Unique Blogger Award 2017

Unique Blogger Award 2017

Emily – At writers beginning, has nominated me for the “Unique Blogger Award 2017”.

Emily reads and writes always has and nothing gives her more joy and pleasure than playing games.

Please check her attractive blog.


    1. Link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
    2. Answer the questions you are given.
    3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
    4. Ask the people you nominate 3 new questions.

Here are the questions I was asked

  1. Can you remember the first story you ever wrote? Can you remember what triggered it/influenced it? Or are you more like me – writing so much that you can’t remember that far back?
  2. Why do you write online, opposed to keeping your writing to yourself? I only ask because I used to be very private about my writing. I didn’t have the courage to show anyone because I was too scared that they’d criticize it. Was it the same for you?
  3. Which one of these do you think is the more powerful – a sad story that makes the tears flow, or a story that fills you with confidence and determination? I think it’s interesting; obviously, both are powerful, because they affect us so much, but which does so more?Here are my Answers – I started blogging many years ago, Squidoo, HubPages is just a couple of them. This blog on WordPress is the first one I have put my heart and soul into it every day.
    Question 2. At first, I was very wary about sharing my writing but it does not worry me now if someone does not like it, they do not have to read it.
    Question 3. I like all types of stories, I do not consider one more powerful than the other. In the last few months, I cannot read long or small lettered writing as my head becomes too painful concentrating on the screen, so I prefer poetry that I don’t have to follow the lines across the page.

    So now I need to give my nominees three new questions. Here we go!

    Name your favorite author, favorite musician/music group, favorite book, and favorite movie.

    I think that’s more than three answers in one question so I will leave it at that if you like you can answer the questions I was asked.

    My Nominees:

    Emma World

    Reena Saxena

    The Bag Lady

    Cathy Lynn Brooks

    Joelle LeGendre

    Victoria Young


    Laurie Graves

    Kim M Russell

    Carolyn Page

    A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

    There is never any obligation with my nominations.
    If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

Sunshine Blogger Award

img_5394-1Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by “The Bag Lady” the second time I have received the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m very pleased to accept it and move it down the chain off Bright Shining Blogs around the universe

I thank you, you are a great person, that love your family and even though she is handicap she doesn’t let life get her down and I enjoy reading your posts every day.

1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
2. Answer the questions from your nominator.
3. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post on your blog

That wasn’t too hard, now for the Questions I need to answer:

  1. Have you ever got lost in a maze? – I have never been in a maze, but I mostly would get lost.
  2. Do you have any unusual fears or phobias? – Yes Heavy rainhttps://hubpages.com/health/my-phobia-fear-of-heavy-rain
  3. Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster? –  No, Have seen many large monsters’ eels over the years in rivers, don’t annoy them and they won’t worry you.
  4. If you could travel to one place in the past, when would it be and why? – Around the bottom half of the North Island in NZ looking for lost ancestors in Cemeteries.
  5. If you could have one magical power what would it be and why? – Wings to fly, so I have no need to use an aircraft.
  6. What’s your favorite part of the day? – Evenings after tea and dishes are washed.
  7. What was your dream job when you were growing up? – Never had a dream job, work because of necessity, rage trade, kitchen maid, waitressing in hotels and fish shops etc.
  8. What’s your weirdest experience? – Driving home one night on dusk and a stone hiding my window screen and shattering it, the loud explosion I thought I had hit a tree.
  9. What’s your lucky number? – Seven that was the number of family members sitting down around the table every evening for a meal, I never buy Lotto tickets.
  10. What makes you happy? – Sitting at my computer writing with my husband on the couch beside me watching television.
  11. What’s your favorite mythical creature? – Fairies and Angels, I believe in them all though I have never seen one, dreams are free.
  12. Now My questions for you
    1. What is your best childhood memory?
    2. What is your favorite music
    3. Where is your happy place?
    4. Have you a favorite quote if so please share?
    5. What does a perfect day look like to you?
    6. What was your greatest accomplishment to date?
    7. What was one of the most defining moments in your life?
    8. What do you like to achieve with your blog?
    9. What are your favorite foods to snack on?
    10.If you could witness any event in the past or future, what would it be?
    11. Where is your ultimate vacation spot?












    A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

    There is never any obligation with my nominations.
    If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

 One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely. Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

This is the second time I have received this award and the Fifth Blogging Award I have had in the last six weeks.

