2 years


I can only say – where has that time gone?

2 years on WP.

I thank you for reading, following, supporting, encouraging.
I thank you for your thoughtfulness, caring and love.
I thank you all for being who you are, for reading about my life, loves, in chats or poetry, through good times and bad.
I thank all those who read and comment.
I thank all those who read yet don’t comment.
I thank WordPress for giving me the opportunity to write from my gut, my soul and my heart.

Thank You

The Dragon Loyalty Award

This morning I awoke to an Award “The Dragon’s Loyalty Award” – which made me giggle at first as this is what (politely of course) my nick-name was from my ex. 🙂

This Award was bestowed to me from Annetbell from http://talesalongtheway.com. In gratitude for nominating me, I list the Award ‘giver’ and also their nominees.

So thank you very much Annet, I hope that this post and my thank you will suffice, in place of accepting .  Annetbell’s post on this Award can be found > http://talesalongtheway.com/2013/12/09/the-dragons-loyalty-award/comment-page-1/#comment-3825















So thank you again and to my readers if you haven’t popped in to any of the above, nows your chance 🙂

Versatile and Blogger of the Year Thank You Post

Within the last week I received two Awards.

The first from Dr. Rex (Horty) at http://hrexach.wordpress.com for The Versatile Blogger.

Horty’s nominations are as follows















As I don’t accept Awards, my acceptance is to post the list of other nominees, so that my readers may take a peak at them if they wish, perhaps finding someone new and interesting. 🙂

and the second from Patrick at http://perspectivesmovingon.wordpress.com for Blogger of the Year 2013.

Patricks nominations are:


I am humbled by receiving these Awards, they are special to me, but I don’t have the time to go through the process  😦  my Award is that you have liked what I do, either in my writing or by what I have written to you. I hope by doing this THANK YOU post to Horty and Patrick that they understand why I have done this. Thank you so much both of you for thinking enough of me to nominate me.

PS:   Please if I cannot get the comments turned off – no necessity to leave one 🙂

Blog of the Year 2013 – A Thank you


There is a Scottish lassie

Scottishmomus be her name

She’s a ma to many children

if twas me- I’d be insane

She writes a bit of poetry

and she likes to have a chat

she’s been bestowed with an

Award – so let’s all smile to that

she kindly nom-in-nated me

along with some other folk

so in gratitude and thankfulness

this be my thank you  – not a joke

as I don’t accept Awards no more

my Award is you out there

but to thank her for my name

upon the list – the other names I share


(Writing this is was more with an Irish Lilt than a Scottish – oops forgive me – and the picture – seems we both have the same taste in men prrrrr!)


Thank you Scottishmomus http://scottishmomus.wordpress.com for nominating me Blog of the Year 2013 – without further ado – please check her site out and the others below if you aren’t already following or reading them.

Curtsies most graciously with wine in hand. 😉






















I’ve been flying a year with WP!

A little while ago, July to be exact I wrote about not having that little blue badge that WP hands out for ‘flying with them’ for a year. The reason I did not receive this then is because my orginal name started as randomramblingsfromamum ( I know a tongue twister really). Then I changed it not long after I began. So now I can say it…. drum roll anniversary-1x
I hate maths but I’m sharing my numbers (isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?)

Posts –  590

WP Followers –  486 – thank you each and every one of you. I am enjoying this journey on WP and the opportunity to share my ramblings and meeting new and interesting people on a daily basis. You have spurred me on with your gracious comments and support and for that I am truly grateful and I hope I can continue for another year (without annoying anyone) 🙂  My writing is something that is important to me (like any writer) and what I am vehemently passionate about. To see all of you enjoying what I do, makes the late nights, the early mornings, the phone near my bed in case a thought strikes at 2am…all the more worthwhile. So once again, let me say that I thank you for your kindness and your support (quite chuffed really).


Visitors –  25,697


I am also going to possibly annoy some folk by putting up the Liptember cause till the end of September. So I will apologise for this in advance, if you tire of seeing it.

LIPTEMBER MONTH OF SEPTEMBER – Shaun from http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com has kindly and generously written a blog for Liptember to help Kayla raise funds for the fight against Mental Illness. He has donated recently, as have a few of my readers. Please read and if you can donate (for those that haven’t already) we would be most grateful. Please re-blog his post too if you can, to get this out there. Thank You!

We are in the process of getting a Pay Pal address for those who have had difficulty donating.  

Sunshine Award from Brian Alger – my acceptance.

