Wednesday: My Challenge: Keeping Up!

My only challenge today is trying to keep up with things!  I want to thank several people for nominating me for awards.  I am so honored, and so guilty because I haven’t followed through with them for about a month. sineonaward Actually, I have been graciously nominated for the Shine On Award by Marie  mariemom_1357015832_07 Go on over to check out her blog. In the meantime, here are the rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog page.
  2. Link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
  3. Tell seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers who are deserving of this award.

Seven things about myself:

  1. I pruned my huge tomato plants and ate fresh cherry tomatoes for breakfast.
  2. I met another Marsha at a party for my husband’s boss last night.
  3. I have a new love in my life – a neighbor horse who now comes up to the fence when I walk on her road.  She rests her chin on my shoulder while I pet her ears.  I don’t even know her name.
  4. My office junk room is still clean, and I found stuff that was lost!  🙂  Yay!
  5. I love writing all my posts, and they seem like my best posts ever until about 2 months later when I reread them and find errors.
  6. I got a call from a salesperson from a timeshare yesterday. He had wrong information on me, so I told him to call me back when he had his act together.  (Who does that?)   He called me back.  We had a fun chat.  He asked what line of work I did, and what my husband did.  He guessed that maybe my husband was a minister – someone opposite me!  I laughed.  He told me he wasn’t calling me a devil or anything.  I laughed some more.  My first husband was a minister.
  7. My most frequent visitor and referrer on my blogpost blog is “vampirestat”  hmmm

My 10 choices of blogs are: 

  1. J T Weaver
  2. char
  3. ytaba36
  4. El Guapo
  5. viveka
  6. Rexlin Victor
  7. RoSy
  8. Pride in Photos Photography
  9. Alastair
  10. benzeknees
  11. Darla

Gabriel LucateroAnother award came from Gabriel Lucatero.  Thanks so much Gabriel!  Gabriel is an author of quite a few books both fiction and non-fiction.  On his blog he does a lot of advice writing about relationships.  Men, he has some very accurate advice for you about women – in my opinion.  So thanks again, Gabriel!   What a surprise!  🙂 award Another good blogging friend, JT Weaverjt has honored me with two awards:  Most Influential Blogger and the WordPress Family Award most-influential-blogger-1 One thing I like about receiving awards from men is that they don’t always have the rules, so it is really no muss, no fuss!  I love awards, and I love reading what people write to let us get to know them better, today is the perfect day for a no fuss award.  Thanks JT!  🙂 wordpress-family-award-1 Finally, The Story Reading Ape has nominated me for the Liebster Award.  This one has rules.  Don’t you love his picture? me-and-my-first-book-logo

Here are the rules

1. List eleven random facts about me.

  1. We didn’t own a TV until I was 7.
  2. I have a hair appointment in 45 minutes, so I’m not going to get this done before I go.
  3. It was fun to see my husband’s picture in the local newspaper this morning.
  4. I get a lot of training even in retirement, and I still don’t know it all!
  5. I wasn’t done with the bowl of pistachios that my husband just took away from me.
  6. We didn’t have air conditioning when I was young.  There was a large fan in the window of the garage that was supposed to remove all the hot air.  It didn’t.  My dad was a design engineer who designed air conditioners.
  7. I passed out the Kiwanis “What’s Happening in the Foothills” magazine out at shops, the hospital and doctor’s offices yesterday.  It was amazing how happy people were to get the magazine.
  8. My friend Janice who now lives in TN visited last week, and got me up at 5:30 a.m. to walk two days in a row.
  9. Manny is having fun in Spain.
  10. The ridges in my fingernails are really bugging me!  My nails need polish.  🙂
  11. I used to eat soft chocolate ice cream and french fries for lunch almost every day, and I weighed about 105 pounds at 5’5″ tall.  I still like both.

2. Nominate eleven bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award. 3. Notify the bloggers. 4. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the nomination. 5. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated. 6. Link back to the person who nominated you.  Here are Story Reading Ape’s Questions 1. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?  I love Adam Sandler.  It doesn’t seem to matter which one he’s in.  They are all funny! 🙂 2. What’s your earliest memory?  At what age?  When I was very young, I could remember way back (like 2 years).  Now the memories are mixed up together.  Let’s see, was I two or was I 16?  hmmm  Just kidding, but those early preschool days ran together.  I remember the drawer at Grandma’s that had all MY stuff in it. – A map puzzle with South Carolina worn off and I colored the rough cardboard backing yellow like the state had been, a pop bracelet, Crayola 24 count crayons in a black box, pink freezer paper to keep me occupied for hours, and a cow thingy that mooed when I turned it upside down –  Grandma never threw anything away, and I started going there when I was 0.  She got rid of the drawer when she moved in with my mom when I was 33, so you tell me how old I was.  🙂 3. What was your favorite subject in school? I loved reading even more than writing. 4. Have you EVER had a need for algebra away from the school environment?  I’m sure I have…. Ops really, …no.  I wasn’t an engineer, but I did tutor teachers and students in algebra as a history consultant.  (Yeah, I don’t get it either!)  🙂 5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up)? The picture I thought was the most overpriced was a huge canvas in Paris, the size of my office painted nothing but bluest blue.  That’s it.  I could have done that and I can’t draw!  🙂 6. Most enjoyable book?  I look around my library and love so many books for such different reasons.  I think I enjoyed Anna Karenina the most because I spent time analyzing it.  I also enjoyed David Copperfield for the same reason 7. Have you ever spent money on something you’ve really wanted although you could hardly afford it at the time?  All the time!  🙂  Yikes!  🙂  Let’s don’t go there, ok? 8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain?  Danced, no, got stuck in it, yes!  I lived in Portland, Oregon.  I didn’t like walking in the rain.  As I ran across the busy street to catch a bus, a man beckoned me from his car.  I thought I knew him.  He said, “Hop in, I’ll take you home.”  I really thought he was someone I knew from high school, Bill somebody.  Glad for the ride, I scooted in as his girlfriend moved to the back seat.  As soon as I got in, I realized I had made a mistake, and I didn’t know him.  It was still raining outside. 9. What country would you like to visit that you haven’t?  I would love to go to Australia and visit my new blogging friends, and also to Spain, and Sweden. 10. What makes you grumpy?  Unfortunately, lots of things have that potential.  The worst is when I am expecting something to go a certain way, and it doesn’t work out that way.  For example, I used to sew and knit a lot.  I get very grumpy when I put stitches where they shouldn’t be and I can’t get my arm in the sleeve.  Worse, I put buttonholes on the wrong side, and cut them open.  That makes me crazy!  🙂 11. What’s your GO TO switch to make you feel better on a gray day?  Exercise helps, so does housekeeping.  Anything physical.  I get restless on a gray day, and even if I have lots to do, I might not get them done if I get gray along with the day! Here are my 11 choices:

