Liebster Award 2018

What a wonderful surprise! I came back from Florence to discover that the lovely Rory from A Guy Called Bloke and Doodlepip’s Adventures had nominated me for a Liebster Award. I can’t thank you enough Rory, you are such a fantastic guy and I love reading your blog! You write with such candour and skill and your wonderful personality always shines though!

What a wonderful surprise! I came back from Florence to discover that the lovely Rory from A Guy Called Bloke and Doodlepip’s Adventures had nominated me for a Liebster Award. I can’t thank you enough Rory, you are such a fantastic guy and I love reading your blog! You write with such candour and skill and your wonderful personality always shines though!

As always, we have some rules to follow and here they are:

RULES

Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award

Answer 8 questions that the blogger gave you

Give 8 random thoughts about yourself

Nominate 8 other bloggers and notify them of their nomination

Ask your nominees 8 questions

The origins of this award are as follows:

“This award is meant to encourage new bloggers. From The Global Aussie: “The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011.  Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”  The award initially focused on bloggers with less than 2000 followers, but as its popularity increased this number has gone down to 200.”

I absolutely love this award because I have met so many kind, sweet, lovely, cute and endearing people on WP that my nominations will be easy, I just wish that I could nominate more than 8!

So, here we go, these are Rory’s questions:

Are you happy with the person:

1] You are

2] You were

3] You think you will become?

I wasn’t really happy with who I was because I never felt as though I really fitted in, rather I adapted my personality to whatever situation I found myself in. I then met my husband and he helped me to break down all the walls that I’d built until I reached a point where I was very happy being me and even happier being part of a couple. When I lost him many of the walls went back up but now, almost 5 years later, I’ve rediscovered the ‘real’ me and I’m happy. As for the person I’ll become, who knows?

How many colours can you see in the image below, list them in detail.

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Gorgeous azure blue to start with as it’s one of my favourite colours. Various shades of amethyst, sulphur yellow, muted orange, a delicate light grey and a heavy sludgy brown. All of these colours are then set off with delicate touches of luscious green.

Is there anything within five feet of where you are currently typing that is a permanent feature and motivates you to explore your mind deeply?

Yes. I’m not sure it’s exactly within 5 feet but it’s the glass door that leads out to my balcony; through it I can see the sea and nothing else. It’s a picture that’s ever moving and changing and it’s a huge source of peace and inspiration for me.

How many vices do you have and of them which are your worst?

Ooohh that’s a tricky one! Immoral or wicked behaviour? I think the worst vice I have these days is a glass or three of red wine but I was pretty wild when I was in my 20’s and 30’s and experimented with quite a number of vices!

How curious are you to new discoveries, and first time experiences even if they are possibly dangerous or risky for you to try? As in will you try them, or make an excuse not to?

I’ve always said that I will try anything once!

I’m quite open to dangerous and risky but I do draw the line at bungee jumping. A friend and I went to the site of the highest bungee jump in Europe last year and I was absolutely raring to go…….until I looked over the edge at which point my knees turned to jelly, my tummy was filled with bats rather than butterflies and that was the end of that!

If you answered No Way to question 5, what prevents you from doing so?

The only thing that would prevent me from trying anything would be fear (as with the bungee jumping) but I’m doing my best to overcome those ;O)

If you answered YES Please to question 6, what motivates you to take those risks?

It’s simple. When I lost my husband, it brought home to me quite how short life is and I didn’t want to get to the end of mine saying ‘I wish I had….’

What type of song do you think our banjo player here is playing? Provide a link to what you think it might be as your answer to this question.

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The guy looks like he’s ready to set his banjo on fire so I’m going to go with:

 

Now I have to give you 8 random thoughts about me…..hhhmmmmmm…OK, here goes:

  1. I have a real problem with socks, I don’t like wearing them and can never seem to find a matching pair
  2. I love fresh truffles and would happily have them grated on pretty much anything
  3. Disney cartoons make me cry – Jungle Book, Bambi, The Lion King and don’t get me started on Watership Down!
  4. I like animals far more than I like most people
  5. I have a crush on James Spader from the Blacklist/Boston Legal
  6. I have a bit of an obsession with boots
  7. I’m incredibly loyal to the people I love
  8. I really enjoy clay pigeon shooting.

So, on to my nominations. As I said, I would like to nominate more but I’ll stick to the rules. Everyone on my list is kind and caring and just scrummy; I read and enjoy their blogs every day – I hope that you will too:

The lovely Lorraine over at Blindwilderness

Charming Darren, otherwise known as The ArtyPlantsman

Super sweet Wendi at SimplyChronicallyIll

The kind soul that is Tom over at the aptly named tombeingtom

Gentle spirit Billy who resides at goodtobealivetoday

Cute and funny Sadje at lifeafter50forwomen

The indomitable Cynthia at making peace with the wrong side of 40

Although he says he’s an award free blog I also have to nominated the adorable Peter over at Peter’s Ponderings

Right, that’s the nominees now onto the questions:

  1. If you could swap lives with someone for just one day who would it be and why?
  2. What’s your favourite thing to eat?
  3. Do you believe in reincarnation and, if so, do you have any memories of past lives?
  4. What really irritates you?
  5. Which character from Friends are you most like?
  6. What song, without fail, makes you smile (please post link)
  7. How would you spend your last day on Earth?
  8. What law would you change and why?

