When you take a hiatus from blogging, you worry a bit.
You worry that your readers will forget about your blog. You worry that you disappoint those faithful readers that do remain in your blogging circle when there’s nothing new for them to read.
And you worry that when you do return to the blogging world, no one will want to read what you write.
Being overwhelmed by the wedding world these last few months, I’ve taken a few breaks from blogging. It was necessary to try to retain my sanity while preparing for all three of my adult children’s weddings.
But each time I returned, there you were – my faithful readers, my friends who proved they weren’t just fair-weather friends. And you, my dear ones, are liebster.
Liebster (pronounced: leeb-stir) is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.
How do I know this? I learned it straight from my blogging buddy Dor at Virginia Views. She recently was awarded The Liebster Blog Award and most graciously passed the torch to Mama’s Empty Nest. Dor is definitely liebster.
According to Dor, this award “recognizes up and coming bloggers and winners are asked to ‘pay it back and forward.’ The award is given to those bloggers who have less than 200 followers.”
The Rules for the Liebster Award are as follows:
- Link back to the blogger who gave you this award.
- Post the award to your blog.
- Post 11 things about yourself.
- Answer the questions asked of you, plus create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.
- Nominate 11 people you think deserve the award and link them to your post.
- Go to their pages and tell them they have been chosen.
Linking back to my friend Dor’s blog is easy to do and I’m pleased to recommend her blog to all my friends and readers. Posting the award on my blog – also easy. There it is, positioned in this post, and taking up a little space on my awards page.
Now comes the not so easy thing.
Post 11 things about yourself. Well, here goes!
1) Unless you know me personally, this may come as a surprise to you because since I began blogging, I’ve kept anonymous. To some, I’m only known as Mama or MEN (Mama’s Empty Nest). But my real name is Cindy.
2) I’ve been married to the most wonderful but sometimes wacky man for 35 years. And unless I was a child bride, which I wasn’t, that tells you I am definitely middle-aged, or as I like to call it, on the down slide to 60.
3) I’m not crazy about dogs. The feeling is not mutual, however. They appear to love me.
4) I am fanatical about ice cubes. I must have ice in any cold drink, whether it is sweet tea, unsweetened tea, soda (or as we call it here – pop), or just plain water. Must. Have. Ice.
5) I love sleeping in a cold bedroom. In the dead of winter when it’s freezing outside, snow on the ground, cold wind blowing, you may drive past my house at night and you’ll notice that my bedroom window is open a tad. This habit evolved because of those dratted menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats years ago, but now both hubby and I prefer a cold bedroom since we sleep better at cooler temperatures. Brrr…in a good way!
6) I drive an all-wheel drive vehicle for one purpose – to make it out of my uphill driveway every winter. When it snows here at Mama’s Empty Nest, it blows and drifts and makes my driveway a challenge. Plus, I love my Freddy Forester (the name I dubbed my trusty SUV).
7) This is the seventh item in my list of things about me, so it seems fitting to relate that this is my seventh year of living cancer-free, for which I am so very thankful.
8) I like the number 8. I don’t really know why, I just do. If I were an ice skater, I’d skate figure eights a lot.
9) I just don’t understand why everyone wants to read on Kindle. Really, reading on a screen is not nearly as relaxing as cozying up with a real, honest-to-goodness paper and binding book, turning real pages that I can feel in my hands, and locating a real bookmark to keep my place. And browsing libraries and book stores is soothing to me. Firing up a hand-held electronic device just doesn’t create the same feeling, virtually. Call me a dinosaur. I can take it.
10) This item seems like a dichotomy, but it’s true. I like lots of open space in a house; closed-in spaces make me feel claustrophobic. But wide open spaces like the prairie in the central part of our country almost frighten me. Go figure.
11) I’m happy and relieved to report that I survived this year – our “Year of the Weddings” in which all three of our adult children married. It was stressful and most joyful all at the same time and I believe I’m still someone sane from the experience. I know I am thrilled beyond measure to add three more wonderful people to our family! For those of you who want to see photos from the last wedding held just a couple of weeks ago, hang on. They’re coming soon, I promise.
