Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Being Inspired

Recently, Birgit of BB Creations honored me with the Inspiring Blog Award. Thank you, Birgit, I appreciate it very much.

The award came with a request that I write about three things that have inspired me this past few weeks. As usual, I started by pulling out the dictionary.
Inspire -- To rouse/motivate/encourage/influence/incite someone to do or feel something. In particular, to do some kind of creative thing.

Highly incited to clean the bedroom

Being bit two nights in a row, and having those bug bites swell and itch to no end, inspired me to find the source and do something about it. Poor Molly the Cat was brushed and combed several times throughout the day. Then I decided to look under our bed since I was being bit on my feet.


Carpet beetles were feasting on a blanket that once belonged to the Husband's parents, which we had tucked under the bed last summer. Out came the vacuum cleaner again! I got down on my stomach and back to vacuum and ended up with a bunch of bug bites on my torso, which also swelled and itched that I thought I was going crazy. After more vacuuming, including the closet and the drawers, we checked through all our clothes in the closet and dresser, threw some clothing out, and did a lot of laundry. The positive spin to all this is that we now have an organized closet and dresser.

Roused to find out what's happening with the Ladies

The Husband and I take care of two ladies—Molly the Cat and the Mama. We don't tell them that. It's best to let them think they take care of us, which they do. Care taking, at least for me, involves a part of my mind constantly keeping tabs on where they are and taking note of sudden sounds and noises.

Scene: Late yesterday afternoon in the office.


I didn't wait to finish typing my sentence. Out the door I went. "What's wrong, Molly?"

"Meeeeeow!" Molly the Cat said, walking back and forth in the hallway, just above the stairway. She stopped and gave me first an accusing look of Where were you today? and then a demanding look of Pay attention to me. Now!  So, of course, I picked her up and cuddled her as I walked over to the Husband, who then took her in his lap and I went back to complete my sentence.

Scene: This morning in the office.

Bang! Bang! Clatter! Bang!

Another sentence went uncompleted. I bounced down the stairs and around the corner. Mama was bent over, reaching for something under a desk. "What are you doing?"

As Mama glanced up. I noticed the pot of rice beside her. "I opened the last container of rice," she said. Without saying anything to me, I knew that we would need to buy a sack of rice the next time we go to Costco.

Motivated to be creative

I gave this more than a cursory thought. Cursory, ha! That's a big word for me. It came out of somewhere, I just don't know where. That's where I think my creative inspiration comes from. That somewhere that holds the everything that moves me to be creative—to write, to draw, to take photos, to cook, to sew, or to organize chaos in my closet.

And, what are those every things? These are just a few examples:
  • The Husband's laugh.
  • The wag of Molly the Cat's tail.
  • Evidence of the Mama dragging the ladder across the yard to do something she knows we don't like to do.
  • The fine ornamental details on an old building.
  • Two white butterflies suddenly flying across my path.
  • Olive oil, flour, yeast, and sugar—which put together make pizza.
  • Mama's old pedal Singer sewing machine.
  • Abstracts of local newspaper articles from more than a 100 years ago.
  • Morning sun peeping through the bedroom window as I open my eyes.
  • Musings, photos, and art work of Birgit, Widdershin, Sue Elvis, Leovi, Lady Fi, Lori K, and many other bloggers I have met through the memes and blogs hops in which I participate.
Every day, new things that I see, smell, hear, touch, taste, and sense get stored in that somewhere from which my inspiration comes.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Liebster Award = Revealing A Bunch about Moi

Ah, the Liebster Award. In the best Jackie Gleason voice doing a Scarlett O'Hara imitation that I can muster, I say, "How sweet it is!"

Birgit of BB Creations,  who I met during the 2014 Blogging from A to Z Challenge, nominated me for the Liebster Award. It is a virtual medal that bloggers present fellow bloggers as recognition for the enjoyment they receive reading the awardees' posts. That's my interpretation of the award. If you're interested in learning more about the Liebster Award, check out this post by Lorraine Reguly at Wording Well.

