SPARK, Liebster Award


Monday is here and it will be a little bit busy for us today because in addition to SPARKS we were nominated for a Blog Award and that will be AFTER we do our SPARK for today.     Since we WERE nominated for a blog award, it reminded me that we should always ALWAYS be thankful for things we get or have.    SPARKS was started by Annie McGuffy of McGuffy’s Reader but after she was hacked she discontinued the SPARKS posts – many of us who enjoyed participating in SPARKS wanted to carry on in her name……….so we post inspiring graphics on Mondays.    Maybe it will be something you will totally “get” the minute you read OR you will think about it and BOOM – realize instantly that it DOES belong in your heart.     Hopefully though it might get you to think a bit about the week ahead or maybe relieve your mind about something that’s bothering you……….My SPARK today is about being THANKFUL – in the midst of what’s going on, we still have a lot to be thankful for!

A pertinent SPARK message considering what’s going on in the world these days.   It sure hit home with me anyway.     I’m also very thankful that Kristiina of the blog nominated me as one of six bloggers to receive the Liebster Award.    I love Kristiina’s blog which she shares along with her cat Kosmo in the beautiful home they have in Finland.   THANK YOU KRISTIINA!!!   What gorgeous photos she shares.    The Liebster Award is an internet blogger award whose name is German in origin.  It’s really just a way to share blog addresses and provide new friends and a way to meet other bloggers for ideas and making new contacts.    I got this award years ago when I was fairly new to blogging.    I’ve followed the rules (somewhat) and that’s OK – you can be flexible in how you pass it on.    Here’s the actual badge that those who participate get:

There are even several variations of the badge but this is the one I received and am passing on to those of you who I nominate and choose to participate!

Rules to the Liebster Blogger awards:   (although there were six questions from Kristiina – YAY!)

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give them a big hug give them a link to the blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you or at least most of them
  3. Share 11 or so facts about yourself
  4. Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers
  5. Ask your nominees 11 or so questions
  6. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post

The SIX Questions for ME to Answer were:

1 Why do you blog?  It was my way of continuing to write after I’d stopped writing when I got ill in 2006 – blogging got me “going” again.  Now it’s just plain FUN and it’s actually not just MY  blog – it’s my cat’s blog as well so I’ve given him a voice.

2 Blue jeans or formal wear? Cake or a health bar? Why?  I am a total blue jeans girl……always have been.   I also am definitely a cake or cookie girl – I should eat “healthy” but I never have.   

3 If you could have one (more) animal live with you, what would it be and why? It would be another cat – to keep Teddy company – why?  Because I often think he’d be happier with a companion of his own species (he has humans!) and when it comes to the joy and fun cats bring, the more the merrier!

4 What do you feel are your greatest talents? Empathy…….an honest desire to help people if I can…….a big heart.

5 If you could be any age, what would it be and why? I’m a believer in enjoying whatever age you actually are……we can’t go back or forward to be in the moment and love who you are and what you are NOW.   So my favorite age is “almost 73” because I am.

6 If there was one thing you could go back and do differently, what would it be? Perhaps I’d go back and make more of an effort to start my adult life out on the right foot.   I sort of slipped and slid along for the first five or so years after I was out on my own…….but then that probably went into making me the woman I am today.

Now I know that a whole lot of bloggers have stopped accepting awards – in fact it had been a very long time (years) since I even saw a blogging award making the rounds.   But I’ll pass the award on to six bloggers and if you’d LIKE to participate please do.    I think most people already have the Liebster but like me – if you want another one (!) and answer the questions – then you can have a matched pair of awards!!!

First, here are my SIX QUESTIONS for you to answer if you are going to participate:

  1.   Do you think there is life on other planets?   Why or Why Not?
  2.   What is your VERY FAVORITE meal either to cook yourself OR to order in a restaurant?
  3.   If you could afford ANY car in the world – what would it be?
  4.  Are you superstitious?
  5.   Do you prefer early mornings or late nights or both?
  6.   What is your favorite type of music?

And here are my nominees…………..but remember – this is optional since I don’t know who does and doesn’t do awards (regardless of whether you received this one before!) – don’t feel bad if you don’t want to participate…………really!     I’m linking to all of my Nominees so you will be aware that I nominated you………………

The Cat Corner

Down Home In NC

Bad Cat Chris


Meezer’s Mews & Terrieristical Woofs

Angels Whisper

The third part of my post today has to do with reminding all of you (because the Professors said I needed to) that tomorrow is Tuesday Teaser class and you will need to brush up on your geography tonight so you’ll be more able to deal with figuring out where the Teaser photo was taken tomorrow!    OK?   OK!    See you in class.

Hugs, Pam and Teddy too (Teddy says remember tomorrow is TEASER TUESDAY!!)


57 responses »

  1. Oh Oh! Now petcretary will have to put on her thinking cap…MOL!

    Yes, live in the moment you are blessed to be in.
    I started doing social things with my dog, MJF, before the two cats were doing it. back in 2009. Also as a way to get my mind on other things besides cancer treatments and so on. Now it is a regular and fun habit:)


    • We all need a “place to go” – in our mind or wherever – to get away and just “be”…..for me that’s blogging. I hope you have fun with this challenge – it’s FUN!

