Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST FOR MY FRIEND'S SON.

We need some special prayers...

He doesn't want his name out there
just yet so I will just call him
MR T.

A few months ago MR T started losing weight
and figured it was job related because
he has a hectic schedule.

Fast forward a few months 
and he started having a hard time breathing.

Off to the ER.

He has a mass in his chest.
He had a spiral biopsy on Thursday
and they went into his lungs.
They are waiting for the results.

Whatever the results he is going
to have to have surgery.

His mom, Sandy,
has been my best friend 
since we were young.
Our kids are all friends.
My kids call her Aunt Sandy.
She is the closest thing to a sister
that I have ever known.

She is beside herself with worry
and lives 12 hours away
from MR T.

Please pray for all of them..
for him and his family and
their peace of mind.
Pray for their ability to deal with
whatever the outcome of the biopsy.

Thank you so much --
and if you are not a pray-er--
please send them 
healing thoughts and wishes.

Love you all and
thank you!


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Friday, October 13, 2017

AND THE WIENER IS.................

Only MY SON and
HIS SON
would follow 
Wife & Mom
around Target
looking like this.
Wife & Mom tries to pretend
SHE IS NOT WITH THEM.
BIG MISTAKE-
because that causes the wieners to
make even more of a 'scene'!

The People of Walmart
have nothing on these two!

Mom & Dad just went to 
CJK's  FIRST 
Kindergarten Conference.

Teacher said,
"He is a really good little boy
AND
HE IS VERY FUNNY."

Proving, once again that 
the nut doesn't fall far from the tree.
This is following at least 4 generations
of people that find humor in
just about everything.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIMI! Can you REALLY be FORTY?

Mindy Rose!

My wild Irish Rose.

Oh!  How my dad would 

have loved you.

You look so much like

his side of the family.


You were born 10/12/77

just a few minutes after midnight.

You dad kept urging me to 

HURRY UP AND HAVE THE BABY

so that you could be born on

your Uncle Paul's birthday.

I was NOT good at being

told what to do then.

I'm still not very good at it-shhhh.


We weren't much at picture taking back then.

We had a Polaroid camera~

everyone did and

we were no exception.

It took quick pictures

but they were BAD.

And film was expensive

and we were oh-so-poor

when you were tiny.


Your sister, TPot, thought you

were her own personal pet.

And you were so good-natured

that you let her feed you

whenever she felt like it.

Sometimes she fed you 

Hershey's cocoa right out of the can.



You were her best audience..

Always a step behind her

because you were only

a year younger.

If she sat in the leaves

you sat in the leaves~

You loved your birthday parties

at Happy Joe's Pizza Place

and rode the carousel whether

it was turning or not.

You would stay on

until we pried your fingers

from the horse.

And Oh! How you loved

being a bride.

I lost count of how many Halloweens

that you dressed as a bride.

YOU were ALWAYS a bride

and your brother was ALWAYS

a rabbit.

And, then, one day I turned around

and you were a young woman.

A young woman 

with a passion for singing

and a passion for the Lord.

You made a missions trip to China..

and saw a different side of life..

You came home

older and wiser.


You were beautiful when

you were in high school-

And your hair...Oh! Your hair..

Complete strangers would come up to

you and ask you where you got

your perm..

Your answer was always the same.

~From God~


And, finally, you didn't need to

dress as a bride for Halloween anymore.

No indeedy!

You would dress as a bride 

for your wedding

which was held outdoors.

Your Dad performed

the ceremony and.

it was a dream wedding

to a man that loves you.


Three years later you had BigBoyE

And when Big BoyE was 2-1/2 

his brother, Charles-In-Charge

joined him.

And -then you were blessed with

our sweet little

Baby Bright Eyes.



You all make a beautiful family-

even when you-know-who

acts up!


You live in another state-

but close

enough where we can get

there in a day's travel.

Happy, Happy Birthday

Mindy Rose!

I won't be celebrating with you this year,

as you know,

but I will be there in spirit.


Love you to the moon and back!

