Sunshine Blogger Award

 I would like to thank Jo-Ann over at Inspiration Pie , because this sweet woman has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you so much Jo-Ann!  This is a sweet thing for you to do and an honor for me!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Jo-Ann’s Questions:

  1. What is your ideal vacation?

Being an introvert, my idea of a vacation is usually one where I can spend time in peace and quiet.  I love time in the country.  Just me and Mother Nature.  Well, and maybe my dog.  🙂

2.What do you love about yourself?

I like to think that I am a kind person.  I guess that would be the One thing I love about me.

3.What do wish you could change about yourself?

I would go back in time and tell my younger self to NOT be in such a hurry to grow up!!

4. What book are you reading now?

I’m about half way through Stephen King’s 11/22/63.  It’s about a man that travels back in time with the intention of preventing President Kennedy’s assassination.  Pretty good so far!

5.What keeps you blogging?

A couple of things.  I really enjoy the interaction of the other bloggers in the community!  This also gives me an outlet for creativity and expression.

6. You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?

I am probably curled up reading a good book or watching a movie.

7. Do you have pets?  

Yes, my little dog, Rocket is a constant source of inspiration for my writing and my best friend.

8. Favourite pizza toppings?

Sausage and bacon.  Oh, and Cheese!  Lots and lots of Cheese!

9. Coffee, tea or wine or other?

Either Coffee or Iced Tea.

10. What is your favourite season?

Spring!  I love the rebirth of everything!

11. What is your favourite book genre?

I lean toward suspense and thrillers.


I am going to shamelessly steal a wonderful idea I saw on Jessica Bakkers Blog. If you are not familiar with her work, you are missing a real treat.  This woman is incredibly talented.  Please take a look at her blog and Enjoy!

This is my shameless steal from Jessica: I’m going to try something a little unconventional in the nomination process; I’m throwing it open to ALL of my Followers, especially those who may be following me quietly in the background but have yet to pop up and comment. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the community!!

I think this is a great idea for those of you that may be new here.  Let’s hear from you!

Thank you again Jo-Ann. This has been a fun post and I am honored that you thought of me!



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Muse, Friend, Companion and Spoiled Baby

I’ve written about my little dog, Rocket, several times here.  He is pretty much my constant companion and a never ending source of inspiration.

I decided I needed a proper work area for my writing.  Figuring that I would be more productive.  So I came up with this:

It’s working out pretty well.  It gets me away from the TV and it’s much better on my back than sitting hunched over the keyboard in my lap, or sitting up in bed.  Although I am still looking for a better chair.

Usually, while I’m writing, Rocket is right there beside me, snuggled up against my side.  He asks only for the occasional scratch or a tummy rub and a few words of adoration.  That’s very little in payment, considering the muse that he has become.

The table pictured above, is in my dining room.  Rocket is not very happy with the new arrangement.  He has come to the doorway several times, looking up at me quizzically, making a few tiny sounds to get my attention.  (he’s Very quiet)

He finally moved off to do his own thing and left me to get back to my writing.  I’m plucking away at the keyboard, deep in thought, when I look up and see this:

 I guess Rocket decided that if he couldn’t be with me, he could at least watch me.

This of course pulled at my heart strings.  I got up, gave Rocket an affectionate rub and put my walking shoes on.  This had Rocket dancing around me in delight!  Going for a walk is one of his favorite things to do.

A small price to pay for such a happy and inspirational muse.

Rocket is tuckered out after his walk.  He’s taking a nap.  But I know once he wakes up, he will again be staring a hole in me, wanting to be by my side.  It’s pretty easy to see how we can spoil our pets.

Maybe I can put one of his little beds under the table here at my feet.  Hmmmm…..

