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Summer “Would you rather?” Tag

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Lise tagged me on her Summer Tag: Would you rather post the other week and being a sucker for a tag I thought I would join the Summer fun and take part!

 

Now, would you rather . . . 

  1. live in a tree house or a castle? I would love to live in a tree house, being high up, feeling like you’re above the troubles on the ground and able to look out the on the worlds horizon.
  2. be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully? I think to be able to dance well would be much cooler. You can do that with someone!
  3. ride a horse or a camel? A horse, to be able to ride that noble animal and have that connection would be amazing!
  4. know a fairy or a unicorn? A unicorn, the ultimate fantasy beast.
  5. have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit? I would love a bouncy castle, so much fun can be had with them. Even at my age 😀
  6. travel or stay home? I would like to travel a bit, but there’s no place like home.
  7. be able to fly or be able to breathe under water? I would like to be able to fly, the world in all it’s glory can be seen from up above.
  8. know where you’re going or have it be a surprise? I want and need to know where I’m going. The surprise build up can easily lead to disappointment.
  9. be on a boat or on an airplane? I love boats, they’re a very peaceful place to be.
  10. be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired? I would like to be able to see in the dark, so I can take in what’s going on when everything think’s it’s hidden.
  11. go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains? I love mountains, nothing beats the joy of reaching the top after a hard climb.
  12. have picnics in the forest or in the park? How about a park in a forest?
  13. swim in the ocean or swim in a pool? Swim in a pool, there’s sharks in the ocean!
  14. be a dolphin or a cheetah? A dolphin would be cool, to be able to swim fast and keep out of trouble and be able to talk still!
  15. be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you? I want to be able to make people laugh, you can’t make them trust you.
  16. be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get? I want to be bale to pick…
  17. eat popsicles or watermelon? Water melon, it leaves me feeling good, a popsicle has guilt attached.
  18. go camping or stay in a hotel? Camping, being outdoors is a tonic for the soul.
  19. do art or read? I can’t choose, so I duck out and say both.
  20. experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line? Zip wire – I don’t like heights but having been on an epic zip wire it’s the best.

 


 

Here are the questions so you can copy them! 

  1. live in a tree house or a castle?
  2. be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
  3. ride a horse or a camel?
  4. know a fairy or a unicorn?
  5. have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
  6. travel or stay home?
  7. be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
  8. know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
  9. be on a boat or on an airplane?
  10. be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
  11. go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
  12. have picnics in the forest or in the park?
  13. swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
  14. be a dolphin or a cheetah?
  15. be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
  16. be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
  17. eat popsicles or watermelon?
  18. go camping or stay in a hotel?
  19. do art or read?
  20. experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?

 

I’ve tagged these great bloggies to take part in this:

  1. Adelise
  2. Laura
  3. Mandi
  4. Pooja
  5. Sooz
  6. Roger

Have fun with this – even if you don’t reply!

Simon 🙂

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The One Lovely Blog Award

So over the last week or so I’ve been privileged with TWO nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award. The first one was from Pooja:

https://lifesfinewhine.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/one-lovely-blog-award-3/

and the other was from the lovely but self proclaimed weirdo Adelise:

https://adelisemcullens.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/the-one-lovely-blog-award-the-versatile-award/

Thanks to both of you for nominating me for this I really appreciate an award, it’s the thought that counts and this time the thought has come in stereo! 🙂

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Post about the award.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate (up to) 15 people.
  5. Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

7 facts about me:

  • I’ve not read ANY Harry Potter
  • I hate Apple stuff
  • I have loads of books I want to write and publish… won’t they write themselves?
  • I’m 42 – the BEST age ever!
  • I’m a Sagittarius
  • I love growing things
  • I wish I had chosen a different path in life

My Nominees Are:

 

teaandtales1

beautybeyondbones

whatsandrathinks

thelittlemermaid09

bigandpinkytoes

tanushree0830

I’ve got some pretty cool bloggies nominated here, if you don’t do awards… sorry. I hope you’ll all join in though!

Have a great day all!

Simon 🙂

Mystery Blogger Award

You guys know me – I’m a sucker for an award, so when J.S. Pailly nominated me for my second Mystery Blogger award I was naturally chuffed (I’m very British you see). Thank you for the nomination and thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this award.

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According to Enigma’s website:

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

I’m genuinely excited when I get an award becasue it means that what I’ve done isn’t meaningless twaddle, it means something to someone like so many of you guys inspire me!


 

Award Rules

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.
  • Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written.

 


 

So as part of accepting this award, I’m supposed to tell you three facts about myself and then answer five questions from Outside Perception. Here goes:

Three Facts about me:

  1. I’m weird – No, really I am!
  2. I like music more without words.
  3. I’ve always had a mind full of adventures and people – but I’ve not thought about writing any of it down until recently.

