Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hey y'all!

Months and months and MONTHS ago....one of  my dearest blogging friends Sarah H. tagged this blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award!!!

You can view her post HERE - provided the link still works. To give you an idea of how long this tag has been sitting in my drafts, Life of a Homeschooler was still active when I was tagged for this.....*shifts eyes*

heh heh....moving on to the questions!!

1. What inspired you to start a blog, and how did you come up with your blog’s title?

The incessant need to write....about things that were happening in my life, what I thought about things, that sort of thing. Actually, it was really a need to journal. I'd had it for a long while before blogging, but blogging gave it the release pin that it needed. And Lia starting her blog was the fuse that started that journey, LOL.

Ahhhh, the title....when I re-vamped my blog this past fall/winter, I needed an old-fashioned sounding phrase that was catchy but kinda "fit" what I was doing. That phrase "working by candlelight" was the first thing that popped into my mind and it REFUSED to leave. I ran it past Lia and she gave a resounding approval...so I went with it, and I must say I love it :).

2. Can you do a cartwheel?

Yes, I can! I learned in gymnastics class when I was little. I'm a little rusty though and they weren't all that great to begin with. And being the fact that I wear long skirts now makes trying it a wee bit difficult.....

3. If you could live in any fictional story world you wanted to, what would you choose? (e.g. Star Wars, Ella Enchanted, Zootopia…)

Well, now that is a good question.

I'm still divided between Middle-Earth and Narnia.

Though I've been leaning towards Middle-Earth for a while, so I'll choose that. And I'd probably live in the Shire, being a pastoral kind of person....or in Rohan with all the pretty horses....

4. Would you consider yourself good in the kitchen? 

According to my family, I am good in the kitchen. I do still have a few scrapes occasionally...but most of my culinary experiments seem to be successes.

5. What is something (new hobby, skill, etc.) that you would love to learn?

I always want to learn new skills and pick up hobbies (I have about 20 already :) )

Now let me see, what skill would I like to pick up....

Ballroom dancing.

I know some Celtic and country dances. But I don't know ballroom dancing that well....I only had one lesson in the waltz and rumba. And I would dearly love to learn more.

6. Do you have any advice you would give to beginning bloggers to make their blog the best it can be?

Never start off with a serious topic. Intersperse serious or informational posts with funny or personal posts.

Most of my first posts were serious, and I felt like I was on a soapbox or a lectern all the time when blogging. "Let me disperse my knowledge" seemed to be my slogan at first.

And I grew to hate that feeling. The comparison trap shut its jaws pretty quick after that. For those that have followed this blog for a while, y'all know the story.

7. What was your favorite childhood story?

Mom used to read me the James Herriot stories to me every night for a while :) They're among my very favorite books.

8. What is your favorite story now?

 Oh good grief.

I have a million favorites, but one that has stayed up near the top has been Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series (Chronicles of Avonlea). That's my favorite go-to book (and movie).

9. Do you have a favorite Bible verse right now? Why is it your favorite?

Proverbs 31. I know, that's technically a chapter, not a verse, but...I dearly love the meaning behind it, and I really really hope that I can live up to those principles :).

10. If you could have a super power, what would you choose and why?

Probably flying. I've always wanted to fly as a kid, and I love flying in an airplane (airports are another story....).

Flying is so FREEING....

11. You can only have one meal – one main dish, two sides, and one dessert – for the rest of your life. What is it?

I dearly hope that there are variations of these....I get really bored whenever I have the same thing over and over again...

Main Dish: Beef. My favorite meat...

Side Dishes: Potatoes (I literally survived on them in college), and squash. I love squash very much, either buttered and salted or with brown sugar.

Dessert: Deep-dish apple pie. It's definitely one of my favorites and I could eat it forever.

12. Do you like to have your picture taken?

I don't mind having my picture taken. I got used to having it be taken a lot during one of my summer jobs. I don't show any pictures of my face here on the blog for privacy reasons, but I'm not shy about sharing pictures of outfits or other stuff :).

I'll leave this tag open for anyone who wants to steal it, or need some sunshine!

Old-fashionably yours,

Catherine <3