Sunny Sunshine

NJ from Ametalk  nominated me for a Sunshine Award.

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Thank you soooo much, Neerja!  You are a sweet doll!

She said she nominated me:

“For having such a wonderful name for her blog and help us to recover from our every day’s tidbit problems.”    🙂

Thank you so much, NJ.  That’s wonderful to hear that I help people.

Yeah, baby!  I’m so excited, I’m beaming all over the place!

Drat that glare!

Drat that glare!

Yes, I'm aware my earrings aren't purple. But, Mama gave 'em to me.

Yes, I’m aware my earrings aren’t purple. But, Mama gave ’em to me.

(Didya feel the heat wave from where you are???)

Back to Neerja:

“And my question is:

Do you believe in destiny and if yes then tell us about your one moment that made you believe in it.

The Rules for this award are:


1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Answer the question from the person who has nominated you.
3) Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
4) Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
5) Notify the bloggers you have nominated.”

Hmmmm, okay, here goes;  No, I don’t believe in destiny, as I believe God directs us.  He has plans for our lives.  “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare (good), and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11  (Old Testament, Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version)

WE have free will, so we can choose whether to follow His plan for our life, living for Jesus, or we can reject God’s plan.  Rejecting God’s plan always leads to sorrow.  If you read the Strawberry Girl series,

you know some of the heartaches I caused myself by doing wrong, (SIN).  Once I turned back to God, and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and began following Him again, my life improved.  Following God does NOT guarantee a problem free life!

But, He promises to be with us, in the middle of our problems, always by our side.  Trust me, I’ve done life both ways, with and without God.  I am NOT going back to my old life without Him!!

My nominees are:

James

Joel

Himali

Claremary

My question is:       What is the one moment in your life that shines the brightest in your memory?

Shine on for Jesus!!

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Brotherhood of the World

Lady Sunshine nominated me for a Brotherhood of the World Award.   Thank you, Lady Sunshine!!

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Here are the rules:
Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.
List the Rules and Display the Brotherhood of the world Award logo to your post and/or blog.
Answer the questions set to you.
Nominate around ten bloggers.
Create your set of questions for your nominees.

Lady Sunshine’s questions for me :

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

I’ve had several nicknames throughout my life.  One was Mel, when I was going thru my rebellious, “I hate my name” stage.  Then in 8th grade, I named myself Mindy.  Now of course, I’m “Purple Slob”.

2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read?

My Bible.  I try to always read it every day.  I say try.  And, I have a book, “Season of Angels” , Debbie Macomber that I’m wanting to read.

3.What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

Sometimes I get up and read, or get on FB.  Sometimes I eat!  Bad me, bad me!

⁴. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?

I think I could last awhile, if I had books, and paper and pen.  Maybe some crayons, and coloring book.   But, they are gonna feed me, right???
5. When making an entrance in to a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost?

 Oh, I definitely make my presence known!  I am a big time par-tay girl!  Love to be the center of attention!!
6. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be?

 I think seeing would be my strongest, even though I need glasses now! lol  Hmmmm, if I had to give one up??

     I guess I’d choose smelling to let go of.  I would never want to be blind, or deaf, or unable to feel.

Now, I get to ask the questions.  Sunshine gave me such thought provoking ones, I need to dig deep to come up with some great ones, too!

My questions for y’all:

  1. Boxers or briefs?  Not really, I just couldn’t resist.  DO NOT ANSWER THIS!!
  2. Which is more important to you in a relationship, looks or personality?
  3. How did you decide to start blogging?
  4. What is your definition of Brotherhood?
  5. How do you define happiness?
  6. Are you a slob, or a cleanie?
  7. What was the name of your first childhood pet, and what was it?
  8. Who is your favorite relative?
  9. And why?

My nominees:

Susie

Smiling Notes

TJ

Michelle

Robyn

Annabelle

Jaya

Bec

Lynn

Bettylouise  ‘s blog is an Award Free Blog.  Which I didn’t notice, till I popped over to give it to her.  Oops!

I look forward to reading your answers!

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Victory Vote

Photo Challenge, Part 5  results are in.

