Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Romantic Homes January/February 2015 Issue

I missed so much time 
when I had pneumonia!
I am trying to catch up with certain posts
I usually do each month.

Well, I got lucky
BECAUSE
Romantic Homes combined the
January/February Issue.

I really don't know how lucky that is 
because it means I paid for 12 issues
and now they are combining some other ones
so I will get TEN issues instead of TWELVE.
Yeah- that is the kind of luck I have!

Anyway,
Is this not the cutest cake?
I don't think you have to wait for 
Valentine's Day to make this for someone special.
 Pink Pearl Lady Cake
recipe is on Page 36.

I thought the cover was just lovely.
Got your cake mess cleaned up from
baking that heart cake above?
Good!  Now then
 you can visit  the
PINK HOUSE
owned by 
It is softly sweet and livable.
 Here's a little sneak peek at the Florida estate 
of a New York couple.
This home was designed by
By:Sarah Yoon/Mark Roskams/photographer
It looks like Florida, doesn't it?

Okay-Now-Doesn't the home of
just make you dream of warm summer days?
Even though we are freezing our butts off here.
She has the most beautiful blog.
You can find it by clicking on her name above.
Prepare to  have your mouth hang open for a while.
And while your mouth is hanging open....
purse your lips a bit and 
BLOW HARD.
Then you can blow up balloons to put together
this beautiful garland
styled by  
photography-Shirlie Kemp
So-There you have it.
A few things I love in the
January/February Issue of
Romantic Homes.

Know what else I love?
You!
Thanks for following along here.
Here's how I am feeling about you this morning....
Lips still puckered up from the balloon blowing
are they?  Good!
Here's to you!

Geez- I hope you brushed your teeth already!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Ria - You Are Such A Special Girl

Here is the earliest picture

of Ria I have scanned into my computer.

Look at those eyes!

This one is

 is not great-

not sure what camera it was taken with.

Look at those curly little piggy tails.


She was SUCH a sweet little girl.
.
That is SweetCheeks to the right as a baby

crawling around..

she looked up to her

big sissy-even then
.
You will notice that SweetCheeks is 

getting INTO the cabinet~


When she was three

she and her sister

were in a wedding that

was photographed for a

national bride magazine.

This is one of the pictures

that appeared in the spread.

Our little thumb-sucker...

Look at those eyes...


She has always been a little princess~


She loves everything and everyone!


I love her serious look.


She is growing up fast.


We are thrilled to have this 

sweet little girl in our lives.

She is one of 

Three Sisters Cookie Company


And all Three Sisters are as sweet as can be.

Summer or Winter


Yep-She is growing up fast!

She is our ballerina.

Beyond good for her age 

and dancing with girls

that are two and three years older

and doing solos.

She is just a slip of a girl-

teeny-tiny-a good wind would

blow her away-

(but we hope it won't!)


Don't grow up too fast, Ria!

We are missing our 

"little girl" 

already.

~HAPPY 11th BIRTHDAY, MARIA~


Love you to the moon and back...

Nana



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pick Your Favorite Table RESULTS AND MY Health Update AND Prayer Request Update

First of all
thank you so much for all the prayers
and good wishes you sent up yesterday
for Carol & Dr. Allen Ball.
His MRI showed that the tumor has not grown.
They are headed back to the Carolinas.
He will continue on the treatment he has been on for the time being.
Please keep them in your prayers these next few weeks.

Meanwhile-
Here are the results of the 
PICK YOUR FAVORITE TABLE:

First Place:
FLOWER BOXES ON A PLANK TABLE
2nd Place with about half the votes of #1
#6
ROSE LANTERNS
Third Place 
HYDRANGEAS-A WEDDING AT HOME
Thanks to all of you for playing along.
I love doing this and seeing 
what tables you pick 
and who you are going to sit with.
I am moving from table to table 
so I can sit with all of you.
I DO get to sit next to Ron @ The Uptown Acorn
at the HYDRANGEA TABLE.
That's because THAT MAN likes a cocktail.
I don't drink so he can have mine.
Then I can threaten to tell all of his secrets
when he gets all stuck on stupid.

Health Update:
I am back on antibiotics and inhalers.
I still have a bacterial infection that is hanging on
and on and on and on and on.....
I am laying low for this whole week doing
just what the doctor ordered.
My main source of entertainment is my laptop,
stupid TV programs and watching the 
birds dive bomb the squirrels outside the window
Life is good.
Very, very good.

This is how SweetCheeks feels when 
Nana is not around to play with her.
Notice the sucked in lip.
She pushes the lip OUT when she is pouting..
See the difference?
Do you suppose she is going to really
GET ME BACK 
someday?
She has already told me that I can't come to her
wedding when she gets married because I might
"act up".
Imagine that!
Me? HAH!

Well-wait till she sees what I am 
NOT giving her as a wedding present...
and that's all I'm gonna say about that!



