My Thank-You Acceptance Speech

I want to thank God, the Academy, my family….

I am completely humbled and overcome with joy at the same time for being chosen as the Top New Hubber of 2009!! Honestly, you don’t know how much this means to me. I don’t get out much, so Hubpages is a big part of my life. The first thing I do every morning is visit HP, and it’s also the last thing I do every night before going to bed.

How did I get here? I was active on another writing site – Helium. When my long-time friend, Randy Godwin, discovered HP, he shared his experiences with me and encouraged me to join. I signed up, wrote a couple of hubs, and kind of forgot about, in all honesty. I was busy writing for another publisher. When things slowed down a bit with that publisher, I drifted back to HP and got pretty busy writing hubs and getting involved in the forums. Now, I’m addicted to Hubpages!

I love writing here. I can write about practically anything I’m in the mood for. Then I can add photos, videos, and links to my other articles. If I want to include Amazon items, I can easily do so. Then I can arrange everything just the way I want it. What’s not to love?

And the comment section…wow. I thoroughly enjoy reading comments left by readers. I also enjoy leaving comments on hubs written by other hubbers. I’ve actually “met” many fascinating people this way.

Hubpages is filled with many amazing people, resulting in many, many amazing hubs. Sometimes I have to make myself stop reading long enough to write hubs myself! I love reading about growing up in Germany from Hello, Hello or dropping in at BreakfastPop’s to see what’s cooking, or reading the latest sage advice from Fastfreta or Veronica Allen. When I want to read about the South from fellow Southerners, I can always visit Randy Godwin, Lynne Chandler, Mit Kroy, johnnyco12, suziecat7, carolinamuscle, Putz Ballard, Michael Willis,The Rope, hmrjmr1, KCC Big Country, jiberish, or RNMSN.

When I need advice on my lawn, there’s always Jeffrey Neal, who’s helped me in other ways, too. Rmcrayne has given me lots of great tips on dealing with health problems, and if I want to read about “frontier life,” I can visit Ghost 32. If I need inspiration, lyricsingray, Ken Abell, Madam X, Tammy Lochmann, Maven101, tantrum, James A. Watkins, and MyOwnWorld’s beautiful words are always nearby and waiting for me.

When I need hub advice, I can always click on the names Pearldiver, relache Marisa Wright, Dale Mazurek, Sunforged, Frogdropping, Darkside, Mark Knowles, Mike NV, or Nelle Hoxie. How about some good ol’ common sense? No problem! I have Smireles, Ethel Smith, Beth100, cosette, Dolores Monet, Ehern, PeggyW, nemingha, bearclawmedia, the wonderful Zsuzsy Bee, and fellow teacher Dao Hoa for that! All these hubbers have a wealth of information to share!

If I want to take an exotic journey to places I’ll never see, I can drop in on prettydarkhorse, Russell-D, or Dohn121. For a good laugh, I visit Cheeky Chick, Badco, or Citrus000. They’re all “a hoot,” as we say in the South!

In addition to all these great writers and hubs, there are more on the forums. A quick chat with Crazd writer, Lorlie6, Denno, A Texan, stevenix2001, Misha, tony0724, Uninvited Writer, starme 77, BC Boutique, Earnestshub, readytoescape, Marinealways, Emievil, Yoshi97, Daniel Carter, Bovine Currency, sneakorocksolid, Ron Montgomery, Cagsil, Justine76,Wyanjen, sooner than later, and Kirstenblog always puts a smile on my face – or at least gives me food for thought! All of you have enriched my life - even when we respectfully disagree.

I’d also like to mention two other very special people. The first is AEvans for enduring all the hard work involved in such an undertaking. Kudos to you! The second is Ralwus. We joined at about the same time, and he’s been a wonderful friend – someone I’m sure I would enjoy knowing in person.

Again, I was awestruck when I discovered that I had been selected as Hubber of the Year. I still think I’m dreaming! I was tickled pink to be on the Top 200 list. To tell you the truth, I was kind of hoping I would make it into the Top 5 Most Humorous category – I’ve received a lot of comments from folks who enjoyed my (sometimes twisted) sense of humor. But honestly, never did the idea that I had a shot at the top position enter my mind! NEVER!

If I left anyone out, please forgive me – I’m still too excited to think clearly. (I know I'm forgetting someone!) I truly feel that HP is a wonderful family of writers. We support each other, cry on each other’s shoulders, and cheer for each other’s success. Here’s to all our success in 2010! (Holle raises bottle of diet lemonade in salute.)

