Kathryn from Blue Heron Quilts has nominated me for a Leibster award.
Never mind that I don’t really qualify for a Liebster Award because you’re supposed to have less than 200 followers, and much to my amazement I have more than that…. But I’m going to accept it anyway, because it’s fun and I like being introspective about myself.
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate
4. Choose 11 blogs with less than 200 followers and link them in your post.
ELEVEN RANDOM THINGS:
1. It was my 35th anniversary last week and is my 60th birthday next week. We had a nice middle of the celebrations party with some friends. My three daughters were all there…
DD # 1 gave us 35 memories. Things like:
“Do you remember that we kept a butcher knife on the wall of the tent above the beds so we could get out if there was a fire?”
“Do you remember that you made me walk home from school for lunch? Laina remembers one time that I was late getting home. I arrived to announce proudly, and had to show you the tracks to prove it, that I had walked all the way home backwards.”
DD # 2 came home from Newfoundland for a five day visit. So nice to see her.
And DD # 3 made me a wheat free birthday cake – hazelnut and Frangelico flavoured. It was delicious.
2. When I did college upgrading to complete the high school that I never finished I got 100% in my physics class.
3. I am an introvert.
4. Housework is low on my priority list.
5. I love winter. Here I am just returning from a 45 minute snowshoe at –28 C (-18 F).
6. I’ve travelled in most of north and south America, but have only been overseas once, to Germany.
7. My triple great grandfather (I think) was from Austria.
8. I have worn my hair long since I was about 10 years old.
9. I seldom wear dresses.
10. I am fascinated by cop and whodunit shows and stories, real or imagined. In another life I would like to be a police detective who works on a huge murder investigation.
11. My honeymoon, 35 years ago in January, was at a small cabin in the bush.
ELEVEN QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:
1. Favorite author(s):
This is difficult. I have different authors that I love and read everything of and then I move on. Some I remember are: Mary Stewart (the Crystal Cave etc.), Mordecai Richler (stories of life in Montreal and rural Quebec), Margaret Laurence (I read all her books), John Krakauer (such interesting books about the outdoors). And here is one author who wrote fascinating books on many different subjects – Robert Harris. I have read all his books. My favourite was Pompei, but the others all kept me riveted.
On this note, I have read three books this month.
Dead Cold by Louise Penny. This is a light mystery story but I enjoyed it because it is set in the cantons de l’est of Quebec, where I spent much of my youth, in a town that I saw often on Christmas cards. Lots of snow, children sledding, carollers on the street, horse drawn sleds crossing bridges over the river and a beautiful tree trimmed in the town centre.
Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson. He could actually go on my list of favourites. This book is about a fictional B&B run by twin brothers in an unnamed town on Vancouver Island. Mr. Richardson has a vivid imagination and writes very intelligently, while making you laugh.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffe and Annie Barrow. At first I wasn’t sure about this book as it is written all in letters, but it didn’t take long for me to be hooked. If you like anything by the Bronte sisters you will like this book. Very rich and interesting.
2. If you won the lottery, the first thing you would do: Try and persuade my husband to be happy – he would not like to be a rich man. Then I would start to give the money away…
3. Share a childhood memory: Lying on the grass on the front lawn looking at the sky, the clouds going by, and feeling the world turning underneath me.
4. Live concert you would like to attend: I like small concerts. I’m taking my granddaughter to a house concert this week; Don’t they look young!
5. Dream vacation: I have two places on my bucket list – Ireland and North Carolina.
6. Where would you like to live: If not where I am then on Canada’s east coast – in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia.
7. Favorite pet: I love animals. I love my dog, Zeke. I have had cats most of my life and love them but developed an allergy late in life…
8. Favorite ice cream: Pralines and cream. But I’m lactose intolerant so only eat ice cream on very special occasions.
9. What famous person/fictional character would you like to get to know? I used to love Joan Baez, then I read her autobiography and discovered she is – or was – very narcissistic. It put me off of celebrities. I would love to meet Dolly Parton though. She seems to be quite genuine.
10. What would you like your autobiographer to say about you? That I was witty, intelligent, kind and generous. But they would have to make a lot of that up.
11. What was your first car? I won a Metropolitan Nash convertible when I was five. My Dad was in the Lions Club and they had a raffle. He bought a bunch of tickets for 25 cents each, and put the family members names on them. We got to go to the ice cream place where I was given the prize and we all got to have ice cream. A rare treat when I was young. I gave the car to my mother for her birthday which was a week or so away. She had it until I was about fourteen, then sold it. I never got to drive it. I don’t remember it looking like this – more like a Volkswagon – but it was yellow and white.
Now I am supposed to nominate 11 blogs….