A long overdue thank you…

I can’t believe I have let so much time pass since receiving award nominations from three of my favorite bloggers…but I’m embarrassed to say that I have!

So here is my long overdue ‘thank you’ to Kat B. of Travel. Garden. Eat for a Liebster Award nomination…to Cancer Curmudgeon for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  And thank you to another of my faves, The Green Study for a Reality Blog Award.

Thank you all so very much!  I am over the moon with gratitude, especially because I admire your blogs so much…

To formally accept these award nominations, there are a few things I must do.   Here goes…

breast cancer thirties 30s liebster blog

The Rules for the Liebster Award are as follows:

  • Link back to the blogger who gave you this award – http://travelgardeneat.com/2012/11/29/you-flatter-me-blogger-friends/
  • Post the award to your blog – done!
  • Post 11 things about yourself – see below
  • Answer the questions asked of you, plus create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.  (I’m going to fudge the rules a bit and ask my nominees to answer the same 11 questions if they choose — otherwise I might never post this!) – done
  • Nominate 11 people you think deserve the award and link them to your post. – see below
  • Go to their pages and tell them they have been chosen. – This might take me a couple of days!

11 Things About Me:

  1. I love sea turtles, giraffes and elephants.
  2. I have twin boys.
  3. One of my two best childhood friends was killed in a car accident when we were 31.  It’s been 5 years, but I’m still in shock.
  4. My other best childhood friend dropped everything and hopped on a plane from the opposite end of the country when she heard that I had cancer.  (See photo from A Minute Can Make a Difference)
  5. I have 2 dogs.  A big mutt and a mini-wiener dog.  They look like giant and mini versions of each other.
  6. My favorite movie is The Adjustment Bureau.
  7. I was a straight-A student and graduated with Honors.
  8. I love bacon even though everyone tells me I shouldn’t eat it because of the cancer thing.  I just can’t resist!
  9. As soon as my children’s kindergarten class heard that I had cancer, I was overwhelmed by kindness and yummy dinners.
  10. My grandmother died of cancer when I was just a few months older than my own kids.
  11.  One of my dogs is named Kevin. 

Questions for me from travel.garden.eat :

A place you have never traveled to that is on your travel bucket list?

-Hawaii’s Big Island

Book you are currently reading?

-I forget — I think it’s called The Lost Girl

Have you ever bungee-jumped?


Morning bird or night owl?

-Used to be a morning bird.  Now a night owl for sure!

How long have you been blogging?

-Only since June

Which movie can you watch again and again?

-50 First Dates

One of your favorite quotes?

-“I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life.  I know you’ll be a star…in somebody else’s sky.  Why can’t it be mine?”

Your favorite recipe (in full or via link)?

-I’ll have to think about it.  I love to bake, so probably a chocolate cake recipe.

Pet peeve?

-People who repeatedly ask for advice but never take it.

If you could invite anyone to join you for dinner — fictional or real, from the past or the present — who would you invite?

-My grandmother

Your favorite blog post — from your blog!

$50 Straws and How Cancer Changes Everything


The Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Now for my Liebster Award nominees:

  1.  Life PortOfolio
  2. sharechair
  3. Yet Another Prostate Cancer Blog
  4. Richert Images
  5. rarasaur
  6. Ron Mayhew Photography
  7. The Blog of Otis
  8. Wind Against Current
  9. Westlake Musings
  10. Cancer Curmudgeon
  11. FiftyFourandaHalf


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The rules for this award are:

Post about this award and the blogger that nominated, tell 7 (random) things about myself and nominate & notify 15 other very inspiring bloggers.

First, the blogger who nominated me…  Cancer Curmudgeon.  I love her blog for her ‘tell it like it is’ attitude and her engaging posts.  I also love the way she finds the best of what’s out there and reblogs topics that her followers like me!) want to read about.  Thank you for the nomination, Cancer Curmudgeon!  And thank you for your blog!

