Friday, February 1, 2013

Hey, I Received an Award.

Look what I've got.

My thanks to blog buddy Eve at Little Things for sharing this lovely award. If you don't follow Eve's blog, by all means, hop on over and check it out.  It's a fun blog with some very cool video clips.

Eve did explain that this award comes with the following rules:

 1. Display the 'Versatile Blogger Award' badge on your site.
  2. Announce your win with a post and a link to whomever presented you with the award.
  3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
4. Drop them a comment to let them know that you've presented them
with this very prestigious award.
     5. Post seven interesting things about yourself.

Okay, I've obviously got numbers 1 and 2 covered. But here's where I run into trouble. A good number of my blogging buddies have told me they would rather not receive blog awards.  Many have their posts planned and/or written well in advance and this leaves them with the choice of altering their plan or being rude and ignoring the award.  Of course, others - like me - think they're fun and enjoy getting them. Unfortunately, since I have the most awful memory, I'm never sure who does and who doesn't. 

So here's is my solution. If you visit this post and leave a comment (just a "hi" will do) then I present you with this award. Please accept it or not with my best wishes.

Well, that takes care of number 4, as well. (If you pick up your award from here, you certainly know about it.) So let's move on to number 5. Hmm.  Seven interesting things. Okay, here goes.

1. I was born on my dad's birthday.  He says I was the most expensive gift he ever received. 

2. Last summer I was part of a team of volunteers who rebuilt a couple's home that was severely damaged by a tornado. We had them home in time for Thanksgiving.

3. I have the world's most neurotic dog. She's a Jack Russell terrier we adopted from the county shelter last year. Although she's very affectionate and sweet natured, Sophie is afraid of light, dark, noise, sudden movement, coming in the front door, walking into the kitchen, her water dish, the toaster when it pops, sneezes (including her own), other dogs, cats, ...oh wait, how long is this post?

4. When I was a kid, I was convinced I was faster on the draw than my brother.  Until the picture proved me wrong.  (But I was still pretty fast.)

5. I once appeared in the same dance recital as my daughter-in-law, and two of my grandchildren.  In fact, that's the only time I ever appeared in a dance recital.

6. One skill I have never mastered is pinning on corsages.

7. I believe this is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Fenway Park in Boston.  Go Red Sox!.

That's my seven. Hope they counted as interesting. Thanks again Eve.

The Versitile Blogger award wasn't the only thing I won this week. At the Indies 4 Hire Facebook Event I was the lucky winner of a "50 page edit or a novel formatted". There were lots of great discussions at this event and they're still available to read.  If you missed it, I highly recommend you go over and check it out. 

Thanks again, Gwen Gardner and Maria Zannini.

The other thing I won this week wasn't quite so lucky.  I won my bet with my doctor. The MRI that I mentioned on Wednesday confirmed a torn medial meniscus in my knee. Now I get to meet with an orthopedist to find out my options. Thanks to all who asked about it.

So, that wraps up the week. Got anything good planned for the weekend?

Thought for the Day: 

Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind, and the ones who mind don't matter. 


Maria Zannini said...

All of your facts were pretty darn interesting, but I have to wonder at the expressions on your son and grandson when you pinned their corsages. LOL.

Hugs to you and your poor knee. And hugs to neurotic Sophie--unless that scares her too.

I'm not a blog award person, but thank you for the offer.

LD Masterson said...

Maria - Well, I said I never mastered it.

Re. Sophie - yeah, sometimes even that. *sigh*

mooderino said...

Nice post. Clearly you were born to dance.

Moody Writing

Linda G. said...

Aw, sorry about your knee. Hope the doc can offer you a nonsurgical option. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry about your neurotic dog. Won't even ask what he does on the Fourth of July. You probably have to peel him from the ceiling.
And I've won this one before so I am good to go.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Congratulations on the award!

LD Masterson said...

Mood - You didn't see me in action. Clearly, I wasn't.

LD Masterson said...

Linda G. - Thanks. Me too.

LD Masterson said...

Alex - Um, he's a she. And on the Fourth I stick her in our bed and pull the covers over her. She shakes like a leaf but that seems to get her through it.

LD Masterson said...

Vanessa - Thanks. They're fun.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your neurotic dog would get along well with my neurotic cat. Either that or they would scare each other to death.

Arlee Bird said...

You've got a better birthday match than my sister. Our dad died on her birthday (many years after she was born), so it gives us a happy and a sad memory rolled into one.

I like the way you tied the pictures into your responses.

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DL Hammons said...

Congrats on the blog bling! Well earned I might add. :)

Anonymous said...

Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind, and the ones who mind don't matter.

Love that!

You have to know who your friends are, and this might take some work and effort.

Tara Tyler said...

i love your fun facts! always lace things with humor!
and i've shared a couple of your groaners on facebook & received great response =) so head shaking funny!

Anonymous said...

Fenway Park is one of the places I most want to see a baseball game. And I think corsages should use velcro rather than pins.

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on the award and the Indies 4 Hire win!

I always love learning more about my blogging friends, so I enjoyed the photos and comments. Love the thought for the day. Very true.

Carol Kilgore said...

Ack! Forgot to say "Ouch!" about your knee. Husband had that. Not fun. Let us know what the orthopod says. Husband's was several years ago; treatment has likely improved.

LD Masterson said...

Diane - I'd hate to chance it. Oh, the trauma...

LD Masterson said...

Lee - I'm very sorry about your Dad. It's hard when the happy and sad get tangled up to gether like that.

And thanks. I love working in the family pictures.

LD Masterson said...

DL - Aw, shucks. (Thank you.)

LD Masterson said...

Stephen - I can't take credit for coming up with that one - don't know who did - but it really says a lot, doesn't it?

LD Masterson said...

Tara - Please do share. I love spreading a bit of laughter.

LD Masterson said...

Stephen - Watching the Sox play at Fenway is so much more than just catching a ballgame. I consider it a pilgrimage. Let me know if you go and I'll go with you.

Velco corsages. Yes!

LD Masterson said...

Carol - Thanks, and I'll let you know about the knee. I'm hoping for some non-invasive option. (Devote coward over here.)

Julie Flanders said...

Very interesting to me! I really enjoyed your post. But I was sure I have the world's most neurotic dog! Sophie sure is cute in spite of her issues.

My grandpa was a HUGE Red Sox fan so I know he would agree with you on #7.

Congratulations on your awards! :)

LD Masterson said...

Julie - So, do you think my Sophie out-neurotics your dog?

Your grandpa had good taste. *grin*