Totally Grateful For All The Flowers!

I am happy, you happy?

Come on, “The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit,” so writes Thomas Malory.

In case you do not know, my name is Chuckles, aka blog award writer extraordinaire.

Do you dig my new spring look?

I feel so flowery and photo shopped to death.

But wait, flowers reminds me of blog awards.

It is time.

Chuckles on Gratitude

Listen, I have three, no, four life goals. Eat, sleep, bark and write well.

Eating, sleeping and barking all night is my forte. Writing? Eh. I need to practice so, unbelievably, I write thank-you posts for any awards that come this way.

Since I do not, and will not ever attend a dog obedience class, I feel rules need to be revised and updated. 🙂 Blog awards are no exceptions and the MAIN rule one should NEVER tamper with is GRATITUDE. SO,

Thank Y♥U: …freelance WRITER, POET, Fiber Artist/Teacher & totally in L♥ve with GODMartha Shaw…her blessings include:

& Super Sweet Award

Thank Y♥U:…Author, MOTHER OF SIX!, Historical Re-enactorEllyn Baker…her blessings:

Thank Y♥U:…Little Binky my bestest feline blog friend ever and her GrannyAngelswhisper2011 & Little ♥ Binky…bring new blessings:

If you need to follow Best Moment Award rules, go ahead…

  • Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech.
  • This could be written or video recorded.
  • Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!
  • The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners tell them the great news.

Thank Y♥U:…Tragedy & heartache for this writer, Becki Duckworth, but blessings pour forth both from Becki and Angelswhisper with:

The WordPress Family Award rules are as follows:

  • Display the award logo
  •  Link back to the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love. 
  • Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.

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If you would like to take these blog awards over to your blog space, please, feel free & share in your own creative way–our apologies to the creators of these blog awards for the remix. 😐

Once again, Thank Y♥U to the blog friends who recently shared their blog award love…you bring beautiful fragrant spring blossoms this way!!


Full of Springtime Gratitude

One of the joys that come with blogging is the opportunity to say thank you to blog friends that kindly bring gifts and fun games as a way to show their appreciation to your blog site.

Chuckles, Simply Charming’s blog dog writer, makes a special effort to get his big dog self up and give a note of thanks for the special awards and tag games that come this way. Well, sometimes he gets up…sometimes he prefers lounging about and yawning…hope you do not mind. Here he is…

Hey. It’s me. Chuckles. You see, I am slowly getting ready for spring season. Got my new sunglasses…you like it?Chuckles, blog dog

Okay. Now, business. First, the Illuminating Blogger Award from two beauties…

thank you, Sophia and KZ

thank you, Sophia and KZ!!

♥ Sofia Siberia*: A very busy “writer, psychic, energy healer,” Sofia shares her insights “on love, relationships, mysticism, well-being, holistic healing, esoteric and… enlightened living.”   WOW!  Read about her latest adventure…Body and Mind Well-Being: My Initiation into Natural Healing. Thank you, Sofia!

KZ: A self-proclaimed, eclectic, Blog Bling!* eccentric shopaholic and one hell of a writer/blogger. This is a fine haiku. I maybe a ram reborn…check it! Carpe Diem: Daily Haiku 92 Thank you, KZ!

Next, the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from another beauty and wise one…

thank you, Seeker!

thank you, Seeker!

The Seeker*: The Seeker seeks. Her words…”i seek everything. you hide & i will seek…from faith, hope, charity…Abba 2 Zen…Here 2 Now…reality 2 Divine…endless! And her Party Time! feast after 40 days of fasting!

Finally, a tag game and the Super Sweet Award

thank you, Little Binky and Granny!

Angelswhisper2011: (home of Little Binky!)

you must meet Little Binky, my BFBF (best feline blog friend) and her Granny. Not only did they bring the best dessert Awards and Coffee Break*, Little Binky’s granny is super talented. Just check Granny’s Drawings if you do not believe me.

Confession: Anyone who follows my awesome blog dog writing abilities knows I also love remaking blog awards and tag game rules. Sorrrrry. Woof!

Before I get to the rehashed rules, my nominees come from my our recent subscribers that I we would like to thank with a GROUP*HUG!

