Liebster Award

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I was thrilled to see in my email that I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award today.

Thank you so much to Dambreaker. I am enjoying your blog a lot. 🙂

I had to look up what Liebster meant and this is what I found:

It is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. It is an award given to highlight smaller, less known blogs with less than 200 followers. I also came across where some bloggers changed to more followers. I tried to stay with under 200 but most of the blogs I follow have more.

If you choose to accept the award, you may answer the 10 questions sent by the person who nominated you. I think it is a fun way to get to know one another. I completely understand if not all of you accept the award. I know bloggers are busy. I like the awards and I think it helps with finding other blogs to read.

Here are my 10 questions to answer from Dambreaker.

What is the most common thing you daydream about?

Oh, boy, I tend to daydream a lot. Don’t laugh, but recently, it has been me being on The Today Show and being interviewed for my published best seller! 🙂 One can dream. I think I would crap myself and not be able to go on.

  • What is your top 3 short term goals in life (up to the next 10 years)

The first short term goal would have to be a job. I have been living the dream of staying home the last two years while hubby finishes the Army. I’m ready to work again. 🙂

The second, finish our house back home that is in my hometown. It is rather old and has been being remodeled for as long as I have been married to my hubby, 12 wonderful years. I’m ready for it to be done.

The third, make sure the two youngest boys graduate high school which I am sure they will.  🙂

  • What would you say is your greatest personal achievement?

My greatest personal achievement would be receiving my Associate of Arts Degree, especially since it took ONLY fifteen years! 🙂 Hey, I wanted to take my time. 🙂

  • If you could have one “super power” what would it be and why?

I think I would want to fly. 🙂 I could then fly anywhere in no time at all. Especially, if I wanted to spend time with a family member. Plus, the view would be awesome.

  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would love to live in a castle in Europe. I have just always been fascinated with castles.

  • If you are having a Hollywood style party name your top five VIP guests:

Let’s see, my top five guests would be……

First, Pauley Perrette (NCIS) she is so cool, fun, and a bit weird. It would be interesting.

Second,  Matthew McConaughey, well he is just so so so cute! 🙂 I love his voice.

Third, Jackie Collins, now she would add some zest to the group. Think of the conversations. 🙂

Fourth, Katy Perry. I love her songs and her outlandish style. She would have everyone up and dancing! 🙂

And the fifth one, Ellen DeGeneres, now what a party it would be. She would have all of us laughing. I love her generous nature and outlook on life.

Can you imagine her with Jackie Collins? 🙂

  • If you could plan your last meal, what would you eat and/or drink?

It would have to be a buffet and a beer! I couldn’t just choose one type of food.  I love simple foods, not gourmet stuff.

  • What is your favorite smell?

I love lilacs! 🙂 It reminds me of spring time. It is calming and peaceful.

  • If blogging was not available, what would you be doing in your spare time instead?

I would have to be still writing in journals. I still do a tiny bit but not as deep now that there is the blog community. I like the blog because you get feedback. A journal I keep to myself.

  • When is your birthday?

It is almost here, Feb 3rd. I am in my early 40s! 🙂 I actually like the 40s.

I have come to the conclusion that your teens are for raising hell and annoying your family,

20s are for failing and trying to learn,

30s are realizing it is time to grow up and think about the future,

40s, is reflecting back on all that and saying, wow, if only I had not done that or said that,

50s will be back to having fun because the kids are out making those same mistakes and you can chuckle and say just wait. 🙂

60s, 70s, 80s, 90s…..enjoying my mature adult life with family and friends. Hopefully, healthy and happy. 🙂

The blogs I would like to nominate are as follows.

A Wondering Minstrel

Haiku for Peace

No Page Left Blank

The Random 

When You’re Bored 

To Do Without 

Our World 

Glasspages Reach Across the Seas  

Aaron Divi 

the Thought Palette

The 10 questions I would like to know about you.

1. When did you begin blogging on WordPress?

2. What is your main focus on your blog?

3. What inspires you to write?

4. What is your most unusual writing place?

5. Does music inspire your creativity?

6. Why do you follow blogs?

7. What other creativity sights do you belong to? (Instagram, Instacanvas, writing.com, etc)

8. Do you believe the arts should be taught in schools?

9. How old were you when you decided to develop your creativity?

10. What is your paying occupation?

Thanks! 🙂

Have a great day/night!

Jwls Mac Ray (Julia)

Journal Dec 26th – Jan 1st

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Dec 26th

Question? On a scale of one to ten, how spontaneous were you today?

2012

A big 1 🙂 It was a lazy day of watching TV with the hubby and doing absolutely nothing.

