Friday, July 30, 2010

It's About Connecting With People

Last night I read an email that tickled me all the way to my toes.  I received my very first blog award from Doreen at They say everyone has a story ... this is mine.  I am very humbled and so very excited.  Part of that award is to share 7 things you might not know about me.

1.  I started writing my first blog last summer Bridging Memories.  It is a combination of information for families and care givers who love and care for loved ones with dementia. In between facts, research and tips are pieces of the story of my Mother's battle with Alzheimer's.  I started my second blog last fall Libeary Corner.  The focus of it is education & technology.  I started my third blog as a place to write slices of my life and put lots of the funny puppy stories. I call it Windows 2 My Life.
2.  Dan and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary the 22nd of July.  Years ago we went together and eventually life brought us in a complete circle. He is the love of my life.
3.  I have a stepson Joe, a granddaughter Hailey, and a stepdaughter Peggy.
4.  I am a pet parent to 4 dogs and 1 duck. Max a boxer cross, Lady a chocolate lab, Sammi, a Great Dane Lab cross, and Baby a black lab puppy, Mr Duck a muskagee.
5.  I sometimes bead jewelry.
6.  I retired from the Montana National Guard after 24 years.
7.  I am doing some free lance writing.

I am passing this award on to the following 15 people who I feel are very versatile bloggers.  They in turn will share 7 things about themselves and pass the award on.  They are great reads and I encourage you to read them.  

1.  Ruth and Stacey - Two Writing Teachers   I love their writing ideas, and how they encourage and challenge me.
2.  Peggy - The Simple Woman - her beautiful writing and quiet inspiration
3.  Melinda from Coming Clean Confessions of an Imperfect Parent - for sharing ideas for improving my blog
4.  David of EFL Classroom 2.0 - for his encouragement and brilliance
5.  Ellen Pham's Blog - Her friendship and encouragement
6.  Teresa - Too Many Heartbeats - her courage and compassion
7.  Lisa - Lisa's Gluten-Free Advise - her willingness to share
8.  Kelly - iLearn Technology - her passion and knowledge - especially her friendliness
9.  Susan - Book Chook - I love her writing and colorful site - I appreciate her warm comments.
10. Patti - 37 days - her posts are thought provoking and make me think
11. Alex - A Moderate Life - excellent content, great information
12. Kaye - SandwichInk - good ideas for the Sandwich Generation
13. Java - Never Growing Old -her friendliness and blog hops
14. Eloise - Mommy2TwoGirls - I love her comments & her friendliness
15. Crayon Wrangler - Coloring Outside The Lines - her sense of fun - I love the idea of "crayon wrangler"

There are two other people who I would like to to give an award to, Melissa & Kelly for listening to me as I try and figure this out and for their friendship.  


  1. Hi Ruth! Thanks SO very much for giving me this Versatile Blogger award! It is nice to know that my middle of the road path has led to you! I feel very honored! :) Alex@amoderatelife

  2. Ruth, I really appreciate that you think my blog is versatile! I spend a lot of time on my writing, so that you enjoy it is wonderful feedback for me.

    Thank you!

  3. Hi,
    Oh your too kind. 8-)
    Thank-you for the award and congratulations on getting your award. So much fun.
    Thank-you for folwing me.
    I am following you too.
    Have a great week.

  4. I wrote a follow up on Melissa's blogs at

  5. A belated thank you for this award! I've been in a bit of a whirlwind mode since being out of town for She Speaks and with school starting next week. But I wanted to say thank you so much!

    I plan to write a post to pass it on next week (once I find my marbles!)

  6. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to come here and comment. Thank you so much for thinking of me for this award. I am both humbled and honored. You are just SO very kind and sweet and it means so much to me! I truly appreciate all of your visits to my blog and all of your wonderful words of encouragement. You are an amazing blogger and friend.

    Thanks again!


    Teresa <><

    ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥

  7. Hi Ruth, I'm so sorry to be late. I think this got misplaced in my spam folder. I just discovered it when I was looking for you for another reason :) The message you left today was missing the s for your other site so it went to a dead url. I REALLY wanted to say THANK YOU for the great note you left. It was full of some great ideas! I'm planning on spotlighting it in an upcoming post. And now I also want to say thank you for this sweet award. Have a blessed week. :)