Talesfromthemindofkristian Has Nominated Me For The “One Day With A Star” Challenge

Well…my brain is so jam-packed with images of cake, I decided to start this week with a re-blog of one of my posts from last summer. It took me ages to complete this post – you might see how much effort was involved in putting it together when you see the format. But it was fun!

I have been nominated for a challenge by talesfromthemindofkristian  talesfromthemindofkristian as you can see in his post below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/one-day-with-a-star-that-sad-day-a-short-story/

He has tagged me in this challenge: One Day with a Star.  I have not see this challenge before.  I believe it is the creation of   raynotbradbury. Have a look over her post explaining the challenge:

‘One day with a star’ Challenge

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The rules are:

  1. Describe a very famous person (preferably historical, or well known – to everyone!). Include the details in your story so people can guess who is that STAR, but do not mention the real name.
  2. You can add 1 photo-detail (non obligatory).
  3. The style and the genre of the writing – any.  
  4. Pingback to this post  (not to the page!), so I can read and comment.
  5. Spread the word around, up to 3 – 5 blogs. Have fun!
  6. The followers should guess in the comments who is ‘your star’.

SO HERE IS MY STORY – PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR A BIT OF HOPELESSLY LIGHT-HEARTED POPCORN CANDY-FLOSS FICTION – I AM NOT VERY GOOD AT THIS.  BUT IT MAKES A CHANGE.

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Caramel was rather lost after the pressure she had buckled under from her ex-flatmate’s behaviour.  She wished she could speak with him and ask him what went wrong. “Didn’t we almost have it all?”  she wondered to herself.  She vowed to herself that she would never love another and whispered into the night to him, “You’re still my man, my love is your love and I’m saving all my love for you?”

Night after night Caramel wept herself to sleep. broken she tearfully asked herself: “Why does it hurt so bad?”

queen of the night.jpgAll at once, the door was flung open and a mysterious figure appeared in the room.  Caramel had never seen her before and was bewildered by both the stranger appearing and the stranger’s appearance.

“Why are you so emotional Caramel?” the stranger asked, “Don’t cry anymore! Dry your tears and get yourself dressed – we are going out to dance!”

“Who are you?” gasped Caramel astounded by the outfit the stranger was wearing.

Whatchulookinat? Why! I am the Queen of the NightI heard you were kind of blue and decided to myself I’m gunna call you tonight.  But then, I looked in my business diary and saw I had the evening free.  Although I don’t often make home calls, I know you are worth it…so here I’m knockin’ on your door.  And tonight I am going to help you to get your mojo back on!  Believe me honey you really need to get it back!”

Shaking her head, Caramel replied, “It’s impossible.  I can’t go out, I have nothing to wear”.

dressHold on.  Help is on the way!” declared the mysterious stranger.  Rooting through her wardrobe the stranger pulled out a dress she saw and threw it towards Caramel telling her to put that on while she found some matching shoes.

A little shy in front of the stranger, Caramel went into her bathroom explaining, “I want to try it on my own.”  Once Caramel had the dress on, the stranger looked at her and nodded in approval saying, “It’s not right but it’s okay“.

“I don’t think I can do this,” cried Caramel.  “I’m not ready to go out and face people after everything that has happened.”

“Don’t tell me no after I came here on my evening off!  Certainly it’s possible.  When you believe in yourself, you can face anyone, the whole world.  You will be fine Caramel…relax! Step by step we will get you back to being you!”

Comforted by the stranger, Caramel smiled, “How will I know if I am ready to fall in love again?”

The stranger shrugged her shoulders, “I ain’t no fairy god-mother!  Look Caramel, the greatest love of all is loving your Creator (somebody bigger than you or I), loving yourself, loving your family and friends and loving life. When you start smiling again then a lovely guy might see, fall for you and woman cryingthen run to you!  But that ain’t gonna happen while you are feeling sorry for yourself!”

Where do broken hearts go Susan?”

My name is not Susan It isn’t , it wasn’t, it ain’t never gonna be” snapped the stranger.  “I know there ain’t no Heartbreak Hotel.”

“Oh I am sorry, you just remind me so much of one of my workmates.  She is the only one I know who could get away with wearing an outfit like that.  What is your name, I still don’t know who you really are Queen of the Night?”

