~ Most Influential Blogger Award ~

I am so flattered to be nominated for this award.  Shaun, I know most of you know him, if not, check him out on Shaun’s blog.  I always think that people who have this award are top of the class in blogging.  Like a person at a party who can have a discussion with just about everybody, but also knows when to shut up and just listen.  I have done a lot of learn at the feet of Shaun’s blog.


The rules of this award are:

1. Add the award logo to your blog.

2. Answer the following questions.

3. And pass the award on to 10 other blogs and let them know.

First you all answer these 10 Question:

1) What makes you happiest? Hearing or watching others succeed at something they really love. Like watching a video of David Garrett play violin: I can tell he really just loves what he does.  So cool!

2) Do you love the Oceans or Mountains more? Oceans.  I am a water spirit and I gain a lot of strength from water, and healing.

3) What has been a special moment in 2013? When my mum alluded to the fact that perhaps I had a really bad childhood and some serious shit might have happened when I was in foster care.  This has taken about 20+ years to come from her.  Big deal to me.

4) What’s your favorite quote? “Some days, weeks, months, oh hell, some years the dragon wins.” Anonymous

5) Do you like yourself? Yes, berry much. 

6) Do you stay up till midnight on New Year? Not really, but due to the amount of fireworks in ‘Vegas, I get woke up by a frantic Bichon Frise.  He gets drugs that night, I don’t.

7) Something you wish could be done ASAP? Knee surgery.  I have other issues, but I have a feeling they will be better handled if I could exercise.

8) What was your favorite class when still at school? Literature 

9) What musical instrument have you tried to play? Piano

10) Anything you had wished to have learned earlier? yeah, to do what I want, and not just do what pays the rent.

11) Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting? Yupper!


I now nominate 10 bloggers:

1. Real Life Co.

2. Imagine

3. S Fox Writing’s Blog

4. My Other Voices

5. Scottishmomus

6. HarsH ReaLiTy

7. Legends of Windemere

8. The War in My Brain

9. Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom

10. The Community Storyboard






28 thoughts on “~ Most Influential Blogger Award ~

  1. You’re very welcome, Rene, and happy to spread the love. I’m glad you’re checking out Bev’s site. She’s an inspiration to me and supportive when I worry about getting too far out there sometimes. She’s very good and encourages me to be true to myself.

  2. I am very touched by your words. Usually people just say where they received an award from and that is it. You really took your time on this acceptance. I think you are probably ready to write for Academy and Grammy recipients. I am investigating the Ghost Talk right now.

  3. Oh sorry, Rene, I misunderstood. I took you literally when you said you were a proud grandma and would put some up. I thought you had posted some new photos of them or your “crew of three”. 🙂

  4. Hmmm…don’t have any g-kids, they are actually quite scary from what I have seen from others. I have my little ‘crew of three’ and we are it. None of them have had any kids, and I would know if they did, and my dog hasn’t fathered any, sure of that. So, I am good on the g-kids thing.

  5. I’ll do that now. I hope you get some restful sleep, Rene. And wake refreshed. Big hugs. Sending lots of soothing calm your way. I’ll take some of that pain just now for you. Sleep well.x

  6. Well. chicata, I am out of here. I guess Shaun has some new meds for sleeping, sounded good until I looked at the side effects. Check the comments on Wizards pictures. I put a video of someone else’s Bichon doing the classic “Bichon Blitz”. Funny and you need to stay out of the way. They are like little Tasmanian Devils.

  7. Sorry, Rene. I crashed. Not my computer. Me. Sleeping before 12! Drifted off to the soundtrack of Les Mis. Love that movie.
    If Playboy had called I’d have been hiding! Boobs and legs. Good god, the thought!