♥ GlobalInfo4All| Inspired by the Story…Famous Dog…Hachiko
♥ MJPienaar| My Only Requirement
♥ Musings&Rants: Shazza says she will rant about “God, Life” …muse about, “Movies & other randomness.” Here she shares about My Prized Possession.

Now, Chuckles revised rules* for awards and tag game:

Answer the question listed below, nominate other blog friends (if you want) and post the award logo somewhere on your blog. Oh, and send a link to the nominees so they are aware you are giving them the award and/or tag game.

Here is your question nominees to get your awards:

Name the one thing you are grateful for today (excluding this tag game/blog award.)

As for me, Chuckles, I am grateful everyday when I hear success stories about my fellow animal friends being rescued and cared for…like Silly Sit Saturday friend over at Long Life Cats and Dogs.

*if anyone nominated want the full authentic rules version for each award/tag game, just visit the above award links with the little asterisk*

Well, good day to all and remember, Chuckles wise words for today…“In all things big, little, fat (like me) beautiful, ugly… be full of thanksgiving.” Woof!

January 2013: Festive Pooch Gives Gratitude


I am Chuckles!

Yah… bet you are wondering what this big fat dog is doing in this picture.

Well, for the new readers, I am Chuckles–a.k.a farm blog dog/writer.

Here I am, posing in my latest fashion look…I call it Festive Pooch 2013…

Check it…

my new look for this year

Love it or hate it???

Hot diggity, if I am not like, LIKE…so festive and smart-looking! I feel hot, smart and spicy right down to my Great Pyrenees digging claws!

Okay, okay. Calm down, people. Important business talk, that is, blog awards…and, DO NOT BLAME Chuckles for this gross negligence with awards sitting in the draft room from, *gasp* 2012!!

(Psst, hey, listen…friend, could you help me, Chuckles, escape from this blog?)

Just between you and me, I have been in a slump lately. NO, not a Sophomore Slump, more like a lethargic mild depression. You see, I have a few awards to drop off and my list is small, just like me. 😉

Look, it would take a quick visit to my dog pals, Molly and German over at Philosopher of the Hedge, and Jangles from Long Life Cats & Dogs. Simple.

Wait. It appears Jangles from Long Life Cats & Dogs, a beauty of a cat, has run away. She lives in South Africa and if you happen to see Jangles, tell her to get her butt home to Susan,  A.S.A.P or else…I may have to run over there and drool on Jangles! It is a hideous habit but I cannot control my drool.

It just flows…especially while I eat…

dog with head down

you can’t see me drooling…nah-nah!!

Oh, too bad…caught me with my head down so…Really. Can we get serious here?

This is the BLOG AWARD list and a BIG, BIG THANK YOU to these super friends who were kind enough to bless Simply Charming abundantly!

1. 2012 Blog Award: Not too late…still January…and got all SIX stars!!!

blog of the year 2012 award

Blog of 2012 the Year Award

First up: Sophomore Slump and my thank you post: Chuckles, the Blog Dog…and the list below of other wonderful friends who helped complete my star collection.

2. UteSmile is about…well, lots of smiles and lots of happiness! She is “a single mum in her 50′s,” and is raising two teenagers! WOW, now that deserves an applause and a cheer! YAY, Ute!

Not only is Ute a great parent but she is full of talent! Read on her  Miracles, how she took an ordinary ball of string and made a beautiful scarf. Then, she took a box of assorted beads and created some awesome fashionable earrings! If you know anything about these teenie tiny beads, it is very difficult to work trying to loop those beads into pretty creations.

3. Nizy’s Life Compendium:  Nizy loves to meditate, talk, share…like blog awards…It’s Your Time to Shine…

She also says, “hold on to your faith…be strong as trees during changes…”    Changing Seasons

4. Imogen: Diary of a ‘Sensitive Soul’: Immie shares snippets of her life and a must-read about a painful time in her life. It deals with BULLIES!

You’re So Vain (…you probably think this song is about you) Really?

5. Martha L. Shaw:  Martha is…well, she is just talented! Not only does she write thoughtful posts like, Seeds, but whips up some grand quilts!! 

6. Memories-Keepsakes-Gifts: Marilyn is a sweetheart of a blogger, sharing her life stories and photos…such as Beyond!

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blog award

super sweet blog award

Gee, those cupcakes look delicious…anyway, here is Sofia Siberia, a beautiful blogger…describes herself as…”an empath and esoteric…sensitive to energies of people and earth.” Sofia not only writes passionately on her blog but also writes quality comments whenever she visits your site.

