Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BEAUTIFYING A WINTER BIRD BATH

Want to see a 
BIRD BATH
makeover?
Sure you do!
I bought a heated
bird bath to keep 
water close by the
feeders for our
feathered friends.
It is FUNCTIONAL but
NOT PRETTY.
No stand?
No problem.
I wired it to an old
milk can I have had 
for years.
Pretty tacky looking, huh?
It's okay!
You can agree with me- 
IT LOOKS TACKY~
It sits on a rubbermaid
top so that it doesn't
get rust on the patio.
because MyHero hates rust
and likes to scold me about it

Hmmmm...
With a little help from my
Partner In Crime
oldest son,
we (ahem) borrowed some
greens from an abandoned
property.
Don't ask where because 
I want to go back next year
and if I tell YOU all my 
greens will be gone.

This is at the base of my
back stoop so I can get 
to it easily to fill it with
fresh water.
I wrapped this
baby with greenery,
tying it as I went.
Now it looks better AND 
I think that the birds will be
more inclined to use it.
Not bad huh? 
And the morning after
I woke up to snow.
Sweet white snow.
If I were a bird I would be
inviting all my friends over for a
POOL PARTY...
IF I didn't have to put on a
bathing suit, that is.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SISSIE'S SHABBY COTTAGE- HER SON'S STORY AND A PRAYER & SUPPORT REQUEST



I know that MANY of you bloggers
know and love
She is a beautiful person inside and out.
Did you know that her name was Diana?
Yep!  She and I are bonded that way.

Anyway,
many of you also know that
HER SON-JEFF-
has been terribly ill.

He has needed full-time care and that
has fallen to Sissie.
They are at their wit's end.
Not only physically and emotionally 
but also, sadly,
FINANCIALLY.

I have NEVER DONE THIS before.
I have never sent out a plea 
for anyone for funding
but, as a blog sister,
I feel I have to share 

You never would guess, 
looking at her blog 
that there is so much heartache buried there,
would you?

They need help in a 
BIG WAY!
What has happened there is too much
for any one of us to help-
BUT if we can all help 
JUST A LITTLE BIT---
well, mountains come out of molehills
and 
PENNIES MAKE DOLLARS.

Please go read his story.
If you can't donate a cent-
don't worry about it...
could you PRAY for him/them?
If you are not a pray-er...please send up
HEALING THOUGHTS.

Sissie- Just to say- 
God bless you and strengthen you-
You can and will do this because,
like many of us,
you are a MOM that loves her child.

JEFF'S GO FUND ME PAGE

If nothing else,
please pop by her blog to leave her
a word of encouragement.
Sissie's Shabby Cottage

Thank you-
Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Do YOU have PARASKAVEDEKATRIAPHOBIA? This is a REAL condition!

Are you scared?
Are you scared that you 
MIGHT HAVE A DISEASE
with such a long, weird name?

Maybe you have it and don't even know it.
I do!
I have it to some extent!
I might have a touch of
PARASKAVEDEKATRIAPHOBIA!
I do NOT like Friday the 13th!
No, indeedy!

Are you superstitious?
Are there certain things you avoid doing?

Do you spill salt and throw some over
your left shoulder to avoid bad luck?

Do you avoid walking
UNDER A LADDER?

Does a rocking chair with no one in it
means there will be a death in the family?
Do you believe bad luck and deaths
comes in threes?

Do you think it will bring you 
bad luck if a black cat crosses your path?
Nope! Me either.
HOWEVER-
I DO NOT LIKE THE NUMBER 13!

I won't buy a house 
(and we have had 15 of them)
with a THIRTEEN in the address.
I won't buy a house that has
THIRTEEN STEPS.
Nope!  No. I . Won't.

Did you know that when they hang people
there are 
THIRTEEN STEPS
leading up to the gallows?

Do you think those being hung
count them?
Is their last thought-
WOW!  They were RIGHT
13 IS an UNLUCKY NUMBER!
(yes-I know I am wicked-thanks for the reminder)

Did you know:
Most hotels don't have a 13th floor?
There are many bible references to 13?
There were 13 people at the Last Supper-

There is a 40%+  decline in houses that 
close on Friday the 13th.

Places offer discounts to couples that will
book their wedding on a Friday the 13th.

And-perhaps the most important thing of all?
It takes 13 Witches to form a Coven?
Well, I won't be joining the other
TWELVE OF YOU TODAY.
This old witch will be staying home,
sucking down coffee
and watching old movies today
cuz ya just never know what 
danger lurks outside on
FRIDAY THE 13TH!

How about you?
Do YOU have any superstitions?
I bet you do---even if it is a simple one--
like always kissing someone goodbye--
---just in case---

Here's a little 
GOOD LUCK KISS
for you today!
Pucker up, baby!
Have a great weekend--
just in case I don't make it back here-----

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

EASIEST, BEST CARAMEL CORN EVER!!! MICROWAVE & No Calories!

