Xandria Has Nominated Me For The Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s Saturday!!! It’s time for another AWARD POST. I found in my drafts folder that in June I was nominated for THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD by the fabulous Xandria, the creator of X A N D R I A, as you can see from her awesome post below:

https://imxandria.com/2020/06/14/sunshine-blogger-award/

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Rules

  1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo
  2. Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you – THANK YOU XANDRIA
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions

Xandria’s Questions

What do you think is the closest thing to real magic?

There are many aspects of the natural world that are so spectacular I am left in awe. From sunsets, to rainbows…reproduction and birth to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. There are so many everyday miracles that are truly remarkable.

 

What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?

How could I say anyone else except Jack? ❤ He is the only celebrity I would rate as anywhere near the perfect 10. I mean hey, to give up the chance to earn more money so he could be an international volunteer, he is a diamond!

dasfhaofI have mentioned in a lot of my other posts, I am against celebrity culture and the glorification of imperfect humans. When I had my little stint of working in the music industry I saw that the musicians I had revered were total idiots. Ever since I have seen people become famous, sometimes for trivial reasons and then make a foolish decision or say something thoughtless, or someone accuses them of something dreadful, or the details of their personal life come spilling out – and then the media brings them down in flames.

I don’t agree with putting up statues of people in city centres, or posters of people on walls. They are all imperfect people. Even if they have made a lot of money, done some good things, they are also riddled with mistakes and flaws.

Newspaper, Read, Man, Pensioners, PaperOf the household names that so far seem to have retained fame without getting themselves in too much trouble (well as far as I know), I think Will Smith and Jennifer Aniston might be somewhere in the successful zone. Both became loved because of hugely popular sitcoms. Both seemed as likeable in their real life personality as the on-screen characters that made them famous, but I don’t pay any attention to media reports, as they seem to relish in highlighting the failings of people in the media…which sometimes seems just plain nasty…I can only presume provoked by envy.

I mean celebrities who seem steady and haven’t landed themselves in hot water – YET! Maybe I just don’t know enough about them.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

Question Mark, Face, Silhouette, BokehHmm….oooh it is such a tough question. There are lots of unsolved crimes I guess it would be helpful to solve – so that justice could be served. There are mysteries about our universe that many wonder about. There are personal questions I have, I guess in the past I had my suspicions about people or events that caused hurt…but as time has passed, the upset has faded.

There are not really any questions that plague me personally. There are things that I am curious about. But I find that secrets are often exposed. Political corruption becomes manifest. Commercial and legal malpractice are revealed.

Alberta, Canada, Lake, Mountains, BanffIn some ways I would like to know WHEN we will see the back of corruption and injustice, the end of pollution and disease, the end of crime and war. But I know that this issue of independence and rulership needs to be answered thoroughly to ensure the everlasting peace of this universe. When you live in such momentous times, where we are witnessing historical events that will affect every creature in the universe, I guess there is good reason to wait patiently for justice to be served. The results of human rulership are being recorded.

What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?

Some of my friends have been disappointed to see I only have goat’s butter. They find it tastes weird. I buy it because normal cow’s milk dairy products don’t agree with me any longer. But goat’s milk and goat’s butter are alright. They do have a particular taste though. I tend to buy cashew milk or soya milk more, but I love goat’s butter.

What does taste a bit weird is when you combine a spread of goat’s butter on toast with a sweet preserve. My go-to is St Dalfour Apple & Cinnamon, but I have Lemon and Lime Marmalade in my fridge at the moment too. These fruity jams mixed with goat’s butter is a bit of a strange combination.

What are some red flags to watch out for in daily life?

Red Flag, Warning, Beach, OceanRed flags…does that mean warning signals? I guess I live my life in a fairly simple way. I have never developed any trust in this “system”. It’s not that I am disillusioned. I just saw from a very young age that while it provided a some stability and that we did need some kind of framework for justice, healthcare, education and other forms of welfare, I saw from a very early age that it was faulty.

It is like a house that is riddled with dry rot, infested with termites. There is mold growing up every surface, cracks are appearing in all the walls revealing it’s how much corruption has set in. Every time something goes wrong, a leak in the roof, a burst pipe, or a broken window, a quickfix shoddy repair is administered.

But at the moment it is what we have. It provides a degree of shelter and security. The real issue is the foundation. This entire economic political system is built on the idea that humans are qualified to rule each other. They are not.

