Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Creative Blogger Award


Who are the sweetest guys in the world? It's a two-fer.

First up:  The Armchair Squid!  My friend is the king of all cephalopods of the order Teuthida AND the person who nominated me for the Creative Blogger Award. I'm humbly thankful, sir. The Armchair Squid's blog is the home of The Cephalopod Coffeehouse (a monthly book review blog hop) and Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society.  Currently, Squid and company are reviewing all 22 episodes of Star Trek's animated series. Please give Squid a visit; he's a creative whirlwind and there's always something interesting going on over there.

Secondly: My dear pal, Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined also nominated me on the same day! Thank you so much, Michael, and I humble myself a second time. By the way, that meant I had to take you off of my nominees list. Michael is my co-pilot for Ask An Aussie! and a creative, enthusiastic young man with thoughtful posts and plenty of "shenanigans." If you haven't visited him yet, get clicking. Right now, people. Don't hesitate. 

So, what now?

The rules:

1. Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
3. Nominate 10-20 blogs and notify them.
4. Pass on the rules.

Five Facts:

1. You might know that I like crafting and artsy stuff, but for many years I was entrenched in serious genealogical research. It has been my passion since I was a teenager and I'm a charter member of America's First Families and a DAR member. My line can be traced to at least eleven signers of the Magna Carta. I'm closely keeping tabs on about 15,000 ancestors. One thing about dead people, they stay in one place till you find them; and they all have parents. Armed with that info, I could ride this hobby into infinity. I've got a decent start.

2. When my much younger brother wanted to ride his bike to a store on a busy highway, I insisted he let me drive him there. Seeing how eager he was to "do it all himself," I got out my bicycle and rode to the store with him to make sure he was safe and knew how to cross the busy main street safely. While talking him through that, a car ran the red light and hit ME (he didn't stop, by the way).

3. My friends complain that if they compliment anything in my house, I give it to them. 

4. There's only been about 7 months in my whole adult life where I didn't dye my hair. I started going gray at a ridiculously young age. I told Juggernaut that little fact and he accused me of exaggerating. Soon after, he noticed he was going gray, too. Now tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor? Every time he complains about it, I tell him, "You're surely exaggerating."

5. Gonzo tells me that my interesting fact #5 should be that I "was at Bruce Springsteen's house." We've covered that in The Great Springsteen Springfling...but what the heck?

It's hard to choose nominees, because I only follow creative bloggers! A bunch of my pals have been nominated elsewhere lately and I'm trying not to duplicate (somewhat...I'm behind on my reading! Please be patient and I'll be around soon!). 

My nominations:
  1. A Beer for the Shower
  2. An Artful Blogger
  3. BB Creations
  4. Billions of Versions of Normal
  5. Empty Nest Insider
  6. Go Retro!
  7. Holli's Hoots & Hollers
  8. Invalid's Workshop
  9. Linda's Peaceful Place
  10.  ... MICHAEL DI GESU ... ... ... In Time ... 
  11. Shady Dell Knight's Music & Memories
  12. STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS
  13. Three Kids & We (jump starting my friend, Beth!)
  14. Your Daily Dose
Grab your award from the right sidebar (right click, copy to your folder) since I couldn't leave the first one alone. You expect it from me by now. 

Once again, thank you Squid and Michael! Hugs to you both.

60 comments:

  1. VERY deserving ;) I do intend to film another Ask An Aussie video soon. It'll have to be some time after I get back from Canberra on the 13th July :P

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    1. The kids will be back mid-August, but I have a few characters that we might want to tap into sooner, ha ha. Thanks, Michael!

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    3. I've still got three questions from the last lot you sent me.

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  2. Mon cher Cherdo, Many thanks for nominating "Invalid's Workshop"! The award was also received by my prose blog, "Trainride of The Enigmas"(June 23 post) and I have complied with its provisos there. So, am doubly honored. Mainly excited about visiting the blogs you've selected --and learning 5 things about you that bring me closer to the human in the words. Incidentally, my wife's brown hair turned a lovely white in her 30's. Now we are in our 60s and I wear my hair whiter and further back on my head.

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    1. The one time I let it go gray, one of my relatives greeted me in horror and told me to go to the grocery store and buy any color at all - but get color on that hair ASAP! I'm sure their rationale was that we were of similar age, ha ha. I'm pretty sure no one cares how I look...

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  3. "...I'm behind on my reading!" See what you get for being popular. Click the option to block search engines in your settings and no one will find you unless you want to be found.

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    1. Point taken!

      Off to Billions of Versions of Normal...I try not to miss a post, even when I'm swamped!

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  4. Congrats on your nomination. Springsteen's house, no that's another story. Oh, it was. My dad went grey soon as he got married. So he said. I can't help but explain where I got something and when if it's complimented. Failing.

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  5. Do you have any advice for following your ancestorey back? Especially if your grandparents won't tell you anything that is remotely helpful and your parents are as clueless as yourself.

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    1. I do! I used to teach workshops on genealogical research.