It’s Laughing by a land slide pebble slide (of 11 votes to 7 of the runner-up).

Since it’s been so long, you probably don’t even remember what I’m talking about!

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laughing is the winner!!

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skunk-me (got 1 vote, thanks LBeth!)

burger me, baby

burger me, baby

me all aglow

me all aglow is first runner up.

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purple hair

So, here’s the scoop.

I was at a New Year’s Eve party, at my house.  That’s why the lei- we “dressed up”!!

We played a game, where everyone brought gag gifts, and played “Chinese Exchange” with them.  We drew numbers.  #1 gets first choice of any package.  After they open it, #2 can decide to open a new one, or steal #1.

The last person gets to steal from ANYone!!

Anyhoo, mine turned out to be toilet paper!  Everyone at the party knew my obsession  with it!  And I got an 8 roll pack!!  And no!!!  I didn’t let anyone steal it!

Best gag gift, ever!!

T(r)ank Trouble

Oh the multi-splendored joys of home ownership.  (Did the sarcasm come thru okay?)

I’m having…. tank troubles… as in my toilet tank.

I love the color, but I'm very puzzled. How do you flush it??

I love the color, but I’m very puzzled. How do you flush it??

It worked when I first moved in,

This is how it's SUPPOSED to work.

This is how it’s SUPPOSED to work.

then suddenly it wouldn’t flush.  Called in the handyman, better known as sweet friend, the chain was broken.   A few minutes and 1 bent paper clip later

Office supply masquerades as plumbing fix

Office supply masquerades as plumbing fix

Ta Da!  It worked again!  Magic!  (BUT!!  the chain was TOO long now, so you had to lift the tank lid a little, so the doo-hickey wouldn’t hit the top.) sigh  (Of COURSE it was too long, did ya SEE the size of that paper clip???)

That’s okay, I just waited till it broke again, and asked for a smaller paper clip.  Ain’t I brilliant!!   (I didn’t get that college degree fer nuttin, ya know!)

A little later, it was running all the time, and wouldn’t flush AGAIN!!   This time, the rubber gasket was not sealing right, so it constantly drained.  And wouldn’t you know it, all these things ALWAYS happened in the middle of the night!   How does that HAPPEN???

Want to! Just can't!

Want to! Just can’t!  I wish this sign hadn’t been written in invisible ink!!

So, once again, a SOS call went out.  (in the morning!  I didn’t call him right then.  I’m not a sadist.)  Like magic, he fixed in a trice.  (Don’t ya just love that word – trice??  We need to start a campaign to bring it back into popular circulation!   Who’s with me??)

Several weeks go by, then a repeat of the same frustration.  ERGH!  So, I decided to take a peek for myself.  This time, the top link had slipped out of the hole in the end of the stick.  (There’s probably a real name for it – flush lever?? )
nasty toilet lever(not my toilet- you can find anything on google!)

Tried to mend it, but failed.  Probably due to my fat fingers, and being wet.  Yes, yes, that’s it! Because my fingers were wet!   So humiliating to be toilet- flushable- challenged.

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And, here I sit blogging, instead of asking for help.  Thinking about buying stock in Depends.

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Rare Rabbit

No, it’s not rare to SEE a rabbit, at my house, but I’ll get to the rare part in a minute.

There I was minding my own business, actually DOING my dishes for once!  When I look up, and see a rabbit out my kitchen window.

Yes, the real rabbit out my window!

Yes, the real rabbit out my window!

He just sat there, frozen.   (Please don’t burst into song now!!)

I thought, “Well, is he okay?  Is he a little rabbit statue?”

But, he turned his head, and I swear he looked RIGHT at me!  And sat that way for about 5 whole minutes.  Then, he hopped a little way, turned his whole body, and sat THAT way for another 5 minutes.  I was torn between just watching him, enjoying the sight, and running to get the camera(phone).  If only I hadn’t had to stop to get dressed, I’d have made it outside in time to get a Good pic of him!(her??)

(This pic is pretty good, only because I cropped it and blew it up!  It was TINY.)

