Who Am I?

This is the name of my blog, Who am I? Well, after 63 years here on earth, I should know, shouldn’t I? I know less today than yesterday. I still have a perfect memory, or so I believe. Others have told me I am slipping and if so, it’s only a little bit.

When I was a kid, I loved riding my bike and playing with dolls. I really didn’t think about fitting in like the kids do today. There was routine when I was growing up. Mom and dad worked. I had a babysitter. Parents came home. Meal preparation, bath, a little TV and then bed. The only thing that changed through those years was a baby sister came along, and I traded the babysitter in for school.

The dream of latter years was to get married and raise a family; which I did. I was blessed with three wonderful children and now have awesome grandchildren. I don’t get to see them often but I have to remember, they are developing their own lives too.

Now that I am older and I have lost many family members, I am not so sure who I am today. I know that with my illness, I suffer from headaches and falls and tremors. I know that I don’t care for silence 24/7. I know that I enjoy being with my best friend in the world. I know that I love helping people. I have empathy and compassion that I carry within me.

I know that I hate not being able to earn a paycheck, but I realize that the rewards of helping others is bigger than money itself. Sometimes money just isn’t the main deal, is it. When you get in my age bracket, I worry more about having enough money to buy groceries, or pay for medicines, or keeping up with the high auto insurance companies prices.

A lot of people have entered my life throughout the years. Some I miss dearly and always tell myself, God placed them there for a purpose. I keep in touch with these friends, but miss our chats we used to have.

I have made many new online friends on my Facebook page. Many are patients or caregivers and families. These are beautiful people with hearts so strong and a will to wake-up tomorrow.

Today, I was happy to receive notice that I had been nominated an award at Wego Health.

Wego Health is a mission driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills and insights of patient leaders. You can see my site here; just copy and paste




This nomination made me realize I am of value on this earth. I feel proud to have been nominated. Whether I win or not, isn’t the point. It is the feeling that people like what I do. I am helping make someone’s day brighter. I am letting others know I care.

I may not be a paid professional caregiver anymore, but I still am being a caregiver to those who need me the most.

So, who am I? Well, I don’t know all the answers, but I do know that I am still making a difference in others lives.

Below is the nomination I received.







Gifted With a Brand New Award

Maria from Stockholm, Sweden gifted me with an award this morning. It is called the Real Neat Blog Award.


Maria held the Blog of the Year in 2012. She is also a photographer. She is also a painter. Thank-you very much Maria for the award.

real-neat-blog-awardI looked at some of the things that are required for accepting this award. I don’t understand Swedish; but did manage to make out some of her questions.

1. Do I get many visitors?

In nature, I get many. I don’t get many  people visitors, but when I do, I welcome them with open arms.

2. What is my favorite sport?

Bowling, is something I love to do. Photography is a sport in itself. Writing books and blogging are something else I enjoy.

3.What has been a special moment thus far in 2015?

I loved, loved going to the Cheesecake Factory in Nashville, Tn. I loved being able to see my daughter and her family so much. I loved seeing my grandchildren when I returned.

4. What is my favorite quote?

Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

5. What was my favorite class when I was still in school?

Biology and choir

6. Anything I wished to have learned earlier in life?

Yes, that each person deserves respect. Each  person has their own unique personality. Life does not run on clicks. You aren’t loved by what clubs you belong to or how much money you have or don’t have.

7. What musical instrument have I tried?

I  play the piano

Now it is with great pleasure that I nominate











Special Olympics, Warsaw, Indiana

Here in my home town of Warsaw, Indiana, I was able to interview Jerry Davis, who was one of the athletes this year for the Special Olympics. The event was this entire past weekend in Terre  Haute, Indiana. There were 35 athletes an 15 coaches from this area that attended.

Jerry came home with a medal from playing Bocce Ball. He was so proud of his award. When he wasn’t participating in one of the events he enjoyed visiting the tent sales. If he saw someone needing a push of their wheelchair, Jerry was right there to lend a hand and some strong muscle.