If I told you that, I’d have to kill you! You don’t need to know my name, just know that I’m every woman and I look out for women who have had their hearts broken and give them a bit of a helping hand!  Wait up a moment, I think my phone is ringing…uh no…it’s just the lonely talking again that I hear”

Caramel thanked her.  Poor Caramel, all dressed up but still no smile.  The stranger sighed, “My love, I guess it might take a while with you and a lot more than a helping hand, perhaps you need a miracle.  That’s fine.  You can count on me.  So come on kiddo the moment of truth has arrived, are you going to tell me about him, the one that did this to you?  Who do you love?”

love heart“He…he….well, I know him so well, and, well…he is all the man that I need and although things have gone terribly wrong, well, I just know for certain that I was made to love him!”

The stranger smiled and gave Caramel a hug.  “It’ll be okay Caramel.  You will love again girlie!  No doubt about it!  I believe in you and me.  We are going to get you back on your dancing feet.  I got you.  You can’t be so emotional without having a heart full of love.  You are going to be just fine!  Never give up.  He was one man, that was all but one moment in time.  You will always hold him dear, but you are a woman who thrives on love and you will love again.  Love will save the day.”dancing.jpg

“Thank you, I will be thinking about all the things you say.  Maybe, I didn’t know my own strength.  I don’t believe there is really someone for me, a lover for life, someone who will take good care of my heart.  Well, I don’t know if I am really ready for love again quite yet…but I will obey you and go out tonight.  Oh yes!  Not because I want to go out and find someone else to fall in love with, but just because I do know for sure that I wanna dance with somebody.  I am kind of excited now to know where you are taking me.”

“That’s it Caramel.  Do you hear what I hear?  There’s music in you alright.  Now let’s go out and celebrate I go to the Rock club every third Friday of the month.  Let your hair down and dance on tables unashamed!  We’ll be dancin’ on the smooth edge of the stage!  I know the DJ personally, I’ll ask them to play a song for you.   You are takin’ a chance, you’ll never regret.  After tonight, I’ll be thinking about you.  And I will keep on checking in on you until you come back to being your old self…or even better, a new you, full of joy and with a smile to break hearts!  I look to you to show your true voice. Remember, you’ll never stand alone!  Let’s go!!!”

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TA DA!!! THAT IS MY ATTEMPT AT COMPLETING THE CHALLENGE!!!  SORRY KRISTIAN!!!

I AM NOT VERY GOOD AT THIS KIND OF STUFF SO FORGIVE ME…NOW FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GUESS (BECAUSE I DID NOT MAKE IT OBVIOUS AT ALL WHO THE STAR WHO INSPIRED THIS TALE IS DID I?!?!) THEN PLEASE DO FEEL FREE TO POST A COMMENT WITH YOUR GUESS.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE STILL NOT SURE…ERR, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY REALLY – WELL, JUST TO BE HELPFUL, SCROLL DOWN AND I WILL THROW IN SOME MAJOR CLUES (WELL THE VIDEO IS WAY MORE THAN A CLUE REALLY)

Now I am going to nominate three more bloggers for this challenge, which I hope you will enjoy as much as I have:

The Floating Thoughts  The Floating Thoughts  –  https://dfloatingthoughts.com/
Freckles  Freckles  –  https://discoveringcosplaygirl.wordpress.com/
Sallyann  Sallyann  – https://hallysann.wordpress.com/

I have enjoyed your posts and am very grateful for your support.  There’s no obligation to carry out the challenge if it doesn’t fit with your blog-site.  But this is a way of recognising great bloggers.

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So the songs in the story that were highlighted in pink are all listed below…you can click on the link and it takes your to a website where you can watch these videos.

The songs in the story highlighted in green are also songs she recorded but I could not find a video link to them.

And there were even more songs…I just could not squeeze them all in!

It’s Not Right But It’s Okay Video
When You Believe Video
I Have Nothing Video
I Will Always Love You Video
I’m Every Woman Video
One Moment In Time Video
Queen Of The Night Video
Run To You Video
Why Does It Hurt So Bad Video
I Was Made to Love Him Video
My Love Is Your Love Video
Step by Step Video
All the Man That I Need Video
I’m Your Baby Tonight Video
My Name Is Not Susan Video
Didn’t We Almost Have It All Video
I Wanna Dance with Somebody Video
So Emotional Video
Where Do Broken Hearts Go Video
Greatest Love of All Video
How Will I Know Video
Saving All My Love for You Video

The Auroral Wondering Belle Has Nominated Me For The Sunshine Blogger Award

What do I hope for 2019? That spring and summer come quickly and last a very long time!