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Very Hard Post For Me To Write- ASKING FOR PRAYER- Once Again---and A Judy Health Update

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post
about our friend, Dr. Allen Ball here

One of the reasons my daughter and I 
did a road trip home was specifically to see him
and his wife, Carol.
We met boating in the mid 90's and have
been fast friends ever since.

Dr. Ball was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
 last summer.
The optimistic outlook at that time was 
eighteen months.

Two weeks ago,
when we saw him in the Carolinas,
he was just coming home 
from the hospital and
doing quite well.
He talked with us and he
remembered some times we had shared

His wife, Carol, 
contacted me yesterday.
Allen is failing fast.
They were on their way to Baltimore
 to see the neurosurgeon
that did his initial surgery.

It looks like they will be stopping chemo
and starting hospice care when they get home.
Carol is NOT READY for this.
Are any of us ever really ready for this moment?
No-we're not-no matter what-we're not.

Please pray for Allen & Carol
and/or send best wishes/thoughts their way.
Pray that they are able to turn things over.
I know they are Christian people 
and they are assured of their
Heavenly Home
but I also know that they love their 
Earthly Home, too.

My heart is aching for this wonderful man.
He was a bright light in the field of medicine 
and I can't tell you how many babies in NY state
are named after him.
One day I will tell you 
some wickedly funny stories he shared...
but today---
I am having a hard time 
finding humor in this moment.

On a brighter note,
is home, groggy, but doing okay.
She thanks all of you for your prayers
and will fill us in more at a later date.
For now- she is starting the healing process.

Thank you - All of you!
Thank you for taking your precious time 
to offer up a prayer for friends that need them.
Bless you-as you bless those that need it!

I'll have a little lighter post tomorrow!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

A PRAYER REQUEST FROM JUDY@ GRACIOUS SOUTHERN LIVING

I had another post all set to go for today
BUT
sometimes really important things 
come along and plans get changed.
My friend, Judy,
is asking for prayer.
Her blog is:
Judy is 
 having some very serious surgery
this morning and is in for a long recovery.

Please take just a moment and say a prayer for her.
She will not be able to blog for a while
but it will do her heart good to know that
we are praying and/or 
sending healing wishes her way.

She said that she would let us know how she is
as soon as she possibly can.

God bless you, Judy-
We've got your back, sistah!
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Sunday Morning Puzzle For You-Adjust Your Glasses

I want to you stare at the picture below.
It may take you a few minutes.
Can you see it?
Can you?
Can YOU spot the REAL baby?
Here's a hint-
It is not the one with the trunk!
Now THAT'S a
BASKET OF BABIES
I wouldn't mind picking up!

Happy Sunday.
I've got something fun for you tomorrow.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

FEAR - Giveaway & Happy Birthday to My Brother & My Best Friend Sandy

Last week there was an opportunity to sign up
for a book by 
JETTIE  PARRISH
called 
FEAR.
If you signed up here or
 on Facebook
your name went into two drawings.

The winner here is...
drum roll please...

Kay G
Kay has a blog called

Kay-please email me 
your full name and  address and I will
pass it along to Jettie

If any of you would like to purchase the book
you can do so on Amazon HERE.
You can download it to read on your computer
or you can purchase a hard copy.

Thanks to everyone that entered the contest.

AND----
 Happy Birthday to my dear brother,
Charlie, gone two years this month.
He lives with the angels now and 
celebrates a heavenly birthday instead
of an earthly one.
Miss ya, bro!
You were one of the kindest
men I have ever known.
The angels are lucky to have you
but I wish I could have had you just
a little while longer.

AND-
Happy Birthday to my dear friend
SANDY
She has seen me at my worst and
at my best-whatever THAT is-
This was at my daughter's wedding.
Love ya, Sandy!
So-
Have a great Saturday
and
I'll be back tomorrow.
Yes-I-will!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Finish It Up Friday- Random Five

While I was gone from blogland
I tried to get a lot of things
sorted out -including pictures.

Here are some I want to share 
and then I can then file them.

MyHero had Valentine's Roses waiting for me
when I got home from my roadtrip.
His generosity in floral offerings 
was only exceeded by his generous offering of
clothes waiting to be washed.
I might have lied exaggerated just a bit there.

Once again, like everyone else in this house,
the Christmas Cactus is confused.
Umm...it is February-
You are either really LATE blooming
or really early!
-but you sure are purty-

I swear that if there is a camera out in the city
my grandgirls rush it.
Here you see Ria and SweetCheeks 
on the 
FRONT COVER 
of the local downtown promotional magazine.
They are standing there
with the mayor, Jim Schmitt.

The mayor looks like he wishes he could be
somewhere else.
Go figure!

Here's one of my favorite pictures of SweetCheeks.
Ignore the pink shoes above.

Now-look at the shoes below.
This is Lulu, Ria, SweetCheeks and Naomi
on vacation.
Anyone care to guess who is wearing the
WHITE SHOES?
Anyone?  Anyone?
Anyone?

