One Lovely Blog Award

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination

I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by two lovely bloggers—Yellow Fuzzy Duck at Turtledesk and The Ink Owl! Thank you both so much! Ink Owl has a wonderful variety of posts including fiction and guest posts, Turtledesk is is full of creative, fun and inspirational posts. Please click on over and have a look at their blogs if you haven’t already.

Seven Facts

I’ve done a few of these tags recently, so I feel like I’m repeating the same things over and over again. So to make it interesting, for all those who already know that I’m working on a novel and that I love to paint, here are some obscure, kind of off the wall facts about me:

  1. I had my gallbladder removed over a year ago
  2. My Myers-Briggs personality type is INFJ
  3. I love plants but I always forget to water them
  4. I always drink coffee in the morning, tea after that
  5. I have been trained to Reiki Level 3
  6. I am half Polish, 1/4 Ukranian and 1/4 Scottish
  7. I finished off 3 weeks of the Atkins diet with 2 pieces of birthday cake.

My Lovely Nominees:

  1. Life Plan
  2. Caterpillars 2 Butterflies
  3. Paradigm Shifter
  4. Safira’s Journey
  5. My Instruction Manual
  6. Read Rant Rock & Roll
  7. Mel to the Any




I am so far behind on my awards and tags…can you believe that 6…yes, 6 awesome bloggers nominated Inspiration Pie for the Unique Blogger Award!  Holy Cow!

I’m going to do the best I can, but it’s kind of a long one, so be patient with me, okay?


So, huge thank you to Jennanicolee at Bookmark Your Thoughts! Jenna has  wonderful posts, from book reviews and bookish posts to her 52 Weeks of Gratitude.

Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend has kindly adopted me as her aunt.  She is a sweet soul, always friendly and easy to chat with. She has awesome book reviews and she’s an all around great person.

Jay at This Is My Truth Now  is one of my very first blogging friends. He is an author (soon to be published!) with an amazing blog filled with tons and tons of reviews as well as his 365 Day Challenge.

Didi Oviatt  is another amazing author to check out, she has a wonderful blog filled with writing advice, inspiration, poetry, reviews and her own books!

SunSunny has wonderful, dog-loving inspirational posts that just make you feel good inside.

Stephanie of Stephanie’s Novel Fiction is a beautiful person who like a long distance sister to me.  She has an amazing blog with excellent reviews and bookish posts.

The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Questions from Jennanicolee at Bookmark Your Thoughts:

  1. What is your favourite Disney film and character (they don’t have to be from the same thing)? Why? I’m going to go with Maleficent here, for film and character.  She was just a great, strong character who was treated so unfairly, so cruelly that it was heartbreaking. Yes, she put a curse on Aurora, but in the end she did the right thing for everyone, including herself.
  2. How do you handle with your TBR list when it gets out of control? I just keep reading, one book at a time.
  3. What is your favourite type of post to blog about? I love doing my Friday post!  Linking up with Book Beginnings(Rose City Reader) and Friday 56 (Freda’s Voice).  You share the book beginning and an excerpt from page 56, it gives a great taste of what the book is like without actually giving too much away. It’s a quick and fun post, and I love reading what everyone else on the linky shares as well.

Questions from Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend:

  • Out of five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), what is the most important to you and why? Sight, I think.  I love colour, and art and reading and I think it would be awful if I couldn’t do that anymore!
  • If you could recreate one food from your favorite books/films/TV shows etc., what would it be and why? Uma Thurman’s $5 milkshake.  I hear it’s a pretty freaking good milkshake!
  • What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school and why?
  • My favourite subjects were biology and chemistry, my worst, was English!

 QUESTIONS  from Jay at This Is My Truth Now:

  1. What talent do you have that people would be surprised to know? I think most people know that I write and paint. Other than that, I’m not really sure!
  2. What do you want to change about your blog? Oh, it needs to be more organized, and I need to get my art up there, too!  Hopefully that will happen this weekend, right Noriko?
  3. Where else would you want to live if somewhere other than your current country? I’d love to live in England.  Or France.  Either/or!

 QUESTIONS from Didi Oviatt:

  1. Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? I’m a fullout introvert, no question!
  2. What is your favorite weekend activity? Having breakfast in my pajamas!
  3. Could you survive without the internet? Oh yes, at least for an hour or two!