Bloggers can choose to accept or reject the Liebster Award. I accept the award with much gratitude. Thank you very much, Birgit.

Like the Oscar and most other awards, a blogger can be nominated several times over. I've been fortunate to be nominated twice. Yaay for me. So much for modesty on my part today. :-)

The Rules for Accepting the Liebster Award

According to Reguly, the rules vary for the Liebster Award. These are the set of rules passed on with Birgit's nomination, which the anal-retentive editor inside me took the liberty of editing. Be sure to include these rules in your post. And, if you feel like revising further, go for it.
  • First and foremost, HAVE FUN!
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and be sure to link back to his or her blog in your post.
  • List 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers with less than 300 followers. You may not nominate the blogger who nominated you.
  • Make up 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • After you publish your post, go to your nominees' blogs and tell them they have been nominated.

11 Facts about Me

  1. In college, I changed my undergraduate study from social science to interdisciplinary liberal studies because I didn't want to do a senior paper.
  2. When I went back to school to get my teaching credential in social science, I had to do that required senior paper. Ha!
  3. I moved 11 times in the 23 years I lived in San Francisco from 1973 to 1996.
  4. Way back when, I came in last in the fun run around Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. I definitely earned my tee-shirt.
  5. I mix up left and right. A lot.
  6. I write another blog called Take 25 to Hollister
  7. After reading Jane Eyre for the first time a couple years ago, it went to the top of my books-that-I-like-to-re-read list, replacing Pride & Prejudice, which had been #1 for several decades.
  8. When I think someone is being condescending to me, or acts like I shouldn't be where he or she is, such as a shop or event, I remind myself that my books can be found in the Library of Congress, and most likely that person does not.
  9. The right lens of my eyeglasses has a long scratch, which I've been saying I'd replace for the past 3 or 4 years.
  10. I wear a pair of bright yellow Crocs with a Lilo charm inserted in one of the holes.
  11. I play much too much Pet Rescue Saga on Facebook.

The 11 Questions that Birgit of BB Creations Asked Me 

  1. What animal do you always visit at the zoo or watch on TV before any other? Why? 
    I like to visit the elephants. They're just darn tooting cute.
  2. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
    That I've been a self-employed writer for 28 years.
  3. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
    Pay off all our debts. Pay off the Mama's house. If it's a big winning, purchase a house with a couple acres so that there's lots of space between us and the neighbors. Otherwise, the Husband and I would travel, set money aside for a rainy day, and donate to certain charities.
  4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
  5. Name 5 things you like about yourself?
    I roll with the punches. I'm not a high-maintenance person. I still have effective defensive driving skills. I hold my ground. I'm honest.
  6. What's your favourite holiday and why?
    I don't have any favorite holiday, unless I count my birthday.
  7. What is your favourite film? Your favourite actor/actress? 
    Can't think of just one movie. Among my favorites are Danny Deck Chair, Calamity Jane (with Doris Day), Groundhog Day, The Man Who Sued God, and Two Weeks Notice. Favorite actor/actress?  I like watching movies that feature Jodie Foster, Billy Connelly, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Jack Black, Sandra Bullock, or Adam Sandler.
  8. Which movie or TV show do you wish was gone from your sight? 
    All those glum movies that feature a bleak, violent future.
  9. Which entertainer do you feel needs a good spanking and be sent to a farm to work?
    Lindsey Lohan. She is a very talented young woman.
  10. Who do you admire, living or dead?
    I admire my parents.
  11. What makes you smile?
    Molly the Cat and the Mama sleeping together on the couch in front of the TV.

