Wednesday, February 28, 2018

PICK YOUR FAVORITE RESULTS- EASTER TABLE

You all never cease to amaze me!
I made up this little 'game'
and you played along!

I LOVE IT & THANK YOU!

So---
Are you ready for your results and to see 
who is sitting at your table?

Of course, we DID HAVE a couple
that couldn't make up their mind
I will point them out and make fun of them
but at least they tried...
and there's Katie who said she would be
happy at ANY table....

Anyway--- here we go!
Table #1
Tiptoe Thru Pastel Tulips
Seated here you will find Deb. Cheryl,
Jeanie (who is going to provide bunny napkins for everyone)
Lauren, Penny, Phyllis, Pam, Gert,
and good old Missy is here but wants to change the tablecloth,
(one in every crowd, folks),
Then there is Jill who couldn't decide 
between this table and table #3--
so I am going to feed her on the porch.
Carla is here because it was the only table with jellybeans!
Saimi (new to the game and wondering what kind of a nuthouse
she has wandered into)
Katie Isabella (a cat-YES! A CAT-and typical fickle cat also wants to sit at Table#6),
 LV, Cindy, Sylvia, Deb,
Liz, Theresa, Kay (stayed put this time),
and then there is Jane! 
Jane has been watching way too many
episodes of The Bachelor and picked 
Bachelorette #1-
Hey- I don't make this stuff up, folks-I just record it as I see it!

Whew--that table about gave me heart palpitations!

Moving along:
Table #2
The Blue Plate Special

This is a little more sedate group--
except for Cathy who took up a whole page of comments
trying to pick a table.  
She is seated with Carole, Karen, Connie,
Sweet Rose, Donna, Sally, Tanna, Merle,
Ron almost missed the party but you know
your table will have the best cocktails!!!
And, last but not least, is
Karen Ann-and I know she will clean up after she is done working in the stables!


Table #3
Transfer(ware) Me There
Wow!  A lot of you gals like Transferware!
Seated here are  Debbi, Kitty, DebbieDabble, AnnMarie, Judy
Joan (from England-- SHE knows how to behave properly)
Brenda, Connie, Sheri, Lorrie, Vee, Linda,
Kim(who, by the way, still has her twinkle lights up)
Linda, Cathy, Martha Ellen, Pamela, bj, Jen,
Fabby (who owned her own ceramic company 
that produced plates!)
Louise (will make place cards for everyone-because she makes cards-right, Louise? YES.YOU.WILL)
Debby Ray, Petie, Penny, Sugar and Gay.
Gay is only coming if the sun is shining because that is why she
chose this table.  If it's an evening meal-remove her plate. 
Last, but not least, Janice- who also wants to move to Table #6!!

Table #4
Eggs Take A Bow
Here we have Nonie, Bobbie, Melanie 
(Melanie might move to Table #5)
 Cecilia, Fran, Lea,  Susie, Cindy, Nonnie/Connie.
Nonnie/Connie- doesn't like the tablecloth and would
LIKE to sit at Table #2-Blue Plate Special
but it is a bit TOO BLUE for her...seriously?

Table #5
A Tisket A Tasket A Green & Growing Basket
Finally!! One group with 
NO PROBLEMS!
Melanie (yep-there she is again), Linda, Carrie,
Jann, Julie & Diane.

Table #6
Wisteriaful Thinking
Please take a seat-Marilyn, Mary, Lesley,
Sandie, Noreen and Jettie.
Now- Jettie MAY need a wheelchair cuz she
just had hip surgery...and seat her close to the bathroom
cuz it takes a while to get there when you are hurting....
and that's all I'm gonna say about that.
Oh Yeah-
Almost forgot---remember
the fickle cat, Katie Isabella, at Table #1?
She might join you all, too.
Take your allergy pills just in case!

Table #7
Eggsactly 16 Eggs In A Row
Well, you are pretty good sized group, too.
Kris (who is only here because of the bunny napkins),
GADawn, Krishna Bethany, Billie Jo, 
Veronica Lee,
 LindaALaCarte, Debra, Lisa, Janet,
Sandi, Suzanne, Linda and Patty Mc.
Patty is only here because she wants to look out the windows-
Please don't bother her with small talk.

So--there you have it.
You picked your table so you should have
like-minded people sitting with you.
If you DON'T like them---
well, as my daddy always said,
you made your bed-now lie in it....
or in this case...
sit on the chair you chose.

I "think" I got everyone this time
AND put you at the right table
BUT--let me know if I screwed up
as I'm sure you will.

Off and running (before one of you hurts me).
Have a great day!

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

PICK YOUR FAVORITE--EASTER TABLE SETTING

Well, it seems everyone loves
PICKING A FAVORITE TABLE.

I am skipping over a
St. Patrick's Day table--
and going directly to Easter.
This should give you lots of time
to work on a special table for
EASTER!

You know the drill-
PICK ONE TABLE
all you gals that give me a hard
time -all wishy-washy- and 
undecided.
Just pick a table and go for it.

So- Here we go.:
#1
Tiptoe Thru Pastel Tulips
Anyone remember Tiny Tim singing that song and playing his uke?


#2
The Blue Plate Special

#3
Transfer(ware) Me There

#4
Eggs Take A Bow

#5
A Tisket A Tasket A Green Growing Basket

#6
Wisteriaful Thinking
And last but not least~

#7
EGGactly 16 Eggs In A Row (I think)
The bonus...on #7
See the BUNNY NAPKINS on the table?
Is that cute, or what?

Okay- I know this is going to be
hard choosing just one table
but I KNOW you can DO IT!

