Posted by: marthabernie | May 5, 2013


liebster-awardI would like to thank Shari at Bits and Bytes for nominating me for my very first blog award, The Liebster!  It is an award for bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers and it helps to highlight and promote new blogs.  When Shari nominated me two or three weeks ago, I was at about 190 followers, and since being nominated, I have surpassed the 200 mark!  So, thank you, Shari!

The award is a “pay-it-forward” thing as you must complete these requirements:

1.  Post the award on my blog.

2.  Thank the blogger who gave me the award and link back to her site.

3.  Post 11 random facts about myself.

4.  Answer 11 questions that the presenter of the award has asked.

5.  Nominate 11 new bloggers with fewer than 200 followers who I want to pass the award on to.

6.   Ask my nominees 11 questions of my own.

Obviously, this award is all about 11’s!


1.  I love Italian opera, especially those written during the bel canto period (or golden age of opera).

2.  I despise broccoli unless it is raw, and I love lima beans and crisp cooked asparagus.

3.  I read incessantly, everything from biographies, history and thrillers to romance novels, humor and cooking magazines.

4.  I have four favorite tv comedies, each is my favorite when I am watching it:  M.A.S.H., The Cosby Show, Roseanne and Frasier.

5.  I LOVE IRELAND and most things Irish.

6.  I like a glass of good pinot noir or sauvignon blanc, depending on my mood.

7.  I love to cook and bake new things, things I have never tried before.

8.  I am an amateur genealogist and an amateur photographer.

9.  I have a degree in history and a teaching credential which I have never used.

10.  I love sea otters, marine mammals and my two cats.

11.  I spend too much money on cookbooks and kitchen gadgets, but I use them all.

The eleven blogs that I nominate for this award are below and I nominate them because I enjoy the posts I find there.  Each blog has less than 200 followers, and hopefully this award will help promote more followers:

Living with my Ancestors

Crockern Farm

Tilt-Shift Dublin

On Granny’s Trail

The Family Kalamazoo

Genealogy Lady

Behind the Dash Genealogy

Le Petite Gourmande Anglaise

Katie Cruel / Writer

Have Teacup Will Travel

Astronomy and Law

Here are the answers to Shari’s eleven questions;

1.  If you could be an animal, what type of animal would you be?  A cat.

2.  What is your favorite food?  It’s a toss up between macaroni and cheese and Irish apple cake.

3.  What is your favorite TV show?  At the moment, Doc Martin on PBS.

4.  What is your guilty pleasure?  Eggnog truffles by See’s Candy.   Fortunately, they only come out at Christmas.

5.  Link to your favorite recipe?

6.  Best place you have ever visited?  Ireland and Boston.

7.  What was your favorite childhood tv or book character?  Laura Ingalls Wilder

8.  What is your most recent good deed?  It was an anonymous good deed, so I can’t tell!

9.  If you could only take 2 things with you from your home, what would they be?  My two cats, Boomer and Lucy.

10.  What is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to you?  An airplane ride in a small private plane, during extremely bad weather, between Athlone and Dublin, Ireland.  It was wonderful!

11.  If you could turn back time, what would that time be?  I would go back to the 1700’s and pick the brains of my ancestors who came from Ireland and the UK.  There are so many questions I would ask!

Here are eleven questions for the eleven people I have nominated:

1.  What is your favorite book?

2.  What person influenced you most when you were growing up?

3.  If you could travel the world, where would you go first?

4.  What is your dream car?

5.  What are three things on your bucket list that you hope to do soon?

6.  Which was your most memorable birthday?

7.  What was your favorite year and why?

8.  Who is your favorite singer or musician?

9.  What did you do for the Millenium New Year’s Eve 1999/2000?

10.  What is your greatest accomplishment?

11.  Of what are you the most proud?

Again, thanks to Shari for this nomination, and thanks also to those I have nominated for interesting and useful posts on your blogs!



  1. Thank you very much for the nomination. I currently have more than 200 followers and I have already been given the Liebster blog twice. 😀 Congratulations on your own nomination!


  2. Congratulations, Martha, on your first blog award! And thank you for nominating Living With My Ancestors. It might take me a little time to put all of it together but I certainly will.


    • You are welcome! Yes, it takes some work to “pay it forward” but I think will be rewarding.


  3. Congratulations, Martha!:)


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