Blogger Recognition Smiley Thumb Award


I was nominated for another award, thank you Erhynireh – Her Title line on her blog “Random Thought’s of a Sentimental Fool”, she may be sentimental, but she is no fool. She is passionate about her writing.

Crystal blank for award on black

Blogger recognition Smiley Thumb Award.

She actually awarded me with two in one award, I have separated them and have already done the “Bloggers Recognition Award”.

Now it’s time to do the “Blogger Recognition Smiley Thumb Award” looking for all those smiley faces that make reading blogs a pleasure every day.

So the rules are as follows:

1. Show your new cool award logo.

2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3. Tell us what makes you smile.

4. Select other blogs you want to give the award to. How many is up to you.

5.  Copy and paste the rules.

What makes me smile?

The fact that I actually have my own blog and I’m actively writing most days makes me smile.

This nomination makes me smile, just looking at a smiling thumb.

Seeing the smiling faces in all my followers profile image.

The laughter of a baby,

Seeing someone returning a smile,

The sun shining on a cold wet day.

Hearing happy children playing

There are so many things that make me smile I could go on for ever. So I’ll nominate people now!

Whether you’ll accept the award or not, you’ll have made me smile, so thanks, I hope it makes you smile.

Thank you Erhynireh, I appreciate being nominated for this award.

Lord of the Trekkies

Ridiculous Bharath

Slow But Steady Blog

That Girl Nicki

Kewan Blogs

A Solitary Philomath

Ms Audreyc

Abc of Spirit Talk

Serena Sinclair

Plate it up Recipes

Justine Parages

Hurricane Kylee

Tawni Winns

Dream Katcher Blog

Suzanne Bowditch


I apologize if you’ve previously been nominated or have already received the Blogger Recognition Smiley Thumb Award, it goes to show that other bloggers love your smile.

Have a great day.

Blogging University – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Wrap it up


Day 20 – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Wrap it up

My Wrap it Up for Day 20, the end of “BloggingU Everyday Inspiration” assignments is the links to each day and about the new tools and resources I learnt to use that I never knew how to use.

By doing the course I had to learn how to if I wanted to finish it, (which I did), throughout my life I have always finished everything I started to do and I wasn’t going to let myself down by not completing this, which I find some of them very challenging, that what it is all about, Learn by Doing.

First, I will say, What I didn’t like doing in this course “That was Day 9” that was – reaching out to someone for an interview or collaboration.

All though I have reached out and tackled part of this interview, and got some very nice readers that would do an interview with me, I never made it on Day 19, I feel I need another Lesson, I haven’t got the confidence I need to finish it.

If anyone reading this can spend a little time to help, it would be appreciated, I understand it is up to me, but I have never been an interviewer, it needs more lessons and confidence.

PLease comment, if you can help me, I don’t like doing only half of Day Nine assignment.

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I think my most interesting day was Day seventeen, loved the end result, map of where I live.

Thank you, all my followers that took the time to read and comment, you are the ones that helped this old lady get to the end of it.

Blessings to you all.

Blogging University – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Feature a Guest


Day 19 – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Feature a guest

As mentioned on Day 9, today is the day to publish your collaboration post! Ideally, you reached out to a candidate and gathered what you needed. Today, publish this post and don’t forget to link back to your collaborator’s site.

The extra task for day 9, “reach out to someone for an interview or collaboration”.

I did reach out on day nine, I had four WordPress writers willing to be interviewed as you can see by the comments. I had no idea what I was supposed to be interviewing them about.

It looks as though I didn’t complete this assignment. I knew it would be working in with Day 19, now I’m at Day 19, nothing has been done about it.

I feel I need more work done on Day 9 assignment, about an interview.

I’m missing this out on the assignments and will do it at a later date, as I’m very interested in doing this.

As I didn’t reach out to someone, instead I will publish a roundup of great reads and blog posts I have enjoyed reading this week to share them with my followers.

Everyday Inspirations Posts I Read this Week

Lucy Camp

Over the next couple of weeks, she is going on ‘walkabout’ as part of her temping job.

All over rural Queensland visiting Cairns, Mareeba, Longreach, Emerald, Mt Isa and Charleville.

As I’m interested in learning about Australia I know I will enjoy reading her posts, she is a very vibrant and chirpy writer.

Thistle Thought’s

Sandy is a very active writer from Scotland, another part of the world that I enjoy reading about.

She said

I tend to go for a bike ride with four friends. Sometimes I chat as I go along, sometimes I look around me at the fields and hedgerows just being in the here and now, experiencing the feeling of freedom and peace the countryside gives me”.

