I Am Blessed Today

I am being on the lazy side today since I had the biggest part of my work done yesterday. Besides, my sides hurt from moving furniture yesterday. Oh to be getting older.

Well not to side track, I was reading comments and I stumbled across a remark stating I had yet been given another award. I thought to myself, wow, cool, awesome. This made my day brighter.

And then I looked up at the window and the rain had left and the sun was shining. Thank-you God for this joy you have allowed me to have today.

http://inspirationalgem.wordpress.com   is who honored me with the Liebster Award. I get so excited over these awards. I don’t care how many times I receive the same one or even a new one. It is a thank-you from a friend who thinks my words and thoughts are worth reading.liebster award 3

I remember telling my parents that when I grew up and moved out there would be no more rules. Sad to say as soon as I moved out I learned new rules about being a grown up and they weren’t the rules of my kind parents.

And the same goes for this award, rules, what can I say? I have to follow the rules or get the ruler. LOL

Here are the rules:

Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.

Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award (

Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

Oh goodie, I get to think up some more questions.

1.If you could visit anywhere in the world for only one day, where would it be and why?

2.What is your favorite scent?

3. What is your best memory of Christmas?

4. Were you ever scared at Halloween?

5.Are you under, over or at five feet tall?

6.How many languages do you speak?

7. Have you ever told a lie in order not to hurt anyone?

8. What would you do if on Christmas morning, instead of Santa coming down your chimney, it was me?

9. When do you start buying or preparing for Christmas?

10. What is your custom for Thanksgiving?


Here are the questions I was asked to answer.

1.What are a few things that inspire you to be the best you?

People with a compassion for others and life

Tell about one thing you find to be beautiful that many/most people seem to see as ugly.

Big, gaudy, shiny costume jewelry.

3. To you, what constitutes true friendship?

Trust and commitment

4. What is one painful experience you previously endured that you now see as a blessing?

Finally getting the confidence to file for a divorce. I put up with so much bull for so many years. Freedom from any kind of abuse is beautiful and a real blessing.

5. What is your favorite book? Or one of them?

I have one favorite book. I may have more, but I don’t have time to read. It is called Black Like Me.

6. What is one song that can be considered one of your life theme songs? One that describes you, your life in general, or your outlook on something.

Elvis Presley, If I Can Dream. It brings me hope that the world will still let me breathe easier a little bit each day.


7. What are three quotes that inspire you somehow?

A. Don’t ever look back, you already walked that moment.

B. You are never alone, God is with you.

C. Live like this is your last day.

8. Do you have a Philosophy of life that you consciously try to live by? If so, briefly explain the basics of it.

23 years ago when I decided to become a Caregiver, my philosophy was to treat my patients the way I will want to be treated when I grow old.

9. What accomplishment of yours are you most proud of?

A. I have three beautiful children

B. I have made it to the age I am today

C. I can write what I can’t express through my mouth and you understand

10.Which one of your senses (see, hear, taste, feel/touch, smell) do you think would be the most difficult to live without?

Feel/touch, with this I can be blind but touch your warmth

To not see I can yet feel

To not taste I can  be fed

To not smell I still can be led.


Nominations are;




Hunt FOR Truth

Mona Gustafson Affinito


Naomi Baltuck



Rusha Sams


Maxim Sense


Liebster Award


I met through Blog of the Year Award a very nice blogger named Valentina. She holds so much talent with Interior Design, I couldn’t help but follow her and dream as I read her posts and look at her photos.


Thank-you so much my friend over at;




In her words she says;


I am Valentina, interior designer by trade, fashion designer by dream, lover of food, in love with life and everything that gets my creative juices flowing. I publish one time a week.
It’s the good life!


pink liebster award


As with most awards there are rules, yes just like when we were in school and at our work.


We are to thank and link to the one who was gracious enough to nominate us.


Nominate 11 others and let them know of what you have done for them.


Answer these questions. Most of you know everything there is practically except my clothing size. LOL. But there are newer friends that barely know me. So will you try not to tap your foot and pick your nose while I go through this process again of ask and tell?




What first inspired you to start writing a blog?


I was ignorant of blogging. I had a friend who passed through my life for a very short time, and he introduced me to blogging. I have been addicted ever since. This was in March of 2012


What is the biggest challenge you have had to face when writing a blog?


Hoping that people understand what I am trying to express. It is difficult to talk to others who don’t know me. I do not use big words. I am so plain and simple. I just ask God for his help and then start typing. If I can’t understand what I write, how can I expect you to understand a stranger’s words?


If you traveled through time, what time would you want to arrive at and why?