My Nominees for the Liebster Award

  • Bit to Read:   Isa-Lee is an author and freelance writer who blogs about books and various topics that interest her.
  • Maui Jungalow:   Courtney lives in Maui (lucky woman!) and gives readers a local view of living in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
  • Net on the Net:  Jeanette is from Michigan and writes about her job, home, family, and anything and everything that she feels like. 
  • Sue Elvis Writes: Sue hails from Australia, homeschools her kids, and writes about life with  energy, love, humor, and matter-of-factness.
  • Sweetbearies Art Projects:  Julia writes about art and her various art projects, generously providing videos or illustrated steps on how she does certain techniques.
  • The Trans-Gentle Wife:   Lucy describes herself as "An ordinary wife in an extraordinary marriage." I think she is quite an extraordinary person.
  • Widdershins Worlds: A resident of Canada, Widdershins, an author of science fiction, fantasy, and lesbian fiction, writes about writing and life in general. 
  • Yeakley/Jones Family: Ann maintains three blogs; this one, which she linked up to the A to Z challenge, is about genealogy and the stories of her past and present family members.

11 Questions for the Nominees

  1. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
  2. What's one thing that irks you?
  3. About how long do you think can you stand on one foot?
  4. Time yourself. How long did you actually stand on one foot?
  5. What would you want for your last meal?
  6. What's something that you would not regret about having missed doing?
  7. What's one thing that scares you, but you do it anyway? 
  8. What's something fun that you would like to do right now?
  9. Would you rather be an eagle, crow, or parakeet?
  10. If you could be a sitcom character, who would you be?
  11. Who rules -- Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennett, or Jo March?
I like these questions so much, I shall answer them, too, but on another post some other day. I think you've had enough about me for now.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Yes, Yeah, Yep.

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". . .We have no bananas. We have no bananas today. . . ."

I like that song a lot. It was written for a Broadway revue in 1922 and became a hit the following year for Eddie Cantor, according to Wikipedia. I first heard it in an old-time cartoon that I saw on TV when I was a kid. I love those cartoons from the 1930s and 1940s. They introduced me to old ditties such as "Yes! We have no bananas." and "Mairzy Doats and Dozey Doats" as well as classical and jazz music. Today, cartoons will flash through my mind when I suddenly hear certain classical or jazz songs.


So, here we are—the letter "Y". Tomorrow, Zeee. The next day, zzzzzzzz! on the blog. Just kidding. Maybe.

As I'm writing this post, I hear in the near distance the sound of seals barking.  Yawp, yawp, yawp! But, here's the thing. I live about 25 miles from the ocean, if I was a crow.

Halfway through the A to Z Blogging Challenge, Rhonda at Dizzy Stir nominated me for the Liebster Award, which I happily accepted. Here's the link about the award and who I nominated in turn. One of the tasks for accepting the award was to think up 11 questions to ask my nominees. It's only fair that I answer my own questions. Yep, it is. So, now I shall.
  1. What was the fifth fun trip that you have taken?
    A cross-country trip during the summer of 1975. Once college finals were done, a girlfriend and I hopped into my lovely little yellow box of a car and drove from San Francisco to New York and back again. We were on the road for about two months. My only regret is that I didn't take photos. I was working with little more than $250 in cash. Thank goodness, the Daddy let me use his gas card.
  2. Name one children's book that you think all adults ought to read and take to heart.  
    "When We Were Very Young" by A. A. Milne
  3. What do you think is one of the worse movies or TV shows ever made?
    Brady Bunch, but, yet, I watched it.
  4. What fairy tale character do you identify with the most?
    Fiona, the wife of Shrek. 
  5. What actor would you want to portray you in a movie about your life?
    Kathy Bates
  6. Imagine you've just finished writing a book. What's the title? 
    So, You Think You Want to Have a Cat
  7. What do you like the most about blogging?
    Being able to write about anything I feel like writing.
  8. What has been the most delicious food or dish you've ever eaten?
    Fried chicken cooked by the Daddy.
  9. When you were a kid, what age did you think was really old?
    One hundred! What did I know.
  10. Which would you rather be: a dictator, a DMV clerk, or a miner?
    A miner who owns the mine. Once I've struck gold or whatever it is I'm mining, that's it for me. 
  11. When was the last time you stopped and smelled the roses?
    Saturday. I was carrying Molly the Cat and as we passed by some of the Mama's roses, Molly told me to stop. She put her nose up to the roses and took a whiff.
    I did, too.
Here, again, are my nominees for the Liebster Award. If you haven't checked them out yet, well, what are you waiting for?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Sweetheart of an Award

