Rory Has Nominated Me For The Mystery Blogger Award

Back in August, wonderful Rory, the creator of A Guy Called Bloke, nominated me for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD, as you can see from his fantastic post below:

Mystery Blogger Awards

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for 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 also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog – THANK YOU RORY!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 10-20 other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best posts.

One Of My Best Posts

It is really hard to pick a best post. There is one that I have mentioned numerous times before. My very favourite post:

River

But here is another one that I really enjoyed writing and I love to go to it and read it again 🙂

Perfect Day

That day was so perfect. I wish I could go back and have it again and again! Perfect days like that day make life sparkle for a long time afterwards! May your life be filled with many beautiful and perfect days!

My Five Questions

Tomorrow is the end of humanity. What destroys us?

yeh i knowWell, because I had no answer to this question, I asked a friend (you know in like that quiz show with Chris Turamt – ooopsy, did I mean Tarrant?), and he said “dinosaurs”, which everyone laughed at. But hear him out, he said at the end of the last Jurassic movie (my eyes were glazing over at this point) the dinosaurs ran off wild somewhere in California apparently. So he says, if that was real life, dinosaurs would end humanity. You should have seen my face listening to this. Anyway, my response was, well of they are in California, let’s hope they head for Hollywood first hey?

I am so glad I am not really a movie watcher (anything with Julie Andrews is obviously an exception).

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?

I love your cryptic questions Rory!

Well, it all depends on whether you read the posts from these positive lifestyle bloggers. Some might say you had failed, others would say that you succeeded. But other people would say you tried – and that is all that counts!

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If your best friend had murdered someone would you help bury the body?

emergency callNope! Are you kidding??? That would be a turning point in our relationship I feel. Wouldn’t that be an awful situation to be confronted by?

My obvious response would be to ring 999 and report what had happened.

What was the weirdest, strangest and most mysterious phone call you ever took or made?

Phone call – hmm??? I will have a think about that one and see what I remember.

Nothing amazing is standing out. I have had a few funny conversations with cold callers (I don’t have a mortgage, I don’t have an account with any utility companies and I think I would know if I had earn enough money to owe £3000 tax!)

weird callsLast year I had a phone-call from a gentleman who was not making any sense at all. He was incredible hard to understand. It was painful. After about half an hour I established that he had my CV and wanted to invite me to an interview. However, I could not understand the name of the company or the role that they were recruiting for. I was asking all sorts of questions to try to find out what I needed, what kind of business was his company involved in? Where were they located? But nothing he said was making sense. He may as well have been speaking another language. It was so awful. In the end I had to keep saying, please e-mail me with the information. And several times I repeated, “I am so sorry, I cannot understand you. I am putting the telephone down now.

Ying, Yang, Yong, Yeng and Yung, which is best that describes your personality and why?

to guam and back.jpgI have no idea what those words mean – but I would happily call myself YOUNG.

Only one other blogger knows my exact age and I have threatened him that if he let’s my age slip – there will be trouble ahead. Don’t tell him, but I have no idea what exactly that trouble would involve! Possibly being tied to the exercise bike and having to cycle all the way to Guam and back!

Regardless of my age…I am just a girl! I feel as if I only left school yesterday!

Five Questions For My Nominees

  1. ARE YOU CAMERA SHY? OR DO YOU TAKE SELFIES AND POSE FOR PHOTOS WITH CONFIDENCE?
  2. WHAT KIND IF SACRIFICES HAVE YOU MADE FOR A PERSON OR PEOPLE YOU LOVE?
  3. IS THERE ANYTHING FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD THAT YOU HAVE KEPT FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS?
  4. IF YOU AND I WERE GOING TO GO OUT TO CAFE POSH FOR BREAKFAST/BRUNCH AND I WAS PAYING WHAT WOULD YOU ORDER?
  5. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A MISUNDERSTANDING WITH A FRIEND THAT CAUSED YOU SOME DISTRESS? WAS THE MISUNDERSTANDING RESOLVED AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP RESTORED?

My Nominees

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Kristian Has Nominated Me For The Mystery Blogger Award

So much has been happening in my life. It’s all very bizarre and dramatic. I am trying to keep my head cool and not let my heart to go bounding wildly into a whirlwind of nonsensical romantic disillusionment…but…it is so tempting!!!

Back in August, Kristian, the creator of Tales from the mind of Kristian, nominated me for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD, as you can see from his brilliant post below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/mystery-blogger-award-nomination-10/

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for 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 also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog – THANK YOU KRISTIAN! SORRY IT IS SO LATE!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 10-20 other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best posts.

Three Things About Me

Smiling woman getting her hair styled and hair salon.

