Thursday, 14 November 2013

A Sunshine Award

A little while ago the lovely Tammy over at My Journey nominated me for the Sunshine Award.
The sunshine award is an award given to those who inspire us
and bring sunshine into our lives.
I was really touched as I've never had anything like this before, the idea is to answer 10 of Tammy's questions and then set 10 of your own and nominate fellow bloggers. I'm not sure that I ever inspire anyone but I hope I may have made you smile from time to time!
Tammy's questions, and my answers are here, it's taken me a while to think about them and then several days weeks to actually write it all down!
1) Why do you blog?
I think it's because I used to read so many blogs and found lots of people I thought I'd really get on well with, and I wanted to join in! It seemed a bit like having a pen friend abroad in school days, exciting to find out what they'd been up to. I feel I've made friends, albeit virtually, with lots of new people all over the world - I'd never have met them without blogland.
2) Why do you follow the blogs you follow?
Probably for the reasons above, people I think I'd get on well with in real life, people who make me laugh and sometimes inspire me. I seem to be drawn to people who write about themselves and their family life.
3) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a tricky one as the goalposts constantly move! I'll be 53 in 5 years time and in the dim and distant past we thought we'd be retired to "a place in the sun" by then; however life kind of got in the way. Children came along, all those years ago we thought we wouldn't have any, then maybe just one small one - heaven knows where the other two came from! So in 5 years time I expect to be still here with probably only a 15 year old at home, an 18 year old on his way to Uni (maybe?) and a 22 year old doing something that makes him happy, I hope!

4) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Maybe back on track with the original plan? Living part of the year in sunnier climes and hopefully both of us retired. I hope the children are settled and happy, it's such a worry about where they'll end up and what they'll do.

5) If you could relive one day would you?
I don't really have any regrets, well not major ones anyway! I would have liked to have had more fun as a teenager, I was very sensible and cautious! I wish I'd have enjoyed my babies more, I was so incompetent and unconfident as a new mother I struggled to enjoy it. I'd also like to see my maternal grandparents one more time too, and introduce them to the great-grandchildren they never met.

6) What thoughts pop up when I say America?
I found this the hardest to answer. One word that popped up first though was "patriotic" something we're not so big on over here in the UK.

7) City/Country/Mountains/Beach, where do you prefer to live?
Another tough one, my first thought was beach, but I'm thinking of a beach somewhere sunny. I don't like to be cold. However where I live now I have the best of 2 worlds, maybe even 3, we live in the countryside, near famous rivers and quaint little English villages but we're only around 7 miles from the beach, and a pretty one at that. We're not far from the City of Norwich either, with it's lovely cathedrals and university - "a fine city" If I had to choose one place though it would probably be a beach front cottage on a sunny shore somewhere.

8) Do you have a bucket list?
No not really, other than to live in a beach front cottage...... you get the idea!
I would have liked to have travelled more and hope to do a lot of it in the future, there are so many places to see.

9) If you could do any job what would it be?
This I really can't answer, I have no idea at all! Can I be a professional "lady who lunches"? That sounds so shallow! I guess I would have liked to have done a job that was more worthwhile, and really "made a difference".

10) What is your most favourite way to relax?
Well basically I'm lazy, I like to lie down and read, maybe read in a hot bath (I do that every night - not so relaxing when there are two boys fighting outside the door). I like to relax (with a book) on holiday, or if money is no restriction I'd have a weekly massage!

So that's a bit about me, I'm basically lazy at heart (and I moan about my lazy 17 year old!!, if only he knew) There are no very deep answers but hopefully I don't seem too shallow, maybe I am??

Now for my questions, and my nominees. However I do like to read these lists but I do appreciate how long they can take so please feel free to add yourself to the list of bloggers taking part or remove yourself if it's you'd rather not take part. Please let me know if you add yourself and join in, I'm nosy like that!

My questions for you are....

