I would like to say a hugethank you to Diane at Life on the Patiofor nominating me. If you don’t already follow Diane, have a look at her fantastic blog. Her posts are really enjoyable to read and she is a great inspiration to new bloggers like me.
I want to thank everyone who follows my blog, comments and likes my posts. It’s really encouraging to know others are interested in my posts.
Also, I must thank my family and friends who have helped me along this path.
I was really amazed when I found out I had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s a great achievement for me to be nominated, being a fibromyalgia sufferer.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer recognition award for bloggers who inspire, with positivity and joy.
When I started my blog, I was not sure where it would lead. I reached a very low point last year and was given the idea to start a website.
I decided to create a blog to highlight living with the invisible illness, fibromyalgia. My blog would focus on positives, negatives and overcoming these if it’s possible to. I also wanted to showcase my decoupage and art projects.
Since I started to write my blog I havegained the confidence I had lost and felt positive about life in general.
Hopefully my blog will blossom and grow and help others to understand some of the mysteries of fibromyalgia. I also hope you will continue to follow me, comment and like my posts.
Rules for the award :-
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so that others can find them.
Add the award logo to your blog.
List the rules.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 bloggers for the award and ask them 11 new questions.
Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
* See notes below
My questions were:
1 What brings you joy?
2 Where is your “happy place”…that place you go to that gives you peace and contentment?
I practice mindful meditation to help me relax and find peace.
3 What is your favorite time of day? sunrise, mornings, afternoons, sunsets, evenings? and, what makes it your favorite?
I like mornings, hearing the birds singing very early is really special.
4 If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?
I would create a world kindness day and give everyone the day off. We would then have time to do something positive for others, stranger or not. Be it raising a smile, saying hello, or volunteering to help someone else.
5 What is your favorite subject to write about?
Poetry based on Nature.
6 What is your favorite thing to cook?
Lentil soup and soda bread on a really cold, rainy day, it’s warming and delicious.
7 Do you have a ‘bucket list’? Are you doing it?
I try not to make too many plans as I usually have to break them due to illness. I plan achievable goals to strive for in life and work.
In my blog I want to increase my readership which will enable me to educate others about living with invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia.
8 If you had to give up something in your life, what would it be?
I already have, my freedom…..due to fibromyalgia. I’m locked into a fibromyalgia body and mind.
9 Do you believe in love?
Love is spending time with people who are special to you.
10 If you won the lottery today, what’s the first thing you do?
It would depend on how much I won. If it was life changing; I would probably set up a charitable trust to help others in need.
11 What is your favorite part of being in the blogging world?
The excitement of potentially communicating to everyone in the online world. Also being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award.
My questions for my nominees are:
1 What was your reaction when you found out you had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award?
2 What motivated you to start your blog?
3 Who inspires you and why?
4 What is your best advice for a new blogger?
5 How has blogging changed you life?
6 If you could choose a world leader to answer a question. Who would you choose and what would you ask?
7 How do you think your blog has influenced others?
8 What is your favourite subject to write about?
9 Why do you think creativity is important?
10 We hear so much negativity. What would you do to encourage peace and harmony in the world?
11 Create your own question to answer.
I would love to choose everyone I follow to be nominated for this award but I could only choose 11 blogs. The blogs l have chosen to nominate vary in subject matter from the broad spectrum of Art, Artists, Books, Chronic Illness, Comedy, Craft, DIY, Fibromyalgia, Humour, Lifestyle, Motivational Speaking, Reading and Travel.
I have chosen blogs that I think in some way reflect the ‘spirit’ of the Sunshine Blogger Award.Through inspiring positivity and joy.
I have interpreted this to mean they are inspiring because of the people that are writing them.
The subject matter is positive and inspiring to others.
Or that I find them joyful to read and help to motivate me with positive thoughts.
I particularly wanted to include blogs that are written by others with fibromyalgia, invisible illnesses and chronic illness.
In life in general we are excluded from so many things because our illness limits what we can do. It’s important for me to include them in my list.
