Wednesday, May 25, 2022

THE TIME HAS COME-THE TIME IS NOW-NANA DIANA IS GOING FOR A WHILE

 I have a lot on my plate

right now so I am

 taking a blogging break.

     I am going to curtail my visits on

Instagram, Facebook & Blogger

for a while.

I will pop in once in a while on

IG & FB but will not be blogging.

I feel guilty getting comments and not

being able to reply or to visit your blogs,

so---off I go for a while.

As some of you know,

John has some more surgery coming up,

I am still dealing with inflammatory issues,

and I need time to handle things here.


What's on my agenda?

I have a trip planned with my daughter

and three grand girls.

I have new books to read,

an upstairs full of 'stuff' to purge,

things to finish up in the condo,

and I need to get the camper

ready for the season.

We have NO internet and 

sketchy phone service at the RV park.

HOWEVER-

I WILL RETURN!

Look for me this fall

but for right now----

I just need a break.

I hate it when people just disappear

and you never know what happened to them....

so I did not want to be "that person".

Thank you all for always being

so faithful and following along

with all my nonsense.

You are

THE BEST!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME---NOW--TELL ME ABOUT YOU!!!

 


I haven't done anything like this
in a long, long time.
I thought it might be fun to do it again.
Many of the 'old' bloggers
will remember when we often did this--
and tagged someone else to do it, too.
 
 I don't want to put others on the spot
so anyone that would like
 to take these questions and
 answer them on their own blog
is welcome to do so. 
 This is especially fun
 if you are a newer blogger.
  If you do so,
please leave me a note so
 that I can post a link to your blog. 
 Hopefully, you will get a few new followers.



1. Where do you like to vacation? Florida in the winter and the UP in the summer/fall months.

2. Do you have pets?  I have the most wonderful SCRUFFY...the little love of of my life.



3. What is your favorite color?  It changes from time to time.  My wardrobe holds a lot of green/black/beige/gray- boring...I am boring. However, lately, I have been bringing bits of brights into my wardrobe. 

4. How many are in your family?  We have 4 kids, 17 grandkids and I had one sibling-a wonderful brother, Charlie, that passed away.

5. What is your least favorite thing to do?  I am trying to think of something I really dislike...hmmmm...GOT IT!   I hate to put the clean dishes away out of the dishwasher.  I know, I know, weird, huh?

6. What is your most favorite thing to do?  I am hard pressed to pick just one?  Spend time with family is number one...but I also love to read, drive, sew, paint and oh...I could go on and on...Guess I will stop here.

7. If money were no object what would you like to do when you retire? I am retired for the second time now.  I'd like to do a lot of traveling, revisit old friends that are scattered around the country and also help others get a start on their "dream". 

8. What is your favorite season?  Fall- I love Fall-followed closely by Summer.

9. What book are you currently reading? I am re-reading my old Catherine Cookson books before I give them away.  

10.What time do you go to bed, get up in the morning?  Ready?  I go to bed about midnight and I am usually up about 5:30 to 6:00 am.  I do best on about 6 hours sleep.  I am pretty high-energy for an old broad😀.Lately-have been dealing with some inflammatory issues so moving slower.  DRAT!

11.How long have you been blogging?  12 years!  WOW- Is that even possible?

11 Random things about me~

1.  I am a happy person and find joy in even the small things in life.
2.  I hate to admit that I don't feel well even if I am in pain- It makes me feel weak & I don't want to be  "that person" that is always talking about HEALTH issues!
3.  I am looking forward to some new ventures/adventures this year.
4.  I love a clean/orderly house.  The worst part of creativity to me is the mess...BUT  I don't mind one bit when the grandkkids mess up my house.
5.  I love roses- absolutely LOVE them..and lilacs!
6.  I just about always wear black- usually paired with another color.
7.  I try not to eat sugar but cave to ice cream.
8.  I love fresh linens on my bed.  If I weren't so lazy I would change them everyday.
9.  I love to make people smile. 
10. I often create in my mind but don't always apply that creativity to a project- Laziness?
11. I believe in the power of prayer...that miracles can, and do, happen.

So...now...YOU...copy the questions below and come back and tell me that you are doing this and I will post a link to your blog!   Then tell us 11 random things about yourself.  If you want to play by the OLD  rules you are supposed to tag 11 other people.  I am not a very good rule follower-  Sad, huh?  Anyway, Please grab the questions and try it!   It'll be fun- xo Diana

1.  Where do you like to vacation?

2.  Do you have pets?

3.  What is your favorite color?

4.  How many are in your family?

5.  What is your least favorite thing to do?

6.  What is your most favorite thing to do?

7.  If money were no object what would you like to do when you retire?

8.   What is your favorite season?

9.   What book are you currently reading?

10. What time do you go to bed, get up in the morning?

11. How long have you been blogging?

You DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A BLOG to answer this-You can leave your answers right here if you want!

