Word is, WordPress rocks!….

Ffolkes,
As may have been noted, I love serendipity, in all its guises and forms. Nothing is more delightful in life than realizing the plain brown rock one is holding is really a diamond in the rough, or that the person we just met is the long-lost brother for whom we’ve searched, or whatever surprising shape it may take for our delectation. It is one of the truest joys in life, for it is always unexpected to receive anything nice from the Universe; generally the things we are allowed to experience are designed by the Murphy Team, and are somewhat less than delightful in their nature…..

This morning’s events led me to meander along these lines…. This time, the impetus for my thoughts is alive, and has taken the form of a vocal, affectionate, attention-mongering young cat by the name of Sadie….

She is a beautiful cat, with markings and colors that tell me part of her ancestry includes a pixiebob, a recently recognized breed of cat bred to look like a miniature lynx, without the funny ears, and a touch of calico. They have tiger-like stripes, in black, against a coat of three shades of brown, with just enough white to add contrast. Pixiebobs are dog-like in their actions, liking to hang out with their humans, following them around the house and lying nearby when quiet, and are quite trainable. They are also very affectionate, and like a lot of attention….

Another part of Sadie’s ancestry was obviously Siamese…. She has the identifiable small kink in the tip of her tail, when she holds it up straight, and her voice clinches the resemblance, as it has that Siamese tone, regal and demanding, that will cut right through a door, or three, and she uses it to express EVERYTHING…. Talk, talk, talk, just like a…. well, I’d better not say that, a good number of my readers would kick my ass…. but, she won’t shut up until I figure out whatever it is she wants from me, or decides to take a cat nap…. I’ve known a lot of Siamese, and she fits the personality type to a T, once the affectionate pixiebob characteristics are factored in….

Sadie is destined to go live with my daughter, who picked her out, but cannot take her for a week, so I agreed to let her stay with me; Sadie needed to leave where she was, in an uncomfortable (for her) home, whose human loves her dearly, but whose cat population just exploded by a factor of 5 (kittens)…. Sadie was not amused by the kittens, so she came to live with me until my daughter can take her home. As I love cats, it is no hardship, kind of like babysitting the grandkid for me, since I get to eventually send her home….

This morning was our first morning together, and it has been a wonderful way to start the day, having someone to talk to, (well, mostly listen to more than talk with….), and provide me with some affectionate company. As I sit now to write, she is lying on the floor next to the chair, purring loudly, and occasionally looking up to see if I’m looking at her; if I am, she says something, then accepts a pat on the head with a grateful blink and preen. Lovely!

If I didn’t already have plans to travel, my daughter might have to find another cat, as Sadie would be welcome to stay as long as she likes…. She slept politely all night at the foot of the bed, and didn’t knock anything over in her nocturnal explorations…. very lady-like behavior in a new place, so all is good….

There, how’s that for a low-key, happy introduction to a Pearl? Not too shabby, I’d say, and a good way to start off a day devoted to family style events…. (see section one….) I think it’s now time to get on with the rest of today’s effort, so I’ll leave this now, and get to the easy part…. Shall we Pearl?…..
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wordpressfamilyaward
One of my oldest friends on WordPress…. Wait, let me qualify that, because I have no idea how old she is, and wouldn’t assume, or say, anyway…. Let’s start over…. A blogger friend of mine, known as Willowdot21, ( her site is at:  http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/about/ ), who has been coming to my site (and I to hers….) since I started a couple of years ago, AND who has been one of my best blogging friends, nominated me for a new award, the WordPress Family Award. It was created by the blogger at this site:  http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com  , who nominated Willow for the original, initial award. This one is a simple award, giving us a chance to acknowledge how great the WordPress family of bloggers are, in their support and encouragement of everyone who writes for the site….. Those rules are as follows:

Rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.    I hope it worked….

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.   Right here:   http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/about/

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.   The hardest part of this for me was limiting the number to only 10…. as I rolled through my blogroll, I found at least that many more that should go on the list, but, to save time, I’ll follow the rules…. I’ve picked those sites who assumed family status soon after our meeting each other online….

