Last week I received the nicest message from Dorne Whale and her blog entitled,  “Write Dorne – Putting Life Into Words.”   Dorne nominated me for the Liebster Award which is a way for the blogging world to discover new blogs.  I was Liebstered and really surprised!  I am relatively new to the blogging world and WordPress, so I must say I was quite honored to be recognized.  I am so glad you found me Dorne.  Thank you again for your kind nomination.

Dorne is from the outskirts of Scarborough in North Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.  The first thing I did after reading her message was to go to a map on Google to see exactly where she lives. When you visit her blog it makes you feel like you are meeting with a good friend you have known for a long time.  Dorne  is a freelance writer and writes non-fiction articles for magazines.  She writes for “Dogs Monthly,” and has written for “The Dalesman” magazine, along with many other periodicals in the U.K.

Please take a moment to visit Dorne and her blog, “Write Dorne – Putting Life Into Words” at http://dorneawhale.wordpress.com/.  I guarantee you will leave with a new friend!

There are certain rules to accepting this award and they are:

  1. Thank the Liebster Award presenter who nominated you and link back to his or her blog.
  2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
  3. Nominate small [no more than 200 followers] blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog, letting them know that they have been chosen.
  4. Display the Liebster Award Logo.
  5. No tag-backs – meaning you can’t just nominate the person who nominated you.

So here are the questions, as devised by Dorne Whale at writedorne.wordpress.com and my answers.

  1. Where do you get your ideas from, for your blog?

I try to think of something new each day to share with the world. Sometimes it is something that was inspired by an actual event, the news, or even from a photo I took. I get great inspiration from my photos. The natural world has much to teach us if we observe it. I try to share my life as I am living it. I also get inspiration from the stories that my husband shares about his life before us. Some days I sit down in my creative room and start typing – the words pour out from somewhere deep inside of me while the candles, incense, and music motivate me. I listen to music the whole time I am writing. Music is a language all by itself.

2014-07-27 15.40.34  Here I am in my creative room… writing away!

  1. How would you describe yourself?

I am an introverted extrovert! I worked for many years as a bookkeeper and always felt stifled. Accounting gave me a square box world that always balanced to zero and was comforting, but never fulfilling. Nevertheless, I knew I had a creative side because I was always crafty and loved making things. When I went to college I really blossomed with all the writing and knew I had found my passion. I retired last year and decided to write… and Silver Threading is that journey.

  1. Are you a follower of fashion?

I am not a follower of fashion. My style is simple. Tank tops and shorts in the summer, and tank tops and a sweater with yoga pants in the winter. I like clean, classic lines. No pretense.

  1. How do you relax?

I relax with a daily walk each morning of at least two miles. I am an avid gardener and dabble with growing things. In addition from my writing, I crochet old fashioned doilies using thread. The counting of stitches quiets my crazy mind. I love spending time with my husband on our patio with a glass of wine enjoying our gardens. Some of our grandchildren live nearby and I love spending time with them.  They inspire me in so many ways.  We live in a lovely area of Pensacola, Florida. The beach is not far and quite beautiful. I am a voracious reader. I read at least 3 hours a day (including the blogs on WordPress).

  1. What’s your favorite film and why?

My favorite film is an old one – “Gone With the Wind.” I love the passionate aspirations of all the characters. Their lives are intertwined in the realizations of war, life, and love. I empathize with Scarlet’s journey and her reckoning at the end. It is so much like real life. My favorite scene is where Scarlet is working in the fields and she says to the heavens raising her fist in the air,

“As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

That is how I feel about life. I absolutely will not let anything get me down or hold me back.  If I set out to do something, I do it!

  1. If you were a tree, what species would you be and why?

I would like to be a Japanese red maple tree. Tiny, compact and strong, I would have delicate lacy leaves that cascade down my graceful branches. I am partial to their beauty, for in the spring and fall their leaves are brilliant hues of red. They signify a sense of calm, beauty, and balance to me.

  1. Do you believe in UFO’s?

Yes. How can we believe we are the only life in our universe? This makes no sense to me.

  1. Which do you prefer…a bath, or a shower?

Showers rule in my book. However, I love our spa (hot tub) and use it almost daily.

  1. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?

Pay off my mortgage!

  1. Who is your favorite author and why?

I love Charles Dickens and have been reading his books since last year. His descriptions of particular locations in England are incredible. I enjoy the detail, as it places me in the scene and I feel like I can see through his eyes.

  1. Do you believe in life after death?

I am a Buddhist and believe in reincarnation which is quite different from the perspective of other religions.

I am proud to nominate and share the following blogs for this award:

A Well Seasoned Book at http://awellseasonedbook.com/2014/07/26/mon-dejuener/

Mary lives in Sonoma County, California. Her blog shares her love of cooking, literature, and great commentary on life through food.  She shares many facets of her amazing life and she COOKS!  Fabulous recipes are found here!  I really enjoy her photography in all areas of her blog: cooking ingredients, gardening, and her sweet cat Chobani.

Joys of Creating at http://joysofcreating.com/

E.C. is the author of this blog and she says that she suffers from ECD (excessive crafting disorder).  She collects hobbies and crafts and shows you step by step how to make some of her creations.  If you are into gardening, crafts, needlework, etc. you will find it here.  I love E.C.’s blog because there is a little bit of everything to be found.  It is a comfortable blog to visit and I always feel welcome.  Some of her gardening tips and information have proven invaluable to me.

The Lost Garden Diaries at http://thelostgardendiaries.wordpress.com/

The Lost Garden Diaries shares that they once had a beautiful garden and then life got in the way.  So true for many of us.  I enjoy this blog because it is a journey about reclaiming the childhood garden and home of the author’s past which she planned with her Father.  I feel like her journey is much deeper than just fixing up these gardens.  I delight in the descriptions of the many plants and shrubs she discovers and learns about.  Her children play a wonderful role in the reconstruction of the gardens also.  A sense of family is felt with each visit to her blog.

My 11 questions for my nominees are as follows:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  2. How would you describe yourself?
  3. What is your favorite music?
  4. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?
  5. What’s your favorite beverage and why?
  6. If you could be an animal, what species would you be and why?
  7. What is your favorite food type (Italian, Mexican, etc.)?
  8. Which do you prefer…a book or an e-reader?
  9. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
  10. Who is your favorite author and why?
  11. What is your favorite post from your blog and why?

Finally, to all of the bloggers that I have nominated. Thank you for your blogs.  You all inspire me with your creativity and make me work harder.  Thank you for your motivation!

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