I Received A Super Sweet Blogging Award

A while ago, I was nominated for the Super-Sweet Blogging Award by Sumithra Sriram.

The rules are:

  •   Show-off the award on your blog.
  •   Thank the super-sweet blogger who nominated you.
  •   Answer five super-sweet questions about yourself.
  •   Nominate your favorite super-sweet bloggers.

Showing off my award:

Super Sweet Blogging Award

The super-sweet questions and my answers:

1. Cookies or cakes?

Cookies. There is probably no cookie that I don’t like.

2. Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla, whether it’s cake, ice cream, milk shakes, or the chips in my cookies.

3. Favorite sweet treat?

It’s a tie between homemade vanilla fudge and vanilla chip cookies.

4. When do you crave for sweets the most?

During work—probably because I deal with a lot of people, and people tend to complain a lot now more than ever before. Sweets keep my mind sharp and my nerves calm.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

I don’t know. I have been called Honey and Sweetie a lot. Either one will do, I guess.

I now nominate the following 9 super-sweet bloggers in no particular order, other than I find various amounts of sweetness at their blogs.










Another Award For My Blog

Thank you Mizz Winkens for another award!

The award calls for the recipient to share ten little known things about themselves:

1. I was once a licensed disc jockey / radio announcer

2. I’m allergic to bee stings

3. I boarded the wrong train at Naples, Italy and ended up in Rome

4. I boarded the wrong train at Rome and ended up in Verona

5. I’m better at boarding trains and reading maps now

6. I used to drive trucks in Mississippi

7. I like writing stories as much as I do painting

8. Nearly all my paintings have secret messages

9. I wrote my own textbooks when I taught art classes

10. My favorite past-time is sailing

My Blog Received A Lovely Blog Award

"One Lovely Blog Award"

Last month I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Lightningpen. I’m still surprised, delighted and honored.

Here are the rules and my responses for the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated me.

Again, I thank Lightningpen.

  • Share 7 things about me that you may not know.
  1. 15 years ago I co-founded an artists group where I live; it’s still going well.
  2. I once met and spoke with the late actor George Peppard at Cannes. He was smaller than how he appears on TV and the movie screen. Actress Lynda Carter was there and was taller, but that may have been caused by her high-heel shoes.
  3. When I lived in Italy, I discovered that there are Great White Sharks in the Mediterranean Sea. Luckily, that discovery was made on land. 😀
  4. I once owned the first comic book Spider-Man appeared in. My mom threw it away when she redecorated my bedroom.
  5. I played softball in a men’s league for 27 years. The fastest pitcher I ever faced was a woman. She struck out every batter on my team and pitched a no-hitter game. That was the only year women teams were allowed to play in the league.
  6. I met baseball legend Ted Williams when I was 13. Our town’s boat manufacturer made boats that he endorsed. Whenever he came to inspect the boats, he always made time to visit with the neighborhood kids. And no, I never got his autograph, but that was okay. He gave me batting tips that helped me become a better hitter.
  7. I was born on the day and year Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the best-selling “Little House” series of children’s novels, died. She was 90. For those who believe in reincarnation, I do autographs. 😀
  • Nominate 15 bloggers.
  1. http://cherylmoore.wordpress.com/
  2. http://amymulvin.wordpress.com/
  3. http://tangerinedey.wordpress.com/
  4. http://mlatimerridley.com/
  5. http://400daystil40.wordpress.com/
  6. http://literallyimpossible.wordpress.com/
  7. http://mothcaterpillar.wordpress.com/
  8. http://makenziessecond.wordpress.com/
  9. http://shootabout.com/
  10. http://northierthanthou.com/
  11. http://chrisbkm.wordpress.com/
  12. http://tearmatt.com/
  13. http://hearingwiththeeye.wordpress.com/
  14. http://nyparrot.wordpress.com/
  15. http://ocaclibrary.wordpress.com/
  • Notify the nominees that I have done so.
  • Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

Naming the Days [guest post]

(From The Coven Avalon.)

The Greeks named the days week after the sun, the moon and the five known planets, which were in turn named after the Gods Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, and Cronus. The Greeks called the days of the week the Theon hemerai “days of the Gods”. The Romans substituted their equivalent gods for the Greek Gods, Mars, Mercury, Jove (Jupiter), Venus, and Saturn. (The two pantheons are very similar.) The Germanic peoples generally substituted roughly similar gods for the Roman gods, Tiu (Twia), Woden, Thor, Freya (Fria), but did not substitute Saturn.

* Sunday — Sun’s day
Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
Old English sunnandæg “day of the sun”
Germanic sunnon-dagaz “day of the sun”
Latin dies solis “day of the sun”
Ancient Greek hemera heli(o)u, “day of the sun”

* Monday — Moon’s day
Middle English monday or mone(n)day
Old English mon(an)dæg “day of the moon”
Latin dies lunae “day of the moon”
Ancient Greek hemera selenes “day of the moon”

* Tuesday — Tiu’s day
Middle English tiwesday or tewesday
Old English tiwesdæg “Tiw’s (Tiu’s) day”
Latin dies Martis “day of Mars”
Ancient Greek hemera Areos “day of Ares”

Tiu (Twia) is the English/Germanic God of war and the sky. He is identified with the Norse God Tyr.

Mars is the Roman God of war.

Ares is the Greek God of war.

* Wednesday — Woden’s day
Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai
Old English wodnesdæg “Woden’s day”
Latin dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”
Ancient Greek hemera Hermu “day of Hermes”

Woden is the chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic God. Woden is the leader of the Wild Hunt. Woden is from wod “violently insane” + -en “headship”. He is identified with the Norse Odin.

Mercury is the Roman God of commerce, travel, thievery, eloquence and science. He is the messenger of the other Gods.

