The Original Outstanding Blogger Award- # 1

I have been nominated for this award by Di of Pensitivity
This award was created by Colton Beckwith

RULES

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

Questions from Di;

1. If you were an animal, what would you be?

I think I would be a dog. Loyal to my owner, loving and protective of them.


2. Do you cry at sad, romantic or animal movies?

I cry at anything that is emotional. I even cry when someone wins in a baking competition!


3. What star sign are you?

I am a Sagittarius! Born on 23 November

4. If you have a partner, how did you meet?

I met my husband at a get together at my parents house.


5. What do you prefer, eating in a restaurant, take out, or a quiet meal at home?

I do like to dress up and go out to eat at a restaurant with family and friends. But given the current situation, a takeout or home delivery is a better option.


6. If you had £1000 ($1000) to spend on something trivial, what would you buy?

I would get a new phone or a tablet. You did say trivial.


7. If you could change one thing about your life, what would that be?

I wouldn’t change anything about my life because I am what I am today because of what has happened in my life till now. And I do like what I am today.

My Questions;

Which is your favorite dish to cook?

What new skills you have acquired in last three months?

What scares you the most, (person or thing)?

Are you able to fix technical problems on you devices?

What is your preferred way of traveling?

If you are asked to donate on of your five senses, which one would you choose?

How do you like to dress, trendy or comfy?

My Nominees;

Paula

Tanya

Fandango

Rhen

Suzette

Punam

Barbara

Teresa

Cheryl

Nova

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Another Award!

Di of Pensitivity has conferred another honor on my blog.

A Sunshine Blogger Award!

Di is a very versatile blogger and has a wonderful blog.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community.

The rules are:

1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.

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

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

4. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination. 

Di’s Questions:

1.   Do you plan your blogging day, or just log in and go with the flow?

I plan. Most of my posts are written a day earlier. Except for the daily prompt post. I spend a couple of hours on my blog when I wake up, and a couple more after dinner. During the day, I glance at it from time to time to keep up with the comments and new posts.


2.   If you have a garden, do you prefer flowers or vegetables, or a mixture of both?

I do have a garden and there are flowers and a few trees there. No vegetables unfortunately as it’s not big enough.


3.   Can you swim underwater?

I can’t swim at all. If I go underwater, I’ll probably won’t surface again!


4.   When was the last time you rode a bicycle (push bike)?

That would be 35 years ago. I loved to ride my bike but with age, it just got away from me.


5.   What is your favourite part of a cooked breakfast? (bacon, eggs, sausage etc)

Eggs scrambled with cheese. Or a Mexican omelet. And hot croissants with butter.


6.   Do you sing in the shower?

Nopes! Very bad at singing. I don’t want the neighbors to feel threatened!


7.   What unnerves you most, being stared at by a dog/cat, or a child?

I would say a menacing stare from any of the above.


8.   Do you still have your appendix?

I do! I just don’t have my real knees anymore. The rest is almost there. Maybe I lost my mind or bits of it!


9.   Glasses or contacts, or neither?

I wore glasses since grade six. Then in college, I shifted to contacts. And three years ago I got cataract surgery done in both eyes and now I just need reading glasses. Yeyyyy!


10. What is your favourite day of the week and why?

Before the lockdown, I loved Mondays. After the weekend, it felt good to be on my own and to spend the day as I liked.

Now I like weekends better. No school!


11.  Are you left or right handed?

 

I am a clumsy right handed.

My Questions;

What is your favorite time of the day?

How strict are you with yourself, regarding health?

Do you follow back a blogger who follows your blog?

How do you deal with criticism in real life?

How do you deal with criticism in the blogging world?

Any ideas about how we can turn the current situation to our advantage?

Are you a dessert person?

What colors do you like to wear?

What color decor you like around you, in your home?

What is your favorite place to write from?

Do you like getting Blogging awards?

My nominees;

Tanya

Fandango

Melanie

Rory

Mathew

June

Lady Lee Manila

Leigha

Paula

Jude

Congratulations to all the nominees.

If anyone fancies answering the questions, do go ahead.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Questions;

1) What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

I love spring break. I usually visit my daughter and spend time with my grandson. The weather is just perfect and we plan out excursions together. It’s a fun time for us and I get to spoil him!

