I don't know much German, but I remember that in high school German class they taught us to say, "My uncle has a lawnmower like that." So before I went to Germany, I did the research. I asked all my uncles what kind of lawnmower they had. A couple of them even sent me pictures. So I was ready. But you know, in Germany I never saw anybody mowing their lawn! How disheartening!
Putting past disappointments aside, in honor of the German language and Valentine's Day, I would like to share with you that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award. Liebster means dearest in German, and it has nothing at all to do with ein rasenmaeher.
You may have heard that a Liebster is awarded by one blogger to another who has fewer than 200 followers. The bubbly and endearing Kezzie nominated me (and I've only been blogging for 6 weeks!) - thank you, Kezzie!
There are a variety of "rules" associated with the Liebster, and even different logos, but this is what I got from Kezzie, and so I'm going to stick to it.
I must thank my nominator (which I've done). Then I must answer 11 questions she's posed, followed by giving 11 random facts about myself. Then I nominate 5, or 9, or 11 other bloggers (I'm going to go with 5, and I don't think there is any legal jurisdiction stopping me from making my own choice here). And then I give them 11 questions to answer. And so on, and so on.
Here are the 11 questions from Kezzie and my answers:
1. What would you find hardest to give up for Lent, if you had to give something up. Why would you find it so hard?
I'm too hedonistic to actually give anything up, but chocolate or wine would be the hardest because they are the spoonfuls of sugar that help the medicine of life go down.
2. What's the most controversial thing you have ever eaten?
Controversial like eating pate de foie gras made from one of the Queen's swans? Which I haven't done. I have a memory of eating rattlesnake at my grandparents' ranch, so that's probably the most unusual thing. They cooked it – I didn't just pick up a dead one and take a bite out of it (ugh, I hate snakes).
3. What was your favourite book and TV programme as a child? Why?
I had a book called The Velvet Room, about a poor girl and her migrant family living and working on a large farm in California. She finds a way into the old, abandoned mansion on the farm and discovers a library in the tower, with velvet cushions and curtains, and this becomes her refuge. It was so magical, and I loved the thought of wandering through an abandoned mansion.
I had a lot of TV favorites – the Dick Van Dyke Show, Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch. They were all cheerful and fun – great escapism.
4. If you could have a dress made for you by the most skillful dressmaker around, what would it be like?
Comfortable, flattering, washable, unwrinkleable, with pretty colors.
5. Which animal are you most like and why?
A housecat because I'm common, I like to sleep, and I can be a snob.
6. Which invention are you most appreciative of in this century?
I'm hoping you mean the 20th century, and then I would say the washing machine.
7. Tell me about a new blog you have recently discovered that you are really fond of!
I just found 14 Shades of Grey. Each week there is a Style Imitates Art challenge, which sounds wonderful – I can't wait to try it!
8. Is there anything you can't do, that most other people can do?
I cannot wink my right eye.
9. Conversely, is there something you can do, that most people can't?
I can't think of anything. As I said, I'm common.
10. Which blog post are you most proud of or pleased with in the past? I'd like to have a look!
11. How did you first discover blogging?
Well, it was a real slippery slope. I was reading advice about promoting my Etsy shop, and I read that you should find out who your customers are. So I started thinking about who had bought things from me, and Googling names of people who had bought from me on Etsy, and they were mostly women of a certain age. So I literally Googled "women of a certain age" and I found the blog "Une Femme d'un Certain Age." Her blog, commenters, and blogroll led me to other blogs, and then to Visible Monday, and from there it just spiraled out of control. I was hooked immediately, and I haven't cleaned the house since then!
I refer you to my debut blog post, Auld and New Lang Syne, where I offer 10 things that describe me. I'm sure you won't miss number 11.
The five bloggers I'd like to nominate are:
Joni at Walking Colors
Sue at A Colourful Canvas
Amber at Butane Anvil
Tine at Highly Irregular Style
Connie at Snow in the Air
If any of them choose not to participate, I won't be offended. But if they do, here are 11 questions for them to answer.
1. Are you basically an optimist or a pessimist?
2. What is your favorite flower, or what flower is most like you?
3. Do you prefer beach or mountains?
4. What three things do you always have in your refrigerator?
5. What is your best creative talent or outlet?
6. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
7. Tell me about a new blog you have recently discovered that you are really fond of.
8. Which blog post are you most proud of or pleased with, and why?
9. What person, living or dead, would you most like to have a conversation with?
10. Do you love where you live?
11. How did you first discover blogging?