Wow. This is not going to be the post I was planning on doing (don’t worry, I’ll get back to normal) since I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Tanya De Kruijff of Tanya’s 101 (click on her name to check her out). So, you are wondering just what in the world is a Liebster Award. I belong to an amazing group of bloggers and had seen where people had received this award. Then Tanya said she was going to nominate bloggers who had less than 200 followers and that was me! She checked my blog out and found me worthy. (While I treasure each and every one of you, family and friend alike, there are not 200 of you following me.) Thank you so much for the kind words Tanya. It means so much to me. The Liebster Award is an award given by a fellow blogger for an up and coming blogger. As Tanya says, “It is basically a pat on the back.” She gave us nominees eleven questions to answer and then we are to add eleven random facts about ourselves. Then, I’ll nominate other bloggers. It is a nice way to promote blogs that might otherwise not be seen by people who really would enjoy them. So, here are my answers and facts. I’ve tried to not sound too lofty but some of her questions are really deep!
1. What do you want to achieve by blogging?
Hmmmm. We Baby Boomers are the largest generation and are reaching this advanced age of gray (see how clever I was) in unheard of numbers. I find us fascinating. We have seen so many unbelievable things in our lives and we are still seeing more. I want to share some of those memories and create more. I want us to remember just who we are, how we got here and what we have done. I want to grow older without being old.
2. Which blogging achievement are you proud of most?
Why, being nominated for the Liebster Award of course! Actually, getting the wonderful, heartfelt comments of my family and friends. I love that my Aunt Bobbie is pleased with my my tales of my father and that my sister is not insulted when I write about her. I love that my daughter and husband have passed my blog along to their friends. It is so exciting that people find my ramblings worthy of their time.
3. What does your perfect day look like?
Thanksgiving Day. I love Thanksgiving and always have. It was a High Holiday in my family. I so miss the big day of my youth (especially the year of the sock hanging and missing the parades because we were polishing silver) and get all misty and weepy at least once during the day. But I love the ones we have now, with friends and family. I use real china (mine and my mother’s), real silver (mine and my husband’s) and if I do say so myself, set a beautiful table. Add food and wine and you have a perfect day.
4. How do you describe home?
Oh Tanya, what a question. Comfortable and full of love and laughter. Sounds trite, but that is home to me. I was raised in just such a home and strove to provide that for my children. I love my house, it fits us. It is not big nor fancy and always need straightening. Just about all of our furniture has history, from my parent’s first piece of furniture (original butterfly chairs from 1951) and his parent’s chrome dinette (same era) to my great-grandmothers dining set. Most of all, I get to share it with my husband and son and our pets.
5. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Flight. I love to travel and flight would make it so much easier. I do love road trips, but some places I want to go are either through country I’ve seen so much I’d rather just get to my destination or too far away for road trips. I want to see Europe, more of Mexico, South America, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and I just can’t figure out how to drive there.
6. Write down the lyrics of a song which describes you today.
Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies. (No, I did not first hear it in 1926, I’m not that old)
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long
This has been just about my favorite song of all time for more years than I can count. It has also always been basically my outlook on life, and on days I only see gray clouds, this song pops into my head. It is the one ear worm that doesn’t drive me insane. (Yep, singing it now).
7. What’s your favorite book of all times? Why?
Although I have so many “favorite” books from different stages of my life, I think that would have to be the Secret Life of Bees. It is one that I have passed around, given away and repeatedly read. Each time I read it, I find something new. I love the hope and optimism of the characters. The language is just so beautiful. Now, as soon as I finish what I’m currently reading, I must read it again. Thanks!
8. If you could make the travel of your dreams, where would you go?
No question. Egypt. It has fascinated me for so many years, ever since I was a little girl. I was totally enraptured with the Ramesses the Great exhibit I got to see in Memphis, Tennessee (the Memphis in Memphis exhibit) and some day by golly, I’m going to make it. If I ever win the lottery (highly unlikely since I virtually never play it) that is the first place we will go.
9. Name five goals you want to have achieved one year from now.
(1) Be a better wife. I’ve too frequently made my poor dear husband feel like I don’t appreciate him. (2) Do a better job of keeping up and staying in contact with people I love. I’m just too lackadaisical and rely on good intentions instead of action. (3) Be more patient with my children. Even though they are grown, I’m pretty prone to feel like I have to put my two cents in. (I see a blog on that, hmmmm). (4)Take better care of my spiritual life. Such an important part of life somehow seems to end up getting shoved aside. (5) Improve my blog and reach out more. I want it to be a fun place to visit.
10. What is your most important life lesson so far?
When I was in High School a couple of hundred years ago, a friend and I found a poem somewhere that had a line that just resonated with me and made me feel so sophisticated. Funny thing though, it has stayed in my mind all these years and I find myself thinking it often, especially when I’m feeling really weighed down. It comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s A Psalm of Life. It goes, “Life is real! Life is earnest! and the grave is not it’s goal”. That’s it, life is life and meant to be lived. Heavy, huh?
11. Which dream are you planning on achieving?
To live a long (but not too much past 100) and useful life. To have people remember me with fondness and leave a positive legacy.
Now, here are my eleven facts about me, in no particular order, just as they popped into my head. Some are not surprises to those who know me and those who don’t will find some of them just too weird, but here goes.
1. I have a very deep and abiding faith in God, his love and grace.
2. There is a certain color of blue that scares me. Totally gives me the creeps and I just can’t stand to be around it.
3. I come from a long line of deep sleepers and can go to sleep at the drop of a hat and sleep through anything. I slept through a big fire in my apartment complex. Never knew until the next day when I could not get past all the fire trucks to get to work. Sort of scary.
4. I can literally list on one hand the things I will not eat. I have a great relationship with food.
5. I am probably the world’s worst singer but sing with gusto at every chance I get. (Just ask the people in front of me at church).
6. A friend’s husband called me either the most naive person in the world or the stupidest. I prefer to see the best side of things.
7. I love very, very deeply and am very loyal to my family and friends.
8. I love to laugh and am basically a very happy person.
9. I am nurturing and supportive.
10. I am in reality a slug and have to force myself to be active. Give me a good book and a place to sit and I’ll not move for hours. (Fell out of a tree one time reading and forgetting where I was).
11. My very favorite creature is a frog. They just make me laugh.
So, there you have it. I am going to nominate five bloggers and ask them some questions so do come back for the very exciting nominations. I encourage you to check out their blogs since I’ve found something in them that speaks to me and I of course have excellent taste.