I’m a Versatile Blogger!

versatile-blogger

 

I’ve been recognized and labelled as a “versatile blogger” by Rachel Ann over at Start With Sparkles. Thank you, Rachel! Some people view a blog that has no particular niche a mess, unworthy of acknowledgment; however, by definition “versatile” is in fact a great talent. So now I’ve got to come up with seven clever things to reveal about myself while proving I am indeed versatile. Oh, Rachel, I do hope I live up to your expectations!

1. I love those games that were flying across the walls of Facebook in 2009-2010, it is what got me addicted to the website and, honestly, I miss them. Now I have to entertain myself with “click” games, which is so mind-numbing not to mention socially isolating.

2. I am a Days of Our Lives addict. I admit it. I have seen almost every episode since I was 15 years old… that’s 31 years for those of you counting. A lot of people say nothing ever happens on soap operas and that if you missed a day or a week you wouldn’t miss anything. However I have always noticed that if miss a day I am always confused about what is going on when I find my way back. And I am pretty sure it’s not a case of me being dumb. Maybe I pay more attention than the average viewer and so I notice the minute changes of story or perhaps it’s just that the days that I have missed are coincidentally the most important episode of the year, but I doubt it. I am glad that NBC allows me to view episodes after they have aired. Now I don’t have to be confused.

3. I am enjoying learning the art of writing a story. It amazes me just how easily it comes once I figure out the first sentence or two. Memee’s Supershort Stories

4. I hate talking politics. In fact I hate it so much I am not going to go into the reasons why for fear people will want to begin arguing with me and each other in the comment section. Sorry I mentioned it.

5. I live for love yet I feel that romantic love has alluded me thus far.

6. In the 70s I was a child model for the mega-chain Montgomery Wards and that began a lifelong relationship in the modeling industry both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

7. And just to prove all models aren’t dumb I will include the fact that I was a professional court reporter for ten years.

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. It’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you cannot figure that out, go to their nomination post and thank them personally.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly who you deem as versatile and excellent in their writing and nominate/award them with the Versatile Blogger Award. It is good practice to let them know of your nomination on their about page.
  •  Finally, share 7 things about yourself. The person who nominated you probably wants to learn more about you and so do your regular followers.

And so it is that I shed the cloak of Blogger Without Purpose and proudly don my Versatile Blogger sash and announce my nominations for the Versatile Blogger award.

1. Mindstorms and Randomness
2. Coloring Outside the lines
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet
4. Randoms by a Random
5. Listen to the Babe

6. A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales
7. What Sandra Thinks
8. The Falling Thoughts
9. Butterfly Ramblings
10. Riddle from the Middle

11. Hugh’s Views and News
12. Curious Queendom
13. Problems with Infinity
14. Hummingbird Redemption
15. Theory About a Theory

It has taken me 3 months to complete this post since my own nomination because I am very choosy in my nominating process — Thank you Rachel Ann for your patience with me! I want to nominate for you my readers and minions, only the very best that I find out there. And with this one, versatility was an additional layer of choosyness! And if that wasn’t enough, I wanted to be sure they hadn’t already received this award. Anyhow, these are the people who are relatively new to me and, in my humble opinion, excellent versatile bloggers, the best of the best, the cream of the crop! Check each of them out, I’m sure you’ll find a new favorite amongst them. (And yes, I am crossing my fingers that some of the newest of newbies are still actively blogging. Two of my nominees have become “award free” and three of them have, since I placed them on my list, received this award from another. But I’m not going backward. Everyone remains in position and on my list. If I rubbed those people out, we’d likely never get to this point of published acceptance!)

Oh, and guess what, nominees: There’s an added bonus to winning this award: There is an entire blog dedicated to it and you can link your acceptance post to it and even more people will learn of your versatility and choose to visit your blog! How’s that for an added bonus? Oh, and did I mention, you can go there to choose your own trophy if you don’t want the green one I picked out and attached to this post! It’s true even the badge is versatile: Everything VBA

A Thanksgiving List

A Thanksgiving List | Memee's Musings
Photo by Brooke Cagle

We come together from far and near a day like none other for this is clear.

Rhubarb pie so tart and sweet, ice cream atop I’m eager… let’s eat!

Innocent babes dressed in tiny suits and sparkly gowns with nothing to do but be passed ’round and ’round.

Television commentators giving the play-by-play because the tv screen is much too far away.

Everyone’s happy and eager to help but the men all they do is whine and yelp!

 
 

A big basket of rolls fresh from the oven… please pass the butter before there’s nothin’!

 
 

Lingering flavors perfume the air, but loving moments are the contagion that’s there.

Infectious laughter spreads throughout the house as each woman hears the snore of her spouse!

Sleeping angels, old and young, now the juicy gossip has begun!

The cornucopia of thanks and blessings we’ve shared replenishes the fruit of our souls. Goodbye! So long! It’s bittersweet, and as we walk to our cars we’re already eager for next year’s Thanksgiving tradition repeat!

