Friday, November 6, 2015


I can hardly believe it
but I am getting my photo files
all cleaned up doing this
Finish it up Friday thing.

When I search for photos to use here
I am deleting some and moving others 
into their proper storage folders.

Whoo Hooo.

What is up this week?
is off to a dance competition in 
She always takes a prize.
She is the most graceful little girl 
I have ever seen.
Even when not dancing
she moves like a dancer.
Isn't she a beauty...
with a little SASS thrown in for fun.
Makes me want to cut hearts out of leaves
when I look at her.
Don't you love this idea!?!
I HEART this little guy, too.
This old dollhouse sits under a covered "porch"
on the front part of our garage.
CJK- is fascinated by it and always checks it
to see if "fairies" are inside.
He KNOWS they are there.
On my side porch off the dining room
I have a glass topped table & chair set
 I bought from my
neighbor years ago.
I pull the cushions off it for winter
and it starts looking bare.

But-who says that a 
won't work outside?
AND if you use fake faux fruit
you won't get "critters" eating them.
I send them  next door to eat the 
neighbor's pumpkins.  
I am a good neighbor that way.
Speaking of FRUIT---
Have you seen this little "trick"
on the internet somewhere?
Is that cute or what?
Cutie-pie clementines
with a piece of celery for the stalk.

source unknown

Well, there's my FIVE photos--
of course #1 counted as THREE pictures, 
I suppose.
I never was very good at 
and I have the deportment remarks on my
old report cards to prove it.
I blame my father for that...
hey---gotta blame somebody.
He was a smart-aleck, too.

This is a TRUE STORY!
When I missed school I 
ALWAYS wrote my own excuses to turn in 
to the teacher in charge of truancy.

I asked my MOM to write my excuse for me
because I was in a hurry.
When I turned it in they called HER 
to see if I had 

SHE was MAD at ME
for that!

Maybe if you are 
REALLY GOOD I will tell you about
the time I tipped over backwards in
Accounting class and my
full skirt and can-can
went up over my head.
I blame Charlie Watson for that!
He put his feet against the legs of my chair
when I went to push my chair back 
to stand up.
Mrs. Harkness never liked me anyway.
She liked me even less after 

your photo name


Sylvia Cannon said...

:You always put a "Smile" in my day, Diana! Your Ria is indeed a beautiful girl. Good luck to her on her competition!
Love your photo's.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Good chuckle today with your stories, you baaaaad girl! Thanks for leaving me a comment and letting me know the material in the painted pumpkins was chenille. I was having a senior moment and so just skipped over the name by calling it rough material ;-0 Your little Ria is a classic beauty. I've heard that used before, but when I saw her pictures, I understood the term.

Vee said...

You always have been a hoot! Do you suppose that Charlie still laughs over that?! Yes, I have seen those pumpkins and I do think that they are adorable. And those leaf hearts are also adorable...I haven't seen those, sometimes I cut hearts from birch bark.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

Thanks for the morning laugh. It's always a great way to start the day. Good luck to beautiful Ria. xo Laura

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Ria has the look of a star! Those photos are done beautifully of her. Writing your own excuses- gees why didn't I think of that!! You just reminded me of how I fell over backwards in an office I worked at- leaning too far back in my chair. I flipped over and my legs were straight up and I also had a skirt on...such a graceful moment! NOT....

Laurie said...

HaHa, you are a funny bird! I bet you were the most fun in your class. Love hearing your stories.

You're right.....Ria looks so graceful! And, your faux fruit looks pretty graceful, too.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

You are something else, Diana. Your Ria looks like she takes after you. I can tell you are a loving Nana---you speak so fondly of the grands. How lucky you are to see them often. There is nothing like being a grandmother! Oh and your centerpiece is beautiful! My squirrels would find a way to tear it apart! ♥

Kim said...

Ha! That's funny! I make my kids sign their own tests for me...some teachers in high school require that...and the one time I actually did it, I got that same call!!! Oh boy! See, twins, you were right! ;)

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Best of luck to your beautiful Ria!!!!!!!

