Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Two Birds--With Two Stones

I am such a busy (and somewhat lazy) person there has been several things in the housekeeping department that I need to do.  First, on 12/30/11 Debbie from The Emptynesters Daily awarded me the Liebster Blog.

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:
1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award
3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award

I just want to say thank you so much!!  I will try to find several blogs that have not yet received the award.  

Next, I was tagged by Julie from Taking the Fat Out of Skinny.  So to start, I need to answer her excellent here we go:
1. If you could go back in time would you change anything?        Yes, most of us would change many things I suppose.  However, we don't really know if the changes would work out the way we want them to.  So, I try not to live in the past because what is the point.  The only thing we can change is today.
2. What book are you reading right now?    Forty Acres and a Fool By Roger Welsch
3. What is your greatest accomplishment?    Surviving as a parent for 14 years!!!
4. Where do you see yourself this time next year?     Here blogging, but 30 lbs lighter.
5. Name one thing on your Bucket List.     Buy a boat again.
6. Are you a winter or summer person?  SUMMER
7. What truly annoys you?   People who think they are better than others.
 8. What is your dream car/truck?  I never was into car/trucks--I am happy with my '05 Ram pickup 
9. Do you have any hobbies?    Yes, I think of my blog/videos as a hobby.  I also like to paint and play fiddle and guitar.
10. Are you a morning person?  Sure
11. Tea or coffee?  COFFEE

Next I am supposed to tell you 11 random things:

1.   I have 2 kids...a son and a daughter.
2.   I like to watch the stock market.
3.   I used to live on 30 acres.
4.   My wife still owns a horse.
5.   I have cable TV, but only watch maybe an hour worth a week (I think I am going to quit it)
6.   I find watching Youtube videos, more fun, interesting, compelling than cable TV.
7.   I am active on Facebook on the "YouTube Weight Loss Community" page.  Check it out at
8.   I like all kinds of music, but favor country and rock.
9.   My old laptop that is about 5 years old seems to have finally died.
10.  I have never owned an Apple computer...guess I'm just too cheap.
11.   Some people don't like to be tagged.  I like answering questions myself, but understand why some others don't wish to play along, so I hesitate to tag  others.

This post may be a contender for the "longest blog post of all time".  I really appreciate all my readers and am grateful that you choose to spend a few valuable moments of your time with me!!!  Thank you so much!


  1. Interesting to learn more about you Paul :)

  2. Oi I have been tagged so many times, but so sick I don't want to sit and answer them yet.
    Nothing wrong with never owning an apple computer, they are as expensive as heck, well they are here at least.
    Sad when old laptops die. Mine died last year although it was only 3 years old, I lost a lot of stuff :(

  3. Fun getting to know you!! Keep up the great work and stay focused!!!

  4. Loved hearing more about you, Paul. You probably read on my blog that my laptop died too. I need to replace it before Clint and I start traveling around in retirement so we can take our virtual world with us. As usual, I'm having a difficult time deciding what to buy. I didn't want to spend too much, but I'd like to get one of the newer models with a backlit keyboard and extended battery life and a 17" screen. So I guess I have to spend more to get all of that. Have you started looking at new ones yet?

    1. Yes I knew my old laptop was on borrowed time so I bought one in early November. I spent $299 at Bestbuy for this Lenovo. I did a review on it here
      It doesn't have a lit keyboard, but my favorite feature that I would recommend you look for if you stream movies from Netflix is the HDMI output port. It is so easy to plug right into my TV to watch streaming movies. Also feel underneath any model you are looking at and see if it is hot. My old laptop was way too hot to use on your lap. This one is nice and cool!! Good luck and have fun...

    2. Thanks Paul. Looks like you got a great deal. I'm still comparing. I was using a SONY VAIO and it overheated terribly. It actually did cause burns on my leg at one point. My husband has a T410 Lenovo provided by his company for working at home, but I see that it is pricier.

  5. I love reading these! It's good to find out little fun facts, especially as I'm from another country and love to see what people from outside of the UK get up to i.e. playing the fiddle. Wow! Maybe you could do a video of you playing it one day ;)

    I've also never bought an Apple just because they are so expensive over here. Everyone raves about them so maybe in the future I will treat myself.