Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award on Valentine’s Day by Joyful2bee   It seems like a nice way to spread the love on that day, doesn’t it. She posts a variety of interesting and always sunny blogs, so go check her out!

sunshine-award

It was interesting to me to get this nomination. I had just been reading some blogs where people were telling about themselves. It seems we don’t really know our blogosphere friends, but feel like we do, so this kind of thing helps. I had also thought I would make this blog a “no awards” blog. But, I had not stated that yet, so here goes. If you get nominated, don’t feel that the burden is heavy…it is really up to you. I think of these as ways to share the love and introduce bloggers!

Here are the Award Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you. (See above)
2. Answer the questions from your nominator.(See Below)
3. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.(See further below.)

The 11 questions are

1. What inspired you to start writing? I was never really much of a writer. It just kind of came up when, as a photographer, a local magazine asked me to do some articles along with images. That turned into a few years of writing little blurbs to 2500 word stories.I liked it. Sometimes challenging and sometimes fun, it was certainly a time/way of growth and pushing the envelope a bit.

2.  How are you inspired to write your blog? To be completely honest, it was totally about trying to figure out how to promote my Etsy shop. I do love crafting and the shop does a bit here and there, but in reality, the blog has become sort of a fun place to share photos, thoughts, crafts, life…that is why I call it Facetfully, like the Etsy shop, because it could be anything. I am fully faceted!!!!! LOL

3.  If you could spend a day with a historical person, who would you chose? Wow…there have been so many interesting people and so many reasons they are famous! I often think I would like to discover more of myself by living in solitude. How much could I endure the quiet? How much could I do for myself? I mean living away from the masses. I am not sure who that person would be. There are articles about people who have done it. I read a book once about a woman who did it in her own way, Where God Begins To Be, A Woman’s Journey into Solitude by Karen Karper. So, I will look her up and see if we can meet! It really gave me the desire…and I think I may have been a pioneer, in a prior life. Of course, I would need the Internet, so I could blog about it!

4.  What would you want to talk about with this person? The tests, the trials, the fears, what they learned about themselves. For me, this is not because I don’t like people…I do! It would be about those tests, etc. and for the mystical experience I hope would come from it.

5.  What era would you like to live in? I am a person who loves to experience things. I like living right now, but would like to try being a pioneer, as mentioned above.

6.  If you could be an animal what would it be and why? I am not really into animals much. I think a bird though. Just imagine all you could see from your perch or in flight! And it seems they don’t worry. Worry is a waste of time and energy!

7.  Who has influenced your life the most? Well, I would say my father first. Next would be my husband, who has allowed me to grow and stretch and try things and always encourages and supports me.

8. What do you enjoy writing about most? It varies! I don’t know if I enjoy posting more or reading the posts of the blogs I follow. They both seem to take quite a bit of time.

9.  While writing your blog posts, do you go over it repeatedly and edit or do you just write it out and post it? Most of the time, I just let it spill onto the page, as it comes out of my mind. I try to catch spelling errors, etc. We each blog for whatever reason, but they are ours to do with as we feel on any given post. Just do no harm!!!!

10.  What part of nature do you identify with most? I love the wind, except when I lived in Topeka, KS and thought I might die in a tornado one day. I grew up with the threat of tornadoes and was never afraid. That day, I was so afraid I might never see my children again. I won’t forget that feeling! BTW, the building next to mine was leveled!!!!!

11.  What makes you most worried about your blog? Nothing! It is a place to BE, to SHARE and it is mine. Why worry?

So, there you have it for this post! I welcome your comments!

My 11 nominees for the Sunshine Award are listed below. As I said, no pressure here. These are bloggers I enjoy and cover a gamut of subjects. Many of them have loads of followers, so don’t need the introduction…this is just my place to share them and compliment them.

