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Best Moments

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“The best moments are not filled, they are felt.

They have a life of their own.

Sit back and take one in.”


Dflorack of Heron There & Everywhere nominated me for a Best Moment Award.

This is my very belated acceptance! Thank you, Donna!

If you take the time to visit her blog, you will discover her love for friendly little critters as well as musings on life and memoirs of the past.

http://heronthereeverywhere.us/

This award requires you to state seven things about yourself, so here goes…

1.  I have just added para-sailing to my bucket list!

2.  I am not a good conversationalist with new people, unless the topic is an issue I feel strongly about… then I might not shut up.

3.   It frustrates me when parents feed their children inappropriate media and then wonder why they become so disrespectful, aggressive, violent or insensitive.

4.  I believe we were put on this earth to help those in need, not to sit back and reap our own benefits.

5.  My complicated personality takes me from serene places of nature to head banging to Metallica.

6.  I love to see the sparkle in a child’s eyes. It lights up my world.

7.  I am happiest when I am singing at the top of my lungs, driving down the highway.

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Let’s change this up a bit.  Seven is a lucky number so I have decided to nominate seven bloggers that have given me

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BEST MOMENT!

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/

It is inspiring to me to see stigmas broken surrounding mental health issues. This wonderful site provides many moments of sharing knowledge, hope and understanding through the art of photography.

http://bernasvibethewayiseeit.wordpress.com/

She can relate to entering the “50” zone and her generous comments have given me moments of laughter and camaraderie.

http://sunearthsky.com/

Today she provided me with a moment of beauty as I admired her breathtaking photos of horses.

http://kaynicolley.wordpress.com/

She gave me a moment of her reality. It is a reality that so many suffer from. Please give her some love and encouragement.

http://melissammendoza7.wordpress.com/

Working in a shelter in Sante Fe, New Mexico, this woman has her share of dark moments but has the ability to see the light within their souls. I look forward to following her new blog.

http://barefootandmusic.wordpress.com/

I absolutely love Beth Hart. I could listen to her music every day. While doing a search today for her video, “Leave the Light On”, I stumbled upon this blog. There are great musical moments to be found here.

http://littlesundog.wordpress.com/

Unique moments including those she has spent raising an orphaned fawn on their property.

Dodging the Liebster

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Thank you to Joanne at http://mumhowmuchlonger.com/ for another Liebster Award. Be sure to visit Joanne for her interesting and witty stories of family life.

It is an honour to be nominated a second time, even though I almost narrowly escaped the criteria at the time of nomination! I would like to acknowledge Jonathan Caswell, my 200th  follower who unbeknown to him, gave me the final nudge, pushing me over the 200 mark for followers.

Thank you, Jonathan. You can drop by his blog at http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/. I like his poetry and his generous spirit in re-blogging others’ work. Check it out.

If I said I didn’t care about traffic to my blog, I’d be lying. I write because of the creativity and emotion that stirs in me. I write because others inspire me. Life inspires me. There is a passion that has been dormant for way too long inside of me. As my fingers flow onto the keyboard, so does my heart.  Writing excites me, calms me and every part of the process becomes a lesson. As I continue to grow, I look for approval, comments, critique and opinions. I am not only writing for my own benefit, but also to engage and create discussion.

So I almost dodged the Liebster but I am thankful to my small but friendly group of followers that make me smile every day!

THANK YOU !!

Now to the nitty gritty business of the Liebster Award Rules…

·         List eleven random facts about yourself…

·         Nominate eleven bloggers for the award…

·         Let them know about the nomination…

·         Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated…

·         Ask eleven questions for the new award winners to answer…

11 Random Things About Myself

1.       I am afraid of the Wizard of Oz.

2.       I am not afraid of flying monkeys.

3.       I started smoking when I was in college.

4.       I quit smoking at the age of 31. First try. Cold turkey. Sometimes you have to suck it up.

5.       My first job was picking green beans on a farm.

6.       I am an RECE (registered early childhood educator).

7.       Mental health and homelessness are two issues close to my heart.

8.   I feel at home in nature.   

9.       I have very strong opinions and beliefs.

10.   I am open to new ones.

11.   I drive a ’97 Toyota Camry that runs like a charm, except that when  I turn on the windshield wipers, the doors lock.

 

Answers to Joanne’s Questions

1.       Most memorable meal ever eaten? 

An entrée of fresh red snapper at a table on the beach in Costa Rica.

2.       Favourite food/ ingredient to cook with and why?

Vegetables. They’re so darn versatile.

3.       Do you prefer to work alone in the kitchen or are you happy to work with others?

Unless you would like a milder version of Hell’s Kitchen, it is best to leave me alone in there.

4.       Of all the items in your kitchen, which one can’t you live without?

It’s a tossup between my tea kettle and my garlic press.

5.       If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you like to go and why?

Narrowing it down is almost impossible, but I would like to visit Australia.

6.       When reading, do you prefer to hold a book or kindle device?

Neither. I prefer to hold my big mug of hot tea and read right here. I am amazed by the bloggers that I follow.

7.       What would be your first choice of city to live in and why?

A small town with friendly folk, nature trails and inspiring sunsets.

8.       House or apartment? What’s your preference to live in?

House. I like my own trees!

9.       Which of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World would you most like to visit?

The Northern Lights.

10.   Do you prefer big parties or intimate dinners?

Intimate dinners with people I know.  Large parties with people I don’t.

11.   Who is the most inspirational person in your life?

Everyone I meet inspires me in some way. If it doesn’t hit me right away, I look for it because I believe there is something in everyone for us to learn from and grow from.

Here are my choices for Liebster Award Nominees:

If you managed to “dodge the Liebster”  before I cranked out this post, then I apologize for placing you in this category, but you still deserve some love!

Yes, you ALL won because this is for fun!

http://sudhaaysola.wordpress.com/

Wise beyond her years. Thought-provoking.

http://emunaendeavor.wordpress.com/

Two friends on a worldwide sailing trip. Tag along!

http://theearthmama.wordpress.com/

Sharing her appreciation and connection to nature.

http://pixbelsbror.wordpress.com/

Great photos with catchy titles.

http://gottasaythanks.wordpress.com/

A daily log of gratitude.

http://verajackson.wordpress.com/

I just adore Ms.Vee’s poetry.

http://thingsufindthatareunfairandunjust.wordpress.com/

Because we really should talk about these things.

http://1concernedfriend.wordpress.com/

This is true friendship.

http://mypoeticspirit.wordpress.com/

“Celebrating Spirit, the energy of Life, through words and photographs.”

http://darktolight.co.uk/

A very unique and talented artist.

http://marlonspoetry.wordpress.com/

An endless stream of poetic bliss.

Questions for Nominees

1.       What gives you joy?

2.       What makes you angry?

3.       Do you believe in ghosts?

                     4. What has been your favourite adventure so far?

5.       Assuming everyone is safe, if you only had time to grab one thing in the event of a fire, what would you grab.

6.       How do you feel about violence in the media?

7.       What do you think is the oddest thing about you?

8.       What do you find relaxing?

9.       What makes you laugh?

10.       Name something that has changed your life.

11.       Look to your left. What is closest to you?

 

Do I Dare Accept the Super Sweet Blogger Award?

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It was  SO SWEEEEET of Melanie at http://wordifull.com/ to honor me with this award. I will gladly accept based on the fact that she said I was sweet in a “non saccharine kind of way”. Wheeeew! Thanks Melanie!! Putting me on a pedestal of pleasantness would be hard to live up to. The truth is I’m not always that sweet!

Be sure to pay a visit to Melanie’s blog. It is a very diverse collection of writing styles and formats. There is something for everyone. Now to answer….

The 5 Super Sweet questions.

1.       Cookies or cake?

CAKE!!

2.       Chocolate or vanilla?

Don’t make me choose.

3.       Favourite sweet treat?

  Pumpkin pie with maple syrup. Yes, really… but only with REAL maple syrup.

4.       When do you crave sweet things the most?

    After a meal, when I’m full. Go figure!! (literally…there goes the figure)

5.       Sweet nickname?

Ok, I can’t lie. Someone at work calls me “Cupcake”.  I have no idea what I have done to deserve it and I want to wallop her every time she says it. Hah! See! I told you I’m not so sweet.

It was very difficult to choose a baker’s dozen of 13 from the many super sweet bloggers I follow regularly. With that in mind, I decided to simply do a search for blogs under topics such as sweet and kindness.  I managed to narrow it down to these sweet treats. Grab yourself a coffee and indulge!

http://pieitforward.wordpress.com/ Do you like pie? You have to read it to believe it.

http://alexandraphoenixart.wordpress.com/ Check out the gummy bear chandelier.

http://mymorningstories.wordpress.com/   Hundreds of beautiful breakfast photos.

http://ilovechildrensbooks.wordpress.com/ A sweet collection of children’s books.

http://sugarandcinnamon.com/  Goes something like this….scroll…YUM!!!….scroll….YUM!!!

http://smallactofkindness.wordpress.com/  Inspiring words and images.

http://365cupsofkindness.com/   “Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope”.

http://allbuthomeless.wordpress.com/   Please help this sweet lady.

http://ahumanistsperspective.wordpress.com/  Thought provoking poetry.

http://retrospectiveview.wordpress.com/  For some really sweet music.

http://randomsandsweets.wordpress.com/    It’s willy nilly and wonderful.

http://emmasbakingaddiction.wordpress.com/   Speaking of cupcakes….and more.

http://thingsufindthatareunfairandunjust.wordpress.com/   Because not all things are sweet and we should talk about them.

