March 25, 2013


In the last few weeks, I've been awarded the coveted Liebster Award by two fellow bloggers. I'd like to thank Cathy  at and Angel at for bestowing this honor upon me and my blog.  I am truly thrilled!

The Liebster Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

The criteria for accepting the award varied quite a bit. So, I decided to combine some of each of the expectations.

For one, I was to give a list of 11 random facts about me. So here goes with that:

1. I read an average of 125 books each year. As I finish each book, I list it by title, author, date completed, and a little comment in a notebook. Eventually I transfer this information to my computer in alphabetical order by title. With all the great reading available -- and so little time! --  it frustrates me if I end up reading the same book twice.

2. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Photography at the age of 45. Being in the art field at that age was a bit intimidating. My professors considered me safe and conservative. Well, no wonder -- I was an old lady! I ended up graduating magna cum laude, so I couldn't have been TOO bad!

3. On March 27, 2009, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a bilateral mastectomy, followed by six months of chemotherapy. I am now about a 3 1/2 year survivor.

4. In 2005, I met Josh Groban. I even hugged him, shook his hand, and had my photo taken with him. A very thrilling evening. My friend, Cynthia, joined me in this honor.

5. I have never tasted coffee in my life. Why break a record now, after all this time?

6. I sold a painting to my Social Studies teacher when I was a sophomore in high school. He paid me $15 for it! I was thrilled out of my mind!

7. I have experienced both hypnotism and acupuncture. Neither was a big deal.

8. I don't watch TV. I admit to being a Gleek, and have never missed an episode <of Glee>, but I watch it on the Internet.

9. I have driven a Jeep since 1986. Not the same one, of course.

10. We built our dream house in 1998. My husband and I still live there -- and LOVE it! We built in a very nice black & white darkroom for me. Since going digital, I have converted it into a very messy paper crafting room. My youngest daughter thinks that is a waste.

11. I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

For the criteria of Award #2, I would like to present the Liebster Award to five of my fellow bloggers:

Lynette at
Kerry at
Paula at
Allison at
Jen at

Congratulations, girls! I am so pleased to pass the Liebster Award on to you.

Thank You tag created in MDS.



  1. Wow! Some very interesting facts about yourself. I also love to read. Have you ever been to Its where you can keep up with all the books you read. I love it! Congrats on being a cancer survivor! I am not a coffee drinker either and not much of a tv watcher. (except HGTV and I am watching The Bible series) And you know how much I love Stampin Up! Keep up the great work! Love your blog.

  2. I enjoyed learning a bit more about you. I think being a survivor is the best! I read a bunch of books too but I never thought of writing them down like that. So, congrats to you on your award!

  3. Replies
    1. Oh Emily. You made me cry. Thank you, my honey! :>)

  4. Thanks so much for the honor! I appreciate it! It was fun to read about you. We're practically neighbors:) (Well, I guess that would be a few hour's drive.)

    1. You're welcome, Lynette. You deserve it! Congratulations! :>)

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