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Hello dearies! Happy weekend and welcome back to my blog. Yesterday I got the greatest surprise in my blogging life when I was nominated for my first award ever. Yay!

I want to thank Justin of  TWOTALL4UFOOL blog for nominating me for the Sunshine blogger award, I’m humbled. And also I want to use this opportunity to thank my readers, followers, and subscribers for your support because without you I would never have been recognized. I love you guys!😘


So it’s time for the question and answer section.


1. What is the most important thing you’ve learned since you’ve started blogging?

You don’t know it all. Keep learning!

2. Anything you want to do with your blog that you haven’t done yet?

I hope to travel someday and record my adventures on my blog.

3. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?

Check the end of this post (they are my nominees).

4. Have you done a guest post for any blogs out there?

No. I haven’t given it a thought.

5. If you weren’t blogging as your full-time job or hobby what would you be doing?

I would be a dance instructor. I love dancing.

6. If the two of us were to play a video game together which one would it be?

European Premier League Soccer on PS4. I love soccer.

7. Besides blogging and your niche, what are your other hobbies/interests?

I love dancing, playing soccer and cooking.

8. What do you like about my blog?

Your blog provides updates on lastest technology and new games.

9. If we were to go to a concert together who would we see perform?

Diana Ross. She is my favorite singer of all time.

10. What is your favorite thing to watch on TV?

Ha! I love PBS TV shows especially MASTERPIECE classics. So enlightening!

11. What do you enjoy the most when it comes to blogging?

The ability to present my opinion to the world and get their reactions. It’s exhilarating! 🌸

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In accordance with the tradition of the Sunshine blogging award, I wish to nominate the following 15 blogs. Please check them out.


  1. personalgrowthsuccessblog
  2. retrospectivelily
  3. aphadolie
  4. lindaschaub
  5. discoveringcosplaygirl
  6. unabashedautist
  7. inkblotsandicebergs
  8. zahthinks
  9. burnseleanor
  10. ztevetevans
  11. adhandmade
  12. moonlightandmacaroons
  13. miaowcosmetic
  14. artistbybeauty
  15. randomthoughtsbyhaya


These blogs are my favorite blogs to read. I also noticed they may have never been nominated for WordPress awards. I don’t expect any of my nominees to re-post or be obligated to acknowledge this award, but just know I see that you’re giving your best. Keep up the good work! 

Questions for my nominees

1. When did you start blogging?

2. What inspired you to start a blog?

3. Is blogging your full-time job?

4. What are your aspirations for your blog?

5. How many followers do you currently have?

6. When you are not blogging or working, what do you do?

7.  How do you balance blogging and your personal life?

8. What are your favorite TV shows?

9. Would you like to leave your country and meet up with other bloggers around the world someday?

10.  What do you want to do in life that you’ve still not done?


If I didn’t nominate you, it means your blog is super awesome and has gone beyond my humble recognition.❤️


Thanks for reading! Please leave your reactions in the comment section below.💋


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  1. I wanted to thank you earlier today when I first noticed this post but I was still at work trying to get my boss out the door in a few days for his Easter vacation. I do want to thank you for your recognition of my blog and tell you why I’m going to decline the award. I do like how you have tactfully said it was inadvertent if you missed recognizing someone. That’s the smart way to say it. Me, on the other hand, I got a Liebster award nomination and couldn’t decide how I could nominate some, and not others, and not wanting to pick favorites (and not having as good of a line as you), I decided to write this post. I do thank you very much for recognizing me. As you know I’ve been here for five years, and never started interacting with others here in WordPress and on Reader until Thanksgiving when things really started taking off. I was, and continue to be, overwhelmed every day at the responses, comments and interaction from all over the globe. It is heart-warming indeed. So, I am going to congratulate you on your award, and thank you for your recognition and send you this post I wrote earlier this year.

