A Ray of Sunshine

Sometimes it’s great to get a little encouragement, and this week’s encouragement came from ‘Thistles and Whistles‘ an enthusiastic, upbeat writer, who in this blog focuses primarily on book reviews.  I recommend her Take-A-Step Thursday weekly event, it’s how I managed to reconnect with her since our Blogging University participation.

She has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award Challenge – Yay!!


The challenge has some ‘rules’.  I’ll try not to bend them too much!

The Rules:

–  Thank the person/people who nominated you.

–  Answer the eleven questions from your nominator(s).

–  Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.

Thank you, Thistles and Whistles!!


  1. If you could learn one important skill in the next year, what would it be? How to survive!  I’d like to learn basic survival skills in the wild.
  2. Describe yourself in 3 words.  At Peace with Myself (I did say I might cheat)
  3. If you had to give up one thing, what would it be? It can be a trait, a habit, a food item or anything!  Salt and Black Pepper chips dipped in hummus.
  4. What’s the number 1 thing on your wishlist right now?  A plot of arable land
  5. What has recently inspired you?  Seeing a mycelium fibrous mycelium network in regenerated soil
  6. The three things you always carry around with you in your purse/wallet? I don’t.  I only ever carry what I need, so often the purse is left at home.
  7. Your favorite corner/room at home? The garden
  8. The last thing you ate? Two extra large free-range eggs
  9. Any one everyday tip/life hack that you swear by? Being a lazy witch
  10. Favourite go-to snack. See no. 3 above.
  11. What are you currently watching/following on TV? I don’t watch TV as such, but do sit down and watch a series from start to finish – I’m on season 9 of the X-Files having started from Series 1 episode 1.  It’s affecting my psyche.  Yesterday I passed a small wiry man carrying a duffle bag large than himself.  It sagged in the middle over his shoulders and was obviously very heavy.  I ascertained from the evidence that it was a corpse he was carrying and I’d be reading about some paranormal event later on in the news.

In the spirit of sunshine here’s my questions to you – if you respond, please link your post back to this one.

  1. Voltaire once said that a person should be judged by their questions rather than their answers – what question would you pose?
  2. Mahatma Gandhi advised us to learn as if were were to live forever.  What did you learn today?
  3. Marilyn Manson suggests to be yourself and make a difference.  What difference did you make today?
  4. Audrey Hepburn believes laughter cures a multitude of ills.  What last made you laugh?
  5. Satchel Paige asks, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
  6. ‘Why?’ is the endless question of a child.  What’s your why?
  7. Oscar Wilde observed that we each are own devil and that we make this world our hell.  What would you need to do to make this world your heaven?
  8. The UN declared 30 human rights.  Was anything left out?
  9. John Stuart Mill argued that non-conformity and eccentricity is an essential service to society.  Do you agree?
  10. Woody Allen attributes 80% of success to just turning up.  What might you have succeeded at if you had just turned up?
  11. Think of a quote and ask yourself the question you would have liked me to ask.

And my nominees are – and in no particular order:

  1. First I’d like to nominate Kim of Spiral Spun, a blog full of creativity and surprises.  I get a great sense of calm when I read Kim’s work and peruse her talent for arts and crafts.  And as a regular visitor here, Kim brings that little ray of sunshine to my day.
  2. There is nothing so inspiring as watching someone succeed at doing what you’d like to do.  Homesteaddad is one of those sources of inspiration.  I’ve literally watched his wildflower garden grow and now it’s time for harvest, the feel good satisfaction is rolling in.
  3. Debbie is a wonder of information all things China.  I love reading her posts and while China wasn’t on our destination list, I think it could well be revised.  Spaceship China brings you out of the tourist trail and into its very heart and soul.
  4. Ann at Grubbs n Critters paints a picture of family that never fails to make me smile.  I could have done with her around when my kids were younger and I needed some perspective!  And you have to read one of the most entertaining ‘About’ pages out there.  Who wouldn’t want to follow the family soap?!
  5. I tend to avoid the life guru, self-development and motivational sites.  But there is something inspiring about Max, as you’ll read in Inspiring Max.  It doesn’t claim to be a motivational, but more a journey of discovery where Max puts himself to the challenge and seeks the positive in the experiences he has.  Each post invites you to give it a go yourself.  I’ve enjoyed following the blog and have indeed found it inspiring.
  6. I love reading about people who’ve made the change that I’ve just embarked up on.  A recent find is  Mind Your Dirt.  Chocker block full of well-informed information and tips, James writes with a lively, accommodating style.  A definite go to for when we have some land of our own.
  7. For another ecological blog, I recommend The Enviro Lifestyle.  It is a cornucopia of short videos, links, commentary and articles that I like to dip into from time to time, either to learn or to reignite my enthusiasm for the deep ecology movement.  I love how Gavelj makes you feel that anyone can do this – check out the table made from a pallet!
  8. I loved the name of this blog from the first time I discovered it – Farewell My Manicure and boy how it has grown is such a short space of time – Julia has so much energy!  Useful saving tips, eco-challenges and written in a chatty, friendly style that makes you want to pop over for a tea and a natter.
  9. Want to save the world?  Carolyn Waters does and she’s sharing her enthusiasm, particularly for tiny houses at Where It Stops, Nobody Knows.  You’ll experience her humour in her Strangers’ Reactions series, which is a set of short posts on reactions to her stating that she is an environmental educator.  Must try it sometime and see what happens.
  10. Philosophy is what I should have studied at university.  Not that it wasn’t part of the diet.  Political philosophy, philosophy of education and philosophy of mind significantly featured and I even touched on the nature of mathematics at some point along the journey.  I’d like to delve deeper and Emptinez is one means for dipping my toe in the water and learning a little more.  Perhaps not the blog to go to if you’re in a hurry, but if you’re looking for some intellectual stimulation, it’s a good read.
  11. This is the sunshine award – what blogs bring a little positivity into your life?  I’d love to hear your recommendations.