      Uncooperative parents should not be a hindrance long term.

      Start with a collection of basic vital statistics and info: birth, baptism, graduation dates, marriages, divorced, deaths. Print out family group sheets for each family unit (parents + children). Put them in a notebook, from you >> backwards in time (you, your parents, your grandparents, etc.).

      Fill in what you know and can prove. By "know," I mean things that you can actually point at a document that supports what you are saying. A birth certificate, for example, or a wedding announcement or obituary from a newspaper. Keep track of copies of those documents, too, because you want to cite every piece of information.

      Once you have enough info to get you back 72 years, start looking at census records. For that, you have to know where they lived (generally). An index for the state will help, if you don't know. Pull up images of those records and find the family unit. Use that information to go back ten more years to the previous census, etc.

      For example, if you see John Doe's family, and John was 40 years old and born in PA, but his 10 year old son was born in OH, then you can pretty much assume "hey, he lived in PA forty years ago and between 10-40 years previous to this date, he ended up in OH."

      Use other documents, like marriage records, land purchases, etc., to narrow that down.

      If you're really serious about doing some research, I'd be glad to help you. I love a blank slate to begin to unravel a mystery. Email me (cherdoontheflipside@gmail.com) and I'll give you a REAL email address I actually check daily, ha ha.

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  6. Congratulations!
    Hey, I really like your big screen television set...

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  7. I used to get hot under the collar at those complaining about going gray when I was going bald... Finally, my beard decided that it was going to go gray, but I haven't yet decided to color it.

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    1. Coloring is a pain...it's my one vanity. Maybe not even a vanity; I do it more now because my family will give me grief about it. They say I don't look like "me."

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  8. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    I'm sorry to be so late today. Mrs. Shady forbade me to turn on the computer until I completed at least three hours of backbreaking yard work in 90 degree heat and 150% humidity. I wanna go home!!! (LOL) Now that I'm here I want to join the others in congratulating you on receiving the The Creative Blogger Award or the CBA was we insiders call it. I also thank you very much for nominating me for the award. I will proudly display the emblem on SDMM and politely decline to follow through with a dedicated post and list of nominees.

    You wrote:

    << I was entrenched in serious genealogical research. >>

    I was once entrenched in serious jeanniealogical research. I wanted to find out everything I could about Barbara Eden. (She obtained a restraining order.)

    << My line can be traced to at least eleven signers of the Magna Carta. >>

    My aunt traced my uncle to a club and caught him signing Gypsy Rose Lee's right boob.

    You got hit by a car? May I assume you were not seriously hurt... I hope...not?

    << My friends complain that if they compliment anything in my house, I give it to them. >>

    I must say, dear Cherdo. You have the nicest house, property, car and bank account I've ever seen - HINT HINT!

    << Gonzo tells me that my interesting fact #5 should be that I "was at Bruce Springsteen's house." >>

    I once peeked in Phyllis Diller's window but I think I already covered that here, too.

    Thank you again, sincerely, for including me on your list of creative blogger nominees, and congratulations once again on receiving the award. Happy Tuesday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. The hit and run banged me up pretty good, but I can't complain. I'm here, right?

      I'm going to send you the keys to my house; just move it. I'll leave the contents and you can take what you like. You just beat Maurice to the punch!!

      Most people don't realize the amount of actual work you put into being "creative" on your site. They're missing out on a gem if they don't follow your blog!

      Happy Tuesday, indeed! Take care and safe travels.

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    2. << Most people don't realize the amount of actual work you put into being "creative" on your site. They're missing out on a gem if they don't follow your blog! >>

      That was very sweet of you! :)

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    3. I can be nice if I really, really strain myself.

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    4. I love all your stuff, too. I don't think Shady should get everything. My dad saw Gypsy Rose Lee, as in on the stage doing her act. The Hurricane did some genealogical research a few summers ago. She learned fascinating things. My favorite is that my kids are distantly related to the Spencer family, as in Diana Spencer. Princes William and Harry are their distant cousins, distantly. Bike schmike. I think I told you about Favorite Young Man getting hit. Hospital, injuries, weeks off work, insurance settlement. Big deal.

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    5. I'm pretty impressed that your Dad saw the original Gypsy.

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  9. Thank you, friend Cherdo!!! I'm so glad you enjoy my joke blog!! Truly an honor, (smile). And a hearty congratulations to you; I agree - you're the best!!

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    1. You're too kind - I love The Artful Blogger. It always makes me smile.

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  10. Congrats Cherdo and it's well deserved! If someone compliments your house, do you give them your house? ;)

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    1. I do - I just gave it to Shady Dell Knight! But there is a time limit. If he doesn't take possession, it's up for grabs.

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  11. DOC CHERDO, you certainly have one of the very, very most creative blogs in existence, so a more deserving winner I could not think of.

    And thanks so much for thinking of me and my woeful little blog. Well, with the few tools this monkey has been given, he does his best.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. You're too sweet; thank you.

