Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Sweet Little Ria

I remember the day she was born.
We felt so blessed to know that
Lulu was going to have a little sister.
We wondered if we could 
EVER LOVE another little girl as much
as we loved our Lulu.

Well-Guess What?
WE DID AND WE DO!
She was an easy baby.
I don't have any pictures of her as a baby
on my computer because back then it was
all shoot and develop pictures.
However, as bad as I hate to show
MY PICTURES here this was taken
when she was about 20 months old..
a candid shot taken at a wedding.
My son had it blown up and framed for me.
It is huge-about 24x30
and hangs on the wall of our bedroom
so this is a picture of a picture.
It was a hot, steamy day.
When Lulu saw it she said---
Nana- LOOKIT your hair..
Lookit my hair, indeed! (please don't).
Anyway,
Ria was our sweet little thumbsucker
and had the curliest hair when she was tiny.
Mom braided it sometimes.
She loved Disney and playing dress up.
And she loved riding on the 
City Parade float for her school
No KRIS (from Chicago) she is NOT rooting for
THE CHICAGO BEARS!

She looks up to her big sister, Lulu.
And sometimes shares a secret with her~
 much to SweetCheek's distress.
She made her first communion
and is here with her Great-Uncle Paul...MyHero's handsome brother.
She is sweet and loving and a good girl.
She loves all babies-especially 
her little boy cousins-
She likes feeding CJK.
We love it when she got
all primped up for her dance recital.


She got all dressed up for the 
Daddy/Daughter dance this year, too.
Yep!
She's gonna be a heart-breaker, I think.

She is our "free-spirit" child.
The one who likes music and dance,
long flowing skirts and untethered hair.
I hope that she flies free and high as she grows
but will always come back home....
home to hold her sisters' hands
during her life journey.
There is no one that can love you
quite the way a sibling does.
Happy Happy 10th Birthday
Sweet Little Ria!
I love you to the MOON and back!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Random Five

You know how you have those pictures that don't
really give you enough to blog about
but you want to preserve them 
and post them anyway.
Well, today's the day.

I know that somewhere in Blogland there is a
RANDOM FIVE PARTY.
Well, I decided to do my own little
RANDOM FIVE.
Random Shots of  Five Kids
in my life.

Ready?
Number One.
He might be kinda naughty sometimes
but he is sweetly beautiful when he sleeps.
Our little CharlesInCharge~
Yes- those rosy cheeks are for real
and so are the lips-this is a point and snap picture.
Number Two
Lulu-Girl Who Won Volleyball Tournament Championship
with her friend Miss A (Miss A is on left)
Number Three:
SweetCheeks practicing her dance for the upcoming recital.
Number Four
Sister Ria also practicing for the upcoming recital.
And, last but not least,
Number Five
BigBoyE dreaming about the new baby girl
that is coming to disrupt his life!
Yeah- it is NOT going to be easy, is it?
Sleep now-while you can, E!

I have had a busy week so far-
If I haven't visited you yet- I will try to get there soon!
Lots going on here and my bag is packed in case
New Baby Girl
decides to come a bit early!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sweet Cheeks And The UN-Invitation

A couple of weeks ago
when the kids were here for 
a snow day
SWEET CHEEKS
told me excitedly that on
Friday, February 28th,
her first grade class was having 
A SPECIAL PERSON DAY.
Nana, she asked me so sweetly,
Will YOU be 
MY SPECIAL PERSON
because you are my 
MOST SPECIAL PERSON.

With a melting heart I said:
YES!

Last Friday, after school,
she called to remind me and to ask me
once again...
Nana, Will YOU be my SPECIAL PERSON?

With a smile on my face, of course I said:
YES!

Five mintues later the phone rang.
Nana, It's SweetCheeks.
Nana, You don't have to come to 
school next Friday for 
SPECIAL PERSON'S DAY.

