VB 2

One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is all the new friends I’ve made out here in Blog-land.  Georgette Sullins is one such friend.  I hope you’ll visit her blog. Yesterday she surprised me with my second Versatile Blogger award. Thanks, Georgette!   Although I am concerned that all those nice things you said about me just might inflate my ego.

Now my task is to reveal seven things about myself, and to forward this award on to several other new (or newly discovered) bloggers.

Seven things about me not mentioned in previous posts:

1.  My hair wasn’t cut until the summer I was 7 years old.  This was my first grade picture. I was wearing a dress made by my mom, and sporting bangs also trimmed by my mom.

2.  I have 20 first cousins on my mom’s side of the family. (There were 23, but three have passed on in recent years.) 

3. I was a victim of bullying the entire twelve years I rode a school bus. Apparently before the senior bullies graduated and moved on, they taught the art of bullying to an underclassman or two. I can completely understand how those who are bullied can be driven to the point of violence.

4.  I took piano lessons for four years when I was a child, and, as an adult,  played the piano in  church for several years.

5 . I never learned to swim. Because my mom was afraid of the water. And instilled that fear in me.

6. I have worked as an executive secretary, a delivery driver, a retail sales clerk and a farm hand.

7. Re: my work history. I was in the clerical/secretarial world so long ago that I operated a Telex machine, a mimeograph, and a ditto machine. You’ll probably need to Google those, because I doubt you’re familiar with them. Suffice it to say: ancient technology.

And now, the Versatile Blogger rules require that I pass on this award to several other bloggers. I always hesitate to do this, not knowing how folks feel about blog awards. I’m always thrilled that someone thinks enough of my blog to nominate me. So I’m taking a chance and sending this award on to the following bloggers:

http://93percenttrue.wordpress.com/  –  I just discovered Jimmy’s blog last week. I think he found mine the day I was Freshly Pressed, and I followed the link he left with his comment.  I haven’t caught up on all his previous posts yet, but plan to do so soon.

http://mymemoryart.blogspot.com/  – I believe that Adrienne also discovered my blog on “Freshly Pressed day”.  She’s an amazing scrapbooker, and I love reading her posts.

http://www.swampbillyranch.com/ – I just discovered Debbie’s blog a couple of weeks ago. Now I’m a regular reader.

http://itsallaboutpurple-debbie.blogspot.com/ – Debbie has become a faithful reader and commenter on my blog. And I look forward to her posts!

http://www.thefarmersdaughter2.blogspot.com/ – I’ve been following Cheryl’s blog for quite some time. She writes about flowers, family, pets: all the things I’m interested in too!

Please take a minute to visit these folks. I promise their blogs will make you smile.

And thanks again, Georgette!

20 responses to “VB 2

  1. More well-deserved recognition! I’ll definitely read the blogs you listed. Always glad to make new friends!

  2. We are so much alike it’s scary!
    1. When I was little Mom always kept my hair short, but she cut it – and made dresses for me when I was young.
    2. I did have 20 cousins on Mom’s side – there are now 17.
    3. My bus rides to school were horrible.
    4. I took piano lessons for 6 years, played for the choir at school and church for 35 years.
    5. I swim very little – also due to a mother who was afraid of water.
    6. I am an executive assistant.
    7. I have used a ditto machine.
    I always enjoy your posts! And look forward to visiting the bloggers you suggested! Keep writing!

  3. Same sweet smile years later. Congratulations on the award. Much deserved.

  4. I’m excited to check out these blogs – all new to me! I am very sorry to hear you were bullied as a child. There is nothing more I want for my daughter than to be kind to everyone and always stick up for people. If only more parents instilled that in their children. And I love the pic – you were an adorable girl (and still are)!

