Well this “blogging” experience for me has been really cool. Everything has been great, and the blogging world (actually called a blogosphere) has been amazing. When I go into my dashboard, I see there are stats showing people coming and going, and then there are those that “drop in” and make a nice comment. Such as Megan did from Meaningful Mommy. I don’t know how she found my blog, but I am glad she did. Not only is she a fellow blogger, she is also now a friend. Shortly after I posted the blog “The Stigma of Mental Illness”, (the one blog I feel SO vulnerable sharing), Megan stopped in, said some encouraging words, and mentioned she wrote a blog with the VERY same name a while back.
Just recently, Megan dropped by, and me and mentioned she had nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. I did not know what it was, but as I looked into it, I am finding it an honour to be given this award. Thank you Megan, I do graciously accept. Please do check out her blog. With categories such as “Mind and Body Health”, “Parenting Tips and Tricks” or “Adventures and Travel”, there is something for everyone.
The rules for accepting this award are simple.
1. Thank the person who has nominated you. Provide a link to his/her blog.
2. List the rules and display the award image.
3. Include 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.
5. Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.
Now Here Are the 7 Facts About Me
1. Although my blog is called “The Old Fellow Goes Running”, my 1st love (other than God, my wife and family) actually is bicycling, which I have done my entire life. Most years, including this year, I would bike 2,000-3,000 km a year. I also am finding it great cross training to go with my running.
2. Am a bit old fashioned when it comes to electronic gadgetry. I do have a cell phone, (a “hand me down” from my daughter), an old LG KP100, and just turn it on to see if the battery needs charging. But I usually have it with me in case my car dies. My daughter has another “hand me down”, an old Blackberry, (I think that’s what it is) if I am interested.. Should I go for it???
3. I have a real weakness for dark chocolate. (they say it is good for me). I “try” to be disciplined and limit myself to a piece a day, when I get home from work, and I usually do. But there has been times, if it has been a “bad day”, I would go overboard. A year ago I gave up chocolate for the 40 days of Lent. It was one of the toughest things I have had to do.
4. I can’t play any instruments, or sing very well, but absolutely LOVE music. As a Christian, I do not miss many Christian concerts that come into the area, and feel it is important to support these people who are using their musical gifts and talents as a ministry. Whether it is worship music, country, pop, or hard rock, I love them all. When it is the “hard rock” Christian shows however, the “Old Fellow” will attend and enjoys on his own, as the family ALWAYS declines.
5. When I was 26, I took an intense 3 month outdoor leadership course, with emphasis on mountaineering and rock climbing. The interesting thing is, is that I had never seen a mountain up close before (having lived in Central Canada all my life). It was one of the most challenging, yet growing periods of my life. Even though I have not continued to pursue it, mountaineering has over the years been in my blood, and am often found reading up on it. Hoping when I retire, I would like to get back into climbing, but it probably will not be with the same intensity.
6. My 1st car was a 1968 Buick Wildcat. I paid $50 for it, and with the work to have it certified for the road, it ended up being $250. The car was HUGE, had a big block 430 cubic inch engine, and sucked back gas like 12 miles per gallon. But with gas back then selling for 45 cents per Imperial gallon, the cost of gas was not an issue. Back then, most cars were either HUGE or were the muscle cars that are so collectable today, both types very thirsty for gas. Nowadays, if I could manage it, I would not have a car. Just don’t like the impact on the environment. But living in the country, and I work in far side of the city nearby, a 38 kilometer commute, it is just not possible. Reading up a lot on the viability of electric cars. We’ll see!
7. I grew up on a farm that was only about 11 miles away from where I now live. When I was 15, my dad died of a heart attack (he was 47), but the impact he left in those years has molded me the way I am. Unlike the “factory farms” today, my dad really cared for his land. He rotated his crops, and gave his animals LOTS of space. He had a respect for nature, which was definitely passed on. During harvest time, my dad would hire 2 or 3 mentally challenged people. The dignity and respect my dad showed them was just amazing and left a HUGE impact. Although this #7 seems to be more about my dad, he is the one whose legacy has made me the way I am. I love my dad, and miss him so much.
