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Acknowledgement of Awards/Tag


My dear blogger friends, I am humble and grateful. You showered me with blessings and love by your nomination of awards. You presented four awards and one tag to me in the last seven days. March 11th to 18th, 2017. I am delighted by the messages of your nominations. I’m so happy for you that you received these awards. They speak volumes about your blogs. You in turn nominated me as a gesture of love and appreciation.

I want to acknowledge these great bloggers who were recognized by their fellow blogger friends and were nominated for the awards.

Please visit each one of these worthy bloggers and congratulate them. Also please feel feel to accept and participate in the awards and Tag.

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Dr. R. A. at nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award on March 11, 2017. Please click nomination Link to participate.






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Poetry Lover at nominated me for Blogger Recognition Award on March 11, 2017. Please click nomination Link to participate.

Blogger Recognition Award

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Jaismine at tagged me with a Lovely Tag on March 14, 2017. Please click nomination Link to participate.


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Sharon at nominated me for One Lovely Blog Award on March 14, 2017. Please click nomination Link to participate.


Karen at also nominated me for One Lovely Blog Award on March 18, 2017. Please click nomination Link to participate.

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Thank you very much again! Happy Blogging!

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Acknowledgement of Awards

It is with my great pleasure to acknowledge the following nominations. Even though I’m not accepting any more awards, my lovely friends continue to shower me with their blessings of the awards. I feel your love for me and want you to know that they mean a lot to me.

The following 4 nominations are received in the last 5 days, February 5 – 9, 2017.

The Mystery Blogger Award from Judy Redic at  was received on February 5, 2017. See nomination link.

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The Blogger Recognition Award was received from Delhi at on February 5, 2017. See nomination link.

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The Versatile Blogger Award was received from Jyoti at on February 8, 2017. See nomination link.

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The Blog-aholic Award was received from susmitamukherjee at on February 9, 2017. See nomination link.

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My dear bloggers, please visit their wonderful blogs and accept any or all of the above awards.


Triple Blogger Recognition Awards, Second Time

I received three award nominations within one week (January 13 – 19). This is the second time for the Triple nominations. I think I have a hard time saying “no.” I am overwhelmed by all the love and support you’ve given me.

I posted a lovely “Award Free Blog” sign on my sidebar on January 12 this year. I decided to go Award Free (No Awards) because I would like the bloggers who have less than 1000 follows have more chances to receive awards.

Anyway, I want to express my sincere appreciation from the bottom of my heart and acknowledge these nominations.

I want to thank Following Him beside Still Waters at to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award. She has been my blogger friend ever since I returned blogging in mid-2016. We have been friends since then. Her poems are lovely expression of her faith, so please visit her blog.


Following Him Beside Still Waters’ Nomination Link

I want to thank Subbashini Meenakshi Sundaram at  to nominate me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Her blog has beautiful photos and insightful writing. Please visit her blog.


Subbsdhini Meenakshi Sundaram’s Nomination Link

I want to thank Make Up Maniac at for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. She is an expert for the beauty tips. You’ll find reviews, videos, photos of beauty care on her blog.


Make Up Maniac’s Nomination Link

My nominees: I would like to nominate ALL of my follows to accept any of the above awards. Please click the Nomination Link for more detail.

A Big Thank You!

I have Been Tagged

Oh yea! I have been tagged by Giulia at

The creator of the Tag is Davide at



  1. Mention the creator of the TAG, Davide at
  2. Display the 2016-2017 Tag logo.
  3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.
  4. Answer questions.
  5. Tag 9 bloggers and notify them in the comment on their blogs.


1. Describe yourself in 3 words of your 2016.

Vacation, Family, and Blogging

2. Write the names of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.

Lynton, my husband – we celebrated our 20th anniversary


Mercy, my daughter – she and her husband live in Portland, Oregon. We spent Christmas together, did homemade pizza and homemade cookies together.


3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why did you like it so much.

The most beautiful place I’ve visited in 2016 was Spain. It was our first time traveled to Spain. I love the Spanish architecture.


4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

It was the homemade pizza we made during Christmas. Each of the family member could create their own toppings

5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

The event that marked my 2016 was my watercolor painting. I had been taking classes. In 2016, I was so confident that I did a printing as a gift for the 5th anniversary of my daughter and her husband

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in 2016, and if you want, attach a photo.