Every day is going to be a little lighter from this point on. I am so excited that life and colour and warmth will soon start to return. Looking forward to being back in shorts and sandals.

To brighten up the winter, there are nomination posts in my drafts folder that need to be completed. The first I wanted to work on was another dose of glorious sunshine.

I have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by wonderingbelles wonderingbelles, the creator of Wondering Belle’s Blog as you can see from her post below:

The Sunshine Blogger Award

…and I loved her questions. I made a start on this post before I went away during the holidays and it is time to finish it and polish it up before I publish it.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them – Thank you Belle!
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it on one of their own posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Belle’s Questions For Her Nominees

What makes you the happiest about your blog?

Well…there came a point when I started to feel that this blog could be something special for my family to enjoy at a later date. I would like it to be a gift to my family at a later date. Even though, they do not yet know anything about it, thinking of my family as my target audience has been the governing influence on my posts for some time now. It makes me very happy to think of them reading in the future and deriving some comfort and enjoyment out of silly things I have written.

When I first started this site, I was not sure whether anyone at all would look at my posts,  I was frankly amazed by the response. The lovely comments and interaction with other bloggers has been an unexpected bonus. However, I think I would have run out of steam some time ago if it wasn’t for the change in my motive to continue writing and creating posts.

I have had problems ever since I received head injuries over three years ago and even this year I have been rushed through accident and emergency a few times due to some of my more worrying symptoms. There came a point when I was struck by the thought that it would be really nice for my family to be able to have this site if anything happens to me. My family know I have been writing stories in my free time, but they don’t know about this site yet. I am not sure when and how I am going to introduce it to them, but I want it to be there for them so that at any time in the future they can look at posts and I don’t know, I guess draw some enjoyment from them.

What is your all time top goal?

I used to have a goal. It was to become a full-time international volunteer. I reached that goal eight years ago. It took over thirteen years of disciplining myself and sticking to a demanding schedule and living on a pittance. It was like climbing Mount Everest. But I made it…I was one of a very small number of single women who have ever been invited to take up a post like the one I was.

However three years ago, I was the victim of a crime that caused me serious physical injuries and emotional trauma. I had to take almost a year out to recover. For the past two and a half years I have been back in London and working, trying to rebuild my stamina and strength. I would love to return to my life, my home, my career as an international volunteer. It feels like a long way off though.

Sometimes my ultimate goal of returning to my career and life, seems so far off. Even though sometimes I feel dispirited and despondent about whether I will ever make it back where I belong…I still believe that having that as a goal is a huge protection to me. It prevents me from setting my sights on worthless, meaningless, shallow goals in this money orientated, me-first, world.

I aspire to giving everything I have to build a world that is as beautiful as it should be!

What is one thing on your bucket list?

I don’t have a bucket list for myself really. Staying alive is the main focus now, and making each day count.

I would love to live to see the human family living in harmony with this beautiful planet and other creatures. I would love to see tears of sorrow wiped away from people’s eyes and heavy hearts, and instead tears of joy and merry hearted, happy, healthy people who are truly at peace in every possible sense of the word!

Where would you suggest someone go visit?

Ooooh – it depends how long for and whether you are a townie or a country bumpkin.

If it is for a weekend and you want to see everything a city offers and see gorgeous historical buildings and eat in charming cafes, then I tell my mates here in London to pop over to Bruges in Belgium. Lovely for a weekend getaway.

If it is just for the day…I recommend Eskdale in the Lake District – head to Wastwater and climb Skafell Pike or Great Gable.

I love Eskdale…many camping trips and a lot of fell-walking with friends and family for many years.

I don’t know why I thought it would be good for a day trip…spend a whole weekend there.

What do you think would make a difference to this world?

I have read a lot about why there is so much trouble in the world, from many sources. I agree with those who point to the need for a huge change of rulership. I don’t think humans are capable of governing themselves. We are not designed to be independent. It is like small children telling their parents they don’t need them or their rules.

Every conceivable form of government has been tried. Monarchies, dictatorships, autocracy, democracy, communism, capitalism, liberalism, republicanism…it’s all been tried. Our history books may well serve as a lesson learnt for the entire universe in millenniums to come, a judicial statute in a way.

