Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

THREE DAYS OF NON-STOP WORK!

This has been a 
VERY WEIRD SUMMER!

I usually get my flowers by the end of May.
Not this year.
No sir-re-bob! 
I didn't get my porches cleaned.
I didn't get the playhouse cleaned.
I didn't get the patio power washed.

I could blame it on that lingering cough
OR 
I could blame it on the weather
OR
I could blame it on laziness.

Let's go with the cough!
So---here is a hydrangea that I am 
"babysitting" for my daughter until
she gets moved into her new home.
This will be the 
ONLY PRETTY THING 
you see on my blog today.

Instead- I am going to give you a dose of 
REAL LIFE at MY HOUSE!

Ready?
This is how this looked when I started.
Then I moved on to this area!
This was after I had stripped things
and piled them in anticipation of
cleaning...it did not look like this
in the very beginning.
Then the wind carried me out to 
The Playhouse!
THREE BIG PROJECTS
in
THREE DAYS.
Yes- I can still move---
but barely.

And on Day Three
I enlisted some help to 
power wash the patio-
uh-huh!
Yes- He's a pastor but I am pretty sure
I mighta heard a naughty word or two.

Oh-Wait- Maybe that was ME saying them!

So- on Thursday-
If you are very, very good and promise not
to put the leftover soup from your bowl
back into the pot 
I just might show you some
AFTER PICTURES
of the above three areas.

Betting MyHero wishes he were back here.
Oh- Yeah...
I almost feel sorry for him...
A-L-M-O-S-T!

I'll be with my buddies at the VA this morning.
Can't wait!
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Rain- We Got Rain- But We Need It!

I know a lot of you have had
WAY TOO MUCH RAIN
this year...
but our grass is just starting to brown
so we NEED it!

There are days that
hint at rain and then,
like trying to slip
into a pair of your
 old "skinny" jeans,
it just doesn't happen.

Well, I am here to tell
you that 
WE GOT RAIN!
Can you see the line of
heavier rain moving towards
us across the Bay?
I am one of those weird people
that loves a storm.
As long as it is not a damaging storm,
that is.
I love the thunder and lightening
and clouds scudding across
the sky at an accelerated pace.
Rain for the berm.
 Rain for the patio.
Rain for the...
what the heck?
Oh- Yeah..
Rain for the Rabbit.
Yeah, Yeah,
I know it is a bad picture.
Let's see how good you would
do out in a thunderstorm with
a flipping, running rabbit!

It rained so much
I hung the swimming pool
out to dry.
HA!  Bet you never saw
THAT BEFORE,
did you?  

Have a great day
and
 if you need rain
I hope 

you get it.

ps.  When we have parties and I serve
COLD food out on the patio.
I fill that little 3' blow up swimming pool
]with ice and settle the salads and cold dishes
right down into it.  
Works perfect!!!

And here you thought I was just a 
DUMB BLOND!

Hey!  I heard that!!!!
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

FRENCH FRIED! Silly Saturday ADS Post on Sunday


Another AD that I cut out 
and put my own
"spin" on it!
Ready?

Jacques Johnson
was beyond embarrassed
when his Gramama dropped
him off in front
of his new friend's house.

His new friend, Chloe,
 was a lovely young girl that
had offered to tutor Jacques.
It wasn't bad enough that
Gramama had chosen 
French name for him....
or that she drove a bright
yellow, rusted-out, beat up old
Renault (made in France),
but when she yelled..

Practice your Frenching with that

new frienda yoars...

he liked to have died.

Gramama meant well,
but with her failing hearing.
 she had only heard part of the conversation
when he told her that he was going
to be practicing the French Horn
with his new tutor.

When he got home he told his Mother
that he would be
walking to any further tutoring lessons.

What do you think?
Are you liking these little TAKES on ads?
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

SILLY SATURDAY IS SUSPENDED THIS WEEK! BRIGHT EYES UPDATE!!!!

There is a lot going on around here
this weekend.
My daughter and her three girls are here visiting.
Always lots of little mini dramas going on 
when there are little girls involved.

AND
Down in Indiana there is
MORE DRAMA!

Our little
BRIGHT EYES 
has a cast!
See?
I LOVE the expression on her face
as she is studying her new "leg".  
Couldn't you just kiss those little toes?

