The Penable awards I – III

A few months ago I was nominated for The Penable Award by some fantastic bloggers, as follows:-

Three Latvians, Aiva, Ericeira and Valters, currently living in Sligo on Ireland’s West Coast, together make up Our Crossings. The trio met many years ago and created the travel blog to log their outdoor adventures, failures and triumphs. They’ve visited over 30 countries and 90+ cities, many of them several times, and hence are veritable fountains of knowledge.

Writer Laleh Chini whose book Climbing Over Grit is a Canada Book Award Winner. Her blog A Voice from Iran is all about sharing stories from Iran and all around the world, Iranian history, culture, myths, and legends. She likes to share things that interest her, what it was like to grow up in Iran in the early 20th century, as well as what it’s like to live in Iran.

Lastly, Wild at Heart a slightly crazy 20 something year old who shares her navigation through this uncertain and mysterious world with us on her blog Wild Scared Crazy.

Now, please check out their blogs and give them some further encouragement.

The Penable Award and Nominees

Wild at Heart advises that this particular award is given to really special people with incredible writing skills such as authors, poets, story writers, inspiring people or those with just a great blog.

If you fall into one of the above categories, why not give this award a go. Tell us more about those writing skills and answer any three questions from the six below.

My writing talent

After spending years of writing reports, largely financial, it’s now with some relief that I can write about anything I like. What started as a blog about my cycling has morphed into one that covers all of my interests: sport, cookery, photography, travel, architecture, art and life with my beloved husband of over 40 years. I hope to inform and amuse!

Our Crossings sadly deleted their award posts before I had gotten around to responding! But here are the questions from the other two bloggers:-

Laleh’s Questions 

1. Where would your next travel destination be?

During the pandemic I’m much enjoying a staycation which is pretty easy given I live in a lovely part of God’s earth, the French Riviera. Next year, I’m hoping to go a bit further afield and satisfy a long held ambition to undertake a tour around Italy and Sicily. With any luck, I’ll also visit the Basque Country, but nothing further afield.

2. Which season is your favourite?

Summer’s my favourite although I love living here all year round.

3. What colour gives you peace?

I find green a very calming colour providing it’s not too vivid.

Wild at Heart’s questions

1. Where do you find freedom?

I’ve probably filed it under “F.” I jest. Freedom generally means the ability to act or change without constraint. I have that, I don’t need to go looking for it.

2. What’s your favourite genre of books?

TBH it depends on my mood. I love reading cookery books, about historical events, thrillers, biographies, books about sport, books about architecture, great stories, poetry………..

3. How do you feel when you sit down each day to write?

I don’t write every day – thank heavens for scheduling! However, when I do sit down, I enjoy the process of writing (and editing).

The Rules (if you receive this award)

1. Tag your post with the #penableaward

2. Display the Penable award logo (above) on your post and follow Penable if you haven’t already

3. Thank the person that nominated you

4. Tell us what your writing talent is

5. Answer three questions that you have been asked

6. Nominate three inspiring people for this award.

7. Let them know of their nomination by commenting on their most recent post with the news, including the logo in your comments

8. Give them three new questions to answer!

Song Lyric Sunday #6

This is my response to Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, a man after my own heart as he posts the themes well in advance. This week’s prompt is Above/Below/Between and, after thinking about a suitable song from my own collection, my proposal is a track from rock band Bon Jovi’s 1992 album  Keep The Faith, their fifth studio album which was recorded after a hiatus. I think the line “6 feet under” from the track’s lyrics responds quite well to the prompt “below.”

This album represented the beginning of a new chapter, marking a change of both the band’s image and sound. Moving away from their early poodle-permed, glam-metal roots in previous albums, it introduced a more rock n roll driven groove, doing away with heavy drums and wild guitar solos, instead introducing a newer, softer sound.

The album peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, produced several hits for the band and was certified double-platinum. Tracks from the album still feature heavily in Bon Jovi’s concert setlists of which I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and the title track have been live staples.

Confession time! I’ve probably seen Bon Jovi live more times than any other band, and in a number of different countries. The last time was nearly 10 years ago in San Sebastian.

Lyrics: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Seven days of saturday
Is all that I need
Got no use for Sunday
‘Cause I don’t rest in peace
Don’t need no Mondays
Or the rest of the week
I spend a lot of time in bed
But baby I don’t like to sleep no

I won’t lie to you
I’m never gonna cry to you
I’ll probably drive you wild 8 days a week

Until I’m 6 feet under
Baby I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

So you’re looking for some action
I got got everything you need
Better keep your motor running
’cause I was built for speed
This ain’t no slumber party
Got no time for catching z’s
If they say that that ain’t healthy
Well then living’s a disease

We’re never going to die baby
Come on let me drive you crazy
We’ll make every night another New Year’s Eve

Till I’m six feet under
I won’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Sleep when I’m dead, sleep when I’m dead
Gonna live while I’m alive,
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Seven days of Saturday
Is all that I need

Got no use for Sunday
‘Cause I don’t rest in peace
I was born to live
You know I wasn’t born to die
But if they party down in heaven
I’ll be sure to be on time

Until I’m six feet under
I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

I feel like I’m exploding
Going out of my head
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Till I’m six feet under
And they lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Sleep when I’m dead, sleep when I’m dead
Gonna live while I’m alive, sleep when I’m dead

Songwriters: Richard Sambora / Desmond Child / Jon Bon Jovi
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.