Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Well, here we are!
Thanksgiving week is almost upon us.
I have been saving ideas for setting a fine

Let's see what our choices are.
If you want to play along pick 
that you would like to be seated at.
Got that?  ONE pick!!!!  lol
Some of you are  kinda naughty 
about picking more than one
you know who you are.

I think I have sources for all of these
this time...Okay-

Elegant & Colorful

 Think it's not  a Thanksgiving table?
Look at the place setting~

Copper  Light

Green Ivy

Rustic Plank

Just plain fun!
Looks like MacKenzie Childs 

Refined  Roses
Going For The Gold
last, but not least,

Whisper White
Martha Stewart

So-There you have it~
Vote for your favorite.
This will be the last 
Pick Your Favorite
I do before I do a Christmas one 
or two or three.

Have fun voting and I will be
back to tally the votes
and tell you who you are sitting with.

Had my mammo..
and blood work yesterday
and then my 
full annual physical today.
I can't WAIT!
(okay- I mighta lied about that).....
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Monday, November 13, 2017

PUTTING THE BRAKES ON FOR A BIT! Grab your lunch-this is a long post!


Grab your coffee, coke or tea-
This is a LONG POStT!

We went to the most beautiful wedding
last Saturday night.
MyHero performed the ceremony.
It was magical.
It was held in a spectacular exclusive setting
about an hour south of us.
The ceremony started at four 
so we left home at two,
following my son & his family down.
We wanted to be early.

On the way down,
we hit a steady fine, sleety rain.
The roads weren't bad yet
you could tell it was coming.

The ceremony started and the bride walked in.
Erin looked movie star beautiful 
there is a special connection.
Not only is she friends with my son
 & his wife,
she was MyHero's nurse for the radiation part
of his treatment.

Used to seeing her in scrubs,
MyHero's mouth dropped open
seeing her walk through the door as a 
He FINALLY recovered, 
told her she was beautiful,
and the ceremony commenced.

I will post some wedding pictures
in an upcoming post
because they deserve a post
of their own.

Following the ceremony,
we walked a brick walkway
to the main clubhouse,
greeted the wedding party,
and went to the Irish pub on the second floor 
for drinks and fabulous hors d'oeuvres.
(internet photo)

Later, we went back downstairs to the
main dining room to eat.
It was the best five course meal
 I have ever had at a wedding..
maybe anywhere!
It was all done effortlessly, 
at an easy pace,
while we chatted and listened
to a few speeches.
There was a dance that followed
back upstairs in the Irish bar.
It was fun to see my little grandson.
CJK (age5)
ask a little girl to dance with him.
She was shy and said NO 
and he was heartbroken,
and embarrassed, 
and hid until the bride's mom,Judy,
dragged him onto the floor.
Such a tender thing to watch unfold.
A hint of what is to come when he is a teen?

Okay--so the
for this

We left early because we heard
from latecomers to the dance
that the roads were bad.
My son & family 
decided to head home, too,
so we followed them.

The first few miles of road were fine,
clear, not even a hint of rain, ice, or snow.
About 30 miles into the drive,
the weather changed abruptly.
There was a heavy 'mist' and the roads looked slick.
They WERE slick.
We slowed down to about 20 MPH under the speed limit.

There was a line of cars behind me
and ahead of me,
 with only a few fools flying past, 
well over the speed limit.

About 5 miles from home we saw
a lot of police cars and the road was down
to one lane--almost to a stop.
We snaked through and carefully 
wound our way home.

On the news this morning I heard there were
The road we were on had been closed 
earlier for part of the night
the police lights and one lane?
Clean up from a fatal accident
on the overpass there.

When I got home I realized that
I had to peel my hands off the 
steering wheel because I had
been gripping the wheel so hard.
My neck and shoulders were tight
and actually ached.

I started thinking about all that is going
on in our lives at this point.
An upcoming move,
which means purging and 'letting go',
some family issues,
someone moving in temporarily,
a recovering husband,
and a recurrence of an old 
auto-immune issue that requires
steroids and anti-inflammatories for me.
That's a whole lotta stress.
10 years ago-this would have all been
a piece of cake to handle.
Today-I wish I was 10 years

But it doesn't stop there--
To punish myself further,
I decided to open an Etsy shop and 
a second blog to support it.

