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My 1st Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was just recently honored by MY LIFE AND OTHER STUFF for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I want to thank MY LIFE AND OTHER STUFF for this honor. This means a lot to me.

Here Are The Rules For The Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and ask 11 new questions for them.
  • Finally list the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo somewhere in the post.

Here are the questions asked by MY LIFE AND OTHER STUFF:

  1. What food do you hate the most? All vegetables
  2. Which country would you love to live and why? I would love to live in Ireland. As for why, that is where some of my ancestors are from.
  3. What’s the best present you’ve ever received and from whom? The best present I ever received was eternal life the day I asked Jesus into my heart. From Whom? Jesus.
  4. What’s your favourite word? I really don’t have a favourite word.
  5. In which past decade would you love to live? Thinking back, it would be the one you didn’t have to lock doors or worry about your kids getting abducted by someone.
  6. If you had a superpower, which would it be? I think I would want the superpower of all superpowers and that is I would want all of them. I call it the master superpower. 
  7. If you had a time machine, where would you go. I would want to go back into the 1940’s just to see what it was like when my parents were growing up.
  8. Do you play any sport? Not anymore. I used to play volleyball and throw javelin when I was in school.
  9. What’s you favourite hobbie? It used to be cross-stitching but now it’s a tie between tv and the computer.
  10. Your very first memory? My very first memory I can remember is teaching my sisters how to get out of the playpen. I’m sure there are other memories before this but none that I remember.
  11. Tell me a random fact about you? My random fact is that my 2 younger sisters are fraternal twins.

My 11 Blog Nominees are:

  1. CRYSTALS PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE
  2. RoseyToesSews
  3. Cats and Life
  4. The Recipe Hunter
  5. Katzenworld
  6. Your Present Blessings
  7. brianandlily
  8. Smorgasbord- Variety is the spice of life
  9. lipstick ‘n’ grace
  10. Tanglewood Knots.com
  11. The Introverted Book Nerd

My Questions For My Nominees Are:

  1. How Old Are You?
  2. What Is Your Job And Do You Like Your Job?
  3. Do You Like School And If You’re Out Of School, Did You Like School?
  4. What Is Your Main Goal In Life?
  5. Do You Have Any Pets And If You Do, What Kind Of Animals Do You Have?
  6. Do You Like To Travel And If So, Where?
  7. Do You Have Any Brothers Or Sisters And If So, How Many Of Each?
  8. What’s Your Favorite Sport and Why?
  9. Where Does Your Best Friend Live As Opposed To Where You Live?
  10. Do You Collect Anything ?
  11. Tell Me A Random Fact About You. 

 

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THE BLUE SKY AWARD AND THE LIEBSTER AWARD

 

I would like to thank Jerri Perri for nominating me for both of these awards. It is an honor to be nominated for them. Please feel free to visit this amazing blog. If you wish to visit Jerri Perri’s blog, you can Jerri Perri . I promise you won’t be disappointed.

RULES OR PROCESS OF THE AWARD:

 

  • Pay Regards To The Person Who Nominated You.
  • List 11 Facts About Yourself.
  • Nominate Other Bloggers.
  • Inform Them Of The Nomination.
  • Give answers To All The Questions You Are Asked.
  • Ask Your Nominees Some Questions.

Once again I want to thank Jerri Perri for nominating me.

11 Facts About Myself:

  1. I’m Female
  2. I have no kids
  3. I like animals especially cats and dogs.
  4. I like flowers
  5. My sign is Sagittarius
  6. I have 1 cat
  7. I like to read
  8. I’m a country girl and love it.
  9. I love to shop.
  10. I live in a small town.
  11. I dabble in writing poetry
  12. I met Maya Angelou

Ok, I did 12 facts instead of  11. Consider the 12th fact a bonus fact.

