a recovering shopper and the Liebster blog award!

I took a day or two off from shopping and from activities that make me think about shopping - blogging, commenting, walking around in the City, checking emails, organizing clothes, cooking, cleaning out makeup drawer, paying bills, watching everything except public TV and HBO... hard to think of something that doesn't tell the inner Abbess that she should be out pawing through racks and rounders or bouncing from one web site to another. Even cooking, since I buy most of my ingredients. Well, it's over.  On the way to the Post Office I passed a market I don't usually go to, and took the opportunity to see what kinds of bittersweet chocolate chips they had. In a word: mine! Hunting, gathering, stalking: at it again.

This brings me to another one of my Favorite Theories of Human Development. I believe that the first Hunters were women. In an epoch when weapons were snares made of vines and rocks that could be swung with only one hand, you had to stalk your prey and get very close to it to render it unconscious or dead so you could drag it home. This required Patience and Perseverance, ergo: Women! The men stayed back at the cave and were cave-dads or artists or Gatherers. Well, we all know that good Gathering is not natural to men. They might pick up wood or berries or sports memorabilia, that's about it. It was not until the invention of weapons that could be used from a distance - the spear, the slingshot, the fall-in-onto-sharp-sticks trap - that the men decided it was safe enough for them to go out and bring home the bacon. Because the weapons were by no means 100% safe, the women were fine with gathering, making stuff out of hides, observing that when a berry stayed in the ground long enough there were sprouts, making fires and the like. The women just let it go on too long, is all. Any student of history will tell you that when men have lots of weapons and lots of ego, good things do not follow.

So back to the blog: I am surprised and delighted to see that The Whining Diner and Wellfedfred has been awarded the Liebster Blog award! Many thanks to Rose, of  the terrific One More Shopping Blog for this award! Wow, Rose, thank you!  Liebster means "dearest" in German. So, just in case the blog deities are fussy, vielen Dank! 
This award is given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. It has these stipulations:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you. (see above)
2. Reveal your 5 blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog. (see above)
4. Hope that the people you have sent the award to will forward it to their favourite bloggers.

Here are my picks - I've tried to pick blogs that haven't recently received this award (it really gets around! I checked), but which I enjoy. I hope you will too.
So now there are some new friends with whom we all can go virtually travelling, shopping, dining out... Not bad for a few days of quiet rumination. Um, actually I was working on some more awful poetry. To be continued, maybe.


  1. Hello:
    An interesting theory about caveman and cavewoman. Is an extension of the argument that the Lascaux Caves were painted entirely by men whilst the women, returned from hunting, told them what to paint?!!

    Many congratulations on your well deserved award.

  2. Thank you, Hattatts! I'm also planning a post about how when weaponry or skills of war are superseded by new "improved" skills or weaponry, the old stuff becomes an athletic event.

  3. WFF - Wowee THANK YOU! As you already know, I read you regularly and been enlightened and entertained!

  4. Thanks so much for the reward. Have got my act together and have passed the award on to some other worthy bloggers.

  5. Award! Not 'reward'.... You may want to change your mind as I'm obviously an idiot :-)

  6. Southern Belle Ph.D.December 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Wellfedfred, Congratulations on the award!!! You certainly deserve it. Glad you were able to take a couple of days for yourself. Sounds like a great idea and one I wish to duplicate. I am really looking forward to reading any poetry you may have created during your break.

  7. Congrats on the blog award! I always enjoy your blog Fred. Food, shopping, fashion, travel, it's a new adventure with every post. :^)

    I definitely believe women were the initial gatherers but after watching an episode of American Pickers I imagine men took it up rather quickly!

  8. Hi, Trish, actually I thought a reward was a good idea.

    Hi, SouthernBellePhD, thank you! I'm thinking next verses may introduce Santa's newest reindeer, Shopper. She uses free samples of highlighter to give her nose that seasonal glow.

    Hi, xoxo, thank you! Remembering it's the women who stalk and pounce on desired objects and the men who still have their baseball cards from 8th grade... and the tee-shirt from that Spring Break they still look sheepish about...

  9. Well done, WFF. And we do need another poem.

    My anthro grad daughter highly approves of the Theory. 'Splain's a lot.

  10. You are very welcome, WFF!

    I have been laughing while reading you over at the JCA blog and here as well, so maybe you missed your career? Or are you secretly a writer for one of them funny late night shows on tv?

  11. Thanks, Lane! I forget who said history is written by the winners; but all of my theories are corollaries to that statement.

  12. Thank you, Rose! I'd love that kind of career!

  13. We're going to be having fish suppers on Christmas day!
    Have great day when it comes, see you back here all bloated next week.


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