I was going back through correspondence I’d kept to follow up yesterday and came across an award from Honey at A Slice of Heaven in Sweden. It’s probably going to be the surprise of her life now I’m popping up with the award she sent me so long ago! Apologies for the delay, Honey!
She has gifted me the Dragon’s Loyalty Award which I really, really appreciate. It’s great to know that other bloggers enjoy your work. I am going to amend this site when I can find an appropriate theme so that I can isntall a gallery of photos of blog awards.
I am not in a position to pass this on to anyone else and again, I apologise. However, I’m battling severe sciatica again and a series of sleepless nights, so I’m feeling really, really tired and struggling to keep my head above the parapet.
Things will settle down, they always do, but the fatigue is really clogging my head so I’m dealing with material I’ve had on hold for a while, rather than trying to produce any prolonged writing.
Just to wind up, i think it is so good that bloggers encourage and support one another – a kind world to counter the rather difficult circumstances we see around us so often.
Love to Honey and to all of you who are kind enough to read my blog and also to those who take the time to comment.
Today I am sorting out awards people have gifted me , so I’d like to thank Don Charisma for granting me Most Influential Blogger Award. I love these awards as I think, as I’ve said before, they show the great camaraderie which exists in the blogging community. So thanks, Don, you’re a great blogger, a generous man, and someone who’s always ready to offer a helping hand to anyone who needs support in any way.
I am supposed to offer a connection to my favourite music and so here’s a link to “At the River” by Groove Armada. It’s lovely, laid-back, dreamy summer music with the refrain throughout: “If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air/Quaint little villages here and there”, words taken from Patti Page’s original recording of “Old Cape Cod”.
I am supposed to nominate in turn ten bloggers for this award but, as I have health challenges, I prefer to work with five nominees which I can handle. So here are my five nominees for interesting blogs which are worth looking at:
If any of those nominated don’t accept awards, that’s fine, it’s up to each individual and what you feel comfortable with. I personally can’t handle all the rigmarole or controls that come with some awards so I amend my response to what I can handle within my abilities.
Have a great day, everyone, hopefully not as windy as here in North Cyprus, where we have sunny skies, bright sunshine and a really strong wind which at least keeps the temperatures down!
I am delighted that Shelley at http://livingwithshadows.wordpress.com has nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. thank you, Shelley, I really appreciate you thinking of me.
It’s always an honour when fellow bloggers nominate you and, for me, it serves to underline the friendliness, kindness and mutual support that exists in the blogging world.
I am also delighted to say that I have finally worked out how to get images into the widget boxes and managed it first time today, a miracle indeed!
I have decided, in order to manage awards when they’re kindly granted to me, to do what I can within my health challenges, so I am sticking to nominating six blogs that I really, really enjoy and which light my life when they turn up in my e-mail inbox. Apart from Shelley’s blog, here are my six nominations for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers:
Chrissy writes delightful posts which really lift my spirits when I open them up. She’s also into crystals, like me, so is obviously a great gal!
Amy posts wonderful photographic images which always amaze me with their brightness and creativity. Plus she loves dogs!
Brigid writes about organic gardening and is a fount of wisdom on plants, growing plants, organic gardening, facts about plants, and so on. Fascinating stuff which I pass on to my husband as he has green fingers. Plants look at me, then wilt and die!
Rita writes beautiful poetry and offers lovely wisdom which I so much appreciate when I read her posts.
Ayse posts lovely poetry and quite stunning watercolour images, mainly of herself and occasionally of places and people. I drool with envy when I view her images.
Mary writes about the world of art – sometimes about the paints themselves, sometimes about activities in the world of art, sometimes philosophical posts about artists and the creative beings within us. Good stuff.
And now for the final part, and at least with this award you don’t need to think about questions, they’re provided:
Answer these ten questions…
Your favourite colour …. Purple – what else?
Your favourite animal … I don’t have a favourite animal, Iove my cats and dogs, just love animals and have done since I was a kid. My mum said she used to dread movies where an animal died because there’d be a great wail from me, plus floods of tears, and she’d have to take me out to calm me down!
