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 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


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 …..  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.

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 >

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 @

2. Joaynn510 @

3. tersiaburger @

4. theseeker @

5. knocked over by a feather @

6. Sonel’s Corner @

7. A Shade of Pen @

8. thek9harperlee @

9. myspokenheart @

11. Joaynn510 @

12. Thoughts of yaussiechick @


I am feeling rather chuffed and humbled that another Award has been presented to me from the magnificent ‘Pirate’ see his link to the Award Page here –

Please go and visit him and read about the amazing places he has travelled to. I adore his Haiku, his poetry and marvel at his short stories. He is also political, which I do have a tendency to steer away from as you know, however,  this does not stop me following this gentleman who resides in Finland.

As I partially accept – below are his nominees and what he has kindly written about them. I thank you Pirate for bestowing this upon me and I hope that as a token of my appreciation you will accept this post.

Ese’s Voice – photography, poetry, sensuality

Steven Lidell – engaging cultural and historical stories  

Readinpleasure – beautiful thoughts in words

Perpateticeric – a writer’s traveller and dreamer’s writer

J. E. Lattimer – a dedicated novelist

JRBsays – haiku and commentary

Gunta – shoots pictures that could be painted

Ramblingsfromamum – wonderful innovative poetry

Nightlake – poetry, haibun, all quality

Livingsimplyfree– unique perspective blogged

Penny – artist of the word and mind

Foolsmusings – thoughtful, dry, bittersweet

AlisonandDon – admirable, beautiful and interesting travels

Cookie – sensual friend and artist

Gigoid – one of my favourite thinkers – of all time

La Vent de la Mer – Ah Semprevento, une femme…

Liebster Award

I have (hopefully) stopped comments for this post as I did not write it for others to thank me – I don’t know if it will work. Ok so I have found out what I have done is clearly not working. Please no need to hit the like button or comment – thank you.



from Cricket’s Road through Wool Projects (her baby site as she calls it) see here…well below..

Has kindly bestowed a Liebster Award upon me. I am humbled that I have been thought of enough to be nominated. Many pooh – pooh Awards, many say it’s akin to chain mail, for whatever reason an Award is given, I shall continue to ‘partially accept’ as I have in the past.

One must be thankful and show the manners they have learned in life. To acknowledge that  someone has included me in their list, means that I show my appreciation on a post for their site and for the other nominees, for my readers to go and have a peek at.  No ‘I’ in team folks. So thank you Cricket for the Award, I am grateful that you have considered me worthy.
Other nominees are:


The Dragons Loyalty Award


The above Award was bestowed to me by Merby on
As she has written – To me, this award should be passed on to the people who have been with me the longest. This blog started out as a place for me to share my depression and chronic illnesses, and how they take their toll on my life. It still does this for me, but now it’s my playground, as well.

She has kindly nominated moi, so in my usual way of acknowledgment of this Award,  I now list the other nominees of her choosing. Thank you Merby my dear friend and Congratulations on receiving the Award…oh and do check out these other wonderful folk if you haven’t already 🙂

Breathing Space
Evil Squirrel’s Nest
Fibro Feist
Debauchery Soup
The Temenos Journal
Not Quite Alice
Mental in the Midwest
Angies Grapevine
Fairytale Epidemic
I Won’t Take It
And my best friend in blogland
Melanie of Deliberate Donkey

A Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the above Award – I ‘partially’ (as you may be aware), accept Awards (which may sound rather trite) and I do not mean that to be the case, this Award is from the wonderful her other nominees are the following:-

Deliberate Donkey
Angies Grapevine
Looking for reasoning to a complicated world
From the Fog
The Blog of Otis
The Temenos Journal
Evil Squirrel’s Nest
Breathing Space
Fibro Feist
Ramblings of a jerk
Fairytale Epidemic
Blog It or Lose It!
Fish Of Gold

Her answers to the 7 questions were :

Seven Things About Merbear
1. If I could get plastic surgery, I would buy a new chin. 2. I wasn’t a Beatles fan until 2008. 3. I Love The Food Network. 4. I just bought a Forever Comfy5. It actually is comfy. 6. I am not a fan of condiments. 7. I have a purse fetish. My favorite is a brown Coach.

This lady is beautiful, talented and extremely funny and if you haven’t visited her site I urge you to do so.

So thank you for bestowing this Award to me “Merby” (as I call her) and congratulations to the other nominees, I ask that you take a peak at their sites and as gratitude display their site names ( yes I have been a little lazy and not done the links) 😦

I thank you.


Liebster Award ……. from My Spoken Heart

These people listed above, along with myself, have been nominated for a Liebster Award. I have thanked and I am humbled by having this Award bestowed on me, for as Andrea has written from who nominated me “I just like them and think they deserve some recognition… so… here is my list”. So as I partially accept Awards, I post the sites of her other nominees, for you to go and have a peak at, if you haven’t already.

