Hillbilly Zen – The Liebster Blog Award (I’m lovin’ it!)

For people with a full quota of self confidence, sharing themselves comes easily.  For the rest of us it can be a real struggle.  No matter how much encouragement comes from family and friends, there’s always that hesitation to reveal inner truths.  Ironically, sometimes it’s family and friends who planted that doubt in the first place, but that’s a topic for another post.  When we take that first chance with words on a page, photographs, paint, sculpture or music it’s terrifying.  Even though it becomes a bit easier with each successive effort, we tell ourselves it doesn’t matter if anyone likes our work or not.  We lie.  It matters a whole honkin’ lot.  So to be recognized as a peer by someone whose opinion we respect is a wonderful thing.

That’s what’s happening here.  lovinchelle, whose blog is one of my very favorite places to be and who is one of my very favorite people, nominated me for The Liebster Blog Award.  Some folks don’t care for these awards and that’s cool, but I think they’re great.  Will they enhance a resume?  Nope.  Will they increase income?  Nah.  Will they improve my love life?  Not so much.  What they do is whup the tar out of a creative person’s inherent insecurity.  They allow us a Sally Fields “You really like me!” moment.  They’re also the gift that keeps on giving, introducing us to fellow bloggers we might have missed otherwise.  By participating, we have the opportunity to experience the inner truths of others, to be one of the voices who offer encouragement.  We can make our little blogosphere a better place, and maybe learn a thing or two about ourselves and our universe in the process.

Here’s the deal:

Liebster Blog Award Rules:
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

(I’m going to mix this up a bit and answer lovinchelle’s questions first.  My coffee hasn’t kicked in yet, so I’m taking the path of least resistance.)

1. Favorite thing to do? – Fishing
2. Ideal job – Turning my farm into an agri-tourism destination
3. Whats one thing you wear that probably needs to be thrown away? – A pair of ratty old toe socks
4. Do you work well with others? – Usually
5. Whats your mental age?(kid at heart?) – Hard to say – sometimes I feel incredibly old, but I still laugh when my dogs fart, so….six-ish?
6. Have you ever worked in a restaurant ? – Good golly yes, off and on, either as primary or secondary income for over 30 years
7. What do you like to eat? – Pretty much anything, and I’ve got the hips to prove it
8. Do you prefer outdoors or in? – Out, definitely
9. Could you survive without internet or cell phone? – Absolutely
10. What time is it? – 10:00 a..m. – time for another cup of coffee
11. Di d you groan or smile when you read the rules for this award? – Both

Eleven things about myself, otherwise known as TMHI (Too Much Hillbilly Information):

1.)  My favorite breakfast is pancakes and sausage on a stick and hazelnut coffee

2.)  More often than not I prefer the company of critters over humans

3.)  If the lottery gods ever smile upon me, one of my first expenditures will be opening an elephant rescue

4.)  I studied pre-law in college (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth)

5.)  I’m not a big fan of organized religion or political parties

6.)  I’m a huge fan of margaritas on the rocks

7.)  My favorite song is Janis Joplin’s version of “Me & Bobby McGee”

8.)  I’m a sucker for kids, critters and old folks

9.)  I believe that pantyhose were invented by the Devil himself

10.)  I smoke like a chimney when I’m writing

11.)  I do not suffer fools gladly

And now for my nominees:

Childhood Relived

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Olio talk by Suchitra Kaushiva

The Blue Hour


Rachel Mankowitz


Shoeful of Drool

A Little Bird Tweets

Gnawing the Bone

My Daily Minefield

Here is my list of questions for them to answer:

1.)  When did you discover your talent?

2.)  Who gave you the most encouragement to develop your talent?

3.)  Have you thanked the person from question #2?

4.)  Do you work better on sunny days or rainy ones?

5.)  What’s your favorite beverage to drink while working?

6.)  Favorite comic strip?

7.)  Do you prefer to be on dry land or on/in the water?

8.)  Do you speak more than one language?  (Yes, Klingon counts!)

9.)  If you could re-live one day in your life, which one would you choose?

10.)  What’s your favorite quote?

11.)  If you were offered the ability to fly, but only by becoming a buzzard, would you do it?

Okey dokey, nominees, have at it.  Remember, there’s no pressure here.  If you decide this isn’t your cup of tea, it’s all good, but I encourage you to participate.  It’s turned out to be very enlightening and rather fun.

This award is a little more complicated, logistics-wise.  Eleven is a big number when answering or asking semi-personal questions and making notification visits.  The only really easy part was picking that many nominees, so if any of these folks choose not to participate, don’t be a hater – visit their blogs anyway.  They’re that good.

Speaking of that good, thanks again to lovinchelle for being the wonderful soul that you are.

