Saturday, July 12, 2014

Do You Like Sunflowers?

A few weeks ago my blog buddy Shady Dell, over at Shady Dell Music & Memories, nominated me for a lovely award. The Sunflower Blogger Award.  Now, I love sunflowers,  but these came in a bouquet of  questions!  Thank you Tom for thinking of me.  I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get around to answering the questions that you asked the nominees to complete.  They are interesting, thoughtful questions and I had to think about them for a bit before answering.  I'm a very complex person you see and I had to peel the onion that's my brain for some good answers.  (If you believe that, you deserve the "Buying some swamp land in Florida" award!) Anyway, here goes!
1.  Why do you blog?  My daughter-in-law, Amy, talked me into it!  Amy's gone the way of  Facebook now, and I'm blogging as a journal tool.  I make my blog into book form at the end of the year and have all my posts and pics preserved for future family members who have nothing better to do than see what their "YaYa"  did with her life!
2.  Are you an early riser or a night owl?  I start work at 7am so that makes me more of an early riser.  However, I could be a night owl and stay up until all hours doing blogging or watching Hallmark movies.  Then of course Jack would point out that I fall asleep around 9pm...I guess I'll stick with early riser! (except on weekends when I get up around 8am!)
3.  What's your favorite smell?  This is funny because Jack always says I have the most sensitive smeller around.  I can smell foul (or fowl) smells a mile away!  But I do love the smell of cinnamon or homemade bread or flowers....can I have more than one fav? Oh wait...let's not forget bacon!
4.  If you're feeling sad what's the one song that you could play or sing to make you happy again?  John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"...seriously.  I would never sing it though..that would make many people very sad.
5.  When you look in the mirror, what do you see?   Many days I ask myself "Who in the heck is that looking back at me?!"  I'm surprised to realize I'm 61...where in the heck did that crazy kiddo go?  Time goes fast, but most of the time I like what I see...can't do much about changing it anyway!
6.  How would you describe your personality?  Wellllllll....years ago I would have said I have a good sense of humor....easy going....witty....a good listener...not a genius but not an idiot either...Today I would say...I'm more like Maxine the old lady cartoon gal with the big sunglasses, little dog,  and says things like " I'm as American as apple pie, if you don't mind a little extra crust."
7.  Name something you accomplished in your life through sheer determination.  I think everyday we need determination to get through the hours we're given on this have a positive attitude takes determination.  I haven't had to overcome a bad addiction, or abuse or disease...not yet anyway.  But getting through school, marriage, buying a home, raising children, working in healthcare...all take a bit of determination. I'm sure I'll have many more things to get through before I'm done!
8.  What do you consider the most important world or national event that has taken place in your lifetime?  The invention of VELCRO...where would we be without it?
9.  If you had to spend the rest of your life in a different century, past or future, which would you choose?  I really like indoor plumbing and air conditioning and ibuprophen so going back in time might not suit me.  But the early 1900's calls out to me...those big Victorian homes and the dresses...except for corsets! 
10. If you had to speak extemporaneously for 1hr about anything, what would you choose?  How the practice of medicine has changed for the good and the bad in my time. 
Well, there you have it...the onion peel of me....and I want to thank Shady again for making this I know I'm suppose to nominate others for this award.  I have a slew of great blog buddies out there who deserve it more than me.  But instead I'm throwing this out to anyone who would like to answer any of the questions that I posted here...let me know what you would have said!  Take this bouquet of Sunflowers and give it a try!
                                Thank you very much, Abigail and Daisy!



Julia said...

Yaya, you are a wise, diplomatic and charitable person. Of course it's always flattering to get blogging award but so many of us are Award free Blogs and I'm one of those even though I don't have a button. I like the way you let us choose the Sunflower Award.

I love your answers and I think that you could add that you are a fun person to be with even though I've never met you in person. I'm sure some of your close personal friends would agree with me.

I've enjoyed following your blog.
Hope your weekend is a fun one for you.


Shady Del Knight said...

Hello hello hello, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for answering my Sunflower questions. I learned some new and interesting things about one of my favorite friends. (If I peeled the onion that's my brain, I'd be shedding some tears! :)

I think it's a great idea that you are using Whispering Pines as a journal and having it printed into book volumes every year for future generations of your family to enjoy. As you know, that's why Kathleen Mae Schneider hitched a ride on SDMM, so that she could get her own family history recorded and published while her mother is still living.

As the spouse of a healthcare professional, I appreciate what you do and agree that it takes determination, commitment and sacrifice. The world needs more dedicated people like you and Mrs. Shady who are willing to work the long hours and deal with human suffering every day while remaining upbeat and objective. I salute you.

Thank you again for taking time to answer my survey, and thank you also for brightening my weekend with the good news about my buddy Eddy. Enjoy your Sunday, dear friend YaYa!

joanne said...

it's so much fun when other bloggers peel back that layer and let us know more about them. I wasn't surprised with any of your answers though!! You are a kind, compassionate soul and I have been graced by God to have found you in this big bloggy world. take care sweet yaya.

Munir said...

First of all congratulations!
Your blog is a Sunshine blog.
I do love Sunflowers.
May be some day I will come back and pick up that bouquet and check out the questions to answer.

Sweet Tea said...

I love sunflowers and can count 12 of them from where I'm sitting now (my living room recliner)...enjoyed reading all your replies. So much fun reading about special bloggy friends like you. I have a special respect for those who care for others when they are most vulnerable. You do a good work!

selvageedge said...

I think you are fun and funny, not at all crusty. :) Thank you for the inspiration to blog to catch the moments in my family's life. It makes my formal scrapbooking much more complete.

Velcro. gotta love it!

Kay G. said...

Oh! How fun to read all your responses to the questions!
Velcro, truly spoken like a nurse, if you ask me! LOL

I love Sunflowers! And I hope you don't mind if I give myself the Sunflower Award, I do want to snag that and put it on my blog!
I am not really very sunshiny, but hey, what you going to do?

betty said...

I like how you put your blog into book form yearly; I did that with one of my other blogs when I closed it down a few years back. A nice way to preserve it. You and my husband could write that book about how the practice of medicine has changed (I could add my bit on how transcription has changed since I started doing it over 35 years ago). I too wonder where the time went; it did go so incredibly fast!


rosaria williams said...

Congratulations! You do remind me of sunflowers, always cheery, tall and alert to all around them...

Hilary said...

I thoroughly dislike doing memes but I always love to read what interesting people have to say. And so I enjoyed this post very much. Thanks for the onion peeling, dear Yaya. I bet your sensitive nose (I have one also) can still smell it from miles away. ;)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The more we can get to know about you the better. I just makes us love you all the more. Sometimes I think I know many of my blogging buddies better than ones I have known since childhood.. At least it is nice keeping up with everyday lives..their joys and sorrows, their hobbies, and families.
You've been a joy to know since the beginning.

Stacy Crawford said...

I know this Yaya well. Hope you have a great week.

Rick Watson said...

Good answers Yaya. We have a sunflower in our garden that's over 10 feet tall and still growing. It has a bud on it but still hasn't bloomed.
It'll be a monster when it does.

Christina said...

Hahaha! You are so funny, Kathy! I especially like the comments about crusty apple pie and Velcro! Congrats on your award!