Rhonda at Dizzy Stir  nominated me for the Liebster Award, which is making the rounds to participants in the April 2013 Blogging from A to Z  Challenge.  Thank you, Rhonda!  Like all blogging awards, the Liebster is a way to get readers to discover and explore other blogs that may interest them.  So, I truly appreciate your nomination, Dizzy Stir

The Liebster Award
The Liebster Award has been around since 2010, and over the years the requirements have changed. That's to be expected.  If you're interested in its origin, check out this link

These are today's "rules" for accepting the award. I say "rules" because no one is required nor obligated to do any or all of the following steps to accept the award. 
  1. Post the award on her/his blog. 
  2. Thank the nominator and link back to his or her blog.
  3. Write  11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Answer 11 questions about yourself that the nominator has asked.
  5. Nominate 11 fellow bloggers participating in the Blogging from A to Z  Challenge who have fewer than 200 followers. 
  6. Make up 11 original questions for your nominees to answer. 
A lot, I know. And, it does take some time.  It's all in fun and a way for new readers to get to know about youSo, here we go.  
11 random facts about Me

  • I get my left and right confused a lot. Sometimes I raise the  hand with which I write to figure my directions. It doesn't always work. The Husband will tell you so.
  • I have a pink beach cruiser of a bicycle that I want to paint either yellow, forest green, orange, or red....hmmm, all those colors together sound nice.
  • Once upon a time, Cu'Pie, a yellow parakeet,  flew into our backyard and our hearts. That little guy was such a talker. Here's a story about him.
  • I started wearing glasses in 5th grade. Before I got them, I thought seeing things in a blur was normal.
  • I read Jane Eyre for the first time last year. It kicked Pride and Prejudice off the top of my list of favorite books, which had been there for decades.
  • When I lived in San Francisco, I tootled around the city on a red scooter.
  • I was in my late 20s before I understood how percents and ratios worked. And that was only because I wrote and edited math books for special needs kids.
  • Sometimes I come across things in nature that I like to imagine could be portals into other dimensions.
  • I think puns are fun. 
  • I was a gypsy for Halloween in first grade. 
  • The skinniest parts of my body are my knees. They no longer have any padding.
The 11 Questions that Rhoda at Dizzy Stir Asked Me
  1. How many hours a day do you spend writing?  
    Anywhere from 6 to 12 hours.
  2. Who do you have to critique and/or edit your work?
    The Husband
  3. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Being a couch potato.
  4. Why did you start blogging? 
    To find my writing voice again. After years of writing reference and educational materials, I no longer had an idea of what my non non-fiction voice sounded like.
  5. What is your most popular blog post?
    Beats me.
  6. What do you want written on your tombstone?
    She made it into the Library of Congress. Or: Get over yourself already.
  7. What are some of your favorite books to read? (I’m graciously not limiting this to one.) Mysteries, children books, and cookbooks.
  8. If you could have any one super-power, what would it be?
    A super-power that brings on and maintains world peace. (Yeah, I've been influenced by the beauty queens.)
  9. If you could be invisible for a day, would you use your invisibility for evil or good?   Good, but that's from my point of view. 
  10. What would your “last supper” consist of?  
    Fried chicken, 
    boiled bittermelon leaves, sliced tomatoes and green onion, Hawaiian-style macaroni salad, and lemon chiffon cake. 
  11. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    Currently at the top of the list are arrogant and selfish drivers.
The Nominees 
The following bloggers are all participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year. I hope, dear readers, whether or not your part of the A to Z,  you'll go check out these bloggers. 
 My questions to the nominees
  1. What was the fifth fun trip that you have taken?
  2. Name one children's book that you think all adults ought to read and take to heart.
  3. What do you think is one of the worse movies or TV shows ever made?
  4. What fairy tale character do you identify with the most?
  5. What actor would you want to portray you in a movie about your life?
  6. Imagine you've just finished writing a book. What's the title
  7. What do you like the most about blogging?
  8. What has been the most delicious food or dish you've ever eaten?
  9. When you were a kid, what age did you think was really old?
  10. Which would you rather be: a dictator, a DMV clerk, or a miner?
  11. When was the last time you stopped and smelled the roses?
Thanks again, Rhonda, at Dizzy Stir, for the dear honor of presenting me with the Liebster Award. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hopping Trains

