Little Timmy’s Tale – A poem.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my pals in the United States of America, and to those people who follow this tradition around the globe. 

Little Timmy cried, a Tantrum, a squall,

because he’d wanted, for Christmas, a ball,

but when it arrived it was far wider than tall

It was oblong in shape and wouldn’t bounce off the wall.

His mother said, “Look” and she shook her head, 

“why can’t you play rugby instead?”

“I can’t bare all your noise, this loud caterwaul,

be thankful and grateful you’ve got one at all.”

copyright: Kristian Fogarty 22/November/2018

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/rdp-thursday-grateful/

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/oblong/

Give Thanks for Life, Love and Laughter – The Thanksgiving tag.

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I have been tagged by one of my Blogging pals, who shares the same name as me. Kristian from Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table

See the link to her post here: 

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/thanksgiving-tag/comment-page-1/#comment-2873

This tag was created by Nova at 

https://mynamaste365online.blog/

Thanksgiving is not celebrated in the United Kingdom. It started as a commemoration for the first harvest by the first pilgrims that came to the United States and managed to survive. For that reason, it doesn’t have much meaning outside the U.S. However we all have plenty to be thankful and grateful for and I like this celebration a great deal. To me it seems to have all the virtues of Christmas, the family get together and the lovely meal, without the negative over commerciality that has unfortunately blighted Christmas. I love the Traditions of Christmas but I HATE the greed that seems to have indelibly tarnished it. 

In Kristian’s post she had given an extensive and brilliant alphabetical list of the things she is thankful for.

I will only give one thing per letter. 

A – All Things Bright and Beautiful.

B – Bees. They pollinate our crops and give us Honey. We must ensure we look after them, because they’ve looked after us.

C – Chickens – They give us Eggs (and meat) and they make lovely pets. I love my Chickens.

D – Dogs. I don’t have a pet dog, but I would LOVE one. As long as it doesn’t upset my Chickens.

E – Everything that I haven’t mentioned in this list, but should have. 

F – Family – Including those people who weren’t born family but have become family.

G – GOD – I keep my beliefs to myself and I believe that everyone has the right to believe whatever they like. I never force my beliefs on anyone. I will say no more on the subject. 🙂 

H – History – I have always been fascinated by history. I think it fuels fiction and often truth is stranger than fiction too. 

I – Imagination. – It can be a curse as well as a blessing, but I give thanks that I have a fertile imagination. 

J – Jokes – In this world where things can get rather depressing at times, Jokes can see us through.

K – Kith and Kin and also the Australian Sitcom Kath and Kim. It’s hilarious!

L – Laughter – I am also grateful to everything that has made me laugh. The Sitcom ‘Father Ted’ and the aforementioned Kath and Kim. Also Blackadder, The Good Life, The Two Ronnies, and one of my favourite films for all time, There’s Something About Mary.

M – Music. I love music from Classical to Folk, pop and Disco. I don’t particularly like much of what is currently being produced. Give me a proper tune. Music has the ability to life our mood and brighten our day.

N- Nature – Kristian and I are singing from the same hymn sheet here, she loves Music and Nature too. I like nothing more than spending time in my garden or in my allotment.

O- Opportunities. They come along when you least expect them, and give you something to hope for. 

P – Potatoes. I love Mashed potatoes, chips (fries) Roast potatoes and Jacket Potatoes. Thank goodness for Potatoes. (And despite the song, NO ONE pronounces them like PoTARtoes.)

Q – The Queen. God Bless you Ma’am. Not everyone feels the same, but I don’t think an elected politician could possibly do a better job that she does. She has been wonderful and I worry about the day when she is no longer around.

 R – Reading – more specifically the Time to read. That is a wonderful thing. 

S – SUNSHINE – My Aussie friends often say to me, How do you cope with the cold weather in the UK? I reply that it isn’t really that cold. We rarely get day temperatures below freezing. What we do get are very short days and lots of gloomy rainy days, so it feels you can go a week without seeing the sun. That’s what can get me down in the Winter. Sunshine is so beautiful. I love those rare, crisp, cold Sunny Winter days. 🙂 

T – TEA, I would DIE without my tea. Tea comes from the dried leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant and is produced in many countries. I particularly love the strong flavours of Assam tea and Kenyan Tea, but also love the lighter flavour of Ceylon tea. I do drink other types of tea on occasion but I love a good strong cup of tea, made in a teapot and brewed for 5 minutes, then poured into a large cup (with a saucer) and milk added but not too much. I don’t take sugar but I do enjoy a slice of plain cake or a biscuit (cookie).