2) If you could travel in space, would you?

If I passed the fitness test, I would. Imagine how wonderful the view must be!

3) Dogs or cats? If you answer cats, we can still be friends even though it is wrong answer haha.

If I say neither, will we still be friends?

4) Besides Lord of the Rings, the best movies ever, and Star Wars, tied for best movies ever, what is your favorite movie?

I really enjoyed the Avengers series by Marvel. And the related movies to this saga, like Captain America, Ironman, and Thor!

5) If I was your neighbor, could I visit for dinner? If so, how often?

Come as often as you like, if you don’t mind simple food.

6) What is a place where you live that you recommend people visit?

I’d recommend that you visit Seattle! It’s an awesome place. The weather is mostly moderate and there are tons of places to visit. The only downside is the rain. Be sure to bring your umbrella with you.

7) What is a favorite quote of yours and by who?

I think these quotes can be considered gems of wisdom;

” Things can always be worse”

“Look at the bright side”

I have no idea who was the person who said these wise words.

8) What does Christmas mean to you?

Being a Muslim, I celebrate Christmas as a holiday.

9) Why do you blog? What motivates you to blog?

I love writing and sharing my thoughts with my blogging family. This is my reason and my motivation.

10) When you write in your blog, where do you like to be and do you snack?

I find a comfortable spot and I usually have my cup of decaf coffee with me. With the amount of time I spend blogging, I cannot afford to snack. I would gain a lot of weight.

Thank you so much, Riya. I am sorry it took me so long to get to this post. It got lost in my draft folder.

I am once again very grateful for this award!

This is the third award post for me in one week and I have one more to do in the coming days.

So I am not nominating anyone by name, I’m inviting anyone who is interested to answer the questions by Riya.

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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Di of Pensitivity has conferred this award on my blog!

Rules;

• Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.✔️

• Answer their questions.✔️

• Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.✔️

• Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.🔛

• List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo. ✔️

• Provide the link to the Award creator, as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog (It’s all about Inspiration).✔️

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is a non-official Award to the bloggers as a reward of wonderful work on their blogs. It’s just as important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives. Awards are important for the inspiration, towards the success of our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s to become future “Stars“.

Di’s questions:

1. Do you enjoy Q&A challenges for awards such as this?

I love Q & A posts. Awards are another cup of tea. If there were no nominations involved, I could do awards every day of the week. But I feel that when one gets an award, one should reciprocate and pass it on. The only problem is; to find people willing to play along.

But thanks for the award. It is very kind of you.

2. How long have you been blogging?

I will complete my second year of blogging on 5th September 2020. That makes my blog almost 21 months old. Still a baby I’d say!

3. Has your blog turned out more or less as you expected or totally different?

Not totally different, but quite a bit so. I thought I would be writing about health, weight loss, and different types of diets that I have tried over the years. I still do it sometimes but it’s mostly poems, prompts, and fiction these days. And I like it this way.

4. If you had never had a blog before, would you be interested in starting one?

Right now is the perfect time to start a blog. What better way to get rid of all the thoughts weighing on your mind, than to share them will others. Then it also takes care of the surplus time on one’s hands. Yes, if I weren’t already blogging, I would have started one now!

5. Blogging aside, what inspires you the most?

Life inspires me. A chance remark, a snippet of a song or a line in a book. If we want to be inspired, life gives us countless hints.

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My Questions;

How much time do you allocate to your blog, daily?

Do you feel positive about the future of the written blogs?

What is more important to you regarding your blog;

Views

Followers

Comments?

What types of blogs you are more likely to read?

How do you think a blogger can inspire others in the blogosphere?

My nomination;

PaperKutzs

Willow

Kittysverses

Kristian

Nova

Jade

Saumya

Penny

Teresa

Congratulations to all the nominees. You all very have inspiring blogs.

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Mystery Blogger Award

Debby Winters has very kindly nominated me for a Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you so much Debby. You can find her post here.

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Mystery blog award

Here are the rules: 

  • Put the award logo / image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions provided by whoever nominated you
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with 1 weird or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post

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This award was created by Okoto Enigma

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Three things about myself:

I love blogging and it has kept me busy and sane during this time.

