The Leibster Award

liebsterI confess, I was nominated for awards, twice, during my “I’m on sabbatical” period in early June.  AND, I managed to somehow move the nomination emails from my Inbox to Lost-In-Cyberspace, instead of “AToDo” folder – or at least that’s what I think happened..

If you were the blessed soul who nominated me for this award, please, please shoot me …. no, I mean, send me a comment or email so I can get a link to your awesomeness posted here.

UPDATE! – I found the nomination link!  Right on my own ‘About Me” page – DUH!  

Thanks ever so much to newbloggycat for nominating me!   I just recently started following and am overjoyed with the daily jokes, quips and quotes to be found here.   If you’re looking for pick-me-ups and belly laughs to intersperse throughout your day as a break from those of us who simply can’t post anything without breaking the 2,000 word mark – this is where you should be!

As for the Rules for Liebster:

  • Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer your nominator’s 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 deserving blogs with less than 200 followers and ask them 11 questions.

I love this!   A chance to show some support for those blogs I follow that are just getting up and running with their readership!

11 Random Facts about myself:

I truly, truly am not as awful as the fact of losing a nomination may indicate – – I think….

I have calico hair – medium brown in winter, light brown in summer and glints of red and gold in the sunlight.

My junior high nemesis used to call me “Tam-Bra” to make fun of the fact that I was such a stick, I didn’t even need one till high school.

I started working for neighbors when I was 11 – and for companies by age 13.  I’ve worked so many full-time, part-time & temp gigs over the years that whenever I’m required to list everywhere I’ve worked, all skill sets/certifications and my age for any job that requires background checks and clearances, the polygraph technician always believes me to be lying.  Haven’t failed one yet – and some, I even go to coffee with after –  I’m a treasure chest full of war stories…

I believe storytelling to be our greatest gift and most cherished resource.

I believe telling ourselves and others stories that aren’t in our best interests to be the bane of our existence.

I try to be an Optimistic Realist – – some days I fail and come across as a Cynic.

One lifetime can never, ever be enough – so I’m trying to pack in as much as I can, just in case the reincarnationists are wrong.

I believe my two greatest gifts to the world are my sons.

I miss the long history discussions I used to have with my Dad.

I’m a Colorado native – tried moving elsewhere a few times, but never lasted more than a few months.  I love it here.

Answer 11 questions from the nominator

Please, please – whoever gave me the blessing that I let fall through the cracks – ask away – I promise to answer!

Update! Found it!

Here’s the questions:

1. Who is the most important person in your life?

My son.

2. Three must-haves on a desert island.

Food, Water & Shelter

3. Who is your favourite actor/actress?

Sam Elliott/Sandra Bullock

4. What’s your most over-used phrase?

Fantabulous and Be Aware of your Surroundings

5. Did you have an imaginary friend?

No – but I have a whole brain committee to debate with whenever I want.

6. If your life has a theme song, what would it be?

“You Can’t Stop Love”

7. What’s your favourite sport?

Viewing – Ice Skating and any Equestrian sport.   Engaging In – Volleyball and Racing.

8. If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be and why?

My dog – so I know if I’m doing a good job of being a pet owner or not.

9. What is your most embarrassing moment?

When I reminded a trooper over the air that the computer was down, but I would run clearances when I could – what came out was: “It’s still down, but when I get it up, I’ll give it to you.”

10. Please complete this sentence: “…………..makes me laugh.”

People, including myself, make me laugh

11. Coffee or tea?


Show some love for other bloggers:

There are a couple here who didn’t have their follower stats showing, but due to comment/likes numbers and number of posts, I decided I would be safe in adding them to the ‘under 200 followers’ list.  There are some here who are very, very close to 200 – So c’mon community!   Let’s shower them with views!


You can’t hide the spark!


I’m not rescinding the nomination, just because I figured out who nominated me!

Looking out the Window

Dirt Therapy

Sugarbelle Shoots

Keeping My Eye On the Sparrow

The Forget-me-Not Cultivation Blog

A Simple Life

Kids in a Candy Store

Heru’s Light



And here’s my 11 questions for you:

  • What do you like best about the WordPress community?
  • Devil’s or Angel Food Cake?
  • What is your favorite season of the year?
  • Beer, Wine or None of the Above?
  • What helps to keep  your creative spark ignited?
  • Did you set out to blog professionally or just for fun?
  • First paying job?
  • Favorite teacher from school or school-of-Life?
  • What are your hopes for your blog?
  • Your three best characteristics
  • What you depend on your community for

Enjoy getting to know one another!


There is one on the list who has way more followers than my reader stats indicated when I picked the nominees and another who jumped over the 200 mark – But I’m not rescinding the nominations – just wanted to let you know…


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