Liebster Awards

Liebster Awards

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Woo, Hoo!  I just got home from visiting the kids for the night and I found a very sweet email, saying my buddy Angela at has nominated me for the Liebster Award, after being nominated herself.  All of her nominees are supposed to answer the questions she has come up with and these are my responses.

What inspired you to start your blog?

I’ll be honest.  Initially, I didn’t want to start a blog, at all.  I consider myself a very private person who, before this, had never even posted on Facebook.  The only reason I even had a Facebook account was so I could have access to my kids’ photos.  But I wanted my husband, who is a fitness trainer, to start one, so that he could possibly get out of his horrible daily commute.  He has no patience, whatsoever, and doesn’t have the time or the inclination to tackle WordPress, so I figured, no problem!  I’ll figure it out and then teach him.  Ha ha ha ha ha.  Learning all the ins and outs of WordPress, linking, advertising and all the other details has been a grueling (and addicting) 4 month nightmare/joy ride.

What have you gained or learned since starting you blog?

I have learned that even a 63 year old dinosaur, lacking even the basics of computer technology, can learn amazing things if I put my mind to it.  I’ve also gained some confidence and met some awesome fellow bloggers.  They are all so friendly, helpful and sweet.  It’s like an entirely separate world out there with this huge community of people!

What is the most challenging part of blogging?

There are endless numbers of things to master, as a blogger.  As soon as I think I’ve got it all down, a new challenge comes up.  Younger bloggers who have been raised with computer training can master these skills in 1/10 the time I can.  It took me 3 ½ days to figure out how to design “long pins” on Canva.  I had no problem downloading them, but then couldn’t figure out where they were on my computer.  I love the lightbulb going on when you finally figure something out!

What is a current goal you are striving for?

I would like to make a little money, to be honest.   Two of my kids (and one of Bill’s) live on the other side of the country.  To have the ability to go visit them would be a wonderful thing.  I miss them all so much.

If you could shape shift into any animal, which would it be and why?

I would have to say I would shape shift into my cat, Leo.  He has it made in the shade and thinks he’s a dog, which is an awesome thing to be.  Well, except for the fact that dogs have to eat deer poop and sniff each other’s rear ends.

If you could go anywhere in this world, where would it be?

I’d go to Maryland and Florida to visit the kids.  I have never travelled and really have no desire to.  I love our home out in the country and seldom leave it, to be honest!

What do you love to do when you’re not blogging?

When I’m not blogging, I’m either figuring out what to make for dinner or actually making said dinner.  When I’m not doing that, I’m obsessing over blogging.  Weird.  I’m also a Master Gardener and spend hours growing vegetables and flowers from seed.  Weeding?  Not so much.

I’d like to nominate the following bloggers!

Nisi at – she is adorable. One night, I was up in the middle of the night with back pain.  I had subscribed to her blog, and I opened it up.  She was discussing how her Da always said whisky was a cure-all for most of what ails you.  She described her frustration of figuring out how to publish an e-book and her hilarious discussions of having a little nip (that left her feeling a “oh-so-lushy”) just hit a nerve.  Boy, could I relate with the feeling of I’m-going-to-pull-my-hair out!  She actually had me laughing outloud at 1:00 a.m.  She’s also helped me with all the ideas she posts on advertising and Ebates and things like that.

Latoiya at  – – she’s a gorgeous, funny mom of four who somehow manages to be a great mom to 4 darling, young kids and finds time to blog, too! I don’t know how she possibly does it.

Verla at Her amazing photos are mind-blowing and her awesome attitude toward being healthy and active is an inspiration.

Laura at   She has a very inspiring story to tell about a very rough past she’s has endured.  Her positive attitude and photos give us all room for hope when we are struggling.

Kari at AMachinist’ She posts adorable photos and blogs about building a business.  You can just tell she is a real sweetheart.

Here are some questions for the 5 blogs I have mentioned above.

When and why did you start blogging?

What are the main benefits you have derived from your blog?

Have you ever felt frustrated by not achieving your blog goals and thought about shutting it down?

What advice would you give a beginner blogger?

Do you ever feel your blog interferes with time spent with your friends/family/spouse?

What do you love most about your blog and blogging?

Nominate 5 to 10 blogs yourself and give links to their blogs.

When you have posted your answers to these 6 questions on your blog, head over to and leave a comment with your blog link.

This is a great way to get to know other bloggers.  Make sure you visit their blogs and leave a comment that you have nominated them.

Have fun with this!

Cheers!  Vicky



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4 thoughts on “Liebster Awards”

    • I’m so amazed at your determination to get more and more fit! I was like that once, but then Arthritis reared its ugly head, and I had to have two hips and two knees replaced. I try to overcome the pain and just DO IT and watching you does help! Just remember that resting is important and my husband, who is a CSCS, taught me that. I used to have a hard time even taking a day off, but it turns out he was right! Thanks for nominating me and keeping me going on my blog. I’ve gotten a couple of new followers!

  • Thank you Vicky for nominating my blog , my blog about the health benefits of being close to trees.

    I love your recipes and pictures on instagram. And wish I could eat your meals every day. The beauty and peace in your country home shows in your images and recipes. Beautiful work. Don’t stop. I am right here with you.

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