Since I began this blogging journey, I have been blessed by the connections I have made with my chers lecteurs. I never once imagined, when I decided to throw caution to the winds and start a blog, that anyone would actually read it…but to my astonishment, not only do I have some chers lecteurs, but recently, three very special ladies have nominated my blog for the “Leibster” award.
I am truly honored that they would think enough of my words to do this. The Leibster award is a way to recognize young blogs (those with less than 200 followers) It’s a way to shine some sunlight on these tender shoots, and I truly appreciate it! While I don’t think I can follow all the rules to accept the award, I would like to make this post in honor of these kind ladies instead.
Here is a bouquet of flowers for these three who nominated me:
Halley at halleygentil – An American lady living in Switzerland and teaching language, she is living a dream and writing about it so we can all share her adventures. I met her during the A to Z Challenge and I love seeing Switzerland through her eyes.
Celine at Celine Jeanjean’s Blog – A French lady living in Hong Kong! Very exotic if you ask me! Her writing style on her blog is so engaging that I am very much looking forward to the Book that she is writing. I think she’s one to watch!
AnnMarie at anntogether – An artist in every sense of the word, because she draws, paints, takes amazing photos and writes about all of it with a lot of skill. I love how she writes about her beautiful family and her art.
So here are the flowers I want to offer to you, trois belles dames (three beautiful ladies):
I learned of these blog awards early on, but just because I get a little overwhelmed, I have to make the decision to not pass on the nominations or participate in the awards in the full sense. The best award I have from blogging is simply faire votre connaissance (to make your acquaintance) through your comments and your visits, dear readers. I want you to know that if you visit here and leave a comment, I will visit you back and reply to your comment! It’s my way of showing you ma reconnaissance (gratefulness.)
In the spirit of Leibster (which means “dearest” or “lovely” in German) I wish to answer 11 of the questions from these three. I won’t answer all of them or everyone will fall asleep 🙂 So I’ve just chosen a few from each nomination.
Before I start rambling, I’d like to recognize a few “lovely” blogs in honor of Liebster:
Debra at Under the Pecan Leaves for her special appreciation of the environment and her interesting facts about many many unique things
Bast at theopposablecat – a linguistics student who studies all kinds of languages (bien sûr le français) and writes about very interesting things. I learn about all kinds of new words and literature at her site!
Mizzdublin at fromdublintoparis – An Irish lady in Paris. Ireland is (so far) the only European country I have actually spent any time in, and I do have an Irish maiden name 🙂 I enjoy reading about her “Sunday Strolls” in Paris as well as her posts about her home country.
Jennifer at Graceful Press Poetry – Simply some of the most beautiful poetry I have read in a long time. I am fortunate to have discovered her blog through Yeahwrite!
Anne à je dis, tu dis, il dit,nous disons– bien sûr je dois mentionner un blog français ! J’adore son blog. Elle aide les personnes qui étudient la langue français ! Elle écrit de la langue et de la culture français. En plus, elle fait des enregistrements. Avec sa voix très douce, on peut entendre le rythme et le phrasé du français. C’est chouette!
And now to answer some Liebster questions:
1) The best part of waking up is… Seeing the love of my life sleeping next to me. And a cup of freshly-brewed, fair-trade Congo Kiva, roasted yesterday by Eric the Coffee Roaster and ground and brewed by me today 😉
2) What is your favorite smell? What does it remind you of? – Anise. Because it makes me think of baking biscochitos at Christmastime. (New Mexico’s state cookie, it is a sort of anise-flavored shortbread)
3) Name two things still on your bucket list and one thing you’ve crossed off! – Hmmm. It’s more than two things, but I’m listing it as “at least two” – “Visiting as many European Capital Cities as possible.” I’m starting with Paris 🙂 And as for one that I’ve crossed off, I guess I’d have to say doing a parachute jump! Did that one about 10 years ago in California. It was awesome, but I don’t think I want to make a hobby of it!
4) What would your response be if a new friend proved to you that you aren’t human? I would tell them to get packed, so they could help me find “my people.”
5) Any guilty pleasures? Other than a properly made apple fritter, I would have to say it is notebooks, fountain pens, and other pretty paper products. And maybe cosmetics. And scarves. Ok, I have a lot of them!
6) What is your favorite sport/activity/hobby besides blogging or writing? I enjoy reading, hiking, and playing my flute. And attempting to watch French movies without subtitles. Which I always watch a second time with the subtitles 😛
7) Has blogging altered your perception, even the slightest bit, of your ‘creative’ self? Yes, I’d say it has in the sense that I never thought I could write anything that other people (like, not my family or profs who would be obligated) would read. I have found the various “challenges” and “prompts” to be “challenging” and quite enjoyable. I think I am finding out that I do indeed have a “style” or “voice” of my own!
8) What’s your favorite color? Why is it your favorite color? – That’s a difficult one because it depends on my mood. Most often it is some shade of pink or purple. I think because it makes me think of the sky at dusk, or of Easter eggs and ruffles. I’m pretty “girly.” There are other times that I really love red, though. I love the combination of red, white, and black because it is striking and classic. I wear a lot of black and white with touches of these other colors.
9) If I had wings I would… Well, most days I actually do have wings, sort of. They are attached to a nice little jet, but they work ok. If I had wings like a bird I would do as the hawks do and find a thermal to lift me as high as possible and enjoy the silence.
And because I’m supposed to do 11 questions, here are two that both Halley and Celine asked:
10) Can you fake any accents? Not really. I do a passable West Texan, but I come by that honestly because I was actually born in Texas, though I never lived there. My parents are Texans.
11) Have you ever milked a cow? Nope. But I appreciate cows very much. Particularly those who produce milk which then gets turned into great cheese. Like Mimolette. Which I have to go to France to enjoy. (Quelle horreur! 😉 )
In conclusion, I just want to say “Merci mille fois” once more to these amazing ladies, and in the spirit of Leibster I will continue to sprinkle my posts with links to amazing blogs I run across while reading, especially the “young” blogs. It is in this way that I wish to encourage my fellow bloggers.
À bientôt, chers lecteurs! (see you soon dear readers!)
P.S. I did not quite finish my “Mots de mercredi” (Wednesday words) yesterday, therefore I am doing my best to post them today, even though c’est jeudi, aujourd’hui (Today is Thursday) Will you forgive me? 🙂
Photo credits, from left to right:
“jasmine” for use by pixabay under CC0 1; “larkspur” by Rameshng (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons; “Iris” By U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons