The Christmas challenge

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips has set a Christmas Challenge, which Paula of Light motifs has done and then tagged me along with two other bloggers to answer these very same questions.

A truth alert: I have researched the internet for most of the following information, as I think that we were meant to find out more about different Christmas traditions and customs.

Rory’s Challenge for 28th December was;

Answer the following questions and tag 3 bloggers to do the same.

What does Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother turn into a coach? 

A pumpkin 🎃

The German Christmas song Tannebaum is translated into English as what? 

Tannebaum, a German song is about a fir tree. In English it is translated as ;

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree 
How lovely are thy branches 
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree 
How lovely are thy branches

What is the name of the ocean current that appears every 5 to 8 years around Christmas off of the Pacific coast of South America? 

Absolutely no idea! Couldn’t even find it on the net!

Which nickname for Hollywood sounds Christmassy? 

Tinsel Town!

According to the Bible, how did Mary get to Bethlehem ? 

On a donkey.

British Children hang stockins up for Santa, what do Dutch children put out? 

The Dutch children leave a shoe out.

If you were celebrating Uphellia after Christmas, where would you be? 

Probably Scotland!

If you were born on Christmas day, what would be your Zodiac sign? 

Capricorn- The goat

Dec 21- Jan 19

The measured master planner of the horoscope family, Capricorn energy teaches us the power of structure, delayed gratification and setting goals for the long haul.

In the film ‘Die Hard 2’, which airport did the terrorist take over on Christmas Eve? 

Washington Dulles International Airport.

Who stole Christmas from the town of Hooville? 

Nobody, Grinch tried but didn’t succeed. He instead found love.

In North America, which organisation is always the first to spot that Santa is underway?

Official NORAD Santa Tracker.

The dragon-slayer, St. George, was born in Cappodocia. In which modern day country is Cappodocia?


What kind of net, found on many a Christmas tree in the Ukraine, is supposed to bring good luck?

People in Ukraine believe that finding a spiderweb on the Christmas tree is a sign of good luck. So there are tree ornaments designed to look like spiderweb made for Christmas.

The story goes as following;

A poor but hardworking widow once lived in a small hut with her children. One summer day, a pine cone fell on the earthen floor of the hut and took root. The widow’s children cared for the tree, excited at the prospect of having a Christmas tree by winter. The tree grew, but when Christmas eve arrived, they could not afford to decorate it. The children sadly went to bed and fell asleep. Early the next morning, they woke up and saw the tree covered with cobwebs.When they opened the windows, the first rays of sunlight touched the webs and turned them into gold and silver. The widow and her children were overjoyed. From then on, they never lived in poverty again.Source: Wikipedia

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Have fun.



Are email notifications from WordPress jamming up your inbox!

When I started by blog, I didn’t know much about how to manage the notifications in my app and my computer/ laptop.

As I got into the groove, my readership grew and each and every time anyone commented, liked or followed my blog, I would get an email. So in addition to writing, reading and commenting a new task was added. That of deleting hundreds of emails from my inbox. This not only consumed a lot of time but caused a lot of irritation to me.

Every time I received an email with a notification, I was asked if I was getting too many emails and if I wanted to reduce the number of emails. I would try to uncheck the different boxes in the hopes of reducing the influx of these emails, but no substantial improvement happened.

Then one day I hit the jackpot! I found out how I could stop all email notifications and get the notifications in my app reader or on my laptop reader. I took a screen shot to show what should be done to achieve this result.

This is how it’s done;

Open the settings tab in your WordPress site.

Open the discussion tab;

In under the comments section, you will see the email preferences;

In the email preferences, un-select all the tabs which notification you don’t want to get via email.

This is Step 1.

Step 2;

Open the reader. Now go to the manage follows. Open the posts of the people you want to receive notifications from, and click on the three little dots near the bottom of each post in the right corner. You will be given the option to turn on site notifications. This will enable you to receive notifications in your reader about new posts from your favorite bloggers.

This is a bit tedious step but at the end of this exercise, you will be receiving the notifications in your reader only and would not be missing out on any of your favorite posts.

Let me know if this post is helpful.

Waiting for your feedback and comments


Liebster Award # 3

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel has nominated me for a Liebster Award.

Thanks a lot Dr Tanya, I am truly grateful for this honor to my blog. I appreciate the support you and all my blogging family gives me.

Please check out Dr Tanya @Salted Caramel

The Rules

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

1. Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.

2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.

3. Give 5 (11 is too much) random thoughts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.

5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Some facts about Liebster Award

This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers, it is given to discover and encourage new blogs.

It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, etc.

The Questions:

(So not to be rude, but these are the same questions that I have answered previously too, so I will answer them in a pn upside down funny way, maybe bring smiles to your faces)

1)What is your biggest pet peeve?