21 thoughts on “A Ray of Sunshine

  1. Thanks so much for the nomination! I won’t be able to get to responding with my own post right away, but will keep it in mind as winter (sedentary free time) approaches. I really enjoyed reading your answers and questions, and I look forward to browsing some of your other nominees’ blogs!

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  2. WOW – thanks for the shout out Safar, and thanks for the lovely comments. it made my day. Whilst I dont put awards on my site, I love your questions. They are thoughful and thought provoking, not the usual boring run of the mill questions these sorts of awards are usually made of. So I am going to take some of these questions, ponder them, and write some posts!!!! Thank you, Safar 🙂

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    1. Haha, I’m so glad that someone feels the same as I do about duffle bags. I’ve thankfully finished the X files and have since watched four films on personal (but literal) journeys. Hopefully it changes the mindset. Look forward to your response.

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      1. I used to love the Xfiles. the tension between Mulder and Scully was always interesting. The connection between the two actors still is – they were recently interviewed. I dont know if Gillian Anderson is more gorgeous now than before – she’s just perennially gorgeous! And there is this very funny youtube video around – google it – its called “David Duchovny, why dont you love me?” staring the said actor himself in a very tongue in cheek role. Hilarious!


        1. Yes! when it was on as a TV series, I’d just see it as a singular one off as I didn’t really follow it. But seeing it as a whole, the character development, the relationship development, the threads of a continuous story that run through it do make it something special. And I agree, she is perennially gorgeous! I’ll take a look at that video.

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          1. I used to wait for it to come on, each week, and watch the repeats if I unfortunately missed the first screening. It was right out there, for its time. maybe it would seem dated now? I should revisit it. who can forget those flashing torches!
            remember there was one episode had Mulder’s door identified as number 42? in a direct reference to hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy! 🙂 The chemistry between Anderson and Duchovny in their recent ( well on youtube,not sure how many years old lol) is electric!


            1. I expected it to be dated, but I suppose we still have that in us – the truth is out there. We did comment a lot on why all their missions were in the dark and there were never any lights. Gotta love those torches. I don’t remember that episode. We did try to spot references where we could. There are many! When Duchovny dropped out of the series, and the basement became occupied by Doggart and Reyes, it could have fallen very flat, but their relationship was also interesting in its development. And the Lone Gunmen make for light relief from all that intensity!


              1. oh yes! i’d forgotten about the lone gunmen! they actually seemed so real, i can picture them now, they seem like they are really are the epitomous hackers… lol… maybe they’ll show up in another tv series!


                1. They did have their own spin off series, but I didn’t get past the first episode – it was a bit silly! But I have started watching Milenium which is also a spin off based on the Smoking Man’s group.


  3. Thank you for the nomination! Such kind words, Safar. And a few other lovely blogs to check-out too! Soap opera! Hahahhaa…that made me laugh. Gosh! My life’s a drama! 😀 Your questions are tough though, I’ll need a bit of a thinker on those. :p Will get to it (in time)

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  4. Hi Safar, and thanks for nominating me… I am rather focused on other things at the moment and blogging will have to take the back burner for a while, but I may have time to take part in the future. I’ve loved reading your answers and questions. So much to think about!

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    1. I nearly did a right back at you! Would love to see how you do respond. Consider yourself nominee 11 if you wish! Going to tackle the Take-a-Step Thursday post now – I’ve missed a couple of weeks I think – too busy being inspired!!


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