Friday, November 27, 2015

UPDATE on Prayer Request for Carter.

This is an update yesterday
from Sheila @ Note Songs
about her little granddaughter, Carter.
She thanks everyone for their prayers.
It is not over yet,
but this precious little girl is on her
way to recovery.

I am still away for a couple of days
but wanted to update you.
What a wonderful Thanksgiving for them.
They brought her home.

Here is what Shelia had to say:
Dear Ones! I just had to write one more time today about our little Carter. She woke up this morning after her treatment and was playing and doing so well. They dismissed her this afternoon and we've just had Thanksgiving dinner with our family and our precious little Carter. She will have another treatment in a few weeks and we will still need your prayers. She is on some oral meds right now, a steroid, even a blood pressure pill because the steroids seem to make her blood pressure go up. It's not very high but the med is preventative. She really has no limitations on what she can do but will have a salt reduced diet and no processed foods. My daughter and her family eat very healthy so this won't be very hard to do. We cannot put into words how much we appreciate your prayers. These prayers to our God have sustained us and has brought Carter through this very scary time. We know it's not over but prayerfully the worse is over. We prayer you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This has definitely been our best Thanksgiving! We give God all the glory for what He has done for us. Thank you again and I love you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


About a year ago 
I started getting this magazine.
I can thank a school magazine drive.

The school(s) should send me a tax refund
for all the "support" I have given over the years.
Sometimes I get rooked -lol-
but not this time! 
I got what I paid for....
THIS "Journal" is so beautiful.

Want to take a peek?
Care to sit for a spell on this porch?
Jim Bathie/Yukie McLean
After you sit a spell you can pop in to
an inside porch at 
Home Sweet Home
After sitting a while we will
move right along to
 the home of 
Mark & Nancy Peeples.
Look at this
 light and bright dining retreat.
Katie Wood/Stephanie Melbourne

There are some great kitchens featured, too.
This warm and wonderful kitchen
 belongs to  Cathy & Mike Harris.
I  just knew the magazine would be a winner
with a front cover like this:
and a 
that is equally enchanting!.
So, if you happen to pop into a 
Barnes & Noble 
-or any bookstore-
 is worth a second look.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!!
I am over at the VA today
enjoying my time with the vets.

I will be off until after 
Thanksgiving and I will catch up
with all of you then.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I hope each and every one of you
has somewhere special to spend the holiday
and that it is with someone you love.

As for me-
I am getting my turkey ready!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mama's Boy!

Here you were, minutes after birth.

Look at that head of hair!

Hey!  Even MyHero had hair back then!

You had chubby little cheeks

and loved your rocking horse.

You loved the swimming pool

when we lived in Florida.

You were a funny little guy-

and you were SO sad when we told you

that you were too big for

a sink bath.

One day we turned around

and you were five.



At six you loved playing ball.

And although you played soccer

for ELEVEN years.

(yes I was a soccer Mom

I never missed a match)

I could not find a single

picture of you in one of

your soccer uniforms.

You were a rabbit


for so many years that I lost track

of how many bunny costumes I made.

The years flew by.

You grew up into a fine young man.

We were over the moon

when you married

the girl we all love. your sisters had

children you became a

wonderful Uncle..

because you still have a lot of

'KID' in you.

But the biggest blessing 

in your life

(besides marrying your sweet wife)

is that you have a precious

little son of your own.

And HE loves his Nana!

You do special things like
hang up lights on the house
to delight your little boy!
It lights up the whole neighborhood---
I think there might be a law against that..
And you tenderly wash the boyo's hair..
Things like that make you an
amazing dad.
You are a good son, too,
and a great husband.

Not sure how you got to be
SO OLD cuz that makes ME

Happy Birthday, Ryan!
Love you to the moon and back!

ps.  the check is in the mail....

Sunday, November 22, 2015

PRAYER REQUEST FOR LITTLE CARTER- Granddaughter of Shelia @ Note Songs

You know me and my heart for

This precious little girl, Carter,
needs all the prayers she can get.
She is VERY SICK and they
don't know what is wrong with her yet.
This is an older picture but the only one
I found on Shelia's blog
She is hospitalized and,
as you can imagine, 
her family is sitting there on pins and needles
trying to pray her well.

Shelia is beside herself and I know the feeling well.
As a grandparent you just feel 

So, let's HELP by sending up prayers
and/or good wishes and blessings.

Thanks so much.
The link to Shelia's blog is HERE.
She will continue to give updates on
Carter HERE.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


I love it.
In some areas of the country they call it
In other areas of the country they call it
At my house we call it
one of
Nana's Make-You-Fat Foods.

Whatever you call it,
each family has their
own special secret recipe,
often guarded by a
 bulldog of  a mother-in-law 
wonderful cook.

Well, I don't have many secrets so
I am gonna share my own
recipe with you.
Why get fat alone when
you can share the 
fat with a few good friends, right?

With this recipe I 
do all the messy work the 
day before.  
The morning of Thanksgiving
I just have to get up,
mix the ingredients together. 
and stuff that baby...
or in our case...
that FAT BOY.
Not such a good picture---sorry.
He weighed in at almost 
And here is what got stuffed 
up his -ahem- behind.
(and in the place where
his poor neck used to be)
So...the day before
I chop about 1-1/2 cups celery.
I cut up a huge onion.
I quarter my own and peel the
quarters- so much easier 
to get the skins off that way,
if you've never tried it-
you might want to give it a go.
Then I put the celery and the onion in a 
microwave safe bowl with 
1/4 cup BUTTER
and nuke microwave them for
about 6 minutes...more or less..
till they are softened.
While they are getting nuked
I brown one pound of sausage
in a pan. 
Have you ever used a potato
masher to smash up your meat?
It is the best thing ever...
but it has to be a wire one like
this to work.  
I do all my ground meat this way.
Then I chop up a can of
Water Chestnuts and a can
of Mushrooms.
When the meat is browned and
the celery/onion mix is done
I put them, along with the 
mushrooms and water chestnuts
in a tupperware container
in the fridge.
The next morning when I am
ready to stuff the 
(the turkey-not MyHero)
I beat two eggs a bit and
add 1 large container 
Swanson's Chicken Broth.
I add this to 2 to 3 
large bags of stuffing crumbs.
2-1/2 bags makes my own
dressing moist enough 
for our family.
(yeah- I really wanted to lie
and be all Martha Stewartish
and say I made my own bread cubes
Here's what I use.
Then I proceed to stuff
the neck cavity and the 
area of the turkey.
Can you see he barely fits
in my roaster?

Now because my family
loves dressing I always 
make a side pan of it, too.
And...HOW do you get that
the side dish

You know those parts nobody
I stick them on top of 
my dressing....cover with tinfoil
and bake away.
MyHero says...
DIANA! You can't post that last picture!
It's disgusting!  
I say..
(you will notice that I
didn't watermark THAT one)

So, tell me...
What do you stuff
Big Boy with?

My "girls" and I will be on our annual
Mother/Daughter Christmas walk today.
They are predicting snow, howling winds
and freezing temps.
Sounds like a good time to me!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Finish It Up Friday- Five For Friday!

Thanks for your patience yesterday-
Although a couple of you did 
for my absence---
and you know who you are.

I got a lot done and had about
30 people here for a meeting last night.

So, today, to pay you all back-
for giving me so much grief-
I am going to bore you with some
pictures that you can look at-
-or choose not to look at-
It's up to you.

Ha- Reeled you right in with that picture,
didn't I?

Now that I have your attention-
I am gonna make you look at some of

This is taken from my kitchen window.
It is one of the last ships that will 
come into the port of 
Green Bay, WI this year.
Soon, the bay will be frozen solid.
Unbelievably, our grass is still green.
Here is our little Bright Eyes....
Isn't she cute?
Just think-
Someday she will be all grown up and
wearing makeup.
Let's start with Mom's eyebrow pencil
and see where it goes from there.
Looks like it might TASTE good, too!
And here is your 

I kept CJK overnight on Tuesday because
Mom and Dad had to be out of town
early Wednesday morning.

I made him a 
When he first looked at it- 
the bubbles were about 8 inches deep
and he did not want to get in.
After he got in he did not want to get out.
He said:
It's like WHIPPED CREAM, Nana
I said- Yes- It is!
 I dropped him off at his pre-school 
the next morning.
It is a small lock-down school.
When you leave the door closes behind you 
and you can't get back in.
he says:
My Nana covered me with 

I can only IMAGINE what the teacher thought.

