It is with great joy that I humbly accept the 'Life is Good!' award from my friend Heiko over at Path to Self Sufficiency, despite the fact that I've been rather quiet on here. Apologies for that, by the way, dear readers, but with very little happening in the garden and thus rather little of note happening in the kitchen as well, I admit I've been at a bit of a loss on what to post. So many thanks to Heiko for this award, and for giving me something to write about!
So apparently rather than giving a speech (darn it, I was headed for the stage in my best gown), it is customary to answer the following questions, then pass the award on to someone else. As it happens, the questions are about me personally, so if you're only here for gardening stories, recipes or cute dog photos, feel free to navigate away now!
1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this? If you are not anonymous, do you wish that you had started out anonymously, so that you could be anonymous now?
Despite the fact that I share a lot about myself through my posts, the blog really is about the growing and eating of vegetables, which I don't think really requires anonymity! So I'm perfectly fine not being anonymous, though I do sometimes wish I had come up with funny nicknames like Pioneer Woman and her Marlboro Man.
2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
Hmmm, the first thing that comes to mind I guess is from when I was a kid. For summer vacation we had gone to Wyoming and done a trail ride, and I became completely obsessed with horses (yes, I know, most other little girls do at some point) and was dead set on having horseback riding lessons. I have little memory of this, but apparently I asked my parents when they were tucking me into bed if I could have said lessons...every night...for the better part of a year, until they finally relented. (Thanks Mom!)
3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror? Well, once you get past the usual mud and dog hairs of my 'work clothes', someone who is genuinely happy to be pursuing a different kind of lifestyle.
4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
I'm with Heiko on this one, most definitely a cold beer, preferably a good microbrew. Though I'm also partial to a freshly made smoothie with berries and mint from the garden.
5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
Most often it is reading. I've been a book addict since I could read, and I always have a stack of books I can't wait to get through, plus another couple of thousand I wish I could buy and add to the stack. I also love to walk or just sit outdoors and meditate with the sun on my face (yeah, winter, thanks a lot, it's been awhile) and the sounds of nature around me.
6. Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?
I swear I'm not just being lazy, but honestly I think I'll just have to quote Heiko's answer on this one! "I still want to reach a greater degree of self-sufficiency. Livestock will have to be a part of this, bees, chickens, goats, a wild boar or two... We're also fantasizing about an eco-village..." (Does four count as a village? Add in those long lost brothers and sisters and I think we're on our way!)
7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?
Er, I think it's safe to say I was the overachiever. But I think, or at least I hope, I wasn't a horrible know-it-all type (former classmates feel free to beg to differ!). I generally got along with just about everyone, and I love to learn new things, so I liked school, and even now I can hardly go a half an hour without looking something up online just to find out about it for the heck of it (that's the best thing about technology as far as I'm concerned). I also had great teachers, so that makes a huge difference in how you feel about school.
8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?
This is a difficult one to answer. I've been very fortunate to have a life that has not been too touched by sadness or tragedy, with the exception of the deaths of my paternal grandfather and aunt from cancer. Seeing my grandpa for the last time, sick in the hospital, and trying to wrap my nine-year-old mind around the concept of death.
9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
I've always felt like I express myself best in writing, much more so than in speaking actually, so my written thoughts here on the blog are probably about the most accurate representation of my true self there is, despite the obvious element of increased self-awareness that comes from writing for the public sphere and not just in a personal diary.
10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?
Most definitely read a book. I hate talking on the phone. I take after my dad in this, and my husband claims it is an actual genetic condition called 'phone-aphobia'.
And in turn I would like to pass this award on to Sue at Our New Life in the Country!