The Inspiration Award – An emotional end to an emotional week. :-)

My Blogging friend, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess, has nominated me for this absolutely brilliant award. I am thrilled and chuffed to bits. It has really been quite an emotional week for me and being nominated for this award is just fantastic. I saved posting this especially until tonight to round off my week on a positive note.

Check out Beckie’s post here:

The Inspiration Award

 

The Inspiration Award

The Inspiration Award was created by John of The Eclectic Contrarian – this is how he describes the Award itself.

“The Inspiration Award: The Inspiration Award is a token of appreciation to blog authors who have inspired you, your blog, artistic influence, and writing.”

 

The Guidelines

You may use the picture above as you have received the Award.

There’s no limit on how many or few you wish to award. Simply appreciate those who have inspired you!

I hope this is a blessing and everyone participates. But it’s not mandatory.

 

Who shall I nominate for this award?

Well a blogger who has always inspired me is the Britchy one,

A Lesson From 9/11

Also, Rory, A guy called bloke, but he’s been nominated already, so I’ll just give him an honorary mention.

Stoner on a Rollercoaster was one of my first followers and has always been an inspiration as a brilliant artist and writer but also in how she encourages others.

https://stoneronarollercoaster.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/hey-everyone/

Also, Punam of Paeansunplugged has always been very encouraging with positive comments that keep me blogging.

https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/the-process-if-any/

As Beckie said, there are too many people to name, basically everyone one who has visited and commented on my blog, has inspired me to keep blogging.

Thank you, everyone. 🙂

And once more, thank you to Beckie, who has collaborated with me on three poems now and has been a great blogging friend and given me much encouragement.

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

I am thrilled, Chuffed to bits and generally over the mood to have received a nomination for the Sunshine Bloggers Award from none other than Stuart L Tutt of the Blog Something to Stu over. Click on the link below to view his post and while your there, check out his blog and say Hi from me.

https://stubaby777.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/the-sunshine-blogger-award-2019-5th-nomination/comment-page-1/#comment-11801

RULES:

1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo

2. Give thanks to the blogger that nominated you

3. Answer the 11 questions given to you

4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions

 

The Questions:

1. What, in your opinion, is the most majestic of all God’s creation?

The World itself.

2. Are you a read the book type of person or a wait for the movie type?

Depends. I tend to enjoy both mediums separately. I have never felt the need to read the book if I enjoyed the film or vice versa.

3. What topic do you feel is the least discussed but the one most needed one to be discussed?

How are children being taught about respect? Respecting themselves and each other. Respect is so important. 

4. Do you prefer hanging out with a group of friends around a fire or chilling alone by a lake?

I am not great with crowds but I am not great on my own. I’d probably like to be with a select small group of very close friends. Or alone but with a special someone by a lake. 

5. What inspires you to keep blogging?

Habit and the need to empty my brain of the words that are buzzing around inside it. 

6. Do you believe the world is going to hell in a handbasket? Why?

It is a complicated picture, many things in the world are actually improving, the media, of course, shine a light on all the bad stuff. There is plenty of bad stuff going on too. 

7. If you are a Christian, would you be willing to write your testimony as a blog post?

I don’t understand this question. Maybe I’m not Christian enough to understand. I believe in God but don’t believe that much of the prescribed religious practices are necessary at all. 

8. If you have written your testimony would you be so kind as to send the link?

9. What is the current colour of your kitchen?

Pale cream coloured walls, pale green tiles and a mock green granite worktop. 

10. What is your dream car?

One that won’t break down and will get me from A to B in comfort and without fuss. 

11. Where did the phrase “by the skin of my teeth” originate?

The King James Version Bible. It is an excellent phrase that also displays good British wit, the skin of the teeth, i.e by the smallest of margins because, of course, there is no skin on teeth. 

