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Wednesday Writer – Annette Lewis

It is my honour to interview the lady who knows the way to my heart – chicken dishes. The awesome Lady A is in the house (not literally because of the lockdown) and sharing her deep interview answers.

I’M SO EXCITED TO BE INTERVIEWING YOU LADY A – WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRINK WHILE WE ARE CONDUCTING THIS INTERVIEW WITH YOU?

As it is early in the morning, I think I would like a coffee please Jacob – a cappuccino would be perfect.

Coffee, Latte Art, Cup, Drink, Beverage

COULD YOU TELL US YOUR BLOGGING NAME AND THE NAME OF YOUR SITE PLEASE.

I have to admit I made a right pickle of setting up my site. I tried a whole bunch of names that were already taken in the setting up phase. Eventually I ended up calling myself “Lady A” – my name is Annette.

I called the blog “LADY LEWIS” with the tag line “…what Lady A thinks about it…”

I knew I would want food and recipes to be a big part of my blog, but I also knew I would perhaps have things to say on lots of subjects. Since I began blogging I have also had a few attempts at writing short fictional pieces. That is something I would like to do more of.

But the basic concept of my site is that I am inviting guests to come and sit around our dinner table – enjoy the food and drink and the conversation over dinner.

WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING?

My first post was 22nd October 2020. So I have managed to keep it up with almost daily posts for around four months now.

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

Well…two reasons. One of my good friends had shared with us that she had been blogging for over two years and had related how enjoyable she found it. A lot of us were finding the first National Lockdown hard last year and were looking to the internet to find things to read. I saw people’s blogs and thought little of them at first.

Laptop, Computer, Business, Table, Paper

But when I saw Melody’s site, I found it very joyful. I was surprised she had not shared it with us earlier. It seemed like an enjoyable hobby during these lockdowns when we have had to be content with staying indoors much more than usual.

My second reason was purely out of concern for another dear friend of mine who had started her own blog. It has become a nice way for us to keep in regular contact. I am always a little cautious with regards the internet, but blogging along with friends feels safer.

WHICH IS THE MOST POPULAR POST ON YOUR SITE?

I had no idea until I checked just now. I am very surprised to find that I have a post with 46 “LIKES”:

https://whatladyathinksaboutit.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/work-to-make-your-life-wonderful/

It was a response to Deb Whittam’s 42-word prompt.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

So far I have enjoyed looking through past recipes that I know that we and our guests have loved and featuring them on my blog. But I am also having fun searching out new recipes to try for the blog.

FOOD THAT MAKES YOU SMILE?

Something that is going to bring a smile to everyone around the dinner table. There are a lot of dishes that I know my husband and other relatives and friends have enjoyed, but without fail the one meal that makes everyone smile is a roast dinner.

I am passionate about perfectly crisp roast potatoes, delicious vegetable accompaniments and a good quality organic meat. I like adding little twists to the table – a new type of stuffing, different sauces and of course the much loved Yorkshire puddings have to be spot on.

I smile when I can see everyone at the dinner table enjoying their food.

IF I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU FLOWERS AS A THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME INTERVIEW, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

I love this question Jacob. I think for me it would have to be some yellow roses.

DO YOU HAVE A SONG? ONE THAT FITS YOU AS A PERSON OR YOUR LIFE?

Years ago, in our early years together, Robert was involved in a traffic incident. I think that changed my outlook on life and appreciation for him massively. Nearly losing someone you love makes you reassess everything and puts everything into perspective. I cannot listen to this song too often as if really moves me, especially the video, but it encapsulates so much of what I felt when Robert was in hospital recovering from his injuries.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING IN LIFE?

Right now, I am planning to go to Waitrose, after that I will return home.

Where am I going in life? I do believe life is in some respects a journey, but most of that journey is within. Sometimes, the journey is simply a longing for home.

I grew up in a fabulous family which shaped the person I am. Meeting Robert on a holiday with friends was a significant moment in my life. We got on so well. When we eventually got together, I think it was obvious to everyone we were a true match. It’s not always easy for people to find someone they are ideal for.

A lot of people end up compromising who they are just for the sake of being with someone. I never felt I had to compromise who I was, and I would hope Robert never felt that way. Yes, there are times when we have both had to compromise on very minor matters, but we do agree on everything that matters.

The sense of HOME that I found with Robert and I had the feeling that whatever life or the world threw at us, we were the ideal duo to deal with challenges together. That has proved to be the case.

So where am I going in life now? I found HOME many years ago so ever since then we have been inviting people into our home as our dinner guests. I do look forward to this virus no longer being a threat so we can share many more joyful evenings with all the people we love.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOG TO TELL THE WORLD?

I guess it would be to APPRECIATE the people in your life now. APPRECIATE what you have, don’t worry about what you do not have. Make the most of what you can do rather than becoming upset about what you can not do.