I didn’t do any significant purchase in 2016

7. Write 3 resolutions for 2017.

Exercise – go to the gym work out with my husband at least 2 times a week, do my own routine two times a week

Learning – in addition to watercolor and chorale I have been taking, I will take a new class to learn new skills

Projects – prioritize the several house projects and proceed with the first one.

8. Write the first place you want to visit in 2017.

My husband and I have to discuss about this and make decision together

9. Write a dish that would be sure to sample in 2017.

I don’t know yet, but my husband like the idea of cooking something from scratch. Whatever that would be, I surely would eat it.

Now, the bloggers I tag:

Deb                Dina             Doug             Lilly         Larissa

Rebecca       Michelle      Karma Knits Love      Tamara Hoerner

Mystery Blogger Award – 2nd & 3rd

This is my second and third “The Mystery Blogger Award” simultaneously nominated by two wonderful blogger friends.

First of all I want to thank all my followers and the blogger friends who support me all the time for my blog to grow. Your “likes” and comments keep coming and I have no time to doubt whether I post anything interesting or significant. So I want to say “THANK YOU VERY MUCH! All my friends.”


The award was created by Okoto Enigma@

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. Okoto Enigma 

Now I want to express my sincere appreciation to Arlene at; and Jenny at They both simultaneously nominated me for “The Mystery Blogger Award”.  Please visit Arlene’s blog that is about fashion, beauty and travel; and Jenny’s blog which is full of her enthusiasm about family and life and her love in photography.

Rules for the nominees:

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination post link in the “comment” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share your link to your best post(s)

Three things about me:

  1. I have one bachelor degree; three masters’ degrees – religious education, educational administration, and counseling; and one doctorate degree in educational leadership.
  2. I am a cancer survivor.
  3. I am a lifelong learning student. I am still taking classes for the retired and semiretired.

I will answer 3 questions from each nominator.

Questions from Arlene:

  1. What is your greatest fear? Brief explanation.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. Proverb 1:7. Therefore I could say that my greatest fear is the fear of the Lord. The application is that I don’t claim any credit of what I have or what I do. God can take anything away anytime as He wishes.

      2. Share a picture of your most unforgettable trip/vacation.

Our Spain trip in August this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

    3. What is your funniest dating experience?

We went to Disneyland one day and stayed until night time. There was a water light show that night. Crowds were standing ahead of schedule to secure their best spots. When we got there, my boyfriend then, was able to see because he is 6’4” and I’m 5’2.” So eventually he carried me on his shoulder to watch the entire show.

Questions from Jenny:

  1. What makes you smile? Why?

Anything beautiful, positive, act of kindness, gentle care, loving, and other people’s smile make me smile.

    2. If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?

We both are retired. We have been frugal most of our years. So we spend time on exercising together. I sing in the choirs, do gardening, and take classes at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) held at California State University at Fullerton, CA. In fact, I was the Cover Photo girl for next semester’s catalogue.


  3. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Why?

I don’t push the elevator button more than once. It doesn’t make it go faster.

My 5 Questions to the nominees:

  1. Have you done any baking from scratch? What did you make?
  2. Do you have any hobbies? Please name some.
  3. What are your favorite animals? Are they your pets?
  4. What is the furthest country you have traveled? Which country?
  5. Have you slipped and fell in front of people? How did you feel?

Here are my nomination of these wonderful Blogs:







Lady Lee Manila

Cook and Enjoy


Sunder Shana

Please feel free to accept or decline the nomination. If you do accept, I would like to receive your post. Have fun!

The links to my favorite posts:

Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon

Birthday Blessings

Mt. St. Helens


Arlene’s Nomination Link

Jenny’s Nomination Link


Inspirational Mammal

I was so thrilled that Simple Joys nominated me for the Animal Series, the image came to my mind right away was the caring humpback mom. So I answered the nomination with warm feeling in my heart. Simple Joys at has a joyous blog; her tag line is the 4 Ls, Let Go, Love, Laugh, Live. She is always so positive. Please do visit her blog.

The Rules Are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Pick an animal and explain why they are a source of inspiration to you, and how their character can be used to motivate.
3. Nominate at least 3 other bloggers, to share the positivity!

