Thank You Very Much!

I was doing a bit of blog reading before starting work this morning, and when I dropped by Doesn't Speak Klingon I was surprised to discover that Red had nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award!  What a great way to start my morning, Red, thank you!  Red is one of the awesome bloggers I've been introduced to in recent months, and I'm having a great time following along with the blog-fueled romance budding between her and Brett from The Transformed Non-Conformist. They both write great blogs that never fail to be interesting reads.  If you want to have some fun, drop by and watch things heating  up between them. Love is in the air in Blogville! :-)

On to the formalities of winning this esteemed award...

  1. Thank and link back to the awarding blog.
  2. Answer seven questions (which seem to vary a bit from blogger to blogger :-)
  3. Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  4. Hand the award on to 7 deserving others.
  1. What is your favorite dessert?  Chewy chocolate brownies warm from the oven - no frosting required
  2. What do you do when you are upset?  Glower, stomp my feet and sputter a bit, then I crawl into my cave and stay there until I feel better about life
  3. Which is your favorite pet?  Everyone knows I'm a Crazy Cat Lady... a "mother" can't pick one of her children over the other, that would just be wrong!
  4. What is your biggest fear?  Losing my husband or one of my children
  5. What is your guilty pleasure?  Blogging, writing, reading, and more blogging.... topped off with a long soak in the hot tub every night.
  6. What is perfection? Perfection is having a loving, giving heart, always looking for ways to encourage others, taking time to spread smiles and wipe tears, and being content in the knowledge that we are fine just as we are, and have everything we need.
  7. What is your attitude mostly? 95% of the time I have a strong survivor spirit that keeps me going thru thick and thin; the other 5% I spend struggling to come to terms with life's cruelties and ironies, and wishing I was free to do more of the things I really love.
  1. I am a lefty.  I amuse myself by borrowing other folk's computers and switching the mouse buttons for left hand, leaving them totally messed up the next time they try to use it! :-)
  2. In high school I won the "Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year" award.  If Betty could see me now she'd be turning in her grave!  Actually, I thought it was pretty funny back then too, since I'm far from the domestic type. Winning was based on essays we submitted and I can bs with the best of 'em.
  3. I took state honors and was the state president of Future Nurses of America... yet another gameplan for my life which derailed later.
  4. Rounding out my high school education, I was one of two girls first allowed to take woodshop class, formerly the domain of boys only.  They built birdhouses and such, I made a beautiful black walnut stereo table that I have to this day!
  5. I have lived in more than 30 different homes during my lifetime, the majority of which were after I turned 18. 
  6. I spent two and a half years living in Germany as a military spouse - beautiful country! I also learned a lot about my 3/4 German heritage and how it affected the way I was brought up.
  7. My first ever trip on an airplane was flying from South Dakota to Germany toting my two year old daughter on my hip.  Changing airlines at O'Hare in Chicago was intimidating for a small-town girl.
  8. During the early 70's I hitchhiked hundreds of miles back and forth across the Midwest.  It was fun, and far more common than it is now, generally safer back then too.
  9. I was once a member of a religious cult group that preaches the oneness of all religions but was founded on Islamic roots. I was told that if I ever turned away from the teachings I would experience the absence of God for all eternity. They were wrong about that. I dwell in the presence of the Creator every day!
  10. At the age of 18 I was on a locked ward in a mental hospital for 75 very scary days. I wasn't any different then than I am now. I'll leave it to you to decide if I am truly crazy  - well, moreso than anyone else you know :-) - or if there were some powerful people in my life operating behind the scenes.  
  1. Maria at Just Eat Your Cupcake - who is without a doubt one of the very best writers in the blogsphere, and one of the most interesting
  2. Louise - at Recover Your Joy and A Year of Making a Difference - whose uplifting posts are the most inspiring I've ever read
  3. Lily at The Incoherent Ramblings of a Moose - a wonderfully creative writer with a delightfully warped sense of humor
  4. McGuffy Ann - at McGuffy's Reader - who writes book reviews (especially ones about critters) so well that you bless Amazon for free shipping as your reading list grows and grows
  5. Andrea at From the Sol - who takes amazing photographs and did a fascinating series on a nest of baby robins just this week
  6. Frank at The Ranting Monkey - who has covered a wider range of topics with uncensored creativity than any other blogger I know
  7. Lotta Joy at Witless Relocation Program - who is showing incredible courage and a creative approach to blogging in telling us the harrowing story of abuse she experienced in childhood
Although I am presenting these fine folks with this award, I am not obligating them to follow the rules or to tag others... that's totally optional.  I tried to include a few of my very favorite blogs and a few new ones that you should check out.  As always, it's hard to know whose blog to promote on these lists.  I can tell you honestly that if a blog is on my reading list it's interesting and creative, and well worth the read, or I wouldn't be wasting my time on it.  I don't just list them... I actually follow them! :-)


  1. Sweetie! Thank you for the award, and I just might "play along" once I shake off the feelings my posts have given me.

    IN FACT, the last and final series is available now.

    IT IS FINISHED. And I hope it is Over, Done and GONE from my life forever.

