A proper goodbye

Once again I just left and didn’t say a proper goodbye. Sneeking away like a coward or leaving as if it did’t mean anything. All likes, comments, conversations and blog fellows left behind. Too late I realized I didn’t give you the final post – the goodbye you so well deserved.

One year… One year since I wrote. One year since I read your blogs. One year is a long time… Our girl is walking now and eating the same food as us. She is amazing and I love her beyond words. My year can be summerized in three words family, recovery and adjustments. Which words would you choose?

This post is written as a goodbye. Finally I have made up my mind. I feel like I am finished with My Green Nook. My life has taken a new path and things have changed. Maybe I return writing another blog some day. I will try to visit you once in a while. The funny thing is I have missed blogging and everything about it. At a time it was an addiction and I had so much fun. I learned alot by reading your blogs and writing my posts. And you deserve a proper goodbye. Thank you yadadarcyyada for showing me how it is done.

Goodbye my friends – make sure you take time to listen, feel, breath and see. Stay open minded and let your heart sing. Life has so much to offer.

 

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Blogger Awards

Better late than never I want to thank for the award nominations I have received. I got the honor to be a recipient of: The Versatile Blogger Award, The Neat Blog Award, One Lovely Blog Award and The Sisterhood of the World Award. I am beyond words how honored and happy this makes me. I feel flattered by the recognition and appreciate to be considered by those who nominated me. I will accept the awards and share this post with childish pride.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger | My Green Nook

I had actually no idea what the word versatile meant until now. I had to look it up. I cannot put a finger exactly on why but the meaning made me glad. I guess I sometimes feel like I am all over and have to stick more to one thing. But being versatile is not so bad after all. I guess I should be grateful to be able to embrace many different things. Thank you Veronica for teaching me a new word and for the awesome award. Visit her at Wondrous Tales of a Night Owl.

The Versatile Blogger Award | My Green Nook

  • Thank the person who gave you this award.
  • Include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award with links to their blogs.
  • Finally, post 7 things about yourself.

One Lovely Blog Award

This award nomination touched my heart when I read the presentation of me and my blog. I was nominated by a good-hearted woman and mom. She has continued to follow my blog even during my breaks. Supportive and always there with a sweet comment. My gratitude and thanks to Life Breath Present.

One-Lovely-Blog-Award | My Green Nook

The rules for accepting One Lovely Blog Award are as follows:

  • Link back to the person who nominated you and give an appropriate thank you
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know

The Sisterhood of the World Award

This award I got from an old companion in a new cloak. We have followed each other from my very beginning as a blogger. We write about different topics but I think we are much alike under the surface. Thank you my fellow blogger and sister I am Sorrow the author of Journey of Compassion.

The Sisterhood of the World Award | My Green Nook

If you accept this nomination, thank the blogger that nominated you. Name 7 more sister bloggers. Usually you have to answer questions. But I want you to just tell me and your followers this:

~What have you done to improve the life of a woman in your life~

My answer:

As I always claim it all begins inside ourself. To be able to truly help someone else you have to help yourself first. One day I came to a point when I realized I got to act to help myself. And that fast if I was going to survive. I had to start living a life instead of trying to win a war I would lose every battle in. After years of hard work and a long time of change I have found my own path. This turbulent journey improved my life which made it possible for me to commit in a lasting relationship and become a mother.

🐸 7 things about me… 🐸

  1. I have a weakness for pastries – I love cupcakes and everything with chocolate. Served with a cup of coffee or even better a huge latte then I am in heaven
  2. I cannot walk properly in high heels and want to stand steady on the ground therefore I mostly wear sneakers
  3. I am a bit quirky being weak for fun and games
  4. I like clothes and get thrilled when I find the perfect outfit
  5. I love colors but often end up wearing black and of course my favorite jeans
  6. I often forget where I put my keys, glasses, wallet, bus ticket and so on which often is a reason to why I am late
  7. I have a tendency to notice people who look lost or lonely at a party, for example. And often try to make them join the fun and relax

It will take some time to notify all nominees so have patience with me… My nominees are as follows (in no particular order):

Sisterhood of the World Award

🌍 Life Breath Present

🌍 Free Spirit Mystic of The Quirky Zen Lady

🌍 Marcia of Blogitudes

🌍 Linda of At the createaerie

🌍 Marla of Organic4GreenLiving

🌍 The Frugal Brown Witch

🌍 Darlene of Darlene Beck-Jacobson

I think the initiative of I am Sorrow to ask you to tell us one thing was very liberating. So I choose to send the question forward since I think it is in line with the award.

