Sunday, May 20, 2018

A PRAYER REQUEST FOR SISSIE'S BROTHER---KENNY

I really have a
love/hate war going on
when I do these posts.

First of all-
I LOVE that I can do them
and maybe do a little bit of
good in this world.

Secondly-
I HATE that I need to do them
because it means someone is
in desperate need of prayers and
uplifting good wishes.

I have followed 
since shortly after I started blogging.
We have become friends over the years
and we have prayed for her son, Jeff,
on my blog as he dealt with some
medical issues.

Today~Sissie is asking for prayer
for her dear brother, Kenny.
Kenny has cancer.
Sadly, he has to make some 
serious decisions about his health--
his treatment options are very limited.

Diana and his wife, and all the siblings
are just devastated at what he is facing.
His children are heartbroken.
Please pray for this dear man,
he is a husband, a dad, a grandad,
and I am sure that he is so much more
that that-but that is what I know.

Pray for healing.
Pray for peace.
Pray for his family, too.

I know that Sissie will be so 
very appreciative.

If you are not a pray-er,
please wing your healing thougths
and good wishes his way.
I believe that we are all connected
in this universe we call home
and those connections 
can be healing.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

PICK YOUR FAVORITE RESULTS- SPRING WEDDING TABLE

Wondering who you will be
sitting next to at the
wedding of a bridezilla
sweet niece?

There are some snarky gals here
looking to change tables-
always a few in every crowd, folks!

~Without further ado~

Table #1-Pink & Planked
Wow!  You gals loved this one!
Jenn,Pamela-I thought she was going to have a heart attack before she made a decision-,
Raindrops(yep-that's her name & thanks for playing along for the first time), Debby, Linda  ALaCarte
Debbie-aka Cottage Hand Me Downs, Kim, 
Lorrie she wants to sit with YOU for dinner but move to #2 for dessert-go figure,
Jeanie,Sandie, Donna, Pam, Pogonip, Deborah,
Karen(aka Beatrice),Noreen, Patty, Jann, 
Leena (if we can drag her off the beach),Katie, Janice 
KarenAnn (she is going to change after mucking out after the horses--I think),

Table #2-Lavender Love
Diane-I knew FOR SURE that she would pick this one-being as her blog is Lavender Dreams!
Tete, Lesley, Sally, Penny, Debbie (aka Mt.Mama),Julie,
Louise, Mildred, Cheryl, Lorraine, Lea, 
Connie(aka Nonnie), Carla, and Tina.


Table #3-Square Plates/Sweet Tapers
Kathy, Vee (who offered NO chitchat-right to business that gal),Bobbie, Lauren, 
Dear LV-who thought she might be sitting alone, and  
Rose (she settled here because I DID NOT HAVE a turquoise choice and will probably bring her own turquoise napkin)!

Table #4-Good Grey-V
I hope y'all caught that title-because the ribbons on the table ended in a V cut-Pretty clever that I picked up on that, huh?

Anyway-here we have Jada, and 
Katie Isabella (she's a cat and says if she doesn't like you she is moving to table #1)
That would leave us with the 
TWINS: Gay & Kay....okay-they aren't really twins but their names do rhyme.

TABLE #5-RUSTIC WITH DAISIES
Hello- BillieJo, Lisa, Patti,
Sugar(wonder if she is as sweet as her name sounds)
Jettie(always trouble), Fran, Cecilia and 
Missy-Who rattled on about a wedding she is going to and should she ask someone where to sit but finally picked the motley crew at this table.  Lucky you NOT

TABLE #6-GET YOU SOME COLOR
Dawn, bj, Debbi(aka Beach Gypsy) AnnMarie, 
Linda (my choice-lol) and someone that goes by
MostlyMa (don't you wonder what the rest of her is?) 
AND-I am putting Ron and his cocktails at this table just to stir things up a little.

TABLE #7-WHITE-ALL I SEE IS WHITE
Well, folks, here sit my traditionalists!
Here you will find my dear friends 
Sylvia, Susie, Theresa, Debra, Sandi, Janice, Fabby, Sheri, Denise, Phyllis, Carolyn, Kris, Michelle and  
Liz-she had 3 different tables she wanted to sit at--so if she moves, don't act surprised.

And DAVID-He said he would choose a table based on what was being served.  
Is that just like a man, or what?

I had such a good time doing this.  
You are ALL so much fun....even when I
MAKE FUN OF ALL OF YOU!
Have a great Thursday
and I will catch up with you soon.

PS- If I missed anyone-I am so sorry.
I went through the list twice but 
I do these late at night and usually
miss something!


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

MOTHER'S DAY-Written for those that are LOVED and those that are NOT LOVED

I have published this before but
I believe that someone new might
find comfort in the words written here.

You know Mother's Day is a special
day for many people.
However, 
not everyone was blessed to have
a wonderful mother.
To them, Mother's Day is a mockery,
an injustice because of
 all the hurts they
have suffered.

Blogging is not all sweetness
and light.
There are deep, dark pains
that hide beneath some of
the smiling faces...
aches that are too
deep to share with anyone.

I think this piece I wrote
addresses both sides of the
coin.