    1. I read your final post of the series last night, Lotta Joy, and felt the same sense of relief as you must have, and savored the victory over past that you have obtained for yourself. From here on, it's all good, you'll see! The past no longer has power over you, you've exposed it for what it was, and now you are set free to move on! I'm cheering for you all the way!

  2. I am so happy this award was passed onto you. You are indeed a very creative blogger and i always enjoy reading what you have to say. One of the things that i enjoy about these is getting all the little tid bits of information about the person receiving the award that add to the story of the person. I like that. Well done. :)

    1. Thanks Ken! I love the "fun facts" about folks too. My inquisitive nature enjoys finding out how things have come together to make a person who they are, and what their life is like now! We need to pass around more questions, I think!! :-)

  3. Congrats on a well-deserved award and once again, so great to learn more about you. You have led a fascinating life, Josie. Thanks for the list of the other bloggers. I shall enjoy reading them!

    1. Thank you, Selma! "Fascinating" would be one word for it, for sure! :-) The reality is that most of what I've experienced was brought about by the choices I've made. I'm learning to make much wiser ones in my old age! :-) I promise some really good reads from the bloggers I listed, you won't be disappointed!

  4. Congratulations, Josie :) It's always interesting to hear things about your life - you have such a collection of wide and varied experiences! I'm so sorry to hear that you were locked away for a bit - what a scary experience and, if anyone were crazy in that, it would be the people who put you there. And now I'm hungry for warm brownies straight from the oven! lol

    1. Thank You, Lady in Red! Yes, I've lived a very "colorful" life. But please don't feel sorry for me or anything I've experienced, it probably wasn't much fun at the time, but it's all worked together to make me who I am, so I should be grateful, right? I kinda like the crazy ol' lady that I am now, so it was worth it - well most of it anyway - in the long run! Now I'm craving brownies too, I never should have written that! :-)

  5. Josie, You deserve this award. You are so genuine and so real in your blogging. I read what you write and am inspired to write and do more with my own blog. You are wonderful.
    Thank you for the award. It truly means a lot coming from you. I do have a lot of reviews coming, and a lot more of my own blogging as well. With Bill home, he takes precedence.
    And then friendship ;-)...and then blogging.

    1. Thank you dear Annie, I am humbled by your comments. I can't wait to see the new things you are planning for your blog. There is a wealth of life and understanding inside of you just waiting to write itself up the page! And yes, our rule is here that Life ALWAYS trumps Blogging... step away from the keyboard now and then and go LIVE! (Even if sometimes someone has to pull the plug to get me to do that, LOL)

  6. That was a lot of good information! I wish I could have known to take Shop in high school. I might have been a carpenter. I can't believe how many places you've lived. I'm not one for change. And the mental hospital? Have you told that story before?

    I followed your link to the Intractor blog the other day and really enjoyed it. I don't know anything about farming. I'd like to check out the blogs you mentioned. In my spare time. Right?

    1. Thanks Cheryl! We had quite a fight to get permission to take woodshop, didn't get to until our senior year, but I ended up with an A+ on my project and on the course! It embarassed my dad to no end though. :-( I used to love being a "Gypsy" and still have that spirit within me. Most of those moves were spouse-induced though. If we didn't have to earn a paycheck we'd be living in a motor home and travelling all around!

      No, I haven't told that story here... yet. It's a dark one. I might have talked about it some on my old blog way back when, I don't remember. One day I'll put it out here. It will take some work to do it justice, hard to find words to describe a place like that!

      Ken-Inatractor is a great blog! He's often referred to around here as "Ken-inacape" 'cuz he is truly one of the good guys, and a great writer too - fun to read! What is "spare time"? If you find some, send it my way, please!!

  7. Hi Josie. Today has been the worst day that I've had for a long time...then I saw your comment on my blog, came here and the tears that were about to flow soon stopped, only to be replaced by an enormous grin.

    Thanks so much for this! You've just given me the warm and fuzzies!!
    Congratulations on receiving the award, you know how much you and your words have been an inspiration to me and no-one deserves this more than you.

    You are without doubt, one of the kindest and most generous person I know. If only there were more people like you, this world would be a much brighter place and I mean that from the heart. ♥

    1. Thank you for such kind words, Lily! I assure you that you've done the same thing for me... there's been days when I've really been struggling and down, and I'll stop by your blog and read some dialog between you and Spawn so outrageously funny that it completely changes my mood. That's a great way of uplifting people too! I wish I had half of your writing talent! Drop me an email and let me know what life's throwing at you, and remember - one foot in front of the other, it gets better again, it always does! HUGS

    2. Thanks for those words Josie.
      I also was one of the first girls to do woodwork, as it's called in the UK (and the only one to take 'metal work') and still have the wooden pencil case I made. As for #10, yeah been there too.

      self-pitying email coming your way. :)

  8. Uncensored creativity....I may steal that for my blog description.

    Well earned.

    I wanna hear more about #10.

    1. Hi Monkey! You are more than welcome to use it, it's a very apt description of your blog. I'll work on #10 and post it up in the near future. As you can imagine, there's a bit of emotion still connected to that one. I need to find the poem I wrote about it long ago.


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