 

My Nominees:

#MM — Tale Weaver — Visiting — Long Black Veil

Writing Prompt #28 – Freedom

A Collaboration with Kristian of “Tales From The Mind of Kristian” In Search Of Happiness

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/a-proper-homemaker/

https://wideeyedwanderingspoonie.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/colors-of-life-one-liner-wednesday/

https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/falling-in-love/

Laugh for the Day-Money Can’t Buy Happiness but it Can Buy You Rum

https://apausefornature.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/to-live/

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/forget-me-not/

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/wordless-wednesday-31-blackwater-falls/

I Just Wanted To Say

The Questions to my nominees:

  1. What is your theory on the point of existence?
  2. Do you have a favourite film? What is it?
  3. If you could travel to any place, where would you go?
  4. If you could do any job what would it be?
  5. What character trait do you find unattractive?
  6. When reading fiction, do you prefer reality or fantasy?
  7. What would you like to see on tomorrow mornings newspaper headlines?
  8. What advice would you like to give to your ten-year-old self?
  9. What song always makes you smile?
  10. What television programme would you love to see back on the airwaves?
  11. Have you ever played a practical joke on someone?

 

So there we go. Have fun and pleasant dreams.

 

Croakey Karaoke – A multiple Word Prompt Poem

 

 

When I’m singing at karaoke,

With my voice all crackly and croaky

My neighbours all shout

“Dear God! Cut it out”

When I start doing the Hokey-cokey.

 

 

They call it a thoughtless act

Well, I’ve never had that much tact,

And tactless though I am,

I don’t give a damn

I’ll keep on singing until I’m attacked.

 

 

Though they cry it gets on their wick,

Well, honestly, I don’t care a lick

They say it’s a cacophony

But I shout back with joy and glee.

“Have gratitude the walls are quite thick”

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 17/July/2019

 

I have included the following word prompts:

 

FOWC with Fandango — Cacophony

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/karaoke/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/rdp-wednesday-gratitude/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/your-daily-word-prompt-tactless-july-17-2019/

 

Blogger Recognition Award Nomination :-)

 

I am really pleased to have been nominated for another Blogging recognition award, this time by Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel, see her post below:

https://saltedcaramel670.wordpress.com/2019/06/10/blogger-recognition-award/

and don’t forget to check out her blog and say Hi from me. 🙂

AWARD RULES

  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

 

How I started:

I started blogging in March 2018, having had no experience of blogging whatsoever.

Since childhood, I have been writing stories and creating imaginary worlds with great enthusiasm that I have never lost. In January 2018 I attended a six-week creative writing course in the City Lit Academy in London, and this really opened up the floodgates of my creative mind. Instead of writing something now and then, I began writing something every single day. I found the experience both daunting and inspiring. Having my writing read and commented on by my fellow writers was an experience that I found really helpful to me.  It made me want to share my material with an even wider audience. I also wanted somewhere to keep my written material. I decided to write a blog.

I called it Tales from the Mind of Kristian because that is what it really is. It is the creative brain burps of my mind. I am happy to share them with you. What’s to dislike? 😉

I hope you like them, anyway.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers.

 

  1. Trust in yourself and your own ability. Blog about what you love.
  2. Keep doing it. The more you write the better it will get.

 

My Nominees:

 

https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/carefree-days/

The Lines They See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Cyranny’s quickie!

Torta Cubana – A Mexican Sandwich

Sunshine Inspiration: Let Your Spirit Bloom

 

 

 

 

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/your-daily-word-prompt-trust-june-11-2019/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/dislike/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/06/11/rdp-tuesday-sub-lost/

 

321 Quote Me Challenge – ATTITUDE

I have been tagged by Li of Tao Talk to take part in this Quote Challenge. Click below to read her post. 🙂

321 Quote Me ~ Attitude

Thanks for tagging me, Li. 🙂

Rules: 3.2.1 Quote Me!
Thank the Selector
Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.
Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

 

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See the source image

Here’s a couple from me:

“Gratitude for the things you have puts you on the path to a positive attitude. “

“You can’t be positive every day, don’t beat yourself up about it, some days are just rubbish, but don’t wake up the next day expecting more of the same.”

 

Who shall I nominate?

Well Nova already posted about attitude and said that no one nominated her, well, I have now, Nova 🙂

3-2-1 Quote Me: Attitude

Anyone else fancy having a go at this? Be my guest.

🙂

 

 

 

Share your world – Grateful :-)

 

Melanie B Cee, of the Blog Sparksfromacombustiblemind has posted a few questions in her Share your world challenge,

see her post here:

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2019/02/25/share-your-world-2-25-19/

Now, I don’t do a lot of these, mainly because I want the focus of my blog to be on the stories and poems that I wrote and less on my, their author. Plus, I don’t think I’m at all that interesting. I certainly hope my stories are more interesting than I am.