Jerry was sad the weekend came to an end and is already looking forward to the next event.



Thank-You for the Award, Johanne

https://momwhearingloss.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/versatile-blogger/.  Johanne has been kind enough to give me an award called the Versatile Blogger Award. Johanne is a wonderful person and has been a blogging friend of mine for quite a long time.

Here is a part of who this awesome lady is. To read more about her post, I suggest you go to her link I provided above and pay her a visit.

My name is Johanne and I am  a mother of two beautiful boys and blessed to be married to someone I love very much.   I work full-time as an office manager and as time permits I dabble in photography, writing, thrifting, garage sale hunting and vintage shopping.    My husband and I are very busy managing our time with the many activities of a busy family life.   I have a profound hearing loss which renders me essentially deaf, however, the disability makes life interesting and at times challenging but my deafness also adds humour making it easy to laugh at myself.  I find pleasure in the most simplest things in life;  the smell of flowers, the laughter of my children, the smell of a brand new puppy or the sight of a glorious rainbow after a shower.  Hopefully, this blog will give me the freedom and creativity to jot down the many random thoughts that go through my head on a daily basis and share the many simple pleasures that make me smile.


I am supposed to tell you 10 random things about me but most of you know pretty much all there is to know; but for those newer followers I will admit to a few things.

1. I do my craziest thinking while sitting on the toilet. Some of my best stories that you seem to like are while I am in the lady’s room, lol

2. I used to not go out of the house without hair done and make-up on. Now that I am peaking to Senior Citizen years, I can refer to the saying from the classic movie, Gone with the Wind, frankly,, my dear, I don’t give a damn.  I guess I am not out to impress anyone with my looks. You either like me or not.




3. I love to write poetry. I am in the process of putting all my written poems into a book to publish.

4. I have written and published 2 books.  A. Dahlia   ,   B.  Al his life and MSA.

5. I can be pretty quiet at times, but get me with a good group of people and I can laugh til I pee my pants.


I would like to nominate a very dear friend of mine. Marilyn is a gifted artist and works with challenged adults. At this time in her life she is facing new challenges. She is strong and for this reason, I want her to have this award.






Award, Who Me?, Why Thank-You

I came home from the doctor this afternoon to find an award waiting for me to accept. I was surprised; but happy. It is called the Premio Dardos Award.

The Premio Dardos Award exists to acknowledge the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

Dr. Rex, https://hrexach.wordpress.com, was kind enough to award me this. Thank-you Dr. Rex. I appreciate it very much.

I would like to share this award with a few good friends in no certain order.



s blake callahan


sheridegrom – From the literary and legislative trenches.

Sheila Morris




I Cried As I Read This

http://hrexach.wordpress.com  Dr. Rex has nominated me for an award. One that I have never heard of but when I read about it I started thinking about Al and his life.

The award is called the Seed of Light award.

seed-of-light-award11I began to instantly look back at the seed that began to live on May 3rd, 1955. On that day a baby boy was born. I have no photos of what he looked like when he was a baby so I have always used my imagination.

One baby boy born into innocence. One baby boy tossed aside for being mentally challenged. How does a child grow up in a world when he has been kicked by a term other than normal.

It doesn’t matter what the story was, or who said what, or even how it began. What matters is how he learned, what he learned and what did he take with him when he died from this earth.

I don’t look back, well not much, at our past. Ours was not a pretty one, but I am sure there are other children who had worse beginnings than ours. What I look at is what did he do while I cared for him those seven last years of his life. How did he and I react together? Was I able to prove to him in some small way that he was worthy of receiving love as a human being deserves.

I believe in my heart I did my very best. On his death bed as he told me he loved me for the first time I smiled. My heart burst with joy. He had said the words. I always thought he loved me but never quite knew for sure.

A seed, a precious seed, which seemed wilted for so long, finally took root and with proper love and support grew to be a tall stem with many colorful flowers.flower blooming When God saw the work was finished he told Al, “You finished the job. You went from a seed in the dirt to a beautiful rose. Now it is time to come home.”

