Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Good Part Is At The End


I have this internet acquaintance that lives across the ocean in a very charming place.  He recently lost his wife and he took us through the journey with such love and compassion and his usual acerbic wit, that we were all able to share with him and offer our support.  Of course, we couldn't even give him a real hug or kiss his beloved wife goodbye, but he knew we were there for them, and I hope it helped him a little.  He is charming and has a wonderful way with words.  He doesn't tell "jokes" as such , but he gets me laughing and often crying within the same post.  I won't tell you his name or even what country he lives in because, (I hope this is not too disrespectful to say so soon), when the ladies realize he is "back on the market" they will throng to him, and a certain airline told me to watch my step.

Someone gave him the Leibster Award.  Yeah, I know, the f-ing Leibster award again.  He knows as well as I do that these "awards" are just to put up a few more poorly painted road signs along the unpaved side roads of Blogdom, but I am all over that as I hold my self-earned title of blog whore close to my heart. (Hey guys, you wouldn't believe how well it works,) So I am jumping on this band wagon.  God, how I do love me a mixed metaphor.

 Lots of cut and paste here, so I guess we might be seeing those annoying little white strips.  Think of them as highlights, okay?

As with all awards there are rules.
1. Accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of your post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blog sites.
4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
5.Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.
6. Answer the questions left for you by the blogger who gave you the award.

OMG.  It is waay worse than I remember.  If you don't want to do this, move on.  I won't even remember long enough to forgive you.

I was nominated by Lord David Prosser.  Spoiler there, but pretend you didn't see that.
Here are the eleven random facts.

1.  I have never died my hair.  I even tried to put highlights in it with clorox but it wouldn't work.  Alien hair.
2.  I have difficulty coping with the aging process.
3.  My maiden name is NOT Irish.  It is Scot.
4.   I always said I am almost five-seven.  I was a shade over five -six.  I am now five-four.
5.  My knees are titanium and ceramic.
6.  I'm addicted to coca-cola.
7.  My eyes are gray.
8.  My Alfredo sauce is the best in the world.
9.  I'm insomniac.
10. I love banana popsicles.
11. I worry randomly.

Here are my nominations: I am listing at least two that said they refuse to do these things.  That's okay with me. Some I am garnering randomly because I don't think I can come up with eleven.

1.  Sherry Riter at The Redhead Riter
2.   (Anne Kimball) at Life on the Funny Farm -
3.  Cindy Mai at In This World Of Books
4.  Ty Johnston: life on the written page
5..  pascal at pascal campion
6.  Jonathan Wilhoit at I Read a Book Once
7. (Marie) at Burton Book Review
8.  B. Wildung at Two - Tall - Tales
9.  Kelly Hashway at Kelly Hashway
10.  RM York at GrandpaYork
11.  jambalian at jambalian

Thank God those are click throughs or I'd be outta here.

I am totally copying David's questions, which I must tell you, he copied.  It's not as if you have even read this far, is it?

1. What teacher from your youth or childhood had a profound impact on you?  How?
2. Who is your greatest literary inspiration?
3. What is a favourite quote from another person, and what do you like about it?
4. What is a favourite quote from your own work, and what is the story behind it?
5. Tell us about one of your pets.
6. What is the greatest barrier in your life?
7. Where is your favourite travel destination?  Why?
8. What is the most interesting place near where you live? What makes it interesting?
9. What is your writing space like?
10. When you were eight, what did you want to be when you grew up?
11.  What is your goal for your writing?

And here are the answers.
1.   Sister Mary Alfred in first grade was very condescending.  A friend of mine from first grade recently told me she spent years in therapy cuz Sr. MA tore her down so bad in public.  We had a phonics book and we were going around the room, each child had to say a "P" word.  I said, "Pea Coat."  Sr.MA said, "And tomorrow it will be a q coat and then an r coat."  My friend said didn't that make you feel awful?"  I said, "No.  I just thought, 'Well, her dad's not in the Navy." Having self-confidence is one thing.  But KNOWING you have self-confidence when you are six is priceless.

2.. Ruth Rendell.  She is a peer and uses the "f" word in her books and is terrific looking.  Writes great also.

3.  "Though she be but little, she is fierce."  Shakespeare.  My only bow to feminism.  I don't need you to carry my flag for me, but thanks.

4.  I have used the heck out of this.

  "Why is it so much to you to find me willing
To swallow down the souls
 Of some potential kingdom?"
It scans beautifully.

5.  Oh, Poor Henry.  Trying to give him peace in his waning years is so difficult.  He is okay, though, thanks to my wonderful daughter.  It is hard to love something so annoying.  Kind of like marriage.

6. Reticence.

7.  I am going to Mt. Rushmore for Mother's Day.  I have always wanted to see it.  I also like Florida's West Coast Beaches. 

8.  My backyard is amazing.  I have seen so much wildlife, including, I insist, a wolf, which my husband also saw.  There is  a dedicated Nature Preserve bordering my lot with a creek. I have already written elsewhere today about the cool snake I saw yesterday.

9.I am usually at the dining room table since I got this laptop.  I am trying at present to consolidate all my note scraps and notebooks.

10.  Eight.

11.  I have achieved it.  One male reviewer, a stranger,  said, "Crazy good read" about my longest sexiest book.  I can die happy.

Man, if you got this far, you deserve some new kind of award.  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Thank you for enduring the pain. I love your answers, especially to No. 10, and you accuse me of having an acerbic wit.
    During my darkest hours I knew I had the support of many friends and I thank you for it even though this might seem like poor payment.( probably because you like Coke and I like Pepsi).
    How kind you are to suggest the women would throng to me if I 'came on the Market.' I'm not at all sure I could manage all the guide dogs and people falling over white sticks.
    I send you special Hugs xxxx

  2. LOL Funny! Of course I read all the way to the bottom! It was an interesting read. Although it was long and you struggled, it was worth it!

    I appreciate you thinking of me. {{{hugsss}}}

  3. Thanks for the nomination. This looks like fun :D I'm going to do it! Are the questions above the ones you want me to answer on my blog?

    1. They start with #1. What teacher. . .

      The questions are the most fun.

    2. It was pretty fun answering the questions. If you want to see my answers here is My Blog Link


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