My Blog Nominees Are:

  1. Her Lost Mango
  2. thekitchensgarden
  3. Smoky Cat and Sally Dog
  4. Rabbit Girl Crafts
  5. Animals
  6. Books, dogs and cats
  7. Life with Dogs and Cats
  8. Smorgasbord- Variety is the spice of life
  9. Miss Talkaholic
  10. Questionable TortoiseCouture
  11. Purrseidon
  12. Boston Book Reader
  13. Book Allure
  14. No Dog About It Blog
  15. Red Letters
  16. FOR JESUS FIRST LOVED ME
  17. Crystal Clear
  18. Abby’s Apparel
  19. Piglove
  20. Daughter of a bookstore Owner
  21. Home, Hugs and Huskies
  22. BRIAN AND LILY
  23. The Joyful Soul
  24. Blog de companie
  25. CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE
  26. The Joyful Soul Creates
  27. simple Ula

My Answers To Jerri’s Questions:

  1. Why are you a blogger? I’m a blogger because of curiosity.
  2. How much have you loved and is still willing to?  I like to think I have loved a lot but and I still have love to give.
  3. What do you think about world peace? Is it possible? How? World peace would be a wonderful thing. No I don’t think it’s possible on earth but I do think it’s possible in Heaven.
  4. Has anyone ever hurt you such that you can’t forgive him/her? What was the occasion? Yes. There was one person in my college years I couldn’t forgive for the longest time but I eventually did. That doesn’t mean I have forgotten though. As for the occasion, well I hope everyone understands but I’m just not ready to talk about it yet.
  5. Can you love unconditionally? I am really not sure.

My Questions To My Nominees:

  1. Why did you start blogging and Do you like blogging?
  2. Any advice you want to give to newbie bloggers?
  3. What was the happiest day of your life and Why?
  4. What’s your favorite type of music and Why?
  5. What’s your favorite television show?
  6. Have you watched a horror movie and if so What was the name of it?
  7. What’s your favorite animal?
  8. Do you give to any charitable organizations?
  9. Where Do You Want To Be 5 Years From Now?
  10. How Old Are You and What’s Your Job?

I could ask more questions but won’t.

Thanks Again To Jerri Perri For Nominating Me.

 

A BOOK REVIEW Of COWBOY UNDER FIRE: COWBOYS OF HOLIDAY RANCH

DSCN0285The book COWBOYS UNDER FIRE: COWBOYS OF HOLIDAY RANCH is a ROMANTIC suspense book by  Carla Cassidy, New York Times best selling author that keeps you guessing who done it until the end of the book.

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS: 

The book COWBOYS UNDER FIRE: COWBOYS OF HOLIDAY RANCH  is about Forensic pathologist Patience Forbes is a whiz with the dead-it’s flesh-and-blood men who wreck equilibrium. And cowboy Forest Stevens isn’t fooled by the guarded beauty’s icy facade. So when she’s attacked, he appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Her very personal bodyguard…

Patience is determined to investigate mysterious bones on the Holiday Ranch-not fall into bed with her sexy protector. But Forest is too masculine, too willing to lay down his life for hers…and to set on living a different life from the one from the one she’s built. With danger closing in, can Forest tame the shrew before it’s too late?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK:

I liked was the fact it started out slow then by the middle of the book the plot got really interesting. Also, I liked the fact that Patience had an icy attitude toward everyone and just wanted to dedicate herself to her job and her job only. I also liked the fact that Forest Stevens doesn’t give up on Patience but keeps persisting.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:

I didn’t like the fact that the new owner was introduced briefly and also mentioned the owner might sell the ranch and the workers might be out of a job. I didn’t like this because even though at the end of the book the murderer is revealed but it doesn’t mention if the new owner is going to sell or not. In my opinion, I thought the reader was left hanging and guessing what the new owner did. I also thought another book could have been written about the ranch being sold or not and on the workers if they kept their jobs or not. This could be another book. All in All, I thought the book kept you on the edge of your seat until the end of the book.

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*Please Note that Permission was given by e-mail from Harlequin to take pictures of the cover.*

The Star Blogger Nominations

Hello my friends, I’m thrilled to announce I’m among the top 10 bloggers up for the Star Blogger Award. How How To Addict wanted to recognize interesting blogs and unique blogs.

I mentioned previously that I’m up for the Star Blogger Award. Well I would really appreciate your vote for WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) it is listed under Daisy Mae.  The link to vote is at: Star Blogger Award Nominations .  

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR VOTES. 

My Blog nomination is under Daisy Mae. Please help me and Vote for me. This Award would mean a lot to me.

My 2nd LIEBSTER award

 

 

THANKS cseveneaj for nominating me for my 2nd LIEBSTER Award. This is not only an honor but a pleasant surprise since this was unexpected. PENandPAPER has a great site and you should really check it out.

RULES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD 

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you, also try to give a little promotion of their blog.
  2. Give 10 fun facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers.