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Uncle Frank was the Daddy's younger brother by three years. Both left their home in the Philippines when they were in their early 20s. The Daddy left first in 1928, going to Hawaii as a contracted sugar plantation laborer. Uncle Frank left a year later. He sold his carabao to make his fare for a ship to the United States. After a 28-day trip in third class with 250 other young Filipino men, Uncle Frank landed in Seattle. 

During the late 1970s, I conducted and taped an oral history interview with Uncle Frank. The following is what he said about those first few years (1929-1931) in America. During those early Depression years, he traveled to different states to find work by hopping trains.

Uncle Frank in the 1970s
My ticket was from Philippines to California, but I got no more money so I find a job in Seattle. I saw an advertisement for thinning beets in Minnesota. I apply for the job. We went to a small town, Davenport. I got a little money.

About one month, finish thinning beets, then I went to work on the railroad in Fargo, North Dakota. Two months-and-a-half, I quit. There’s a hobo in the railroad told me go to Minneapolis to work in the meat-packing company. We ride the freight train. We arrive there (but) we got no chance to get a job. I stay two weeks; I spend all my money.

I ride the railroad again. I was traveling with a hobo. I asked him, “Where you gonna go?”

He said, “Butte, Montana.”

“Can I go with you?”

“Yeah. You just pack your blanket, some clothes.” We go on a freight train. It takes three days and two nights to Butte, Montana from Minneapolis.

Before we reach town, the guy jumped down. I’m alone there. I was scared. I just stay on the train till it reach Seattle. . . . I walk to a hotel and ask for a room. “What are you?” someone said.

“I’m Filipino.”

He said, “No. You can’t get room here. You’re too dirty.”

“Can I have a bath then?”

“O.K.” After I take a bath, he gave me a room.

. . .I kept walking the streets. Then I met a Filipino who was working in the mines in Butte, Montana. I asked him I could get a job there. He said, “Oh yes.”

I (work) there about two months. Every day there is an accident in the mine. I quit. I took the freight train from Butte, Montana to Seattle, Washington. I know the city already. I went to work on a farm, about six months. I didn’t like it again.

It (Seattle) was too cold. They say California, the weather’s good. I come to California in 1931. I didn’t know nobody.  Just take a chance. That time I had money; I ride on the bus. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Irresistibly Sweet Award

Alice Audrey gave me that award up there. It was unexpected, and very sweet of her. Thank you, Alice!

So, now it's my turn to play it forward.
The Rules:
List 4 Guilty Pleasures
Reading the afternoon (or evening) away
Buying a mocha latte from Vertigo Cafe
Watching yet another movie made from a Jane Austen book
Taking a nap 
Reward other bloggers
Carmen's Chronicles
JDaniel4's Mom
Quicky Pickings
Widdershins World
Irresistibly Sweethearts, check out sweet Alice's post, if you're not sure about how to handle these blog awards. It surely turned on a light for me.

Monday, October 25, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award

Who doesn't like awards, especially when they are received unexpectedly? I do! 

Last week, blogger Sarah of Sarah Who Reads Too Much surprised me with the One Lovely Blog Award. Whoo-hoo!  Thank you, Sarah, I appreciate the honor.

The award does come with a wonderful catch. I must now play it forward and pass it on to up to 15 other bloggers, which according to past awardees are writers of blogs that I have recently discovered. (What's considered a recent discovery is up to me, since no one else is saying.)

I'm continually finding new blogs to read, many from blog hops, linky parties, and memes in which I participate. The following are my picks of some of the many engaging blogs to which I subscribe. You may find one, several, or all blogs that appeal to you, dear gentle readers. Check 'em out!

And, of course, don't forget to check out Sarah Who Reads Too Much! Thanks again, Sarah!

