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I’ve been nominated for the Lovely Blogger Award. I’d like to thank Daisy for the nomination! Her blog, “Daisy in the Willows” can be found here:


To accept the award, here are the things you are supposed to do:

Thank the person who nominated you

Add the award badge to your blog

Share 7 facts about yourself

Nominate others

Include set of rules

Let your nominees know they have been nominated


7 Facts about me are…

I do Zentangle inspired art

Wherever I’ve lived around the world, I have found their library so I could check out books

I have a small collection of crosses hanging on the wall above my desk

I like doing ‘pencil puzzles’ such as crosswords, word find, jumbles, etc. but, I do them in pen and markers

I have 3 tattoos

I used to write actual letters to pen pals…wish I still did

When I was a kid I kept trying to find water outside, by dousing with a forked stick


As always with my accepting the wonderful awards, I do not nominate any specific bloggers. I know how much hard work it is to keep writing, and feel everyone deserves to be recognized. If you’d like to add this award to your blog, feel free, and have fun! Let me know if you do, though, so I can read your answers! 🙂


Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 BS





I have recently been nominated for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’  by these two awesome bloggers! Thank you both so much for thinking of me!

Now, I have the pleasure of introducing you to them. 🙂

Anna Secret Poet,  and her blog “Confessions of Anna, Secret Poet”  …

Dee, and her blog “Fiddledeedeebooks” …


Thank you both very much! 🙂

To accept this award, we are supposed to thank the person/s who nominated you, and add a link to their blog.

State the rules of acceptance.

List 7 random facts about yourself.

Nominate other bloggers, and let them know they’ve been nominated.

Here’s my 7 random facts:

  1. One of the high schools I attended was/is haunted.
  2. I paint rocks.
  3. I was in an F-5 tornado.
  4. I am very attuned to the paranormal
  5. My favorite color is black.
  6. I can’t sing in tune, but wish I could.
  7. I will never eat applesauce.


I believe everyone that blogs is deserving of awards. If you would like to participate, please do!

Thank you again, to Anna, and Dee, for this lovely award!


Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{

© 2016 BS







I ran across this interesting blog the other day. The blogger puts different challenges on for people to participate in. The one I wanted to do today is called “Share Your World” and can be found at … Every week there is a new prompt. This is the first one I will be doing. The prompt had a list of several topics to choose from…you could pick four, and then list four things related to these that you like. It is just a fun way to get to know more about each other, and find some new blogs to read. I like that idea. 🙂

Here are the topics I chose to respond to …


I love all kinds of music, so it was hard to choose only four, but for today I’ll say…

Amie by Pure Prairie League

High Enough by Damn Yankees

Lola Montez by Volbeat

Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Then I listen to the Eagles songs pretty much every day, because…the Eagles! Also, I like the Steve Miller Band songs.



I’d love to have a whole wall done in chalkboard…that way I could write and draw on the wall, and change it whenever I wanted. (I have a thing since I was a kid about writing on the walls…actually got in trouble for it 😉

An indoor atrium/patio with lots of plants and tropical things.

One of those clay type fire pit that you burn wood in…called a chiminea.

I would love to have a huge covered, wooden porch, with an old fashioned porch swing.



My grandchildren. They are so funny in the things they say and do.

My cats…always cute and silly.

Typos and bloopers in newspapers, or on signs…they crack me up every time.

“I Love Lucy” television show. No matter how many times I’ve seen them, I always laugh.








So, that’s the list I did. Hope you enjoyed reading some of the things I like!


Peace! }I{



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Hey, y’all! (typical way to say hello where I’m from) 🙂

Just wanted to post this picture I drew recently. It is one of my Zentangle and ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art) … It’s lots of fun to do. I’ve done this type of drawing for years, but not long ago found it was actually called something specific.  ( I think if you click on it, it will enlarge.

I had trouble finding it on my computer. I’d taken the picture on my camera, then transferred it (among others) to the computer files…then couldn’t find it! I’ve spent hours looking, and trying different things, until finally did find it in a totally different place than in my picture files. Crazy, right? …Well, that’s how it goes with me and technology…trial and error for the most part.

So, I don’t know what to do next on this here blog. I made it through the A to Z Challenge, and I’ve done all these random catagories, as you know, and still plan on adding more to those, at some point. I have a few more of the true ghost stories, but until I remember more instances of weird things happening, I need to do other things. I have a few ideas.