I have always felt very nervous, quite frightened about going to a hair salon and having strangers wash and cut my hair. It used to move me to tears! I preferred my mum to cut my hair, but when rheumatoid arthritis made it hard for her to hold the scissors I had to go elsewhere. I have a few friends who are hairdressers and if they have time, one of them kindly trims my hair for me. But if I ever have to go to a real salon, I spend the whole time extremely tense. The stylists sometimes ask me questions that I don’t want to answer. In recent years, I have tried to combat this by taking control of the conversation and bombarding them with questions.

smiler 1I do not understand racism, or even nationalism. As far as I am concerned, I am a member of the human family. Whenever I pick up on people having an air of superiority or feeling they are special, or more deserving, on account of where they are born or the shade of their skin…well, I just find those kind of attitudes repugnant. Now that I am being open I will also add, I hear people in western countries moaning about what they don’t have, or that they don’t have as much now as they used to have, and I think to myself, “You have no idea! Let’s uproot you and relocate you where the average wage is around $1 or $2 a day shall we? Once you have returned to your “home-country”, hopefully you will never moan again!” There are some very spoilt people in western lands who take so much for granted.

i cant drawMy brain leans towards maths, physics and chemistry. I am fascinated by geology and marine biology. I do enjoy reading about history and culture, but I find my brain is sorely lacking when it comes to art. Goldfinch loves art. I love that about him. But my brain is so hopeless when it comes to art. I have tried, but I fall back on drawing goofy cartoons because I become so frustrated with my efforts. Algebra, trigonometry any day! Ask me to write a letter, or an essay – easy peasy! But if you ask me to draw a self-portrait, well the paper will be covered with my tears because I don’t seem to be able to move the pencil around the paper to produce anything other than a cartoon character. And I now think that it is a hand-eye-brain coordination thing. I was always deemed good at sports, but that was only because I had so much energy and stamina. I was not great at catching, or aiming. Just furiously energetic and without any fear of tackling the opposing team. But I always had to pass the ball to a team-mate because I had no skills.

One Of My Favourite Posts

bluebellI have a few favourites. I mentioned a couple of my favourites in another award post recently. But this is also very much one of my favourite posts that I like to go back and read over. It is about a memory I have of the very first time I saw bluebells! I was only a little child, and I was up int he woods where we used to play. The whole woodland floor had turned blue. I was enthralled by it!

Hiding In The Shade

Questions From Kristian

If you could be a flavour of Ice Cream which one would you be and why?

I love this question. Of course I am so tempted to say caramel flavour. But I think caramel on it’s own can be a little bit sickly. 

So I think I would be a combination flavour. I think something classy. Either espresso flavour for a little bitterness to contrast with the sweet caramel (no, I am not a bitter person) or pistachio, which is so moreish and delicious. I also love peanut butter ice-cream. Ooooh so hard to choose!

If you could change one thing in history, and only one, what would it be?

adam and eveAnother great question. One that is extremely thought provoking.

There is a huge impulse to say I wish I could change the rebellion of the first two humans against our Creator. The results of human self-rule have been bitterly cruel and grievous. However, I do realize that in the future, both we on earth, and all intelligent creatures in the universe, will look back on this period of history and see it as a judicial precedent for any future disturbance to peace in our universe.

of great interestThere are many unspeakably horrific crimes that have taken place on a huge scale, that mar human history. The crusades, the holocaust, the invasion of other lands by greedy nations. But when I think about it, our history is very important. Our history is going to provide judicial testimony that is going to bring peace to our planet and peace to the entire universe.

What do I mean you may ask? It is clear that our Creator was deeply grieved when the rebellion occurred. He foresaw the outcome, the consequences of human self-rule. He warned that it would result in great suffering. He has only allowed this because he knew he would be able to heal the damage caused and restore the human family and this earth to his original purpose. He determined that the period of human independence would come to an end. He set the date. Nothing will change that. He will not allow human rulership to go on forever. There is a limit to how much damage He will allow.

future1In the meantime, He continued to the accomplishment of His own purpose. He provided His Word which would guide those who sought his rulership. He provided hundreds of prophecies pointing to the appearance of His “sent one” or “Messiah” or “Christ” – who would become the ruler of a government established by our Creator. Christ demonstrated the power he would be given over disease, the weather, and even death. He showed on a very small scale what he would be empowered to perform on a global scale in the future.

He also commanded his followers not to interfere with human rulerships, but not to get involved with them either. Christians are to pay their taxes, obey the law and to be peaceful. While Christians ultimately look to their Creator and the Christ, who has been appointed King of God’s Kingdom, they remember that right now we are under the authority of human rulerships. Human governments are allowed to be there. They provide an element of stability which benefits us.

world.jpgWhy? Because human rulership is on trial. There is already a very checkered history on record. There may have been some who seemed genuine in their motives, but even those who seem noble have had limited success.

How many human governments have been able to ensure that the basic needs (adequate food, healthcare, work and shelter etc.) of all their population were satisfied? How many short-sighted decisions have been made in the name of profit and innovation, which have damaged our environment and have been detrimental to people’s health? How many inhuman atrocities have been committed? How many governments have allowed disgusting economic extremes? Wars, genocide, slavery, oppression and cruelty mar the pages of human history in every corner of our globe.

future2.jpgIf our Creator had continued to intervene to prevent bad things from happening – would it not make people think that human rule is not that bad after all? Our Creator has already recorded his view of the thousands of years of human rulership that he has witnessed. Grossly inadequate, a failure. Some rulers he has seen are highly reprehensible.

However, in the near future there will be events that may seem incomprehensible right now. At the moment, with the ineptness of the current forms of government manifesting itself, it doesn’t seem all that far-fetched that soon governments will give more power and more authority to the United Nations, does it! That is something that was prophesied in the scriptures centuries before the League of Nations and the United Nations were even formed. The reason behind that development and what will happen next is all in the scriptures.

