Sunday, November 23, 2014

Liebster Award :)

Liebster Blog Award

I received a wonderful compliment on my blog a few days ago – a nomination for the Liebster Blog Award and I am delighted to accept!

Thank you to LupeyLoops for nominating me. Please go to her blog to see more of the history of this award.

As an award winner you must:

Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog where you were nominated.

Copy and paste the Liebster Award medal (logo) onto your own blog.

Link back to the blogger who awarded you and give thanks.

Answer the questions put to you by the person who nominated you. Okay. Here goes:

1. Why do you keep a blog?
I keep a blog as a way of sorting out my thoughts as I navigate this thing called life. It started as a way to connect with my daughter when she went across the country to go to university, but it has become much more. I hope to inspire people and connect with others in the blogging world. I am a writer and a poet and this blog gives me a chance to get my work 'out there'

2. How did you decide upon your blog name?
At the time I began my blog I was living with a diagnosis of chronic leukemia, and I was following a daily yoga practise to deal with various stressors in my life. In yoga breath is so important and in my life I often have to remind myself to breathe slowly and deeply when struggling with depression or anxiety.

3. What is/are your favourite creative pursuit(s)* or hobbies?
Ah, good, an easy question. I love to knit and swim, and lately I have begun learning to spin on a beautiful vintage spinning wheel. Of course blogging is also a daily creative outlet.

4. How has technology affected your creative pursuit(s) and hobbies?
Social media has given my blog much more exposure through facebook, ravelry, twitter and blogher. I have a couple of apps I use for knitting, and I use a fitness app for tracking my swimming progress. I have been so many amazing people through Ravelry, a an on-line knitting/crocheting community, Facebook and the Blogosphere.

5. What has been your favourite creative project so far?
I made a fairisle sweater a number of years ago, and currently I am making a sock-yarn blanket that I love. I think they are all my favourites when I am knitting them. But truthfully my two children are my absolute favourite creative projects.

6. What are your favourite colours?
purples, greens, blues, reds

7. What are your favourite clothes?
Another easy one - jeans and t-shirts

8. What's your preference: indoor or outdoor?
I love to be outside all day when I am camping. When it is stormy and rainy I love to be inside

9. What are your current reads?
Blogs, blogs, and more blogs

10. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
I think, right now, I would like to meet my foster child in Senegal. I have been a foster parent through Plan Canada with this family for about twenty five years.

11. What are your plans for 2015?
I would like to travel in my camper in the south-western United States for a few months. I would like to decide, finally, whether to move, or stay in our little house.

On your blog nominate and link to your 5 favourite blogs that you enjoy but have a small readership (say less than 200)

List your questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.

Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blogs.

With the power invested in me, as a Liebster Award Winner, my nominations are …
(in no particular order):

Le Blog Itinerant
Wendy of the Rock
North of 49
Diary of an Intuitive
Carole Reid Artist

I love so many blogs, please check out my reading list to the left of this post.....some are too popular to qualify to be nominated, and some post infrequently, but if they are on my reading list I LOVE them. Just sayin'!

My 11 questions for my Liebster nominees are:

1. Who is the audience you write for on your blog?

2. How did you decide upon your blog name?

3. What are your hobbies and/or creative pursuits?

4. How has technology affected your creative pursuit(s) and hobbies?

5. What is your current job (or if retired, what are you retired from)?

6. Where is somewhere new that you would like to travel?

7. Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?

8. What movie(s) have you watched over and over again?

9. What book(s) have you read more than once?

10. What would you like to go back and tell your ten year old self?

11. What is something you would like to learn to do in the future?

Here is how I would answer my own questions:

I would love to travel to Africa. I am an introvert, who has watch Dirty Dancing and Say Anything many many many times. I have read Man-O-War, The Abandoned, and Mr. God this is Anna, many many many times. I want to be fluent in a second language and I would tell my ten year old self that you will become a good writer, despite what your Grade Four teacher told you. That, and messy cursive hand-writing and a weird pen-grip is not going to define your life after-all.

Who do I write for?

Anyone that cares to listen!


  1. Do you think I could nominate a french blog if I help her and translate her answers?

    1. absolutely! Or she could just post in french and we would figure it out (my french is elementary, but there is always google translate :) )

  2. That was fun! I felt like I learned a little more about you through those questions. Also, I applaud your travel plans for next year! As a transplant to Utah, I have to say the South-western United States is an absolutely breathtaking part of the world.

    1. Thanks......if we get there I will blog about it and post pics!

  3. I've known you for so long but I didn't know any of the answers to the questions. Nice to meet this you!
    Thanks Mary-Ann but I won't be able to participate in this right now.
    xo Carole

    1. no worries.....just wanted to acknowledge you and send some readers your way!

  4. Congratulations on your award. Very well-deserved. It is lovely to get to know more about you as well.

  5. Congratulations Mary-Anne! Thanks for including my blog on your list and I'll ponder your list of questions...

  6. Gulp.... I'm both delighted and daunted! Thanks you so very much, Mary-Anne. I'm not sure that I have 5 regular smallish blogs to nominate... I'm so green... Would it be too awful if I only made it to 3 or 4??

    1. Of course that would be totally fine.....this is for fun and to get our blogs more readership, not to cause you stress. (says I who totally stressed over my answers! ;) )

    2. ..phew... it's on tomorrow's 'to do' list

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I look forward to reading the comments. It makes me feel like I am not jut posting into the void.