Monday, March 11, 2013

The Liebster Award

"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

Whimsey Keith

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.


  1. Hi Hamlette,

    Thank you for participating and doing it so promptly. Mack the Knife is a great song. I now have A Man from Snowy River on my list of movies to see.

    I did not think to look up the word liebster, but a blogger that I follow refers to her boyfriend as liebling which is German for darling, so I figured liebster's meaning to be along those lines.

    Thank you for participating!

    1. I took German in college (it's where my hubby and I got together, actually, and we had our German prof perform our wedding ceremony, as he is also a pastor. Then we named our first kid after him...) so I knew what "liebster" meant, as I still remember about a quarter of what I learned that year, lol.

      Anyway, thanks again for the award! I had a lot of fun with this.

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I can't believe you added me to your list! I am so glad you have been enjoying my quirky ponderings. :) I can't wait to start answering these questions!

    By the way...I looovvveee The Man From Snowy River, too! It's such a great movie!
    And your answer to the Darcy question made me smile... :)
    My post on the award will be coming soon! :)

    1. You're quite welcome! I look forward to reading your blog post :-)

      And it's always cool to meet another MFSR fan! It's kind of an obscure movie that a lot of people have heard of but never seen, I don't know why.

  3. I'm so terribly late in commenting on this. So sorry about that! :( But I did finally get around to answering these questions and others over the weekend. I had lots of fun answering the questions and trying to come up with my own. Thanks for thinking about me Hamlette! It made me feel all special inside. :) I really enjoy your blog also.

    Loved your answer for #10! I agree completely. :D

    1. Hey, I didn't specify a time frame here, so how can you be late? Anyway, I'm off to find your answers :-)

      Glad you agree on #10! I don't see why we should ever have to choose when we can have both. But if I had to choose... I suppose I could force myself to choose.

  4. I'm not gonna participate, but thanks for including me! I'm honored, and appreciate it so much! :)

    1. Okay, fine, be that way.

      I'm kidding! You don't have to participate if you don't want to. You can even put a Liebster Winner button in your sidebar if you want to, without answering the questions, I'm fine with that.


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