      There's nothing woeful about your blog. It's a hoot and I love it.

      Cheer up - doctor's orders. :-)

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  12. I had many fine things to say, but en route to comment section, I saw Shady peeking in Phyllis Diller's window. Between that and his constant trying to get me to put Granny Clampett in the Time Machine Beauty Contest, I am NOT letting him set me up on a double date!

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    1. Young man, I happen to be a connoisseur of women. Different strokes for different folks! :)

      If Scrappy ever smelled Granny Clampett on me, he'd pee on my leg!

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    2. Oh my good Lord, lol... I'm not touching that one!

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    3. Back away slowly, Chris, and don't make any sudden moves...

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    5. Why am I getting double posts?

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  13. Dearest Cherdo, I am deeply honoured by your kind thoughts and award. I truly appreciate your sweet gesture, but I must politely decline, as I don't accept awards. My blog readers' kind comments on my posts are more than enough of a reward for me. But thank you so much for considering my blog! Warm hugs to you, my dear friend. :)

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    1. Awww, you're welcome, Linda! :-) :-) :-)

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  14. Oh, and I think Shady is well deserving of an award! :)

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    2. Thank you, dear Linda! Why is Cherdo writing everything twice?

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    3. Thank you, dear Linda! Why is Cherdo writing everything twice?

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    4. You're the ornery-est dude I know. :-)

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  15. Congratulations on this well- earned award.

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  16. To be hit by a car and the SOB didn't stop-hope he is rotting in hell...just saying. I love genealogy but I am nowhere close to what you have uncovered. I have my mom's lineage back to the late 1600's but my dad's? Hardly anything. My Oma went grey when she was in her 20's but my Opa still had brown hair when he was 93. I am glad to say I inherited from my Opa and still have my blond and I am 51. Don't hate me:) Thank you so much for nominating me and I will post this as soon as possible.

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    1. The one clear memory I have of getting hit was of me laying on the hood of the car and seeing a little boy sitting in front. Hows that for a memory - for him!

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  17. Yeah, I got this award, too, so obviously it doesn't mean anything. What does? Franklin and Coco.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Everything means something. The rest is just prioritizing. I know you got it; I said "Drats! Now I can't nominate Janie!"

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  18. Thanks for passing it our way! Meanwhile, I just love your five facts.

    That's so cool about the genealogical tracings. My grandmother painstakingly went through our family tree (without the Internet, even!) and wrote everything down, tracing us back to the days of Christopher Columbus. Apparently my ancestor was his right-hand man. For not using a computer, all of these findings were pretty impressive.

    Also, I've been going salt and pepper for a while, which is always weird with the baby face. I may start dying it soon, unless I want to look like an elderly toddler.

    Thanks again for the award. :)

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    1. One day, gray will be the bomb and we'll be ahead of the crowd for once. :-)

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  19. Congrats Cherdo and thank you so much for thinking of me!

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    1. No problem, you're my favorite retro. :-)

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  20. How fun! I love this tag because I'm learning more about all my favorite bloggers.

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    1. I love questions and answers about people, too, Stephanie! I'm biography driven.

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  21. You have so much energy, and it's great that you've traced your genealogy. How horrible that you were involved in a hit and run while you were trying to help your brother. I'm honored you thought of me for this award, and I'm glad to be in such good company. Sorry that I got here so late, as I was working on a new project. Thanks for thinking of me, Cherdo!

    Julie

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  22. Hi, Cherdo!

    Congrats on the DOUBLE award!!!


    Thanks for the nomination and award! You are soooooo kind. I hope to get to it next week. I am slammed for now, catching up with this and that...

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  23. I love your five facts. Now I'm gonna have to go back and read the Springsteen blog bit.

    Well, I don't love the fact that you went gray as a young person. Man, I dread when my hair goes gray (it's already beginning, as I find a strand here and there), because I'm allergic to the hair color. On the bright side, I've seen some hair color at the health food store. Maybe I'll get lucky....

    Thanks for the award my friend. I'll try to post it soon-ish. I'm not going to be back to regular blogging until August. I hope my ole brain doesn't forget about it before then. Plus, I have to think of five interesting things. Now THAT could be a challenge!

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  24. And I'm back. Thank you so much for the nomination and i'll get to it this week. I'm lucky 7 on the list - that's got to be good somehow.
    So my husband is taller than me so when we walk side by side or I hug him, he can look down directly at my gray roots. This past Saturday, he indicated a hint that it may be time for my box color treatment. I knew I needed too but had put it off and so for him to mention , they were out of control!! haha.
    Funny thing about you giving away stuff at your house- I do the same thing regarding my clothes and jewelry. I have literally given the shirt off my back a few times because my friends or family raved about the shirt I was wearing. I figured if they like it that much- they need it! I also wear lots of costume jewelry and a coworker loved a ring I was wearing. I gave it to them. I certainly didn't miss it with all the junk jewelry I have at home.
    I need to read the Springsteen post. Very cool!!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo