Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Leibster Award

Hello, friends, and thank you for stopping in to visit me today!  I am honored to say that Joan from Joan Somers Design has nominated me for the Leibster Award!  So much fun, thank you Joan!

The idea behind this award is to introduce readers to new and interesting blogs.  It’s a “get-to-know-you” experience.  Here is what to do if you’re nominated:
1.  Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2.  Give readers 11 random facts about yourself.
3.  Answer 11 questions from the blog of the person who nominated you.
5.  Nominate 5-11 bloggers for this award.
6.  Come up with 11 questions for your nominees.

11 Random Facts About Me:
1.  I was a band nerd all the way up until high school.  I initially began on the viola when I was very young, but we moved, and the new school didn't offer orchestra.  I then switched to the French Horn, could play almost anything in the brass section (first chair kid!); later settling on cornet and trumpet for a few years until high school (when I thought I was too cool for that, regretting that now, sighs).  I also play piano, but only by ear.

2.  I looooove to sing.  Even opera.

3.  I had an intense fear of heights as a kid, and never rode a roller coaster until I met my husband, and I still seldom ride them.

4.  I detest bugs.  Insects, arachnids, doesn't matter.  Basically, anything flying or crawling about (other than babies, he-he) gives me the willies.  >shivers<

5.  I have a huge weakness for ice cream.  Seriously, it's a problem.  I can't have Häagen Daz almond bars in the house too often, or I'd be in real trouble!  ;)

6.  I have five wonderful, beautiful children with my husband of 21 years.

7.  When I was little, I wrote a comic strip and storybook called Seth the Snake.  I was an avid reader of comic strips and comic strip books along with 'actual' books.  I read the Sunday comics every weekend, my favorites were:  of course, Peanuts by Charles Shultz, Broom Hilda by Russell Myers, Andy Capp by Reginald Smythe, Blondie by Dean Young, The Family Circus by Bill Keane, Marmaduke by Brad Anderson, and Ziggy by Tom Wilson.  I owned lots of Garfield by Jim Davis, B.C. by Johnny Hart, as well as Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.  In adulthood, I became a huge fan of The Far Side by Gary Larson, although I haven't read it in years.

8.  I speak and understand a bit of both French and Spanish.  I took two years of French in high school and two semesters in college.  I learned Spanish from working in a pediatric office....however, the more time goes on, the less French I remember, which has been replaced with more and more Spanish.

9.  I loved to draw and doodle as a kiddo, not much has changed, save for time~!

10.  I never finished my college degree, taking only a few semesters, a decision I sometimes still regret to this day, especially since my mother was in gifted classes, and my sister was accepted with a scholarship to Johns Hopkins.  I sometimes wonder how I would have fared.

11.  When I was younger, I really wanted to model so I could travel (laughs quite loudly), and even was contacted by Ford Models Miami, before being told I was much too short.

My answers to Joan's questions:
1.   Screened porch or deck?
Conservatory, if only I could.....

2.   Library or bookstore?

3.   Movies or happy hour?

4.   Grass or sand?
Sand.....bona fide beach-loving California girl, here!

5.   Pizza or tacos?

6.   Fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction for books, non-fiction for TV.

7.   Sunrise or sunset?

8.   Classic rock or classical?
I really can't choose!  I love both!!!  Who can choose between Tchaikovsky and Chopin or Robert Plant and Stevie Nicks??  It really depends on my mood, I guess.....

9.   Coffee, black or white?
White, with as much sugar as humanly possible!  :)

10.  Neutral colors or bright colors?

11.  Flip flops or cowboy boots?
Flip flops.....beach it!

My nominations are:
1.  Fabby's Living

2.  Mille Fiori Favoriti

3.  Look and Love With LoLo

4.  Plum Creek Place

5.  The Tablescaper

6.  The Magic Hutch

7.  In the Middle of Nowhere

8.  A Delightful Repast

9.  Christine's Home and Travel Adventures

10. Katherine's Corner

11. Mr. Goodwill Hunting

I also want to mention Tablescapes at Table 21 and Hyacinths For the Soul, two blogs written by dear ladies, who might not be able to participate at this time, AND Cuisine Kathleen, a wonderful but award-free blog. You should certainly take a look at their blogs!

Questions to those I've nominated:
1.  Song or Dance?