Dolly  http://allaboutlemon.com/
Europaicewolf   http://europasicewolf.wordpress.com/
Carol Welsh   http://carolwelsh.wordpress.com/
Carolyn at ABC of Spirit Talk   http://abcofspiritalk.wordpress.com/
Linda Vernon   http://lindavernon.wordpress.com/
Ginger Snaap   http://ohmygawdjustdowhatisay.wordpress.com/
Lizzie Cracked   http://runningnakedwithscissors.com/2013/04/06/a-z-challenge-f-mm/
Eric Alagan  http://ericalagan.net/2013/04/07/samuels-counsel-fallen-grace-15/
Jerry Doby   http://theurbanlink.net/
Lou   http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them…. I’ll do that today…. or, more simply, I’m on it….

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love

So, there you have it…. I’m part of the WordPress Family, and now, so are you…..  One of the best parts of this award is that there isn’t any real pressure to accept, or to send it on by nominating others…. which is why I ended up taking the time to do so, because, hey, it’s family…..
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National Poetry Month Icon Pic
I was feeling some whimsy last night, and this is what leaked out, such as it is…. It may grow, I think, but, for now, it’s not bad, just strange…. As every day this month, this is for the April National Poetry Writing Month Challenge, with the updates to be found here:  http://www.napowrimo.net/

Relative Cynicism, with Caramel Sauce

Absolute stillness follows violent movement,
  it can happen during a downhill race,
as an immovable piece of asphalt pavement
  meets the once handsome racer’s face.

Yuk, yuk, yuk said that asshole Moe,
 after poking both of Larry’s eyes,
bashing face, head, & crotch of Curly Joe
  and only ever got hit with pies.

Lonely moments never really come along
  when Murphy’s got us in his sights.
Not for money, love, or siren’s song
  will he abrogate his natural rights.

All we can do is sigh, or laugh in pain,
  as Life portions out our ration of shit.
Silver linings melt in the slightest rain,
  so we may as well learn to live with it.

~~ gigoid

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“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.” — H.L. Mencken

I can feel it building…. the anger, the angst, the frustration at the members of the Beloved Ruling Class, and the priestly hierarchies, who prey on their brethren, fully knowing the evil they do. It is also building up against those idiots who allow themselves to believe what these egregious assholes tell them, no matter how outrageous, or how badly it mangles the Truth. I really, really want to rant, and I think when this one comes out, it will be a big one, and I’ll have to coin a new word just to describe it…. but, no worries, I already did that part…. I’m going to write a politireligirant of major proportion, to go along with the upcoming epic take-down of the American Rail System, as personified by Amtrak…. They (Amtrak) forgot that there are SOME American citizens who not only know HOW to write in English, but are capable of doing so, to their soon-to-be-detriment and ultimate chagrin…..

Right now, though, I don’t have the proper frame of mind for ranting; Sadie’s morning activities have bemused and amused me too much, and I can’t quite get my outrage collected enough to spill over. So, I’m going to refer you to a fairly new (to me) blog site, where the blogger rants on what seems to be a daily basis, mostly on the political scene in this country, with side trips into how politics and culture may clash…. The writer’s name is John, and he is a die-hard liberal, politically, with a lot of good sense, and a fine grasp of the reality of the issues, as far as I can tell. His arguments and statements are clearly expressed, as well as well thought out, and he does his research, with attribution, too….. 😆

The site is located here:  http://americanliberaltimes.com/  This address link will take you to one of his posts, from today, I think, where you can peruse his archives for quite a few good takes on society, politics, and common sense…. which, as we all know, is not as common as believed by most. When I feel the urge for dialogue, I go over to his site, and can always find a post that will prompt a comment, usually several paragraphs long, and we’ve had some good conversations (which, to me, is a big part of what this blogging stiff is all about….).

