Liebster Award

I was excited to see Friday that I had received the Liebster award from Rachel at doilooksick.

To accept this award, here are the rules:
• 1. You must thank the person who gave you this award – check
• 2. You must display the Liebster heart on your blog – check
• 3. You should nominate 7 other blogs – check
• 4. Each person must post 11 things about themselves – check
• 5. Answer the questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you – check
• 6. Create 11 questions for those you nominate to answer – check
• 7. Notify your nominees and provide a link back to your post. – check

doilooksick authored by Rachel is a wonderful site that I have been following for the last five months.   Her mission is to educate others on invisible illnesses.  Rachel has also added a wonderful series entitled Chronic Travel Bug.  doilooksick also just celebrated its first birthday.  I am happy to say that I have been following nearly half of its first year.

The blogs I am nominating are: 

  • The Labyrinth – Miche is educating others on her ordeal with mold and chemical sensitivities while trying to attend college.  I can’t seem to get my comment to post.  Miche – I hope you see this.
  • Living With Fibro – Calvin tells the story of a young man suffering from fibromyalgia.  Calvin has recently published a book of poetry and started The Gluten Free Chef where he bakes and sells gluten-free products.
  • Celiac and Allergy Adventures – Amanda talks about living with Celiac Disease as well as other allergies.
  • Jen’s Thoughts – As the author of a soon to be published book, I appreciate Jen’s blog topics on strategies for writers and reviews.
  • Dysautonomiac – Lindsay shares  information into her life living with dysautonomia (POTS).
  • akrummenacker – Allan also lives with fibromyalgia.  Despite the fatigue and pain that comes with fibromyalgia, Allan just had his first book published.  It is on my list of books to read very soon.
  • Mastcellactivation – Anaphylaxing discusses what life is like constantly battling anaphylaxis.  As a person who has had her share of anaphylaxis episodes, I can sympathize with her.

And now 11 things about myself (wow that is a lot of things to come up with).

  1. I love to read and am finding that I am enjoying my new Kindle more than I ever thought I would.  I used to read mostly mysteries and now I find myself becoming a more eclectic reader.
  2. I love being outdoors when the pollen and mold counts aren’t too high and going for walks.  I tried bicycling but it sends my asthma into a tizzy.
  3. I love old movies, especially Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day.
  4. I wet sanded the entire primered body of my 1964 Chevy Impala that my dad was restoring for me in preparation for being painted.
  5. I hated riding the bus in high school so rather than catch the bus a few blocks from my house to take me to the high school I attended, I walked the approximately 2 miles each way even in the cold and even in my short skirts and heels (we weren’t allowed to wear jeans or even pantsuits at the time).
  6. I love the fact that in less than a year I have 63 followers to my blog and have published over 200 posts.
  7. I was nominated to Who’s Who in Junior Colleges.
  8. I nailed off the entire sub-floor of a 2500 square foot house by myself.
  9. I want to be in Disneyland right now with my grandchildren but can’t because there is no place for me stay.
  10. I am finishing up the final stages of my book in preparation for submission.
  11. I enjoy crafting and sewing.  At one time in my life I had a boutique every year at Christmas where I sold my bears, dolls and other crafty things I made.

My 11 questions from doilooksick.