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Liebster Award Nomination

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liebster-award_zps1423f313I would like to thank a wonderful lady named Mary for my first award nomination, the Liebster Award.

You can check out her beautiful

Nature Photography blog at

http://davidanaturephotography.wordpress.com/

She also has two sister blogs:

My Poetic Spirit

http://www.mypoeticspirit.wordpress.com

Unemployed High Jinks

http://www.unemployedhighjinks.wordpress.com

Meaning “beloved”, The Liebster Blog Award  is given to blogs with not more than 200 follows. Some of my nominees may have grown in popularity since I began writing this post. If so, I apologize for any inaccuracies.  I hope that others will enjoy my chosen nominees as much as I do!!

Rules for accepting the award:

1.  Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2.  List 11 random facts about yourself.

3.  Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.

4.  Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 bloggers you feel deserved to be noticed.

5.  Create 11 questions for your nominees.

6.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

7.  Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

Random facts about myself:

I am a night owl.

I am claustrophobic and it’s getting worse.

Music is necessary in my life.

I am shy in large groups, but not afraid to stand up for what I believe in.

I am a proud Canadian.

I have funny toes.

Sitting in a canyon in silence is like heaven to me.

Green and black jube jubes are my favourite candy. That’s the way we spell “favorite” in Canada.

My grandfather was a pastor.

I am rocking in my chair right now listening to “Baby I”, by Amy Millan.

I love making homemade soup.

Answers to Mary’s questions:

1.      What is your favorite season?

 Fall

2.      What is a favorite childhood memory?

Riding my Honda 70 mini bike through a neighborhood field.

3.  What is your favorite flower?

 Tulips of any pastel colour.

4.  What was your favorite vacation ever?

Arches Monument Park and Dead Horse Point, Utah

5.  In your family tree, are you related to a famous person?

Not in my family tree…….but apparently I am related in a way to a famous rock star.

 6.  If you could change careers, what would you do?

Child development consultant for teen parents.

7.  Do you think your creativity comes naturally or do you have to work on it?

For poetry and music…natural.  Hands on, tedious crafting…I would have to work.

8.  What or who inspires you?

Nature, life and ALL people.

9.  If you had the opportunity to publish one wildly guaranteed successful book, what would the book be about?

“Accepting Others for All the Beauty Within”

10.  Have you ever considered deleting your blog and why?

No way…I’m just getting started.

11.  What are three things blogging has added to your life?

New acquaintances.  Learning from others.  Passion to write.

I would like to present the  Liebster Award to:

http://theblondegardener.com/

A friendly place full of flowers, travel and more.

http://findingsun.wordpress.com/

A sunny site full of positive vibes.

http://harasprice.com/

Beautifully written, inspiring moments.

http://peacelovegreatcountrymusic.com/

For any music lover.

http://erinlw1015.wordpress.com/

I love this gal’s honesty and humor.

http://knittinpeace.com

Crafts, music and life appreciation.

http://kindofmind.wordpress.com

Be inspired by her daily good deeds.

http://revgreglarsen.com

Follow his adventures of  “Family, Faith and Fun”

http://naturedreamer.wordpress.com/

A great new place for nature lovers.

http://thenutritionalepiphany.com/

Healthy recipes with wonderful food photography.

http://extremelydreamily.wordpress.com/

She had me at “Me, Myself and I”.

Oh my goodness….AND

http://hotsouthernmess.wordpress.com

I think she may be my kindred spirit

And yes…..I did pick 12!

Questions for my nominees:

What is your favourite dessert?

When you look into a child’s eyes, what do you see?

What do you think our purpose of life is on this earth?

What kind of music do you like?

If you had the chance to meet anyone famous or not, who would it be?

What is your idea of a vacation?

Name 3 things that give you joy.

What do you daydream about?

What are you proud of yourself for?

Do you have any unusual fears?

If you were captain of a ship, what would you call it?

Congrats!!!