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      • I knew you thought it a big deal because you come off to me as someone who believes in honor, integrity and dignity. ♥️ Besides you accepted your last Sunshine Blogger award nomination and did an appreciation post. 🌺😊 Wholeheartedly, I’m not incensed & will never be over petty stuff.😄

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      • Thank you for saying that and yes, that is the way I was raised. I thank my mom for those good graces. To this day, someone says “thank you” and “you’re welcome” just spills from my lips. Just drilled into my head when I was a little girl, plus the curtsy – yes, believe it or not, and maybe because I grew up in Canada and our English roots and curtsying for the Queen and all, but yes, my mom had me curtsy when I met an adult. It is good to be level-headed and never get incensed over petty stuff – life is just too short for that. We have known that for a long time, and also learn it more and more every day.

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      • You’ve got that right – and no one to compare to when “stating your case” (not that I got to have much say in things). My parents were 30 when they had me and in 1956 that was considered old for starting a family. But they were very strict and I would not have talked back to them as I knew I would be punished. Kind of a “children should be seen and not heard” kind of environment, but that’s okay too – I never got into trouble that way.

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      • That true because children are more respectful of their parents. I never have been around kids as my cousins were my own age and I never saw them growing up, only at my grandparents’ funerals, so I’m no expert on kids, but what I see in the stores or out in public, leaves me shaking my head sometimes. I was actually afraid of crossing my parents. Maybe parents try to be “pals” with their kids and so the kids don’t respect them these days? I am old-fashioned as well, so I will step down off my soapbox!

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      • Ha! Your observation is correct. Parents nowadays want to be friends with their kids because they want their kids to like them. It gets even worst among divorced couples, because they compete to get the affection of their kids to spite the other parent. 😢

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      • Yes, I believe that is the problem. The competition between divorced parents makes it worse. My parents were divorced, but since my father just took off after taking all the money out of their joint accounts, my mom had to obtain a divorce by default. I was old enough that I did not have to deal with any of the stuff younger kids deal with in a divorced household. I was already 28 years old.

        I had a genealogist track down whether my father had died to give me peace of mind. This was just a month ago. I have a friend who is very interested in tracing her roots and has spent years immersed in websites like Ancestry and also has hired a professional genealogist to trace what she could not find. We figured my father would return to Germany as he lived there until moving to Canada. My friend did my family tree but we could not find anything, so she hired the professional genealogist to look at something in Germany and he said he would do it for free as he was not busy – she asked if he could track down my father for free and he did so. He was living in German, remarried a woman 15 years younger than him and married on her birthday. But, he was not dead, as far as he could tell. When a person is born in Germany, anything further they do, such as obtain a marriage license, or they die, there is a margin note placed on the birth certificate. There was none so he said he was alive (he is 91) or moved to another country. So essentially, I am no further ahead, but I consider him dead in my opinion.

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      • I agree with you Iri. I did not know either, and my friend Carol is very interested in discovering everything about her ancestors. And, interestingly enough, Carol discovered that we are related, something like 11 generations back, but related. My maternal grandfather was from St. Jerome, Quebec, Canada as was her maternal grandfather. So we share some ancestors way back. Carol is very please with the work that this professional genealogist has done for her in the past, and this was very nice of him to look into my question without charge as well for a favor to Carol. I will ask Carol your question and see what she says, okay? I will let you know when I hear from her. She and I are Facebook friends, but she does not always see my messages – has a ton of friends and if she doesn’t answer, I’ll ask her again – she will be VERY happy to help you as this is a hobby she really enjoys. In the meantime, here is the genealogist’s info and website. His first name is “Uwe” … all I had to do was send him proof of my relationship to my father, Max Schaub. I did it all via e-mail and sent him a letter stating my name, address and my father’s date of birth and birthplace (Frankfurt, Germany) … I provided him a scan of my driver’s license verifying my name/address and I digitized my old photo albums and scrapbooks last year, so had a copy of my baptism certificate showing my mom and his names on it. He acknowledged the documents and said it would take two weeks. I know he does searches for other places than Germany. If by chance, you would choose to use him or pass that info to someone else, please feel free to use my name, but especially my friend’s name as she has been a client of his before. (Carol McCrellias)

        Uwe Porten Professional Research
        Mainzer Strasse 41
        D-55411 Bingen
        Tel: +49 6721 990022

