Elaine over at
has nominated me for the Wonderful Team Award. Thank-you so much Elaine.
Do you know my friend? Well, if you do not please take the time to look at her website. She makes lovely jewelry. Here is a little bit about her. Please stop in and say hello.
I live near Cambridge in England and only started blogging to support someone else. I love it, I don’t know why, perhaps I can share that with you when I work it out. Perhaps (more likely) you can tell me?
I live with my husband and three children. (One joined the family by stealth.) The girls are at University now, but you can tell they still live here by the amount of ‘stuff’ left lying around.
I work in a library, which I love and my hobby is making jewellery – maybe I’ll post pictures sometime – especially beaded necklaces and especially working with crystals. I love anything sparkly.
I’m not tidy or organised and my life is chaotic. Happy days.
I was given another award by Billie. The address is;
The award is the Sunshine Award.
Do you know Billie? Once again I urge you to check out her blog. She is humorous, smart and says it like it is.
Here is a little piece of what Billie says about herself.
Life with multiple sclerosis is quite often an uphill battle, but I do not let it bring me down. Eight years after my diagnosis and 3.5 years after retiring from work I have found a schedule, a system, a way of living that suits me well. Main symptoms are fairly the same from 2004/2005, so steep decline has not emerged. I refuse to write “not emerged yet,” because I have time, the pharmaceutical world and holistic therapies at my side. Adapting to severe fatigue still is somewhat of a war between my head and the rest of me but grace to a great bed, lots of free time and understanding friends and family, I can rest and relax as much as I need.
I was nominated by Billie over at
http://willeke73.wordpress.com for the Sunshine Award. Thanks so much Billie.
In Billie’s words, this is what is said about why to blog.
Have you ever heard of bibliotherapy? Wikipedia describes it as ‘a therapy that uses a person’s relationship to the content of books and poetry and other written words and it’s often combined with writing therapy.’
Where other people might need bibliotherapy, I consider writing a help to ease past issues like being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005. However, when I started my blog, I didn’t think writing would become some sort of therapy I would find useful and it was not the initial goal. That goal only became clear after blogging for about a year, and realising it helped me settle my relationship towards my illness and eventually, seeing things in a more realistic way.
Because of my background – immigrated to Ireland 10,5 years ago, diagnosed with MS 8 years ago, losing a few family members in the space of 3 years interwoven with lots of funny stories and optimism – some people suggested I should write a book about my experiences of the last 10,5 years.
In a perfect world, I would like to sit down and start writing that very book, but being a perfectionist, I thought it would be wise to check out blogging to see if I could find an audience interested in my blah-di-blahs of daily life. Granted, I really do want to write a book, but it rather scares me having to look back and go over emotions that kept me busy shortly after being diagnosed and losing family members.
Creating a blog solely dedicated to living with MS would be interesting, but quite soon after starting it, I realised that I wanted to write about much more than just MS because I am more than just my illness. I am a daughter, sister, auntie, lover of life, of art, literature, libraries, museums, photography, psychology and another gazillion other things. Writing about MS only would mean that I would have to return to issues related to it over and over again every time I wanted to write and eventually I would run out of ideas faster than I can say ‘hi’ in English. MS does give me something to think about every day, but often it is about things I would not necessarily want to share (yet). However, adding posts about life in Ireland and my love for books and literature meant that my blog would be balanced enough, as long as I created one that would clearly show my other blog posts besides those about MS. A famous saying goes like this: ‘I may have MS but MS does not have me‘ MS does not rule my day anymore, it is here in my body but I refuse to let it take over my mind and I want that to be clear in my blog.
My aim is therefore to write about times like the ones I just described. I decided to stay in Ireland after my diagnosis for several reasons which I already wrote about in other blog posts. The biggest reason was living in a country where the weather is good for me and ride on the waves of life the slow way. That is what my life is like now… moving forward slowly but utterly enjoying everything I do. Because life is too short for regrets. And for dreams that cannot come true because you think you will not have enough time to fulfill them. If you can find all of this in my blog, then woohoo! Mission accomplished!
So read. Write. Dream. Be happy. Blog. And just breathe. Simply take a step back, breathe, and before you know it a new blog post is born.
Thanks again my friend~
has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.
Thank you so much Jackie! I love reading her blogs and her comments to me. They are so uplifting. She is a wife, mother, and loves life. Here is a part of who she is.
I am…. a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece, a cousin, an in-law, a friend, a neighbor, a stranger, an acquaintance, a special education teacher’s assistant, a homemaker, a survivor
Things that make me just a little different... I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Lyme Disease, and neck and back injuries, and lost my mother to Multiple Sclerosis
Please stop by her blog and say hello and start reading!!! You won’t regret it!
The rules to this award are
State seven things about yourself
Give credit to the one who nominated you
Nominate 15 others
I am writing a book, which you can read chapter by chapter as I write it
I write poetry
I try to have a positive outlook on life when I wake up in the mornings
I have been a professional caregiver for 22 years
For my honeymoon, years ago, I went to Germany, Stuttgart, and lived for one year as a military wife
I am left- handed
One of my hobbies is the slavery era, when they struggled to learn to read and write and break away from their slaves
Once again, Jackie, Thank you so much!!!