FACTS ABOUT ME

  1.  I don’t know how to cook.
  2. I love Hot Wings.
  3. I like playing with my cat.
  4. I hate snakes
  5. I met Maya Angelou when I was in College
  6. I’m very leery of dogs I don’t know since getting bit by a dog.
  7.  When I was in college, I drew my one dog who was an Alaskan Malamute.
  8. I like planting flowers.
  9. I am a family oriented person.
  10.  I like entering contests just to see if I can win and sometimes I do win.🙂🙂

MY NOMINEES ARE:

EVERYONE🙂🙂

You saw right, my nominees are EVERYONE. I believe every blogger has their own unique abilities of writing on their own blog(s). Every blogger should be recognized someway.

THANKS AGAIN PENandPAPER

Thanks for all your love and support my friends.

 

Choices: Good And Bad

 

Above are examples of choices. On the left, someone is choosing to go into the service and on the right a bear choosing to get something to eat in someone’s backyard. Both examples are risky choices.

We are given the ability to have choices to teach us responsibility. From a young age we are taught Right from wrong. When we get to our Pre-teen and teenage years, we choose for ourselves. Sometimes we make the right choice and sometimes we make the wrong choice.  Sometimes we regret the bad choices we make.

So before we make a choice be sure to think it through before you choose to go that way.  There is always a risk involved with whatever you choose but sometimes the risk pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.

If you don’t want to choose the wrong choice, here are some tips you can go by:

  1. Don’t hang out with the wrong crowd.
  2. Before making your choice think it through.
  3. Write the Pros down.
  4. Write the Cons down.
  5. Weigh the Pros and Cons.

You’ll find if you do some or all of these steps, it will help you make the best choice. However, remember animals don’t have this luxury.

By: Crystal Stewart

Please Note: If you have other tips you want to mention, please let me know in the Comment Section.

Please Note: Link is from bing.com

What The Colors Of The American Flag Really Mean!?

After writing  a poem called WHAT THE COLORS OF THE AMERICAN FLAG MEAN TO ME, I thought it would be interesting to find out what the colors really mean. So below are some links that will show you what they mean and the links are: What do the colors of the Flag mean,  What do the colors of the flag mean and  What does the colors of the flag mean(Google Search)  . The last link I provided has several links you can choose from.  Below are screenshots of What do the colors of the Flag mean?

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WHAT MEETING MAYA ANGELOU DID FOR ME

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A POEM CALLED “You are the apple of God’s eye” WAS GIVEN TO ME BY MY PARENTS. THIS POEM IS BY A UNKNOWN AUTHOR.

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UPDATE: POST PUBLISHED ON CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE CALLED SUNRISES AND SUNSETS: IN PHOTOS PLUS SOME OTHER POSTS THAT WERE REBLOGGED

UPDATE:

I did some blogging and reblogging on my new site, CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. I also just published another picture blog called SUNRISES AND SUNSETS: IN PHOTOS. I think in my opinion these blogs are pretty good.

On your dashboard under Links then hitting All Links, you’ll find both of my sites and their Links. If you don’t want to bother with that, here is the link for CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.

Thanks to Everyone who has visited the site. I hope you follow it too.

 

THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERY CLOUD AND HOW A SMILE AFFECTS YOU AND OTHERS

There is an expression that we have heard of and it is  “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The meaning and origin of this phrase is as follows:

The Meaning

“Every bad situation has some good aspect to it. “This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.”

Origin

“John Milton coined the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634”

“I see ye visibly, and now believe

That he, The Supreme Good, to whom all things

ill

Are but as slavish officers of  vengeance

Would send a glistering guardian, if need were

To keep my life and honour unassailed

Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud

Turn forth her silver lining on the night?

I did not err; there does a sable cloud

Turn forth her silver lining on the night,

And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.”

“‘Clouds and ‘silver linings’ were referred to often in literature from then onward,usually citing Milton and frequently referring to them as Milton’s clouds. It isn’t until the days of the uplifting language of Victoria’s England that we begin to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with-‘every cloud has a silver lining’. The first occurrence that is unequivocally expressing that notion comes in The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1, 1840, in a review of the novel review Marian; or, a Young Maid’s Fortunes, by Mrs. S. Hall, which was published in 1840:

As Katty Macane has it, “there’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it.”

‘There’s a silver lining to every cloud’ was the form that the proverb was usually expressed in the Victorian era. The currently used ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ did appear, in another literary review, in 1849. The New monthly belle assembl`ee, Volume 31 include what purported to be a quotation from Mrs Hall’s book – “Every cloud has a silver lining”, but which didn’t in fact appear in Marian, which merely reproduced Milton’s original text.”

