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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Who, Me?

The last few weeks have been full to the brim with things that for good or bad distracted, overwhelmed and left me without an organized enough corner in my brain to be able to fulfil the duties bestowed upon me with these generous nudges from the sceptre of greatness.
I have been working on this post since early April and apologize in advance to anyone I tag or nominate, for whom this is a repetition of awards already received. On the other hand, no one is heard complaining about multiple Oscars, so: "Get Over Yourself!"

In Chronological Order: The Zombie chicken Award!
from "Don't Feed The Pixies"
The Blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the Zombie Chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all...
And the nominees are:
Delusions of Adequacy
A Good Horse
Magic Lantern Show

Smartie's Diary
Shattered into One Piece

Kreativ Writing...
from Owen at "Magic Lantern Show"

Rules of the award.
1.Winner may display logo on his/her blog.
2.Put a link to person from whom award was received.
3.Nominate 6 blogs.
4.Leave message for nominees.

And the nominees are:
"The Diary of Dagenham Dave"
"The Wind in your Vagina"
"Tidings of Magpies"

In addition to the above, highly appreciated plethora of honors, I was tagged by Dave "Pie-n-Mash" from Daggenham
The rules are:
-Respond and rework
-Answer questions on your own blog
-Replace one question
-Tag 8 people

and the Tagees are:
Not Waving but Drowning
Le Puy
One Word is Enough
Snail Beach Sheep
The Watercats

What are your current obsessions?
Blogging: thinking through postings in my head.

Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
Gardening gloves and sun hats.

What's for Dinner?
Off to the unknown; due to our inability to make a timely excuse to avoid dinner with Feral Grandchildren tonight. Oh Joy!

Last thing you bought?
Gift certificate for daughter and hubby (not owners of feral grandchildren) to go to nearby big animal rescue, where Bed & Breakfast Lodges overlook Elephant playground.

What are you listening to?
Missy Higgins.

If you were a God/Goddess who would you be?
Sisyphus - see prior post.

Favorite holiday spots?
New Orleans, but haven't made it back since Katrina.
Cornwall, England
Anywhere friends and family reside.

Reading right now?
Narrow Dog to Carcassonne by Terry Darlington.

Who or what makes you laugh until you are weak?
Any fool who thinks it might be lucrative to steal my purse, identity or credit cards!

Who's your Hero/Heroine?
I know a ton! People who put on a brave face through illness, hardship and adversity. Leaders by example. Nancy Reagan was one. I always dismissed her as "Hollywood Fluff", until she stayed by her husband's side through Alzheimer's. Seeing her kneeling at his tomb, not wanting to leave him even then still brings tears of admiration to my eyes.

First Spring Thing?
Brushing, brushing and brushing my sweet old Collie dog as she "Blows her Coat." The place looks like I have held a sheep massacre here.

What's the funniest thing you ever saw in your life?
Hubbies test-drive of a Go-Ped (motorized scooter), which left without him, leaving him on his back in the street outside our house.

Favourite Film?
Shirley Valentine.

Care to share some wisdom?
-You never learn anything for free.
-When you are looking for a hand, you will find you have two of them, one on the end of each arm.
-It is unfortunate but worldly wealth does not necessarily equate with class.
-Kindness does matter.

If you were a tree, which one would you be, and why?
London Plane Tree: This will be a post for another day.

Name fictitious characters who made a lasting impression on you.
Mrs. Do-as-you-would-be-done-by from The Water Babies
Jayne Ayre
Jo from Little Women
Don Quixote

4 words to describe yourself.


  1. Feral Grandchildren! LOL! I love London Planes - beautiful bark, great shade, indestructible and immune to pollution, and those lovely spiky fruits!

  2. Kate, well said. There is something both noble and functional about those trees.

  3. Dear ER,
    Love your comment here about finding two hands, one at the end of each arm... so true.

    Umm, where to start... while I'm thinking about it, the other blog, name that post, which seemed pertinent to your 60's ant-acid trip... it is here :

    Riders on the Storm, that most excellent of Doors albums... her post opens with a photo of the cover of Aldous Huxley's "Doors of Perception", and visible autographs of the Doors on the inside cover... what a treasure that would be to any Doors fan.

