Real Neat Blog Award


Thank you to Petrel41 over at Dear Kitty. Some Blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. It’s nice to be appreciated and acknowledged! Be sure to stop by Dear Kitty. Some Blog and show some love.

The Rules of this Award are:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
  • Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.


The Questions Asked of Me:

1. Who is your favorite visual artist? I don’t follow the art world but I do enjoy Brandon Boyd’s drawings and paintings. I have three of his books of drawings and writings. I would love to someday purchase some of his paintings. Brandon is a singer-songwriter/artist from the band Incubus, one of my favorites.

2. Which is your favorite bird species? I love birds of prey. I live in SW MO where they are very prominent, and I’m always on the look-out for hawks and eagles. Last Spring there was a nest of hawks in the forest behind our house. It was awesome seeing/hearing them, and just as awesome when it was time for the babies to leave the nest! We see many American Bald Eagles here, as well. They are the most majestic creatures.

3. Which is your favorite mammal species? Cats. Big cats, little cats. A cat is a cat. They are magnificent creatures, my spirit animal.

4. What is your favorite insect? I would have to say the butterfly. The transformation into such a beautiful and delicate creature is amazing!

5. What is your favorite plant? Tubers and evergreens.

6. Where do most visits to your blog come from? Coming in at first place, The Netherlands, and second place The United States.

7. If you would be invited to make a space journey, then to which solar system planet would you like to go? Any solar system or planet without the likes of Donald Trump and whose inhabitants are kind and generous would be fabulous!

My Nominees Are:

The Huntress915

Wendy Megget

Wayward Sparkles

Clever Girl

Laura Spoonie

Truly Madly Ordinary

Haphazard Homemaker

Questions for Nominees:

  1. If you could be any animal for a day, which would you choose?
  2. What is your favorite cuisine?
  3. What is your biggest passion?
  4. If money were no object, where would you live, and why?
  5. If aliens exist, what do you think they look like?
  6. What is your favorite thing to shop for?
  7. Do you believe in reincarnation?

If you choose to accept this award, have fun!!

Blogger Recognition Award








Thank you to for nominating me for this award! Please be sure to check out her blog!


If you want to share this award please follow the rules below.

Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award.  Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.

• Give a brief story of how your blog started.

• Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

• Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.


My blog started in 2008 when I had become a grandmother for the first time! I wanted an outlet, for therapeutic purposes more than anything else. A lot happened in that first several years that I needed to get off my chest. I didn’t share my blog with anyone, I just wrote. A few years ago, I started to share and to interact with other bloggers, and I gained a few followers. I’ve made some great friends here!

My advice to new bloggers would be 1) Write what you know and 2) Don’t forget to interact with other bloggers!

My Nominations:

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination










I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by my fellow blogger and friend The Huntress 915! Thank you, friend! Please check out her blog here.


Thank the Blogger that nominated you.

List 5 random facts about yourself.

Nominate new blogs to receive the award and ask them to list some random facts about themselves.

List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or blog.

Notify the nominees about it by commenting on their blog post.


I’ve been asked to tell 5 random facts about myself. So, here we go!

  1. I have a terrible fear of deep water. If I can’t see the bottom or if my feet don’t touch the bottom, forget about it!
  2. I have a thing for Scottish men. It’s that accent, dang it!
  3. I despise Romantic Comedies, Super Hero, and Horror movies.
  4. I punched a girl in the face once when I was in high school for talking smack. After that, she and her stupid friends stayed away from me, which was the desired result.
  5. I love Scandinavian films. Among my favorites is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy.


Below are 5 blogs I nominate for this award. Please be sure to check them out!


Blogger Recognition Award


I was nominated for this award a few weeks ago by The Haunted Wordsmith and I am just now getting around to posting. Shame on me. It’s the life of a pain-ridden, 50-something female… Can’t seem to remember anything these days and when I do, I get side-tracked! Ugh. So anyway, sending a big THANK YOU out to The Haunted Wordsmith for this nomination!


The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.


I started my blog 10 years ago when I was going through some major upheaval in my life. I needed an outlet. I didn’t share anything I wrote with anyone. It was just for me. In the last year or so, I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and started to interact with other bloggers, resulting in my blog being read by others. I have always loved to write….If only I still had the countless journals and diaries I had written as a child and young adult!! Anyway, it was therapeutic to write about what was going on or to write any thoughts that passed through my mind. This blog and my therapist have saved me from definite insanity.

My advice to new bloggers:

  1. Write whatever the hell you want to write. Don’t let “experts” tell you that you can’t or that you shouldn’t!!
  2. Don’t worry about stats or how many followers you have. Just write! You will connect with others, don’t worry! There will be other bloggers who can identify with your words but you have to write, and interact.

Blogs I’d like to nominate for this award are as follows!

Growing Self

Walt’s Writings

Haphazard Homemaker

Seven Cats and Counting

Mistakes and Adventures

Kelley’s DIY

The Tote Bag

Novus Lectio

Diary of a Disabled Person

Daily Flabbergast

Roth Poetry

Rocky Safari

Truly Madly Ordinary. Stories From The Heart.



The Liebster Award


First, I’d like to thank Kelley’s DIY for the Liebster Award! I appreciate the nod!

What is the Liebster Award? The Liebster is an award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcoming.

The GUIDELINES for the Liebster Award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Display the award on your post
3. Answer the questions given to you
4. Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award
5. Ask them creative and unique questions of your own
6. List the rules and inform your nominees of the award

Questions given to me:

1) What is your favorite color? Purple

2) Cats or Dogs? Cats!

3) Which is your ideal place: Beach, Lake, Ocean, Forest and why? Lake! I used to be a cross-country backpacker. I spent many hours beside a lake and campfire. It’s a peaceful place to be and I will always miss it!

4) Favorite Scary Movie? A Norwegian slasher film called Cold Prey. There’s also a Scandinavian film trilogy called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The American remake was OK but the original was much better. Not really scary, but a thriller anyway.

5) One Wish? To have my mobility back so I can do the things I’d like to do.

6) Dream Vacation? Scotland! I’d love to see all of the castles. I love castles!

7) Saver or spender? In between, I suppose.

8) Which season do you prefer? (Spring,Summer, Fall, Winter)? Winter.

9) Where’s your happy place? In the woods, in nature.

10) Why did you start your blog? I started my blog because I was going through some “stuff” and I needed a way to vent. It became one of the things that saved my sanity.

My Nominees for the Liebster Award are:

  1. Truly Madly Ordinary. Stories From The Heart.
  2. Seven Cats And Counting
  3. Simply Jessica Ruth
  4. Haphazard Homemaker
  5. Rantings of A Third Kind

There are my nominees! Congratulations to all! There are so many great blogs out there! It’s hard to choose so I picked 5 that I have truly enjoyed most recently. Please be sure to check out their blogs when you have a chance.


Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
  2. Are you afraid of snakes? Spiders?
  3. Do you send out holiday cards or use the internet for sending your holiday greetings?
  4. Do you have a YouTube channel of your own? If so, please share your link here!
  5. Who is your favorite author and why?
  6. What is your favorite song and why?
  7. What is your favorite food?
  8. Velcro or laces on your shoes?
  9. Do you like thunderstorms?
  10. What is your favorite healthy dish?