It’s Awards Season.. Liebster


I have to tell you that today I am struggling. I have no energy, drained and exhausted; my pain is spiking. This is what happens after I have been out. A kick back I can avoid if I stay in my burrow and do nothing. It is worth the costs to spend a day in the sunlight,  not something I can do too often; I need those rest days in between and today is most definitely a rest day. Please forgive my tardiness in getting to your comments. I will be briefer and more concise than I would have liked and most likely with a lot of mistakes but I don’t want to keep this waiting any longer.


A couple of days ago I was nominated for The Liebster award by the lovely Julie from..

She thought my blog, with only a couple of posts, worthy of pointing out and sharing with her readers. Thank you Julie! It is a fantastic feeling to be noticed; especially when you are so new the paint of the door hasn’t dried yet! It is a lovely award aimed at encouraging new bloggers. With its peer nomination system it gives each awardee a chance of being seen by more readers.

Here are the answers to her 10 questions….

1. What is the hardest word for you to write. Why? Not from a spelling or grammatical angle, I am talking about your feeeeeeelings.

The hardest word to write would be mummy or mum. The endearing terms for mother always hurt me. I find it slightly easier to write mother but I still have an uneasy feeling sweep over me. Seeing as my blog is about sharing much of the relationship between myself and my mother I an going to have that feeling often!

2. What time of day do you most often write? Why is that?

I write mostly at night, I have an awful sleep pattern. I take my meds before bedtime and get a couple of hours before pain starts to creep into my awareness. Sometimes it is the pain building to an intolerable height that wakes me, sometimes my subconscious tries to reason with the pain and give it a meaning in dreams, I have horrid dreams. I think I prefer to wake in pain, than in terror. Sometimes I am completely unable to get back to sleep for the rest of that night, other times I may be awake an hour or so before I can get back to sleep, after time attached to a tens machine, heat pad or the next round of meds can calm the pain down. Distraction is so helpful and so when I feel able I will write during these wakeful periods.

3. Do you check your stats as much as I do to see if anyone actually reads your posts, or are you writing and then tuning out entirely until you have something else to say?

Since coming to WordPress I have barely spent much time away from it! i adore finding new blogs to follow. There is always something that interests me. I stumble around the explore tags sections and check the links out that bloggers recommend on their own blogs.  I love that little flashing icon in the top right corner that lets me know my blog is being seen. The stats are incredible, I am really shocked to have visitors at all but to get likes, followers and comments feels very good indeed! I can see how this will become addictive for me!

4. What was the last book you read?

Unfettered  a Fantasy Anthology edited by Shawn Speakman

All the stories in this book were donated to it. Shawn had no medical insurance because he had previously been treated for cancer he was not able to get any. So when he got cancer again the bills mounted up to a lot of money. This book was produced to help pay those bills off.

5. What was the last blog you read?

Me, My Magnificent Self

Barbara has invited me to join in with her January challenge. To write an awakening piece, which I am quite nervous about, so I was reading her own piece for inspiration.

6. What is your favorite word to write and why? Remember guys, feeeeeeelings.

Oh this has to be family. That word gives me the warm fuzzies! Because of family I am who I am and I like who I am. I have brain washed my kids into the mantra “family first”. With your family behind you, you can accomplish anything. Family, family, family.. there I am basking in a warm glow now!

7. What would make you delete a post after you’ve composed/published it?

I’m not sure this is something I would do unless I felt I had totally messed it up and it was simply the worst thing I had ever seen on the internet. I’m not a great writer or even the most proficient but I write what I mean and I mean what I write and so I guess I’d  not be likely to delete anything.

8. What are your thoughts on identity theft in the land of blogging? What have you done to protect yourself, your words? Will you do anything?

It does worry me but I think simple steps like not using your real surname don’t give out specifics like your address or phone number. I also keep things a little vague.. I don’t use the names of the places I have lived, schools I have attended, places I have worked. I use titles like Husband, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Brother, etc rather than names. The less specifics are available the harder identity theft is.

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9. Why did you decide to accept this award?

It would have been rude not to! It also makes me feel even more a part of this community and it gives me the chance to carry it onwards with 10 more nominations.

10. Why did you start your blog?

My husband made me do it.. sort off! I had wanted to bring writing back into my life somehow. I had considered writing a book but the scope of it was too big for me to grasp, too much for me to manage and I was just too rusty to dive into something that enormous. Sitting in the living room I was nagging my husband about things I had asked him to do but he hadn’t, I brought up the fact the loft clearout was still to be finished 7 years after taking on the project. He countered with “and how long have you been saying you’re going to start writing?”. So you see it was simply started so I could nag with a clear conscience!

If you choose to accept my nomination of your blog and continue with the Liebster award process here are the rules..

Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog. 2. You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you. 3. You must nominate 10 of your favourite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination. 4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

One more thing – if you link back to this post, your response will appear as a “pingback” in the discussion section at the end of this post, which allows me to share your words with your fellow nominees. (Like this!)

