Blogging 101 Day Thirty Thanks to Everyone!

Blogging 101 has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have met such wonderful people and read such wonderful stories. There are so many talented people in this world. I am still working on several of the steps such as Blog Roll and adding pages and having posts go to those pages. But, I will get there.

The support I have gotten from all of the people that are following me over 100 and 190 followers on Facebook. I never thought I would get that many. I started this blog to help tell my story. To help others with support and to inspire others that if they believe that they can, they will. I have been inspired too and on days where I have felt that this whole blogging thing isn’t working out I have received support and inspiration to continue from others, either directly or with their stories. I look forward to following them and reading their stories.

The following are people that have given me the greatest support and inspiration:

The Witch: She has injected such humor and tells her stories in such a great way. I love to read them. Maria’s stories and photographs are amazing. She has been a wonderful support and have truly enjoyed getting to know her.

Exploring Alura: I have enjoyed her stories and she has given me inspiration as well.

lovehappynotes; She has a wonderful talent for photography and for writing. She has given me support and was very understanding with a mistake I made. I truly appreciated her for that.

Meredith: She is a wonderful writer and another of my great supporters. I look forward to reading more of her stories.

Athena of Athens: Her journey is just beginning and I hope that I can be a help to her as she continues to grow.

Don Charisma. He was my first follower. I enjoy reading his reviews and his take on life.

There are so many people I could have a huge list of people over the month that have contributed to my blog, my life. They have injected humor, thought provoking poetry and photography, advice and support. I wish I could name them all. There are some I have missed I know it.



Am I just a cracked pot?

A fellow blogger posted this and I thought it would be a great reblog for me. It really says a lot of what I have been trying to reinforce to myself the last few days.

The happy Quitter!

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It’s going to be 2 weeks tomorrow ! Smoke-free since 14 days! I learn more and more about my addiction to Nicotine, some things I read are eye-opening, other articles raise more questions. If Nicotine is addictive, that makes me an addict? If I am an addict, can stay smoke-free? That’s hard to swallow. I always thought about myself as a smoker, I never looked at myself as being an addict. That’s makes me damaged good doesn’t it? What if I am damaged beyond repair?

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Worst Case Scenario

One of the daily prompts is writing about a Worst Case Scenario. The immediate situation that came to mind is the loss of my family. If I was to lose my husband, my children, my grandchildren I know it would take all the strength within me to want to continue to live. I know I could survive. I have had to survive many bad and terrible situations. And I have done so reasonably well. But, the loss of my family would definitely be a near deal breaker to me. And what could keep me from giving up, from just letting myself go and die to be with them? The thought of how disappointed they would be. I would survive for them. And the thought that if I was still living and something so terrible had happened that wiped out my whole family I would know that God had something else for me to do. I am here for a purpose. I know that to the depth of my soul. If I was left behind then I know my purpose has not been fulfilled and I have more to do.

What would I do? I would find others to help. I would reach out to my brothers and sister. I would find my purpose which I have begun to realize is that I am here to help others. I am here to look outside of myself. And that is how you survive such a terrible thing. Is to find purpose and realize that God is still with you. There are people that would tell me that if there is a God and if he is a loving God he would never let such bad things happen. Especially to a person of faith. And I would tell them that I know that God is with me and he loves me. He is a good parent. He is there to spiritually support me, but he does not pull my strings, he does not do it all for me.

A child never learns to walk if they are carried all the time. There will be tears, scrapes and hurts that you feel you can never get over. But, you can and each event, each pain and your survival from it will help you to grow as a person, as a spirit. It is so difficult to see this at times and I throw temper tantrums like a three year old child. Stomping my feet and yelling til I am hoarse. It doesn’t change anything. I have to move through the pain and I have to move through the grief that has been in my life.

