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The Smile Award

Thanks to Rose DesRochers, I have been awarded the Smile Award. Thanks so much, Rose. You have brought much laughter and fun into my blogging life. I didn’t think that was possible!

Here are the rules:

Here are the rules for the award
1. The recipient must link back to the award’s creator (
2. You must post these rules if you receive the award.
3. You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself
4. You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted by Mere.
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others.
7. You must thank your giver.

Characteristics for the Smile Award:
1. Must display a cheerful attitude. (not necessarily at all times–we are all human)
2. Must love one another
3. Must make mistakes
4. Must learn from others
5. Must be a positive contributor to blog world
6. Must love life
7. Must love kids or animals

I’m passing this award on to:

eastcoastlife, who makes me laugh out loud when I read her posts, and who has supported me 100% in my blogging endeavors. eastcoastlife is a sassy lady from Singapore, a scrappy fighter who is devoted to her family and her friends.

Lady Banana in the U.K., for making me and her other readers smile 99.9% of the time, and for never taking sides. You are a Lady, Lady B., in every sense of the word.

Caroldee from And so It Goes On, who has been the light of my blogging life since 2005 with her upbeat attitude, sense of humor, and terrific writing. Caroldee has also taken other new bloggers under her wing, has nurtured and encouraged their efforts.

Mamacita from Scheiss Weekly has made me smile with her earthy humor and unwavering support of all her friends. Mamacita is the Shakespeare of The Internet.

And Floyd from Within Reason and Blogging America scours The Internet finding all sorts of articles that make me smile, make me think, and sometimes make me mad. Besides being a very funny and kind man, Floyd also cares about people and wants his readers to think about what’s going on in the world and what each of us can do to change things.

And to Tammy at My Little Corner of the World, for her wonderfully sweet comments that make me smile, and her great blog.

Okay, I know my blogging friends, and please do not feel you need to keep this chain going!

Thanks to all of you, for your support and blog friendship.

My mom’s birthday was yesterday

I did not forget that yesterday was my mother’s birthday; I chose not to acknowledge it because I wasn’t ready.

But a post by Rose has determined blog topic today.

It’s been two years since my Mom died, and I think of her every day.

Like Rose, I know that I shall see her again some day, along with my Dad, who passed in 1999.

The worst part of my grief has dulled somewhat.

No more do I wake up in the middle of the night, consumed by pain and praying that she appear before me, at least for a moment, so that I may glimpse her dear sweet face just one more time.

I took the past year to grieve hard for my Mom by living a mostly solitary life, allowing myself some pleasures along the way but living by myself and for myself, a kind of monastic existence that was necessary for my healing from a long and difficult period.

As my family drifts back into this area where I live (my d-i-l and grandchildren are leaving OKC this Friday and traveling by car to Seattle), I’m slowly reintegrating back into society. My son, who has been back in the area for one month, has made sure I’ve gotten out to movies and restaurants.

As I anticipate my family’s return, I take a few minutes every day, to stop and give thanks for my Mom’s life, and for the honor of being a witness to her death.

I silently thank Mom for her love, devotion, and unconditional love she gave to me every day of my life.

And thanks, Rose, for your post today.

Meme of 5

Rose DesRochers tagged me, so here goes:

“The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”

1) What were you doing 5 years ago? Five years ago I was working at the agency I work at now, and living with my mom, and watching her get sicker every day.

2) What are 5 things on your to-do list for today?: Go to work. Make dinner. Take care of my landlady’s dog. Play on the computer. Sleep.

3) What are 5 snacks you enjoy?: Grapes, watermelon, any kind of chocolate cookie made, potato chips, and salted pistachios.

4) What are five things you would do if you were a billionaire?: Donate a bundle to the nonprofit I work for now, pay off my student loans, buy a nifty condo, set up trust funds for my six grandchildren, and split the rest with my son.

5) What are five jobs you’ve had?: Waitress, Sales Clerk, Social Worker, Mental Health Intake Specialist, Mental Health Case Manager.

I’ve not had good luck passing on meme’s; people have gotten ticked off.

Feel free to do this meme!

B. Burcroff gets her first blog award!

Rose DesRochers at World Outside My Window has honored me with the ‘E for Excellent’ blog award.

I’m so honored, because this is the first award I’ve been given on this blog.

Since I’m starting over, as a blogger, I don’t have a lot of people to pass this award on to, so I won’t for now.

But I will save this award and pass it on later.

Thanks, Rose.

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