Here is what the pediatric orthopedist says:
The jury is still out.....

It is probably a hairline fracture of her tibia, 

so they put her in a cast for 10 days, 

just in case. 

Hopefully this works:)

So, keep our little girl in your prayers and

healing thoughts.

We are just thankful because

it could have been so much worse.


Have a wonderful, wonderful Saturday!

I will be around to visit as I can~




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Friday, June 26, 2015

Finish It Up Friday's FIVE FOTOS & Baby Bright Eyes Update

Good Friday Morning!

So---Some of you know I took a little trip
with MyHero and my granddaughter, Lulu.
We didn't tell anyone where we were going-
we just went.

We ended up on the upper coast of Florida.
So-here are a few pics of our trip.
Is there anything better than sunrise
AT THE BEACH?
We stayed in this sweet little cottage.
The big banks of windows overlooked the ocean
and we were only steps from the water.

Lulu made a friend a couple of days after
we got there.
They hung out and did 
"girl things"
like painting their nails.
Her little friend was just darling and from 
NAWTH CARAHLYNAH!
LOVED the accent!

My Hero relaxed and enjoyed himself.
Hmmm...maybe you should wear sunglasses
so you don't have to SQUINT...just saying....
I made the mistake of telling him I thought
PIRATES WERE KIND OF SEXY..
You know - like Johnny Depp...
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UH...yeah.......uhn-huh...
Let me check...
NOT WORKING!!!
 Thus ended our romantic getaway!

Here is the news from my daughter about  
Baby Bright Eyes.
 Thanks everyone!! It was her tibia (shin

bone) and it isn't fractured, thank God!

 We are going in to see the pediatric

 orthopedist tomorrow morning to try and

 figure out why she still isn't 

putting any weight 

on her leg (4 days after her fall).

 Prayers appreciated and thank you, again!

Poor little munchkin-
has to sleep in a basket....lol
Have a GREAT Friday!
I will give you another update on our 
little babydoll tomorrow after she sees
the specialist.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Please Pray For Little Miss Bright Eyes

The night before Tuesday's move our little 
BRIGHT EYES
took a tumble down the steps.

In all the confusion of the move one of the boys
left the door to the stairs open and 
the next thing my daughter heard was a 
THUNK!

Mimi took her to the ER and they did an
Xray of her leg, hip & foot
and didn't see anything.

However, yesterday, she would not 
put any weight on her foot so 
back to an ER in their new hometown.

It appears she MAY have a fractured femur.
She has to see an orthopedist today
and MAY have to have a cast
for six to eight weeks.

Say a little prayer for her and her Mama.
It is always tough enough to move to a new place,
find a new doctor and try to navigate the 
waters of being in a strange place.

Thanks so much.
Wish I could give her a big Nana hug but I am 
reduced to Facetime...where she 
HUGS the screen.
Hope YOUR day is a good one!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW WORD WEDNESDAY

There won't be many words
needed to explain this one.
The word basically says it all.

Do you know what 
THESE ARE?
Well, according to my youngest 
when he was little

Those are
STUNKS!
Yes-indeedy!  That is what they are.
They STINK and they are SKUNKS
so combine those two words and 
you have 

STUNKS!

You will remember this is the daddy
of little CJK who has a 
WEINESS!
You can read that here-if you missed it.

I think we should add that one to the 
new Webster's Dictionary!

You have a great Wednesday.
And PLEASE if you see 
ANY STUNKS
DO NOT- 
I repeat-
DO NOT approach them!
And if you DO- well, let's just say-
We'll know where you've been!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HONEY! I'M HOME! Back Up And Running!

GOOD EARLY TUESDAY MORNING!
What do you do when your 
baby's crib is all packed up?
Why you put in the baby in a
LAUNDRY BASKET
of course!
Helloooo-
I am back-well, almost back-
 full force.
Give me a day or two to get
myself organized again.

Meantime,
opened again today.
I will continue to run the book sale
The Mystery Of Lucy
until this next shipment sells out.
The price is $14.95 
INCLUDING SHIPPING.

I will autograph the copy if you like.
I have had so many wonderful
personal emails from you!
Thank you so much for all your
wonderful, uplifting feedback.

