A Sincere Apology and Genuine Appreciation

I want all of you who stop by my blog, regularly or just one time, to know how much I appreciate your sharing with me. Those who come by here regularly know that this is more than mere writing practice and sharing photos for me. I keep this blog as a way to let out and to share the storms and the sunny days, the struggles and the triumphs of my personal journey. I am indebted to all of you for taking the time to share in the journey, and those of you who have reached out to me in kindness and care, please know how much that has meant, and means to me. I don’t say it enough, but I always, always recognize it. Thank you.

I have been getting behind on responding to comments, and I am sorry. This is been a busy (and difficult) time for me, and I am doing my best to keep my head above water. I promise to get caught up as soon as I am able.

Along that same line, some very generous bloggers have nominated me for quite a few awards, and I feel just terrible that I have not been more prompt and thorough in my response. First of all, THANK YOU. It means a great deal to me to be nominated for any award, any time. I still can’t believe anyone is interested in reading what I have to write and looking at my photos! Please know that I do genuinely appreciate every one of the nominations.

Some of the awards I have been nominated for (some of which I have received nominations for before, if they sound familiar) are the Leibster Award. the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (thank you!), the Super Sweet Blogger Award (:D), and the Blog of the Year (Wow! Thank you!!!). All of these have special requirements which I am sorry to say I just do not have time to do right now with so much piled up waiting for me to take care of. But I did want to say a huge thank you and express my appreciation.

These awards always ask for the nominee to name or nominate other blogs, so I will take this end of year opportunity to recommend some blogs and to say thank you to these special bloggers who have been not only readers but friends to me in this WordPress Universe.













Two More Award Nominations (Thank You!!!!)

I am overwhelmed with the support and encouragement I have gotten from this Word Press community. I have gotten two new award nominations:

The Shine On Blog Award

The Super Duper Sweet Blogging Award

I genuinely appreciate this recognition. It was difficult for me to share my writing at first, because I am such an introvert, but this community is so encouraging and supportive!

I have shared so many facts about myself already…..nobody wants to hear more!  I am happy, however, to share more blogs that you might want to go check out:








Thank you, everyone, for continuing to share ❤


Awards! (and apologies)

I realize that I have not been back to my “About” page in quite awhile, and I found all sorts of unanswered posts there. I’m sorry!  My brain feels like that most of the time, as if it is full of unanswered posts. I promise to get to all of them today. In there, I found that I had been nominated for a number of awards….THANK YOU!

Sunshine Award

Best Moment Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Epically Awesome Award Of Epic Awesomeness

Thank you, nominators! I do appreciate the recognition you have given me, and I apologize for my lapse in responding.  All of these awards require some sort of providing information about yourself and then recommending other blogs, so I will condense into one post.

Some facts about me:

1. I love blue – every shade of blue. I love the way it looks, the way it smells, tastes, feels, and especially the way it sounds. I imagine myself to be blue.

2. Everyone I know, writers and poets, are drawn to the moon. I love the sun. You will find I write about the sun a lot.

3. I talk to animals. They speak back to me.

4. I don’t like too much noise. But I don’t like silence for too long.

5. I love horses and elephants.

6. One of my favorite things to do is watch the clouds.

7. I am an empath; I pick up the emotions of people around me.

8. I am an INFP (MBTI, for those who are familiar)

9. I love daisies, sunflowers, and all wildflowers (which I identify with)

10. It is difficult for me to write facts about myself!!!

Recommending blogs is much easier!  There are so many great ones out there. Please forgive me if I miss yours. It does not mean I don’t appreciate it.  Here are some of my favorites:

















There are many more I could share, and I will try to do so more regularly. Again, thank you for these awards. I do genuinely appreciate it!


Liebster Blog Award

http://beeseeker.wordpress.com and http://iggandfriends.wordpress.com/ have both nominate me for the Liebster Award.



Thank you!  I am both humbled and appreciative.  This is just a small effort to share my poems and photography, in the hopes that someone can relate to them, and something like this makes me feel that, in some way, I am connecting with other people. Thank you!

The Rules:

1) Paste the award picture into your blog.

2) Write up 11 NEW questions directed towards your nominees.

3) When you receive the award, you must post 11 random facts about yourself.

