The Liebster Award


First, I’d like to thank Kelley’s DIY for the Liebster Award! I appreciate the nod!

What is the Liebster Award? The Liebster is an award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcoming.

The GUIDELINES for the Liebster Award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Display the award on your post
3. Answer the questions given to you
4. Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award
5. Ask them creative and unique questions of your own
6. List the rules and inform your nominees of the award

Questions given to me:

1) What is your favorite color? Purple

2) Cats or Dogs? Cats!

3) Which is your ideal place: Beach, Lake, Ocean, Forest and why? Lake! I used to be a cross-country backpacker. I spent many hours beside a lake and campfire. It’s a peaceful place to be and I will always miss it!

4) Favorite Scary Movie? A Norwegian slasher film called Cold Prey. There’s also a Scandinavian film trilogy called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The American remake was OK but the original was much better. Not really scary, but a thriller anyway.

5) One Wish? To have my mobility back so I can do the things I’d like to do.

6) Dream Vacation? Scotland! I’d love to see all of the castles. I love castles!

7) Saver or spender? In between, I suppose.

8) Which season do you prefer? (Spring,Summer, Fall, Winter)? Winter.

9) Where’s your happy place? In the woods, in nature.

10) Why did you start your blog? I started my blog because I was going through some “stuff” and I needed a way to vent. It became one of the things that saved my sanity.

My Nominees for the Liebster Award are:

  1. Truly Madly Ordinary. Stories From The Heart.
  2. Seven Cats And Counting
  3. Simply Jessica Ruth
  4. Haphazard Homemaker
  5. Rantings of A Third Kind

There are my nominees! Congratulations to all! There are so many great blogs out there! It’s hard to choose so I picked 5 that I have truly enjoyed most recently. Please be sure to check out their blogs when you have a chance.


Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
  2. Are you afraid of snakes? Spiders?
  3. Do you send out holiday cards or use the internet for sending your holiday greetings?
  4. Do you have a YouTube channel of your own? If so, please share your link here!
  5. Who is your favorite author and why?
  6. What is your favorite song and why?
  7. What is your favorite food?
  8. Velcro or laces on your shoes?
  9. Do you like thunderstorms?
  10. What is your favorite healthy dish?

The Liebster Award, #2


Thank you, Novus Lectio, for the nomination! Please be sure to check out Novus Lectio’s blog at .



1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.

2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sends you.

3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.

4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!


Questions Given To Me/My Answers:

Finish the sentence “Happiness is….”? Laughter, kittens, babies, sunshine, love, music, hugs, peace, and chocolate.

If you could change your name what would it be? Oscar Mayer, ‘cuz then everyone would be in love with me!

How do you like your eggs cooked? Over easy.

Would you like to live 27 000 BC? No way!

Mayo or Ketchup? Depends on what I’m going to put it on. 

If the world was to end in 24h what would you do? Not much I could do except tell the people I love how much I love them.

Thriller or Adventure movies? Thriller, but not horror! I like a good psychological thriller.

If you can choose your death, would you rather drown, be shot, or frozen? Shot. It would be faster perhaps.

Do you believe in UFOs? Maybe. It’s quite arrogant to think we are the only beings in the universe.

If you’re ever kidnapped by aliens, will you tell the world? No. Who would believe me?

How hateful is hate? Hate is deplorable when it’s against a person because of their race, religion, looks, sexual preference, etc.


Blogs I think Are Deserving of the Award:

Ben’s Bitter Blog


Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together.

Iced Tea with Lemon


Your Questions:

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

What inanimate object do you wish you could eliminate from existence?

What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever worn?

What’s the best type of cheese?

What’s the weirdest thing a guest has done at your house?

What’s the weirdest smell you have ever smelled?

If peanut butter wasn’t called peanut butter, what would it be called?

Toilet paper, over or under?

What would you name your boat if you had one?

What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?

Questions Answered

Last night, I posted a simple “Ask Me Anything” request and what I received was many questions from one blogger, Novus Lectio! I honestly didn’t think anyone would have any questions for me so to get this many from one person was a shock! These are great questions and I have tried to answer them all as best I could.

How old are you (between and between)?

I am 55 years old! I don’t care who knows my age so between and between is totally unnecessary.

Are you black or white?

