I’m Walkin’ In Sunshine! (and it sure feels good)

This week I’m ecstatic because Claire from Claire! I’ve Been There nominated me for a Sunshine Award.   Bless her heart!   You can find her at   http://www.claireclopez.com .   With the nomination comes a mission:  there are three tasks to complete (does this sound familiar to you?).  My first task is to thank Claire…and I do, I do!

My second task is to tell you all something about me that you don’t already know.  Here goes:

Favorite color:   without a doubt is red. . . unless it’s blue or green . . .  or maybe yellow?  Truth is, I just plain love color.  I’m happiest when I’m surrounded by colorful fabrics and yarns.  Also have a passion for colored pencils and pens!  And colorful office supplies. . . .

The first thing I notice about a person is their eyes.  The eyes really are the windows to the soul.  The next thing I notice is their hands.  Hands can tell you so much about a person.

My favorite TV program?  I don’t watch much television, but Grey’s Anatomy is one program I do try to see often.  It’s still on, isn’t it?  I never know which ones get taken off in any given season.

My favorite pastime?  Reading, writing and knitting…not necessarily in that order.

And. . . my third task is to nominate 10 other bloggers for a Sunshine Award.

In no particular order, these are my nominations.  They all never fail to brighten my day.

I love watching baby Everett grow as his mommy posts in her blog The Daybook, Real Life and Personal Style at   http://www.thedaybookblog.com/Sydney always has something fun to read and shares her travels and friends with her followers.

A daily regular for me is One Good Thing by Jillee.  Jillee has tips for everyday life and lots of DIY/Make It Yourself suggestions and tips to save you money!  Jillee is at http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/  I have a folder in my email to save Jillee’s ideas.

EZ (pronounced Eee Zee) at Creature Comforts gives me my daily dose of color.  Her lovely palettes are taken from something that appeals to her marvelous sense of color.  EZ is at  http://www.creaturecomfortsblog.com/

Mark Berkery is a photographer par excellence.  He does the most wonderful micro-photography of the natural life that surrounds him.  A gentle man, he writes about his garden creatures and offers his philosophy in beautiful prose.  Mark’s blog is Nature‘s Place.  It’s about Mark’s immediate environment and  has a message for us all.  Mark is at   http://beingmark.com/

Sisters Elsie and Emma have a delightful blog called A Beautiful Mess.  They share their fashion sense and glimpses into their personal life and travels.  Lots of DIY directions, too.  They can be found at   http://abeautifulmess.com/

Another very talented photographer is Leah Yetter who shares her life-away-from-Georgia on her blog Uprooted Magnolia.  Leah fell in love with a cowboy and her path led to a ranch in  Wyoming.  I went to school in Wyoming so her photos bring back memories of happy times and make me miss the Wyoming prairie.  Find Leah at   http://leahyetter.wordpress.com

Brené Brown at Ordinary Courage gives a lift to my life and always gives a boost to my positive thinking.  Look for your daily dose of ordinary courage at  http://www.ordinarycourage.com/

Alice at FutureGirl Craft Blog shares my love of knitting, gives away lots of free hints and tips, and lets me follow along with her as she designs her own projects (something I’ve never had the nerve to do!)  I look forward to her posts as I work on my many “current” projects because it makes me feel good to know that I’m not the only one with multiple current projects.  Alice is at  http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/index.aspx

Diane at In My Own Style posts a new DIY project with full directions in her blogs.  What she can do to re-use, re-cycle and re-purpose is positively amazing.  She shares clearly written how-to’s for building simple (and some not-so-simple) projects…and with pictures for every step!  Look for Diane at  http://inmyownstyle.com/

BookMania belongs to Archie, a young grad-student in Manila, Philippines.  I love books—any and all books—so sharing Archie’s passion for books is right there along with my other favorites.  Archie is on tumblr and can be found at   http://bookmania.me/

I’m on a roll here…can’t resist adding just one more nomination.  Robert Santafede is a wonderfully talented photographer.  He favors black and white photography, my personal favorite.  Robert has a special knack for post-processing his photos to create intriguing highlights of color amidst the black and white composition that really make his work pop. While his photography isn’t usually the bright and sunshiny kind, it’s always thought-provoking.  I look forward to seeing what he will come up with next.  Look for Robert at about.me/robert.santafede

Many thanks to you, Claire…you really did make my day!


In The Interest of Honesty

One of my favorite blogs is Creature Comforts and Ez is someone I admire tremendously.  When she started this openness and honesty thing I was reading all the other blogs and feeling such respect for everyone who was telling things that they were afraid to put on their blogs.  Today it hit me that I have blogs of my own and even though I’ve been pretty open on all of them, there are still things I haven’t mentioned for whatever reasons I have.  So today, I will tell you five things that I am afraid to tell you:

1.  I live every day with the pain of knowing my son took his own life.  What I haven’t told anyone on my blogs is that he hung himself.  He did it just before Christmas in 2008, but it is still like yesterday in my mind.  I expose a lot of my feelings on my Pinterest board “Scott No Matter What”

2. I don’t write about being lonely.  I am 65 years old and live alone…and it looks like I’ll be that way for the foreseeable future. I am very lucky to have a daughter who is devoted to making my life better.

3. I worry about my finances.  I live on my Social Security and am working on getting my degree online and I am accruing a huge amount of student loan. My intention is that I will do grief counseling when I graduate.  But my secret is that I have done nothing about trying to arrange to do my required internship to get my clinical experience.  I keep “planning” to do it.

4. Even before I lost my son I suffered from clinical depression and have been on medication for it for years.  Thank God for Prozac!  I tend to have highs and lows, but manage to get through the days one at a time…sometimes it’s more like one hour at a time.  That’s something I don’t tell anyone.

5. I am a virtual recluse.  I do get out of the house, but not on a regular basis.  In fact, last month I stayed home so long my car battery expired and I had to have AAA come to start my car so I could go out!  I just got myself a new camera because I think it’ll give me a motive to get out and take pictures. I loved photography when I was in college and I want to feel that enthusiasm again.

There…five things I don’t write about.  I don’t even talk about them!  So, now my life is pretty much an open book…except for a couple of things I never talk about at all. In fact I try not to think about them, so they live in a dark corner of my mind.  That’s a sixth thing I don’t want to tell you. I do want to tell Ez a big thank you for beginning all this and to Jess for telling her own secrets.  It’s a good thing and we, (that’s me and the other blogs I’ve read) are better for it.

By the way, I’m really not SuzySomething.  I’ll continue to use it because this site says that’s who I am, but my name is really Sara Kate.

I’ll be writing five things on my other blogs, too.  Here are the links www.suzysomething.tumblr.com and www.suzysomething.blogspot.com I hope you’ll come by and visit.