Sunshine Award 

First off, many thanks to my newest follow for nominating me for this award. She appears to be a mystery woman.  Aren’t they all.  I’m humbled to be added to any list. It means you are thought of.  But on with the show…

The Rules:

Show the award on your blog.
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the given questions.
Nominate a blog(s) and give them questions to answer.
Link your nominee(s) and let them know of your nomination.

Her Questions for me :

1.) What was your worst nightmare?

Hmm… My darkness beckons.  The worst nightmare…. Really?! I stuck between drowned after falling out of a boat with a girl friend (at the time) watching me not helping.  It was quite disturbing because she looked confused on what to do.  Fortunately, in hindsight it meant I was in over my head with her.  

2.) Describe the most inspiring piece of artwork you have encountered?

Hallucinogenic Toreador

It lives at the Dali museum in Tampa, Florida.  It’s huge, he had a two story studio to make these kinds of works! The museum is the greatest thing with art I know

3.) What is your morning routine?

I get up by am alarm.  Awake with a hot shower.   Feed my loving kitties (with 18 claws each).  Find food, drink water/milk.  Look at phone/IPad to see what has happened in the world.  (Screw that!  Where are my comments and likes people?!) 

4.) How close are you to the person you aspire to be? What is hindering you?

I have the aspiration to be the person my Tom cat Elvis thinks that I am.  He can’t talk so…. I’m not sure where I stand.  Fortunately, I’m married and have experience in having good no clue of what is happening around me.

5.) Describe what pain feels like to you.

It fucking hurts! Just like shards of glass.  Or catching the ground with your face by falling forward.  Falling backwards and cracking a mountain!  But I walked away…the mountain never got back up

6.) What do you think deja vu is for?

We are missing the point here.  First and foremost, there are no coincidences.  Deja Vu is you making a known connection.  We have very little idea of how time functions.  We are seeing connections that are happening in what we see as the future.  The reason time doesn’t move, we pass through shadows called tomorrow and yesterday.  Oh shit.. If I’m right now then I’m dead!

7.) What was the last great book you read?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  My copy is getting rough.  It’s a more mature and evil Illustrated Man.  Running an October traveling fair.  He gives people what they want.  

8.) You become a world leader, what societal problem would you first tackle.

Everyone has a productive job.  Whether it’s manufacturing something or producing intellectual material, farming, fishing, researching. The point is everyone needs money and a sense of value.  This does both.  Oh yeah, people with money have food, water shelter, and are healthier.

9.) Use one adjective and one color to describe your current mood

Tranquil Turquoise.  I’m at rest, watching pictures of Yellowstone’s hot spring pools.  I’m an outdoor person.  Hell, I moved 1930 miles to hide in the mountains of Arizona. Yes, there are mountains here.  The Grand Canyon isn’t the North End of Pheonix.  

10.) Where does your mind wander when you hear “that song”? (the song that you love/takes you back/gets you too that place..)

Too many “that songs”.  Eddie Money’s ‘Shakin’ immediately takes me back to 18-22 yr old times ( it’s older than that).  Billy Squier’s first two albums relate to people I was with.   Queen can change any mood I’m in.   Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson are great reflective music to write by.  They are  ultimate story tellers.

I normally would add the word victim list here.  I’m very ambivalent about the awards.  Many of my favorites don’t do awards.  Some do.

If you are reading this, congratulations.  I have tagged you as it.

Four questions

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world…where and why with one must do/see

2.  I swam with Manta rays, jumped out of a plane… What life threatening thing would you want to do or would never ever, die thinking of it event is out there?

3.  What does the Villian need to possess and how do you tell them in your stories?

4.  What is most difficult for you to write about my. What would you be willing to do to change that?

By the way, I need you! 

But wait, what is this?  21 words, or 2 images.  Any style, stories, poetry, haiku… Can you do it?  Instructions on the About page


One Lovely Blog Award

The rules are as follows:

Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Display the award on your post of the award.
List seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.


First off, many thanks to my dear friend Memee,  I always look forward to reading her posts.  Life and some stories mixed in.  You should really be reading her link instead.   I’ll just drone on here about myself. ..

About Me (you were warned)
1.  I’m itching to play in the dirt.   I have a gardening issue.   It’s not only good place to bury things, but fresh veggies are awesome.  Flowers are nice too!


2.  I have a traveling addiction.   Or maybe I’m really bad at running away from home?!  What a thought!  But until Ohio improves through global warming and gains beaches, I’m forced to travel.


3.  Photography is my favorite real hobby.   Something about take your memories with you and getting the thoughts correct.  


