Friday, March 1, 2013

A Liebster Award for Shells, Tales and Sails

Jai at blogspot And Then . . . has nominated me for the Liebster Award (for blogs with fewer than 200 followers).  I am grateful and thank Jai for nominating me for this award.

Liebster Award Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the Liebster Award, and link back to his or her blog.
 2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator; list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.
 3. Present the Liebster Award to 11 bloggers, who have blogs with 200 followers or less, whom you feel deserve to be noticed. Leave a comment on the blogs letting the owners know they have been chosen. (No tag backs.)
 4. Upload the Liebster Award image to your blog.

My Answers to Jai's Questions:

1. If you could have a super power what would it be?
The ability to travel back in time, not to change it necessarily, but to observe the people and events of history. (I have no desire to see the future, however. Why destroy the adventure?)

2. Coffee or Tea?
Both, but my first love is coffee. I am half Norwegian :)

3. Favorite color?
Green. It is the color of fresh beginnings. 

4. Why did you start blogging?
A friend urged me to try. I have been writing similar posts in emails and family letters for years. But my main motivation was to connect with writers who are trying to publish their work.

5. Who was your favorite teacher and why.
So many, really. But if I were to choose one, it would be an English professor in a creative writing class. I still remember his comment on a short story I had written, that my work was starting to sound "professional." Oh, how I latched onto that one encouraging word.

6. Who is your favorite author?
My first favorite book as a girl was Jane Eyre, so I have to say Charlotte Brontë.

7. What kind of music do you enjoy?
Anything with soft guitar and lyrics I can actually hear. Bluegrass and folk. I like classical, but I'm not an expert (I like Debussy's Claire de Lune). Occasionally, I hear an artist or a tune that just wows me, like Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." 
8. Do you have a favorite movie?
Somewhere in Time (starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour)

9. What would be your dream vacation?
Right now, a roadtrip up the east coast of the U.S. I have only seen the Florida coastline.
10. What is your favorite healthy food?
Peanut butter (because it is so versatile)
11. What is your guilty pleasure?
Ice Cream. My first sentence, according to my parents, had 'ice cream' in it. And chocolate . . . need I explain? The two are a perfect combo.
Eleven Random Facts about Me

 1. I once sailed a 15 foot sailboat for a week in the San Juan Islands (and still sail).
2. I collect elephants, the first one given to me by my father.
3. My husband built an airplane in our garage and I helped (yep, call me "Rosie the Riveter").
4. The lives of my son and daughter are an inspiration to me.
5. For some reason, I have read Moby Dick four times.
6. I have six grandchildren who live too far away.
7. Gardening is like meditation to me. I can refuel there.
8. Marriage has worked for me. I'm still married to the love of my life. We met at sixteen.
9. Faith in God keeps me grounded when all else fails.
10. I survived Hurricane Camille in 1969 (Biloxi, Mississippi in an air force shelter).
11. I stepped on a cockroach (barefoot) in Malaysia once, the size of my big toe.

To the eleven bloggers I have nominated, I believe your blogs are worthy of this award. I have been checking out blogs for almost two weeks and did not pick yours randomly. I realize we are all busy but I hope you will participate. It could be fun and I think others would enjoy reading your responses. Just let me know when your post is up (if you do). Thanks.

 Eleven questions from me:

1. What is your favorite form of recreation?
2. What kinds of books do you read?
3. Why did you start blogging?
3. Do you read books on an e-reader or prefer printed books?
4. Name two actors or authors you admire.
5. What makes you laugh?
6. Which do you prefer and why: dogs or cats?
7. When or where do you feel most creative?
8. What is your favorite fast food or snack?
9. Do you have a special place you go to relax?
10. Do you have a favorite comic strip?
11. If you could travel back in time, where would you like to go?


  1. Hello Sharon, thanks so much for reading, following and nominating my blog. Really interested to read your answers and discover we have a love of elephants, chocolate, peanut butter and the colour green in common :)

    I'll post up my answers soon and look forward to reading your A-Z posts next month.

  2. Nice to hear back so soon and learn that we have a few things in common. I see you are a night owl too :)

    1. Hello Sharon, I have finally put the blog up about the award! Great questions and I really enjoyed answering them. I'm not normally a night owl - must have been having a bout of insomnia! I'm usually fast asleep by 11pm :)

  3. Thanks so much Sharon I am very excited that you nominated me. As a new blogger its nice to know that someone noticed my efforts to be funny, insightful and crafty all in one blog. I will be following your instructions and posting it on mine. Looking forward to following you through our A-Z fun.

    1. Thanks, MaryAnn, and you are so welcome! Your blog is delightful:) Can't wait to read your posts in the A-Z challenge.

  4. Hi Sharon! Congratulations on the award. I also am half-Norwegian, and love coffee. : )

    1. Oh wow, another Norwegian. We DO have a lot in common. Thank you for the congrats!

  5. Great answers:) Neat post:)

    1. Thanks. Really nice to meet you and love your amazing blog :)

  6. Hi Sharon, Congratulation on your nomination and thank you for nominating me. I am humbled and grateful. I have been enjoying visiting yours as well and reading a little more about you. How fun. What a cool thing to be able to say you built an airplane in your garage with your husband. Loved reading your answers. It will take me some time to pull my blog entry together, but I will be sure to let you know. God bless, Maria

    1. Thanks, Maria. Your blog is so thoughtful and rich. Take your time regarding the award. The airplane project was amazing, something I hope to write about if my husband doesn't. I'm still trying to talk him into a blog :)

  7. I love Somewhere in Time. I haven't seen that movie for a very long time.

    I would die if I stepped on a cockroach bare foot. Yuck!!

    1. Thanks again, Jai. I still love the answer on your blog about the pickle smell in your car. You have a great sense of humor:)

  8. Congratulations, Sharon! Your blog is tremendous. You deserve this award!

    I loved learning more about you through your answers to Jai's questions. "Somewhere in Time" is one of my favorite movies, too, and I LOVE the song. I have the sheet music for it, for piano. It's lovely.

    Also...a cockroach the size of your big toe, and you stepped on it BAREFOOT?! GAHHHH!!!!!!!!

  9. Tuesday March 6th, 2013
    Thank you Sharon!

  10. Hi Sharon,
    Here's the first part of this award-assignment:

    Sharon gives Anna a Liebster Award

    Best wishes,

  11. Love the horses on your blog! Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. HI Sharon, loved reading your blog posts.

  16. Thank you Ananya for your kind comment....and for visiting!


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