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!!

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, #2


Thank you, Novus Lectio, for the nomination! Please be sure to check out Novus Lectio’s blog at .



1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.

2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sends you.

3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.

4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!


Questions Given To Me/My Answers:

Finish the sentence “Happiness is….”? Laughter, kittens, babies, sunshine, love, music, hugs, peace, and chocolate.

If you could change your name what would it be? Oscar Mayer, ‘cuz then everyone would be in love with me!

How do you like your eggs cooked? Over easy.

Would you like to live 27 000 BC? No way!

Mayo or Ketchup? Depends on what I’m going to put it on. 

If the world was to end in 24h what would you do? Not much I could do except tell the people I love how much I love them.

Thriller or Adventure movies? Thriller, but not horror! I like a good psychological thriller.

If you can choose your death, would you rather drown, be shot, or frozen? Shot. It would be faster perhaps.

Do you believe in UFOs? Maybe. It’s quite arrogant to think we are the only beings in the universe.

If you’re ever kidnapped by aliens, will you tell the world? No. Who would believe me?

How hateful is hate? Hate is deplorable when it’s against a person because of their race, religion, looks, sexual preference, etc.


Blogs I think Are Deserving of the Award:

Ben’s Bitter Blog


Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together.

Iced Tea with Lemon


Your Questions:

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence?

What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever worn?

What’s the best type of cheese?

What’s the weirdest thing a guest has done at your house?

What’s the weirdest smell you have ever smelled?

If peanut butter wasn’t called peanut butter, what would it be called?

Toilet paper, over or under?

What would you name your boat if you had one?

What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

The Liebster Award



Thank you, Novus Lectio, for the nomination! Her blog can be found here: . Please stop by and pay her a visit! Her blog is full of thought-provoking posts and drawings.


Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display award.

Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you.

Give 11 random facts about yourself.

Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of the nomination.


11 Questions given to me:

  1. What is your favorite meal? Pizza and beer
  2. Destiny or choice? Choice
  3. What is your favorite time of year and why? Fall; not too hot and not too cold
  4. If you could go back in time, what would you change? I would stand up to my ex and not allow him to make me feel inferior.
  5. Name your favorite book. The House of Thunder by Dean Koontz
  6. Name 3 of your favorite blogs/bloggers and why. Becky, because she’s very knowledgeable about herbs and oils,  Karen, because she’s a great writer and an awesome photographer, and Lori’s personal journal which she shares only with friends, because it’s very relatable.
  7. What’s a perfect moment? Quiet understanding of another person and total respect.
  8. If you had to save one personal item from a fire, what would it be? A photo album of my family.
  9. Who has been the biggest, most positive influence in life? My Dad.
  10. When you read, what genre do you most often read? Thrillers
  11. If you could be an animal, what animal would it be and why? A cat. Cats are intelligent, loving and fascinating animals.


11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I have 6 cats. (Go figure!)
  2. I love hard rock and metal music.
  3. I love medieval history and my nickname online is “castlefreak.”
  4. I love spending time by myself.
  5. I sometimes experience hyper-vigilant anxiety.
  6. I worked in a nursing home as a CNA/CMT for several years.
  7. I love to crochet.
  8. I use to be a cross-country backpacker.
  9. I taught myself code in order to build a website for my home business.
  10. I had to shut down my home business in 2010 due to disability.
  11. I use to run a daycare in my home when my children were small.


11 Blogs I Nominate: