More Award Nominations!

I’ve been so caught up with things over the past couple of months, my Stroke Journey telling and some unforeseen circumstances, that I’ve fallen behind in accepting new Awards I’ve been nominated for.  Some of them go back to August!! (Looking down at the floor in shame)… I am so very sorry. I was going to address the Awards in one post and cover them all in one shot. Some are duplicate Awards, but out of respect and gratitude to the person(s) that nominated me, I wanted to fulfill the Award requirements. I can’t accomplish that in one post, unless you want to read one gigantic post. . . I didn’t think so either. 

What I am going to do instead, is work my way from the oldest to the newest and have them done no later than Tuesday. Expect two or three Award related posts within the next two days. 🙂

Going all the way back to August;


I must thank my adopted WordPress daughter Briana Vedsted over at for nominating me for the WordPress Family Award. This is a big one for me. Once again, she has made me feel so blessed and humbled. I didn’t forget you Briana!! 😀

The rules for accepting this Award are as follows:

1. Display the Award logo on your blog

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate ten others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.

4. Let your ten family members know you have awarded them.  That’s it! Just make sure these people have taken you in as a friend/family member, and then spread that love!!!

I know some of my nominees already have this award. I don’t expect them to go through the procedure, but I nominated them anyway because they have helped me so much since I started blogging and getting more serious about my writing. I only ask that they accept it in the spirit in which it is given.

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Marilyn Parel, my BFF over at, who has been with me from my very first days. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Check out her blog when you get a chance. She’s a great Twitter resource, an up and coming screenwriter, great short story writer and is now into the Undead too!! Yup. That’s my family!
  2. Janet K West over at, Can’t help reading her blog. I ask most of the very same questions! 🙂 Check her out sometime.
  3. Karen Soutar over at . My rock chick/sister/cheerleader is always there for me! Love her!
  4. Deanie over at . Amazing children’s author, into books, horses and is always checking up on me. 🙂 Definitely family right here.
  5. Rebecca Bradley over at who has a wonderful blog with author interviews, book reviews, writing tips and even a crime book club that I’ve recently joined! If I could only figure out time zones and Google + hangouts. Definitely doing November! Already bought the book! 🙂 Rebecca, you’ve got to help me figure this out!
  6. Catherine, whose blog Cat Lumb: The Struggle to be a Writer that Writes can be found at It’s a wonderful blog with all sorts of writing tips and stories. She’s gonna help me get my Nano badge! 🙂
  7. Melissa Janda over at . She’s got an amazing site too with great reviews, resources, word of the day and she’s doing Nano this month also. 🙂 Definitely check out her site.
  8. Sandy over at . Sandy is amazing and has offered to help me in so many ways. Check out her sites when you have a sec. The one I’ve listed is only one of several (a crochet pattern site).  She’s a thoughtful and caring person.
  9. Jennifer over at who’s got a really cool site with reader participation story creations, great short stories and other info. She just released a book on Halloween ‘Midnight Abyss’, which was a collaborative effort between her and eight other great writers who met at Writers Carnival, a great writers group that I am proud to say I am a part of.
  10. My friend over at . She’s a wonderful young lady with a great new blog, and posts things I love, like ‘A song a day keeps the sadness away’ 🙂 Check her out sometime! Oh, and she’s studying physiology too. Hello!!

That’s going to be it for this Award post. Congratulations to my nominees! Until next post, love you guys!

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

I’m very proud and humbled yet again to announce that I’ve been nominated for another award. This time, the wonderful Melissa Janda over at nominated me! Thank you Melissa! If you haven’t visited her blog, Melissa Janda. . .The Buzz on Writing, you should hurry up and do so now. You are missing out on so much good info!!



The rules for this award are:

  1. Post the logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Choose 10-12 other ladies who blog as your nominees.
  4. Post the links to the nominees’ blogs and notify them on their blog.

My nominees for this award are:

  1. Marilyn Parel who has proven to be my closest friend and confidante here in the blogosphere. You can find her at
  2. Ionia Martin A true warrior and beloved part of my WordPress family at found at
  3. Briana Vedsted My adopted online “daughter” and another member of my WordPress family who is at
  4. Karen Soutar My blog and Twitter friend who can be found at
  5. Janet K West  can be found at I never miss any of her posts. They always getting me thinking.
  6. Lauren Sapala  can be found at I love her site and blog. So much useful info; love her!
  7. Julianne Victoria  can be found at Her blog is titled Through the Peacock’s Eyes and is such a soothing and welcoming site to visit.
  8. J.C. Wolfe  can be found at I love her site, her blog, her advice and her tips. She is all around awesome.
  9. Damyanti  can be found at Her blog, called Daily (w)rite and I love to read it when I get the chance. Good stuff to be found here!
  10. Catherine Lumb  can be found over at Her blog is called The struggle to be a writer that writes. Great reading found here.

