Sunday, February 17, 2019

WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIVE IN WISCONSIN IF YOU ARE NOT A NATIVE-ON WISCONSIN

When we got married and moved to
WISCONSIN (from Florida)
MyHero told me that there was 
NO PLACE QUITE LIKE WI!
Lord love us, he was right!
It is one of the few times in our 
married life when he was
(unquestionably) right.

ON WISCONSIN
is the state song...
that's good-

Here are a few WI facts for you.
I will start out on the positive-

Wisconsin does have
some pretty farms & great people
and we have Door County-
one of the prettiest places on earth-bar none-

BUT-
We also have Milwaukee.
Milwaukee's claim to fame is the 
highest number of alcoholics per capita 
of any city in the states.
Congratulations! Great Win!!
No- these are NOT relatives-
thanks for asking.

Where else (in a retail store) 
have you ever seen
a sign giving away
You have to wonder about the
dummies that took them~

And-
How 'bout those Packers?
You can throw that sentence
 out any time of year-
no need to wait for football season--
and the "discussion" is on!
Apparently, there is only ONE PACKER
everyone talks about.
If you know WHO he is you are 
IN FOR THE WIN
in the conversation.

Only in Wisconsin is a water fountain
called a "bubbler". 
It's true I am NOT making this up.
The first time someone asked me
where the bubbler was located 
I thought they were talking about the
kid down the street that blew
snot bubbles out his nose.

State Animal?
A badger! 
That's right- the meanest rodent
God ever put on earth and
Wisconsin claimed him as its own
to honor and adore.
The even named him-
Bucky Badger!
Why not a nice little rabbit
 or prairie dog?
Nope!  We gotta have a badger!

It is mid February and we still have
MONTHS OF SNOW AND COLD
ahead of us.
I can't tell you how excited I am about that!
We have tons of snow, it is snowing now,
and we have more snow coming this week.
I am as excited as I was the day
MyHero ran into the house with a forklift.
I can't tell you 
THAT STORY
or I will be history.....hmmm..
might be worth it....nah...

That being said-
Wisconsin is now home to me.
My kids, grandkids, hubby
and wonderful friends are here.
I work everyday at a job I love.
What else could a person ask for?
Oh...yeah...
Starbucks. 
I am going to go get one now.

Never mind-
I just looked out and there is a 
BLIZZARD happening here!
I am returning to my fireplace
and my book and dreaming about 
being somewhere else....
My body is in Wisconsin
but my heart is in Florida!

Have a wonderful week!


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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A VALENTINE'S DAY TUTORIAL TO MAKING VALENTINES--A BLAST FROM THE PAST

With Valentine's Day coming up
I thought it would be fun
 (kinda like poking my eye out
with a stick)
to craft a few Valentines
with my grandgirls when they 
were little.

This, of course, involved
GLUE & GLITTER,
the bane of my existence.
I set up "stations" before
they arrived at my house.

Look how handy these sweet
chalkboard plates
(that my daughter-in-love made me)
 came in!

Station One:

Station Two:

Station Three:
This involves scissors & a hole punch

AND a paper cutter which the girls
are NOT ALLOWED to use.

I gave them a very sweet, gentle reminder
about "HANDS OFF" the slicer/dicer.

SweetCheeks said:
Yohu wouldn't do that enyways, Nana.
That is a stooopid sighn.
Hmmmm...That kid was smart even
when she was little.

Choosing materials each girl started
crafting. 

Thing One

Thing Two

And, last but not least,
Thing Three
How did everything turn out?
How much glitter was spilled in the process?
How many fingers were glued to eyeballs?
How many scraps of paper were
glued to the floor?

Maybe at some point
in the future when I
TRULY RECOVER
maybe all your pressing questions
will be answered.......maybe.....

This post will make SweetCheeks
smile as she continues to recover
from her surgery.
She is getting as spoiled today
as she was back then.

She is doing really well-
in some pain but is managing
it like a trooper.

HAVE A WONDERFUL
VALENTINE'S DAY
from our little 
Bright Eyes!

ps- please forgive the quality of those old pictures.
To tell the truth, I am not much better
at photography now.....


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Saturday, February 9, 2019

SWEETCHEEKS SURGERY RESULTS- PRAYER REQUEST UPDATE!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
Thank you for all the prayers,
well-wishes and good thoughts
winged our way.

SweetCheeks went into surgery
this morning. 
We were prepared that she might
have to have a small surgery today
with a big one to follow on Monday.

Thank the good Lord,
she will only need the one surgery.
I don't want to get too technical
so I will just say that 
she had a VERY LARGE CYST
with a 'tether' 
on it that was removed and 
she will soon be home recovering.

She bore up like a trooper
but is still in quite a bit of pain.

SO---Your praying and/or healing thoughts
are still needed!
Please pray for relief from pain
and a fast healing.
Thank you and Amen!

I can't tell you how blessed I feel
to have a blog community that 
supports each other like you have
just supported me(us).

I know where to come when I need help!!


Soon our dancer will be
treading those boards again!

Have a wonderful weekend
(or what's left of it).....
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UPDATE & CONTINUED PRAYER REQUEST-SURGERY SCHEDULED

Good Morning~
We don't have a lot of answers yet.

I can't give you many details
because we don't know exactly 
WHAT is going on.

There is an exploratory surgery
scheduled for today.
Depending on what they find,
there may be a more extensive surgery
on Monday.
We are hoping/praying that
doesn't happen.

