Sunshine Bloggers Award #7

Mel of Crushed Caramel has nominated me for my 7th Sunshine Blogger Award. You must check her blog. It is amazing. Thank you so much. I really feel honored to be given this nomination. Thanks again, Mel.

The Sunshine Blogger Award has some rules:

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.

• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

• Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Mel’s Questions;

1. IF YOU AND I WERE GOING TO DANCE TOGETHER – WHAT SONG WOULD IT BE TO?

Clap your hands if you’re happy!

2. HAVE YOU MADE ANY CONFESSIONS IN YOUR BLOGGING POSTS ABOUT MOMENTS OF MADNESS IN YOUR LIFE OR TIMES YOU WERE ALMOST IN TROUBLE WITH THE AUTHORITIES? (I know that some of my nominees have shared a long list of their confessions already, so please do pick the most outrageous!)

I have only confessed to one vice, Ad-vice! You can read about it here!

3. WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL OR MEMORABLE DISH YOU HAVE EVER EATEN?

Couscous with olive relish, it was amazing.

4. ARE THERE CHARACTERS FROM ANY MOVIES OR NOVELS THAT YOUR FRIENDS COMPARE YOU TO?

Not to my face!

5. ARE THERE ANY QUALITIES YOU ADMIRE IN OTHER PEOPLE AND WISH YOU HAD TO A GREATER EXTENT?

Many. I wish I could control my spending urges, I also want to be slim and to be giving.

6. HAVE YOU ANY EXPERIENCE OF ACTING, SPEAKING, SINGING OR DANCING ON A STAGE?

As a kid, I used to act in plays, make speeches and also directed a play we were putting on. As a grown up… nothing.

7. APART FROM REMOVING ANY PARTICULAR POLITICIANS, IS THERE ANY ISSUE OR PROBLEM IN THIS WORLD THAT YOU FEEL PASSIONATELY YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE?

Countries trying to solve everything by force. I would love to see the ongoing conflicts resolved peacefully.

8. IF I WERE TO MAKE YOU YOUR DREAM CAKE – WHAT WOULD THAT CAKE BE?

A sugar free, gluten free chocolate fudge cake. It has to be calorie free, since it will be my ” dream” cake.

9. WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW MORNING? (other than than any particular politician being abducted by aliens)

All conflicts have been resolved in the world and all countries have destroyed their nuclear arsenals.

10. HAVE YOU EVER HAD AN INTERNET ROMANCE OR AN INTERNET CRUSH YOU WERE TO SHY TO CONFESS?

I was too old for a crush when internet was invented.

11. YOU ARE ON MY LIST OF NOMINEES BECAUSE YOU CONSISTENTLY MAKE YOUR POSTS INTERESTING, YOU ARE FULL OF PERSONALITY AND YOU SUPPORT THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY SO MUCH – BUT TELL ME, ARE YOU LIKE THIS IN REAL LIFE?

I try to be. But I am sure you would be imagining me in your mind in a certain way, and if you see me or meet me it would be totally different.

Since the Questions Mel has asked me are very interesting, I am asking my nominees to answer the same.

My nominees; Are all of you. Anyone interested in answering these questions is offered the Sunshine Blogger Award. Please feel free to join in the fun. I would like to invite people who are new to blogging world, to join in, answer these questions so that we know a bit more about you.

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Sunshine Bloggers award #6

Another nomination by Tom of the Slumdog Soldier for the Sunshine Bloggers Award!

The rules are;

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.

• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

• Notify the nominees about it on one of their own posts.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Thanks a lot Tom, for this nomination. I am honored and truly grateful. Tom is writing a great blog. Please visit and check it out for yourself.

His questions for me;

1. Where are you from?

I am a citizen of the world. I consider the entire world as my home.

2. Do you think of yourself more as an early bird or night owl?

I can be both. Some days I am an early to bed and early to rise person, though I doubt that I gain any wisdom or wealth from it! And there are days that I don’t sleep till wee hours of morning. In both cases I use my time writing my blog.

3. What is your birthstone?

I think it’s Topaz, though not sure.

4. What’s your favourite season of the year and why?

I love it when seasons change. Those are my favorite times.

5. What’s a favourite quote that’s really inspired you?

Cheer up, things can always be worse.

6. If you could choose one fantasy world to visit for a day, which one would it be?

Hogwarts!