Current governments provide a degree of stability – a framework of law and justice and other provisions which benefit us, but we need help. Too many short-term decisions have been made that have put wealth and power first and have sacrificed quality of life for many humans and have damaged our planet and it’s environment. There is a lot of damage that needs to be repaired.

Although there may have been some genuine, well-motivated politicians with integrity (yes – some of them) they are limited…either because the legal framework limits the duration of their term in office, or because they are ousted by a political rival, or fall victim to sickness or old age. Plus some of those who they work closely with may not be trustworthy. There are many reasons why human rulership fails to satisfy mankind’s basic needs. It’s time to end the chapters on humans dominating each other.

This planet has an abundance of everything we need. It is being mismanaged.

I would love to see a world government supervising and educating all humans to care for this earth properly. A rulership that does not allow monopolies and extreme economic situations. To me, every millionaire probably means more are being deprived of the basics. Millionaires, billionaires are not a success. They are a sign that this economic system is a failure. We need rulers who care nothing for money and wealth, but are genuinely motivated by wanting the very best for this planet and all it’s creatures. A world that values every man and woman and child no matter where they are born.

What is a hobby you wish you had more time to enjoy?

Swimming!

My sisters and I were competitive swimmers for years.  I love swimming.  Being in a pool feels wonderful to me…peace, calm, happy place…and then as I swim up and down for an hour or two I feel adrenaline and power rushing through my limbs.

I am finding it hard with my current schedule to go regularly though, at least once a week. I do wish I had more time for swimming.

What is your favourite song right now?

My favourite song change on a daily basis! But right now…I have been singing this all day:

What would you like others to know about you?

Erm…

I am very grateful. I know I don’t own many things and I have very little money. But I feel immensely wealthy. My life is very rich.

…I have a very very wonderful family who gave me a brilliant start in life. I have been trying to make decisions and develop habits that would make them proud and show appreciation for all they taught me.

Have you ever written a book? What is the name of that book if so?

I have not written a book myself. However I have proof-read and assisted in editing an auto-biography for a celebrity.

I have written thousands of letters, e-mails and pages in journals that could fill books.

I filled six journals full of detail about what was going on in the lives of me and my friends for a very close friend of ours who was intensely ill for six months. We thought we were going to lose her. When she came round and her health recovered, I gave her the journals I had kept with her in mind. They were full of photos and pictures and detailed accounts of what had been happening. It was a big help to me at the time to keep my mind positive. But when she received them and read them, she was blown away by what I had done. She told me years later how much she treasured them.

I have been writing a special book for my niece since she was born. She is far too young fr me to think about giving it to her yet. She would probably tear it to shreds! It is very much a token of love and special thought for her. It will be a special day when I can give it to her. I shall go and take a picture so you can see what I have been up to!

 

The book is mainly full of pictures and a little writing. There are lots of pictures of animals, fish, birds and of Wales. There are family photos. There are lots of pictures off my niece too. It is something I can work on when I am really missing my family and I look forward to the day when she is old enough to have a book that has been inspired by her without trying to crumple the pages or eat it!

What is one thing that would make you happy right now?

Goldfinch! I miss him 😦

I want him here with me! I wished I could have taken him to Wales to meet my wonderful family.

However, months ago I realized that it is better for Goldfinch to be without the burden of worrying about me being rushed to hospital on a regular basis. I have said my goodbye and can accept that I had a very wonderful year with him. Now my future happiness is hearing from him that everything is going well for him, that he is happy.

List 5 things you love:

Only five? There are so many things I love…in no particular order here are five of five million things that I love:

  • PEOPLE – especially my family and friends and Goldfinch!
  • THIS PLANET – meadows, mountains, rivers, beaches, lakes, waterfalls, forests
  • MUSIC
  • FOOD
  • ANIMALS – frogs, whales, horses, giraffes, bunny rabbits, butterflies, little lambs

I would like very much for my family to be able to look back and be absolutely sure that I have lacked nothing at all! They taught me pretty much everything I needed for life. Their demonstrating their love by being joyful, hard-working, fun-loving, kind, generous, faithful, reliable, consistent, balanced and wonderful examples is an immensely valuable inheritance.