People say that Awards are rubbish (well some do) that is like spam, that one doesn’t have to be recognised for what they write or do on here. I took this to heart and stopped accepting Awards. For indeed the Award is having people read what you write and appreciate what you do. However in saying that, I think it is a tad negative if you don’t appreciate others, not for the want of us being patted on the back, but that others think what we do is worthwhile…and what is in the harm of that?

If nothing else being able to view other writers/sites that you didn’t know existed can only bring a warm and fuzzy feeling….can it not?  So let us not be selfish pricks (excuse my language) we are all here to write to enjoy what others write, if they want to spread the love and give an Award…so be it I say. Who are we to say otherwise?

So to Andrea  – I thank you, to those that don’t agree with Awards – each to their own – to those that partially accept or fully, I commend you for your conviction to believe in your feelings and what you think is right.

To me for having possibly too many scotches and a shit day at work.. I salute you.


The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award has been generously bestowed to me by the gracious and adorable ‘T’ as I call her, her name though is Tatiana which is absolutely an exquisite name and reminds of the days of the Tzar (not that I am that old mind you). See ‘T’s’ link below. (If I did it right that is!) or wonderlandbytatu

She is very naughty for giving me this – as everyone knows I don’t accept Awards (though yes I did the Missy Award) because I love dogs. That’s not to say I don’t love her or any one else…ok before I get myself into too much more trouble… without further ado.

I ‘partially accept’ this Award (wearing sparkles and hair up) and to show my gratitude I shall post the other nominees on this Post for my fans…joking (though doesn’t it sound good) followers to go and have a peak at (yes including yours truly)  I do love that I am her mummy mentor and almost feel like starting a ‘Dear Dorothy’ column! Seriously thank you ‘T’ from my ‘beaty thing’ for this and Congratulations on receiving the Award from Dora, well deserved! xxx

Her nominees are –

  1. the crafty Gabriella from our life in action
  2. the lovely Paula from depression exists
  3. the funny Melissa from motherhood is an art
  4. the beautifully real Anka from keeping it real
  5. the talented little miss wordy
  6. the lovely Amber from the usual bliss (she has already received this nomination from someone else, but her blog rocks and you MUST check it out)
  7. the incredible duo of best of 2 sisters
  8. the funny dad from me myself and kids
  9. my mommy mentor from ramblings from a mum
  10. the lovely Jurgita from ice beautiful
  11. the lovely, multilingual Ute from expat since birth



so apart from answering the questions and nominating others – I pretty much have covered it…haven’t I??  🙂





As you know I don’t accept Awards anymore, but this one I could not pass up! How cute is this Photo! 🙂

Bestowed upon me from the beautiful Ivonne at http:ivonnemontijo.wordpress.comthe-missy-award

The  Missy Award is presented to those bloggers who support and advocate for animals either in the blog as a whole or a blog post.  They can be animal lovers, vegetarian,vegan, rescue workers, doesn’t matter it’s all about the animals.

The Rules are:

1- You must post the Award Picture onto your blog–but who doesn’t love putting award pictures on their blog?!!!
2- Link back to
3-And answer two questions.

A- What inspires or motivates you to write?
Feelings that drift through my mind on any given moment of the day (or sadly) the night when sleep does not occur, words are frantically written into my phone under the covers, like a teenager sending messages to her boyfriend. Anything will inspire my desire to write. Songs, words, photos, conversations. It is something, possibly inbred in me and I know not why, but I cherish the gift of words, of imagination of being able to bare my soul on paper,  no matter what the subject. To have a site for my ramblings such as this (WP) is something I also cherish, for this has given me my outlet, to air my thoughts and to share my words.

B- Why do you love animals?
Because they are simply the most beautiful and devoted creatures on this planet. Their love is unconditional. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Cruelty of any nature abhors me. I have loved animals,  particularly dogs and horses ever since I can remember. I shall continue to love and support when I can, those that are need of human help or intervention. We need to eradicate dog-fights, bear-fights, cock-fighting. The thrill for man to watch animals tearing each other apart sickens me. If you wish to visit this Post  There has to be an End,  for a more detailed explanation of why I feel this way. To our fur-babies – the ones still crying out for help, you will be heard. The ones that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, mum will see you again one day and to those that you have as part of your family be grateful everyday for the joy that bring you.

4-Nominate other worthy bloggers or just simply accept the award and do #’s 1-3

My nominations (other than those nominated in Ivonne’s Post) are:-

I nominate – for her love of dogs.
I nominate – for her beautiful photos of animals (puppies!!) in her posts.
I nominate – for recently adopting Benny – See her Post – How I trusted a perfect stranger.

5- Oh yes, please let your nominees know you nominated them.

Thank you Ivonne for also recently adopting two puppies , saving them from crossing the Rainbow Bridge  -xxx 🙂