A Special Awww…Monday & Sparks

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Since on Saturday, October 27, 2018 a horrible tragedy happened in the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, PA where a guy who wanted to kill as many Jews as he could only killed 11. That’s 11 to many in my book. I’m sure you have heard about this tragedy by now even if you don’t have a tv, computer or smart phone.

For those of you not familiar where Pittsburgh, PA is let me see if I can help. It’s a city full of people who are sports oriented and willing to help each other in times of trouble and tragedy. I don’t like to go to this mostly because it’s hard to navigate due to construction going on all the time it seems. Pittsburgh is probably 2 to 3 hours away from where I live or about 50 to 60 miles away from where I live.

When I heard about it on Saturday, I was just sick. My heart goes out to the families and friends who lost loved ones in that tragedy. I noticed there were brothers. Not too much older than myself and maybe some of you too. they were 56 and 57 years old and oldest person was 97. What were they doing wrong? Absolutely nothing. All they were doing is having a church service and/or mass.

May God be with the families and friends of the ones that were killed.

The best Spark I have for you today is to stay positive when tragedy or trouble strikes. Remember, some good will come out of the situation. A King James Version Bible verse I just love and you should remember too is: 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  —-Isaiah 40:31 KJV—-

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAISY MAE’S CAT QUOTES #2

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HI EVERYONE, DAISY MAE here once again with another edition of DAISY MAE’S CAT QUOTES. Sorry it’s been so long but us cats have so much to do. Anyhow did you miss me??? Well without further adieu let’s get on with my cat quotes. 

The purr from cat to man says, “You bring me happiness; I am at peace with you.”

—-Barbara L. Diamond

It is in their eyes that their magic resides.

—-Arthur symons

The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends.

—-Saki (H.H. Munro)

The cat who doesn’t act finicky soon loses control of his owner.

—-Morris the Cat

A cat will show his love by ignoring you and then curling up next to you when you need it most.

—-Danielle Asson

A cat doesn’t know what it wants and wants more of it.

—-Richard Hexem

Essentially, you do not so much teach your cat as bribe him.

—-Lynn Hollyn

The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away.

—-E.W. Howe

The eyes of a cat will wax and wane with the phases of the moon.

—-W.B. Yeats

A cat, though independent, has a way of letting you know that without you life just wouldn’t be worthwhile.

—-Sharon Lundblad

It doesn’t do to be sentimental about cats; the best ones don’t respect you for it.

—-Susan Howatch

If you put down food and the cat eats, it’s hungry. If it doesn’t, it isn’t.

—-Larry Madrid

Most cats are not shy about letting their people know what they want.

—-Karen Duprey

Life is hard. Soften yours with a cat.

—-Anonymous

Experience is valuable in most human endeavors, but the problem of getting a cat down out of a tree is new every time it arises.

—-Francis Duffy

Who hath a better friend than a cat?

—-William Hardwin

It is remarkable, in cats, that the outer life they reveal to their master is one of perpetual confident boredom.

—-Robley Wilson Jr.

A cat stretches from one end of my childhood to the other.

—-Blaga Dimitrova

Cats have intercepted my footsteps at the ankle for so long that my gait, both home and on tour, has been compared to that of a man wading through low surf.

—-Roy Blount Jr.

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.

—-Jules Reynard

Cats know not how to pardon.

—-Jean de la Fontaine

To respect the cat is the beginning of the aesthetic sense.

—-Erasmus Darwin

WHO’S BOTHERING ME WHEN I AM ASLEEP IN MY SUNPUDDLES?

If you,

Like me

Were made of fur

And sun warmed you,

Like me

You’d purr

—-Karla Kuskin

A cat doesn’t “roll” well with a change of someone else’s making.

—-Carole Wilbourn

If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then, how could his human remain possessed?

—-Winifred Carriere

 

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Ancestors

WHAT A PRETTY PICTURE IN THE FALL (2017).

Ever wonder about who is in your ancestry? Ever wonder what kind of pets your ancestors as children? I have wondered about both these questions. Why? That I’m really not sure but it might be the stories I’ve heard growing up in my family. As for the pets well I don’t know anything about that except I hope they were animal people like our family was.