If you want to read more about “Every cloud has a silver lining” then you can go to these links: ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ and Links for ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’.

In my opinion, this saying is true. You see there really is a silver lining to every cloud and a lot of times we might not see the silver lining right away but for every cloud there will be a silver lining. Some examples of this saying are as follows:

Someone tells we can’t accomplish something

We might not accomplish what we want to do right away but the silver lining here it will be accomplished in the future.

We suffer the loss of a loved one and/or friend

It’s hard to find a silver lining here but there is one. It will take some time before we see it but the silver lining will eventually show up.

Becoming unemployed

If you ever been unemployed then you know it’s no fun. The silver lining here is you will get another job, retire or better yet start your own business.

Being Single

It’s hard to see the silver lining here especially if you’ve been single for quite some time. Remember the silver lining might be you find the right person and get married or you just stay single.

When a situation comes up in our lifetime, we shouldn’t think a bad situation is bad but think of it as a good thing because really if we think about it they’re stepping-stones to our destination. These stepping-stones that we may consider roadblocks make us stop and ask ourselves is this what we really want? Of course, this is a question that can have many answers and that’s because everyone has to answer this question every time a situation comes up.

You may be going through a situation that’s making you take a step back and ask is this what I really want? If you aren’t asking this question, then you either have already answered this question or your situation that caught you off guard is a good situation. Sometimes good situations do catch us off guard and make us ask the same question.

My hope for everyone is that you will have more good situations than bad situations. I want everyone to try to smile when you have both good and bad situations. I know it’ll be hard to smile through bad situations but if you do, you’ll find it’ll make it easier to get through your bad situation. It’s usually pretty easy to smile when you’re in a good situation but when you’re in a bad situation it’s not as easy.

Smiling through all situations that come our way will not only make us feel better and put us in a better mood. Smiling also makes other people want to be around us more.

In my opinion when you smile, I think you will find that people treat you better than when you aren’t smiling. So smile through both good and bad situations and you’ll go far. How far is up to you. If you smile through the bad then hopefully your reward will be that you have more good situations than bad situations. Also in my experience, I have found a smile will change your attitude from bad to good.  Even when you’re in a really bad mood and/or just plain having a terrible day you may be asking? Especially smile when you’re in a terrible mood and/or just having a terrible day because it will not only change your attitude but people will notice the change in you.

Let me share a tip about smiling and that tip is even if you have to put a fake smile on your face to change people’s attitude toward you, you will find even a fake smile will help your attitude. How do I Know? I’ve put a fake smile on my face many times and it actually did change my attitude and how other people viewed me. What happened when I smiled? It was contagious and made people ask why are you smiling?

Remember, Smiling is contagious and does have benefits. If you would like to learn more about smiling and the benefits you can go to THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERY CLOUD AND HOW A SMILE AFFECTS YOU AND OTHERS. This link provides several links you can learn about why you should smile and the benefits a smile provides.

🙂🙂Do me a favor, Smile no matter what and you will be rewarded.🙂🙂

 

 

 

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown And Behind Kaitlin From Left To Right Is Her Dad, Her Mom And Her Older Sister

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown Holding Her Pet Dog

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My Niece, Alyssa With Her Grandfather In Their Shirts They Got Each Other

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My Niece, Kaitlin Getting Her Diploma

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My Niece, Kaitlin Who Graduated With Honors With Other Girls Who Graduated With Honors

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My Niece, Emily With Her Mother At Their Birthday Party

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My Nephew, Dylan Holding A Rabbit, In The Center Is My Cousin, Jeff And On The Right Is My Youngest Sister

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On The Left Is My Niece, Alyssa In The Center Is My Nephew, Dylan And On The Right Is My Oldest Niece, Emily

The above pictures are examples of smiling through good situations.

The pictures below are examples of smiling through bad situations.

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My Niece, Alyssa smiling even though she’s on crutches.

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My Niece, Alyssa with her brother, Dylan walking around our campsite even though she’s on crutches.

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My Niece, Kaitlin With Her Get Well Flowers And Her Smiley Balloon

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Get Well Flowers, A Little Stuffed Animal With A Smiley Balloon For My Niece, Kaitlin

*The Links In The Above Blog Are From Google*