Liebster Award


Earlier this month, my talented friend and fellow WordPress blogger nominated me for the Liebster Award. Annika Perry is a gifted writer, and I urge my readers to visit her site:

I think you will enjoy her entries and find her absolutely fascinating. I know I have. Enjoy.

Today’s blog entry will have a different format. I wish to thank Annika Perry who has kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award. She provided me with the details of the award. So now to the first part of the task; namely, answering the 11 questions Annika posed.

1) Why did you start your blog?

When I published my book, A Past Worth Telling, in 2014, I began blogging and using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Since the book is a poetic memoir, I use themes in it and from my past when I blog as a means to connect with others of similar interests.

2) How do you deal with a setback at work/rejection letter, etc.?

While sometimes annoyed, I continue trying. Nothing ventured; nothing gained.

3) How do you celebrate a success?

A quiet celebration at home or a nice meal out in a favorite restaurant. I will also share my happiness with others.

4) What’s the one crazy activity/thing you wish you’d tried but never dared?

I am stumped with this one since I normally will try most anything. I guess I would have to say skydiving because of the risk involved.

5) Which of your posts has got the most views? Can you post a link to it?

The Diva Bag at
Dad and I at
A Letter of Gratitude to a Stranger at
The Adagio of my Life at
Meandering in Nature at
and my page about the author at

6) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?

Besides around the world, I would go to Europe, Scandinavia, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and the Southwest U.S.

7) What advice would you give your younger self?

Be kind to others, work hard and stay organized with good time management skills.

8) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

Walking into a class of 30+ students and speaking only German. I looked up to some very puzzled looks which at first didn’t bother me. Finally one brave soul raised her hand to inform me that this was a class of Spanish students. Every quarter, the university changed our classrooms, and I obviously had walked into the wrong room.

9) What’s your favourite drink? Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

Espresso or pomegranate juice

10) If you could travel into the past, which era would you go to and why?

Probably the early 1800s to meet my ancestors.

11) What is your most favourite (clean) joke?

It’s an elephant joke. Why do elephants paint their toenails red? I don’t know. Answer: So they can hide in cherry trees. Have you ever seen an elephant in a cherry tree? No, I haven’t. Answer: See, it works.

Next up are 11 random facts about myself:

I almost majored in music in college (piano).
Sometimes I am trilingual but most days just bilingual with German and English. French sometimes. I have 5 degrees in German.
I started working at age 11 doing babysitting and tending neighbors’ yards while they went on vacation.
I am mainly a morning person but since retirement, this has changed somewhat.
I was the church organist from age 13-18 and played daily at 6:30 AM, three times on Sundays and for all the weddings and funerals.
I love to walk in nature and especially loved growing up in rural Western Massachusetts.
I am a sewing artist as well as author.
I won the Colorado Grand Champion in Food Preparation in 4-H.
I was the second runner-up in the Colorado Junior Miss contest.
At heart, I am a creative spirit who likes thinking outside the box.
I love Colorado and graduated college in Boulder at the U. of Colorado

The next 11 are my nominations for the Liebster Award. There are so many, many eligible ones out there so my apologies in advance if I have not nominated you. In my book, however, you are all winners. Some of you have posted being award free on your sites. I still want you to have your deserved place in the spotlight.

1) Sally who blogs from Costa Rica at Currently she features beautiful photos and lives in Costa Rica
2) Joe who is a critical care nurse instructor nonpareil and has lived and taught in Nepal. A blog link is at and
3)BunKaryudo whose sense of humor will have you laughing at
4)Edward Roads writes two wonderful, intricate sentences which will send you to the dictionary at times at
5) JoHanna Massey at Lovely photos accompany her blog.
6) Anna writes as Annas Art with bold colors in many pictures at
7) Elyse Reine writes a beautiful blog with many images at
8) Annett writes amazing facts about Germany at Learn German Coach at
9) Bette A. Stevens, a Maine author inspired by nature can be found at
10) Etta D writes to motivate and does just that at
11) Stuart Perkins writes a fascinating blog called Storyshucker at

The following questions are for all my nominees. You can simply reblog my entry to link with everyone and then answer these questions on your own blog. Here are my 11 questions to my nominees.