SEE you soon!;>)

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

SOME NEWS FOR YOU-----POP BY MY OTHER BLOG

I have some
STEALS AND DEALS
over there for you today.

Better hurry!!!
Click here to see what's up 
over THERE at
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

WHO'S THE APPLE OF MY EYE? IS IT Susie @ She Junks?


BIMBO, BOMBO,
TOMKIN PIE.
She's  the apple of my eye
Swing her low or swing her high.
She's the apple of my eye.

The original poem says HE but...
I took a little liberty there..
If you have never read 
FATHER FOX'S PENNYRHYMES
you have missed something
WONDERFUL!
My friend, Judy Tower,
(I have sadly lost touch with her-
if you read this Judy-please call me)
gave me this book and it soon
became my children's favorite.

Speaking of friends,
I was
SO VERY LUCKY
to meet Susie,
from the  SheJunks blog.
A REAL LIVE BLOGGING FRIEND!
You KNOW how sweet Susie is on her
blog and leaving comments in blogland?
Well, she is even sweeter in real life!

I don't think either of us felt
the least bit awkward when we met.
She is a very pretty lady
and a lot of fun!
I was lucky enough to meet her 
sweet daughter, too.

We met at Horton's in Tipton, IN.
Susie only lives about a half-hour from my daughter, Mimi.

We talked so much I don't remember
half of what I saw at Horton's
but it is a FANTASTIC PLACE.
I will write more about that another time.
Right now-
I need to get busy because I have been 
a bit lazy since I got home.
I left Indiana the day after Jason's surgery.
He is doing well and thanks
you for the prayers.

So...I will say..
TaTa for now
and head on down the lane--
just like little Miss BrightEyes.
She has two lines for me-
She wakes me up with 
"Good morning, Beeyoutuful"
and when she turns her back on
me like you see below
she calls out over her shoulder...
"Go 'Way, Nana"

Sigh....
So---off I go.....

Next week I'm gonna have a 
NEW APPLE OF MY EYE...
It might be one of these three!
Or....maybe not.....


Oh- wait---
almost forgot---
You have a couple of days to sign up
for my giveaway
on my other blog-
All you have to do is be a follower.
AND---I have added a few more 
GOODIES to the GIVEAWAY...

AND if you don't like witches
I will have another 
GIVEAWAY
coming up for Christmas.

I will have one of the
"apples of my eye"
draw a name on Sunday sometime.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

UPDATE ON MY SON-IN-LAW, JASON-THYROID CANCER SURGERY

It was a long day here.
My daughter and son-in-law
left here about 10:30 am.

His surgery was scheduled for 1pm.
Things got backed up as 
often happens in a hospital setting.

He did not go in to surgery
until a little after 3pm.
They just finished his surgery 
and said it went well.

There were no unexpected problems
and it appears that he 
will recover in the hospital
during the next few days.

In about a month he will
have radioactive iodine 
treatments and  be in 
TOTAL ISOLATION
for 96 hours.

After that-
It will just be a matter of getting
his meds regulated that will 
replace the function of his thyroid.

Thank you for all your prayers.
and good wishes.
We all appreciate them.
I just wanted to let you know right away
what was going on.

Love you guys!!!
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

PRAYER REQUEST FOR A FAMILY MEMBER

Well, here I am again
asking for 
PRAYERS
for a member of our family.

This is our son-in-law,
Jason The Harley Man,
holding little Bright Eyes on her
first day of 3 year old pre-school.
(yes-yes-she cut her hair tight to her head
just a couple of days earlier)-
I have not mentioned this until now
because my son-in-law
wanted to inform 
people he worked with and 
his own family members first.

A while ago he discovered a lump
on the side of his neck.
It stayed the same for a while
but then started to get bigger.

He went in to have it looked at.
It was a fluid filled sac surrounding a cyst.
However, the doctor looked a bit futher
and discovered another lump
that Jason had not even noticed.

It has been diagnosed as
METASTATIC THYROID CANCER.

The chances of a complete cure
are very good.
We are just praying that it is localized
and not in his lymph node system.