I could post some of my art…besides Zentangle, I do acrylic paintings.

I will be doing more poems, whenever I can (read…whenever I can think one up) 🙂

I may post a year of my diary entries from when I was 10 years old… some are pretty funny ( I did that once on FB) and yes, I’ve been writing stuff for years and years. 🙂

I kind of want to do those Daily Post prompts, too. I read what other bloggers have done, and stories always come to mind that I could tell, but haven’t yet.

Anyway, what do y’all think? What do you like to read on here? I’d be happy to hear any suggestions you may have. 🙂

I’ll, wish y’all a happy, peaceful day with lots of love and laughter! 🙂

Peace ~ }i{ …(that’s supposed to be a butterfly)





A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE … REFLECTIONA-to-Z+Reflection+[2015]+-+Lg


Today’s post is to take the time to look back at the past month of blogging with the A to Z Blog CHALLENGE


This was the second year I’ve participated in the A to Z Blog Challenge. Here’s what I found I did different, between them both.

2014 – I posted on both my blogs, every day, every letter, in turn.

2015 – I posted on only one blog, every day, every letter, in turn.

2014 – I wrote about random subjects. They were just things I found interesting, that corresponded to the letter of the day.

2015 – I decided to go with a certain theme for the whole month, and stayed true to it.

2014 – I didn’t plan ahead by very much, for each entry. I had a few scribbles of ideas for each post, but typed up the final result the morning of the day it was supposed to appear.

2015 – I looked up all the words I planned on using for the definitions, first, then wrote a funny sentence using that word, then seeing what the real definition was. All words were those I did not know the meaning of beforehand. I was really surprised at some of them, too. I also wrote it all down on paper, before the challenge began. I only changed a few of the planned words, as I went along.

2014- Doing the random posts, mostly unplanned, plus finding pictures, and adding links, took up a lot of time.

2015 – Having it all planned out early, actually only a few days early, was much easier, and I did not add pictures, or links.

2014 – I’d only heard of the challenge a day or so before signing up, and starting my posts.

2015 – Having done the challenge in 2014, I’d heard others say it was good to plan ahead, and possibly/but, not necessary, to go with a selected theme.

2014 – I did enjoy the whole experience of posting a blog entry every day. It was exciting to see if I could actually do this. Maybe I was a bit overly ambitious to do this on both blogs, but this was a challenge I felt up to.

2015 – This year I had fun doing the Daffy Definitions, making up the sentences, and learning some new words. However, I didn’t get that thrill of excitement, like I did with the completely random, seat of my pants blogging, as I did in 2014. I think I must thrive on chaos, disorganization, and doing things at the last minute…writing included. The more regimented way of pre-planning my theme, just wasn’t my style, at all.

I’m very proud of the way it all turned out…that I did finish the challenge, and am not in any way disappointed with my entries. I do plan on doing the challenge again, next April, but will most likely go back to a more random, whatever catches my interest type posting, though.

2014 – I completed the challenge… Yay!

2015 – I completed the challenge… Yay!

With all that said, that was a lot of “I did this, I wrote that:, etc. It’s the truth, I love to write, but without anyone to read it, I’d just be writing to myself. So, really…it’s mostly about YOU…all the wonderful, kind, readers that I write for. Everyone who took the time to visit my blog, to like the offerings that were presented each day, and to follow if you wanted to, and to all of you who left a comment…thank you so very much.

Hopefully my future, and former, posts will continue to give you a bit of entertainment.

I didn’t get to visit as many other blogs as I’d wanted to, so will try to do this in the coming days.

I’d also like to thank Mr. Arlee Bird, for founding the A to Z Blog Challenge. Without it, none of this would be possible. Thanks also, to the co-hosts, minions, and volunteers, who did so much, to make this year’s challenge a huge success.

Until next year… Happy Blogging! Peace 🙂survivor-atoz [2015] - 2



A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE … LETTER ZA2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0



Daffy Definition = zymurgy – A highway zone merging lane.

Sentence = Charles maneuvered his truck into the zymurgy lane, so he could drive on the freeway.

Real Definition = A branch of applied chemistry that deals with fermentation processes.


Daffy Definition = zooks – People who have passion and a zeal for cooking and the culinary arts.