1. You don’t look sick. How do you look? In my mind I still look like I did thirteen years ago before I got sick.  My hair is colored, I am wearing my contacts, and I am wearing make-up.
2. What was your favorite thing that happened on valentines day this year?  My husband ate a simple dinner with no special dessert while I ate my lamb stew in preparation for my allergy treatment.
3. When you tell people about your illness or health problem, what would you like to hear in response?  How does this affect you?  I am so sorry that you have to live within such strict guidelines.  What can I do to make it easier for you to be around me (and really mean it).
4. What’s one skill you’d really love to learn? I would love to learn to tat.  As a highschooler an elderly woman my mom was caring for tried to teach me and I had no patience.
5. What’s one thing you’re wanting? A trip that is further away than a day trip where I can spend the night in a hotel, eat whatever I want, and go shopping.
6. What’s three things you’re thankful for? I am thankful for a husband that is still with me after my life became so complicated.  I am thankful for family that understands and are willing to accommodate my crazy life.  I am thankful that both my daughters have partners that do not think I am crazy  and have accepted my life since day one.
7. What has changed in your life in the past five years?  My sensitivities have improved some through treatment and I have been blessed with the addition of the last two of my three grandchildren.
8. What would you like to be different in five years? I would like to world to be more aware of chemical sensitivities and the ravages of mold exposures and I would like to be well enough to take a trip.
9. Do you have many friends or just a few close friends?  That is a good question.    I have about four friends that have hung with me through this illness and I have become close friends with a few that I have met along my way because of this illness.
10. What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened because of your illness or health problem? There have been a few that I can think of.  The funniest one was one that I talked about here in my blog.  My daughter and I were on the side of the road trying desperately to get a garbage bag over her hair because she had just had it done and it was making me sick in car when I highway patrolman pulled over to see what the problem was.
11. What’s your dream job? Gosh, I don’t know if I have a dream job.  I have learned to love writing since working on my book and starting this blog.  I also love to sew.  I would love to have the energy and stamina to make clothes for little children who have nothing.  A friend and I once said years ago that it would be nice to make Easter dresses for little girls and give them away.  I do, however, work on quilts when the mood and energy level are just right that I donate to a children’s hospital.

My 11 questions to those I have given the award.

  1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  2. If you could pick someone famous to support your cause, who would it be and why?
  3. How many books do you currently have on your shelf or e-reader waiting to be read?
  4. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  5. What is your favorite holiday?
  6. If you could cure one illness, what would it be?
  7. Do you like surprises?
  8. What are you most thankful for?
  9. Who is your hero?  Why?
  10. What is the last blog you have signed up to follow?
  11. What is your favorite song?


12 responses to “Liebster Award


  2. Hmm – maybe I will get a book and shuttle and try again. Possibly this summer when the days are longer and my energy level and perhaps my patience higher. My sister and I were talking about the tatting a few weeks ago. The same woman was “attempting” to teach her as well. Neither one of us had any success. If I try, I will let you know.

  3. Wow, great questions! And great responses to mine, too, I really enjoyed reading about you. I love that side of the road story, that’s totally what inspired the question! Haha! And I agree, 11 things is hard to come up with! I’m very impressed at all the hard work you’ve done, flooring a house and sanding a car, it’s just crazy! 🙂 You’re a fascinating person and I’m glad to know you.

  4. I just saw it. Thank you. I have four to accept now, and I’ve just managed to find some time to do it, and like Rachel, I’ll make a special page to post them up. You must know that the first one I ever received from you, I was in a very dark place, and receiving it bought me much joy (hence pretending to be Gwyneth Paltrow). Now, when I receive one, I feel that same feeling.

    • Ah that is so nice. I never thought about making a separate page. I need to do some work on the blog to move some things around to make them easier to work with. I am doing my photos this afternoon and spending the day tomorrow with my sister (long over due) at a daffodil festival about an hour’s drive from here. I will try and take pictures to post. I have been so busy working on the blog, getting things moving on the book cover and webpage that I have neglected working on the little quilts I make for a while. I think I may need to take a short break from everything else and focus on a little sewing. First I have to get in the mood and the sewing maching hasn’t been calling to me lately.

  5. Oh, I know this busy feeling. I can only entertain thought about getting my sewing machine up and running. I need to put a curtain together; my neighbours can see right in! I have some questions for your interview ready; I’m just putting the final touches on it. We are doing non-fiction and talking about interview and writing them up in class, so it’s helpful for me to to do this. Is Skype better, or emailing them? For me, it’s Skype, but I’m happy to work with you either way. (And, I know you’re busy, so best we do this when you think it’s most beneficial to your book!)


    (sent from my beach house! It’s okay except for when it rains!)


  6. I hope you don’t mind but I shared your blog info on my face book page. Sometimes I have difficulty getting to your blogs I thought this would make it easier for me to get to them. thanks

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