Wednesday, May 27, 2020

MY SURPRISE---SHORT AND SWEET-

I told you that I had a 
WONDERFUL SURPRISE
sitting outside my door.

Here it is!

Stock picture
but at least you can see it
and at the bottom of the post
is a picture of ME in it!

I have wanted a VW 
convertible beetle for years.
Not just ANY VW though.
Nope!  I was specific in my desire.

I wanted a white convertible
with a tan top and
tan leather interior,
turbo engine and
all the bells and whistles.
Of course- that is the hardest one
to find...of course it is!

Now, I know there are a lot more
expensive cars I could have wished for,
but this one has stuck in my mind
since I rode around with my old roommate,
Dona, Bless her heavenly soul,
in her VW bug.

I retired from the business 
my son and I started,
the first of February. 

My son, Ryan, had this delivered
to my door early last week.
A "see ya, Mom' sort of good-bye. lol

I am beyond thrilled, blessed,
grateful, surprised, overwhelmed..
name anything and that is how 
I am feeling.
Yep!  Dreams-even crazy ones-
do come true.

I hope all your dreams come true
and that you all stay safe and well
to enjoy them.

See you soon with some pictures
of the condo.
Finishing up the outside areas
today (I hope)...,

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Monday, May 25, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY-2020

It is the strangest
Memorial Day
that I can ever remember--
but
the message remains the same.
Blessings to you and your family.
Stay safe and
err on the side of caution
by distancing when you can.

Love to all my followers,
fellow bloggers and readers~
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

MEMORIAL DAY BABY BIRDS

I am remembering our little
SWEET CHEEKS
a few years ago.
She was a funny kid-
without trying to be funny.
Hope you enjoy the
'conversation'.

Early on I stuck some
faux greenery in the
window boxes of the playhouse
we built for the grandkids
to give it some Spring color.

We can't plant outside 
until after Memorial Day
here for fear of a freeze.
Not likely at this point,
but we proceed with caution
anyway.

SOMEONE
has made a discovery.
What IS that, 
SweetCheeks?
Look at that face!
Let's get a little closer, shall we?
And, even  closer...
SweetCheeks laughed hysterically.
She thought there was something
wrong with them because they
didn't have feathers and their
mouths took up half their bodies.
She had questions-

Where isss the Mohm?
She's around here somewhere, SweetCheeks.
WHERE?
Well, she is probably out finding
food for her babies.
Whut do thehy eaht?
Worms and bugs.
EWWWW!
Whereh's the Daddy birhd?
He's around somewhere.
Doesn't he help her?
Not much I guess.
Thass how you know he's
the Daddy, right?
Yep...That's right...
(I am laughing out loud by now).

She can't wait for her sisters
to get there to show them
the "baybees".
She fills them in on all the 
particulars.
I think she said the 
DADDY bird was a lot
like a husband....or something
to that effect.

And, here they are a week after
I sure do miss the days when
life with the grands was
sweet and simple...
we only worried about what 
we would have for lunch
and what bedtime story we
were going to read.
Big girls now-they are busy
with friends and
DANCE,
DRIVING,
ENTERING NURSING SCHOOL.
Lucky me to have been able to
SHARE THEIR LIVES!

Almost ready to share some 
CONDO PICTURES!
Still need several things
like bathroom mirrors
and dining room chairs.

I did get the front area
planted so will share that
in a few days.

Still have to do the back patio area...
and it's a hot mess!

Oh---and I got a nice little surprise
delivered yesterday-
sitting just outside my door...
will share THAT, too!
Y'all are gonna die!  lol

Guess saying that in today's
COVID-19 climate is not
too smart.
Hey!  Never said I was smart....
Have a great day!



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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Happy Mother's Day -Both Sides of Motherhood............

The last time I published this,
I got two HATEFUL emails
and the writers quit following me.
The writers felt that I was being
disrespectful and unkind.
I thought I was just being honest.

~so~
I have published this before but
I believe that someone new might
find comfort in the words written here.

You know Mother's Day is a special
day for many people.
However, 
not everyone was blessed to have
a wonderful mother.
To them, Mother's Day is a mockery,
an injustice because of
 all the hurts they
have suffered.

Blogging is not all sweetness
and light.
There are deep, dark pains
that hide beneath some of
the smiling faces...
aches that are too
deep to share with anyone.

Also- I want to acknowledge
that today is a sad day for
those dear women that wanted
desperately to be mothers
and were unable to conceive,
or lost their children in miscarriages,
and to those that made
a decision to not have children
and now regret it.
Also- to those whose children
have passed before them-
Unimaginable pain to bear----
I know there is a lot of pain
in all of our hearts and 
we all grieve with you.

I think this piece I wrote
addresses both types of 
MOTHERS

Mother's Day

Some of us have been blessed with wonderful Mothers.
Some of us have Mothers that were not quite so admirable.

Some of us have Mothers that praised us and adored us,
Some of us have Mothers that never said a kind word.

