Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Friday, February 17, 2017

FUNNY ON FRIDAY- THE SIAMESE TWINS (Or Not)!

After 13 unsuccessful attempts
to separate the Hipsters,
Harry and Harriet finally
decided they were through
with surgeries.
It was the first known case
of fraternal twins that were
actually co-joined and
was considered the
first documented case
in medical history.
And, although they never married
their lives were rich and full.
Over the years,
they built an empire around
their fine wine business.
The only real problems they
encountered were the
airplane bathrooms
when they flew overseas on
business trips.

Ad-Traditional Home-Kraftmaid
To the Advertiser-If you would like your ad removed from here please notify me. 

Yes!  I KNOW I am warped...
thanks for the reminder!

Have a FUNny FRIDAY!


Edited to add:  
This is an ad that I found in a magazine and I
just put a fictional story to go with the 
picture as I see it---
No truth to what you see at all.....
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A HOME I JUST STAGED FOR FUN! Befores and Afters

Hi there!
Lest you think I am sluffing off when I am
not on the computer
I will prove otherwise.

I met a new friend a couple of weeks ago.
She recently retired and decided
when she grows up she wants
to be a realtor.
Her name is

You know how it is when you meet
someone new and it is like you are
OLD FRIENDS.
Well...not that we are OLD...
but we felt like we were not
NEW FRIENDS.  lol

Guess what!
Cindy got right out there and got her first listing!
Whoo Hooo!
Cindy asked me if I would be interested in 
STAGING THE HOME.

I have kind of quit doing that over the years but,
being the sucker that I am
I decided I would stage this one for her.

The bonus is that the owner, Brenda,
has some wonderful pieces
AND she has a good eye for color.
(She's a quilter extraordinaire--
and you know how quilters are with color-
okay---if you DON'T know- they are GOOD)

So, I had good bones to start with-
It just needed a bit of shaping up.
I won't tell you that my 
daughter-in-love calls me the staging Nazi-
but she loves me anyway--or pretends
she does.

So- I did a walk through one day and went
back and spent a second day working.
I am using pictures from the realtors' listings
so bear with me.

Going to show you 
BEFORES & AFTERS.
In case you CAN'T tell-
the BEFORE shots are on the left...

First up-
The Foyer
The Kitchen
Dining

Dining 2
Living Room
Fireplace

 Loft
This was probably the biggest change.
This HUGE bedroom was set up as a
Sewing room.
We made it back into a bedroom.
And then, we combined the 
Sewing Room & Office in the other
LARGE BEDROOM-
MASTER BEDROOM 
is on the first floor.
There is also a nice sized 
MASTER BATH.
There's a large 
UPSTAIRS BATHROOM

There is also a 
POWDER ROOM 
on the first floor.
And a nice sized
LAUNDRY ROOM

Here's the link if you want to see more.
It's a really lovely home-
bright, airy and a great use of space.

There is also a lovely club house
and pool.
And, the best part of it all-
THE OWNER.
If this sells she is moving closer to me.
Win/Win!

Hmmm...swimming pool, huh?
Well---I might just pop over for a swim...
Or....Maybe not.............
Have a great day!!!!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY---

MY FAMILY OF VALENTINES

This is not ALL of them...
but it is 
SOME of them!

Happy Valentine's Day to 
ALL OF YOU!

I meant to give you all
but
SADLY
I ate them all before I could deliver them.....
Maybe next year.....

Today- I will be pushing some
Sweet Valentine Vets
around at the VA!
Like family- they have my
Had to add this-
I got it from my daughter yesterday
via phone- so forgive the quality-
Bright Eyes dressed to go to 
her 2 year old 
Valentine Day party!
Wish I looked like that in pigtails!

Have a wonderful
VALENTINE'S DAY!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

PRAYERS FOR BJ's HUSBAND, BILL (Mr. Sweet Nothings)

I know that MANY of you
follow 

I met bj when I first started blogging
and she is just a 
WONDERFUL PERSON.
This is her and Mr. SweetNothings.
Her 'guy' can do anything she 
can dream of---if she can describe it
he can do it!
Her dear husband, 
BILL CONKLIN,
has had a biopsy to confirm
the doctor's suspicions.
They fear he has 
brain cancer
and they desperately need
PRAYERS.
If you are NOT a pray-er,
please wing good thoughts
and blessings their way.
You can read more about 
the discovery of his cancer here.

I believe in the power of prayer...
I believe in positive outcomes...
I believe in miracles...
I believe....

I know many of you do, too.

Have a blessed Sunday.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

FUNNY ON FRIDAY

I love taking an ad
and putting my own words to it.
This one 'struck me'...
See what you think~

Good Lord, Myrtle!
If you can sway with the
choir on Sunday
surely you can get
this down before the
talent show..

Now watch...
Arms out..
Left foot up..
Up! I said UP!

What's the matter with you?
Both your feet are
planted firmly on the ground!