Hermes is the Greek god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. He is the messenger and herald of the other Gods. He serves as patron of travelers and rogues, and as the conductor of the dead to Hades.

* Thursday — Thor’s day
Middle English thur(e)sday
Old English thursdæg
Old Norse thorsdagr “Thor’s day”
Old English thunresdæg “thunder’s day”
Latin dies Jovis “day of Jupiter”
Ancient Greek hemera Dios “day of Zeus”

Thor is the Norse God of thunder. He is represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Miölnir. He is the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.

Jupiter (Jove) is the supreme Roman God and patron of the Roman state. He is noted for creating thunder and lightning.

Zeus is Greek God of the heavens and the supreme Greek God.

* Friday — Freya’s day
Middle English fridai
Old English frigedæg “Freya’s day”
composed of Frige (genetive singular of Freo) + dæg “day” (most likely)
or composed of Frig “Frigg” + dæg “day” (least likely)
Germanic frije-dagaz “Freya’s (or Frigg’s) day”
Latin dies Veneris “Venus’s day”
Ancient Greek hemera Aphrodites “day of Aphrodite”

Freo is identical with freo, meaning free. It is from the Germanic frijaz meaning “beloved, belonging to the loved ones, not in bondage, free”.

Freya (Fria) is the Teutonic Goddess of love, beauty, and fecundity (prolific procreation). She is identified with the Norse God Freya. She is leader of the Valkyries and one of the Vanir. She is confused in Germany with Frigg.

Frigg (Frigga) is the Teutonic Goddess of clouds, the sky, and conjugal (married) love. She is identified with Frigg, the Norse Goddess of love and the heavens and the wife of Odin. She is one of the Aesir. She is confused in Germany with Freya.

Venus is the Roman Goddess of love and beauty.

Aphrodite (Cytherea) is the Greek Goddess of love and beauty.

* Saturday — Saturn’s day
Middle English saterday
Old English sæter(nes)dæg “Saturn’s day”
Latin dies Saturni “day of Saturn”
Ancient Greek hemera Khronu “day of Cronus”

Saturn is the Roman and Italic God of agriculture and the consort of Ops. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue.

Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek God (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus.

My Blog Received A Reader Appreciation Award

"Reader Appreciation Award"I discovered recently that I won the Reader Appreciation Award after being nominated by LightningPen. This is my first award for blogging, and I’m intrigued that it’s a reader appreciation one. And I’m glad to see that LightningPen was a recipient. He always dashes humor in his blogs, which I’m a sucker for—I love to laugh.

The rules of the Reader Appreciation Award

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog, which I have done
2. Answer 10 questions (listed below) for fun if you want to
3. Nominate 6 or 10 to 12 (Isn’t that a song by Chicago?) blogs you enjoy
4. Provide the links to these blogs and let them know they’ve been nominated
5. Provide a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you, which I have done

10 Questions—and my answers—for the Reader Appreciation Award

1. What is your favorite color?

I have two favorite colors: yellow and blue in all their shades except khaki and Navy, which are depressing when displayed together.

2. What is your favorite animal?

Probably the red fox, which displays the characteristics of both canine and feline.

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Fruit juices.

4. Facebook or Twitter?

I don’t tweet, so Facebook.

5. Favorite pattern?

I’m not sure what this means, but I’ll say fractal patterns found in nature.

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?

I give more than I receive … and enjoy it.

7. Favorite number?


8. Favorite day of the week?


9. Favorite flower?

Frangipani flowers.

10. What is your passion?

Creating art.

My 7 nominations for the Reader Appreciation Award

1. Unbound Boxes Limping Gods for Cheryl Moore’s great stories and art
2. Sorrygnat, World Citizen for Esther Bradley-DeTally’s whimsical writing
3. MonaD’E for lifting the mind, body, and spirit
4. Chester Maynes for wonderful poetry
5. UnderTheWisdomTree for faith, philosophy, health, meditation, and well-being
6. Harry for things funny and interesting
7. My Tangerine Days for terrific poetry

Also, though it isn’t required, I’d like to thank my followers and everyone who has commented. I know how easy it is when you’re busy to click on the Like button after viewing someone’s posts. I’m guilty of the same when I’m blog surfing, but I try to comment when time allows. Comments can be truly inspiring.

Finally, for those of you who are wondering why I haven’t posted lately, let me tell you that I’m still fussing over The Ridgewood Story, and I’ve discovered some comic strips I drew back when dinosaurs were thriving. I hope to post new chapters and the comics soon.

Have a great day!

My Opinion Of Microsoft’s XPS and Blio

My new laptop is made by HP and came from the store with plenty of apps and add-ons cluttering its hard drive. One of those apps was Blio—a free e-reader, which I cleared along with most of the other apps I don’t use. Naturally, I played with Blio and the rest before I deleted them.

As an avid reader, I thought I would like Blio. I have plenty of e-books I transferred from my old PC, so I put them into my Blio library. Plus, Blio promised new books would be added to their library soon, including new releases, best sellers, hot new fiction, and e-books for under $5. I was elated until I tried to open one of my uploaded books with Blio.

After searching online, I learned that Blio uses Microsoft’s XPS document format for its e-books. I have several e-books in XPS format, so I told Blio to open one. It didn’t work. In fact, it refused to open any e-book in my library.

What good is an e-reader if it won’t read e-books?

Blio did, however, open the books I downloaded from the Blio store. However, some books were formatted improperly and had blank pages and missing text. Wow! Unprofessional.

So, after deleting Blio from my computer, HP sent me an email today about Blio, telling me how wonderful an app it is.

It isn’t. Which is why I am checking out Calibre, an app that appears better equipped at managing e-book libraries.