That wasn’t the rare part, that I wasn’t dressed,it was rare that the rabbit sat still so long!   Have you ever seen a wild hare sit still for 10 minutes??

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Love/Hate Challenge

Beautiful Himali, from decodinghappyness has nominated me for a challenge.

                                      Love – Hate !

Read here: love-hate

  • List 10 things that you love.
  • List 10 things that you hate.
  • Nominate fellow bloggers to take the challenge.

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So, here goes:

LOVES:

  1.  Jesus/God/Holy Spirit  (They’re the same, 3 persons in 1 Godhead.)
  2. My husband, DH
  3. My 2 daughters, DD1, DD2
  4. My grand baby, Pudding Pop
  5. Mamafirst established
  6. My family; nuclear,first established , this established, and extended
  7. PURPLE!!!  (Y’all knew that one was coming, right??)
  8. Losing weight
  9. The Bible
  10. Blogging, my new addiction

Hates:  Hmmmm, this is harder.

  1.  Bad grammar, especially in a love letter.  In 8th grade, I red-lined all my boyfriend’s love letters, and sent them back for editing!  Yes, I really did!  The gall!
  2. Long hair, on me.  I whack it off every chance I get.  When my girls were in Elementary school, I even shaved my head, much to their chagrin, and Mama’s horror!
  3. Shaving my legs.  Enough said.
  4. Abortion.  This is serious, I just couldn’t be all funny, without speaking up for the unborn.  They are precious little lives, no matter what stage of gestation.
  5. Frustation!  I’m not the most techie person in the world, so I get upset when I can’t just do what I want to do!  Why don’t I have a computer I can just speak to, and it instantly does my bidding????  WHY????
  6. Not having a sarcasm font.  I’ve asked for it enough times.  Someone should have invented this already!!
  7. Green. Yuck!
  8. Sushi.  Just the thought of it makes me queasy.  Believe me, I’ve eaten my share of stuff, so let me slide, okay?  Thanks!
  9. Running out of ice… and since I live alone, this would be the fault of ?????
  10. When I don’t get a nap.  So does everyone around me hate when this happens!!  (Can you say Grumpy?  I thought you could.)

Okay, so there’s that, then.  Onto the nominations.  And the awards go to:

Claremary

Janice

Susie

James

Robyn

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Tipped Toe

This is why you have to clean and organize your house:

Poor bruised, battered, broken toe

Poor bruised, battered, broken toe

It hurt like everything.  I was in agony, agony, AGONY I tell you!!  I think it’s broke.

Call 911!!  I need an ambulance!  Oh, wait, who am I yelling to????  There’s no one else here.  Hmmmmm, think!  What to do???  It’s so hard to think when you’re in AGONY!

I know!  I’ll lay on the floor, and simply expire from the pain.  And when someone comes looking for me, they’ll find my cold, broken body, stretched out on the floor, in a position of supplication…  pleading for help, and non came.   Ha, ha!  That’ll teach ’em a lesson!  Oh, wait!  Teach who a lesson????  I’ll be dead.  Okay, not the best plan....

I decided to fall onto the bed, clutching my foot, howling in agony.  Did I mention I was in AGONY???

Once I recovered sufficiently, to be able to arise: I photographed the scene.

Here is a mug shot of the dastardly fiend, who’s responsible:

murderous fiend

murderous fiend

How dare you be in MY way??  Well, what do you have to say for yourself??  Speak up!

Great, cat’s got it’s tongue.

I wrote an account of the tragic events, and gathered the evidence.

Can I sue the chair?  (I’m sure I’d win!)

Update:  Poor toe is getting better..  Still sulking about not winning the suit for a million dollars, against the chair, but healing nevertheless.

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Premio Dardos: Prize Darts

I’ve been nominated for another award.  (YAY!!! Another one!!  She likes me, she really likes me!)

Gail from Snapshots in Cursive, has nominated me for the Premio Dardos Award.

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How sweet!  Thank you Gail!

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The rules are:
Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.

Pass the award on to other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.