I would like to thank Kirsty @ Honestkirstyblog.com for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. It means so much to me! Please check out her blog she is a new blogger her posts are interesting, she will give you a laugh a very inspiring lady, I can see she is very passionate about her blog,

All the best Kirsty, hang in there, you will have those words flowing from your fingers before you know it,


1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog to your post.

2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.

3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.

4. Nominate 15 people to do the award!

Seven Facts about myself.

There’s not much I can add, as I have covered most in my blog and awards before, nothing new happening, just writing and reading all the posts from my readers and looking for new writers to share their blog with you.

Here is a link which covers me, if it is the first time you have seen my blog. https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/2017/03/18/who-iam-myfirstpostrevisited/

Now for my Nominees:  Looking for some new blogs to follow, some are new and others have been around for sometime but they cover many subjects.






Please check this video, I’m so pleased to have met Yoyoyoshioka, such a sweet lady with a beautiful voice.











There is never any obligation with my nominations.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award 2017

Blogger Recognition Award

I’m happy to accept this blogger recognition!  I have had this reward before and this is my third blogging award this month.

Thank you, to my blogger friend, Lynn – The poem in the pocket lady, for nominating me for this award.

Check out her blog, she has an amazing selection of poetry about all corners of the earth, plus a beautiful smile that will make your day.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.

6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to to the post you created.

How did my blog start?

I started this blog in January 2016 by doing “Blogging 101” which was a fourteen days assignment, I learned so much, and I thank Jose and the WordPress.com team for running it.

Surprise the link is still working, maybe readers reading this may like to do the assignments – https://blogging101january2016b.wordpress.com/daily-tasks/

My two pieces of blogging advice.

1. My advice for new bloggers is: write as often as you can, build your community of followers by reading other bloggers blogs, like, comments, and follow if you are interested.

2. Ignore the stats and write from the heart your followers will grow with time.

Now the nominations  for the “Blogger Recognition Award”

Cathy Lynn Brooks has a writing challenge, you can start anytime you like, just write every day for 26 days using the alphabets, check the link below.

Rachini is a 20 years old die hard animal lover Her blog is only a couple of months old. Please check it out, she may surprise you.

Snigdha writes poetry, has interesting haiku poetry.http://www.museofpoetry.com/category/musings/

Rachel has been blogging for years, I have just found her and I love her blog, Check out her two dogs they are so attractive, I wouldn’t mind them myself.

Charlene Bullard writes about her son with special needs, plus much more take a look at her blog very professionally written.

Grace is a 21-year-old law student, loves reading, writing and learning, her blog is pretty new, go and have a look and encourage her. https://astudentoflifeandwriting.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/golden-sleeper/

Linda Lee Lybery writes short stories, poetry, haiku & tanka poetry. Her blog is fairly new, very attractive, check it out and see for yourself.https://charmedchaos.com/2017/06/28/tanka-pets-family/

Cathleen Townsend – Think of writing a book check out this link below, interesting and helpful.

Tawni a California girl has a blog, just check out the photos in the link below they are wonderful, hard to leave, I was dreaming how I would love to see this beautiful place.

Sarah Whiley – Very active blogger, a site I’m sure you will enjoy, please take a look at it, I know you won’t regret it.

Cassie is a 25-year-old single mom struggling with bipolar disorder, her blog is new, please visit her.

There is never any obligation with my nominations, just sharing great and new blogs with my readers.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

The Blue Sky Tag


The Blue Sky Tag

I was nominated by “The Bag Lady” back on the 28th March for this award.

I thank you, you are a great person, I love reading your posts every day.

Thanks for tagging me especially as there is no blue sky here it’s winter so I can look at it as it looks like spring and that’s what I’m waiting for.

Sorry I’m late April was a hard month for me writing for the A to Z 30 Day Challenge,

Catching up now.

I don’t know the background to this award, but I nominating new blogs I find as I travel around the Blogging world that I like, I hope you will take a look at them also.

      1.  Thank the person(people) who nominated you.

      2. Answer their 11 questions.

      3. Tag 11 people.

      4. Give them 11 questions to answer.

I’m having problems answering the questions below as I don’t read or watch TV,  I spend too much time at my computer, so I will answer these questions

1. What’s your favorite song?  I have none, like most music.

2. One food you can’t live without? Bread

3. What inspires you?  My WordPress blog and computer.

4. Do you prefer summer or winter?  Summer

5. What are your hobbies?  Gardening

6. Do you participate in any sports? Watch Rugby

7. What drives you crazy?  Nothing, I’m a pretty easy-going person and go with the flow of life.

8. What motivates you?  Waking up every morning, good enough excuse to go motivated.

9. Who’s your favorite celebrity?  I have none

10. What makes you happy?  Everything, especially seeing my family.

11. What makes you sad?  I try not to think about being sad it is bad for my health.

The questions I’m having trouble answering if you would like to answer them, please do, you can paste them in the comments below if you don’t want to use your blog.