Hmm,  I wonder, if I give her a sad face like this…

sad dog

Is this sad enough, Sofia???

she would bake me some awesome cupcakes??

What? I have to answer some questions first? Dang, always a catch to every snack!!

Sofia asks:

1. Cookies or Cake? 2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

All the above!

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Sweet bread, but really, any treat is heaven to me.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? 

Grrr, never ask a dog that question…

5. If you had a sweet nickname what would it be? 

Actually, some people call me, “Oh, You sweet thang…”

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blog award

Shine On Award

everyday gurus: What can anyone say? This is it, people.

You NEED a HUG…so, go get one from Kozo…GET A HUG NOW!

Not only {{{Hugs}}} but Kozo gifts with blog awards… Biggest Hypocrite Blogger Award.

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Festive Pooch, signing off!

Thanks for reading, if you made it this far! Woof…proud of you…and even if your name did not get on today’s hit list…you know, eventually, I will find you. Oh, if I missed your award in my comment box…sorry. 😦 Please remind me again!!


Chuckles…a.k.a farm blog/writer dog.

Chuckles on Blogger of the Year 2012: Rommel Style & Feature Blogs…

My time is up. I must get on with the show.

I am Chuckles!

Hi! I’m Chuckles…also known as, farm/blog dog extraordinaire!

Yup, you guessed it. …Time for the Blog of the Year 2012 Awards.

Blog of the Year Award banner 600

Let us get straight to the point. I love to sleep my life away. However, when a simply charming blogger comes your way, and one recently did, you must get all spiffy and looking fine–ya, know?

Many of you already know this darling of the blogosphere as none other than, Rommel from The Sophomore Slump.

YOWza!! If you have not read his Freshly Pressed: Rose Valley Falls in Ojai post, then grab your hat and run there! This is one visual hiking trip not to miss!

If the FPressed post is not enough…here is another neat thing I find irresistible about Rommel’s blogging style…it is his Featured Blogs page.

Oh, if anything, you have to, and I do mean have to, take a peek. He does not just list a blog roll like, ahem, the owner of this blog, *whispers owner’s name: sunshine*, but features a review of a blog site at the end of each post!

AMAZING! Check it out…

50th Featured Blog, The Bests of Last Call, and A List of My Absolute Musts.

So, with great excitement and lots of bouncy-bouncy, I say THANK YOU to Rommel for bestowing this star collecting award to Simply Charming!

Be ready to be WOWed…

#192: Blog of the Year/Featured Blogs Highlights/Ventura, California

Oh, cruds. Sorry–okay, I so loath rules.

Hey, I am a Great Pyrenees and by nature we are stubborn and quite independent…but alright, here are the rules…


 chuckles bleh at rules

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award  and include these ‘rules’ in your post

(please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6. 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 sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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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!

Hot diggity, dog!  Now you know the award rules, and coming in 2013, the Simply Charming Blog Site page will be under construction.

Yup, following in behind the Rommel Feature Blog style, the plan is to start slowly by featuring a review of a blog site at least once a month–hopefully more but do NOT hold your breath.

Since 2013 is dying to take center stage, why not start the Feature Blog Reviews now by starting with the nominees for this award.

Simply Charming Feature Blogs:

1. Angelswhisper2011: Although Angelswhisper and her helper, a cute little kitty named Little Binky, post occasionally, you can be sure  the post will tickle you into whispering, oohh…awww…so cute…as you read about the adventures of Little Binky, for example, like this one: Out of Camouflage. Trying to find Little Binky in some of the photos will leave you smiling for sure!!

2. Darlene: Notes from Meme I met via the Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap: Animated GIFs where she honestly admits she was not abusing her husband during her creation of her own GIFs! Darlene is a grad student, a pastor’s wife, a mom, and a grandmother. If you are wondering what Meme stands for in her blog name, well, it’s because Darlene, being 42 years-young and a grandmother, she wanted a name besides “Granny” or “Gran.” It made her feel 20 years older than she was! So, she became Meme! Yeah!

WHEW! Time to wrap it up folks…THANK YOU ROMMEL!!