1) Where do you call home? Is it where you live now, where you once lived or a place you would like to call home in the future?

2) What did you want to be "when you grew up" or are you not grown up yet?

3) Do you have a secret talent or a party piece?

4) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? ( a copied question from Tammy)

5) Do you have a "claim to fame"?

6) Any regrets, however small?

7) Is there a band or singer you wish you'd had the chance to see live? Or may see in the future? Or is live music not for you?

8) School, loved it or hated it? Or should have paid more attention at the time?!

9) Favourite season? And tell me what that season is like if you're not in the UK.

10) Did you really have the time to answer all those questions, do you have time on your hands or are you up to your neck?

And I'm sending the sunshine award to the following, who's blogs I've followed for a while. As I said feel free to pass if you are a snowed under type of gal!

Justine at Down to Earth with a Bump
Sarah at Down by the Sea
Jody at About Last Weekend
Penny at The Hen House
Mel at Coal Valley View
Lisa at Jumble and Jelly
Curry Queen at Every Silver Lining

The list isn't really complete, there are so many people I follow and would like to know more about, however these are a few that sprung to mind first, there are many others I'm sure!

I will be back soon to do a bit of a catch up post, there are so many things I had intended to mention, work, again, my trip to see Gran, the fundraiser for Gambia and what the kids are up to;
I'll be back soon, have a brilliant weekend whatever you're doing.


  1. Love your answers! So truthful!

  2. I LOVED this!! I feel as if I know your children better than I know you, because after all, us moms often blog about our children and others more than we do ourselves right? So posts like this let us get to know one another that much better.
    I had to laugh about the boys arguing outside the door, I always ask my kids "Is there anything you WON'T argue about"?... It is nearly impossible to relax with children arguing... I like to pipe in when I hear "Shut up... No you shut up... No you shut up"... Then I say... "How about you both clam up?". ha!
    Also... I didn't think you were shallow at all. In fact, just the kind of person I could have a cup of tea and a good ole gander with!
    Have a great weekend!! And don't let those boys interrupt your reading time! :)
    Much love,

  3. I loved reading this & found myself nodding at a lot especially about why I blog.
    Luckily my kids don't argue - Joe is so laid back & just does what Jess tells him to do !
    I would love to see my maternal grandparents again as they were a big part of my life.
    Thank you for the nomination - I will do it !

  4. Really enjoyed reading your answers, I know what you mean about finding other people's family blogs interesting, makes you realise you're not alone with some issues!
    Enjoy your relaxing bath later, hopefully with no background noise!
    Thank you for the nomination, will endeavour to answer your list.
    Enjoy your weekend too.
    Lisa x

  5. I love reading posts like this - perhaps I'm just inquisitive, but I love how you've shared these snippets & insight into your life. Not at all shallow and I'm with you on the "beach front cottage on a sunny shore thing" !
    Have a happy weekend,

  6. Jay thank you for nominating me for this award too and also for having won it in the first place for your lovely blog. It was interesting to find out more about you , can I be one of your neighbours in that beach front cottage?
    Sarah x

  7. I enjoyed reading your answers, but think your questions are even better. Do you have a "claim to fame"? (Mine is my scones.) And do you have a special talent of "party piece"? These are great questions!

  8. Love this! And I'll defo be a 'lady eho lunches' with you! Thanks for nominating me. I'll try to do a blog post sometime this week answering all the questions!

  9. A great post, I loved reading your answers. I did laugh about the children, "... maybe just one small one". That's how it starts. I'd like to be a lady who lunches as well, it would be wonderful.

  10. Oh thanks so much for naming me. My favourite day is lying in bed and reading the latest Bridget Jones, low key and lowbrow I am

  11. Love this! Have a lovely weekend Jay :D

  12. Love all your answers Jay. I just learnt SO much about you!!!! Thanks so much for nominating me too - I'll try and get onto it soon. A Lady who Lunches…yes, that would be nice :-) Mel x