As it happened, my one niece when she was in highschool had to research her family tree and now her brother who just turned 16 had to research his family tree not to mention someone else researched our family tree/ancestors for both sides of the family the Miller’s and the Stewart’s.

The results proved to be quite interesting. Please understand we were only given the Stewart ancestry. As I said the results were interesting. You see I found out that the one Queen Elizabeth was in my Ancestry(not the one that’s reigning now). It goes as far back to Alfred The Great. Pretty Cool Huh? I didn’t even get a wedding invitation to Kate & William’s Wedding, Meghan & Harry’s Wedding. What’s the deal not sending invitations to your ancestors? What gives?🤷🤷🤷🤷 

Well if you have any interesting ancestors in your family please let me know. 

 

Our Recognition Badge

It has come to my attention that people can’t find the badge to get. If you want the badge I’ll provide it again below. Remember, Double click on the badge to save it. I hope this clears up things and remember link back to me. You  are great people . 

 

 

 

Types Of Bullying And The Possible Solutions To Stop Bullying

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You Should Kill Yourself. You’re Weird. You’re Different. You’re Not Pretty. You’re Not Handsome. You Can’t Do That. Your Stupid. The list goes on and on. Got your attention? I hope so because with the way technology is now days bullying happens more than we think. Another thing we should consider is that boys aren’t the only ones that bully but girls bully kids too.

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These phrases could be considered bullying. Which type of bullying? The phrases I have listed in the Introduction fall into the Verbal Bullying and Cyber-Bullying categories. Are these the only two types of bullying? Sadly no. In fact, there are six types of bullying that can happen. The six types of bullying are: Physical Bullying, Verbal Bullying, Relational Aggression, Cyber-Bullying, Sexual Bullying and Prejudicial Bullying. I will be taking a look at each type of bullying, Giving examples of each type of bullying and I will also give visual examples of each type of bullying too.

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Types Of Bullying

Physical Bullying:

Physical Bullying is considered to be the most obvious form of bullying. Physical Bullying happens when the more popular kids are bigger, stronger and more aggressive than the unpopular kids. Examples of Physical Bullying are Kicking, Punching, Slapping, Shoving and Other physical attacks that occur. Unlike other types of bullying, Physical Bullying is the easiest type of bullying to identify.

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Relational Aggression:

Relational Aggression is a sneaky type of bullying that usually goes unnoticed by parents and teachers. This type of bullying is sometimes referred to as emotional bullying. Relational Aggression is a type of social manipulation where the people who are the bullies try to hurt their peers or sabotage their social standing. Examples of Relational Aggression are: Being told they can’t be in a group, People spread rumors about them,  People manipulate situations and They try to break confidences.  The bully’s goal is to make themselves look good-by controlling or bullying another person.

If we take a look at both females and males, you will usually find that females use Relational Aggression more than males.  A person on the receiving end of Relational Aggression Bullying is often teased, intimidated, insulted, excluded and ignored.

Bullying doesn’t just happen in schools but can happen in the workplace too. Kids as young as 2 years old can start to bully other kids. Why does bullying start so young and how does it develop? I learned that bullying is something that just doesn’t suddenly or mysteriously appear in young children. In fact, children bring with them a history of experiences with family, media and other children.

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Cyber-Bullying:

Cyber-Bullying is when a person uses the internet, smart phone or other types of technology to target another person, threaten, harass or embarrass someone. Cyber-Bullies often say things they don’t have the courage to tell them face to face. Examples of Cyber-Bullying are: When a person sends nasty e-mails or text messages, Posting nasty and embarrassing pictures on social media, videos and websites.

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Sexual Bullying: 

Sexual Bullying is when a person or group of people targets someone sexually. Examples of Sexual Bullying are: Sexual Name Calling, Crude Comments, Vulgar Gestures, Uninvited Touching, Uninvited Sexual Advances and Pornographic Materials. In some cases Sexual Bullying can lead to sexual assault and possibly rape.

I know for a fact that this type of bullying actually does happen and to boys too not just girls. I know a teacher who knows a child that has had Sexual Bullying happen to him. I’m not naming the child or teacher due to privacy and security issues. But do note that this type of bullying happens more than you think. Also, this type of bullying is not just in schools but the workplace too.