A Piece of her writing, I’m sure pleased I found her while using the reader with the “Everyday Inspiration” tag, I know I’m going to enjoy her posts.

That was only a couple of blogs, I read a whole lot more during the week, I will do another blog in the coming weeks to promote more writers.

I enjoy reading what other writer’s from all around the world write, there are people from every country that would enjoy some new readers on their blogs.

See you there.

Blogger Recognition Award


Blogger Recognition Award.

I was nominated for an award, thank you Erhynireh – Random Thought’s of a Sentimental Fool, she may be sentimental, but she is no fool. She is passionate about her writing.

Blogger Recognition Award

She actually awarded me with two awards in one, I have separated them and will be doing the Smily Thumb Award on another post.

I appreciate being nominated for this award, it is the first time I have received this one, It was a pleasant Surprise.

I have changed it, I like the idea of giving Seven Facts about yourself. To me, it is a whole lot easier that answering the questions about one’s self.

I have been doing the BloggingU Everyday Inspiration, have started following many new bloggers and some not so new, I Welcome You all.

Six Simple Rules for The Blogger Recognition Award

1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.

2. Share seven facts about yourself.

3. Nominate 10 blogs with under 200 followers.

4. Notify the bloggers that you have nominated them.

7 Facts about me:

I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.

Farmers wife – 56 years.

Work thirty years in the RagTrade as a sewer, cutter and pattern grader.

Enjoy writing and making friends all around the world

Didn’t own a cell phone until I was seventy-five, two months ago, still a little afraid of it, and learning how to use it.

So glad I did the BloggingU Everyday Inspiration Assignment.

I have learnt so much more about using WordPress, thanks to all my new found friends and followers, special thanks to all here who have made WordPress a wonderful blogging tool.

Here’s to the future of writing a novel. Cheers!

Wide Awake State


Heal the Soul Blog

Thistle Thought’s

Nocturnal Mom Talks

Slow But Steady Blog

Don’t Puzzle It

120 Fingers and Toes

Lucy Camp 2706


Feel free to accept or decline this nomination. If you chose to accept, I would love to read your answers!

Once again, a very big thank you to Erhynireh for her nomination. Keep writing ladies!

Blogging University – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Compose a Series of Anecdotes


Day 18 – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Compose a Series of Anecdotes

Anecdotes is a very short story dealing with single incident – repeated phrase

Today I will write a post in which each section begins with the phrase – Have you ever – it is all to do with situations and thought’s of your child

Have you ever played in a puddle with your toddler and ended up getting dirtier than your child?

Have you ever wondered which hurts the most, a child saying something that hurts your feelings or you saying something that hurts a child’s feelings?

Have you ever compared your child with other children the same age and felt that your child was a bit backward because they could not do some things that other children were doing”

Have you ever had to protect your child from another child because they were being physically attacked by them?

Have you ever closed your eyes and seen a vision of your child stepping in front of a car, only to open your eyes and find they are playing on the floor in front of you?

Have you ever felt that you had neglected your child because you returned back to work  and left them in childcare?

Have you ever wondered what you will do when your child leaves home? My advice from experience is, just trust them and let go and see what happens.

With all this repetition of ” HAVE YOU EVER” are questions asking a mother how see feels, if you have finished reading to the end, and find some of it hurting you deeply it goes to show that you are a perfect mother, as mothers worry all the time about their children, if they are doing the right thing for their children, enjoy, as it never changes even when your children are grown up, you will still worry about them, enjoy the happy time, like playing in a puddle with a toddler, even if it’s your grandchild.

Blogging University – Writing Everyday Inspiration – A Map as Your Muse


Day 17 – Writing Everyday Inspiration – A Map as your Muse – Photo Credit

Today, let a map be your muse. Select an area anywhere in the world on Google Maps. – Tell us about your connection to a place.

This was a very interesting assignment working with Google maps.

I selected Waitara in New Zealand, the town that my husband and I choice to retire in.

84 Grey Street Waitara

This is a nice photo of our home, I like the color blue, it is from Google maps

Waitara is only 9.3 miles northeast of New Plymouth. Its population was 6312 in the 2013 census it had increased to 6790 in 2015, not a big in case but it is a growing town.

The commonly accepted meaning of the name Waitara is “mountain stream”.

Employment in Waitara

ANZCO Foods Group subsequently built a plant to manufacture small goods such as salami, sausages and hamburger patties on the site of the freezing works.

However, AFFCO went to court to enforce a 20-year encumbrance which restricts meat processing and associated activities on the site.