Who doesn't love
CARAMEL CORN?
Especially in the dead of winter
when it is cold and we look for a
BIT OF COMFORT----
This takes less than 10 minutes
once you have the corn popped!
This family loves it!
Here is the easiest ever recipe:

Pop 3/4 cup popcorn-
(or measure out 10-14 cups popped corn)
Place in extra large microwave safe bowl.
In large Pyrex mixing bowl 
(I use one with pouring spout)
(recipe follows at bottom of post)
Stir together:  Brown sugar, corn syrup, butter.
It will start to melt down after first minute
in the microwave.
Microwave for 4 minutes-stirring after each minute.
It will get bubbly like this:
After 4th minute.
Stir these in:
Pour over popped corn.
Add as many nuts as you like.
We like cashews.
Coat everything by stirring
Stir.  Microwave.Stir again and repeat process.
Cool on cookie sheet then break apart.
Eat.

Ummmm... I promise NOT TO TELL if you
accidentally leave some caramel in the bowl
and HAVE to scrape it out and EAT IT so it
doesn't  go to waste.
Yeah- I am a good friend like that!

Here's the recipe:
Caramel Corn:
Place in large microwave safe bowl:
10-14 cups popped corn 
(I use 2 large bags Orville Redenbacher)
In separate microwave safe LARGE measuring cup:
Mix together:
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup light Karo syrup
1/2 cup butter
Microwave above for 4 minutes-stirring after every minute.
Then stir in:
1/2 teaspoon salt (more if you like sweet & salty)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
Pour above mixture over popcorn and nuts.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 1 minute.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 1 more minute.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 30 seconds.
Stir well.
Microwave on high 30 more seconds.
Stir well.  (That's a total of 3 minutes)
Dump onto greased cookie sheet and let cool completely.
Break apart and store -if there's any left!

Some of you know that somehow,
someway I did something to my back.
It was NOT lifting a fork to my mouth
either-thanks for asking.
Anyway, I am not working at the VA today.
Just felt I couldn't do an adequate job
and that someone else could do it better.
This, too, shall pass.
Just a little bump in the road--
or crick in the back.
I have to get back on track with 
MY PROGRAM!

Hope YOU have a great Tuesday.
I will be watching mindless TV 
today, or reading, or computing,
just not doing anything worthwhile...


Oh- Yeah-Just so you know--
I mighta lied about the 
NO CALORIE THING.
(the devil made me do it)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

OH MY WORD!!!!


I did it!
I picked
A WORD!
A word to live by
in the upcoming year!
Many of you have done this for years
but I have never done it.

What is it you ask?
Well, I thought I would 
SHOW YOU 
rather than
TELL YOU!!
I am determined to
ACCOMPLISH
things this year.

One of the 
FIRST THINGS 
I accomplished was figuring out
HOW TO MAKE A HEADER
for my blog.

Would you believe I have never
had a header before?

Well-TODAY- 
I figured that little sucker out
and now I have a 
REAL LIFE HEADER.
Pardon me while I go look
at myself in the mirror
and gloat for a bit.

Okay-If
THIS BATTY OLD BROAD
yes, I mean me-thanks for asking
can make a header 
and get it up there without
losing her blog 
anyone can do it.

So, I accomplished
TWO things today.
I got my printer that has not worked
in two years
up, running, printing, and
interacting with my new computer.
I think that deserves a 
BIG BOWL OF ICE CREAM
or something!

Now I can go to bed happy
knowing I accomplished something today.
This is going to be a year of changes
for MyHero and me.
Yes, indeedy......
we are going to have some 
FUN even if I have to drag
him there kicking and screaming
like a girl~
Just you watch!!!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend.
We will be rooting for
THE GREEN BAY PACKERS
from the warmth of a chair
in front of the fireplace tomorrow.
And HE calls THAT fun!

Friday, January 6, 2017

A TREE-T FOR YOU AND A LITTLE LAUGH----(Testing Out Windows 10)

This is basically a 
TEST POST
for me--
as I figure 
Windows 10 and this
new computer out.

I wanted to show you
what I made for my 
daughter-in-love
for Christmas.

I watched our little CJK
one night and we made a
HAND MADE
Christmas Tree.
This is 16x20 and I framed it.
It is on a piece of foam board.
I took a brush and 'filled in'
between the finger prints
to give it a brushier look.

We did a 
TEST HANDPRINT
on a little piece of foamboard first.
It was too dear to throw out
so I made it into a 
LITTLE TREE
for Dad's desk at work.
This one is 8 x 10.
I painted his hand with 
acrylic paint and then pressed it down.
He put the red balls on 
with the end of a dowel
dipped into paint and 
directions from me as to 
where to place the balls.
Didn't he do a great job?

Anyway, just an idea for 
next year for you.
It's a real memory-maker.