Hello, Blondie!

I had an ephinany!
I guess I needed ICY ROADS to point
out that I need to 

At this point, 
I have decided to put Etsy on hold,
along with the second blog.
My original intent with Etsy was to 
do all handmade items
and not use it as a 'dumping ground'.
I have not had the chance to do much creating
with everything else going on.

I want to thank everyone that made purchases
from the shop.
I did really well in the few weeks I was open
I won't close the shop completely,
nor will I kill the other blog,
but I am taking a 
BREAK by putting the BRAKES ON
for a bit.

I will still be keeping/using
Nana Diana Takes A Break
so you will always find me here.

I need to look forward to
my volunteer work at the VA
and my grandson's library/school.
I don't want either of those to become 

I think I'll go bake a pie...
because we all know...

Thank you to all of you that
read this whole mess-lol
You guys are THE BEST---
I don't care what anyone else says about you!

Now pardon me while I go relax~

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Sunday, November 12, 2017


I had an outreach from someone
via Messenger.
She is traveling now- 
gone for the winter-
 but is worried
about her brother's wife.
This is her plea.
Please pray for my brother Bob
and his wife Jeri.
Jeri has been in the hospital for 9 days.
She had surgery on her back.
She is not doing well.
She can not walk.
She does not have feeling
in her hands or feet.
Her digestive system is not working well.
My brother is very sad and discouraged.
Many things are not going well.
He is desperate.
He is tired. He is discouraged.
Thank you for your prayers.

Please pray for the person that sent this to me, too.
Her name is Carol
and she is suffering the anxiety that comes from
being away from home when someone is ill.

Also, Robbin's mom, Donna-
Down On The Farm
During the procedure Monday on mom's back, they discovered she has another compressed vertebra.  So 3 compression fractures instead of 2.  Sometime in the last 3 weeks another vertebrae became compressed.  They were only able to fix 2 of the fractures since, as the doctor explained, they can only do 2 at a time so instead of coming out of the procedure pain free . . . she's still hurting.

They have put her on a stronger pain medicine which helps a little, but of course doesn't take the pain away. She will have to go back in a couple of weeks for the same procedure to get the third compression fracture fixed. 

The only way to keep the compression fractures from continuing is to start giving her injections every six months to strengthen the bones.  But she has to have some teeth pulled before they can give her the injection, since the injection will make pulling any teeth nearly impossible, and my mom's teeth are not good.

In the middle of everything, my mom is trying to take maintenance chemo every week.

As you can imagine all of this is very discouraging to my mom, and to our entire family. 

And..continue to pray from 
my best friend's family.
Mainly her son, Mr. T.
They still don't have the full scope
of what is wrong with him
and are going to do more biopsies.
It's a scary time for all of them.

Thank you, as always, 
for all the prayers.

If you are not a pray-er-,
please send good thoughts 
and wishes their way.

I hope each and everyone
reading this will have a
blessed Sunday.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017


I am ashamed that I don't

always think about what the cost

is for my freedom.

I don't always think about

the person that laid

down their life so that

I can enjoy the freedoms

this country allows.

I don't always think about

the day-to-day struggles that

some of our veterans must deal with...

the physical, emotional, spiritual end

of it.

I do think about my Father,

a vet of WWI (yes-WWI)-

He was a young man in the service and 

a man of many years when I was born (53).

His gas mask was in our attic.

He never talked about WWI

but I have 1/2 of the letters he

wrote home to his family.

My dear brother had the other half.

I do think about my Uncle Samuel,

that fought in the Korean War~

but I don't ever remember him

mentioning it.

I do think about my foster brother, Gene,

that was part of the Vietnam war years...

the war that wasn't a war,

or so they say.

I do think about my nephew, Scott,

that suffered permanent damage

when he was fired on as

he guarded one of

Sadam's palaces.

I think about my friend, Tom,

a man that shared a 3 room 

schoolhouse with me in the 

shadow of the mountains 

in Pennsylvania,

a career man that was a 

Chief Petty Officer.