MyHero looked at the picture and said~
Oh!  Look at Julia (SweetCheeks)  making a LETTER J
with her shoes.
I said~ It looks to me like she is stepping on someone's toes!  duh

Here's to a great Friday 
and I hope that 
NO ONE STEPS ON YOUR TOES
today!

Guess what?
I am working at the VA hospital again today.
I was only supposed to work two days a week
but they were short of help today.
Guess they know a sucker when they see one.
I'm thinking of having it tattooed on my head
like this so EVERYONE knows!
Have a great day!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

My New "JOB"-

Yes- It's true.
I am no longer housebound.
I have escaped into the real world.
However, I only escaped about a two mile distance.

I am the newest volunteer at the new VA center
in our area.
I get the early hours- I start at 6am.

It is a beautiful facility....even in winter.
As you can see-
It is a large facility and busy.
It will be even busier when
they open the cancer center here.
The main entrance is beautiful.
I help check people in and tell them where to go.
MyHero says I am very good at 
telling people where to go.
I have been practicing on him 
for several years now.

So far, I have been lucky to work 
with a bunch of great volunteers.
Most of the volunteers are connected to the service
in some way-either having served or having someone
in their family that has served
in the Army, Navy, Marines or Reserves.

The volunteers are a bunch of jokesters.
I should fit right in,
don't you think?

As I watched the men and women come in for
treatment I felt truly humbled to be able to 
serve them on some level.
Because of them I am free to do what I do.
I hope to bring a bit of joy to those 
that need a smile.
If I can do that then I will know that
I have done my little part 
to support our veterans.

I am working on Tuesdays & Thursdays
so I might be a bit scarce on those days.
I feel blessed to be able to do this...
truly blessed.

It is terribly cold here today.
High of zero -not counting wind chill-
and the wind!!!!
Oh! The wind!
I'm not saying it is windy here but
I will tell you that when this 
squirrel came down the tree his
tail was sticking straight out behind him.
Hmmmm....almost makes you
wish you had a tail to cover yourself with,
doesn't it?
---almost being the definitive word there---

I'll be back with something 
FUN tomorrow!
Pinky promise!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Road Tripping With My Daughter-Florida, The Carolinas & Graceland!

After we dumped the rest of the family
off at the airport
My daughter and I started driving home.
Here she is at the onset.
She is the SELFIE QUEEN!
Remember how she looks here.
It is important later on in the blog.
Speaking of QUEENS....
We took a little U-Turn
from the Orlando airport.
and drove south about 3-1/2 hours to
Cape Coral, FL
 We went to see my good friend
Queen Margaret...Queen of  Crazy...
(which is why I love her)
She is starting a whole new life and is 
the happiest I have ever seen her.
Thanks for lunch, Your Royal Highness. 

From there we headed North.

We made a swing to the ocean and drove
A1A from Daytona to the top of Florida.
Then headed to the North Carolina shore.
We visited our dear friends,
Carol & Dr.Allen.
Allen had brain surgery a few weeks ago.
He has a cancerous brain tumor
and has had radiation and is on chemo
so please pray for him and his wife.

He is one of the most brilliant men 
I have even known.
We used to play a game called
STUMP DR ALLEN...
Let's just say whatever we mentioned
he knew something about it.
The man is a walking encyclopedia.
Love you guys!
After we left there we headed almost directly West.
My daughter said that 
EVERY AMERICAN
needs to see GRACELAND at least once.
Being as I am an American I figured I had to go.
My daughter told me I could not go 
looking the way I did.
She insisted I not straighten my hair.
My hair curls when I let it....
So...here ya go....
I'm thinking curls are a bit much on an old lady..
but there you have it.
Graceland-Home of Elvis Presley-
It was a chilly day but the people 
around us were warm and friendly-
all coming to pay tribute to a man they loved.
We saw a couple of  old fat shoe-polish black hair Elvis "clones"
and that was interesting.
It was much like you would expect inside.
Lots of glitz and glamour.
Smoked mirrors were all the rage in
the 60's & 70's.
We did not see the chapel.
 I would have liked to see that...
Elvis would be 80 today.
I can't imagine an OLD ELVIS, can you?
I think we remember him at his best-
young and handsome.
We had one little scare when we 
stopped at a hotel---
my daughter getting out of the car
wondered...
"Mom, Why is that man 
STARING AND STARING at me?"
Ummm...Could be because he is a
CARDBOARD CUTOUT..dopey...
I thought I would wet my pants laughing---
but I didn't-thanks for asking.

Leaving Graceland we beat
a path home.
We were missing the family.

Now I'm not saying I am a boring conversationalist
but I was talking and looked over at my daughter
to see this.....
So--if you are looking for a traveling companion
and want to sleep the whole way-
call me-
I'll talk and drive and you can
well.....whatever!

So-now that I have bored you silly
with all our mis-adventures I
will change it up tomorrow.
Pinky promise!
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