Please pray for this girl.
She talks like a walking
MEDICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA
and is fully informed as to her condition.

Pray for peace of mind for all of us,
a surgery that gives finite answers,
and a relief from pain and for our 
SweetCheek's peace of mind.

I won't have my computer with me today,
so I won't respond until tonight or tomorrow.
When WE know more, 
I will tell YOU more.

Pray our little dancer is soon 
back to dancing again!

Thank you for all your prayers,
healing thoughts and 
well-wishes.

If you are part of a prayer chain,
please add her to the list.

Love you all-
Bloggers and blog readers are
THE BEST!!!!


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Friday, February 8, 2019

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SWEETCHEEKS

Please pray for our Julia.
I know many of you remember our
SweetCheeks from the time she
was a little girl.

I posted this plea on Facebook
but I know not everyone
visits there.

In the middle of a snowstorm
yesterday my daughter took
SweetCheeks to the ER.

She is in a lot of pain and
they cannot figure out what is wrong.
They have ruled out several of 
the big things.

She has a really high pain tolerance level
so for her to be feeling this bad
is kind of scary.

Pray they can at least figure out 
the source of her pain today.
I will keep you posted when
we know more.

If you are not a "pray-er"
please wing healing thoughts
and wishes her way.

Love my little girlie!!!
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

REMEMBERING MY BROTHER -SMILING THROUGH THE HEARTACHE

Six years  ago this week
my brother, Charlie,
walked into the hospital ER
because he wasn't feeling well.

On February 5th,  2013,
 4:04 pm he left the hospital.
He didn't leave the way we hoped,
nor the way we expected.
He went to a different home
than the one he left that last Tuesday.

He developed a very rare cancer
that affects less than 1% of
cancer patients.  It is fast moving
and there is less than a 1% chance
of survival.

I  struggled trying to figure
out why this has happened.
Then a peaceful thought came to me.
Our little granddaughter,
Anna Bella,  who would be THIRTEEN now,
needed an Uncle
to keep her company.
A great-uncle.
Great in more ways than one.

Wasn't he a cute little boy?
We knew that last morning that his
time to be with us was to be
short-lived.
They put him on a morphine drip
and he gently drifted away
without pain.

What you don't know about
my brother is that he was a 
joker-He loved to make
people laugh.
He was the "smiliest" person
I ever knew and he
dearly loved a good joke.

You know, even in moments of 
blinding pain there are
sparks of laughter,
After we said our good-byes and 
gave him permission to go "home",
we were all sobbing.

I told him: "You are so, so loved here
and Mom & Dad
and our grandparents and 
uncles and cousins and family
are all waiting for you-waiting to
welcome you to Heaven".

My sister-in-law added...
"And Snow White".
What? I asked.
Maybe you read a different
Bible than I do cuz I don't
think Snow White is in Heaven.

Everyone in the room erupted
in laughter.
In the burst of laughter
my brother, Charlie,
took his last breath of
life on this Earth.
We knew then that he 
was free to go because
in spite of our sadness
there was one last smile for him.

I'm betting that right now,
up in Heaven,
he is setting our little Anna Bella
up to some mischief
just like  I my father used to 
set him up.

He passed so-so peacefully,
with nary a complaint.
You did good, Charlie,
very, very good.

Now I feel like I have a 
GUARDIAN ANGEL
that watches over me.

As a family, we have moved on,
walking different paths than the ones 
we were on and that is okay.
Happy memories keep us company
on those days when we mourn
our earthly loss.

Take a moment today to 
tell someone you love them.
If there are rifts in your family,
mend them while you have time
for tomorrow is never guaranteed
and there are no "do-overs"
when death comes to visit.

Have a wonderful, blessed day.
I hope YOU have a 
GUARDIAN ANGEL
in your life!


ps.  Snow White?  She was Charlie's cat.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A BIT OF ROMANCE FROM ROMANTIC HOMES

It is COLD COLD COLD here.
What do you do on a cold day?

Well,
I decided to go through
some of my old magazines
and came across this one from
January/February of 2015,

Sadly, they are stopping publication
of the magazine.  
I have all of them from the first
issue forward.  
When I got rid of most of my old magazines
I just could not bear to part with them.
Romance is just kind of timeless,
isn't it?

Anyway--
February is all about Valentine's Day  but-
I don't think you have to wait for 
Valentine's Day to make this for someone special.
 Pink Pearl Lady Cake
HERE is a similar recipe.

I thought the cover was just lovely.
Got your cake mess cleaned up from
baking that heart cake above?
Good!  Now then
 you can see the
PINK HOUSE
owned by 
It is softly sweet and livable.
You can find her on Pinterest by clicking on her name.

 Here's a little sneak peek at the Florida estate 
of a New York couple.
This home was designed by
By:Sarah Yoon/Mark Roskams/photographer
It looks like Florida, doesn't it?
You can find more 

Okay-Now-Doesn't the home of
just make you dream of warm summer days?
Even though we are freezing our butts off here.
I found her on Facebook.
You can find it by clicking on her name above.
Prepare to  have your mouth hang open for a while.

And while your mouth is hanging open....
purse your lips a bit and 
BLOW HARD.
Then you can blow up balloons to put together
this beautiful garland
styled by  
photography-Shirlie Kemp
So-There you have it.
A few things I love in the
2015 January/February Issue of
Romantic Homes.

Know what else I love?
You!
Thanks for following along here.
Here's how I am feeling about you this morning....
Lips still puckered up from the balloon blowing
are they?  Good!
Here's to you!
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