HaHa..I just thought of something. I thought what you said true if you lost your family and are still alive and you are hurt and can’t walk or move and you are lying out on a dirt road or in a field with no one around. Would I feel the same way. I would be angry, I would shout out to the sky..”ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!!” Then I would pull myself along, yelling and screaming until I couldn’t move anymore. And I would think okay. If I am meant to survive someone will come. If not then it is my time and I will see all those I have loved and lost again. And I hope that I will have lived my life well and thank God for the time he has given me.

Meredith and Merel Lamboo nominated me for a Liebster Award!!

Thank You!! Thank You!!..(takes a bow) for the wonderful nominations! Here are the questions from Merel and Meredith’s are to follow. Enjoy!

Here are the rules for those who are nominated and want to participate in the Liebster award process:

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
  • Share 11 things about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Notify your nominees by posting your nomination on their blog.

Merel’s Questions for me:

1. What makes you happy?

My family. they are my life. My husband can make me smile and feel loved any time of day. My children and grandchildren. No matter how naughty any of them are they can still make me smile.

2. What is worth waking you up for – in the middle of the night?

Anything important. That could mean most anything. If someone is going to take the time to wake me up then it must be important. I will wake up but be prepared to get a “REALLY!! At this time of the night!” Then I would sigh and say “Okay, What’s up?” Now if I smell smoke or the house is coming down around me I think it would be a rather rapid sequence of events.

3. What’s your favorite place?

My home. If not at home, somewhere outside.

4. If you could do anything, what would you do?

I would want to be an actress/author/writer/humanitarian/philanthropist rolled into one.

5. Do you have tattoos? Want (more of) them?

Yes I have a Trinity Knot of Ivy vines and leaves in the area between my shoulder blades. I am thinking of getting a tree of life of my back somewhere.

6. Who is your favorite person?

My husband.

7. What would you want to be in a next life?

Someone who can make a difference for good in people’s lives. There are times I feel I have been so limited in this lifetime by physical, mental and emotional issues. I would like to be able to function without any of that and still have the drive that I have in this life to make a difference.

8. How many languages do you speak?


9. Sneakers, flipflops, pumps (for the guys, the men’s equivalent of pumps: dress shoes)?

Sneakers, then flip flops or Sandals.

 10. Are you happy?

I am working hard at it. At this moment I am. I am working at stretching these “moments” into hours, then days, then weeks until I can get to a whole year of being happy.

11. What makes you tick? I mean, what makes you do what you do, be who you are, what makes you you?

I am not sure how to answer this question. Currently what makes me tick is the drive to be “better”, to be happier. To make a difference in this world that may not make me famous, but it will help others reach understanding, and feel that they are not alone in this world.

Meredith’s Questions:

1. What is your dream job and why?

Being an Actress. I have always wanted to do acting or performing. I was told as a child that I was too dramatic and emotional. A teacher that worked for a theater in town wanted to help get a scholarship to an acting school. But, my mother said no. Frankly I think it was a combination of jealousy and she didn’t want to lose her live in babysitter. An Actress gets to play other people and portray the emotions of written words. They get to connect with people in intimate and deep ways in the portrayal of their characters.

2. What was your favorite author when you were in school?

Edgar Allan Poe. Without a doubt his Annabell Lee was my favorite all time poem.

3. Has life ever taken you in a different direction than you planned and what were the results?

Yes. I thought I would be working in medicine as a clinic manager and may have even gone to Physician’s Assistant School. But, my health issues have kept me from that path. The result is now I am trying to find new paths for myself and am developing my writing and other skills and education that will help me in working with Nonprofit organizations.

4. You are on deserted on a desert island. What 3 things would you want?

An MP3 player that works on a solar battery. A Glass bottle. A hatchet. I can create shelter from trees and palms. I can eat coconuts and can make a spear or trap with the hatchet. The glass bottle can hold water and I can use the glass to magnify light to start a fire.

5. Are you a foodie, or do you eat to live? Tell us your favorite meal.

A foodie. For sure. Olive Garden’s Steak Gorgonzola with Tiramisu for dessert.

