Have you Voted for the Nominees of ABBAs yet.

Hi again everyone the voting for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards ends 21:00 (BST) ON THE 24TH APRIL 2019.

If you have not voted for your favourite bloggers yet I do urge you to do so . You can can cast your votes and buy your tickets if you have not got them, yet here.

Do vote if you have not it’s a great way to show you the nominees you like their blogs.

Many thanks to the Committee and all their hard work we look forward to seeing them all in June.

If you would like to make my day and vote for me. I have been so lucky to have been nominated in the Best Lifestyle Blog Category, you can use the above link.

So all I want to do now is to wish all the nominees the very best of luck, and to remind you if you are thinking of coming to the Bash do buy your tickets before they run out.

Be well be happy and keep on blogging.

The Time to Vote is Running out.

Hi Everyone , I am always embarrassed to ask for votes but as others are asking, I thought why not.

If you would like to vote for me I am in the Best Lifestyle Blog Category as willowdot21. There is under a week left to vote.The Voting closes 21:00 (BST) ON THE 24TH APRIL 2019. Here is the link. I have done my voting and I wish all nominees the very best of luck. Have you voted for your favourite blogger’s yet.

To all of you who have or might vote for me I am very grateful. Also if you would like to share this too I would be forever in your debt. 💜💜💜

Now don’t forget to get your tickets if you have not already. I love the Blogger’s Bash is such a brilliant occasion and the committee put in so much hard work to make things run smoothly.

You can buy your tickets here.

Not long now, looking forward to seeing you all soon.

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I just Needed to share.

I try not to mention how I am feeling too often because … well I suppose that is how I was brought up. If asked how you are , you lie through your teeth. Even if you are on your last legs you smile and say “I am fine thank you.”

Yes I did include you all in the last stages of my withdrawal from neuropathic and morphine based painkillers ( the prescription ones that most doctors hand out like sweets to keep you quiet) I am now prescription painkillers free and for that matter over the counter pills free too.

I was an addict and withdrawal is very hard and painful but it can be achieved. There is a problem though and I do try to keep it to myself but here I am spilling it all out on to the page for you all to see. Not very stiff upper-lip you might say.

PAIN,that is the problem. Constant nagging and stubborn pain. It hounds me all day, it pokes me to remind me it there all night while I sleep and it notches up a level when I least need or expect it.

Those of you you who suffer with constant pain will know what I am talking about people like Claire Saul and her Blog PainPals she will know what I am talking about and her blog is most interesting do visit her. Also is Caz’s blog at Invisibly Me well worth a visit too.

Life is a trade off isn’t it I could live a half life like a Zombie drugged up to the eye balls lulled in to a false sense that the pain is numbed. ( It isn’t really eventually they do not work at all and you realise you are taking them just because you NEED them to feel normal) Or I can have my brain working to full capacity and find ways to cope with the constant pain.

I made the choice I gave up the pills and I cannot really ever take any of them again because I am an addict. I am afraid to even take over the counter painkillers encase I wind up hooked on them. Most days I cope but on days like today , I feel like shit. I am exhausted, in pain , shorted tempered, freezing and tearful. I am finding so hard to even write this blog but I will …I hope that someone out there might just need to know they are not alone.

Where am I going with this, I don’t really know but I just needed to get my feelings out there. I have been trying to get my poems into some sort of order because I would dearly love to get a book published this year, I even have a working title ‘ A Blogsworth of Poems ‘ I am plodding away at that but I have so little time as because the stupid pain slows me down everything takes so much longer.

Enough now no more moaning lets look at some positives. I had a great weekend, Saturday we visited a local brewery with friends and we could take Ruby too as it has a dog friendly bar called the Taproom. No we didn’t do a tour we had a fabulous BBQ lunch and tried out their interesting original beers. I also found a beautiful bluebell wood to take Ruby for a walk in. Sunday we were out with our youngest son and his two boys the eldest of who was 5 years old last Wednesday.

We had a pub lunch and we took M’s birthday presents and the Easter eggs for both boys along with us. It was delightful to have our eldest grandson announce That his birthday present was “Just what I wanted ” The joy of see the grandchildren really helped with the pain… maybe the fact that we had so much fun at the weekend is one of the reason I feel so tired ( you might say) … but the pain and tiredness are constant

I do lots of walking daily ( the advantage of having a dog! ) and Pilates twice a week and I am so much better than I was this time last year and a thousand times better than I was three years ago.

