Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY FRIEND, JETTIE!!


I am away from home
on vacation
and wasn't going to post.

However, 
my friend, Jettie, has some
serious health issues.
This is the only picture I have of her
in this computer.
In real time-she is about my age.

She is in so much pain that she 
can no longer stand and is in a wheel chair.
They are going to give her an epidural
to try and bring her some relief.

The previous treatments
she has had didn't work.
They told her that the next option 
is this epidural.

That procedure can't be performed until
the second week in July.
Meantime, she is in terrible pain.

There is no cure for her condition
and although it will not take her life
it can make her life so miserable 
that she won't be able to think about
anything else.

IF you are part of a church that has a prayer chain,
please put her name on it.
She is a Christian lady and believes,
as I do, 
in the healing power of prayer.

Thank you so much.
I promise to share some pictures of
our time away when I get home 
next week.
Meantime, say a prayer or two,
will ya?

Jettie thanks you in advance--
and so do I!

Edited to add:
Jettie just let me know that her younger sister
'blew her knee' out
and cannot stand at all.
Add one more to your prayer list, please!

I have very sporadic internet here
so don't feel bad if I don't respond
right away.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

GOING--GOING---SOON TO BE GONE!!!

As many of you know,
the last few weeks have been a
WHIRLWIND
of activity for me.

I have been
PACKING, 
PURGING,
and
PREPARING
for some life changes.

Our lives will be changing
even more in the next few months.

But--for now--
I am taking a break!
Taking a break from
PACKING
and
PURGING
and
I am going to 
PLAY!

I am headed south to the beach
with my little Maria,
my daughter, Mimi,
and her three kiddos-
We will play in the sand and the sea.
We will swim in the pool.
We will eat sticky popsicles on the shore
and wash our hands in salt water.
We will rinse the sand off our butts
and leave our sandals at the door.
If it rains we will play games
and watch cartoons.

We will relax and let schedules fall by the wayside.

I will miss you all while I am gone
but 
I WILL BE BACK.

This is just a break...
and not 
Good-Bye!

Y'all behave yourselves while I am gone,
you hear?


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Saturday, June 10, 2017

WE REALLY NEED SOME PRAYERS, MY FRIENDS- For Kristen & her unborn baby & Mr. Sweet (bj's hubby) & Robbin's mom

This is a LONG post-
It was planned for tomorrow but I just am feeling 
the nudge to post it today.

I just got an email from my friend, 
asking for prayer for her niece, Kristen,
and Kristen's unborn baby.
I did a post for her several weeks ago
but things have moved to a critical level.
Here is Cheryl's email- 
It speaks for itself---

Dear friends,

I am sorry to bother you today.  But, I come to you with yet another earnest petition for prayer for my dear niece, Kristen and her unborn baby boy.

Most of you have been praying for them throughout, but for those who are not familiar with what is going on, Kristen developed a blood clot in her lung early in her pregnancy.  She has been at serious risk all through the pregnancy, due to the blood clot and also severe tachycardia.  She has been on a blood thinner called lovenox through almost her entire pregnancy, and the doctors have said since day one that there is no way she should go into labor on lovenox, as the risk of her bleeding to death is very high.  The plan has always been to switch her to the blood thinner, heparin, before she gives birth, because there is an antidote shot they can give to offset the heparin, should she go into labor soon after giving herself the injection.  The fear of being on heparin is that the heparin can cross over into the placenta, whereas the lovenox cannot.  So, the concern has been to wait as long as possible to make the switch, for the sake of the baby.  If the blood thinner crosses over, it would be near-sure death for the precious little one.

What complicates things even more is that the doctors cannot come to an agreement on when Kristen's exact due date is, and Kristen feels she is farther along than any of the three of them believe she is.  The baby is already 7 1/2 pounds, so it is obvious that it won't be too much longer until she gives birth.

They made the decision yesterday to make the switch from lovenox to heparin.  The baby, who has been VERY active all throughout the pregnancy, has almost completely stopped moving.  Kristen was so concerned, so called her doctor, and they had her come in for a test.  Thankfully, the little guy did respond when they did the test, but there is very little movement, and Kristen is not feeling well at all and is very tired.  

In spite of our deep faith in God, I cannot begin to tell you how scared we all are.  Kristen is exhausted from the many months of the strain, illness, fear, and daily injections.  We know that GOD is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think, and we are just pleading with Him for mercy upon Kristen and her baby's lives and health.  We would be SO grateful if you could please pray hard for them and if you would kindly pass along this prayer request to every prayer warrior and prayer list you know or are a part of.  We are looking for GOD to do a huge miracle in this situation.  I often think of Jehoshaphat's words, "Neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon Thee."  

Also, many of us know and love
Most of you know, her Hero- Mr Sweet-aka- Bill,
Our 54th...:)
Bill has a cancerous brain tumor.
It seems he takes one step forward 
and two steps back.
He has had some seizures and is very weak.
Please pray for him and for bj, too!
He is a good man and doesn't deserve this!