7. How do you like to wind down after a busy day?

Curl up on the couch with a decaf coffee and do some blogging, while my husband is sitting next to me binge watching some violent series. I give him company and he gives me company. And we do our own different things !

8. What would your dream job be?

A taster for a four star vegetarian restaurant.

9. Why did you start blogging?

I had no intentions of blogging but a friend of mine started a blog on WordPress and to read her posts I made an account on WordPress. And every time I would open the app it would invite me to start my blog. And one day, in a move that even surprised me, I did start my blog.

10. What have you enjoyed most about blogging so far?

I love the fact that I can write what is in my mind and in my heart. Also that people here are so generous and supportive that they make you feel like part of the family, blogging family.

11. Which of your own blog posts would you recommend to new readers first?

I am like a mother, I love all my posts for one reason or the other. If you have time, please read all of them. I have one regular post, the one that I have conceived, and written from my heart, almost everyday. Other then that, I do write for daily prompts, but I try to write them with a message in them.

My Questions;

What quality you like best in others?

What quality you like best in yourself?

How important is your blog to you?

Do you think that your blogging personality is different from your real life personality? ( Borrowed from Fandango)

You have won a free vacation, all expense paid. Where will you go?

Which is the most played song on your playlist?

If someone paid you to write a blog for them, will you?

What is one thing you like best about blogging?

Do you think people should do their own thing or conform to the expectations of others?

We have been bust destroying the nature and polluting it. How would you reverse the situation?

If your country is invaded by aliens, what would you do?

My nominees;

The Eclectic Contrarian

Sonofabeach

The bag Lady

Smell the coffee

Suziland too or obtuse childhood

Wandering of an Elusive Mind

Sanah of A pause for Nature

Salted Caramel

Not so modern girl

Thoughts for Change

Fun with Philosophy

I want to say a couple of things.

1: If I have already nominated you for an award, and you told me that you don’t do awards, I may have forgotten it and done it again. So please disregard this nomination and accept my apologies!😛

2: If any of you are not interested in this award and its accompanying formalities, please feel free to disregard this nomination.

I am so grateful to all my blogging family for the continued support. Thanks a lot. If anyone else wants to take up this nomination, please do. I will be very grateful.

#Keepitalive

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Sunshine bloggers award #5

Monaminga has nominate my blog for another Sunshine Bloggers Award.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!

The Rules:

1.Thank the blogger/s who nominated you.

2.Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and list the rules.

3.Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.

4.Nominate 11 bloggers you want to give the award to.

5.Ask the bloggers 11 questions of your own.

Thanks a lot Monaminga for nominating me for this award. I am truly grateful to you. She is a unique blogger. You should visit her blog. I am sure you will love it. Sorry that it took me a long while to do this blog post.

Here are her questions for me;

1. What’s your favorite place in the house, why ?

It’s the lounge, I sit, write and relax here.

2. Do you have a pet ? What is it ? If not why ?

No pets. Once we had a few chickens as kids but they all died. So no more pets.

3. What is the first thing that you do when you wake up ?

Grab my phone and look at all the various notifications.

4. Where do you see yourself in ten years ?

Sitting here in my couch and blogging, that is if I am still around.

5. Tell us a joke.

I went on a diet and lost all the weight I have gained in the last thirty years, ha ha ha ha!

6. What was the last movie you saw ? How did you like it ?

Crimes of Grindelwald! I loved it. Not because it’s a very good movie, but because I love the whole Harry Potter saga! And J K Rowling!

7. What do you think about Woody Allen’s movies ?

Nothing much of them.

8. How do you live your spirituality ?

I meditated every day.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve been given ? Who gave it to you ?

My father used to say, “You can not cross the bridge before you come to it” I try to follow this advice and not worry about a problem before it arises.

10. What / Who are you most grateful for in your life ? Why ?

I am grateful for have an excellent man as my father who guided me so well in life till he lived . I am also grateful for my husband who supports me in whatever I am doing in life and my kids, because I love them so much.

11. If you could take only one thing on an isolated island, what would it be ? Why ?

My smart phone with all the apps for Kindle, food delivery etc!

My Questions;

Which one, do you feel is your best post?

How do you get inspiration for writing?

If given a choice would you choose traveling by train or ship?

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Which would you say is the best part of your life?

How was life in childhood for you?

Are you a coffee person or a tea addict?

Food that you cannot resists?

What should be the first thing a child be taught?

How are you enjoying blogging?

What are your ambitions for your blog?

