On awards

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about awards and I’ve come to the conclusion that whilst I love them, I just run out of time to actually do them justice by acknowledging each one as I receive it.

So with this post I am going to acknowledge each award that I have received in the past few weeks and write a bit about the blogger who nominated me in lieu of receiving and passing on each award. Doing awards (although fun) is time consuming and due to the number of awards I receive (and that I am truly grateful for) I’m not sure if I am going to be able to continue to receive them. So without further ado, here are my awards for the past few weeks.

Field of Flowers Award
field-of-flowers-awardIsn’t this just the most beautiful award? The lovely Shaun from Looking for Reasoning to a Complicated World nominated me for this. This award was created by Patty at petitmagique

I have created this new award because there are some people who I would give a field full of flowers if I could. Not just a couple of flowers… No, a field full of them. Because they can use it, to thank someone or because they simply deserve it. Flowers give color, flowers say ‘I Care’ and flowers are nature’s gift to us. You give them to show someone you care or to celebrate something. Just spreading a little love and care.

I am incredibly blessed and flattered to receive this award from Shaun who is a pretty good all round bloke himself. He described me as “Big heart. Good fun. And really cares”. I would say exactly the same thing about Shaun. Please check out his blog.

One Lovely Blog Award
one-lovely-blog-award2Nominated for this award by the most lovely Linda G Hill . What can I say about this lady other than she is such a beautiful soul and writes from her heart. Linda is a devoted mother and is concerned about the world we live in and society itself. Please check out Linda’s blog here.

Dragon’s Loyalty Award
doncharisma-baby-dragon-tabasco-loyalty-awardMy friend Don Charisma has blessed me with this award. Ahhh DC my friend, what other things can I say about you that haven’t already been said a million times? Don loves his photography with his iPhone and takes some awesome photos. He is not afraid to share his opinion but does so with charisma and a certain sense of style. If you haven’t already checked out Don’s blog, you should do so. You can find my friend Don here.

The Inventive Blogger Award
doncharisma-org-the-inventive-blogger-awardThis award was created by Don Charisma (there’s that name again) and this is the second time I have received it. This time I was awarded this by the wonderful Eric from Hunt FOR Truth on WordPress. Eric is a man of great faith who looks to share his discoveries in regard to science and faith on his blog. You can find Eric’s blog here.

Excellence Award
Awarded this once more, I am overwhelmed to receive it again. This time from Irene at irenedesign. Irene is a wonderful and caring lady who lives in Spain. Although English is not her first language she is always there with an encouraging word on every post. Irene is not only beautiful in spirit but she is also creative and you just have to browse her blog to see her handiwork.

Lighthouse Award
Shaun has nominated me once again for an award. I’ve already told you what a great guy Shaun is, but I haven’t told you that he lives and breathes football (or soccer for those of us uneducated and living outside of the U.K). Thanks once again my friend for thinking of me with this award. I appreciate your online friendship and your wacky sense of humour.

Inner Peace Award
inner-peace-awardI am truly blessed to once more receive this award. This time I received it from My Ongoing Struggle. This beautiful young lady lives in the U.K. and has been through some rough times in her short time here on earth so far. Going to school and having a disability is something that many of us don’t have to live with but she lives with this each day – and each day she grows and blossoms. 🙂 Please check out her blog here.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers
sister-hood-awardThe most gorgeous Empathy Queen nominated me for this award. I’m so pleased to be part of the sisterhood of wonderful bloggers out there. (sidenote: Dear Nav – not all sisterhoods are evil 😉 ). As part of my Fellow Blogger series, I had the privilege of interviewing this lovely lady who is kind and beautiful and above all empathetic. You can find her blog here.

Last but definitely not least:

Shine On Award
Isn’t this just the sweetest award? I received this award from Annie at Experiment in Trying. Annie loves to laugh and to read. I think that is an awesome combination. Annie hasn’t been blogging for very long and would love everyone to check out her blog.

Whew! That was quite a job and a half.I am so grateful to every one of you who bestow awards upon me and as most of these awards request that I give 7 random facts about myself – here they are:

  1. I have heard my phone ping me twice now with a message but I don’t feel like getting up to go and check it just yet
  2. My cat scratched me earlier. She wasn’t happy because the Tween chased her to pick her up.
  3. I got my first job when I was 12 working at McDonalds (can’t get a job these days unless you are 14 years and 9 months now).
  4. I love watching MKR (My Kitchen Rules).
  5. I like eating Weiss Fruito bars when it is hot. (Guess what I am going to eat when I finish this post)?
  6. I have started work on the Tween’s quilt for her bed.
  7. I used to love eating Choo Choo bars when I was a kid