Hooray for taking care of pics, in a steady way. Yessss!!!!

Patty Patterson said...

LOL...... You are hilarious! And Ria is BEAUTIFUL! I hope she does well in her dance contest and has a really good time. She looks like a dancer. Even in the head shots you can see the in bone structure in her shoulders that she is perfectly formed. What an AMAZING Creator we have that formed every little detail of her body so that she could dance her little heart out! :-)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Ria is beautiful and looks so elegant. How proud you must be. Your little f=darlings are growing up so fast. Love your funny nature!
Have a lovely weekend. xo

Shirley said...

Good Morning Sunshine, I just gave you a new name. You made me chuckle this morning and I love seeing pictures of your grand daughter. She is so precious and wishing her good luck in Chicago. Our sun finally came out but we are only at 45. I have enjoyed catching up with you. Just been a little busy. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Diane said...

Good Morning Diana, love seeing all the wonderful pictures and reading your post.

Hugs Diane

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh dear, I am laughing at the skirts flying over your head, although it couldn't have felt very funny at the time. We must be kindred spirits, I'm not much of a rule follower either. Your granddaughter is beautiful, makes me wish for the days when my little girls were in dance and all dressed up in their cute costumes. *sigh* I can only dream of future grands :) Your doll house is delightful.

Kathy said...

I don't know about you, Diana. Can't even follow your own rules for five photos. And then trying to blame someone else for flying backwards on your chair in class. Not to mention those excuse notes! I am SO GLAD I have gotten to know you. You always make me laugh.

Chatty Crone said...

How could any teacher not like you? Your granddaughter looks so elegant and beautiful. Loved Cj looking a the house. The clementines. And the leaves - what a great idea - I really enjoy coming here - I always leave with a smile.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I'm laughing at the whole written excuse debacle! That's hilarious! Oh, what a great idea with the clementines! I've never seen that before. And the pics of the grands are adorable, as always. Hope you get in a little rest this weekend. :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh yeah, right. Like you didn't know the skirt and can can were going to do that, right! LOL Oh the things we did in school! And the FORGED excuses? ♫ 'How do you solve a problem like Diana?' ♫ LOVE those photos of the kids. SIGH. So sweet!!!

Susie said...

Diana, re you sure you didn't learn that can-can over the head trick in Paris? LOL My mom made me write excuses whenever one of us missed I did it for myself also. LOL. Your Ria is a beauty. I think when people learn dance they always have a graceful way of moving. Blessings for a fabulous weekend, xoxo,Susie

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Love each photo especially of your beautiful granddaughter and cute grandson on the porch. Oh what a delightful and spirited child you were. The makings of the Diana we love now.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Ria full of beauty and grace, GO Ria, best of luck in her competition in Chicago. CJK is just toooo cute and I adore your vintage dollhouse. But why not display it in the house during the holidays with fairy led battery lights and snow and garland on it? Wonder what ever happened to Charlie Watson ... bet he's still telling the story of Diana's underpants!

Vicki Boster said...

Love the heart leaf cutouts!!!! Seriously cute!

Your granddaughter is a beautiful young lady-- she is blessed to have such a graceful talent. Your cutie pie grandson is precious as he looks for the fairies.... I'm sure they are indeed inside that pretty little house:)

Jill said...

She is just beautiful! I love his wonderment of the bird sweet! And the leaf heart cut outs are adorable! I have seen those sweet clementines it's on my to do list! ;-) Got to love Pinterest! Have a wonderful night!


Simply LKJ said...

Can always count on you for a giggle or two!! Ria is beautiful.

Shelia said...

You little booger! Writing your own excuses! :) I know you were just showing off your can can for the guys! ;)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Oh Diana, you are a hoot. Can can and all!! Best wishes to your beautiful grand on her dance competition. She is a beautiful rising star!!
Love the doll house and CJK checking it out. The fruit bowl is a great idea. I have to remember that display.
Just love those leaf hearts. Have a great weekend. xo

Merlesworld said...

