Feb 062011
 
WELCOME!!!
Happy Football Sunday..This is the Pregame Get Together
Green bay football smiley

I would like to explain how this came to fruition. Hubby and I were having a discussion about the old days, (for the young’ens reading this..a little history lesson) but before the dark age. When Sundays were special and had traditions and rituals. Sunday mornings Church, come home to a big gravy (sauce) cooking on the stove, a big Sunday dinner, then either off to visit relatives/friends or wait for relatives/friends to drop by. We would spend the afternoon sitting around the table, talking, catching up, having coffee, pizza, calzones, etc etc, dessert. And now, how sad, all those traditions are gone. And then I got to thinking, why not have something similar here on my blog. This past year, I have met so many amazing and wonderful people through blogging, and how I am in awe of what they do and accomplish. How much respect I have for them, for their honesty, integrity, credibility and so enjoy when a bit of their personality shines through. So every Sunday, here at my place, the coffee will be on, the dessert is on the table and friends will be stopping by. And I will be rolling out the red carpet for my Sunday Shining Star Blogger guest.

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Today my guest is not from the book community, however, I am proud to say, I did convert her!!!!   I can’t remember how we actually met each other.  I really think, instead of me stumbling onto her site, she tripped me lol.  We both started blogging around the same time, emailing each other, asking questions since we were newbies to the blogging world, found we had a lot of similarities in real life and I just loved her sense of humor, you will see why a little later, (I asked for apicture of herself, she sent me 2.  She is hysterical, has a great, wonderful funny blog with lots of giveaways.  She has since adopted me as her virtual little sister.  So today, please meet my guest, my Shining Star Big Sis  DOLLY FROM XMAS DOLLY

*When and why did you start blogging?
6.13.09 I’m a retired legal secretary, and on disability, and was at home. I needed to have something to do with my time. So, my daughter talked me into it.

*How and what made you decide on the name of your blog?
It was my mom’s doll that she got off a Valentine’s Candy Box from my dad that she saved all these years. Because it was dressed in red she took it out only at Christmas time, and because I love Christmas and my nickname is Dolly, but that’s another story.

*What would you say is the main content of your blog?
My kids, my grandkids and my hubby and his music.

*If books, what genres do you mostly read?
I like Stephen King, mythology, wizards, fairies, and the like.

*How often do you post?
I try to do it every day, but I’ve got therapy three times a week now, and it’s been taking a lot of out of me.
(addendum: she means physical therapy but……….lol)
*What are some of the things that you love about blogging?
 Making new interesting friends. I totally love when everyone comes to my meme and plays along. “Monday’s Music Moves Me”! Everyone pics a song and Posts in accordance to whatever theme it is for that week. Love music!!! I play keys and the accordion. I also totally love give-aways doing them and winning them!!!

*What are some of the negatives?
DON’T GET ME STARTED! No, just kidding! There is one thing though. Some people take things the wrong way. You cannot add a tone of voice to your words at least I don’t know how. Some people cannot tell when you’re kidding. That gets me into trouble. I’m always in trouble. I was born in trouble. lol The only other one that stands out is I cannot get to all the blogs I want too in a day. There’s not enough time, and e-mail! OMG That has to be the biggest negative. I cannot answer all the e-mail I get. I know we get so much because when we join a give-away that’s one of the entry requirements, so you keep adding and adding and adding to your e-mail thus we get more mail then SANTA!

*Name 1-3 favorite items/postings that you have/do on your blog?
**NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN HERE.

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*Any advice you would give to new bloggers?
 Do not get discouraged. It’s really a lot of fun, but there is a lot to learn. Don’t start treating blogging as work. Blog for the fun.

*What draws you to follow someone’s blog?
Oh hells bells! I follow everybody. Well, unless there’s too much vulgarity or a bunch of stuff on it I don’t understand.

*Do you have any “pet peeves” that other bloggers do?
The only one I can think of is I just don’t think it’s right when someone doesn’t leave a comment when signing a linky. How long does it take to say thank you. You know like when we post our give-aways for example. They have over 100 entries and seven comments??? Nah, sorry I don’t think it’s right.

Example of her sense of humor.  When I asked for her image this was the first picture she sent.  She is always finds something funny, no matter what the situation, even if it involves herself.

