Barnabas Award

I’ve been nominated for this award by Lydia Potter on October 10th, 2019!!

THANK YOU, LYDIA! I’ve been nominated for the Barnabas Award!! It’s a new one for me. Please check out and follow Lydia Potter at !!

โ€œYou have been chosen for this recognition because of the encouragement and inspiration you bring to your readers.โ€œ

The way this works: Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog. Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them. List five things about yourself. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.

(Barnabas was a historical figure who appears in the Bible. Click here for Bible verses about him!!)


5 things about me:

  1. I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is God!
  2. I like to read books, especially Christian books.
  3. I enjoy watching baseball.
  4. I’m not into playing sports.
  5. I highly anticipate the Second Coming of Jesus Christ my Lord!!


5 questions asked by Lydia:

Q.1. Who in your life is your biggest encourager?

Jesus Christ my God, Who is my Encourager and Comforter at all times!!

Q.2. How do you see yourself as being an encouragement to others?

It’s not much, but I try to encourage others by writing my posts and sharing other bloggers’ good stuff!!

Q.3. When was the last time someone gave you words of encouragement?

Today, by my valuable blogging friends!

Q.4. When you are down, what encourages you to get back up and keep pressing on?

God’s promises, written to us in His Word the Holy Bible.

Q.5. Who was your greatest encourager when you first accepted Christ?

My family! (I hope that counts as one! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


5 bloggers who are an encouragement and an inspiration to me are…

Lee Duigon

Elijah Holston

Keziah E.


Elisha McFarland

(Of course, there are many more, but five’s the number!)


5 questions to my nominees:

  1. When was the last time you helped somebody?
  2. What time of the day do you usually blog?
  3. When was the last time you drank a cup of coffee?
  4. What was the starting point of your blog?
  5. What is your favorite kind of weather?


That’s that! Thanks again for this wonderful award, Lydia!!

G’day t’y’all!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Versatile Blogger Award X 2 [+ Bonus!]

I’ve been nominated by Newblogger20 on July 30th and by Elisha on August 19th!!

I’ve been nominated for this new award (for me), the Versatile Blogger Award, by Newblogger20!! Thank you so much, Newblogger20!! Please check out her fantastic blog!!

Also, I’ve been nominated for this award by Elisha!! Thanks a lot, Elisha!! Check out his great blog as well!!

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The Rules of This Award:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
Share 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.


7 True Facts About Me:

  1. When I started this blog, I didn’t really know what I was doing. But now I see this as a way to spread the good news, the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
  2. I am a fan of Lee Duigon and his Bell Mountain books.
  3. I enjoy looking at rain.
  4. I like to eat black sugar.
  5. I read the Bible every day!
  6. I think baseball players are cool, and…
  7. … I don’t have a yo-yo… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ … (So what?? ๐Ÿค”โ“)


My nominees for this are…

Lydia Potter

Elijah Holston

Lee Duigon

Mr. Holliman

Mrs. Holliman

Jacquie A. Bradford


Keziah E.

Pastor Jim

Joah Pearson

Jack Flacco

Rosy Marr

Steve McLeod




Thank you again, Newblogger20 and Elisha!!

Have fun doing this, nominees!



Bonus Feature:

(This is not part of the award post)

What Does This Look Like??

This is a piece of cabbage on a salad bowl. What does it look like?


The Blogger Recognition Award #2

I’ve been nominated for this award by Lydia Potter on July 14th, 2019!!!

Thank you so much, Lydia, for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award!!! Please visit and follow her God-glorifying blog at: !!!

The Rules for this Award:
1. Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominatorโ€™s blog in your post.
2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
4. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

How My Blog Started…

‘Twas the year 2018 when, on Lee Duigon’s blog, I saw a funny picture of a madman who thinks he’s Napoleon. I then thought about writing a story about that man. Then Lee Duigon said that I should share the stories on a blog of my own. That’s how my blog started! You can find out more at: Lee Duigon was my first viewer and he posted the very first comment on my blog!!

Please read The Bell Mountain Series by Lee Duigon!!

Here are my two tips…

  1. To make your blog grow, visit and follow others and make friends with them!!
  2. Check your spam box often to see if some good comments got stuck in there for some reason. Just be careful of real spam comments and spammers.


I hereby nominate…

Keziah E.

Lydia Rose

Elijah Holston

Elisha McFarland



Pastor Jim

Ryan Callahan

Jacquie A. Bradford

Renee Greene

Ilona Madam

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Thanks again, Lydia! This was so much fun!

Thanks for reading, folks! And see you soon!

Stay tuned for “The 300th Post”!!!!!

Randomness Award

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I was nominated for this new award by Keziah Hofmann on May 31st, 2019!