Questions from Sun Sunny:


  1. What is the last thing you ate? A cheeseburger from Wendy’s with no bun and a side salad.
  2. Who was your first crush? Shaun Cassidy!  Da Doo Ron Ron
  3. What kind of music do you like to dance to? (Remember, everyone likes to dance! Even if it is just swaying or nodding to the music!) Abba!

Here are Stephanie’s questions:

  1. What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read or movie/tv show you’ve ever watched? Or both? I’ve always thought Seinfeld was hilarious, I love their sense of humour! The Office is a close second.
  2. What is something that you’ve always dreamed of doing but never have? Become a best selling author.
  3. What author, living or dead, would you like to spend an entire day with? Why?Whenever this question comes up, I’ve always said JK Rowling. But, just for a change, I’m going to say Harlen Coben. I love his mysteries! And he seems to be a pretty easy going kind of guy.




Okay, now I have to come up with three questions for my nominees!

  1. What is one thing you would like to change about your blog?
  2. What is your dream job? Are you doing it now?
  3. Are you an introvert, extrovert or ambivert?

I’m nominating some of my newest followers, I apologize in advance if you’ve received this award already! There is no obligation to participate, just know that I was thinking of you and wanted to share some blogging love!

Just Brittany Moments

Dancing Alone

Books Bejewelled

Momentum of Jo



Some Sunshine!

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I was nominated by two wonderful bloggers for the the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you to Lana at Lana’s Life in Words and Lyrics and  Ink Owl for thinking of me! I’ve been following these two wonderful bloggers for a while now.  Lana has tons of great, honest book reviews on her colourful blog. Ink Owl has beautiful creative writing with lot of guest posts.  If you haven’t already, you really should check these guys out!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

These are questions from Lana:

Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?

Okay, when I was young and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say, and artistic author. I wanted to be an artist and a writer. And, mostly kids my age would say, there’s no such thing.  You’re either one or the other.

Well, I still want to do both!  So, I write, and I blog and I paint.  There!

What satisfaction do you get from blogging?

I love sharing what is going on in my little corner of the world. Even moreso, it’s pretty cool meeting other people, near and far, hearing their stories and what’s going on in their world!

How do you bring traffic to your blog?

Traffic? I live by ‘if you build it, they will come.’

But seriously, I find interacting and commenting on other bloggers posts is the best way to build relationships, and with those relationships, your blogs grows.

What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?

I’d like to improve my writing skills and get more organized with blogging.  Right now I take a willy nilly approach when the mood moves me lol.

How do you get motivated to blog?

This is actually Lana’s answer, but I’m stealing it because she said it perfectly!

It’s not the motivation, it’s time I’m lacking at the moment. I have so much tags I’m behind on, it’s getting awkward.

Do you have any favorite books this year?

Oooh, yes! Both of these books were amazing:


Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?

I honestly don’t listen to a lot of music, which is weird because I grew up loving music. I know they lyrics to most 80s songs lol.  But now, I find music distracting and I prefer quiet. I hope its just a phase!

What do you like to do with your spare time?

Read, paint, write, camping, taking photos with my iPhone.  I have a good camera but I’m too scared I’ll drop it or something.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’ll have a couple of novels on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Oh, and I’ll be rich. And travel a lot.  Why not aim high?

If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)

Books, Art, Movies, Health, Travel

Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?

Um, no.

Okay, these are the questions from Ink Owl:

What is your favorite season of the year?

Autumn!  Love that fresh, crisp air and the colours of the leaves.

What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic?

Listen to the radio, usually CNN. Or Forensic Files, that’s always good.

How do you prepare your space to write?

I sit down and open my laptop!  But first, I have to check email and Facebook.

Name one of your obsessions.

Chocolate. But I’m doing Atkins right now, so no chocolate yet.  Another obsession is King Arthur.

What music can you not live without?

I haven’t been listening to a lot of music lately, but I do love Abba and Fleetwood Mac.  I also like Brand New.

What time of day is the most conducive for writing?

Morning or late at night. For some reason, everyone here is going to bed and I’m just getting rolling!

How do you push yourself to finish a story?

Sometimes, it will hang there for a while, and I just get it in my head…finish the darn thing!  That doesn’t happen too often, though, especially if I’ve been away from writing for a little while. It’s hard to get back in the mode.

What is an irrational fear you have?