U – Understanding. A lot of the worlds problems would get better if people spent more time trying to understand each other. Understanding and mutual respect are so important. 

V – Venice – It is a wonderful, magical place. Enjoy it before it sinks. 

W – Wales – I went to University there, in Aberystwyth, and I love it there. I am also grateful to all the people I met there who made me feel welcome. There was a particularly lovely lady who sold postcards who always asked me how I was getting on. She used to sit in the corner and knit.

X – Xenophile – Someone who finds foreign people and cultures interesting and worthwhile. It is the opposite of Xenophobe. I am a patriotic person and am sick and tired when people say, oh you must hate other cultures then. I Don’t, I find people with a different culture extremely interesting. We must learn to appreciate and respect our differences. That’s what makes the world an interesting place.

Y – Yellow Daffodils. I love Daffodils. 

Z – Zinc – It is a trace element and we need it. I am thankful for it. 

So that’s my A – Z of what I am grateful for. 

What’s yours?

I would like to nominate:

Jo The Creative PTSD Gal

Britchy of Bitchin’ in the Kitchen

Melanie B Cee

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2018/11/19/q-a-and-weekend-fun/

Bloggers Recognition Award

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I have been nominated for this award by the wonderful Laura M Bailey who writes the blog All the Shoes I wear. Please click on this link to her blog and tell her I said Hi.

https://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/blogger-recognition-award/comment-page-1/#comment-4789

So what is blogger recognition award?

Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating posts. It’s an opportunity for bloggers to recognize one another for each of our contributions to their blog and the blogging community!

 Rules.

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog got started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 5 other bloggers to nominate.

How I started.

  • I wanted to know if I could write.
  • I wanted to share what I had written with others and see if they liked what I had written.
  • I wanted somewhere to collect all the stories that I had in my head.

I have had some lovely feedback from my fellow bloggers that suggests that they enjoy the stories and poems that I write. I have steadily increased the number of followers and I hope that they continue to burgeon over the coming months and years. I am thrilled, not that I’m blowing my own brass instrument (trumpet) that my followers have reached 559!!!

I had no experience in blogging whatsoever and so have really just stuck to what I know best, channelling my imagination and creating stories. That seems to be paying off.

I did not expect to find so many lovely blogging friends and colleagues along the way. Thank you for making the blogging experience so rewarding. 🙂

Advice

I have given advice before but it basically is always the same.

  1. Blog about what you love and keep doing it.
  2. Engage with other bloggers, you’ll make friends and allies. The community is very supportive.

My Nominees

This is the bit I always find so very difficult because there are some amazing blogs out there and they have all helped and supported me. There are also a lot of Non award blogs out there,  like Fandango and The Ceaseless Reader Writes, who if they were not non-award sites, I would have nominated them for lots of awards in the past.

I would also like to thank these two bloggers below in particular for each being like a mentor to me.

End of Days

A Trip In The Waaay Back Machine? No Thanks!

They are all extraordinary in their own unique way but here are my nominees this time.

https://thedarknetizen.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/fts-project-1-mirror-of-erised/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/finish-the-story-nov-2/

Daily Quote

https://keithchanning.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/sunday-serialisation-a-bump-in-the-knight-9-6/

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/dream-or-nightmare/

 

Thank you and Happy Sunday, what’s left of it. 🙂 

 

FOWC with Fandango — Extraordinary

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/burgeon/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/rdp-sunday-mentor/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/your-daily-word-prompt-instrument-November-4-2018/

 

 

My Six Monthiversary or my Half Anniversary

 

Six months ago, on the 7th of March, I set out on a journey. I stepped out of my comfort zone, flew by the seat of my pants and launched myself into the Blogosphere.

My Blog is six months old today and I am amazed that I have had the fortitude to have kept going this long.

I had no idea whether this would be something I would be any good at. I knew I enjoyed writing stories and poems, but I had no idea if anyone else would ever want to read them. It was a step into the unknown.

I discovered that the WordPress blogging community is one of the most supportive and friendliest that I could ever hope to find. With your kind support, I am still here.

If I ever have doubts that what I am doing is worthwhile, I can look back on the many kind words of encouragement  I have received.

I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who read my blog, who leave likes and make comments. I never expected to make so many blogging friends.

A HUGE THANK YOU.

