July 14, 2009



Been a bit off colour past couple of days! Must have been something I ate at a little hen party the other night for my bichon chum (our local It-Girl, Tara, above) who also fell ill and is still looking a bit aggrieved, don’t you think? Some E. Coli-dipped Bonio biscuit or listeria-infused canine chew probably...

Anyway, had the vet along to look me up and down. A LADY vet I hasten to add! Sooo much more delicate and sensitive with all those horrid internal examinations, don’t you think, girls?! It’s sooo easy, you see, to get lost in all that fabulous fur of mine. Can’t stand male vets. Like the one, for instance, who insisted on inserting INDUSTRIAL-SIZED dog-awful suppositories in places I truly didn’t know existed after I was bitten by those dreadful Spanish Processional Caterpillars in the Spring! (See my post of 15th April !) Sooo clumsy and heavy handed with all that fabulous fur! Ended up giving HIM a bite he won't forget either...!

Anyway, my dear readers, here I am back again, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for AWARDS TIME!

Blog awards are such great fun, dear readers, ’cos they bring bloggers together and often introduce them to sites they mightn’t be familiar with but would absolutely adore. A little while ago, I had the great pleasure of receiving THE LEMON STAND AWARD from the delightful ModernMom at How To Survive Life in the Suburbs which (like some other terrific sites) I unfortunately have great difficulty accessing:(

In fact, I’m currently having MAJOR PROBLEMS with a number of dreadful site blocks! Do you think androids or robots are trying to hack into my computer to steal all my beauty secrets? Or is it that dreadful Mr Blogger? If so, does anyone out there know his address so I can send my PA around to sort him out? I’ve managed to track down a photo of him (below) but not yet his whereabouts.
Ooh no!! Hopeless, useless PA!! That’s NOT the pic I gave you!! Here insert this one fast!:

And now back to our Awards! The LEMON STAND AWARD (below), then, is for RECENTLY discovered blogs and is sooo wonderful ’cos it brings great new blogs to a wider readership. And how I love new readers!

Please note, however, that if you didn’t make it onto the list below, it most certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t adore you, I do! It’s just that my paws, as it were, are tied! (My PA, you see, has threatened to down tools - that laptop thingie - if I add any more and, though she’s completely hopeless, useless as you know, you simply CAN'T get good staff here in Spain anyway!) And, by all means, dear reader, if you’re reading this, please feel free to give yourself this award as a special gift from me, Lola, since I’m certain you’re a tremendous read too!

So regrettably I once again have to EXCLUDE those esteemed fellow bloggers I’ve known now for a little while (most of whom have already been garlanded with well-deserved awards). In fact, all those listed on the sidebar deserve award after award!

(Lola, do stop gushing and get on with it, please! My arm’s aching holding all these awards! Nora, PA.)

So, ripping open the shiny, sealed envelope on the blog-podium, I momentarily pause (for drumroll and swig of water from artfully concealed canine water bowl) before reading out the nominations (in no particular order):

And, finally, I’m making a little exception to the rules (hope the blogpolice aren’t watching!) by adding three not-so-recent (but equally deserving!) nominees. These are:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who’s given it plus his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award on (or not, if you’d prefer) to other blogs that you’ve recently discovered.
3) Link to your nominees within your post.
4) Contact the nominees to let them know they've been chosen for this award.

Happy reading everyone!


PAW NOTE: And no, dear readers, I DON’T have Clive Owen’s number either!! But if anyone out there does, please pass it PDQ to my PA who will keep it a secret between just you and me... Promise!

And now I’m going to creep back to my basket for my beauty sleep (yawn), but do help yourselves, my dear readers, to a macaroon or two on your way out! Oh, and do please close that door quietly... (snore)


Dustjacket attic said...

Oh shite Lola you look like you going to go for my jugular in that first shot...really!

I've calmed down now I've seen the best picture of Clive ... DARLING!!

Oh thank you soooo much for picking me and very sorry to hear you have been having pesky health probs, no fun at all!!


Dustjacket attic said...

Oh sorry Lola I mean Tara, toooo many wines do that to you I'm afraid.

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello darling, thanks so much for joining my charming followers and congrats on your well deserved award. Luv, I promise to look for and find Mr. Blogger and when I do I will keep him under lock and key in my cottage and will not let him out....promise!! lol

Love your blog
Duchess xx

Duchess of Tea said...