 


Five Questions from J.S. Pailly

 

The Mystery blogger award demands I answer 5 questions from my nominator so here it is:

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would prefer not to, but if I have to then I would like to be someone who plays outside all day in some way or the other.

What book has had the most influence on you?

2001 A Space Odyssey

 

Has a movie ever brought you to tears? If so, what movie was it?

Yes, it was Shrek!

 

If you were a dinosaur, which dinosaur do you think you’d be and why?

I would have to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex, becasue they’re mean and shit and no one bothers them much!

What will be the title of your autobiography?

How a weird guy got by in life!

 


 

So I’ve got some nominee’s of my own:

journeytoambeth

outanabout

mandibelle

arousedblog

thedarkestfairytale

teaandtales1

alliepottswrites

runwright

 


 

My Questions

  • What’s your most recent big achievement?
  • If I was anew blogger why should I come and visit your blog?
  • What was the last movie you saw? Was it good?
  • What kind of person are you?
  • What will be the title of your autobiography?

 

I hope you can all take part in this, but if you’re a no awards blogger then no worries just take this nomination as recognition of being awesome.

Simon 🙂

 

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 5

This is the 5th and final day of the Song Challenge. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. I’ve loved doing this and maybe I’m going to do something like it again from time to time… who knows? 


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

Beauty Beyond Bones

Little Mermaid


I just love Seasick Steve and this is one of his best tracks – it reminds me of me a bit!

Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Seasick Steve – You can’t teach an old dog new tricks


“You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks”

There must be something wrong with me
What it is I can’t quite see
I can’t seem to do nothing right
Never need to change my style
Been this way for a long long while
Maybe there’s a few things I oughta fix

But can you teach an old dog new tricks

Wanna put a little fire in my life
Climb a little higher, that is right
Tired of this ordinary bullshit
Never need to change my style
Been this way for a long long while
Maybe there’s a few things I oughta fix

But can you teach an old dog new tricks
Can you teach an old dog new tricks

Well, that right
Maybe I should leave well enough alone
I might not be perfect but I’m me to the bone
I don’t need to change my style
Been this way for a long long while
There ain’t nothing that I got to fix

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach
Have mercy!
You can’t teach
You can’t teach
O Lord!

Writer – Seasick Steve

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 4

Get ready to dance for Day 4 of the Song Challenge. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much music to my blog so this makes a nice change and it’s making me think about some different and interesting tunes.


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

K

Gail


I just love this son – it’s… I dunno but I like it!

Walk the Moon – Shut up and Danc with Me

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Danc with Me


Shut Up And Dance”


“Oh don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

We were victims of the night,
The chemical, physical, kryptonite
Helpless to the bass and the fading light
Oh, we were bound to get together,
Bound to get together.

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
My discothèque, Juliet teenage dream.
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
I knew we were bound to be together,
Bound to be together

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

Oh, come on girl!

Deep in her eyes,
I think I see the future.
I realize this is my last chance.

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance!”

“Don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

Ooh-ooh-hoo, shut up and dance with me [x2]

 

Writers: Eli Maiman, Berger Benjamin Harris, Sean Waugaman, Kevin Ray, Ryan Mcmahon, Benjamin Berger, Maiman Eli Brose, Nicholas Petricca

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 3

I’ve got a real power song for this third day of the song challeng. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much music to my blog so this makes a nice change and it’s making me think about some different and interesting tunes.


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

Charley

Firefly


I fell in love with Evanescence and their music the day I heard this song, Katherine Jenkins took it and made it even better if that was possible. But this is the original!

Evanescence – Bring me to Life

Evanescence – Bring me to Life


Bring Me To Life

How can you see into my eyes like open doors?
Leading you down into my core where I’ve become so numb
Without a soul my spirit’s sleeping somewhere cold
Until you find it there and lead it back home

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
Before I come undone
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

Now that I know what I’m without
You can’t just leave me
Breathe into me and make me real
Bring me to life

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
Before I come undone
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

Bring me to life
(I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
Bring me to life

Frozen inside without your touch
Without your love, darling
Only you are the life among the dead

All this time I can’t believe I couldn’t see
Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me
I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
Got to open my eyes to everything
Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul
Don’t let me die here
There must be something more
Bring me to life

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
Before I come undone
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

Bring me to life
(I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
Bring me to life

Writers:David Hodges, Amy Lee, Ben Moody

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 2

On this 2nd day of the Song Challenge, I’ve picked a cheery tune with a bit of nostalgia. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much music to my blog so this makes a nice change and it’s making me think about some different and interesting tunes.


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

Ginger Ocean

Lennon


This song is appearing all over the place these days, but Eric and Ernie immortalised it!