4.  I have become sympathetic to Donald Trump.  I wouldn’t really vote for him. His party is trying to kill him off while people are choosing him over the establishment.  It’s funny how a party a patron saint out of Reagan (who changed parties and philosophies) but won’t honor the will of their constituents.   Don’t get me wrong.  I believe there are no good choices here.   Just worse ones!  I remain independent.

Burn baby! Burn

5. I have kept my inner child as young as possible. There is nothing more depressing then being an adult.   It’s not just the working, the bills, the stress we must self impose, but adult means give up brief in magical things.   The natural world is full of things we try to understand rather than enjoy.   We don’t need to explain everything.   There really needs no reason for things to happen.


6. I failed at finding a phobia.   I’ve jumped out of a plane. I’ve swam in areas with sharks and eels.  I don’t kill spiders.   I step on cracks in the sidewalk.  At some point, it occurred to me I’m strange.

Soft and fuzzy!

7.  I’m a slob.   I don’t understand the concept of organization.   Chaos always ensues.  Simple example.  “History shows, again and again, how nature points out the folly of men” BöC

Victim list.   I always like to mix things up here.  For anyone who may be award free blog, my apologies it’s a sign of respect not obligation to participate.   I prefer to pay along with how of sharing something of myself.   I mean we share our thoughts which could be more intimate than other things about ourselves here.  (Hmmm, future post here)  So passing on the award to. ….

Versatile Blogger Award


Apparently I have been caught making a difference. I’m not quite sure about the event that triggered this. All I can do is change the thing that I can change, accept the things I can not change….oh wait that’s another anonymous group.

I would like to thank Memee, http://mes, for the nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award. Seriously, recognition is an honor from your peers. Being a blonde, I do prefer Versatile over Scatterbrained. Details found About the VBA | Versatile Blogger Award. 

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

Thank the person who gave you this award. It’s common courtesy.
Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you cannot figure that out, go to their nomination post and thank them personally.
Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly who you deem as versatile and excellent in their writing and nominate/award them with the Versatile Blogger Award. It is good practice to let them know of your nomination on their about page.
Finally, share 7 things about yourself. The person who nominated you probably wants to learn more about you and so do your regular followers.

The Seven Things About Myself

1. I’m a professional street walker. I’ve logged about 30,000 miles at work. I’m that smiling person who brings bills.

2. I have spoke in front of 300 people leading an identity theft seminar. I have been a professional singer (hey, my lifetime earns have exceeded $150 plus beer!). I have sold over a million dollars in auto parts. I’m a social chameleon.

3. My favorite thing is discovering something new. My inner child keeps track of these things.

4. I would take a desert mountain home over a beach home. Maybe desert animals seem friendly compared to most people.

5. A vacation is not complete without a bug and a flower shot! Seriously, critters are cool and who doesn’t like flowers.

6. My brain is dominated by my inner science geek. This explains the multiple retweets about planets, stars, dinosaurs, dead people (archeology), and the such.

7. If it creates a puzzle, I’m trying to figure it out. Most of my writing
Tends to follow a prompt.

My Victim list….

My view on these awards may not reflect your own. If I nominate an award free site, it is not out of malice to your beliefs but respect. As a Coloring Outside the Lines person might be, the method is not conventional. I accept these as recognition but don’t copy and add the badges. I simply believe someone took the time to appreciate me and my work. I intend to do the same.
Without further adieu…

Versatile Blogger Award!


I have been honored by a nomination.   The Versatile Blogger Award.  I would like ti think the lovely. Maeryl.  You can visit her at Being Maeryl at  The nominees at the end are must reads.   Remember view points of others makes you a better writer.

The rules:

Thank the person that has nominated you & Include a link to their blogShare seven different facts about yourselfNominate at least 15 blogs of your choiceLink your nominees and let them know of your nomination

Facts about me:

1. Nature is my temple.  I’m agnostic by more lack of interest organized religion (confirmed Lutheran).  Or maybe, we missed the boat on what if every religion worshipped the same god? Even worse, we were made to live with nature not destroy it.

2. I have always seem things differently.   But only learn through others viewpoints.

3.  Time does pass faster as you age.  So I have less time to do nothing now.

4.  My travel habit is in the way of the car buying I need to be doing.   Looking at cars later today.   Yeah!  (I can travel a lot for the price of the thing with 4 wheels)

5. I never really had a favorite color.  

6.  I hate to repeat facts about me.   So finding different answers than other award is not as much fun as it used to be.  FUN is life.