Very soon there will be an issue that will affect everyone on the planet. Are we as individuals eager to have our Creator’s guidance? Or will we choose human self-rule? I find it hard to imagine why anyone who knows anything about history, and anyone who witnesses the events that are soon to take place would choose human rulership. But at the end of the day, we have all individually been dignified with free will and choice. You cannot force someone to love our Creator. That is not what He wants. His rule will be marked by love. He wants His creatures to willingly choose to look too Him for guidance because they love and trust Him.

By the end of a thousand year period of rule under the government established by our Creator, we will be in an even better position to make a whole-hearted choice. During that time the earth will have been restored to the paradise He intended. He will have resurrected those who had died during the thousands of years of human rulership. Disease, old-age, abuse, pollution, war, crime will be distant memories.

paradise7Humans will face another pivotal moment. A decision will be before them once again. Yet again the question of who should rule will be thrown up. The scriptures show this is the final time this issue will need to be answered on such a large scale. It is after that that we can say all things have been restored. There truly will be complete peace throughout the universe.

There will be a vital historical record of everything that happened, how the Creator handled challenges and questions over His rulership. From then on, if anyone in the universe raises the question of authority again, there will be billions of humans on earth who will shout “No!” The question of who should rule will never need to be answered in this way ever again.

future3.jpgYou are worthy, our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they came into existence and were created. – Revelation 4:11

What is the greatest advice you’ve ever been given?

Oh my goodness, I have been given so much good advice! How do I pick one thing??? One piece of advice I remember every single day is that kindness is always the right choice. There are so many people at breaking point! If you had any idea how heavy the hearts of some where, or what is going on in their mind…always choose to be kind!

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If you could have anything for your last meal, what would you choose?

IMG_20190728_190446I don’t intend to ever stop eating in all honesty. I love variety, so it’s hard to pick favourites because I love new flavours and ingredients.

But there are meals I just never ever tire of. Salad, lasagne, garlic bread would make me very happy any time! Add to it a glass of wine and finish everything off with a very naughty pudding and I will be very happy just before I slip into a food coma and sleep it all off!

If you could be a character in a book, which one would you be?

Hmm…such good questions.

persuasionI think I have a huge soft spot for Anne Elliot in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion“. The first time I read that book, I started to adore her from the first chapter. I did not know Jane Austen’s books at all back then.

I was very anxious about what would happen to Anne Elliot all the way through. I thought that in the latter half of the back, Jane Austen was trying to steer Anne towards a happy-ish ending. But the actual ending knocked my socks off! I wasn’t expecting that at all. And I loved it!

I love happy endings! Especially the type that seem completely impossible, the type you have lost all hope could ever occur!

Life – it is so wonderful! Just think after all the twists and turns in human history, we are going to have the happiest outcome that could possible imagined! Things we thought impossible, the resurrection of all those who have died, the restoration of paradise, life without pain and suffering, universal peace under the loving rulership of a powerful, just wise Creator who loves us and wants us to be happy forever!!!

Questions or My Nominees

  1. DID YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE TEACHER AT SCHOOL?
  2. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AUTUMN AND WINTER?
  3. IF YOU WERE GOING TO BE A TOURIST IN ENGLAND (if you live in England then imagine you are having a stay-cation) WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT?
  4. HAS A SITUATION THAT WAS CAUSING YOU STRESS EVER TURNED OUT TO HAVE A WONDERFULLY HAPPY ENDING?
  5. DO YOU LIKE GOING FOR LONG WALKS? IF SO, DO YOU PREFER YOUR OWN COMPANY OR DO YOU LIKE TO BE WITH SOMEONE?

My Nominees

 

Cyranny Has Nominated Me For The Mystery Blogger Award

I have received a nomination from Cyranny (forgive me, I don’t know if that’s your real name), the creator of Cyranny’s Cove for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD, as you can see from the fabulous post below:

Mystery Blogger Award!

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for 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 also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

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 – THANK YOU CYRANNY!
  4. Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you
  5. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  10. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

What do you want to know??? I am running out of new things I can tell you because I have done so many of these award posts.

I think that going out to Australia has helped me to break my addiction to mayonnaise. I was in the very bad habit of adding it to almost every meal at home. But I have not had any mayonnaise for two months now – which is great! Well, maybe not so great for Hellmanns.

sailing into sunsetMy dream is to build a boat (with the man I love) and sail around the world as slowly as possible – immersing ourselves in the local communities wherever we travel, making friends (members of our wonderful human family) and exploring their cuisine, music, culture.

I don’t like living alone. I grew up in a large family (I am one of seven children). I lived on my own for two years in Berkshire and I have lived on my own here for two and a half years. Too long. I thrive with people around me. Living alone is not something I enjoy. However, when I hear of the stories and situations some of my friends and colleagues have with strange  or difficult housemates, I try to remember that if I was living with the wrong people, I may really struggle.

Questions From Cyranny

(Although Cyranny has given us the questions she received from Suzi from My Colourful Life)

What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you?

The weirdest thing? Oooooh. Lots of weird things have happened. Most seemed weird at the time, but were less weird when someone explained their actions.