Eleven Questions For My Nominees:

  1. DO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW ABOUT YOUR BLOG?
  2. ARE THERE ANY LESSONS YOUR PARENTS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU ARE VERY GRATEFUL?
  3. ARE YOU A SWIMMER? WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SWIM?
  4. DID YOU HAVE TO HELP OUT WITH CHORES WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP? IF SO, WHAT WERE YOU ASSIGNED TO DO?
  5. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A PENPAL?
  6. WHAT DO YOU DO TO CHEER YOURSELF UP ON RAINY DAYS WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL HAPPY?
  7. HAVE YOU EVER RESEARCHED YOUR FAMILY TREE? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR FAMILY’S ROOTS?
  8. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS?
  9. DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS?
  10. WHAT NEW SKILLS OR TALENTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN OR DEVELOP?
  11. DO YOU FIND IT EASIER TO BE HOPEFUL OR DOUBTFUL ABOUT A BETTER FUTURE FOR THIS EARTH AND ALL IT’S CREATURES?

My Eleven Nominees:

The Brilliant Tom Burton Has Nominated Me For The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Tom Burton the creator of Slumdog Soldier has very kindly nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award as you can see in his post below:

https://slumdogsoldier.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/sunshine-blogger-award/

As you can see from Tom’s post, The Sunshine Blogger Award has some rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them. -THANK YOU TOM!
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.
1. Where are you from?

I am originally from the North of England.  I grew up on the outskirts of Liverpool.

Currently I live in London.

2. What animal would you best describe as your spirit animal?

I am not sure what a spirit animal is. But I like animals.

I admire ants…because of their incredible co-ordination as a work force. I find horses and giraffes inspiring. I like anything cute…you know fluffy bunnies and the like. I am jealous of birds, flying through the skies. Or butterflies with such beautiful wings. I would love to be allowed to hibernate all winter like a bear. There is something about elephants that makes me happy. I have always loved frogs, I have always loved whales, I am absolutely fascinated by them.  I would love to be able to study them and understand all of their ways.

 

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

Summer…

 

…because I live!

4. What’s your favourite book (or book series)?

I am going to have to give you three of my favourite fictional books.

persuasion     Les Mis     the count of monte cristo

5. What’s your favourite film, TV show, and song?

la vita e bellaI have a few favourite movies, but there is one which lingers with me as absolutely brilliant. The film is “La Vita E Bella” (“Life Is Beautiful”).

I don’t watch much TV, but I have been trying to keep up with the current series of “The Great British Bake Off”.

Favourite song….ooooooh that is incredibly difficult. If you have read other posts of mine, you probably have an idea how diverse my music tastes are. But there is a song, which I loved back in the days I worked for the record company and still love because I think the lyrics are clever. It is an iconic Britpop song and whenever I saw the band play live, the crowd went crazy when this song was played.

“….tore up all you photos

didn’t feel too clever

spent the whole of Sunday

sticking you together…”

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

ironing

As soon as I arrive back at the little nest, I start to unwind.  I like to potter round, making myself a little something to munch. I like to catch up with my ironing (there is also something that needs ironing).

Once my tasks are completed, I like to ring a family member or friend, reply to e-mails from family and friends.  And of course, I like catching up with posts from bloggers on WordPress.

7. If you could tell your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be and why?

Listen to your Mumma and Dadda! And stop worrying so much Kiddo! You are alright!

8. Why did you start writing a blog?

love letterWell it all started with this:

He told me he was captivated by by letters!

He suggested I start a blog.  “What’s a blog?” said I.

And here we are…a long time has passed since then, but I am following his suggestion and I am enjoying it more than I ever imagined.

I wrote a bit more detail about what led to the start of this blog in these posts:

9. What do you hope to achieve for 2019?

Every day of life is special. I hope to remain alive throughout the year! My head injuries being such a concern to everyone…I don’t take it for granted that I am alive.

My goal is not just stayin’ alive…but also walking through life with a skip and a bounce in my step!

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

Two things…coming into contact with some wonderful bloggers who produce remarkable stories, poems and some very inspirational personal accounts.

The other thing I have enjoyed is finding a way to express things that were locked up away within my heart.

11. What would your best blogging tip be?

Hey…enjoy it! It is supposed to be fun, don’t become stressed or discouraged by statistics.

Enjoy writing or producing your style of posts…don’t compare yourself to others, but do connect with them. The success of blogging is mostly down to mutual support and encouragement.

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Well that was fun Tom – great questions!