I am taking part in this one because I like the questions and also because I am so grateful and pleased to see a post from Melanie. She is going through a tough time and I feared the worst, so It’s a privilege to take part in this challenge.

 

QUESTIONS:

What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

What country do you consider the most strange?   (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)

What’s your funniest story involving a car?

 

My Answers:

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  1. In my opinion, the meaning of life is the same as the meaning of a good meal. It is not meant to be rationalised, just to be eaten and enjoyed as much as possible. It might contain some really lovely flavours or some not so pleasant ones, but in the end, you have to make the best of what you’ve got.
  2. My most recent lie is probably “Yes, I had a good day at work”.
  3. Every country has it’s quirks, not just looking in from the outside but also looking from the inside. The UK is no exception to a few crazy traditions. I think it is what makes countries different to each other, that makes them interesting. If they were all the same, where would there be any point in travelling? I do enjoy watching videos on youtube about 5 things that outsiders don’t know about….. (replace with any country). There is a great out about the US and also one about Japan. Vive La’ Difference, say I.
  4. My funniest story about a car involved my cousin and her dad. I didn’t know him very well, he always seemed quiet and unassuming, but apparently, he wasn’t. My cousin tells me that once they were driving along and the road went through a gated area. The Satnav said to go on, but the gate guard seemed to indicate that that wasn’t going to happen. My cousin’s dad wound down the window and the guard walked up and put his hand out and asked for his pass. What he actually said was “Pass”, so he replied. “Thank you” and put his foot down and drove on through.

 

GRATITUDE

Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?

I try to be grateful every day and I have a lot to be grateful for. I’m not only grateful for the things I have and the things that have happened. I am grateful for somethings that haven’t and I’m grateful that I am able to take part in this Share the World post.

 

 

RAKA Award Nomination

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I have been nominated for the RAKA. That is the Random Acts of Kindness Award.

I was nominated by the awards creator, Mws R, please check out the post here:

https://mwsrwritings.com/raka-award-nominations-4/

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. 

Here are the Rules:

  1. Copy picture for the award,
  2. Make an acknowledgement to the person who nominated you.
  3. Write a paragraph or bigger to explain an act of random kindness, you have witnessed, done, or received.
  4. Tag and nominate others
  5. Make sure to tell those who have nominated, that you did.
  6. You can post pictures of random acts of kindness even if you do not want to write anything,
    Thanks for participating and making this world a better and thankful place.
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I do virtually everything randomly, I don’t plan or plot anything I create out in advance. I live my life in much the same random way. So all my acts of kindness are random.

I live on a tree-lined avenue, in a neighbourhood where people nod and smile to each other, but we do not get to know one another. However, the other day I noticed a lady I had seen on the bus walking towards town. I was driving to the train station and the bus hadn’t turned up that morning which is why I was driving, and I guessed that was why the lady was walking. I pulled over and offered her a lift, which she accepted. Now I have given her a lift a few times and once I was walking into town and her husband pulled over and gave me a lift. It’s nice when you do a good turn for someone and it ends up coming back to you. That’s the balance of Karma I suppose.

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Photo by Pille Kirsi on Pexels.com
buildings city clock downtown
Photo by Dom J on Pexels.com

Another time I was waiting at the train station and the train I normally catch was delayed. There were a few people standing around a looking stressed. On the platform I wait at, they run trains to two destinations and I saw that the notice board showed that the next one wasn’t mine. There was a man in a suit standing next to me talking on his phone having an animated conversation and avoiding eye contact with me. Just then, they made an announcement that the next train would pull in on the opposite platform. The notice board did not update. I thought that this man may want that train and I tried to get his attention by looking, smiling, waving, all the time inviting them to look over,  but all the time he kept talking and ignoring me. It turned out he did want that train, and he missed it. He stormed off still talking on the phone. I tried to do him a good turn, but he wasn’t having any of it. This is a true story, but it is also a good analogy, sometimes we go through life unaware that all around us are people trying to help. Try to remember that when you are caught up in your worries. Most of us care and most of us want to help.

 

My Nominations:

A Guy Called Bloke

Congratulations …

The Britchy One

Getting To Know You..