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Prejudicial Bullying:

Prejudicial Bullying is mostly between teens. It is based on race, religions and/or sexual orientations. It is sad to say this can take in all other types of bullying. When this type of bullying occurs it is often severe and could lead to hate crime.

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 6 Common Types Of Bullies

Bully Victims:

Bully Victims often rise up after being bullied. They’ll bully others weaker themselves because they have been bullied themselves. Their goal is to regain the power and sense of control in their lives. Other times the bully victim comes from a home life riddled with domestic violence or suffers abuse from an older sibling. In cases like these bullying is a learned behavior.

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Popular Bullies:

Popular Bullies have big egos.  Popular Bullies also have a group of supporters and/or followers. They are often confident and condescending towards others. In fact, Popular Bullies often feel a sense of entitlement that comes from their popularity, their size, their social status and their upbringing. Popular Bullies are sometimes the school’s star athlete and is often looked up to by others since they’re perceived as leaders.

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Relational Bullies:

Relational Bullies are usually somewhat popular and enjoys deciding who is popular and who isn’t. Often times Relational Bullies usually only use Verbal and/or Emotional Bullying to control someone. Mean girls are considered to be Relational Bullies.

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Serial Bullies:

Serial Bully is systematic, controlled and calculated in their approach to bullying and they are often found in popular circles. However, adults such as parents, teachers and administrators usually have no idea what a Serial Bully is capable of because on the outside they may seem sweet and charming to authority figures but on the inside they can be very mean to others they don’t like. Examples of Serial Bullies are: They become fake friends to others and They are skilled at lying to get their way.

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Group Bullies:

Group Bullies are either part of a clique or a group that just follows the leader just to belong. However, they usually act different when they’re alone even with the victim. Because children feel better when they’re in a group, they also feel less responsible because all their friends “are doing it”.

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Indifferent Bullies:

Finally, I found in my research that Indifferent Bullies are unable to feel empathy. They often will appear, unfeeling, cold and have very little remorse for what they do. They get enjoyment out of seeing someone else suffer and getting disciplined. They are discouraged by punishment. Also they are usually brutal, cruel and mean and usually have psychological problems.

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I have given you something to read and think about but I said in the title of my post that solutions were included. Below are some of my solutions that might help with bullying.

Solutions For Bullying:

  1. Don’t Start Bullying Anyone.
  2. Walk Away If A Bully Tries To Pick A Fight.
  3. Think Before You Post And Send.
  4. Make The Block Button Your Friend.
  5. Someone Starts Name-Calling Don’t Argue But Walk Away.
  6. Tell Your Teacher, Parents And In A Worse Case Scenario Tell The Police.
  7. Never Argue With A Bully.

There are plenty of more solutions and I’m sure you may be able to think of some but these solutions that are listed especially Number 7 Never Argue With A Bully, are some important solutions that might help.

Links Used In My Research:

I used my EXPERIENCE With Bullying, I Used My Indirect Experience With Bullying,  I used 6 Types of Bullying Every Parent Should Know AboutHow Does Early Bullying Develop and you can find more solutions at 10 Ways to Reduce Bullying in Schools.

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Conclusion:

My conclusion is very simple, if you think you see bullying happening do something about it and report it.

STOP BULLYING!!

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Bullying

By: Crystal Stewart

Bullying is a mean way to

Gain power over a person

Who is weaker than the bully.

Although bullying happens more 

Often than reported, walking away

And reporting it are the best solutions

To bullying and hope anyone in a

Bullying situation will do exactly this.

My plea to everyone is don’t bully but 

Treat the bully with extreme kindness

And they will wonder why you are being

So kind to them when they are

Being mean to you.

So be extra kind to bullies.

 

 

SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD

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Pets Overload has honored WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) and CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE with the SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD. Why is this award so special to Daisy Mae and I? Probably because this award is given to pet and animal blogs in recognition of a pawsome job from one pet blogger to another.

RULES:

  • You are to choose 5 pet bloggers and link to their blogs and describe why each of them deserves this award.
  • You must encourage the pet bloggers to shout out 5 bloggers themselves.
  • You must leave a comment on their blogs letting them know you’ve given them the spotlight.

I follow several good animal blogs so it’s hard to pick just 5.  Please note I will give this award out many times so if you don’t get the award this time you may get it another time. Since I will be awarding this early this month, I’ll be skipping March with the award.

