Liebster Award: Sharing New Blogs!

One of my favorite bloggers, http://foxonanisland.com/, has nominated me for a Liebster Award for new blogs. I had never heard of this award before, but I’m honored to be nominated!

Here are the answers to my questions:

1.) How long have you been blogging for? A few weeks this time, though I blogged for a short time back in college.

2.) What is your favorite pizza topping? Black olives.

3.) What’s the one thing you could never live without? My family, of course, but as far as “things” go, I’m awfully attached to my computer. I wrote my first short stories on a typewrite. I think I cried the first time I used a word processor.

4.) What’s the best book you have ever read? I have to pick? I’ve read so many, and so many good books. Can we narrow it down at all? What genre, era, author, or subject? (Or by what mood I’m in.) If you come to my house and pick a random book off the shelf, that could very well be my favorite book. That day. I’m a bibliophile. Can you tell?

5.) What musicians are you currently listening to? I listen to a variety of artists and genres, everything from classical to hard rock. Since my daughter was born, I’ve mostly been listening to lullaby’s and kid songs.

6.) Where do you live, and do you like it there? Alabama, and strangely enough, I do. The climate is nice; it never gets cold for long (which is a plus, when your body has issues dealing with the cold, like mine does.) The growing season is 7 months long and you can usually overwinter greens and root vegetables. Most of the people are nicer than the stereotypes, and while we don’t see eye to eye with many of them, most people are content to mind their own business. That said, there are some places in this state (and several others), were I would not feel safe traveling with my family.

7.) Of the places you have traveled, what city/country is your favourite? Toronto, Ontario. I love that city and would have moved there if it wasn’t so cold. I just can’t handle freezing temps in August.

8.) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Living here on our farm with my wife and children. I hope to publish one of my novels by then. I’ve published several short stories, but I want to get my novels out there as well.

9.) Cat person or dog person? This is a hard one. I prefer dogs and I’m allergic to cats, but I got “adopted” by a Siamese cat in college. Gabby (short for Gabrielle) is a full-blood seal-point Siamese (with papers no less!). My then roommate bought her from the breeder as a surprise birthday gift for her fiance, who had been toying with the idea of getting a cat. That didn’t work out so well. Gabby quickly took up with me, and when the roommate said she was going to take the kitten to the pound if I didn’t want her, we made it official. She’s been my cat and I’ve been her servant ever since. (I should have bought stock in the company that makes Claritin long ago.) Interesting fact: According to her papers, Gabby was born on 9/11.

10.)  What is your least favourite word? Can’t. Don’t ever tell me I can’t do something. I’ll do it just to prove you wrong. This stubborn streak has served me well, coming as I do from a very poor family and a very rough background. I taught myself to read as a child, made it through high school (with honors), not only went to but graduated college, etc, all despite and because of the numerous people who told me I couldn’t do it.

11.) Imagine you’ve moved into a new house that is painted all white; what colours would you paint the walls? We’re actually in this situation, having just bought our house back in August of 2013. The walls were all white when we moved in (except for the kitchen, which is a loooooong story). I hate neutral walls, so we’ve been slowly painting all the rooms. T’s room is a sunny yellow. Our bedroom is a dusky rose. The dining room is a sage green. The living room will be a warm white with pink undertones. The third bedroom will be a pretty lavender or lilac color. We’re still debating the rest of the house.

via Liebster Award: Sharing New Blogs!.

Favorite blogs:

I have several, actually. Here’s a sampling.

http://foxonanisland.com/

http://newlywoodwards.com/

http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/

http://thekitchensgarden.com/

I’m also supposed to pass this on to other new bloggers. I don’t know that many, but here’s one I really like:

http://bridetobrick.wordpress.com/

And here are your questions:

1.) How long have you been blogging for?

2.) Why do you blog?

3.) Where do you find your inspirations and materials?

4.) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

5.) What’s the one thing you could never live without?

6.) What’s the best book you have ever read?

7.) What drives you outside of your blog pursuits?

8.) Coffee, tea, or neither?

9.) Who’s your favorite blogger?

10.) What’s your favorite color?

11.) What do you like most and least about blogging?

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