I am white; I recently had my ancestry DNA test done and I am:

44.7% North and West European
27.2% Irish, Scottish, & Welsh
11.9% Scandinavian
12.9% East European
2.4% Balkan

.9% Nigerian

What size shoes do you wear?

Depends on the style, but normally 8 or 9.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as an outlet for my own feelings and thoughts. I had many things going on, including becoming a Grandmother for the very first time and things spiraled out of control after that. It was very cathartic. There are some very painful memories from back then and there was a long period of time where I didn’t write at all. Thankfully, things have improved since then!

In which part of the US do you live (east, central, west)?

I live in Missouri, which they consider a West North Central state. Missouri is in the Bible Belt, the Heartland as they call it.

Have you ever been abroad?

No, I have not.

What are your plans for the near future and the far future?

I’d like to get my knee surgery done (near future) so that I can grab my camera and (far future) go hiking and exploring, go to museums and malls and all the places that involve walking! I just want to walk! Walking is freedom!!

Have you tried foreign cuisine?

Not in a foreign land, I have not. However, I have tried Mongolian, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian, and Mexican foods here in the US. The latter 3 are my favorites.

Have you ever eaten a couscous, stew, lasagna, tagine, chaloupas, borittos, poutine and choucroute?

Couscous, no. Stew, yes. I make beef stew at home. Lasagna, definitely! I make a killer lasagna with my own special homemade sauce. Chalupas and burritos, yes….but perhaps they are completely different here than in other countries. I have no clue what the others you mentioned are, so I will have to look them up!

What will you do if there was an earthquake?

I’m not sure I would be able to do anything. I have limited mobility so it would be very hard for me without help. Afterward, if I’m still alive I would pick up the pieces and move on.

What will you do if there was a tsunami?

Same as above…. It would have to be one humungous tsunami to reach me where I live!

Do you go to Church?

No. I find there are far too many hypocrites within the world of religion. I prefer to follow my own path. I have Pagan views and beliefs.

Will you ever go to a synagogue or a mosque?

No, because there are no such places where I live.

Have you ever read the Quran?

No, I have not.

Have you ever read the Bible?

Not in its entirety.

Do you prefer ebooks or paper books?

Paper books; easier on the eyes.

Which is your best experience in a hotel/motel?

One time, my sister and I stayed in a hotel and it was a blast! We jumped on the bed, and ate snacks, and talked and laughed all night long.

What kind of car do you like?

Any car that is quiet, comfortable, and gets good gas mileage.

If you were suddenly a millionaire what would you do?

I would have a new house built to my specifications, buy a new car, build an outdoor shelter for lost and found animals, and I would help my family and friends. I would also donate to local schools and shelters to help my community.

Who would you like to be for 24 hours?

That’s a tough question! I have no clue really. No one else’s life really excites me much. (Maybe I could be someone who could knock some sense into our current POTUS.)

Which is your favoured blog?

I have many favorite blogs…. I could never choose just one! I prefer those who write about personal experiences because many times, I can identify and it’s great when you find others who have the same thoughts, feelings, etc. There are 2 blogs that I enjoy that are really out of character for me because I am NOT a religious person, nor am I a politically minded person. I enjoy these two nonetheless: Right Off A Cliff by Allen Clifton and Stuff That Needs To Be Said by John Pavlovitz.

Do you plan something else for your blog?

I have many ideas in my notebook that I will write about someday. Perhaps I will also do a “Guest Writer” segment. I’m sure I will be inspired by someone or something eventually. Maybe I’ll come up with something never done by anyone else before me!

Why don’t you advertise your blog in the community pool?

Not sure what “community pool” you speak of but I share my posts via my personal Facebook page and my blog Facebook page. I interact as much as I have time for with other bloggers. I don’t pay for advertising because I’m on a limited income and couldn’t care less if my blog reaches more people. It is a personal blog and those who are interested will find it and read it.

Are you wealthy?

Heavens no. I am disabled and on a fixed income.

Are you a calm person or do you lose control?

I am calm mostly but I get irritated easily at times. I also have anxiety issues, a result of a few unfortunate experiences. I always stay in control of my emotions until I’m alone.

What do you do in the afternoons?

I’m usually reading, writing, or doing chores around the house. I might do some crocheting or jewelry making, but normally I do those in the evenings.