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovinchelle
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 14:22:01

    DAYUM, you are a great writer


  2. shoefulofdrool
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 15:57:00

    I am so flattered to be nominated, I’d like to thank the Academy, oops, I’d like to thank Hillbilly Zen for nominating me and I will get to these questions, either this evening or in the morning. Thanks again!


  3. fairytaleepidemic
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 21:06:16

    TMHI (Too Much Hillbilly Information) – hahahahah, love it!


    • fairytaleepidemic
      Jan 18, 2013 @ 21:06:53

      Oh, and congrats! ❤


      • hillbillyzen13
        Jan 19, 2013 @ 11:03:45

        Thankee, chicklet. Btw, I was going to nominate you for The Liebster, but lovinchelle beat me to it, so congrats to you, too! Say, do you think your friend that took that awesome picture of you with the guitar (http://wp.me/pGgca-kR) could take one of me? Better tell him to bring a cello, though ~grin~

      • fairytaleepidemic
        Jan 22, 2013 @ 01:51:08

        WordPress is being retarded and won’t let me respond to your comment, but it will let me do it to mine? ::Sigh:: Of course my friend would, don’t think he’s got a cello though. And you’d have to come to California! 🙂 He’s got a studio in his garage. Lighting and props make a big difference 😉

      • hillbillyzen13
        Jan 22, 2013 @ 02:00:00

        Yeah, I’ve been having a couple of minor issues with WP today too. How cool that your friend’s got a home studio. I was just being silly about the photo, of course. You’re all curled up behind that little guitar and it’d take something a sight bigger to cover me 😉

      • fairytaleepidemic
        Jan 22, 2013 @ 09:40:36

        Does it help to know that it was an oversized guitar? I guess I was just being hopeful to coerce you into coming to here 😉 LOL! ❤

      • hillbillyzen13
        Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:13:32

        Too funny! Yes, in a totally female, snarky way it does make me feel better! Careful what you wish for – California’s on my bucket list 😉

  4. likeitiz
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 01:52:47

    Ahh! you’ve been hugged!


  5. hillbillyzen13
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 11:06:18

    How did you know I needed a hug today? Thank you!


  6. Morrighan
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 21:55:05

    you do write well as lovinchelle said! congrats on the award,i agree that i do the same with my posts i’ll think okay it don’t matter if i get likes…yeah right! once again thanks for the visit. by the way…i’m a former hillbilly to 🙂 i’m from tenn.


    • hillbillyzen13
      Jan 19, 2013 @ 22:02:01

      Thank you! I’m sure I’ll be back to visit again. After reading your Gravatar profile, all I could think was “Hayul yeah! You go get ’em, girlie!” As for being a “former” hillbilly….now honeylamb, you know you can take the girl out of the hills, but ain’t no way you’re taking the hills out of the girl 😉


  7. mydailyminefield
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 22:59:27

    Wow! Thank you! I’m really touched. 🙂


    • hillbillyzen13
      Jan 19, 2013 @ 23:07:55

      You’re very welcome. Your blog is fantastic, and I just figured that the more people that knew it, the better. I’ve just been surfing the other blogs that lovinchelle nominated, and honestly, the talent around here blows my mind.


  8. brightmyer
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 04:13:54

    TMHI – I love this!!


  9. Mustang.Koji
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 13:39:05

    Hillbilly Zen, your haiku link needs your good attention. It appears to be a bad link.


    • hillbillyzen13
      Jan 21, 2013 @ 14:54:15

      Not a bad link, just bad Haiku, Mustang. After publishing I found that I was not pleased with the result, so I’m re-working it. Thank you for taking the time to comment, and hopefully the new piece will be worth taking the time to read.


  10. Angie Z.
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 22:18:19

    I like to answer these award questions in a comment box so I appear to be writing a blog post within another person’s blog post. Congrats on your award nomination!

    PS I hate pantyhose. Don’t make me wear those again.

    1.) The jury is still out on the “talent” part.
    2.) My husband is the best cheerleader and I don’t even make him where those silly little skirts.
    3.) Always.
    4.) Rainy, no question. I’m dark like that.
    5.) Coffee with half-and-half.
    6.) The late, great Calvin and Hobbes.
    7.) Dry land. Me not like the swimmy swimmy thing.
    8.) I speak ’80s, does that count?
    9.) Um? The day I got married is what I think I’m supposed to say.
    10.) “I have a theory that Hieroglyphics are really an ancient comic strip about a character named Sphinxie.”
    11.) Hell no. I am not a bottom feeder.


  11. hillbillyzen13
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 05:29:47

    See, I knew there was a reason I roped you into this. Speaking 80’s counts, but you have to wear shoulder pads and big hair a la “Dynasty” whilst doing so. We’ll be expecting photos. Thank you for being such a good sport, and now I’m going to go try to get rid of the visual of males in cheerleading skirts.


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