And, last but not least,
asked for prayers for her mom.
Her mom also has cancer and the treatment
has been hard on her.  
She is in a very weakened condition 
and has been in the hospital
for long periods of time.
She'll be released soon but probably
have to go to a after-care facility.
It has been very hard on Robbin.
She is close to her mom and 
monitors every move
made in her healthcare.
Pray for Robbin as well as for her mom.

Thank you so much.
I am just a messenger -
somehow God has used my big mouth
to put prayers requests out there-
which just goes to prove 
God can use anyone -
no matter how "naughty" they are!

Love to all of you -
Hope  you all have wonderful weekends.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

SOMETIMES LIFE SPINS OUT OF CONTROL-AdNonsense/Funny on Friday

The Spin Cycle
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Ruth rushed to the washer when she heard
all the thumping and bumping.

She was quite taken aback to realize
that Tom was IN the shirt.

She told him to
follow the instructions
on the shirt tag and then
throw in the washing machine.

He informed her that he had read the
tag and it said...
Wear and Wash.

She realized, too late,
that because
he was dyslexic,
she should have forewarned him
that it did NOT say
WEAR and WASH..
It said
WASH and WEAR!

Poor Tom!!

Sorry I have been so absent
in blogland lately.
I have been
PURGING
and
PACKING
and
PREPARING
to downsize soon.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CLOUDS AND SKY-HIGH EXPLUNASHIONS

I took these a long time ago
when SweetCheeks was little
and was in the car with me.

 I love clouds of all kinds.
I can always see 
SOMETHING in them.
I saw these on the way 
home from the grocers.
Gorgeous, huh?
It looks like a flower 
with its face 
turned to the heavens with
buds and leaves alongside it.
Do you see it?
When we saw this
SweetCheeks had the
EXPLUNASHION
for God Light.
She said that God Light
happens when all of 
God's people are being
GOOD at the SAME TIME
and God is smiling.
Hmmmm...

Here she pointed out proof
 because God had opened
a direct hole into 
Heaven.
Now,  I'm not sure and I didn't
take this picture myself
but do you think that 
someone was waving to 
SweetCheeks?
God Bless You-
Hope your cloudy days
are all filled with
sunshine underneath.

Sure do miss having that 
FUNNY LITTLE KID
riding along in the back seat-
but-guess what---
She is a big kid now and 
STILL FUNNY
but has also turned into a
BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR CJK!

How can that be?
How can this little boyo be
FIVE YEARS OLD?

We were at our grandgirls' 
dance recital 
when we got the call.

Baby Boy
is on his way!
We rushed to the hospital 
and found this sweet scenario.
Sadly, as you can see,
he didn't eat much!
Okay! Okay! 
I might have lied about him not eating
Will he grow up to be a businessman?
Or go in Service to his Country
Or- 
Will he like to nap like his Papa does?
As you can see, 
he doesn't mind sleeping in his
cousin's 'girlie bed' at all.
No matter what he does-
We will all be proud of him.

Happy 5th Birthday, CJK.


We love you and can't wait for your
next big adventure!
I hear you are thinking about making
a career on the high seas!
Just don't go too far away.
Nana & Papa would miss you!

Happy Birthday, CJK!

 
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Monday, May 29, 2017

A TRIBUTE TO ALL OF OUR SERVICE PEOPLE


I wrote this for Memorial Day

a few years ago but I think it is

relevant every day.

This means even more to me now that I am

volunteering at the VA Center here. 



Memorial Day is here once more,

We fly the flags above our door,

We plant our flowers that mark the grave,

Of every soldier that was so brave,



They fought for freedom for everyone,

Many lives snuffed out by a sniper's gun.

We proudly march in our little bands,

As daybreak filters across our lands,



But I wonder if we can truly see,

What cost it was to make us free.



Confederate soldiers fought the Yanks,

Some brothers fought brothers in those ranks,

To free the downtrodden that were lost,

To free all men at any cost.



My father was a medic in World War One,

A war not talked about by anyone,

Some men lost limbs and some were gassed,

Some were picked up by comrades, others 

bypassed.



World War II! How tragic indeed,

People standing by watching others bleed.

Souls thrown to the winds with no remorse,

Foreign government standing on their own 

course.



Vietnam was not a war they said,

Then how come so many soldiers ended up 

dead?

No heroes welcome for them in sight,

They slunk home in the dead of night.



Should I go on-with Korea & Desert Storm?

Iran? Afghanistan? Are you getting warm?

Do you feel the pain you see in their face?

Does it make you squirm in your warm, safe 

place?


I've just one more thing I'd like to say,

It's about celebrating Memorial Day,

Look around and everything you see,

Was paid out in blood so that we are free.

Put your hand on your heart,

For the blue, white and red,

Raise your eyes to the flag,

Say a prayer for the dead.


Because of a soldier I can have my say,

So ~God Bless you this Memorial Day~


And To All Our Soldiers-

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

BRING HIM HOME-A Memorial Day Tribute -

This is one of the most beautiful tributes
I have ever heard
for our servicemen/women
that so valiantly guard our safety.