Nora darling, I just left a comment for you and went back to my cottage and saw yours. Thank you so much for including me on your list of recipients. I am honored and will gladly accept the award.
Duchess xx

Heavenly Housewife said...

Dear lola,
so sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I was thinking of you just yesterday and was meaning to stop by. Glad to hear that you are feeling well now. Thank you so much for the award daaaahling, and thank you for the scrumptious
macaroons. I must admit i took a little more than my share when nobody was looking, but I can't help myself when it comes to my favorite treat. Lady like behavior just flies out the window. Thanks for not checking my uber designer handbag wich was stuffed with your luxurious goodies!
lots of love, HH
ps u r absolutely right, mr blogger has been an absolute beast, i've had a lot if difficulties too in the past 2 weeks. Maybe he needs a supository by that horrid male doctor of yours!

JamaGenie said...

So sorry you've been under the weather! How perfectly dreadful! But thank you soooo much for that lovely award! It made my day! And the macaroons were heavenly, although they did look a bit picked over. I was distracted momentarily when that HH scurried out the door with her uber designer handbag which I'm sure is a knock-off. Shoddy workmanship...terribly misshapen already.

Hope you're feeling much better now!


Caroline at Caroline's Lost and Found said...

Oh, what a fun blog you have! Lola is so adorable....I have a little West Highland terrier named Tuffy. I look forward to following your blog! Take care, Caroline

Cavania said...

Hi Lola, thank you for the award I am very honored as I have not received an award before and this is all rather new to me. I will display my award with pride for all to see.
I mentioned to Miss Tinky about a staff swop and asked her about her inoculations and were they up to date but she made a sharp exit through the cat flap. Not sure if she has rushed out to buy a new suitcase?
Karen x

Maggi said...

You poor thing! I hope you feel better soon! Thank you so much for the award! I am so honored to be on a list with such fabulous bloggers!

French Fancy said...

Sorry you've been poorly, little Lola. Congrats to your mummy on her well-deserved award.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Im so glad you are feeling better Lola X

Gigi said...

Thank you so much for the award, Lola! I'm blushing! Hope you feel all better soon, lovey. xo

Anonymous said...

Oh my word, my heart stopped because I thought you were giving away Clive Owen as a prize. Wouldn't that be lovely? Sigh. Just found your blog through the Duchess and stopping in to say hello. Your dog looks like a stuffed animal, it's so cute and perfectly groomed in that photo. I have a golden retriever named London and she is the apple of my eye (besides my son of course). Look forward to reading more.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! It's so sweet of you to think of me. I'm honored to be included in such good company. I hope you're feeling better soon. Oh, and Tara's expression is priceless!

MissRedLips said...

thank you sweet lola for the award! i'm flattered!

and i don't mind if i do help myself to a macaroon-yummy!

Laila Of Course! said...

Wonderful, wonderful blog! :) I will most definitely be following along... So stay tuned for my comments, hehe.
If you ever get the chance, please be sure and look at my blog/bless me with some comments/follow. It always makes my day!


jordiegirl said...

I have just read your blog and I found it hilarious, it really made me laugh.

And your little dog is soooooo cute, can I have her please?

The comments about male vets totally applies to male doctors too in my opinion, much better to have a female vet or doctor.

Hope you both feel much better very soon.

Will certainly be popping by again to read your great blog.

As I'm new to this blogging lark, bit of a virgin blogger as it were!!!!! :-) what's all these awards? Does everyone just make them up and pass them on to their faves or what?

Bye for now.

JennyMac said...

Great post..love the look on your dog's face. TOO cute. And Clive Owen would be a great giveaway!

ChloƩ said...

oooh thank you so much for the award!!!and I am soo happy that you are my new follower now.
That means so much to me:))


Glad you like my posts!!!

Nora Johnson said...

Mme Moonspinner - Totally agree with you about Tara! Like a number of my canine It-girl pals, she's not only reportedly had "some work" done in Marbella but also undergone charisma bypass surgery and really knows how to throw a strop or two (like in the pic above!) btw her current squeeze is Jake who's a SHITESE (a Shih Tzu/Maltese cross in case you were wondering!!)

Duchess of Tea - If the only Mr Blogger you can find is a certain Mr Owen, then you can leave the lock AND key in my paws for TOTAL safekeeping!! Promise!!