7.  My new telescope will be used this week.  (A science geek)

There is an issue with these.   Some of you may be award free sites.   If you are mentioned it is our of respect and enjoyment.   Feel free to ignore, or not participate.  For those new, this is how you learn the person behind the blog.   We are all secretive characters hiding out here.  Some I haven’t nominated enough for these things.
Http://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress. com

Infinite Dreams Award – Questions


So here are the rules:

Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.  Mutsumi,, thanks so much for the nomination, comments, and pictures.
Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.
Here we go!

Eleven things to share about me. .

I’m a street walker, professionally.
I have become a care taker for five rescue cats.
If given a map, I’ll find the most out of the way place on it.
No trip is complete without a bug shot.
The next trip is always in the works (3 deep now)
My life has happened by accident.
Any photo with a reflection is with taking.
I am the most random person I know.
Some day I’ll learn to paint (no artistic skills here)
Not knowing what I want to be when I grow up, I’ve choose not to grow up.
I will be published.
Questions from Mutsumi…
I’d like the bloggers of these 11 Blogs above answer to the following questions. Thanks!

What is the best thing about the city/town where you live now?

The area around Cleveland it’s very easy to get around. We have a great variety of ethnic restaurants.  We get four seasons, some for only a week or two!
What is the best way of spending time for you?

I’m a hiker.   Anything outside is great.   I prefer a desert stroll. But I can lay on a beach with a drink. I’m planning the next trip.
What was the best food you have eaten?
Rare prime rib.

What was the best book you have read?
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury.  The battle of good and evil mixed with twelve year olds and carnivals

What was the best film you have seen?
The Deer Hunter. Inner conflicts are awesome material.

Where was the best place you have visited?
Glacier Bay, Alaska.  The vision of a glacier collapsing into the sea.  But the sound is so much better.

What was the best/most useful thing you have ever bought?
Wow, not fair question!  My backpack is most useful, it travels with me everywhere.   Best thing 2004 Toyota Solara.  135,000 miles and it’s still as good as day one.

What was your best memory in your childhood?

Going to Montana at age twelve!   Road trip with dad.   The American west infected me with the travel bug.  

What was the best decision you made for yourself?

Deciding to take a government job.   I never planned for it.   But it affords my travel needs.

What was the best dream you had? (If you remember any)

I’m smart enough to keep this to myself.  😉  There’s a story I wrote with it.   There’s about 310 to choose from,  you’ll know when you read it.   (Cheap ploy for more views)

What was the best piece of advice you have been given?

“Do you really want to do that?”   I have heard it more than once.   I, proudly listened once, maybe twice!

Nominating 11 Blogs for ‘the Infinity Dreams Blog Award’. The following victims, nominees are some of my favorite follows.   Some may have been nominated already, please consider it acknowledgment of your work.   Some may be award free blogs, see the above.   All worthwhile follows and views that have aided much own writing.

Ok eleven questions
1 where in the world would you go abd what would you do?

2 what is the first thing you do when writing, develope character or theme?

3 what is the one piece of your writing/photos that I need to see?

4 why did you start and did the reason change as you have developed a style?

5 if you could only do one thing What would it be?

6 What is the go to meal, when you have to make something on the spot?

7 how much time to you on vacation a year?

8 dark woods, empty train station, or abandoned building where is last place you’d ever be?

9. What’s your music playlist?

10 who would you want to meet, anyone in history included

11 who’s next person I should follow?

Fair Time

Best in show old singer seeing machine

Fair time has hit northern Ohio.   This means interesting things people display for hope of a colored ribbon.

This is a lamp!
Fair food will kill you!

We deep fry sandwiches, cheese, Oreo cookies. No butter Or kool-aid:-(


Local entertainers playing Japanese drums!

Let me out!
Hey, I'm gonna bit that kid if he comes back!

Livestock are always popular.  By no chickens, bird flu?


Magic shows on the midway.   Juggling fire, chain saws,  and balls.


Crowd members get recuited for the act



Weapons! Need a gun, or rocket propelled grenade launcher!


Liebster Award Revisited with New Nomination


First and foremost. Thanks for the nomination and the time spent reading and commenting on my site goes to Deb, She has a site you should go visit. One of the most positive posts I have found.

Once you are nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
– Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
– Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
– Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
– Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
– Lastly, COPY these rules in the post.

1. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?

Uluru, or better known as Ayers rock in Australia.  I have completed the fifty states, and still have domestic stops to make.  But this has always captured my imagination.
2. Who’s been a positive role model in your life?

The most positive were my Grandmothers.  One taught me the love for the land with gardening.  The other was the most modest person I have ever seen.  One of the first women to be a township trustee in Ohio, and couldn’t run for Mayor because in small towns “they have to dig ditches” and she couldn’t do that.  She always described the struggles in life as “well that’s just what you did”.
3. What do you like about your hometown?