MY NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Tails Around The Ranch
  • I have nominated Tails Around The Ranch because their blog is about a pawsome pooch and a the adventures of a pet therapy team. Helping pets deserves an award in my book.

2. Hands on Bowie

  • I have nominated Hands on Bowie because this pet blog is about a cat and deals with the journey of happiness and grief.

3. 4cats Blog

  • I nominated 4cats Blog because this animal blog deals with all kinds of pet issues than can come up at anytime plus I like the fact there are two types of posts and shops – English and German.

4. TWOspoiledcats

  • I nominated TWOspoiledcats pet blog because this pet blog deals with helping cats. I like pet blogs who are willing to help. Helping an animal doesn’t always mean you have to give money. This blog also deals with adopting cats and other animals.

5. The Blessing Of Animal Companions

  •  I nominated The Blessing Of Animal Companions because this pet blog deals with living with and caring for animals. This blog deals with something very near and dear to my heart – animals.

Any pet/animal blogs you want to suggest to me will be greatly appreciated. Please use the contact form below to suggest your blog or another blog(s).

 

The Entertainer Blogger Award

 

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A huge big heartfelt Thank You to the The Recipe Hunter who nominated me for The Entertainer Blogger Award. I consider this award an honor and privilege and happily accept this award.

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog.
  • Add the rules so others can follow.
  • Nominate people who you find, inspiring and entertaining!
  • Answer the same questions.
  • Include the graphic in your post.

Questions Asked By The Recipe Hunter:

Please Note my answers will be in italics.

  • Why did you start blogging in the first place? I started blogging because I became curious after seeing many ads for WordPress and other sites to start your own website for free. So I eventually started two of my own websites and I am really finding I like blogging. Blogging has become a passion and I can help animals and people through blogging too.
  • What is your favorite book? The Bible and other books.
  • What do you dislike the most? Dishonesty, Deceitfulness, People who protest and don’t know what they’re talking about and violence.
  • What is your favorite food at the mall? Not a mall food person.
  • What is your favorite pastime? Watching my soap operas, “The Young And The Restless” and “The Bold And The Beautiful”.

the-entertainer-blogger-awardMy Nominees:

I have so many blogs I would like to nominate. However, the following blogs are my nominees and they are:

 

URGENT: Please Help Save Special Needs Sadie – Time Critical – Greenville, SC

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This is a picture of Sadie the cat who is in dire need of your help. If she doesn’t get the help she needs she will most likely die. The picture credit is from BriansHomeBlog.com and that’s who gets credit for this picture.

Please share and reblog this article so Sadie the cat gets the help she needs. If you use all your sharing resources she may be saved.  PLEASE SAVE SADIE. Thank you In Advance For Your Help.

The ‘Future Me’ Tag

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WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) and CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE was nominated to do The ‘Future Me’ Tag by Mabeautility who created this tag. The original post by Mabeautility can be found HEREThanks Again Mabeautility!!


The tag is about your future and what you would like to tell yourself when you are ten years older than your age right now. What the person then needs to know and what do you… Well let’s start the tag!!


  • What do you want your life to look like over ten years? 

In 10 years I want to be married or at least engaged. I want to own my own business or at least be co-owners with someone else. I want to be able to make my own schedule so I can be with my family and cat.

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  • What do you want to ask to the future you?

Oh Wow! I think I would have a lot of questions I would want to ask. Some of my questions would probably be: Did I get married? Who did I marry? What’s he like? Did I ever get to own or co-own my own business. Did I retire or get a job? Did I ever master computers? Did I ever master blogging and the technical side of blogging? Did I ever get a chance to meet some of my blogger friends? There are so many questions I have. Did I reach my short-term goals?

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  • What do you want to have her remember?

I want to have her remember that I liked blogging, I wanted to own or co-own my own business and that I’m proud of ALL my nieces and nephew.

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  • Where do you think she’ll live?

I think she’ll live in a castle somewhere in Ireland. 

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  • What do you think she will miss the most about your life now?

Probably my flexibility and living with my parents and etc…

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  • What do you think she will be happy about she does not have any more what is present in your life?

Will I have enough income coming in to pay ALL my bills.