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HarsH ReaLiTy 4.0

If you haven’t experienced Jason’s blog at Harsh Reality, you are missing a real treat. Jason blogs about his life. What’s happening in it, or what’s pissing him off that day. You never know what to expect. His posts are raw, real and irreverent. He will also occasionally surprise his audience with beautiful poetry!  Jason’s blog is one of my favorites because I know I can always count on him to be honest, no matter what is happening in his life. Please take a few minutes to look at his site. I promise you will come away, not only delighted, but often shaking your head in bewilderment. A real treat, I assure you. Enjoy!

HarsH ReaLiTy

Angry: When did this website turn into the pansy site?

Goodness: We are trying to be a better person. Posting quality things and not antagonistic garbage.

Angry: … … Who The Fuck Are You??? Who the fuck is this? Where did he come from? Has he always been here?

Happiness: Oh that’s my cousin… I thought I told you guys I was going to invite him over… Doesn’t he just round out our merry little band here? I feel the love. Where is love?

Angry: Holy shit. Two of you. Fuck my life.

Drunk: This is why I drink. And I agree this blog has gone to shit.

Goodness: I brought my guitar!

Happiness: Goodie!!!

Goodness: Who wants to sing?

Angry: Oh you have got to be fucking kidding me…


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Guest Post by Penny Wilson – ‘Wish Upon A Star’

The Sweet miss Jessica Bakkers has allowed me to be a guest blogger on her wonderful site! I am thrilled to do this. Jessica has an amazing variety of writing on her blog. Be sure to check it out while you are there.

Thank you, Thank you Jess!!
Big Hugs!

Jessica Bakkers

Penny Wilson of Penny Lane’s Thoughtsvery kindly offered to guest post one of her amazing short stories on my site. Please enjoy Penny’s ‘Wish Upon A Star.’

I awoke with a start, gasping for air. I untangled myself from the sheets and flung them aside as I stood next to the bed.

I looked around the dark room, blinking, rubbing my eyes. I was still foggy from sleep. You were here. In my arms, in my bed. I know you were!

My pulse was still racing. My hand shook as I reached for the water glass on the night stand.I wiped the sweat from my forehead with the back of my hand. It was a warm spring evening. But not warm enough for my gown to get soaked from sweat.

I shook my head, trying to clear it. It couldn’t be! You were long gone. Dead. You had…

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A Bump in the Night by Penny Lane

A Big Thank You to Mae Clair for allowing me the honor of Guest Posting on her Blog! She is an amazing talent! Be sure to give her blog a look!
Thank you again Mae! Big hug!

From the Pen of Mae Clair

I have a new guest I’d like to introduce you to today. Penny is a blogger I met through Jess Bakkers. She is a free-lance writer with quite an interesting background. You can meet her and learn about her background on her blog, Penny Lane’s Thoughts.

In reaching out and making new friends, Penny is offering to do guest posts. It’s always nice to have someone new drop by my blog to meet my friends and readers. Hopefully, a few of Penny’s followers will meander over here as well. It’s how bloggers connect and expand their inner circles. I told her my regular readers were used to seeing content related to folklore, myth, or creatures (among writing topics), so she put together a short story to share.

I hope you enjoy, and will welcome Penny with your thoughts in the comments.


By Penny…

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Robin’s Nest-Versatile Blogger

I’m embarrassed to say that this has been sitting as a DRAFT!  I apologize to Robin at the Robin Nest for not getting it posted before!   

My friend Robin accepted my nomination for her for the Versatile Blogger Award.   Please check out her post and while your there be sure to look around Robin’s Bog.  She writes on a variety of subjects and you will be sure to find something interesting there!  Thank you again Robin!

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Dust If You Must

Wise words!

Waggy Tales


Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better

To paint a picture, or write a letter,

Bake a cake, or plant a seed;

Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,

With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;

Music to hear, and books to read;

Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there

With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;

A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,

This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

Old age will come and it’s not kind.

And when you go (and go you must)

You, yourself, will make more dust.

By Rose Milligan

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This is my favourite poem, introduced to me by my grandma many years ago. In my youthful naivety, I…

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