HH - It's been reported by the next lovely reader after you (who gave little moi star billing in her blog last Saturday!!) that the macaroons looked "a bit picked over" - after a visit by a glamorous lady with a bulging handbag! Who can that be do you think? I've now put my PA on the case. Do you think a course of those suppositories would be an appropriate punishment for the culprit?

JamaGenie - Feeling ever so much better now thanks! btw re your comment at the end of previous post, how about negotiating a GROUP discount for JD's kidnapping services? Seems he'd put a spring (or two) in the step of a good many readers around here!

Caroline - Welcome to the fun (and madness!) on this site! And I've just had a peek at Tuffy's pic. He looks adorable and sooo handsome btw does he have/want a girl friend?

Karen - Do hope Miss Tinky is on her way over - I'll keep my eyes peeled for any moggie carrying a suitcase! Though I'm a very tolerant employer, I do have very high standards (Naomi Campbell could learn a trick or two from me!) and many canines think I'm, er, the cat's whiskers!

Maggi - You're most welcome! And, yes, am feeling really bright eyed & bushy tailed today - must be all those suppositories...! btw thank you very much for the follower link - much appreciated!!

FF & VK - Thank you sooo much for your kind words! Feeling ooh so much better today! Included both yr names on my second not-recent-blogs awards list but my **** PA downed tools after the first 3 and walked out claiming "RSI"! (PS.Just checked in my Gray's Anatomy and found it means "Repetitive Strain Injury"! The only "Repetitive Strain" she'll be experiencing from now on will be in her wage packet!)

Gigi - You are MOST welcome! It's a pleasure to read your lovely blog!

Melissa - Sorry disappointed you with today's award! I guess an awful lot of ladies will be equally disappointed that Mr O wasn't available to offer his services! (Fortunately neither was the Real Mr Blogger...)
btw many thanks for the follower link & love to London!

Alek - You're most welcome! And yes, Tara's expression is priceless (though some here say she's had some "work" done - somehow reminds me a bit of that Mrs Wildenstein... )

Miss Red Lips - You are most welcome - and do help yourself to the macaroons (if there are any left...!!!)

Laila - Thanks so much for
your lovely comment and for following! I'll be popping over to your place very shortly!

Jordiegirl - Thanks too for your kind message. Don't know the origin of awards - always seem to have been around, it seems! And good luck with the blogging - it's great fun!

Nora Johnson said...

JennyMac - Totally agree with you about CO! He wasn't available as my award today but my PA's in talks with his agent about his availability for a giveaway I'm planning... You read it here first!

Chloe - You are sooo welcome! And yes, I adore your lovely blog!

btw Apologies, arrival of last two comments coincided with my replies above so everything's a tad out of sync!

MissMatilda said...

Thank you so much xx
It's adorable to meet such a darling bichon. You know I have 2 here? xx

Toothfairynotes said...

awww you really look angry on the pic! haha


Nora Johnson said...

Miss Matilda - You're most welcome! And no, I didn't know you have two! What are their names?

Toothfairynotes - It's Tara, our local It-Girl who's looking so angry! (She's reportedly had some "work" done in Marbella; some think she's ended up looking a bit like Mrs Wildenstein...what do you think?) I'm the cute, smiling bichon top right!!!
PS Thanks for the follower link - most flattering!

Marie Antionette said...

I'm so sorry ,you poor little sick puppy.I know about those male vets!!!They do like to stick it to you...LOL. They must enjoy it.
Congrats on the award sweetheart and thank you for honoring me with it also.I enjoy awards.And i will put you on my side bar and I think I'm already a follower of your,I do love this blog.
Trust me when I tell you this.Something is wrong in blogland.I've been blocked,cannot move my pictures if I'm posting,cannot make comments on some blogs.On my own blog the wording will not even show up unless I refresh several times,and to add insult to engery...I keep geting knoxed off line.This really is making me insane.But anyway.I must say I really do love the hunk as blogger #1.#2 can go #2...XXOO Marie Antionette

Michelle said...

Oh sweet Lola..I hope you're feeling much better today! I did not like the way you looked after the suppositories were inserted. Lol! Thank you, thank you for the award!!! You are the sweetest! I will post this on my next one! Ooooh and I will take one of those macaroons! :)

Lots of love and hugs..


Mz. Spider said...

A recently discovered award? For me?! I graciously accept. This will fit nicely between my most unique and most tardy awards. Although, it would look amazing with my bestest mommy in the whole world award too! Decisions, decisions.

