Wednesday, November 29, 2017


All of you bloggers know how hard it is
to build up a base of followers.
It can be disheartening at times
when you pour heart and soul into
and then no one visits
or comments.

I followed both of these ladies
for several years.
Many of you will remember

Many years ago she suffered
a tragic accident that resulted in
traumatic brain injury.
One of the worst problems
was with her vision.
Can you imagine?

She quit blogging because 
she couldn't read blogs anymore-
nor could she see to paint.
While her vision is still not perfect,
they had discovered some treatments
that are helping her and..
Please go visit her  HERE
and sign up as a follower.
She is one of the

And the other blogger I want to 
tell you about is
She had some very serious family issues
and had to be away for a while
but now she is back and trying to
find her old followers.

She lives in the UK
and if you love all things ENGLISH
including things like
Cath Kidston's delightful collection--
well, you will LOVE Happy.
Wondering who Rosie is?
I'm not gonna tell you-
you will have to pop over to Happy's blog HERE
to find out!

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Lord willing, I am on my way to my daughter's house
as you are reading this.
Just a 6 hour drive listening to news,
fighting Chicago traffic,
and drinking coffee 
which means SEVERAL wayside stops
because--well---you know....

If you have time,
please pop over and say HI to these two gals
and give 'em a little blogland love!
Thanks so much!

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Monday, November 27, 2017


Grab your coffee, tea or Coke
this is a ramble!

I did a post about this
early on--
when I first started blogging...
and....because I am going to
talk about a special
Christmas tradition later this week..
I wanted to acquaint some of my
readers with this first.

You have never seen a show
quite like a show
performed by
the one
the only

This happened several years ago..
and is as funny today
as it was then.

SweetCheeks is a performer of
extra-ordinary talent. It's a lot like
pay-per-view except she is
a lot more expensive.

Her best performances were usually
preceded by the words..
"Hey, guys..wanna see sumthin'?
(as if we had a choice)
She got the stunning new outfit you
see above for Christmas when she was three.

It seemed to fit her personality
which runs from flamboyant
to downright outrageous.
And, although she liked to pretend
she was a princess..
she was much better as her
own character.

Take a seat, ladies and gentlemen,
the show is about to begin.
This entailed lining up on the couch
in our assigned seats.

We always had to leave a space
(or two) for those "friends"
that we can't see.
(We knew they were there because
SweetCheeks told them where
to sit and they got the primo seats).

After we had plunked ourselves down,
the ticket collector took our stubs.
She looked suspiciously like the actor,
and director, and performer
of the show
we were about to see.

If it was an especially exciting show
we had to fasten our seat belts.
Don't ask because I don't know..
but I think "we" sometimes
had SHOWS and
a bit mixed up.
Makes no difference.
Here comes the announcement...
(told in present tense)

Now I gonna dance and sing
(that would be opera for those
in the know)
Oh Boy! I can't wait.

I am already laughing while
MyHero has that
the one that means
Buck up Buddy! This will
be over before you know it.

By the time the first few lines
of Jowly Old St. Nickkolus float out
I am suffused with laughter.

At this point
the show
NOW- Stay in yoah seats..
we are gonna haffta starht all
ovearh again!

This statement is accompanied by
a dramatic sigh and
an arm swiped across the brow.

The seat belts must be
refastened and tickets collected
once again.
The show resumes.
I look over at MyHero who
whispers out of the side of his mouth,
without moving his lips..
I can't wait for the intermission.
And, once again,
the strains of
fills the room.

Every time I look back on that time
I am reminded of that precious little girl--
full of imagination and one that knew
she was adored.

She is a big girl now and 
adored just as much today
as she was then...
but-OH---how I miss that little girl sometimes.

All grown up---
and as you can see---
still performing!

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wishing You All
A Beautiful
And Blessed
Happy Thanksgiving

Now WHERE did that
turkey get to?
He knows we have a date!

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Monday, November 20, 2017


Finally, the count is done.
First of all-thanks so much
for playing along.
I made the list of names and
I checked it twice.
If I missed anyone,
I apologize.

A couple of you emailed me
your table choice
so those names are included here, too.

So--here were the choices:
Here are the seating arrangements~

Table #1-Elegant & Colorful
Sandi, Theresa, Petie, Lorrie Adam,
Louise, Fabby, Krishna, Jill, Patty Mc,
Kim, Cheryl, Beach Gypsy
(Petie- didn't want to bring a tablecloth
this time-BUT-she couldn't decide which
table to sit at-so I helped her.
Y'all be nice to her now.)

#2 Copper Light
Debra, Jean, bobbie, Kay, Noreen,
Michele Jan, Rose, Lorraine, Vee, 
Bethany, Doris
(Vee gave me a bit of a hard time
but FINALLY made her choice-
and I thought Doris was gonna have
a heart attack trying to decide...but she did it)

#3- Green Ivy
Laurie, Jenn, Amy, Pat, Janet,
Sylvia, Susie, Brenda, Debby Ray, Donna,
AnnMarie, Cheryl, Jean, Carol
(Watch AnnMarie-if there is anything 
VINTAGE on the table it just might
disappear when she leaves--just sayin')

#4 Rustic Plank
Judy, Fran, Sheri, Kitty, Karen, Laura,
Pam, Dishywoo, Penny, Linda, GDazeez,
Lesley, KarenAnn, Connie, Diane, Debby,
Phyllis, Jan, Jann, Janet, Donna, 
Missy, Deborah, Lauren

Whew! Whole lotta people at this table.
I see at least ONE trouble maker
and you know who you are,
but I won't point her out.

#5 Just Plain Fun
Cecilia, Carla, Celeste, Rosie,
Shelia, Anne, Janice

Two artists and some sweeties sitting here
at Table #5.

#6 Refined Roses
I guess the gal that set this 
table will be dining alone because 
nobody showed up for dinner.
Maybe because she is serving one of those

#7 Going For The Gold
Miss Kitty, Ron, Lauren, Mary,
Diana, Ellen, Amanda

Well, You gals at table #7 
will have a good time because
we all know that Ron brings 
the cocktails!!!

#8 Whisper White
Betsy, Lisa, Happy, Gay, Sandi,
Mailyn, Sally, Suz, Sugar, Pilar

(Anyone else see the humor in the fact that 
both chose the same table?
Bet there are a few laughs there!)

Well, there you have it.
If you look at the last box 
on the collage you will see a
Visit Wisconsin to see one in person.

I will be back later this week-
meantime I will be
 stuffing myself my turkey
in a day or so.

Have a wonderful week!!!! 

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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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