Here is the mammal that inspires me:

The humpback whales inspire and motivate me by their intelligence, interaction, cooperation, endurance and caring for the young.

Humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. They feed only in summer, in polar waters.


They are feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Its most inventive technique is known as bubble net feeding; a group of whales swim in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The shrinking ring of bubbles encircles the school and confines it in an ever-smaller cylinder. The whales then suddenly swim upward through the “net”, mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp.

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Humpbacks migrate to tropical or subtropical waters closer to the Equator to breed and give birth in the winter when they fast and live off their fat reserves.

The migration is a long journey. Humpbacks are powerful swimmers, and they use their massive tail fin, called a fluke, to propel themselves through the water and sometimes completely out of it.

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These whales, like others, regularly ‘breach’. This is when the whales leap from the water before landing with a tremendous splash. Scientists aren’t sure if this breaching behavior serves some purpose, such as cleaning pests from the whale’s skin, or whether whales simply do it for fun!

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Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world’s oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that humpbacks sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

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When female humpbacks give birth to the calves, the mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. The mothers also lift up the calves to the surface so they can breathe. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a humpback whale to reach full adulthood. Calves do not stop growing until they are ten years old.

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Here are the nominees:

The “Now” Lover, Monika Braun at

Animal Lovers and Rescuers, Whippet Wisdom at

Animal and Nature Lover, Pete Hillman at


Nomination Link


Featured Blogger for CWW Photo Challenge

I’m so excited to be selected as Featured Blogger of Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge for my November 23, 2016 entry. Thank you CWW challenge, and thank you, my blogger friends for almost 100 “likes.” I love all the encouragement and support you have given me! Much love!! Miriam



Featured Blogger entry, November 23, 2016: Narrow Streets in Toledo Spain

3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge #3 Final

This is my fourth time participating in this Challenge.

I want to thank Betcha Didn’t Know at and Curry n Code at for nominating me to participate in the “3 Quotes, 3 days Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me. Please visit Betcha’s lively and colorful blog, and Curry’s yummy blog.



  • Do quotes for 3 days
  • Display 3 quotes per day
  • Nominate 3 bloggers per day
  • Notify each of nominee
  • Have fun!

3 Quotes for Day #3

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

One of the Awards: Nobel Peace Prize

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

Mother Teresa MC (1910 – 1997) known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary.

My nominees for Day #3 are:



Vibes of a Calcuttan

Have fun with the challenge!

Betcha’s Nomination Link

Curry’s Nomination Link


3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge #2

This is my fourth time participating in this Challenge.

I want to thank Betcha Didn’t Know at and Curry n Code at for nominating me to participate in the “3 Quotes, 3 days Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me. Please visit Betcha’s lively and colorful blog, and Curry’s yummy blog



  • Do quotes for 3 days
  • Display 3 quotes per day
  • Nominate 3 bloggers per day
  • Notify each of nominee
  • Have fun!

3 Quotes for Day #2


Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science (1879 – 1955).

I think Albert Einstein has more than three quotes that speak to us. Here are only three from him.




My nominations for Day #2:

Linda Kelly

Settle in El Paso

Shattered in Him

There is no obligation to accept the nomination. If you do, have fun with the challenge!

Betcha’s Nomination Link

Curry’s Nomination Link


3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge #1

This is my fourth time participating in this Challenge.

I want to thank Betcha Didn’t Know and Curry and Code at for nominating me to participate in the “3 Quotes, 3 days Challenge.” This is an opportunity for me to share with you the quotes that inspire me. Please visit Betcha’s lively and colorful blog, and Curry’s yummy blog



  • Do quotes for 3 days
  • Display 3 quotes per day
  • Nominate 3 bloggers per day
  • Notify each of nomination
  • Have fun!

3 Quotes for Day #1

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. Helen Keller’s teacher broke through the isolation of her complete lack of language, and encouraged the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate.

This quote is not only for women, it applies equally well for men.

Fanny Crosby, was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. she wrote many hymns together with her pastor, Robert Lowry. She was one of the most prolific hymnist in history, writing over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs.

My nominees for Day #1 are:


Tommy Too


Have fun with the challenge!

Betcha’s Nomination Link

Curry’s Nomination Link




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