Thank-you so much Dr. Rex for this beautiful and thoughtful award.



Thank the person who nominated you.

Nominate at least 5 blogs and provide links to their blogs.

Notify the nominees of their nominations.

My nominations are:

AR Neal
Patty B
burningfireshutinmybones.wordpress.com x

The Cloak of Dawn Award

I believe that of all the awards I have ever received none have ever brought tears to me like this one did.

http://hrexach.wordpress.com is who presented this outstanding award to me. This award is for those who care for others. It touched my heart deeply. With my brother Al and the passing of his life into heaven only two weeks ago, my emotions are once again touched by this award.

Oh how I miss my brother. I still stand in the door way of his room and cry as I see the empty space where his bed once stood. I can vision so clearly everything I did in caring for him. Reading the Bible to him at nights. Praying with him. Giving him sips of water. Holding his hand while he took his last breath.

I know he is so much better off today but I am human. My heart is still fragile.

Dr. Rex is a wonderful person. Giving her time to help others in need. She has touched my life so many times with comforting words. She has stood by me through all of my blogging as so many others have also done.

Thank-you Dr. Rex for thinking and honoring me with this award.


The idea behind this award: We all know bloggers that write about the issues in this world be it animal abuse, child abuse, equality, their family, love, friendship, the love of whatever deity they worship and so on. We also know many blogger that besides blogging has to take care of a loved one because they are sick, have a disability or are otherwise not able to do everything by themselves. For these bloggers I created this award. The award is named in the spirit of a voluntary care giver and mother that does not blog herself and therefore can not receive the award herself .

Why a cloak? Well, in Dutch we call a voluntary caregiver (as described above) a “mantel zorger” which translates literal to “cloak carer” hence the cloak and the Rod of Aesculapius.

This award has some special rules due to its intend. Whereas most awards are shared after you have gotten it yourself, this award will be free to hand out at each and everyone’s own discretion BUT you must make sure that the intend of the award is upheld.

cloak of dawn awardThere is a blogger that I have thought highly of for a very long time. She has the biggest heart. She gives to so many and when she writes, people read each word. I would like to nominate

s blake callahan
thedrsays.wordpress.com x

for this award. I hope she accepts this as she deserves it.

Thanks so much Dr. Rex

Pretty Flower Sunshine Award From Dr. Rex

sunshine awardhttp://hrexach.wordpress.com

Dr. Rex has nominated me for this beautiful, spring-like award. Don’t we all wish we had this growing outside our windows? Thanks so much Dr. Rex.

Dr. Rex says, “I live in Sweden with my partner and our three dogs. I love nature and animals and I’m passionate about animal welfare and establishing animal rights, especially in nations that do not have any such laws implemented as of yet. Once Sweden was known for having excellent animal welfare laws but today my country has fallen behind many other nations. We need to upgrade old regulations and laws to tighten protection for animals even more. I also love wildlife, in particular wolves, and I find it heart-breaking that so many countries are decimating their wolf populations, my own country included.”


Here are the rules:

Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
Link to the person who nominated you.
Answer 10 questions about yourself.
Nominate 10 bloggers.
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.


Olga Brajnović

Wise Little Nuggets

pacificnorthwesttravelerdotcom.wordpress.com x

What don’t you know about me already? Probably nothing. Let’s just say if you have any questions about me, feel free to ask, and leave it at that.

Have a great day everyone, and thanks Dr. Rex for this award!

Field of Flowers Award

field-of-flowers-awardhttp://khanasweb.com has nominated me for this colorful award. I so wish I was looking outside my window and seeing this.


Khana represents Seeking Truth, Sharing Light, Staying Free. Also

Artist –  Photographer – Author – Poet

Thank-you very much for this award.


Rules :

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Place the award on your blog
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers a “Field Of Flowers
  • Let your nominees know that you nominated them

I would like to nominate;