11 Questions for me to answer

  1. Favorite author?
  2. Favorite book?
  3. Favorite color?
  4. Favorite food?
  5. Favorite movie?
  6. Favorite TV show?
  7. Favorite comedian?
  8. Favorite actor/actress?
  9. Favorite child?  
  10. Favorite vacation?
  11. Favorite dream fulfilled would be?


Photo Credit

My Nominees












A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. What made you start your very own blog?
  2. What do you prefer, books or movies?
  3. What motivates you to write routinely on your blog?
  4. Name one song that describes you.
  5. What is the one habit you would like to develop the most?
  6. If you are given 36 hours of time, which tourist destination would you like to visit?
  7. What is your favorite topic to blog about?
  8. If you could meet one famous person, who would it be?
  9. What is the one thing that you are most proud of?
  10. What is the one thing that you wish to create?

There is never any obligation with my nominations.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

The Liebster Award – Thank You Robin

Liebster Award

I have been awarded “The Liebster Award” again for the fourth time.

I would like to thank the blogger who nominated me, Robin Cochran, she is a very friendly fifty plus lady and loves writing.

What is the Liebster Award?

The word “Liebster” (originating in German) has several definitions — dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued.  In the current context, this award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers.

Here are the rules:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you, and display the award.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
Give 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 blogs.
Notify those blogs of the nomination.
Give them 11 questions to answer.

11 Random Facts About Me:

Here is a link that sums me up very well



Photo Credit – A rose for all my followers, I thank you for the likes, comments and just you being you I enjoy your blog very much.

11 Questions for Me:

1. What was your favorite age?
School leaving age and relive the last sixty years again.

2. What is your most prized possession?
My husband, the best thing that ever happened to me,

3. How do you like your eggs?
Scrambled, eggs upset my stomach ate any other way, too rich.

4. Who is your favorite author or poet?
I don’t have a special one, enjoy most books.

5. Can you dance well?
No, but I used to Rock and Roll in Elvis Presley days.

6. What is one of your favorite quotes?
Learn by doing.

7. What word in your language do you like most?
I love listening to other languages and enjoy most words in English. 

8. Do prefer the ocean or the mountains?
I like both.  I live beside the ocean, only 30-minute drive to the Mount Taranaki/Egmont.

9. What was your greatest accomplishment to date?
Inner peace with no fear what the future holds for me (I have cancer for those that don’t know).

10. What is your favorite food?
Anything that’s sweet.

11. Can you sing well?
Used to, but since I lost half my lip with ACC cancer I cannot sing or laugh, but that does stop me from smiling.

My Nominees – Blogs I have visited recently and enjoyed












A huge THANK YOU to everyone who follows, comments, likes, or simply takes a quiet tour of my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. Coffee or tea or mocha/hot chocolate?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. How would you describe your sense of humor?
  4. What would your ideal day be like?
  5. Is there a specific thing you like to blog about?
  6. What was your favorite class when still at school?
  7. Could you live without your smartphone?
  8. Who is your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout out!
  9. Do you have any pets?
  10. How would you describe yourself in just three words?
  11. What would you change about your life right now?

n.b.  If you prefer the questions asked of me or the random facts about me, please provide those instead.

There is never any obligation with my nominations.
If you’re unable to participate for any reason, please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.

Two Mystery Blogger Awards

mystery blogger

Two Mystery Blogger Awards

My blogging friends Carolyn of ABC of Spirit Talk and Roopali at Empowering Soul has nominated me for the Mystery Blogging Award.

I have received many awards on WordPress but not this one, now in one day two lovely bloggers have awarded it to me.

My readers never know what I’m going to write about next, so this award is what I’m all about, I just blog about whatever gets my writing going, so it is a mystery I cover many subjects.

I try to continue the chain of awards as there are many new bloggers writing and it gives you my readers a chance to read new posts and find new followers.

Thank you Carolyn and Roopali, appreciated.

Thank you, Okoto Enigma, for creating this award!