What’s your favorite character you’ve written so far?

Merlin.  He’s a bit of an asshole, but he’s pretty cool, too.

Do you have a perfect happenstance in time you remember? What happened?

I think meeting my husband on a Sunday afternoon.  We’d been friends for years, but the timing was never right. Until that day. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was feeling sorry for myself and dwelling on being alone.  He was going to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard, but he changed his mind about that and the two of us went for a nice long walk in the park.  The rest is history!

What is your favorite part of summer?

Ahhh…having breakfast out on the deck with a fresh cup of coffee.

Okay! Here are the 11 questions for my nominees ( I stole some of these from the questions above! Shhhhh!):

  1. Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?
  2.  What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?
  3. Name one of your obsessions.
  4. What is one of your favourite blog posts to write?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  6. What are your favourite books this year?
  7. It’s the perfect evening.  What are you doing to relax?
  8. Do you have any pets?
  9. If you could choose any career, what would it be?
  10. What’s the first think you check when you go on your computer/tablet?
  11. What author would you like to have lunch with?

My Nominees:

  1. Invisible No More
  2. Lois Reads Books
  3. Two Gals and a Book
  4. Susan Loves Books
  5. Sherina Speaks









So Versatile!

Thank you so much to Caterpillars 2 Butterflies for nominating me for this award!  She has an incredibly inspirational blog, if you have’t already had a look at her blog, please do so now. She’s a beautiful soul and will change the way to look at life.


1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

Well, here’s 7 things about me:

1. I love to write.  I do enough rewrites that I think I am actually getting better at it.

2. I’ve been working on the same novel for about 5 years. I have 2 other novels I have written as well, all in the first draft phase with multiple rewrites.

3.  I painted with watercolour for years and several years ago switched to acrylic for a change. It is very different and challenging for me!

Here’s a watercolour I did years ago.

4. I am obsessed with the legend of King Arthur.

5. My favourite colour is teal/turquoise but its been changing to purple lately.


6. I  struggle with anxiety and depression.

7. I’m doing the Atkins diet right now. It’s going well, but I swear, it won’t be long before I will never want to see another egg for breakfast again.


My Nominations:

  1. The Geeky Book Lady
  2. FrogDiva Thoughts
  3. DoniW
  4. Robbie’s Inspiration
  5. Unfolding from the Fog
  6. Being Lydia
  7. Plants and Beyond


Real Neat!

Sonia at  Sonia G Medieros  shared the Real Neat Blog Award with me!  Thank you so much Sonia!  I appreciate you thinking of me!

If you haven’t checked out Sonia’s blog already, you should really check out her inspirational blog.  She is a wonderful writer and a musician, too!

I’ve been pretty slow at getting around to awards and tags, but I am slowly getting them done!  Yay!  Being on vacation last week didn’t help, and I do tend to be a bit of a procrastinator.

Okay, the rules for sharing the Real Neat Blog Award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs.
  • Answer the seven questions asked by your nominator(s).
  • Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love.
  • Notify the nominated folk.
  • Ask your nominees seven questions of your own.

Here are Sonia’s questions for me:

What is your favourite movie/tv/story genre and why?

My favourite genre…hmmm. I love a good thriller/suspense/mystery but I also love a good fantasy as well.  I’m thinking Harry Potter or Game of Thrones, even Outlander falls into that category.

If you had to be stuck on a deserted island, which tv/

movie/story character would you choose to be stuck with?

It would have to be with someone who is fairly intelligent, innovative, someone who knows how to provide shelter and food.  I might be showing my age but I’m thinking MacGyver.

He’s easy on the eyes, too so that helps!

In a zombie apocalypse, where would you head first?

I’d head for the harbour and take refuge on a boat, preferably a yacht!  That way, I could be far enough away from zombies, or I could sail around and find a safe island.

What have you always wanted to learn how to do but haven’t (yet)?

Well, I’ve always wanted to learn French, and I took lessons for a few years.  I got pretty decent at it, but I’d hardly call myself fluent!  I guess that’s a goal I’m aiming for.

Computer programming has always intrigued me, too.

What mythical creature would you want most for a pet?

A pegasus, of course!  Who doesn’t love horses?  And these horses can fly!  They can get you where you want to go.

What silly little thing always makes you smile?

My beautiful, goofy dog, Burger!