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Thank you all for reading this blog-post!! Make sure to fill in the tag on your blog (so much fun it will be to read this over 10 years!), mention my blog and click on the like star below!!


* Please note that ALL images and graphics are Mabeautility’s except for the Ireland graphic and the Stewart Irish Crest.*

Happiness(A Poem)

I wasn’t sure what to do for Sparks on this wonderful Monday. Then it came to me, I would write an encouraging poem. As soon as I started writing the poem the words just came to me like I was writing a song. Have an encouraging Monday and rest of the week my blogging friends.

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HAPPINESS

BY: CRYSTAL STEWART

Happiness is a smile~Happiness is a wave of the hand~Happiness is the sun shining~Happiness is no snow~Happiness is going to a Lady “A” concert~Happiness is mentoring someone~Happiness is shoveling snow for your neighbor~Happiness is doing something nice for someone who hates you~Happiness is a cat laying on your lap~Happiness is marrying the one you love~Happiness is having a cat or dog as a pet~Happiness is a rainbow~Happiness is a beautiful pink sunset~Happiness is knowing you have done something for someone without expecting anything in return.

 

The Supawstars Spotlight Award (January)

The 5 Pet Bloggers I’d like to honor for January 2018 are:

  1. ATCAD
  2. Easy Blog
  3. Dash Kitten
  4. SPIKE THE SCOTTISH BLACK CAT
  5. 2 Blogging Cats

If your blog hasn’t been nominated and you want your blog to be nominated or know someone who should be nominated please use the comment form below or let me know in the comment section. Now let’s start nominating some good pet/animal blogs. 

 

DAISY MAE ( A POEM WITH PICTURES AND A SLIDESHOW)

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Daisy Mae All Stretched Out And Showing Off Her Grey And White Belly.

Hi and Welcome to WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). I Daisy Mae have been busy getting my picture taken for my updated selfies. I worked so hard that I just had to stretch out the length of myself. Then I find out Sister Crystal is goofing off by dabbling in poetry. That didn’t really make me happy when she could be doing more worthwhile things than trying to write poetry.

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NOT QUITE.

OK, maybe I’m being a little hard on  Sister Crystal but poetry really? I forgave her when I found out the poem she was writing was about me that’s right she was writing a poem about me. What could I do but forgive her. I also have a new appreciation for poetry. 

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PURRFECT. NOW LET ME SLEEP!!

Sister Crystal I’m really sorry. 

Without further adieu, here is the poem Sister Crystal wrote about me. ENJOY!!>”<🙂>”<

DAISY MAE

BY: CRYSTAL STEWART

DAISY MAE, DAISY MAE,YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL GREY CAT WITH A WHITE CHIN AND WHITE FEET WITH GREEN EYES WHO IS FUN, LOVING, FURRY, FLUFFY, EASY TO TAKE CARE OF, LIKES THE SUNSHINE, LIKES NICE WARM REGISTERS AND LIKES TO LAY OUTSIDE SISTER CRYSTAL’S BEDROOM DOOR TO SLEEP.

DAISY MAE, YOU ALSO HAVE VERY SHARP CLAWS FOR DEFENDING YOURSELF AND YOU DIG YOUR SHARP CLAWS INTO MY LEGS WHEN YOU PUSSY FOOT ON ME SOMETIMES BUT THAT’S OK DAISY MAE BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND YOU’RE PART OF THE FAMILY.

DAISY MAE, YOU LIKE TO PLAY AND ROLL AROUND IN CATNIP. YOU ALSO LIKE TO JUMP UP INTO HIGH PLACES WHERE YOUR OWNERS CAN’T GET YOU. 

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DAISY MAE, YOU AND I MET ONE EVENING AFTER I CAME HOME FROM WORK. YOUR MOTHER LITERALLY BROUGHT YOU TO MY FAMILY AND I. YOU GOT OUR ATTENTION BY MEOWING SO LOUD EVERYONE AROUND COULD HERE YOU BUT WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES BECOMES WE JUST FOLLOWED THAT LOUD MEOW OF YOURS UNTIL WE FOUND YOU.

FROM THE TIME MY FAMILY AND I MET YOU WE FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU SO WE TOOK YOU INTO OUR HOME AND YOU BECAME PART OF OUR FAMILY AND HAVE BEEN FOR 11 YEARS. DAISY MAE, YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A FOREVER HOME WITH MY FAMILY.