Liebster Award part deux

Liebster part deux | Memee's MusingsWell, I’ve gone and stepped in it again. It is another award with lots of fun-filled questions for me to answer, questions for me to devise and ask of other bloggers… Yep, that’s right, it’s the Liebster Award (part deux).

Thanks goes out to Liz in Sweden for the opportunity to share more of myself with all of you! And hopefully this time it won’t take me 2 weeks to complete despite the broken elbow!

What’s your favorite way to pass time? What do you enjoy most?

My favorite, like my favorite favorite? Uh, making love with my honey-baby-sweetheart, of course. Not the blunt, straight-up answer you were expecting, was it?

Describe your personality with only one word.

Clever!

What’s been the most important/transformative moment in your life during the past year?

I quit my job, moved a thousand miles away from home and into a home with a young married couple, 2 children, 2 cats, 2 kittens and 3 dogs as I return to school.

What is standing between you and happiness?

Me. But everyday I am stretching my internal bindings and finding more treasure within myself than I ever imagine existing within me.

What (or who) are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my son. Although he turns 21 this month and no longer views me as the Be All and End All of his world my unending love for him enriches every moment of my life.

Name one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but have never done before?

Be the bride.

Yes, I suffer from Always the Bridesmaid syndrome. I am not looking for a husband and truly, at this point, if I ever do marry I am not sure I want to live with my future husband. I do not want to take care of another human being due to proximity, social expectation, or “duty.” I do however long for a man to stand up publicly and tell everyone in his world that I am the one that makes every moment of life”s struggles worth it. And, who am I kidding, I want the party, the dress, the focus and attention. Wow, this sounds very narcissistic but honestly, I always give everything of myself to everybody and anybody. I just feel like I am finally finding my own way and don’t want to lose me again.

What is the most important/most meaningful thing in life?

Love, relationships and faith. Those three things make up our purpose in this life.

In one sentence share your wish for your personal future.

My ideal future features me in a lucrative career that allows me to enjoy warm summer nights relishing in the deep, bonded connections I will share with my love, my son and his future family.

Where do you find your inspiration + motivation?

God feeds me and keeps me nourished. Without Him I was withering away. Acknowledging that I had put our relationship on the back burner and striving to renew His spirit within me has strengthened and healed me allowing me to grow greater within my own spirit in every aspect of my life.

What is your motto in life?

Yes, girl, you can!

So now that you’ve read all of that, if you can’t get enough of me you can learn more reading the questions posed to me in my first Liebster award.

My 11 Random Questions to nominees Are:

1. Do you believe in ghosts and if so have you seen any?
2. What animals, if any, do you currently reside with. Names too please!
3. Tell me, what is your favorite nickname and why?
4. Is there anyone that you would step in front of a train for? If yes, who is it?
5. Can you wiggle your ears?
6. Do you brush your teeth in the shower?
7. Why do you think drinking water from a bottle is a good idea?
8. Have you ever eaten anything that sounds gross but wasn’t?
9. Do you ever talk or walk in your sleep?
10. Are you easy to read?
11. Is there someone important to you that suffers from a mental illness (yourself included)?

Liebster is supposed to be for new bloggers, but I think if it’s new to me or new to you, it counts! And truly, if they do not want to participate it is okay by me. Really all I want is to share them with all of you! However, if they do accept the award, answer the questions and pay it forward all the more reward for me!

1. Daisy is a fellow “sufferer” and advocate of mental health. She is brand new to blogging so head over and show her how wonderfully inviting the blogging community can be. Daisy in the Willows

2. Yinglan participates in a lot of writing prompts and it is always fun to watch as someone’s skills grow and develop. Lately I have found that I am gravitating toward reading fiction pieces more than opinion posts. If you like fiction too or want to challenge yourself to write stories, as I am learning to do, visit Yinglan at her blog, A Simple Life.

3. I recently discovered the wonderful prompting blog — because of Yinglan — entitled: Mind Love Misery Menagerie every aspiring writer should definately check this blog out! It is hosted by 7 different individuals posting prompts with 7 different genres… that’s a new challenge every day of the week. I am going to be watch Yves and Rose to see what imaginative rumblings they’ll spark in me.

4. I’ve been following Little Calico’s Journal for a while now. Honestly, just visiting her home page is enough to put a smile on my face (each and every time). Yen is a poet. Poets are a special breed of writers that I cannot quiet define. I marvel at their ability to spin words into artful creations.

5. This nomination came about unexpectedly just this moment. I happened to stumble upon the blog From the Sticks to the Bricks and Back Again and discovered a clever feature Lynne invited over from Twitter… why had no one thought of it before? #FF or Following Friday now has a home on WordPress! I love sharing my blogging finds with others (as I mentioned above, that’s really what this nomination process is about for me, sharing them with you! I am going to enjoy following this blog and discovering new blogs to follow through her #FF posts!

I am posting the Liebster infographic below explaining the official rules for Liebster, do with it as you will. I usually adapt blogging rules to suit my desires and so can you!

Liebster Rules