Time To Say “Thank you!”

Over the past weeks I have been nominated for 4 different awards and can’ t deny they all have come as lovely surprises. It means a lot to me to realize something I’ ve written has been noticed and even enjoyed. I want to thank you sincerely – your blogs, every single post and comment made are my inspirations.
I have always (well, my “always” on blogosphere lasts only for around 5 months) tried my best to follow the rules of awards but this time will make it a bit different. 4 in 1. Balancing in my way a bit the number of bloggers I have to nominate for each award and the questions to be answered/things to be told. Our blogs speak louder than any descriptions, don’ t they?

I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by http://arjungabriel.wordpress.com/ – thank you very much, ArjunGabriel! His blog reveals the world around through many beautiful photos.

The rules that come with accepting this nomination are the following:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post (and put in the logo);
2. Share 7 things about yourself;
3. Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire;
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

My nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award are:
http://alarmingman.wordpress.com/
http://bentehaarstad.wordpress.com/
http://artisticmilestone.wordpress.com/
http://ayooutloud.wordpress.com/

The Reader Appreciation Award was sent to me by http://pommepal.wordpress.com/. Her fascinating blog is of a lifetime of experiences with new explorings continuing. Thank you, Pommepal!

These are the rules for this award:
1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award;
2. Answer 10 questions;
3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read;
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated;
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

The Questions:
Your favourite colour? Red and black. Though a radio host once tried to persuade me that black isn’ t a colour.
Your favourite animal? I like tigers a lot but will have to go with a cat. The very particular one – mine.
Your favourite non-alcoholic drink? A cup of green tea always tastes good.
Facebook or Twitter? Hmmm, more of a Facebook person I guess.
Your favourite pattern? Lines, curves and the undescribable ones.
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Both are such a pleasure. How could it not be?!
Your favourite number? For some reason I think it is 4.
Your favourite day of the week? Wednesday. When the difficult start has passed and the inevitable end still is away.
Your favourite flower? Hyacinth. Fragile and strong at the same time and then the scent…mmmm.
What is your passion? Living and loving.

These are the nominees for the Reader Appreciation Award:
http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/
http://eof737.wordpress.com/
http://earthinbw.wordpress.com/
http://cinova.wordpress.com/

A nice surprise about being nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award came to me from http://purplerosemary.com/. Thank you, PurpleRosemary! Her blog is a festival of photography, words, emotions and inspiration.

Here are the rules that come with accepting this award:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Attach the award to your site
3. Share 7 random facts about you
4. Nominate 15 bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award

My nominees for the Beautiful Blogger Award are:
http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/
http://theretiringsort.com/
http://suburbanferndaleark.wordpress.com/
http://danajoward.wordpress.com/

For the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award I was nominated by http://soumyav.wordpress.com. Each one of her poems is a true piece of art – heartfelt and profound. Thank you, Soumya!

And now – the rules for this award:
1. The Nominee of the Wonderful Team member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar.
2. Over a period of 7 days (1 week), the Nominee shall nominate 14 readers that he or she appreciates – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be all on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, as most convenient to the Nominee.
3. The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period.
4. The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: ”A Great reader is…”.

Here are my nominees for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award:
http://myindividualinsights.wordpress.com/
http://milnersblog.wordpress.com/
http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/
http://euzicasa.wordpress.com/

Congratulations and let’ s keep inspiring each other through words and photos on our blogs!

The Liebster Blog Award

Yes, life is full of surprises (a few awards lately – thank you, readers!) and I have been  nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Suraiya. The way she knows exactly how to create those filigree masterpieces of poetry is amazing. Thank you, my dear Suraiya!