Do you like your neighbors?

Yes. Thankfully, though, I live in rural Missouri and my closest neighbor is 1/4 mile away! I have lived in cities where my neighbors were so close that I could hear TOO MUCH!

Do you have enough of my questions?

I’ll answer any questions you have! Bring it on!

What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever heard?

Goodness, that would probably be one of the many, many things my Dad has said over the years. I couldn’t possibly pick just one. Take your pick on my post Shit My Dad Says.

Who do you hate most?

Sexual predators!!

Who do you love most?

My family; kids, Dad, sisters, grandkids!! My cats and other pets we have had over the years too, like dogs, ferrets, rats, an iguana, hamsters… I love the entire crazy bunch of them (family and pets) more than anything in the world.

What if there was no more meat?

Well, then I would be eating many, many veggies! Portobella mushrooms are very meaty and delicious so many of those, and other mushrooms. Beans, peanut butter, other nuts, and seeds, yogurt also very good protein choices.

Can I see a picture of you?

Yes, I have posted a pic on my About Me page.

How many cats do you have left?

I have 5 cats now. Possibly within the next year, I will have to say goodbye to my now oldest female. She will be 16 in April. Then I will have 4.

What will you do when all your cats…..?

I will probably always have at least one cat. I will most likely die with a cat by my side.

Do you have plants?

Outside, yes. LOL! With cats in the house, it’s difficult to keep anything like a plant!

Do you smoke?

I use to. I quit Oct. 2014.

Are you tall?

Nope. I was considered tall as a child. I was one of 3 or 4 of the tallest kids in class. You know how they take class pictures? They’d put the taller kids in the back, shorter ones in front. I was always in the back row. I stopped growing at 5’3″ and now I’m 5’2″ because of the damage to my knees.



Were you scared?

I don’t scare easily.

Did you consider adopting a child?

No, but I would have if I had not been able to conceive.

How is your weight doing?

Still working on it! Thanks for asking. I was watching a show called “My 600-lb Life” and it always helps me stay on track. I really feel bad for those people who weigh 600+ pounds. I can’t imagine ever eating that much or weighing that much! At my heaviest, I wasn’t even half of what they weigh.

Do you have short or long hair, which colour?

I have short hair now. It’s dark blond with some grays coming through! Up until just 2 years ago I always wore my hair long but I got tired of it and at my age, wearing a ponytail every day seemed so childish! So, I keep it short and it’s much easier to deal with!

So, there ya have it!

Ask Me Anything!

Ask Me Anything

I thought I’d try something new. I’ve never done this before so hopefully, it won’t be a total flop.

In the comments below, ask me anything you want to know about me, my life, or my blog. Anything at all, but if it’s too personal I may decline to answer. I will try to answer each and every question in a timely manner. Thanks!


Mystery Blogger Award


Thank you, Novus Lectio, for the nomination! Please check out her blog at the following link:

Rules of the Award:

Put the award logo/image on your blog.

List the rules.

Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

Answer the questions you were asked.

Nominate 10 – 20 people & notify.

Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

Three things about me:

I am very empathic.

I despise fake people.

I am a good friend.


My Answers to Questions Given to Me:

Tell something about yourself and your word press identity?

My identity “Aunt Debbie” is pretty much ME. I have several nieces and nephews and I’ve been called Aunt Debbie for so long that it seemed the appropriate title for my blog, “Being Aunt Debbie.”

Views about trying different foods

I pretty much stick to what I know. If there’s a new dish from another land I haven’t tried, I might try it. It just depends. I love spicy foods, pasta, pizza, chocolate, veggies.

What kind of buyer are you? (cheap or expensive)

I am neither cheap or expensive really. I put a lot of thought into my gifts. Normally I create something myself; maybe jewelry or something crocheted, maybe some other handcrafted item. Sometimes that might cost a lot, sometimes it might be very inexpensive.

Do you believe in the global warming?

Yes. There are many scientific studies on climate change and I think scientists know much more than I.

Do you consider yourself young or old?

My mind is still young but my body feels old; very, very old.


My Questions for Nominees:

If money was no object and you could travel anywhere in the world for 2 weeks, where would you go?

What is the worst job you ever had?

What do you wish you knew more about?

If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?

What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home?


The nominees: