Putting You Up

There is no way I’m putting you lot up here at my place, family or not.

I would have you round for coffee or a few jars. We might even crash out on the sofas or one of the many beds that abound. That would be:- a king size, three small doubles and three singles and a sofa bed for occasional use. So that would be, umm, let me see, sleeping room for 13. Way too unlucky and my followers would not all fit.

And there would be complaints from the residents. Why they should complain, I really don’t know considering I put up with their multitudes of friends for overnights and kitchen raids.

Thirteen, I would have thought a really good number of followers when I started this blog. You should have seen my face when I got my first one. I was sooo excited. My 15 year old daughter looked at me in horror when I exclaimed, ‘Look. Someone thinks I’m awesome. It says so here. And, they’re following me.’

Ah, those simple days eight weeks or so ago.

Now, between running after my own family, I’ve got you lot to contend with. Reading posts, commenting, all that laughing and crying, delaying meals and housework so’s I can catch up on just one more.

And I love it.

Bugger it, let’s have a party. My place. I’ll provide the nosh, bring some bevvy. The kids can serve us for a change.

I do feel I owe you all. You’ve taken in this little Scots girl and made her feel like family doesn’t always mean dirty dishes and shitty arses. If there’s any out there, No. I will not be tackling that. Had that up to my elbows.

So, I’m using the above as my acceptance speech for the two awards below.


 Thank you, Oliana, my friend at http://tracesofthesoul.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/1139/


Award Description:
“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award.” from Shaun @ http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.



 Oliana, many thanks, again.


1) Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video-recorded.  If winners have already been received this reward go to http://www.momentmatters.com/awards/

2) Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees!  

3) The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award;

4) winners notify them of the great news. Also, don’t forget to thank the blogger who nominated you!

5) The source:  What makes a good acceptance speech?

6) – Gratitude – Thank the people who helped you along the way.

7) – Humor – Keep us entertained and smiling.

8) – Inspiration – Make your story touch our lives.

    (Get an idea from the great acceptance speech, compiled in MomentMatters.com/speech.)

9) Display the award’s logo on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award.

Thanks for being a part of this moment.


So ten nominees and they have to be new ones.

I’ll be gone for a few minutes. Talk among yourselves, have a drink, there are nibbles in the kitchen and a big pot of stew for anyone who needs a bit more sustenance. I could be a while.


1)   http://wyreantiquarian.wordpress.com/ . Because he has a really cheeky sense of humour and I’m dying to see what his acceptance speech will say. Also, I think he would be great at a party. Probably standing in the kitchen with a whisky in hand, making wry observations on life.

2)   Here kitty, kitty. http://reowr.wordpress.com/ .Because, I am not usually a cat person but this feline persona has really wound herself around my legs and I’m hooked on her poetry. I can also visualise the two of us having a right good chinwag at this here party.

3)   http://donofalltrades.com/ . I’ve only just come across this blogger through a link on someone else’s. It definitely gets confusing. But, I figure, at this party, we should have someone whose voracious and humorous use of the word ‘fuck’ had me in stitches when I read his post. There’s always one at the party where you spend you’re time saying, ‘Oh, you!’ and slapping them on the arm. I think it might be him.

4)   Now, I want someone sexy there as well. Someone who’ll look at you with smouldering eyes and whisper sonnets in your ear. It works for me. This blogger maintains that he is in no way sexy. His online persona is shrouded by a cloak and a layer of mystery. I think he has a sexy soul. He couldn’t write the way he does and not have. So, Simon, http://isimonfiction.wordpress.com/ , some of us look at the man behind the mask and see sexy where sexy lives – within. If you know Hugh Jackman, you can bring him too. Although, I hear he’s no good with words. What to do with his tongue then, I wonder. Anyway……

5)   Now, I think we need a bit of magic in this mix and I’m inviting http://friendlyfairytales.com/ ‘cos I love fairies and my children love fairies and I once flew with one. I did.

6)   Right, I’m also asking http://lunaticbardkobik.wordpress.com/ to come along too ‘cos he’s intense and I love that in men and women. There might be a riot at this party with all the sexy. Intense, articulate, sweary, pussy cats around but I’ll risk it.

7)   http://suzie81.wordpress.com/ is being invited too. You may already know her. She’s smart and funny and musical. She can play the violin. If you hassle her, she may post a playing on her site. I hear she’s very good at ‘Meditation’ by Massenet. Guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes. She may even know some foot-tapping tunes and I like a bit of a jig. Even if she forgets her violin, she can get you going with the power of the pentatonic scale. Yup, it’s real. And it’s amazing.


Also, she saved me having to look for pictures of Hugh Jackman to salivate over. Thanks, Suzie.

8)   http://aopinionatedman.com/  Yer man here probably won’t come and I couldn’t accommodate his multitude of followers but, hey, it’s always nice to be asked, right? He also was one of the first to follow me and is an inspiration to network.

9)   This lady here http://thepolarzone.wordpress.com/ is so interesting and funny. I want my party to be that. She’s writing her dad’s memoirs based on his letters and they are amazing to read – so full of who the boy in war was. She also posts some mean funnies that make me run to the loo.