I am not sure my blog really conveys that message. My blog is more about food, wine, music, and conversation – which are all things I have a deep appreciation for. I am finding a way to share my enjoyment of those through my blog.

But it is sometimes those little quiet moments when you are alone when you finally gain insights into life and existence. Appreciate peace and quiet and the chance to think deeply without the commercial or entertainment industry telling you what to think.

I read my most popular post again, and I suppose that contained a succinct pithy message:

I have learnt that life is no fairytale. It’s not always a bed of roses. There is a jungle of weeds to fight through. However, persistent efforts can make life a delight. The work never stops but life can be made beautiful.

WORK TO MAKE YOUR LIFE BEAUTIFUL – LADY A

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Wow! Lady A – that was amazing. Thank you for sharing your answers to the interview questions. You shared so much wisdom and it just blew my mind getting to know more about you and your husband. Maybe when the pandemic is over, I will get to sit at your dinner table (please make roast chicken) and see more of the love that your blog and your home radiate.

This is a song for you Lady A….

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Three Blogging Crushes

So I am not going to waffle on about love and romance this weekend because – just nah – but Jenna asked if we have any bogging crushes. I thought about it and since I started blogging there are three great blogging ladies who have supported me.

Sending lots of love your way ladies!

CARAMEL

CARAMELCaramel (Learner at love)

Lady A

Lady ALADY LEWIS

Jenna Kirkpatrick

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Wednesday Writer – Jenna Kirkpatrick

Today, I am pleased to welcome the pinklicious Jenna to tell us about herself and her blog.

OK PINKETTE, TAKE A SEAT AND RELAX, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRINK WHILE WE ARE CONDUCTING THIS INTERVIEW WITH YOU?

Thanks Jacob. Well, it is pretty late here. I can’t sleep, so it would be nice to have a drink that could send me to sleep.

How about a large glass of red wine? If I sip that slowly and answer your interview questions hopefully I will be sleepy enough to go back to bed.

Fun, New Year'S Eve, Event, Color, Wine, A Glass Of

My partner Ben loves fine wines, and although I am not a connoisseur, I like my wine deep, rich and complex – just like my man is. Ben always knows what I like. I can never remember the names of the wines I have tried and liked.

COULD YOU TELL US YOUR BLOGGING NAME AND THE NAME OF YOUR SITE PLEASE.

So I am Jenna Kirkpatrick and my site is RASPBERRY RIPPLES. It is about love, erotica, romance, and seduction.

If you ever see a pair of pink lips have LIKED your post post, it might be me.

WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING?

We set up the blog on 1st August 2020, so it is just over six months that we have been on WordPress.

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

We had just published two novellas on Amazon. One of our friends suggested setting up the blog so that we could market our books.

But what has actually happened is that I have ended up writing lots and lots of posts including fiction, poetry, personal accounts and just fun features to liven up the blog.

Blogging has turned out to be unexpectedly enjoyable hobby. I find much of the writing I am doing cathartic. However, I do want to get back to working on fiction. Sometimes the personal accounts can be tiring.

...AND YOUR BOOKS ARE?

Wonderful??? We have published three of them so far. There is more in the pipeline, but I need to set aside time to edit them.

WHICH IS THE MOST POPULAR POST ON YOUR SITE?

Surprisingly, it is a recent post called “My Teenage Years” in which I essentially recommend to teenagers that they wait before they have sex. You would not expect that from an erotica blog, would you?

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

The best thing about blogging is other bloggers. I have loved reading their posts and getting to know them.

There is a lot of support and encouragement, especially from the bloggers that run memes. I think that Marie, May and Brigit (and others) have all encouraged me to dig deeper and I have been inspired by their writing prompts.

I also love that I have drawn close to other bloggers. Gentleman Dave is someone I have found I have really clicked with. He is a gorgeous person.

FOOD THAT MAKES YOU SMILE?

The ultimate comfort food for me is a cheese toastie.

When I was little, I used to stay with my relatives in England a lot. They used to make these amazing cheese toasties. Sometimes they would add onion or baked beans, but normally it was just plain melty cheese. Happy days.

There is something wonderful about melty cheese.

IF I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU FLOWERS AS A THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME INTERVIEW, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

Ah Jacob – so sweet! So long as they are pink (and no lilies please) I would be thrilled. I love flowers that have a pretty fragrance.

Wedding, Flower, Krupnyj Plan

DO YOU HAVE A SONG? ONE THAT FITS YOU AS A PERSON OR YOUR LIFE?

So, yeah, I guess there are a couple of songs that really register with me as “the story of my life”. They are not my favourite songs by any means – I love dance music and anything from Taylor Swift. But these two songs do touch me to my inner core. They are both kind sad. I won’t include the lyrics here, but if you google them you might have a better idea of why they are very poignant.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING IN LIFE?

Wow – that’s a deep question. For the most part, I am glad I made it this far. I feel deeply blessed that somehow life brought Ben to me. Now I want to keep tight hold of his hand as we work together to build our future.

I think that most of us want the same thing – a home, a family, friends, interesting work and good health. We want to fill our life with wonderful experiences and amass precious memories.

Family, Newborn, Baby, Child, Infant, Happy, Mother

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOG TO TELL THE WORLD?

When I started blogging I was not thinking of sharing a message with the world. But I guess now, six months down the road, I have a clearer view of the kind of erotica blog I want RASPBERRY RIPPLES to be.

I don’t want it to be trashy, cheap, meaningless sex. I feel that sex is a beautiful gift and should be treated like a precious prize that two people who love each other can impart. Sometimes, I have seen to much content cheapening sex and making it empty. So, I want to elevate love, romance, and intimacy.

Valentine'S Day, Valentine, Cookies

At the same time, the truth is that love and relationships can bring challenges and pain. I don’t want to pretend that love is always easy. But I believe in love – I believe primarily in unselfish genuine love that I think is not only the basis for any relationship, but also, should form the foundation of an international human family that truly cares. I think unselfish love is the way to world peace. Maybe deep down that is the message I want to share with the world.

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Thanks Pinkette for being my first Wednesday Writer – that was real cool. I learnt a lot about you there. I am going to disagree with you on only one question Jenna. I think the songs you picked were too sad. So I am going to pick a song that fits you better.

Wednesday Writer

If you would like to be featured on my new series starting next week “WEDNESDAY WRITER”, please leave me a message in my comments or use the CONTACTS page to send me a message. I will send some interview questions over to you.

I will be featuring other bloggers, poets, writers and photographers. This is all about finding out about other bloggers and what they enjoy most about blogging. It would be awesome to feature some of the great people out there who have some serious talent.

Next week I am going to be featuring Jenna Kirkpatrick, RASPBERRY RIPPLES – so look out for her interview and get to know why she started her blog on WordPress and what she is enjoying most.

EVEN WHEN I LOSE I’M WINNING

We have to pick a song on the theme even or odd today. I wasn’t sure if this was supposed to be about numbers, and I was already with a numbers song. But from what I can see, it’s the words odd and even rather than the numbers.

I’ve gone with another sweet song for all you ladies out there. I’m not messing with you when I say even I get choked up with this one. This is “All Of Me” from John Legend.

Song credits:  John Legend and Toby Gad

What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh oh

How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every mood
You’re my downfall, you’re my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can’t stop singing, it’s ringing, in my head for you

My head’s under water
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh oh

Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we’re both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it’s hard

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh oh

TALKING TO THE MOON

I liked the theme we were given this week. I’ve picked a Bruno Mars track that has lyrics that are sweet. I can’t believe it is ten years since this was released. Hope you have a blessed Sunday.

Song Credits: Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Albert Winkler and Jeff Bhasker

I know you’re somewhere out there
Somewhere far away
I want you back
I want you back

My neighbors think I’m crazy
But they don’t understand
You’re all I had
You’re all I had

At night when the stars light up my room
I sit by myself talking to the moon
Tryna get to you
In hopes you’re on the other side talking to me too
Or am I a fool who sits alone talking to the moon?

I’m feeling like I’m famous
The talk of the town
They say I’ve gone mad
Yeah, I’ve gone mad

But they don’t know what I know
‘Cause when the sun goes down
Someone’s talking back
Yeah, they’re talking back

At night when the stars light up my room
I sit by myself talking to the moon
Tryna get to you
In hopes you’re on the other side talking to me too
Or am I a fool who sits alone talking to the moon?

Do you ever hear me calling?

‘Cause every night I’m talking to the moon
Still tryna get to you
In hopes you’re on the other side talking to me too
Or am I a fool who sits alone talking to the moon?

I know you’re somewhere out there
Somewhere far away

JUICE

We were asked to pick a song today that starts with either D or J. I have gone with “Juice”. You can pick if you listen to my girl Lizzo or the cover by Harry Styles. Both are wicked.

Song Credits: Sean Spencer Small, Sam Michael Sumser, Eric Frederic, Melissa Jefferso and, Theron Makiel Thomas

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Don’t say it ’cause I know I’m cute (Ooh, baby)
Louis down to my drawers
LV all on my shoes (Ooh, baby)
I be drippin’ so much sauce
Gotta been looking like RAGÚ (Ooh, baby)
Lit up like a crystal ball
That’s cool, baby, so is you
That’s how I roll

If I’m shinin’, everybody gonna shine (Yeah, I’m gold)
I was born like this, don’t even gotta try (Now you know)
I’m like chardonnay, get better over time (So you know)
Heard you say I’m not the baddest, bitch, you lie (Haha)

It ain’t my fault that I’m out here gettin’ loose
Gotta blame it on the Goose
Gotta blame it on my juice, baby
It ain’t my fault that I’m out here makin’ news
I’m the pudding in the proof
Gotta blame it on my juice
Ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice
Ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice (Ooh, baby)

No, I’m not a snack at all
Look, baby, I’m the whole damn meal (Ooh, baby)
David, you ain’t bein’ slick
Don’t dare try to cop a feel (Ooh, baby)
The juice ain’t worth the squeeze
If the juice don’t look like this (Like this, like this, like this)
Hold up, nigga, please
Don’t make me have to take your bitch, shit (How I roll)

If I’m shinin’, everybody gonna shine (Yeah, I’m gold)
I was born like this, don’t even gotta try (Now you know)
I’m like chardonnay (Okay), get better over time (So you know)
Heard you say I’m not the baddest, bitch, you lie (You lie)

It ain’t my fault that I’m out here gettin’ loose
Gotta blame it on the Goose
Gotta blame it on my juice, baby
It ain’t my fault that I’m out here makin’ news
I’m the pudding in the proof
Gotta blame it on my juice
Ya-ya-ee (Ya-ya-ee), ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice
Ya-ya-ee (Ya-ya-ee), ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice (Alright)
Ya-ya-ee

Somebody come get this man
I think he got lost in my DMs, what? My DMs, what?
You better come get your man
I think he wanna be way more than friends, what?
More than friends
What you want me to say?

It ain’t my fault that I’m out here gettin’ loose
Gotta blame it on the Goose
Gotta blame it on my juice, baby
It ain’t my fault that I’m out here makin’ news
I’m the pudding in the proof (Puddin’ in the proof)
Gotta blame it on my juice (Blame it on my juice)
Ya-ya-ee (Yay-ya), ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice
Ya-ya-ee (Ya-ya-ee), ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee, ya-ya-ee
Blame it on my juice, blame it, blame it on my juice
(Blame it on it, yeah)

Afterglow

So last week, I saw Ed Sheeran is about as popular as he has ever been. So because we have been asked to pick a song that beings with M or A, I am going with the latest Ed Sheeran track “Afterglow”.

Nice easy music for a relaxing Sunday. Enjoy!

Song Credits: David Hodges, Edward Christopher Sheeran and Fred

Stop the clocks, it’s amazing
You should see the way the light dances off your hair
A million colours of hazel, golden and red
Saturday morning is fading
The sun’s reflected by the coffee in your hand
My eyes are caught in your gaze all over again

We were love drunk, waiting on a miracle
Trying to find ourselves in the winter snow
So alone in love like the world had disappeared
Oh, I won’t be silent and I won’t let go
I will hold on tighter ’til the afterglow
And we’ll burn so bright ’til the darkness softly clears

Oh, I will hold on to the afterglow
Oh, I will hold on to the afterglow

The weather outside’s changing
The leaves are buried under six inches of white
The radio is playing, Iron & Wine
This is a new dimension
This is a level where we’re losing track of time
I’m holding nothing against it, except you and I

We were love drunk, waiting on a miracle
Trying to find ourselves in the winter snow
So alone in love like the world had disappeared
Oh, I won’t be silent and I won’t let go
I will hold on tighter ’til the afterglow
And we’ll burn so bright ’til the darkness softly clears

Oh, I will hold on to the afterglow
Oh, I will hold on to the afterglow
Oh, I will hold on to the afterglow

RETHINKING RUNNING

In a burst of enthusiasm for the new year, I had a go at early morning runs all of last week. Yeah – it’s not gonna happen.

Missing sports – basketball and football. Missing going out clubbing. Missing the gym. Oh well – is it what it is. I have weights I use at home and I’m trying to walk at least the basic 10,000 steps a day. I just don’t wanna feel like a vegetable.

What are you doing to stay in shape and keep fit during these lockdowns?

THURSDAY VERSE

“If, then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you,  leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away. First make your peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift.

– MATTHEW 5:23,24

Making peace, restoring relations, restoring enmity to friendship is essential to having a good relationship with God. If we don’t work a having peace with our brothers, our worship may not be acceptable to God, our Father.

It’s not all about our personal salvation. Firstly and most important is the sanctification of God’s name. He has been slandered and been accused of not having our best interests at heart. God wants his children to get along together. He sees us praying and he sees our brother praying. So he wants his people to be like family.

If we are more concerned with our own vindication than making peace with our brother, what does our Father above of us? At the end of the day, He wants all to be united and at peace.

If there is a genuine reason we make have a cause for complaint against a brother, we approach our brother in private and try to resolve the issue in the spirit of peace.

God is training his people, educating them to form the basis of the new world under his Kingdom rulership.