DAISY MAE, I HOPE YOU HAVE A RAINBOW OF SUNPUDDLES TO WARM YOUR FUR AND LAY IN. MAY THE SUN ALWAYS SHINE FOR YOU MY SWEET, ADORABLE SMART KITTY CAT. MY FAMILY AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.

EVERYDAY YOU LEAVE PAWPRINTS ON MY HEART. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DAISY MAE.

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WHO’S BOTHERING ME WHEN I AM ASLEEP IN MY SUNPUDDLES?

 

The Pet Blogger Challenge

WELCOME:

Hello everyone and welcome to WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) and CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE .

WHY WE ARE HERE: 

We are here today because of The Pet Blogger Challenge. Having two sites that are devoted pets and animals is fun. I try to blog regularly especially on CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. This site is about Photos, Blogging, Animals and Much, Much More.

LOOKING BACK ON THE YEAR 2017:

As I look Back on the year 2017 I find that like any blogger there were ups and downs. I started my blogging venture on January 9, 2017 for WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) and in April 2017, I started CRYSTAL PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. As you might notice that CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE received a make-over, a new name and a new tag. CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE is now CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAES PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and the tag has been updated to say PHOTOS, BLOGGING,FAMILY, ANIMALS, COUNTRY LIVING, POETRY AND MORE. Oh what an experience that has been. During 2017, I took 3 blogging courses from Blogging University to learn more about blogging.

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DAISY MAE GIVING SISTER CRYSTAL THE “EVIL EYE”.

 

 

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DAISY MAE GETTING HER FIRST SELFIE OF 2018 TAKEN. 

QUESTIONS FOR THE PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE:

1.) For those who may be visiting your blog for the very first time, how long have you been blogging and what is your main topic? Since this is a combined post for both of my blogs, I will state both tag lines separately. For CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S SITE the site is about PHOTOS, BLOGGING, FAMILY, ANIMALS, COUNTRY LIVING, POETRY AND MORE and WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) is about FAMILY, COUNTRY LIVING, ANIMALS, PHOTOS AND MORE. WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING About Page can be found at https://daisymae2017.wordpress.com/about/ and MY ABOUT PAGE for CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE  is at https://crystalsphotobloggingsite.wordpress.com/about/ .

2.) What was your proudest blogging moment of 2017? My proudest moments of 2017 had to be being awarded the Supawstars Award on both of my blogs. The posts for WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) AND CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE can be found at INSTRUCTIONS FOR GIVING THE SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD AWAY  , I WAS HONORED WITH THE SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD , THE SUPAWSTARS SPOTLIGHT AWARD and I have had the opportunity to give it away too and you can see who received it at Merry Blogmas: Day 14 – The Supawstars Spotlight Award(December) . I was also honored by doing some guest posts as well. My Guests posts were for  Katzenworld , The Recipe HunterMy Interview and Daisy Mae’s Story( A Referral Post) on Supaw cute . I  also got my cat on Tummy Rub Tuesday and the Daily Kitten. As you can see, I have plenty of good moments in 2017 as a pet blogger.

 

3. Which of your blog posts was your favorite this year and why?  What a tough question. I was honored in many ways in 2017 and I was grateful for that but my favorite posts have to be when KittyClysm honored both of my blogs as Pet Blogs.

4. In terms of your blog, how do you measure success?  I tend to measure my blogs success by shares, views, reblogs, page views, comments and the people I meet online. I enjoy conversing with others by their blog or blogs.

5. In what ways has your blog changed in 2017? Both of my Blogs had a name change and my one blog, CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE had a complete makeover.

6.What was the biggest blogging challenge you overcame in 2017, and what did you learn that could help other bloggers?  I had many challenges when I started blogging but the one thing I learned and would recommend to other bloggers and would-be bloggers out there is that before you start blogging you should:

  1. Do research on Domain Sites.
  2. Learn about the plans available(The cost).
  3. Choose a site.
  4. Once you’ve chosen a site, be smart and take blogging courses. WordPress has great blogging courses and the best part they are Free. WordPress blogging courses can be taken at Blogging University. To sign up or learn more go to: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/blogging-university/ .