Can't wait to find out more about you!!!!
Love you peeps!

Kris over at JunkChicCottage has joined in.
Click HERE for the link to her blog.
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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

BEFORE AND AFTER BACKYARD MAKEOVER

This is a home we owned 
several years ago in the 
Historical District of Green Bay.

The big old houses were built
close together with long ,deep yards.
The house to the left of 
the one we bought
was an eyesore as far as
the yard was concerned.
The fix?
A fence!
What's the old saying?......
Good fences screen ugly things
make good neighbors.
SOOO TRUE.

Here is one of the 
highlights when we were done.
When we moved in 
this is what I saw looking out our
breakfast nook window.
Now how cute is THAT? NOT!!!!
Look what a difference a fence makes.
This is from the back looking towards 
the back of the house.
Before:
After:
This was before any landscaping was done.
We divided the back yard into
two "rooms"...and put a picket fence
across the back yard to divide it.
First we had to dig up the yard to 
trench utilities out to the back.
I stuck an arbor there so they
would know where I wanted
to place the fence across
The fence went up to make the division.

The problem was that the neighbor's 
old garage was built on the property line.

It looked like what you see above.

The neighbor allowed me to paint it
and hang a door and two windows on it.
I painted the back of the windows black
so that they looked like the real deal.
They are basically "decorations" 
hung on the side of the garage.
I eventually painted the shutters
white-sadly, no pictures of that.

Want to see what is behind the gate now?
Come on in!
Hard to believe it's the same place, isn't it?
New Dawn roses eventually grew up the 
arbors and scrambled right up over
the side of the garage.
sigh- Have I told you I really loved this place?
I did-oh yes-I did!
If I run away from home you might want
to look for me under the arbor
in my old 'secret garden'!
Shhhh-don't tell MyHero where I am

he might show up and want me to cook! 

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

FUDGE IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS! SPRING TIME LEMON FUDGE

 I think just about

EVERYONE

associates

FUDGE 

with Christmas.

I know that I always
make several batches
of all different types
of fudge during the
Holiday Season.

I give them to my
enemies friends to 
MAKE THEM FAT-
that way I look thinner 
enjoy.
Pretty smart for a blond, huh?

Anyway,
I have a recipe for
LEMON FUDGE
for Spring.
If you love lemon this is for you!
I'm not sure where it came
from but I have used it for
several years.
It was probably the old
Taste Of Home magazine.
It is so good that you
will be licking the pan.
You will bow down
before me because
I am 
The Fudge Queen.

This is NOT a recipe
for those 
weak-willed people
that cannot refrain from
eating the whole pan...
Nosirreeee..
Here you go-

LEMON FUDGE
1/2 cup REAL butter (no oleo/margarine)
One 4.5 oz cook & serve lemon pudding
(do not use instant pudding)
1/2 cup milk
3-3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Line a 9" square pan with foil
bringing it up the sides.
Use butter and heavily butter the foil
In large saucepan combine:
Pudding mix
Milk
Butter
Cook and stir over medium heat
until mixture has thickened.
Remove from heat.
Beat in confectionery sugar & lemon extract.
Pour into buttered pan and refrigerate.
Use tinfoil to lift fudge out of pan.
Cut into squares and store in fridge.

Serve to family and friends
and your skinny enemies.
Trust me-
You will have a new
Easter candy tradition.

THIS IS SOOOO GOOD!!!!
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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

PICK YOUR FAVORITE EASTER TABLE RESULTS!

 GOOD MORNING!

Thanks to all of you that played along.

Ready?  Here we go!

                           It is always fun to see which table you want to sit at!

#1-BIRD NEST NAPKINS

Lots of you here-I am renting a banquet hall!

Penny, MadSnapper, Polly, Tete, Kris, bobbie, Gert, Missy, Vee(needs the serenity),Ginny, Lynne (who will surely change her seat to sit by Missy), Melanie, Connie, Dolly, Nellie, Nancy M, Cindy, Linda/LifeJournal, Lorrie, Lux/Life&Love, Theresa, Nancy/WildOak, Jack & Sherry-my RV people, Pam, Cindy M, JennyThePirate-(wanted to sit at #6 but there were no plates so she was afraid she wouldn't get fed), Connie M, Marydon, Sabra, Sylvia, bj/needs a mismosa and wants to invite Sam Elliot


#2-MELLOW YELLOW

Pam S (wrote a book before coming to a final decision-Is THAT your final answer?), Mevely, Betsy/Estelle, Terry D, RoughTerrain & Amy


#3-FEATHER MY NEST

OK-So this is a little weird- Apparently your name has to start with an L to sit here! 

Leena, LisaK, Leann, Lois and Lauren

Seriously?  


#4-PINK & PRETTY

Jenn, Pam K(here because she gets her own basket of candy), MA, Jan, Bless(smitten with the foil eggs-should I tell her they are laid by foil covered chocolate chickens?) Karen/OldHouse, Babbling Brook & Doris


#5-COLORFUL CARROTS

Another big table!

