Well how very kind. Roma tells me she’s nominated my blog for a Leibster Award. No idea who Leibster is or was, but I’m truly honoured.
Roma and I met on WordPress because we’re both enchanted with the idea of owning an old cottage. She’s a lot further along on that than I am – she already owns hers and is renovating it wonderfully, while I’m still waiting for the cogs to turn and the deal to be finalised. (“By Easter,” the solicitor now says. Hope he means the one this year…)
Having just read Roma’s ‘About’ page, I find there is another synchronicity. She is one of those amazing people who care professionally for dementia patients. For that she has my deepest respect and thanks. My Mum passed over a year ago this week and her carers were the most wonderful people, helping her to retain her dignity right to the end and easing her final days.
So apparently it now falls to me to answer 11 questions set by Roma. I’ll do my best.
1. Where would I rather live, town or country?
I grew up in the country – deep in the country. In a good summer it was blissful. In dull, wet, murky springs, summers and autumns it was muddy, damp and brown. In fact brown is my most enduring memory of those years. As I don’t drive and rural public transport in England is patchy to say the least, I’d have to say town, but a small town, within walking distance of countryside and especially hills. In fact, just the sort of place I live in now.
2. Do I prefer Christmas or Easter?
Um, I can’t say I particularly like either. Apologies for the Bah Humbug response, but I do my best to celebrate every day rather than saving it up for a couple of special occasions a year.
3. Where was my last day trip to?
Last weekend I went to the city of Bath to meet my youngest son and his partner for a day ambling around the lovely old Georgian buildings, rummaging through a flea market and being bought a delicious Mother’s Day lunch at a pub called The Salamander. A delightful day.
4. Tea or coffee?
That’s easy. Never liked coffee, although I love the smell. I drink green or Earl Grey and vanilla tea, weak and black for preference.
5. My favourite fruit?
A ripe Cox’s Orange Pippin is hard to beat, but then there are raspberries… and apricots… and…
6. My favourite musician?
Truly impossible to say. Anyone who rifled through the Top Rated playlist on my iPod would probably recommend me for psychiatric assessment. I remember the look of terrified shock on the face of a young lad who passed close enough to me while getting off a bus to hear Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell leaking from my headphones. Obviously not what he expected this white haired lady to be listening to! My tastes range from Amy Winehouse to Aerosmith; The Doors to Damh the Bard and all sorts of others on the way.
7. Am I a cat or dog person?
No. I prefer animals living in nature to the domesticated variety.
8. Am I glued to my mobile phone?
Absolutely not. I use it for texting 3 or 4 times a week and hate being called on it.
9. What’s next on my to do list?
Buy the cottage, get the listed building consent application lodged and approved, have the building work done and – finally – move in.
10. How did I come up with the name of my blog?
It’s called janonlife because my name’s Jan and I tend to ramble on about Life in a quirky, metaphysical kind of way. Also (quick plug) it ties in with my book LIFE: A PLAYER’S GUIDE which is also all about life, the universe and everything.
11. What do I aim to learn next?
What L I M E stands for. See my next post for details 🙂
Thanks for the questions, Roma, and for prompting me to share some of my own favourite blogs:
My next task, you see, is to nominate 5 new Leibster Award recipients and set them my own eleven questions. I think, as they are a very wise and eclectic mix, I will instead ask each of them to share with readers 11 of the most interesting or inspiring discoveries they have made on their journeys through Life. If this award allows any readers to stumble upon their wonderful blogs, then it has done its work very well.
My nominations are:
thenewsageblog, a source of gentle yet deep inspiration
saara, an incredible and insightful poet
Awareness It Self, beautiful daily reflections
Goddess in the belly, a lady who exudes wisdom and care
and last but by no means least, the awesome and intuitive Craig Kimbrough.
Should any or all of them choose to accept the nomination, I look forward to reading their revelations.