Have a blessed day all 🙂

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Outside, the weather is showery. We don’t mind at all. It has been so dry lately that the grass has been developing huge brown patches. So it is only fitting that today I thank the following lovely people for nominating me for the Sunshine Award:

Shaun from Praying for One Day
Irene from irenedesign2011
Carol from Pills and Pillow Talk
Irene A. Waters from Reflections and Nightmares, andDon Charisma

There are some beautiful variations on the badge for this award so I am going to display them here and my recipients can choose the one they like best.

sunshine-award-sunflower3 sunshine-award-sunflower2 sunshine-award-307x307 sunshine-award sunshineaward

Here are the rules:

– Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
– Link to the person who nominated you.
– Answer 10 questions about yourself.
– Nominate 10 bloggers.
– Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

Generally, this award has requested that you give ten random facts about yourself. Since I’ve random-facted myself out of random facts, I have decided to go with Shaun’s idea of answering ten questions. Much easier than wracking this addled brain right now.
So here goes:

Favourite food: Anything I don’t have to cook myself
Favourite actor: George Clooney
Favourite TV show: Chicago Fire (right now. It changes because I’m fickle)
Favourite tear-jerker: I bawled my eyes out in The Book Thief but also in Mamma Mia (go figure)
Favourite sport: Tennis
Lucky number: 7
Tea or coffee: Tea
Holidays: Road tripping
Twitter or Facebook: Facebook (although I’m getting used to Twitter)
Favourite Christmas movie: The Santa Clause

Now I have to choose ten recipients. I find it difficult to know just who does and doesn’t accept awards these days so if I nominate you and you don’t accept awards, I apologise.

I nominate:

Kerrianne from ??Journey or destination??
Susan from Putting in a Good Word
A Day in the Life
Laura Macky
Dave from Deliberating Dave
Val from Find Your Middle GroundApril from Finding Beauty in Spite of Myself
Me – Who am I?
B from Idiot Writing
Nav from The Mirror

Each one of these people add some sunshine to my life and there are so many others of you who do also. My apologies to those I’ve missed this time around. I have a heap more awards to get to and I will do so (I promise).

Have a blessed day all


On Awards and this weekend

Hi all!!
It’s Saturday and my heart is so happy. I love the weekends. I’ve had a bit of a big week with this back/head thing. Yesterday when the head spins started, I made a frantic call to my GP who worked back late last night so that she could see me. We ruled out what wasn’t causing all my symptoms – head spins, ringing in my ears, fullness/pressure in my head etc. My blood pressure is perfect. My eyesight is good (not perfect. If  it were perfect I wouldn’t wear glasses) and I don’t have an ear infection.  After the spinal xrays the other day, my chiropractor has identified that the vertebrae in my neck are not aligned correctly. (He also found a fractured vertebrae in my lower back that is the cause of a lot of pain). I have had two chiro sessions so far and two more booked next week. My lower back is going great but my head issues still prevail. I have a referral to an ENT specialist if things don’t settle. My GP also mentioned the possibility of Meneire’s Disease. Let’s just take things one step at a time.

So this weekend, I have made a promise to myself to step away from the computer. I currently have 800 blog notifications in my in-box. I am trying to catch up but I don’t think I will make it. I am going to schedule some posts and I will be back to comment later this evening and possibly tomorrow morning HOWEVER this weekend is about me and my family. I am going to finish the quilt I started last week and start planning one for the Tween’s bed. I am going to take the Tween up on the offer for her to teach me how to play chess. Although I have no way of knowing if she is teaching me the correct way, I won’t really mind. I am going to read some of my books and magazines. We are going shopping for her school supplies (have I ever mentioned how much I love stationery stores? Okay, maybe once or twice 😳 ). I am also going to go to Spotlight to look into the Project Life stuff I blogged about yesterday. (I have a little Christmas cash I can put toward it). I might get some photos from last year printed out. I am going to spend time with my animals as well. Little Madiba is beginning to find his vocal chords and has begun little trills every so often. He loves when I stand beside him and whistle. 🙂 I am also going to pull out my short stories and work on them a little. So they are my weekend plans.

Now… awards!
I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I love receiving awards and I love passing them on however in my effort to step away from the computer a little, I need to re-think how I am going to do this. I currently have seven awards awaiting my acceptance. So what I am going to do is accept all of these awards right now, put them in my awards gallery and start afresh. I want to thank each and every one of you for these awards.

