Liebster love

midlife blog ~ cresting the hill

I'd never heard of the Liebster Award until this week, but apparently it's a blogging thing where we share the love and help each other get to know a bit more about ourselves. Thank you so much to Kathleen from 60-the new 40 for thinking of me and giving me something fun to participate in. Some of you have blogged for a lot longer than me so if I've nominated you and you have done it all a million times before, please accept my humble apologies and just know that I was thinking of you!

Here are the my answers to the getting-to-know-you questions (I'll try to keep them brief):
1.  How did you decide on the name of your blog and what did it come from?
I chose cresting the hill because I see midlife as the point where I'm reaching the peak of life and getting ready to take my feet off the pedals and cruise on down the slope in the years to come.

2.  Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
It comes from my life - reaching a point where the kids had moved out and my husband and I had gone through all the upheavals of finding our connection again. I really enjoy the process of finding something that makes me think and then putting it into words that hopefully others can relate to.

3.  What is it that you love most about blogging?
I thought it would be an isolated pastime but instead I have "met" and LOVE all the other bloggers I'm connecting with - there are some really lovely women out there (yes that is you if you are reading this) who share their lives and their encouragement and I am really loving that.

4.  What is your favorite food?
Unquestionably and without a doubt it would be chips - I love any type of fried potato (well any type of cooked potato for that matter). I am a really cheap date - take me anywhere there are chips and I am a happy camper!

5.  What is your favorite thing to drink (alcoholic or not)?
Coffee is always my drink of choice - I've never been a lover of wine (they all taste like vinegar to my ignorant palate) and I can take or leave most soft drinks or juices, but give me a lovely mellow coffee - and a friend to drink it with and I am in my element.

6. What is an item you cannot live without?
Not an item exactly - probably a person. My lovely husband is a definite requirement - he keeps me company and knows me really well and I'd be very lonely without him.

7.  What are eleven random facts about yourself?
I love kittens, I love 1000 piece jigsaws, I'm an avid reader (I love Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon), I'm an avid Pinterester, I'm becoming an avid blogger, I'm looking forward to grandbabies, I'm getting a pushbike, I love purple, I have blue eyes, my middle name is Marie, I used to be a dental therapist/hygienist before I got sick of people's open mouths and spit!

8.  If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Australia - I've been to a few other places and I'm always glad to come home - the climate is lovely, the air is clean, the beaches are beautiful, an added bonus is that we are a long way from the world's trouble-spots. I'm truly an Aussie diehard.

9.  If you could meet anyone from history, alive or dead, who would it be?
There is no-one who springs to mind - if I could have anyone to spend time with it would be my husband and kids and their partners and a few close friends - that way I'd be relaxed and feel loved and have all the shared history that makes getting together fun.

10.  What is your favorite outdoor activity?
midlife blog ~ cresting the hill

I am not a fan of camping or any other outdoor pursuit,although I do enjoy a walk in the fresh air - but I'd have to pick Al Fresco dining - sitting in an outside dining area of a cafe with a view - the pic above is a lovely little cafe with outside dining suspended over the river in Harvey WA.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I have no idea! I'm hoping I'd have a little part-time job that I love and where I feel appreciated. I'd love to have a grandbaby or two to visit and spoil and cuddle. Travel will be a bit further down the line, but I'm hoping I'll be too busy to want to take time away from all my pursuits. I'm sure we'll still be living in our home and hoping for a visit from the kids (not much changes!)

So on that note I'll nominate some of the ladies that I've met along the way to see if they want to share a bit more about themselves (if they haven't already!)

Abby L (where have you been for the last couple of weeks?)

  • Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do the following: 
  • Write a post about the fact that you’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. 
  • In this post, link back to and show some love to the person who nominated you, also nominate 11 other new blogs that would not have more than 1000 followers. Let these nominated bloggers know that you have nominated them and provide a link back to your page to ensure that they are familiar with the Award. 
  • Display the Award in your post and in your side bar. 
  • Answer the questions about yourself. 
  • Put your post with your nominated blogs for the Liebster Award, on social media. Spread the love! 
Here are your questions:
  1. How did you decide on the name of your blog? 
  2. Where does your blogging inspiration come from? 
  3. What is it that you love most about blogging? 
  4. What is your favorite food? 
  5. What is your favorite thing to drink (alcoholic or not)? 
  6. What is an item you cannot live without? 
  7. What are eleven random facts about yourself? 
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
  9. If you could meet anyone from history, alive or dead, who would it be? 
  10. What is your favorite outdoor activity? 
  11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


  1. It was nice to get to know you better. It's funny how blogging can build connections, even though we sit here by ourselves in front of a computer screen. So many of your favorites are mine as well.

    1. Thanks Kimberley - I love reading your stuff too and it is amazing how you feel like you know someone and yet they live on the other side of the world!

  2. What a great post, Leanne! Such fun to learn all these facts about you! Your blog is very worthy of the Lobster award, and I love all the blogs you have nominated here! I really appreciate the nomination, but as I have participated before, I have declined. I am sharing this post though - and highly encourage others to follow your blog and read your thoughtful posts!

    1. thanks so much Susan - I thought you'd probably already done it but wanted to send the love your way regardless - thanks for all your encouragement!

  3. Gee, I just saw this. Thank you soooooo much Leanne for nominating me:)))) I will proceed with the post as soon as we're done with the almost-finished-but-not-quite-yet renovation. I'm so exited! Thank you again for thinking of me, that's really kind of you:) With all my love:)


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