You look up and say, “Huh? What do you mean?”

“I’m here to tell you 10 things about me. (Or should that be 10 things about myself?)”


“Nancy of The Breadbox Letters blog has awarded my blog a Sunshine Award. Isn't she kind? And although we have far too much sunshine at the moment, I’d really love to accept the award. And to get the award, I have to tell you 10 things about me (or myself.)

“And I’m going to tell you those things while standing on a box.”


"Nancy wrote 10 things about herself all connected to the theme of romance. I thought that was a great idea. It was a wonderful post. (Please go and read it!) Perhaps my 10 things can be part of a theme too. But what kind of theme? I decided to pick a random word to connect all my points together, and the first word that came to mind was ‘box’.

So I am standing on a box.

  • I once stood on a box to give a speech. I was at the launch of my book, Grief, Love and Hope. The lectern was tall and I am small. I’m not much over 5 ft in height which means mini-skirts are knee skirts, and knee skirts are halfway-to-the-floor skirts, and I never even consider wearing pants because they are always miles too long.
  • Someone else once stood on a box: the fox in sox. I love Dr Seuss. So do my kids. They learnt to read while we were reading his books together. Did you know Dr Seuss was an introvert? So am I. You wouldn’t have guessed that, would you? Apparently introverts can be very outgoing when they’re online. They’re more inclined to reveal personal things about themselves than extroverts. I wonder if I've ever done that.
  • Shall I reveal what kind of box I'm standing on? Well, it’s certainly not my make-up box. That’s safely stored away under my bed. It’s covered in dust because I never use it. I bought this make-up when my daughter Felicity got married. Somehow I managed to apply it. I guess I looked good. But I prefer the almost natural look. Just a lick of mascara and I'm ready for the day. No time for anything else anyway.
  • Although I don’t wear make-up, I do like jewellery. I have quite a large collection, most of it pretty but not very valuable. It is all stored away in a few plastic craft boxes, the kind designed to hold beads. My necklaces, bracelets and brooches are neatly arranged, one to a compartment. The boxes are under my bed… covered in dust. I always mean to get out my jewellery boxes and choose something to wear, but my mind is usually on other things and I forget. 
  • But I never forget to have breakfast. My daughters make me run 5 or 6 km before I’m allowed to have any though. Sometimes they cook up a big pan full of porridge as a reward for all my hard work. But if they don't, I eat the same cereal every day: Weet-Bix. They come in a box. Two weet-bix and milk, and a mug of tea. I’m not fussy. I don’t mind eating the same thing, day after day. Actually I hardly ever notice what I’m eating for breakfast. I just eat it quickly so I can get onto more important things like checking my emails.
  • Of course emails arrive in a box: my in-box. My in-box is a mess. At the moment there are 1 890 emails there waiting to be sorted and deleted. Even when I delete my emails, I can’t seem to wipe them out forever. There are 6 191 in my delete file. I can't quite decide to delete them permanently. Is that a lot of emails?
  • Talking of a lot, we have moved a lot of times. And each time we have moved, we’ve packed all our possessions into a lot of boxes. A lot of boxes mean a lot of trips in a removal truck. Moving house means a lot of work. But we haven't moved for the last 5 years. It's been wonderful. But we still have lots of boxes. They never got unpacked. They're stored away in the garage, 'just in case'. I guess I don't need whatever is in them. I should toss them away. But like my emails, I can't quite decide to get rid of them forever.
  • Perhaps what we need is a box room, just for storing away boxes. (Then the car might fit into the garage.) When I was a teenager my family lived in a house with a box room. It was a small room at the top of the stairs. It had a sloping ceiling, and so it was only possible to stand up properly on one side of the room. That house had one very grand feature: a set of servants’ bells (very Downton Abbey). Each room had a cord that could be pulled to summon the maid. We never had a maid though. Actually the house seemed much too small for a maid and servant bells. There were only 3 bedrooms. Where would the maid have slept? In the box room? Maybe she was a short maid, or one with a permanent stoop.
  • Box room… bedroom… I’m back under my bed. There’s another box there. Inside it are a number of Zumba DVDs. I thought Zumba looked fun. (It burns up 1000 calories a hour, you know.)  So I tried it. And I discovered I have absolutely no sense of rhythm. But as I’ve got a good sense of humour and don't mind looking silly, it didn’t matter. It was a lot of fun. However I prefer running so the Zumba box is gathering dust under my bed. By the way I’m allergic to dust.
  • There is one box that never collects dust: my comments box. I love my comments box. It’s where my friends stop by. They leave kind messages, messages that encourage me or make me laugh. My comments box is where I discovered Nancy's message: "(I) have nominated you for a Sunshine Award!" Isn't that a great comment? Nancy is always leaving wonderful comments on my blogs  I reckon her comments are much more interesting than my posts. We really should have an award for the best comment or commenter, instead of blogger. What do you think?
So I've written ten things about myself (or should that be 'about me'?) What else do I have to do? I shall look at the rules...

