Real Neat Blog Award

Katie from Katie’s Cottage Books nominated The Comfortable Coop for this award and I’m honored. I sometimes forget to finish the awards so I copied and pasted her award so it would sit there, haunting me, until I did it!


Real Neat Blog Award


Mystery Blogger Award

The absolutely amazing Maggie from Dreaming of Guatemala nominated me for this award. If you haven’t checked out her blog you’re missing something really special! I love this young woman and she inspires me, an old lady, with her optimism, her wisdom, and her faith! Thank you for the nomination, Maggie!

My friend Okoto from Okoto Enigma created this award and, in her words, the “Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.” So you can see why I consider this a great honor!

Now on to the questions Maggie chose for her nominees!

1. What’s a good book that you recently read? I actually haven’t been reading as much as I used to because I need new glasses. I’m restricted to the books that have large print so I’m rereading The Hunger Games trilogy.

2. I have (had) five siblings. Four brothers who were much older (24 years, 23 years, 21 years, and 12 years older) who have all passed away,  and one sister who is a mere 3 years older!

3. Oh, gosh! I have so many favorites! If I didn’t I wouldn’t be so round! Anything that falls into my “comfort food” group like Chicken Fried Steak would be really high on the list. And I keep refining my recipes for my favorites.

4. I used to play piano, flute, piccolo, and trumpet. I really need to try to find a flute again so I can start playing. It’s so relaxing and actually helps with memory!

5. If you know me you know I’m terrifying strange odd eccentric. Yeah. Let’s go with eccentric. One of my favorite lines is from the movie Collateral and requires a little background for the people who haven’t seen the movie. Tom Cruise plays Vincent, a hitman hired to kill 5 people in one night. Jamie Foxx plays Max, the unfortunate driver of the taxi Vincent hires for that night. Vincent enters a room on an upper floor while Max waits in the taxi. When Vincent shoots the man in the room the victim falls out of the window and crashes into the parked cab. When Vincent returns to the cab Max shouts, “You killed him!” and Vincent calmly responds, “No. I shot him. The bullet and the fall killed him.” Because ya gotta love accuracy!

My nominees are:

Apricots and Admiration because this blog is wonderful and funny and more people need to discover it!

New Garden Homestead because gardening, recipes, and cutting expenses! This is my kind of gal!

Mama in the Country because she’s just getting started and I know she’s going to be great!

Crazy Love Parents because I so enjoy the topics and writing and her 10 year old son did a “guest post” that blew me away!

Estonian Cuisine because Ruta is teaching us all about Estonian food and Oatmeal and Berry Cake!

The Valiant Blogger Award

Earlier I posted the link to this award and now I’m accepting. It really belongs to my courageous husband!

Liz of Daily Warriors created this award and invited me to accept. I’ve never thought of myself as valiant but I suppose, no matter what our personal struggles are, when we overcome them or even learn how to accept them, we are all valiant. I’m honored that Liz thought I worthy of this amazing award! And if you haven’t checked out Daily Warriors yet, you really should. It’s for everyone who faces struggles from serious illness to clutter around the home. Hey! I qualify in at least two (or 200) categories!

The Valiant Blogger Award

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Blogger Recognition Award


Thank you so much Following Him Beside Still Waters for this nomination! If you haven’t read her blog I urge you to check it out! It’s heartwarming to be recognized by a blogger I admire for this award!

The Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select other blogs you want to give the award to.

How The Comfortable Coop Began

My former daughter-in-law (and dear friend) wanted us to do a blog together. I actually knew absolutely nothing about blogs and didn’t even realize some of the things I read online were blogs! We started together but she’s so busy with my grandchildren (3 of them anyway) and her Etsy shop and Thrive Foods store she decided to stop blogging. We let the old blog go and The Comfortable Coop was all mine.

Advice to New Bloggers

Since I’ve been blogging less than a year I feel a little hesitant to give advice. What the heck do I know? But I have learned that one of the greatest benefits of blogging is reading the blogs of others. I’ve met some great people and found fascinating blogs.

And be sure, if you really enjoy a post, to comment on it. Comments are so helpful and encouraging. Blogging is hard work and comments are the mega-vitamins we all need!

My Nominations (in no particular order):

Humming the Snail Shar’s blog is fun and eclectic and I think you’ll enjoy it!

Bee Organized with Pamela is perfect for you if you’re like me and always fighting your inner slob disorganized person.

Your Home for Japanese Food because I love finding new cuisines and this blog makes it easy to discover new recipes.