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I am fine , hopefully tomorrow I shall be even better I have a lot to look forward  to. Next week is  Easter. The week after  I am going on a course  ( The Lord of  the Deep ) with the  Silent  Eye which I really looking  forward  too. I am also hoping  we  will see  more  of  the grandchildren. Then  June  brings  The  Bloggers Bash!

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Life is  what  we make it  and  nothing  can last  forever… I hope ❤

Now  lets  have a happy  song . Love  you  all

 

The Annual Blogger’s Bash 15th June 2019

It’s that time again we are all set to get really excited about voting and counting down the days to June 15th and The Annual Blogger’s Bash.

We have received notification that the votes are open and I have passed that on too. I am delighted and grateful to say that I have been nominated this year in The Best Lifestyle Blog Category. If anyone would like to vote for me that would be wonderful , there are so many amazing blogs to vote for. I am just excited to be going .

So what am I blogging on about here. Well I just wanted to tell you just how much this event means to me and how much work our wonderful committee put in to it’s organisation.

Every year under the Evilly Clever Eye er, diligent eye of Sacha Black the committee members go all out to make things perfect. The rest of the Committee are, Hugh Roberts, Suzie Elliott, Adam Dixon, Helen Jones, Graeme Cummings and Geoff LePard. Lets give them a round of applause.

Now there is a website dedicated to the Blogger’s Bash and you can vote, buy your tickets and find out all there is to to know about the day, there. I know you have got your tickets but there may still some blogger’s out there who have not got them yet. So I will give you the link again here

This year the Blogger’s Bash is being held at The Grange Wellington Hotel. 71 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PA.
It is a lovely venue and we have been there before, and they are letting us back 🤪.

If you have not attended a Blogger’s Bash before I can truly recommend it. It is a wonderful way to meet fellow bloggers and meet old friends and new.

There are always plenty of speakers and lessons and advice to gain and above all it is a wonderful social event.

Below are some photos from 2017 at the Grange Wellington Hotel. ( This year’s venue)So if you are making your mind up on whether to join us or not I can honestly say we are a welcoming bunch. So go on jump in.

This year is the fifth year of the Blogger’s Bash and it gets bigger and better every year. It will be the fourth one I have attended and I hope to see you there..

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 9/19

Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday from LindaGHill is “abash/a bash/bash.” Use “abash,” or “bash” as a noun or a verb. Bonus points if you manage all three. Have fun!

Unabashedly I can confirm that I am a huge fan of the Bloggers Bash. Yes it’s true I do.

I have attended three out of the four Bashes so far and I am off to Bash number five in June.

Talking of the Bash have you got your tickets yet, have voted for your favourite Bloggers yet. Here is the link to the

THE ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR THE BEST BLOGGING EVENT OF THE YEAR!

Also I have entered the ‘Five’ competition. Would you like a bash at that, here is the link for that too.

THE 2019 BLOGGERS BASH BLOG POST COMPETITION

Well all I can say is give it a The Blogger’s Bash a bash this year, you can be assured of a friendly welcome.💜💜💜.

This is part of #SoCs.

Five Steps to Recovery.

In the last 20 years I have broken my back twice. Where does Five come into this equation, I hear you ask. Well, I am going to share with you Five steps to recovery after a broken back.

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Step 1: Positivity. After more than a month in hospital and two of the three operations I needed, I went home. I had to be brave because I had to learn to walk again. That was not easy. Physiotherapy is very important and you need to make yourself do all the exercises you are given. I really needed to push myself to walk at first. I counted lampposts and felt very proud if I could reach two and then turn round and get home.

Step 2: Friends. I discovered who my real friends were. Many dropped me like a stone because I was too hard to deal with. The good part about this was I learnt who my real friends are. The ones who stay around are my diamonds in the dust.

Step 3: Certainty. There will be a lot of fears and pain to contend with. Find something to occupy your mind. That’s how I found blogging. I was seeing a pain psychologist and she suggested I try writing my thoughts down. That is how my blog was born. I can honestly say blogging saved my sanity. I have met so many wonderful people here in the bloggysphere.