*Would you please share 5-7 things about the person behind the screen so that we get to know the “real” you!!
The real me, huh! I love to cook. Baking is not my forte.
 I love to crochet, but I don’t do it very well.
People say I talk too much… I know you do and don’t tell me you don’t because I know I do BUT did you every ask yourself why?
I have worked all my life. I was always around people, and now I’m home alone and not by choice. I don’t have many friends, so when someone does call… I rest my case.
I try to keep peace in the family (just like my mom use too guess I picked up where she left off), and that doesn’t work very well sometimes.
I’ve written a book that not too many people have read, but never had it published.
I totally LOVE ice cream, and
I love to dance. Years ago I was a professional dancer, but we won’t go there.

*Any other info you would like to share.
My daughter is NightOwlMama and is going to California next week on a blog convention I guess you call it, and I’m so happy for her. She’s going to see some cartoon movie, opening night red carpet thing. I don’t know that much about it, but I know she’s extremely happy, so I’m happy!

P.S. Why didn’t you pick somebody more interesting. I’m boring. —yawn!!! luv ya, Dolly

I think you all can read between the lines to see that she has a huge, warm, caring and genuine heart.  Her family and friends are her priority.  She does a lot of product giveaways and just recently was asked to do a book review!!!  Talk about a panic attack.  The emails were flying back and forth. And I have to say, she did a phenomenal job, so much so that the author has asked her to read and review the sequel so I am hoping that she will one day become part of our book community.  She has faced many of life’s challenges but always finds the humor in it to get her through….attitude is everything and she has a lot of it.  She is one special lady…that is why she is my Shining Star.  Please stop by her place and tell her that her little sister sent her.  And oh…..btw…she is also of Italian heritage so there will be plenty of food!!!  Thank you Big Sis for being you and for caring so much about me.

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  12 Responses to “Sunday’s Shining Star”

  1. Dolly sounds like loads of fun! Thanks for introducing her!

  2. Nice to meet you, Dolly! I loved reading your answers and now I am off to visit your blog 🙂

  3. First of all nice little Packer at the top, make sure your husband doesn't see your blog.

    Then Dolly, OMG, how have we not "met", leave it to Cheryl to bring us Dolly's together!!! Heading right over to your blog to follow. I too have a hard time getting around to visit each week but I truly try.

    Cheryl, I am so glad you started this feature. It is a wonderful idea. So glad I can visit from here, it snowing here again today and we hope to get to Jeff's mom's for the game. Missing the breakfast treats though, nothing here this morning 🙁 Enjoy my share as I go visit Dolly blog. lol

  4. Nice meeting you…great answers.

    Go Pittsburgh Steelers!!

  5. It is so nice to meet you Dolly! I can so relate to how easy it is to be taken the wrong way in virtual land as tone, facial expressions and regional venacular do not translate.

  6. WOW! What an introduction!! Did I hear an applause after that? I think I did!!!! LOL Thank you for all the wonderful compliments, and they're all TRUE…… NOT! ROFL So, Super Bowl Sunday I'm surprised anyone is on their computer. Well, maybe before the game. It snowed again last night & just stopped about a half hour ago, but the plow has already been down our street at least & Dave has the snow blower out! Yes, there is one thing true I can see right away, and that is I have no blood sisters, but if I had a choice to have one it was you my cyber little sis, and you just wait til' I tell Mommy on you! na na na na na na! I've also decided we have another cyber sis & that's my Lori from Florida. She's such a sweetie, so we'll throw her in the middle! So HUGS Baby Girl! *See I told you I talk to much! LOL muwahhhhhh

  7. Very nice to meet you Dolly! Cheryl you have really been busy and it is so cool to see the spectrum of guests so far and to meet a non-book blogger, at least a non-full-time one!

    I too love to crochet but have not done so in quite a while, since 2009 to be exact when discovered book blogs and staring my own site….

  8. How sweet! Thanks for letting us get to know Dolly better!

  9. Cheryl, what a terrific Sunday Star – I'm off to visit Dolly!

  10. Great to meet you Dolly.
    fab interview

    carol

  11. Oh there is my Dolly! She is really an awesome gal!

    Great feature!

  12. Dolly is the sweetest, most wonderful person you could ever know. I consider her my sister, too. We do the Monday's Music Moves Me meme together, but we also talke at least 10 times a day via email, Twitter and sometimes even the phone. I only wish she lived closer to me so we could go out places together.
    Thank you for introducing her to everyone else… they will all be very lucky to know her.

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