* I am going to mention any nominees who could be categorised as having a disability, or illness are exempt from having to write 11 questions, 11 answers and nominate 11 bloggers to be able to except this award.
Whenever I think of spring it reminds me of visiting the University town of Oxford in England.
Described as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold, because of the amazing architecture of the university buildings.
It’s an inspiring place; author Lewis Carroll wrote his famous novel Alice in Wonderland here in 1862.
The story is based on a girl called Alice who follows a white rabbit into a rabbit hole and arrives in wonderland.
During her adventure she goes to a mad tea party in chapter seven, or more popularly know as the Mad Hatters tea party.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fall down a rabbit hole and explore wonderland for yourself? Inspired by the tea party; I’ve written my own short story based on this idea.
Two Versions of an Amazing Dream by Nick
A strong smell of tarmac rises from the ground.
“Yes, that blue teapot tastes good, its made from blue chocolate!”
From a car window a teacup is thrust out,
“Lovely tea dear, one sugar or two?”
The ground is hazy, full of green, large, grass; it smells fresh.
Food spread over the grass; doughnuts with jam, pies covered in cream and a red jelly cake with a palm tree in the middle.
A recognisable face dressed as a orange bear eating pies. Cream all over his face. A clown face looks directly at her and disappears in clouds of cream.
“Pies everywhere I go; I can see pies raining from the sky” Cream covers her, she can feel it on her nose.
Jane looks again at a large pillow. She is awake.
As Jane walks along in the park a stranger rushes up to her and says
“Yes that blue china teapot tastes good, you have a similar one to mine, it was made of blue chocolate. All I can say is it tasted good, when can you bring me another to try?”
A car pulls up next to Jane, the window winds down and a passenger passes her a cup of tea.
“Lovely tea, dear, one sugar or two?”
Jane’s vison blurs, she shuts her eyes, opens them, and notices in front of her a mass of green, huge blades of grass.
She is laying on the grass now and in front of her is an amazing picnic. Doughnuts oozing with jam, pies covered in cream, and a red jelly cake in the middle decorated with a pineapple.
Her friend’s face is visible. He seems to have turned into a giant orange bear and he is hungrily tucking into a pie, covering him in cream. Next to him an inflatable clown snatches the cream pie from his hands and hurls it into the air. The clown shouts
“Pies, Pies everywhere I go, I can see pies raining from the sky”
The cream lands all over everything. Jane notices a large blob of cream on the end of her nose. She tries to wipe it off with a tissue and finds she can’t.
Jane moves her head and looks down at a large pillow, she is lying in bed and has woken up. What a crazy dream, did I really dream that!
Snowflakes gently glide to the ground; white snow covered trees are glinting in the faded sunlight.
I start to walk along a track through the trees listening out for any sounds. It’s really quiet apart from a few birds singing. The occasional thud of snow falling from the branches breaks the eerie silence.
As I make each step forward, I hear thick snow crunch beneath my feet. My hands feel bitterly cold; the breath in front of my face nearly freezes.
A spectacular scene of ice unfolds into the distance. A frozen river bed fills the expanse.On the horizon is a bridge, which stretches across the river.
Rustic tents and strangely clothed people bustle about a huge outdoor market.The market’s taking place directly on the ice. I walk over onto the river bed and join the crowd.
By one tent I see the excited faces of the crowd, waiting at a printers. People are gathering around and watching a man print a special ticket.
Where can I be?
Before I went to sleep I had been reading about the frost fairs that took place on the river Thames in London, during the 18th century.
The year is 1716. I realise, I was looking at old London Bridge and the river must be the Thames. It looks so strange without the familiar stone embankment on either side.
Old London Bridge was quite a differently proportioned bridge to the current one. It was built on nineteen arches supported by small piers, these in turn slowed the flow of the river which is why it often froze.
The tickets I saw being printed were actually printed, using a woodcut, on the ice as a souvenir for visitors. They were dated and read ‘Printed on the ice on the River Thames.’
I had left a window open, which is why I felt cold and had fallen asleep still holding the book I had been reading.