  1. https://uptownjack.wordpress.com/ – I enjoy his photos and words that go along. Sometimes inspiring, funny, quirky…and a quick, easy read/look!
  2. https://thingsthatnevermadeitintoprint.wordpress.com/ – Speaking of quirky…this one is! I enjoy the way she thinks, even if I don’t always agree, but I often do!
  3. http://alphawhiskeyfoxtrot.com/ – Stunning thoughts and images…usually in black and white…she inspires me!
  4. https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/ – Norm, the grumpy old man, as he calls himself, though he doesn’t really seem so, offers up great images and a Thursday Doors challenge that I follow!
  5. http://simplelivingover50.com/ – This one is about fitness, health, minimalism, saving and more. He shares some great insights that are thought-provoking!
  6. https://judemadeit.wordpress.com/ – If you craft or quilt, this one will give you some great ideas! AND she is my Sew Mate!
  7. https://nerospost.wordpress.com/ – An0ther quilter…one of my newest passions. I hope to meet her the next time I go to Greece!
  8. https://charlieandjo.wordpress.com/ – I feel like I know Jo, as she shares the triumphs and turmoils of remodeling their home. AND she is having tea soon…I am going in virtual reality!
  9. http://viewfromafrenchhillside.com/ – Beautiful photos and feeding my wanderlust. I love France and enjoy this inspiration here!
  10. http://snapshotsincursive.com/ – This blogger speaks to food, travel and other fun and inspiring things. I tell you, she should write for pay!
  11. https://scotty73.wordpress.com/ – Certainly not least, Scotty73, known to me as Brad, my son, of whom I am so proud! He blogs about life and being a stay-at-home dad…at least for now. I hope he can continue this and will continuing sharing his wit and wisdom! No, son, you do not HAVE to do this award thing!!!

The questions I am going to ask? Well, I was comfortable with the ones above, so I am taking the easy way out and being a copy cat! If you decide to participate, just answer the same questions! Go ahead, you can do it!

So…there you have it! My Sunshine Blogger Award post and some sharing. I started following a few new blogs this year and there are so many good ones out there. It is my decision to really FOLLOW some and those are included above, which means a lot of reading and I get to see how people evolve, in some cases, and make virtual friends. I hope I get to meet them along the way in some of my travels. Also, note that I don’t think I should renominate the giver of this award, but check her out (see above).

AND FACETFULLY IS NOW AN AWARD-FREE BLOG…but thanks to those who have honored me thus far!

Happy Blogging!

I was surprised to be nominated for the Real Neat Blog award!

realneatblogaward

Gail at snapshotsincursive was kind enough to select me for this award. Her posts inspire me with her pictures, insights, recipes and so much more. Check her blog out!

Though it is not a requirement to accept the nomination, who wouldn’t want to pay it forward?! (Sounds great, so I copied that from Gail too!)

These are the rules:

