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. 

 

The Get To Know Me Tag

Hello Everyone,

I was recently nominated for The Get To Know Me Tag by CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE . I wasn’t familiar with this award until I was nominated. If you want to check out this amazing blog please Click Here .

RULES FOR THE GET TO ME TAG:

  1. Each nominee must the person who nominated them and does credit the creator of the tag.
  2. Must post one of your childhood photos with your nickname.
  3. Must reveal 5 funniest experiences of your childhood life.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers to do the award

Thanks to CRYSTAL’S PHOTO BLOGGING SITE for nominating me for this tag.

Below is my childhood picture. I am the kid on the right. As for my nickname, I had several but the most common nickname I got called was Crys.DSCN0291

My 5 funniest experiences were:

  1. My 2 sisters and I played in the snow then stuck our heads in the snow bank.
  2. Watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre at an all girls slumber party.
  3. Playing with the neighborhood boys.
  4. Coming home and being surprised with a trip to Niagara Falls.
  5. Having my mother as a teacher.

Finally I have to nominate 10 blogs.

My Nominees Are:

  1. DOODLINGPANDA
  2. Your Present Blessings
  3. The Recipe Hunter
  4. Pure Glory
  5. Q T C
  6. The Canadian Cats
  7. preppy_pink_piglet
  8. weggieboy’s blog
  9. Rabbit Girl Crafts
  10. Mad Cap Dog

Thanks Again to CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE for nominating me for this tag.

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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.

New Milestone Reached: 101 Follows

Hello everyone, I’m excited and happy to report I have reached 101 Follows on WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING).🙂🙂

I want to thank everyone who followed me and thank those in advance who will be following me in the future.🙂🙂

This is an exciting accomplishment for me. I’ve worked hard to reach this goal.🙂🙂

My next goals are to reach 150 Follows on WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING and 50 Follows on CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE . I hope I reach it then I can go for 100 Follows.

Thanks Again Everyone.

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WHAT A PRETTY PICTURE IN THE FALL.

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.

When I went to Clarion University Of Pennsylvania  almost 24 years ago, something really big and incredible  happened other than graduation. It was a highlight in my college life and lifetime I don’t think I’ll ever forget. Maybe because it was encouraging to meet someone famous that was not only minority but she was black and really had to work at what she got. I was encouraged by this and it made me want to pursue my dreams and not be a quitter. The woman’s name was none other than Maya Angelou.

Meeting Maya Angelou was not only inspiring but exciting too. Before meeting Maya Angelou, I was determined to reach my goals but after meeting Maya Angelou and hearing her story, I was even more determined. Also, it was nice to hear that you weren’t alone and that other people had either the same concerns or similar concerns.

After meeting Maya Angelou, I went through a phase of writing poems. I even had some of them published in a book with other people’s poems from the college.

I would like to tell you a little bit about Maya Angelou and if you read below, you will see a brief synopsis of who Maya Angelou is and what she has done.

Maya Angelou was an “American Poet, memoirist and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.”

Maya Angelou had several poems and quotes. I’ve read some of the quotes and they’re quite good. Some of her quotes are quite encouraging.

In my opinion, when you smile you encourage someone and that will not only help them but also help you. A smile goes a long way in encouraging someone and lifting someone’s spirits. Not to mention, a smile is contagious so it will help you and help the people who are around you. So Smile.

There are many links you can go to on Maya Angelou and I am only going to list a few and they are: Maya Angelou(Wikipedia)Maya Angelou(Official Site)Maya Angelou(Biography) and Maya Angelou(Bing Search). Also, some links for Maya Angelou’s poetry are: Maya Angelou Poetry Links and Maya Angelou Poetry Links-Wikipedia. I think you will find these links interesting and informative.

Meeting Maya Angelou encouraged me to continue to be determined, ambitious, not be a quitter and to pursue my dreams when people tell me I can’t do something.

I encourage everyone to continue to be determined, to be ambitious, not to be a quitter and to pursue your dreams and not quit when things get rough. Remember, it’s just a stepping stone and teaching tool when things get rough and there will be times it will get rough.

When things get rough and you need a friend to talk to, try talking to your cat and if you don’t have a cat talk to your pet. It might sound crazy but it helps and they don’t talk back. Also, if you don’t have a pet to talk to, talking to a stuffed animal helps too. So pick yourself up and continue doing what you’re doing. You’ll eventually finish what  you started. I know I did and I eventually reached some of my goals.

I could say meeting Maya Angelou was a dream come true but the truth is, my only dreams and goals at the time was graduating from college. Meeting Maya Angelou was just a way to make me more determined to reach my goals what ever they may be.

I  think a good way to end this post  is with some Maya Angelou quotes. Below are some quotes by Maya Angelou and they are:

  1. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
  2. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
  3. “If you have only one smile today in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be grumpy at home, then go out in the street and start “Good Morning” at total strangers.”
  4. “A SMILE IS THE PRETTIEST THING YOU CAN WEAR”

If you think about the above quotes, they all ring true one way or another. Also if you think you’re having a bad day, there is probably someone out there who is having a worse day than you. So stop having pity parties for yourself and stop moping around because there will always be someone having a worse day than you.

I’m not saying you can’t have a good cry when something doesn’t turn out the way you had planned,  a good rant when you get angry and even vent when you have things bottled up inside you. Actually, sometimes it ‘s good to talk or vent because once you do, you will feel so much better.

I have previously  put some links in this post that you can go to read about Maya Angelou and below are two more Maya Angelou links.  Here are the other two links for Maya Angelou quotes and they are: Maya Angelou Quotes and Maya Angelou Encouraging Quotes.

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UPDATE: NEW POST PUBLISHED ON CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE

Hello Everyone, I am very happy to say I just published a new post on CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. The post is called IMPORTANT DAYS IN OUR LIVES: A COLLAGE. I had fun putting the collage together for you and hope you go visit the site and look at the collage.

Below is only a sample of what you will see on CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. I have more pictures in the collage I just posted and in my Pages I have made up  A SAMPLE OF CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING.

I do hope you go visit my Pages and look at look at this sample of my photo-blogging.

 

 

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*