So far, so good.
Amazon has it at a solid 
FIVE STAR RATING!

I will be back tomorrow 
on a regular basis.
If I don't get around to visit you today
I will be there tomorrow...or try to be...

Can I cry just a little when I tell you
that Baby Bright Eye's house is being packed up
as we speak and the moving company
will be taking them further away 
from us....
Wonder if I could stuff 
a few clothes on top of 
Bright Eyes
and bring her home with me?
In all the mess of moving,
Mom might not miss her for a 
few days.
yeah......right....
Have a wonderful Tuesday!!!!
I'll be in the bathroom crying a bit....
 over at the VA with my "old boys"!
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

A COUPLE of WEDDING PICTURES & I REALLY AM GONE THIS TIME!!!

Well, being a BLOND means that 
the post went up yesterday and
should NOT have gone up at all!

This wedding happened on top of 
the weekend my brother-in-law
passed away so I wasn't going to post
anything about the wedding until we got home
(NEXT MONDAY)

Can I get a DUH?!?!!!!

Anyway, because I have already 
TEASED you by dangling a 
WEDDING in front of you---
I will show you a few candid shots
that were taken.

When I get home I will show you
some my son took.
He was the photographer
for the wedding.  

Ready?
Shaina and Christian
Aren't they CUTE?
Look at her flowers!
Her gown is 
WHISPER PINK!









Saying I DO!
That's MyHero standing behind them
performing the ceremony.
He did a GREAT JOB!
And WHAT comes after I DO?
Why---THE KISS--of course!
Now THAT is a KISS!

The barn at night....
And-WHAT'S THIS?
Oh!  Look!
The groom is trying to 
RUN AWAY!!!

Too late, buddy--
You IS stuck!
Just kidding, Shaina!
Okay--
And NOW I am officially gone until
NEXT WEEK!

I might have a few
REALLY GOOD PICTURES
for you then.
My son, MR. PHOTOG...
took THIRTY ONE HUNDRED 
Yes- 3,100!!!!  Pictures!

That's my boy!
If A LOT is good
A WHOLE LOT is even better!


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I'M AWAY--I'M AWAY--SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS TODAY

I am off to a 
VERY SPECIAL WEDDING TODAY.
It is kind of a 
FAIRY TALE WEDDING.
The bride is beautiful.
She's my hair stylist so you KNOW
her hair is going to be PERFECT!

MyHero is performing the ceremony
and the wedding is being held in a 
Wedding Barn!

She is one of my son's best friends
and HE Is the photographer.

It is going to be a 
wonderful family day!
I'll be back tomorrow with some pictures.

Hmmmm...Now what shall I wear?
What do you mean that might be
TOO MUCH?
Spoilsport!

See y'all tomorrow!
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

I AM TAKING A BREAK

Hi friends,

I am going to be away until 
JUNE 23, 2015.
Please bear with me.
We need to take a family break
and I will be back full of nonsense
in no time at all.

My Etsy Store will also be closed
until the 23rd.
If you have an order in place I will
ship that out this coming Monday,
June 8th.

IF YOU WANT TO ORDER A
COPY OF MY BOOK
while I am gone~
The Mystery of Lucy
you can go to Amazon
by clicking HERE.

You can order a printed copy 
or the Kindle version.

Thank you!
I promise that I will be back!

Please be good while I am gone!!!
Yeah- right!
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Friday, June 5, 2015

HE IS GONE~Mike Is Gone!

My brother-in-law, MIKE,
left us around 6:30.
His wife said she felt like 
he was in the room with her...
and then he was gone.

This is how I choose to remember him.
Happy and whole.
Full of life and vibrant energy.
He lived to make our world green
and a better place to live.
He was in on the ground floor
of wind technology and spent
his career working to make
wind energy a viable resource.
My sister-in-law and her two daughters
will need some time to adjust
to life without a man who
was so vital to their lives.

This is the first one of this family's
"siblings or in-laws" that this generation
has lost.
It will leave a hole.

Please keep his family in your prayers
and send up your well wishes 
for them.

RIP Mike!

I will be gone for a bit...
but I will be back.

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Got a little NAME IT CONTEST for you!

