Flattapuss Blog Picks.

This is so embarrassing. I’m three blog award posts behind. I don’t even know where to start. My negligence may leave me with no choice but to abbreviate some of the award acceptance duties, but I will do my best.

The first was the Liebster Award nomination which came from Trudy at Rendezvous En New York. I am sorry Trudy for how long it has taken me to get to this post.

The second award, The Real Neat Blog Award came from Annie Emmy Evans from Under and Over, Around and Through.

And last but not least is a second Real Neat Blog Award from Ritu at But I Smile Any Way.

For the Liebster Award I am required to answer some questions:

1. Why did you choose your blog topic?

I guess because my family makes me laugh, and I like to take the ridiculous things that happen and make them even more ridiculous.

2. Give one tip you have learned that has helped you be a better blogger.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, I don’t really know the answer to that. I’m still kind of winging it. I have gotten some helpful advice a few times from Raymond at Encouraging Life, for which I thank him.

3. Where else would you live if you had a choice?

I don’t know that either. I think during winter I would like to live in Florida or Arizona, but during summer, I am pretty happy here in Michigan.

4. How do you spend your time when you aren’t blogging?

There are endless things I like to do. I like drawing and cartooning. I also carve furniture out of large logs. I am an extremely social person, so I spend time with friends and family as much as I can.

5. What is your favorite television show?

Other than any documentary type show in Discovery or History channels, it would probably be The Middle . . . . Big surprise there, eh?

6. What would be your idea of an amazing weekend?

Wow, Its amazing how hard such simple questions are to answer. I think an amazing weekend would involve hanging out with my family and friends in a vacation type setting . . . maybe a beach or a cabin in the woods. . . . and a beer or two.

7. Do you have ant pets? Why or why not?

Yes, we have Cee Cee, the Persian cat, Lydia, the insane cat, and Pippi, a Greyhound rescue. I love them all, but they drive me crazy. I think they may not be replaced when the pass. My wife and I look forward to a house free of pet hair and litter boxes.

8. Introvert or extrovert?

Extrovert, although it may not be obvious to people right away. I’m just as content to shut up and listen as I am being the center of attention. But I have to be around people periodically or I go crazy.

9. What is your favorite movie?

Definitely Coen Brothers, probably The Big Lebowski.

10. Summarize your blog in one sentence.

Single Family Asylum is a celebration of all the ridiculousness that occurs in a family.

Ok, now on to the next set of questions from Annie:

1. 1.On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love June Cleaver?

I would have to give that a 2. I really don’t give poor June much thought.

2. Your mom just called. What do you do now?

Actually, my mom just discovered texting and it seems to be a novelty to her. She hasn’t actually called in quite a while.

3. Where in the world IS Carmen San Diego?

She is in Sydney, Australia with Waldo.

4. Coffee or Tea?

Coffee . . . Sooo Coffee.

5. Are you as cool as I am? If so, why have we not met yet?!

I don’t really consider myself as cool, so I guess no. My strength is in being easy going. And the next time you are in Southeast Michigan, we will meet for coffee . . . not tea, then we will have met.

6. Feet. Do they gross you out as much as they do me?

Yes, except for my own, but others people feet, ewwwww. I totally don’t understand the whole foot fetish thing.

7. A Prince song comes on the radio. Do you turn the station or turn it up and jam out?

That would depend on which Prince song and my current mood.

And now for Ritu’s questions:

1. Love or money?

Love, I’m quite used to living without money, life without love would be a wasted life.

2. Where would you ideally love to live?

Michigan summers and anywhere warm for winter.

3. Real book or electronic device like a Kindle?

This may come as a shock to people because I love to write, but I am not much of a reader at all. It’s not because I don’t want to be, I just have a brain that won’t let me stay on track for more than a page or two. But I think if I was more of a reader, it would be real book.

4. Who is your biggest inspiration?

Probably my dad. He taught me through his actions to respect and value every person. I got some of my humor from him.

5. Do you have a pet?

Two cats, and one Greyhound.

6. How important is family to you?

My family means everything to me. They keep me grounded, I can tend to get a little crazy when left to my own devices. They are what I live for.

7. What has been your best ever blogging day?

Probably my first like and follow . . . . “Hey! someone actually likes the crap I just wrote!”

Well, that takes care of the questions. Here is where I am going to drop the ball. I am just going to give my normal Flattapuss shout outs to some blogs. I haven’t the energy to figure out who to nominate for which, and come up with more questions. I apologize sincerely.

Now before I list the Flattapuss Blog picks for this week, I want to say that there are sooo many good blogs out there, and I have such a short attentions span and time to find all the good blogs. I have read some of your blogs and thought, “that will make a good Flattapuss pick,” and then forgotten completely the next day. I also tend to pick blogs that don’t quite seem to get the attention they disserve. If your blog has a bazillion followers or regularly gets a dozen or so likes per post, I tend to think you are doing pretty good without my endorsement, but that is not a hard and fast rule either.

So here are the Flattapuss Blog picks:

This blog, Shop Girl Anonymous is about wording and managing retail stores. This is not something that I would normally read. I am a tree trimmer and I hate shopping. But what I like about this blog is that Shop Girl actually makes a discussion on the world of retail, interesting. Anyone thinking about or currently working in retail should seriously check out this blog. If you are not seeking a career in retail, you might actually enjoy the posts anyway!

It is actually not easy to make me laugh, but this guy has done it. He has a strong following . . stronger than mine by a long shot, but I like his blog and Paul seems like someone I would like if I met him face to face. Anyhow check out The Captains Speech

Now in the interest of providing variety and not just always picking blogs that run along the same line as my own, I will venture into new and unfamiliar territory here. This next blog is . . . well, rant . . . sometimes rant extreme. I see ranting blogs around, so if a good uncensored opinionated slap in the face is what you’re after, Drakanewh
might be your blog.

Another blog from the makes me laugh category is The Ranting Monkey. Monkey’s A to Z challenge never fails to make me chuckle.

And finally, “Great” Thoughts. This no-frills blog is pretty much the day to day goings on of a normal family, but I love how Andrew will sneak bits of his humor into what would be an otherwise simple description of his day.

Give these blogs a gander and a follow!

Flattapuss Blog Picks.

I recently was nominated for my third, yes third Daydreamer Award. This nomination comes from Baffled Baboon, to whom I am grateful.


I’d like to say that three nominations for the Daydreamer Award is due to my wonderfully witty and thought-provoking posts, but I fear it may be due to the obviousness of my being an airhead. Either way, it is an honor.

However, being the third nomination for this award, plus some nominations for a few other awards last month makes for a lot of award posts. They each seem to require that I nominate other blogs in the award acceptance process. So I have decided that I will start posting weekly about a blog or blogger that has caught my eye, rather than blast you with a half dozen or so all on a single award nomination post.

I don’t have a ton of time for blog surfing. But when I do have time, I end up running into a blog that catches my eye, or through comments and such have become blogging comrades with the blogger. These are the blogs that will end up getting posted about on what I am calling “Flattapuss Blog Picks” (Flattapuss is the nickname my daughter gave to our Persian cat Cee Cee who just seems to look wise . . . . and slightly ridiculous).

So this week, the Flattapuss picks are . . . . . . .


 Properly Ridiculous, a light-hearted blog that has more than once forced a smile upon my face, plus I am a sucker for well placed GIF’s (I think that is what you call those little moving pictures).

And also Encouraging Life, Raymond has been very helpful from time to time when the blogging process has me ready to dowse my computer with gas and light it. And I like his posts about his pet turtles . . . . I like turtles.