It succeeded in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal in preventing the new plant from opening, although an ANZCO subsidiary was allowed to continue using the freezer, and cool store facilities there.

The two companies are said to have reached an agreement.

ANZCO  operates from the site and has become one of the major employers in the township.

Two large petrochemical plants are now the most important industrial activity in Waitara.

The Waitara Valley plant is dedicated to production, of methanol from natural gas (about 1500 tonnes per day).

The Motunui plant, originally designed to produce synthetic petrol from methanol was modified to produce chemical grade methanol for export.

The town seems to be thriving to me, it will be interesting as the next few years go by for future employment, but it’s not far from New Plymouth,

The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 5/25/2016


The Blogging Meetup Weekly Wednesday Prompt 5/25/2016

Imagine you were someones shadow for a day, what would you see?

This post is a little different to the prompt  question, for The Blogging Meetup Weekly Prompt.

I have gone back sixty-five years of my life and I’m living in the shadows of my life as a child.

Those were the days when I was happy, not a care in the world, living as an innocent child, playing amongst the trees, climbing up the branches, sitting in the grass making daisy chains with my sisters, (I had three), to see who could make the longest chain.

Catching grubs that were down holes in the soil with a piece of grass stuck down their hole, the grub would start eating the stalk on the grass, and we would pull out the grub, my sisters and I would see who could pull out the most grubs.

We never had toys like the children of today we made our own games, the days would go by quickly running around the farm, watching rabbits go into their burrows as we came across them in the long grass.

You could most likely say that we were poor, but my parents in those early years usually gave us something nice to eat for a special occasion, like birthdays and Christmas we would have home-made ice-cream, but no toys we got clothes like a new dress or shoes something that was essential to our everyday needs.

The picture above caught my eye when looking for a photo, I would have loved a pretty dress like that, but I never got one like that, I was thankful for any dress which my mother made, she would sit down with her treadle singer machine and make our dresses, she was always making aprons which we would wear over our dresses to keep them clean.

It wasn’t until I was eleven years old that my life went in a new direction and my childhood changed, I had to grow up and almost become an adult overnight.

I will continue writing more in another post, I’m feeling a little tired this morning, didn’t have a very good night’s sleep.

Blessings to all my readers.


Blogging University – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Mine Your Own Material


Day 16 – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Mine your own Material

What does “mine your own material” mean? To mine (verb) is “to find and take away from a mine; to search for something valuable (in something).” For this prompt, focus on finding ideas and stories in places you already have access to. We spend a lot of our time online, so what we see in places like Facebook and Twitter can lead to a deeper exploration on our own blogs. Today, dig through your online treasures as inspiration for a new post.

I have been writing on this blog since January 2016 when I did the “Blogging 101” challenge.

Since then I had been following many bloggers, have 238 followers and 148 posts.

Now four months later, I was so happy to receive an email from a lady, Anisa Kazemi, writing under an unusual name for a website, “I Accidentally Ate the Whole Thing”.

This is what the email said.

A Celebration Post

Savvy Tokyo has given me the amazing opportunity to be a part of their team! Can you believe it?

Finally a chance to do what I love most outside of my blog.

Please please with a cherry on top (literally) take a look at  THIS link and share it with all of your friends so that my bosses will be super happy to have me.

That is actually what I’m doing Sharing her Happiness with you, by finding a story in my emails, I hope you visit the site and leave a comment, she is a great writer.

Mine Your Own Material – That is actually what I did in this assignment, I focus on finding an idea and a story in my emails which I have access to every day, I hope that this post helps this deserving blogger.

Blogging University – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Take a Cue from Your Reader


Day 15 – Writing Everyday Inspiration  – Take a Cue from Your Reader

Remember the contact form or poll that you set up to collect suggestions from your readers? Write today’s post based on one of these ideas. If possible, mention the person who gave you this idea, and link back to their blog

This assignment was Day 6 Of Blogging U Everyday Inspiration, This suggestion was from Joyful2bee, She said, I would love to hear how living in New Zealand is different from living somewhere else.

Something about the variety of cultures, insects, animals, customs that might be different. I have always wanted to learn more about life in New Zealand.

Today I will write about New Zealand Cultural Food Icons Like a Hangi, Afghan Biscuits, and the Pavlova, I’m even got the recipe for you to try.

From around the middle of the 20th century, many cultural icons called Kiwiana started to emerge that now help to define what it means to be a New Zealander.

Kiwiana are certain items and icons from New Zealand‘s heritage, especially from around the middle of the 20th century that are seen as representing iconic Kiwi elements.

Here are three Food Icons that set New Zealand apart from other countries in the world.


