The Liebster Award and Sharing the Love

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to learn my blog has been nominated for the Liebster Award, by Alessia and Fabrizio, the authors of a lovely blog I’ve been recently following, Maple&Saffron.


Thank you, Alessia and Fabrizio!  I recommend for my readers to check out this wonderful cooking and travel blog, by a couple who have immigrated to Canada from a country I adore, Italy.

Here are the rules for this award:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
  • Make sure the blogs you choose have 200 or less followers  ( I did the best I could with this, but sorry, I might’ve cheated on some).

Okay, time to get down to business. Here are my random facts:

  1. I have the worst handwriting of anybody I know. Good thing I can type well.
  2. I am eight months younger than my husband.
  3. I have one older brother and one younger sister. And you know what they say about the middle child.
  4. Being in nature calms my spirit.
  5. I have a cat figurine collection.
  6. There is a sandy beach 25 yards from our front door.
  7. I like a good joke and a thoughtful quote, some of the reasons I still use Facebook.
  8. I feel more comfortable in small groups, or just one on one conversation.
  9. I can’t imagine a life without pets.
  10. I worked in a bank for about 15 years.
  11. I consider my daughter and my son my most significant contributions to this world.

Maple&Saffron ask:

  1. If you were to leave for a trip in 5 minutes, what are the 3 things you’d take with you?  An easy one, if we are talking living things and a long trip: my husband and our two cats. If not, my iPad, straightening iron, and camera.
  2. What instrument have you ever wanted to learn to play?  The piano. The guitar is a close second (tried three times but never stuck with it ).
  3. Which recipe do you really love cooking?  Not exactly a single recipe, but a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
  4. What’s your favourite song when you’re travelling?  Hmm..only one? That’s hard. Life Is A Highway? 🙂
  5. You’ve just landed in Italy: what’s the first dish you wish to taste?  Any kind of pasta! Or maybe margherita pizza..
  6. Mountains, hilltops or beaches: where would you go on vacation?  Anywhere is fine with me if the weather is nice, and it’s not too crowded
  7. What’s the best thing about your country?  Lots of open spaces and open minds
  8. How do you like spending your day off?  Getting outdoors for a walk or a hike, or sitting on our deck in the summer
  9. What’s your favourite world cuisine?   Italian
  10. If you could only save one of your books, which one would you choose? One of my poetry anthologies
  11. What role/part would you like to play in a movie?  Another tough one, but I went with Ripley in Alien. 

Here are my nominations, lovely blogs on some of my favourite topics. For those of you nominated who don’t do awards or don’t have time to participate, please know that I understand. For those who do, thank you for participating. Your questions to answer are after the nominations list.

Nature is my Therapy

One More Day


Welcome to my Mind, Pull up a Chair

Kurt Rees poetry

bliss in images 


Cauldrons and Cupcakes

Almost Spring



  1.   What is your favourite book genre to read?
  2.   How long have you been blogging and what made you start?
  3.    Name your favourite meal.
  4.   If you could go anywhere in the world on your next vacation, where would you go?
  5.   What is your most prized possession?
  6.    What is your favourite way to relax?
  7.   If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  8.    Which do you prefer: music, TV, or theatre?
  9.   What movie did you see in the past year that you liked?
  10.  Who is the most important person in your life?
  11.  What are you most passionate about in life?

Versatile Blogger Award

It is with great honour and appreciation, that I once again accept an award nomination from one of my peers here at WordPress.    Almost Spring has graciously nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award, saying that she  found my blog “truly inspirational and of much variety.”   The sweetheart!  I am touched by her nomination.  I urge you to check out her blog which is all about her painful, yet brave journey from “we” to “me”, as her marriage ended.  Her experience certainly struck a chord with me.

Versatile?  Yes, I suppose my blog is a reflection of my many moods and passions since I started it at the end of 2011.  And who better to know what a blogger goes through and deals with every week, than another blogger?  Who better can identify with the sometimes frightening task of putting yourself out there, and daring to show your vulnerable side to whomever may happen upon your poems and musings?

In keeping, somewhat, with the award rules, I will share seven random things about me, followed by a list of seven blogs I follow and suggest you try as well.

1.  I wrote a teen romance novel when I was 15  (a second novel should happen any year now! ).

2.  I feel more spiritual in the natural outdoors than I ever have inside a church.

3.  I have one daughter and one son, all grown now.  And I am immensely proud of them both.

4.  Sometimes I feel like I’ve lived several different lives.

5.  I am most definitely an introvert.

6.  I’ve always been a night person, not a morning person (will this change as I get older, I wonder?  I hope??).

7.  When I was a child, my dad called me a little Question Mark because I was always asking “why?”  and “how come?”  I think I’ve retained that curiosity about life (maybe I’m simply nosy).

Here is my list of lovely and versatile nominees, in no particular order:

Brigitte’s Banter

–  published author, freshly pressed, lively posts on a variety of topics


– advice and observations from a life coach


– a good writer and talented poet


– fashion, art, and other pretty things


– inspiring and original poetry

Truth and Cake

– lovely writing, good advice, and freshly pressed twice (only twice, right?)


– travel adventures by a couple of fellow Newfoundlanders, and now brand-new parents

These are not all that I follow out there in the blogosphere;  I am also subscribed to a few breathtakingly lovely photography and travel blogs, and two inspirational quote blogs.  Occasionally I check out food blogs too.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!  And remember, there would be no feel-good awards to win without the kindness of the people who bestow them.  Thanks again.