Wow, lots to catch up on, and I am trying my best. Ok, let’s try to keep it short on this side (yeah, HA).
1 – Lee is home but having Home Care each day to come in and change those bandages on her leg. She can’t make the steps so a couple of us do the errands each day. Now normally, her daughter would have done this, but she had knee surgery the very day Lee was put into the hospital. I tell ya when it rains it pours. Anyway, things are just very busy, and I haven’t had more than a few seconds to breeze by and even comment on a few of your posts.
2 – I saw a note from Kimmy (TnNature Photography http://tnnature.blogspot.com/). Good gracious, Kimmy, a thousand blessings to you. As you’ve all seen, you supposed to tell 7 things about yourself and then name the next 15 to pass it on to and so on. I think it’s really nice because without too much work, it should make it around to all of us in a short period of time. It’s a great way to get to know little bitty things that normally wouldn’t even make the page :)
My 7 things are: Like Kimmy, I go barefoot with every breath. I hate shoes. Hated clothes when I was a toddler, but that’s another story, so my lips are zipped for now. Suffice it to say, a belt was enough.
I am an only child, but I was never, ever spoiled. I had hand-me-down clothes all the way through school and never had a brand new dress of my own until I went to work after college. Wow, that dress was something else! But can you imagine your first new dress at 21?
I have been married more than once, more than twice and finally figured out that it just wasn’t for me. I’m just too much of a sucker for a sad song. So, friends, yes, pets, yes, husbands, NO.
I have friends, male and female, from when I was 4 yrs old and they are still my friends today. How lucky is that! They are the best!
I don’t have any kids. That was not by choice, it was by a killer emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix and that was the end of that. Supporting the thing about kids, I transferred all that mommy-love to animals. I’ll bet I can out do all of you for the number of critters in bed with me at one time. Try (seriously) 9 cats, 2 dogs, 5 raccoons, 2 birds, and 2 squirrels ALL in the sack with me without any fussing or fighting going on. Amazing and absolutely true. I had to vacuum every single day and it was a kick to see all the matching placemats on the kitchen floor. The cats all lived to 20 except for one that only lived to 17. The dogs lived to 15 and 17 and the life spans of the rest were incredible. I was so, so lucky, and half dead from keeping everything spotless.
I was the US Champion for women’s duckpin bowling wayyyy back in 1963, and I was also the youngest person ever to be accepted to the NY Ballet. That’s a story in itself for another time.
I was my mom’s sole caregiver at the end of her life. She had 4 kinds of cancer and we never knew it until a month before she died. I made sure she was in no pain, looked absolutely fabulous until her last breath, and she died in my arms. My last words to her were, “Mom, I love you so much”, and she said, “Oh my darling daughter, I love you, too”. There are some things you just never forget. The unfortunate thing is that now it’s a year and a half since she died and I still fall apart at the drop of a hat. I need to talk to someone and I will --- If I can just finish all the paperwork and repairs first. I feel like my own countdown is very close and it’s so scary. I’m going as fast as I can on all the stuff that needs to be finished. Most of all, I worry about Sam & Lucy if anything should happen to me. I need to find somebody really young to take over. Sheesh. Enough already. Sorry, but it’s true, it’s what is on my mind every single day.
Last but not least, I love anything edible. What a shame ;) There aren’t even a handful of things I don’t like. Luckily, I’m a wham bam great cook and have been told many times I should open a restaurant. The shame is, I never write any of my recipes down, they’re just in my taste buds when I’m standing at the stove.
NOW……Ok, the next step is to pass the award to 15 recently discovered bloggers. I’ll do that, although I’m not happy not to pass it on to about 50 or so. The list is at the bottom of this post. I will go to their page and let them know and then they can agonize like I’ve just done. Awards are nice, but in my own mind it’s not an award of “bloggedness”, instead, it’s a great way to pass on those 7 personal things to everyone and that way get to know the inner workings of each other better. There, done. Now go check your own comments and see if I’m there with this Stylish Blogger Award. If you see it, you’re supposed to name your 15 and also link back to me (jennydshappyhours.blogspot.com) . Man, this is tough!
And Kimmy, THANK YOU, sweet thing! XOXOXO
3 – Last but not least, I am trying my best to keep up, but with all the errands it’s tough right now, so if you don’t see me typing away in your comments, understand that I’ll be there later.
4 – Our Sally (Whispering Hope) wrote the greatest book about her brother and she was SO nice to send it to me. You have got to check this out on Amazon: The Spirit Beside Me by Sally N. Crowe. This tribute to her brother PLUS a cd of such a song is breath taking! Go check it out.
5 – Another blogger, Alex Roman (Poetry After Noon), has written 2 books that are outstanding detective mysteries. The Superman Project, A Chico Santana Mystery, and China Town Angel. You must check these out on Amazon as well. Super duper reading! Hey, Pen, you know Alex :)
6 – My cat blog is going just fine and I’m enjoying being the secretary to Lucy and Sam’s mewsings. They have lots to say and have made a number of friends already on their page. One of their human friends there makes the most wonderful mats for cats and Sam & Lucy have 1 coming for each of them this week PLUS a new birdie toy stuffed with catnip. Hey, if you have cats, you know how great this is.
7 – Oh shoot, I might as well add one last thing to the list of “about me” stuff. I have no middle name. It was tradition on my dad’s side of the family for women to forego middle names. The reason is that once they married, their maiden name would become their middle name (or initial) and the original middle name was out the window. So, not one woman had a middle name including myself.
Jodi at N8tureNut: http://n8ur-nut.blogspot.com
Pen again for: http://penpusherpen.wordpress.com
Mike Jackson: http://mj51day.wordpress.com
PLEASE know that I see this award as only a way to “pay it forward”, not as a way to hold any higher than the rest. We ALL have something to say. Some have subject topics to discuss, some have family things, and some have this blogosphere as a way to write a mass letter, so to speak, to our friends all over the world. All of the avenues are just wonderful and isn’t it astounding that we can do this! I figure in a month or so, everyone we know will have this Stylish Blogger Award posted on their page, and rightly so. You can pick it up here. Right click, save as, and then add it to your own page.
Ok…..have your eyeballs dried up and rolled back into your head now? I’ll bet they have. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be awful weather and I’ll be home for the day. My plan is to do a blog walk, or at least as many pages as I can read since I have the human blog and the cat blog to keep up with now (thanks, Carole xxx). So I am signing off of this page this evening and will see you tomorrow!