I try to put a positive message in my posts. To my way of thinking, a post which doesn’t say something of importance, it is a wasted opportunity.

I enjoy interacting with my fellow bloggers almost as much as I enjoy creating my blog post. They are now my friends, or you can say, my blogging family.

Now we turn to the questions:

Here are Debby‘s questions:

1) Have you ever smiled at a stranger and then wished you hadn’t? Why or why not?

It has happened a few times that I have a stranger I met on a walk or on my way to some place and received a blank look in return. It didn’t leave a good flavor in my mouth. But I still smile at strangers.

2) What is your favorite SEO plugin for WordPress? Do you fully understand SEO’s and their functions or benefits?

No idea what a SEO is. So never have knowingly used any.

3) If you could shop for free at any store, which store would you choose and why?

Right now, a grocery store that has to be fully stocked with all the things we are finding hard to buy. I would get toilet paper, frozen riced veggies, breakfast items, whole wheat flour, and yeast!

4) If you could make one thing illegal, what would it be?

Hate. It would change the world if being hateful towards others was a serious crime.

5) Have you ever had SEO work done, and if so were you happy with the results? If you did the work yourself how did you do?

Nopes, never even thought about it.

My Questions;

What is your favorite cuisine?

When things get back to normal and you’re allowed to travel, where would you go?

There is a knock at the door; are you going to answer, though you aren’t expecting anyone?

How do you combat feelings of boredom?

If someone compliments you, what is your reaction?

My nominees;

Melanie

Beckie

Di

Shweta

Tanvir

Suzanne

Barbara

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Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Shweta has very kindly nominated me for Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award. She is a terrific blogger and you can find her blog here.

Rules:

Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.

• Make a post of the award (with a photo).

• Post the rules.

• Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

• Nominate 10-30 other bloggers.

• Follow Vincent Ehindero at vincentehindero.wordpress.com (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities.

Here are her questions;

What’s the last movie that you watched?

Last Saturday, we watched “Princess bride” it’s an old Disney movie and I hadn’t heard of it. But it was funny in the tongue in cheek fashion. I really liked it. Before that, it was “Trolls, the world tour” and “Onwards”.

What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

Stay in and sit near an open window to listen to it.

What are you doing to beat the lockdown blues?

I am very busy on weekdays because I am helping my grandson with his homeschooling. The rest of the time I blog, walk, and listen to music. It keeps me busy and away from thoughts of lockdown.

How long can you go without using your phone?

About 5 to 10 minutes! Max. Then I have to check it. Pretty bad I guess! 😛

What do you most value in your friends?

I really value sincere friends. Also, those who care. I want my friendships to be on an even keel. Nothing lopsided works for me.

Do you have a favorite fictional character? What makes her/him your favourite?

It used to be Ironman! But now, maybe Dr Strange. The reason is self-evident; they are Marvel Superheroes.

Winter or Summer?

Neither. I love the change. Winter giving way to spring and summer turning into fall. It generates a sense of excitement in me.

What is love, in your point of view?

Love is being thoughtful, kind, and accepting. It always expects reciprocation so it is a bit selfish.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

Don’t have any favorites but right note we are watching ” The great British baking show” mostly old seasons.

If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?

I would prefer to stay put. As my grandson says, don’t mess with time and space continuum. ( He has seen too many movies, especially Marvel movies)

A big thank you to Shweta once again.

I would nominate;

Rory

Tanya

Suze

Cheryl

Carol Anne

Mel

I hope that you all can participate but if not, there is no pressure.

Please answer the same questions Shweta has asked me. Very interesting ones.

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  1. What’s the last movie that you watched?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
  3. What are you doing to beat the lockdown blues?
  4. How long can you go without using your phone?
  5. What do you most value in your friends?
  6. Do you have a favourite fictional character? What makes her/him your favourite?
  7. Winter or Summer?
  8. What is love, in your point of view?
  9. What is your favorite movie or TV show?
  10. If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?