The first one is this: I SHARED A TAXI WITH A UNICORN – from Bath (near Bristol) all the way to London, after our train was cancelled. Neither the unicorn or myself paid the fare. It was all covered by the rail company. And…the unicorn and I had a conversation in Chinese Mandarin. Now please do not roll your eyes at me. I answered the question didn’t I!

The second weird thing is as follows:

-E7Some years ago I was in Monte Carlo.  I was visiting the palace and ended up straying from the group of tourists I was with and wandering into an area where I was presented with a glass of champagne. Friendly old me started chatting with a couple of people around my age.  After a while, I decided to leave the group and go and find where my mum had disappeared to.

As I stepped out onto the pavement a few people who I believe were speaking German ran up to me and started babbling at me.  I could not understand them at all.  But they were taking photographs of me and all seemed rather excited.  The group of people who were gathering around me started to grow and cameras were all pointed at me.  To be honest I found it rather intimidating. Then I spotted my mum through the crowd laughing at me and looking as bewildered as I was.  I pushed my way through everyone to reach my mum and asked her if we could go somewhere less crowded.

I have no idea why scores of people were excited to see me and were taking photographs.  It was weird.  I have asked every German friend I have if I resemble any well known German celebrities.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I was one of a very small number of women to be assigned as a full-time international volunteer. They say it’s tougher than joining the marines.

I longed to become a full-time international volunteer. I had met many who were. But I was given a very realistic description of the challenges that are involved in that role. The accommodation is very basic and modest – well small, very small. There is a a strict schedule and volunteers are often required to work “over-time”. There can be challenges when sharing kitchen and bathroom areas with other volunteers who come from different backgrounds and cultures. The physical demands and difficulties in the various challenging assignments can be exhausting. And for everything you do you receive food and lodgings but no wages. I am pretty sure the marines are paid some kind of salary.

construction clothesFor many reasons, the number of single men vastly outweighs the number of single women. There are many many part-time roles for women, but the role of a full-time international volunteer is so tough, that it is normally only men who are invited to take up this role. The physical, emotional, mental tests they put you under are designed to reveal if you really can take on a self-sacrificing role and if you really can be sent anywhere in the world and adapt to any way of living. Many men cannot hack it. Yet in general, they are more likely to endure and remain in this role for longer.

It was astonishing when I finally was invited after almost fourteen years of giving on average twenty hours every week to voluntary projects all over the country.

What are you most proud of?

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I am proud of all the time I have spent as a volunteer. I am proud I have had the chance to work with some amazing people. I am proud of the projects I have been part of. I am proud that I have not been paid any money for any of that work, and yet it was more important than any paid employment. I feel as if I have really lived.

(Weird/funny)  If you were to be arrested, what would it be for?

Well…I hope it would be a wonderful thing.

I have read about people who were imprisoned, not due to to some immoral heinous act, but because they could not go along with what they knew was wrong. I have read the stories of others who were executed for their courageous stand for right. Their conscience objected to something a government required. I have met German conscientious objectors who refused to perform the Nazi salute (that infamous expression “heil Hitler” became mandatory for German citizens when he was in power). They were in their eighties mostly when I met them, but they had they had that sparkle in their eye that comes with a clean conscience.

I am really in awe of those who are not swept up in the heat of propaganda, not easily swayed by popular opinion. Those who have their eyes fixed on what is right and true and will not compromise their integrity. Quiet, peaceful, ordinary people made into superheros by remarkable courage.

Yes they may have been afraid. They may have been scorned or punished by others. But they knew there are some things more important than fear. I am so impressed by those who have immense conviction and quietly and respectfully hold their ground on matters which put their beliefs to the test.

I hope that if I am ever confronted with a situation like that, I have the courage to refuse to do what I know is wrong, even when threatened with arrest and imprisonment (or worse.)

(Shameless self-promotion)  Would you like to be featured as part of my Saturday Shout Out series?

This is new to me. Saturday Shout Outs sound like a great idea. I am going to head over to the link provided and find out all about it! If you want to read all about Saturday Shout Outs, head on over to My Colourful Life, created by Suzi Trench:

https://mycolourfullifeuk.com/category/saturday-shout-out/

Questions For My Nominees

  1. Do your friends and family know about your blog? Do they read your posts?
  2. Have you ever been mistaken for someone else leading to a embarrassing situation?
  3. Do you speak any other languages?
  4. If I invited you over for dinner, what would you like me to cook or bake for you?
  5. What would be the first song you would choose to sing in a karaoke party or contest? (if you don’t already, imagine you have a perfect voice and lots of confidence)

My Nominees

 

 

Beckie Has Nominated Me For The Mystery Blogger Award

This is another late response to a nomination from fabulous Beckie, the creator of Beckie’s Mental Mess, and this time it is for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD, as you can see from Beckie’s post below:

🔮 Mystery Blogger Award 🔮

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for 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 also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog – THANK YOU BECKIE! SORRY IT IS SO LATE!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 10-20 other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best posts.

Three Things About Me

the team.jpgI love cleaning, especially cleaning my own home, but anywhere will do. I have cleaned to earn my bread and butter and I have cleaned as a volunteer on lots of projects. I have cleaned other people’s homes, offices, schools, catering facilities, medical facilities, sports stadiums and indoor arenas. I have worked with amazng people, made great friends and had so much fun. When I compare the atmosphere of working in an office (sitting on your behind five days a week is so unhealthy) and the spirit that existed when working with a team of cleaners or house-keepers, the highlight being the karaoke tea-breaks we had – oh there is no comparison. I would hate to have to go back to a desk job.