7. When things get hard, what keeps you blogging? If I get blogger’s block, I dig deep because blogging is about writing from the heart. I also enjoy and have fun blogging.

8. Looking forward to 2018, what are you hoping to accomplish on your blog this year? On CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE I hope to hit 100 followers. Of Course I hope for a lot more. On WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING), I hope to reach 1000 followers and like my other site I hope to accomplish more than that.

9. In addition to what you’d like to accomplish, is here one specific skill you’d like to improve or master this year? Although there is many things I would love to master or improve upon, coding is the one thing I want to master this year.

10. Now it’s your turn! You have the attention of the pet blogging community – is there a question you’d like answered, or an aspect of your blog that you’d like input on? Share it here and we’ll answer you in the comments! Like Playful Kitty , I would like feedback on both of my blogs  CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). Also, I would appreciate any suggestions as well. Another thing I want feedback on are my themes. They are both retired and WordPress wants them changed but they are willing to let me keep them since I used them before. What are your thoughts. Please note that I’m open to all suggestions

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If you want to take THE PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE  feel free to.

ENCOURAGEMENT

 

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Featured Image -- 8383WHAT IS ENCOURAGEMENT?:

Encouragement is defined as the action of giving someone support, confidence or hope.

WHAT CAN ENCOURAGEMENT DO?:

Encouragement can uplift a person’s attitude with a smile, a compliment, a wave of the hand or better yet just by being kind and friendly to someone.

WHY SHOULD WE ENCOURAGE OTHERS?:

Encouraging others will help you feel better as it will make others feel better too plus you gain new friends this way too.

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ARE THERE HEALTH BENEFITS WHEN WE ENCOURAGE OTHERS?:

Interesting question. In my opinion, there are health benefits. What are they?  In my opinion, the health benefits are great and everybody’s attitude is better which means a healthier you.

CONCLUSION:

When you encourage people it’ll help both them and you so make sure you encourage people.

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My 1 Year Blogging Anniversary

INTRODUCTION:

Hi everyone, I’m so excited. Why you ask? On January 9, 2017 is when I started blogging. Can you believe it’s been a year already. I can’t. Time just flew by. I’ve learned a lot in a year and still have a lot to learn.

I know a lot of  you have been blogging longer than 1 year and even do it as a business. That is why I’m grateful for everyone’s help.

A LOOK BACK ON MY 1ST YEAR OF BLOGGING:

I started blogging because I was curious and it looked fun. If you really want to know why I started this site you can read about it here at  WHY I STARTED THIS SITE .

2017 had its ups and downs but I managed to take 3 Blogging University Courses and learned more about blogging.  I also met a lot of nice bloggers online.

anniversary-2xTIPS BEFORE YOU START BLOGGING:

If you want to blog and only blog for fun then these are my suggestions to think about.

  1. Really think about if you want to blog and research before getting your own site.
  2. Before getting your own site or site(s), make sure you take blogging courses. Don’t wait 3 to 6 months after you get your site like I did.
  3. If you’re computer savvy you might be able to get by without taking courses but if you’re not computer savvy I strongly suggest doing number 2.
  4. Only start with one blog when you’re just beginning a new blog.
  5. Blog regularly and be consistent because you get more people that way.

CONCLUSION:

I would like to conclude this post by saying that I wish everyone the best of luck with their blog or blogs and I’m not here to put you down. I don’t mean to offend anyone and hope I haven’t. Now I’m working on my 2nd year of blogging and hope it goes well. Happy New Year Everyone and Happy Blogging.

 

 

MEET AND GREET

WELCOME:

Welcome everyone to my blog and Happy New Year to you all.

BODY OF POST:

I have been kindly asked by the The Recipe Hunter to tell everyone about her Meet and Greet every Sunday. Of course you can head there after you visit my blogs. That’s right blogs. I have another blog called CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. This blog I just mentioned is about Photos, Blogging, Animals and Much, Much More. Hope to see you there.

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Credit: This Feature Picture is from The Recipe Hunter’s Blog.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone In Advance for visiting my blogs and The Recipe Hunter’s Blog. See You There.

