One of the many things I love about blogging is the varied, fascinating and downright unusual ‘conversations’ I’ve had with so many of you and the tasks that I’ve sometimes set myself as a result of these lovely chats, always with the best intentions (and thanks for bearing with me!).
For one thing, ever since my Thanksgiving post last November, I’ve promised Jill and Steven that I would post a photograph of the chocolate train cake that I made for my younger son’s fourth birthday.
For another, and among discussions about crazy rides at theme parks, Michael Jackson, Windmills of the Norfolk Broads, blue skies, twilight, Mr Blobby and gazelles with a certain two, who from time to time hijack my blog with their shenanigans and high jinks, never mind trying to infiltrate my summerhouse/TARDIS to find out what really goes in there, I ended up promising to show them a drawing I did when I was not quite a teen…
(Will the real Steven and Jenny Jen Jen please stand up…)
This is all came about because of the legendary and amazing artistic ability of Steven, aka J.G. (in his recent post, he stunned me with an incredible drawing of Clint Eastwood) which led to a long discussion between me and Jenny Jen Jen about our discovered mutual obsession with drawing pictures of horses when in our early teens and of my remembering a drawing I did of my alter ego back in the day, all flowery bell-bottoms, floppy hat and platform shoes.
Sadly, despite looking high and low (and I mean that literally; rummaging through boxes in the loft comes to mind), I can’t find the photograph of the train cake – really sorry Jill and J.G.! – but I was able to find my drawing and that only because my mother has kept it all these years.
This means I can keep one promise at least:
My drawing of my ‘ideal’ as an almost thirteen year old in the summer of 1973. I had some platform shoes just like these! As you can see, I called her ‘Suzi’!
I’m glad that, despite my chocolate train cake failure, I’ve been able to keep one of these promises but I also have some others to keep; that is, I owe some lovely people my heartfelt ‘Thank You’.
How timely that the first one goes to Jenny Jen Jen for so kindly nominating me for the Sunshine Award.
Now that I’ve seen her drawings of horses (which are very good!) I’m not only impressed with her artistic ability, but I would say that her writing isn’t too bad either! I jest, of course.
She is extremely talented, a published author no less with a second book in the making, a delightful young woman who, among her many talents has also created a language!
I am hugely impressed with her, she is a beautiful, spirit, please check our her blog Jennifer K Marsh and you’ll see just what I mean.
As if her star didn’t shine brightly enough, she then also nominated me for The Lighthouse Award with such beautiful sentiments.
Thank you so much Jenny Jen Jen!
I am more than overdue in thanking another lovely young woman, Upasna over at Live Out Loud , a new blogging friend, who so kindly nominated me for The Liebster Award.
Her blog’s tagline expresses her thoughts:
‘I am here, just to share…To get views and share experiences and also share some of mine… 🙂‘.
Thank you so much Upasna!
Mahesh is a another new blogging friend who very kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Mahesh blogs over at The Write Might where he is:
‘Keeping it real, and raw. A writer who knows that writing heals, writing without fear.’
Mahesh and I recently had a brief chat about ‘Breaking Bad’ and how much we are both mesmerised by Saul (no spoilers here, those who watch/have watched it will know who I’m talking about and for those who haven’t, I would say it’s a must…!).
Thanks so much Mahesh!
Then the lovely lady Elizabeth over at Breaking the Cycle and whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting fairly recently so kindly nominated me for The Sunshine Award.
Elizabeth’s blog is best described in her own words:
‘This is the title of my unpublished memoir. It refers to my book’s focus: chronicling dysfunctional aspects to my childhood and connecting them to difficulties I overcame as a parent’.
Many thanks to you Elizabeth for your very kind nomination, you are truly inspirational, and one lovely mom!
Then, just as I was getting ready to put the finishing touch to this post, a message ‘pinged’ across my About page announcing that the incomparable and super nice guy Don over at Don Charisma has nominated everyone, yes, everyone for the Inner Peace Award.
This is one of those awards that in accepting, only a short written piece is required as to why you are accepting and then, if you wish, you can hand it out to as many or as few as you like.
As before when I was so kindly given this award, I invited any and all reading my blog to please take it as yours. Peace is surely a gift we all need in today’s troubled, loud society.
What I really love too is Don’s unique and creative take on this award.
Here is his:
Here’s the original:
Take your pick!
Thank you so much Don!
I never take for granted every single time you take precious time out of your busy day to come over to my summerhouse and read my posts and ‘like’ and/or leave a comment or two. Since I’ve sent all these awards on before you already know my sentiments and so on this occasion I’m using this opportunity to thank you all so very much for so many things but most of all for your friendship, love and support. I can’t tell you enough what this means to me.
I hope that I can be the same friend to you as you are to me.