Tuesday, June 5, 2018


In the beginning-
I used to love to blog.
I looked forward to writing a post.
I looked forward to getting comments.
I looked forward to replying to
if there was an email addy connected.

I rolled with the punches
when blogger changed things up
on us over the years.
I hung in there and learned the new ropes.

I made many friends and know 
so many of you on a personal level
I have to say

I don't know what the forces behind
the blog platform are thinking....
or ARE they thinking?

I know time is precious for all of us...
and, that being said,
I am working full-time.
I still have grandkids to haul around,
soccer and volleyball games to watch,
a new home to find,
and way too many other things going on
 to even mention.

I don't have time right now
to gnash my teeth over these
new "restrictions".

To me there is not much sense
in answering your comments
on the blog itself.
I don't know about you but 
go back to see if someone
has responded to my comment.
I NEVER re-visit a blog 
(unless there is new content)
to see if someone replied to the
comment I left.

So-I am taking a break.
IF they can get some of 
resolved-I will be back with
bells on! 
(well, and clothes,too, cuz the 
alternative just ain't purty)!
Love you guys!
You KNOW I do!!!!

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Monday, June 4, 2018


I can't take credit for this
but I can sure 
spread the word.
Let's hope it works for some of us anyway!

Fix to Blogger Comment Issue

Housekeeping post today.
So, Blogger is having a bit of a hiccup at the moment. For some reason, comment notifications are not being sent to my email. Since this is the easiest way to reply to comments, it is a problem.
After some research, I found out three things: 1) This is a widespread problem 2) After no response on the Blogger Product Forum all day, one of the experts finally replied that Blogger is working on it 3) In the meantime, there is a fix that is working for me. At the bottom of your post's comment section, check the box that says notify me. This basically subscribes you to all comments on that post and they will show up in your email inbox. You will need to do this on every new post.
Hope this helps! And share this too :-)
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Sunday, June 3, 2018


I apologize for being so sporadic
in posting lately.
Working everyday puts me 
a little bit behind.

I wish it would GIVE me a 
little behind-but that's another story.

Our growing season is a 
in Wisconsin this year.
My lilacs are finally in full bloom.
I don't know what kind they are
but they are highly scented.
A larger shot of the bush.
Aren't they just gorgeous?
There is another big bush next to that one.
I think it probably needs trimming
this Fall-pruned back a bit so it
produces more heavily.

Along the foundation under 
my bedroom window I have
Columbine blooming and
buds on the peonies.
I love the deep cornflower blue of the 
I look around and talk to myself
a bit- Oh-How-Pretty!
Yep- I am pretty happy
except when I see this....
the picnic table we move from
area to area.
Right now it is under the trees...
Know what I say to myself about that?
Hope YOU have a wonderful day...
as for me-this day is for the birds!
Next year these scenes will all belong
to my son and daughter-in-law.
It is kind of weird to think I won't be 
living here anymore....
but...such is life, right?!

I will tell you my son washed that table
and the patio set and all the seating
areas yesterday.  Good boy!!!
Kinda makes up for all the chores
he DIDN'T do as a kid....Kinda!!!!

Our Aleena had a
here yesterday.
She graduated from high school.
Isn't she a beauty?
I might be a tad biased....

I hope to get around to visit everyone
in the next couple of days.

Our Ria graduated from 
eighth grade and is off and running
towards high school....
where HAS the time gone?

I am so annoyed that 
BLOGGER has once again
changed the game...
Your comments no longer come through
to my email-which makes it much more
difficult to reply.

Just know that I do read and treasure
every one of your comments....
cuz I love you guys (or gals)..or....

Have a wonderful week!!!!!
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Monday, May 28, 2018


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 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 


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 


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~

A special thank you to my nephew, Scott, 

my father, my Uncle Samuel, my foster brother,Gene,

my old schoolmate, Tom Babcock and

my friend I met blogging, Kurt Keys.

And To All Our Soldiers-
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Saturday, May 26, 2018


A week ago Sunday
I posted a request for 
and his family.

Sadly, he went from diagnosis
to death in just a few days.
A tragedy?  Yes--
A blessing?- Maybe--

I believe he is beyond
all pain and suffering
and is in a better place.
He will not have to experience
any more excruciating pain from 
Sissie said his passing was peaceful
and filled with much love and many tears.

Even though they believe Kenny
is in a better place,
it does NOT mean that his
earthly family is not riddled with 
pain and heartache.

Please pray for all of them
as they lay their husband,
brother, dad, granddad
to rest.

If you are not a "pray-er",
please wing some good wishes
and sweet thoughts their way.

Thanks to all of you
and I know that 
Sissie is so very thankful to 
all of you, too. 
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Friday, May 25, 2018


Now this may be an
It's one I have used for years
but there may be a few of you
that don't know about it.

I love roses...
any color...
and form...
single petal..
cabbage style..
you name it and put
rose in the name of it
and I will love it.

