Michael awarded me this honor several weeks ago. I promised to follow the rules. I will do the best I can, Michael. Thank you for your gracious award and for your Mother Teresa speech. I love you. You can find the thoroughly mischievous Michael at http://blissfuladventurer.wordpress.com.
And the rules are:
- Thank and link to the person who awarded you.
- Share seven random facts about yourself.
- Pass the award on to more blogging friends.
- Contact those friends with the link and congratulate them!
- Post your award with pride.
Thank you, Michael. I fully intend to express my gratitude further by sending the very best bottle of wine I can find at the H.E.B. Grocery Store.
Seven Rather Random Things You Know About Me Already Or Have Guessed By Now:
1. CT Scan of my brain on blogging (the happy equivalent of a garage mop):
2. The little girl who writes this blog. She really does. The same little girl who reported to her first grade teacher that some of the kids had their eyes open during the morning prayer. Mrs. Lattimore told the story to my mother and me at a visit to her home when she was very elderly. She said she never forgot those curious eyes. She was being very nicely euphemistic, of course.
3. I made concrete septic tanks. Yes, from scratch. Lots of them starting in 1979. Dean and I started a company called Victoria Precision Products, Inc. We bought ready-mix cement back then from a local plant. It was delivered and poured into steel forms. A neighbor boy and I directed the pouring, vibrated the mix with hand-held stick vibrators so it filled the area around the core of the form equally, leveled the top, inserted the steel rebar at precisely the correct angles to provide strength and sprayed the tanks with water to prevent fast drying cracks when it was too hot. There are many other details involved in making a concrete tank, but that is way TMI for this post. Suffice it to say that I lost twenty pounds that first summer working on a concrete slab in the sun.
4. I was an English teacher in a public school in the little mountain town of Marion, North Carolina for five years after college.
5. I was a social worker for years, in Marion and in Greensboro, North Carolina, and later in Victoria, Texas before I quit to go into business with my husband.
6. I am nocturnal like Che. We stay up all night and sleep all day.
7. My seventieth birthday will happen on May 21, 2012 regardless of any opinion I might have about it. I deeply regret my failure to commission a portrait to commemorate the occasion. However, I offer a watercolor portrait of one of my previous seventieth birthdays. The link will take you to the charming story behind the portrait. It is far more interesting than my present birthday will be, no doubt.
Now, for the impossible. How to nominate people for this award? I don’t follow people who are not interesting and versatile and funny and bright. Those people inspire and astound and amuse and entertain and educate me. All of you. I know everybody says that, but it’s probably true for everybody who says it. It’s certainly true for me. Everyone I know has received numerous awards and/or would be grateful not to receive another one. I suppose I will pick at random and hope you will simply do with it whatever you like. Nothing is required of you. I wish I knew some new bloggers whom I could encourage, but I have been remiss in checking them out. Sigh… Perhaps, you know someone who could use an award. When I thought about the awards some of you have been kind enough to bestow on me, I remember my first post here. It was a NASA picture of the day. No text. Nothing. I was testing the water. For a long time, nobody liked or commented on my posts. Then a couple of you started hitting the like button. I suppose I was encouraged enough to keep posting. I told myself that my posts would be a record of things I thought about or enjoyed. A record to pass along to my grandson. Most of you are young. You are still making your way in the world. Approval is more important to you as is exposure of your wonderful work. I wish I could publish all of you. If I Were A Rich Man, Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum, that’s precisely what I would do. And what fun that would be!
Heifer 12×12 ( http://heifer12x12.com/) Twelve countries in twelve months. Beautiful photography and lots and lots of information.
“Lady D” is an intellectual giant. She is a thoroughly kind and decent human being too. There is no blog like hers.
) This young woman is a genius. Period. While you are there, don’t miss her KofeArt gallery of illustrations.
There are so many more of you. However, if I don’t publish this thing right now, I never will. This is the post in which I could not fix the little thumbnails to the right place on the side. If I touch one, I know they’ll all fly right back where they were! I don’t dare to try to add even ONE MORE.