Awards & Now Award Free Blog

I started blogging in late March 2014, and to date I have received so many awards that I cannot ever reciprocate the great kindness that has been shown to me. There has been so much virtual love and friendship developed from the kindness of our blogging world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me and following my great saga called, Silver Threading.

I have come to a difficult decision which is to no longer participate in awards as of January 1, 2015. The fact that you, my dear readers visit my blog, read my writings, and comment on my posts is all the recognition I want. You all fill my heart with so much joy! Instead, I will simply list the awards on this page and who gave them to me. This will allow anyone to view the page and know what a fabulous blogger family I belong to. Please visit the wonderful people listed here and become part of their world also.  Thank you all! Silver Threading


Write Dorne – Putting Life Into Words

Erika Kind


Write Dorne – Putting Life Into Words

Our Rumbling Ocean

Rebirth of Lisa


Missy’s Crafty Mess

Versus Blurb

Rambling Rose


Lucile De Godoy, On Life

Some Kernels of Truth


Rosegardens and Thorns

Redbuds and Rose Rocks

Ronovan Writes

Betzcee Rambles


Before Sundown

Rebirth of Lisa

Weigh to Lose 2013


Erika Kind

Our Rumbling Ocean


Alfred’s Almanac


State of My Heart


Ronovan Writes


Ronovan Writes


Alfred’s Almanac


Hugh’s Blog Hop

A different kind of Christmas.

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With my Advent calendar at an end today, I wanted to do something special on here, before I pop off for Christmas.
So, I have asked Colleen Chesebro, who blogs at Silver Threading to do a guest post, which she has very kindly done.
Colleen began her blog around the same time as me and has come on in leaps and bounds. I always enjoy reading her posts, which cover a variety of topics. She also hosts a Writer’s Quote Wednesday feature, which you may have noticed I have recently started participating in. It’s good fun to join in, if you ever fancy a go.
So, I was thrilled to bits when Colleen said she would write a post for me about why she doesn’t celebrate Christmas. I’ll let her introduce herself and her post.
My friend Dorne, from Write Dorne asked me to do a guest…

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Peace & Joy

Thank you for taking this journey with me.  Merry Christmas to everyone.  ~Colleen, from Silver Threading~

Peace and Joy

I will be taking a few days off for the holiday.  See you Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up for 12/17/2014



Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Wrap-Up where our writers showcase their hard work from the previous week – and here it is. Please do not link to this post.  Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.


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I love all the hard work that goes into a great challenge and we have it here!  Inspiration from other writer’s is the best advice when it comes to writing and you get that feeling like you are stuck.  Feel free to brose the quotes that keep us in pursuit of our writing goals created for you, by authors:


Here are last week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday contributors.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Please check out the fabulous quotes these writer’s came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog)  If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online gallery, if not I did try to add your quote.

Notes Tied on the Sagebrush

images Perfect is the enemy of good via with text added

Rebirth of Lisa

Clover shapes grunge background for St. Patrick's Day

Imaniking blog

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Zen and Pi


Simple Life

George Bernard Shaw

Lucile de Godoy


Peace Crafting

“A truly righteous person never provokes war yet he is always prepared for it” – Al Vims

Pearls Before Swine

PicMonkey Sample

From the Sticks to the Bricks and Back Again

WQW - Benjamin Franklin

K. S. Fause

Painting by August Müller (1836–1885)

My Decade Long Travels


Finale To An Entrance


Ever Changing

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Dandelion Fuzz


Randoms By a Random


Rambling On


Write Dorne – Putting Life Into Words

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Author Erika Kind

What has been done by men can be undone by men

Thank you for supporting this inspirational writing journey with all of us,

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One Word Photo Challenge– “Olive”

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Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge color for this week is olive.  This is an easy color to produce here in Northwest Florida right now because just about all the remaining evergreen type trees and bushes are this color.  Enjoy!

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Fairy Swamp has olive colored bushes.

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The tall Florida Pines are an olive color.

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The Yaupon Holly that grows wild in the fields and around our tree line is a wonderful olive color.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am up to today.  I enjoyed our visit,

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10 Signs You’ve Found Your Calling

What a fabulous article this is! See if it fits you!