With accepting the award there are certain rules to be followed:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer 11 questions
3. Nominate 11 bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award and let them know they have been nominated

Here it is…almost like an interview:

1. The book that changed your life: I did some serious thinking on this one and decided it would be just fair to go with my first “ABC book” because after that one…the whole wide world of books was open. And there are so many of them that have changed my life bit by bit.
2. Your favourite author/writer: I won’ t call them “favourites” but there’ re a couple of writers whose books have always been (are) a pleasant discovery for me. With Gabriel García Márquez, Khaled Hosseini, Alessandro Baricco, Kahlil Gibran, Jhumpa Lahiri among them.
3. Your pet and its name: You know what people say…about dogs having owners and cats having staff… I am that “staff” – for Tibeta.
4. The craziest thing you have done: I think I would have to mention my decision to study Sinology (that has very little to do with sins) and my work as a DJ/radio host. Not sure which one was more crazy back then.
5. Your best friend: Love Of My Life – the Highlander with the Orient in his heart.
6. A childhood prank: Once I escaped kindergarten without warning anyone – I simply wanted to be at home very much. Came as a surprise or more precisely – like a shock. For all the adults around.
7. Favourite musician: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner. Doesn’ t ring a bell? He is also known as Sting.
8. A place you would love to visit: There are so many but the most – the Middle East, South America and Central Asia.
9. If you had just 5 minutes left to live what is the one thing you would do? Hmm, would I know those are my last ones or not? Live it with a look back, no matter where life would have taken me. And most probably wish secretly there was a touch more time.
10. Favourite sport: Rugby.
11. How do you define love? The essence of life.

Tsk, tsk…the difficult part is done. And I am happy to announce my NOMINEES for the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD:

One Lovely Blog Award

Last week I was nominated for One Lovely Blog Award by Chris – a blogger with the gift of capturing moments, mood and feelings in photos in really unique way. Thank you, it was a surprise!

Here are the rules that come with accepting this nomination:
* Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post (and put in the logo)
* Share 7 things about yourself
* Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
* Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

This and that about myself, well:

1. I am wandering in between photos and words trying to find the best way of expressing my emotions through them
2. Give me mountains any time of a year
3. I think it’ s never too late to learn, develop oneself, discover and re-discover
4. Tolerance is rather high on my list when it’ s about people being people
5. I take things too close to heart now and then (fortunately or unfortunately)
6. There is something and a half that attracts me about quotes 
7. One can’ t fake creativity – I enjoy seeing a sparkle of it around

And now the pleasant part – my nominees for One Lovely Blog Award:

http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/

http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/

http://innamazing.wordpress.com/

http://riverscribbles.wordpress.com/

http://historyoftheancientworld.wordpress.com/

http://toemail.wordpress.com/

http://starscrutiny.wordpress.com/

http://overwhelmedbyjoy.wordpress.com/

http://johncoyote.wordpress.com/

http://bwthoughts.wordpress.com/

http://ngtolentino.wordpress.com/

http://tebogondlovu.wordpress.com/

http://verticaltales.wordpress.com/

http://javiergme.wordpress.com/

http://thediaryofmeblog.wordpress.com/

CONGRATULATIONS, EVERYONE!

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

I was recently nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award by Managua, who himself is not just the writer mastering many ways to capture the reader’ s interest but also a great reader whose opinion and comments are truly valuable. Thank you!

Being nominated:

1. The Nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar 
2. The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days (1 week) – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be ALL on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, etc.
3. The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period.
4. The Nominee shall make these rules, or amended rules keeping to the spirit of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, known to each reader s/he nominates.
5. The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: ”A Great reader is…” (see above)
PLEASE NOTE RULES CAN BE ADDED TO/AMENDED if deemed appropriate; let’s be creative, and let’s grow & improve, but let’s also keep to the spirit of the award.

And now – fanfares&fireworks – my nominees for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award:

http://shafiqah1.wordpress.com/

http://drsuraiyanasim.wordpress.com/

http://boomiebol.wordpress.com/

http://antodesimone.wordpress.com/

http://mashalfaizan.wordpress.com/

http://thejaggedman.wordpress.com/

http://memoirsofadragon.wordpress.com/

http://johnclinockart.com/

http://conorcullen.wordpress.com/

http://findingkelowna.com/

http://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/

http://snapflycook.wordpress.com/

http://space1eleven.wordpress.com/

http://meirozavian.wordpress.com/

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sensual Blogging Award

It has been really sizzling for all my senses to be nominated for the Sensual Blogging Award. Thank you, Managua Gunn, much appreciated!

When nominated for the Sensual Blogging Award, the blogger must:

i)        mention the blogger that nominated them

ii)       nominate a dozen other bloggers, and

iii)     answer 7 sensual questions

iv)     use the nominating blog’s url to link from the award logo below when pasting (should be automatic). 

