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Versatile blogger

Yay! I got nominated for a Versatile Blogger award by the inimitable Kintal. I love her blog, please check it out: https://kintal.wordpress.com/


1. Post the award nomination on your blog, thank the person who nominated you. Include the link to their blog on the post.
2. Post 7 interesting facts about yourself by answering the questions from the person who nominated you, then ask 7 questions of your own to be answered by your nominees.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers, include links to their blogs.
4. Notify your recipients about the VBA nomination.
5. Display the award on your blog.

My 7 questions to my nominees:

1. If you were to conceive and design a new award in WP what would it be?
Maybe an imagination award for a blog that sets my creativity and brain running.
2. Which do you prefer, charge cards or cash?
Neither, I use my debit card almost exclusively
3. For you, what is the color of love?
Green for growing
4. What does your first name stand for?
My dad slipping a fast one on my mom when I was being born and naming me after his favourite aunt who had died on the same date years before and 2 Scottish queens instead of what he and my mom had agreed on before I was born.
5. Noodle, rice or bread?
6. Do you have any favorite weird food combination? If you do, what is it?
Peanut butter, bacon and Frito sandwiches
7. Do you believe in fairies?
Yes, I can see them

My Questions for my nominations
1. Oldest, youngest, middle or only child?
2. Soda, pop or coke? What do you call it?
3. Would you rather write something on paper or type it into a device?
4. What is your favourite National Park in any country you live in or have visited and why?
5. What would you rather read from physical book or electronic one? Why?
6. What is your favourite wildlife habitat?
7. What is your favourite bird, plant and tree? Why?

I nominate:

1. Lady Imbrium – https://ladyimbriumsholocron.wordpress.com/
2. Ayslyn’s Corner – https://ayslynscorner.wordpress.com/
3. Biblebelt Witch – https://biblebeltwitch.wordpress.com/
4. Danu’s Journey – https://danusjourney.wordpress.com/
5. Darswords – https://darsword.wordpress.com/
6. Mystical Bewilderment – https://satsekhem.wordpress.com/
7. Searching for Brigid – https://searchingforbrigid.wordpress.com/
8. The Raven Scribe – http://storytellerraven.com/

I follow a lot of blogs so I miss people when they don’t post often enough. These people post interesting and fairly frequent blogs that stick in my head for some unknown reason. So if I’ve left you out it doesn’t mean I don’t like what you write, it means after lunch I can be stupid

Long overdue post

I’ve been in a funk from all the Christmas crap and the only access to the internet being my phone and Starbucks if I can get there, I have been remiss in not sharing this good news.

Thank you so much for brightening up my days.

Thanks Witchchic AKA Heidi!

You can find her here! http://witchchic.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/blog-of-the-year-2012/

The rules for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the “Blog of the Year 2012” award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required — and present them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page “Blog of the Year 2012” Award and include these rules in your post. (Please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)


4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the rules with them.

5. You can now also join our Facebook group — click “like” on “Blog of the Year 2012” Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar… and start collecting stars.

There are so many great blogs but the one I look forward to every day is Poppy’s http://bookofshadowsandblessings.wordpress.com/ She always makes me smile and I love how she talks about her “Little”. And I love the way she has done her BOS/DOS.

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And Sammiwitch nominated me for One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much!

Visit her here: The Life and Times of a Forever Witch: http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com

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These are the rules, should you choose to accept them:

Thank the person who nominated you (manners, people! manners!) Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.

Share 7 things about you.

Pass the award on to seven nominees:

I nominate :

1. Belle DiMonte http://belledimonte.wordpress.com

2. Magikos Musings Http://magikosmusings.wordpress.com

3. Witching Wild Wood: http://witchingwildwood.wordpress.com

4. Pagan Devotionals : http://lectiodivinapaganus.wordpress.com

5. Searching for Brigid: http://searchingforbrigid.wordpress.com

6. Lady Imbrium’s Holocron: http://ladyimbriumsholocron.wordpress.com

7. Asylyn’s Corner: http://ayslynscorner.wordpress.com

Include this set of rules (important, otherwise confusion and mass hysteria ensues Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

7 things about me?

1. I have a size 7 foot and a size 9 foot. Not too exciting unless you want to wear pumps which I don’t.

2. I can’t ride a bike.

3. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 26 and when I did I had to keep it a secret that I hadn’t been licensed. Someday I’ll write about why.