I’m not really sure what he’s doing in this picture, I think I got him mid-lick, but he’s just so darn cute!





If you could be anyone else for a week, who would it be?

My dog.  See above.

And, now for the nominations:

Susan Loves Books

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of 50


Reactionary Tales

Steph’s Novel Fiction

Momentum of Jo

Read Rant and Rock and Roll

Diary of a Bookfiend

And here’s my questions for you:

  1. What is your favourite genre?
  2. What is the last book you read that you gave 5 Stars and what did you love about it?
  3. Who is your favourite author?
  4. What keeps you from attaining your goals?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  7. How do you start off your morning?





No pressure to accept and share the award, by the way. But, if you do, please leave a link in the comments so I can check out your post.

Liebster #2

First, a great big thank you to Destiny at Howling Libraries for nominating me for this award!  I’m a little slow getting around to it, but here goes!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

11 Questions that Destiny had for me:

  1. When did you start to enjoy reading?

I can remember sitting on my sofa, (that old brown ugly one in the pictures!) and reading Dr. Seuss books.  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish comes to mind.

Later on, I spent hours and hours reading The Wonders of Nature.  I thought it was the biggest book ever, with lots of pictures of animals, some of which I’d never heard of and little descriptions about them. Later I would use that book for drawing references,

2. What are your favorite and LEAST favorite aspects of blogging?

I really enjoy when a post comes together.  Sometimes the words just seem to flow, I know the content is good and it’s aesthetically pleasing, with lots of great pictures.

I enjoy doing my Daily Walks and sharing photos.  The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings is fun, too.  It gives a good taste of what the book is like and how it reads.

My least favourite?  That would have to be when self-hosting goes wrong and WordPress goes all wonky! lol  Usually its a mistake that I made but sometimes it’s a plug-in problem.  It can be very frustrating trying to sort it out!

3. What genre of music do you hate?

Grind, hardcore punk, extreme metal, industrial and noise rock.

4. If you could make any mythical creature real, what would it be and why?

I was going to say dragon, but that might get a bit dangerous, so I’ll go with a unicorn instead.  They’re beautiful!  Why not?


5. What movie have you seen the most times?

Harry Potter or possibly Star Wars.

6. What book character is your twin?


Claire Fraser from Outlander.  She and I love medicine, we’re stubborn as hell,and were both married to a Scots.



7. What book/series would you make everyone read if you could?

Harry Potter!







8. What is your favorite gaming console? (You can’t say PC!)


My son is always trying to get me to play PS4 or XBox.  Not happening, kiddo.  I can’t work dem buttons!



9. What percentage of your personal library is composed of ebooks?

Maybe 20% or so.

10. What is your favorite creative outlet?

Painting.  I painted using watercolour for twenty years or so and in the past five switched over to acrylic just to change things up a bit.

I also love to write, it’s more of a challenge than painting, so it is less relaxing for me.

11. What is a series you won’t finish?

Will anybody ever finish the Game of Thrones series?

Okay! So here are my 11 questions for my nominees!

  1. What’s your favourite genre to read?
  2. What other hobbies do you like to do besides reading and blogging?
  3. What is your ideal vacation?
  4. Do you have any pets?
  5. What is the last movie you saw?  Did you like it?
  6. How long have you been blogging?
  7. What is the best book you’ve read in 2017?  What is the worst?
  8. What book character is your twin?
  9. Do you prefer to swim in a pool or the ocean?
  10. What is your favourite genre of music?  Favourite musician/band?
  11. Do you prefer the country or the city?

My nominees:

Caterpillars 2 Butterflies

Read Rant and Rock and Roll

Raising My Book

Once Upon a Spine

Annie Likes Words

Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

YA and Wine

The Darque Dreamer Reads

Sonia G Medeiros

The Introverted Book Nerd

Books, Vertigo and Tea




The Unique Blogger Award!

Both are wonderful people with great blogs that have amazing content.  If you don’t follow them already, please go and check out their sites!



The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Here’s Stephanie’s Questions:

What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read or movie/tv show you’ve ever watched? Or both?

That would have to be either Seinfeld or the Office.

What is something that you’ve always dreamed of doing but never have?

That’s a tough one! I’ve always wanted to go on a lengthy retreat  of sorts, perhaps hiking the Appalachians or a meditation retreat in Glastonbury.  I can’t seem to convince my husband of how much fun that would be.

