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Seriously…What Would Sally Field Do? I have to replay this clip, because only she can express my gratitude in a way that goes beyond mere words on the page:

Alright, I’ve been such a slacker lately. Always putting off for tomorrow what I should be doing today. I’ve been so fortunate as to have been nominated for NINE AWARDS over the past few months. I always think, “I’ll do the requirements tomorrow and spread the love to some other deserving bloggers!” But, tomorrow comes and goes, and these amazing awards sit unacknowledged. I can stand it no longer. They deserve to see the light of day.

So…this morning I made it Priority Uno to sit down at my computer and put together a list of all the thoughtful people who have nominated my blog for a bounty of amazing awards. I would like to thank you all for considering me…and YES I ACCEPT EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM!!! You are all so kind and generous. I’m one lucky blogger, for sure! I hope you will be forgiving that I cannot follow the specific rules of each award requirement. I’ll do my best to morph them into one rule requirement so I can properly accept these. Following are the amazing bloggers and the awards they nominated me for. The next section is a list of who I’m nominating for each award, and the general acceptance criteria. Thank you, again, for your consideration! I can only hope you’ve enjoyed my blog as much as I’ve enjoyed and looked forward to reading all of yours!

1. Reader Appreciation Award, nominated by (p.s. this link was so old that it no longer appeared! I had to use my own creativity to come up with this show-stopper image):

2. Beautiful Blogger Award, nominated by and

3. One Lovely Blog Award, nominated by and and

4. Liebster Blog Award, nominated by and

5. Reality Blog Award, nominated by

6. Addictive Blog Award, nominated by

7. Very Inspiring Blogger Award, nominated by

8. Seven Things About Me Award, nominated by and

9. The Booker Award, nominated by

The Rules of this Nomination:

1. Identify and show appreciation of the blogger who awarded you

2. You must add the award logo to your blog

3. Tell your readers 7 things about yourself

4. You must nominate 5 – 10 of your favorite bloggers for this award

5. Inform your nominees that you’ve nominated them

A. Appreciation!

1. Thank you to for your two nominations. You are so generous!

2. Thank you you are very kind!

3. Thank you are amazing!

3.  Thank you you are wonderful!

5. Thank you you are thoughtful!

6. 4. Thank you … you are very lovely!

7. Thank you….// you are very supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

8. Thank you… you are very sweet!

9. Thank you… you are very supportive!

10. Thank you… you are very awesome!

I love all of your blogs so much, you are all inspiring and creative people. Thanks so much for being part of my WordPress world!

B. Seven things about Fortyteen Candles:

1. Pets: two cats, a rabbit and a fish

2. I am horrible at returning library books on time. HORRIBLE!

3. I think I can count on one two hands the number of “great book ideas” I have floating around in my head.

4. I wish I was able to live by the ocean. I think the smell of salt air and the sound of endless waves are energizing to the soul.

5. Chocolate. Enough said.

6. Coffee. Ditto.

7. I hope to do more traveling someday. There is so much more of this world I’d like to know.

My Nominees…aka “The Fab Five-to-Ten-ish” If you accept this nomination, please pick an award from those listed above that you desire, follow the rules you’ve decided to follow and share the wealth with others.












It’s True…Lightning Does Strike Twice!


I can’t believe it has happened again. I’m very lucky and completely honored to learn today that my blog is nominated for its second award, “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award,” by none other than the amazing J. E. Lattimer of the incredible blog Thank you so much for the nomination…and yes, I TOTALLY ACCEPT THIS AWARD!! You are amazingly thoughtful and your kindness is very encouraging and inspiring to this new blogger.

But before I go any further, I do need to clear the air. Although I feel like I look exactly like the lovely and  beautiful woman in the photograph above, I must confess it is not me. It is none other than the 2012 Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler. But, if you disagree and insist that I must look as lovely – even though I really have more mascara streaming down my face and my bigger tiara is even more askew – then I will not crush your dreams. I am not a dream crusher. I am a writer, blogger and upright citizen of a random cul-de-sac in the middle of nowhere.

Now, on to the award and its requirements:


Fortyteen Candles has been nominated (AND HAS TOTALLY ACCEPTED) “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!”

Here are the rules:

1]  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog–

Thank you, again,  J. E. Lattimer of

2]  List seven random things about yourself–

1)  If you asked me quickly to describe the color “puce” I would not know where to begin

2)  It was my childhood dream to be a synchronized swimmer.

3)  It is my adult dream to be a synchronized swimmer.

4)  It took me many years to finally understand that crusts really are the best part of the bread.

5)  I hate driving in snow storms.

6)  Curious if they still sell Jello Pudding Pops? They were good.

7)  My lucky number is seven.

3]  Nominate fifteen other blogs–
















4]  Notify the fifteen nominees


5]  Put the award logo on your blog.

Thank you, again, for the awesome nomination J. E. Lattimer! Now go check out the blog right now…

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