Besides that,
you silly woman,
look at your scarf!
All the rest of us
have ours tied nice and neat..
and look at yours..
your ends are just
flying out there
for everyone to see.

~AND~

 Your shirt
is unbuttoned so you
are starting to look like
a hussy!

Listen, Myrtle...
I don't want our group to get a bad name
before we even get started..
It doesn't matter to
me if we
ARE
Quintuplets...

Why do you
ALWAYS
ALWAYS
ALWAYS
have to be
the odd one out?

What??? I don't care if
Marlyss is turned
to one side and not in
step..
At least she has her
knee up and is
trying!

Okay- we are
gonna try this one more
time and if you don't get
it you are OUT!

You hear me?

OUT!

And don't go running
to Mama crying like
a baby like you
usually do either
because this
time she is gonna
agree with me.

After all,
the name of our
group is
Mama Martha's Girls
and she is NOT
going to want to
be ashamed of our
performance.

Ready?
HIT IT!!!

Let me know if you like this-
if so, I might make it a regular
Friday feature to start 
your weekend off with a laugh~

To the advertiser-if you would like your image removed please notify me~
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

FEBRUARY BLESSINGS-COUNT THEM 1- 2 -3


There are three blessings
that have happened this last week!

ONE!
My friend, Sissie's son, 
Jeff (here)
has been on a prayer list
and many of you have
prayed for him and sent money
to help with his medical bills.
It appears that the open wound
at the base of his spine is healing
and
THE INFECTION IS GONE!

TWO:
My friend, Jettie's surgery
was a real success.
She came home Friday
and is almost pain-free.
She started therapy yesterday.

This is an old picture of her
but the only one I have in my files.
Thank you all for your prayers for her.

THREE:
I may LOOK SMART---
hahahaha-never mind---
but when it comes to monkeying around
with computer things..
well...
If the hat fits-wear it...
I finally figured out how to get
A HEADER WITH PICTURES.
However, 
I could NOT for the life of me
figure out how to get the 
'green' background off 
the top of my blog.
To the rescue~
(Life and Linda)
Let me tell you-
she is as beautiful inside as 
she is on the outside.
She did NOT 
make me feel like an idiot.
I felt like it was Christmas
and
just like Santa Claus
'then in a twinkling'
SHE FIXED MY PROBLEM
AND
she fixed problems 
I didn't even know I had!
Now THAT is a good FIXER!
So---if you need help--
you can check out her blog.
She has several tutorials 
to tell you how to fix things yourself..
and I could do SOME of them..
but she is a self-taught
fount of knowledge
and I would bet that if you have
ANY KIND OF PROBLEM-
she can fix it.
She also designs blogs--
and can fix any of your
blogging needs.
Did I mention she is 
VERY CLEVER?!

Another little un-counted blessing-
I was downstate WI 
on Sunday watching
The SweetCheeks play 
volleyball for POWER.
She is an awesome player
and in her first year on a team.
Okay- she 
WAS NOT WEARING THAT
for Volleyball but 
it is the only picture I can find of her
on this computer.

One of these days,
I am gonna have to find a 
WINDOWS 10 FAIRY
that can do for me/my computer what
Linda the Fairy Blogmother
did for my blog.

For all you others that are
COMPUTER CHALLENGED
I found one bit of really
GOOD ADVICE.
Y'all have a great and
BLESSED WEEK!

I am over at the VA this morning
and then helping someone
STAGE A HOUSE
for sale this afternoon.
Yay!!!!


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Sunday, February 5, 2017

REMEMBERING MY BROTHER, CHARLIE

Four years ago February 4th,
 my daughter, Mimi,
and I were driving through a blinding snow storm
trying to reach Pennsylvania before 
my brother, Charlie,
went into surgery.

 He had gone in a couple of days prior and thought 
he had a bladder infection.
This is a man that was never sick a day in his life.
As it turned out, they never did do surgery.
He had gone from hale and hearty to
desperately ill in a few days time.
We got there late February 4th  and he was
very ill.
The dreaded words came from the doctor-
Stage Four Cancer.
Incurable.
Rare.
Fast moving.
No treatment available for this type of cancer.
He died the next day.
February 5th, 2013.

Even now it is surreal.
Even now I think I will pick up the phone 
and hear his 
half-laugh saying,
"Hello, Sister- Dearest"
(a take off on Mommy Dearest- don't ask)
Even now, I can hear him telling me 
how happy he was,
how much he loved the girl he had married,
how much he loved his children and grandchildren.
He was one of the kindest souls I have ever known.

Right after that Mimi invited me 
to spend a couple of days
with her and her boys 
while her hubby was out of town
I thought it was fitting to go.
And, as we mourned losing Charlie, 
we celebrated the fact
that she was carrying another little life around.
Another little girl to love.
Charlie loved Mimi.
She reminded him of our side of the family
with her curly red hair and her blue eyes.
He would have loved this baby, too.
This sweet little baby turned out to be our own little
Anna Ireland (Bright Eyes)
Rarely a day goes by that I don't
think about him and remember
something funny he said or did.
Missing you today, Charlie, 
but know I will see you again
someday.