Sorry if I’ve disappointed anyone by not having a rant ready, but, Sadie just wouldn’t let me get upset enough to get pissed, so you’ll have to blame her…. If you feel a NEED to hear a rant, try one of John’s well-mannered, but pointed, pieces to sublimate for today, because I just don’t have any outrage to vent….. Oh well, who’s to say who’s luckier, eh?…. On that note, I’ll leave you with this final thought from an old friend….

“Give them RADAR-GUIDED SKEE-BALL LANES and VELVEETA BURRITOS!!” — Zippy the Pinhead
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It’s a wrap, if it passes the proofing stage…. let’s go see…. Oh, hey, that isn’t bad at all…. I’ll take it, and not look a gift frog in the gums…. In fact, I’m going to escape now… TTFN, as my kids would text….  Y’all take care out there, and May the Metaphorse be with you…..


Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes
I just sits.

gigoid

dozer3

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23 thoughts on “Word is, WordPress rocks!….

  1. Hi Ned – Such a lovely beginning to this post…I could feel the love…and it just kept on going. What a sweet kitty that must be, and what a great family the blogging family truly is. Thank you, my friend, for including me on your list. Love to you, Ned. 🙂

    • Ellie…. 😀 Wow… I am honored, and humbled, and, quite frankly, shocked…. “Inspiring” is a word I never thought to apply to myself, for sure and for certain…, but, I’ll try to live up to it…. 😆 It may take me a few days to put together a response, as I try to do it as one section of a Daily Pearl, and there is a lot of cutting and pasting to do for that…. but, thank you for honoring me like this, and be assured I will respond, as soon as I can….

  2. Congratulation to you Ned, you well deserved this award from Willow, a woman with a big heart!
    Likewise, I am very grateful and honored that you have me included as part of your WP Family and have me nominated to receive this award… Wow!
    Thanks so much Ned, my dear sweet friend… You are beautiful and very kind person and so natural too…
    I also enjoyed reading today’s pearl… Thank you… And about Sadie, I bet she’d love to stay with you for sure! … 😀

    With love and God bless! mmmwahh 🙂 xoxo
    Dolly

    • 😀 Is it any wonder I’m half in love with you? 😆 You have always been encouraging to all new bloggers, and though I write a lot, I’m still in awe of your expertise in WP, with pics, videos, power point presentations with music, the Art Game… the list seems endless… All this, with drawing your own cartoon, and, oh yeah, a dentistry practice…. 🙄 You are, to me, the best multitasker polymath I know… for certain….

      I’d love to keep Sadie, but she also loves my daughter, and i’m going to be traveling for a while now, so I don’t want to leave her like that… When I’m done seeing what I want to see, I’ll get me a cat and a dog, then travel with them around where I live…. whatever continent it is on…. I haven’t decided where I want to settle yet… any who, you are family, so no more formality… and you can get your own juice in the morning…. and make the bed…. 😆 😉

  3. They just steal your heart away, Ned; right in front of you! A little purr here, a little nudge there and bang goes your heart strings as your gently caress the giver of love…….! I’d say you are definitely smitten… 😉

    Thank You for including me in your blogging family, Ned; that makes me very proud indeed. I accept, I accept, I accept…! 🙂 (Does this mean we are now cousins, or something..!?!)

    Laughing, Ned…. I’m laughing ‘with you’ as I read your Caramel Sauced Cynicism. Indeed ’tis true – life can be harsh, at times. However, just as you say (or what I read between the lines); it’s watered down somewhat when a dash of acceptance and humour are added…!

    What….. no rant…… leaving it to someone else…… 😯
    Sadie’s influence is gorgeous, Ned… How can you feel anything but sweet and cuddly with this little girl at the foot of your bed..!?!