I’ll be back with the next five award stars and more feature bloggers, but first, it is time to take a nap!


Friendship + Heart = LOVE Endures ALL

Howdy! It's me, the one and only farm dog, Chuckles!!

Hey, Chuckles here. I was going to take another round of naps but someone just hurled a shoe at me and rudely pleasantly whispered in my ears . . .

“Whoa, what?? You say Francine In Retirement just dropped off this package? Well, open it and let me have a looook . . .*gasp-woof*

King of Kings Friendship Award

Dude, check it out!! It’s the King of Kings Friendship Award! I’ve heard it’s a way of saying thank you for the blessing you are, by willingly choosing from the heart, to walk fully in the beauty of the person  God is conforming you to be by the empowering of the Holy Spirit . . . “

Umm, I’m really tuckered out today folks so here is Sunshine to follow-up on my assignment. *(I love you guys, but I love my naps more. Sorry, just being Chuckles.)

Hey, Sunshine here! Thank you so much,  Francine In Retirement,  for this honorable blessing and thinking about Simply Charming.  Gee, I really am at loss for words so let me say . . .

Because this Friendship Award comes with no attachments, allow me to pause a moment and pour my thankful heart out to all the blog friends who bring so much support here. Thank you for your gift of  time as you visit, read and share your thoughts through the conversations here.  We all know how wonderful it is to have followers and the encouraging discussions that follow after sending out a post.

I just have one simple thing to say:

Francine In Retirement




As you will see in a minute, I did  fail to paste the original text that came with this blessing–my apologies and my bad.  I have no excuses except: one has to create from the heart and,  if you really must see the original copy, check it out here:


So, to all of you who would like to take home the King of King Friendship Award, I am giving it to you as my appreciation gift for being a blessing in my life.  Just copy the LOVE ENDURES ALL image–before Chuckles decides to chew it up–and paste it on your site! Easy,  and may you be blessed beyond measure!

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Thanks Francine and thanks guys, for saving me from falling alone!

God bless you!!

Sunshine xoxo

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Wherever we are, God’s in that moment, God’s speaking to us, and if we’ve just got our ears open and our antennas up, there’s no lack of inspiration. He’s not silent. We just have to be listening. ~Steven Curtis Chapman

Thank you Amira!

For all the beautiful bloggers here at WordPress, an award made just for you!

The award works like this:

  •  acknowledge and thank the giver (link it back) and put the award on your page.

Once again, AMIRA from MindBlur, has awarded me with a beautiful blog award. She calls me the “award goddess,” but Amira, I think you are the Goddess now!!  Congratulations Amira, and many thanks for the honor this award brings.

  • next, list 7 things about yourself:

What inspires me . . .

1. ~discovering how much I like Robert Downey Jr’s. acting style. It hit me as I watched the latest Sherlock Holmes movie! 

2. ~God’s magnificent creation: horses! ( Bucket list item #1 . . . own a pony and name it Wildfire! Just a note to myself . . .)

3. ~hehe, I imagine God singing  George Michael’s Father Figure song to me. 

4. ~the movie with Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge

5. ~visiting libraries, book and thrift shops. 

6.   ~blogger pals like Eryn from Life on Mars, Otto from Munchow’s Creative Photo BlogElizabeth from Mirth and Motivation, Bongo from Bongo Dog Blog,  Belle of the CarnivalAngels Whisper2011,  MJ from mj monaghan, Caddo from Caddo Veil and Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge  just to name a few. 

7. ~life with lots of smiles and sincere love.


  • pass the award to 7 bloggers who inspire you:

I could list more than seven bloggers but for now, these beautiful bloggers are charming and entertaining for sure.  Some are writers, others photographers. May you find inspiration as you visit with them.

1. Trace Louise Photography

2. Implicado

3. Pathfinder: MotherWifeStudentWorker

4. Make Believe Boutique

5. Melonpops

6. Sheila Hurst

7. Orples

Thank you Amira and all other blogger friends I could not mention here due to time restraints, for your precious visits and your conversations.

YOU charm and complete my world!

 Inspiration, the breath we long for as bloggers and creative artists.  In every moment, may our hearts be open to the calling of the Divine One, so the talents given may be used for His purpose alone.

~Sunshine 2012