Lots of good stuff here, always wanted to dance as a child but I had two left feet.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Diana, sending best wished to Ria for this dance competition! She is quite a beauty. I know she will do well. You're too funny writing your own excuses! What a hoot that you flipped over in accounting class- I guess Ria's grace comes from the other side of the family! So sorry, I'm bad! Have a great weekend!

Missy George said...

We all know where Ria gets her Sass from.. She's beautiful..Obviously she there was no gracefulness to get from you...Love your fruit arrangement..I would think that the squirrels might chew on that..Love that CJK thinks there are fairies in the dollhouse..Happy Friday...

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Great pictures! Kids are always so cute and photogenic! The fruit bowl is a neat idea and so nice of you to allow the squirrels to go next door to eat! We can't have them starving, right? Of course,I'd love to see one running around with a rubber banana in its mouth! Not sure why I find that image amusing. Guess I'm just that way LOL! Don't you love remembering those stories from when you were in school? I'm sure it was mortifying at the time, but funny now. Thanks for the laugh and enjoy your day! Hugs, Leena

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Another beautiful Granddaughter! I know she will shine and bring home a prize! Fun post and your stories are so funny and painful to remember those awkward years!!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Such sweet pics. Love the little guy peeking into the little house! Oh to be young again! XO Maryjane

Nellie said...

Always something to make us smile, Diana! Sending the very best to Ria! Perhaps CJK will catch a glimpse of those fairies!:-) Love that clementine idea! Just may copy that one! xo Nellie

My Kentucky Living said...

Your granddaughter is beautiful! But you already know that! ha. clementines...I want some.Love your stories!

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

The little boy looking for fairies picture looks like it should be in a story book. Great idea organizing photos. I need to organize mine so bad.

Gypsy Heart said...

Ria is such a beautiful girl ~ her sweet face exudes "happy". CJK is so cute in that photo.

P.S. I can eat Clementines one after the other! :)

tammy j said...

she may very well continue with her dancing and have a fabulous career.
and even if she doesn't...
she will be graceful for the rest of her life. it's wonderful training! XOXO♥
and her nana? sorry.
there is no hope for you! well. except that you're humor is superb. and you're a writer... and a decorater... and a photographer... and a ....

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Lol, I'd say your pretty aria gets her sass from her grandmother. ;)
Your school stories made me chuckle...I was usually the good one but I had a couple of teachers that brought out the sass in me. I still think I got a "C" in one class because that particular teacher did not like me (the feeling was mutual).
The clementines are cute! And I love how CJK believes fairies are living in that dollhouse. Awwww!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Oh stupid auto correct changed your granddaughter's name - I typed it right - Ria - but didn't catch that the computer changed it!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Ria, you are precious, do you know that? These are wonderful pictures of her, Diana. She exudes confidence, energy, and sweetness all in one. OK, this picture of CJK looking for the fairies is priceless. Please put it on your fridge or something. I love fairies, so that picture melted my heart hehehe. What a fun post, and by the way, your artichoke dip above looks so yummy.

Enjoy the weekend, Diana.

love, ~Sheri

ps isn't it great to go through our pictures, delete some, and put others in the proper places. I've been doing that lately too. : )

Karen said...

I have really enjoyed reading through your posts today! I like the stories and love the photos of Ria! Have a great weekend.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

What a darling your sweet Ria is! Gracefulness just exudes from the pictures you shared of her! And CJ so cute too...such precious grandkids... and the hilarious stories you share, what a hoot you are! Always a great chuckle here for sure!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

You are so right, Ria is stunning and so graceful. CJ is a little cutie. You are so funny, I bet you were the life of the classroom when you were in school.

Rose L said...

Sounds like you were the ornery one in school!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm getting caught up. Ria is just beautiful. I can't wait to hear how she did at her competition. Love your sweet outdoor fairy/dollhouse too.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm getting caught up. Ria is just beautiful. I can't wait to hear how she did at her competition. Love your sweet outdoor fairy/dollhouse too.