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January Sunshine

21 Jan
Meadowlark on a fence post.

Meadowlark photographed at Blackie’s Spit, White Rock B.C. in January 2007.

Thanks to Keri at Keri Recommends and Dorraine Bennet at Dori Reads for adding wonderful rays of sunshine to my day and, over the last little while, nominating this blog for a SUNSHINE AWARD!  That’s definitely the way to brighten up a foggy January!

Here are the (flexible) rules:

1. Acknowledge the nominating bloggers
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger creates for you
4. List 11 bloggers you nominate for a Sunshine Award.
5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they’ve been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

11 Facts
– I’m the oldest of nine. I grew up on a farm. I love my garden more than it loves me. Chocolate and more chocolate please. I get into breakfast habits—current one: porridge and yogurt with fruit. I despise buying shoes. We got our first computer in 1991. In another life I was a medical transcriptionist.  I hate being cold. I crochet when I watch TV. I love the sport of curling (watching not playing).

11 Questions from Keri / Dorraine (I picked some from both)

1. A book you wish you had written?
Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca – that is one cool book!

2. Next place you hope to visit?
Dawson Creek, B.C. That’s in the northeast of our province (where it is winter in earnest).  I’m planning to visit in February to help with the grands when my daughter’s little one is due.

3. Early bird or night owl?
Early bird.

4. Comedy or drama?
Drama

5. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind?
No music or if I do, it can’t have any words. Music with lyrics is way too distracting for me to write by.

6. Best thing your mother taught you?
It’s okay to make a mess when you’re creating something.

7. What do you do first thing in the morning?
Turn on the coffee (which my husband has set up the night before) and shower.

8. When you’re in a crowd, do you find a corner or work the room?
Corner—trying to get better at working the room.

9. Something you like to cook/bake?
Cookies—especially chocolate chip.

10. Beach or mountains?
Beach.

11. What makes you smile?
British humour.

Passing the Sunshine Award on to these bloggers because they brighten my day!

Kiwiskan – at Kiwisoar
Ellen Grace Olinger at Poems from Oostburg, Wisconson
Catherine at Catherine Johnson
Magical Mystical Teacher
Joy Acey at Poetry for Kids Joy
Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
Jama at Jama’s Alphabet Soup
Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids
Diane Mayr at Random Noodling
CallingForth
Mary Waind at Beech Croft Tales

And now here are 11 questions from me if choose to play along (please don’t feel obligated).

1. What’s your favourite ice-cream?
2. What was your biggest childhood fear?
3. What’s your hobby?
4. Are there any skills you had as a kid but have lost?
5. What’s your favourite weather?
6. Do you write first drafts with pen or at the keyboard?
7. Were you happy with your name as a kid? If not, what did you wish it was?
8. Do you prefer reading books or watching movies?
9. What’s your favourite section in the library?
10. What’s your favourite city? Why?
11. In sports are you a player or spectator?

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8 Comments

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Nature, Personal

 

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8 responses to “January Sunshine

  1. kiwiskan

    January 21, 2014 at 10:19 am

    …and you deserve it. Loved the questions

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  2. jama

    January 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for including me on your Sunshine list! Loved learning more about you (yes, chocolate and more chocolate please!). I’m on a porridge kick too and hate buying shoes (we’re practically related). :)

    If you don’t mind, I’d like to answer some of your questions right here in the comments.

    First drafts written at the computer. Can’t choose books over movies, love both. Favorite city is London — love everything about English culture and history. I did major in British and American Lit, and met my husband in Wimbledon. My first name has always been a challenge since everyone mispronounces it. As a child, I renamed myself, “Lulu.” Much simpler. These days, I prefer “Your Majesty.” :D

    Thanks again, Violet! Great to have connected via PF.

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  3. Mary Lee Hahn

    January 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the sunshine! I love your meadowlark picture! They are probably my most favorite of all birds!!

    I’m with you on 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11!!

    Here are some answers to your questions:

    Salty Caramel ice cream
    I don’t remember any childhood fears (hmm…that’s interesting…)
    Teaching is my hobby (and photography, baking, flyfishing, blogging)
    Skill as a kid I’ve lost = singing fearlessly in public
    Favorite weather = warm sun and cool air of spring/fall
    Some first drafts are in pencil (never pen), others are on computer
    I’ve always liked my name. There aren’t many Mary Lees!
    Books.
    Kids’ section.
    Brugges, Belgium. I love the old part and biking the canal path around the city.
    Neither. I’m not into the whole competition mindset At. All.

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      January 22, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Thank you Mary Lee! I’m so honored that you took the time to play along. How lovely to get to know you better. And I know one more thing: I want to go to Brugges, Belgium!!

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  4. Laura Purdie Salas

    January 22, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Thank you, Violet! My blog is down for now as I revamp to orient toward educators, but I’m honored to be mentioned in your Sunshine post:>) I am so with you on 3 and 8. And I used to do medical transcription, too! Let’s see…

    1. What’s your favourite ice-cream?
    I’m with Mary Lee–salted caramel is amazing.
    2. What was your biggest childhood fear?
    Alligators (grew up in Florida)
    3. What’s your hobby?
    zumba, reading, doodling, drum corps
    4. Are there any skills you had as a kid but have lost?
    cheerleading
    5. What’s your favourite weather?
    big thunderstorms or beautiful autumn days
    6. Do you write first drafts with pen or at the keyboard?
    keyboard, if one is handy
    7. Were you happy with your name as a kid? If not, what did you wish it was?
    No. I don’t like Laura. The OR sound just doesn’t make me happy.
    8. Do you prefer reading books or watching movies?
    books!
    9. What’s your favourite section in the library?
    children’s and mystery
    10. What’s your favourite city? Why?
    Oh, this is tough. We love Washington, DC. I love to explore new cities. But the countryside of Scotland is probably my favorite place I’ve ever been.
    11. In sports are you a player or spectator?
    I’d much rather play than watch.

    Thanks, Violet!
    Cheers,
    Laura

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      January 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Thank you Laura! I’m so honored that you took the time to play along. All the best with your revamped website (I wondered as one day I went to check on something there and it didn’t load).

      It’s so interesting to read your answers and get to know you better that way. Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Doraine Bennett

    January 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I love that January meadowlark! I, too, read Rebecca as a teen and it was a chilling experience. Nothing to do with the weather! I’m with you on buying shoes. Plain ol’ vanilla is my favorite ice cream.

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