Monday, June 27, 2011

Feel-Good Moments are the Best

Like most things, a writer's world is full of ups and downs. When a friend comes along to sweeten the pot by giving me an award just to say she cares and wishes me all the best, those are the moments that keep us going. Brenda Sills just awarded me the Sweet Blog Award. Yipee! Brenda has a great blog already and she just started. Check it out at

Now I get to tell you 7 random things about myself: (Gulp! Feeling exposed.)

1. Get ready to ooh and aah. Soooo cute. I just had grandbabies number 12 and 13 within 24 hours of each other. Grandmothering is the best. The oldest is only six. We had four boys born in the same year! And my youngest of six children just graduated from HS so we're not through yet! (Sorry--I couldn't get the picture to turn.)

2. Best weight-loss tip: long hours of physical labor. I learned to use power tools that I never imagined using while building our house. Wish the weight would have stayed off once life returned to normal. Here's the mosaic tile mural I created on a wet bar backsplash. I cut all the pieces with a tile saw.

3. My passion for writing exploded once we were settled in our new home. Finding a great critique group made all the difference in the world. Before that, music composition was how I spent my free time. I took a music composition class for non-majors at BYU (very intimidating). From then on it was learn by trail and error. Several of my works have been performed in our church choir, among other places. Music (many kinds) brings me joy.

4. I had a double wedding (technically back-to-back) with my sister who is one year and one day older than I. We never forget one another's anniversary or birthday.

5. I graduated from BYU with a BS in Clothing and Textiles. They don't even have that major listed today. Yes, I can sew but I don't do it much anymore. Moving on to other things.

6. I don't watch much TV but we do get Netflix movies. One TV show I like is Chopped. I've entered a few cooking contests and won a laptop computer when they were brand new. It was a tiny thing that printed on a roll of tape. The model was outdated by the time it arrived in the mail. The recipe was a cookie using Triscuit crackers. I was this close *pressing fingers together* to winning the grand prize of $10,000. Oh well! 

7. I've traveled to 15 countries. 11 of them were in a single trip with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir when my husband sang with them. We spent our thirtieth anniversary in Italy with my sister and brother-in-law (mentioned above). I'd love to write a story set in Florence or Venice sometime.

Thanks for stopping by and getting to know me better. Thanks again to Brenda Sills. She got me a couple new followers. Now it's time to pass this award along to five blogging buddies who's blogs you'll want to check out and follow:
Rebecca Clayson -
Tamara Passey -
Carolyn Frank -
Congratulations, Friends!
To claim your award:
1. Copy and paste the award to your blog. 
2. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
3. Share seven random facts about yourself.
4. Pass the award along to 5 deserving blogging buddies.
5. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.


franklycreative said...

Thanks for the award. And thanks for the heads up on my blog's lack of commenting ability. I haven't touched a thing and it seems to be going hay-wire lately.

Angie said...

Thanks for the award, Renae. I love your list. That backsplash is amazing! You are so talented. I am a little jealous of your travels. How fun to travel with your husband in the Mo-Tab. That's cool.

Renae W. Mackley said...

Yep, very cool. Can't wait to read your randoms things as well.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats on the award. It's really making the rounds. Gotta love it.

Stephanie Faris said...

Last summer our house was destroyed by the Nashville floods...I spent the summer helping rebuild the house. It did build some muscle but it SUCKED for my writing time! I just couldn't find the energy or time to do anything. Once we were back in, though, I was a writing fiend. I think we have to be settled a little...although if I'm ever a full-time writer I'll have to find a way to work even when my life is in chaos.

Renae W. Mackley said...

Sorry about your house. I know what you mean. I pretty much gave up writing the year we built our house. Then it really took off for me. Thanks for commenting.

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Michelle Chapman said...

I love watching chopped too, and your mosaic is beautiful. I had no idea you were a woman of so many talents. Your grandsons are so sweet!

Brenda Sills said...

Oh my! It was so much fun to read all these things about you! I loved it! And thank you so much for all your kind words about me - you really made my day!
Whoa! You are so amazing! I can't believe you made that backsplash - it's so beautiful!
What adorable, precious grandchildren!
Oh, how I wish I could travel all over! Italy must've been amazing!
You rock for winning in that cooking contest!
What a wonderful post!

Renae W. Mackley said...

Thanks again, Brenda. Thanks for the comments, everybody. Everyone has some interesting or wonderful things to share about themselves and a blog is a great way to do it. Let us continue to be inspired by one another!