and Maria


Should my blogger nominees choose to participate, these are the five questions that I would ask them (you may pick and choose which questions that you want to answer):

1) What was the topic of your 10th blogging/Tumblr post? Please explain/describe.

2)  If you have a favorite blog post comment from one of your readers that you would be willing to share, please do so.

3)  Excluding any travel mode aversions that you might have—such as flying in a plane over water—where would you like to visit, to someplace that you have never been? And why?

4)  Please name three of your favorite reads/listens/views in books /audiobooks / film and tv, and briefly share with us what you like most about each story and/or the performances?

5)  And my standard interview question: “What question didn’t I ask you, but you wish that I had?  Then please answer that question.  Thanks!


I hope this was fun reading  for you.  And for my nominees, if you choose to do you’re the Mystery Blogger Award post in the next week or to, please be sure to comment below with its URL so that we may read it!  And be sure to peruse and include “the rules” above for responding to The Mystery Blogger Award in your post about it.

Cheers!   Grati  ;->

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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3 Responses to The Mystery Blogger Award—Grati nominated by Esther, Thanks!   October 25, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1110)

  1. October 25, 26, & 27, 2017–Thanks for voting/starring Post #1110! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers! Grati ;->

    Carolyn, Evie Arl, SueBC, april73, & phylly3


  2. april73 says:

    I thank you a lot for nomination me Gratiana, but unfortunately, I’m too busy for the moment to participate and it takes a long time for me to write an entire post in English since it’s not my mother tongue. :-)

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    • Hi april73,

      Thanks for your nice note! You’re welcome! And I understand about being busy. So you need not worry about participating in The Mystery Blogger Award soon. You may participate in The Mystery Blogger in whatever timeframe works for you. Your nomination does not expire.

      And I had always thought that when I go to blogs in French and such and Google asked me if I wanted to translate to English, that the browser was doing the translation, not that the blogger had already provided one. So that would take time for bloggers making versions of their blog post in more than one language.

      Besides since French is your first language, by all means write and publish your post in that language. That’s the lovely part of having friends around the world–experiencing their language. And though my college French is very rusty, I do try to read blogs that are in French first on my own. And Readers can always use Google Translate, as I also use for blog posts I visit that are not in English.

      Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->


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