Blog of the Year Award


Awarded to me six times by Don Charisma and also by Eric (Hunt4Truth on WordPress), Mikee (pray.love.live.laugh) and Irene (irenedesgin2011). Thank you to you all. 🙂

Inventive Blogger

This award was invented by the wonderfully inventive Don Charisma and I am honoured to be one of the first ever recipients of this award. It has also been awarded to me by Mikee. Links to the blogs of both of these amazing people is above. 🙂

The LAZY Not Freshly Pressed Award


Invented by Laura Macky I was awarded this by her. Thank you Laura. 🙂 I trust I have not over-exerted myself in accepting this. :mrgreen:

The Lighthouse Award


An award I am truly blessed to receive. The premise behind this award is just wonderful and many, many other fine and inspirational bloggers before me have received this award. My eternal gratitude and huge cyber hugs go to Julie (The Nocturnal Laundress) for this award. Please check out Julie’s blog. She is a wonderful writer and a beautiful soul.

The I’m Not Featured on Freshly Pressed Award


Every blog should have this award adorned with the mug of Don Charisma on it!! Because every blog is deserving in many different ways. In actual fact, I am awarding this award to every person who reads and likes this post. 🙂 All the details for this award can be found here: http://doncharisma.org/2014/01/01/the-im-not-featured-on-freshly-pressed-award/

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


I think this is the cutest award and I have been awarded it once again 🙂 This time by the lovely Nia at Nia Simone, Author. I  like this graphic as much as I like the other one. Thanks Nia. Please check out Nia’s blog as she not only writes, but dabbles in photography as well! And she’s good at both!

Last, but definitely not least is:

The Excellence Award


Awarded to me by the beautiful soul that is Irene at Irenedesigns 2011.

I want to thank each and every one of you for thinking of me. I am truly blessed to have you all in my blogging life. You make me smile. 🙂

See you at the other end of the weekend (apart from the Fellow Blogger posts, they will go ahead as usual).

Awards – Part 3


Oh wow!! I have more awards to accept and pass on to others. This time Eric at Hunt FOR Truth on WordPress has nominated me for the Awesome Blog Content award. The rules for this award are a bit of fun.

1. Display the logo in a post
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back.
3, Using the alphabet, describe yourself in a word or a phrase.
4. Nominate eight (8) deserving bloggers and inform them of the nomination.

Describing myself:

A is for aging (unfortunately a fact of life) B is for blessed C is for creative D is for daydreamer E is for evolving F is family oriented G is game (I will if you will) H is for helpful I is for introspective J is for just (a fair deal for all) K is for kind L is for loving M is for music (I love it) N is for naughty (we all have to break the rules sometimes) O is for overwhelmed (which I am quite often) P is for perseverance Q is for quiet times (got to have them) R is for relaxation S is for sweet tooth (yep, got one of them too) T is for travel (I love travelling) U is for undulating curves (bwahaha – got a few of them) V is for voracious (reader and writer) W is for witty (NOT) X is for eXisting Y is for yawning (generally beginning just after dinner) Z is for zebras (along with giraffes I love these animals).

Now comes the hard part – choosing 8 of you to pass on the torch to for Awesome Blog Content. And my nominees are (should you choose to accept it):

Jennifer Windram

Aewl’s Abode – Meanderings of a twisted mind

Laura macky – Journey of a body on this earth


Prayers from Prison

Nia Simone, Author

The Mockingbird in Me

Welcome to Aussie Emus World

And now on to another special award. I have been awarded the Dragon’s Loyalty Award by Jennifer Windram.

ImageThis award is another first for me and I am so thrilled with it. I read up a bit and found that this award is a combination of both the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award. I looked at the title and I thought about the word ‘loyalty’, so in the spirit of this word, I am awarding this to regular readers and commenters on my blog who brighten my day with their cyber friendship.

The rules of this award are:

1. List 7 things about yourself

2. Nominate 7 other blogs for this award

Hmmmm another 7 things 😛 I’m beginning to think my well may have begun to run dry on this one but I’ll do my best.

1. I very rarely wear dresses preferring shorts, pants or skirts

2. I love giraffes (but then I already mentioned that above in my ABC facts)

3. I don’t like summer. I prefer winter where I can get myself warm but in summer it is so hard to cool off

4. I think golliwogs are cute. I grew up reading Enid Blyton so I love them

5. I like to people watch. The human race is an intriguing creation

6. I used to have a canary called Birdy

7. I still carry a handkerchief (hankie) every day

Okay, now that’s out of the way… let’s get on to the fun stuff – nomination time

Susan at Putting in a Good Word

April at Finding Beauty in Spite of Myself

Eric at Hunt for Truth on WordPress

Me – Who am I?

DC – Don Charisma

Irina from Irina’s Poetry Corner

??Journey or destination??

PsiFiGal at Dear Diary

I want to thank each one of you for making my days special and bringing a smile on my grey sky days. 🙂 You are all truly inspirational and deserve these awards. 🙂

More Awards – Part 2


I have been awarded the Sunshine Award and the Inner Peace Award by Ann Bell at Tales Along the Way. Once again I am blessed and appreciative beyond words. I have been following Ann’s blog for some time and find her writing inspiring, funny and insightful. I hope you hop on over and check her out.