The Rules: 
1. Use the award logo in the post.
2. Link to whoever nominated you.
3. Write 10 pieces of information about yourself.
4. Nominate fellow bloggers "who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."
5. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

The way I deal with number 5 will reveal a lot about me. Who shall I nominate? What if I leave someone out? Can I nominate everyone? Or perhaps I could just ignore this point completely?

I know what I'll do. I'll nominate just one person. Nice and simple. What do you think?

So "who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere"?

Monica! She blogs at A Year with Rabbits. Yes, if you want to be inspired definitely go there.

Now I've told you all about me (or should that be 'about myself'?) it's time for me to get down off my box. What's that? I haven't revealed what kind of box I'm standing on?

It's a chocolate box, a big box full of dark chocolates. I'm off to celebrate my Sunshine award with a large glass of red wine and a few chocolates.

Thank you for the award, Nancy!"

PS You've probably worked out I'm not actually very good at grammar.

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  1. That made me smile, very entertaining!

  2. Thank you Sue for nominating me for the Sunshine Award. I am not sure I am always sunshine-y, but thank you. I get the part about jewelry under the bed in a box. I only recently started wearing jewelry. I have a lot of it as people have given me jewelry over the years and I store it away safely in a box on the top shelf of my closet. None of it has any value. I recently started making jewelry to go with some outfits. I have become woefully aware that I have never been like so many girly girls who like to dress up and wear make-up and jewelry and have lots of shoes and shop all the time. I only wear makeup when I leave the house. But I decided that maybe I need to do something with myself and I found that I liked beading a lot. It's a crafty kind of thing and so I've made a few necklaces that I actually wear. Jim did give me a Miraculous Medal for Christmas which I love and so I wear it, too, when I remember to put it on (metals usually make me itchy.)

    1. Monica,

      You're welcome! I do think you are sunshine-y. You always make me feel good. And your artwork... oh that would brighten anyone's day!

      You sound very much like me! I have a chain with a few medals and a crucifix, and I do love wearing it very much. The only problem is the silver medals need cleaning. They leave black marks on my clothes. I have a large inexpensive miraculous medal on a cord that I always wear though.

  3. Absolutely wonderful, Sue! So much fun! Oh my gosh, we need a room just for boxes too! Though we haven;t moved as much as you and certainly not to another continent! ( Hubby is a "keeper" - I could streamline and live with very little...only the essentials and a few sentimental things, photos too. That's it....not him...It;s a battle, but I;ve pretty much given up ! :)
    I will def head over to Monica's! I've never heard of her blog! Looking fwd to visiting her!
    Thanks for the fun, friend...don't know when I;ll get my 10 things post up....hopefully within a week or so.


    1. Chris,

      A box room is a wonderful addition to a house. I know most American houses have basements. Are these good places to store things? And then some people have attics. We just have the garage.