STATS:

Views: 22,681
Visitors: 7,378
Likes: 12,890
Hates: Zero 😉
Comments: 4,142
Most visitors from: USA, India, UK, Canada and Australia.
Total number of posts: 729
Most Views in one day: 330 (that was a blip, Normally average 150)
Current Followers: 440.

 

 

The Blogger Recognition Award

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I have the great honour of being nominated for this award by Mammasquirrel from The Nut House Central. Please check out their blog here:

https://nuthousecentral.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/blogger-recognition-award/comment-page-1/#comment-1106

The blog is full of tantalising posts of pictures, poems and witticisms.

I have done this post slowly, at my leisure, because I feel a bit under the weather today, but I am sure by taking it easier today I will have a greater appreciation for tomorrow.

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you. – Thank you Mammasquirrel 🙂 

2. Write a post to show your award. – Here you go

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

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. – OK

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to. – This is where I’ll become a rule breaker. 

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

 

How my Blog Started.

Well, I have written about this before, see here:

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

To summarize.

  • Always loved writing
  • Did a creative writing course that was like throwing petrol on the fire of my creativity
  • Saw a link to WordPress
  • Started Blogging
  • Loved every minute of it.

 

I would like to give a huge thank you to WordPress for making the process as easy as possible.

Advice

  1. Do something you love doing, keep doing it and be consistent.
  2. Interact with other people. Take part in some writing or photo challenges and leave comments on other peoples blogs. At the very least if someone leaves a comment on your blog, say thank you.

 

My Nominees:

I have nominated quite a few people recently and there are so many blogs out there that I admire and wish to say thank you and give them a token of my appreciation.

Here are but a few:

https://logicaldreams.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/short-story-an-unexpected-side/

https://woollymuses.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/weeklyprompts-photo-challenge-festival/

The Space To Breathe

https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/coffee-date-the-end-of-summer/

https://novuslectio.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/celebration/

https://agirlnamedbee721569609.wordpress.com/2018/09/01/the-importance-of-being-brave/

Following in Nana’s Footsteps: Three Things Challenge

Leisure – Word of the Day Challenge

Thank you and have a nice rest of your Sunday, unless it’s already Monday, In which case, Happy Monday.

 

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/leisure/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/your-daily-word-prompt-appreciation-september-2nd-2018/

FOWC with Fandango — Tantalizing

 

Awesome Impact Award Nomination

 

This is a brand new award created by https://daradgamer.wordpress.com/

I would like to thank Dee Kay of The Floating Thoughts for nominating me. Dee Kay and Roy write a great blog and I strongly recommend you visit and have a look. They often post collaboratory poems asking people to add a few lines, I find these particularly brilliant, to be a part of a creative whole is quite enlightening.

The Awesome Impact Award Nomination

The Rules

  1. Tag the person who nominated you.
  2. Take “The Awesome Impact Award” Picture and add that in your post.
  3. Talk about an incident that impacted your life in a really positive way.
  4. Nominate 10 other awesome bloggers for this award.

 

Something that impacted on my life in a huge way happened back in February of this year.

I had been talking about writing for some time. In fact, I had written some poems and a fantasy story in the past, but it was something that I only did once in a while, despite the fact that I found it a liberating experience.

For my Christmas present, I was given an 8-week Introduction to Creative Writing course at CityLit in London. This had a massive impact on my life. Instead of writing once in a while, I found myself sitting down and writing stories and poems at first weekly, but then it was like a tap being turned on in my head and the creativity flowed.

Next, I was inspired to submit my writing for a competition. It didn’t go anywhere by they sent me a link to WordPress and recommended I start my own blog.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am very old-fashioned (Stuck in the dark ages was how one friend described me) and so I had never expected to start a blog.

In March I started posting material that I had written some time ago. Then I found that I started to write new material daily. I found a blogging community that was supportive and inspired me even further.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all my blogging pals, people who regularly visit and like my work and leave nice comments. To old friends and new ones, thank you.

YOU have made a huge impact in my life.

 

My Nominees:

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https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/it-will-never-stand-up-in-court/

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/plans-for-the-blog/

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/lb-ks-blockbuster-challenge-day-28/

Stormy 6 Word Story Catch-Up

Bitchin’ Thoughts On Loves, Gas And The Unreliability Of Sheetz..

https://alifelesslivedblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/dverse-poetics-adages/

RAKA AWARD

https://thedarknetizen.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/six-word-story-nap/

https://thinkingclearly483645316.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/island-of-dreams/

 

 

 

 

Random Acts of Kindness Award Nomination

Well you wait for ages for an award and two come along at once. 🙂

I have been nominated for the Random Acts of Kindness Award by the brilliant Haunted Wordsmith.