And, I do think about a man

that has a blog..

A man that I met in my blog travels...

you know when you hit that

Next Blog button on the top..

This is a man that gave it all

for his country...

and is now but a shadow

of his former self, on the outside..

Inside- he is a fighter of the

greatest magnitude.

I have so much respect for

Kurt The Krippled Warrior.

He lives a hard life but asks

for no pity or sympathy.

As many of you know,

I volunteer at the VA on Tuesdays.

I am so blessed to be a small part of it.

Two of the men I work with

were in Vietnam and served faithfully.

Thank you Dave you crazy fool

and Rick.

Rick is the "normal" to balance


I am blessed to know you both.

Today, I hope  to

raise a salute to every man or woman

that fights for all of us.

God Bless Our Veterans

and those that are serving

our country today.

Without you- we have no hope.

Have a wonderful Tuesday

and if you out and about and see

a service person shake his or her hand

and tell them 

Thank You For Your Service.

You'll be glad you did.
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Friday, November 10, 2017


WHAT is better than Lemon Pie?
Click on image to go to the recipe online.

I decided to give this a try because it looked 
This is THE RICHEST lemon pie 
I have ever tasted.
Decadent, really.
What MAKES it a Triple Lemon Treat?
These three things.
Place your crust in the pie pan and then brush with melted butter.
This keeps your pie crust from getting SOGGY.
Don't  you HATE soggy crusts?
I do!
Beat your husband for all the smart mouthed things he has said to you  eggs!
 (I promise NOT to report you to the Egg Police)
And stir in other ingredients
Images from internet
Then-make a collar for your crust
to keep it from burning.
and pour filling into pie pan.
I am amazed that lots of people don't do this.
It gives your a nicely browned, slightly crisp
edge that does not crumble when cut.
After baking remove the tinfoil collar 
and cool in fridge.
The pie bakes with a slightly brown top.
It's supposed to do that.
 I went to take a 
It looks like I was just a little too late.
Does THIS look like the cat that ate the canary?
The man that ate the pie?
This was taken pre-cancer
and now while he CAN eat a bit of this and that
a lot of it has lost its flavor for him.
However, don't feel bad-
it could be a whole lot worse.
One piece of advice-
DO NOT make this if you LOVE LEMON.
You will be forced to join
Lemon Lovers Anonymous

Have a wonderful weekend.
We are busier than  a
three-legged squirrel 
burying acorns for the winter.

Here's the recipe for those of you
that couldn't find it:

Triple Lemon Pie
  • Makes: 8 to 10 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Chill 4 hrs
  • Cool 1 hr
  • Bake 35 minutes
Lemon peel, lemon juice, and lemon extract give this citrus pie its tart yet tasty flavor.


  • - inch unbaked piecrust
  • teaspoons butter, melted
  • cups sugar
  • tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • eggs
  • 1/2 cup dairy sour cream, room temperature
  • tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • tablespoon pure vanilla
  • teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  • Raspberries (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Use a pastry brush to brush 2 teaspoons melted butter over the bottom and sides of unbaked piecrust. Set aside.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl, combine sugar and flour; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat eggs with a rotary beater, wire whisk or fork. Beat in sour cream until smooth. Beat, whisk or stir in lemon peel and juice, 1/4 cup melted butter, vanilla and lemon extract. Gradually add lemon mixture to sugar mixture; stir till well combined. Immediately pour lemon filling into the pastry-lined pie plate. To prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie with foil. (Note: To protect the edges of the pie from overbrowning, fold a 12-inch square of foil into quarters. Cut a 7-inch circle out of the center. Unfold and loosely mold the foil over the pie's edge. Do this before you pour filling into piecrust. If filling sits in piecrust, this will make the piecrust soggy.)
  3. Place pie on the center oven rack in the center. (Note: Do not use a baking sheet under the pie because it will affect the baking time.) Bake in a 375 degree F. oven for 35 to 45 minutes or till lightly golden brown. Center of pie should appear almost set when gently shaken (2 inches around edges of pie should be set).
  4. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. To serve, if you like, garnish pie with whipped cream, lemon slices and raspberries. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
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