Mother's Day

Some of us have been blessed with wonderful Mothers.
Some of us have Mothers that were not quite so admirable.

Some of us have Mothers that praised us and adored us,
Some of us have Mothers that never said a kind word.

Some of us have Mothers that loved us unconditionally.
Some of us have Mothers that loved us only
if we met all her expectations,
and even that was not enough.

Some of us have Mothers that smiled readily.
Some of us have Mothers that never found much to smile about.

Some of us have Mothers that~
whatever we did~ it is more than they hoped for.
Some of us have Mothers that
no matter WHAT we did-it was never 
"quite right".

Some of us have Mothers that had a charmed childhood.
Some of us have Mothers that were raised in pain & shame.

Some of us have Mothers that
 need us & want us in their lives.
Some of us have Mothers that are needy
 and we seldom see them.

Some of us have Mothers that complete our lives.
Some of us have Mothers that
leave us aching, wanting and empty.

Some of us have Mothers that stand
on this side of the Great Beyond.
Some of us have Mothers that have passed
 over this earthly barrier.

Some of us will emulate our Mothers.
Some of us will vow to never be
anything like our Mothers.

Some of us are happy and fulfilled,
no matter what kind of Mother we had.
Some of us will never be happy
even if we were nurtured by an amazing Mother.

Today I am blessed to be a Mother.
My daughters are blessed to be Mothers, too.
Today I vow that I will be
the best mother (and grandmother) I can be.

Today I vow that I will love
as deeply as I can those that share my life.

Today I know that I am blessed indeed~
Today I hope that you find blessings
in your own life-
and love your Mother
even if it is just because she gave you life.

~Happy Mother's Day from Me to You~
©Nana Diana 
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

PICK YOUR FAVORITE-SPRING WEDDING TABLE

You have all told me over and over again
how much you 
LOVE PICKING YOUR FAVORITE.
So--here we go~

The setting is the wedding 
of your favorite niece
(or someone you love)
She might be a fanciful girl,
a modern girl or a
BRIDEZILLA.
However-
It is YOUR task
to help her select the 
PERFECT TABLE SETTING
for her wedding.

And, of course, as always,
there is 
NO BUDGET to worry about-
SPEND as much as you like-
Just make sure you 
LOVE IT.

CHOOSE ONE TABLE!
Got it?  LOL
I know that is hard for some of you.

OK- Here we go!

TABLE #1
PINKED AND PLANKED

TABLE #2
LAVENDER LOVE

TABLE #3
SQUARE PLATES & SWEET TAPERS

TABLE #4
Good Grey-V

TABLE #5
A BIT RUSTIC WITH DEAR LITTLE DAISIES

TABLE #6
GET YOU SOME COLOR!!!!

And-last but not least
TABLE #7
WHITE- ALL I SEE IS WHITE

Now - I KNOW you know the rules.
These are all tables I found and
 none of them belong to other bloggers
so don't worry about offending someone if you
don't choose their table.

Pick your table and in a couple of days
I will be back to tell you 
WHO is sitting at your table.
If you don't like them
too bad
you can up and move.

GOT IT?
GO!

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY BEAUTIFUL TARA LYNN

While I was away in Florida
which is supposed to be the 
"most magical place on earth"~

A LITTLE MAGIC
happened right here at home.

My beautiful daughter,
TARA LYNN
got engaged to 
GLEN.
Her ring is beautiful-
I will try to get a close up of it soon.
But the ring isn't the important thing,
is it?
The important thing is that they 
love each other
and we love both of them.

He asked her to marry him in front of  her
THREE DAUGHTERS
at the coffee shop 
where they went for the first time
to "talk".
You know what that means?
There's a wedding in the works!

I can't wait!

By the way-
Coming up in a day or so--
another
PICK YOUR FAVORITE TABLE
blog post.

Can you GUESS what the theme
might be?

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

REHABBING AN OFFICE- MY NEW VENTURE IN LIFE

Right after the first of the year
I signed on for a new venture!
My son thought this old dog (me)
might still be able to hunt
so he asked me to partner up with him,
another friend, and MyHero
for a two year period.

At the end of two years
MyHero and I will bow out 
and the "boys" will take over.

MyHero has had his broker's license 
since 1976.  
In WI you have to work under a broker
for two years until you can become
a broker--
--thus the two year commitment
on our part--
Although MyHero will continue to work 
as a chaplain at the hospital.
I will work full-time at the office.

ANYWAY--
that's the background.

We rented offices downtown that needed 
TOTAL REHABBING.
First I will show you something 
PRETTY
and then I will get down to the 
NITTY-GRITTY!!!!

That sits on top of my file cabinet-
no candles yet- they are still at the house...sigh...
The rest of the place 
is pretty much rustic and retro thanks to 
The Boys!

These are SOME of the before/after shots.
I will do more of them as we get the rest
finished and decorated.
There is a conference room
and another area not shown here.