      Hugs, Pam


  2. OH goodneess, it has been a long time since I have seen blog awards. I have this one from long ago. On my personal one and on Admiral’s. Katie never had one. Enjoyed your answers because they are largely just as I would have answered except the age I would like is Jack Benny’s…39. Enjoy your questions there. I’ll bet my answer of car would surprise you! XO
    Katie Isabella’s mom


    • Oh I bet your answer about a car wouldn’t surprise me (!!!). If you’d like to do the Liebster Challenge – PLEASE feel free to. The more the merrier I say. Katie might like having a Liebster!!!

      Hugs, Pam


    • HAHAHA…..I order my jeans directly from I love that they have so many styles……..I pretty much LIVE in jeans these days. Like an OLD FRIEND who knows he well…..

      Hugs, Pam


  3. It was interesting to read your answers. Congratulations on your award.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the teaser photo tomorrow. We will begin patrolling the perimeter this evening as usual.


  4. It is good to see an award going around again. I had this award in the early days and looked back to find it. It was before I started putting tags on my posts so didn’t have any luck but may have another go later.
    I am totally with you on #2! I loved all your answers.
    Great Spark as always, and also true. No matter how bad you feel, there is always someone (many someones) worse than you, and it helps to remember it.


    • You and I know that there are so many who haven’t been as lucky as we have…’s something I think about often when I’m thinking about things to be THANKFUL for!!!! If you’d like to do the Liebster challenge – please do – I’m sure not everyone we nominated (was trying to get some of the newbies to our blog) will want to do it.

      Love, Pam


  5. Busy blog post today! Loved reading your answers to the questions for the Liebster Award, and yes, things that happen previously in our life definitely make us who we are today! That’s a wonderful “spark” today; as my hubby says: “No matter how bad you think things are, there’s someone somewhere who would trade places with you!”.
    Happy Monday, and here’s to a great week!


    • Thanks!! Happy Monday…….I have to “clean out” my jeans collection – many of them I can no longer wear and some I’ve “overworn” and they’re falling apart. I do love jeans and wear them every day. Tomorrow being Teaser Day I think the “Graphics Department” better start looking for a GOODIE!

      Hugs, The Graphics Department Pam


  6. Excellent spark! That is so true. I always try to remember that living in modern times in a free country is like winning the lottery of life. Congrats on your well-deserved award. I like your answer that says you are thinking Teddy would like a friend to keep him company. XO


    • I really do think Teddy would enjoy having a companion but I also worry that he has been the top dog (oops…..I mean cat) here for so long he might resent another cat and that would be a disaster!!!!

      Hugs, Pam


  7. Love the Spark today, as always. Mom especially liked it because she is doing a gratitude project for an online course that she’s taking. Gratitude is always a big part of our day. How could it not be??

    Love and licks,


    • Oh it’s so important to be thankful and say so isn’t it Cupcake! When Mom gives me a treat I show my gratitude like crazy……!! I like that your Mom is doing a gratitude course – that’s a VERY COOL and worthwhile subject!

      Love, Teddy


    • You have a great week too! Kristiina takes such beautiful photos – I wasn’t that familiar with the countryside in Finland until I began following Kosmo’s adventures. It’s been so much fun learning…….and they are such lovely people!!!! Glad you like the SPARK.

      Hugs, Pam

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    • I think he might too but it’s difficult to say. It would have to be an older cat – we are at an age where we really don’t want to have to worry about whether we’ll be around to raise him/her ourselves (which is what I would want to do). David’s the holdup. He says no. We’ll see! Teddy does like all the attention he gets here – that’s for sure!!!!

      Hugs, Pam


  8. Concatulations on your Liebster Award, Teddy and thank you so much for nominating us. We always love to receive awards, Teddy, it’s so much fun. To bad so many don’t do them anymore. We have the Liebster in already in different styles and are purroud to add yours on to it too. Thank You💗
    We loved your insights on the questions and boy, does your mom look good&young for her age! That was a great quote too😺An Extra Clean Pawkiss for a Happy Tuesday. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞


    • Thanks Binky……we know lots of people have the Liebster already including us – but just in case anyone wanted to “have a go again” at questions, we sent it out to new friends. Thanks for the compliment on my Mom – she FEELS older than she looks (hahahahaha). Sending you lots of clean pawkisses too………..

      Hugs, Teddy ❤ 🙂


  9. Really great answers on those Pam and we really love the Spark. We have to always think of others and what they may be going through which I feel many do not do today. Love that you got that fine Leibster Award to, Purrs my friends.


    • I think some awards are “coming back around” – we already have that one but it was FUN to answer the questions and create our own questions for the nominees. If you would like to do it – PLEASE DO!!!! Seriously!!

      Hugs, Pam


  10. Oh my your SPARK hit home with me. I grumble and complain mostly to myself cause everything I do takes such a toll but there are folk that are fighting just to be here….guess that puts me in my place. Thank you Pam and Teddy. We all need a kick in the pants occasionally to see what we really do have.

    We also got the nomination too and will do it again. Seems every few years the awards are discovered gain and make the rounds.



    • Yes indeed – “what goes around comes around….again” !!! Congratulations. It’s fun to answer the questions. You handle your challenges beautifully – I wish I could be as brave as you are. Don’t sell yourself short!!!

      Happy Tuesday!
      Hugs, Pam


    • Thanks Janet……it has been a long time since awards went around and I’m not sure how this one got started again but thought I’d send it to some newbies or “new to me” bloggers.

      Hugs, Pam


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