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The Premio Dardos {means Prize Darts in Spanish} Award exists to acknowledge the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.
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Gail, from SnapshotsinCursive, is a wonderful lady.  She cooks up such yummy recipes, I nearly drown my computer, with drool, everytime I log onto her site!  And her photography is simply stunning.  And she does it herself!  (Check out her link above, to see what I mean.  Put a napkin under your chin first!)

Gail has been such an encouragement to me.  She reaches out, likes my stuff, and comments on my posts.  And she shares knowledge with me.  She has definitely helped me improve as a blogger.  (For instance, she let me copy these theatre masks from her post!)

Thank you so much, Gail for being so special, and such an encourager.

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I would like others to know that I appreciate their inner voice and desire to stay connected as well. Therefore I submit the following blogs for nomination of the “Premio Dardos Award!”:

James

S. Robert

Staci

Carmen

Debbie

Joel

On Sept. 7, 2015

Neerja nominated me too!  Thanks, NJ!   Go see her, and say hello from Melinda!

https://ametalk.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/premio-dardos-award/

Then  Creative Crafts DIY also nominated me for a Premio Darts Award.  Thank you, Creative!  Here’s a link to her blog:

https://creativecraftsdiy.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/premio-dardos-award.  Go say hi, and tell her Melinda sent ya!

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Thanks so much to these 3 sweet ladies, for thinking so highly of me!  I return the sentiment!

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Color Correction

Okay, another poll today, kiddies.

Is it annoying to see so many different text colors?

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 Do you want me to pick one and stick with it?  This color is labeled “Red Violet”.  I dunno, it looks kinda brownish to me.  (Did I mention I “might” need glasses??)

Dog gone it, that pesky poll button has disappeared again.  Seriously, folks, does that ever happen to y’all while you’re writing a post?  I’m about ready to write my Congressman!  (Or send a sternly worded memo to WP.)  This color is labeled “Purple.”  Okay, I agree with that.

I was going to make a poll about which text color you’d prefer.  Humph  How do you insert a poll, when no such option is offered??  What did I do last time to overcome the WP hiding game????   {whacks self on forehead}  

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Ok, so I created my own poll icon. So there, WP!
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Think! Think! This color is labeled “Plum.”  Really??  It looks like lavender to me.  But who am I??  Only a purple connoisseur!!

So, if you’d be so kind, tell me in the comments, if it annoys you when I change colors in the post, and which color you prefer as the standard for texts.  Thanks!!  (This one is “Magenta”.)

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Dishes, Dishes, Dreaded Ding Dong Dishes

Man, you think I’d be done writing about dishes!  Ah so, ah no!

This past weekend, I had PP.   I love having her so much!

But: she wears me out!  I tend to her, and (maybe) get a bath too, but that’s it!  No cleaning, dishes or laundry on her watch! lol

So, when she left Sunday night, and there was a full sink of dishes, did I jump in there like a good lil housekeeper, and do ’em all up?

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Yeah, right!  If you’ve been here very long, you know the answer is a resounding NO!

Anyway, there sat the pitiful, but still pretty!, dang dirty dishes.

BUT!  to rejuvenate, first I had to sleep 12 hours.  Yes, I sleep 12 hours, and your point?

When I came into the kitchen to find food,  there they were, staring at me, mocking me:  “Purple Slob in Recovery, huh?  Recover this!”

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Ooooohhh, I despised them at that moment.

So, I did what any good slob would do, I ignored them, and ate my breakfast.  (A non-dish-requiring breakfast of fresh blueberries, outta the container, and a cheese stick.)

no dishes needed

no dishes needed

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Then, s l o w l y, I dragged myself back into the kitchen, and confronted them.

“You’re going down, today, Sassy Pants!”

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So I organized them, dumped the contents, re-arranged them, alphabetized them…..

And after starting to think I might actually have to DO them, I caught myself.  Wait!  I’m a slogger!! (slob-blogger for you new followers.)  I HAVE to take pix for the blog!!

So, I stretched that out as long as I could….

Here they are stacked nicely

Here they are stacked nicely, sorta….

Okay, fine!  I’ll do the dishes!  But only so they can’t mock me anymore!

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