It was big enough to ride a bike around.  It was a bedroom community.  Most people worked elsewhere and it has not grown it a large suburb then.  Hidden corners filled the need to explore.  Ponds to fish.  Woods to roam.
4. What is the best meal you can prepare?

Breaded Cube Steak with real mashed taters and all kinds of pepper gravy.  A nice mix of flour and bread crumbs, thrown in some sage, paprika, garlic salt, and pepper.  Hold it on with egg and milk wash with a heavy table spoon of Lee Perrin worchester sauce.  Fried to brown, then splashed with water and braise for half hour to keep it loaded with juice.
5. What’s your favorite chore to do at home?

Petting the cats.  With four cats, this qualifies as work.  One is pacing by my feet.  Deciding if I look like I need something more important to do like pet her.
6. What’s your favorite book?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  Mr Dark is one of my favorite characters ever.  Prefect mix of polite, direct, orderly man who goes completely opposite when needed.  A respectable psychopath with only giving you what you want the problem.
7. What’s the very first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Check the date on the ticket to make sure it’s not an old ticket!  Then move to the Big Island of Hawaii.
8. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable?

This time of year it’s the home grown tomato.  That will change once my first home grown sweet corn is ready.  A black grape or cherry is up there to.
9. How many times have you fallen in love?

I’m not really sure.  Far too many times.  A dreamer’s problem when regarding life and those fantastic possibilities on the other side of the fence.
10. What was your favorite game or toy as a child?

Risk was the game of choice.  It’s “countries” and strategies were opening my mind for travel plans.
11. What’s your favorite beverage?

Real sweet tea.  Luzanne tea two large tea bags, two quarts of water, and one third cup of sugar.

Nominees to add to the list should include more people but looking at my own follows finding different voices is of greater interest. (And ones that may have not been through this). If you have been already nominated, consider this a reaffirmation.


Eat Me

Rantings of a Third Kind


Four camels and a coffee to go

Definitely worth stopping by. We all like visitors. I’m better for finding them.

Antique Roadshow Comes Town

So every once in awhile you get lucky and win tickets.  Well, this was my time.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.  First off,the Antique Roadshow is a Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) production where people bring out the “treasures and heirlooms” to find value and maybe be on the TV!  Some of you may think the Americans stole one of our shows! Yeah, we did.  But unlike the Idol or “got talent”, it’s a great concept.

So there are several ways to get a ticket, two are legal.  Enter an online drawing, like me.  Or donate about $300 during a telethon.  There are possibly a few who would sell their tickets…but the prices aren’t that high.  About two weeks out an envelope shows up with two tickets.  It’s a moment of shear happiness followed by what do I have of any real value.  Followed by questions of where is this and where is that?  

First thing is head for those family heirlooms.  Butterfly tray from World War II, this has to worth a fortune!  I mean, do you have any idea how many beautiful things got destroyed to make this? Ok maybe they wouldn’t have lived this long anyway.  But in the forties, killing the planet was fine.  So go online and see how rare it really is….damn they made millions of these!!  They are worth $50-$100, really?!  I’m still looking at working apparently.  Now it’s not worth breaking on the way there.

How about a christining gown from 1920?  Special item from a time of homespun things, right?  Well, there was no online ones…our big ticket.  

My Granddad’s pocket watch was another item.  It’s perfectly smooth, no detail case has a sheen of old silver.  And there an old watch chain, boxy links, bronze like color.  I look online only one similar with 12karat gold from 1900.  Maybe we got something between them!

Grandma had a thing called a jelly jar.  Glass dish with a stirrup handle that holds a small spoon.  It looks like depression glass, but then it says “Hong Kong” on the bottom.  I was told it was saved for me.  It might be the most valuable thing she had.  So I was told. There were also little glasses with a man made of several letter “O”.  These were fought over, and I obtained them from my mother when she decided to donate them! No one ever drank from them.  They sat on a shelf at Grandma’s for years.  These were special!  Ok, people we have a problem, online $10 a piece.  

Odd ball stuff.  A China doll from a bar that closed thirty years ago! It old enough to be real silk, new enough to have had a label.  No similar dolls online.  The gown was glued to bamboo base.  Her fan was embroidered.  But her neck was broke.  So she was a back up plan.  Carried in a box that once held detonators for dynamite.  The box was from the 1930’s.  

I put my treasures in said box.  My wife and I can get two appraisals each.  So Time to get in line.  The idea of free appraisals and a chance at TV is a popular thing.  


Cleveland has a new convention center. Its a big flat building with a nice shiny glass front. Like a box with a glass entrance. Inside are happy people. You have a time, like 1PM, 2PM, etc.