General Rules for the One Lovely Blog Awardees:
  1. Grab the award from this blog. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who granted you the award and his or her blog link.
  2. Pass the award to up to 15 other blogs that you’ve recently discovered.
  3. Contact the bloggers to let them know that you have chosen them for the One Lovely Blog Award.
  4. Enjoy your award!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My First Summer Craft!

See the teacup bird feeder.

See how cute it is.

I made it. 

That's right. I made it. It's one of the three crafty things I said I'd  make this summer. Yay!

In fact, dear readers, I made three of them. Yes, three! Big time.

One for me. And two for Kathy, my friend since elementary school. I warned her that for her birthday, I was presenting her with a white elephant. He-he.

Making the feeders was easy. Not like I thought it would be when I tried to visualize doing the instructions. Lesson to me, once again: Don't let unfamiliar instructions overwhelm me. Just do it.

Click here for are the instructions by Little Birdie Secrets. I modified the instructions with each teacup to fit the directions for the glue I used as well as what made more sense to me. The results were fine. They passed the once-over from Kathy's husband who is an engineer. And let me tell you he gave it quite a pondering over I was starting to get nervous. Pshew.

The smartest thing I did during the construction process was to wear purple gloves. Otherwise that bit of purple glove that got stuck to the bottom of a saucer would've been my skin.  Again, pshew.

Will I make more? You can count on it. The next one will be a larger plate so that more than one bird can feast at a time. I also want to find other materials for the base.  Crafty Gardener has some interesting ideas at her blog.  Take a look at this page, if you're interested.

The seemingly floating  teacup feeders.

P.S. This is much later. I thought I'd check out some linky parties and joined in at Sugar Bee and All Thingz Related. Check 'em out, yourself. Lots of good handcrafting going on.

P.P.S. Today, Thursday, I joined the link party at Somewhat Special. These link parties are fun. Try 'em sometime, if you haven't.

All Thingz Related


Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Craftsgal Wanna Be

That's right, I admit it. I'm a craftsgal wanna be.

When I was younger and lived in San Francisco, I thought it would be so cool to sell my handcrafted wares on the sidewalks. It didn't matter that I had no wares or skills.  I've been daydreaming again about selling my handcrafted wares, but this time at farmers markets and online at  Still, no wares and no skills.

When I get tired of writing, I visit crafts blogs. Sewing, knitting, beading, whatever. I especially like the blogs by crafts ladies who repurpose old stuff into fantastic things that I want to make, such as clutch purses out of used skirts.

Last fall, I finally had the space and time to try my hand at crafting. My first attempt was a hedgehog. That's it in the photo. It only has one eye.

Next, I made was a pinwheel. I go gaga over pinwheels. They're what I associate with Fourth of July and family picnics. One day, I would like to learn to weld so that I can create one crazy gigantic pinwheel, which I would stick in the front yard to the neighbors' horror.

Feeling a bit confident, I moved on to sewing cloth napkins. I made 10, including a few patchwork ones. Only three have ripped.  From that experience, I made an ambitious jump to sewing Christmas gifts. More napkins. A few grocery bags. An apron. Pencil rolls. Fabric holders for take-away coffee cups.

That was December. Since then, I've done nothing more than bookmarking blogs and downloading instructions and patterns. But, that's gonna change. This summer I've decided to be ambitious again and make one or more of these three things: 

Tee-shirt bag. At least seven of the husband's abandoned tee-shirts are waiting in a box for this project. There used to a few more, but I took them for my own use. The blog Wild Onion has a tutorial that sounds easy to follow.

Fabric produce bag. The mama will definitely think I've gone overboard when she sees me make these. Oh well. If anything, she'll bring out her stash of sheer curtains for me to use. Wisdom of the Moon gives instructions for making these bags. I like that there are pictures.

Teacup bird feeder.  Doesn't that just sound cute? The ones at Little Birdie Secrets are adorable. I want to make a whole bunch of them. We have quite a few birds hanging around our place. The instructions for making them sound like fun. 

Stay tuned for the results.