Why not? I asked.
Well, because Uncle Ryan said he 
COULD COME AFTER ALL!
So- I am NOT invited anymore?
Yeah....you're not invited.
Thanks, SweetCheeks!
You're Welcome!

I'm thinking of showing up anyway
with a TREAT.
We'll SEE who is the most
SPECIAL PERSON then!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Romantic Homes March 2014 Review

Well, still no blogger features in the front
of the magazine but I have to say
that this 
ROMANTIC HOMES 
issue is better than the last one.
Even the cover is beautiful.
Oh- I DO believe!
 I believe that Spring is coming!
I also believe that beautiful bloggers 
should be recognized.
Guess what?
One of my BLOGGING FRIENDS 
is in the March issue.
If you don't know Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
you need to head over there....NOW!
I'll wait!
Okay!  Did you go over there?
See what I mean?
AND-the best part is she is as sweet 
as she is talented....a very good friend to me.
So-here is just a snippet of her 
FOUR PAGE SPREAD about her office.
And this is part of her office, too.
She's got some shabby goodness there!

Romantic Homes also included
a link for my friend, Donna, that does
beautiful shabby glittery goodness
They featured some of her frames.
She lives by Lake Michigan.
Now-let's move across some
BIG WATER to HOLLAND.

There is a huge spread this month called
House & Home connected to the blog
It is full of amazing, beautiful vignettes like this one
and this one of ballet slippers
The beautiful urn below belongs to 
There is a fourteen page spread for her.
AMAZING!
This next house was transformed by 
Enrica Stabile in the South of France.
(no link to a website was provided for Stabile)
You need to see the whole thing....
this is just a snippet.
And, because it is the March issue 
there is a nod to 
St Patrick's Day 
written by Melinda Graham
(I hope this is the right Melinda Graham as there is no link to her given)
Oh-and what a fun recipe I found in this issue for
Grasshopper Cupcakes 
by Janell Brown
from her book One Sweet Cupcake-
 you can order here.
Don't those look delicious?
I think I will make these 
GRASSHOPPER CUPCAKES  
for MyHero.
I'll be busy collecting the ingredients today.
Oh- Look!
THIS will save me some work.
These are already 
CHOCOLATE COVERED!
You can order them here
MyHero is in for a
WONDERFUL SURPRISE!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lovers OF Louvers Will Love This Project Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Well-In the end it looks pretty good
if I do say so myself.
Remember when I painted the little black TV white here?
Well, I picked up a little chest from a thrift store to set it on.
However, it was so ugly I kept it covered with 
Gramma Hazel's piano scarf.
Not wonderful but tolerable.
The fringed skirt hid this beaut!
Now, I am not one to paint GOOD wood furniture.
This is NOT a good piece.  It has a cultured wood top.
Anyway, I gave her a ride to the kitchen
using the finest moving technique known to man 
to keep from scratching the floor.
Maybe I could patent that technique and sell it?
Anyway, you can tell the old boy is out of town
because I painted it IN THE KITCHEN.
Up she goes to the top of the kitchen table.
She is perched on little painting triangles from Home Depot.
Here she is after two coats waiting to be waxed.
I might have muttered a couple of 
bad words to myself trying to get paint
in all those louvers-to say NOTHING
of the words I might have muttered
trying to BUFF THE WAX on those things!
While she was waiting to be waxed
SOME ONE "might have" 
spray painted the hardware
in the garage while the old boy was out of town.
Finally, waxed and hardware reinstalled 
she is moved back
to the little sitting room 
where she is used to store
all my loose leaf binders of ideas.

Did I mention I painted inside with 
Annie Sloan's Old Violet
which looks quite blue in this picture.
So, there she sits.waiting for me to light a fire
and watch Downton Abbey...
or any old Robert Redford film.
Do you see that rock down there on the left?
That is a huge piece of Amethyst -
a gift from my son and his wife brought back from their honeymoon.
Isn't it gorgeous?
It was the birthstone of my brother and my father.
A piece I hold dear.
It is full of dazzle in the daylight and so gorgeous.
MamasBoy ALSO brought me a large
piece of petrified rock that sits on the
other side of the fireplace.
As if the rocks in my head aren't enough.....

