Mending what’s been torn

I sometimes have a tendency to complain – hey, who doesn’t?  Life is often frustrating and hard.  However, today I have had a great experience and I want to focus on that.

Even considering the fact that I have had a murderous headache most of the morning, I have actually had a pretty good day.  I had some work done at the dentist and needed to pick up the holiday meal.

I went to Albertson’s to pick up the chicken and mayhap a small Christmas cake, which we are going to enjoy in the Japanese tradition.  I don’t always have the best experience with their deli but today the workers went the extra mile, doing everything I needed with a minimum of fuss.  The lady in the bakery went out of her way to help me find the perfect five inch round cake, exactly suited for what I wanted.  She even commiserated with me about the sad lack of buttercream in much of today’s baking, and made sure the cake I bought had it.

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At the dentist, all the hygienists were exemplary, the office staff quick, and the dentist his usual cheerful, amazing self.  My cleaning went really well and I actually enjoyed it!  Lisa was really amazing.  It’s so good to deal with people who truly enjoy their jobs and are good at them.  She was informative, good to talk to, and gave me some excellent tips about managing my dental health.  (Shout out to Associated Dental on Campbell in Tucson!  You guys rock!)

So, even though my headache only got worse as the day went on, I was really happy with everyone I dealt with.  So here’s a big thank you to everyone in the service sector, thank you for doing your jobs with a smile.  You help mend what’s torn, fix what’s broken, and the world would be lost without you.

Happy holidays!

Versatile Blogger Award

It’s been an amazing day for me.  Last night I was unexpectedly awarded this, and this morning I found another kind blogger had awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award too!  I want to give them both the attention they are due, so I’m acknowledging both in separate posts.

Thank you very much, Anne J, for giving me this award.  I really appreciate the support you have given me and I think your blog is awesome.  You are a great photographer.  Readers, her blog really is great – you can find it here, at Food-Travel-Tour.


My Answers to the questions:

Why I started blogging

I’d wanted to blog for a while but I could never really think of anything to say.  Then a site called Bubblews came along, and at the beginning it paid people a penny a view, like, and comment.  I made about a hundred dollars from that site, over a couple of years, and eventually things went downhill and the place closed their doors.  However, the promise of a small payout kept me writing, two or three little posts a day, and that got me into the habit.

Then I started a personal blog – mostly with the posts I’d saved from there.  It was pretty forgettable, really.  But I learned and it grew.  I’m still learning.  I found my question that needed to be answered, put some focus into the blog.  I’m going to keep on making it better until blogging goes the way of the dodo bird.

Seven random facts about myself

I once took my notes in an art history class with a bamboo dip pen and bottled ink.

I soloed an airplane before I drove a car by myself.

I lived for a month and a half in the Nevada desert, in a tent, with my partner and two cats.

I really like hummus on dry ramen block.

I wrote an entire novel between calls at a call center, then published it.

I started reading at two.

I didn’t start watching TV till I was six.



The blogs I have chosen for recognition all have something valuable to offer.  They are a varied offering, and each blogger has shown versatility in their approach.  I’ve found valuable information, instruction or amusement in each one.  If any don’t like awards or find that they are too annoying or cluttering, please feel free to ignore this nomination, but I hope you accept my sincere admiration.

Cooking With A Wallflower

Pouring My Art Out

The Grey Enigma

Minimalist Gunluk

Critical Dispatches

Drawing Back the Curtain

Art Is Not For Sissies

All Thee Above

Thoughts With A Dildo In Hand (Happy Anniversary!)

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally 

Memoir Notes

Cale’s Mom

Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you.
State why you started blogging.
State 7 random facts about yourself.
Display the award badge in the post.
Nominate between 10-15 people.