    And how can I thank you for the honor, the sublime honor, of being named for the "Zombie Chicken" award. Perhaps with the hours I keep and the state those hours leave me in too often, just plain "Zombie" would be more apt. I will try to live up to the call of the zombie fowl, and will pass it on shortly to other "Night of the Living Headless Chicken" fanatics out there in the blogosphere.

    BTW, I never saw any further news from la Framericaine or your good self about the bus crash victims... have they mostly returned to France by now? Are any still in the hospitals there near you? What a horrible end to a holiday. I hope those that survived are patching their lives back together...

  4. I was surprised at your unexpected comment, began to feel very chuffed at being offered a Zombie Chicken award (who could resist?) then a little sad that I was only up for a meme, then thrilled at being pointed at so many new and wonderful blogs.

    So, thanks, I think.

  5. Thank you ever so kindly, English Rider, for the award! Wow, an award... I'm quite chuffed.
    And agree with Owen, the words of wisdom about the 'hand, one at the end of each arm' needs to be emblazoned somewhere... and you'll be credited.
    (By the way, as the owner of an English Mastiff going through Spring Moult, I quite empathise with the sheep massacre image, only ours seems to shed a Yorkie a day, least that's what it looks like swept up. All praise to tiled floors.)

    Warmest regards, Kitty

  6. I have to point out that my "hands on the end of each arm" is from a Ms. Hepburn. I wish I had originated it, but I am just repeating someone else's quote.
    Kitty, your "and then his dick fell off" comment was priceless and made my day. My dog has been in the forget-me-not seeds. If it rains she will be a collie with small blue accents.
    All: I was very touched and proud to receive these awards and to be tagged. The blog world is a fine place. Way back when I started, a few months ago, A Good Horse/Solitaire Mare started me off with a friendship award. It is how we meet other new bloggers and was very sweet, especially as she had sadness in her life at the time.
    Zhoen, If you want a Zombie Chicken, I award you one, in an extra special category. E.S. Z.C. is yours! May the Google Gods strike me down, if they don't like it. They need me to build their houses here, so I feel somewhat protected. Hail to the Google Gods. Grovel, Grovel. Appease. Appease. You still have to do the meme.
    Owen, So sorry, I know nothing about The Doors. I have heard of them, but that's all, so I will look and learn later. I was a tardy social developer. (Bay City Rollers, anyone?) Blame the horses.
    Almost all the bus crash victims are back in France. Some in Hospitals there. I was going to post, maybe this weekend, that I received an email from one couple and a very touching thank you note from the French Consul of San Francisco, just yesterday.
    I made a point of calling the Red Cross to thank them too.
    That was all so overwhelming that I had a hard time responding to the awards. That meme/tag requires thought, and I had none to spare.
    La Framericaine is En Voyage. She's gone underground for a while.
    There, now I feel that the pot has been stirred.

  7. I loved reading through your lists of thingies! I feel honoured to have woken up with a hangover and to be given tag!..cheers!

  8. And to add.. I will endeavor to complete the tagging task when my brain starts working again.... this could take some time....and that should be; " a tag"... (above).. *nurses head and slopes off...

  9. Thank you for the Zombie Chicken award, I shall endeavour to be worthy of it. Also, many thanks for all these other lovely blogs to look at.

  10. Thank you ER but I did this fairly recently,


  11. Hi ER! better late than never! Thank you kindly for the Zombie Chicken Award! I have just posted it on my blog!

  12. English Rider,

    Whenever I say that moniker in my mind it is accompanied, as well it should be, by the tune to "Paperback Writer." Given the fun offered by the human mind, I don't really understand why we need mud pies, bicycles, video games, and camping. But, as everyone knows by now, I'm a bit of a sloth;>D

    Thank you for having acknowledged me with the Kreativ Blogger award. It took me a lot of reading of back editions to stumble upon it but that's Luddite living and jetlag for you!

    Have a nice holiday near home!