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The Liebster: my very first blogging award!

In my over 3 years of blogging, I have never, ever, been nominated for any type of ‘blogging’ award. I figured because I am (self-hosted) rather than (WP hosted) that my chances for those sorts of things were stacked against me. So be it.
Well, that all changed during my Summer of Dad time away from regular secure internet access.  LuLu from The Real Adventures of Becoming (whatever this thing is that I am presuming is the authentic and genuine) Me nominated me a few weeks ago for the Liebster Award. She is a gentle soul with a writing style that is deep and pure. Thanks for thinking of me, LuLu!

Liebster Award

My very first blog award!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and tag him or her in your post
  • Display the award on your blog by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a ‘widget’
  • Answer the 11 questions asked of you and list 11 Random Facts About Yourself
  • Provide rules for accepting the award (cut and paste this section into your own post)
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers you enjoy (ideally with 1000 or fewer followers) and inform them of their nominations
  • Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Post your Liebster Award blog post link in the comments of your nominator’s Liebster Award Post
  • LAURA’S AMENDMENT: I realize some of my nominees are challenged by chronic pain, fatigue, fading muscle control, etc and may shy away from this award simply due to the amount of effort involved in following the ‘rules’. Because I want you to have a voice in this award process, I thought I’d add an amendment – Do rule #s 1,2,4 and 7 as directed, but adjust the rest of the rules to your own needs. For instance answer half of the questions asked of you, create a few new questions for your nominees to answer, etc. I really want to enable those of you with less energy/physical stamina to participate as I fully enjoy your blogs. Maybe call this the “Liebster Award with Laura’s Amendment”?   🙂

Now, onward with LuLu’s questions

What is your favorite season?
If you won the lottery and never needed to work again, what would you do with your time? Would you still want to work even if you didn’t have to?
Meh! I’ll pass on this one, okay?
What is your favorite way to pass time or relax on a Saturday afternoon?
I tend to equate Sunday afternoons with relaxing…passing time (and food!) around the table with family and/or watching a Broncos game during the appropriate season.
But as for Saturday afternoons?  Go Exploring!

Mama Cass is our Porch Cat

MamaCass claims her space

Do you have any pets? What kind?
In 2015 we were adopted by Mama Cat (now called MamaCass).  She was once the ‘kitty-producer Queen’ of the neighborhood.  She is now Queen of our porch (and snipped!).
Where is your ideal weekend getaway?
That varies with life circumstances and deep soul cravings…
Right now, this very moment, I’d love to getaway to the perfect studio space.
A place stocked with all sorts of recording, composing, and performing gadgets complete with individuals to help me sort through how to get what effect I want as well as teach me tech stuff and then mysteriously disappear. The equipment arranged in such a manner as to allow free and unimpeded movement from desk, to practice stool, to various instruments; to the sound board experimenting with mixes, playbacks, volumes and such.
A place with gorgeous wood floors reflecting the pure tones of my classical guitar playing and inspiring new ideas as my fingers caress those strings.
A place with magical musician buddies just waiting to be called for use in ensemble settings…then creating together; bringing notes on the page to life…100% musical immersion.
Ahhh, bliss.
Are you more of a city person, country person, or somewhere in between?
Country Cousins/City Cousins. There are pluses and minuses to both. But bottom line for me is whether or not a ‘place’ has an underlying sense of community.
Do you have a favorite television show? What is it?
Okay, it used to be taboo to call me on any given Tuesday evening since NCIS reigned in my TV world.  But…allegiance has shifted sharply towards Blue Bloods…mostly because of those scenes with the family all around the table enjoying Sunday Dinner together, and partly because Ma loved Tom Selleck…I think his sexy bushy eyebrows (check out the end of this video) reminded her of why she married Dad!

What was your favorite subject when you were in school?
E-reader or old-fashioned book?
I love the comfort of a book-in-hand, but the need to read causes me to take the written word in any form it is offered.
Have you ever taken a road trip? Where did you go? What was it like?
Really? I can only pick one road trip?
Tons to choose from starting with childhood trips through college age through parenting days and through till now.  As a mom, the one I most remember is when all five of us (me, hubby, and our three kiddos) drove from our home in Colorado to visit Chicago family, then through Detroit under the tunnel to Ontario through the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to NYC parking our Oldsmobile cutlass supreme station wagon at a college-buddy’s place of work to board a plane to Europe to join my folks on a trip through London-Paris-Rome then back to NYC to pick up the car and attend my hubby’s family reunion on a mountain in West Virginia, then, back to Colorado.
Crazy fun.
What is one piece of advice or wisdom that you hope your future self never forgets?
Jesus Loves Me, Family is Forever, and ‘Laugh Hearty, Cry Deeply’ (my own quote circa 1995)

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I love milkweed plants.
  2. Purple is my favorite color and has been even before it was a popular choice.
  3. I can play my nose as an instrument.
  4. I think feet are one of God’s ugliest creations.
  5. I only have RI, DE, OR, WA and ND left to drive through in order to claim ‘been there, done that’ in all 48 contiguous states.
  6. I’m a Margarita and Chardonnay type of gal.
  7. I’m related to Dean Martin by way of my GranMa Bruno. She ‘adopted’ him as her son while talking with him on a beach in San Diego back in the day.
  8. Someday I wanna ride an elephant.
  9. I can’t paint, but love color, so I quilt.
  10. My favorite non-traditional trees are: Jacaranda and Sumac.
  11. I love the smell of wet desert.

