Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Liebster Award

Wolfie over at What was I thinking...? nominated me for a Liebster award  - thank you!!  It's a fun way to get to know each other.  Here are the rules:

HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD: The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  • List 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  • Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  • Go to each blogger's page and let them know you have nominated them. 

11 random facts about me:

  1. I am an admitted, incurable horse addict. Everyone that knows me already knows this.
  2. I am also a sucker for any animal homeless, in need, injured or otherwise. I am incapable of killing anything except ticks, flies and other horrid pests. Once I killed a rat, but it was a mercy killing - it was spinning around in circles, fatally wounded. I hate rats, but if I find a helpless baby rat lying on the ground, I will try to nurse it back to health. 
  3. I am hard-headed, opinionated and like to do things my way. Again, everyone that knows me knows this. I think I can be pretty diplomatic in dealing with similarly difficult people though - as long as they are kind to animals and other people.
  4. I love nature and it's beauty - flowers, butterflies, hummingbirds, waterfalls... I also think Mother Nature is a horrible b%$@!# . I cannot watch nature shows featuring animals because I can't tolerate when one animal kills another or one is injured or dies - it infuriates me that the photographer/cinematographer stands by and takes no action.
  5. I get annoyed with women who tell me they can't do something - yes, you can do just about anything a man can do, aside from peeing the letters of your name in the snow - and I bet we could even figure out a way to do that! So don't be afraid to pick up a hammer or saw and build something, or rip up and retile your own floor. Yes, some of these things can be physically demanding, but most horsewomen I know are tough enough to handle it!
  6. I get overwhelmed with everything that is wrong with the world and some of the people on our Earth and it depresses me. I try to do the right thing, but sometimes it is logistically very difficult or impossible. For example, I know I shouldn't buy stuff from WalMart - I should support my small local stores - but what if I need to do my shopping at 11 pm? Is being a good person in every possible way even an attainable goal?! I want to save the world but I don't even know how to start...
  7. I love my cup of hot tea in the evening, even during the summer.
  8. I like to try new things - for example, I was on a NASCAR pit crew for a few summers (an intermediate level team, not the Cup!).
  9. I am terrified of heights. Ugh! I am also afraid of getting shocked and do not like to work with wiring, electricity or go anywhere near electric fencing. I am also afraid to swim in any water that is not a pool - thanks, Jaws! Oh, and I am afraid of flying. More afraid of crashing, really, but...
  10. I am not afraid of snakes, spiders or bugs, as many of my friends are, so I'm not a total wussie.
  11.  I am a little bit prone to road rage, I am ashamed to admit.

11 Questions from Wolfie:
1.  Who do you prefer - Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds?
Can I answer "neither?" If pressed, I would choose Reynolds
2.  What is your favourite gait when riding?
A nice canter.
  3.  Have you ever had a light bulb moment when riding? Yes, especially when riding different horses and figuring out how each likes to be ridden.
  4.  Do you care what you wear to the barn? Not really - my barn is at my home and few outsiders ever see me there.
  5.  Do you wear a helmet when you ride?  Yes, 99% of the time. It is currently occupied by a nest of baby birds, which I don't have the heart to evict, so I will not be using it until they grow up and fly away. Right now, I don't have much time to ride anyway.
 6.  What is/was your favourite book? One of my favorites is A Prayer for Owen Meany, I don't have A favorite.
7.  What is your favourite part of the riding experience (grooming, competition, lesson, trail)?
I love seeing my horses content and happy and listening to them munch hay. I love their smell and just watching them.
  8.  What is your favourite season for riding? Spring is my favorite season, period.
  9.  Do you have other interests in addition to horses? Gardening, wildlife, reading - and my newest venture is building custom horse jumps!
  10. If you could only have one food if you were stranded on a desert island, what would it be?  Pasta with chunks of fresh tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil tossed with a bit of balsamic vinaigrette.

11. Would you prefer a social person next to you on a long flight or someone who keeps to themselves?
Someone who keeps to themselves - I hate flying and am cranky when I'm nervous - would rather try to read!

I am sorry to say that I only know one horsey blogger - that is Wolfie! I will, however, take this opportunity to nominate a friend who's blog, though not equine, is very witty and relatable... If this makes me ineligible for the award, I understand :) And I suspect this person knows 11 good bloggers!

Ms. Crankypants !!

So Ms. Crankypants, here are your questions...

  1. I am fairly certain you have no personality flaws but, if you did, what would they be?
  2. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  3. Who is your movie star heartthrob of the moment?
  4. If you had the misfortune to be stuck on a long flight next to either an ignorant, blabbering fool or a racist, chauvinistic pig, would you parachute out the window or just stab someone?
  5. Name one place you've never been that you'd like to visit.
  6. If you could have dinner with any author, living or dead (though reanimated for the meal), who would you choose?
  7. If you had the power to erase five people from the face of the earth (not talking murder here, just poof, magic powers), who would you eliminate?
  8. What is your least favorite color?
  9. If you had to choose a natural disaster to endure, would you choose a volcano eruption, earthquake or tornado?
  10. Would you rather spend the day with a two year old or a 92 year old?
  11. If you had to change something about your physical appearance, what would you change?


  1. So nice to get to know you better! Loved A Prayer for Owen Meany, by the way. :-)

  2. You are too, too kind. And spot on: I have NO personality flaws! Well, except for being late to things. Like late to respond to this lovely nomination and even later in answering the thoughtful questions you pose. Please forgive me while I continue to delay (WORK really is inconvenient, isn't it?!).

    Ms. C-P