I would travel backwards and arrived five years ago on heaven’s doors. I would grab both of my parents and tell them how much I love them and have missed them while hugging them so tight.


However if I were to just pick one time in the past..


December 24th, 1999; this was the last time my family had Christmas with my parents and siblings.


Do you prefer to eat chocolate, sweets or neither?


I crave sweets like no other. The reason being is because the doctor diagnosed me with Diabetes. Of course I am still a child in my heart. I want what I can not have. So although I do cheat, shame on me, I would rather see no sweets at all.


Do you prefer to read or write?


If I have a book in my hand that the topic is dear to my heart, I can read it in two nights. Other wise I prefer to write to my heart’s content.


What is your favorite non-fiction topic to read about and why?


Anything that has to do with slavery. I love to read about how the slaves beat the whites and learned to read and write and free themselves to build their own lives with their children. I also love to read about anything to do with plantations of the south, slavery grounds, the Victorian era, and anything dealing with antiques


If you could buy one book that would help you solve a problem in your life, what would it be and why?


A Bible that has every problem that could ever happen and the verses right beside it that match the topic


Do you prefer to write at night or during the day?


I love to write so much and talk to my blogging friends that this is on my mind as a priority first thing in the morning. I actually write throughout the day and evening.


If you could be any character from a book, who would you be and why?


Cinderella. I still haven’t found a glass slipper that will fit my fat feet. I haven’t found a pumpkin I can squeeze myself into. I am too afraid of mice so when I see them I  high-tail it to another room screaming, and last but not least, I haven’t found my prince as of yet.


Do you prefer to read a printed book or an e-Book?


Definitely read a printed book. I don’t own a Kindle, can you believe this? I like the book in my hand with my over-head light on. The television on but turned down so I can tune in if I hear an interesting word. My two fluffy pillows holding my back in place and deep under my covers.


For my nominations of the beautiful, pink award I would like to pick, eenie meenie minee moe, I pick;






Beyond Back Creek


The Laughing Housewife
thelaughinghousewife.wordpress.com x


Sheila Morris








Books & Art – Spirit & Soul – Lesley Fletcher
inspirationimport.wordpress.com x




Maxim Sense







The Liebster Award


I went to see Al today, and when I got home, I found this nice surprise in my email box. I was nominated for the Liebster Award by;


Jim is a great guy. He is compassionate. He has a large heart, and he is an excellent writer. Please stop by his blog and do some reading.

These are the rules:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!)
  • You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!
  • You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)
  • Eleven things about me are;
  • I am almost legally a senior citizen. I can even get some senior discounts for dining.
  • I am left handed
  • I start listening to Christmas Music in late October
  • I am learning to do crafts
  • I don’t go to sleep until almost 2am
  • I generally think of others before me
  • My quest in life is to bring my family back together
  • I love talking walks in the evenings
  • I love the Victorian era
  • I love costume jewelry
  • I want a black vintage baby doll before I die

Questions Posted For Me;

1.  What’s your earliest recollection of anything? I remember walking hand in hand with my dad down the staircase in the mornings as a toddler

2.  How old were you when you were informed that Mister Claus may not be for real? And how did you take it? 9 or 10, and I didn’t believe it. Still today, I do believe in the Christmas spirit

3.  What was the first book that you absolutely hated? Government and Econ in my senior year of high school!

4.  Money or Love? Although some choose to believe I love money, I will take love over any dollar amount

5.  Fantasy holiday destination? Tennessee, smokey mountains, anyone want to go?

6.  First kiss? Kindergarden, a boy named Timmy, hehe

7.  Favourite funny person? it has never changed, my choice of people always goes to Lucille Ball

8.  What kind of music, if any, makes you cry? The Carpenters, Rainy Days and Mondays

9.  If you could remove any three letters from the alphabet what would they be, and why? Q, Z, X, not much use for them

10. Favourite animal/pet?, any bird that I can teach to talk. If I could afford it, I would have a big colorful bird and we could carry on conversations, and he would ride on my shoulder

11. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? Sara

Questions for my nominees:

1. What scares you the most, and why?

2. What three possessions do you think you just can’t live without?

3. When signmakers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?

4. If you could be a character in any book you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?

5. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?

6. Would you prefer to spend life in prison or be executed? Why?

7. What got you in the most trouble when you were younger?

8. If you could be a religious or spiritual leader, who would it be? Why?

9. What or whom do you most miss from your childhood?

10. Grab the book nearest you. What is the first sentence of the third paragraph on page 12?

11. When did you last write a letter on paper and send it through the postal service?


Nominations are;

buckwheatsrisk.com x

e1aine.wordpress.com x




valarielovelight.com x


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