      You will love Monica's artwork!

      I'll watch out for your own 10 things post! xx

  4. I LOVE this!! I am bowled over that you lived in a house with servants' bells... o my!!! And a box room. I have never even heard of a box room.

    I'm also THRILLED that you passed along the award to one of my all time favorite bloggers - Monica! "Little Jesus and Me" used to be on my blogroll, and then Monica stopped blogging for a time, as I recall. I remember being surprised and pleased to learn she was back.... and in the meantime (I think this must have been the sequence of things), I'd had a major problem coming from an unknown link on my blog's sidebar. I removed every link on it until my son found the problem (a widget). I then slowly put things back in my blogroll. Anyway, I went to the blogroll when I was passing along this award (my memory cannot be relied upon for such things these days) and I realize now that Monica's blog is not listed there! Now, that's a real "ooops," so I'm thrilled to know that Monica has now received the well deserved award... and I'm thrilled that now I can go add TWO more blogs to my blogroll! Congratulations, Monica!

    1. Nancy,

      I really enjoyed writing this post. Thank you for giving me the opportunity by passing on the award to me.

      I'd love to have servants bells in my house. Such a grand feature! Can you imagine pulling the cord and then waiting for someone to come and see to your every whim? I guess a maid and bells would make me very lazy!

      I found Monica's blog via Facebook and have been enjoying her beautiful paintings and other artwork. It's a bit like visiting your blogs. I sit back and soak up all the wonderful images!

  5. Congratulations Sue. I'm giving you to more awards http://www.anabellehazard.blogspot.com/2014/01/move-over-golden-globe.html I'm having a good laugh over you in a mini skirt and Zumba. Always fun reading your posts.

    1. Anabelle,

      Thank you so much for the awards. I feel very special!

      I don't think you'd want to see me in a mini-skirt or trying to do Zumba. But yes, it's funny to think about!

  6. Mrs Elvis! I like this. It is really funny:) Do you know how to start a blog award? I was just wondering.
    Can you write another Bob Blogosphere post, please? I really want to here more about him. Or Taj! It has been ages since your last post about them.

    1. Hannah,

      It's lovely to see you back on my blog!

      I've never started a blog award before. I suppose you could make a button, give the award a name and then think up some rules for passing it on. Soon everyone will know about your award and want to join in!

      You are kind remembering poor Bob Blogosphere. Yes, I haven't written about him for a long time. I will try and think of another story!

  7. Very nicely done! I like it.
    Where did you make the picture? It is lovely.
    The pictures in your side bar of your family are amazing. They are all so beautiful and pretty. You can tell they love life!
    God Bless

    1. Ora,

      Thank you!

      My eldest daughter gave me the picture. She went to the website fiverr and someone there drew it from a photo. It cost $5! Here's the link if you're interested:


      Thank you so much for your kind words about my family photos. and also for following my blog. I hope you'll stop by again some time.

      God bless!

  8. The skirt lengths must be universal. I have exactly the same "problem", except that I look at longer skirts as a huge perk. :) It's easily to be modest with a longer skirt.

    Like you, I don't normally wear make-up. It's a bother to put it on, and usually it's so hot here you sweat it off in minutes anyway. Hard to see the point of bothering!

    Ah, your running and your Zumba, Sue! While you're running, I'm loving my oat groats with fruit and pecans. This is why you're slim and I'm a chub! :) ♥

    All that moving.. boo! :( I am glad we didn't. I don't know how any of us would have managed. This was a fun blog entry! :) You should post another about all the moves! *is very curious!* :) ♥

    1. Susan,

      I like long skirts too. As long as I don't trip over the bottoms of them! They're not very modest when I stand on the hem and they start to descend!

      I did write a couple of posts about moving a long time ago. But I could revisit that topic if you're interested. Did you read "Big Hearted" by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas? One of my moving story is in that book!

      Thank you so much for returning to read this post!


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