10)    I haven’t counted my male to female ratio here so I don’t know how this party is going to go. Too much testosterone or oestrogen and it could be a massive flop or a major fiesta. Let me go and count.

Right, une autre femme.  Well, I’m going with wacky.  http://clotildajamcracker.wordpress.com/ . Nutty as a fruit cake and fabulous. I come away from her posts going, ‘What?!’ And I love it. She’ll be at the party with bells on and possibly sporting a crazy hairdo with blue highlights. I imagine.

So, there you have it. It’s going to be a blast. Could someone please remember to bring some paracetamol for the after party hangover.

I’m all out.


49 thoughts on “Putting You Up”

  1. I was the same way when I started to get followers to my blog…I would excitedly yell out to my husband “guess what I have FIVE followers”…..he would just look on like it was no big deal…..but of course he doesn’t blog and has no idea what it feels like to have people enjoy what you write…..and who am i kidding….I still get excited when someone new follows me!!
    Congrats on the award!!


  2. Couple of points here:
    1. I don’t actually do parties. I make a big deal out of not doing them, in fact. I always end up banished to the end of the garden because I smoke, slowly getting drunk and usually freezing cold and hoping that somebody buggers off soon and gives me a lift home. However, I do do Scotland. Spent a lot of time across the border in my youth. So I might bring some wellies and a flask and you can show me round the place instead.
    2. I don’t do awards. They are the equivalent of chain letters and Facebook memes, which I also don’t do. That is, I don’t do awards, but I do still post them then just link them back to the page from where they originated without nominating anybody else or writing speeches etc. It’s my way of rebelling against the unwritten rules.
    3. What do you mean, you’ll need somebody sexy there as well? You’d already invited me.


    1. My party, my house, my rules. I smoke and my kitchen is the smoking den.
      You are released from all duties ‘cos I’m nice like that.
      I don’t do Facebook ‘tho I have an account with about seven contacts. Now and again I pop in to see if those people are still alive. They are, thank God.
      As for sexy. Have you posted any good sonnets lately? It’s the sexy mind I like.
      Although I do make exceptions for the Hugh Jackmans of this world – sexy mind or not.x


      1. I don’t do sonnets. Or haikus or any other sort of mathematically metered poems. I’m more of a free-ball sort of person. (Or ‘going commando’, to give it it’s proper sexy name.)


  3. Woo-hoo, I’m a girl who likes a party. I assume I’m bringing the kids, and they can hang out with your gang. I hope they don’t mind if my middle son can’t stop blowing raspberries. I think his tongue is stuck between his lips permanently (when he isn’t laughing maniacally). My heart is fluttering at the idea of heading to Scotland again. Sigh of longing. I’m going to go whip up a batch of frozen drinks and plan my next party! Thanks for the awards!!


  4. Well done…
    Good to see my Blog fire around the Blogosphere.
    Welcome to my Word Press Family Y’all

    Shaun (Also from Scotland) 🙂


  5. Hey, there, you DID it and how I love your fanfare when you do get a reward..I feel like I want to hop on the next plane to Glasgow…can we get there direct? Well, Heathrowe, then…I’ll pop by to give a cuddle to the wee prince who was born on my grandson’s birthday…we are Royalty too, here, my family, by association, right? I see you have a beautiful mix of creative artist who inspire us…several I have to meet and greet…ah, so glad you have added our sexy/erotic writer…I do enjoy spices in my meals. Bless you, Misses, you are such a “real” friend. Oliana xx


    1. I’ve got more to do. I’m so ashamed of my tardiness. It’s the same way I dealt with college. Everything at the last minute. Thought I better move my butt before school starts back.
      You know you would be welcome. Always.x


    1. Absolutely. That should have been a given although I haven’t yet got round to your nomination of me for this award. I’m way behind. But I’m on it. Come in, sit down, take your shoes off if you like and I’ll get you a drink.x


  6. I heard something about a party. You have some interesting people here. I see someone has brought their violin but refuses to play it for us. Sheesh, why bring it in the first place then? What a tease. I just spotted Brian enthusiastically ranting with that wonderful deadpan expression of his. He’s the life of the party, as usual, but while he claims to be the sexy beast, the supposedly sexy one is modestly standing in the corner blushing. Agh, now someone’s kid just spittled in my face, and I think there’s a party crasher, but she seems cool enough. Hugh Jackman!! How did I miss him?? Hmmm, his lap might be cold so I better go warm it up for him. You know where to find me. 😉


  7. Awe, thank you for inviting me even though you’ve only just found my shitty blog. And all I had to do was be the one who says fuck every third word or so? Fuckity fuck fuck, I got this! Talk to you soon!


  8. That was fuckin’ fabulous. It was a smile to read, all of it. Congrads! You are a great writer and keep things interesting. I see you only invited 10, you said you had room for 13, so why can’t they all come up there for a holiday? LOL


      1. I don’t have a doubt, you party animal. Saving you a spot on the couch in case it’s too late to go home to Scotland! Heck, let’s make up the guest bed! Oh, was that Brad Pitt? Shh, don’t tell!


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