Where Did All the Likes and Comments Go?

That title reminds me of an old, old song! “Where did all the flowers go?” Hmm,… never mind! (What can I say, I have very eclectic tastes in music, truthfully almost everything, in fact. I’m really not very old, ahem..ha, ha! Honest, I’m not, especially if you believe age is only a number in your mind!)

Once again, either WP or my computer, is eating my likes and/or comments.

This is me (I promise I won’t inundate you with lots of giphys today. Yesterday’s was the result of almost 60 hours of non-caffeinated, no drug-legal or otherwise, sleep deprivation insanity. But, boy did I have fun??).

Me, being like…

     

I’ll be back tomorrow, and hopefully, it will be fixed by then. In the meantime, thank you, thank you to all my new followers!! I’ll repost answers and responses to the comments that are out in cyberspace somewhere (either that or you will get about 5 responses where I kept trying to get it to work when it said: “Message failed. Resend.” For all the extra comments, I apologize!) and will catch up on the new ones, too (unless it happens again!).

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the weekend, how about you?

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The Discover New Blogs Liebster Award!

I was awarded this lovely Liebster Award some time ago by the beautiful Esme at https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/  My sincerest apologies for taking so long to respond.

The Global Aussie at https://theglobalaussie.com describes the Liebster Award as the following:

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

I feel honored to be nominated, and especially to be thought of in such a wonderful way!!

Official Rules

1. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers and encourage them to accept this award for blogging.
4. Ask them 11 questions.
5. Let them know you have nominated them.

Questions to my (https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/) nominees:

1.   You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
2.   A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
3.   If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
4.   What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
5.   What was the last gift you gave someone?
6.   Which post on your blog are you most proud of?
7.   What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
8.   Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future?
9.   When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
10. Which 3 famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party?
11. Which of the Seven Dwarfs is most like you?

MY ANSWERS

#1. Hmm, an elephant for life (they live approximately 70 years, you know?!)! I would teach it to let me ride it, then it would become my primary means of transportation. As long as I didn’t go broke feeding it during its average 18 hours of feeding on hay, twigs, grass-hey, (pun intended, LOL) maybe I could rent him out to mow grass in the summer since it grows prolifically in the South during the summer months-twigs, etc. Perhaps I put too much thought into that one, huh? 🙂

elephant GIF

#2. He says, “I see your heat isn’t working again (since it’s not). Cancun was a nice, but very brief break, I need somewhere that is cooler!”

#3. A toss-up between my favorite animal the buffalo (I know, strange, right? Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know why, I just do!!) and a killer whale. The buffalo just because I like them, the killer whale because they are sleek, beautiful and live in water.

#4. The songs I’m listening to and singing at the top of my lungs!!

#5. A book, LOL, figures, right?!?!?!?

#6. This is just one of a few, I  had a hard time choosing, there aren’t too many that I could say were my favorites. I don’t know if favorite is the right word, but it’s one that was the hardest for me to write.  https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/friday-flashback-3/

#7. I don’t really like ice cream (hurts my teeth too much, especially those broken when I fell).

#8. Oh, wow!! Either of those prospects is a scary thought! I think since the past is somewhat known regarding what happened, I would choose to relive a week in the past. Now, do I get to pick the week or change anything during the week, or…?

#9. Read, sing, cook, bake, clean, go for a drive sometimes several at the same time, sometimes each one separately.

#10. Ooooooo, another really tough one! The first one would be Jesus, C. S. Lewis (had to have an author, too!) and Ronald Reagan. This was REALLY hard, so many people with so many differences, such an eclectic group were thought of, then left off my list.

#11. Right this minute-Sleepy, LOL. It’s 5:45 AM and I haven’t gone to bed for the night yet. Otherwise, I’d say Dopey! Look at this post and my answers, I rest my case. And, I’m going to bed!! Good night! I’ll be up again around 8:30 or 9 so I can choose my awardees and post this. In the meantime, see #1!

