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The Entertainer Blog Award


Sharon from Curious Queendom nominated me for The Entertainer Blogger Award. Thank you so much. I love her blog, she post many interesting posts and often. So please give her blog a look!

Without further ado…

Da Rules:

  • Write a post with the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer the 5 questions.

When I think about entertainment, it encompasses a range of implications…

…. Did I laugh?

…. Did I cry?

…. Did I learn?

The following people have made me do one of those three things. I’m sure they’d do the same for you as well.

  1. Check out One Canvas At A Time! Lots of inspiration for art! Lover her creative posts.
  2. Check out Blonde Write More! Many posts on writers’ emotions and inspirations.
  3. Check out Raves & Reviews! If you love to read, check out Kev’s reviews on books!
  4. Check out Simpleigh Organized! Excellent ideas for cleaning up the clutter in your life and other interesting posts on life.
  5. Check out A Note From Abroad! They travel the world. Very neat to see the pictures and hear about the different places.
  6. Check out Juni Desiree! Lots of art pieces and writing tips.
  7. Check out karenfordart! Terrific artist!
  8. Check out Muse Writer! Very intriguing poems.
  9. Check out Amanda’s Camelot! Follow her adventures and see her terrific photos!
  10. Check out Susanne Leist! An author with coolest posts. A cool picture with a short poem.
  11. Check out Friendly Fairy Tales! Poems with awesome photos.
  12. Check out Cave Of Fame! Variety of posts that are interesting.

 Why did you start a blog in the first place?

I began my blog in order to get back into writing. Plus, it is fun to talk to oneself. 🙂

What is your favorite book?

Oh, boy. I have way too many. I can not choose just one. 🙂

What do you dislike the most?


What is your favorite food item from the mall?


What is your favorite pastime activity?

Reading and anything art.

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Liebster Award


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,, 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)

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Sunshine Award


Thank you so much for this award,

Here are the rules:
Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
Link to the person who nominated you.
Answer 10 questions about yourself.
Nominate 10 bloggers.
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

The ten blogs that I have nominated are as follows.

1. Seriously Seeking Grannies
2. Belle Grove Plantation
3. bottledworder
4. Iam Lenise
5. About The Woman
6. Blank Stares and Blank Pages
7. Breezy Books
8. Mr. P’s Adventures
9. 12 Novels
10.B.A. Braxton

Happy Blogging. Thank you again Rachel

And now for the 10 questions:
1.Favorite color – Blue
2.Favorite animal – kitty
3.Favorite number – 3
4.Favorite non-alcoholic drink – Pepsi
5.Favorite alcoholic drink – Marguerita
6.Facebook or Twitter? – Facebook, but getting the hang of Twitter.
7.Passions – Reading, writing, family
8.Prefer getting or giving presents? – I like to give to see the faces and to be creative, but do love getting as well.
9.Favorite City – Chicago was fun to visit. I want to go back and see more.
10.Favorite TV Shows – All CSI’s, NCIS, Army Wives, Big Bang Theory, Duck Dynasty, Dallas, Days of Our Lives. Anything on Lifetime!