My nominees;

1.Culture shocks

2.Jade M Wong

3.Live etc

4. Meditation in Motion

5.Message in Stanza

6. Musings

7. Optimistic Soul

8.Racquel Writes

9.The Wild heart of Life

10.Two on a rant

11.A dad trying to cope

As I know from my past experiences, that some of you won’t be able to accept the award. But congratulations to you all. I am hopping that some of you would accept and pay it forward!

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To play or not to play

I am going to write about something, I need to understand and want you to give me your feedback on.

My blogging journey is about three months old, give or take a day or two. So I am just a baby in all the affair of this world. The rules are simple but there is something that I cannot fully understand.

What are the etiquettes governing the award nominations?

I love getting nominated for the various awards. I feel very encouraged and honored to receive an award. For me it is a sign of acceptance and recognition. I very happily accept these awards, thank the person who nominated me and whenever I can manage, I do the required acceptance post, with the Q &A, nomination and any other requirement that it may have. So far so good.

The confusion starts when I nominate someone for the award, as I am supposed to do. It has to be around 8-11 people. Not knowing all the rules of this nomination business, I nominated blogs from my limited knowledge of them and waited in anticipation for their responses. And here came the confusion!

Some people acted as anticipated, they accepted the award and went on with the whole process. But some Bloggers didn’t even acknowledged the nomination. And yet there were others who politely refused the award saying that their blog was ” Award Free

That was okay, well and good. But how does one know who to nominate and who not to? That is my question today, for which I would appreciate feedback from you all.

And I have a feeling that there are more Bloggers like me who are in this quandary.

I would be happy if this is clarified! I am going to nominate that blogger with a :

Clearing the confusion Award!

Waiting for you guys to throw some light on the issue.

Note; This is a light hearted post. No offense is intended!

#Keepitalive.

Solidarity Blogger Award Nomination

Solidarity Blogger Award Nomination

SIWO (Success Inspirers’ World) is an International Friends Blogging Forum. The idea is to encourage team work and to blog together as a community. As an international friends blogging forum, Success Inspirer’s World provides an opportunity that every blogger is looking for – the opportunity to get more exposure and find more followers and readers.

The Rules:

1. Write a post on your blog thanking the person who nominated you.
2. Paste the award in the post.
3. Provide a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
4. Tell Success Inspirers’ World, SIWO what you think about solidarity blogging. Is it worthwhile?
5. Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and inform them.

Mystery Blogger Award

Carly, of Message in Stanza has nominated me for the mystery blogger award!

I wish to thank Carly for choosing my blog for this honor. I am truly grateful to you. Thanks a lot. You should go and check out her wonderful blog!

WHAT IS THE “MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD”? :

“The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for unique bloggers with witty messages. The blog not only captivates but inspires and motivates. They are one of the best bloggers that exist, and they deserve all the recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who have fun and inspire people in their blogs; and they do it with love and passion.”

Creator: Okoto Enigma

The prize is called ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ because the meaning of ‘Enigma’ is ‘mystery’, so it bears the name of its creator. In addition, it is a very appropriate name because there are many blogs that are still a mystery for all of us and when we know them, they result in being extraordinary.

RULES;

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10- 20 people.

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9.Share a link to your best post(s).

Three things about myself;

1. I love my newfound passion, blogging

2. I like changing weather, from summer to fall, from winter to spring. It gives a feeling of newness to everything.

3. I love reading books.

Her questions;

1. If you could live in any time period from the past, when and where would you live?

I am happy in the now, and here.Though we are curious about the past but now is where everything is happening. And going to the past may bring feelings of regret.

2. What makes you get angry the fastest? (Inspired by Philosphy’s question)

My pet peeve is when people are unkind, unthinking and tread upon the rights of others, including me. It makes me angry enough to voice my feelings. Some people don’t like it and it can embarrass my friends or family who are with me at the time!

3. If you could start another blog, completely different from yours, what would it be about? Do you think it would be successful?

I have thought about starting a blog about self care/ beauty but I don’t know if I can be successful or good at that. All I know about this subject is what I taught myself. But maybe I will do some posts on my current blog about self care.

4. What would your last meal be and why?

If by my last meal you mean before death, I have no idea but if I die of overeating then it would be a meal full of carbs, desserts and other forbidden items.