You know where to look for me-
I'll be in the
not-quite-perfect corner.
Miss ya, buddy!
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Friday, February 3, 2017

NANA DIANA'S CORN & POTATO CHOWDER-SO GOOD YOU'LL WANT TO CRY!


Well, it is still cold here in Wisconsin.
You've heard of Dumb & Dumber?


Well-here we have Cold and Colder.
Nothing like a good chowder
to warm your bones.

I have been making corn chowder 
for a long time.
However, each time I adjust the recipe a bit.
This is THE BEST RECIPE
that I have made up so far.
It is nice and thick and creamy
AND EASY...
Did I mention EASY?
I will give you the full recipe at the end.

Fry up 1/2 pound of bacon.
Use any old bacon cuz 
it doesn't have to look pretty...
you just want it for the taste.
Fry it till it is GOOD & CRISP.
Then drain the bacon.
 Put bacon on paper towels to drain
but save bacon grease in pan.

While the bacon get potatoes ready.
 Boil until they are almost done-
but not mushy.
While those are boiling
I microwave shredded carrots and chopped celery
and onions for about 4 minutes each.
When those are soft toss
them in the pan with the bacon grease
and saute for a couple of minutes.
Add cream of corn, onions, 
carrots & celery  to the pan 
with the bacon in it.
If you have a weak stomach look away...
SweetCheeks says it looks like someone 
"puked in the pot"
Stir in half and half and chicken broth.
Add the thyme, parsley and seasoning salt,
garlic powder (or chopped garlic) and pepper.
 Then stir in the potatoes.

I keep it warm in a crock pot until it is time to serve it.
It is SOOO good!
Recipe is at the bottom.
Oh- yeah!
You are in a for a treat.
Your hubby will lick his bowl-
just make sure he licks the 
RIGHT bowl-
NOT this one!
So-Here's the recipe:

Nana Diana's Easy Crockpot Corn & Potato Chowder

Ingredients:

1# bacon
2 large potatoes- Microwaved, baked or boiled until done
2 cans Cream of Corn
1 can Niblets Corn
2 large celery stalks- I use the leafy parts, too.-chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion (or reconstituted onion flakes)
4 to 6 cups of whole milk OR 
2 cups half & half & 32 oz chicken broth (or thin to taste)
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon thyme
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon Lawrey's seasoning salt
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (I use the one packed in oil)
                         OR- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt-or to taste
Pepper to taste
Directions:
In Saucepan: 
Fry bacon until crisp.  Remove and save drippings.
In Crockpot:
Mix together 2 cans cream of corn and 1 can niblets corn. 
Add milk (or half & half and milk or half & half & chicken broth)
Stir in Thyme, Parsley, Lawrey's salt, garlic (powder or chopped garlic) and salt and pepper.  
Stir in 3/4 pound of the chopped bacon.-reserve a couple pieces for garnish.
Meanwhile:  Bake, microwave or boil  2 large potatoes until done.  Peel skin off and cut into bite sized chunks. Sometimes I leave the skins on.
Microwave onions, celery, carrots in glass bowl 4 minutes until soft.
Then toss chopped celery and onions & carrots into the hot bacon grease for a few minutes. When onions and celery are translucent transfer then to the crockpot.
Heat through on low and serve.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Note:  For some reason this demands more salt than most soups.  Add salt until it tastes "right" to you.
If you want a thicker chowder take about 1/3 cup flour and mix with 1/2 cup milk until smooth.  Slowly stir into hot chowder and let cook until thickened.

Garnish top of bowl with a few bite sized pieces of bacon.
Serve with a side salad and a loaf of French bread and the meal is complete.

This is even better reheated on the 2nd day- IF there is any left that is.

And...make sure that YOUR hubby doesn't turn into one of these after eating all that soup.
Not that I know what
THAT IS ALL ABOUT!!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FEBRUARY-THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY--- And an Update on JETTIE


The Good~
This sweet little 
Vintage card.
The bad:
A real heartbreaker indeed!
The ugly:
1980's oversized heart sweater
If this is in your closet well...
I'm sorry I said anything (NOT)
What?  Didn't like THAT sweater?
How about  this one?
Reminds me of those 
Christmas sweaters.
How about a heart on a pig?
Now THAT'S pretty cute if 
you ask me.
But the best is yet to come!
My favorite?
This little Valentine!!!!
Couldn't you just eat him up?
Looks like somebody tried but
couldn't get past the kissing!
Hope you have a great day!

AND-
My friend, Jettie, came through
her surgery just fine.
I talked to her this morning
and she sounded full of it--
(good hospital food that is).
She has a Suthern' AKSENT
so I think she said-
"Ah'm finer than frog hairh--"
or somethin' like that!
(no she didn't)
OH! She's gonna kill me...
but she has tried before & it didn't work.

Thank you all for all 
the prayers and well-wishes
for her.
She thinks she will go home
on Friday.
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