Where did I get the idea
you might ask?
Well, over at my friend,
Ann-Marie's
I spotted it in her Christmas post
hanging on her wall and I
STOLE THE IDEA!


WHEW~ I got through this post!
I figured out my font size-
how to import pictures-
how to link to someone-
this 'dumb blond' is feeling pretty smart...

Of course- I still haven't figured out
how to keep 
MyHero from drying his underwear
in the microwave when we travel.
Yes--true story..
and here's the proof!

A picture is worth 
a thousand words they say...
but doesn't that just leave you
SPEECHLESS?
You all have a good day
and remember-use your regular
dryer to dry your underwear
unless you like smelling like
Smokey The Bear!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IT'S JANUARY---I HAVE A NEW COMPUTER AND WELL--READ ABOUT IT.....

Well....
There you have it..
I am jumping back into posting
even though I have 
NOT figured out this
STUPID computer yet.

This new laptop was a 
wonderful gift from my son,
his wife & little CJK.

It has Windows 10.
Not that I am 'outdated' or anything
but I am a 
Windows 7 kind of girl.

However-
I am going to figure this
stupid thing out!
Yes.I.Am.
As you can see, I have already
figured out how to do the
cross-out thingy.

My motto is~

Sometimes all we have to do
is believe in ourselves, right?
Well, I might need a little
God-help with this one.

I did get Christmas packed away
in between saying bad word 
under my breath about the
computer refusing to do what 
I wanted it to do....
So onward anyway into
JANUARY-
I think I might need a few 
cute little snowmen to 
see me through January.
 
Instead of making pillows
I might just make our
Little Miss Bright Eyes
a sweet skirt
like this one.
I won't be making one of those
for myself-
thank you very much--
I am HIPPY ENOUGH already
and I don't mean like this....

Just call me Ms January-
as I spend the month
bundled up and 
trying to figure this thing out.
Meanwhile--
the REAL Ms. January
looks like this....
I should not have shared that
picture with MyHero...
Look at what happened
to the cookie he was holding!


Oh great!
Now I have to bake again, too!
It is gonna be quite a month!

Have a great week- 
I hope to have this all figured
out in a day or two.
Yeah--right..


Sunday, January 1, 2017

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR


Wishing you a 
BLESSED
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I pray for good health for 
ALL OF YOU
and hope this upcoming year
will be 
THE BEST EVER!!!

HAPPY 2017

OUT WITH THE OLD
and
IN WITH THE NEW--

That's MY MOTTO!
I have decided to stick with
MY OLD BOY
for one more year.

Sadly, 
that means I have to pass
THIS ONE
along to 
I can see the tears starting
over there right now!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A VERY MERRY BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO YOU

I hope and pray that 
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU
has a Christmas filled with 
LOVE & JOY & PEACE.

I will be taking 
A BLOGGING BREAK
between now and the
NEW YEAR...
so we can celebrate the
true meaning of Christmas.
but..
after that I will be back as
FULL OF SASS 
as ever.

Thank you so much for
always visiting and leaving comments.
You are the reason 
I continue to blog.
Love and peace and blessings
to all of you.
xo Diana xo

Friday, December 23, 2016

MY HERO SLEEPS WITH HIS LITTLE BUDDY-IT'S A PLATONIC RELATIONSHIP

Any nappers in your family?

I have one that seems to 
take a
LOT OF NAPS..
especially when there is 
LOTS OF STUFF on the
TO-BE-DONE LIST!

Today,
unbeknownst to MyHero,
his little friend is joining him.
LOOK HOW CUTE!
They BOTH have matching
sleep masks!

He shifts around a bit
to get comfortable....
However, our little elf
is not much of a napper.
He likes MISCHIEF!
As you can see, he has pushed
HIS MASK UP
so he can see what is going on.
Hey! Buddy!  Time to
WAKE UP!!!
Whaddaya doing under there?
Sigh---looks like MyHero
is still sleeping soundly.
Yes- I know he has had 
cancer this last year.
Maybe I should give him a pass?
NAH....That's not me!
I would have to pretend to be
THAT NICE.

Buddy gives a 
BIG SIGH.
NOW WHAT?

Thank you, Buddy!
You have done your job
for the day.
You have been part of a grand
"pay-back".
Revenge is 
SO SWEET!
and--
MyHero touched you 
(or rather YOU touched HIM-
and that counts)
so he gets
COAL in his STOCKING.
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Now--just a reminder to my readers-
YOU BE GOOD-
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.

Have a wonderful day

ps.  I added some further instructions to my
NEVER FAIL CARAMELS
HERE-

Umm...apparently....a couple of people had
FAILS---and my BFF, Sandy,
my "sister-in-life"
was first in line to tell me.
Thanks, Sandy....Lordy, I love you!
Don't break your last tooth on 
those REFRIGERATOR HARDENED caramels.