I especially love 
What do you do when the
bloom is off the rose?
sometimes I dry mine.
After drying they usually look
like this.
And this...
Want to fluff them up and make them purty?
You do?
This does NOT make them look
like fresh roses-
it just opens them so they are not
tightly furled.

Well, the answer is as close as 
your tea kettle.
Put it on and let it build up steam.
Unfortunately, I don't have 
a steaming tea kettle
so I used a measuring cup heated 
to boiling in the microwave.
The direct stream of steam
(isn't that a cute play on words...stream of steam)---never mind...
from a tea kettle works

Hold the flower over the steam
and watch it furl open.
You may have to tease it open with
your fingers but the result
will look like this.
Have to go -
My doorbell is ringing.....
You know I wanted white roses.
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Anyone want a red rose delivered?
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Sunday, May 20, 2018


I really have a
love/hate war going on
when I do these posts.

First of all-
I LOVE that I can do them
and maybe do a little bit of
good in this world.

I HATE that I need to do them
because it means someone is
in desperate need of prayers and
uplifting good wishes.

I have followed 
since shortly after I started blogging.
We have become friends over the years
and we have prayed for her son, Jeff,
on my blog as he dealt with some
medical issues.

Today~Sissie is asking for prayer
for her dear brother, Kenny.
Kenny has cancer.
Sadly, he has to make some 
serious decisions about his health--
his treatment options are very limited.

Diana and his wife, and all the siblings
are just devastated at what he is facing.
His children are heartbroken.
Please pray for this dear man,
he is a husband, a dad, a grandad,
and I am sure that he is so much more
that that-but that is what I know.

Pray for healing.
Pray for peace.
Pray for his family, too.

I know that Sissie will be so 
very appreciative.

If you are not a pray-er,
please wing your healing thougths
and good wishes his way.
I believe that we are all connected
in this universe we call home
and those connections 
can be healing.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018


Wondering who you will be
sitting next to at the
wedding of a bridezilla
sweet niece?

There are some snarky gals here
looking to change tables-
always a few in every crowd, folks!

~Without further ado~

Table #1-Pink & Planked
Wow!  You gals loved this one!
Jenn,Pamela-I thought she was going to have a heart attack before she made a decision-,
Raindrops(yep-that's her name & thanks for playing along for the first time), Debby, Linda  ALaCarte
Debbie-aka Cottage Hand Me Downs, Kim, 
Lorrie she wants to sit with YOU for dinner but move to #2 for dessert-go figure,
Jeanie,Sandie, Donna, Pam, Pogonip, Deborah,
Karen(aka Beatrice),Noreen, Patty, Jann, 
Leena (if we can drag her off the beach),Katie, Janice 
KarenAnn (she is going to change after mucking out after the horses--I think),

Table #2-Lavender Love
Diane-I knew FOR SURE that she would pick this one-being as her blog is Lavender Dreams!
Tete, Lesley, Sally, Penny, Debbie (aka Mt.Mama),Julie,
Louise, Mildred, Cheryl, Lorraine, Lea, 
Connie(aka Nonnie), Carla, and Tina.

Table #3-Square Plates/Sweet Tapers
Kathy, Vee (who offered NO chitchat-right to business that gal),Bobbie, Lauren, 
Dear LV-who thought she might be sitting alone, and  
Rose (she settled here because I DID NOT HAVE a turquoise choice and will probably bring her own turquoise napkin)!

Table #4-Good Grey-V
I hope y'all caught that title-because the ribbons on the table ended in a V cut-Pretty clever that I picked up on that, huh?

Anyway-here we have Jada, and 
Katie Isabella (she's a cat and says if she doesn't like you she is moving to table #1)
That would leave us with the 
TWINS: Gay & Kay....okay-they aren't really twins but their names do rhyme.

Hello- BillieJo, Lisa, Patti,
Sugar(wonder if she is as sweet as her name sounds)
Jettie(always trouble), Fran, Cecilia and 
Missy-Who rattled on about a wedding she is going to and should she ask someone where to sit but finally picked the motley crew at this table.  Lucky you NOT

Dawn, bj, Debbi(aka Beach Gypsy) AnnMarie, 
Linda (my choice-lol) and someone that goes by
MostlyMa (don't you wonder what the rest of her is?) 
AND-I am putting Ron and his cocktails at this table just to stir things up a little.

Well, folks, here sit my traditionalists!
Here you will find my dear friends 
Sylvia, Susie, Theresa, Debra, Sandi, Janice, Fabby, Sheri, Denise, Phyllis, Carolyn, Kris, Michelle and  
Liz-she had 3 different tables she wanted to sit at--so if she moves, don't act surprised.

And DAVID-He said he would choose a table based on what was being served.  
Is that just like a man, or what?

I had such a good time doing this.  
You are ALL so much fun....even when I
Have a great Thursday
and I will catch up with you soon.

PS- If I missed anyone-I am so sorry.
I went through the list twice but 
I do these late at night and usually
miss something!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

MOTHER'S DAY-Written for those that are LOVED and those that are NOT LOVED

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.
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.

I think this piece I wrote
addresses both sides of the

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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