These are only 3 of the fantastic blogs I follow.


100 + Followers


I know that for many bloggers passing 100 followers is something that came within days of starting their blogs. But for me it’s a big accomplishment. I want to thank each and every one of you who made the choice to follow The Comfortable Coop. I hope you find things that are useful, amusing, or thought-provoking here. And please feel free to make suggestions to help me make The Comfortable Coop more useful!

The Versatile Blogger Award


Thank you so much to Hannah Grace of Hannah Reads for this nomination. Versatility is something I strive for and this recognition from Hannah means a lot.

I realize a lot of bloggers think these kinds of nominations are frivolous but I appreciate the thought behind the nominations. These awards are a way to show our fellow bloggers that we do read their work. They show that we appreciate the time it takes to develop or adapt a recipe or the courage it takes to expose inner feelings. They show that we are interested in what they write. While not every post may touch every reader in the same way, these awards are just a way to say, “I notice your work and I care.”

The Rules :

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know about the nomination

7 facts about me:

  1. I am nearly all Irish although there was a very long time, due to bad handwriting on a very old census, that I thought I was Jewish.
  2. I have only spent a few months of my entire life without a pet of some kind.
  3. I use my loud voice and humor as a way to hide how basically insecure I am.
  4. If I won a huge lottery I would build a “Corleone Compound” for my family because I can think of nothing better than having my family as my neighbors.
  5. I hate shopping for clothing. I’d rather wear something until it’s nearly in shreds than to have to shop.
  6. My favorite color is blue. No. Purple. No. Green. I don’t really have a favorite color.
  7. I just started watching “Lost” long after the rest of the world. Yay, Netflix!

Each of the blogs I’m nominating are some of the ones I’ve really come to enjoy. I know that some of you will find this nomination a bit annoying but you don’t have to go through the steps. Just know it’s my way of saying thank you for the writing you do.

Single Mom Talk
What Katie Did Next
50 Up for Women
Mama Zed’s Homestead
Anns’ Corner
Always a Mom

I know I’m short of the 15 nominations but I think I smell smoke. Seriously.

One Lovely Blog Award



I deeply appreciate Pubali from Food and Olives for nominating my blog. Pubali is a self-taught cook and her recipes are delicious and healthy! You should definitely check out her blog!

The rules are

1. Post to accept the nomination.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
3. List 7 things about yourself.
4. Link to the blogs you nominate.
5. Notify the recipients of their award.
6. Post the rules!

Seven things about myself:

  1. My family is the center of my universe.
  2. I am making more of an effort to learn about things now than I did when I was young.
  3. The greatest compliment I ever received was my daddy telling me my spaghetti sauce was as good as my grandmother’s (his mother-in-law).
  4. I met some of my closest friends because of my dogs.
  5. Given a choice I prefer home-cooked meals over eating in restaurants.
  6. I’m a total homebody.
  7. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy blogging when I first began but I love it!


I would like to nominate the following blogs:

Eva and Bob from Health Mastery Movement for their efforts to help people become healthier through food and exercise.

Rhanda from Well Hello There for her youthful, insightful, and often funny view of the world.

Anonymously Autistic “Anna” from
Anonymously Autistic
for her generosity in sharing her experience as someone with autism.

Melissa from Nourished Peach because I love her recipes and the way she writes.

If I have nominated you and you choose, for any reason, not to accept I understand.



Liebster Award



I am honored to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by
Il bruciacchio

a delightful blog with wonderful recipes!

I began this blog as a way to share what I’ve learned over decades of caring for my family and home. It was my hope that my experience could help other homemakers with creating a warm, inviting, comfortable “coop” for their broods. I write about all the things I do to make my home cozy and a lot of the things that just don’t go as planned.

Although I have not been blogging for very long my advice to my fellow bloggers is to simply enjoy writing your posts. If you’re having fun with your blog people will have fun along with you!

I am nominating the following blogs because I truly enjoy each of them. I only wish I could nominate all of the blogs I love reading!

The Frugal Farm Wife

My Frugal Farmstead

Anna’s Gardening

Make it Ultra Psychology

Edge of Humanity Magazine

Should my nominees wish to accept the nomination, here are the rules.

The rules

1. Write a post to show your award
2. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
3. Give a brief story of why you started blogging
4. Give advice to your fellow bloggers
5. Nominate a few bloggers for the award
6. Leave a comment to let the nominated bloggers know about the award.

If for some reason you do not want to accept the award, it’s completely your decision and I will respect that.

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