~A parent's prayer for a son
that is away serving his country~

If you have a moment to listen to this
you will not be disappointed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXnRf3TQcpk


God bless all those men and women
that protect my family, friends and loved ones.

Blessings- I hope you have a wonderful
MEMORIAL DAY~
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Friday, May 26, 2017

WHAT'S THAT SMELL? AdNonsense/Funny on Friday

Ma! Ma!
Come quick~
You know those three big
boxes of those
little
foil wrapped
chocolate bottles
full of rum?
Yes! Those! The ones you had
hidden on the shelf in
your closet!
Anyways...
BillyBob found them
and ate them all in
one sitting..
and now I can't wake him up..
and besides that..
What's that sour smell in here?
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Have a wonderful Friday,
my friends.
I am still packing my life up in boxes!
See you on Memorial Day!
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PRETTY IN PINK-Perhaps you'll like the matching biker's outfit...

Ye Olde Bicycle
gets a tad weather-worn
during the winter season here.
Time for a little
SPRING SPRUCE UP!

I am making myself use up
all the old paints that I have on hand.
This was one SweetCheeks picked out a long time ago.
It is not the paint I would have chosen
for this bike
but it IS what I had here.

And...don't go whining about the size
of the watermarks on these.
I am using Windows 10 and for some things
there is just no rhyme or reason
as to why these things happen
TO ME.....
trust me...

So-
What does ye olde bicycle look like today?
Feast your eyes on THIS!
(Well, except for my friend,Jettie-
She says pink is pukey-lol)
I don't have her real front and back baskets
attached yet.
However, I didn't want to keep you in suspense
too much longer-cuz you know how YOU are!
Wanna see more?
Do you love it?

Don't be counting my weeds that need to 
be cleaned up either..
MyHero has been talking about 
taking up cycling.
I thought I should look for a nice
cycling outfit for him.
If he puts this on I will even let him ride
MY BIKE!
It'd be perfect, don't ya think????
I didn't show you the whole thing
cuz I didn't want to see you 
squirting your coffee out through
your nose-
It didn't leave much to the imagination
if you know what I mean.
SO-You can use
 YOUR imagination...
and imagine MyHero in it!!
Have a GREAT day!~


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Friday, May 19, 2017

THE TIP -AdNonsense/Funny On Friday

Another one of my 
'weird takes'
on a perfectly normal ad-

I dunno, Elizabeth,
I was just reaching for the
rest of my change
and BANG!
That gal put that cleaver down
so fast I was lucky not
to lose my whole hand!
Well, at least it seems to
have quit bleeding now~
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Have a wonderful Friday and 
Blessed Weekend!
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE GYPSY IN ME---THE ROAD IS CALLING MY NAME-But the Pageant Princess Brings Me Home...

Spring always makes me long to roam.
There were nomads in our family line.
Men that traveled 
to set up new towns 
and,
once the towns were established, 
they would move on to
build another settlement.

I think I inherited some of that trait...
that longing for the road.
While I LOVE my home, 
I sometimes long
to pack my bags and 
travel the highways and byways
of our beautiful country..
Spring and Fall both find me restless...
calling my name to  explore
the lesser known roads of life.

IF I could pack up and travel I might
choose something like this.
I could see myself parking this
in a quiet spot in the foothills,
brewing a pot of coffee,
listening to classical music and  
reading a good book.
Idyllic, yes?
This bit of retro travel heaven
would work just fine for me, too.
After a long idyllic drive 
through the countryside
I could crawl into this bed 
with a happy heart.
Couldn't you?
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Maybe it's because I haven't 
been able to travel
as much since MyHero 
suffered all his health issues.

 Maybe that is what makes 
the open road
call my name.

Maybe it is because my soul is restless.

Maybe it is because I feel winter weary
and I am anxious for 
Soft Summer Winds.

Whatever the reason I know it will pass
and I will be glad to be home with my family-
because I would not want to miss
sweet family events like this...
Little Miss Bright Eyes
 took part in an
all-natural pageant-
no make up allowed.
She took 3rd place and was
the youngest one in her age group
of three year olds---up to age five.

She LOVES the STAGE!
She could not wait to get up there and
SHOW HER STUFF.

I know there are those of you that find
pageants offensive and think it demeans
the contestants.
That being said,
My daughter would never push 
BrightEyes to do this-
she loves it and when she sees a stage
she thinks it was set up just for her.
As long as it is fun for her-
and there is no pressure to perform- or-
be anything except the sweet little girl she is-
I think it is a wonderful
confidence builder.

Anyway, the gypsy in my soul quiets
a bit at family events
because, you see,
I can't go too far from home.

After all, If I were gone
WHO would protect 
Little Miss Bright Eyes
 from
THE TOOTH FAIRY
when she loses her first tooth?

Wouldn't THAT tooth fairy give you nightmares?

Don't worry -he only plucks
false teeth out of the glass
on nightstands at night!

Hope you have a happy day-
on the road, off the road-
I'd say "off the wagon"
but that might cause some of you to drink--
and you know who you are

Lots going on here-
Packing and Purging
but not Panicking--
yet!!
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