As for me?
I hurried home,
pulled all the drapes,
and waited for 
to knock on my door.

If I disappear you will know that
I have entered the 
Witness Protection Program
to avoid being prosecuted for
child abuse--
 I will be blogging as
Nana Diana Takes A PRISON Break...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Where Is Nana Diana Today?

Wondering where I am today,
are you?

Let me warn you if you are NEW here-
being sarcastic is my
inner child.

Still want to know where I am?

I'll tell you where I am!
I am too
to be here!
You got that?

So, don't be coming here
telling me that your maid
is showing up late and you
have to make your own coffee-
cuz I might get kinda grumpy 
or sumthin'-

I not only have to make my own coffee
I have to make myself
sit and drink it because

However, I might be around tomorrow
if you don't bug me about 
being gone today.
Y'all have a good day now,
ya hear?

ps. You know I love you!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


I finally got the little guy over here 
last night to draw a name
to see who won this:

CJK stopped by with his daddy 
and before you could say
it was time to go home.

Let the crying begin!
Is that not the most pitiful face ever?
I don't WANT to go home!
I want to spend the night at 

Daddy says- No! No!
You have to go home, CJK.

But wait!
Nana has to take me to preschool
in the morning anyhow..right?
Might as well spend the night then, right?

Oh!  The prefect logic of a 
three year old!

And---before I could have him
draw a name
he had fallen asleep.

So- this is later than I usually post
because we had an 
What?  Can't read it upside down?
Slightly blurry you say?
You want good pictures you have to 
go to a "real blogger" that has 
Me? know....
The winner is:
(speaking of said skills- you can only
see PART of the NAME)
Trust me-- it is---
The heart of your home-
Congrats, Cindy!

Couldn't go to a sweeter person....

Send me all your money..
your full name and address and 
I will get this out to you 
sometime in the next century
today or tomorrow.

Thanks to all of you that left a comment.
Wish I had a copy for everybody...
Sadly, I don't.
Do you suppose MyHero would pitch a
if I bought a copy for everybody that signed up?

I haven't seen him do that in a while...
might be fun, huh?

Nah...never mind-
Christmas is coming and I don't want a
again this year!

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


I am a little 
most of the time 
this month.

Time has just gotten away from me.
I didn't even get this little guy's present
in the mail until yesterday.
Crazy ol' Nana-
I am pretty sure that is what 
his mom & dad are saying.

Charlie was born after a 
It was SO LONG that we were all getting scared.
All of a sudden- WHOOP-
they took him by C-Section.
He was a big boy and they would have had
to break his shoulders to deliver him via
the "normal route" and 
I am gonna leave that thought
right there, thank you.

I could not find my folder with 
his baby pictures in it.
So, I will just post these in no particular order.
He USED TO LOVE riding in his car seat.
At least most of the time he did.
However, here is
Mr. Pouty Pants
As you can see, my daughter's sense of humor
is as warped as my own.

His big brother has loved him
since the day he was born.
We hoped, kinda like a puppy,
that he would grow into his feet.
He has entertained us in more ways than one.
Just give him a microphone!
Or some hay-
 Or some leaves-and he is a happy boy.
(with an unearthly glow)
Sometimes he is a real stinker-
trust me~
Sometimes he is kinda spooky-
but not nearly as spooky as I am 
scrubbing greasy mouth marks 
off frosted glass doors.....
And now he has a wonderful little sister 
to love on, too.
He is her best audience.
 We miss being closer to him and his family...
now that they live several hours away...
but we know they are happy and that is 
That was a year ago.
This year Charlie started pre-school!
He wants to be a race car driver..
Please make SURE it is an ORANGE car!

So---Happy Birthday to our little guy that 
is full of monkey shines during the day....
But is an angel baby when he is fast asleep.
You are growing up 
You'll be a 
CAR HOP before we know it!
I do want you to know that the
name I dubbed him with when he was a baby
fits him perfectly!
Do I know how to call them, or what?

 I will announce the magazine
winner tomorrow.
Gotta get a little hand here to grab a name!
ps.  that means you can still
sign up HERE today!

It's Tuesday- so you all know where I am!
Listening to some war stories!!!