Here are my eleven questions for my eleven nominees:
  1. DO YOU EVER FEEL DISCOURAGED ABOUT BLOGGING?  WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED?
  2. WHAT IS YOUR OWN FAVOURITE POST FROM YOUR SITE OR THE ONE YOU WOULD RECOMMEND READERS CHECK OUT FIRST?
  3. DO YOU ENJOY CAMPING OUT IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS?
  4. DO YOU ENJOY PLAYING OR WATCHING SPORT?  IF SO, WHICH SPORTS?
  5.  DO YOUR FRIENDS KNOW ABOUT YOUR BLOG SITE?
  6.  WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MEMORY OR EXPERIENCE?
  7. WHICH SONGS WOULD YOU SING IN THE SHOWER WHEN YOU THINK NOBODY CAN HEAR?
  8. IS ANYONE ELSE IN YOUR FAMILY A BLOGGER OR VLOGGER?
  9. IF YOU WERE BEING A TOURIST FOR A DAY IN LONDON – WHERE WOULD YOU VISIT?
  10. COULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM CAKE?
  11. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE TV DETECTIVE?
Here are my eleven nominees:

This is a little way of saying thank you for your wonderful support and encouragement!

Nominated For The Blogger Recognition Award By Isaiah46Ministries

 

I have been nominated for a lovely award: The Blogger Recognition Award by Douglas and Regina the creators of isaiah46ministries   isaiah46ministries, as you can see from their post below:

Blogger Recognition Award

I have been enjoying their posts for some time…but I thought I would read Isaiah Chapter 46 today as I was wondering why they had chosen to include this chapter in their site name.  I found some very beautiful expressions:

“You whom I have supported from birth and carried from the womb. Until you grow old I will be the same; Until your hair is gray I will keep bearing you. As I have done, I will carry you and bear you and rescue you.”

That is so gorgeous…and for many, I am sure those words will be deeply meaningful as although they were originally addressed to a nation, they speak to a person who invests in building a friendship with their Creator.  I am sure that Douglas and Regina and many other bloggers allow their faith to illuminate their life.

I know not all bloggers have the same beliefs, indeed we are a very multi-cultural, multi-ethnic bunch with different minds and hearts, but there certainly are some very beautiful posts and sites out there inspired by great faith and love.  It is a wonderful thing when a blogger or writer takes deep sentiments from their heart and expresses them in a way that others find inspiring and captivating.

I also read these thrilling words:

 

From the beginning I foretell the outcome, And from long ago the things that have not yet been done. I say, ‘My decision will stand, And I will do whatever I please.’

I love these words…because people are alarmed at world affairs today, alarmed at who has been entrusted with authority, alarmed at the state of the oceans and the air we breathe, alarmed at the disregard for the human suffering and the scale of injustice and abuse, that are frankly disturbing.  But to know the Creator states, He will not be stopped, nobody and nothing in the universe can prevent Him from accomplishing His original purpose for this earth and for humans.  To me, there is an amazing sense of power and purpose in those words that is comforting in this incredibly upside down, inside out world.

It is an amazing chapter to read, both touching and comforting and it also imparts huge confidence and optimism. I can see why Douglas and Regina chose to include it in the name of their site.

Thank you Douglas and Regina for including me in your list of nominees for this award.

Just in case you don’t know, my website is:

 

I have been publishing posts about incidents in my life, mostly very happy ones, lots of wonderful memories with my family and friends, lots of lessons learnt as a child, at work and in relationships.  The “crushed” part of Crushed Caramel refers to a challenging situation which crushed her and led to a very regrettable incident from which Caramel is still recovering physically and emotionally.

The rules of the award:

1. Thank the blogger 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 15 or more bloggers for the award.

6. Let each nominee know that you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.

 

A brief story on how this blog started:

love letterWell it all started with this:

He told me he was captivated by by letters!

He suggested I start a blog.  “What’s a blog?” said I.

And here we are…a long time has passed since then, but I am following his suggestion and I am enjoying it more than I ever imagined.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:

need each other.jpgYou need other bloggers!

Other bloggers need you!

In other words, read and support other bloggers posts. They will appreciate it!  You will find yourself very grateful for their support and encouragement.

Get involved with writing prompts and challenges. Contribute your personality, your writing skills and your supportive spirit and enjoy everything that other bloggers bring to the table.

Try to have a little contribution to make daily, schedule anything from fifteen minutes or whatever you can allow, just so that you keep yourself in the minds of other bloggers or readers.  Little and often helps with any relationship!

More advice available in another post:

Bloggers that I nominate:

 

River Deep Mountain High

I have a little story for you…confessions of the pen (or electric device) are always a risk.