My pet peeve nowadays is being asked the same question over and over again!

2)Where did you get the name for your blog?

I wanted to stay alive mentally and to keep others in my age bracket, hence the name, Keep it alive!

3)If you could change your blogs name, what would it be?

Now I am thinking, Stayin’ Alive, as in the song.

4)What was your favourite show as a kid?

It still is, Tom & Jerry Show.

5)Do you have any weird habits?

I am not weird at all, and please don’t look in my cupboard for the million boxes of cookies.

6)Do you like fall scents/tastes?

Yes. The scent of rainfall, but not the smell of fallen leaves, rotting away and neither that of people burning autumn leaves.

7)What is your favourite holiday and why?

A fully paid one! The reasons are obvious.

8)Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?

I am experimenting with talking it out, on the phone. Hope it works out.

9)Netflix or cable?

NBC, ABC, or any other alphabetical network.

10)If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?

Get liposuction, stomach bypass surgery, face lift …… you get my drift?

11)What is your favourite thing about yourself?

That I can be funny, when I need to be, just like now!

5.Facts about me;

( I think that you people already know a lot about me and what I think that 5 facts are enough)

1. I love coffee, too much I think.

2. I prefer to eat vegetarian diet but have to consume chicken ( the only meat I can eat) for my diet.

3. Reading is my first love, but now I am finding it hard because of my blog.

4. I find that talking to myself can resolve conflicts in my mind.

5. I like to think of myself as a pragmatic and practical person.

My nominees;

Matilde Mbulo

A life of Amulgamation


Courtney Mahrt

Ayra Dixit

Tarbelite Confessions



Wandering Belle

Bette A Stevens


All these are new blogs that I have started to follow. Some of them are new bloggers too. Congratulations to you all.

The choice to accept this nomination lies within each of you. You can ACCEPT it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it. I respect your decision either way.

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?

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

Which is the most played song on your playlist?

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 busy destroying the natural environment and polluting it. How would you reverse the situation?

What is your ideal Sunday like?

What is your hobby?


Is blogging taking over your life?

Anyone who has started a blog knows that to be successful at it, you need to work hard. There are many areas where a lot of attention and effort is required.

When I started my blogging journey, I knew that I had to write something which would be worth reading. A good content is the backbone of a good blog. What I didn’t know was that there are a lot of aspects to blogging which have to be mastered if I didn’t want my life to be overtaken by my blog.

These are the things I can recommend to new bloggers;

1. Blog Content;

Always try to write from your heart. Create blog content which means something to you. While you may have a niche and think that you can write on a certain subject with more ease and confidence, I would suggest that you should bring variety to your writing. The easiest way to do this is to follow the daily prompts given by different bloggers. This exercises your mind to write on random topics and not only enhance your creativity but also opens your imagination to new things.

The blogs I follow for my daily and weekly prompts are;

Fandango, of This,That and The other

Word of the day challenge

Ragatag daily prompts

The Haunted Wordsmith

Sheryl for Your daily prompts

~M, Putting my feet in the dirt

Patricia’s Place , In other words

Hélène Vaillant for What do you see

BrewNSpew for their weekly prompts

A Guy called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips

These are a few of the blogs that give me daily inspiration. There are many others who are doing a great job of keeping our creative juices flowing by issuing daily and weekly prompts.

2. Follow and getting followers;

One thing that all bloggers think matters are who you are following and who is following you. Starting from day one, seeing the notifications about who has started to follow your blog gives a boost to our confidence. It validates our writing and makes us happy that someone out there in the cyberspace is interested in reading what we are writing. The trick to get new followers lies in writing good content and interacting with your fellow bloggers. If you want others to read and visit your blog, than you should do the same. It is the same as if you are in a party. If you hold yourself aloof from others, the chances of knowing and becoming friends with other guests are very slim. Move around, mingle and interact.

3. Plan ahead;

Now that you are writing, and being read, you need to plan out both aspects of your blog. Writing is the most vital aspect, so plan for it. Write any idea that comes to you in a draft and save it. There are many flashes of inspiration that we get during a day. Even if you cannot think beyond a single sentence, save that sentence and write about it later when you have more ideas on it. Have a few fully written or near completion, posts in your draft folder. There are days when you can’t write more, so you have a fallback ready.

4. Post regularly;

It may be daily, weekly or any other time frame that works for you, but it should happen at regular intervals. Unless of course you don’t find time for writing. But to have a successful blog, being regular is important. When I started to write, I was writing a few times in a week. Now with daily prompts, I can manage 3-4 posts a day.