What have you done to improve the life of a woman in your life?

One Lovely Blog Award

💚 Tammy of My Life Abundant

💚 Lata Sunil of Hot Cup of Kaapi

💚 Danielle of Creatively Homespun

💚 Daphne of Bean & Bantam

💚 Free Spirit Mystic of If I Could Talk I’d Tell You

💚 Linda of At the createaerie

💚 Martha of Martha Magenta

💚 Megan of HEN Family

💚 Deborah of Urban Naturale

💚 The Cats and people of Katzenworld

💚 I am Sorrow of Journey of Compassion

💚 Veronica of Wondrous Tales of a Night Owl

💚 Aquileana of La Audacia de Aquiles

💚 Rhonda of Albom Adventures

💚 Archana of Spice of Life!

You were supposed to share seven things about yourself. But if you prefer you may share a quote of your choice instead.

Versatile Blogger

✏️ Gingi of Domestic Geek Girl

✏️ S.D. Gates

✏️ Randi of Beautifully Bohemian Blog

✏️ Life Breath Present

✏️ Wendy of Wendy of the rock

✏️ Donna of yadadarcyyada

✏️ Colin of A Farm, A Forest and Fizz

✏️ Yvonne of Yvonne Ventressca – Blog

✏️ Rebecca of The Ninja Librarian

You were supposed to share seven things about yourself. But if you prefer share a poem, quote or short story with us instead. As you may have noticed I did not manage to come up with 15 bloggers to nominate for this award. If you feel like I forgot you or someone else please notify me.

The quote of my choice:

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The Magic 100th

This is my 100th post since I started blogging and I would love to make it special. I wish I could come up with something smashing like a giveaway or blog hop to invite you to. But for the moment I would be a terrible host and you deserve all the best. And since it would be my first party planning is essential. So let us save these kind of celebrations for later and try to make it a hit then instead of a disaster now. Any way I want to make it the magic 100th so I came up with the idea doing a summary of my time as a blogger. From my first post to what I wish for when I blow out the candles on the cake today.

The magic 100th | My Green Nook

When I started my blog I wrote in swedish and the name was Min Gröna Vrå (translated My Green Nook). The platform was Blogger and I did most of my marketing on Google+. My first post was Dare to Choose Life where I describe my current goals and views of life. It was published 7th July 2014 which means I actually missed my one year blogiversary(!). My first blogger friends were Aging Hippie and Martha Magenta. Via Google+ I connected with many other bloggers of which some I still see around. The Ultimate Party hosted by Tammy at Creative K. Kids where my first link up experience through which I met several nice bloggers. Tammy at My Life Abundant is one of them.

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The first header image. Photo: Charlotte ©

After a while I realized blogging was my thing but Sweden is a small country and not quite there yet for bloggers (or at least not for me nor my blog). Writing in swedish made my blog limited even though a translation widget was available. I did not reach out to possible readers, followers and like-minded bloggers. I got few or no comments on the posts but great response on Goggle+. In September I got the fantastic news I was pregnant. Due to nausea and tiredness blogging was put on hold for a few months. When I felt better I had to decide – quit blogging or make a change. I gave it a shot – switched platform to WordPress and started writing in english. This I will never regret. The frog logo was next step. It would let people recognize My Green Nook in cyberspace. I kept the categories and the green thread. Some would argue my blog is too broad and I should have taken the opportunity to specialize. But my blog reflects me – I have an interest in many different areas and is more of the general type –  doing a little bit of everything.

A new look - My Green Nook

Getting a logo

This was the start of becoming an International blogger (IBA). I met new bloggers and attended more link ups, parties and blog hops. I connected with Gingi at Domestic Geek Girl, the sweet mom at Life Breathe Present and the poet Free Spirit Mystic among others. I took part in a 1000 Speak for Compassion writing the post Compassion in Everyday Life. A topic well suited for me and my new path in life.

