"Liebster" is German for "beloved." The Liebster Award, then, is something a beloved blog wins-- it started back in 2010, and has been rolling around the blogosphere ever since. And Xenia of Collar City Brownstone has awarded the Liebster to this blog :-) Thank you, Xenia! I am honored!
As part of this award, I must needs answer 11 questions she set forth, and then pass this award along to five other blogs, and pose 11 questions for them to answer.
Here are Xenia's questions and my answers:
1). To date, what has been the best time of your life and why?
Hmm. I look back on my college years with great fondness, as I made some wonderful friends there, and we had a lot of fun.
2). Describe your dream life.
Pretty much my life right now -- loving husband, three great kids, a house with a yard, and enough money that we don't have to worry. If I could add one thing, it would be someone to come clean my house once a month, as I really don't like to clean.
3). What book do you treasure most and would never loan out to anyone? Why?
Hmm. That's tough! Probably my signed copy of The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Because Laurie R. King signed it for me when I got to hear her speak a few years ago.
4). When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A cowboy. (But you're assuming I've grown up...)
5). Want country would you most want to relocate to?
Probably Canada. I'm a nice person, I like cold weather... I'd fit right in! ;-)
6). Are you a city gal, country gal or must be near a beach?
I'm a small town girl stuck living in a city.
7). What is special about you?
Jesus loves me!
8). What is your all time favorite movie?
The Man from Snowy River (1982). I've loved it since I saw it in the theater when I was 2 or 3.
9). What is your favorite song?
"Mack the Knife," any performance by Bobby Darin. Here's an early one, where he's super young and super cute:
10). Do you prefer Colin Firth or Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me.
Actually, when I read the book, sometimes I envision one of them, and sometimes the other. And sometimes a made-up person in my head!
11). Would a trip to see the ancient city of Petra interest you or do you find touring boring?
I love history and travel! So it would definitely interest me.
Okay, I now award this to 5 other blogs who have fewer than 200 followers. I've chosen 5 blogs that have also been around for only a year or so, and that I would like to encourage to keep blogging. I really enjoy what they have to say, and I would like to see them reach a wider audience. They are:
Clothes of the Past
Flowers of Quiet Happiness
How to Watch a Movie
A Lady in Time
And here are the 11 questions I would like them to answer:
1. If you got to be any fictional character for a day, who would you like to be? And why?
2. What was your favorite book as a child?
3. What is your favorite book now?
4. If you could change your name, what would you pick?
5. If you could marry any fictional character, who would you like to spend your life with?
6. What is your least-favorite color?
7. What animal do you pick to ride on the merry-go-round?
8. Do you have any recurring dreams? Please share, if you're comfortable doing so.
9. Do you prefer The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Or both? Or neither?
10. Who is your favorite superhero?
11. What song is running through your head today?
To those recipients, I say: if you feel like participating, please answer those questions on your blog, link back to this blog in the post, and then pass the award along to five other blogs (that have fewer than 200 followers), and ask 11 questions of your own.