4. I’ve worked at 6 different kids camps.

5. I can sing Silent Night in 6 languages.

6. I’m falling down on my book challenge. I thought I could read 125 books this year and I’ve only made it to 93.Last year I was over 150. Sigh…

8. I love tea and hate coffee.

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Thank You, Thank you, Thank You! Heather – Ramblings of a Hedgewitch

“The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word ” Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”


Thank the person who nominated you.

When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!) You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees. I’m being lazy and using my nominator’s questions.

You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!

You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)

11 Random Facts about me

1) I love to bake.

2) I have a very goofy Maine Coon Cat

3) I have a tattoo on each shoulder and am contemplating more.

4) I’m a double Gemini with 5 planets in Cancer and a grand water trine. And Earth is my element I find the most pleasing.

5) I play way too many instruments and need to practice more.

6) I like to design embroidery patterns in my copious spare time between midnight and 6 am when I’m not doing something else

7) My favourite form of art work to do is pen & ink and Chinese water colour

8) I eat salted nuts on my cereal and not milk or fruit

9) My college graduation present from my parents was a month in the UK by myself

10) I miss backpacking and horseback riding

11) The best places I’ve ever worked were camps.

The questions I have to answer

1) Why did you start writing a blog?

I started on livejournal in 2005 because my brother asked me to when he was dying of brain cancer and he wanted me to share my stories and follow his journey. It’s the biggest, most important gift he ever gave me. He wanted me to have a grief support group if the worst happened and it did and I cherish every friend it has brought me and some I’ve even gotten to meet in person.

2) What is your favorite work of fiction?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy & MZB’s Darkover novels

3) How would you describe your personal philosophy/spiritual path?

Wiccan/Druid/Family tradition – hard polytheistic, Panentheistic, nature junky, mostly Celtic but others deities have made their presence and desires known

4) What has impressed you lately? The heroism of the staff of Shady Hook

5) What has depressed you lately? Not being able to spend Christmas with my aunt and cousins and Shady Hook

6) What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time ten years?

10 years? Not much 10 years ago but 30 or 40? Come out, damn it and stop dithering around about whether you are gay or not

7) What are your vices? Tea, reading, sick sense of humour

8) What would you like to achieve in 2013? Finish the 3 books I have started and finish illustrating them. Meet some new characters to write about

9) Describe your personal style. Comfortable. I refuse to wear anything that irritates or itches or binds. I tend to wear, black, green, blue, purple, red and teal and not much else.

10) What is your favorite city? Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Edinburgh. What? I’m a double Gemini, picking one of anything ain’t gonna happen.

11) Name something that always makes you smile. My kitty, Liathfaol.

I nominate:

1. The Life and Times of a Forever Witch: http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com

2. The Ditsy Druid: Http://ditsydruid.wordpress.com

3. Cinnageek: http://cinnageek.wordpress.com

4. The Purple Broom: http://thepurplebroom.wordpress.com

5. The Witch of Howling Creek: http://witchofhowlingcreek.wordpress.com

6. Fieldstones: http://fieldstones.wordpress.com

7. The Chaos Witch: http://chaoswitchcraft.wordpress.com

8. Don’t Panic: http://insolenceandimpertinence.wordpress.com

9. Intended for Use: http://intendedforuse.wordpress.com

10.Saymber: http://saymberblondi.wordpress.com

11.Witchcraft and Me http://witchchic.wordpress.com

There are so many wonderful blogs I apologize if I have forgotten any one because I know I have.

The Liebster Award

Thanks to the lovely Belle for her nomination. She can be found here: http://belledimonte.wordpress.com/

 Answer the eleven questions your nominator posed to her/his nominees
 Write eleven questions to pose to your own nominees
 Pass the award on to eleven others
Now, my 11 questions:
1. When did you start writing?
I remember coming downstairs when I was about 6 to write a poem at the dining room table because I had dreamt it. I still dream a lot of what I write.
2. Green, orange, or red?
3. Sweet or salty?
Both, I love crackers or fries and ice cream
4. Do you think there is such a thing as Fate?
Not as most people understand it.
5. Karma?
In the what put out comes back way yes.
6. Have you ever joined a fandom?
A member of a Xena list since the beginning so, yes. And went to a lot of cons.
7. What’s the best movie you ever watched?
Lord of the Rings
8. Worst movie?
9. What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Almost anything except rap and heavy metal
10. Have you seen a shooting star?
11. What’s one big thing you’d like to accomplish this year?
Get a permanent job