Please pray for a good report.
Also pray for his family,
my daughter, Mindy,
his boys, Ethan, Charlie
and the little princess, 
BrightEyes (aka Anna Ireland).

They need a healthy 
husband and daddy 
in their lives.
They need a lot more beach adventures!
AND
After all-
Mimi needs to ride behind 
SOMEBODY on that Harley!

See what I mean?
So---if you are a pray-er,
please pray.
Otherwise please wing good
and healing wishes
their way!

Thank you so much...
AND ALSO
 thank you
for coming by my new blog
and supporting my Etsy Shop-
also called
I'm clever like that!

You guys are 
THE BEST!

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HERE'S MY NEWS- I HAVE A NEW BLOG WITH A GIVEAWAY!!!

So...
This will be 
SHORT AND SWEET!

I have a new blog 
and there is a giveaway
going on over there.

You will lots of info over there
about what I am doing.

Curious?
Pop over,
Sign up to follow,
AND
enter the giveaway.

I am pretty excited about this--
Yes! Indeedy!  

Yep--so just
pop over 
HERE

Thank you to all my wonderful, 
faithful readers and friends!

Can't wait to have you see 
my new "place".

A Cottage On The Cove


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

POPPING IN TO SAY HI~STILL ALIVE AND KICKING

SO...
For ALL of you that have asked me
WHERE ARE YOU?
I am HERE!!

This weekend I am at the base of this bridge
in the UP of Michigan.
MyHero had his 18 month post cancer treatment
throat scope and check up on Friday.
As soon as we were done,
we packed up
and headed north.
Doc says his throat looks good--
but still swollen.
That's okay- Cancer free is good!

Today if he is a GOOD BOY,
we will go see the monks and he can
buy himself a treat!
This place is FANTASTIC!!!
Some of what I've been up to---
I have enjoyed my flowers and sunsets
and even read a couple of books.
I PROUDLY watched
THIS ONE-otherwise known as CJK-
transform into a MAGGOT 
(the ONLY maggot, thank you)
in the play to finish out his pre-school years.
No one could be prouder than we were
of our little maggot!

I watch him Monday thru Thursday 
after school and will volunteer 
one afternoon a week at his school.
I will go from my VA shift
over to his school---a mile or so apart.

These three headed off to school-
Ria going into 8th grade
at a brand new school.
SweetCheeks--with new glasses--
(the better to see my wrinkles with)
going into 5th grade,
and Lulu a sophomore already.
Mimi's two boys- BigBoyE & CharlesInCharge
 are in 2nd grade and kindergarten....
They were so scared getting on the bus
that their hair stood on end.
or it might have been crazy hair day at school
AND
Not to be outdone in the hair department
Miss Bright Eyes cut her hair
tight to her head just in time for 
her three year old pictures
at her little 2-mornings-a-week
church pre-school.
She's a corker!
We are headed down to Mimi's house
next weekend.
Can't wait to see that crazy crew.

Older grands- are John M.
off for his 2nd year of college.
He is one of the fastest runners
in the whole country.
and Miss A--a senior at the 
same school Lulu attends.
This is a prom picture with her date.
  I have other grands, too, 
but don't have permission to 
post pictures of them.

I have been working on a big project
that I will share in a week or so.
I am just not quite ready to put it out there yet..
but it is something fun!

AND---I am still planning on taking the trip
with my best friend in life, Sandy,
mid-October.
We are taking a truck of things to her
vacation home in Colorado.
Looks like we picked up a coupla fellas
along the way there.....
Being as I AM blond--
I get to be the blonde....sorry Sandy...
friendship only goes so far....
Sandy and I laugh about everything, 
anything
and nothing.
Everyone needs a friend like that.

So---if you are very good and 
promise to NOT put Ex-Lax in 
your husband's brownies when you 
are mad at him.....
I might have a little
giveaway that you can enter.

See you shortly with
A GIVEAWAY 
and news about my project.  

AND-
A very happy anniversary today to
Mimi & HarleyMan!
Eleven years today---
Love you to the moon and back.
(mom & dad to Ethan/Charlie & Bright Eyes)

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