I suppose many of you already know
CONNIE over at HARTWOOD ROSES.
Yes- It's true-
She always looks like this when she gardens!
Don't we all?

ANYWAY~
If you don't know her 
you are missing a woman that is 
a fount of knowledge about roses and
plantings and gardens and..
dogs..and did I say roses?

Yes. Yes I did!
Which brings me to the purpose of this post!
Doesn't that roll off the tongue beautifully????
Purpose of this post....

Anyway,
She went out to her 
EXTENSIVE rose gardens and 
found a BRAND NEW ROSE.
The link to her blog is here
Now the Mama Plant is this one...
(Lilian Austin)
and there must be a daddy plant around somewhere
(cuz we all know how THOSE things work)
This little sucker looks guilty to me...
 like it might be his handiwork
(a Noisette rose-Frazer's pink musk-hope I got that right)
So----What's YOUR JOB you ask...

Well, YOUR JOB is to name the baby!
So have at it!!
Name away.
Prize?
You want a prize?
Well.....the prize that Connie will send you a
24" x 36" framed photo of her wedding picture
for your living room...it's that one
you see above!
Nah---I just made that up.
Hope I didn't  give you a heart attack, Connie.

The prize will be that 
YOU have NAMED a NEW ROSE!

I'll throw the first name out there...
BLUSHING BABY...

Your Turn....GO!
Connie will pick the winner
and the rest of you are all losers...
okay just kidding....

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The BIG FAT TRUTH - About FAT

FAT!
She's so FAT!
Look at HOW FAT that one is!

FAT!
One of the biggest prejudices in the world.
IF you have NEVER been FAT
you have NO IDEA what it's like.

You have NO IDEA about how
people sit in judgement of you
and the raised eyebrows and the 
snickers behind your back...
that sometimes hit you in the face.

Why am I writing about this today?
Because of something that I came across
on the internet that made me raise my 
eyebrows!
Yes!  I can STILL raise my eyebrows
no BOTOX for this girl old lady.

Anyway-
I have always loved the colors 
 and simple fashion created by
Lily Pulitzer.

When I was young and lived in Florida 
Lily Pulitzer's influence was everywhere on the 
East Side of the Intercoastal in
Palm Beach and she dressed the likes of
Jackie Kennedy.
Lily Pulitzer was a lovely lady..
and gracious from what 
I understand.
After her death,
her family decided to make her clothes
AFFORDABLE and market them through
Target.
And- Horror of Horrors-
She is selling 
PLUS SIZES!
You can just bet the 
Palm Beach Battalion
in up in arms!
Lily CERTAINLY WOULD NOT WANT
her clothes sold to PLUS SIZE people
~or would she~?

One of her STAFF MEMBERS didn't think so.
She had this posted in her cubicle.
(down at the bottom right it says
YOU SHOULD PROBABLY 
JUST KILL YOURSELF)
Do you suppose she was a bully in school?
One of the people that made fun of anyone that
didn't fit her idea of perfect?

SHE DREW THIS ONE , too!
Hmmmm...how many
PLUS SIZE SALES 
does it take to keep someone like that 
employed and sitting in that cubicle?

Just wondering.

I have been up and down and 
everywhere in between
over my lifetime.
Once when I was TEN POUNDS 
over the LOW WEIGHT
on a chart a Florida Doctor tried to give me
DIET PILLS 
because 
"while ten pounds doesn't look bad at 25
it will make you look FAT at 35!
Seriously?
A DOCTOR?!!!

Anyway!  I could show HIM what FAT at 35 
looked like--but I don't want to go back there!

Now, before you get all riled up, ladies,
just know that I love people 
NO MATTER THEIR SIZE.
I don't think someone's weight
defines them.
We are all just on a life journey and we are all
a little different
and I think we are supposed to
love and accept each other just as we are.
It is not our job to take someone else's inventory.

FAT?  Actually I kinda love FAT.
because I do love a
FAT BABY!
Yes.I.Do!
And that BABY FAT will be gone
way too soon!
Next time I talk about 
FAT I will tell you my
SWEET CHEEKS STORY-
But that's enough
FAT TALK for TODAY!
although
FAT CHANCE ANYONE IS
GONNA SHUT ME UP, HUH?
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