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

~~~ THE INVALUABLE 7 QUESTIONS ~~~

Most of these awards require you to select your own questions, after answering those posed to you, but Gail did not ask more, so I will answer the following questions that she answered:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

Top are US, UK, Canada. From there, it is really interesting to see where my blog has travelled – I am global! That is not the same as viral!

2. What is your favorite sport?

Not terribly athletic here, but I am currently enjoying Pickleball….do you know what that is?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2015? (changed this to 2015)

There were several moments, but certainly so far, spending time with my family who doesn’t live close.

4. What is your favorite quote?

“Be still and know”

5. What was your favorite class when still at school?

Hmmm….Home Economics (I don’t think they have it any more) or French

6. Anything you wished to have learned earlier?

You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I play the piano…not very often any more…have not tried much else…I would like to play a Native American Flute. Oh, and I do play the Native American Ceremonial Drum I made.

And now, my Nominees for the “Real Neat Blog Award”…I based this on a few things. I must enjoy the blog. The blogger need not be prolific, but regular, in posting. I want to say, also, that there are many others. This is not easy, or maybe I take it too seriously. Maybe there will be another set of awards coming out from Facetfully. So here they are:

Mumma Plus Three

Izzy Grabs Life

Dream Make Repeat

Earth Zen Mama

Sabrina’s Road To…

http://myfanwyhart.com/

Go forth and inspire!

Thanks to Fred the Needle for the Liebster Award!

Liebster2

(There was no picture of the award posted, so I found one to use in this post.)

I accept with pleasure and admit that it is taking me a while to get this response up. Susanna, whose name I had to search her blog for, but what a lovely name…it reminds me of sunshine, nominated my blog! I am very happy to have been nominated for this my second Liebster Award. Thank you, Susanna at Fred the Needle! Go and check out her blog too!

Liebster rules

The questions I am to answer from my nominator:

If you could have a cup of tea with anyone who would it be and what would you ask them?

A cup of tea and a chat is always wonderful! I would love to sit and chat with some of the new “friends” I have made in the blogosphere…so let’s start with Susanna!

What is the last book you read?

As I have shared in a reply on one of Susanna’s book reviews, I don’t read that much. The last book I read, I believe, is Journey of Souls, by Michael Newton, PhD 

You open a box of chocolates – do you eat them all at once?

I could easily do that! I would go for the nuts first, then the brittles and last the cremes! Hopefully, it is a small box!

If you could be any age, what would it be? (you can take your wisdom with you!)

I totally don’t believe you can go back again, and even if you promise, you can’t take what you already know with you! I love the old age I am now and have often said I would not go back!

What activity do you do where time flies?

All time flies when you are having fun, doesn’t it? Crafting with my friend…we meet every week…and the time is up before I know it (even though we could stay all day, we don’t usually!).

Would you enjoy a warm deep bubble bath or a hot invigorating shower?

I’ll take the bath. Most often, I shower, but I don’t like them too hot!

Choose a holiday: City break, A warm beach or a Course on a subject that interests you?

Last year, I had the best of both worlds…a transatlantic cruise with my husband and friends AND a class on watercolors..it was wonderful!

What was your proudest achievement?

My children!

If you could change something what would it be?

The massive amount of judgment that prevails in this world!

What is your favourite room in your home and why?

I spend the most time in my craft room…does that make it my favorite?

If you could have a magic power what would it be?

Healing…pain, sorrow, sickness…all part of life, yes, but I hate seeing people suffer!

Eleven random facts about myself…wow, that is a bunch!

1. I am 61 years old…and feel about 45, if that…and depending on the day!

2. I live in Oregon and love it…except I live too far from my family.

3. I have never had a pet…except my husband.

4. I love an adventure!

5. I was lucky to have an easy cancer, since it was caught early.

6. I have  5 grandkids…they are ages 5 to 19 and a blast!

7. I don’t ever want to dye or perm my hair again.

8. I love being on a spiritual journey…and I have wonderful peeps sharing that.

9. I believe we are here for love.

10. My favorite meat is chicken.

11. I could blow your mind, if you read this far, buy why?

So, if you search out info on this award, there are a variety of rules. I will follow the ones in my nomination, which means I have to ask 11, yes 11, questions of my nominees. So, here they are:

1. Have you posted your name on your blog…your real name and why or why not?

2. Why did you start your blog?

3. What possession do you think you would be lost without?

4. Do you see in black, white or gray?

5. How do you feel about being alone?

6. Who do you call first with good news?

7. Where is the LAST place you care to visit?

8. Car, train, plane or bus?

9. A book you can hold in your hand or online?

10. I love the idea that _________! (Does this count as a question?)

11. Whew! Are you glad this is #11?

Now…drumroll please…I nominate (this one is different, in that they don’t have to be new blogs and they don’t say how many. I am nominating 5 here, because I have to do this again:

http://mytwosentences.com/about/

http://pensandjournals.com/

http://heavenhappens.wordpress.com/

http://heartwordsforpoetry.org/

http://wonderofmyworlds.com/

HAPPY BLOGGING!