Basil6, Cecilia, Kathy, Judy, Shipla, Bonnie, Linda/Life&Linda, Kitty(likes a cheery table), Nonie, Ann (wanted to sit at #3-but was afraid of getting feathers in her food-if we have chicken I will make sure they are completely defeathered), Carrie, Buttercup, Michele, Julie, Debbie-Dabble, Rain, Jane/FarAgoFarm, Dawn, Debi/BeachGypsy(bringing her usual fun-loving self),Judy/GoldCountryCottage & Liz.


#6-WOODLAND WONDER

Diane/LavenderDreams-(Inviting Tom cuz she is NOT fancy!), Kim, Carla(figures she can garden and eat at the same time-hope she isn't handling poisonous plants), Jettie, Akasha, Jeanie, Cindy/Creations


#7-POP OF PRIMARY PASTELS

Sandi, Debra(nostalgic and reminds her of Easter at home as a child), Rose, HappyOne, Akasha's Mom(Hi-thanks for playing along) & Gary W.


NOT PICKING A TABLE

Tom-All too fancy-See #6, Tom, HootingAnni(likes Feathers & Woodland but can't commit), Laurie---Laurie,Laurie,Laurie! and last but not least, Laura and she is just plain NOT picking a table.

So-there you have it. 

I hope I didn't miss anyone or put you at the wrong table.  If I did, please forgive me and let me know. My little fur boyfriend is on me like white on rice today-although, I guess in his case, it would be like black on licorice!  He also likes to help me TYPE on the computer every chance he gets.  I do a lot of backspacing.

 Isn't Scruffy handsome?

This is after he was just groomed!

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

I'll be back soon-Pinky Promise!


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Sunday, March 27, 2022

PICK YOUR FAVORITE EASTER TABLE SETTING!

 Well, I can't let Easter slip by

without doing a

PICK YOUR FAVORITE 
EASTER TABLE!

So- You old timers 
(and I am NOT talking age here-just 
OLD readers-NOT talking age)
know the routine!
Pick ONE table to sit at with 
anyone of your choice.
I know SOME OF YOU have a hard time
picking just one---
but please try.

So---here we go!
#1
BIRD NEST NAPKINS
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#2
MELLOW YELLOW
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#3
FEATHER MY NEST
#4
PINK & PRETTY
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#5
COLORFUL CARROTS
#6
 WOODLAND WONDER
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#7
A POP OF PRIMARY PASTELS
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So, there you go!
You know the drill.
Pick one table and let me know your favorite.
I'll be back with the results after I tally the votes.

Speaking of table settings....
Look how tickled little Anna Ireland 
was over a table setting.
 Maybe she is just praying before the meal, huh?

NOPE!
Sound asleep!


We are SUCH  a BORING bunch!!!
I sure do miss those baby days!

I will be back around soon.
Bear with me as I try to keep up
with your blogs. 
Life/health has been a bit crazy here.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

GOOD-BYE ST PATRICK'S DAY-HELLO EASTER!

It has been a long hard winter here for us. 

 I am going to try to get back to 

regular blogging. 

Bear with me as health and 

family issues are at play. 


While I love 

St. Patrick's Day and 
all things Irish
it is time to drag
 the Easter stuff out 
of the basement bins,
and then to move things
around in the china hutch,
and then to bring my
bunnies out of hiding...

Why?  Well, because
 we all know that
ONE THING LEADS
TO ANOTHER,
don't we?

Why-oh-why-
in the midst of all that is going on
do I do this to myself?
Anyway,
It is time to 
bring out a couple of
bunnies to 
dress up the center of the table.
Look at their cute little faces!
They look so cute there
I think they should be surrounded
by other lovely Spring pieces-
like beautiful napkins.....
And then, of course, I must
drag out my old dishes
that I haven't used for several years.
Garden Party by Pfaltzgraff.
You know I have had these for almost
30 years and I still love them.
I always used them in the 
Spring and Summer months
but they have been packed away
for a few years now.
The ruby thumbprint glasses
belonged to Gramma Hazel.
Not wanting to be hidden away
 another little sugared bunny 
jumps in to join the fun.
Sweet peeks of what is to come.
A little close up of the florals.
Now-Here is 
QUESTION #1~

HOW LONG DO YOU THINK
it will take 
SOMEONE to discover that
there are 
M&M's in the flower base
that rests just below the bunnies?
QUESTION #2~
When do you think I will discover 
that they have all been eaten 
unbeknownst to me?

So-there you have it.
Just a touch of Easter here--
but we know here is a lot more to Easter
than bunnies, isn't there?

What are you doing for 
Easter or do you bypass
Easter decorating and go right for
Springs Things?

Have a wonderful day~
I'll be around to visit as I can.
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