The Sunshine Blogger Award – Nominated by Author Sally Cronin

My heartfelt thanks go to lovely author & blogger Sally Cronin for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. The Sunshine Blogger Award is given out by members of the blogging community in recognition of inspiring, creative, and motivational blogs. YAY!

I am honored to be nominated alongside some really wonderful bloggers I do admire and follow. This is my very first nomination, so I am feeling quite smug 🙂 Having your blogging work appreciated is always a motivation to push for better content, but also to support fellow bloggers. For we are but lonely stars on a dark sky without each other.

During the past year I discovered such a wide range of amazing bloggers. I will use this opportunity to nominate those whom I admire for their kindness and generosity and whose blog posts motivate me.

I know how busy life and blogging can get, so if I nominated you and you don’t have the time to respond with a post, that’s okay 🙂 But I do hope you will take the nomination as a mark of my admiration.

If you choose to accept the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination, there are a few rules:

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.

• Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

• Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Do leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.

Here are the 11 questions set by Sally for her nominees, with my answers:

1.What is the most daring thing you have done?

I moved half way round the world to be with the man I love, my husband.

2.Name one item still on your bucket list.

I don’t have a bucket list, but one thing I’ve been wishing I could do and never been able to (although I’ve been invited once!) is visit Greenway, Agatha Christie’s home.

3.If you had a time machine, would you choose to live in the past or the future?

Definitely in the past. I am such a history fan. And I love research. I love planning too. Am I allowed to research the era before jumping into the time machine? J

4.What is your favorite movie of all time?

I think each decade of my life can be defined by a movie. ‘Gone With the Wind’, ‘The Way We Were’, ‘Love, Actually’. I think this decade it’s ‘A Night at the Museum’. Gosh, the titles speak volumes J

5.What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

Start. Writing. Now.
And do no stop.

6.What is one of your guilty pleasures?

I have only one guilty pleasure, and that is Coffee with a capital C. Coffee is my morning joy, my strengths in the wee, lonely hours, my inspiration and my fuel. I love the rhythmic, musically-drum sound of coffee beans as they sing in their container. I adore the smell of freshly ground coffee. I cherish the taste of a good cup of café latte. I relish at the sight of a frothy cappuccino and can appreciate the velvety, creamy taste of an espresso.  

7.Do you have any pets?

99% of my books include at least a dog 🙂 We have two.

8.Tell us about one thing that really gets your goat.

People who cut in line.

9.Who would you invite to a celebrity dinner. List 5, dead or alive?

Agatha Christie. Kathy Reichs. Ingrid Bergman. Margaret Atwood. My daughter 🙂 – she is my hero for handling her life as a teenager during the 21st century as well as she does.

10.What is your most annoying bad habit?

I can think of two. While awake, I tend to speak softly. While asleep, as I transition to and from REM sleep, I tend to act out my dreams and speak out loud. I am told that no one can reason with me during those seconds.

11.Name your current favorite song playing on your playlist right now.

‘Where Do You Go’ by No Mercy has been (almost) the only song on my playlist during the last six months J

Here are my 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. Share one thing about yourself that would surprise your followers.
  2. Which do you prefer, mountain or sea?
  3. What is the highest / furthest point you traveled to?
  4. You stand on a 1m high brick wall. Would you jump off or climb slowly?
  5. If you would only start your writing career now, where would you begin?
  6. Which animals you feel it represents you best?
  7. Are you an early riser or night owl?
  8. Was writing your first choice as a career? If not, what was it?
  9. What is your comfort food?
  10. Best way to relax and recharge? (either than writing J)
  11. What is your favorite word?

And here are my 11 nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Jessie Cahalin (Books in Handbag) & she replied here. Hooray!
Jo (Tea and Cake for the Soul)
James Cudney IV (This Is My Truth Now)
Brian Langeose (Bonnywood Manor)
Bette A. Stevens (Writers and Readers)
Caz (Invisibility Me)
Katie Kay (Writer, Blogger & Pilot) & she replied here 🙂 YAY!
Barbara Auzou (Lire, Dite Elle)
Annika Perry (Annika Perry)
Mike (M. C. Tuggle)
Pete and Ollie 🙂 (Bettley Pete)

If you are reading this and would like to participate, please do! Answer those questions, nominate the bloggers you admire. And do link back to me; I will make sure to share your post.
Thank you, Pat.

27 Replies to “The Sunshine Blogger Award – Nominated by Author Sally Cronin”

    1. Thank you, Jacquie. And happy to have discovered a like-minded writer 🙂 😉

  1. Congrats on the well-deserved award! Although I’m in the UK, I’ve never been to Greenway, still quite far from me but it looks like a lovely green area (Dartmouth) and the place itself looks incredible. Definitely wouldn’t say no to living in a house like that! I hope one day you might be able to visit for yourself.

    Great advice on telling your younger self to start writing and not stop. I wrote a lot when I was younger then made the painful mistake of stopping. And good choice on the celebrity dinner. If Kathy Reichs goes to your place then I’m coming too, bloody love her!

    Thank you very much for the kind nomination! Enjoy your coffee & and I hope you have a lovely day  ♥

    Caz xx

    1. So very sweet of you, Caz. I love your comment.
      Perhaps we’ll get to visit Greenway together – in my mind I pair it with the yearly Agatha Christie Crime Festival… 🙂
      Then we’re set, as soon as Kathy accepts my invitation, I’ll let you know. So happy to meet another fan of her books!!

      Wishing you a great day and a blessed week ahead.

  2. Pat, congratulations on your first nomination – highly deserved and many more will follow! I see you are an Agatha Christie fan – me too! I sailed past Greenways just before they opened up her house to the public. I so long to see it. A wonderful dinner party list and I love how your daughter is invited as well. I agree, yougsters are doing a terrific job navigating this most confusing of centuries, where they have non-stop pressure from so many sides.

    Warmest thanks for nominating me and I am very honoured! Superb orignal questions and I’m intriuged how you thought of no. 4! I was nomianted for this award last year and posted about it then and by Sally as well last week – I really appreciate you thinking about me! Have a fabulous time writing … don’t stop!

    1. Thank you so much, Annika.

      I apologize for having missed your nomination made by Sally, but then I still stand by mine 🙂 Well deserved and double Congrats to you!

      Question No.4! 🙂 Funny how is stands out.I was in a parking lot while working on the 11 questions and there was a brick wall just ahead. I thought no way I would jump off myself. Never would have anyway. 🙂

      If you get to Greenway ahead of me – and chances are you might – do take lots of pictures and let me know 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by and for your warm support.

      1. Please, no apologies necessary and I must admit I didn’t read the whole list of names! So many!

        I like how you used your car parking venture to put in a question. I realise that if I was in my teens I would jump off, happily taking big leaps as young! Nowadays I would gingerly step down!

        Oh, my husband and I are looking for a weekend getaway and weren’t sure were to go. You’ve given me an idea with your mention of Greenway … and what a perfect post! Thank you! I’ll make sure to put in lots of photos!

        1. Oooo,I so wish your plan will work out, Annika. Wishing you both a splendid weekend and I will be keeping a close eye on your blog posts. No rush though, but do enjoy the visit twice as much 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Pat! I enjoyed reading your answers and I think it’s wonderful that you included your daughter to that celebrity dinner invite.

    1. Thank you so much, Mark!
      She is my star. Besides, I’m braver and chattier when she’s around 😉

    1. Aww, so happy about this, Jessie 🙂 Glad to hear it and so well deserved!! You are, after all, Jessie of “Books in Handbag” 🙂

  4. I’m a coffee lover too, Pat. We finally got ourselves and fancy pants machine because we were spending a fortune at the cafes. And go to Greenway someday. It’s not too late yet. Congrats on the award. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Diana.
      Cafes are expensive here as well. Plus it depends so much on the barista – unless it’s George Clooney 🙂
      Oh, if you put it this way then YES, one day for sure I’ll get to visit Greenway 🙂

      I always appreciate you stopping by. Thank you xx

  5. Congratulations on your well-deserved award, Pat! 🙂 And, thanks so much for the honor of mentioning me. It was fun learning more about you in Sally’s Q & A. We have a lot in common. Keep shining, my friend! xo

  6. Congratulations on the award, and thank you so much for the nomination. I will do my best to put something clever together and shove it out there… 😉

    1. Thank you, Brian, and Congratulation to you too, well deserved 🙂
      Your answers will certainly make a blog post I am looking forward to reading 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Brooke 🙂 I hope you will enjoy it.
      Welcome to my blog and what a pleasure meeting you 🙂

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