It’s an Honor to Be Nominated!

PREFACE: I had a lot of work to do today, and I knew there was a storm brewing. And there was. It took me all day and into the wee hours (it’s 10pm and the lights have just come back on) to get this done. Plus… Miss M & Tony are real troopers about conversing and have sent quotes for the Dinner Party Conversation. I’ll get to that.

Aggie over at Shoestring Manor has nominated Big Food, Big Garden, Big Life for a Liebster Award! Thank you, Aggie! 

As I understand it, the Liebster Award is sort of like a chain letter for small-time bloggers– there’s no actual award associated with the Award. Humm… much as there is no actual dinner guests or conversations at imaginary dinner parties. But it is an honor to be nominated! You can read a bit more about the Liebster Award’s origins at Sopphey Says.

“Nominees” must have blogs with fewer than 200 follows. Big Food, etc. has four official followers, so I qualify. The nominated blogger in turn nominates 11 others by posting a nomination to each of their blogs (as a comment).

The nominee is required to do three things in a blog post.

1) Provide for his/her blog’s readers 11 “random facts” about him/herself. (Did you know that Aggie’s “biggest fashion statement is an apron?”)

2) Answer a set of 11 questions developed by the person who nominated him/her. (Aggie’s favorite comfort food is onion soup. Now we know.)

3) Develop a set of 11 questions for his/her nominees. (Ha. Aggie wants to know if I prefer books or movies.)

The only other rule is no “tag backs”– I cannot nominate Shoestring Manor.

Alrighty then! Let’s get started.

First– here’re Aggie’s responses to D. Marie’s (Lesson’s on the Cheap) questions.

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I used to not like the color green.
  2. The Girls make fun of the way I pronounce  the word “orange.”
  3. I do not like to shop for clothing.
  4. I do not like to shop for shoes, although I used to.
  5. I despise ants, aphids, stinkbugs and milipedes.
  6. I really really hate squash borers.
  7. I did not care for the remake of True Grit.
  8. I feel the need to watch Zombieland about once a year.
  9. My all-time favorite piece of music is D’vorak’s New World Symphony.
  10. I do not think Experimental Philosophy is headed in a productive direction.
  11. I regret that I never learned tatting.      

Answers to Aggie’s Questions:

1. How long do you wait before purchasing non-essential items? Until it becomes painfully obvious that I can no longer wait.

2.  Why are you cheap? Who said I was cheap? I’m frugal.

3. Processed, from scratch or both when you cook? With some exceptions, from scratch.

4. Manufactured or homemade (non-food)? Prefer homemade but there are exceptions, for example television sets, light bulbs, and deep freezers come to mind.

5. How handy/creative are you?  1-10 scale. 7 or 8 depending on the task.

6. Books or movies? Let me think… .

7. Why blog? a) Less crazy sounding than talking to the dogs all day; b) Share crappy old stuff with family & friends; c) Practice writing; d) Rant

8. Dogs or cats?

9. Do you use Google to spell check? No.

10.  Cast iron cookware, yes or no? Yes.

11. What did you want to be when you grew up? Forester.

My Nominees for the Liebster Award:

  1. Keep Guessing
  2. American Grouch
  3. Make, Do and Mend
  4. She Survives
  5. Double Nickle Farm
  6. Living on Less Money
  7. Mississippi Modern Homestead Center
  8. Living Rich on the Cheap
  9. Breadbasketcase
  10. Extrano’s Alley a gun blog
  11. Pare and Focus

My Questions for the Nominees:

1. If repair is possible, do you repair or replace?

2. What’s one thing you intend to do this year which will make you/your family better off four years from now?

3. Within the limits of your family budget, do you mind spending a little more to support local business as opposed to global corporations?

4. What was your last impulse purchase?

5. Do you miss the 100 watt incandescent light bulb?

6. Do you resent that you, as a “free” citizen, can no longer readily purchase 100 watt bulbs?

7. What is your favorite power hand tool?

8. Which of the first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution is your favorite?

9. What is your overall view of the Sovereign State of Mississippi? Positive? Negative? Neutral?

10. Which do you think provides the most reliable weather forecast, National Weather Service, The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, or Weather Underground?

11. Of all the technological “progress” that’s been made during your lifetime, what do you value most?

Good Lord.

This has been an instructive exercise. That I cannot easily list 11 little blogs means … Good Lord. On the other hand, I did find Lessons on the Cheap.  And I remembered Bread Basket. She’s gone silent, but if you love bread, you’ll love perusing her archives. Not sure about Extranto but I liked this:

The Stranger is a long time gun crank and pro-gun advocate, as well as a numbers guy. If you cannot measure and enumerate it, it is no better than a rumor.

Of course, I would want to ask some questions about measuring. Like, you know, what are your thoughts about the Likert Scale?

10 Responses

  1. Congratulations! But, I have a question…

    Did you really want to be a forester when you grew up,

  2. Oh. And a comment. You’re a 10 on being handy/creative. You can rig some stuff up and tie the best bow I’ve ever seen.

  3. Thanks so much for the nomination! I have won it before so have done slightly a different version for my post – but thank you for thinking of me! PS I am one of those handy ones but not that creative. I fix things hubby can’t like the vacuum cleaner but cannot craft at all. Cheers!

  4. Thank you for the kind nomination Marica! I like your questions and will try and return and give you some responses as you have taken the time to come up with some serious ones. To be honest number 9 is one I haven’t given too much consideration as I am not a resident of the state, nor do I live in a border state, but I will give sincere reflection before I respond.
    Take care,


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