Thank you, thank you very much, dear Nora and LOLA!!! You are too kind. xoxo

Oh yea! I forgot that I just received a great read award from the lovely Bug @ inbugsdrawers.blogspot.com/. Pay her a visit. She has such beautiful outfit posts and is quite silly, which I obviously love, right LOLA?

Melissa said...

I am honored beyond words can express.

Thank you, thank you.

I will post about this wonderful award very soon.

Have a great evening.


Tracey said...

Lola your adorable.. thank you for stopping by my blog and following.. how did you know a bichon was my favorite breed of dog?? Your lovely and I thank you for the award so much. I enjoy your blog as well and send it right back to you!

trishiekoh said...

AAAAAAW, thanks so much for the award, you made my day. And thanks so much for commenting and reading and following my blog, it all means a lot to me.
Will post this award on my blog very soon! Have a great day

Dustjacket attic said...

Oh totally agree about our vintage friends, the best.

Pleased you appreciate Viggo, may have to use your pic of CO in future updates (talk about bedroom eyes)!xxx

Nora Johnson said...

Marie-Antoinette - You're most welcome & so pleased you like the award! Totally agree - big problems in blogland. Get blocked sites all the time - glad though #1 Mr Blogger compensated a bit!xx

Michelle - Nor did I like the way I looked after those suppositories!! Glad you enjoyed the macaroons! Scrumptious, weren't they?xx

Mz Spider - Congrats on ALL those awards! (Some all-time record?!!) And yes, will check out Bug - Lola loves`all things SILLY!xx

Melissa - You are most welcome! Congrats!xx

Tracey - Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, you are sooo right: Bichons are the Best!!xx

Trishiekoh - You are most welcome! See you again soon!xx

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Blogger is totally whacked! I just know found out that you have a new post!

Oh sweet Lola, so sorry to hear that you've not been feeling well. Hope you're on the mend and feeling more like your fabulous self! I fortunately have never had to have one of those dreadful suppositories, but I'm sure I would have the same expression as you!

Thank you sweet Lola for the award, so honored that you would include me! I will post and forward in the next couple of days.


trishiekoh said...

Hello there, I did a post about the award you gave me...thanks heaps!


Lemon Shortbread said...

Lol Lola thank you so much for the award! It fits my pink lemonade stand too, and this is my 2nd time receiving it so I'm twice happy! =D

Nora Johnson said...

Miss Frenchy, Trishie Koh & Lemon Shortbread - Many thanks for all the lovely comments. Am sooo glad you like the award - sooo well deserved by all of you! Have left message at yr place tooxx

PS Thank you also, Lemon Shortbread, for follower link - sooo flattering!xx

Heavenly Housewife said...

dearest lola,
thank you for your lovely comment and good advice. I am sure you know what its like when others are just jealous because we are so pretty. when I look at tara, i can see she is a bit jealous of you too (well, more than a bit). people need to learn not to hate us cause we r beautiful. Ah, the price we pay for being fabulous, you know?
p.s. hope you and nora have a lovely weekend!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Yes I quite agree. Tara definitely lacks your natural beauty. If you look closely, she has those tell tell signs around the ears! LOL

Jessica Cangiano said...

Ooooohhh, my poor, dear Lola, I am so sorry to hear that you've been under the weather. I sincerely hope that you make a super speedy recovery, the world needs your incredibly handy, sagely advice (and ridiculously adorable photos!).

Thank you so, so much for the awesome award! You two spoil me!

Tons of healing hugs!!!
♥ Jessica

Nora Johnson said...

HH - Totally agree Tara's morphing into Mrs Wildenstein. Something about the ears (and eyes)!xx

Jessica - Am now bright-eyed & bushy tailed again, thank you! After all, as you so wisely point out, the world needs all the handy, sage advice it can get!!xx

Jessica Cangiano said...

Ciao pup-tastically precious Lola (and her equally fabulous mommy!), I'm ever so happy to hear that you're feeling all better!

Thank you very much for your continually wonderful comments, it's a delight to have you both for friends!

Big hugs!!!
♥ Jessica

Marie Antionette said...

Hey Nora,Butt Paste...A little dab a do ya...LOL...XXOO Marie Antionette

Anonymous said...

hi awarded lola

Nora Johnson said...

Jessica, M Antoinette, Gingey - Thanks for comments, have left messages at yr places! xx

Melissa said...


I hope you are having a great weekend.

I have been such a slug this weekend. I promise I will post your lovely award soon.

Love Melissa