I love all of you!!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Hat's off to you, habee (Holle). Well deserved! You're the brightest light at HubPages! The people have spoken! I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with peace, happiness, and wealth! Great hub as usual :D


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hi habee, thank you also and for the chance of knowing you here at HP, you really rock and keep on writing, Maita

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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

What a lovely way to thank everyone - so like you...full of warmth and love! You really deserve this, not only for being such a great hubber, but for that wonderful and heart warming personality of yours. I'm just so happy for you....! All my love and many hugs xx

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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

habee - you the LADY!!! Hoooah! you have been an inspiration to me. Keep it up and congrats!

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Congratulation again and all I can you deserve it. I agree with you HP is such a lovely family. All the Best and a Happy New Year.

Denno66 7 years ago

It's great to be the Queen, eh? You've earned every bit of the position you now occupy. Great to know you. Your fan, the Sheep. :-)

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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

Habee, you really deserved this award. Congratulations for the hard work you put in. And thank you for considering me as one of the hubbers you enjoy reading. Let's hope the new year brings some more great hubs.

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charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

Wow Habee you really are fast, a very well deserved award Happy for you and cheers for your success. Many you have all the luck in the coming New Year. Hail Habee!!!

poetlorraine 7 years ago

hi cannot believe i am not really up on your hubs, must put that right, well done,

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Honestly Habee I couldn't think of a single one that deserved it more. As you know I read all of your hubs and can say without a doubt you are the most deserving of the honor.

I, like you, am addicted to HubPages, because of all the other sites on the Internet that I've checked out or even joined, it is the most user friendly, being as computer illiterate as I am, I needed a site like this. In addition, I also check out the "Pages" first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, and if some reason I'm away from my computer all day, I'm anxious to get back and check out the "Pages." Congrats again habee.

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What a wonderful speech! By the way if you wish to know were you placed on most humourous because you were also nominated for that, yes you were nominated you were #8. If I would have listed everyone it would have been the longest hub in HP history!lololo Wonderful work and I hope you have a great 2010! :D

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Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

Holle, it is well deserved! You are one of the first hubbers who I read when I started here, and I have been in awe of how prolific you are. You certainly do seem to give quite a lot to the community as well. Happy New Year!

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

You completely deserve it :)

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lorlie6 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

You are a gem. Seriously!

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Daniel Carter 7 years ago from Western US

I'd give you a hug, Holle, if you were within hugging distance. You so deserve the tribute and honor! Here's to an exciting and wonderful 2010!

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Mit Kroy 7 years ago from Georgia,USA

Congratulations habee on the win,it was well deserved, but I agree with Randy, you still ain't worth a damn at bovine identification.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

That bovine has plumbing underneath! It's a bull or steer! Randy's cows are gay! You and Randy are too old to have good vision! lol.

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ehern33 7 years ago

You are one class act Habee and very deserving of this award. It has been a sincere pleasure to have known you here on Hub Pages and look forward to knowing you even more in the coming year. Happy New year and stay safe.

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Holle...You are one classy, intelligent, funny, and sexy Southern lady...How did the South ever lose the war with women like you down there..? Your mix of humor, practicality, and cerebral commentary deserves this award...May the New Year bring more success to your writing ambitions...Larry

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Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

Thank you for mentioning me. I'm grateful to learn that I bring something to your life. :) It is always my intention to help further people's knowledge and with helpful words from time to time, at the right time, it is always proved to be a benefit to those I know. Glad you made the #1 Hubber on HubPages 2009 and wish even more success down the road. :)

Crazdwriter 7 years ago

Habee you definitely desevred to be on AEvans list :-) You are such a great person and a great hubber. Thanks for mentioning me too habee. I appreciate that and so glad that we have met. You are so cool! See you next year! :-)

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

Muah!!! Congrats you are the best! Thanks for mentioning me Tammy Lockerman LOL or was that me? I know a good writer when I see one!

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Michael Willis 7 years ago from Arkansas

Congratulations Habee! You have earned this award. Look forward to more hubs from you and the chats through forums.

lynnechandler 7 years ago

Again, this is a well deserved award. You have made massive strides in the time you have been on hubpages and you deserve this honor. Way to go girl!

ralwus 7 years ago

Well Holle, you took my heart by storm when I first discovered you, or did you discover me? LOL You are a treasure and I am honored that you mention me in this hub. Some day we just may meet, ya never are most deserving of the award. I am also 'tinkled' for you. LOL Love ya whole bunches full you darlin', hugs CC xox

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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

Bravo, Bravo, great acceptance speech and congratulations again. I look forward to reading more of your hubs and getting to know you better in the new year!