SONY DSCYesterday I woke up with a lot of head pain. I had some coffee but I felt so ill I couldn’t face breakfast before I started work. At lunch I had a Ryvita with some hummus but still didn’t feel well. But during the afternoon I started to feel a lot better and suddenly felt extremely hungry. On the way home from work I pass two Indian restaurants. I didn’t even make it past the first. I went in and ordered myself a garlic naan bread. It was delicious!

I absolutely love dresses. Love them! Even though I wear trousers for work and for hiking, dresses still take up half of my wardrobe! Life would be so boring without beautiful dresses.

 

Beckie’s Questions:

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

headaches.jpgI wander into the kitchen to take some painkillers. (If anyone who has not read any of my other posts is wondering why, it is because I received severe head injuries a few years ago and I still wake up each morning with intense pain.) Because they are NSAIDs, I need to have them with some food. So, I normally have something very simple like a Weetabix with hot water and some coffee. Then I have to rest until the painkillers are working. After that the day is pain free. Being vertical seems to do wonders for my head.

What is your favourite hobby?

travelerHiking, especially at this time of year. I do love walking, and I love visiting new areas to walk. The problem with London is that it is too far away from the Late District and North Wales, where I love walking the most.

I took my hiking boots to Australia and hope to tell you all about areas to walk around Adelaide…but I am still trying to catch up with reading other bloggers posts. I am catching up with everything really and trying to get back into the pace of London.

Junk Food Junkie or Health Nut?

saladI am definitely more inclined to be healthy in my food choices. Especially when I have to eat out. When I do my home food shopping, it is only healthy food that goes into my shopping basket. But when I have to buy lunch in town I have to work hard to avoid the bakeries and any fast food restaurants that look as if they sell junk food.. I am so glad that in London there are so many places where you can buy a tasty vegan salad.

I am not vegan, but I have been vegetarian since I was six years old. I love my veggies.

What’s the funkiest food you ever ate?

beckie's cakeMy friend made a fantastic rainbow cake for a party. I think she must have had a lot of patience to make so many layers.

Funky foods? Hmm. I have had some pretty funky juices and smoothies and cocktails – but I can’t think of many edibles I would call funky, especially as I am a vegetarian.

I had a jackfruit curry one night this week – not really funky too look at, but pretty funky to taste.

Do you favour writing during the day or the evening?

typing.jpegAt the moment it is whenever I can. Busy busy busy. I have lots and lots of drafts that I have started in previous months. So there is no shortage of ideas of things to write about. In addition the prompts provided by other bloggers give me more ideas.

I think if I wasn’t snatching at whatever time I have spare at the moment, I probably have more ideas in the morning, but I think I find it easier to work on them during the afternoon. I am starting to feel dozy in the evenings, so I am a bit half-hearted if I end up writing then. But I will say thus…I have been making regular use of the scheduling facility. I write posts and schedule them far in advance of the date they are actually published. But there is a limited time frame with many of the writing posts provided by other bloggers. So sometimes, I re-schedule other posts, postponing their publishing even further ahead.

Five Questions For My Nominees

  1. DO YOU HAVE A SIGNIFICANT OTHER – A SPOUSE OR SOMEONE YOU ARE COURTING?
  2. HOW MANY DIFFERENT JOBS HAVE YOU HAD? IS THERE A JOB YOU WOULD PREFER TO BE DOING?
  3. WHAT WILL YOU BE HAVING FOR DINNER THIS EVENING?
  4. ARE YOU A HORDER? OR DO YOU DE-CLUTTER REGULARLY?
  5. DO YOU HAVE ANY BLOG-CRUSHES? By that I mean other bloggers who you are kind of sweet on?

My Nominees

Beckie Has Nominated Me For The Mystery Blogger Award

The fabulous Beckie the creator of Beckie’s Mental Mess, has nominated me for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD, as you can see from her post below:

The Mystery Blogger Award – 04/08/2019

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for 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 also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

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 – THANK YOU BECKIE!
  4. Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you
  5. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  10. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

sign languageI learnt British sign language when I was sixteen, and for around ten years I was an interpreter for those who were deaf. That was mainly when I lived up north. When I moved down south, I interpreted just a handful of times, so I became rusty. But then when I started working in pharmacy, we had a few deaf customers, so it was very useful. I don’t use sign language regularly now, but I still find that I sometimes “think” in sign language, especially when I dream. Sometimes Milly and I will have conversations in sign language. (Milly is still an interpreter.)

stick insect.jpgThere was a stage in my life when I had to clean out the tank regularly that was the home of eight stick insects. Those little guys would chomp their way through a lot of foliage and then there was lots of stick insect poop in the tank and shrivelled up twigs that needed clearing out. It was really hard to make sure they did not escape. I had a couple of afternoons when I was searching the kitchen high and low for stick insects. Boy can those things move!

charity shopMost of my clothes and shoes are from charity shops. I buy underwear brand new. I also buy work shoes brand new, because they need to fit well and they need to be good quality. Other than that, second-hand is fine for me. There are six charity shops on the high street here and it is not unusual to find beautiful designer clothes with the original retailer’s labels still on.

