The Outstanding Blogger Award

Back in June, Wild at Heart most kindly nominated me for The Original Outstanding Blogger Award. On her blog she claims to be scared to let it out. Although she’s in her early 20s, she’s still a teen at heart, uncertain about anything in her life. But given that life itself is a very uncertain journey, she enjoins us to share our doubts, get over our fears and navigate through this uncertain and mysterious world together. Please go and check out her blog.

Wild at Heart’s Questions

1. What’s the funniest word in the English language?

Mmm, this is a tricky one as there are quite a few. How about snollygoster? This refers to a politician who does or says things for their own personal advancement instead of following their own principles. I wonder who this might be? Yes, BoJo, I’m looking at you and you’re not the only one (sadly)!

2. How do you make yourself sleep when you can’t seem to get to sleep?

This so rarely happens. My head hits the pillow and I’m gone. But if it does, I just think of something really pleasurable……..don’t ask, I’m not going to tell!

3. What are some of the best vacations you’ve had?

How much time have you got? I’ve had some amazing holidays, most of which I’ve written about on my blog. Check out those from my trips to the Basque Country, Australia and many more……………………

4. What’s the craziest video you’ve ever seen?

I’m not someone who watches many videos unless they feature cute puppies or koalas.

5. What’s the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had?

It has to be the late 70s poodle perm. It was so easy to look after but once it started to grow out……..

6. What habit do you have now that you wish you started much earlier?

Doing yoga first thing in the morning.

7. What movie or book do you know the most quotes from?

I don’t quote from books or films. My favourite quotes tend to be those of Dorothy Parker. Here’s a few of my favourites of hers:-

Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

8. What was one of the most interesting concerts you’ve been to?

I’ve been to so many, where do I start? Maybe, it should be one of those artists I’ve seen multiple times such as Bowie or Prince or Lenny Kravitz.

9. What’s the most annoying noise?

My beloved snoring while he’s still awake! Unbelievable but true.

10. What trend are you tired of?

I’m not and never have been a follower of trends. I like to plough my own furrow.

My Nominees

As always, my question remains the same and the nomination is open to all of you outstanding bloggers.

Award Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

This award was created by Colton Beckwith.


I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. Sx


Song Lyric Sunday #9

Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gave us plenty of notice about today’s prompt –  Contrast. As always, I need to give this some thought particularly as I prefer to choose a track from music I’ve purchased. But should the track or the artists provide the contrast?

I’m going back to the first album I ever bought Carole King’s “Tapestry,” a 1971 masterpiece which reflects the golden years of her partnership with Gerry Goffin and I’m picking the song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.

The song was first released in 1967 by American soul singer Aretha Franklin. Written for Franklin, the record was a big hit reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It made history in the UK singles chart a week after her death, finally becoming a hit almost 51 years after it was first released. Franklin also included a live recording on the album Aretha in Paris in 1968. Carole King has performed and recorded a version of the song along with Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, and many others. At the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, Franklin performed the song to honour award-recipient Carole King.

Carole King’s contributions to pop music songwriting and rock ’n’ roll history can’t be overstated. Her work, both as a composer and performer, continues to be the gold standard of fine form matched to pop melody. While Aretha’s towering, French horn-laden version is one of her signature numbers, King’s own performance on Tapestry is a heart-rending, bare bones take anchored by a bracing vocal performance. Simply stated: it’s an all-time classic by an all-time lyrical talent.

Lyrics: (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Looking out on the morning rain
I used to feel so uninspired
And when I knew I had to face another day
Lord, it made me feel so tired
Before the day I met you, life was so unkind
But you’re the key to my peace of mind
‘Cause you make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like
A natural woman (woman)
When my soul was in the lost and found
You came along to claim it
I didn’t know just what was wrong with me
‘Til your kiss helped me name it
Now I’m no longer doubtful, of what I’m living for
And if I make you happy I don’t need to do more
‘Cause you make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like
A natural woman (woman)
Oh, baby, what you’ve done to me (what you’ve done to me)
You make me feel so good inside (good inside)
And I just want to be, close to you (want to be)
You make me feel so alive
You make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like
A natural woman (woman)
You make me feel
You make me feel
You make me feel like a natural woman (woman)

Songwriters: Gerry Goffin / Carole King / Jerry Wexler
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC<

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.