The Versatile Blogger Award

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The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  1. If you are nominated, Congratulations – you have been awarded the Versatile blogger award!
  2. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
    • My tweak here is that you don’t need to acknowledge receipt or participate! I just wanted you to know I think your blog is great!!
  4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


What a lovely surprise to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! I would like to thank Len over at Lens Cup of Tea for the nomination! When you have a moment, and if you haven’t already, check out her blog, It’s fun, upbeat, and covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from chronic illness, to beauty and lifestyle tips!


So hard to choose, in fact, normally I skip this part but I thought I’d give it a whirl this time around. 😊 Again, no pressure at all to participate! The lovely bloggers below are listed in alpha order. I feel very fortunate to follow a great mixture of artists, chronic illness people, chronic illness people who are also artists, as well as some other really neat people who don’t fit any of those molds. Below are a few of them!

  1. Chaotic Shapes
  2. Chronically Siobhan
  3. Don’t Make It Weird
  4. FightMSdaily
  5. Hope found in M.E.
  6. In Dianes Kitchen
  7. Invisibly me
  8. Lavender and Levity
  9. Lismore paper
  10. MakeItUltra™ Psychology
  11. Maranda Russell
  12. Not Just Tired
  13. Reclaiming Hope
  14. Tea with Jennifer
  15. The Arty Plantsman

7 facts about me:

  1. My name is Mishka, and no I’m not Russian😉 (people always ask). As I understand it the name is a term of endearment in Russian, like my little Teddy Bear, or dancing bear. Funnily enough, I love teddy bears.
  2. While I’ve lived primarily in California, I’ve also resided in Illinois, Utah and South Carolina. My heart belongs to CA, but each state has its own unique beauty.
  3. I’ve been in seven car accidents. I know right? That’s too many. 1) I was hit by a car at three (spent six weeks in hospital, discharged in body cast, fell a few weeks later and broke my arm…nickname thereafter was Grace 😊). 2) When I was about six my step-dad’s brakes failed, and we drove off a cliff and landed upside down in a tree (crazy scary but no injuries). 3) When I was about 18 my friend slammed into a center median and we flipped upside down, smashed in the top of the car and skidded backwards (I was the only one hurt, but not badly). 4) I was side swiped (not a biggie but seeing her coming toward my son in the backseat was terrifying, luckily, we were all okay). 5) I accidently rear-ended a DEA agent in the middle of his sting (this one still makes me chuckle, mostly because well…Grace). An elderly couple was driving erratically, and I slammed on my brakes to avoid hitting them, my car skidded into the undercover agent. He wasn’t happy, but he remained graciously calm with me. 6) and 7) Rear-ended on the way to work in the same year (same year I got sick…not my best year).  So statistically I’m hoping I’m in the clear for car accidents now…
  4. I have the following diagnoses: Severe Fibromyalgia (this was my only diagnoses pre-MECFS (once MECFS came the rest of these came with it), Pernicious Anemia, Blepharitis, Frozen Shoulder (much better than it was), MTHFR (genetic mutation), Vestibular dysfunction (Central Nervous System and Inner ear), hypotension, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (MECFS), Normochromic anemia, Interstitial Cystitis, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, Tremors, Cognitive impairment, Migraines, Dyspepsia, Chemical sensitivities, Autoimmune dual positive (but no further testing yet to determine diagnoses), and after next month I’m betting there’ll be more as I have some more testing to undergo. I have four different diets from several different doctors I’m supposed to be following, but none of them jive. I also have approximately 140+ symptoms that I did not have pre-illness, July 2014. You know in a cartoon when they show a car falling apart and show all those little symbols around it? That’s how I would draw a cartoon of me. 😊 Despite all of that I still live my best life and take most of it in stride, tackling life one day at a time. In fact, a couple years in I picked up a watercolor paintbrush for the first time and decided to start painting so I would have daily positive memories to look back on and that part of it all has been a wonderful experience.
  5. My boyfriend and I have been together for 15 years. If you’re wondering why we aren’t married, I’ll share with you this… Both of our divorces could have easily been made into Lifetime movies. There are, of course, other reasons, but that’s a biggie.
  6. I don’t typically daydream, I know weird, but I’d love to go to a seaside weekend watercolor retreat. I do ponder how lovely it would be to be amongst other watercolor artists, drink tea, and paint. And as you can probably tell from that wish I’m not exactly the life of the ANY party. 😊
  7. And lastly, as you can see above I totally overshare, but only when I’m writing. Thank you to all of those who check in on my blog despite my ramblings about this and that and the other. In person I’m usually super quiet and shy.