Some of us have Mothers that loved us unconditionally.
Some of us have Mothers that loved us only
if we met all her expectations,
and even that was not enough.

Some of us have Mothers that smiled readily.
Some of us have Mothers that never found much to smile about.

Some of us have Mothers that~
whatever we did~ it is more than they hoped for.
Some of us have Mothers that
no matter WHAT we did-it was never 
"quite right".

Some of us have Mothers that had a charmed childhood.
Some of us have Mothers that were raised in pain & shame.

Some of us have Mothers that
 need us & want us in their lives.
Some of us have Mothers that are needy
 and we seldom see them.

Some of us have Mothers that complete our lives.
Some of us have Mothers that
leave us aching, wanting and empty.

Some of us have Mothers that stand
on this side of the Great Beyond.
Some of us have Mothers that have passed
 over this earthly barrier.

Some of us will emulate our Mothers.
Some of us will vow to never be
anything like our Mothers.

Some of us are happy and fulfilled,
no matter what kind of Mother we had.
Some of us will never be happy
even if we were nurtured by an amazing Mother.

Today I am blessed to be a Mother.
My daughters are blessed to be Mothers, too.
Today I vow that I will be
the best mother (and grandmother) I can be.

Today I vow that I will love
as deeply as I can those that share my life.

Today I know that I am blessed indeed~
Today I hope that you find blessings
in your own life-
and love your Mother
even if it is just because she gave you life.

~Happy Mother's Day from Me to You~
©Nana Diana 
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Friday, May 8, 2020

A BLOGGER ASKED ME TO PASS ALONG THIS NEWS AND ASK FOR PRAYERS-DEBBY RAY

I am sure that many of you
know and love
Debby Ray.
She has always been a
delightful blogger and an even more
DELIGHTFUL PERSON.

You might know her by her blog
As many of you know,
she has been struggling with some health issues.
In the midst of her health issues,
they sold their home,
bought a lot close to family,
moved into an RV and are
building a new home.

Debby Ray asked me to share this with you-
“I will be taking a break from blogging for a while and am not sure at this point when I will be able to return. I have no idea how to even begin to write a blog post and there are still so many unknowns ...all of the details are not really important at this time. I have been diagnosed with cancer of the liver bile duct... most of you know I have been fighting this for quite some time. Through the years we have brought our many prayer requests to each other and I have felt yours and have been so grateful for them.
So after 13 days in NC, it looks like I will be able to get out for Mother’s Day. I will be returning to TN the first of the week to get a treatment plan in action at Vanderbilt. Thank you for your prayers! I hope to post updates as often as I am able. Much love to all!”
Debby

Debby is such a dear heart-
please pray for her and all she is going through.
Life is uncertain enough during these times
without the added stress of worrying about
something besides CV-19.

Please leave a message here for her
and she will pop in to read them.

Thank you all so much!
As always, if you don't pray,
please wing healing thoughts and well-wishes
her way.

Have a wonderful upcoming weekend.
Stay Safe!





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Friday, May 1, 2020

RABBIT-RABBIT Happy First Day of May

Did you ever wonder where
the expression 
RABBIT-RABBIT
came from and why people
say it on the first day of the month?

Wonder no more!
"Rabbit rabbit" is a superstition found in Britain and North America wherein a person says or repeats the words "rabbit", "rabbits" and/or "white rabbits" aloud upon waking on the first day of a month, to ensure good luck for the rest of it.

Did you know that already?
Want to know something else?
If you have one rabbit like this:
and you add one more rabbit like this:
I can guarantee you that 
YOU
will get this.
Although in 
MY FAMILY
you would more likely get this:
And, you will notice that
MY RABBIT RABBIT
has already prepared for 
the pandemic!
As you can plainly see-
MY RABBIT is NO DUMB BUNNY!

Happy May Day!
Our state is in isolation until
the end of May.

I am going to have to resort to
ordering things online that I
would prefer to handpick.
Such is life!!!!

Stay Safe!!




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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

NEWS ABOUT SUSIE FROM---SHE JUNKS---

Good morning!
Many of you know that 
I was lucky enough to meet
Susie from She Junks
a couple of years ago.
Now, the funny thing is
this picture was taken a couple of years ago
when Ted was in treatment
for his cancer. 
How appropo to find this picture
because this is how she looks 
NOW, too!


She lives close to my daughter
in Indiana so my daughter and I met her at 
Horton's (fabulous place by the way)
when I was visiting my daughter.

After that, her husband, Ted,
(she calls him Teddy Bear)
was diagnosed with cancer
and was hospitalized.
We were able to visit them both
when Ted was in the hospital.
MyHero speaking as a cancer survivor
and giving hope to Ted for the future.

Anyway~
After not hearing from Susie
in the past few weeks,
I texted her.
She is safe and well but has
NO COMPUTER SERVICE.
Because of Ted's delicate health
they cannot have anyone in their home
to do anything.

Most of you know that if you were on
Susie's Blog List,
she always left a comment.

Right now-
She feels isolated, lonesome
and anxious.
Ted's health continues to be
an on-going issue.

