AWARD: The Miranda Sings Award – A chance to say I Love Me!

I must admit to being very lax in recent weeks about the kind nominations for awards that I have been gifted. I did apologise at the time, but I have cleared my decks for the time being and felt like a little light-hearted escapism with this award from the lovely author and blogger – Judith Barrow :


This award is very self-indulgent as it is about us… a chance to state proudly what we love about ourselves without fear of sounding narcissistic (well just a little perhaps.. oh go on then… a lot). Judith had some terrific items on her list including the fact that she survived cancer.. now that is something that is definitely worth loving about yourself.


Here are the rules of the award...

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)

Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I Love About Myself

      1. I can sing. ( I thought appropriate to mention first since it is the Miranda Sings Award) From an early age… I mean from around five years old I could rattle off some of the noted musicals of the day.. Not necessarily word perfect since apparently I am Just A Cock Eyed Octopus (from South Pacific so made sense to me at the time) but I could do a mean Bali Hai and Bloody Mary (the song not the drink). I have done Karaoke in a number of gin joints around the world and once gigged during a riot with an Italian three piece (band not suit). A story for another day!
      2. I can swear in 5 languages. You might think that this is not lovable but when you are alone, and something goes terribly wrong, and there is nobody else to blame, some well chosen expletives can be very satisfying. I also happen to use quite frequently in the car when driving. This is much to the surprise of hitchhikers who think they have been picked up by a rather nice white-haired pensioner! This is where being able to swear in five languages comes in very handy, as they are usually impressed, and think I am just showing off my linguistic abilities.
      3. I love being tall. I am nearly six feet tall and there are some downsides, but there are more things that I love. I have long legs and even when chubby look good in jeans. I can wear full length skirts mid-calf with boots in the winter. I can see over the heads of crowds, which is very useful when you are waiting for someone at the airport and when I want to catch the eye of my husband (also tall) at a party and it is time to go! And I can reach the items on the top shelves of almost every supermarket.
      4. I love making people laugh. There is nothing gives me greater pleasure than hear others laugh, at me or with me, I don’t really care. I used humour growing up in various countries and all the different schools I went to, and it is really hard to bully the newbie, who laughs at themselves and makes you laugh too. It is about not being a victim, and humour can be a powerful tool for good. The Irish have always been good at telling jokes about themselves, and this is why, even in the remote Himalayas at the highest airport in the world, there is an Irish Bar.. The Irish have invaded every country in the world with humour, some good ale and a welcome to everyone. Of course a fight does break out sometimes in the process but hey… its Saturday night isn’t it?
      5. I love that I have been able to spend the last 20 years helping others achieve a healthier lifestyle after reclaiming my own. Being 150kilos or 330lbs is no fun and even though I am three stone off my lowest weight (and working on it) I am healthier now than when I was 44. This is probably one of my proudest achievements and also getting my diploma in nutritional therapy. I loved having my diet advisory centre and I still get notes from people who years later are pain free, at a healthy weight and are enjoying life more. Sometimes it is not just about weight loss but also the mental and emotional changes that occur. Increased self-esteem, the confidence to make changes at work and at home, and the fact that they are passing that message on to their family and friends. I retrained in my 40s so that I could indulge a passion of mine, but also have something that I would work at until I pass disgracefully through the gates of whichever place I end up.
      6. I love the fact that I have written books that have been enjoyed. As any author I have a dream or two about my writing and that one day I will see one or two of them on the silver screen.. But I am never happier when a reader tells me they have loved my book. Fantastic. And I hope to continue writing until I go through the gate mentioned above (if they let me in, if not I shall make my own arrangements.. I am a creative writer after all!).
      7. Finally and most importantly I love my luck in finding, and being found, by an amazing man who supports all of the above with his massively warm heart. I had a very shaky start with regards to love and marriage, and was happily free and single again when I met my husband. But within six weeks I was married to David and now 37 years later I have to say that I love my luck every day, and without it I could not do all of the above.

At this point am supposed to nominate ten bloggers to continue the thread.. I know that some of these people will have been nominated in other posts in the awards, but I hope that they will accept their nominations as more evidence of my good luck in meeting them here. I know how busy everyone is so no pressure guys. Just know I love you…

There are some people that I love and respect on blogging breaks at the moment such as Tina Frisco and Jo Robinson, that I have not mentioned in the list but are in my heart just the same.

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies:

Annette Rochelle Aben:

Patricia Salamone:

Balroop Singh:

Mary Smith:

Paul Andruss:

Robbie Cheadle:

M.J. Mallon:

Geoff Le Pard:

Shehanne Moore:

Thanks for dropping by and have a stupendous day….. Sally.




The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards – #ABBAs are back and you are invited to vote.


Absolutely thrilled to have been nominated in some categories in this year’s Bloggers Bash Awards and delighted that Smorgasbord Invitation has been placed in the Best Overall Blog category.  I am very grateful to everyone who nominated me and to be in such great company in this award.

best-overallThere are some incredibly talented bloggers in all the categories and I had a really tough time voting for just one in each.  I am sure you will also have the same problem.

Head over and vote for your favourite, Funniest, Best Book Review, Best Dressed, Best Newcomer, Most Inspirational, Hidden Gem, Service to Bloggers, Most Informative Original Content Blogger, Best Pal and Best Overall Blog… Vote at the ABBAs

It is a huge shame that the organisers of the event have excluded themselves from the nominations and therefore the awards

Sacha Black

Ali Isaac

Hugh Roberts

Geoff Le Pard

Whilst you are working your way through the categories here is some music in tribute to the four dedicated followers of fashion blogging. Thanks for the hard work guys.. You are Simply The Best.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope that you will head over and show your support to the work of Sacha, Ali, Hugh and Geoff as well as the bloggers who have kept us all entertained this year.   Sally