Kid Rock, Concert, AuditoriumSo, as I walk through life, living with very few possessions, drawing enormous joy from this beautiful planet, focusing my time on what I can do to be helpful to others, be content, joyful and do what is good and kind, whenever I come across people with big political ideas or commercial ambitions, those seeking fame, fortune or glory…I just turn away and let them get on with it.

I am suspicious of people who like glory. I see it as an ugly trait, one that can cause people to put themselves first and forget others. So all sorts of forms of “superiority” I find questionable. I don’t think nationalism is healthy, or when people rate their success on how much wealth they have amassed or how many certificates of education they have acquired.

We, the human family have an assignment, to clean up this earth, look after each other and all other creatures so that everyone can thrive. So when I see people working towards their own goals, their own importance, their own desires…it all seems not only futile, but damaging.

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

There is only one! Love it!!!!!

 

What animal would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat?

An elephant would be very cute if it was the size of a cat.

But the more I think of it, the more animals I think would be incredibly cute if they were really ickle. Like a tiny kangaroo that bounced around. Or an ostrich. Have you ever seen a real ostrich? They are so big!

Then there are the animals which are already gorgeous…deers and horses. If they were the size of a cat…aaaaw! Wow!

What “old person” things do you do?

ironingI don’t know if it is an “old person” thing really, but I iron everything – bed linen of course, all my clothes, tea towels, and underwear that the iron won’t melt. I love scented iron water. I don’t buy it anymore, because it seems such a waste of money, but when I first started working, one of the things I bought with my first wages was scented ironing liquid.

I really enjoy ironing. it is so satisfying to see everything straightened out and stacked neatly. Over the years while I was self-employed, I had a number of clients who paid me to do their ironing. I loved earning my money doing something I loved.

What’s your cure for hiccups?

holding breathOh boy!! Hiccups. I guess I hold my breath and see if that works. I am fairly fortunate in that if I ever do develop hiccups, they never last long. I try to ignore them and they seem to go away quickly.

However, my sister Milly’s hiccups are frightening. They are loud. They sound a bit like a frog’s “ribbit”. They always last for a long time. I have known her to hiccup for over half an hour. Her whole chest heaves with each hiccup. They hurt he chest. I don’t know why she gets them so badly. She has tried all sorts…but they seem to want to run their course.

What 3 songs hit you with a wave of nostalgia every time you hear them?

I had to check the definition of nostalgia – and included “homesickness” or a longing for the “good old days” or a warm childhood.

So I am a child of the eighties. The songs I remember from childhood that have always stayed present, even played at wedding receptions and parties years later I guess would make me most nostalgic.

 

 

 

What bit of trivia do you know that is very interesting but also very useless?

Trivia? Oh goodness…I don’t know!

Is it true that Yoda and Miss Piggy are the same person? As in the same voice??? Is that a useless but interesting piece of trivia? If it is true. I have no reason to doubt it.

 

Questions For My Nominees

  1. WHICH CANCELLED EVENTS WERE YOU SADDEST ABOUT DURING 2020?
  2. WHAT WOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO GIVE UP IN ORDER TO SEE A BEAUTIFUL CLEAN EARTH WITH NO POLLUTION?
  3. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A PENPAL?
  4. DO YOU ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT HISTORY? IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR PERIOD THAT FASCINATES YOU?
  5. HAVE YOU EVER WRITTEN OR PUBLISHED A BOOK?
  6. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR DOCTOR?
  7. WHAT’S THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU?
  8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPICY DISH?
  9. WHY DO YOU THINK SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN A LASTING ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OR HAVING ONE PARTNER, BUT PREFER NUMEROUS CASUAL “CONNECTIONS”?
  10. HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO DO JURY SERVICE?
  11. WHERE DO YOU GO TO FIND OUT THE NEWS – ARE THERE ANY NEWSPAPERS OR TV NEWS CHANNELS OR SHOWS THAT YOU TRUST MORE THAN OTHERS?

My Nominees

ceponatia ceponatia – Dogmatic Panic

James L James L – Perfect Manifesto

Natalie Natalie – Natalie K. Martin

aysabaw aysabaw – aysabaw.com

mog mog – Potato Revolution

Jo Jo – And Anyways…

abigfatcanofworms abigfatcanofworms – Out of the Cave

Carol Carol – Reading Ladies