I received a Sunshine Blogger Award nomination…

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Middle-Aged Warrior. How about that?

This is what she wrote when she nominated me on her blog:

I am so pleased I stumbled across Claudette’s blog ‘Writer of Words etc.‘ When I read her descriptions of being a Hockey mom, dealing with recalcitrant children, shopping, stew-stealing partners and coping with tweens I laughed out loud. It was the laughter of absolute recognition. Whatever country you live in, I think all women can connect by sharing stories of getting children up in the morning and worries about how to teach kids to deal with this world of technology. Claudette is funny, weary and wise and her honesty and forthrightness makes hers a voice everyone should hear.

Thank you. I am very humbled.

Now it is my turn to nominate my favorite bloggers. But before I do this, I will explain what the Sunshine Blogger Award is all about.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring.

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post
  3. Answer the 11 questions you have been asked by the person who nominated you
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers, and ask them 11 new questions

These are the questions I have been asked by the Middle-Aged Warrior:

If you’ve learned anything as you’ve got older, what have you learned?
The female body is wonderful, amazing, exhausting and a pain the ass at times.

Why do you blog and what got you started?
Writing helps me process things I go through, and fosters a sense of community that encompasses not just local, but world-wide perspectives. Other bloggers inspire me, and I feel privileged to be invited into their world by what they share. It’s a humbling experience and I learned many things from some very seasoned, experienced bloggers over the years.

What’s your confidence boosting go-to outfit?
Depends on where I have to go, and what I have to do. I’m not a fashion-obsessed person but do like to be well put together when heading out into public (most of the time). So less-is-more simplicity, small heel on boots if not a lot of walking is required, not a lot of patterns. Comfort is a big thing when working/staying home.

What’s the best comment you’ve ever received on your blog?
Actual feedback to the topic at hand. When a person takes time to not only acknowledge the post, but responds with either a similar anecdote or a tip from past experience, that is bonus. It doesn’t have to be long…but all responses are incredibly valued.

What makes you laugh?
Very little, lately. 🙄
Comics like Zits, or Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield. Also my 10yo daughter is hilarious, and my 12yo son has a wicked sense of humour. 🙂

What’s the last thing to happen that made you lose your temper?
What hasn’t made me lose my temper lately… Ok, let me think. A stupid misunderstanding during a recent night after a very long and exhausting weekend. I’m still not over it but getting there…I made cake today! This will help.

Write a line of poetry you can remember off by heart – no googling!
Dunkel wars, der Mond schien helle… (I grew up in a German speaking country…)

What song ALWAYS gets you on the dance floor?
I’m not really a dancer. But watching my kids rock and roll to ACDC’s Shook Me All Night Long or some other classic rock music, well I can’t help but my move body just a little…

If you had an unexpected relative or friend turn up to Christmas and you had to find them a present – what would you give them?
Home-baked goods. Giving out Swiss baked cookies to North American friends has always been a hit.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Hm. I will very rarely have a craving for ice cream. I don’t really like ice cream, but when I do crave it (you know, hormones and all that) I will hide or wait till they leave and eat the whole thing by myself. With a fork.

Tell me a joke…
You’ll have to wait till my son gets home from school as he remembers all the jokes and I remember none… 🙂

I will now nominate my favorite bloggers:

(note: you are not obligated to participate; if anything, take it as a compliment that you have a faithful reader in me)


Lynn has two blogs, this one is the one I’ve been reading the longest. We seem to share many things, like similar-aged kids, a love of writing and blogging, we live in similar climates, are both Canadian…AND, she’s my hero. She wrote short stories, won contests, and wrote a book and published it. She has also given me fantastic feedback on a memoir I’m currently writing myself (and ignoring…). Lynn feels like a friend even though we have never met in person.

A Peek inside the Fishbowl

Andrea, like Lynn above, is a long-time blogger. In fact, her blog is the first I discovered while at home as a first time mom. At the time my partner was still flying for the airlines and away a lot. I stumbled around the internet and discovered Andrea’s blog and because of this I started my first of three blogs and kept at it all this time.  (Thank you!)  Andrea’s blog is inspiring because of her incredible passion to her community, as well as some family related things we seem to share (renovation comes to mind). Her girls are older than my children, so it will be interesting to see if she continues her blogging adventures after she faces an empty nest…

Waking up on the wrong side of 50

This is one of my newest regular reading additions and I cannot get enough from her. She is incredibly well versed, and makes me want to go to New York City right now as soon as I can pack a bag! Her blog posts always ignite inspiration in my own cluttered brain and we seem to chat in the comment sections of our respective blogs about things that are currently affecting our day to day.

Vegan Visitor

I dare you to click on this website and not immediately drool over the photos of the food my friend cooks, bakes,  photographs and posts to this website. I was lucky enough to know her when she was my neighbour and still see or talk to her in passing every once in a while…We shared many ideals about child raising, cooking and feeding the family, nature and education. She is extraordinarily talented…one time she baked a multi-layered torte and brought it over to my house. ❤

A Pilot Wife Life

Although my partner is no longer flying but still involved in aviation (on the academic side), this blog brings back many memories of my own flying days as a flight attendant and later, as the partner of an airline pilot. The lifestyle, the impact on families, the grind behind the job…she touches on many familiar topics.

Bone and Silver (Teenage Tuesdays)

This lady has a teenaged son and developed a regular blog feature called Teenage Tuesday. I love those in particular although I do read her other posts as well. She lives many oceans away from me but once again, we are connected by parenting, teenagers, and the contemporary culture in which we must navigate the raising of our offspring. She is all the way over in Australia…

And then there’ s Mir of Woulda Coulda Shoulda….

I have followed her stories over the years and have always found them entertaining, heart-wrenching, gripping. She has two kids, two dogs named Licorice and Duncan, a lovely husband named Otto-Not-Otto (you had to be there for that…) and her life is/was a whirlwind while her minions were still underfoot. Now, one kids is out of the house, the other almost, and she has slowed down with her posting on that blog. But when she does come back…well, let’s just say, I enjoy my coffee more when I get to sit back and glimpse into her newest adventures!

I have to admit that there are people I engage with who are currently not keeping a blog, but have immense engagement on other social media platforms. Like these:

Andrea Wood Schmitz (facebook)

Andrea and I went to highschool together and then she disappeared to Germany where she lives now with her husband and six kids. Yikes! She has a great facebook following with many pondering questions that will make you laugh, cry and roll your eyes. 🙂

Elan Morgan (twitter @schmutzie)

Elan is another Canadian who tweets about many things that interest me, but especially and particularly about her cats. She has several; there’s the newest one Augie, then there’s one called Onion…You’ll have to go over there to see for yourself. She blogs as well and is a successful website designer. Her style resonates most closely to my style – less is more, classic, simple.

Bunmi Laditan (twitter @HonestToddler)

Well what can I say about Bunmi. I just love her! She came out of her Honest Toddler closet not that long ago and tweets up a storm! Every time I see one of her tweets pop up I immediately link to it to see what started the topic, how much she has to say about it, what the feedback is…Do you remember her Honest Toddler days? She spoke in toddler-voice and was dead-on with many of her perceptions. Now, she’s herself, full-fledged Nigerian-American living in Canada mom of several kids. She writes! She publishes! She inspires! Oh, and she follows me back. ❤

There are others like Ethical Thinker (former PhD in Parenting), and Highly Irritable, but they don’t blog much anymore…They did keep me laughing and pondering while in the small children trenches though, so they deserve a mention. I do wish both Annie and Jeni would still blog today…Annie does have quite the dialogue going over in facebook if you’re interested in checking her out. Jeni…she writes and edits for YummyMummyClub.

So bloggers and tweeters, here are my questions for you:

  1. Who is the one person you go to for advice or inspiration when nothing seems to lift your mood on ‘one of those days’?
  2. Cook or bake?
  3. Embrace the greys or colour?
  4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert and what makes you say that?
  5. Can you see yourself continue blogging when faced with an empty nest?
  6. City life or country life?
  7. Do you use a thesaurus when you write?
  8. Are you fluent in more than one language?
  9. Do you experience insomnia on a regular basis, and if so, what do you do about it?
  10. Cash or debit?
  11. If you had to pick only one, would you prefer to have a flower or an edible garden in your backyard?

Thank you for reading me. 🙂

12 thoughts on “I received a Sunshine Blogger Award nomination…

  1. I enjoyed your genuine voice in your post. You used space like pauses in a conversation. You also have a relaxing sense of humour and are obviously a people person. You have a depth of blog experience, when should someone start a new blog?

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I enjoy blogging!

      This is my third blog, I started 13 years ago when my first baby was born. I graduated the first blog when the kids transferred from baby and toddlers into grade schoolers. My life was suddenly very different so I started a new blog. Then, that second blog also got graduated when the older of the two kids moved into middle school…so you’re right, I do have quite a bit of experience in the blogging world. But it took a while! 🙂 I too changed. Now my kids are tweens, one almost a teen, and my blog voice is very different from when I first started. 🙂

      Anyone can try to start a blog at any time. I encourage people to put their voice out there, and by reading others with similar interests. You can search tags on people’s posts to find out if you have things in common – for example, a general ‘parenting’ tag might get you a very broad response, anyone who parents any kids can use that tag. But if you use a more specific tag like (for me) ‘hockey mom’ I may find other hockey moms the same way. The point is, reading people who have similar interests as you gives you confidence in writing about topics that interest you.

      Hope this helps! And thank you for reading and commenting.


  2. Thank for the nod from my soul sister!! In the weeds but here are my answers!
    1) goo goo dolls songs. Their lyrics resonate for some reason
    2) cook. I don’t like measuring or adhering to recipes. This trait is totally against character though
    3) color! I’m blonde now, but was a brunette most of my life
    4) introvert. I hate going out to parties and such. I’m much happier in small groups
    5) yes! I love it!
    6) City!!
    7) no. I just hope I pull up the right words!
    8)no! I am language deficient
    9) no. I’m usually exhausted at night
    10)debit. A lot of places are going cashless in nyc…sign of the times
    11) flower. I love flowers!!

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  3. I’m a little in the weeds, but thrilled to be nominated by you, one of my soul sisters!!
    1) wow. Tough question. I listen to goo goo dolls songs. For some reason their lyrics really resonate
    2) cook. I don’t like measuring or adhering to recipes. This is the only area of my life I’m like that
    3) color! I’m blonde now, though a true brunette by nature…


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