5. Keep time aside for reading the blogs of those you follow;

This is an important part and the interaction is going to make you friends in blogging family. Visit your friends, comment on their articles and participate in the discussion taking place in the blogs you follow. Keep time for reading, and manage your time. It sometimes happens that a blogger is so engrossed in catching up on all the blogs they follow that all day is spent in this pursuit. It’s like a dog trying to chase its tail, trying and never succeeding.

6. Time management;

This is the most important part of blogging. Learn to manage and allot time for all aspects of the blog. Enjoying what you are doing is vital. If you don’t enjoy your blog, it will become a labor, and not love!


If you are not enjoying your blog than you are doing something wrong.

Let me know if you find any of these tips helpful. How do you manage your time?

Waiting for your feedback and comments.



I want to write something nice

Compose a beautiful poem for you

To convey my feelings to you all

Share what I think , what I have experienced

It’s a great freedom to have the power

To say what you want and however you want

Discuss what is on your mind, or write something

That you feel is important, important enough

To be said aloud and repeated often

To make a difference in this world that we inhabit

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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;


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!


Couscous with olive relish, it was amazing.


Not to my face!


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.



FPQ #6

Fandango asked one of his provocative questions today;

“Is technological advancement a net positive or a net negative?”

Technology is the basis of all the developments we see around us today. Our way of living, our housing, the food we eat, the way we travel, the current medical treatments and procedures and much more is the result of developments due to the technological advances. We are reaping the fruit of technology and development due to it since the early 1900’s, when there was the industrial revolution.

To deny the beneficial role of technical advancement in our lives would be to deny the blatant truth.

Is it all good or all bad?

The answer is no.

As with any other development in human history, technology is a double-edged sword, bringing relief on one hand and inconvenience on the other.

If we see one side of the picture, we can see all the convenience brought to us due to the advances of technical knowledge. From birth to death, the human race enjoys the benefits of technology. The most noteworthy are the advancement in the medical field. There are other numerous advantages due to technology like a warm house in winters and a cool one in summers. The plentiful food, food products, naturally produced or manufactured from natural ingredients is another example. The clothes we wear all are given a boost by technical advancement, by the availability of light weight weather resistant fabrics which are long-lasting and easy to wear. Construction industry has also seen immense improvement due to technology. And there are numerous other fields where we see our lives improve due to technology.

On the other side, the industry which is generating all this high-tech way of life for us to enjoy, has damaged our environment no end. The means of communication where has reduced the world to a global village, has also made us slaves to it. The internet and social media have become the sore point in out lives. Our kids are addicted to the social media sites, but also have a underlying dread of it, due to the peer pressure it causes. The media can make or break someone in seconds. World events are being influenced by unethical manipulation of the social media sites. Something which a few years ago used to be the stuff of science fiction stories, had become a frightening reality today.

There is no solution to this problem, unless done on an organized world-wide level.

FPQ # 6




The lines of communication are broken down

The bridge that was between us now lies

Broken and in shambles, destroyed by us

How have we reached this state where there is

No sharing of thought and no common grounds

Wouldn’t it have been better, if we had talked

Brought out the issues and problems into the open

Had a heart to heart before we reached this stage

The days of silence and brooding have taken a toll

A chasm lies between us, too wide to span with words

Can something repair this destruction and ruin

Can the damage caused by our egos be undone

A question I want an answer to, because it matters

I have written this because all too often we let minor disagreement develop into long-lasting family feuds. Let’s talk to each other and clear misunderstandings before they grow into a serious rift.

Written for the following;



Word of the day challenge;



The water is falling in cascades from a great height

Splashing and foaming when it lands in the water below

The loud sound of the fall can be like the roar of the wild

Fascinating and awe inspiring, the nature is often taken

For granted, like the music being played in the background

We notice a few of the miracles which surround us daily

Unless it forces itself upon us, demanding our full focus

It shows us that it’s forces can a power to reckon with

Though life giving and gentle most of the time, it can be

At time, a hurricane, a storm a cloud burst or a tornado

Destroying everything that stands in its path and giving

A reminder to us all to show respect to the Mother Nature

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Your daily word prompt;



A Posh Party

A birthday today

Gather the family and friends

Let’s celebrate today in style and with class

It shouldn’t be something mundane or ordinary

I want this day to be memorable and unforgettable

We’ll arrange a grand party to enjoy this day in a dashing way

Get the booking in a posh place, with the food and everything to be

Of the finest that they have to offer, as money is not an object

It has to be the envy of everyone who attends and sees

The glamour should overwhelm and fascinate my guests

It would not matter that they are not enjoying it

For I would, cause it will be a statement of all

I have and can have, the showing off and

The boasting of my wealth is all that

Matters to me, for it’s only money

And money cannot bring me

The happiness I want

So I will be happy

To flaunt it

To make



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