    When I had looked up that info on the web I had been thinking how god awful it is to be suffering from something that, at this time, has no cure. And so many degrees of suffering. Really, my heart goes out to you. I’ve not been sleeping great. But not because of pain. More like restless mind syndrome. But I can live with that. And it makes for great writing and blogging time. Up again at 4a.m. Mind boggles. ;)x

  8. RLS= Restless Leg Syndrome. It is advertised as feeling like ants on your legs. But it gets worse. In the beginning, it was like the ants, and then it goes into pain, then really severe pain. Now I don’t even get the ants, it just passes go and goes straight to jail (pain or severe pain). It has also spread to my arms and sometimes my chest. I asked my neurologist about the arms and chest, and she said it was the same thing, it is basically nerve damage. It gets scary when it goes to my chest. It is also a real pain when it won’t cease with one pill, I have had to take 5 or 6 pills, and then end up sleeping in my LazyBoy chair. So, as of last night, I used the last pill. I won’t be able to get any until Thursday *gods on my side*. I just try to meditate the seizures, whatever, out, but last night was new because it woke me up and I was in pain from it. I usually have them after I have been awake for a while, so I try to move around thinking (for the millionth time) it is a pinched nerve. My doc said moving around will only frustrate me, but did I listen, no. I always want to do whatever I physically can without resorting to drugs. Simply because of this: now I am hoping I don’t have any RLS between now and when I get my pills. I hate it, sucks to be dependent on pills.
    They are also used for anxiety issues, so there have been a few times where I have not been able to sleep due to anxiety, which just grows at night with my mutant hearing.
    Oh, damn, these are my issues. No more about me.
    So, did Playboy call you after that Twitter? Just asking…

  9. I like that and would be a first to be written to by a canine. Might be the best conversation, yet. Your puppy sounds like a character, much like ours. You have any pictures?

  10. Aw Rene, that sounds like shit. What a bloody nightmare. You must feel miserable.
    I won’t go on about it ‘cos you’re living with it and you don’t need me reminding you. I’m vexed though that you hurt. I don’t know what RLS. I went to check on it there. A woman I worked with years ago had Lupus and so does her daughter. But I’d forgotten a lot of what was involved. Just reminded myself with a bit of research.
    Not much help to you but Hugs, anyway.x

  11. Oh, puppy isn’t going to like that! He loves to go places, see people, well assault people is more like it. He is a social butterfly. I will tell him, but I am letting him write you back. I dig the virtual, no pain for me. Thanks.

  12. Can I bring my dog though? He refuses to let me out of the house without him. You should see him, little white sweet *rolling eyes* Bichon Frise. But when it comes to me going somewhere, it is a whole scenario: being sad on the bed, the whole sad eyes routine; if that doesn’t work, then it is follow me through the house on my heals, literally; if this doesn’t work, he hides my keys and sunglasses, he knows I can’t go anywhere without the shades; then he blocks the door, gets the cats in on it, so I have this barricade of stubborn felines and whiny dog. Yeah, quite the scene. Perhaps that is why I don’t go many places. Peace

  13. Appreciate the support, Rene, and reads. I’m happy to have you sit at my virtual kitchen table anytime. You’re the best!

  14. Well was going to do grocery today, but when I woke, yeah the world hurt. I had RLS in the middle of the night and realized I only had one pill left. I am not sure when I took the others, but it must of been during the night, thus no memory of using them.
    You asked, so I am going give you the down…
    I am suffering more Lupus symptoms: light is bothering me more, and I get headaches in the morning. When I go into the kitchen in the morning to make my mate, the sun coming in just about blinds me, and if I didn’t have one when I woke, I seriously get a headache then. I just shut the blinds until my eyes have had a chance to get used to the sun, and then open them back up for my plants.
    Mom is buying some device (bars or something) which can be placed around the toilet. I am having a lot of pain in my knees when I sit down. I can hear them pop, and the right one feels like ligament tears, although I know it is not.
    Some days, I can handle the pain, and I am strong. Other days, I am just tired of the pain and it seems to overwhelm me.
    There, bet you won’t ask that again. I hate going on about my crap.
    I do hope that Friday when I finally do grocery, my food stamp card still works, and the currency hasn’t changed to Yen.

  15. Thank you. I always hoped to be able to do that with writing, or something. To make a difference, no matter how small is my goal. Trouble is, sometime you never know if you have made a difference. I know your blogs are wonderful and I love to see you taking challenges and giving it your best. Peace

  16. Congratulations on your award!! I do agree that you’re a very influential blogger. Your blog entries help me stop and think about things. 😉

  17. Congratulations to you, Rene, on this “Most Influential Blogger” award from Shaun. Well deserved, like Shaun, with all the many topics you share with the world. You help keep us on our toes.

    And, thank you for including me on your list to pass it along. I’m humbly honored as we’ve just met and new to each other’s worlds. I am most grateful.

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