  1. Maddie Cochere
  3. Jilanne Hoffmann
  4. Andrew
  5. Mariane
  6. Marie @ MyMomThoughts
  7. viveka
  8. When in New Places
  9. Shakti Ghosal
  10. barbarafranken
  11. SimplySage

I’m going to use the same questions for you. 1. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen? 2. What’s your earliest memory? 3. What was your favorite subject in school? 4. Have you EVER had a need for algebra away from the school environment? 5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up)? 6. Most enjoyable book? 7. Have you ever spent money on something you’ve really wanted although you could hardly afford it at the time? 8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain? 9. What country would you like to visit that you haven’t? 10. What makes you grumpy? 11. What’s your GO TO switch to make you feel better on a gray day?

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here.

44 thoughts on “Wednesday: My Challenge: Keeping Up!”

  1. Wow! You are the award queen today. And I’m with you on the chocolate ice cream and fries for lunch. Fabulous! Thanks for the Shine-On Award. I haven’t ever got that one yet.


    1. That was a new one for me, too! So today my diet is steel cut oats and hard boiled eggs. I’ve got to make room in my clothes for those ice cream binges. oops I did have chocolate yogurt last night for dinner – no fries! 🙂


  2. CONGRATULATIONS lovely Marsha!! Thank you so much for the nomination, you’re too sweet/kind/lovely/wonderful! I’m so happy to have met you and your openhearted nature, you’re truly a pleasure to know.
    Many, many thanks, my friend! 🙂


    1. You are welcome, Andrea. I hope things are going well. I spent a bit of time reading your blog yesterday, but I confess I’m not able to keep up on a daily basis. Thanks for being part of my life! 🙂


  3. Congratulations for you first of all …. so well deserved – and congratulations to my fellow nominees.
    Marsha, thank you so much for passing it on to me …. Very thoughtful of you – I’m not very good on awards, love to get them … but so bad to pass them on – will try a lot hard from now on, when all this with mom is settled. Once again – Big Thanks.


  4. Marsha… Thank you so so much for my FIRST award nomination… you are so kind and you have to know how much I appreciate it… woow it’s happened… but I had promised myself that I wouldn’t get into accepting and giving awards for a few reasons, but the major reason is TIME… I promised myself to spend a lot of ‘me time’ and I really have to follow through… I will create a small heart especially for you as a thankyou and put it on my blog with a small message of Thank You but no awards please… I will link it back here when I’ve completed it… Thanks again Marsha, you’re just great…


  5. So many things I found touching, first you telling me about your great grandfather in Fall Creek…so funny my friend. Loved that. Then you share your conversation with the salesman….who does this? You had me laughing instantly with this story. Thank you for the nomination…feel very honored.


    1. Well you are a fellow Hoosier! And besides your post just evoked those thoughts. How could I not share with you! There aren’t many Hoosiers here in California. 🙂 You are very welcome! 🙂


  6. Thanks for the lovely award Marsha – this is a new one for me! I certainly appreciate your nomination. These things tend to come in cycles & I have had to write posts for multiple awards, like you. Thanks again!


    1. Thanks, Sylvia. 🙂 I finally got around to doing a post. Now I feel somewhat caught up again. Manny is still out there. He always has fun. I couldn’t even post all his pictures, but Ralph put some on his site. 🙂 He has a different slant on things, which keeps things interesting! 🙂


  7. Congratulations, Marsha. You’re doing far better than I am because I haven’t responded to awards in some time (I’m worried if I go back to find them I’ll miss someone). I love the fact that the horse rests his chin on your shoulder – what a beautiful image 😀


    1. Hi Dianne, You are far too busy, too! I hope you are getting some writing done while you are working on RUC. I’m out of DG reading material. No pressure! I miss my horse, too. The owners moved her to another pasture, or maybe sold her. I don’t know. I haven’t seen her much since that day. 🙂 I hope they didn’t sell her. I would buy her, but I don’t ride, and we would have to put up fences and buy feed, so that she could rest her head on my shoulder a few minutes a day. So I just have to contend myself with hoping she’s in another pasture somewhere. 🙂 Have a great weekend! 🙂 M


    1. Oh thanks, Leanne. NO DOUBT, they were! haha I’m just amazed that out of the billions of blogs out there that anyone even finds mine! Aren’t you? I mean really, how amazing is it that we end up making friends this way?


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