Bring me Sunshine – Eric and Ernie

Eric and Ernie – Bring me Sunshine


“You Bring Me Sunshine”

Bring me sunshine in your smile
Bring me laughter all the while
In this world where we live
There should be more happiness
All the joy can give
Te each brand new bright tomorrow
Make me happy through the years
Never bring me any tearsLet your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Bring me sunshine in your eye
Bring me a rainbow from the sky
Life’s too short to be spent having anything but fun
We can be so content if we gather little rainbows
Make me happy all the long
And I’ll keep singing my happy songs

Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Make me happy all long
And I’ll keep on singing my happy songs

Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Written by: Brenda Lee

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 1

It’s day 1 of the Song Challenge. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much music to my blog so this makes a nice change and it’s making me think about some different and interesting tunes.


 

Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

Holly

Ocean

 


 

The song I’ve chosen today is one I heard a few days ago and it brings me out i goosebumps every time I hear it  – it has so much feeling in it.

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Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence


“The Sound Of Silence”

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silenceIn restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silenceAnd in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence”

Writers: Paul Simon

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

The Blue Sky Tag

I had a little surprise the other day when Tina of Writteningeek nominated me for the Blue Sky Tag. Thank you for this Tina, it was a real joy to get this from you and to fill in all the questions. I love getting tags and that kind of thing

This is the updated version of the post – the answers to my questions were lost last rime around! grrr…


 

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions.
  3. Tag 11 people.
  4. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.

 

Here are my answers to the questions:

  • What frightens you the most?

I think the future does – but you know spiders are pretty scary!

  • Coffee or tea? (I am not addicted to coffee, I just have a VERY strong appreciation for the bean.  😉  ).

Tea every time, all kinds and tastes, even some fruity ones 🙂

  • Have you ever traveled outside your country?

I have been to Sweden a few times and France once for work – not a holiday but hey!

  • Would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

Who knows? I would like to think I would and I would use brains rather than brawn to do it – I think there would be more risk from other humans trying to survive.

  • Name one thing on your bucket list.

To start living.

  • What’s the thing that you are most proud of?

Not sure really, either than means I’m not proud or not much has made me proud yet… Hmmm. I’ll let you know on that one!

  • Would you ever travel to outer space?

Sure I would – what an adventure!

  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I have to be a bit of both these days…

  • If you could have a superpower/mutant ability, what would it be?

I wouldn’t – I want to be Iron Man 🙂

  • Do you have a phobia?

Spiders.

  • Do you use a lot of social media or do you just have your blog (and maybe one other account, such as Facebook).

I do use a fair bit of social media, I have Facebook, but I’m rarely on it, I also use Pinterest, SumbleUpon and Twitter 🙂

 


Now I’ve got my 11 miscreant’s otherwise known as nominee’s:

fabulouswithglitches

heroicallybadwriters

todaysdose

rachaelritchey

itsgoodtobecrazysometimes

theanonymouswritersnotebook

bubblesandbeebots

outanabout.com

pouringmyartout

erikakind

beff88

 

Here are  the 11 questions for my nominees:

  1. When you see blue skies and a sunny day what do you want to do most?
  2. What’s the most ‘blue skies’ thought you’ve ever had?
  3. What’s your favourite season and why?
  4. Has there been a moment in your life that stands out above anything? What was it?
  5. What do you love most about blogging?
  6. What do you think could make blogging better?
  7. What’s your favourite TV series?
  8. What’s your favourite film?
  9. What was the last piece of music you bought?
  10. Apple or Android?
  11. What was the last thing you did that you thought you wouldn’t like but were surprised you did?

There’s no pressure to take part – I hope you all do though!

All my nominee’s are great bloggies – make sure you have a look at what they’re up to and click their follow buttons!

Simon 🙂

THE BLOG-AHOLIC AWARD!

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My good friend Acire from Scribes Canvas tagged me on the blog-Aholics award. Acire is someone who I think it quietly brilliant. She writes her stories, does her thing and doesn’t shout about it. Her love of Sci Fi was a surprise to me. Make sure you visit her blog and follow.

Rules:

  1. Put the above award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page)
  4. Mention the creator The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) of this award and please provide a link or pingback as I [Esmé of The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) ] would love to meet you!
  5. Write a post to show your award
  6. Share a link to your best post(s)
  7. Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself
  8. Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish
  9. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

I have a few posts that I’m fond of, these show the diversity of this blog, and the randomness of my mind:

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Time Dilation and Messing with my Head

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Teching


 

3 interesting facts about me :

  1. I’m an engineer.
  2. I find monotony boring.
  3. I’m random and proud of it.

 


 

I would like to nominate:

Charley

Lennon

Miriam

Hannah Fearless

Roger

Shell Sizzle

Niki

pouringmyartout

Samantha

Gail

Thank you again to Acire for tagging me on this, I’m not on as much as I used to be but I’m always trying to be about, if only to scroll thought the posts of my bloggies. I hope all those I’ve nominated can join in – if not please take the tag with the as a sign ofe you’re awesomenessssssss…

Simon 🙂