The delightful, deliriously delicious and ever chic chronicler on all things right and proper in this world, JMW from A Place to Dwell , bestowed the Sunshine Award upon me. Merci, merci, merci. If you don't know her blog, which you probably do, it's a must.
As with all such honors, they are to be passed on to those we admire and who bring rays of sunshine into our lives every time we visit their blogs. The rules stipulate that we must choose 12 of our favorites. As always this is sooooo difficult, but here goes. . .
1.) Mon Avis, Mes Amis -- It's not just the tears streaming down the cheeks humor Els brings to each post; it's the writing. The writing. I cannot even begin to describe how beautifully creative and hugely talented she is. I cannot imagine the blog world without her.
2.) Privilege -- Tongue-in-cheek humor; humor straight-up, tips and tales, just wonderful. She takes us by the hand and walks us through her fun-filled WASP world of wisdom and wit.
3.) 60 Going on 16 -- It was serendipity. I found her on the 14th of February. She loves dogs, she is sunny and bright and boy can she write. (She sent me a picture of her sleek pal, Louis. He has a red collar and she walks the moors with him.)
4.) Home -- Every visit, every "conversation" with Jackie, she sweeps me away into a world of her creation where all is lovely, lively and dreamlike. She's also very, very amusing.
5.) Bonjour Romance -- Let's see, ma chere Mimi, you have won so many awards I don't quite know how to say something fresh and new about why I love visiting you, knowing you. Is it all the romance and gaiety that pours from your blog. Yes, that must be it.
6.) Man of the 50s -- Yes, dear James, I know, I know, I'm just one more member of your ever-growing fan club, but it would be impossible not to include you here. One could rename your blog: Joy To The World: And How to Recognize Happiness When It's Right In Front of You. (I'm still angling for a seat on the board of directors.)
7.) The Daily Connoisseur -- Jennifer, your spot on writing, your joie de vivre, your optimism -- it all pours out through your blog. (Oh yes, and your parfait take on all things French, having experienced the culture in real time and all the better in the 16th arrondissement.)
8.) Not Waving But Ironing -- Just the title tells you, you're going to be entertained. Do not miss her "about" explanation, lol like every one of her posts. Oh yes, and the woman can write.
9.) A Thousand Clapping Hands -- Catherine is divine. What can I say? She is creative, serene, stunning and carries us with her into a lovely universe of her romantic invention.
10.) Easy Fashion -- If you haven't met Fred, click now. He contributed a Christmas post here and commented for the French Guide-to-Romance last week. Gaze at those photographs of his -- you'll see he captures much more than the surface. Plus, he's tres, tres drole -- sometimes saying naughty things I don't print on my blog. But he's French after all.
11.) Social Climbers -- Beth, you could hate her if she didn't have such a super sense of humor, well that's the name of her blog which tells you a little something about her (it's also the title of her book, whatever). She's the girl who's the head of the snooty, snotty, sharp, snarky clique to which one aspires to join so you too can be one of the popular girls.
12.) A Refocused Life -- True story: When I first found Rita's blog -- and I don't remember how it happened -- I saw her face and decided there and then: I really, really, really like this woman. I also thought, isn't she beautiful? I also thought, she's re-inventing her life, how fabulous. And, everyday she gives us a peek into her refocused life, but I suspect the joy and pleasure she brings us in her blog was always all about Rita.