This is going to have to stay between you an me though alright…no blabbing about this one!  I am trusting you!

There is a video of me out there (my brother-in-law’s mother has it) that I am very worried about.

I am wearing a Tina Turner dress – just like the one she is wearing in this photo…I have a Tina Turner wig on…and I am up on the stage belting out “River Deep Mountain High” at the top of my voice – with an audience cheering me on.

There had been quite a cacophany of performances that night…I mean ouch!!!  Then, while I was sitting patiently waiting for my turn, I suddenly realized I could not give any half-hearted lack-lustre performance…I was going to have to summon all my courage for my moment in the limelight.

The crowd really goes wild when I start trying to do the Tuna Turner strut…and I was shimmy-ing and shaking (not in a sensual manner…more like someone with red ants in their pants) so that all the fringes on that dress were flying around.  I caused quite a stir and yes…I did win that particular contest on the night.  However, the video footage of moi performing without inhibitions (no alcohol was involved, this is just me in front of a microphone on a stage!) makes me feel anything but a winner.  I have been trying to get hold of that video to dispose of it for years, but short of breaking into my brother-in-law’s parents home one night, I don’t know how I am ever going to convince them that it would be in everyone’s best interests for that video to vanish permanently!

Why am I telling you all this?…

…because I have been nominated for….

The Three Day Lyrical Challenge

…by none other than talesfromthemindofkristian  talesfromthemindofkristian  who has already established himself as a man of superb musical taste as you can see from his post below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/3-day-lyric-quiz-day-3-respect/

The Rules:

1 Thank the person who nominated you.
2 Share one of your favourite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
3 Nominate three other bloggers each day. 

So this challenge is going to be great fun…I am not sure what my next two songs are going to be quite yet…but I am working on it…I am not just going to pick my favourites, I am going to give you songs with a little story attached!

When I was a little girl
I had a rag doll
Only doll I’ve ever owned
Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll
But only now my love has grown

And it gets stronger, in every way
And it gets deeper, let me say
And it gets higher, day by day

And do I love you my oh my
Yeh river deep mountain high
If I lost you would I cry
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

When you were a young boy
Did you have a puppy
That always followed you around
Well I’m gonna be as faithful as that puppy
No I’ll never let you down

Cause it grows stronger, like a river flows
And it gets bigger baby, and heaven knows
And it gets sweeter baby, as it grows

And do I love you my oh my
Yeh River Deep, Mountain High
If I lost you would I cry
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

If I lost you would I cry
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

I love you baby like a flower loves the spring
And I love you baby just like Tina loves to sing
And I love you baby like a school boy loves his pet
And I love you baby, river deep mountain high

Oh yeah you’ve gotta believe me
River Deep, Mountain High
Do I love you my oh my, oh baby
River Deep, Mountain High
If I lost you would I cry
Oh how I love you baby, baby, baby, baby

 

And….my nomination for this challenge…is:

The Newbury Short Story Teller

who has already established himself as a man having distinguished musical tastes…

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/your-daily-word-prompt-summon-august-18th-2018/

FOWC with Fandango — Sensual

https://swimmersweek.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/pen/

A Heartfelt Thanks To Tales From The Mind Of Kristian For Nominating Me For The From The Heart Blogging Award

Awards and nominations galore this week…but who does not like a bit of support and encouragement from their fellow bloggers.  I am grateful for every kindness that comes my way!

I have received this award (one that I think is rather lovely) from the gregarious blogger talesfromthemindofkristian  talesfromthemindofkristian as you can see in his post below:

WHAT IS IT?

This award goes to bloggers who primarily focus on personal writing. These posts are often from the writer to the world at large, or from the writer to the writer themselves and they just allow us access to their mind.

RULES:

There are no rules, no questions, no participation requirements for this award. It is given from bloggers to other bloggers. It was designed by the Haunted Wordsmith and is given to other bloggers as a gesture of thanks and appreciation for their work.

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/creative-mind-and-from-the-heart-awards/

MY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH:

I would like to thank my Mumma and my Dadda…and my manager and of course my agent…and the production team and lighting and costume and make-up and all the team down in catering…

But especially Mum and Dad…These are a few of my posts that are very much from my heart about my gorgeous parents:

I am sure I will be writing many more from the heart posts about two of the most wonderful people who are alive on this planet today!

