Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger

MeMee’s Musings  has gifted me the Versatile Blogger Award! I want to thank you, not only for the nomination, but also for the quality content you write. Please go check out this marvellous blog.

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. It’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you cannot figure that out, go to their nomination post and thank them personally.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly who you deem as versatile and excellent in their writing and nominate/award them with the Versatile Blogger Award. It is good practice to let them know of your nomination on their about page.
  •  Finally, share 7 things about yourself. The person who nominated you probably wants to learn more about you and so do your followers.
I Nominate the Following:
7 Things about Me:
1. I enjoy putting stripes of vibrant purple, blue and turquoise through my hair.
2. I love glitter and don’t consider it the VD of the crafting world.
3. I love David Bowie’s Black Star Album. It has been on high rotation.
4. I am still overwhelmed with messages of every description, but am learning how to deal with it!
5. I love fruit platters and lime and date power logs (with almonds and coconut flakes).
6. I am writing a new book, based on Sydney’s history, and the plight to save some of our landmarks in the 70’s.
7. I rarely sleep, and when I do manage to doze off, I am up again by 2am.

The Blogger Recognition Award!

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Thankyou to the brilliant Rob Goldstein for nominating me for this award. Your blog is astoundingly beautiful and your support of other bloggers is exemplary.

Here are the Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Provide a link to the award creator. I don’t know who it is, or I certainly would!
  3. Nominate other bloggers.
  4. State why you started your blog.
The Nominees:

Alex Raphael

Gentle Kindness

Teachez Well Blog

Dorinda Duclos

Wild Daffodil

Robert Okaji

Underground Energy

The Robyn’s Bird Nest

Chrisb-Jwordsandimages

Ramblings of the Claury

I started my blog to write about art, colour, books, and the myriad events and emotions we endure as human beings. It is quite a ride here on earth!

 

The Be Thankful Challenge

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The wondrous Danica has nominated me for the Be Thankful Challenge. I am thankful for this honour! Check out Danica’s blog for excellent content!

Challenge Rules

Share this image in your blog post
• Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for
• Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for
• Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

5 People in my life that I am thankful for.

I am honoured to have many beautiful people in my life, and am finding it difficult to narrow the selection down to 5!

I hereby will give a shout-out to those in the following categories:

1. Those who inspire me with their individuality and creativity. Those with whom I can talk for hours about art, literature, love and colour.

2. Those who have woken from a dark dream and have the battle scars to prove it. They woke up shackled and in the dark, and through their own efforts have broken the chains. These survivors are lighting their path. I am in awe and inspired by these courageous spirits.

3. The comedians. We all have those people who are irreverent and mischievous and make us smile. They make life worth living with their lightness of being.

4. The friends who are there in illness and in health. Those who seem to instinctively know that you require an intervention in the form of lunch or a walk.

5. The people you can be yourself with. No masks. If you are in pain, you don’t have to fudge it. You are accepted with your grief, sadness, joy and silliness.

5 Things I am grateful for in 2015

1. Home schooling my daughter. We have met many wonderful parents and kids and were warmly welcomed into the community. She has had many great opportunities as a result. It has been a thrill to see her flourish.

2. My beautiful friends. It has been a whirlwind of a year, and they have supported me and understood when I was snowed under.

3. Moving house. After five years in a place we have outgrown, we are looking forward to new adventures. I am looking forward to fresh energy and a new start.

4. I am thankful for the simple things. Sunshine,  tea cups and teapots, books and art galleries, bird song and guinea pigs. I am thankful for laughter and shelter and music. I am thankful I am still here.

5. I am thankful that I had a few little breaks away this year. Even a few days away  makes a world of difference.

I nominate the following to take part in the challenge!

1. The Confusing Middle.

2. Another Bad Conversation

3. The Colourful Kind

4. Life In My Tin Can

5. Know the Sphere

 

 

Awards!

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The amazing Dear Kitty has nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Please check out her thought-provoking content!