Please leave a message for her here
and I will make sure she gets them somehow.

IF you would like to send her a card,
or a few words of cheer,
please send me a separate email
and I will send you a private email
with her address.
My direct email is 
dianakos1@gmail.com



Keep her in your prayers,
or send her virtual well-wishes
Thank you all so much.

Stay Safe-
Still Sorting & Purging here!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

DON'T HATE ME BUT-----WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...............

Happy Quarantining
for all of us in isolation.
In between unpacking,
sorting,
purging,
selling,
donating
and
wondering what to do with
THIS AND THAT...
I started to think of 
what I am keeping and what 
I am getting rid of--
AND---
that made me wonder
about things in blogland.

Now, PLEASE don't send me
HATE E-MAIL!
These are just my personal opinions...

This is not meant as a judgement
on anyone or anything...so
don't get your panties in a knot.

For instance--
whatever happened to 
BURLAP?
I haven't seen a post about it
in a long time.
I never used it because it makes me itch...lol

and--

What about wreaths made of
pages of books-
although I will say that my
sweet daughter-in-law
made me one that I will 
keep until the pages fall off--
and I still love it.


I know there are still people
painting with 
CHALK PAINT
but I haven't seen nearly the hype
on it that I used to see.

What about books with 
ripped-off covers tied with twine?
Still in?


SO--
What do you think?
Are these still trends or dying out?

Isn't it amazing how blogging
has changed over the years?
A lot of the DIY projects
are no longer as vital as they used to be...
everything is much more professional
than it used to be.

However, you still have
ME
a dinosaur in a gazelle world.
My changes are more subtle
than they used to be and I rarely do
TRENDY THINGS
like I might have done years ago.
So, 'kids', you are stuck with 
little old me 
(and I use the word LITTLE figuratively)

That being said-
What else can YOU think of
that I missed?

Hope you are all staying safe
and are healthy.
We are doing okay here.
Still working on getting the 
condo in order so I can take some pics.

Loving it so far-
Easy and laid-back~








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Monday, April 20, 2020

PICK YOUR FAVORITE SPRING WEDDING TABLE RESULTS

Well, you all did it again!
You played along and picked a table.
I wish this were real life and
we were all
MINGLING
&
TALKING
&
SMILING
However, since that isn't possible,
we will visit virtually.

Ready to see who you are sitting with?

Here were your choices:
#1-PLANKED & PRETTY
Jack & Sherry-my traveling nomads that are stuck at home,  Patti, Sandra (doesn't really like any of them and is going to become a wedding planner after seeing the choices),
Ann-Too messy to sit at the white table she likes,
Jeanie, Melanie, Kim/Exquisitely, Cindy-requested to sit next to Kim-true!, Ellie, CHERI, Jane, Keshakeke, Lorraine, Linda/Itsy-Bitsy, 
Louise, Julie/Creative, Cindy/ckrut.
Liz-wants to be the hostess--seriously? Hey! that is MY job!, Betsy, Sue, Debbie/Lakehouse,
Linda/Life & Linda, and, of course, Anonymous!

#2-YELLOW & MELLOW
A small sweet group!
Ginny, Susan K, Lisa K, Karen
& Carolyn

#3-ROSES & SUCCULENTS
Katie Isabella (our kitty guest), 
Dr. S, (finally- we have a doctor in the house) 
Missy (after much deliberation parked her butt here),
Jan L, Linda/Ramblings, 
Debbie-Dabble.

#4-FULLY FLORAL
Elzie, Latane, Louica, Carla,,
Marilyn, Debby Ray(already worrying about what to wear), Rose, Noreen, 
Kim/Nutbrown & Leslie

#5-WEDDING ON PORCH
Jenn, Sandi, Mevely (sitting here to steal the forks),  Jane (vacillating), Judy/North Orr,
and a little late-Akasha!

#6-LIGHT THE WAY WITH ROSES
Wow- Had to book a larger venue!
MA, Theresa, Vee, bobbie, Suz, 
Wispy-formerly known as-----can't tell you or she'll get me--
Lisa, Roxy, Doris, Happy, LV,
Lorrie- Concerned the chairs are too close,
Nellie, Ron-The Cocktail King,
Julie H, Kay G, Kris, Pogonip,
Julie, Diane, Pam Steiner, Judy/Gold,
Terri D, Deborah M, Jan/J's Journey, 
Nancy & Dolly

#7-WHITE INTENT
Debra (thank God somebody got my pun)
Kathy, Bless, Susie, Karen

And- then there is Rita/Panolopy
She is not going to any of them
but will give the bride & groom money instead.
Anyone getting married? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?

Thanks for playing along.
I am coming down home row with 
getting the condo settled.
Sadly, because I can't go shopping there
are things I need to purchase to finish up---
like dining room chairs.
I'm a little afraid to order them online
without testing them.
Also, we need towel bars, etc,
shelving for the pantry,
etc....etc...etc...
I'll get there so bear with me!

Have a wonderful week and please
STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE!

#4-
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