MY NOMINEES:

I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

Oooooh la la! Talesfromthemindofchristian Has Nominated Me For The Bloggers Recognition Award

I am delighted to have been nominated for The Bloggers Recognition Award by the Super-Blogger Kristian as you can see from his post below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/the-bloggers-recognition-award-nomination/

Kristain who is the creator of talesfromthemindofkristian TalesfromthemindofKristian needs hardly any introduction because he has established himself as a consistently creative writer with an exquisite taste in music and a great sense of fun. I know many like me appreciate his support and encouragement.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger 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 15 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.

How my Blog Started:

love letterStuart, from Croydon, was the one who made me take the plunge.  There is a story there, but I am not willing to share it. He is someone who helped me out through a rough time.  Let’s just say Stuart is someone I care for a lot, and I really hope he knows that.  No…there will not be a post about Stuart. Yet in a funny way, I would like him to know I am still inspired by him.

That might not sound very interesting to you without any details! Let me pad it out a bit.  I have been writing very long letters and e-mails to friends for years. So I am well into the habit of writing long waffling accounts of my gallivanting up and down the country on various projects, and including all the lurid details of what I ate for lunch and relating an array of emotions I had along the journey.

Due to circumstances, Stuart and I started to keep in touch more and he encouraged me. I wrote page after page.  He was kind and said he looked forward to coming home from work and catching up with my long e-mails.

Stuart said: “YOU SHOULD START A BLOG”.  I thought that was like mum telling me to go and try out for some television singing competition and stand in front of Simon Cowell. In addition, I did not really know what a blog was. I had not seen them for myself.  I thought it was a glorified version of Instagram.  I had never used Facebook or Twitter or all the social media networks.

I also thought it a bit odd to write something strangers would read.  All my letters and e-mails have been to friends and family I know and love. So it was easy to know what to talk about, what they will be interested in, what they will find amusing or meaningful.  How on earth do you know what to write to complete strangers?

I was afraid that anything I wrote and published would be ignored or criticised.  I enjoyed writing, I didn’t particularly want to invite a dish load of negative feedback.  That was the last thing I needed.

So…to say the least I did not have very high expectations of blogging!

Another friend with whom I had shared a selection of short stories and my one poem encouraged me to publish these.  My friend was already publishing their work online and helped me to set up a WordPress site. According to WordPress we published my first post River on the 19th April 2018, which means it is just over three months I guess.  If you have not had chance to glance at River yet, please have an ickle look – it is a poem I wrote as a teenager and I am very fond of it.

I must admit, I have been enjoying it far more than I ever dreamed I would.  I have looked at hundreds of other blog-sites which have given me ideas about formatting and has encouraged me to experiment a bit with WordPress options.

Well, three months later, I can say that blogging has exceeded all of my expectations.  I am really enjoying this.  I am glad to say I have had lovely feedback and more support and encouragement than I ever imagined. It is fun to keep in touch with other bloggers. One thing I know I need to do more is to keep looking out for new bloggers to encourage them to enjoy blogging and also to direct them to:

 https://swimmersweek.wordpress.com/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com

https://meetthebloggersblog.wordpress.com/

https://thelittlemermaid09.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/tea-party/

…and to keep promoting the  word and picture prompts that other bloggers have set up. These are at the center of a lovely blogging community which was gutted to lose the Daily Post provisions but determined to keep going because we are enjoying this.

It seems likely that I am going to keep going with this blogging business for a bit longer while my circumstances allow it. It is helping me on a personal level…I try to have lots of lighthearted posts but also I have used some to talk about some very difficult subjects for me…and it really has helped.

Advice

  • Supporprima donnat other bloggers.  Don’t be a prima donna…be part of the chorus.
  • Make the most of the avenues to connect with other bloggers (some of which I mentioned above) other bloggers will be looking out for new bloggers, friendly bloggers, fun bloggers…it’s a bit like a party with a bunch of complete strangers interacting.
  • Be friendly!  Just like at the party mentioned. Be polite, be nice.  Don’t be critical, just because their work is not your cup of tea.
  • Enjoy it!  Enjoy the writing, enjoy getting to know the different WordPress features and enjoy the contact with other bloggers.
  • Statistics are sometimes encouraging and sometimes discouraging…but your own enjoyment and enthusiasm and effort will motivate you and prompt others to keep coming back because they want to acknowledge your efforts.

My Nominees:

I am pleased to be able to nominate fifteen great bloggers who have supported me and whose blogs are full of exciting posts:

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