Thanks Again Everyone,

Crystal

 

Update On Blog-Hopping For Daisy Mae And I

Hi everyone, Daisy Mae and I are here to update you on our Blog-hopping. Daisy Mae is over what she had and well I am 95% over what I had. Just when you think it’s over it comes back. Some of you may be able to relate to this. I have had this bad cold since I got my flu shot. Go figure.

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Daisy Mae All Stretched Out And Showing Off Her Grey And White Belly.

I’m happy to say Daisy and I will be back to blog-hopping starting on January 7, 2018. Please be patient because it may take a few days to get to your blogs and answer your comments but I promise we will visit your blog.

Thank you all so much, Crystal and Daisy Mae. 

WINNING THE LIEBSTER AWARD – MY SECOND AWARD OF 2018!!

 

Happy  New Everyone. I’m excited because Daisy Mae and I have started the new year off right by being nominated for two awards. We were nominated for the don’t hate, appreciate award by MABEAUTILITY and that post can be found at The Don’t Hate, Appreciate Award: G❤❤d Vibes Only – My First Post Of 2018. Also, Daisy Mae and I were nominated for the Liebster Award  by MABEAUTILITY and if you want to check her award post out that can be found at LIEBSTER AWARD 2018!.

Thanks MABEAUTILITY for nominating me.

THE RULES:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other new bloggers for encouraging them.
  4. Ask them 11 questions.
  5. Let them know you have nominated.

MABEAUTILITY’S QUESTIONS TO THE NOMINEES(MY ANSWERS WILL BE IN ITALICS):

  1. What is your favorite pet? Cats.
  2. What is your favorite snack? Popcorn slathered in butter.
  3. Which place in your house do you like the most? I like my bedroom the most. The reason I like my bedroom so is because it’s warm and cozy.
  4. What is your biggest hobby besides blogging. I don’t have another hobby other than blogging anymore. I used to do cross-stitching.
  5. If you were able to posses magic, what kind of  magic would it be? Interesting question. The kind of magic that I could have a full-time job by owning my own business. Also,the kind of magic that I could change our world’s mind to do the right thing.
  6. What is your biggest wish? My biggest wish is that everyone in my family stays healthy and our world gets some common sense.
  7. Would you like your blog to be your job and Why? I haven’t been blogging a year yet so as of this time I’m not really sure.
  8. What did you like most about 2017?  I have so many things I liked about 2017 it’s hard to pick just 1 particular one.
  9. What would your perfect holiday be like? All of my family would be together, no grudges would be held, Nobody would be sick and we’d enjoy each other’s company and we’d overlook each other’s faults.
  10. What is the meaning of education? To me education is more than getting a degree or degrees at a college or colleges. Education to me can also be what you learn in life from the time you’re born to the time you die. You see there are many ways you can be educated so take advantage of all of them because you never know when you’ll need them.
  11. How did you create the name of your blog? When I created the name of my blog, I wanted it to be unique and original. I live way out in the country so I started with COUNTRY LIVING but then I got to thinking why not make it a little more personal and do a name that would welcome everyone to my site. So I came up with WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING). I kept COUNTRY LIVING so that my followers  that came when I had that name would stay.

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MY NOMINEES:

  1. A Voice From Iran
  2. Easy Blog
  3. His Perfect Timing
  4. A Smile A Day
  5. 15 And Meowing
  6. The Girl Who Read Too Much
  7. Crochety Cougars
  8. If I can’t bring my dog, I’m not going
  9. Canny Catnip Nook
  10. Purrseidon
  11. CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE

Please don’t judge me for not nominating blog! If I could I’d nominate all my followers because I know how much time and effort into your blog posts. I appreciate all my bloggers.

Congratulations to my nominees.

MY QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

  1. What is your favorite pet and/or animal?
  2. What is your job and Why do you like it or dislike it so much?
  3. What is your favorite sport and why?
  4. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If so what were they?
  5. What did you like most about 2017?
  6. What did you like least about 2017?
  7. What is your hobby besides blogging?
  8. What did you like most about Christmas and New Year’s?
  9. What is your blog about?
  10. What would you like to share about yourself to introduce yourself to the readers?
  11. How did you create the name of your blog?

Nominees, have fun answering the above questions.

A HUGE BIG THANK YOU TO MABEAUTILITY FOR NOMINATING ME.