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      • I just wrote to Carol and let’s see what she says … I can’t see that everyone has a computer footprint. Even when Carol looked on, which is the most-common software people use to trace ancestors, she found no info on my father, but lots of info on my grandmother’s side. She had 8 siblings, and she saw their spouses, kids – it was interesting. Uwe Porten sent a copy of my father’s marriage certificate and since it was in German and I don’t speak German, told me he had remarried in 1976, woman’s name, on her birthday. That was all he knew and told me it did not mean he did not move away – if he died in another country, they do not alert the German authorities, so he said he was sorry he could not provide me a definitive answer. I told him what my father did and stated that if not for our house being paid for, my mother would have been left penniless and too young to collect social security and not considered eligible for Medicaid. So I told him these facts and stressed I was not looking to collect money from an estate. I’ll let you know what Carol says about your question – I’m happy to share this info. I’ve learned from Carol’s stories about delving into her past.

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      • I have a lot of info for you from Carol. She loves this stuff and was eager to give you information – I am going to put it here although I could use your e-mail address which you have in your contact page … I’ll put it here for now, okay? Two separate messages from Carol, and she seems to believe you could do some of this yourself so gave you the links, and I knew the Ancestry software was expensive, but apparently you can just use it on a limited basis and cheaper that way. (I cut-and-pasted two messages from Facebook, and heard a ding and she sent more info, so now three messages. I told her I did not know if you were interested in finding ancestry information locally as in U.S. only, or internationally and said you mentioned in a post the other day about Africa and jewelry so it could be there – I did not know, and knew she would be comprehensive. Here you go:
        Whatever has been submitted to services like Ancestry and Family search are available online. Some county governments offer online ordering of THEIR records, depending on when records are available, but yuo will need to give them names and dates in order to get them. They don’t have the resources to do searches.

        Uwe obviously specializes in records in Germany because he lives there and has experience and access to those and relationships with people in clerks offices.

        You can get paid help here in the states for records here, but mostly you can do it yourself. The easiest thing is to sit down and write down what you know or think you know about your family, from you on back, with dates and places. then you work from census records which are available online starting at 1940 and going back every ten years, with the exception of 1890, which was almost entirely destroyed by a fire. What is included in census records varies by years, but images for 1880 are available for free online through Ancestry or Family Search. If you have a paid subscription – and you can usually get a short-term one and not spend the $300 or whatever it is for an annual one — you have access to trees that other researchers have submitted. Volunteers from services and from county historical or genealogical societies with access to original records will transcribe them and provide the information which is indexed and offered for use. Start with what you know, what is free, and then get specific about what you need to get what you need to know and then efficiently work to that. Sometimes information simply isn’t available. If you look at 1880 censuses, for example, you will see names of everyone in the household, ages, state/country of origin, locations of origin of mother and father, occupation, etc. In some earlier years, and the further you go back you will see nothing but nameof head of household and number of other people in different age brackets in the house. Start with what you know and work back from there. Counties are key. And county borders, state borders, change.
        Here is the second message:

        She could Google African American genealogical research. There are groups that specialize in sharing info on that. that and county info and censuses will get her pretty far. Won’t tell her what place in Africa her ancestor was from. DNA testing might help with that, though. The algorithms they’re using are enabling them to narrow down where a particular DNA piece has a LOT in common with people still living there and hence is likely that that’s where someone’s ancestors came from.

        Speaking of overseas, France has outlawed DNA testing, so DNA services are missing a huge resource as to location within the country with which to compare DNA of probable descendants like me.

        If your interest is in tribal ancestors. I doubt there were written records in African nations that either existed at all or were made available to the public. Like the rest of us with peasant lineages, after a certain point you may or may not find a thing other than a brief mention now and then as a tithe payer in a parish. Church records are often a big part of what’s available. Catholic churches did a pretty great job. Others are kind of spotty. And places with wars, well, you gamble that there’s anything there. Surprisingly more than you’d think, but it’s a matter of luck and foresight of the people keeping track at the time.

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      • Well, I was even going to suggest that this could be fodder for a new post by you – I am glad you liked it and will tell Carol as well. I was only the messenger here. Carol knows her stuff. 🙂

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      • That would be good, I’m sure people out there might want to know that info … I know I learned a lot from Carol – you don’t have to give me any credit … I was happy to get the info for you.

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