Versatile Blogger Awards

Exciting news today!  No, not another flash fiction story – I got another award.  This time, the Versatile Blogger Award — from the PanicMonster.  You should read her blog, if you haven’t already.  It’s extraordinarily honest and full of pain and courage.  Thank you, PM, for this award.

Versatile Blogger Award

With respect to the award, here are the terms and more information:

The Versatile Blogger Award is passed from blogger to blogger. It’s a great way to get your blog noticed, as well as highlight some of your favorite bloggers/writers.  Considering the vast number of very creative and inspirational blogs in our own blogosphere alone, I am pretty happy to have been included in this august company 🙂

Now the idea in spreading the good word to others is:

1) Link back to the blogger that gave me the award . – done
2) Tell you 7 random things about myself.
– see below
3) Choose 15 other blogs to pass the award to. – see below
4) Inform the other bloggers that I’m passing the award to them. – done


Saline solution for IV

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1. I almost died twice last year, once by injection of iodine for a catscan.  It turns out I am deathly allergic to iodine.  If my family doctor hadn’t recognized it right away and put me on a saline solution to flush out my veins, I would have died…my kidneys had already started to fail.  The other time was a mix-up with too many doctors prescribing medications for me without regard to the medications I was already on.  One prescription was again making my kidneys start to fail and my blood pressure had dropped alarmingly, but again my family doctor solved that by putting me in the hospital, saline solution for 24 hours, I was right as rain the next morning.  We solved that particular one by passing any new medications past my family doctor before I started taking them.

2.  I could read and write (actual writing, not printing) when I was four years old.  I guess I couldn’t wait to grow up to get at my writing.  I wrote my first “novel” when I was seven.  It was a self-illustrated, five-page adventure story called ANGUS THE ANT.

3. I am 70 years old but have been repeatedly told that I don’t look more than my mid-50s.  I like hearing that.  When I was younger, I had somewhat shallow values, in that the looks of people were very important to me.  I have matured considerably since then, but some of it still lingers 😳

4. I still read the Oz books and have never gotten over the idea that somewhere there may be a full-fledged fairyland (like Baum’s Land of Oz, or Anthony’s Xanth, or Brooks’s Magic Kingdom for Sale).  I’ll let you know when I find it.

Barrel racing at the Calgary Stampede

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5. Charles, Prince of Wales, waved at me personally once when he came to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede.  I was atop the chuck wagon entry of the radio station I worked for then and was enthusiastically yelling and waving to the crowd.  Charles was in the reviewing stands and looked my way when he heard all the noise I was making.  He grinned at me and waved back.  That was 35 years ago. 🙂

6. I did the all-night radio broadcast for three years at CHQR in Calgary, before it became an all-talk radio station.  It was like having my own party every night and I loved it.  This was in the early 1980s.

7. I have three of the most adorable Shih Tzus you have ever seen: Ling Ling, Oreo Blizzard, and Tilly Tot.  The first two were purchased from their breeders.  However, Tilly Tot was a rescue dog, who was dying when we found her.  She was so full of bladder stones she could hardly walk and couldn’t pee at all.  We took her to the vet and he did the necessary operation.  Tilly is now a happy, healthy, little sweetheart, a real loving addition to our little family.

Okay, on to the 15 new award winners.  This might be difficult, since so many of the bloggers I follow regularly already have this award.  Here goes:


1. AnimalsOurEverything – Janet Herring-Sherman
2. Dorky Deb – Debbie Norman
3. Fearlessly Nourished – Kristin Konvolinka
4. Huffygirl’s Blog – Donna Barry
5. Michael’s Blog – Michael Ayers (aka stickinsect)
6. Miss Beehaven with Hobbit Queen
7. Bookclub Cheerleader – Marsha Toy Engstrom
8. Fictional Campfire – Ken Broad
9. The Painted Universe – Anna Barlow
10. Out of the Woods – Billie Jo Woods
11. Selena Wolff’s Solitary Words
12. The Renegade Writer – Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell
13. Publication Coach – Daphne Gray-Grant
14. The Sunflower Girl – Jennifer Alys Windholz
15. Blog Therapy (formerly Marya Writes) – Marya

That was more of a struggle than I anticipated.  Other than the ones who already have this award, this is pretty nearly my whole Blogroll.

Congratulations, guys.  I will be in touch personally soon to let you know, in case you don’t drift by to see what I’m up to.  Thanks for being such great writers.


11 responses to “Versatile Blogger Awards

  1. I would NOT have guessed your age to be anywhere close to 70 ~ you seem much younger from your comments and writing!

    Congrats on the award!


    • I am much younger than my biological age, even in looks. I never told anyone my age before, partly because no one believed me. But after 7 decades, I came out of the age-hiding closet. I have to claim my years – they are all my experience this lifetime 🙂

      Thanks for the compliment, though, Nancy. It’s a feel-good one 😀


  2. Thanks for thinking of me Sandra. I’ve already done the Stylish Blogger Award requirements, which is quite similar, so I think I’ll have to pass. So nice to be mentioned among such great company though.


    • It seems a shame not to be able to put this award on your site. I think it would be okay to just pass it on to a few, as many as you think, if you feel like it. Not trying to force you to take it, mind you – just giving you an option in case you would like it. I do admire your blogging and all the great things you talk about. 🙂


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  4. Wow on #2 – I could print at that age, but certainly not write. And yes, I never would’ve guessed your age either!


    • Aw, you’re sweet 😛 It was a school for gifted children, and I hated it. They were so precise and stiff. I didn’t figure it out then, I just knew I hated being there. I loved the learning though. I have always loved learning new things, but especially writing. It’s hard to remember things from when you were four (especially if you realize that was 66 years ago), but I remember that school and the classroom very vividly and the thrill of learning to write.


  5. First, thank you so much for the award! I am sorry I just realized it today. I am taking a few minutes today to try to get caught up on the blogs I follow. I really appreciate the award and I will post mine when I can. I think I might be like you and have trouble coming up with 15 that I follow that haven’t had it….. a challenge. 😉

    I would have *never* guessed you were 70! You look great!


    • You’re welcome, Debbie. You deserve it for all the beautiful pics you take and the charming stories you tell.

      If you can’t come up with 15, just do the best you can. It’s hard when so many of us follow each other. It gets hard towards the end when nearly everyone has one.

      Thanks for the age compliment. Very many people don’t believe I am that “old.” My husband is considerably younger than me, but we look the same age (he a little older than he is and me younger than I am). Nobody has ever commented on us as a May-December couple.


  6. It must be a typo! There is no way you are 70 — unless that’s someone else with the pup in your photo! But what I really applaud and admire is your tackling all this new media stuff!! I’m not too far behind in age, but I feel like a toddler in the blogger/social networking world. Thanks! Janet


    • Heh, thanks, Janet. I had the same talk with the librarian the other day. She was looking up something for me and had to access my profile online. She gasped and said, “There’s a typo here. It says you were born on Oct. 26, 1940. What’s the real year.” I replied, “1940.” It’s kind of fun for me and awfully nice of the people who react like that. I used to want to be older and now I am.

      And hey, you ride HORSES, for goodness sakes. I used to in my younger day, loved it as a matter of fact. If I got on a horse now, well, there would be a lot of shoving and panting to get me on. And I would never get off unless I fell off.

      You are doing great…you just have to have a little patience. I love your articles and all the neat things you share about animals. In case you didn’t know it, you rock! 🙂


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