Hangi – Photo Credit

Hangi is a traditional New Zealand Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven. It is still used for special occasions.

To put down a hangi it involves digging a pit in the ground, heating stones in the pit with a large fire, placing baskets of food on top of the stones, and covering everything with earth for several hours before uncovering the Hangi.

There are many different hāangi methods used now. Wire baskets became widely used in the early 19th century with sacking and cloth replacing leaves and bark as the covering of choice.

Now there are many new ways in the 21st century, gas heated stainless steel “Hangi machines” are sometimes used to replicate the style of cooking without the need for a wood fire, rocks and a pit, myself I think they don’t taste as nice, cooked that way.

It is possible to cook most types of foods for a hang. Generally, its chicken and stuffing, beef, pork, potatoes, pumpkins, kumara (sweet potatoes) carrots.

Meat was traditionally wrapped with leaves of eatable plants, today they generally use tinfoil.



It is a meringue cake with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and, optionally, whipped cream.


4 egg whites

1 1/2 cups caster sugar

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 tablespoon cornflour

whipped cream

fresh fruit to garnish


Preheat oven to 180c.

Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and sugar for 10 to 15 minutes or until thick and glossy.

Mix vinegar, vanilla, and cornflour together.

Add to meringue mixture.

Beat on high speed for a further 5 minutes.

Line an oven tray with baking paper.

Draw a 22 cm circle on the baking paper.

Spread the pavlova mixture to within 2cm of the edge of the circle, keeping the shape as round as possible.

Smooth top surface over.

Place the pavlova in preheated oven then turn oven temperature down to 100 c.

Bake pavlova for 1 hour.

Turn oven off.

Open oven door slightly and leave pavlova in oven until cold.

Carefully lift pavlova onto a serving plate.

Decorate with whipped cream and fresh fruit .

Tip – If you put leftover pavlova in the fridge over night it will go soggy.

Undecorated pavlova can be left overnight in the oven, or for several days in an airtight container, to be decorated when ready.


Afghan Biscuit – Photo Credit

An Afghan biscuit is a traditional New Zealand biscuit made from flour, butter, cornflakes, sugar and cocoa powder, topped with chocolate icing and a half walnut.

Anyone wants the recipe please leave a note in the comments.

Blogging University – Writing Everyday Inspiration – Recreate a Single Day


Day 14 – Writing Everyday Inspiration  – Recreate a Single Day

Now that you’ve tried a timed free-write and word count exercise, let’s incorporate a new restriction today: write a post that takes place during a single day.

How will you use 24 hours as your story’s canvas?

Photo Credit.

This was my choice Structure your post as a play-by-play (or hour-by-hour) account, complete with time markers.

Special Day in my life.

Today has been a special day for me, it started when I woke at 6.30 am.

My son was coming after he left the BellBlock Airport were my daughter-in-law caught a plane, traveling to Christchurch in the South Island in New Zealand.

He arrived about 7.15 am, we had had breakfast, and he had had his breakfast at the airport while waiting for the plane to leave, he had a cup of tea with us.

We left our home in town, about 8.30 to travel to our farm home about 30 minutes drive, where a carrier was coming to pick up his tractor, mower, and a few other bits and pieces, that he had been storing in our shed.

He is starting a new job, Contract Milking, in June, and has a few days before he shifts.

When we arrived at the farm it was very cold, temperature, was only 8 degrees in the house and outside, but it felt much colder, very cold wind chill, I put a heater on to warm up the kitchen, got my warm clothes on and when to move the yearlings.

It was a nice walk it warmed up my chilled bones.

After the tractor had left the farm about 10.00am we moved stock into a warmer paddock with trees in it for extra shelter.

Winter has hit New Zealand, first snow on Mount Egmont/Taranaki yesterday, and you can feel it in the air.

We came back to the warm kitchen, had a cup of coffee, milo for me, and had a long talk.

It is the first time in two years since we sold our dairy farm, (my son and daughter-in-law had been farming for it for seventeen years), that I felt that life is getting back to normal after all the family fiction because of selling the dairy farm where my family was brought up.

We had the farm for forty-six years.

About 12-30 pm we returned back to our home in town, that was nice, it was warm, it felt like home.

1.30pm My husband and had a Ham and Cheese Sandwich with a cup of tea.

It is now 4,00pm, I have spent the last couple of hours, writing this post and reading my 120 odd emails I receive from WordPress.

Now it is time to start getting tea ready of my husband, I’m making a pie from the mince left over from tea last night, with a very happy outlook on our future years with our family.

Quick Question – How many emails do you get from WordPress  to read from your followers every day?