  5. Checked ’em out – a lot of gifted people out there in blog-land! And I figured I’d participate ….

    1.I had glasses from the 2nd grade on, but upgraded to contacts in 9th.
    2.I’m not even sure I can count all of my cousins.
    3.I think, unless you WERE a bully, the schoolbus was wretched for everyone.
    4.I can’t play any musical instruments, but I like to think I know how to listen!
    5.I can’t swim, either, but hopefully I could float if need be.
    6.I sell decorative flags & banners ( or try to.)
    7.I’m not familiar with the ditto, but I did learn to type on a typewriter. Then moved right on to the two-tone Commodore 😦

  6. I dislike the water as well…I’m trying not to instill that in my kids….I’m trying! I remember having typing class (on a typewriter) in highschool….I need a texting class now! 🙂 Congrats on your Versatile Blogger Award! BTW….my hydrangeas are just beginning to bloom as well….gonna have to get a pic up soon!

  7. oh my. living by the water like you do, not swimming would be a shame! congrats on your award! very well deserved! and you’ve named a couple of my favorite ladies too (debbie & debbie). i’ve got to go check out the others!

    congrats, dear dianne! you are a treasure!

  8. Congrats, Dianna!

  9. Congratulations Dianna!! And such a cute little girl! Why would anyone want to bully her is beyond me!

  10. Wow ~ thanks so much! As a someone new to the blogging world, this shot of encouragement feels wonderful!! I, too will check out the other blogs you’ve listed! I would never have guessed, with you living so close to the water, that you wouldn’t be a swimmer. My mom taught us when we were very young, and taught both my kids too! It’s nice to have a nice memory of my mom!! Thanks again for the encouragement!

  11. Thank you so much for thinking of me! When I was in middle school, Mr. Menzies had a ditto machine. I loved the purple ink and chemical smell! They made learning about the Industrial Revolution much more palatable!

  12. On your recommendation I’ll save todays blog (e-mail) and visit the sites you recommended. I really enjoyed learning the things about you. I wonder how surprised your “virtual” friends would be if they saw you and realized that the girl in the picture looks just like the woman today? Well the hair is a little different. Maybe you could blog some stories about the “Motor Man”Not the Saturday Nite guy I know.. except you could leave the sense of humor…does Marshall really know who the Commodores were? I think the were one “tone”…

  13. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Dianna, we both remember the Surry school bus bullying, not fun but we both could show them something now! Just look at us now. 🙂

  14. Congratulations again!
    You are such a light to so many…I look forward to seeing what you’ve written every morning I fire up the computer.
    My maternal grandmother is/was deathly afraid of water so she made sure her kids weren’t and they intern their children…I’m so glad, I love being in the water!

  15. congrats!
    i’m gonna hop over and check out thes blogs!


  16. Congratulations. You deserve it! Your blog is wonderfully interesting and filled with smiles. 🙂

  17. Congrats, Dianna! I love visiting your blog. And thanks for choosing mine for an award! I’m so happy to have you for a blog friend. Take care. ~Cheryl

  18. Oh happy day! I know that you are already nominated but I couldn’t help it but to nominate you again! I love your posts and blog and so I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you choose to accept my nomination, the strings that come attached are well worth the recognition. Do you accept my nomination?
    Here are the rules:
    1. You must create a blog about your acceptance in which you mention that I nominated you, you accept, and provide a link to my site.
    2. Give 7 random facts about yourself.
    3. Provide the links to 7 blogs YOU wish to nominate for this award.
    4. Notify each blogger that you nominated them and ask them if they want to accept the award. If they do, just share the rules with them.

    Keep up the excellent work. You have a loyal follower and I hope you get many more from this gesture.

    All the best, Marija

  19. dianna…i am viewing this for the very first time, right this very second!! somehow, because of my balloon adventure, i missed this. i am soooo behind and a lil confused as to what i have read and what i have missed!! it’s hard being away, bloggerville goes on!!!

    soooooo a very big (and late) thank you…..and congrats to you. you have an awesome blog and are very deserving. i love being part of your blog!!! xo

  20. Susan Burt Smelser

    I remember that dress! I didn’t know your Mom made it. And I remember that long, beautiful hair when I sat next to you in first grade!

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