Sentence = Of all the zooks in the culinary class, Marie took her zeal for cooking to a higher level, annoying everyone.

Real Definition = A word used as a mild oath.


Daffy Definition = zein – Any congregation of people who are sleeping, or pseudo sleeping in public, to further a cause; a sleep-in; also known as a zzz-in.

Sentence = Approximately one hundred people, dressed in pajamas, showed up in the town square for the zzz-in (zein).

Real Definition = A genus of grasses, including Indian corn; a protein from Indian corn, that lacks lysine and tryptophan, and is used esp. in making textile fibers, plastics, printing inks, coatings (as varnish), and adhesives and sizes.


Thanks for visiting! Peace 🙂



A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE … LETTER YA2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0



Daffy Definition = yen-shee – A certified instructor of the art of meditation.

Sentence = Everyone who attended meditation class thought Hannah was the best yen-shee.

Real Definition = The residue formed in the bowl of an opium pipe by smoking.


Daffy Definition = yare – The southern way of pronouncing the words year, or your.

Sentence = Yare yarely physical exam is next month.

Real Definition = Set for action; characterized by speed and agility; nimble; lively.


Daffy Definition = yaupon – A cleansing cream for removing make-up products from your face.

Sentence = Wanda smeared yaupon all over her face, before going to bed.

Real Definition = A holly of the southern U.S. with smooth elliptical leaves and emetic and purgative properties.


Thanks for visiting! Peace 🙂



A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE … LETTER XA2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0



Daffy Definition = xiphisternum – A cable TV channel airing Science-Fiction (Sci-fy) programs.

Sentence = To subscribe to the new xiphisternum channel, you must have a Premium cable account.

Real Definition = The posterior segment of the sternum, called also the xiphoid process.


Daffy Definition = xeric – A superhero in comic books.

Sentence = Xeric rose to superhero status, when he defeated the enemies of Earth in a fierce battle.

Real Definition = Characterized by, relating to, or requiring only a small amount of moisture.


Daffy Definition = xebec – A rare bird, having black and white striped feathers; a bird found in the rainforest.

Sentence = While on their expedition to the rainforest, the ornithologists were excited when they saw the rare xebec, in it’s natural habitat.

Real Definition = A usual 3-masted Mediterranean sailing ship with long overhanging bow and stern.


Thanks for visiting! Peace 🙂



A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE … LETTER WA2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0



Daffy Definition = wedeln – A style of walking, such as a baby duck; taking steps smaller than a waddle.

Sentence – The ducklings lined up behind mama duck, and followed her with their funny little wedeln.

Real Definition = A style of skiing in which a skier moves the rear of the skis quickly from side to side while following the fall line.


Daffy Definition = wergild – A members only club for werewolves.

Sentence = To be a full-fledged member of the exclusive wergild, you first have to prove you are really a werewolf.

Real Definition = The value set in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law upon the life of a man in accordance with his rank and paid as compensation to the kindred or lord of a slain person.


Daffy Definition = welter – A small device made of tin, with flaps for communication with aliens from other planets.

Sentence = I dreamed the aliens gave me instructions on how to build/invent the welter.

Real Definition = Writhe, toss, wallow; to rise and fall or toss about in or with waves; to become deeply sunk, soaked, or involved; to be in turmoil.


Thanks for visiting! Peace 🙂



A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE … LETTER VA2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0



Daffy Definition = vituperation – The distinctive smell of sweat that is exuded after taking certain vitamins.

Sentence = Bonnie smelled like an orange when she worked out, after taking her vitamin C.

Real Definition = Sustained and bitter railing and condemnation; vituperative utterance (abuse)


Daffy Definition = varve – An insect egg; an undeveloped larva.

Sentence = Vector control reports that local ponds have been inundated with mosquito varve, and are due to hatch out soon.

Real Definition = A pair of layers of alternately finer and coarser silt or clay believed to comprise an annual cycle of deposition in a body of still water.


Daffy Definition = velamen – A breath refresher tablet, for men.

Sentence = Guys, tired of your mouth feeling fruity and minty? Velamen breath tablets are available in these new flavors…steak, beer, and jalapeno/cheese.

Real Definition = The thick, corky epidermis of aerial roots of an epiphytic orchid, that absorbs water from the atmosphere.


Thanks for visiting! Peace 🙂