Beckie’s Questions

What is your favourite Olympic Event?

I have to admit, it is a long time since I made time to watch any Olympic event. I am drawn to swimming though because for years my sisters and I were competitive swimmers. And diving too.

I have occasionally seen some of the television footage of the Olympics – I guess some of the running events catch my eye. But it is more the winter Olympics that really divert me – those huge ski jumps, the tobogganing, and ice-skating are events I probably would sit and watch IF I had the time.

What colour makes you happy, and what colour makes you mad… And, why?

My favourite colours make me happy – blues and greeny blues and bluey greens. I like a little yellow and a very little pink. But what makes me happy is colours that compliment each other. I love to see a mix of colours that dance together. There’s nothing quite as pretty as a rainbow.

I would not say it makes me mad, but I don’t get on well with orange for some reason. I attribute to this to my Dad painting the ceiling orange in the bedroom I shared with my sister Mandy when we were very little girls. Dad felt colours would impact our personalities and he thought orange was a happy colour. Staring up at an orange ceiling just seemed to make me averse to orange.

What is your favourite meal of the day, and what would it be?

I just like food. I love variety. I think my favourites change. At the moment I like dinner time because it signals the end of the day, nearly time for sleep.

Because I am saving up money to go to Australia and I am on an incredibly tight budget, I am going out for dinner at the home of friends a lot and it’s great to try other people’s home cooking. I am being spoilt rotten by my friends!

 

I had butternut squash risotto at an Italian friend’s home last week which was yummy. I had vegetarian sausage casserole with herby dumplings on Wednesday. I have an invite to the home of a friend from Sri Lanka on Sunday night and I cannot wait to try their cooking.

Non-fiction or Fictional movies, what do you prefer and why?

Here are some of my favourite movies:

 

If I am going to watch something new, it would need to be in the same ilk as the kind of films above. No swearing, no violence, no occult, no sex. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, family fun entertainment please. I am just a kid at heart and I do not want to be traumatised.

If a squirrel falls out of a tree in the forest, does anybody hear it?  (Hah!  I’m running out of ideas for questions here, folks!) LOL!

I always presumed that a squirrel would be like a cat and manage to land on it’s paws unscathed. I think squirrels are so cute.

Questions For My Nominees

  1. WHO IS THE FIRST PERSON YOU WOULD TELL ANY GOOD NEWS TO?
  2. DO YOU HAVE A GARDEN WHERE YOU LIVE?
  3. WHAT DO YOU NORMALLY EAT FOR BREAKFAST?
  4. DO YOU WATCH THE NEWS/READ NEWSPAPERS/NEWS WEBSITES?
  5. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TOY/GAME WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?

My Nominees

Ursula Has Nominated Me For The Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD by the wonderful Ursula the creator of An Upturned Soul, as you can see from her fabulous post below:

https://anupturnedsoul.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/mystery-blogger-award-spring-sparks/

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for 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 also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

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 – THANK YOU URSULA!
  4. Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you
  5. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  10. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three Things About Me

1. I love wearing dresses. It’s not practical to wear a dress for some of the work I do, gardening and cleaning. Neither do I wear dresses when I go hiking or running. But I love wearing dresses any other appropriate time. I loved wearing dresses for Goldfinch.

I have a beautiful collection of dresses, most of which I have found in charity shops. I particularly like knee-length fit and flare dresses. Even when I was a little girl and loved playing football and climbing trees (which I still love) I was very attached to collection of beautiful dresses. I have always liked to wear pretty clothes.

summer12. I love summer. I love it very much. However, for the last three summers I have had a lot of frightening flashbacks taking me right back to that night in the park. There are lots of things that trigger memories of that night. The heat, the smell of grass, the sounds of animals at night. This year I will be in Australia when that date comes round again. Four years since I was attacked. I will be with Goldfinch. It will be winter in Australia. I am hoping I am alright.

3. I need to get a hair cut! I have shocking split ends at the moment. But it costs so much money to have my hair cut here in London. I am trying to arrange a salon appointment on one of my visits up north. My hair is quite long at the moment, and because it looks a bit tatty when it is down, I am having to wear it up all the time 😦

My Best Post

Well here is one of the posts I like best. It is about a very special member of my family:

Why Was Milly Always Given More Sweets Than Mandy and Me?

Sharing sweets

Ursula’s Questions

1 – If you could spend a weekend as your adult self with your child self, what would you do together?

Climbing trees. I did not have to think about an answer to that question.

But I think you said it was for a whole weekend…therefore, I will probably throw in some other activities too. We would probably be camping outdoors and watching the stars at night. We would definitely be swimming. Probably swinging from a rope that was tied to a branch.

That reminds me of a picture I saw ages ago. I was with a friend who has a little girl. Little one showed me her beautiful Bible story book. The picture captured exactly my idea both as a child and as an adult of a perfect way to have fun. I think it’s this one.

2 – When you look at yourself, either in a mirror, a photo, or in your mind’s eye, what do you notice the most about yourself, what part of you do you focus your attention upon the most?

I rarely look at photos of myself. I can’t bare to. I am not camera shy, in fact I can be quite a poser! But I am photo shy, I hate to see myself in a photo. Please don’t ask me to explain it, but I literally cannot bear to see myself in a photo. There are no photos of me on display here in my little abode. My family have photos of me displayed, but I know where they are and I won’t look at them.

