During the holidays, I was graciously gifted with several awards but didn’t have the time to properly accept them.  I know there are rules to follow but I’m going to take after my talented blogger friend, Lorna, from Lorna’s Voice and make up my own guidelines to accepting.

I have been fortunate to be given The Liebster Blog Award and The Versatile Blogger Award a few times each and am very appreciative to have been acknowledged by my friends.  But this is the first time for The Kreativ Blogger Award which has just been bestowed on me by Lorna and a new blogger to me, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Sky.  Thank you both very much.

Lorna’s Voice is a blog I have been following almost since its inception.  Its appeal to me is the honesty and humor in which Lorna has shared her life story.  A life with many challenges to which her grace and wit has served her mightily…not to mention her Buddhist principles.

Halfway Between the Gutter is a new blogger to me but one of which I have seen great courage as she shares her real-life experiences with multiple physical and emotional challenges.  I admire her for her strength…she has more than she knows!  Thanks to you for the Liebster Blog award as well.

I also have been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award by Storm Rider, a new blogger acquaintance.  Thank you, Storm Rider, I am immensely honored.

Stop the presses!  I can’t forget that California Ink in Motion also nominated me generously for the Liebster Blog Award.  Many thanks for your kind thoughtfulness.

Because I have made many nominations before to multiple bloggers, I am going to forego that requirement as well and hope that my sincere heartfelt thanks will be sufficient.

And because people really love to read facts about others, I’m going to try and come up with 10 interesting things about myself:

1.  In elementary school, I was always the tiniest one in the class.

2.  I love avocados.

3.  I played on a golf league for a few years and ended up winning $800.00 in a raffle!

4.  Before I got fibromyalgia, I was very flexible and was a natural at yoga.

5.  I love to collect shells.

6.  I enjoy the smallest most mundane things about nature…tiny weed flowers, lizards, insects, snakes, sticks, rocks…

7.  I’ve been a vegetarian since I was a teenager, well over half my life…I’m really old now.

8.  I lived in a commune for many years.

9.  When I was born, my feet turned in and I had to wear a brace between them.  I didn’t like it.

10.  I also love mangoes!

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  1. I just stumbled on this from Poets United and wanted to say – you deserve the awards and I really enjoyed exploring your site; your list of 10 interesting things about yourself was just that – interesting! It made my day …


  2. Congratulations, Bodhirose!
    Just reading through your post – sorry to hear you have fibromyalgia.
    I have it too. Hope you’ve found ways to help with the pain!


    • Thanks, Betty. Yeah, it’s a drag…it came on so suddenly several years ago. I can’t bring myself to take prescription drugs for it. Some days are better than others…I’m sure you know that. Do you do anything special to cope and manage it?


      • Mine started about 15 years ago… and through trial and error the things I’ve found that help most are acupuncture – and arnica cream on all the places that hurt most (which is sometimes all over!) Arnica also comes in homeopathic pellets that you dissolve under your tongue – using both together works best.

        Avoiding stress is also a necessity (often difficult!) and avoiding certain foods – like anything with MSG. Staying clear of processed foods that have all those chemicals – and another culprit is cheese. (Every time I indulge in a good mac and cheese meal, I suffer the next day with a flare-up.) Foods that really help are salmon and olive oil – I swear it’s like taking a pain pill. I try to avoid prescription drugs too – can’t tolerate pain pills except Tylenol, which is better than nothing – but only in moderation. Please feel free to email me anytime. Take care, and I hope you’re having a good day today!


        • Thanks for sharing some great information, Betty. And I’m sorry you’ve suffered with it for so long. I’ve never tried arnica cream and have used homeopathy in the past for other things. I should go buy me a tube or maybe a vat of it! Always try to avoid stress…sometimes feel like moving into a self-contained bubble! 🙂 I’ve had reactions to MSG long ago so know that it is to be avoided. I’m a no fish or meat at all but do use olive oil. I just take OTC pain medication too..Tylenol or moderation also. Haven’t noticed a cheese connection but maybe I should pay attention to that. Also have mitral valve prolapse which has some over-lapping symptoms to the fibro. I really appreciate your sharing and I might just commiserate with you further sometime.

          I hope you’re having a good day too!


  3. congratulations for all these well deserved awards.

    lots of love.


  4. Congratulations; you really do deserve the recognition. And thank you for your kind comments on my blog, and the support you’ve given; it really doesn’t go unnoticed.


  5. Do you know I can ditto so many of those…but not a vegetarian, never was too flexible, and didn’t have the orthopedic issue. All the rest,,,(oh, never won $800 either). Guess you can call convent living a commune. Ha! Soul sister!


    • I know that you are an avid golfer…probably out on the links right now… Yes, convent living is absolutely communal. We are soul sisters!


  6. Nicely done, as always!


  7. Androgoth

     /  January 11, 2012

    There is nothing like a bit… of Mango
    on a very hot day Gayle 🙂 Well actually
    there is but I won’t add that here 🙂 😉

    Have a lovely evening 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


    • Yes, there are LOTS of things that would be good on a very hot day. 😉 If you want to make a list of them on your blog, I’ll come over and see what your creative mind came up with.

      Evening has now turned to 1AM…I have to get off of here. Goodnight…


      • Androgoth

         /  January 12, 2012

        That sounds like a challenge to me Gayle 🙂 😉
        You know I might even have a go with that one,
        well I might add all the good things on a cold
        day also, just out of interest you understand? 🙂

        Perhaps skinny dipping on a hot day is a good idea
        or maybe a… Okay I will leave that one open just in
        case it was one of your own thoughts 🙂 Kidding…

        Well maybe? 🙂 lol

        Androgoth XXx


        • Well if you have a go at it..let me know. Skinny dipping is excellent for a hot day…or night. Having all kinds of thoughts now… 😉 xoxo


          • Androgoth

             /  January 17, 2012

            Hey I just noticed this one 🙂 😉
            I hope that you are having a fun
            Tuesday Gayle… I am, so far 🙂

            Androgoth XXx


          • My Tuesday went pretty’s now passed over into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. So glad you had some fun yesterday. 🙂 xoxo


  8. Congratulations on all of the awards. Sorry you have fibromylagia, being in constant pain is very tiring.
    I just read your comment, saw something about US Marines urinating and such on dead Taliban went to read about it online and instead found another shocker about US Marines, one who threw a yelping puppy off a cliff deliberately, and thought it was funny. I hope he is really pulled over the coals for that and punished, it is disgusting animal abuse and not at all what you would expect from members of the armed forces. I also think the Marines who disrespected the dead should be bought to justice too. If they don’t show any type of respect, what makes them any better than the people they kill. I know it’s tough on them, I was in the armed service myself, but, if they all have no humanity and compassion, we are not much more than barbarians ourselves.


    • Thank you, Bren. Oh, gosh…I feel so discouraged when I read of people behaving this way. It seems we are losing our humanity. Where are we going to end up? Absolutely, those Marines that disrespected the dead, should be charged and held accountable. Interestingly enough, you can have compassion during war…you must.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me…it means a lot.
      Gayle xo


  9. Congratulations on the awards, Gayle, tha are so well deserved.



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