6. Are you an up-and-at-’em kind of person, or do you burn the midnight oil?

I am definitely a drag myself out of bed. Slap myself around to wake up and drag myself around for half the morning. I have always been a burn the midnight oil kind of person. Especially with studying for school.

7. Do you believe little white lies are ok? In what circumstances?

In general I say no. But, then I thought there are times when a little white lie helps more than hurts. When I was working in healthcare there was a patient who we knew was dying. The family did not want them to know that there was nothing else to be done. So, while taking care of the patient they asked me if they were dying. I sat by them and held their hand and talked with them for a bit and said “No, not today.” I wasn’t sure that wasn’t a lie. But, they seemed calmer. I think they already knew, but they appreciated the little white lie. They passed in their sleep later that night. Times like those are when I think it is okay.

8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Why?

If I could tolerate the cold, it would be Alaska. The wilderness, the beauty of the area. If I knew I could do it I would live out in the woods, closer to nature and learning how to survive without all the “extras” of civilized life. But, I know at this time in my life it would only make my physical issues worse.

9. What is the riskiest thing you’ve ever done?

Free Climbed Cliffs.

10. What talent would you like to have?

I can sing, but I would really like to be able to really sing. Like Sara Brightman or Adele type of singing. Both of those singers have vastly different vocal styles, but each one can evoke such emotion in me when they sing.

11. Are you an urbanite, suburbanite, country gentry?

Country. I prefer living out in the country or in small towns and villages than to living in a city or large town for sure.

My eleven questions:

1. If you could go into the past or future which would you choose, why?

2. If you could go back into the past or the future when would you go, why?

3. What is your favorite piece of clothing and why?

4. What is your favorite book and why?

5. What is your favorite movie and why?

6. What is your least favorite household chore?

7. If you could change jobs, what job would you want instead?

8. What would be your dream car?

9. What is the one charity you would give all your money to?

10. What is the one thing you want to do with your life?

11. What makes you happy?

These are my nominees:

I know this isn’t 11 blogs, but will look for more to nominate later. I also wanted people to be sure they look for widgets letting people know their blog is an “Award free zone” essentially. I missed a couple. I think this is a good exercise though and really gets people to look for and meet new people and new ideas.




Giving Credit where Credit is due

I want to publicly apologize to lovehappynotes for using her photograph in my header without permission. I did not see her copyright and I did not remember which blog I saw the photograph in and just used it, but gave credit for the photograph to “another blogger”. She has copyrighted her blog and I did not see that. It is Important to be sure that you ask permission before using another person’s photograph or work. It is their time, talent and inspiration you are looking at. It is important to give them credit for that. It is important to acknowledge another person’s work. While I really love the photograph, I have some of my own that I am going to use instead. Here is her website. She has some wonderful stuff in there and I really enjoy her work.

They Touched My Heart

They Touched My Heart.

These videos express so much of how I feel and I what I believe in. That we created the problems and pollution of this world and we can fix it. We can be kind to one another and we can learn to define ourselves by the good things that we do and the legacy we leave our children and the world as a whole. Thank you to the original poster for this. It was a wonderful post.

Reason to Believe

The first thing that came to mind was my grandchildren. They inspire me to believe that there is good in the world. They inspire me to see the beauty in a butterfly and in scattered rocks on the ground. I can be walking with them on a beach and not see the lovely shell that my grandson finds and hands to me. I cherish the opportunity to see the world through their eyes. I need to believe that we can fix this world. That we can clean up our act as human beings so that our children and grandchildren will have a world worth living in. I know that there is life beyond this life but we have to make the most of this life. We have purpose and we have the ability to create such wonderful things and we can create what we need to keep this world beautiful and clean for our children and their children to enjoy.

Fireflies dancing in the night.

Small feet running in the damp grass with giggles of delight.

Dancing and twirling in the pale moonlight.

We laugh and play and play chase in the night.

Then it is time for sleep and cuddles through the night.