Sorry for being so late to do this, but hooray! I have been nominated the Randomness Award by Keziah! That makes six awards in May! Thank you so much for nominating me for the Randomness Award, Keziah! Please follow her blog at:

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you, Keziah!!!
  2. Then answer the questions asked by your nominator.
  3. Then you must nominate 5 people and ask them 10 questions.

Questions from Keziah:

1. Which do you prefer: DC or Marvel, if you are into either of them?

Hmm… I like Marvel now, but when I was younger, I liked the DC comics hero, Superman. I have watched several Marvel movies, but not recently. I don’t read the comics. Iron Man’s pretty cool!

2. If you could do anything right now, what would it be?

I would like to be translating a Christian book.

3. Would you rather be told when you died 10 minutes before, or years before?

I can do more things for Christ in a few years time than in 10 minutes, so I’d rather be told when I will die years before.

4. What do you think should be invented?

Centipede detector… to lessen the worries.

5. What is your favorite subject/s in school?

I like English and history.

6. Do you play sports, and if so, what kind?

I don’t usually play sports, I’m a stay-at-home type of person, but I like to play catch and watch baseball. I also like to play ping-pong (table tennis).

7. If you could meet anyone in the world who lives now or used to, who would it be?

It would be pretty cool if I met Shohei Ohtani. But Someone whom I want to meet more than “Show-time” is mentioned in the next question…

8. Say someone built a time machine. Where would you go?

I would go to Jerusalem when Jesus was on earth. I really want to see Jesus Christ the Son of God in person, my Savior, the King of kings and LORD of lords.

9. What is your favorite natural color?

My favorite natural color is green. I just love the green color of nature, especially during and after it rains.

10. What is one of your favorite memories from when you were under the age of 8?

Going to a fun amusement park with my family at the age of 7.

My nominees:




Jacquie A. Bradford


Questions for my nominees…

  1. Do you keep your blog a secret from anyone?
  2. Have you ever met a famous person?
  3. What’s your favorite movie?
  4. What country do you live in?
  5. Do you have any brothers or sisters?
  6. How did you find my blog?
  7. Can you play any musical instruments?
  8. What is your dream for the future?
  9. How long have you been blogging?
  10. Are you a funny person?

Thanks again, Keziah! I really enjoyed doing this! God bless you and your family!


Liebster Award #3


HOORAY!!! I was nominated the Liebster Award by Lydia Rose on May 31st, 2019! Thank you so much, Lydia, this is my sixth award!!!!!! Please visit and follow her blog at: (Her password is LydiaR!)

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  1. Say “Thank you!” to the blogger who nominated you and post a link to the nominator’s website.
  2. Answer the questions on your own award post.
  3. Nominate five lucky bloggers and notify them.
  4. Make up some more questions and ask them to your five nominees.

Lydia’s Questions

Q.1. – If you had to make dinner for your family, what would you make?

Hmm… I would make mac and cheese and salad! Simple is best for a slowpoke like me!!!

Q.2. – Have you ever gone to an amusement park?

Yes, a few times! I’ve been to some Japanese amusement parks (never overseas), for example Greenland (not to be confused with Denmark’s domain near Canada) and Tokyo Disney Resort (Been there twice!๐Ÿ˜Š).

Q.3. – What’s one of the scariest things you’ve done in your life?

Some of the things I do are kind of, er, creepy, for example I think about something funny, and then I laugh or smile at the spot, and the folks around me look at me and say “Are you alright?” That’s kind of scary, isn’t it? (Playing an instrument in front of many people is also pretty scary! Taking an exam and having an interview also give me the creeps!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ)

Q.4. – What’s one of the stupidest things you’ve done in your life?

Ah, that is a hard question, for I can write a big fat autobiography of stupid things I’ve done in my life! Therefore I must give more than one answer!! Here are a few examples…

Episode 23 (or so): When I was about 3 years old, I stuck a green Tic Tac into my nose!! ๐Ÿ‘ƒโœจ You bet I smelled that Tic Tac alright! (Don’t worry, it’s gone now.๐Ÿฝ)

(Well, not exactly the things I did, but here are some of the stupid, or should I say comical, things I said…)

Episode 329 (or so): When I was a tot, my dad and I were looking at the stars when my eyes fell on the crescent moon๐ŸŒ›… “Daddy, where’s the other half?”… (In the refrigerator, of course!๐Ÿง€)

Episode 863 (or so): My mom and I were walking down a sidewalk about a little more than a decade ago when I saw something on the grassy ground next to the sidewalk. “What’s that, a finger?…” ‘Twas a piece of bread, thou fool. ๐Ÿฅ–๐Ÿค“

(Back to the foolish actions!!!)