11 questions

1. If there was one craft type thing you would want to learn, what would it be?
2. Morning or evening person?
3. Coffee or tea?
4. How do you greet the day?
5. Sabbats or esbats?
6. If you could wish one thing for a friend and have it come true what would it be?
7. What 5 authors living or dead would you invite to dinner?
8. For people my age, Kennedy’s assassination and the Moon Landing were defining moments in history, what are yours?
9. Plato, Aristotle or Socrates?
10. What was the best place you ever spent a summer?
11. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

11 Nominations


There would be more but I’m at B&N using their wifi and have to catch the bus home. Congrats I love all the blogs I follow. So here are just a few for the moment.

I guess I’m a Beautiful Blogger :::Blush:::

Thanks Raven’s Witch! Here is her Beautiful Blog http://ravenswitch.wordpress.com/.

Okay now come the hard parts. 7 things you don’t already know and 10 people whose blogs I like. I follow over a hundred blogs. If I miss you at some point I’m sorry.

7 Things you don’t know (that I feel comfortable sharing anyway)

1. I’m a celibate witch and I have been since 1996 not from any religious reason really. It’s hard to find a pagan dyke who hasn’t slept with one of my friends and who meets my friend’s approval. And because I’ve gotten to enjoy my own company. And probably I’m just cranky enough not to want to tell someone where I am going and what I am doing and writing is kind of solitary.

2. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 26. A sin for someone growing up in LA

3. I seem to be able to only do one creative thing at a time.

4. I’m 7 books behind on the 150 book challenge this year.

5. I got the measles in 12th grade and proceeded to give them to the senior class who hadn’t had them. This was before the vaccine.
6. I was a Candy Striper in high school for 450 hrs.

7. We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here. I’m ashamed to say I voted in my first Presidential election for Nixon but I’ve seen the light.

Ten Blogs

1. Cin has 2 blogs I love, this one: http://cinnawitch.wordpress.com/ & http://365sparkles.wordpress.com/

3. Hillary’s travels :http://nomadgrad.com/

4. Ramblings of a Hedgewitch – love her sense of humour: http://witchsweb.wordpress.com

5. Finding Subjects: Photography and observations: http://findingsubjects.com/

6. Fieldstones wonderful invokations: http://fieldstones.wordpress.com/

7. Witch of Howling Creek: http://witchofhowlingcreek.wordpress.com/

8. APOD : the Astronomical pic of the day : http://apod.livejournal.com/929997.html

9. This is a good friend’s blog who was also a friend of my late brother. He used to be in several Broadway touring companies and he is a wonderful story teller. http://mrdreamjeans.livejournal.com/

Sunshine Award

Whoa! I got the beautiful Sunshine Award from the sunny sammiwitch :http://thelifeandtimesofaforeverwitch.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/sunshine-award/

Here are the rules:

1. If you are nominated, you must blog a post linking back to the person/blog that nominated you.

2. You must answer some questions, nominate ten fellow bloggers and link their blogs to the post!

3. You should comment on your nominees’ blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them.

The Questions
1.Who is your favourite philosopher? Okay, I guess I’m a geek but I love to read the Pop Culture and Philosophy series and I’m always getting new things to thing about. But to name one that would be really hard. Albert Einstein and yes, he had his philosophical moments. I liked reading Camus in high school.

2.What is your favourite number? Not sure I have one but I guess any multiple of three

3.What is your favourite animal? Any animal I stop to chat with

4.What are your Facebook and Twitter URLs? how about my FB author page? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Beth-Robb/223548794373764, Twitter tag is wiccanlez.

5.What is your favourite time of the day? Twilight It has always been a magical threshold time for me.

6.What was your favourite vacation? When I graduated from college my present was a month in the UK all by myself. I had the best time on that adventure. And I’d have to say all my Labor Days at Carlsbad.

7.What is your favourite physical activity? Walking in the wildlife refuge.

8.What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? Milk, or a chocolate milkshake

9.What is your favourite flower? I have a minor in Botany and horticulture and I have to name one? I’d insult to many plant friends.

