Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.

Georgia O’Keeffe








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© 2014 Susan Spaulding

The “One Lovely Blog” Award

The “One Lovely Blog” Award

Image As a relatively new blogger who has been inconsistent in posting over the past few months,  I was both surprised and honored to find out that I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog” award.

Thank you Sandra Fleming  for this your nomination, which I accept. Blogging does not come naturally to me. I struggle coming up with topics that I think will be interesting, so for you to not only read my blog but also recognize it means a lot.

Here are the rules:

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog:

Here are seven facts about me:

  1. I was born in Southern California but have lived in Oklahoma since I was 17. The culture confusion has lead to many therapy sessions.
  2. I am an only child. My cousins referred to it as spoiled.
  3. I have been married (to the same man) for almost 38 years. We met during tornado season (he was a storm watcher, I was a coward). Our first date was the movie “Death Wish”. Did I tell you I have been married 38 years?
  4. I work full-time as a business analyst, a very left-brained activity. My writing is an attempt to equalize the playing field
  5. I will be going on my 3rd cruise in two weeks. I love it. Not so sure my husband does, however
  6. I have a secret ambition to write a mystery novel.
  7. I have a passion for genealogy. I have been tracing my family tree since I was a child and I am always thrilled with each new discovery. I recently started a new blog geared toward family history. It’s called Descended From Royalty if you want to check it out

Now for the nominees. Peer recognition is so very important and I am happy to recognize other bloggers whose words inspire me and lift my spirits. Therefore I am pleased to nominate the following:

  1. Perspectives On….
  2. Lindaghill
  3. What Oft was Thought
  4. Silver Threading
  5. Second & NE
  6. Love Happy Notes
  7. RachaelSquirrel
  8. Big Red Carpet Nursing
  9. Alzheimer’s Wife
  10. Write Beside the Sea
  11. PaulaWalkerBaker
  12. Mum C Writes
  13. Celebrating Sunshine
  14. It’s a Charmed Life
  15. Mum C Writes





Legend-Busters – “DNA”

Legend-Busters – “DNA”

One of the pressing questions family historians try to answer is “where did my family come from?”

My grandmother told me that her family came from County Cork Ireland and that there use be a “Mac” on the front of her maiden name.  I was excited by the prospect that I had Irish blood in me. This was during the time when the popular soap opera Ryan’s Hope  was on television and being Irish was both adventurous and romantic. Of course we were from Ireland! Why would she tell me this if it is not true?
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October in the Air

October in the Air

Colorful Trees

Its amazing the difference a few weeks can make in the weather. Not so long ago it was so hot I could barely stand to be outside for very long. The strong Oklahoma winds blew air that felt like it came out of a furnace. But now, there is a slight hit of autumn in the October wind. The night air still feels warm, but more like a blanket wrapped around my shoulders. In a few short weeks I will need a real blanket to keep me warm as cooler air pushes the hot air aside. The night breeze catches the dying oak leaves and pulls them from tiny branches. They dance on the wind and land in the yard where reminders of last years autumn leaves still rest.   Muted colors of red, orange and yellow replace a complacent green. Morning comes later and night comes earlier. Shorter days give way to more time to relax.

October is my favorite month and while I wish sometimes it lasted all year long, I realize that its just a break between extremes and it’s brevity is what makes it so special.