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The Versatile Blogger Award


 I am honored to accept the Versatile Blogger award from Samantha Bacchus!

And I was supposed to have gotten this posted yesterday. My apologies to Sam and a big Thank you for nominating me for this wonderful award.

 And now for the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

– Thank the person who nominated you, (as I have above).

– Include a link to their blog – click on Smantha’s name (up thereUp Arrow Hand Symbol: Free Graphics, Pictograms, icons, Visuals ...  ) to follow the link to her fantastic blog,

Samantha’s Blog: Living The Write Dream

– Nominate 15 bloggers. – I’ll do this at the end.

– Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

This is the hard part! I am a simple, uncomplicated type of person, who tends to share all kinds of things about myself all the time and yet I keep my thoughts and opinions to myself (most of the time 🙂 ) so as not to offend anyone. But I’ll try to come up with a few that you don’t know.

 I’m allergic to metal. Not sure if I was prior to having my ears pierced when I was 18, but that’s when I first became aware of it.

Just carrying change (coins) in my hand or pocket will cause a reaction. Within seconds they start to feel warm and after a few minutes they will leave a red mark that is similar to a moderate sunburn that can last for days. All jewelry has to be either sterling silver or nickel free. One thing that I learned when I had a severe reaction 15 years ago was that many people allergic to metal are also allergic to spandex. Yes, I am one of the many. Do you know how hard it is to find clothes that don’t have spandex in them? Try reading the labels sometime. Bras, underwear, stretch jeans, even socks can have spandex.

I’m afraid of birds and all feathered creatures! Ducks, geese, and chickens are the worst. Maybe it’s because as a child, my family had a pet chicken who hated me and would chase me every time I went outside and would peck at my legs. BrrrGives me the chills just thinking about it. 🙂

 I cut and color my own hair. And I have only had my hair cut and colored by a professional stylist 6 times in my entire life.

I’ve been thinking about going gray naturally. What with all the brands and shades of hair color available today, the little old gray haired lady has become a rarity. Heck, even my step-mom who just turned 91 last week still has her hair colored on a regular basis. But I am scared. What if I don’t like it? What if it makes me lookOLD? Guys seem to go gray more naturally than women do and they don’t seem to mind. Is it a society thing? Or are women just more vain?

I have three sons and my middle son is truly a middle son.  My oldest was born on a Wednesday, my middle son was born on a Thursday, and my youngest was born on a Friday, but wait there’s more. My oldest weighed the most, but was the shortest. My middle son fell right into the middle because my youngest son weighed the least and was the longest of the three.

I don’t like wearing dresses. Sorry, but they make me feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. I believe that if you are comfortable with what you are wearing (I prefer jeans myself) you exude self-confidence and self-confidence is way more sexy than a self-conscious, uncomfortable woman in a short dress anytime!

At 5’5″ and a whopping 130 pounds, I’m the biggest in my family. And I have always felt like an Amazon compared to my mom who topped out at 5’2″, both of my sisters at 5’3″, and my brother at 5’4″. I even had an uncle who was a jockey before he was killed in the Korean war. From what I’ve heard he was pretty good, but I never got to meet him. He died seven years before I was born.

And this is hard too! I follow so many wonderful blogs that it’s hard to narrow the list down to 15, but here goes.
















Well, that’s my nominees. I understand that sometimes we are so caught up in our day to day lives that we might not be able to accept the award and that’s fine, I understand completely. When I received an award about a year ago one of my nominees emailed me and asked if I would give the award to a very nice lady whose blog had never received an award. So if you can’t accept please consider paying it forward and nominate a blog of your choice. Just leave their link in the comments section and let them know you have nominated them. Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Till next time; Hugs!




  1. Thanks so much for nominating me Karen. I find the best thing about blog awards is learning more about the person who gave it to me. I remember you said you were afraid of birds! I had 2 pet chickens as a kid – Whoopsie and Poopsie. They were obedient like a dog. They’d be in the backyard and come running inside the house when I called them.

    Unfortunately, as they got bigger, my mother wanted to make chicken soup with them, but I didn’t have the heart to see that. I ended up giving them to a farm, where I am positive, they lived until a ripe old age. (That’s what I like to believe anyway).

    Allergic to metal? Wow, that must be a tough one … thanks again for thinking of me, hon. really appreciate it,



    • Hi Eden! Bet you thought I forgot about you. 🙂 Would never happen. I started at the bottom of the replies and was working my way up and got sidetracked, by my dad of course. I gave him a haircut today. You can see the before and after pics on my facebook page.

      I think we discussed my fear of birds when we celebrated “Spring into Summer” https://karensdifferentcorners.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/spring-into-summer/
      And I’m sure they lived a long life too! 🙂
      Let me know when you post yours!