Here are the 11 questions Dor chose for us lucky award recipients:
1) If you could go anywhere in the world and stay for a month, where would you choose to go? My first thought was a nice, warm, sunny beach somewhere, but then I thought, “Nah….I’d get weary of just lounging on a beach for an entire month.” So where would I spend a month anywhere in the whole wide world? I think I’d go to the country of my ancestors – merry old England. And even though it probably wouldn’t be warm or sunny, I’d explore the old country as much as I possibly could and imagine my ancestors living there.
2) What is your hobby? Besides blogging, I love to take photographs, but I’m really such an amateur. I’m an avid crossword puzzle solver. I’m a reader when I have time and I used to enjoy crafts.
3) What was your childhood dream? Don’t laugh. My fondest childhood dream was an aspiration to be famous. I decided early on in my life that I was either going to be a famous actress or a famous writer. Unfortunately, I am neither.
4) What was the best gift you ever received? Just recently, I received a gift that left me speechless. But I’m going to leave you in suspense over that one because I plan to write a post about it very soon. Stay tuned!
5) What is your favorite movie? That is hard to narrow down because I like a lot of movies. Many of my favorite movies are old ones like It’s a Wonderful Life and The Thin Man.
6) Who is the person who inspired you the most? I’d have to say there were two people – my parents. My mom battled cancer for less than a year before she succumbed. She battled bravely without complaining, without regrets, without feeling sorry for herself. Instead she chose to be grateful for the life she had been given and the blessings that surrounded her. I hope I am half the person she is. My dad also inspired me as he was the most kind, gracious, well-liked and respected man. He also never said anything harsh or unpleasant about anyone. I’d like to follow in his footsteps and be a chip off the old block, but I have to keep working on that.
7) What is your favorite dessert? Anything chocolate, except when eaten after 7 p.m. when the caffeine in the chocolate keeps me up all night.
8) What is your favorite quote? Oh, that’s difficult because I am an ardent collector of quotes. I love quotes and keep them in a notebook. I could choose a poignant quote, a philosophical one, even a scripture from God’s Word could qualify as a favorite. But I may surprise a few people with this quote that I think says it all: “Just keep swimming.” ~ Dory in Finding Nemo
9) What do you do for relaxation? I sit. Honestly, that’s what I do to relax. I sit and I’m quiet and I de-stress.
10) What is your favorite remembered scent/smell from childhood? The clean, fresh scent of soap. It reminds me of my mother.
11) If you could be a character in a book, who would you choose to be? Hands down, Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. No matter how many times I read that book, I always find myself admiring this character.
Now it’s my turn to pass the Liebster on to my list of 11 must-read bloggers, although I don’t know if my honorees have less than 200 followers or not. I only know that I follow them and they are dear friends of mine.
They are my go-to list, but I want to tell my new followers that I just haven’t had time to check out your blogs yet. I have a lengthy list of new folks to read about and I’m hoping to do just that
soon after the holidays are over and the long winter sets in.
- Homestead Ramblings
- These Days of Mine
- Georgette Sullins Blog
- Living in Graceland
- Montana Outdoors
- Big Happy Nothing
- Writing For Daisies
- Believe Anyway
- Nikole Hahn’s Journal
- Saturday Evening Porch
- Laura’s Blog
Some of my faves don’t really get into these awards that much, and that’s just fine. Whatever floats my boat may sink yours, so I won’t be offended if you choose not to respond to the Liebster Award and its rules.
But if you are feeling whimsical and want to answer my 11 questions, here they are:
1) If you made a bucket list, what would be the number one item on that list?
2) What is your favorite holiday?
3) How did you decide on the name of your blog?
4) What is one of your most beloved family traditions?
5) What is your all-time favorite thing in the world to eat?
6) Where have you traveled that is the farthest away from your home?
7) Which is better – television, movies, or book?
8) If you celebrate Christmas, when do you open gifts, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
9) If you own a Kindle, why do you like it? If you don’t, why not?
10) It’s almost Thanksgiving, for what are you most thankful?
11) Have you ever met one of your blogging buddies in person? What was the experience like?
I’m grateful for my readers and my blogging buddies, for my oldest and dearest friends and my new, endearing ones, for the opportunity to be honored and the chance to honor someone else.
Danke schön, mein liebster lesern.
(Thank you very much, my dearest readers. Not sure I got that German correct, but I tried!)