“You Can’t Wait For Inspiration; You Have To Go After It With A Club.”

Probably as most of you, I get days when I’m in a funk and unable to concentrate or settle down to some writing. In fact, I will go so far as to say I will positively do anything to avoid writing. Nowadays, when this happens, I usually read through lots of blogs and this can go on for a couple of days or so. Eventually, I’ll read a post, comment or admire a picture which will be the spark that slowly begins to motivate me. You may not even be aware of it, but inspiration is something you all have in spades. I can honestly say that without you, I wouldn’t have started the Honeymoon stories and I would still be writing about Turkish toilets. I remain a complete numpty in the technical department and I am not expecting that to change anytime soon either. So for now I’m just going to borrow a phrase from Mark Twain and say that kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see; and for all your kindness I thank you!

Now the rules are:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post Share 7 things about yourself

Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire (apologies but I’ve just nominated 7 because of time). Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated

I would like to thank the following fellow bloggers for these awards:

Rosalie Squires, elladee_words, Clanmother and Insights for the One Lovely Blog Award

The Morning Star Bed & Breakfast for the Reader Appreciation Award

Eat O Live for the Sunshine Award

Sue Ann’s Balcony for the Beautiful Blogger Award

back to life for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Seven Random Facts About Boring Me

1. My Grandma taught me to crochet when I was a child and I have to say I am now quite proficient; I can even follow a pattern.

2. My christian name is actually Deborah, however, when I was at primary school one of my fellow pupils found his Dad’s stash of porn videos including the infamous “Debbie Does Dallas” film, and the rest as they say is history. Obviously I was mortified at that young age to be named after a Porn Queen but I am accustomed to it now; although I am a tad envious as I am just not that bendy. Only my Mum continues to call me Deborah.

3. My family don’t read my blog – occasionally my Mum will read the odd post but my both my Dad and Grandad are really only interested in the gardening blogs, particularly Kaye over @ latebloomershow and Anna @ oceannah. They are also fans of Hayley over @ tall tales; as they really liked her posts on Gallipoli and most recently her travels around the UK. The men in my family recognise a good woman when they see one!

4. We have currently two rescue cats at home Chloe & Hobo both now eight. Hobo was returned to the shelter five times by the time he was six months; so we thought he better come home with us and he is now nearly the size of a small Shetland pony. Chloe was pulled out of the water by a fisherman as someone had tried to drown her; she looked like a gremlin since all her fur had been shaved because of the oil. She is a proficient fisherman herself and keeps bringing back Koi carp from various ornamental ponds in the neighbourhood. All are still alive and unharmed, and are currently swimming around my Dad’s fish pond awaiting collection. If this continues I fear my Mum & Dad will have to relocate.

5. Mum and Dad have also been joined by a huge white stray and a fifteen year old one eared cat with cataracts, both just came in through the cat flap one day and stayed. The big fella had been living rough and the old boy’s owner no longer wanted him as she had a new kitten; sadly we live in a very disposable world these days. I was once told by a volunteer at the shelter that owners don’t choose their cats; that they actually choose you and I believe that she was right.

6. I talk to myself – a lot!

7. I make a mean Tartini Martini.

Drum roll please and the nominations are ……………….

Travel with Jodi
On Top of Spaghetti
Shenanigans From the Edge of the World
A Global Garnish
The Sweeter Side of Life

Dear Nominees
Firstly, if I have forgotten someone, I apologise unreservedly. Secondly, we all know how much work is involved with these posts so please remember that this is an acknowledgement of your amazing blogs. No one will be offended if you are unable to participate owing to time or family restraints. In which case, just add whichever award badge you would like to your blog. And above all enjoy your moment and have fun.

39 thoughts on ““You Can’t Wait For Inspiration; You Have To Go After It With A Club.”

  1. I must say that as far as being a numpty in the technical department, I am your equal and more. I can’t even figure out how to add a link to a post or comment, and you do it on a regular basis.
    As for the inspiration, I thoroughly agree. I read others’ blogs and get quadruple dozens of ideas for blog posts (so many ideas, so little time). But every one of us is, I have no doubt, delighted that a blog or blogs somewhere inspired your Honeymoon stories, as we all love reading them. Btw, love your family’s cats already, without even meeting them.


  2. happy you are nominated and happy to be nominated by you. Keep clubbing that inspiration. youre doing great. love your blog. by the way, I have you listed on my menu under the page XTR SPCL. its like a hotline to Odie’s favorite blogs. 🙂


  3. Good job on the awards posts, and the nominations. Plus I love that you shared the info about your family’s cats. I believe you can tell a lot about people from how they feel about cats, and your family rate very high in kitty esteem.


    • Now you know why I so avidly follow your posts! Am a huge animal lover. Sadly, our last pooch passed after being with us for such a long time and we’re waiting to find the right laid back cat friendly dog to join our home; as Hobo will always be the boss! I may well have some more Turkish toilet stories from when we visited Ahmed’s Grandad’s house in the remotest mountain village near Maras; I’m still feeling nervous just thinking about it!


    • They are amazing – raspberry vodka, fresh raspberries & limes and cranberry juice. I usually make a batch and stick them in the freezer. The only thing is because they taste like juice, you’re unaware of the alcoholic content!


  4. Wow thank you very much – I’m over the moon – very unexpected to be nominated! I’m looking forward to thinking of 7 things about me (aaargh!) and will be fun to nominate other blogs. I’m very new to this blogging so hope I do it all right! Love your blog and your writing style, it seems like you’re having a chat with us and it’s so relaxed and funny – and moving at times too.


    • You are going to do great – I’ve only been doing this since the last week in April so am still a relative newbie myself so ask away if you get stuck! Thank you too for all your kind positive words. I do often giggle whilst I’m writing or posting pictures, as I’m often thinking about my blogging friends and what will make them laugh – as I said you’re all an inspiration to me!


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