~*~

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A kind gesture- Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

Melanie of Sparks from A Combustible Mind has very kindly nominated my blog for The Mystery Blogger Award.
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THE RULES:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog  
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you & provide a link to their blog  
  3. Mention the creator of the award 
  4. Answer the five questions you were asked  
  5. Tell the readers three things about yourself  
  6. Nominate some bloggers  
  7. Notify the bloggers( tell them you nominated them) by commenting on one of their posts  
  8. Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one  
  9. Share a link to your best posts

The creator of this award is Okoto Enigma

Melanie‘s Five Questions (Four + One Weird/Funny One)

  • Are you of the naughty or nice variety? …

I am naughty in a very nice way. I like being funny and like people to smile. If that means being a bit naughty, then I am. But I am careful never to be rude, crude or cruel!

  • What is the most hilarious childhood memory you can think of? …

Hilarious, in a theatrical way which only kids can be;

I was about twelve and my younger brother was two and was being cranky. I was trying to amuse him and took him near a window in the upstairs bedroom where we had a view of our next door house. When I pushed the glass pane to open the jammed window, my hand went straight through the glass, shattering it. My infant brother was very amused and thought it was for his benefit that I pulled this stunt. I was more concerned with the broken glass and noticed a while later that my hand and wrist had scratches which were oozing blood.

But at the moment, it was very funny.

  • Sexiest animal on the planet? …

A majestic cat, like a panther or a lion. It’s sleek and powerful, fitting the description of sexy!

  • What Is One Thing You Refuse To Share?

My personal space! I don’t like to share it with others. It’s not a physical space, it’s my comfort zone. I feel that I have earned the right to have a zone where I am myself, free from criticism and judgment.

  • If you could read minds, how would you use the gift? …

I would be afraid too. Though at times one thinks that we would like to know what the other person is thinking, in reality, we really would not want to know their private thoughts. God knows what they would be thinking!!!!

I am ignoring the rest of the rules. If any of my readers fancy, they can answer Melanie‘s very interesting questions.

Thank you, Melanie, once again for the shout out.

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Mysteries abound- Another award!

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I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Kristian of Life Lessons From Around The Dinner Table. She has a wonderful blog. If you’re not her follower, do drop in to check it out.

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award is the creation of Okoto Enigma’s Blog.  The purpose of this acknowledgment is to award amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

Okoto Enigma’s Blog


Rules

1. Put the award logo on your post.♥️
2. List the rules.
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3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
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4. Mention the creator and provide a link to their blog.
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5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
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6. Nominate 10-20 of your favorite bloggers.
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7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice.
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9. Share links to your best posts.

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Three Things About Me:

I love blogging.

I hate conceit and rudeness.

I try to learn from the lessons life throws at me.

Kristian‘s Questions:

If you could have dinner with three people whom you’ve never met, living or dead, who would they be?

I would love to meet my ancestors. It would be cool to know my great grandparents from both sides of the family.

What’s an item on your bucket list?

To visit Switzerland one day. In fact, I would love to visit France, Italy and most of Europe.

What is your most-used emoji?

😉👍🙏

Who is your favorite muppet?

Kermit the frog!

Beatles or Stones?

Beatles, hand down.

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Yellow Submarine

My Questions;

What is your strategy for dealing with stress?

If tomorrow were the last day, What would you do first?

How would you describe yourself as a color and why?

Physical beauty or intelligence?

Do you believe that Murphy is trying to mess up our day?

My Nominees;

Angie

Melanie

Di

Suze

Winnie

Beckie

Paula

Sheree

Deb Whittam

Teresa

Fandango

Violet

Thank you, Kristian, once again for this nomination.

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Blogger Recognition Award 18th December

Di of pensitivity101 has very kindly nominated for this award. Di is a brilliant blogger and writes prolifically and on a lot of topics. If you’re not already her reader, I suggest that you head over to her blog and check it out.

Willow of Willowdot21 has also nominated me for this award. Do check out her lovely blog.

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

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How I started my blogging journey;

As I have shared this story before, I’ll keep it short. A good friend of mine Dr. Tanya started her blog and invited me to check out her posts. She is a great writer and her posts were always good fun. Lots of good advice and information. To visit her blog, I made an account on WordPress. And that’s how I was introduced to the blogging world. One day I started to write my own blog post and have never looked back.