  2. Lainey

    Thanks so much for nominating me! I’ve been a bit out of the loop this week but will post this later. Thanks again!

    Loved this post, I enjoy reading little random snippets of lives. I’ve tried to go grey naturally a couple of times – been going grey since my late teens – I always look really tired, so end up going back to dyes. Then again maybe we should go platinum blonde! 🙂


    • Hi Lainey! Out of the loop? I think you’ve been doing pretty good with your 365 posts. That’s really a great idea.

      I’ve done the blonde thing, but with my light skin, it makes me look washed up and faded 😦


  3. Excellent post Karen, thanks for accepting and passing on the award and for linking back to me!

    Oh my goodness, allergic to money eh?! Well I guess you have to make sure you’ve got a load of notes then rather than change!

    I got attacked by geese once – not fun, so I can relate to your feathered creature phobia. Oh, and as for going grey, well – I found my first grey hair when I was 13 and my Mum was totally grey by 20, so there was never any hope for me. I will be dying mine until I die – ha!

    I will check out all the blogs you’ve nominated, I love finding new ones!
    Gary is popular I see – I nominated him too! 🙂


    • Okay, last time I am going to try! I have typed a reply to you twice, Sam and both times I scroll to hit the reply button, I lose my reply! LOL!

      Wow, I have never thought about it that way. Maybe being allergic to money is the reason, I hate shopping. 🙂

      13? That is young. One of my older sisters was completely gray at 27. I think I would be okay, if mine actually would come in in streaks, but no, I have to be different and have patches. Haha.

      Well, I guess since we both nominated Gary, he is going to have to divulge twice as many secrets. 🙂


      • Haha – I’ve had that happen to me so many times Karen, SO frustrating, but well done for not giving up!! I’m looking forward to reading 14 random facts about Gary – should be interesting! 😉


  4. I am honored, Karen. Thank you, I did enjoy this post of learning more about you. I’m a gray headed man– I’m just happy it’s not skin-colored. My wife has finally given up the bottle– hair dye, that is– and I’m all for it. It’s a lot of work. I think it’s society that causes woman to keep coloring their hair, but I think many want that younger look, which is fine with me.

    Thanks again for the award


    • See Dannie it is easier for a guy to go gray 🙂 My biggest dilemma is that my gray is coming in in patches. About an inch all around my hairline, there is no gray. I have one spot about an inch in diameter of gray on the left side of my head and have about 4 patches like that on the right side. 😦 I will end up looking like a calico cat. LOL!


      • Have you ever seen a calico cat you didn’t like? lol


      • Haha! Nope, I haven’t. In fact they are my favorites!


  5. Thanks for nominating me Karen. Great to get to know more about you. So, now I post stuff on my site, right?


  6. Funny that you cut, and color your hair. I’ve done the same for years too. And I recently let the gray come, but it turns out I’m mostly gray on top so I’ve got a two tone thing going on which I’m seriously thinking of color again. Good luck with your hair though. I’d like to know how that turns out for you. 🙂

    Thanks for the nomination 🙂

    Anna Simpson from Shout with Emaginette


    • Hi Anna! I like the two-toned look. For some reason it reminds me of feathers.
      I haven’t colored my hair for about 10 weeks now and yikes! I do have a bottle of color under the sink and I bought a frosting kit just in case 🙂


  7. Karen, thank you so much. I will post on it soon.
    And I don’t like wearing dresses either. Have to from time to time, but would so much rather not. Lively reading more about you.
    Thanks again for the honor.


    • Hi Silvia! And you are welcome. I look forward to reading more about you. I;m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like wearing dresses. 🙂


  8. Rebecca Douglass

    Thanks for the nomination! I won’t be around for over a week still to do anything with it, and then will be very backed up, so I’ll probably pass on my nomination.

    I’m going grey naturally, but as that means my red is fading to blonde, starting with streaks around my face, that’s unfair. I have never in my life paid for a haircut (been wearing it king and straight for many decades now), am allergic to shopping (but not to money), and don’t mind skirts but can’t wear shoes unless my orthotics fit, so I seldom wear anything but pants.


    • Hi Rebecca! That’s okay. So how’s the trip going? Are you enjoying yourself? I look forward to seeing lots of pics! It’s nice to see so many others are going gray naturally! And we are all very adept at cutting our own hair.


  9. Thank you for the nomination, Karen (though I am a bit late)! I will try to pass this on, though I can’t give any promises.

    I used to dislike dresses too, then I tried maxi ones. They’re so comfortable and flattering, and coupled with the right cardigan or jacket, they seem so much more casual. 🙂

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