See the post here:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/random-acts-of-kindness-award/comment-page-1/#comment-2863

Thank you Teresa, I am very grateful 🙂

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The award was created by Mws R Writings

Random Acts of Kindness Award/KA

Rules

  1. Tell who you nominate and why.
  2. Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.
  3. Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else.
  4. Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you so choose to Participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.

 

I have found that blogging has been a much more engaging experience that I expected. When I started I received lots of help and positive feedback and encouragement, or I would not have still been doing it now. I like to also engage with people and encourage others as much as possible. I take part in challenges and I like to spread the word. If people are setting out to try something new, I like to help if I can. Spread the love.

My Nominees:

All my nominees are people who have helped and encouraged me along the way. They leave positive comments and engage well. Thank you.

~*~ Nerveracking Personal Stress Test ~*~

https://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/manic-mondays-3-way-prompt-ghostly/

The Emu and The MOAB (Mother Of All Britchy’s!)

 

And a general thanks to everyone out there who has made my blogging experience that much more wonderful than I expected, which includes anyone who has left me a comment. Thank you.

🙂

Oh and I apologise for that Picture of me, I am not particularly photogenic and often the camera shows my ‘Crazy Face’ as my partner likes to call it. I hope it doesn’t give you nightmares.

 

From the Heart Award Nomination

From the Heart

Well I am really over the moon to be nominated for this award by Emily at A Literary Life. Please check out her blog here:

https://emilyweatherburnblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/from-the-heart-award/comment-page-1/#comment-2214

Her blog used to be called the A Writer’s Beginning. She does the best reviews of poetry and books and writes short stories too.

Thanks Emily for nominating me for this award. Much appreciated.

The award was created by another brilliant blogger, The Haunted Wordsmith, please check out her blog here:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/random-acts-of-kindness-award/comment-page-1/#comment-2863

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.

 

MY NOMINEES:

I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

 

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/to-be-candid-nobody-beats-ferris-the-ultimate-karaoke-king/

Is Honesty Always Best?

https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/summertime-living-a-life-of-abundance/

Blogging Chums Award Nomination

I have been nominated for the Blogging Chums Award Nomination by the Brilliant Guy Named Bloke.

Check out his post here:

Blogging Chums Award Nomination

Also check out this post of his, inviting you to join him for a murder mystery challenge.

Snifty Sleuth! Are You?

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The Blogging Chums Award is given to particularly brilliant bloggers who are really providing something special to the community, either through their writing or the way they engage with other people: they’re just brilliant! The award was created by Robert at

https://nonalcoholicstudent.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/1000-followers-and-the-blogging-chum-award/

The Rules

1. Be sure to use the award image
2. List the rules & about paragraph
3. Thank whoever nominated you
4. Write a letter to someone who means a lot to you to spread some positivity around the Internet – anyone will do
5. Nominate 5-10 more people for the award and go let them know about it in their comments

 

My Letter is to all those that follow me, who those you might follow me and all those who used to follow me.

Greetings to you and many, many thanks. We all create our blogs for a purpose and my purpose is just to record the strange stories and poems that are in my head and share it with others, to seek Feedback, encouragement and constructive criticism, to grow and improve as a writer. I will always continue to post what I love, my stories and poems, and if you enjoy them too, then I am really pleased and grateful.

I am sorry if people are not enjoying what I am writing, I wish you all the best at finding what you most want to see. I do feel bad if people choose not to follow me any more, but I can’t change what I do. I must be true to myself.

Something that I did not expect about blogging is how supportive the community is. I have made some great pals doing this and it is an incredibly fulfilling experience for me. I try to interact with people as much as possible and I hope all my followers feel that I give back something that they need too.

In short I would like to say. Thank you. I am grateful. I wish you all the best. I hope you continue to like what I do.

Kind Regards

Me.

My Nominees

Should I Let Myself Be Excited About the Possibilities?

https://emilyweatherburnblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/the-harry-potter-tag/

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/song-lyrics-sunday-street/

Oh No Dino: Fantasy Flash Fiction

https://biaatlas.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/six-word-story-challenge-7-28-18/

https://novuslectio.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/around-a-cup-of-tea-43/comment-page-1/#comment-13024

6 Word Story: 7/28

https://thedarknetizen.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/flash-fiction-suitcase/#like-639

I hope you are all having a nice weekend.

🙂