I don’t mind the photos of me as a kiddo.

 

Now it’s only photos I have a problem with, I don’t mind looking at myself in a mirror, well, it depends which mirror. Sometimes when I have been shopping and tried a garment on in a brightly lit changing room, and there are mirrors at all angles that show my behind and an odd angle of my profile, I always cringe at what I see. I hardly ever go on to buy whatever garment I am trying on.

mirrorBut I don’t have any problem with mirrors in general. Goodness, I have made myself sound as if I have a phobia. I love the mirrors on the bathroom cabinet in my little abode. It makes my face look so pretty. Also I have two long mirrors and they are very flattering. I don’t know whether it is the softer lighting, or if the mirrors I have here are faulty – but I like what they show.

mirror1I have a healthy awareness of my erm, “assets” and I also know which bits of me I could change if I put a little more effort in!

If I look in the bathroom cabinet mirror at my face I usually focus on my eye-brows and I try to tidy them up a bit. The rest of my face is normally in the right place! I think that when I look in one of the long mirrors I look ok face on, but when I turn to the side, my eyes are automatically drawn to my tummy and whether it is looking flatter or fuller. I try not to look in the mirror straight after a big meal.

3 – If you were given the power to stop time which would freeze everyone in the moment for however long you wanted, and you could move around during that frozen time – what would you do?

Cleaning. I shall explain further down…

There was a show on TV years ago, I watched a couple of episodes I think. The basic concept was that an alien had married a human and they had a daughter. That daughter was able to freeze everyone around her and move around just as you mentioned in the question. In fact in the video below which show the opening and closing credits, you see her put her fingers together and the tin of paint that has falling off the ladder freezes in the air.

So why would I want to freeze time to do some cleaning? Well…I sometimes clean up after a bunch of young people have been at working in a large open plan office. When I clean, I clean to a high standard. I am always a bit shocked when I see the mess they have made in between my cleans.

It’s sometimes incomprehensible to me how they can make so much mess. I would like to walk in while they are all there, freeze them, tidy up while they are all frozen and then see how they react when they are unfrozen. I have started to leave notes explaining areas I was not able to clean and stating how they should leave the premises in order for me to be able to clean properly.

4 – If you woke up tomorrow to find that one of your blog posts had gone viral, had accumulated thousands of views overnight, hundreds of comments, likes, shares, and was very much loved by everyone – how would you react?

I have been thinking about this question. I think I would be terrified.

blogging audienceI feel safe within a relatively limited number of readers – who are all other bloggers and writers. So far 99.5% of the bloggers I have interacted with seem lovely. There is a nice supportive spirit. But the thought of the number of people looking at something I have written growing like wildfire is a bit frightening.

I know you said to imagine that one of my blog-posts had gone viral and everyone loved it, but it still makes me nervous. I don’t want Jack to find me. Not only physically, but I don’t want him to know anything about my blogging. If there was a dramatic increase in the number of people who were viewing my posts, I would be afraid that it would not be long until he found me.

5 – What mistake do you keep making? What lesson do you keep learning?

Hmm…I make mistakes, but I don’t usually make the same ones over and over.

There was a mistake I kept making for years. I was told again and again that I needed to learn to say no. I think a lot of people realized that for many years I was juggling a lot of responsibilities. Perhaps they could see it was unsustainable.

A lot of my seniors would advise me that I needed to learn to say no because I was doing so much. The problem was they were the very ones who would call me a couple of days later and tell me that someone had pulled out of something and ask me if I could stand in at short notice. Do you think they were going to be pleased with me if I tried to say “no”?

tired.pngHowever, since I was the victim of a serious crime, I cannot go at the pace I was before. My head injuries have limited my abilities. I try to be honest and upfront with people about how much I can commit to. I am busy. But I cannot be busy the way  was before. I cannot have lots of people depending on me. If I felt overwhelmed, I would probably just say “this is not going to work, it would be better for everyone if you found someone to replace me“. I try to keep life simpler. I just cannot feel the pressure of juggling too many obligations.

My Questions For My Nominees

  • IF YOU ARE GOING TO ORDER A TAKE-AWAY TO SHARE AT HOME – WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE – PIZZA, CHINESE, INDIAN OR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT?
  • DO YOU FEEL SAFE WHERE YOU LIVE? NOT JUST WHEN YOU ARE INDOORS, BUT WHEN YOU ARE WALKING THROUGH THE STREETS NEAR WHERE YOU LIVE?
  • DO YOU FIND IT EASY TO BUDGET? DO YOU SAVE BEFORE YOU SPEND OR DO YOU BUY NOW PAY LATER?
  • WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY ACTIVE AND EXERCISE YOUR BODY?
  • WHO CUTS YOUR HAIR? A FAMILY MEMBER OR A STYLIST AT A SALON? DO YOU JUST HAVE A TRIM, OR DO YOU HAVE IT RE-STYLED REGULARLY?

My Nominees

Teresa Has Nominated Me For The Mystery Blogger Award

bloggingI am trying to give some attention to some lovely nominations and tags I received recently.