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adfsbaby Dr. Lissa Rankin

How can you tell if you’ve found your calling? As a doctor who was called to medicine at a young age but then wound up disillusioned by the system, questioning my calling, I’ve asked myself this question a lot. It’s been a long strange trip—first leaving medicine, then feeling called back, then leaving again only to find my role inhealing our broken health care system as a writer, speaker, revolutionary, and teacher of physicians.
Along the way, I’ve learned a few things about how to know whether you’re on the right track.
1. You’ll realize you’ve been training for your calling since the moment you were born.
Even the gritty things, the disappointments, the regrets, and the screw ups, they were all prepping you for whatyou’re now being called to do. You’ll realize that the divorce, the bankruptcy, the death of your…

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The Swamp Fairy–The Winter Celebration

I did not know what to think after I got the invitation from the Swamp Fairy requesting my appearance at the fairy ring in my backyard at the exact moment of the Winter Solstice.  I could not believe my eyes, yet the invitation and the fairy ring were still there glittering in my backyard hours after the initial appearance.

Solstice invitation

It had been an emotionally exhausting week.  First, I had the dream of Fairy Swamp as it had been in the beginning of time.  I was still trying to grasp the significance of that special dream.  I can still remember the peaceful feeling of the fairy community all around me, enfolding me within their collective consciousness.  This morning, I found the invitation summoning me to the fairy ring at 5:03 P.M., the exact moment of the Winter Solstice here in Pensacola, Florida.

Here it was, 5:00 P.M.  I told my dear husband, Bronze to stay in the house with the dogs, Sugar and Spice.  That way I would be able to give my undivided attention to the main event – the Swamp Fairy.

The seconds ticked away and suddenly there she was, hovering over the fairy ring.  A fine mist was in the air, and the clouds were dark and heavy.

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She spoke to me in that peculiar way she had of speaking inside my head.  I stood there – transfixed, just staring.

Silver Threading,” said the fairy.  “I am here to teach you about the Winter Solstice and how we swamp fairies are the stewards of our land, Fairy Swamp.”

The Swamp Fairy continued,

“Long ago at the beginning of time itself, we fairies followed the changes of the moon.  Each month we would measure the length of the days by the path of the full moon and of the new moon.  Twice a year, we reveled in the solstice – once in the summer with the longest day and the shortest night, and then again in the winter, with the shortest day and longest night.”

“The solstices were our celebrations to the sun to keep it rising and setting in the sky each day and night for all eternity.  The Winter Solstice meant that the sun would come back to us making our days longer and bringing warmth.  Such was the circle of our existence, year in and year out.  The swamps flourished and the animals grew fat and multiplied.  The swamp was peaceful and happy.”

“This year is a special year.  The New Moon and the Winter Solstice coincide on the same day signifying great changes ahead for our fairy realm.  It is the time that we must let go of the old ways and welcome the new ways into our realm.  You are responsible for that.  You will bring change to the Swamp Fairies.  Your writings of the Swamp Fairy stories will help bring about a great new change for humans and fairies alike.”

The Swamp Fairy then motioned for me to come closer to her.  She said,

“Take the Florida saw grasses that grow near Fairy Swamp and burn them cleansing your spirit in the smoky haze.  Light candles of red, green, gold, and silver placed at the four corners of the earth.  Green to the North to represent Earth, gold in the East to represent Air, red symbolizing Fire in the South, and silver to the West in association with Water.  Draw a circle in the dirt at your feet.  This signified the completion of another year. Step inside and let go of all past misunderstandings. Breathe in the new air and release the old air.  This is a time of new beginnings. Be thankful!”

I ran inside the house and came outside with the candles. I lit them, each according to the directions of North, East, South, and West.  I made the circle in the dirt and lined it with rocks.  I placed the Florida saw grass within the circle.  Once I had a small fire going, I cleansed all the negative thoughts from my mind.  I let them go to drift on the smoke from the fire.

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I felt an amazing peace descend all around me.  Fantastic images appeared before my eyes of all the things I had to be thankful for.  I saw my loving husband Bronze, our children and grandchildren; even Sugar and Spice. There was Fairy Swamp, Miss Hilda, and the Swamp Fairy glowing in misty images.  Friends and family, they were all there.  I saw  all the good in the world and I also saw the bad things.  Somewhere in the middle it all melted together and a beautiful sunset of the Winter Solstice materialized before me.


(Image credit: Winter Solstice Sunset: Pensacola Beach)

I felt tears of joy on my cheeks.  I reached up and touched them as the image of the sunset faded before my eyes.  I looked around and the Swamp Fairy and the fairy ring were gone.  I was alone in my backyard.  I doused the fire and cleaned up the area where I had been cleansed.  I felt renewed, and hope surged in my veins.  I was ready for new beginnings.

Thanks for stopping by to see what the Winter Solstice was all about.  You can find the Swamp Fairy stories on my menu or click here to follow the stories.

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Pixel Prose Challenge– “Winter”

Christmas Fairy

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Winter shows her colors in the sparkle

on the crystal frost she paints on the trees, and

in the bite of the cold north wind

she caresses our pale cheeks – rosy.

Pinecones, holly, and red berries

encircle her golden tresses,

while icy starlight twinkles

in the deep green of her eyes.

Winter wears a mantle of the

finest moss – the palest green,

her spider-web gown of the whitest silk.

Winter is a fickle teenage girl,

teasing us with her whims –

all the while throwing tantrums of

blizzards, fog, ice, and snow.

Hail Winter!

Her reign begins.

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Today is Sunday and that means it is time for Amanda’s Pixel Prose Challenge.  Today, is also the Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter, and we have a New Moon all wrapped up to send us positive energy for the new year.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

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The Swamp Fairy – Winter Solstice Invitation

I awakened to a dark rainy morning this December 21st, 2014.  The much needed rain had fallen in huge drops most of the night giving nourishment to the parched grass in my backyard.  Bright green sprigs now poked out from my dormant brown lawn.  I grabbed a cup of coffee, my nourishment for the start of the day.  Of course, Sugar and Spice my Pomeranians, leapt at the door to be let out.  I let them outside and looked at the horse-hole.

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There floating above the ground just before the horse-hole was a fairy ring with some words floating above it.  The dogs needed to go outside desperately.  I let them out the door and walked outside onto the patio.  Neither dog went near the fairy ring.  They were intent on their own call to nature.  I peered through the misty rain and this is what I saw:

Solstice invitation

December 21, 2014 at 5:03 P.M. my presence was respectfully requested, I read.  I knew this was the exact time the Winter Solstice occurred here in Pensacola, Florida.  I also knew who had sent the message – The Swamp Fairy!  She used her signature fairy ring so I knew it had to be her.

I remembered that she had told me that her powers were the strongest around the New and Full moons.  The New Moon was today and with the Winter Solstice event the same day, I knew this was a momentous occasion. I was surprised and really interested to find out what the Winter Solstice could mean for me and the Swamp Fairy.  She must have something of great importance to tell me.

I knew the Winter Solstice signified the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Long ago, this was a time of contemplation and reflection on the past year and the new year which lay ahead.  Stonehenge was a significant ancient religious site that celebrated the glory of the winter sunset through its rocky pillars once each year.  People flock to the site every year to see the glorious event.

The Winter Solstice was clearly an important time of the year for the ancients, it had to be for the fairy realm too, I thought.  I brought the dogs back inside to get out of the misty rain and glanced at the clock on the wall.  In only a few hours time, I would have another encounter with the Swamp Fairy.

I could not wait to see what this new mystical encounter was all about!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ll let you know what happens this evening.  Follow the Swamp Fairy stories here or go to my menu and read the stories in order.

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The Winter Solstice


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From the beginning –

time was measured with the waxing and waning

of the silvery moon; and with

the rising and setting of the golden rays of the sun.

The tides of the waters rising and falling like breath –

the essence of the earth mother herself,

enveloping our world in her mysterious embrace.

The shortest day and longest night is upon us,

magic and enchantment floats in the air.

Pixie dust glitter shines in the sky above,

While the fairies

gather and prepare far below.

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Do you want to know more about the Winter Solstice?  Here are some other great places to visit to learn more:

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 2014: 3 Things to Know About Pagan Yule Celebrations

Time and Date

Winter Solstice Traditions

Thank you for visiting today.  I look forward to seeing you again,

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