I had such a very hard, a long struggle trying to figure out who to nominate! To everyone that I follow, please know that even if you are not listed, I truly enjoy your blogs. If I could, I’d give you all an award for the best blog in the world!!

MY NOMINEES

http://momentsdippedinink.com/

https://atimetoshare.me

https://throughinkandimage.com

https://cherylbbookblog.wordpress.com

https://upliftingquotesdaily.com

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

https://www.asimplyenchantedlife.com

http://readingismysuperpower.org

http://www.abakersperspective.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com

(I know, I know that’s twelve, but somehow I left poor Margaret off my list-and she had been at the top. Don’t know what happened. I’ll blame it on lack of sleep, LOL!)

My Eleven Questions

My sympathies to the winners! It’s truly a daunting task to think of eleven interesting questions to ask you. I would like to know each and every one of you, and that leaves me so many more questions, too!!! OK, are you ready? Here we go!!

  1. If you sat down next to Jesus on a bus, what would you talk about?
  2. What book character would you like to be for a day and why?
  3. What is one thing you do not have (doesn’t have to be a material object, for instance, you could not have patience and want it)?
  4. What saying do you use to help you through your day?
  5. Have you been told you look like an actor? If so, who?
  6. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?
  7. Using only three words, describe yourself!
  8. What band would you be embarrassed to admit you listen to?
  9. If you had to pick only one color for your clothing to be that color forever, what color would you pick?
  10. If you could choose the age you would be forever, what would it be and why?
  11. What one word would you use to describe your ability on the computer?

Wow, those should get the ideas going, huh?

Since this is turning into a book (apologies and gratitude to all who have read the complete post! You win the virtual patience of the year award because you definitely needed it to finish this post! (I almost didn’t read it all, LOL!!)

I can’t wait to see the answers!

(I use a LOT of exclamation points and parenthetical phrases, don’t I?!?! Hmmmm, something else for me (and you!! Oh, no, a parenthetical inside a parenthetical!!!) to ruminate over!!  (If I made any errors, please let me know!  I think I can live with it given the length of the blog, LOL)

Oh, and joy of joys for us all…I have more awards to accept! Yippee!! I can’t wait, how about you? (Really! Any snarkiness or sarcasm is in your mind, not mine!!)

LOL, LOL I caught a LOT of mistakes after I posted! Hopefully, I caught them all this time-are, not or…I can’t even!!!!

(All images are pixabay. I have enhanced them with giphys!)

Friday Flashback

This post was a very difficult and painful one to write. I wrote it three days after Robin Williams died.

It is one of the most open, honest posts I’ve ever written. If by sharing my experience, I help someone else, it will have been worth it.

Thursday’s Thoughts

Raw, tender and agonizing are just a few words to describe how I feel right now. For many years, I have suffered from depression and recent news has stirred up innumerable feelings.

I haven’t had access to the internet for several days now, and though I had heard about Robin Williams’ death, I had not read or seen any reports. I know there have been countless stories, blogs and remembrances almost everywhere, and I know too, that this is late, but I feel led to share my story.

This won’t be easy for me because the memories are painful, but they are invading virtually every thought.

Quite a few years ago, my husband and I were going through some growing pains in our marriage. He was a career soldier, and I worked and cared for our three young children. I was managing a large apartment community at the time that had some pretty significant perks. Things were becoming tenuous at best and indescribable at worst. Due to my very dysfunctional childhood, fear, imprudence and immaturity, I decided I could care for our three children and myself and asked him to leave. He decided to request and received, an overseas tour.

I continued to work for the property management company until several months later when I was offered a job with a great deal more pay in another city. So, I packed up myself and three little ones, and we took off on a grand adventure. Little did I know.

Fortunately, I was able to enroll my little ones in a before and after school care that included evening hours. I began working 10-14 hours a day 6 days a week with little to no time to rest, much less make friends and become part of the community. Initially, I loved my new job, but things started slowly unraveling.