4) Pass the award onto 11 other blogs and let them know.

So, here we go.  I am not so good at this, being an introvert, but I will try.  11 random facts about myself…let’s see….

1.  I have a passion for photography and usually always have a camera with me.

2.  I live near the ocean but would rather live in the mountains.

3.  I dream of traveling the world.

4.  I was a state champion horseback rider (jumping)

5.  I love (American) football

6.  My favorite color is blue.

7.  I love roller coasters and go on as many as possible.

8.  I can’t stand to be in large crowds

10. sunset is my favorite time of day

11. I talk to angels


Ok, next the questions I have to answer:


1.What keeps you awake at night?

I worry about things a lot – too much – usually things I have to control over.  I am working on this.

2. Recommend a ghost story, suitable for a winter evening.

It’s not really a ghost story, but read The Long Walk by Stephen King. I promise you it will haunt you.

3. What has been your favourite moment of 2012?

Hiking down into the Grand Canyon this summer

4. What is your favourite quote and why?

“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” (C.S. Lewis)  I think this says it all in life.

5. What kind of doodler are you?

I doodle words.

6. Your favourite all-time comic character?

Woodstock (from Snoopy)

7. Something you wish you had learned earlier.

Things will happen in their own time, not when I want them to happen.

8. The question you always wanted to answer – but, dammit – nobody ever asked ?

I avoid answering questions, so I am happy when no one asks me anything!

9. What musical instrument ahve you tried to learn toplay (how successful have you been – so far)?

I used to play clarinet. I was not good at it. I always wished I could play the guitar.

10. At what time of day are you most active?

definitely night time….I wish I could stay up all night and sleep all day

11. Which two fictional characters would invite to dinner (where would you go?)

I would take Holden Caulfield and Juliet (from Romeo and Juliet).  We would just sit at Starbucks and talk.  I have questions I’d like to ask both of them!


Next, my new questions:

1.  If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?

2.  What place do you find most captivating?

3.  What are your aspirations as a writer/photographer/artist/blogger?

4.  What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

5.  What is your biggest regret?

6.  What would do if you weren’t afraid?

7.  If you had to move to a country other than the one you are living in, which country would you choose?

8.  What is your all-time favorite book?

9.  What type of music do you prefer?

10. What blog post (by another) stays most vivid in your mind?

11.  What is your one most favorite word?

Next: nominees…this is hard because there are so many wonderful blogs, and also difficult, not knowing who has already been nominated for what and who does not “do” awards, but I am going to “wing” it and give a shout out to some very worthy blogs that I recommend:













The Very Inspiring Blogger Award



I am so pleased and happy that I have been nominated by secondhalfwoman (http://secondhalfwoman.wordpress.com) for the The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I do so appreciate the recognition and encouragement!

Rules of this award are as follows:

1. Link back to the blogger that awarded you.

2.  Nominate 15 other bloggers.

3. Share 7 facts about yourself.

I have put the link back to secondhalfwoman’s blog.  It’s great – you should go check it out!  Here are 15 other blogs (of many, many) that I enjoy:

1. http://photosbywyatt.wordpress.com/

2. http://hikingphoto.com/

3. http://dsatellite.wordpress.com/

4. http://missrosen.wordpress.com/

5. http://pamtanzey.wordpress.com/

6. http://scottiechronicles.com/

7. http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/34647045/

8. http://shadesofclaire.wordpress.com/

9. http://apronhead.wordpress.com/

10. http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/40501865/

11. http://wordpress.com/#!/read/blog/id/36750569/

12. http://sickocean.wordpress.com/

13. http://cobbledtoolbox.wordpress.com/

14. http://thoughtsfromtheoutdoors.wordpress.com/

15. http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

 Now for the hard part…..7 facts about myself….this won’t be easy for me.  Let’s see…

1. I have survived brain surgery (craniotomy) once already, but my brain tumor has re-grown.

2. I am an animal lover, with a particular fondness for dogs, horses, and donkeys.

3. I can “read” people.

4. My three favorite places are Alaska, Sedona AZ, and the northern coast of France.

5. I love pizza.

6. I know people I have never met.

7. I want to get a book published so there is something left behind for my daughters when I am gone.

Thanks again for this opportunity and nomination.  Wordpress has been a real gift to me!