The rules of this award are:

Display the award logo/image on your blog

List the rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

Answer 5 questions from the nominator

Nominate 10 -20 bloggers

To begin: Three things about myself:

1. I broke my ankle about six years ago and now have a plate in it

2. In July I will have fourteen great grandchildren, very lucky Nana.

3. I have been living in town for fifteen months now, after living in the country all my life, have settled down nicely with my husband, it wasn’t easy, but with time everything is possible.

I’m using the question that Kitty gave Carol as I love nature and get a lot of satisfaction writing about them.

The questions Carol gave me I will post then for you to reply to.

1. What is your favorite bird? Song Thrush


Photo Credit – A Song Thrush family in a garden in New Zealand.

Waking up in the morning to a thrush singing is so pleasant, it makes my day.

Every night there is one on the back lawn having a meal of worms before darkness falls which is the winter now and is completely dark by 5.45pm.

For more information about the Song Thrush.

2. What is your favorite mammal?


Photo CreditDomestic goat family of a mother and her two-week-old kids.

I love all mammal as a farmer but I get the most pleasure working with the kids of goats and lambs of sheep, just watching them playing with each other. So beautiful.

3. What is your favorite fish?


Photo Credit – GoldFish. I have had many goldfish of all colors some with long tails some short, spend many hours watching them swim in our garden pond.

4. What is your favorite insect?


Photo Credit – Love all butterflies. Check out My HubPage Article about Butterflies.

5. What is your favorite plant?


Photo Credit. – Roses are one of my favorites, Check out My HubPage article about Roses.

Five questions for my nominees:

1. What is your most favorite hobby?
2. Do you enjoy cooking, or do you enjoy being cooked for?
3. Do you have a pet? Tell us all there is to know…
4 Your favorite movie is?  Why?
5.Music:  Hip Hop, JAZZ, Pop, Rock & Roll, Blues, Country, Classical, Disco, Opera and so much more. Which one/s do you enjoy the most?

My nominees are:

https://eirinisdiary.com/  -Eirini  Lifestyle Blog of a Melbourne Girl

https://intrepidventure.wordpress.com/  Intrepid8 – Exploring the Universe

https://boldchangeablelife.wordpress.com  Sarah is currently teaching English in China

https://suewmil.wordpress.com/     Susan Witmer Miller interesting writer, nice photos

https://snehdoshisite.wordpress.com/  Snehdoshi is an Artist, check it out, interesting.

https://blindloveweb.wordpress.com/. Life of an Indian Girl

https://aethist.wordpress.com/   Shayra is very happy now has 100 followers. Check it out.

https://cherokeemom.wordpress.com. Cassie is a young struggling mom with bipolar disorder

https://divineardor.wordpress.com/   Divine Ardor writes very interesting poetry

https://mywindow.blog/   Miriam shares thought’s poems travel and art

I don’t want anyone to feel they have to complete this task. I just want to share your blogs with the world.

One Lovely Blogger Award

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I was nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award.

A huge thank you to Linda at UrbanPoetry2017 for the “One Lovely Blogger Award”.

She is currently composing a Poetry eBook: Bird on a Branch, a very friendly happy lady.

This is the third time I have received this award and I appreciate it, I have had his blog since January 2016, have 1027 followers, have posted 668 articles.

I’m continuing to accept these awards to carry them forward, as there are many new exciting bloggers around, and it is a way for them to meet new blogs and writers.


Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and links their blog in their post. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
Must add 7 facts about themselves.
Nominate  (up to) 15 people to do the award!


John and Elsie Hagley with our youngest great-granddaughter born July 2016
Facts About Me: https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/2016/01/04/who-iam/

I would like to nominate 15 bloggers who deserve the One Lovely Blogger Award and are new followers to my blog.
















I’m not imposing anyone of you to write a post but each one of you here truly deserves this beautiful award, I see so many neat blogs as I’m surfing around the blog world, all of you are worthy of this.

One Lovely Blog Award


One Lovely Blog Award

Hi, everyone! I am so grateful to be nominated, again, for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” Previously (last July 2016) I was nominated by Ismath.

Recently I have been nominated  by Sharon, she has served 22 years in the United States Air Force, a mother of three children,

She also teaches writing at a local community college.

Have a look at her blog I don’t think you will be disappointed, she covers a wide range of topics with her writing.

Also, she is a happy, very understanding person, I’m sure you will love her as I do, with that smiling face, she cheers my days.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and links back to them
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them to let them know.

