Thanks for the Award

inspiring2bblog2bawardMy dear friend and frequent visitor, P.S. I love soap…has nominated me for an award. THANK-YOU!

You can visit her site :

Part of the acceptance process requires that I offer 7 tidbits about myself:

  1. I am the eldest of three children.
  2. I believe having a pet is essential to my well-being.
  3. I enjoy watching children with an eye on their innocence.
  4. I am especially curious about human nature and Mother Nature.
  5. As a child, I spent many happy summers on my grandparents’ dairy farm.
  6. My first celebrity/character crush was on Guy Williams as Zorro…my last one was William Petersen as Gil Grissom (CSI) 😉
  7. Making others laugh is an endeavor that I thoroughly enjoy.

Most of my blogging friends do not accept awards so I ask you to check out the “Blogs I Follow” in order to find some awesome sites.

Random Word Story # 28~ Testy Terms

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Here’s my story:


There was nothing Mia could do once the agreement was signed. She needed a roommate and Holt was the only one who had answered her ad. So she overlooked his testy attitude which was a big mistake.

Holt had answered her invitation with questions galore. Some like, “Would he have bathroom access between 6:00 and 7:00 am?” were understandable. Asking her not to ever chew bubblegum, in his company, was bizarre. But, his references checked out and were stunning, to say the least. Even his credit score, which he should have embossed on a medallion and worn on a chain, was as close to perfect as she’d ever seen. Mia worked, afternoons and evenings, at a savings and loan and she was impressed. His testiness could be overlooked in favor of paying the rent on time. Mia was hopeful for the weight of debt to be lifted.

As Holt set up his basement abode, his tidy nature served as a refresher course in organized behavior. Everything had its place and she found his labels, which of course he laminates, quite efficient. Holt was going to be a life saver.

He hadn’t even cared that the basement was dark. He assured her that he could adequately light it with fragrant candles and a bare 25 watt bulb.

Months went by and Mia never saw Holt, never heard him either, but she was very happy to discover his rent money placed in her mailbox with a laminated note, FOR RENT, on the first of each month.

When she received her Amazon purchase wrapped in many layers of bubble wrap, Holt was the furthest thing from her mind. With a child-like grin she playfully stomped the heck out it beneath her shoe.

“Pop, padda, pop,pop!”

Seconds later, Holt burst through her door carrying an assault rifle. His eyes were wild and his attitude was, well, the testiest! Mia dove for the floor as he sprayed her apartment with bullets until all that remained was the clicking of an empty magazine.

Within minutes, police surrounded her building and extracted a blubbering heap once known as Holt. Mia would be nauseated and light-headed for days.

It was three months before she recovered. The accumulation of new debt was enough for her to try out a new roommate. This time, she presented the prospect with her own questionnaire. The woman read and answered every question, then giggled, “What does bubblegum have to do with anything?”

Kreativ Blogger Award

A great BIG thank-you to Gramdalin( for this very pretty and delightful nomination.

Grandmalin and I first met at We instantly connected because we both adore our grandkids and think much alike. Her musings are always entertaining and I do wish you would visit her and tell her sillyfrog sent you too.

Here are the rules for those nominated:

  1. Copy the Kreativ Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3. List 7 things about you that people might find interesting.
  4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Kreativ Blogger Award.
  5. Leave a comment on the blogs you nominate to let them know about the award.

Seven things about me are:

1. I used to watch those old films with warriors on horseback who charge at each other across an open plain. I liked to  imagine catching one of those unmanned horses and riding off with it. I’d try to pick out a lovely one and hoped it would throw off its rider during the battle.

2. I’ve been looking for an old-fashioned stick candy that I used to get at a country store when I was a kid. I describe it as a white chalky-textured vanilla meringue. How I wish that I could find it?

3. I still live in the same home town where I was born. Both of my siblings and my father does too. (Dad was born there also.)

4. I prefer a cold environment to a hot one. I find heat and humidity unbearable.

5. My favorite aromas are pine needles and horses.

6. I very much dislike dressing- up. Sweats and sneakers suit me fine.

7. I am still thoroughly upset about the revelation that negative numbers exist. Why didn’t they tell us from the start? Never saw that coming.


My seven nominees are all worthy of your visits and a big applause .There are absolutely no strings attached with this award. The nominees are here for sharing. No one should feel that they must pass it on.

My recommended blogs are:

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank-you to for this wonderful award! You are very kind to share this with me.

The Rules:

Share 7 random things about yourself.
Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
Add the “Versatile Blogger Award” to your blog.

7 random things about me:

1. I very much enjoy watching thunderstorms.

2. I’d very much enjoy meeting Mark Twain and chatting. Time machine anyone?

3. I admire people who devote themselves to one single goal~ Olympic Champions and Jane Goodall are fine examples. But sampling many things and starting new projects, and learning more, is my personal nature. Everything is fascinating. and life is too short to specialize.

4. I am an artist and have yet to compile a portfolio of  my artwork to display on my blog.

5. The Three Stooges are hilarious in my book.

6. I describe being outdoors as feeling “comfortably insignificant” , if you get my drift.

7. I believe in ghosts, Big Foot, and luck.

Now for my nominees…I am a “rule breaker” and I’m going to break one now with fewer than 15,  instead I’m declaring a 5 link limit.

All of these folks have visited my blog and have left delightful comments too. I recommend them highly!

To Dabble or not to dabble?

There are so very many fun challenges on WordPress. Some offer creative writing topics, poetry and photography too.

I am enjoying an ever widening circle of friends and interests BUT there are only so many minutes afforded for me to use creatively.

Finally, this week, I am feeling as though I have stepped from newbie to intermediate blogger. It took much dabbling and time.  Many kind fellow bloggers have offered their advice and knowledge helping me along. So this is my “two cents” to others. 🙂

Many challenges ask for committed responses…taking time.

Awards are so special but …take time to post and re-post.

Poetry, photography, and story writing have called to me from different directions. For short spurts, I specialized in them. This helped me to find my voice and polish my technical blogging skills. I still have much to learn…

This message is to other bloggers in the same quandary. Not enough time? Don’t feel guilty…write on!

I think dabbling is the right thing to do. My advice is not to get “roped” into any one venue. Dabble, dabble dabble your way forward.