10.What is your passion? Writing stories when the Muse calls. Taking photos of interesting things, learning new things, my Goddesses, creating. I’m a double Gemini, I can’t be passionate about one thing.

The 10 blogs that I nominate for the Sunshine Award are as follows:
Damn! this is the hard part.

Diane Worthington http://dianeworthington.wordpress.com/ _ I like how she thinks

The Witch of the Forest Grove http://witchofforestgrove.com/

The Arigna Gardener http://arignagardener.wordpress.com/

Notes from the Broomcloset http://notesfromthebroomcloset.wordpress.com/

A Witch’s Journey http://witchsjourney.wordpress.com/

Here there be Gods http://heretherebegods.wordpress.com/

The Pigeon Blog always makes me laugh http://pigeonblog.wordpress.com/

The Chaos Witch http://chaoswitchcraft.wordpress.com/

Poppy http://bookofshadowsandblessings.wordpress.com/ I log on every morning to see what she’s up to

The Stone of Destiny http://stoneofdestiny.wordpress.com/

Blessings to everyone because it’s that kind of day!

Fabulous Blog Award – It’s Fab It’s Rad

Thank you! The wonderful Poppyunderhill nominated me for the Fabulous Blogger Award. You can find the wonderful poppyunderhill here: http://bookofshadowsandblessings.wordpress.com/author/poppyunderhill/

Rules for the Fabulous Blog Award
1. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and share the link back to the awarding blog.
2. Name 5 fabulous moments in your life.
3. Name 5 things that you love.
4. Name 5 things you hate.
5. Pass the award to 5 deserving bloggers.

5 Fabulous moments in my life:

1. I’d have to say my ordination was number 1. I’ll probably never get married and I’ll never have a child so this was my transcendent moment so far. It was an amazing day and I will always treasure it.

2. This year when we, M, D, and the Heiromum and I did had our Druid ritual out in the Wildlife Refuge. I can’t explain why it was special, it just was. I hope if we get to be Arch Druids it was wonderful.

3. This birth of our coven eons ago, hard to believe it was back in 1986. I remember how scared we were to do it and how right it felt when we had.

4. Any last night campfire for the summer at camp but I think the one my last year at Pines was the most magical of all. Ever have one of those nights where the music is all perfect? And ll the friends you love are there. It was that night.

5. The first time I held my books in my hand when they came from the printer. It is an absolutely giddy feeling.

5 Things I love

1. My Temple of Isis-Los Angeles sisters and my Comma sisters

2. Writing and the feeling of a new story trying to get out.

3. My family – here and on the aethereal plane.

4. A good cup of tea and freshly baked anything I’ve just made.

5. Learning anything new and stimulating my brain. I love, love, love to learn new things.

5 things I hate

1. Rude people even if I can be one of them some times. I mean the people who do things like honking the horn when they lock their car. It isn’t that hard to turn off and in a neighborhood of apartments really sucks if you have insomnis.

2. Thieves – Some boys jumped the security fence the other night and stole the big gnome’s wheelbarrow. :-(. I’m contemplating a mirror spell.

3. Days when it’s 105. Cue picture of a melting witch.

4. Certain smells and not always definable but smells.

5. Not having a permanent job.

5 People I want to honour.

A whole lot of people have blogs I really look forward to reading everyday or when they post. And I really hate when I forget some one so forgive me if I haven’t named you.

1. The Ditsy Druid who is really anything but ditsy, http://ditzydruid.com/

2. Intended for Use makes me think which is always good http://intendedforuse.wordpress.com/

3.Journeymaid’s blog http://myinnerpath.wordpress.com/

4. I love her blog about learning to be Dutch http://malouprestado.com/

5 Witching Wildwood, another great blog http://witchingwildwood.wordpress.com/

I follow over a 100 blogs and there are so many good ones and so many great people with wonderful ideas.

Lovely and Inspiring blogs with gratitude

The lovely Morgana Rose nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award. Her lovely blog is here:http://notesfromthebroomcloset.wordpress.com/

Intended for use nominated me for a Most Inspiring Blog. Her Inspiring blog is here: http://intendedforuse.wordpress.com/

and so did

The very inspiring Awa. Here is her blog:http://heretherebegods.wordpress.com/

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
Share 7 things about yourself
Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

I’m supposed to think of some interesting facts for these awards and to hand out some more. I have a hard time knowing what’s interesting and what is just plain weird and I tend to the weird most of the time I’ve been told. 7 times three might be too much.