Speaking of dazzling...
MyHero will be quite be-dazzled when he gets up this morning.
I might, or might not, have
a few new treasures to show him that I found
while he was out of town.
un-huh-

Maybe if you are VERY GOOD 
and promise not to 
run your finger along the edge of the cake
and lick the icing off 
because you think no one will notice-
well, I just might share my 
new finds with YOU, too!

Happy Monday!
Am I the only idjit in the world that loves a Monday?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Prayer Request And Prayer Request Update

My friend, Julie, sent me this request 
a while ago.
With everything that is going on here
I did not get it posted right away.
Here is what Julie wrote:

Daena has been diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer. This literally came out of the blue for her. She has 4 children, the youngest being 10 months (who she abruptly had to stop breast feeding).

She is at Mayo in Rochester. They initially thought the cancer was throughout her body in her lymph nodes, but thankfully it is not. Tomorrow she will have surgery to put a stint in one of her kidneys as the cancer mass is pushing on some area that puts her at risk for losing one.  Her first chemo starts tomorrow also, and she will have that treatment every 21 days for 6 months

Please pray for this young Mom. 
She loves the Lord and is clinging to Him.
Here she is last Fall 
before she knew she was sick.

Thank you for praying for this young Mom.
It could be one of our daughters, or sisters,
or granddaughters.

Also-an update on my friend, Jettie. 
I requested prayers for her here
She had her surgery and 
is doing remarkably well.
She has thrown away her walker-
well, at least hung it up, 
and is doing great with her therapy.
More importantly, 
her PAIN level is WAY DOWN.

Would you BELIEVE looking at her that she is 
SIXTY-FIVE?
Well, she is and this is a recent picture.
I'm surprised she doesn't get carded
 when she goes out drinking.
Oh-wait- She DOESN'T drink.
Maybe that is why she looks so young!

So--say some prayers today
and tomorrow I will be back to show you 
WHAT I have been doing 
while the old boy is out-of-town...
Well, except for the part where I am slopping 
around in my nightgown and drinking coffee.
You WON'T want to see THAT!
You must trust me on this!
Happy, Blessed Sunday!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Red Transferware And Red Roses

Remember the other day when I asked you
Well, I had to censor some of your answers.
Anyway,
I thought a 
DOZEN RED ROSES
deserved a table set using 
RED TRANSFERWARE
and Ruby (or Cranberry)Thumbprint glasses.
I have a mix and match of pieces.
I got many of them when I helped my friend's,
Tom & Ruth, get their house ready for sale here.
Ruth has always been a collector of many things
and I was lucky enough to get the pieces
of red transferware that she had.
I combined them with the few pieces I had
to set this table.
The candlesticks are sterling silver and belonged
to Grandmother Clara.
The vase in the center is crystal 
from Poland and a gift
from a friend when she moved away.
It belonged to her mother.
It weighs more than my left thigh...
okay- I might have lied about that.

Close up of the vase.
The clear glass candle holders were a gift 
from my son-in-law for Christmas.
There were a few special pieces like the gravy boat.
Another shot overall.
And this shows the chandelier 
and the built in hutches 
that flank the fireplace.
Well, hubby is out of town 
so no dinner party tonight.
Time to snuff out the candles with my new 
CANDLE SNUFFER.
Does the word candle SNUFFER make you feel like SNICKERING?
My three granddaughters 
got this for me for Christmas.
Down goes the Birdie!
Out goes the flame.

Hmmmm.....MyHero is gone...
You know the old saying-
While the CAT'S away the MOUSE will play.
I could just go WILD & CRAZY, couldn't I?
My friend, Jettie, posted something to help me get
started with the CRAZY part!
I sent for TWO starter kits.  
If ONE is good TWO must be better, right?