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?  The USA, Australia, Spain and the UK today!

2. What is your favourite sport? I am not much into sport!

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2015? So many! Going away for a friend’s 40th was special, as were the friendship’s made at a home schooling camp. Seeing love in action has made my heart glad.

4. What is your favourite quote? ‘Do not be sad that you have suffered…be glad that you have lived.’

5. What was your favourite class when still at school? English and Art (when I started Correspondence School after my back was broken). The Corro School believed in me and it showed!

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier? How to be assertive. How to say no and not give all of myself away.

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My fellow home schooler, A Momma’s View has nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thankyou my friend! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you have been missing out on some wondrous content.

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My questions to you are:

  1. What was the last concert you’ve been to? I saw a lot of theatre this year, more than concerts.
  2. Your favorite song? Too many to list, but included has to be anything by Sia, John Lennon and ‘Candy’ by Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson. Actually, most songs by Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithful and Cream.
  3. What annoys you the most? Don’t get me started! Greed, arrogance, narcissism, gossip, and selfishness in general.
  4. Your favorite food? I love vegetarian food, which is why I am one!
  5. What freaks you out? Heights.
  6. Fashion or sport? Fashion, darling! It has to be your own individual style though.
  7. What can you hardly say no to (or whom)? My daughter, birds and guinea pigs!
  8. Sweet or sour or both? I am more a savoury girl.
  9. Red, white or bubbly? I prefer a good hearty red.
  10. Would you rather be the superhero or the sidekick? Superhero!
  11. What kind of superpower would you like to have? To make people behave decently!

I nominate the following:

Confessions of a Broccoli Addict

My OBT

Honey Quill

Albinssons Foto

Ordinary Adventures

Lovely Wounded Lady

Nicodemas Plus Three

Inside Charlotte’s Mind

Listful Thinking

Eat 2 Health

The Dreamery

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O at the Edges

dream big often

Learn to Love Food

In Depth

Telling the Truth

Holes in my Socks

Homemade with Mess

La Whimsy Writer

My Questions:

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  2. Favourite colour?
  3. What are you reading at the moment?
  4. What is your favourite animal?
  5. What do you dream about?
  6. What makes you laugh?
  7. Do you prefer silence or music?
  8. If you had nothing stopping you, what would you do?
  9. If you could talk to somebody who has passed away, who would it be?
  10. What would you say?

 

 

The Sunshine Award

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The beautiful Erika Kind nominated me for this lovely award. Please go and check out her blog. She is a dear and inspiring friend.

Rules for the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate a few other bloggers.
  4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  5. Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  6. Put the award button on your blog.

I nominate:

Lupey Loops

Passion through Poetry

Inside Charlotte’s Mind

Eclectic Ali

Alphabet Story

Mama Mick Terry

Living for Creativity

Afternoon of Sundries

Here are the questions:

1)    Which decade do you miss the most?

The 60’s. Such a hopeful time.

2)    To which poet do you feel most connected to?

So many! Local poets such as Irina Dimitric-Stojic, Brian Bell and also  Eva Poetex and A Fullness in Brevity amongst many other fine poets.

3)    Your spirit cartoon character/TV show artist?

Casper!

4)    Your favourite indulgence when in stress?

Bubble bath, red wine, candles and lavender essential oil!

5)    How has your blog helped you the most?

It has given me a platform to speak from my heart, which I am so grateful for. It has also given me many lovely friendships with fellow bloggers.

My Questions are:

  1. What has blogging given you?
  2. What do you do when you are under stress?
  3. What music do you love?
  4. What advice would you give new bloggers?
  5. What artist inspires you?

Liebster Award

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Dear Lily June has nominated me for this wonderful award! I am so thankful, my friend. Thankyou!