The line is typical cattle gates that snake you across a concrete floor. Now everyone has two items. You would think if a packed up this junk, treasures, I’d want someone ti see then right? I stuck up a conversion wuth a gentleman from Cincinnati. He had a silver serving dish and a nineteenth century German painting with no signature. I talked to a dozen people, only Teri talked about what they had. The rest wanted to know why the long lines were long. And a couple noticed me with a box that said “blasting caps” and wanted to know if it was empty. They appraise guns here, so the Kentucky long rifle was a little more intimidating then an empty box.

So long lines are because they gave you tickets for the appraisals. As you can see at the top, I had four lines to wait in. Each carefully guarded by a ticket puncher. I guess if I tried to sneak in twice for the same watch the value would change.


Once you have your ticket, you pick a line. There are ten different ones. They are like squid arms coming out of a square box of light. Ok think divine crustacean with long whiplike arms of people. Once your part of the arm is moved into the box. Several tables line the outside of the box. Behind each table is three or four experts to appraise your treasure. Sometimes they open up the internet and Google search. Other times they give explanations of what you have. And a value if it was sold in an antique shop. I even have a somewhat in focus estimate of a banjo taking place. It’s an illegal pic. But taken from Outside the of limit photo area.


So the gown was estimated at $75, but it assembled from pieces that were sold at a normal sure imported from Ireland. Some was hand sewn. The top was punched fabric and they sewed the holes like button holes but left round. The watch was worth $125 but ti fix it $125! The jelly jar was $20, sold at Kmart back in 1960’s. But the Kmart bag that was twenty plus years old was what we carried the gown in. The store is rare in some parts. But at least I’m not loading furniture back in car like sine people.

Nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award

My thanks goes to Nitin Chandran Nair, for this and other nominations. Nominations are validation of the ideas put on paper. It’s an honor to have someone appreciate what you do. As usual there are things to do here.

Here are the Rules this Award:
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you wuth name and URL
2. Tell seven secrets of yours
3. Further nominate 15 bloggers

My Seven Secrets:
1. I have always made up stories about random people
2. Getting around rules has been more fun then following rules
3. Very few people actually know my history
4. I’m a cat person. (Not coerced by four cats surrounding me, really)
5. My best pictures I have taken weren’t liked at first.
6. I have ran a seminar with 8 speakers and 400 people in attendance.
7. I was paid to wear tiger striped pants and sing ($50, beer and a lifetime of shame tales)

My Fifteen Nominations:
1. Priceless Joy – Http://
2. Jessie – Http://
3. Izzy Grabs Life – Http://
4. Skyllairge – Http://
5. Afairymind-
6. John Yep –
7. Amommasview –
8. SmileylikeImeanit –
9. Dave Parkinkspot –
10. HumaAq-
11. Ericcantu –
12. Sonya –
13. Jennifer Nichole Wells –
14. The crafty lady in combat boots –
15. Ipekseyhan –

This is not an all inclusive list of those who deserve ti be nominated. I thank anyone who takes time to read and comment. The people who follow me are greatly appreciated. Maintaining all of you is something that improves my stories.

Nomination for the Creative Blogger Award


First and foremost, thanks to Nitin Chandran Nair, for the nominating.   Its rewarding to be recognised by others.  Of course, now I have a standard to uphold. I’m as good as that as obeying rules.  Well here come the rules.

Here are the Rules of this Award:
1. Acknowledge the booger who nominated you wuth name and the URL
2. Disclose five facts about you
3. Further nominate 15 bloggers

Five Facts You Don’t Know About Me:
1. I’m a street walking social worker (letter carrier, didn’t explain it well)
2.  My favorite state is Texas, well maybe West Virginia, no wait Hawaii.  I’m very decisive.  (Should count as two things)
3.  There is nothing so serious you can’t laugh at it. 
4.  I’m a photographer, untrained but trial and error are very good teachers.
5.  History is written by the victor.  I read the other side’s stories as well.

My Fifteen Nominations:
1. Priceless Joy – Http://
2. Jessie – Http://
3. Izzy Grabs Life – Http://
4. Skyllairge – Http://
5. Afairymind-
6. John Yep –
7. Amommasview –
8. SmileylikeImeanit –
9. Dave Parkinkspot –
10. HumaAq-
11. Ericcantu –
12. Sonya –
13. Jennifer Nichole Wells –
14. The crafty lady in combat boots –
15. Ipekseyhan –

Thank you for all who follow me. I try ti improve my stories with your input. The list above is a sign of help from inspiration to comments. Thanks to all.