Facts about me:

My zodiac sign is Virgo.

Enjoy writing and making friends all around the world.

I did hope to write a novel one day, not sure that is going to happen now.

For more facts https://ramblingsofawriter2016.com/2017/03/18/who-iam-myfirstpostrevisited/

My Nominees – most are new blogs

Lindsaya nursing student with a beautiful daughter.

Alison – She wants to be a model

Lauryn – She writes about Beauty and Makeup

Sophie – 20-year-old law student from Scotland

Theekaleeful – Has Paranormal Experiences

Scattered Notebooks – she is currently working as a Network Technician

Deborah Chambers – A very sweet lady, easy to communicate with.

Cesar Away – Tips on working in the digital age

Ally – Welcome back, she is a nurse and educator, very sweet lady.

Himanshi Shukla – Bewildered person lost in her own world.

I don’t want anyone to feel they have to complete this task. I just want to share your blog with other bloggers. Happy days writing.

Who I’am – #MyFirstPostRevisited


Who I’am#MyFirstPostRevisited

My friend Spearfruit was tagged by Tikeetha A Thomas Point of View to participate in the “My First Post Revisited Challenge.”

This challenge was started by blogger Sarah Brentyn over at Lemon Shark.

I was not nominated but that does not matter, I feel it is the time now for me to do this post, as I’m having problems to continue daily to write a new post, ( I now have 872  followers) my apologies to Spearfruit.

Here are the rules for this challenge –

No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)

Link back to the person who tagged you

Other rules –

Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)

Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.

Tag…um…five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.

Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).

Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.

Include “the rules” in your post.

My First Post Revisited –  Who I’m I


My name is Elsie Hagley.

Birthname – Olson.

Elsie Hagley
Elsie Hagley – Author of Ramblings of a Writer

Born 10 September 1940, at the Avon Maternity Hospital, Stratford, Taranaki NZ.

The doctor that delivered me was “Doctor Doris Gordon”, Author of “Back Blocks Baby Doctor”.

Have lived in Taranaki New Zealand 70 years.

I have one brother,

I had three sisters.

One of my sisters died in 2006 of Multiple Sclerosis

My Parents both past away in the 1970’s

I got engaged to my husband, after knowing him for six weeks.

I married aged 19 in 1959, at St Peters Vicarage, Palmerston North NZ.

My husband’s name is John Hagley

In eight years I gave birth to two daughters and three sons.

My youngest son Rodney was born in the same hospital as I was.

He was delivered by Doctor Ross Gordon in 1969 – One of Doctor Doris Gordon’s Sons.

All my children are still alive.

Played netball at school (but in the 1950’s it was called basketball).

Softball in school sports.

My favorite school subject was nature studies.

I never had a bike as a child, but I broke my arm falling off someone else’s bike.

I left school the day I turned 15, my parents had a wage earning job for me the day I left school.

My favorite flower is the red rose, but I love orchids.

I don’t like chocolate.

I’m addicted to cheese and banana sandwiches!

I don’t like spicy foods in my old age.

Prefer tea to coffee.

But I like a glass of water even more.

I like trying new foods.

I have a good all round weight about 50 kgs or 112 lbs, height 5ft 2 ins.

I am a happy person, most of the time.

I am not a TV addict.

I do enjoy reading a good book.

Like country-western music.

Enjoy watching sports, especially rugby and netball.

Would rather be alone with a good book than booze and party.

I enjoy a glass of red wine with my tea in the evening.

I love gardening

Was a grandmother when I was 38, a great grandmother when I was 64 years old.

I wanted to learn to play the piano but never did.

I can knit, crochet, tat and embroider.

Used to collect miniature ornaments.

I went out to work for 30 years during my marriage in the Ragtrade.

My husband and I had a dairy farm milking cows for 48 years, now we own a beef farm, fifteen years now, and still work it.

I love working with farm animals, and I am good at it.

I broke my leg nearly five years ago, now have a plate in the ankle.

Don’t like wet weather!
Love the summer free days and lot’s of laughter.

May 2015 I found out I had ACC cancer, had half my top lip removed, fingers crossed still.

I can spend hours on my computer as I love writing

I have never made much money on the internet, but I keep trying.

I am proud to be Elsie Hagley, a wife, mother, grandparent, great grandmother.

In Conclusion

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings, and you were able to learn a little bit “About Me”, Elsie Hagley.

I won’t nominate anyone to participate in this challenge