I have decided to spare you and not share another 7 details about myself — I think I bored you enough above.  I am skipping straight to my list of nominees:

  1. inspired2ignite
  2. Clanmother
  3. Prego and the Loon
  4. Three Hundred Sixty-Five
  5. Keeping It Real
  6. The Retiring Sort
  7. born by a river
  8. Mirth and Motivation
  9. mainelyhopeful
  10. Green and Clean My Life
  11. Bucket List Publications
  12. Jump For Joy! Photo Project
  13. Campfire Memories
  14. Denise4Health
  15. The Sarcastic Boob


The Reality Blog Award

This award has NO rules!  Yay!  But I will follow The Green Study‘s lead here and answer a few questions:

1) If you could change something about your life what would you change?

My marriage

2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?

25.  I would like a do-over now that I know better.

3) What one thing really scares you?

Dying before I have a chance to have a real and positive impact on my children’s lives.

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?

I would like to have my novel/autobiography (not yet fully written!) published.  I doubt that I will be able to accomplish this goal before I leave the earth.

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be?

Someone who lives on a lovely tropical island.

And my award nominees are:

  1. Three Hundred Sixty-Five
  2. The Retiring Sort
  3. FEC-THis
  4. Chris Martin Writes
  5. Cancer Curmudgeon
  6. Flickr Comments


Thank you, Travel.Garden.Eat., Cancer Curmudgeon, and The Green Study!

35 thoughts on “A long overdue thank you…

  1. Congrats to you on all your nominations!! I’ll put a permanent link to your blog on my award page. Thank you muchly! (It sounds like you have a great friend, there … and you must be a pretty darn good friend, as well.)


  2. Congratulations on your well deserved awards and congratulations to all those remarkable bloggers who received your nomination. I am delighted and honoured that you included my blog in this esteemed group. You have created an amazing blog that nurtures the soul and brings joy and meaning to every moment of our lives. Thank you!


  3. Being a straight A student doesn’t surprise me one bit! I can so identify with number #8- your love of bacon. I don’t think I can ever give up the CANDY of all meats! Thanks again for the gracious nod to my blog. I am honored to be in such great company.


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  5. Congrats on your awards!
    (and thank you for the nomination! 😉 )
    It was fun learning a bit more about you. Sounds like you have deep friendships, you are blessed. I’ve never heard of the movie Adjustment Bureau. Maybe I’ll have to find a copy and watch it!
    Happy NewYear!


    • Thanks so much, Denise! Yes, I am very fortunate to have some deep and enduring friendships. 🙂 You should watch The Adjustment Bureau. It’s a bit dark — not like 50 First Dates (another of my faves), but a great movie.
      Warmest wishes to you in the New Year!


  6. though you have to carry a heavy load,
    you made me smile talking about
    how you wade with the stingrays!
    I adore your courage – and patience
    realizing that we all have to die …


  7. Congratulations on all of your awards! Enjoy them and display them proudly. I found you through Fransi’s 365 blog and am so pleased I did. One of our daughters battled Stage 3 breast cancer 5 years ago and is the picture of health and happiness today. It’s a bumpy road that gets all the smoother with love and support. When I read your “about” page, I shook my head as you spoke about how you didn’t take action the minute lumps were discovered. That is such a normal reaction, particularly for young healthy women, and a message we need to shout from the rooftops. As soon as something is not quite right, check it out! I look forward to following your blog and really enjoyed getting to know more about you through your answers to all those questions. Happy New Year!


    • Thanks so much for your comment! So glad to hear that your daughter is doing well. You are right, we do need to get the message about getting lumps taken care of — despite one’s age — out there. I did try, but I didn’t fight my doctor when she said I was too young for it to probably be anything. I should have returned or pushed for an ultrasound at least. I should have…

      But that’s what I have told friends/family/strangers to do ever since — always get it checked out. My hope is that someone learns from my mistake & catches their cancer sooner. And I will join you in shouting that message from the rooftops…
      Thanks so much for following… and I am looking forward to visiting your blog, too! 🙂


  8. Hi Cancer in My Thirties- Thanks for the nom, and congrats on yours! I will accept the Reality Blog nomination; the other is similar to the Inspirational Blog in the process, so I’ll have to pass until I am more aware of more blogs I can nominate. I am so glad you read and like my blog, it is nice to have my views accepted finally!


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