So dear bloggers, now you can answer these questions of mine and nominate the 10 blogs that you like, just remember to stick to blogs with under 200 followers.

1. What is your happiest moment?

2. What is your ultimate goal for this year?

3. What is the laziest thing you love to do?

4. What is your favourite film?

5. What are your favourite musical genres?

6. Do you believe that global warming ia a natural occurrence the world goes through between ice ages that humans are speeding up or something new entirely?

7. Name 5 things that are closest to you physically right now?

8. Now name the 5 things that are closest to you non-physically right now?

9. What are the things you like to avoid?

10. Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt or Sorbet?

If you don’t wish to participate please let me know so I can give the chance to someone else. thank you


27 thoughts on “It’s Awards Season.. Liebster

      • Yes, mom and family are the two words that always evoke the greatest emotions in my writing, so I was surprised we shared both. Your sentiments about how you’ve impressed upon your children the importance of family was so similar to mine I was asking myself if you had somehow jumped inside my thoughts. Great post.

  1. Congratulations on the award! I’m glad you’re feeling such a warm welcome into the WordPress community. It is such a great place to share and connect, so many wonderful people. I hope you feel better soon.

  2. “I’m not a great writer or even the most proficient but I write what I mean and I mean what I write and so I guess I’d not be likely to delete anything.”

    I love this. I have started blogs (or stories) over again. Heavily edited things to make them sound right but I have never deleted anything after publication. I figure I said what I meant to say at the time and therefore it should be left alone. We cannot delete our past (as much as we may wish to sometimes) so why should we delete the writings about it?

    • Thank you Catherine, glad you agree with my answer. i write most blogs on word and then copy and paste into the wordpress post page. i write bits and bobs whenever they come into my head and it’s easier to work this way putting things together bit by bit. once i hit publish i may need to make little edits but i won’t be deleting. i joined to say my piece and so i will.
      very interested in your blog, will be by often. best wishes

  3. Hi Shelley! Thanks for the nominations, and it really really is a pleasure for me to write and answer your questions. ♥ But I’m afraid it would have to wait a little, I have exams coming up and I have got to study for them. But as soon as I can, I would write back, I just hope it’s not too late when I’m finally able to write. :)) Best wishes! ♥

    • don’t worry about it, do it if and when you can, if you have no time just let it go. best of luck with your exams, i am sure you will do well. those who take the time to put in the hard work usually do 🙂
      love your blog

  4. I’m in my 40s, too, and I’m loving writing for myself after many years of writing what others wanted me to. Congrats on receiving an award so soon, I hope it brings you many new friends. Cheers, Brenda

    • I’m very happy you are getting to write as you want, at least you have great experience and abilities to bring to the table. the award was so lovely, being nominated by a peer and a fantastic writer and blogger at that! Thank you for stopping by Brenda

  5. Love your blog, and will be visiting often to offer encouragement. It’s daunting to begin, but once you’ve done it a few times, ideas will come, and so will the writing. I applaud you for the courage it takes to write your own story. As you do, it will help others through their pain and struggles. Bless you, and thanks for the visit to my blog as well.

    • Dear Susan i really appreciate you comming by. i am truly humbled by all the encouragement and support given by the bloggers here, it has been an amzing couple of weeks. reading your own blog i realise what a tough journey you have been on yourself so your support is all the more appreciated. this writing is something i have needed to do for a long time now, finally doing it feels great and if i am able to help anyone else by doing it i will have achieved one of my ambitions. thanks again

    • Thank you! what i don’t understand is how you are not on my nomination list! i was certain i had pasted your blog address in there, one of the first! now that is strange! Sheesh i wish my brain functioned better!

        • i have had a second nomination for the liebster so this time i’ll make sure i get it right. i have 2 days in a row at the hospital this week. consultation with my occupational therapist and physiotherapist in the morning and the next day i begin hyrotherapy so i will be down and out for a few days but i’ll be back for the weekend to blog again.

            • thank you, i have to say i can’t imagine living with very limited or not sight, we all have our own stuff to deal with it’s simply how we deal with it that is so important. it is amazing what you can learn to do to push the pain away, keep it at a distance and don’t feel it so much. it becomes a bit like an annoying buzzing wasp you can swap away and then at times it becomes the whole hive having a go at you. it is not going to end my life, things could be so much worse and so i count myself lucky and look for my happiness within the buzzing. I’m sure you will agree as we both seem to be of the same mindset. 🙂

              • Indeed. As you say we all have our burdens and I definitely agree that it’s vital we find a way to push through the pain because the only other alternative is to be consumed by it. This is not to say that there won’t ever be bad days but hopefully we can store up enough good days that when we go through the darkness we can remember the light that is the hope for better days to come. And, yes, it does seem that we are of like minds. Thank you

    • Hi Candace, nice to meet you and thank you so very much for considering me.. julie did indeed get there first although i have 2 more nominations in the last 2 days and i’m not really sure what to do about those lol! i guess i will join in again simply because it was fun! thanks for dropping by. loving your blog!

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