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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.

Horror!

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…

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. Th…

Yes, Yeah, Yep.

"Yes!"
". . .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.

Yeah.
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.

Yep.
Halfway through the A to Z Blogging Challenge, Rhonda at Dizzy Stir nominate…

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. 
Post the award on her/his blog. Thankthe nominator and link back to his or her blog.Write  11 random facts about yourself.Answer 11 questions aboutyourself that the nominator has asked.Nominate 11 fellow bloggers participating in the Blogging from A to Z …

Hopping Trains

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 withUncle 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.


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 r…

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.

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!

A Matter of Opinion Bungalow '56
Chaotically Me Crunchy Betty Miranda
Moments of Whimsy Monterey Daily Photo My Life as a Domestic Nerd Naked Without Books Off on My Tangent Outwardly Pl…

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 cons…

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 etsy.com.  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…