Whelp that’s it folks, thank you for stopping in for a read! Please don’t feel any pressure to participate. I just wanted you to know I think your blog is great! As always here are a few more of my little doodles. Wishing those who participate in the holiday a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends this Thursday. My son will be grilling the turkey. This is a first for us so keep your fingers, and possibly toes, crossed it all goes as easily as the YouTube video promises! Otherwise there’s always mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes casserole, and I mean who couldn’t get full on those yummy dishes! 😊


36 thoughts on “The Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Congrats on the well-deserved award, Mishka! I hadn’t realised the car accidents totalled seven, that’s far too many for anyone to have to endure. I now feel awful for laughing a little that you rear-ended a DEA agent mid-sting! I think a weekend seaside water colour retreat sounds amazing, and you’ve shared more lovely art this week, beautiful flowers & such a sweet butterfly. Thank you so much for the kind nomination too! 🙂
    I hope you have a lovely rest of the week xx

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    1. You’re welcome! It’s people like you that make blogging enjoyable! Thank you for stopping in and sharing your thoughts.🌸 Don’t feel badly for chuckling at the rear-ending, nobody was hurt, and I wasn’t cited because of the other people driving recklessly. It was an experience though. Thank you for the compliments! Hoping your week finishes off lovely as well. 🌻

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    1. You’re most welcome! I love your blog, always witty, always fresh content!

      There’s so much more to that story that I won’t bore you with but basically it took hours on the side of the road to clear everything up and at one point a guy shows up in a Camaro, apparently also part of the sting, in this crazy Hawaii print shirt. Needless to say he’s not happy because he went in alone.😬 My bad.😬 It was too much. Life does have a sense of humor.

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  2. Congratulations Mishka! You are so deserving of this award. I always look forward to reading your posts and seeing your beautiful artwork. I’m also called Grace quite often because I’m so far from being graceful…. 😂 I loved learning more about you through this. Thank you for the nomination also — I’m honored!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! (I hope the turkey turns out okay. 😊)

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  3. Congratulations Mishka & thank you for honoring me with a nomination! ♥

    Yay, now I have a name behind the title of your blog, what a beautiful name 😀
    It is lovely to know a little bit more of your journey.
    Wow all those car accidents & autoimmune issues!

    Is that painting you sharing your heart with the world 😉 ? So cute!

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    1. Oh you have no idea! I try to keep it mostly on the low.😁 But I will say it’s another reason I enjoy your blog, sometimes it really helps to know that despite trying to be the best humans possible, life is unpredictable and can be incredibly challenging. Surviving it all does create a certain sense of humor that I totally love!

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  4. Congratulations on this wonderful and well-deserved nomination! I really enjoyed reading your answers to the questions that was asked of you. I also want to thank you so much for nominating me for this award!! I really appreciate you thinking of me for this award and I plan to complete it by the end of the weekend!!

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  5. Congratulations on the award! And thank you so much for the lovely nomination 😊 It really is very much appreciated. I always love reading your blogs. So insightful. Lovely to read this post and learn more about you. I admire your strength and positivity, despite everything you’re dealing with, along with your ability to also convey how tough this chronic life really is. Oh my goodness, it sounds like you’ve had some pretty scrary experiences with the car accidents. Yikes! Love your watercolour paintings. Always nice when they pop up on my Instagram 😊🌸

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    1. Thank you, Emma! I appreciate your kindness! You’re most welcome for the nomination, you’ve been a great source of inspiration for me. I love your blog, the content, the real-life issues, and the valuable information have been a pleasure to follow along with. Hoping today has been kind to you.🌻


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    1. I’m sorry to read you have a frozen shoulder. :/ I don’t remember if I made a specific post about it. My illness leaves me with cognitive memory issues. I can tell you I did physical therapy, which I’m thankful for because it taught me how to stretch at home when the other side tried to lock down too. Hoping you’re able to get yours free. 🌸

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