2.  Winter or Summer?

3.  Ralph Lauren or Oscar de la Renta?

4.  Anglophile or Francophile?

5.  Royal Staffordshire or Spode?

6.  Mr. Big, Aiden, or Aleksandr?

7.  Mensa or The Prometheus Society (or neither....too controversial)?

8.  French Country or English Country (décor and gardens)?

9.  Dogs, Cats, or Horses?

10. Aging naturally or preserving youth with plastic surgery?

11. Reading the book or watching the film?

Thanks for getting to know some new blogs!

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  1. Thank you for the nomination, PP (as I always call you!). Wish I could participate fully, but right now life is a bit chaotic due to a recent family emergency. But I am going to visit all the other blogs you linked to in the post. And here are my answers to your 11 questions:
    1. Song.
    2. Neither. I prefer spring and autumn.
    3. More often, Ralph Lauren.
    4. Anglophile (half English, so lots of "Englishness" on my blog!).
    5. Both.
    6. I don't even know what that question means.
    7. Neither. Wouldn't want to join anything that might exclude any of my friends.
    8. English Country.
    9. Cats.
    10. Aging naturally.
    11. Reading the book.

    1. Thank you, Jean! I've never participated before, but I do believe that's what it's all about.....thank you kindly also for answering my silly questions, that's how we get to know one another. ;)

  2. Hello beautiful girl! Thanks for dropping by and mostly for the nomination. I sure feel honored and you are for sure my 'décor darling too.' I can't believe you are married 21 years and five look like a kid yourself!
    Here goes my answers:

    I'llgive you a little brief story about me too:
    I was a Fashion Coordinator in the 70's, at Tapemeasure Co., we used to make custom made cloths to movie stars, Politian wives, rich women and important ones. I worked in Fashion in 61 and 3rd. Ave. I am a Newyorker to begin with.
    1) I love to dance, always have. I love singing too.
    2) I have sweet memories of Winter in NYC and there is no Winter as such here, so I long for it come C'mas time.
    3) Ralph Lauren cause I adore his décor and things for the home...of course his cloths. But yes, a
    I admire the beauty and class of O.Renta.
    4) Anglophile specially, or mostly.
    5) RSt. and Spode...LOVE THEM BOTH!
    6) I don't know who these two are. Sorry!
    7) None fiction on both.
    8) English country.
    9) DOGS are my passion!
    10) So far aging naturally, but yep, I will be fixing my eyes one of these days, lol!
    11) I love to read, so I do read the book sometimes, but if I don't have the book and the movie is there...hey, I watch!

    Love you and thanks again.
    Have a fabulous week sweetie.

  3. Good for you! Nice to learn more about you.

  4. Thank you for thinking of me! I know blog awards like this were very popular when I first began blogging almost 8 years ago. I usually don't participate in them any longer but I promise to one day answer all your questions on a future blog post and tell you 11 random things about myself. I won't be able to pass the award on, however, as I'm having house guests all this week and my new granddaughter is due any day, so it's a very busy time for me right now. If you'd like to nominate someone else for this award please don't hesitate--I'm honored that you included me xox!

    1. Wow, eight years!!? Boy, am I late to the game... :)
      I will be looking for your post, thank you so much for participating!

  5. Thank you for being so sweet and nominating me for the Liebster award. I did participate as a Liebster nominee a year or so ago. But here goes again. I am retired from the steel business after having worked in the industry for forty-four years.

    In answer to the questions:

    1) Singing for sure.
    2) I favor Summer over Winter.
    3) Ralph Lauren
    4) Anglophile
    5) Royal Staffordshire
    6) I do not know who these people are either.
    7) Neither
    8) English Country
    9) Cats
    10) Aging naturally.
    11) I like to read the book before seeing the movie.

    We are leaving on vacation to New Orleans in an hour. I wish I could take a bit more time and participate more fully. Thank you again..... Candy

  6. Congratulations on your award! You definitely deserve it. So fun reading all of the questions and answers...I'm not a big fan of roller coasters either. :)

    1. Thank you, Nora....yes, I'm terrified of them, my hubby was able to coax me into it only a few times in our 21 year, lol....I'm much more content hanging out with my littler ones, but that usually works out better for everyone! :)

  7. Hmmm, with your facts we could be sisters from another mother!!

  8. Congrats on the award! I loved learning more about you! Thanks forsharing with SYC.