Fate brought me to Deborah at Urban Naturale and the weekly blog hop she hosts. There I met Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints, who sadly have taken a break from blogging. I was featured at Meet and Greet. Soon I also belonged to the CTWW-gang taking on the weekly challenges. A world of green bloggers opened up and my writing about green living really took off. Marla at organic4greenlivings is one of my fellow green bloggers.

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Being green.

In April I participated in the A to Z Challenge posting one plant a day during the month. It was really hard work but fun. I connected with new bloggers many of them authors. Wendy at Wendy of the Rock, Lata at Hot cup of Kaapi and Archana at Spice of Life were three I came to follow. I made it just on the hair – 2nd May our Baby Girl was born. I came to witness the kindness among bloggers. You gave me a hand during my first stumbling months as a mom. Now I am back blogging again.

Recently I created a new category called thoughts/reflections where I will share my inner dialog. Parenthood is also a new category which obviously include my life as a mom and days with a baby. I hope you will enjoy those and continue to follow my adventures. Gardening and a sustainable lifestyle will still be important parts of my life as well as my blog. So no worries – I will stay green!

In the nearest future I will be happy to manage to publish one post a week and will focus on connecting with you instead of writing. But my goal is to publish more frequent. I would love to be a part-time blogger and really engage to it. To get my own domain is a dream I have. But it costs money and I do not earn a dime on blogging today. To take that step I would at least want to make enough money to cover the cost of the domain. We will see what the future brings…

Footsteps to future. The magic 100th | My Green Nook

Thank you everyone who ever set a foot in my green nook. It is because of you I keep on blogging. New visitor? Welcome, feel free to leave a comment or check my other posts. See you around!

Our baby girl is here!

In the early morning the 2/5 our baby girl was born. Bringing sunshine to my life. Since then time has rushed by and my days are filled with diaper changes, feeding, walks, cuddling and love. I want to thank everyone for your support and congratulations. As I guessed my blog has gone on vacation waiting for time and energy to return. But all is well and I hope I will be able to write more soon. I miss you fellow bloggers and long to read your posts. But for now I am occupied by a sweet little girl with attitude and temper. But most of all she is a shining light.

Our baby girl is here | My Green Nook

Now I have to finish my coffee before our Baby Girl wakes up. The days when I could spend time on myself are gone. I am glad if I have time to brush my teeth in the morning. Life has truly changed. But it is filled with love and I am grateful for every second. Well it is time for me to go…

Sincerely yours, Charlotte 🌻

I Call for Assistance

Dear fellow bloggers, friends and earthlings I call for assistance. I need your help during May and the beginning of June when our baby is planned to be born. My blog posts will probably be as absence as me. I would be so grateful if some kind soul could help me during a couple of weeks. Just to keep the blog alive and kicking. I will of course do my best to maintain it. A few shares would be of great help since I have limited access to schedule social media publicize. You may share old posts as well as new posts – all shares are welcome.

I call for assistance | My Green Nook

The clock is ticking and it is time for me to give birth in the nearest future. This late in pregnancy the stamina and focus is weakened. And I believe it will be necessary for me to cut down the pace. And once our baby arrives maybe even be offline for a while until things settle. It is our first baby so everything is new and I do not know what to expect. But I rather plan to take it easy than getting surprised. Our little one deserves all attention and I probably need my strength to manage sleepless nights and being the mom I want to be. I guess all mothers and fathers out there know how it can be.

Do not feel obligated. I want you to do it for fun. I can not give you any compensation but my appreciation and support whenever you need. Paying your favours with my favours. I know this is a great thing to ask for and I had a hard time deciding if I should write this shout out. But I believe in kindness and compassion so I hope someone hear my call.

Thank you for responding!

My sincerest gratitude,
Charlotte ♥

Z as in Zinnia

Z as in Zinnia. Blogging from A to Z April (2015) Challenge | My Green Nook Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Zinnia

Species: Zinnia elegans

Common names: common zinnia, youth-and-old-age Swedish name: zinnia

Zinnia is a genus of annuals, shrubs, and sub-shrubs native to scrub and dry grassland primarily in North America, with a few species in South America. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers but some have a lax habit with spreading stems that mound over the surface of the ground. The flowers come in a variety of bright colors and a wide range of appearances, from a single row of petals, to a dome shape. Zinnias seem to be a favorite of butterflies, and other pollinators like hummingbirds. Making them valuable as wildlife plants in the garden. Zinnias are a desirable companion plant, benefiting plants that are grown with it. A number of species of zinnia are popular flowering plants, cultivars and hybrids are common. Their varied habits allow for uses in several parts of a garden.

Zinnia elegans is an annual flowering plant grown in the summer. It is one of the most familiar zinnias. They are popular garden flowers for many reasons. Wild Zinnia elegans is a desert plant found in Mexico. Garden varieties may escape and naturalize.

Zinnia flower. Z as in Zinnia. Blogging from A to Z April (2015) Challenge | My Green Nook

Zinnia

Description: Zinnia elegans has hundreds of cultivars in many flower colors, sizes and forms. Flower colors range from white and cream to pinks, reds, and purples, to green, yellow, apricot, orange, salmon, and bronze. Some are striped, speckled or bicolored. There are single, semi-double, and double forms and even pom-pom forms resembling dahlias. Sizes range from dwarf to about 1 meter tall. The smaller varieties can be grown in containers.

How to grow: Zinnia elegans is grown in fertile, humus-rich, and well-drained soil, in full sun with good air circulation. They grow best in dry, warm, frost-free regions, and are drought-tolerant. Deadhead spent blossoms to continue flowering. They will set seed each year so make sure you collect some. Propagation by seed.

Wrap-up of the A to Z bouquet

April has passed by and the final post is now written and hopefully read. I have made a category for all my posts published during this month, called A to Z challenge. There you will find all the plants from the Amaranthus to the Zinnia. If you search for a recipe or a craft just search for the category in the sidebar. I hope you will stop by and pay a visit even though the challenge of 2015 is finished.

Thank you! A to Z Challenge

I want to thank the participants of the challenge for sharing your posts. I have found a diversity of blogs and bloggers from all around the world. Which have been enriching and joyful. I have a lot of catch up to do since it was impossible to read every post and visit every blog during this month.

Thanks to the hosts and team behind the challenge for your response and a well administrated challenge. I had so much fun.

I am also thankful for every visit, like and comment. My gratitude is beyond words.

Participant 613 – over and out!

 


Challenge completed…

A to Z Theme Reveal

Please take your seats and make yourself comfortable. Prepare for the great reveal…

A to Z theme reveal March 23rd, 2015 | My Green Nook

Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal on My Green Nook!

Silence…

Drumroll

The curtain goes up

April is the month when the gardening season takes of in Sweden. Spring is here and nature wakes up from its winter sleep. It feels like life begins and new energy is soaked up from a brighter sun. The scent of hope and a fresh start…

How a garden season looks like and what boundaries, regarding plant choice, you should be aware of vary from different areas – globally, regionally and locally. Climate and hardiness zones may give you a clue. So which conditions does a Swedish gardener have to work with? Well that depends one where you live. Sweden has developed national hardiness zones for woody plants, like shrubs and trees. To give you a grip of which conditions I am gardening in you may want to look at the “Global” hardiness zones and Earth´s climate zones. According to those Stockholm belongs to the warm temperate climate zone and the hardiness zone is 7 (USDA¹) or 2 (AHS²). Now you can compare it with the zone in your region which might be interesting. Why I am I telling you this?

Bouquet. A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal | My Green Nook

Photo: Julie ©

I am creating a bouquet for you with plants from A to Z. It is the theme I have chosen. I will show you annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. All hardy where I am gardening – in the Stockholm-area. I will use the latin names which are international to all gardeners and biologists. This so everyone may be able to know which plant I am talking about and make their own research. Do not worry I will give you the common names in english and in swedish. There is more – every plant have their own little surprise in form of a recipe, craft or some little extra. So even if you are not interested in gardening there will be something for you. And of course you do not want to miss all the lovely pictures.

I had a fun time writing the posts – making research and gathering pictures. I learned a lot meanwhile and I hope I will manage to share that knowledge with you. My wish is that you will find this month both exciting and enjoyable. The first of April the A post is published and a new post (in alphabetical order) will be available every day. On Sundays we take a break. Please visit the homepage of the A to Z challenge to see what the other participants share and to get more information.


¹ United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  ² The American Horticultural Society (AHS) heat zones

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