Episode 39,668 (or so): I was walking in a room, when I bumped into a chair. And what did I say???… I said “SORRY”… to the chair!!! ๐Ÿค”โ“

(And here’s what crowns them all!!!)

Episode 43,987 (or so): It was a hot and humid night on May 11th, 2019…

Mom was doing something in the hall, when I heard her utter an exclamation. Instinctively, Jay and I rushed to the hall to see what’s going on. And there, near the shoes, wriggled a big bad ol’ centipede. I must say I couldn’t resist a shudder at the sight of the minuscule monster (Well, 15 centimeters, or 7 inches or so, approximately, is not so minuscule, but I wanted to use that word for some reason). There we stood, gazing with horror at the insolent intruder, when Mom grabbed the “bug tweezers.” But then I decided to make a stand. “Mother, you can leave this to ME!!!” And so I took the tweezers from my mother, and slowly crept towards the creepy creeper. And then I struck!!…

“Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap,” went the tweezers as I tapped the tweezers on the centipede (I don’t know what I was doing, I should have just grabbed it and flushed it in the toilet or something). Well, it wasn’t availing much, so I tried harder (Wanted to chop it in half, I suppose…) But that was my undoing…

“TAP, TAP, TAP, TAP, POING!!!” went the centipede as it was flung by the impact of my stupid “bug tweezers.” “HEY!!! Where did it go!!?” yelled Jay. “What are you doing?” asked Mom, incredulously. (Don’t blame me, blame the tweezers!) “Duh… defeating the centipede I guess…” said I (Actually, I didn’t, duh…). And so we looked for it, and Mom found it wriggling near the door. She picked up the centipede with the tweezers and took it to the forest where it should belong. Well, thankfully no one got hurt, by God’s grace. I have learned some lessons from this singular incident… Leave it to the professionals, don’t do something you’ll not sure you can do, and don’t embarrass the “bug tweezers” anymore!

Ah… despicable me… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Q.5. – Have you ever broken a bone? If so, how and what?

Okay, I will now make an announcement: I have never broken a single bone in my life! That saves me from having to write a long answer! And I hope I never will… unless my stupidity gets the best of me… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  1. What’s your favorite flower? (You can choose more than one answer!)
  2. What are your hobbies?
  3. What is your favorite song? (Y.C.C.M.T.O.A.!)
  4. What is your dream for the future?
  5. If you have to keep only one thing, what would it be?

Thank you once again, Lydia! I had a great time doing this, and I hope my nominees have a good time as well!!

Here’s a little note to my dear readers: I will be taking a break from my blog for a few days, so I might not be able to reply to the comments quickly. But I’ll be active on Lee Duigon’s blog and others’! And I’ll do reblogs once in awhile!

P.S. – Today (June 7th) is the 36th week of my blog! I won’t be doing the “Sth. Weeks” posts for awhile. And another thing is that this is my 260th post!

P.P.S. – June 16th is Father’s Day! So I’ll write a short Father’s Day message here:



Please enjoy yourselves with the other 259 blog posts that are in the Archives! I’ll be happy to hear from you. Thank you so much, guys, for all the comments, follows, Likes, and views! Check you later, and happy blogging!

Yours sincerely, and God bless you!!!๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒŸ


Sunshine Blogger Award ๐ŸŒž

I’ve been given this award by Lydia on May 30th, 2019! Thank you, Lydia!

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Lydia Potter! Thank you so much, Lydia, this is my first Sunshine Blogger Award! Please visit and follow her blog at:



  1. Thank your nominator and post the link to the nominator’s blog.
  2. List the rules and put the award logo on your award post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and notify them.
  5. Ask them 11 new questions.


1 – Do you have any food allergies?

I don’t think so, but I am allergic to housedust and mold. (I used to have asthma.)

2 – When was the last time you had a bowl of cereal?

Hmm… I don’t remember the exact day, but I might have eaten a small amount of cereal in May only once. I almost always eat toast in the morning. I ate cereal almost every day when I was younger.

3 – What is your favorite cereal?

My favorite cereal is the O-shaped chocolate-coated cereal by Kellogg’s.

4 – What is your favorite flavor of chips?

That’s a hard question! I think my favorite flavor is sour cream and onion chips. I also like barbecue-flavored chips and cheese-favored chips.

5 – What is your favorite meal containing pasta?

My favorite meal containing pasta is spaghetti! Spaghetti with meatballs and parmesan chesse on top! Just imagine! Ahh… Bon appetit…๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ

6 – Do you enjoy cooking? If so, why?