The fun of the Leibster award is sharing it with others. I am passing along this award to the following nominees. I love to follow their insightful blogs. They each share a unique voice, and I hope that you will check out their sites. Below the list of nominees are my 11 questions to each of them.

The Questions:

  1. Do you read several books at the same time or one at a time?
  2. What makes you break into your ‘happy dance’?
  3. Describe yourself in 3 words.
  4. What do you wish outsiders understood about the struggles you are facing right now?
  5. Where/what would you like to go/do that you have not yet explored/done?
  6. Which of your blog posts is your favorite and why? Please provide a link.
  7. Imagine you have superpowers. What would your power be? How about your ‘new’ name?
  8. What 3 traits do you look for in a friend?
  9. How is your life making an impact on the next generation?
  10. What is your favorite color, flower, tree, dessert?
  11. Coffee, tea, or????
    coffee art

    Two of my favorite things: goats & dark roast coffee


  1. Lori

    I love your personal quote. It’s one I could learn to heed.
    I’m so with you on Number 4.

    • laura bruno lilly

      So funny, many have expressed agreement on that #4!
      Glad you can relate to my personal quote, Lori.

  2. Lulu

    Thank you for your very kind words about my blog! This post was really great. I admire the way that you amended the rules and made the award your own. Your adventurous spirit is truly an inspiration! And I absolutely agree that it is less about the place and more about who shares it with you and what happens there.
    P.S. I had to Google “milkweed.” Thanks for teaching me something new!

    • laura bruno lilly

      I have to add that I love milkweed plants in all stages of development…from fragrant purple flowers to monarch caterpillers feasting & turning into butterflies, to the budding of the seed pods to the opening of those same seed pods from which flow fluffy seeds, to dried up stalks…
      Thanks again for nominating me for that Liebster Award…fun and such an honor coming from you, LuLu.

  3. Jane Chesebrough Thanks for the nomination for the Leibster Award, Laura. Stil working on the composition. Have a great day!

    • laura bruno lilly

      No timeframe on this as far as I’m concerned. I look forward to reading your completed post. Take care

  4. Donna

    Interesting to find out more information on you through the questions, Laura. I am surprised you were never nominated for the awards. GWGT was often, but I made a point to say I don’t participate. It is so time consuming and these memes never end. Interesting questions you posed too.

    • laura bruno lilly

      Yes, it is time consuming, but I figured doing one every third year, I could invest that time! HA!
      Enjoy your time off from blogging – especially regarding family, friends and the holidays.

  5. Jennie Fitzkee

    Thank you, Laura!

    • laura bruno lilly

      You’re most welcome, Jennie.

  6. Shannon/MSnubutterflies

    Thank you so much for the nomination Laura. Greatly appreciated.

    • laura bruno lilly

      I’m sure thrilled you dashed ahead and just did it and that my Amendment actually helped in its small way.
      Take care and I’m with you on that happy dance reason!

  7. Linda W.

    Congratulations, Laura, on your award! So cool. Loved your advice. 🙂 And thank you for nominating me. I appreciate it. I’ve done the Liebster before, so if it’s okay, I’ll just accept the honor of being nominated. But I’ll put my answers to your questions here:
    1. Do you read several books at the same time or one at a time?
    One at a time, though I check out others that I want to read. Once I find the next batch of books to read, I return to the first book.
    2. What makes you break into your ‘happy dance’?
    When I finish a draft of a story. I can now relax and revise—my favorite part of the writer journey.
    3. Describe yourself in 3 words.
    Author, Believer, Hopeful
    4. What do you wish outsiders understood about the struggles you are facing right now?
    That when I talk about what’s going on, that’s not an invitation for them to jump in with advice as if they know how to fix the situation. Sometimes, I just want a listening ear.
    5. Where/what would you like to go/do that you have not yet explored/done?
    I’d love to go to Italy, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, and Australia.
    6. Which of your blog posts is your favorite and why? Please provide a link.
    I don’t have a favorite post. Believe it or not, all are favorites.  But this one was fun to write:
    7. Imagine you have superpowers. What would your power be? How about your ‘new’ name?
    I would be like Storm of the X-Men, with the power to control the weather. Um the name Storm really says it all.
    8. What 3 traits do you look for in a friend?
    Humor, Empathy, Tact
    9. How is your life making an impact on the next generation?
    I’m writing fantasy stories for kids and teens to help safeguard their imagination and sense of wonder.
    10. What is your favorite color, flower, tree, dessert?
    Favorite color is red; favorite flower is the gerbera daisy; favorite dessert is the banana cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory.
    11. Coffee, tea, or????
    Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider

    • laura bruno lilly

      Hello Linda! Thanks for doing the Liebster in this unique way!
      I especially like your reason for writing…in addition to the fact that you just are compelled to write as a passion-need…
      Keep on keepin’ on, girl or should I say ‘Storm Girl’?

      • Linda W.

        Storm Girl works for me, Laura!

  8. Andy

    My wife is definitely with you on random fact #4.
    If ever this is directed my way, my default answer is: “I was a postman for eleven years, wearing boots for nine hours a day!”

    • laura bruno lilly

      Ha! Never thought about the postman angle, though, geesh.

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