My office:
The Back Room:
The Entry Hall:
This is a reverse shot-before is looking down the hall-
after is looking in thru the door that replaced the 
solid wood one.
Don't you love the old ribbed glass?
The main office:
My office is the "window" 
on the right side of the before picture
 just this side of the 
server/bar area.
Old office torn out-
New Seating Area:
My son worked round the clock
to get this up and running.
In between all the remodeling 
he managed to make
5 sales and list properties.
I am so proud of how hard he works.
Our daughter-in-law also 
got her license and we have
another new man starting this week.
We will cap the office at 6 people
at this point in time.

I forgot to take a picture of our sign
and our website is just up but not
functional yet.
Here is the link to it if you want to take a peek.
In between all of this I did manage to 
sneak away to Florida
for a few days!
And just to leave you with a smile-
My Irish Princess Daughter 
decided a party
was the perfect time for
everyone to wear their old prom dresses
or bridesmaid dresses.
This was her prom dress in 1996--
and Bright Eyes wore her pageant dress-
another princess in the making?
YOU BETCHA!!!
Have a wonderful day and
bear with me as I get back into
THE SWING 
of blogging.
I have thought of quitting but then realize
that I love all of you guys so 
I KNOW I WOULD MISS
ALL OF YOU---
So---for the time being you are 
STUCK WITH ME!!!

ps- I have SO MUCH to tell you 
and will try to do that in the 
upcoming days!
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

TAKING A MEDIA BREAK----

Hi-
Off for some 
Rest and Relaxation-
Back in a couple of weeks.
Be good while I am gone!
See you soon!
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

MORE PRAYER REQUESTS---FOR KAREN AND ERICH AND KATIE

When I put up a prayer request
I often get prayer requests
from other people.

It breaks my heart
that there is so much suffering 
in the world.
 I will never understand,
this side of heaven, 
why good people have to suffer.

My friend Kimberly used to blog.
She no longer blogs but she
requested prayers for her
sister, Karen.
Doesn't she just look like the
nicest lady?
Here is what Kimberly wrote:
My Sis is going through radiation right now for an aggressive breast cancer and is in a lot of pain. Could you say a prayer for her too? 

Kimberly wrote quite a bit more, too,
but I felt some of it was too personal
to share.

Also-
Many of you know Carole
She blogs as Katie Isabella.
Her son, Erich, has had a 
long, intense struggle with cancer.

Here is the last email I got from Carole.
I am ashamed to say it was overlooked in my 
email system and I didn't see it for several days.

Here is a portion of the message.
I am writing to ask you and your dear husband John to pray for Erich. His CT scan showed two very suspicious places even though every CT scan and CEA marker has been totally normal all the way through last October. His CEA Count was one (1) every year for the last four years. He had his routine CT scan two weeks ago and that was done with the hope that the oncologist would discharge him. Last Friday we found that will not happen. (He has more battles to fight)

There was more to her email, but I don't want
to violate Erich's privacy too much.


And, last but not least,

Katie is the daughter of one of
our friends.
Our daughters used to babysit for her.
Her story is just heartbreaking
and I will let you go to the page
her mom, Debra, put up to 
read the details.
https://www.gofundme.com/wd2x6-help-katie-beat-cancer
If you don't pray,
please join me in sending your
HEALING THOUGHTS
and 
WELL WISHES 
to 
KAREN & ERICH & KATIE

Thank you so very much!

I hope you have a wonderful
Sunday!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

STILL WAITING FOR SPRING!!!!

Yesterday as I was driving
home I stopped to consider
one of my favorite places
that is still closed for the
Winter.

This is Bay Beach.
Our small town amusement park
where tickets still cost
25 cents each and it
costs one, or two, tickets
per ride.

This is the  pavilion where
our daughter, Mimi,
got married 
a few years ago.
It was the first wedding held there
in 40 years!
They treated us like royalty
and gave everyone 
free tickets for rides.
Everyone loved it!
However, today it is 
CLOSED!

This is the Zippin-Pippin~
It was Elvis Presley's favorite
roller coaster.
The city bought it a few years ago
and had it erected at 
the amusement park.
I finally got a chance to ride it
last year with my granddaughters.

Do you KNOW how much
I love roller coasters?
Does that surprise you?
I am the one in the front row
with my arms in the air;
discreetly covered so my fat arms
(as SweetCheeks so fondly calls them)
don't wave in the breeze!
And as I look around,
I see the little train station buttoned tight.
Its little cars and engine parked inside.
SHUT!
The small pavilions are empty,
benches tilted sideways.
CLOSED!
The swings have no load
to carry-except for the snow
that has been covering them.
We do have bits and pieces of
GREEN showing through here and there.
However, everything is still
CLOSED!
The playground equipment
echoes with the whistles
of the wind.
CLOSED!

Finally ~I look up and see
the Spring sky and notice a
jet has scratched its way
across the surface.
My deck chairs sit sadly,
waiting...waiting...waiting...
for Spring when they will
be filled with a warm body
~or a wet one~
depending on the day.
Yep!  I am
READY FOR SPRING.

And..what else is ready for
Spring?
Not this one-
he appears
to still be hibernating!

I hope you have a wonderful,
wonderful Thursday.

Next week at this time I will be on my way
HERE!
CAN'T WAIT!!!!

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