    Thank You once again for the nomination; I’m truly honoured…
    Have a good one, Ned…. xoxoxo 🙂

    • Carolyn…. I know, they really do hook us right in with their terminal cuteness and love, for those who will respect them…. It’s why I do respect them, because they do not suffer fools gladly, but will be as sweet as fresh butter to those who know how to treat them…. They do make it harder to rant, though, ’tis true… fortunately, I’ve got almost two years of old rants to draw on if I get desperate… I’ll pull one out, and use it to start another rant, updated… easy peasy, eh? 🙂

      Your blog was one of the first I followed when I started here on WP, and vice versa, and you have always been kind enough to take the time to comment (you’re #1 or 2 on my statistics in WP as a commenter on my blog…..) about what you obviously read… and I know when people haven;t read what I write… I can tell. As well, you are one of the warmest people I know, and I’m proud to regard you as part of my family… I now have several brothers and sisters from another mother…. Take care, milady, & Blessed Be…..
      😀

  4. Well Ned,

    Its no surprise that sweet Willow nominated you for this award – or is it a surprise 🙂

    Now that you’ve come into money – thanks to your Uncle Sam – yes I’m happy to be counted as part of your family 🙂 all the more that you’ve publicly acknowledged this fact. Please relay to me the contact details of the bloodsucker, I mean, the vampire – or, I need my tea – I meant the lawyer, so that I can register my interest to act as your Power of Attorney on account that you’re the only sane one on the American side of the family. Tsk! Tsk!

    You realise of course, the more I read your blog the more afflcted I am with verbal diarrhoeatolis – I just made it up, another bug I’m coming down with.

    On a more sombre note – here goes – thank you for nominating me for the family award. Much appreciate this and the kind words.

    Cheers, Eric
    P/s I’m posting something about cats this Friday – hope you’ll check it out.

    • It’s always a surprise to me to receive awards, and humbling, too… but I’m touched also, and honored, especially when it is one of my oldest and closest blogging friends like Willow…. and you. 😳

      You can take over my Power of Attorney… should be an easy job, as I spent all the money on traveling, and 31 hours of straight losses on a slot machine up in Oregon when i was visiting my friend…. :Oh well, easy come, easy go…. At least I saved enough for rent this month…. 😀 You’re right about me bein’ the only sane one, though, especially if you thought I’d fall for that one…. 🙂

      As for the diarrhoeatolis, sorry, dude, but, you signed the waiver, just like everybody else…. I sympathize, but my lawyers say there’s nothing I can do…. I understand bourbon helps….

      On that somber note, bro…. I consider you family, so that’s that, in my book…. We have shared water, if only figuratively, and are water brothers… do you grok that?…. I’ll explain if the reference isn’t clear…. if it is, it is…

      I’ll check out the cat post, for sure, I love ’em…. Take care, amigo, and stay somber….. NOT! 😆

  5. Ah! I think that kitty and you sound like a perfect match Ned! And as an added bonus, she’s good for the blood pressure, I’ll bet! It’s hard not be happy when you have a kitty purring on your lap!! And I got such a kick out of your poem! “silver linings melt in the slightest rain” what a poignantly beautiful phrase! Thank you again for the award, Ned. I’m honored! 😀

  6. Ned- Miss Sadie sounds like a fine companion – as much as a cat makes whern they deem one worthy of their affection – I have my friend George who will at once rub on my hand to scratch his ears then bite playfully to get me to stop – such odd and amazing creatures the cat, most likely why I can relate to them 😉 and it sounds as if you are too…. I loved you poem.. and am humbled and honored by your award… this is a very special one,,they all are but I am very happy to be included amongst you “family” and glad you consider me such. I have been remiss in reawarding in the pat but it does no dimish my gratitude and I appreciate your recognition of me..and your support and friendship… Bright blessings Brother,,,and thank you sincerely…
    ♥ Lizzie

    • Lizzie…. you’re welcome, and all the good vibes right back at ya!… Don’t worry about the acknowledgement of the award, i know it can be time consuming to do them…. I’m glad you liked today’s post, and am very glad you’re part of my WP family…. take care, my sister, and Blessed Be…. 😀

  7. Thank You, kind sir, this is greatly appreciated! I feel I am un-deserving of such an honor as I have fallen off the face of the blogging earth!
    You have given me a warm fuzzy all over- much love to you!

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