Directions for accepting the Sunshine Award are:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their award  with a comment.
  5. Write 10 interesting things about yourself.

Here is my dilemma, I have so many awards to accept and so many blogs that I follow that I am going to combine my list so that those nominated may choose to accept both, one or the other or neither. It is completely their choice.


The rules for the Inner Peace Award are:

  1. Display the Award on your Blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you.
  3. Present 3 deserving Bloggers with the Award – “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their award  with a comment.
  5. Write a short piece on why you are accepting it

So here goes…. Here are my nominees for either/both of the awards

1950’s Memories of Suburban Adventures

The Commonsense Philosopher

A Holistic Journey

Spirit Lights the Way

appliedalliance – Nurturing Success

Be the love of life

Ten Interesting Things About Myself

What I find interesting you may find boring or vice versa… but here goes….

1. I collect Christmas ornaments, santas and decorations. The Garden Gnome just groans when he sees me bee-line toward Christmas displays. Although last year he bought me a beautiful little village with a ferris wheel for Christmas.

2. I love to take photos of animals, children and flowers. They are my greatest joy with photography.

3. I am very hard on myself and critical of my flaws. I am learning to love myself for who I am.

4. I love the sound of running water (but you already knew that). 🙂

5. I sometimes use sarcasm as a form of self defense.

6. I have lived in 27 different homes in my life.

7. I don’t like swimming in the ocean. (anyone seen Jaws)?

8. I love stationery stores.

9. Purple is my favourite colour.

10. I don’t feel my age.

Why I accept the Inner Peace Award

Inner Peace is something I am striving to achieve in my own life. I meditate, I breathe, I try to remember to stop and think before speaking. I honestly believe that to be happy within yourself and achieve inner peace, we need to look for the beauty in life and be grateful. We should explore our creativity through creative processes such as writing, knitting, crochet, sewing, art journalling, mixed media, photography….. whatever creates a sense of calm and purpose within you. We should love one another and show compassion and empathy. We should live our lives as we want others to live theirs. We should treat others the way in which we wish to be treated. When we do all this, then we can achieve a measure of inner peace.

Blessings to you 🙂

It’s Awards Time Once More – Part 1

ImageIt’s been a big week and one of the highlights was the Tween’s Primary School graduation. After their big dinner and dance, all of their families were invited to join them in the school hall for a final dance, presentation of certificates and a song. We were beyond thrilled when the Tween won an award (the very first ever) for Excellence in Japanese. My MIL was there and she began crying and we just cheered. It was so unexpected even she asked her friends if it was her name that had been called out. We are so very, very proud of her.

Not to be outdone, her mother has been receiving awards also. This time in the blogosphere. I have received so many that I am going to have to break them up over different posts. For this post, I wish to thank greengrowsdark an Glynis Jolly of Speculations Impressed for nominating me for the “Versatile Blogger” Award.

ImageRules for the award are:

“Thank the person/s who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy. Include a link to their blog/s. That’s also common courtesy. Next select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or have followed for some time. Pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent and nominate those 15 blogs/bloggers for the award. Finally tell the person who nominated you, 7 things about yourself”

Okay, I know I’m cheating by doing two together but I reckon you’re going to be sick of seeing awards posts from me after I am done, so combining them together is best for both of us.

I just want to add that I am incredibly honoured and touched at these blog awards. It means so much to me that the meanderings of my mind are touching something within you all.

So here are my 15

Cindy Knoke

Chris Martin Writes

Dance Like a Robot

Englishman in Italy

GiSt Creative

Greet Grief

Hope* the happy hugger

Just An Average South African

Maxim Sense



The Beauty Along the Road

The War in My Brain


vic briggs

Each of these blogs has something different to offer and all offer their own unique perspective on life. I hope you check them out. You might another blog that you like in there.

Now 7 things about me:

1. I kick my shoes off as soon as I walk in the door each afternoon

2. I am generally in bed by 9.30pm each night (I’m up by 5am the next morning though)

3. I once tried to bring on labour by jumping on a trampoline and taking castor oil (didn’t work)

4. I love ribbons and buttons

5. I never finished high school

6. I still have my childhood security blanket

7. I once trimmed the fringe (bangs) of my favourite doll (Lisa) and was devastated that her hair never grew back

And so ends part one of my Awards acceptances and passing on. Thankyou one and all for thinking of me.

Blogging Awards – I must be doing something right!

In the past two weeks, I have been the recipient of three awards. Wow! I’m gobsmacked that you all enjoy my words so much. I want to display these awards in my sidebar but haven’t worked out how to do it yet. If someone can give me an ‘idiot’s guide’ I would be indebted. I can’t give you my first born (mainly because she’s taller than me now) but I can give you my gratitude. Continue reading