Mystery Blogger Award #3

Thanks so much to The Pine-Scented Chronicles for the nomination!! Be sure to go check out The Pine-Scented Chronicles if you aren’t already a follower!!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto @OkotoEnigmasBlog to recognize “amazing blogs that haven’t been discovered” yet. It is the original creator’s aim, through this award nomination, to “create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award.”

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Myself

I avoid social media for the most part. I still like to share my blog posts and check out other bookish posts, but I don’t use any for personal stuff, and I don’t follow people that aren’t putting the focus on books. I don’t need that sort of stress in my life. For sure there are tons of people putting out great messages, but unfortunately I see too much hate, and that just makes my heart hurt. I am always about encouraging love and kindness. I believe that’s the heart of positive change.

I have become quite popular lately! LOL! I have shared on here often that I homeschool(ed) all 3 of my kids. One has graduated and in college now, but I still homeschool the other 2. And I tutor other kids that come to me once a week to do a group class with my kids. Well, now that COVID has hit and so many are being forced to stay home or do school differently, I am getting a LOT of questions about homeschooling. I’ve had 3 more people contact me just this week, and even 1 since I’ve started working on this post.

I am slowly finding my green thumb! Over the last couple years I have been working hard at creating a beautiful pathway between my house and my moms. I have all sorts of flowers and bushes surrounding the path and fanning out. I’ve even added a trellis with a climbing rose bush that is doing so well. Prior to this I’d had very little success with gardening. That’s really funny since my father is a blueberry farmer! But now I’ve ventured into vegetable gardening, and I have some fruit trees, too. With all the COVID stuff, I’m really trying to increase what I can produce here on my land myself.

 Questions for Me

  • What is your most embarrassing blogging moment? 

That’s an interesting question that hasn’t been thrown my way before. I would have to say that hitting the publish button instead of the save draft button has been my most embarrassing moment so far. And I’ve done it more than once. But, hey, I’m easy going and just laugh at my mistakes. I’ve also scheduled posts for the wrong dates…

  • What are the first three things you are going to do once the pandemic is over and all restrictions are lifted?

There are honestly only 2 things that I’ve wanted to do during the pandemic and haven’t been able to. 1) I wanted to go hike a particular trail that I love, but it’s been closed. It’s about a 4 hour drive from here, so it’s not something I would do often, but I did want to go at least once more before the summer heat hit hard. Now I’d have to wait either way. 2) Let my daughter try on clothes in a store. She’s been growing and it’s really hard to just eye ball things for her.

I live on 21 acres out in the woods. I have a pond, my gardens, and my books, and I’m very content sticking to my land. So, this pandemic really hasn’t affected me a whole lot as far as going and doing. We have still been able to enjoy the outdoors here and around our area. We’ve still been able to enjoy things like boat rides on Caddo Lake (fishing for my hubs and kids) and disc golf at local parks. I am a country girl and don’t like cities and crowds.

  • If you were given the opportunity to meet a famous personality, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you talk about?

This is one that I know I’ve answered before, and my answer is still the same. Jane Austen. The list of topics would be endless!

  • Would you rather have a teleportation machine or a time travelling machine? Why?

Teleportation for sure!!! Great question!! I am perfectly content in watching my kids grow as they grow. I wouldn’t want to repeat or skip ahead.

And I’ve already mentioned not liking the city or crowds. I didn’t mention that I get motion sickness, too. So, combine motion sickness and my dislike of crowds, and well, you’ll see that I hate flying. Oh, but I’d love to be able to be teleported to different places throughout the world – to be able to experience nature everywhere at the snap of a finger…

  • Which movie or literary character do you most strongly identify with? 

I’m rereading Emma right now, so I have recently been thinking about some distinct similarities in our characters. For one, she’s not ever lead by her emotions. Even when she’s found her happiness with Knightley, she doesn’t hastily give in to marriage. She thinks through things rather than letting her feelings lead her. Next, she’s intelligent and full of wit – especially compared to many of the women of her time, but she can still get so focused on a goal that she makes some big mistakes in not seeing things clearly. I’d like to think that I’ve grown a lot, but I can definitely remember being in those shoes a time or two in the past. She always has good intentions, though, and wants to see those around her happy. I can certainly relate to that.

Nominations ~

All of you!! Any one that wants to answer my questions is invited. Let me know you did, and I’ll tag you in this post.

My Questions ~

1. What upcoming release are you most excited about?
2. What has been your favorite book this year?
3. Do you prefer indoors or outdoors?
4. Are you an introvert or extrovert, or a mix?
5. Besides reading, what have you been doing to help relieve some of the stress I know we’ve all been feeling?

Happy Reading,

Alison

10 thoughts on “Mystery Blogger Award #3

  1. I also homeschooled my kids! 2 are in college now and one more to go. 😍 It’s been kind of nice seeing people realize that homeschooling is a lot of work. Lol

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      • The best tip I could give is to have fun learning WITH your kids. I have done my best to make learning fun and not a chore. We have lots of great discussions, and that always leads to questions and fueling my kids’ desire for more knowledge. We read…a LOT, both together and separately, and we enjoy doing experiments together. I often made up games or used existing games to facilitate in making things fun. We still had days that were stressful, but when I found that stress was really high, we took a break and just did something fun together to unwind. I had a laid back approach, but I never allowed my kids to be stagnant in their learning. I pushed when it was needed, but when things are fun, I found I had to do this less often than other homeschooling families around me. I certainly had many days where I wondered if I was doing enough, but now that my oldest is thriving with a 4.0 in college (and putting in very little effort to get it), I feel much more confident with my approach. But, ultimately, you’ll have to play around and see what works for you. Every family and situation is different, and what works for one family won’t work for the next. I certainly wish you luck!!

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      • I ditto what Ali said! Sounds like we had a very similar approach. The piece of advice I always give newbies is not to fret over the things you miss when they’re young. You will repeat almost everything year after year and just build on it, so they will more than likely see things again. I also strongly encourage the reading together. My oldest received a full-ride at a private college nearby, so that definitely reaffirmed my choices to take a more laid back approach, too. We also attended a local co-op for the subjects that I struggle with (Math!! 😜) and that has helped a lot. Like Ali said, have fun and keep learning with your kids. ❤️

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