What author, living or dead, would you like to spend an entire day with? Why?

JK Rowling!  She is an amazing lady and an inspiration to me.  She’s incredibly talented and wrote one of the world’s favourite stories under such difficult circumstances.


Norikos questions:


Out of five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch), what is the most important to you and why?

I’m going to say sight!  I think I could handle losing taste, or smell.  Touch and hearing I would miss dearly, but I think I could function. Sight?  Nope, I feel like I’d be missing to much if I was blind.

I love art, and colour, and I love watching people around me smile and be happy.

If you could recreate one food from your favorite books/films/TV shows etc., what would it be and why?

How about some Turkish Delight?  It was good enough for Edmund in the Chronicles of Narnia!


What was your favorite and least favorite subject in school and why?  

My favourite would be Biology or Chemistry.  I really loved those sciences!  And least favourite would actually be English!  Which is odd considering how much I love writing!


My Nominations:

The Nice Life Blog

Never Not Reading

Life Plan

Birdie Bookworm Blog

Jo’s Book Blog

Secret Library

Books and Munches

Momentum of Jo

The Bookish Wanderer

Too Much of a Book Nerd

Lost in a Story

A Dance with Books

Living vs. Existing

Here’s my 3 Questions:

  • What do you like to do when you are not reading or blogging?
  • Name one thing on your bucket list that you want to accomplish.
  • Who is your favourite author?  Why?



Sunshine Blogger Award!

Thank you so much to Roda at Growing Self   and Jay at This is My Truth Now for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

These are two wonderful and fun bloggers that I follow and communicate regularly with.

Roda’s beautiful blog is a very peaceful place that always makes me smile.  She has beautiful photos and stories about her amazing garden, goats, chickens and family and farm life.  She has delicious, healthy recipes, too.

Jay is a kind-hearted, funny, self exploring and thought provoking book-worm as well as being an amazing writer! 

If you haven’t had a look at these two blogs, I highly recommend you do so!


What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.


How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Jay’s Questions:

  • What hour are you most alert during the day or night? Late morning, around 11:00ish and again, late at night. After 10:00pm, I’m just getting going! 
  • Who was the last famous person you stalked? I stalked? LOL  I guess the closest that would fit into that category was President Obama.  We were looking through the fence at the White House and the guards all shooed the crowd away.  So I snapped a bunch of pictures before we left.  When we zoomed in, we could just barely make out the Obamas on the terrace. 
  • What courses were your worst and best in school?  Best: Chemistry, Biology and Art. Worst: English!
  • If you could let someone else takeover your blog for 1 day, who would it be? (can be a celebrity or even someone who doesn’t blog currently) Roda at Growing Self.  She has gorgeous pictures.  I love pictures!  She writes such lovely posts, too.
  • What country has the happiest people? I’ve heard  Norway and Denmark 
  • What lesson took you the most to learn? Being okay with myself.
  • Where do you go for peace and quiet? Walking in the woods.  Or on my back deck.  It’s not quiet all the time but no one can see me!
  • What person who died before 1900 would you try to bring back to live today? King Arthur
  • Where do you see yourself retiring?  Glastonbury, England
  • What cartoon character are you most like? Velma on Scooby Doo.  “My glasses…I can’t see without my glasses!”
  • What personality trait are you currently trying to change or improve?  I am a procrastinator and an avoider.  I have timers going off on my phone constantly.  Time to start dinner.  Time to get ready for bed.  Time to go to bed.  


Roda’s Questions:

  1. Use one word to describe yourself.  Easygoing.
  2. What is your favorite season? Why? Autumn.  There’s a sense of quiet peacefulness to Autumn.  Especially in the woods.  The sun is low in the sky, and the leaves are golds and reds.  Lovely.
  3. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse?  I live in the city, but I’m a country mouse at heart!
  4. What is your superpower? Making lists.  To-do lists, grocery lists, menus.
  5. Why do you write? I’ve always had a ‘what-if’ scenario going around in my head.  I’m a daydreamer, and I love books and reading, so I thought…why not harness this?!  Create something!
  6. What is your favorite book? Oh, gosh! How to narrow that down!  Anything by Diana Gabaldon, George RR Martin, Harry Potter series.  Is that cheating if I name more than one?
  7. What brings you JOY? My family!  My two boys, my husband, my dog and my cat <3
  8. What is your favorite fruit? Honeycrisp apples are so yummy and sweet!
  9. Who is your role model? Why? JK Rowling.  I admire her writing of course, but also the way she worked so hard to overcome adversity and become the person she is today.
  10. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I’d go back to Glastonbury, England.  Or maybe a beach in southern France, especially if its wintertime.
  11. What do you love most about YOU? I’m growing as a person.  I’m honest and  kind to others. 

Okay, here’s my questions for my nominees!

  1. What is your ideal vacation?
  2. What do you love about yourself?
  3. What do wish you could change about yourself?
  4. What book are you reading now?
  5. What keeps you blogging?
  6. You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?
  7. Do you have pets?  
  8. Favourite pizza toppings?
  9. Coffee, tea or wine or other?
  10. What is your favourite season?
  11. What is your favourite book genre?



My Nominations:

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following 11 blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the joy these individuals have brought to my life. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

  1. Sherbert Lemon Reviews
  2. Seelie Pages
  3. Foxy Writer Chick
  4. The Bookish Libra
  5. Diary of a Bookfiend
  6. From the Pen of Mae Clair
  7. Stephanie’s Novel Fiction
  8. Penny Lane’s Thoughts
  9. Howling Libraries
  10. La La in the Library
  11. Musings of a Bookish Kitty



The Versatile Blogger Award

I am excited to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! ♥  I would love to thank Roda at Growing Self  for nominating me!  Roda is a sweet funny person.  She has a beautiful blog full of soulful inspiration, beautiful photos of life on her farm, and even delicious recipes.


What is the Versatile Blogger Award?

Bloggers nominate other bloggers who they believe deserve recognition for their high quality standard of writing, uniqueness of content, passion and love displayed throughout the site and to top it off, amazing photos!

Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

7 Fun Facts About Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

  1. My husband and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary twice!  And skipped our 20th.  And neither one of us realized.  Oops!
  2. I love to camp. Sitting next to a campfire making s’mores is the best!
  3. I paint in watercolour and acrylics.  Mostly naturey abstract kind of stuff.
  4. My house is over 110 years old.  We are always renovating something, it seems.
  5. I would rather be in the woods or near the water.
  6. By profession, I’m a medical laboratory technologist.  I’ve worked in haematology, blood bank and microbiology.
  7. I have 3 novels in various states of revision.

My nominees for this award are:

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process.  By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the gifts these individuals share.  Their blogs are simply beautiful!  If you choose to take part, that is fantastic!   If not, no worries!  Just keep writing…♥

Bookmark Your Thoughts

Mind Elate

Jessica Bakkers

Reactionary Tales

Caterpillars 2 Butterflies

This is MyTruth Now

Flying Through Water

A Simply Enchanted Life




The Entertainer Blogger Award!

Many thanks to Jay at thisismytruthnow  for tagging and nominating me for the Entertainer Blogger Award. Jay and I have been blogging friends almost since I started  Inspiration Pie in May.  He is a prolific blogger and entertaining, no question about that!  He’s also a super nice guy.  Go visit him now.


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!



I’m a wanna-be writer!  I also love books and I wanted to be able to incorporate  writing and reading.  Maybe throw a little bit of my art in there!  I’ve met so many great people by blogging, and I love that, too.



Just one?!  That’s tough, but I think I will go with a Harlan Coben.  Fool Me Once.  I picked this up in Walmart last year, knowing nothing about the author, or even what I wanted to read.  I hadn’t read a book in forever and I needed something to take my mind off things.  This book fit the bill.  It was full of unexpected twists and turns and was just what I needed at the time.   It started me reading the rest of the Harlan Coben books available at the library.



Arrogance.  People who think they are better than others.


I love this Japanese outlet that makes this chicken, rice, bean sprouts and teriyaki sauce dish.  It’s so good, and healthy, too 🙂  After that I go right for the coffee and a doughnut 😉








Reading, writing, painting, hiking, camping, swimming.

I Nominate:

Freda’s Voice

Out and About

Flying Through Water

Penny Lane’s Thoughts

Didi Oviatt

YA and Wine

SunSunny Blog

The Mask Writer

But I Smile Anyway

Diary of a Weird Teen Boy

Jessica Bakkers