My advice to new bloggers;

Don’t stress out while blogging. Even if you’re writing a Professional blog, don’t let it become a burden. Enjoy your blogging. I find it a great source of mental relaxation!

Make friends in the blogging world. Whatever is your reason for starting a blog, friends always help. It took me 6-8 months to get to know the bloggers I follow really well. I am happy to say that I have found lots of good friends here in the blogging community. And this is the biggest achievement that I am proud of.

My Nominations;

Dr Tanya

Reena Saxena

Msjadeli

Cheryl

Suze

Glen

Rory

Gina

Violet

Tom

Paula

Congratulations to you all.

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Sunshine Blogger Award # 15

Thank you so much, Beckie, of Beckie’s Mental Mess who has bestowed Sunshine Blogger Award on my blog. If you are not following Beckie’s blog, please check it out. It is a fantastic blog, with special emphasis on mental well being.

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About Sunshine Blogger Award:
It is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

~🌞~

Rules are simple:
a. Nominate 11 people and notify them via comment.
b. Ask them new 11 questions.
c. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
d. Display the award logo on your blog post.
e. Answer the 11 questions asked

Beckie‘s 11 Questions:


1. Do you search for difficult words in your writing? like I do. I have to search for meaning.

Sometimes the prompts that I follow are words that I am not familiar with so I look them up. But when I write I use words that I know and am comfortable with. Being too verbose is not my style of writing.


2. What do you prefer tea or coffee? For any specific flavor, please mention the same.

I prefer coffee over tea any day. I like all the flavors that come unsweetened. Like French vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel in coffee. And though I love coffee, I cannot have it more than twice a day. So if I want something in the evening, I love earl grey tea.


3. Most of the time, I am found writing while walking to and fro in my room, on my phone’s notepad. Do you like writing on phones or tablets or laptops?

I love blogging from my phone or iPad. It’s the easiest thing to just pick up the phone, open the app and write the ideas swirling in my mind. I got a new laptop but I have not gotten into the habit of blogging on it. Maybe one day!


4. Where would you like to live, if not the current country?

I am happy in my current country. I do like to go on vacation to other places, but love living where I was born.


5. How many books do you have in your own library?

Like most people, I have downsized my book collection a lot. It’s not easy to lug around books especially if you move homes. So when I moved into my own home, I sold/ gave away most of my books that I had already read a few times. I still have my classic book collection and all-time favorites. So maybe about a couple of hundred books.


6. Have you participated in any protests for any social cause? Which one and why?

In my younger day I did but nothing as an adult. In school, we did protest against the infringement of human rights.


7. A motivating line of your own, if this was an award given to you on stage.

Thank you so much for this honor. If I can do it so can you. It only needs hard work!


8. What genre do you prefer in movies?

As life is too serious these days, I prefer lighthearted comedies, superhero movies or documentaries.


9. Are you a bathroom singer?

Nopes. No singer of any sort. I like to whistle along with my favorite songs while walking and listing to my playlist.


10. How do you spend your Sunday?

Relaxing. But since my husband likes to socialize, we usually visit friends and family. I like the weekdays better as I can plan my day according to my own wishes.


11. Do you like watching TV? What do you prefer watching?

I really don’t have time to watch tv anymore because between blogging, walking and meeting my family and friends, there isn’t enough time left. If there is some new show on Netflix, I do catch it but only if I have spare time on my hands.

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My 11 Questions;

Why did you start blogging?

Do your friends and family support you in blogging?

What would be your dream job?

What are your ambitions for the coming year?

How do you think the world is going to cope with the challenges we are facing?

What would be your ideal holiday vacation?

What is the quality you admire in yourself?

What is the quality you admire in others?

What is your pet peeve?

Are you a book reader? If so how many books you read in a month?

What aspect of your personality you would like to change?

My Nominations;

Gary

Margate and Neal

Leigha Robbins

Jude

Ribana

Di

Paula

I have gifted this award to just seven bloggers as opposed to eleven that I am supposed to.

I hope that you will accept the award and pass it forward. If not, I would love to learn more about you all by reading your answers to my questions.

And any one who would like to answer these questions is most welcome.

Thank you so much Beckie, once again for this award. 😍

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