Congratulations to all my nominees!!


Almost Two Weeks. . .

I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve written a post. It feels like it’s been an eternity. I’ve missed coming to the site badly. It’s not even so much that I needed to write a post; I needed to interact with my friends, my fellow bloggers and tweeps. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to do that the past two weeks. I’ve been able to make comments here and there, but that is about it. I haven’t been able to enjoy the back and forth banter of oh, I don’t know, say. . . Ionia and Charles. I’ve missed blog hopping and just commenting on different posts that I find interesting.

Life’s been pretty rough on the home front  lately. Luckily it hasn’t been stroke or pain (not much anyway 🙂 ) related. For that I’m grateful, but I don’t like that so many curve balls have been thrown my way lately. It’s been overwhelming to the point where I had to go to NJ for several days and stay with some friends just to clear my head. As much as I love my blog family, because of the personal nature of the home front issues, I can’t go into detail.

Since I’ve been in NJ, I haven’t done much in the way of my novel-writing. I have, however, been playing around with my poetry 🙂  . I’ll go through some of them over the next day or two and maybe I’ll post one or two of the better ones on my next post.

Anyway, I just wanted everyone to know that I’m OK, and that I missed all my friends and blogger family, especially my ‘daughter’ Briana, who worried enough to look for me on Twitter. Love you girl!

Hopefully I can have these issues resolved soon. Having been through so much, all I want to do now is get better, stronger, move up, out and ON!!!!

And the Winner is…!!!

My amazing WordPress “daughter” Briana Vedsted at  nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! I am beside myself. This is the first time my baby blog’s been nominated for anything and I’m oh so excited!

Liebster Blog Award

The rules for the Liebster Blog Award:

  1. List eleven random facts about yourself
  2. Nominate eleven other bloggers for the Liebster Award
  3. Notify these bloggers
  4. Ask eleven questions that the bloggers must answer upon accepting the Liebster Award
  5. Answer the eleven questions that you were asked when you were nominated


  1. Even though I’m from the Bronx and love the Yankees, when it comes to football, I’m all about the Baltimore Ravens.
  2. I have a 25-year-old married daughter named Amanda.
  3. I have a 5-year-old Lhasa Apso named Sophie who is my little rock.
  4. I can’t stand tomatoes.
  5. I’m afraid of heights.
  6. I used to make hand poured candles from scratch; not the store-bought microwave me kits.
  7. I love karaoke, but can’t sing to save your life.
  8. I began writing stories when I was about 7 or 8.
  9. I spent 20 years in corporate America as an Administrative Assistant and over a decade as an EMT until I got sick.
  10. I love Johnny Depp and Eeyore.
  11. My favorite foods are Spanish, Mexican and Italian.


  1. What is my favorite part about winter? Christmas with close friends and family and untouched snow. I know that’s two, but I couldn’t decide.
  2. Where do you see yourself living in five years? I’d like to say a tropical island somewhere, but most likely it will be back in New Jersey.  😦
  3. How many books are in the room you’re in now? Four. If you count my Kindle, it’s closer to two hundred and fifty-four.  🙂
  4. Look in your wallet/purse, is there more money or receipts in there? Receipts, unfortunately.  😦
  5. What was your first paying job? McDonald’s
  6. Favorite vegetable? Spinach and cucumbers (Again, I couldn’t decide.)
  7. How long have you had your blog? Almost five glorious months.  🙂
  8. What is the best dream you ever had? About three years ago, I had a dream that I went out shopping with my Mom. She passed nearly twelve years ago.
  9. What did you have for dinner last night? Sliced breaded chicken breast over spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette.
  10. Are you happy right now? I am freaking ecstatic because my adopted WordPress ‘daughter’ nominated me for a Liebster Award! Hellooo! ****Happy Dance****
  11. If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would you change? If I could change anything, I would get rid of the slight limp I have secondary to my hemorrhage. Some days it looks worse than others. But hey, I’m not complaining. I’m just sayin’…cuz you asked.



  1. What inspired you to start a blog?
  2. Who was the most influential person in your life?
  3. If you had $1,000 to give to a charity, which one would you choose?
  4. If you could spend one day with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
  5. What is your favorite book genre?
  6. What is your favorite movie of all time?
  7. What do you do for relaxation?
  8. What are two of your favorite hobbies?
  9. Do you normally plan things in advance or do you usually run on impulse?
  10. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
  11. Who is your favorite author, musician or actor? (Your choice)

I’m looking forward to hearing all the answers from my nominees, so I can officially accept my first award! ***Shivers running up and down my spine***