Thunder…. downunder

I have been awarded the “Encouraging Thunder” award by Joey at Joeyfullystated.
Now, I have a little bit of an issue with awards (the main one being that I can’t keep up with them) however this is a new award and well, Joey was just so darn sweet about awarding it to me that I just have to accept.
And it’s an easy award to pass on as well. Continue reading

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 🙂

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 🙂