 SO….

1. Most romantic memory

The first kiss. Yes, many moons ago.

2. Most sensual music

So rich and graceful, full of aromas and spices – Arabic.

3. Most sensual season

When late spring is tickling early summer.

4. Favourite flower

Hyacinth.

5. Favourite fruit

Do berries count? Because for my taste buds nothing can beat cherries. Well, almost nothing…

6. Best gift received

The love letter „OFFICIAL CORRESPONDANCE”…so precious and full of flavours from the most sensual man I’ ve ever known.  

7. Love is…

Yes, with him love really is.

CONGRATULATIONS to my  NOMINEES for the Sensual Blogging Award:

http://memoirsofadragon.wordpress.com/

http://mselenalevontraveling.com/

http://thelastcatastrophe.wordpress.com/

http://drsuraiyanasim.wordpress.com/

http://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/

http://arlenshah.wordpress.com/

http://riverscribbles.wordpress.com/

http://intotheindigo.wordpress.com/

http://deficiencies.wordpress.com

http://ladybythewater.wordpress.com/

http://justspokenthoughts.wordpress.com/

http://disdainfulbeauty.wordpress.com/

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Surprise, surprise! I was nominated for the Super Sweet Blogging Award by Managua Gunn. Check out his blog, please – I bet you will find the way he paints pictures with words as virtuosic, captivating and fun as I do. Thank you very much, Managua!

So, when one is nominated for this award, the person has to:

– thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated them;

– nominate a bakers dozen of other bloggers (see below);

– answer 5 super sweet questions.

1.Cookies or Cake?

A fresh cream cheese cake with raspberries does sound delicious to me.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla. In many different hidden and not hidden ways.

 3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Caramel ice-cream – since i was young. Ok, very…young!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

When have had enough of bitter ones.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

Strawberries In Snow

And these are my nominees for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:

http://sweetfreshlove.wordpress.com/

http://ginlemonade.wordpress.com/

http://simonesupoems.wordpress.com/

http://opheliahorton.wordpress.com/

http://christyd4.wordpress.com/

http://crtlifeasweknowit.wordpress.com/

http://passionateaboutpets.wordpress.com/

http://stalkingdawn.wordpress.com/

http://onethousandsingledays.com/

http://sweetandweak.com/

http://clotildajamcracker.wordpress.com/

http://bellableue.com/

Very Inspiring Blogger Award ~ Nomination ~ Circle of Love

First of all I want to thank

Managua at http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/very-inspiring-blogger-award-nomination-circle-of-love/

for nominating my blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I was and still am surprised and think it as a great vote of confidence to a newbe like me from such an experienced blogger.

Have to admit that it has always been a touch difficult to say something about myself – no matter what the context has been. But since  I need to list 7 things about myself according to the rules, will give my best try:

–      I’ ve always thought that everything in life isn’ t just black and white, there’ re plenty of other colours, too;

–      travelling is a passion of mine and the road itself is as important as destination;

–      Latvian by passport but wanderer by the soul;

–      I am a good listener(usually);

–      I need „a piece” of solitude almost as much as I need people;

–      glass is half full for me – in most of the cases;

–      I find precious the little wonders, surprises and good moments in life because they are the ones forming the big picture.

And now – the more pleasant part with nominating15 other bloggers for the award! Since I am on WordPress not that long, still working on my…discoveries. But here go the ones that have caught my eye and I do(and will) enjoy returning to for more „sparks” of opinions, ideas, enjoyment, entertainment, inspiration, deep thinking and experience:

http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/

http://blazingbulgaria.wordpress.com/

http://contrarianletters.wordpress.com/

http://cuntraria.wordpress.com/

http://dariaburnasheva.wordpress.com/

http://haphazardlinkages.wordpress.com/

http://islandscribbler.wordpress.com/

http://lensaddiction.wordpress.com/

http://lifeinrussia.wordpress.com/

http://lostnchina.wordpress.com/

http://octopusdiaries.wordpress.com/

http://petersadventures.wordpress.com/

http://secretlifeofamanhattancallgirl.wordpress.com/

http://sunshineandsalad.com/

http://wingrish.wordpress.com/

Now for the rules to follow when nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.