Yesterday I kindly had the Sunshine Award bestowed upon me by Brian Alger.  Brian writes primarily about ageing, bereavement covering the topics of dying, loss, ageing in a sensitive and professional manner.

Hello Jen,

I enjoy your blog and I would like to nominate you for the Sunshine Award, a blogger-to-blogger award given to writers who inspire and add a little sunshine to people’s lives. I hope you will accept.

For more information please visit http://exploring-life.ca/about/sunshine-award/. If you do accept please note the four “rules” of acceptance. I hope you enjoy working with the award.

Thanks for your great work.

Kind regards,

I advised Brian that as I don’t accept Awards anymore,  I do a post to show my gratitude for the kindness in nominating me.

Brian’s other nominees are these:

My Nominees for the Sunshine Award

  1. The Ancient Eavesdropper
  2. The Common Sense Philosopher
  3. The Death Writer
  4. Discovering Wisdom
  5. Dying Man’s Daily Journal
  6. Memory Bears by Bonnie
  7. Quinn Creative
  8. Ramblings from a Mum
  9. Source of Inspiration
  10. Words That Etch

If you haven’t had a peek at what these people do, perhaps now is your chance.

Brian Alger’s topics are found here  http://exploring-life.ca/contents/index-of-articles/


THANK YOU BRIAN – I hope that you accept this post as gratitude for your thoughtfulness.

A list of Blog Sites from ‘In the Net’ – Let’s support one another shall we.

Lynette over at  ‘In the Net’ see her here …..   http://lynettedartycross.com  recently received a Liebster Award and a Shine On Award, she does not accept Awards (her words not mine) 🙂 but she likes to put forward other sites that she follows. She happened to mention my site in her list, so in appreciation for her doing that I have listed below some of the other sites that she visits.  If you haven’t seen any of the below, pop over and have a look for you may come across, someone very special.

1. After Narcissistic Abuse

2. Broken but Stronger

3. Dree Speaks Freely

4. Every Day Red Flags

5. Paula’s Pontifications

6. I Won’t Take It

7. Jana and the Stone

8. Kinky Little Girl

9. Lexicon Lover

10. Life Begins at 45


1. Brunch for Every Meal

2. Sunday Night Blog

3. Inga Photography

4. View from in Here

5. One Hot Mess(age)

6. Lady Blue Rose

7. Pondering Spawned

8. My Emotional Vampire

9. Subhan Zein

10. Being a Beautiful Mess

11. George Flores

12. Paro Express

Here are my suggestions  – these are GREAT blogs! Some I’ve suggested before and some I haven’t:

1. Ramblings from a Mum – one of my favourite blog buddies!

2. One Old Sage – another of my favourite blog buddies!

3. Dust and Soul – a thought-provoking,  eclectic blog.

4. Teeny Bikini – outrageously funny and warm. I so look forward to her posts!

5. Jenny Pellett – a funny, witty, engaging blog.

6. Luiana Njo – a very talented photographer and cook.

7. Frances Antoinette – she says that she can’t write, but she’s completely wrong!

8. Lori – Lori has gone back to school! Take a look at her adventures.

9. Rarasaur – an amazing writer.

10. Zen Doe – fabulous photography and writing.





I am a little over whelmed with Awards of late (blushes). This delightful one was bestowed by Shaun (he is a very naughty laddy ) for he has presented me with two in the last few days. I am partially accepting this, in as much as I won’t answer the questions about myself (because I think you know me pretty much by now) or list my nominees (for the truth be known I feel terrible having to single people out).


1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.     Here is his Award giving post  http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/shine-on-award-3/#respond

So to completely mess with the ‘rules’ (as I do) I am putting his comments (7 things about himself) and his other nominees in gratitude for wishing to share this Award with me. Thank you Brave Heart 🙂

Seven things about Shaun:

1. I am about to start watching Continuum the TV Show. My Partner says I will love it, it has time travel in it :-)

2. I had a Calzone last night for tea, my GOD it was Amazing!!!

3. I am at present Listening to “Oasis Live in Manchester” the song is Wonderwall

4. It is raining here, it has been cloudy all day, so not unexpected. If it doesn’t rain here, we worry why!

5. I have had several people follow me in the last few weeks who are AMAZING friends and brilliant people.

6. I have so many good friends on Word Press, you are all an extension to my online family

7. It is nearly 5pm as I write this.

He now nominates 14 people: 

1.  http://fromthefog.me/

2. http://pifuk67.wordpress.com

3. http://myspokenheart.wordpress.com/

4. http://furrynuff.wordpress.com/

5. http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

6. http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/

7. http://bishoptatro.wordpress.com/

8. http://yaussiechick.wordpress.com/

9. http://theseeker57.wordpress.com/

10. http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com/

11. http://andrawatkins.com/

12. http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

13. http://johannisthinking.com/

14. http://sonelcorner.wordpress.com/




Am I being naughty for accepting this Award and partially accepting others – yes I AM (guilty as charged).
Shall I be chastised because of it – I HOPE NOT.

Do I feel truly honoured for receiving it – Yes I DO!


Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.

This Award was bestowed upon me from   Face at the window

You can see her post here at    http://faceatthewindow.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/the-best-moment-award/#respond

Her other nominees are: (I left mine in as she seems to know me well, me hearties’)

http://alicekeysmd.wordpress.com (because she writes about stuff that matters)

http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/about/ (because she is brave and would make an excellent pirate)

ME   (because I suspect she knows how to make pirate grog)

http://myspokenheart.wordpress.com (because she has a soft heart with pirate-y edges)

http://whimsymimsy.wordpress.com/about/  (that girl is all pirate)

Rules of the Moment Matters Award

1. Repost the award and award description
2. Give an acceptance speech
3. Pass the award on, and notify the nominees.

Acceptance Speech
“Is this microphone on”
“Oops sorry it is”.
“Good evening ladies and gentlemen and members of the foreign press. I stand here before you with a really sore toe, humbled that Face has nominated me for the The Best Moment Award. At this juncture I am a little lost at what particular moment I have actually received this honour for. Is the time when I felt really sorry for myself when I was out of work and lost a girlfriend and moaned to the blogging world? Is it for the ode that I wrote about my dog that was put to sleep 6 years ago? Is it perhaps my Haiku or free verse?

It may be for my entries into so many challenge sites that I lost count of what I did for whom. Is it because I write of my Pop and mum and share with you all,  the love I have for them? I could go on and on and I realise that you are all getting rather fidgety at this point and want to head to the after party bar for refreshments, so I shall wind up as the man in front is waving his arm madly in a circular motion at me.”

“I would like to sincerely thank Face or as I call her ‘Ace’ for thinking enough about me to put me in her list of other fine nominees. She is simply a gorgeous human being who I have grown to have an affinity with and for that I thank her for being who she is.

“I do hope you all check her site out and enjoy what she writes as much as I do”.

“My nominees are the following, drum roll please. What we don’t have drums? Ok without drums then..sheesh!”

“I am nominating 3 people whom I haven’t nominated before (I don’t think) is there a rule where you have to walk the plank if you forget who you have nominated previously?”

Forgive me but my link button is not wanting to play with my nominees – they keep going to a bank sites or amazon     😦

thesenseofajourney.com-  because this lovely woman writes exquisitely and is helping me to become a better writer and you should pop over and have a read.

raisingthecurtain.net – because she is a fellow Australian who writes extremely informative, intelligent and down to earth posts.

unfetteredbs.com- because she writes as her name implies, she is both hilarious and extremely talented (especially with Haiku).

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Salutations my dear readers. Shaun from over at Looking for reasoning to a complicated world

kindly nominated me for A Super Sweet Blogger Award. Chuffed am I to have this bestowed on me. You can see his post here > http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/super-sweet-blogging-award/#respond

As I am partially accepting the Award – in showing my appreciation for this lovely gesture, I list his other nominations below for you all to have a peek at (if you aren’t already that is). I have recently started following Shaun – he is a humorous, good-natured and thoughtful man who lives in Scotland with his family and newly acquired Staffie. He suffers from Chronic Pain and blogging and sharing helps him get through his days and nights. Please visit, I’m sure you will be glad you did.

You may notice that the below are all femme fatales …this shows how sweet this gentleman is. 🙂

1. Breathing Space @ http://grandmalin.wordpress.com/

2. Joaynn510 @ http://joaynn510.wordpress.com/

3. tersiaburger @ http://tersiaburger.com/

4. theseeker @ http://theseeker57.wordpress.com/

5. knocked over by a feather @ http://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

6. Sonel’s Corner @ http://sonelcorner.wordpress.com/

7. A Shade of Pen @ http://ashadeofpen.wordpress.com/

8. thek9harperlee @ http://thek9harperlee.wordpress.com/

9. myspokenheart @ http://myspokenheart.wordpress.com/

11. Joaynn510 @ http://joaynn510.wordpress.com/

12. Thoughts of yaussiechick @ http://yaussiechick.wordpress.com/