Here are the Rules:

  • Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated me and include the Liebster Award sticker in the post. [Check! See above!]
  • Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts. [See below!]
  • All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers. [Oops! I have no clue. Oh ye, gods of the Liebster, forgive me and be merciful.]
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator, and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer. Or, you can repeat the same questions. [I’ve got my own, thanks.]
  • Copy these rules into your post. [Done and done.]

I have no idea how many followers I have, as I don’t follow the stats. I am just very grateful for you all!

Here are the Questions asked of me:

  1. Have you ever experienced deja vu before? If so, when? I have had many experiences with deja vu. When I am going into the city, meeting strangers and also when my senses are heightened, I get the distinct feeling that I have done it all before.
  2. Do you believe deja vu comes from premonitions into the future or recollections of a false past? If you look into quantum physics, our time-line continuum doesn’t exist anywhere else. It is quite fascinating that you may be sensing people who lived a century ago and they may be thinking of those who come after them at the very same time.
  3. What’s one day or moment in your past you wish you could relive over and over again (in the style of the film Groundhog Day)? The day my I found out I was pregnant and the day she was born.
  4. What’s one day or moment in your past you’re glad you only had to live through once? So many! The day of my fall, the many spinal surgeries, etc. Sadly, I still have nightmares and flashbacks on occasion.
  5. What’s one thing you never get to do, but wish you could? I haven’t been able to skate, ride a bike or horse since my spine was broken, and really wish I could do those sort of things with my daughter.
  6. If you were to have one thought every year on your birthday, what would it be? ‘I am incredibly blessed.’
  7. If there were a day every decade you could indulge in any vice, habit or hobby with no consequence, what would you choose? (Caveat: You can only indulge in it one day every decade, but as much as you want that whole day.) Probably try my luck with a flutter! In everyday life the consequences of gambling aren’t worth it.
  8. What’s the best part of growing up/getting older? Feeling comfortable with who you are, and not accepting any nonsense.
  9. What’s the worst part of growing up/getting older? I have to work hard to keep my bones strong. I definitely feel more pain due to prior injuries.
  10. If you were forced to stay one age forever (a la Kirsten Dunst in Interview with a Vampire), what age would you choose? The age I am now.

Here are my nominations:

An Ordinary Miracle Day

Van by the River

Never Less than Everything

Musings of an Old Fart

Mrswhatzername

Diana’s Adventures

Skinny and Single

MyOBT

Tessa can do it

Gabriel to Earth

Lovely Wounded Lady

MoonshineXoXo

Your Questions:

1. Describe what a perfect day would look like to you.

2. What is your favourite animal and why?

3. Favourite piece of music?

4. Favourite film?

5. What is your favourite beverage?

6. What is your favourite colour?

7. Tell me about your blog; when you started it and why.

8. Do you like driving?

9. Which season do you prefer?

10. What is your favourite meal?

11. What is the motto you live by?

Real Neat Blog Award

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Dear Kitty has nominated me for her Real Neat Blog Award! Thankyou my friend! She writes: “Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)”

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

The United States, Australia, UK and Canada. Also heavily featured are Spain, Japan, Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy and many more beautiful places!

2. What is your favourite sport?

Um, I don’t have one! I was never a sporty kid, although I admire many sports people. I do like baseball. There is something quite magical about it, as depicted in Field of Dreams and the movie about Babe Ruth.

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2015?

So many! Celebrating my daughter’s birthday, beginning our home schooling journey, watching my daughter play Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, happy times with friends, and starting work on Siren Empire, a beautiful website.

4. What is your favourite quote?

I have many! A recent favourite is, “My life is perfect, even when its not”-Ellen DeGeneres.

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

Art and English.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

To love myself, and be kinder to myself.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

Keyboards.

My nominees are:

  1. an ordinary miracle day
  2. once upon your prime
  3. Serendipity
  4. Memoirs of a Childhood
  5. Dream and Dazzle
4. Favourite quote?
5. Favourite song?
6. when did you start your blog, and why did you start it?
7. Are you nocturnal or do you have the most energy in the day? 