1. John Brown – the one who allegedly indulged in hanky panky with Queen Victoria is either my first cousin thrice removed or my third cousin depending on what chart you look at. All I know is my grandmother thought he was “no better than he should be”. This was said very disapprovingly.

2. Adam Smith – the dude who caused all kinds of trouble with a little book called “The Wealth of Nations” is also a cousin on my mom’s side.

3. I’m probably my own cousin somewhere because we have Wylies, MacFarlanes and MacGregor’s on both sides of my family but since mom’s came to Canada from Scotland and Northern Ireland in the 1800’s and dad’s family came to Pennsylvania from Scotland and Northern Ireland in 1723 not that closely related.

4. I have 2 tendons in my wrist where most people have one.

5. I have extra bones in my feet for no apparent reason.

6. I was born sitting up cross-legged so my mom called me the Buddha.

7. I love bad Latin phrases like “Semper ubi, sub ubi.”

8. I’m good at tongue twisters and my favourite one is, “I’m a sheet slitter. I slit sheets. I’m the best sheet slitter ever slit a sheet.”

9. I could read when I was three but I don’t remember learning how.

And that’s probably enough boring facts for anyone.

And now the nominations that are completely arbitrary and based on the people who have enlightened me in the last few weeks. Pick which ever award you haven’t already received for your blog.

1. Isiopolis by a member of the Fellowship of Isis and Isadore has a great book of Isian rituals and devotions too.

2. Pagan Devotionals – A new blog I’m following and enjoying

3. Book of Shadows and Blessings – Love this one!

4. Searching for Brigid. Another great blog – I love how many followers of Brighid are out there.

5. Stay for a Spell – Like her point of view a lot.

6. Lady Imbrium’s Holocron – another great blog

Do you know how hard this is? All the blogs I follow are great. If they aren’t I don’t follow them.
7. Don’t Panic! Always like her viewpoint

8. The Shireling – not a regular poster but always good, They are a fellow member of Paul Beyerel’s Rowan Tree Church/Hermit’s Grove. If you haven’t checked Rowan Tree out, please do

9. The Ditsy Druid – Love this one too!

10. The Purple Broom -witchy gothness from South Africa, always interesting to hear from south of the equatorial divide

11, Brandi’s blog is regular but always interesting. She’s also a wonderful vendor from our Faire.

12. An Artist’s Garden. This is a stellar glass artist that I just happened to go to high school with back in the dark ages. It can’t be possible it’s time for our 40th reunion.

13. The Crowing Crone – another one with a great viewpoint

14. Chester Maynes – I like his poetry

15.My Botanical Garden – always interesting

I know there are many more and if I left you out I’m sorry and feel free to nominate yourself!


You have no idea what those blogging awards mean in the midst of a dark week. I’ve been without a permanent job for 4 years because I was laid off. I’ve only been able to get temp jobs because even though I always leave the assignments with great reviews the 2 that would have hired me went and hired someone younger instead. At the assignment I’m on now I actually asked early on if I was going to be hired and the boss said she thought so and then we got a new VP. And the term cost cutting began to be thrown around.

This week they are giving us jobs that require no brain and the assignments we normally do have been farmed out to a different office. I found out this by accident when a broker that I had helped a few months ago asked for me and I had to get the assignment back from the other person who had it even though my name is on it. We are being told there is no work but if you go into the system there is a ton of work and it’s not being given to us.

As a temp that’s a really bad sign. There are 13 temps in this dept and we were told in the beginning we would at the very least stay a year. I’ve been here 5 months. Some of the temps have already been here almost that long. That is the limit the company will keep you without hiring you.

And it’s a Mercury retrograde which always messing things up royally for Air signs like me. I’m a double Gemini. Everyone is running around here making furtive phone calls to their temp handlers asking for work. I flat out asked the supervisor that assigns the work if we were being let go and she looked fake shocked at me and said, of course not. Not believing her in the slightest especially when they had a permanent staff only meeting yesterday and they are not being to outgoing to us all of a sudden. My fear level is skyrocketing and paranoia is licking at my heels. Is it too late for people over 55 with college degrees? Am I really that redundant?

So, to have people nominated me for Most Inspiring Blog, you gave me a good boost. Thank you for that.