Work became a haven as I could handle what was going on there easier than I could handle home and all its demands, not to mention the loneliness and isolation I felt.

The company I worked for started laying people off and in true last hired fashion, I was laid off. I received a decent severance package, to include continuation of insurance for a short period of time.

Without realizing what was happening, I spiraled into SEVERE depression. As time went on, I was less and less able to handle even the smallest of day-to-day tasks. The kids were still going to before and after school care, and I was just trying to make it through the next 10 seconds without feeling like I was drowning a very slow and very painful death.

And then one day, I seemed to have clarity of thought and action. I decided life wasn’t worth living and in a bizarre (though typical ideation) I began to systematically prepare everything for my death. Insurance was checked to see if it covered suicide (it did), I found a sweet, older Christian couple to care for the kids long-term, contacted Red Cross to find out what they would need to notify my husband and went to see a friend I made where I had worked.

My friend and I talked for a little while and then, for reasons unknown to me at the time, they asked me to go home and stay there until they came by later that day. I agreed and went home.

I know now that my friend, although not a Christian, was being led by God. This friend had a sister who had committed suicide and was able to recognize in me, through their heartbreaking experience, what I was doing, even though I didn’t. I was saying, “Good-bye.”

Later in the day, my friend came by to see me and was able to talk me into getting help.

I wish I could say this experience worked a miracle. I wish I could say I had not tried to commit suicide before (first time I was 13). I wish I could say I am free of depression. Unfortunately, I can’t. I continued and still continue with debilitating depression. I did learn one thing though-how to recognize when the depression is getting out of hand and to seek help right away.

I also learned, even when fleeing from myself and the Lord, the Lord is still there just waiting for me to return.

I cling to certain verses now.

John 16:33b King James Version (KJV) 33b In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Philippians 4:19 King James Version (KJV) 19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Romans 15:13 King James Version (KJV) 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Psalm 31:24 King James Version (KJV) 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Psalm 30:5b King James Version (KJV) 5b  weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

And so many more, I can’t even begin to list them all.

There’s a lot more to my story, but I leave you with this: If you are hurting, lost in sadness, overwhelmed by life, feel like you can’t go on or a million other things that leave you feeling hopeless or helpless-get help. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you-GET HELPI cannot stress this enoughPlease, oh, please GET HELP!

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml

http://www.healthcentral.com/depression/c/84292/70431/money-insurance?ic=506011

http://www.healthcentral.com/depression/cf/slideshows/what-to-do-when-you-are-depressed?ic=obnetwork

http://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/resources/mental-health-hotline-numbers-and-referral-resources/#Hotline

National Suicide Hopeline
Phone: 800.784.2433

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 800.273.8255

Tuesday’s Tale

The Last Heiress, by Mary Ellis, is a novel based on the relationship between a British textile mill heiress, her American family, and a poor mercantile owner.

Amanda Dunn, heiress to Dunn Textiles in England, is persuaded by her ill father, George, to go to North Carolina.  The Civil War has created problems for the employees at the mill and for the family; there are no longer any shipments of cotton available. He wants her to do everything within her power to start cotton flowing back to the mill before things become untenable. He also wants her to visit her twin sister, Abigail, and Abigail’s husband, Jackson.

Amanda, along with her maid, sets off for Wilmington. While there, she is appalled by slavery, in both North Carolina and her sister’s home.

Jackson has little tolerance for Amanda and her anti-slavery ways and is constantly trying to make her life miserable. He doesn’t see a difference between her maid and slaves though there are many real and glaring differences, were he to open his eyes.

Amanda meets a poor, local merchant who helps her navigate her way through a business dominated by males. After she falls in love with him, Jackson becomes even more inconsiderate by pointing out all the ways Nathaniel is unsuitable for her. He even arranges a dinner where his only purpose in mind is greatly embarrassing Nathaniel.

The story is interesting to read as each character struggles with the changes brought on by either out of control events or because of their beliefs and feelings.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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