Lynn Kaak – cruising sailor, hasher, hiker, runner, all around fun person, and author of The Voyages of S/V Silverheels III – nominated me for the Liebster Award. I had to look it up.
It’s an honor, so thank you, Lynn. Really.
The Leibster Award started somewhere around 2012 or 2013 and there are conflicting stories out there, so I decided to check in with Lorraine Reguly of www.wordingwell.com. Since this is like a game of gossip, Lorraine’s rules differ somewhat from what Lynn sent out. I’ve taken the liberty of mashing the two together, with apologies to Liebster, Lynn, and Lorraine. Lorraine’s rules (with two omissions) are pasted at the end of this post. (You can find Lorraine’s explanation of the rules here.)
1) If you could do something else with your life, what would you like to do... if you are doing what you like, why is this "it"? This is “it” for now. Why? Well, EW and are both great travelers, we love to visit new places, try the foods, and talk with residents and other visitors. (Yesterday we met Nigeria’s Ambassador to Portugal. She is awesome!) We are both challenged by living aboard and sailing and that keeps us active, thinking, and working as a team. We both have discovered talents and interests that we can pursue while living this lifestyle: EW’s music and my writing. And finally, neither of us can think of any other lifestyle/location/home we’d want to have right now.
2) What is the one place in the world you would most like to visit, assuming money wasn't a problem. I would love to sail in Greece on a crewed charter catamaran. Since money is no problem, we’d charter it for 6 weeks and have friends and Favorite visit us along the way.
3) If you could go back to one point in history as an observer, when and where would it be? Please give a brief explanation as to why then and there. This is a hard one. I guess somewhere in England during WWII. Clearly I’ve read too many novels and biographies about that time.
4) Give one quick go-to recipe for when you are in a pinch. Popcorn for supper comes to mind, but when I want to do a bit better than I go with risotto. I always have broth, Arborio rice, and Parmesan cheese on board and can make risotto in the pressure cooker. It works as a company dish, too. EW loves it with beef broth and reconstituted dried mushrooms. My current favorite recipe is from Cruising Cuisine by Kay Pastorius: 1/2 cup chopped onion, 2 TBLS olive oil, 1 cup Arborio rice, 31/4 cups chicken broth, 1 TBLS lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. white (or black) pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese. 1) Sauté onion in olive oil for two minutes, stir in rice and cook for one minute, 2) add everything except the cheese, secure the lid and bring to high pressure. Cook for twelve minutes. Allow the steam to reduce naturally, open, stir in the cheese and serve with salad.
5) Most of you have moved a long way from where you grew up. What was the best thing about that? That depends on the day. I grew up in Maine, and used to love the winters, but after living aboard year-round for eight years I’m done with that. I love seeing new places and trying new foods and meeting new people. Seriously, I love our lifestyle. As EW and I say on particularly good days: This does not suck. On more difficult/boat project days we say: Sailing is fun. Sailing is fun.
6) What do you miss most about where you grew up, if anything. I grew up in a very small town in Maine and while it was a great place to grow up, I don’t miss anything about that town. I do miss my family; our friends; some of my favorite places in Maine (such as Portland, Allen’s Mills, Penobscot Bay, and Barker Pond); and lobsters, blueberries, and fresh corn on the cob.
7) Name one skill or talent that you don't have, that you wish you had. Now that EW has really come into his own as a guitarist/singer, I really wish I could carry a tune and harmonize with him.
8) Red or white wine? Wine of any kind. But I tend to always have red available for my sundowner. Friends from Germany had cans of Prosecco and I think that’s brilliant! –Also any wine made by EW’s brother, Howie.
9) Why did you start writing a blog? I was pushed into writing TWO blogs back when we lived on the dock in Maine. I had been taking a business development class from Lynnelle, who became a dear friend. She was much more knowledgeable about social media and blogging and she forced me into it. I started a blog for our life on the boat, and one for my business, Hire Well. Never regretted it, and never stopped.
10) Will you forgive me for nominating you and giving you homework? Absolutely, Lynn. This is an honor and I thank you. However I suspect you couldn’t think of another question and that’s why you asked. (Hugs.)
Some of my nominees don’t know I exist. I found their blogs, enjoy them, and want to share them with you. My nominees for the Liebster are the following five bloggers:
First, two who are preparing to cruise.
1. Neil Strenge currently rehabbing the S/V Phoeix of Hamble. Neil’s blog is www.mishapsandmemories.blogspot.com The boat is in the yard and Neil talks about his projects and his progress in short, descriptive posts. This is the nuts and bolts of preparing to move aboard and cruise and there are mishaps. I can so relate.
2. Melissa White and her husband also are preparing to cruise. Melissa’s blog is delightfully titled Little Cunning Plan, after a quote from a BBC series. Their boat is in the water, they are still working, and getting their house ready to rent. Again, a very truthful blog about beginning this lifestyle.
Next, two food related blogs.
3. Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley, cruised for many years and has a plethora of ideas about outfitting the boat, useful products, recipes, and more. Plus, she knows cool sailors and bloggers and is a great resource. Carolyn has published the excellent Boat Galley Cookbook, but her blog isn’t just about cooking.
4. And one from Maine – Kate is a Master Food Preserver, teaching classes at Cooperative Extension, an author: Portland Food The Culinary Capital of Maine, and a blogger with a title I can get behind, The Blueberry Files. (See above. I miss Maine Blueberries.) When I miss Maine, especially Portland and the food there, I read Kate and feel worse (and better).
And my last Liebster award goes to:
5.Emily Fagan of Roads Less Traveled. Emily and her husband Mark were cruising sailors, then split their year between a boat and an RV and are now full-time RVers. In addition to the blog, Emily’s articles and Mark’s photos have been published in a number of magazines. If you itch to travel, but sailing isn’t your gig, check out their blog for inspiration.
Now, here are your eleven questions. (That’s right, Lorraine says I only have to find 5 bloggers, but do have to ask eleven questions. I can do that.
1. Do you have a favorite word? (Mine is “plethora”. I try to use it once a month in the blog and love the way it rolls off my tongue.) What’s your favorite word and why?
2. Dogs or Cats?
3. What new fix-it skills have you learned since you started boating, RV’ing, preserving?
4. Real books or ebooks?
5. All of you lead (or have led) somewhat unconventional lives, on a boat, in an RV, in Portland cobbling a living together out of a love of food – does your family support those choices? Do they “get it”?
6. Describe one of the best moments you had while doing what you love.
7. What’s your favorite place – around the corner or around the world, what place always makes you smile when you think of it?
8. Most memorable meal? (It doesn’t have to be good to be memorable.)
9. How many languages do you speak? What are they? What language would you like to learn?
10. I know it’s all fun, but when you aren’t writing, working on the boat or RV, driving, sailing, or cooking – what do you do for fun?
11. What country or state would you most like to visit and why?
There, I have fulfilled my obligation. Again, I want to thank Lynn for the nomination. This was a fun exercise, and an honor.
If you accept the nomination, here are (most of) Lorraine Reguly’s Leibster Rules for you to follow. While some have said that the Liebster Award is like a chain letter – there are no penalties for ignoring the nomination, and no deadlines. This is meant to be a compliment, not a complication. Cheers!
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award.
5. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
6. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)