Step 4: Medication. This is tricky. You need to find the fine line between the pills helping you and forming a dependency. I got hooked on Tramadol and Gabapentin, both highly addictive. I had to endure 5 years of withdrawal. That’s another story. But with determination and the help of my hubby and my blogily friends I am now pain killer free. I am not pain free but I am off those pills that dragged me down.

Step 5: Perseverance. I can honestly say that if you believe in yourself and are determined you can come back from anything. I wasn’t always sure I would make it but I never gave up. So what I want to say to you is never give up and never give in 💜

A Big Thank You

Well I am so honoured and excited to tell you you all that I have been nominated in the Best Lifestyle Blog Category.

Thank you so much to those who put my name forward for this nomination, I am so grateful.

I would like to wish all nominees in all categories all the very best of luck.

If you have not already ready done your Nominations you can do them here

All information about the Bash which is on Saturday 15th June 2019 at the Grange Wellington Hotel in London can be found here

This will be the fifth

year for the B.B. and people from all over the UK, Europe, the US, Canada and even Australia attend.

Honestly guys it a wonderful event and a great way to meet blogger’s and make friends.

Thank you all again. 💜🤭

You can find the Blogger’s Bash ana ABBA Awards page on Facebook.

And at @bloggersbash on twitter.

#JusJoJan 2019 Daily Prompt – Jan. 31st

This is it! The final day of Just Jot it January 2019! Congratulations to everyone who took part. Also a huge hooray and thank you to LindaGHill for hosting #jusjojan again this year despite all the things pneumonia and life throw at her. 💜💜

Our prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 31st is “your favourite thing/part/blog post of last year or last month.” Talk about what you did or discovered that gave you happiness and/or success. Have fun!

In December I went to Cumbria with The Silent Eye. It was a wonderful weekend I learned so much. One of the highlights of that weekend was the Sea of Souls. Read here.

Back in May, the day of the Harry and Megan’s rayal wedding was another blogging highlight of my year ..

You guessed it The Blogger’s Bash. Read here.

So there you have it blogging highlights of 2018.

One a personal note 2018 was the year I threw off my addiction to prescription drugs it only took me six years !! But I did it, with all your help. Thank you.💜💜

All New Bloggers Bash LTD

Bloggers Bash News From Sacha our leader.

Hopefully, by now you’ve heard the news that The Annual Bloggers Bash has a new home. If you haven’t, then buckle up baby, I’m about to rock your world.

If you’ve never heard of the Bash, then let me enlighten you:

The Bloggers Bash is a social event for bloggers created by me. With the help of my amazing committee, Geoff, Hugh, Suzie, Helen, Graeme and Adam, its purpose is to bring together the blogging community and provide an opportunity for everyone to meet the friends they’ve made online.

And if you haven’t been, you’re missing out.

I can’t quite believe that what started as a quest to meet my strange computer-shaped bloggy buds, has bloomed into a half-decade old bash toddler. Guys, FIVE FREAKING YEARS. FIVE. Half a decade and we’re stronger than ever. Not only has The Annual Bloggers Bash become The Bloggers Bash Ltd, it now has it’s own website.

Now, I know that I need to keep the pretense up that I’m dead on the inside, but indulge me a moment, will you?

The bash has hit its fair share of bumps along the way, but we wouldn’t be here without you guys, and without the genuinely amazing committee.

Every member of the committee works exceptionally hard to create the bash each year, but I want to take a minute to specifically thank Graeme who has taken over the reins for chairing this year, and secondly Suzie who has spent weeks coding and programming the frankly stunning new website. It’s totally on brand, on color, on style, on everything point.

The need-to-knows:

For the old timers of you who are used to coming over here around feb/march and seeing the nomination and voting process roll out. This year, it will be run from the bash website itself. It’s time the bash has its own home and a professional front.

Without further ado, please go check out the new website

http://www.annualbloggersbash.com

SPEAKER ALERT

We’ve also secured our first speaker. I am so super excited for you all to hear Laura Creaven, creator of the hugely popular Full to the Brum blog. Laura will be sharing her blogging success story, answering questions and participating in a panel discussion during the event.

Tickets won’t go on sale until January 1st 2019, and the date of the Bash is 15th June 2019.

Don’t forget to join the Bloggers Bash Facebook grouphere.

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