So, the next part is my list of the 15 bloggers who have most impacted me, during these couple of months I have been a part of the “blogosphere”. I want to say THANK YOU, and would like to nominate YOU for the “One Lovely Blog Award”
Here Are My Nominations
2. Erin Glenys
6. Turn a Page
7. Love Plunge
9. The J Guide
10. Notes From the Bathroom Floor
11. Inspire Me
15. Fat to Fit
So there you have it, all of you lovely bloggers really deserve this award. You have put a lot of time, thought and creativity in your blogs. Trusting this award will bring many others your way to enjoy the fruits of all your effort.
*There is no time limit to passing this award onto others*
Keep Up The Great Work!! 🙂
Really lovely Carl!! I am very happy to have stumbled on to your blog. I can tell your dad in his short life was a wonderful man and father. Thank you for sharing about yourself and I look forward to reading more of your posts…and checking out your blog recommendations!!
Thank you Megan, I am very fortunate for those 15 years with my dad. Thank you for your kind words! 🙂
Congratulations! I love the bit about your dad and the farm. He sounds wonderful, and there is so much to learn from farming. That’s such a rewarding experience to have had.
Thank you April, your kind words mean a lot. Sometime down the road, I’d like to write more about my dad. Have wished my children could have known him, there certainly would have been lineups to ride with him on the tractor! 🙂 At least I have stories to share! 🙂
I think of all the sacrifices you have made as a military family that involves a lot of moving. It must be hard being some distance from parents and grandparents. You always have such a positive attitude! God bless you my friend.
Thank you for the nomination! I loved the story about your Dad’s farm, especially today with the factory farms. It breaks my heart how factory farm animals are treated.
I too love cycling. Somedays I can’t decide which I prefer more: running or cycling!
Thank you so much for the follow. And thanks Natalie for the kind words regarding my dad. There is so much cruelty to animals, all in the name of profit, which is very sad. I am very fortunate for the example my dad left me.
Have enjoyed your blog, always something of interest there. Thanks! 🙂
Very beautiful post Carl. I do not know that I could give up dark chocolate. One a day is viable. I loved all seven. Loved your fact about your cars. I grew up in WV, in the US, so I always saw well, what we all mountains. 🙂 Your father sounded like a wonderful person. ❤ -CC
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Thank you CC. So cool we both have an affinity for dark chocolate. 🙂
Would be interested in hearing about your cars from Appalachia. I have always drove “older cars”, and when they get too expensive to keep running, just get another one.
I just really wish you and everyone could have had my dad as their father. I have been SO fortunate. ❤
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haha…well, I will share a joke with you about old cars and Appalachia, specifically WV, where I grew up. That there is always an old car up on blocks in every yard, waiting to be worked on. (Now, this is somewhat true, especially in the country)
When my brother was at West Point, people would tease him about this. We lived in the city, and this is not allowed, however, due to where my parents lived…I had an old car at the time that you could still fix without computers, and my Uncles were all mechanics, sooo..it was sitting stored off out of sight on my parents property. My brother brings his friends in during break, and what do you know…a car on blocks!!! LOL!!! Needless to say he was quite irritated, hahaha….but we do love our cars there. I am no longer in WV. Know a lot about cars though. 😉
Yes, father’s are so important. Every child deserves a good one. ❤
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CC, you are SO descriptive with your words, with the older cars on blocks up in WV, and having that car tucked away out of sight on your parents property.. I had fun picturing it all. Thank you for sharing this, it brought a smile to my face! 🙂
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very nice initiative! 🙂
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Ahh, thank you! 🙂
Most importantly , Congratulation! on your nomination! I agree it is a lovely blog!