Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lemonade Award

I've won the lemonade stand award from SquirrelQueen on her blog The Road To Here! Thanks SquirrelQueen, not only is she my friend, she is very creative (check out the name!) and she takes beautiful photos, sometimes of mundane things that she makes simply gorgeous.

The way I understand it this award is for those who make lemonade when life hands them lemons, this idea pleases me greatly. Digressing a little bit here I'm a half empty glass type of person, if you knew me in person you would say I was bubbly, I'm not sure I like that word? But that's what people say, I cultivate this because often things do turn out for the best. Even when things happen that don't look like blessings they are blessings in disguise. I can't tell you how many major accidents I've been right ahead of because I had a nagging feeling to get going or how many times I or loved ones have been delayed and thus possibly avoided a catastrophe. It's hard to remember sometimes when life is handing you lemons but things do have a way of working out and handing you new possibilities and opportunities in the process. The two biggest examples that come to me immediately I will tell now, you can't stop me. Or you can skip to my nominees if you want.

My oldest daughter always wanted a career in business, and her dream was to work in New York City, in the WTC exactly. She was starting college in 1993 (stop doing math I was a YOUNG mother!), injured her eye @ her job, had to quit college, met and eventually married a local boy (which she said she'd never live in the country or have ANYTHING to do with farming or outdoors?). Now she's a school nurse with four children partly because of one accident that was a catastrophe @ the time and turned out to be a huge blessing. The second example happened in 2000 or 1999, my husband had trucks, many trucks, due to not being able to find drivers, fuel and prices going up eventually we only had two. This seemed like a decline but when my father fell and broke his hip in January of 2000 I was able to stay @ home and take care of my father for most of the year which was a blessing (we did have to put him in the nursing home permanently in November of 2000 and he passed away in January of 2001 but he had many other complications, diabetes, crippled, and Alzheimer's). If we had had a big business @ the time I would have never have been able to care for him or even arrange for his care for the time I did. I'm blabbering on here but I will always be so grateful to my husband for his patience and understanding during that time. I will never forget the phone call when I told my husband that the doctor said my father had Alzheimer's and would need 24/7 care from now on. I asked my husband what we were going to DO and he instantly replied I guess we'll have to move in with your father and you'll have to take care of him. I'd been traveling with my husband before that so it was a big change much less living with another person, especially one who has Alzheimer's etc.

The basic guidelines are:
1) Put the award logo on your blog.
2) Nominate at least 10 bloggers (more or less, whatever number is good for you), that have a positive attitude.
3) Be sure to list and link your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.

I'm sorry I'm not going to do 10 bloggers. In the interest of my dentists appointment, the dirty clothes waiting to go in the washer, the clean clothes waiting to be folded, the dishwasher, the lawn, ...... well you get the idea. I give the award to those below but also to all of my followers. If you don't know how to go to their blogs just click on their picture to the right here under followers and it expand and give you a list of their blogs, you may have to scroll a bit. I've found many interesting blogs that way, maybe that's why the laundry isn't done and the lawn isn't mowed? LOL

So here are my nominees:

Squirrel Queen and her blog Through Squirrel Eyes
MzzLily and her blog becoming an journey
chicamom85 and her blog Sassy Sasha The Lovable Shih Tzu
AL and her blog Burnt Chicken Republic
Crystal Jigsaw and her blog Crystal Jigsaw
Rae and her blog Weather Vane
Checkers and his blog Checkers The Peek A Poo although I suspect with Checkers and Sasha's blog they have some help with the typing as they don't have thumbs exactly?

Once again, thank you Squirrel Queen, I am honored.


MzzLily said...

Thank you so much! You are an inspiration. SQ picked a deserving recipient.

chicamom85 said...

Congratulations and thank you for mentioning Sasha, she is honored. I did read your stories and they are beautiful. I am off now to meet Checkers.

Have a great day Anne

TC said...

Thanks MzzLily and Congratulations to you. I'm blushing now. Everyone who got the award is VERY deserving in my book!

TC said...

chicamom Congratulations to you and Sasha, I hope the zen treats work, if they do Dispatch could use a little meditation. Glad you are going to meet Checkers!

Rae said...

Thank you. I am honored you would offer this award to me. I have received it in the past but am still very pleased to receive it again. I am so glad I am following your blog now. I am not sure how I missed it before. But I love the way you write about things and I share your point of view.

TC said...

I'm so glad you are following me and I'm following you also and you are welcome, you are right we share each others points of view, I write like I talk my cousin says so what you read is what you get! Thanks for the compliment.

SquirrelQueen said...

Hi TC,

Thank you for the really nice introduction, I appreciate that.

Those are some really good examples of making lemonade from life's little lemons. You made me take a look back and see a few of my own.

Thank you for the award, I appreciate that. Before I forget, whats the latest on the alligator?

Have a great evening,

chicamom85 said...

When you have a chance please come and visit Sashas blog. I have a post that made me think of you and your "alligator" problem. A fun e-mail I got from my husband


TC said...

You are welcome Judy, I meant every word.

Everyone has a time in their life when they thought disaster had struck and it was a blessing in disguise. Meeting my husband was a total accident, I was supposed to be in Denver @ the time. LOL

Our Alligator is still on the loose I think?

TC said...

Anne it seems those vicious dogs have found an alligator and got it completely under control on your blog (you all have to go see this!), no more news of this one in MO.

SquirrelQueen said...

I was going to post this on florence view but with the current story it just seemed out of place, I have a little goodie for you, you kreativ person you.

On blessings in disquise, once in Anchorage when I worked for P&G, I had work to do in two stores one morning. On the way to the first store I changed my mind and went to the second store first. When I finish I headed off to the other store. When I got there it was surrounded by police cars, there had been an attempted robbery and shooting. Whew!


AL said...

TC I don't know how to thank you...I've been blogging for such a long time and I haven't got any recognition like this! I am so overwhelmed and excited. Well what can I say...thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Checkers said...

What a wonderful post - and THANKS for the Award - it is truly pawsome - - Around here we know a lot about making lemonade out of lemons lately! THANKS again!

TC said...

Thanks Judy for writing about me so nicely in your post on your blog!

Good deal you went to the second store first!

There are many instances when my husband has been either behind or ahead of a major wreck, something delayed him etc., if he hadn't had the irritating delay??????

TC said...

Al you are totally welcome! And deserving I might add! Congratulations and I am very happy to be the one to give you your FIRST award!

TC said...

Checkers you are welcome and deserving. Many times we think setbacks or changes in circumstances are the end of the world but in hindsight they can be blessings in many ways.

Thomas said...

Hi TC,
Man your post realy hit home for me, I found out 2 months ago that my mom has Alzheimer's and she is getting worse by the day, it realy sucks!
Congratulations on your award and I will stop by again soon.

TC said...

Thomas my heart goes out to you. Alzheimer's isn't good, you will probably learn more about it than you ever wanted to know. The only comfort I can give you is your mother is still your mother. Maybe this isn't polite or politically correct but when I would get exasperated @ my dad (who had a fabulous sense of humor BTW) I'd just think how funny he would think some of the things he did were if he was in his right mind. That helped believe it or not.

I and my brother are like destined to get it if we are lucky enough to live long enough, both sides of the family had it.

chicamom85 said...

Sasha has an award for you, she sends it with love, when you can please visit her and pick it up.

Thanks Anne

TC said...

Thank you Anne, and Thank You Sasha!!