Challenge-In Thy Future

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The wonderful Robert M Goldstein has nominated me for Challenge-In Thy Future. Thankyou Robert! I am truly honoured to be nominated by a blogger I look up to so much!

  • Thank the bloggers who nominated you. Thank you!!
    • Link back to the challenge creator, Carolina and Yesterday After so she can track your progress.
    • Share 5 things about your future (jobs, kids, marriage, travel etc). Then one day you can look  back and find out how psychic you really are.
    • Tag 5 bloggers and put them up to the challenge.

Here Goes!

My Future

1. I will travel to New York, Paris and the UK by 2017.

2. I have published a series of children’s stories and also a fiction book.

3. I feel strong and healthy, and sleep well!

4. I am happily living in my forever home. My garden is a bounteous and wild array of herbs and flowers.

5. I am content. Everything was leading up to this point of eternal joy.

I nominate the following:

Fourth Generation Farmgirl

Little Sprinkle of Me

My OBT

Daily Echo

The Robyn Birds Nest

 

Premio Dardos Award

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The Premio Dardos Award exists to acknowledge the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

The beautiful Erika Kind nominated me for this award. Please go over and check out her wonderful site.

Award Rules For The Premio Dardos Award:

  1. Include the Premio Dardos Award Picture and the name of the person that nominated you (Include a link to their blog)
  2. Nominate 5 other blogs and notify them!

I nominate the  following:

The Confusing Middle

The Dreamery

Memoirs of a Childhood

The Empathy Queen

The Bippity Boppity Beautiful Blog

 

Sunshine Blogging Award Challenge

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The wonderful Afternoon of Sundries has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thankyou my darling friend!

Now the rules are simple, I must nominate 10 people, thank my wonderful nominator, and create questions of my own!

Here are the questions asked of me:

  1. If you could channel your soul into a spirit animal, what would it be and why?

A bird. My soul has always been simpatico with these whimsical creatures.

2. Who do you secretly stalk online?

I can honestly say that I don’t follow anyone in secret. I only have interest in those that are in my life as friends.

3.What is your power outfit? The getup you wear to make yourself feel confident!

It would have to be a black or red dress, little heels and colourful jewellery. Oh, and red lipstick. It makes me feel brave!

4. If you could make one wish consequence free, what would it be and why?

To have millions of dollars. I could do so much to help the people I love!

5.What musical instruments are you proficient in, or wish you were proficient in?

I wish I could play the guitar. I think that its easier to learn an instrument when you are a child. I would like to learn how to read music one day!

6.What is your guilty pleasure TV show or movie?

Bewitched, I love Lucy, One Foot in the Grave, 6 Feet Under for TV, and Its a Wonderful Life, Les Mis, Wings of Desire and Far Away, So Close for movies.

7.What is your favourite food?

I love Italian and Indian food.

8.What book is your favourite read and why?

I loved Enid Blyton as a child, and was rather startled as an adult to uncover that she was a miserable and vicious lady! Anything by C.S Lewis, Ruth Parks, Alice Sebold, and many more!

9.What do you do for a living?

I have done many things; worked in health food shops, been in promotion, copywriting, been a published author and speaker. I am finishing off a series of children’s books with my daughter and work for Weekend Notes and Siren Empire.

10.What languages do you speak?

English, and that’s it, I’m afraid! My daughter picks up languages easily so I may ask her to teach me!

I nominate the following:

My Personal Teen Life

The Secret Kingdom

The Chicago Files

Finder’s Keepers

Antonio Westley

Underground Energy

Dianne Gray Author

That’s Another Story

Petals Unfolding

Matt On Not-Wordpress

Here are a list of questions for you!

  1. What is your favourite song?
  2. Favourite Colour?
  3. What is your favourite quote?
  4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  5. Favourite movie?
  6. What brings you happiness?
  7. What  was your favourite age and why?
  8. Favourite season?
  9. Favourite animal?
  10. Favourite Author?