1) What are you hobbies?
2) If you had a million dollars or equivalent in another currency, what would you do with it?
3) If you had three wishes, what would they be?
4) What invention do you find most useful in your life?
5) What are your favorite travel destinations and why?
6) How would you describe yourself in three words?
7) What or who is most important in your life?
8) What do you value in a friend?
9) Do prefer to work alone or with others, given the choice.
10) What is your favorite kind of music and why?
11) What is your favorite food and why?

To my Liebster Award Nominees:

If you wish to participate further in the Liebster awards, here are the “rules.”
1) Thank the blogger who nominate you and link to their blog.
2) Nominate 11 other bloggers to Liebster Awards 2016
3) Answer the 11 question from the blogger who nominated you.
4)Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
5)Give your candidates 11 questions to answer on their blog.


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12 Responses to Liebster Award

  1. Donna Marie says:

    this great Congratuations … did u get my nomination to you for the bloggers recognition award
    here u go sorry if not recieved before blessings

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    • I truly appreciate the award, Donna Marie. Currently I am traveling. I’ll have more time upon my return home. Blessings to you and your blogs. Life is more interesting when people speak from the heart. Thank you. ^__^


  2. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, I just spotted this as I’m back in the UK for a short while. First, thank you for your kind words about my blog.

    I love your answers to my questions – so many interesting facts and I feel each one could be the starting point for a discussion. What a wonderful list of places you’d love to visit! Pomegranate juice?! I’ve never heard of that but would definitely try it. Thank you for sharing such lovely details about yourself – truly a creative spirit! I recognise many of your nominees, all wonderful bloggers and hopefully some can carry this award forward – I can’t wait to see their answers to your questions. As always thoroughly enjoy your lovely array of photographs accompanying your post.

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    • You are most welcome, Annika. As always, you have such insightful input to my blogs. This is actually a repost since I was in Washington State for three weeks singing country music with one of my sisters who sings in several groups and bands there. She plays fiddle too. It was fun trying to sing country music. I finished the book you reviewed on singing and left it with my sister. It was a different and very enjoyable summer read. Your review was spot on with character development. Where are your travels taking you since you noted you were back in the UK? Happy writing and travels to you. Perhaps we can have blogs/discussions on the facts you mentioned. Pomegranate juice (organic) is tart, and I love the flavor. My sister found a pomegranate fruit spread which was also tasty. I am still basking in our music and visit. Thanks again. Happy travels and writing! 🙂

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      • Annika Perry says:

        I thought I recognised many parts of the post, Mary Ann but on the first day back just had to say hi! Your music weeks sound heavenly – I love country music although sadly I haven’t heard any live…So glad you enjoyed the book and hope your sister does too. My mother read it over the holidays and was very taken by it – after the first few chapters! Pomegranate spread – yikes! That is unusual – I love trying new foods (as long as it’s vegetarian). As for my travels I’m just back for a week before my mother and I head for a ‘girls-only’ time to Florida!! Her treat! I’m super excited as this will be my first time there – staying on the Atlantic coast with views across the ocean. I can’t wait! Hoping you continue having a lovely summer, filled with music, writing and creativity. 😀

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      • Enjoy your Florida experience. It will be hot and humid but on the ocean, it will be fun. Eyes out for sharks too. Where in Florida? Our son is in Tallahassee which is not on the coast and when our daughter finishes Southampton Hospital on Long Island, she will head back to the Ft. Lauderdale, FL area as a traveling nurse. Next trip to the US, you will have to take in musicals and museums in New York City. Safe journey and enjoy Florida. Can’t wait to hear more when you return. ^___^

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Sharks!! We’re staying on the coast not far from Kennedy Space Centre (guess where I’m going!). This is my second visit to the States, I spent a summer on Rhode Island but lucky enough to travel around – absolutely loved New York! Hoping to post States-side!

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      • Well, then, some future time, we shall have to meet and have some travel adventures and stories to tell. I am Massachusetts-born and love New England. Looking forward to the post. 🙂

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  3. Bun Karyudo says:

    Thank you very much for the shoutout! I appreciate it. I think you may have mentioned that incident with the Spanish class to me before. It’s a hilarious story and I can just imagine what was going through your mind at the time. It’s just such mortifying experiences that always make the best anecdotes, though. 🙂

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