5. Do you believe in an afterlife? Why or why not?

I do, because otherwise what is the point of this life. The time we spent living is so short that if we look back it seems like a few days. If we just exist for this short period, than there is no logic to it. Whereas if this life leads to an after life, (which I believe it does) then this life, what we do or don’t do here matters and makes sense.

My Questions;

1. what is the more important thing for you, your day job or blogging?

2. What are your plans for the coming year?

3. Has any of your blog post has received a surprise response?

4. A cat or dog, which one you have as a pet or would like to?

5. What is one habit you want to give up?

My nominees;

Kenza of Caramel Caramelo

A pause for nature 

Life lessons from around the dinner table

Salted Caramel

Tales from the mind of Kritian

The bag lady

Slumdog Soldier

Sparks from a combustible mind

Poetry for healing

Writings and Reflections

Light Reflections II

The Haunted Wordsmith

Fandango

A Guy called Bloke

A link to one of my favorite post:

Are you too busy to talk to your family

I have nominated these blogs because I am impressed by what they write and their enthusiasm for writing and getting their message across. I hope that they will accept the award.

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The talkative tag

Eclectic Contrarian created a talkative tag to thank those who have participated and been involved in his blog. Following his example, I have been tagged by:

Tales from the mind of Kristian ,

And then, Theresarly520 of Cultural Shocks also tagged me for the talkative tag.

So did Christy of Miraculous Smile !

Seems that I am very talkative person!

So what I understood from these tags is that you bring up the screen where you can see who has been commenting on your blog and mention the people who have commented the most.

I am grateful to all my readers who like comment and engage with me on my blog.

Special mention to the following good people of WordPress blogging world. You guys are my heroes! Thanks for visiting and taking interest in my writing. Mentoring me, giving me encouragement and advice. With a lot of thanks, I am passing the tag to these fascinating people who are great bloggers:

1. Winnie of Musings

Winnie is the sweetest. She is always full of encouraging words. Her poetry is moving and heartfelt. Check out her blog. It’s amazing.

2.Dr Tanya of SaltedCaramel

Dr Tanya, has been a rock for me. She is an excellent writer of all things related to health, cooking, organizing and books. In short you can read about a lot of topics on her blog. Have a look and you will find a wealth of information.

3.Punum of Paeansunplugged

Punum is a passionate blogger.She writes about serious subjects. You must visit her blog and read her amazing poetry.

4. Fandango

What can I say about Fandango! He is a great writer. He is also the inventor of The Fandango One Word Challenge. We all look up to him and wait for his prompts. You also should check out hid new series of questions; FPQ!

5. Warren Richards

Warren writes about his love; The love he has for his Creator. He writes in verse and that shows his powerful and strong love for God. Check out his blog to renew your faith in all things good.

6. A Guy called Bloke

Rory, of a guy called Bloke is an amazing blogger too. He is poet, a writer and the mainstay behind lots of fun activities going on in the blogosphere.

Hope that you can follow the tag.

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A big Thank you to you lovely people( and a little pat on the back!)

Yes! You guessed it. 300+ follows. WordPress doesn’t acknowledge getting 300 follows on the blog, so I decided to do it myself. Not (only) because I am proud of my blog for getting this level of attention but to show my gratitude to all these wonderful people for following my blog and encouraging me in my writing.

So it seems that I have written more than 100 posts. I need to thank the wonderful people for mentoring me and for providing us with daily inspiration for writing. of this that and the other, Teresa of , The Haunted Wordsmith and Ragtag community. The lovely Hélène for the weekly picture prompt, What do you see. And many others who inspire us and give us thought provoking prompts. Specially Rory, of a Guy called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips.He has initiated many writing tags, quotes and questions to engage us all in a community spirit.

I have had more than 2500 visitors to my blog, with around 8500 views.

My blog was nominated for 4 Sunshine Bloggers Awards and 2 Liebster awards. I am humbled and overwhelmed by this love and encouragement shown to me.

I have to thank the kind people and friends here in this new world of blogging for all this love shown to my blog!

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My fourth Sunshine Bloggers Award

Historian Ruby has nominated me for my 4th Sunshine Bloggers Award

The Rules are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.

2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award log on your post and /or your blog site.

My heartfelt thanks to Ruby for honoring my blog with this nomination. You can check her blog here. She researches and writes about the historical events.

The Question by Ruby are:

1. If you had to choose to be on a reality show, which one would it be?

Well the one I definitely won’t be on would be The Kardashian’s. Maybe Master Chéf would be the one. I am not a great cook, just average, but one learns a lot and there is a great chance to meet good cooks.