You all know how long these award posts take to prepare, but I do love them. I have been thinking about them while they have sat patiently in my drafts folder. I feel like I need a break away from my lap-top after the BAKE-OFF.  So I think I am going to be content with publishing one a post day, maybe two if the mood takes me 🙂

The wonderful Teresa, better known as The Haunted Wordsmith has nominated me for THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD, as you can see from her post below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/mystery-blogger-award/

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What is the Mystery Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for 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 also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
  4. Answer the 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  5. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  10. Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Things About Me

I am trying to think of three new things to tell you. Hmm…

collapsed in snowI was once dragged through the snow on my stomach by a sledge pulled by a team of husky dogs. I was on the back of the sledge (I was supposed to be “steering” the sledge) and I fell off. I had asked the owner of the sledge and the dogs, what happened if I fell off. He told me there was no way I was going to fall off. I fell off. I was clinging with all my might to the handle bar of the sledge, terrified that my friends were going to end up crashing into a tree. I was dragged along on my tummy for some time before eventually my strength gave out. I could hear my friends screaming. The owner…well it’s such a funny story, I should probably save the entire saga for another post.

I was a first aider from the age of sixteen. Every three years I went on a refresher course to re-qualify. My last certificate expired about a year ago. For the first time in twenty years I am not a “qualified first-aider” which means I cannot be used as a first-aider on a lot of the voluntary projects I work on. It feels like a real shame. I think I need to go and do another full first aid course (I can’t do a refresher course because my certificate has lapsed). I have been a first-aider on many construction projects and at major events for many years. It seems a shame to not be one of the team.

masterchefI am so so excited about watching the final of the BBC Masterchef show. I will be at work tonight when it is broadcast, so I will have to wait to watch it on BBC i-player. I can’t wait. I have been so fond of the contestants and am so impressed by what they have accomplished. Please don’t tell me the result!!

My Best Post

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One of the very first posts (I think it was the first) I ever published is the one that is closest to my heart. I wrote this poem twenty years ago. I have worked on the middle section a couple of times, but the start and finish are exactly what I wrote when I was a teenager. I have a huge soft spot for it.

Five Questions From Teresa

What are your plans for this fine spring weekend?

On Saturday I will be walking out in the spring sunshine and enjoying all of the wonderful blossom that is on so many trees at the moment. The forecast is pretty good at the weekend. My friends and I will be walking from Hampstead to Richmond. I am going to a party on Saturday night. It is after a ceremony (I am not going to the ceremony, just the after-party), so it will be a late night for me.

IMG_20180721_074541Sunday – I am doing some volunteer work for most of the day, and then in the evening I am going round to the home of some friends from Bulgaria. I am taking a chilled chocolate cheesecake (which I will have to make first thing on Saturday morning, or maybe I can risk leaving it til Sunday morning – nope, I am going to be too tired after the party). People love that thing, I am asked to make it regularly. I daren’t eat it because I am not good with dairy.

What kind of museum would you create if you could (what would you put in it)?

Oh…that’s an interesting question – never have thought about that. So many museums in London that I love visiting. I guess I would love there to be a museum packed with all our family memories.

bananaepisodeAll the different cars Dad has driven over the years. Mum’s dresses. Swatches of the different curtains and wallpapers we have been through. Our toys and books from childhood. My collection of sunglasses from childhood and my roller-skates. All the family photos of course.

I think I would visit the museum regularly, as would all of my family. But I don’t think anyone else would be interested! We are not going to be able to get the tax-payer to fund this museum are we!

What is something best served cold?

Custard.

I really like hot fruit crumble with cold custard (dairy free for me). My friends like cold crumble with hot custard which I think is odd. Custard is so nice cold!

I know there will be some who disagree with me. My friends and I seem to be 50/50 split on this issue. But that seems to be the trend in the UK at the moment – to be 50/50 split on important subjects like whether custard should be cold or hot.

What can always bring you out of a slump?

What kind of slump? Are we talking about feeling a bit low?

Normally, being with people cheers me up enormously. I really thrive on being with people. I am from a big family. I  have worked on projects with hundreds of other volunteers. I love people. I am with people a lot. But I like being alone too. It’s important to me to have some alone time.

There are other things I might do if I am on my own for some reason and feeling down. Sometimes I am forced against my will to be alone due to the intense pain I have since I received head injuries. At times like that, I do sometimes feel a bit sorry for myself. I mentioned some of them in my SHARE-YOUR-WORLD post this week:

  • ring my mum, one of my sisters, or a good friend
  • type an e-mail to Goldfinch
  • go for a walk, there are beautiful parks nearby my accommodation
  • lie on the grass in the park and doze under the warm sunshine
  • listen to some music that always makes me feel good
  • walk to a nearby artisan bakery on the high street and buy myself the gooiest cake I can find
  • iron any laundry that is stacked up, it’s something I really enjoy
  • work on the little book I am writing for my niece

What recently read book do you think everyone should read?

Wish Upon A Leaf by [Grabs, Teresa]I find Teresa’s new book an absolute delight. The main characters are enchanting. I love their story. I love love love it.

My first copy arrived from Amazon yesterday. I am going to buy more copies as we have quite a few children in our family who are the perfect age group for this book, and they all like reading.

I wish Teresa every success with her new book…and hopefully more are in the pipeline.

My Nominees