5 Questions and my (not academy) award

Barbie, from my freshly brewed life, nominated me for the Liebster Award, along with four other bloggers, and I thought it would be fun to play along.  I especially appreciate that she changed up the rules and relaxed them a bit.  I like relaxed : )  Barbie is a wonderful blogger, author and encourager.  She also features many other amazing writers in her space in what she calls, "Share the Brew".  If you haven't met sweet Barbie before stop by and visit.  You will be blessed.  Thank you Barbie for the nomination!

So here are the official rules complete with Barbie's "tweaks":  
  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominates you.
  2. Answer the questions give by the person who nominates you.
  3. Nominate 11 5 other bloggers with 200 followers or less big or small.
  4. Create 11 5 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know they have been nominated!

Here are the questions Barbie asked and my answers: 

1.  What's in your mug?  Coffee?  Tea?  Something else?

I love the smell of coffee when I come through the doors of our local Target and seeing all the wonderful frothy and whipped cream topped beauties at their Starbucks counter.  But the taste? Not for me - not even all "doctored up".  I am a tea drinker through and through.  Green matcha is a staple but I also love Tazo green tea with lemongrass and spearmint (and it is wonderful iced!). I have so many varieties of tea that my husband made me a tea chest to keep them in - yep, tea is in my mug : )  But it doesn't stop me from really wanting a coffee station in my kitchen with one of those beautiful espresso machines...maybe I could just brew it to smell...

2.  If you could sit and talk to one person who lived during Bible times, other than Jesus, who would it be and why?

Wow, so many great choices.  Depending on what is happening in my life at the current time this changes for me.  My current choice would have to be Job I think.  He suffered so much and I know so many who are walking such hard paths, facing such giant obstacles in their lives.   He is such an amazing example of unwavering faith despite immense suffering and trials in his life. He was real about his doubts and hardships but didn't question God's purposes.  He is a great example of integrity and an eventual overcomer.  I have much to learn from his story.    

3.  How many pairs of heels to you have in your closet and how high are they?

I only have two traditional pairs of heels (pumps) and they are probably only 2 1/2 inches high.  I have a pair of 4 inch high sandals with a T-strap (that I can only wear to church or somewhere that involves a lot of sitting) and a pair of Tom's wedges (love them) at about 3 1/2 and another sandal wedge at 3.  I have two pairs of boots at about 3 inches each.  Wedges and boots are definitely what I prefer for a bit of height (and at 5' 1.5" I can use all the help I can get) rather than traditional heels.  Alas, I am getting older...

4.  How do you unwind at the end of a long, stressful day?

A long, hot bath with time to think and pray followed by a cold (because I stayed in the tub too long and am now hot) diet soda with ice.  Next up is fleece pants, a t-shirt and fuzzy socks. When I cool back down I might add a cozy throw.  Talking it out with my husband and or daughter helps immensely and if my mind still won't shut off I can be distracted with a good book.  

5.  What is one thing on your bucket list?

Strangely enough this felt like my hardest question to answer.  I don't have an actual bucket list and creating one feels like pressure to create the perfect one and then pressure to complete it. (yeah, I have issues...)  I do like hearing and reading the lists of others with grand places to visit and daring adventures to accomplish.  Thinking in terms of "things I would like to accomplish before I die" I have to say that I would love to be a part of providing fresh vegetables to our local food banks.  I guess you could say that my bucket list item involves a literal bucket, ha!  

So, there you have it, a bit more about me.  Now it's time to turn the tables and nominate 5 other bloggers to answer a different set of 5 questions.  If you are a nominee it is because I think you are amazing and I would like to get to know you even better.  (Please know there is no pressure to participate  and have fun with it if you do.)     

I nominate:






Here are YOUR five questions:

What is something that makes you smile?

Aside from the Bible, what is a book you have read more than one time?

What hobbies/activities do you like to do in your free time?

In what ways do you like to serve others?

Favorite vacation spot?

BONUS QUESTION:  What are you thankful for?  (I had to ask people, I had to!)




  1. Love your description of how you end a stressful day!

  2. Hi Mindy! Thank you for nominating me for a Liebster Award! You are so generous, it's quite an honor! I will be taking some time off of the blog in March, so I don't know if I'll get to it for a while. Is that ok?
    I personally don't take baths, but a hot shower followed by a cold soda sounds pretty good. I don't have a bucket list either, but there are some things I'd like to do someday. Things like travel and seeing family. I guess that's not much of a bucket, is it? Lol!

    1. Taking a shower is great for getting clean but soaking in a tub is relaxing for me. Visiting family is something that is great on any list! Enjoy your time away - you certainly deserve it after all you have been through lately. Feel free to participate with the questions at any time in the future, or not at all if it doesn't fit your schedule. No pressure at all Ceil : )

  3. It was great reading your answers and learning more about you, Mindy!

  4. Hi Mindy, great comments, I thought about Job. I love your questions. A book I have re read is Prayers that moves Mountains. Blessings Diana

    1. Thank you for visiting Diana. I will have to check out the book you mentioned - love the title for sure!

  5. So interesting to read your answers, Mindy! Job definitely teaches us and I would love to visit with him and his wife. I often think that she suffered right along with him, but I wonder how she held up. I know she snapped at him, but who could blame her? I hope it was just a momentary lapse in her faith and that she didn't mean it. Am I a polyanna or a "projector"?

  6. Mindy, I am so glad you played along. It was so great getting to know you more. Although I LOVE my coffee, I really like green tea. I love it iced too. Praying you have a blessed and beautiful weekend.

  7. Fleece pants, t-shirt and fuzzy socks are the best! During the winter months, they are the first thing I put on when I come home from my workout after work.
    I really enjoyed reading this, Mindy. I have never been a coffee or tea drinker but I recently started brewing parsley tea - tastes awful but it's good for you, lol.
    Love your bucket full of produce! :)