2013

Big 1 🙂 The day after Christmas is almost always just chilling at home. We watched some movies and barely moved from the couch.

Dec 27th

Question? When was the last time you felt at peace?

2012

I feel at peace now. I couldn’t say that a year ago. Things are going good. 🙂

2013

A couple weeks ago. We have had some mild family issues lately. We will get through it though and feel peace again. 🙂

Dec 28th

Question? Snuggle down or go out and play?

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2012

Snuggle down. A nice warm blanket.

2013

Snuggle! It’s a bit chilly out today! 🙂

Dec 29th

Question? What are your top three wishes?

2012

1. To be loved by my family. 🙂

2. Peace within my family. We’ve had some years of no peace.

3. All of us to be healthy because then we will be happy.

2013

1. A close family. We have been the closest this fall than any other time in a long time. 🙂

2. Everyone healthy in the family. No sadness.

3. The family happy in their life decisions. 🙂 No feeling sorry for oneself.

Dec 30th

Question? List what you’ve eaten for the past week.

2012

Turkey, turkey, and more turkey. 🙂 Love turkey sandwiches from leftovers of Christmas dinner.

2013

Turkey. Too many trips to fast food hamburger places. We were too lazy to cook after Christmas. 🙂

Dec 31st

Question? What is your most cherished memory of this year?

2012

My oldest son graduating from high school. 🙂 Two kids done, two more to go. Yay! 🙂

2013

Finding out the daughter did get her Associates of Arts degree from college. She achieved some of those credits while being deployed and stressed out. She is a strong woman! 🙂

Jan 1st

Question? What is your mission?

2012

To have more energy to do the things I need to do and want to accomplish.

I will finish everything I start this year. 🙂

2013

To write and publish my first novel. To make some money from writing. To lose 50lbs.

2014

To love my family, be healthy, and provide for them.

To get that first book published. Get over being scared of publishing and no one liking it.

It matters that I like it. 🙂

This is my year. I must believe that. 🙂

Journal Dec 19th – 25th

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Dec 19th

Question? If you could change one thing about today, what would it be?

2012

My energy level. I need to be more fit.

2013

I wish I was further on my books. I wish I had one published already.

Dec 20th

Question? What is your dream vacation?

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2012

A warm place enjoying the beach and all the kids with us.

2013

I would love a trip for hubby and I. It would be great to tour the castles in Germany together.

Dec 21st

Question? If you could be the best at anything, what would it be?

2012

All things creative! Writing and artistic. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for? 🙂

2013

The best person ever. I want to be nice to people. I want to be a good mom and wife. 🙂

Dec 22nd

Question? Did you meet someone new recently? If so, who was it?

2012

No, I haven’t. I stay home mostly.

2013

No, I’m a non-social person right now. I think that will change this next year with an outside job. 🙂

Dec 23rd

Question? What’s your favorite cereal?

2012

Mini-wheats! Love them! 🙂

2013

I’ve been loving raisin bran lately. Good for me also. 🙂

Dec 24th

Question? Write down a recent transition.

2012

Adapting to living in a bigger town again. 🙂

2013

The boys being in different schools for the first time. Or is that their transition? 🙂

Dec 25th

Question? Write down five words that describe today.

Merry-Christmas(My creation)

2012

Happy. Loved. Stuffed. Laughs. Special.

2013

Loved. Stuffed. Disappointed. Laughs. Worried.

Owner Sells Restaurant to Help Employee Fight Brain Tumor

This is awesome. There are some great people out there!

New Day

In today’s edition of the “Good Stuff,” a Texas restaurant owner sells his business to help an employee fight her brain tumor. CNN’s Chris Cuomo reports.

Britney Mathis, 19, along with her mom and her sister, work hard at a German restaurant – the Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar – in Montgomery, Texas.

That was, until, she went to the hospital, for what seemed like a harmless rash.

“I went to the hospital and found out it was my blood clotting,” Mathis told CNN affiliate KHOU. “So, they wanted to keep me and do CAT scans and MRIs and the next day they came in and told me I had a tumor.”

Brittany already lost her father to the same type of cancer in 2000.  What’s worse is, she had to stop treatment, because she doesn’t have insurance, or the money to pay for it.

That was, until the owner of her restaurant…

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Selfies

I don’t do a lot of selfies but every now and then I like to have fun with them. I actually try to avoid pictures when we take them during outings. Or that could be I am the one usually taking them.

I actually feel weird taking my own picture. I guess I just haven’t developed my inner selfie.  Or maybe it’s those dang pounds on me that fill the picture. Oh, who am I kidding, even if I was the weight I should be, I would still feel weird taking my own picture.

I enjoy when people post goofy ones. It makes me laugh. I like seeing them smile and have fun. Especially, in a world that tends to post way too much sadness.

Me! Take 1 !

I like a variety. Face it, life is a variety.

Take 2 !!

And again.

Take 3 !!!

Ok, one more time.

Take 4 !!!!

Alright, I am done. 😉

I don’t think selfies are boring when they are trying to tell a story like holding up something or showing an action shot. After all a picture alone can tell a story.

IMG_20140107_145643 Oh, this was part of the Zero to Hero 30 day challenge. I had never tried embedding a url into my blogs before. Pretty simple and you got to see my face 4x! 🙂

If you want to do the challenge you may click on the image to the right and it will explain everything. I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with everyday, but I will give it a whirl!

Before I write off into the sunset, it was a happy day today, kids back to school! 🙂 YAY!

Game On, I accept your challenge!

I finally convinced hubby to play Words With Friends. He became frustrated with Candy Crush so was a bit hesitant to start another. 🙂

It wasn’t long after he began Candy Crush that he was kicking my butt at it. After awhile he got to a level that he couldn’t get past and so uninstalled it.  Once in a blue moon I will try but still stuck on my level. Of course, a level way lower than him.

At least with Words it should be an even challenge. 🙂 I may end up biting those words.

I’ve had fun playing these games on Facebook just because I can play with family and friends that live far away. My kids enjoy it. I know these are games that are less violent than their video consoles so they get a break from those. I don’t play as often anymore like I did in the beginning.

I was one of those Farmville freaks.

Go ahead and laugh. Now I’m sure my farm has disappeared as I haven’t logged in for over a year or more.

I do pay attention to not send game stuff to those who don’t want it. I usually hide everything so it doesn’t fill up the news feeds. I chuckle when someone puts a status of don’t send me game requests. There are many ways of ignoring requests without getting upset. I imagine it is because the notification goes to their phone and blows up their phone. I just turn those off.

My new addiction is words even though I disappeared from it over the holidays. Its a fun challenge that you can spend a minute on or a lot. It keeps your brain active. Who knows I might learn a new and exciting word for my novel.

Game on hubby! I accept the challenge. 🙂

Cheers to 2014!

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Happy New Year!

My New Year’s Eve was spent in my cozy little living room under my warm and fuzzy blanket. 🙂 The two younger boys went to an all night roller skating party, the older boy at his girlfriend’s, and that left hubby and I some quiet alone time. We spent it watching movies! 🙂

We thought of going to watch a movie but we couldn’t agree on one we both really wanted to watch. I think we both were just not wanting to go. After we dropped the young ones off we stopped at Sonic for a yummy sundae! 🙂 After stuffing our faces we headed to the movie rental place. We ended up with 5 movies of different categories.

We watched two movies and the last one was in the middle when midnight hit. We were a bit late wishing each other Happy New Year. If it hadn’t been for the fireworks going off in the neighborhood we probably would have missed it completely.  🙂 One of our neighbors had some fun with those, they lasted awhile. We didn’t even get up to look.

Like I said, warm fuzzy blanket. 🙂

We were about twenty minutes late sending a SnapChat to the oldest daughter wishing her happy birthday! She has a lucky New Year’s Day birthday. No, she wasn’t the New Year’s baby, she was second to be born in the hospital that day. 😦 I tried.

Hubby picked up the boys bright and early on New Years Day and they were all smiles from the fun they had. We then sent them directly to bed for some rest.

Ah, more quiet. See we planned this right. 🙂 We continued some more movie watching and hubby made us cheese and ham omelets. Yum!

I also put cheese, chili, and little smokies into my neat little three crockpot gadget. All day today we snacked on nachos and little smokies. What a meal. 🙂

It also lightly snowed!

Even though our evening wasn’t full of exciting things, it was nice. It was nice to have hubby here and the kids happily doing what they enjoyed. I would like some year to visit New York and see the ball drop. I think that would be fun. One of these years I would like to throw a party with friends where we can enjoy games and maybe even some beverages. 🙂

I’m glad every year is a bit different how we celebrate and not the same thing every year.

As for resolutions, I mostly just want to be happy and healthy. I suppose that means I better pledge to eat better and to exercise more. I guess beginning the New Year with nachos and smokies wasn’t the way to start the healthy resolution. I guess I also bombed the exercise part with planting my bum on the couch. I suppose this is record breaking time in breaking my resolutions. Ooops. Oh wait, I was happy! Yay I kept one! 🙂

I wish everyone the best of everything in 2014! I am happy to have crossed paths with everyone one of you in some way! 🙂

Never regret, regrets make unhappy people.