That’s it, it’s over to you guys now!

Thanks once again to Rory and have a lovely day everyone

Lisa x

 

Ohhh This is Exciting :O)

This post, in which I will attempt (and possibly fail) to answer questions in a deep and meaningful way is thanks to the lovely Tom over at Tom Being Tom who nominated me for this award. Yep those are the words that are causing all the excitement; I know, I know, you’ve seen it all before but, in my mind, I’m walking up the red carpet with my acceptance speech clutched in my sweaty little hand!

This post, in which I will attempt (and possibly fail) to answer questions in a deep and meaningful way is thanks to the lovely Tom over at Tom Being Tom who nominated me for this award. Yep those are the words that are causing all the excitement; I know, I know, you’ve seen it all before but, in my mind, I’m walking up the red carpet with my acceptance speech clutched in my sweaty little hand!

So, first things first – a big thank you to Tom for the nomination and for being one of the lovely souls who’ve made me feel so welcome in the wonderful world of blogging and kept me entertained with his thought provoking posts.

To take part in this, if I’ve understood correctly (and there’s always a good chance that I haven’t) I need to tell you 11 things about me, then answer Tom’s questions and then nominate some others to take part so here goes:

  1. It turns out that I love writing; only realised that in the last few months since I started this blog and it came as something of a shock let me tell you
  2. For most of my working life I was an accountant – now you know why I was shocked by the writing revelation.
  3. I am 52 years old. I’m not actually sure how that happened as I was pretty convinced when I was a teenager that I wouldn’t live past 25
  4. I think that animals are far nicer than people despite the fact that their conversation usually isn’t up to much
  5. I can’t watch Walt Disney cartoons as they make me cry, I was inconsolable 10 minutes into Watership Down
  6. I love reading and currently have 468 books on my Kindle all of which I’ve read…some more than once
  7. I’m a speed fanatic – I love motorbikes, fast cars and galloping horses
  8. I have a weakness for shoes……and handbags……..and clothes
  9. I don’t like confrontation unless I’m defending someone else
  10. Platform call centres really irritate me
  11. If I was put in a white room which had a red button on the wall saying “Do Not Push under Any Circumstances”, I’d probably push it.

Moving on to Tom’s questions and my answers:

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I’d like to have the power to make everyone I meet laugh and forget their problems
  2. Would you use it for others, primarily, or for yourself? It would be for others but, at the same time, I know it would make me feel good
  3. Twenty years from today, someone hands you a potion and a piece of paper. They say you can drink the potion and live forever or open the paper and see when you will die. Which would you choose? I’d return them both, thank them kindly and get on with my life without looking back
  4. Would you be in favor of universal healthcare in America? Yes with the caveat that no-one could sue the hospitals for malpractice – I’ve seen what that has done to the NHS in the UK
  5. How about universal background checks on gun purchases in America? Yes, absolutely!
  6. What about universal domination of the cosmos by America? I think that job is already taken ;O)
  7. Do you wish, at this point, that there were only 7 questions? No, it’s fun!
  8. Are alien species visiting the Earth? I certainly hope so
  9. Was JFK killed as part of a conspiracy plot? I don’t know and I don’t think we will ever know but it wouldn’t surprise me
  10. Should a person do what they do best, as a means of personal income, or what they love most, if the two are not the same? What they love most, no question but I think, if you have a true passion for something, it will become the thing that you do best.
  11. When you were 11 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? A psychiatrist (of all things!) or an opera singer…

This is actually fun and these were definitely more interesting than the ‘what’s your favourite colour type questions – thanks Tom :O) So now I have to think up some questions and who to nominate……

Over to you Darren at Artyplantsman and Traci at atgofion also Ragazza Triste and Robyn at Autism Family Power; you’re all great bloggers and lovely people and I really hope that you’ll manage to find some time to join in with this :O)

So these are the questions that I have for you guys:

  1. If you could have the life of a TV character whose would it be and why?
  2. What always makes you smile even when you are feeling down?
  3. What are you most afraid of – your weaknesses or your strengths?
  4. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen?
  5. What’s the most bizarre dream you’ve ever had?
  6. What do you do to relax?
  7. What’s your biggest vice?
  8. Do you believe that we create our own destiny or that our lives are pre-determined?
  9. Which cartoon character do you most identify with?
  10. What’s your earliest memory?
  11. If you were told you had 24 hours to live what would you do with your last day on earth?

Ok, that’s it finished! Thanks again Tom and now I’m passing on the baton……

Have a lovely Sunday everyone

Lisa

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