The Mystery Blogger Award

First, a heartfelt thank you to my dear friend, fellow author and really good blogger, Ari Meghlen. She’s honest, fun and has a lot to offer.



Second, I took “Mystery Blogger” the wrong way. I immediately thought “blogs by mystery writers” because I am a mystery writer. DUH!

The creator of this award: Okoto Enigma has this to say: “I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet.”

Yeah, well. I’m not sure how amazing my blog is, but it’s certainly barely discovered.

There are, like with any award, rules for The Mystery Blogger Award. They are:

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/ image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best posts


Three things about me:

1)      I’m still amazed by some of the things I’ve discovered, over the years, that I can do. I’ve been an artist, a good wife and mother, I’ve been a fencer (foil and sabre – right and left handed), I’m a passably good bluegrass fiddler – and I’m a published, award winning author. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be any of those things.

2)      This year I will be turning the same age as the title of one of The Beatles songs. Can you guess how old I’ll be this coming birthday?

3)      I’m a Christian – but then again, so was J.R.R.Tolkien, so it doesn’t mean I can’t write good books that everyone can enjoy. 😉


I thought I could come up with more bloggers to nominate, but I discovered many of the people who I thought I was reading their blog, it was actually their newsletter and they don’t have a blog.

The bloggers I’m nominating are:

I hope you’ll give them all a visit.

And to my nominees – I hope you all found your nomination comment from me on your blog and that you’ll join in on this award. 😊


Ari’s 5 Questions to me.

  1. Which book, if any, can you read over and over again?

The Lord of the Rings. I have read it over and over again since I first read it in 1966.

Also, A Christmas Carol. I love the movie version with George C. Scott, but the story is marvelous to read!

  1. If you got teleported into a novel, which novel would you want to end up in?

Hard to say as I wouldn’t want to live when there’s no electricity and indoor toilets 😉 . I guess one of Agatha Christie’s mysteries, or maybe into my own books – I like the characters who live in Twombly, Illinois.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I really don’t know. I love the ocean, but don’t really want to live too near it. I’ve been to England twice and Scotland once, lovely places but I’m not sure I’d want to live there. I guess it would be where I am. I wish our town was doing better economically, it would help the feeling of the place be cheerier, but other than that, where we live has a lot of good things about it.

  1. Do you like octopi?

Yes. I think they are fascinating creatures.

  1. If you were stuck on a rollercoaster for an hour, would you want to be stuck on one that goes up and down or round and round?

Oh my! A whole hour and it’s moving the whole time? Ach!!!!

I love the traditional roller coasters that do circle around (you end up where you started) but are mostly hills with a few tight turns. If it just went round and round, I don’t last long on those at all.

It was different when I was in my teens. I could ride anything then and was fine. Alas, I can’t do that any more.


My 5 questions for my nominees:

     1)      Does your blog have a theme? If yes, why did you choose that theme?

     2)     Where is your favorite place to go for a vacation – or where you would like to go if you could go there.

     3)     Has your favorite subject in school stayed a part of your life? (As in, if it was art do you still do art things? Music – are still playing or singing?)

     4)     When was the last time you played a board game or a card game using real cards? (FUN QUESTION)

     5)      Do you read to relax? If you do, do you have a genre that is your go-to relaxation genre?


Share a link to my best posts:

Ah . . . in doing this I’ve found that I haven’t done a post of my own since a year ago on Feb. 14th 2017! And that was a guest post at Ari’s site: Love, twue love

And before that the last one I wrote that’s on my own blog is: Death in my Dryer  also from February of last year. I really need to get better at this . . .

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Thank you for stopping by. This is a lot of fun and I hope you’ll join in by picking a question or two and answering them in a comment below. Let’s get to know each other better. 😃




On Bubbles


Yesterday was one of those days. Not the everything goes wrong kind, the everything gets all out of whack kind. The day you think you have organized and all in order that ends up anything but.

One of the items on my agenda was writing this blog post.

I didn’t manage to write to you yesterday, so I’m writing first thing this morning.

But . . .

What to write? What to write?

The thought popped into my head that, whenever I manage to catch a moment today, I want to do something fun and there it was: what to write about.

My husband used to teach insurance seminars at locations from the far north of Illinois to the distant south – from the eastern boarder to the western shores along the Mississippi River. He met a lot of people and one of his favorite ways to get to know them was to ask:

“What do you do for fun?”

Fun relaxes us and helps us keep our sanity in our often hectic, insane lives.

He heard about everything from a guy involved in competitive ice fishing (we have the DVD of a TV show he did about it) to an Elvis impersonator and everything in between. It is a wonderful way to get people talking.

I take photos of birds for fun. Heck, I take photos of just about anything for fun. I also blow bubbles for fun.

I even take photos of bubbles.

Bubbles are just plain fun. It is hard to see bubbles without smiling and it is hard to blow bubbles without smiling. They are magical, mystical, shimmering gems that are here and gone – until you blow some more. I much prefer to blow them myself, instead of using an automatic bubble-blower thingy. It is even more wonderful when they are made with my own breath. Then, they are little parts of me floating around before they pop and give my breath back to the atmosphere.

Photographing them is tricky, especially when I was doing it all by myself.

Hold bottle of bubble solution.

Dip bubble wand.

Blow bubbles.

Quickly set that all down and pick up camera (with soapy fingers).

Try to take photos that are in focus.



Then, I figured out the bubbles showed up better if I could catch them while they were in the sunlight but with shadow behind them. The iridescence and sun-glints show up much better with a dark background. So then I was trying to allow for the breeze and blow them so they would go a particular place. Yeah. Right. Easier said than done – though I did manage it sometimes.

by the door

Eventually, my good friend Nancy Saul, who also likes blowing bubbles, helped by doing the bubble blowing while I snapped the photos. Ahhhhhh . . . so much easier! Later, I cleaned the photos up using Photoshop Elements (which is also fun for me).


So, when I catch a break in my day today, I’m going to blow bubbles in the house for my enjoyment and for my cats to chase.

I’m interested in hearing about what do you do for fun. When do you get the chance to do it? Is it something you do alone or with someone else?

Leave a comment – then go have some fun!

Hugs from Pearl