Becky of Becky’s Mental Mess

😘 January 29, 2019: Quote of The Day & My Thoughts

Dee Kelly of Thriving not Surviving

Let Your Dreams Be Bigger Than Your Fears

and

Stuart L Tutt of Something to Stu Over.

https://stubaby777.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/my-post-picks-for-january-2019/

 

No obligation to accept the award or take part if you don’t want to, I’m just wishing you all the best.

And A big thank you to Msw R for thinking of me. Please go and check out her blog and say Hi from me.

https://mwsrwritings.com/

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/create/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/your-daily-word-prompt-inviting-january-29-2019/

FOWC with Fandango — Tree

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/rdp-tuesday-balance/

 

 

 

 

Solidarity Blogger Award Nomination

I would like to thank SanaH of A Pause for Nature for nominating me for this award.

I am very grateful. Please click on the link below to read the post and say Hi.

https://apausefornature.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/the-solidarity-blogger-award/comment-page-1/#comment-1084

What is: Solidarity Blogger Award Nomination

SIWO (Success Inspirers’ World) is an International Friends Blogging Forum. The idea is to encourage team work and to blog together as a community. As an international friends blogging forum, Success Inspirer’s World provides an opportunity that every blogger is looking for – the opportunity to get more exposure and find more followers and readers.

 

The Rules:

1. Write a post on your blog thanking the person who nominated you.
2. Paste the award in the post.
3. Provide a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
4. Tell Success Inspirers’ World, SIWO what you think about solidarity blogging. Is it worthwhile?
5. Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and inform them.

 

I am an AVID believer in working collaboratively. Writing is a creative medium and as such, by sharing ideas and working together we inspire each other to become ever more creative. It is a win-win situation. Nobody loses by encouraging and working with others.

My Nominees

In the spirit of collaboration, I would like to nominate

Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove

Light…

and Dee Kelly of Thriving not Surviving.

Plan

Who work with me on the Word of the Day challenge. We had a plan, and we’ve stuck to it.

Also Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, who produces lots of exciting challenges that encourage and inspire us all.

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/paris/

Also Froggy Crochet of Living Life

https://froggycrochet.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/morning-thoughts/

and Rory, A Guy Called Bloke,

Dear Blog … 13.19 – 15/01/19

I would also like to nominate Fandango of This, That and the Other, but he doesn’t do awards, I’d just like to say thank you to him for all the collaboration he engenders.

 

Have a great day. 🙂

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/plan/

FOWC with Fandango — Avid

 

50 Word Thursday – No Forgiveness.


The Phrase: “You’ll stay here until it’s time to go. I’ll take you to the transport and then you’re on your own”

He was dying when she’d found him. Bleeding and barely able to breathe.

He knew he didn’t belong and couldn’t stay forever but the garden was like Eden. Her soft touch was almost like a mother’s love.

“You’ll stay here until it’s time to go. I’ll take you to the transport and then you’re on your own” She’d said.

When he’d made a full recovery, the door to the outside swung open.

She grabbed him and with earnest eyes said “You must forgive them. They didn’t know any better.”

He was full of gratitude for her hospitality but couldn’t forgive.

This story was written in response to the 50 word Thursday challenge.

See here:

Thanks for the Chat – The Talkative Tag

I came across this idea when Theresaly520 of the Blog Culture Shocks posted this:

https://theresaly520.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/talkative-tag/

I thought this was such a fantastic idea. If you are not aware of her blog, just pop along and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. 

I followed the Blogging trail along to find that the original creator of this idea was a blog called The Eclectic Contrarian, and the name of the blog is enough to make you want to click and have a look, doesn’t it? Here is the link to the original Talkative Tag post. 

https://theeclecticcontrarian.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/talkative-tag/#comment-1600

So without further ado and in a spirit of camaraderie

I would like to thank EVERYONE who has left me a comment. I am very grateful to you for taking that time. Time is the enemy when it comes to blogging. Trying to find the time to write, read, like and to comment is quite difficult. 

Here are my Super Commenters. 

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/

https://bitchininthekitchen.org/

https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/

https://pvcann.com/

These are all great blogs who obviously make the time to comment and so please take the time to visit and say Hi.

What can I say? I am grateful to everyone who takes the time to read what I write, then like and then comment. I really appreciate it. 

I still struggle to get the balance right. That makes me appreciate you even more. 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH 🙂

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/camaraderie-2/