Sunshine Blogger Award

I’d like to give a shout-out and thank Lee-Anne at Just Me Please travel blog for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s great to hear a fellow blogger commend you for your work and know that they enjoy reading your posts.


The Sunshine Blogger Award rules are:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked.

Nominate 11 other bloggers, making sure to let each one know that they are nominated.

Ask the nominees 11 questions.

My answers to 11 Questions are:

  1. What is your favorite drink?  Cabernet in the winter, Stella Artois in the summer; non-alcoholic would be Pellegrino with lemon (among others!) 
  2. Where is your hometown?  (United States) Western central Pennsylvania, on the border of PA & Ohio
  3. Do you prefer sweet, sour, bitter or savory flavors? Savory
  4. What is your favorite song? I have many favorites, but one since childhood is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” 
  5. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?  Everyday life, memories, current events, and other blogs.
  6. Are you a minimalist or a collector?  I tend to be a collector, but I’m trying to downsize and keep only those things that are truly meaningful.
  7. What color is your suitcase?  I don’t own a suitcase (I always borrow.) However, when I buy luggage it will be a dark color, such as black or navy blue (won’t show dirt.)
  8. Which trees do you like the best?  Any kind that offers shade on a hot, sunny day!
  9. Do you have a day job as well as blogging?  I left my job of 18 years this past October, moved to Florida, and am currently job searching. Anyone hiring? 
  10. What is your favorite smell or scent?  Baked goods fresh from the oven.
  11. Do you prefer to eat meat or vegetables?  Vegetables, but I’m not a vegetarian; I love chicken & BBQ.


PLEASE NOTE:  I know that some people have “award free” blogs, may have already been nominated, just don’t have time right now, etc. So, if I nominate you and this is the case, no worries and no need to respond! 

My 11 Nominees for the award are:



My 11 Questions for the nominees are:

  1. Who is your favorite actor.
  2. Who is your favorite actress.
  3. Name one of your favorite books.
  4. Name one travel destination that is still on the bucket list.
  5. Name a fear that you carried from childhood into adulthood.
  6. Name something (anything) that you want to accomplish.
  7. Name a favorite childhood memory.
  8. Name someone that you look up to.
  9. Name a historical figure that you’d like to emulate.
  10. Name the charity or someone you would help if you hit the big lottery.
  11. In one word describe how you want people to remember you.



Liebster Award Nomination



The idea for the Liebster Award seems to come from the German Bird of a Paradise Blog. 

The  rules for the Liebster Award are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated and link back to their blog
  2. Display the Liebster Award on your blog
  3. Share 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Answer the 11 questions you were asked
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for the award
  6. Make sure to let the bloggers know that you nominated them
  7. Don’t forget to copy the rules into your post

So, I’d like to thank Elizabeth Zertuche for the nomination!

11 Facts about me:

  1. I was born in March
  2. I’m a middle child
  3. My zodiac sign is Aries
  4. I’ve always loved to read & write
  5. I hate Math
  6. My favorite season is summer
  7. My favorite vacation destination is the beach
  8. My favorite color is blue
  9. My favorite wine is red
  10. I hate wearing glasses
  11. I want to save the world

Here are the answers to the 11 questions I was asked:

  1. Who is your favorite author? I have more than one favorite author, in different genres, so I’ll choose Dan Brown for this question.
  2. What do you want readers to take away from your blog/website? I want to connect with readers, so they  feel understood or have a new perspective on a given subject/idea.
  3. When you think of your childhood, what is your most happy memory? One that comes to mind are the plays that used to be held after school. These were my introduction to live theater performances and I remember being super excited all day in school, waiting to go see the play!
  4. Where do you go when you seek peace of mind/serenity? The beach
  5. Why do you like to write? To let the emotions out.
  6. Which do you prefer:  books, movies, serialTV/streaming shows, or     audio books/podcasts? No preference; I enjoy them all.
  7. How do you make time to write with all of life’s interruptions? I get up earlier and stay up later.
  8. Have you ever written a post, but decided to delete or not post it? Yes, a couple times.
  9. Share one of your favorite quotes. “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” ~ Christopher Morley
  10. Do you have any advice for someone wishing to start a blog/website? Do your homework and set goals.
  11. Is writing something you’ve done most of your life, or is it new? I’ve written on and off throughout my life, but always enjoyed it, but didn’t always have time to practice it.

My nominees for the Liebster Award are: