Someone Thinks I Have A Real Neat Blog

I stopped accepting blog awards many years ago for many different reasons, especially after 10 years of blogging, but I was given The Real Neat Blog Award by Cyranny over at Cyranny’s Cove, a really cool blog that I really admire and you should check out too.

Part of the award loop is to answer ten questions. I liked Cyranny’s questions and I will enjoy answering them. So here are my answers

The 10 questions:

  1. How do you think 10-year-old-You would feel about Today-You? He would look at me and be shocked, not only because I wear glasses and didn’t at ten, but because I am a professional chef. 10 year old me wanted to be a commercial pilot. 
  2. Share one thing from your bucketlist (you haven’t made a bucketlist? There must be things you hope to accomplish before you die, right? Just pick one, hehehe) To learn to play the piano.  I bought a Yamaha electric Piano a couple of years ago that is sitting in a room, waiting for me to come learn on it. 
  3. Have you ever read a fellow blogger’s book? What book was that, and can you link the author here? About six years ago I was contacted by an author, Candace LaFleur to read and review her book “Prescription For Disaster”, a funny book about her journey with sarcoidosis, which I did and posted a series of excerpts from the book. She has a blog over on -*gasp*-Blogspot called Notes For My Children’s Therapist, which it seems she has not posted to in the past five years.
  4. What’s your favorite foreign country and why? That’s a tough one. It would have to be a toss up between France and The Netherlands, but if I absolutely would have to make a choice here, it would probably be France. I decided by thinking which one I rather live in. 
  5. Who’s the last person you wrote a real letter to? My mother many, many, many years ago. Even she stopped sending real letters when she discovered texting.
  6. What are you the most proud, about your blog? That I have been able to keep at it for 10 years now. There were some periods where I lapsed for a month or two, but in general, despite a very busy schedule, I have been able to keep at it. Many things don’t keep my attention span for too long so I am most proud of my dedication to it.
  7. What do you like the most about The Cove?  The last cove I was in was in San Diego and there was this huge elephant seal and we had a pleasant chat about this and that. He was quite nice, very well learned and quite knowledgeable about the oceanic environmental impact.  Then this obnoxious pelican came along and started to give his opinion about seaweed and I just had to leave. Otherwise, coves are really pretty quiet and relaxing.
  8. What’s a word you wish you’d never hear again? Why? The “N” word. I cringe every time I hear someone use that word and it angers me that young black people think that they have the right to use the word amongst each other because of their skin color when their forefathers and foremothers fought with their blood, sweat, tears and lives not to be called that. And for anyone that wants to tell me I have no business with this, I am 26% black, so according to Jim Crow rules, that is a heck of a lot more than one drop!
  9. What’s the biggest ”from you, to you” gift you ever got yourself? I am going to go with material gifting instead of the spiritual gifting path on this one because the spiritual path would need a post of its own. AfterI had my second heart surgery I bought myself two – not one – but two of the same Movado watches, one silver faced and one black faced.
  10. Tell me something you wish people knew about yourself, that most people don’t? What people know about me now is more than I want them to know. 😉

And there you are, I just contradicted myself by saying I don’t like people to know about myself after answering 9 other questions about myself. Go figure. I am not going to pass the award on because I know that people don’t, but there are some blogs I would like to mention that I find interesting if you want to take a peep at them

  • CYRANNY’S COVE – Cyranny is a self confessed Danophile (check her site to understand) that puts up a daily word challenge along with poems, what she calls “After Eight Moments” and she is in training to be a Valkyrie, so be nice.
  • CEE’S PHOTO CHALLENGES – Cee Neuner has a bunch of different photo challenges and her photography is very beautiful. Worth a look and if you like photography take a challenge or two
  • THE ART OF BLOGGING – Christian Mihai writes very informative posts about blogging. No matter how long you have been it, he will always have some insight you never had before.
  • THROUGH OPEN LENS – Another awesome photography blog where Lukas Kondraciuk puts up a daily nature shot, with an interesting fact about the subject. Plus he also posts a silly joke in there too.
  • DR. ERIC PERRY – A clinical psychologists that blogs about different psychological disorders and how to deal with people that live with them. I always found psychology fascinating and would have become a psychologist if I wasn’t a chef.
  • THE BRANCATELLI BLOG – Robert Brancatelli has very well written, interesting articles about his life and his take on different things.
  • DON’T CURSE THE NURSE – Susan is a nurse that shares some interesting stories of her life as a nurse, “sharing support with stories and humor”
  • LIVING LIFE ON O2 FOR LIFE – Christine blogs about her life living with pulmonary hypertension and being dependent on oxygen 24/7.
  • GRANDMA’S RAMBLINGS – Barbara Lane is a grandma and she writes about stories from her life.
  • LIFE CAPTURED – Basil Rene (wait, that’s me! Shameless self promotion!) has a photo blog. A simple blog with one shot a day from my daily life and travels.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I enjoyed reading your post this morning. Thanks ever so much for mentioning my blog. I felt honored 😀

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Basil Rene says:

      Anytime. Love your posts!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Haha, at ten I hated reading a lot and only did comic books, I also wanted to become an automobile engineer so bad. Aargh, if I could go back my ten year old self would be shocked to the marrow. I love reading and writing now and I’ve got a degree in architecture.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Basil Rene says:

      Funny how we change from out childhood expectations


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