Friday, August 10, 2012

Blog Award Time


Excited to announce I've just received a new blog award--and with sincere thanks to LadyD Books. Great to hear from you my friend; truly appreciated! It's fun to add another award to my list, and it's even more fun to pass the award on.

For some background on the award, LadyD has written that Liebster is a German word which means sweetest, kindest, dearest, nicest. . . .  Okay, I'm starting to get embarrassed here! The award is also making me smile for quite another reason: years ago a good friend in California had a German houseguest with a small son stay for the summer. Every day my friend would hear the woman call her son what she thought was, "Liverwurst." One day my friend told me that she didn't think it was very nice of the woman to refer to her son as sandwich filling. Finally she had to speak up, and to her horror she found the woman wasn't saying "liverwurst" at all, she was calling the little boy, "Liebchen," or, "darling, little love." But by now "Liverwurst" was firmly lodged in my vocabulary, hysterically so, so I must say I'm grateful that I didn't receive the Liverwurst Blog Award!

Sandwiches aside, here are the Liebster rules:

1. The selected bloggers must post 11 facts about themselves.
2. They must also answer 11 questions the tagger has asked, and then ask 11 questions of 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers. Be sure to tell them they've been tagged.
3. Remember, no tag backs.

And because I know it's not always easy to find the time to play along, I suggest we all go slow. In this blog I'm only going to name 4 bloggers, with plans to find the others during the coming months. The bloggers that I choose can either find their 11 now, or sometime in the future, if ever. The main point is to have fun and get to know each other a little better.

I'll start with my questions from LadyD:

1. Q: Where is your favorite place to read and write?  A: Curled up on the couch--any couch!
2. Q: What is the one book you loved and why? A: Lona, by Dare Wright. I felt so much like Lona as a child, that I was living in an enchanted castle, and waiting for the "spell" to break. And I adored the photography. I could look at that book for hours.
3. Q: If you could go anywhere in time, when and where would you go? A: Paris in the 1920s. Just like Midnight in Paris!
4. What are the two things for which you are most grateful that your parents provided for you? A: A good education and the freedom to read whatever I wanted.
5. Q: For one reason or another, you must go away to a deserted island. You can take one item with you. What do you choose? A: The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream. Serious good stuff.
6. Q: If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would you eat? A: Salad. I'm a dedicated salad fanatic.
7. Q: What is the one book you hated and can't stand? A: Oh, no--this is difficult--but I really do not like Who Moved My Cheese? I had to read it in grad school and I just wanted to throw it at the professor. I thought it was SO annoying.
8. Q: If you could be any magical creature, which one would you be? A: An elf like the ones in Lord of the Rings or the darker fairy tales. Elves always seemed romantic to me. Don't ask why.
9. Q: Name one book you could re-read over and over again A: This is a bit of a cheat because it's actually four books in one, but my answer is The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell. My copy is a single volume, and I've read it many times already; I just love that book.
10. Q: Which animated character best matches your personality? A: Well, I've always felt a close affinity to Boo-Boo Bear.
11. Q: List one word that describes you the best. A: Eclectic.

11 Facts About Me:

1. I’ve just sold my house and am now renting a condo—a whole new life and experience for me to have my front yard watered and weeded and a pool right outside my front door.
2. I adore Polyvore.com and find it relaxing, intriguing, and one of the best ways to “write” when I’m feeling stuck or uninspired.
3. I love teaching writing almost more than I love writing.
4. I’m a big Natalie Goldberg fan and have a signed copy of her book of art and poetry: Top of My Lungs.
5. I hate to paint “plein air.” Bugs, heat, wind, flapping paper, lost pencils. Ugh! If I sketch outside, I stay in my car!
6. I’m a vegetarian and love inventing gourmet vegetarian recipes.
7. I just went camping in an RV for the first time and loved it.
8. My favorite season is autumn and all that goes with it: sweaters, wood smoke, falling leaves.
9. I’m not an early riser by nature—I’d do anything to stay in bed till noon.
10. Museums and libraries are my favorite places on earth.
11. If I could live anywhere in the whole world I’d live in London.

My 11 Questions for my Blogger Friends:

1. Where was the last place you went on vacation?
2. What is your favorite board game?
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world—money no object—where would it be?
4. Which three literary characters would you like to invite for dinner?
5. What would the menu be?
6. What’s the next book to read in your TBR pile?
7. What’s your favorite piece of clothing and why?
8. What made you start blogging?
9. Do you have a ritual before you start writing or creating? If so, what is it?
10. Who is your favorite artist, and why?
11. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

And my selection of blogs to receive the Liebster Award are:
Diane Grolnick at Abbakiss and the Artist
Virginia Lee, author of Dagon's Blood
Suzanne Blazier, author of Family Reunion Keepsake Book
Charlotte Fairchild author of Murder on the Silver Comet Trail
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Tip of the Day: Read the fine blogs mentioned here! And thanks for visiting.









4 comments:

LadyD Piano said...

Oh what fun! I loved reading that you curl up on the couch and smiled when you mentioned that you're eclectic... me, too. And that story is so cute!

Charlotte Fairchild said...

My Grandmother was born Eclectic, Alabama!
2. My husband's name is Bob.
3. I am a polymath who is an expert in infertility/fertility, kudzu, old calendars, stained glass stepping stones, leprosy, and stuff.
4. I have a lot of Hibiscus seeds to share at the moment to people in the USA.
5. I have 2 stray cats with no claws. One is young and the other is old.
6. The book Don Quixote, USA is more fun than the book by Cervantes to me.
7. I play autoharp.
8. One more Cuddle Party and I am a certified facilitator!
9. No one hugs me.
10. Guam was home for 3 years.
11. Movies are being made often in Hiram, Georgia, where I live.
My 11 Questions for my Blogger Friends:
1. Where was the last place you went on vacation?
My husband and I went on vacation to Jacksonville, Florida for my in-laws 60th wedding anniversary July, 2012!
2. What is your favorite board game?
Checkers!
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world—money no object—where would it be?
Paris, France for a year to a decade! I minored in French and it would be great to really learn the language!
4. Which three literary characters would you like to invite for dinner?
Snort, Baby Bird, and Mama Bird. (Are you My Mother, by Dr. Seuss)
5. What would the menu be?
Uh, worms and bugs and sunflowers?
6. What’s the next book to read in your TBR pile?
The God Imagination. Four books I am editing.
7. What’s your favorite piece of clothing and why?
I like this beige dress with African characters stitched on it with wooden beads. I like it mainly because it is linen and soft.
8. What made you start blogging?
I wanted to communicate to many people about fertility and then other topics like Kudzu so I began blogging about different topics!
9. Do you have a ritual before you start writing or creating? If so, what is it? I exercise and then eat. Usually I do not take a shower and dress for the day. It is as though I am quite focused.
10. Who is your favorite artist, and why?
Florence Seymour has been my favorite artist. I edited her book, Art Have Fun which is on one of the blogs I created!
11. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Anything science related on Roku. I don’t watch commercial television much.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Thanks, Valerie, for awarding me the Liebster! I have posted on my blog my answers, facts and questions, and given out a few awards myself. Great fun!