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starme77 7 years ago

You totally deserve it :) Your a great one to chat with and you have really great hubs , your smart , friendly and funny - Congrats and Happy New Year to You :)

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suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

Habee - so glad you got the recognition you deserve. Kudos. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

amazing amazing stuff! also love the way you put God first :)great quality to be that humble

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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Dear habee,

Hats off to you! Wow, I am so happy for you. What a fine way to start out the New Year. All the best to you and yours and I am very grateful to have found you!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Dohn, thanks for the kind words!

Maita, I'm glad you're my friend!

MOW, I meant what I said - your hubs are always so beautifully written. Thanks!

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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Just for the record, I appreciate every Hub of yours I have read. I always come away with a smile or some new bit of knowledge or a great Southern recipe to try - like I need that temptation. :>) Thank you for your acceptance speech & for mentioning me. Much encouragement & happy hubbing.

Mandy Schneider 7 years ago

Thank you, for all of your hubs! I have enjoyed reading them for the content of the subjects themselves, as well as getting the opportunity to learn more about you and being able to appreciate you in another light! Congratulations, You deserve it! I'm so happy for you and so proud of you,

I love you Momma!

ralwus 7 years ago

Happy Hogmanay my Scottish Lassie friend!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Hammer, thanks, you Southern gentleman, you!

HH, thanks for your kind words!

Denno, as "queen," I'm going to isse an edict that all sheep in the kingdom must wear a mohawk!!

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl


Well done and well deserved-Happy New Year.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Ralwus - slainte mhath!!

Itakins, thanks, and back at ya!!

Ken, I love your hubs too, and read them often. I don't always leave a comment, but I always rate them up because of their quality!

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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Congratulations habee!! Ever the Southern lady, you turn your acceptance speech into a tribute to all of us. You are so gracious. What a pleasure you are to know.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

RM, that's a sweet thing to say! Thanks!

Pop, I'm glad I found you, too, buddy!

Lis, thank you, my new friend!

Hi, Suziecat! Happy New Year!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

MoneyG, thanks so much!

Starme, I enjoy your forum comments - see ya there!

Lynne, from one GA girl to another - many thanks!

Hi, Michael. Thanks, pal!

Tammy, sorry about that! I sent you an email.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Larry - the North won the war????

Maybe our men preferred staying home with us instead of fighting!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Cags, Crazd, Lorlie, and Daniel - Four of my favorite forum pals! Thanks for the kind words, friends!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

UW, Ehern, and Jeffrey, I have learned so much from you three, and I'm grateful!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Freta, my dear friend. The South lost a jewel when you left!

Veronica, you keep turning out those great hubs!

Charen and poetL, I sincerely appreciate the congratulatory words!

Julianna, you ROCK!!!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

To Mandy, my first born: Your comments mean the world to me! To have your children be proud of you is a wonderful feeling for a parent. I love you, baby!!

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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Hey Habee, I can just picture you standing on stage and holding your trophy while you say your thank - you acceptance speech. And wow, your daughter is here to comment (made me really smile when I read her comment)! Congrats habee! You deserve the award and more. May you have a lot more blessings this 2010.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Aw, thanks, Emi. Yes, my daughter's comment was a nice surprise - I think it's the first comment she's ever left!

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tantrum 7 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

CONGRATS HABEE!!!! and thank you for mentioning me as a source of inspiration .thanks a lot !! :)

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I was just being honest, Tantrum! Thanks for reading!

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freesongz 7 years ago

Thanks for the hub mate! :)

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Bat, glad you stopped for a read!

Hi, Freesongz! thanks for reading!

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Nemingha 7 years ago

Congratulations, I can't think of anyone who deserves it more.

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Nemi, that is a wonderful thing to say. Thanks!

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tim-tim 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

HubPages is a big part of my life now. I enjoy meeting all the nice Hubbers or Fans here. It is certainly addictive! Thanks Habee for the great hubs:)

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm a confirmed addict, too, Tim-tim!! Thanks for the compliment!

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bearclawmedia 7 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

I am so honoured to be mentioned with so many other great writers. Congratulations mate, you really do deserve this one!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh, thanks, Bear. I truly love my HP pals!

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I too have gotten hooked on this thing we call HubPages. It's not that difficult a thing to do. It IS like a community. It's a gathering place. I have to say, I'd been blogging long before coming here, and never once did I ever get the page hits nor comments I get here. The organic traffic is much better as well. Not sure why that is, but whatever it is, I'm not complaining.

As to your accomplishment. Of COURSE you won. :) Congratulations, even if I'm a little late getting to it.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Awwww...that's so sweet of you to say, Jimbo! I agree - HP has been great for me!

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msorensson 6 years ago

AWESOME speech. You would not be holding a Martini on your left hand when you are delivering this?

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

lol, Melinda! Actually, it was a glass of diet Hawaiian punch!

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