Super Sweet Blogging Award

Wow, what an honour, I’ve been nominated for the “Super Sweet Blogging Award. How cool is that?

When I logged in and saw the comment from Kukileaf saying she nominated me for this award I was very surprised, and pleased. Thank you again. I have been nominated for other awards but it’s always nice to be recognized.

To accept the award I have to do five things:

  1. Thank the nominator for nominating me. For sure, thanks!
  2. Answer the 5 Super Sweet questions
  3. Include the Super Sweet logo in this post. You’ll see it below.
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen other bloggers for this award. I wasn’t sure what a “baker’s dozen” is, had to look it up. LOL
  5. Notify my nominees on their blogs

1. Thanks 

Thank you kukileaf, I hope I can live up to the honour.

2. Here are the Super Sweet questions:

  1. Cookies or Cake??? – What? I have to pick? Well I’d probably say cookies. I do like my cake but cookies are fast, easily munched with one hand, and can be transported more easily.
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, definately chocolate!
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? Probably one of my wife’s chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Her Mom’s were yummy too, all in a league by themselves.
  4. When Do You Crave Sweets?  Mostly at night, the worst time of course.
  5. Sweet Nickname?  Not sure if this is mine, or the cookies. A cookie nickname would be just “munchies”. Mine has just been “Ski” for a number of years.

3. Super Sweet Logo

Super Sweet Blogging Award
Super Sweet Blogging Award

4. Now for my 13 nominees:

5. On to notify my nominees.

There are a lot of great blogs out there, making the choice was a challenge. In the end I looked for those that exhibited some optimism and a general positive feeling. Good for all of you!

The Essence of Spring

Spring

SpringThe essence of spring is in the air and I fully intend to inhale it fully today and use it’s power to invigorate my soul.

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. “
Mahatma Gandhi

We’ve finally had some sun for more than 2 days running now and it’s amazing the effect it has on life. People are out in drove, either just enjoying the weather or looking at new cars, perusing garden shops, or working in their yards readying them for the new season.  I plan to spend my day doing the latter, actually 2 of the latter, going to the garden store and readying my yard.  Gardening can be a catharsis.
Want to see more?

Inspiration from Others

"Writing", 22 November 2008
“Writing”, 22 November 2008 (Photo credit: dr_ed_needs_a_bicycle)

Inspiration can can come from many sources, whether it’s the beauty of an scene outside your window or the heartfelt comments of a friend or loved one. In my case it’s more the latter with both sources, friend and family, having a part.

My mother should get highest honors in that arena having written 2 books so far and working on her 3rd. She has sent me her rough texts to read and in the process I’ve grown to have a better understanding of her and her past.  She inspires me.

My friend is an additional source having started her own blog. She has a knack for the art and although she’s only posted a few times I see a maturity and openness in her posts that give me hope for mine.  She is a single mother and I’m awed with her energy.

All we can hope for is to reach others through our written word.  It’s not the inspiration that challenges me, I often have that.  The ideas are there, I’ve only to tap into them.  It’s the dedication and determination to create another post, something that will strike a chord with others.  Whether it’s the time I don’t seem to have or the energy that’s evaporated from my life I’ve become stuck again.  I tell myself that retirement will cure that problem, that it will alleviate the stress that demotivates me and provide me with the time and energy that will move my writing forward.  I’m optimistic, and in the end isn’t optimism part of the solution?

So I will keep posting, on a frequency that works for me now.  In the upcoming months I hope to have more time and with a little luck and continued inspiration perhaps I’ll pick up the pace.  I read somewhere that typically blogs will die within one month, that the blogger will run out of steam or enthusiasm and the posts will cease.  I hope that will not be the case with me. It’s been just short of a year and I see no end in sight.  I’ll keep you “posted”.

Where did that come from?

Something happened to me this morning that doesn’t happen very often, a co-worker asked me “How are you doing”, and without thinking I answered “Pretty Good”.  Man oh man, where did that come from?  Does that mean I’m feeling better?

One of the books I’m currently reading, in this case an ebook, talked a bit about a psychiatrist  and psychologist named Kazimierz Dabrowski‘s and his Theory of Positive Disintegration, (TPD) so I looked it up.  Interesting stuff, have a look if you haven’t heard/seen any of his stuff.  Basically he says we need to break down our old ways of doing things before we can rebuild, in this case our internal ways of thinking about something, or our conditioning.  Very loose description but you get the idea.  Kinda cool chit.

Woe is me

I’m feeling particularly beat up today at work, not necessarily by work related stuff, just my mood I guess. Optimism is a trait to be developed further with me. I used to be always the eternal optimist and over the last few years I’ve partially slid down the road into the despair of pessimism, not far down the road but far enough that it’s become more noticable to me and something that needs to be changed.
And it is being changed, with awareness of the problem and taking small steps lately toward reversing it I feel I’m making headway. Occasionally I feel a bit of a reversal and today seems like one of those days. Calgon, take me away.