I don’t really enjoy cooking, mostly because I don’t really know how to do it. Mom does all the cooking. Mom helped Jay and me make curry rice and oyakodon (egg and chicken on rice) before. But I can make salad!!

7 – Do you prefer fast food or sit down restaurants?

I like fast food restaurants because the food arrives fast. We usually sit down at fast food restaurants.

8 – What is your least favorite fruit?

Although relatively I like all fruit, I don’t really like grapefruit. It’s kind of sour for me…

9 – Have you ever had food poisoning?

No, not yet!

10 – What is your favorite month of the year?

My favorite month of the year is December, because I like to reflect upon the blessings that God has given us that year, and I like to have the fire going on YouTube (I recommend Babu’s Relax TV!), drink hot cocoa, watch The Polar Express, play board games, and read in the last month of the year. I like the comfortable atmosphere of the season, in spite of the coughs, the sneezes, the bitter cold that causes the common cold…

11 – Have you ever seen the US White House in person?

Nope, just on TV… but who knows? I might be living there someday! ๐Ÿ™‚




Lydia Rose

Ilona Madam

Jonathan Caswell

Elijah Holston

Ryan Callahan

Godly Chic Diaries

Aashutosh Jha





  1. What’s your favorite CD?
  2. If you like baseball, or know a little about it, who’s your favorite baseball player? (It can be someone you know only a little about.)
  3. What’s your favorite sport?
  4. What’s the highest mountain you’ve ever climbed?
  5. If you’ve gone fishing before, what’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
  6. Which do you prefer: fish or meat?
  7. Who’s your favorite actor? (You can choose more than one if you want.)
  8. If you could be a king or queen, what would your name be?
  9. Would you go to the moon for 12 million dollars?
  10. Who’s the hero of your life?
  11. If the doorbell rang, and you went to the door, and if you saw Bigfoot standing in front of your door outside with a sunflower with a “FOR YOU” tag on it in his hand, would you receive the gift, or slam the door in the face of the crazy cryptid?


Thank you for reading! And thank you again, Lydia!!!

Signed: Joshua M. Swanson

๐ŸปAnimal Award๐Ÿ˜บ

I was nominated on May 23rd, 2019. That makes 3 awards in one week!

I was nominated the Animal Award by Newblogger20!!! Thank you so much, Newblogger20! Please follow her blog:!!!



  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions given.
  3. Nominate 3 or more bloggers.
  4. Tell your nominees the good news.
  5. Make up some of your own questions about animals.
  6. Pet your animal. (I don’t have a pet, so I petted my brother. ๐Ÿ™‚ )



1.What animal are you scared of?

I am not ashamed to say that I am dreadfully afraid of the centipede. One of the reasons why I don’t like summer, is the invasion of centipedes in the house, and of course the heat. First of all their appearance is very frightening, and they sting (I’ve never been stung by one of those… not yet anyway… ๐Ÿ˜จ).

2.What’s an animal you love?

CENTIPEDES!!… No, what am I saying?? I really love the cat, especially kittens. I also love bears. Why? Well, I think they are kind of cute. I like the picture above, do you?

3.What’s an animal you would like to see in real life?

Ah, yes, the brachiosaurus. I would like to see the brachiosaurus (or any other dinosaur, excluding the spinosaurus, T-Rex, “Indominus Rex,” and “Indoraptor”…) with my own eyes. Also, seeing a mosasaur or a megalodon in the sea would be awesome, as long as I’m not in the sea…

4.What’s an animal you would NOT like to see in real life?

As I mentioned before, I would NOT like to see a spinosaurus, a T-Rex, an “I-Rex,” or an “Indoraptor” (The dinosaurs in quotation marks are fictional, they will never be seen alive by any human eyes… boy, what a relief.) But what am I doing talking about extinct (well, most likely extinct, but I’m not sure about that…) animals? To be more realistic, I DON’T WANT to see a 20-foot long centipede, I can tell you that!!!




Elijah Holston

Joah Gabriel


  1. Let’s say that you are suddenly face to face with a wild lion. What’s the best thing you can do in that situation?๐Ÿฆ
  2. I must say that this is a little gruesome, but what’s your favorite animal TO EAT?๐Ÿท
  3. If you could be an animal in a world of anthropomorphic animals, what animal would you like to be?๐Ÿป
  4. Would you exchange your 2018 diary for 5,000 chickens?๐Ÿ“


That’s all for now, folks! I would like to say another “Thank you!” to Newblogger20 for nominating me for this fun Animal Award!

Have fun, my dear nominees!

Mataneh (See you again), everybody!

Adios, amigos!

See you later, alligator! ๐ŸŠ


(I hope no one has emoji allergies…)