Your favourite non-alcoholic drink …. Swags of coffee
Facebook or Twitter …. Facebook. I’m on Twitter but by sheer serendipity, have no idea really how it works.
Your favourite pattern …..Dip out on this, I hate patterns, much prefer plain colours.
Do you prefer getting or giving presents?….I love getting presents and I love giving presents equally.
Your favourite number … 3 – it’s my numerology number
Your favourite day of the week …I love every day of the week.
Your favourite flower …. Gazanias. They are so bright and cheerful, very sturdy and even I can’t kill ’em off!
What is your passion? ….. My art and photography. Kindness. Tolerance. Love.
I am delighted to be the recipient of additional awards from fellow bloggers. They are:
The Inventive Blogger
The Dragon’s Loyalty Award
Best Moment Award.
I’ve taken ages to get myself organised to respond to these nominations and I feel very honoured that fellow bloggers have thought enough of my blog to bestow these awards on me. I’ve taken ages to get organised as, for the life of me, I couldn’t work out how to get the awards up and running in the widgets sections, and then all of a sudden it clicked. The problem is that, when I’m a bit knocked around, as I have been since the dogs skittled me and I had a bad fall, and I’ve been suffering from sciatica and sleepless nights, the fibro fog flares up. Head fog is well known with fibromalgia and it really stuffs up clear thinking. So today, since I’ve got the widgets organised, I’d like to thank:
Don Charisma, http://DonCharisma.org
I have to be honest – I know Don awarded me two of the awards but who dished up the third is a mystery and I apologise to that person profusely.
I’m pretty much repeating this on my art blog, but I’ve had to adapt the requirements to what I can handle given my health challenges.
Three things I have given to people:
1. I offer advice, support and help if someone is in trouble.
2. I smile at everyone I meet as I remember the story (may be one of those rumours, but what the heck) of a man who committed suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge and when they checked his room, they found a note that if someone smiled he wouldn’t jump.
3. I give people hugs because hugs are great!
And ten things about me you may not know:
1. I was born with pigeon toes and my feet were in splints until I was 18 months old to force my ankles to turn out. Mum told me she was devastated until she visited the children’s ward and saw kiddies with feet turned backwards who’d have to have major surgery to correct their feet’s direction.
2. I loved visiting my mother’s parents as a kid as I could wander in woods and fields, even though it was near the centre of London.
3. I loathe animal cruelty.
4. I love cheese sauce on cauliflower or in macaroni cheese.
5. I have lost 2 inches in height as I’ve suffered back damage which is mortifying as now I’m much shorter than my husband!
6. I have written stories and articles all my life.
7. I am good at learning languages – French, German, some Indonesian, and a smattering of Turkey, but German’s my first love.
8. I graduated from Bradford University with a B.A. (Joint Hons), 2.1, in French and German interpreting & translation, French & German politics and economics.
9. My German economics teacher told me my dissertation was very good but incredibly boring (I agreed!)
10. I have lived in or visited or travelled through thirteen countries. I’m a firm believer in travel opening the mind to the fact that people around the world are pretty damned brilliant.
I’m supposed to nominate other bloggers but I’m going to do that on my blog, The Crazy Crone’s Artsy-Fartsy Studio, http://thecrazycrone. org.
A while back, I was nominated for “Versatile Blogger” award by Rita Kowats whose blog, Spirituality Without Borders, I follow. It’s lovely to be honoured in this way, and now here are my own fifteen nominees for the award. These are blogs I follow, enjoy and think have great content. I am a bit late posting this but have had some health challenges since I got skittled by one of my dogs and had a bad fall. I am, therefore, not in a position to notify each person individually so I hope all the blogs I’ve nominated recognise their name. To all these bloggers – thank you very much, you have enriched my life!
Each blog nominated is requested to nominate a further fifteen blogs which helps publicise all those who diligently blog about so many different subjects. Here’s the link:
I know that Painting Pundit has been nominated by someone else but I wanted to include her as part of my list because she writes such interesting and varied material around art and the world of art.
If you’re interested, look these up as their blogs are great to read and very informative. I love the way the blogging community supports each other so generously and in such a good-hearted manner.