2. If you could change your name, what would it be?

I love my name, and my blog’s name so won’t be changing it.

3. How long have you been blogging?

I started my blog on 6th September. That would make it around three months.

4. How frequently do you blog?

At first it was twice a week but as I grew in confidence and learned about the different daily prompts, I am writing daily and often 2-3 times a day.

5. Share the link to a favourite post of yours, why is this your favourite?

It was this post;

Superstitions

I like this one too!

What was I thinking

6. Do you check your stats for the countries that have ‘visited’ your blog?

Not particularly. I am just happy that people are reading, liking and commenting on my blog.

7. Which countries are you missing from your WordPress globe and would really like to see filled in on your map?**

No idea. See the last answer!

8. Are you a ‘crafty’ person? (Knit, sew, paint, macrame … ?)

When I was younger and my kids were small, I would knit for them, specially when babies. I also made some decorations for home. Now I am too lazy for the crafts.

9. Assuming that you celebrate, do you shop in advance for Christmas or do you leave everything to the last minute?

I am a planner, so I do things in advance.

10. Do you participate in sports?

In my younger days. Not anymore. I have two Titanium knees, and I am careful with them.

11. Are you a sweet or savoury person?

Mostly savoury. Though there are some sweets that I cannot resist, like chocolate and chocolate dessert !

My question for my nominees are the same Ruby put to me. They are very interesting ones.

My nominees are:

Bitchin’ in the kitchen

Maranda Russell

Megha’s world

New Luna

Reena Saxena

Salted Caramel

Smell the coffee

This that and the other

Writing and reflection

Slumdog Soldier

My namestè365 online

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Conviction

The jury trooped in the court room. Nobody could guess what was the verdict. Their faces weren’t showing any emotions. Jack was worried. He had tried his best to get his client off the charge of kidnapping, but wasn’t sure if his arguments impressed the jury or the presiding judge.

Have you reached a verdict, asked the judge. Yes, my lord, replied the jury foreman. He stepped forward and handed a folded piece of paper to the bailiff. As the bailiff stepped up to the judge and handed the piece of paper to the judge, a hush fell on the courtroom.

Having read what was written on that paper, the judge handed it back to the bailiff. The foreman was asked to read the verdict aloud to the people in th courtroom.

Jack was biting his lips nervously, it was his first big case. It was true that as a court appointed attorney he wasn’t supposed to move heavens and earth for his client’s defense , but he had developed a sympathy for the poor lady. He knew in his heart that she was innocent of the charge leveled against her. It was a trumped up charge, made by the public prosecutor to absolve the local police of incompetence. Incompetence, which they had shown by letting the real culprits escape.

His thoughts were interrupted by the loud voice of the jury foreman. We the jury finds the accused, Linda Johnson……guilty of the crime of kidnapping and injuring Timothy Grey.

A heartbreaking sob broke from the accused. I didn’t do it she whimpered. The judge’s gravel struck loudly. Silence in the court. The sentencing will be announced on 17th of this month.

Jack tried to reassure Linda, don’t worry we will appeal against this conviction. There are many avenues for appeal. Don’t lose hope. But his words were falling on seeming deaf ears. Linda kept on crying and her words were all jumbled and hard to understand.

After about ten minutes she calmed down a bit and the lady cops had come to take her back to the prison. Can I have a few more minutes with my lawyer, she asked so pitifully that the cops agreed, and stepped a few feet back to allow some privacy between the client and her lawyer. I am glad that you have calmed down ,Linda. I want to discuss what we should do now. Please I don’t want you to appeal, said Linda. What! Jack couldn’t believe what she just said. I thought you were innocent, or are you? I am, but I was guilty of another crime which no one knew anything about and I have been under a great burden since then.

What crime did you commit? And if no one got to know about it, why do want to be punished for it now? This was getting very weird for Jack. He couldn’t understand what his client wanted. A fresh tear escaped Lind’s eye and rolled down her cheek. It was five years ago, she said, that I ran down a young girl playing on the street. I drove away and nobody connected me with the accident. But my guilt doesn’t let me be. I should have faced up to what I did. I should have payed for my mistakes then, but now I will. You know I didn’t kidnap or abused little Tim, but I want to atone for my previous crime. So no appeal. I will serve my time. Maybe I will find atonement.

Written for:

Word of the day challenge

Conviction

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