So, place your vote
and we'll see who else is sitting
at your table!

ps-Just so you know- I don't think any of these tables are from bloggers- I wouldn't want to
make people pick favorites based on
the fear of insulting another blogger.

Have a
SLAP HAPPY SUNDAY-
I'll tally the results later this week!

oh- ps- only 10 months until Christmas Day
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Friday, February 23, 2018

THE "UN"-INVITATION

For those of you that have
kids or grandkids,
you will likely have had an experience
like this!

Quite a while ago
when the kids were here for 
a snow day
SWEET CHEEKS
told me excitedly that on
the last Friday in February
her class was having 
A SPECIAL PERSON DAY.
Nana, she asked me so sweetly,
Will YOU be 
MY SPECIAL PERSON
because you are my 
MOST SPECIAL PERSON?

With a melting heart I said:
YES!

Later the next week, after school,
she called to remind me and to ask me
once again...
Nana, Will YOU be my SPECIAL PERSON?

With a smile on my face, of course I said:
YES!

Five mintues later the phone rang.
Nana, It's SweetCheeks.
Nana, You don't have to come to 
school next Friday for 
SPECIAL PERSON'S DAY.

Why not? I asked.
Well, because Uncle Ryan said he 
COULD COME AFTER ALL!
So- I am NOT invited anymore?
Yeah....you're not invited.
Thanks, SweetCheeks!
You're Welcome!

I'm thinking of showing up anyway
with a TREAT.
We'll SEE who is the most
SPECIAL PERSON then!
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Monday, February 19, 2018

BANTERING WITH BRIGHT EYES-A NEW FEATURE

I am going to do some 
short little snippets of 
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE KID
every once in a while called
BANTERING WITH BRIGHT EYES.

Probably everyone has one
REALLY FUNNY KID
in their family
OR
you know someone that has 
THAT KID.

Ours used to be 
SWEETCHEEKS
and many of you followed along
and laughed at her antics.
SweetCheeks is STILL funny
but on an "older kid" level now.

Well, THIS KID, is 
JUST AS FUNNY.
Here she is after cutting her bangs tight
to her head in front.
Yep--she is THAT KID!

She is not as DROLL as SWEETCHEEKS
but she is funny in a different way.
Smart beyond her years.

We were visiting this past week.
She was rubbing Papa's (MyHero) head
and looking at it.
He just got a haircut and it is
VERY SHORT!
I did NOT have my camera so missed
the photo op--but you will get the idea.

So-Here is 
CONVERSATION #1!

She climbs up on Papa's lap and is
rubbing his head.

Bright Eyes:  Papa- What is wrong with your head?
Papa:  What do you mean?
BE: Look at your hair!!!! (laughing)
Papa: What's wrong with my hair?
BE: It's all spotty and missing in spots  Why don't you just shave your whole head? That would look a LOT better, Papa!
Papa:  My hair is just fine, Bright Eyes!
BE:  Wait- Let me get you a mirror! (as she runs off to get a mirror from her "princess kit")

Thanks for humoring me by reading this.
While I am doing these to give you a smile 
for the day I am also doing them so that we
have a record of 
THINGS SHE SAYS.

Have a wonderful, wonderful week!!!!


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

THE GOOD-THE BAD-AND THE UGLY-VALENTINES!!!

The good:
This sweet little 
Vintage card.
The bad:
A real heartbreaker indeed!
The ugly:
1980's oversized heart sweater
If this is in your closet well...
I'm sorry I said anything (NOT)
What?  Didn't like THAT sweater?
How about  this one?
Reminds me of those 
Christmas sweaters.
How about a heart on a pig?
Now THAT'S pretty cute if 
you ask me.
But the best is yet to come!
My favorite?
This little Valentine!!!!
Couldn't you just eat him up?
Looks like somebody tried but
couldn't get past the kissing!
Hope you have a great day!
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

VALENTINES DAY CRAFTING WITH KIDS-A TUTORIAL -NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

Well, you started all this-
You seemed to ENJOY the previous post about
The Three Bears Cereal Tutorial!

So- I dug another post out of the archives
to share with you.
Grab something with caffeine because
you will be tired when you are done reading this.

Step One:
First you must hang a banner inside 
so the grandkids
will know which holiday they 
are celebrating.

Just a word of caution..
If you hang one
that looks like
the one below..
SOMEONE
(who shall remain nameless)
will be sure to ask..
IS HIMS NAKED?

Your reply should be
Absolutely..
That is why he is
carrying an envelope.
This is sure to produce
a giggle from at
least 2 or the 3 grandkids.
The third one doesn't giggle.

She doesn't giggle 
because she doesn't
"get it".  

She is trying to figure out 
where HIMS got that big of an envelope.


Step Two:
You must lay out supplies.
These will cost somewhere
in the neighborhood
of $459.00...and....
after you buy
ALL THAT STUFF,
you will realize that you have
forgotten at least one or
two crucial supplies..
Like...
Elmer's WASHABLE glue. 
Lord help you if you buy the 
regular Elmer's glue
because it will NOT be pretty!


Now that you have
your supplies home
and have signed the bank loan
to cover the expense..
you must lay out the goodies...
Lay them out nice and neatly..
Sigh over the paper-Oh So Sweet

Step Three:
HANG A FLAG OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR.

A cute little cherub flag
to greet them with a smile.
Isn't it perfect?
Love Mary Englebriet's flags.
Then they arrive bringing presents.
Bringing PRESENTS?
PRESENTS FOR ME?
Yep-these are for Nana..
and they made them all by themselves.

Inside are beautiful little
hearts made with love..
One from Ria.
Two from Lulu...
and one from SweetCheeks.
Of course I must put them all on..
I pick up SweetCheeks...
What does this say, SweetCheeks?
That's jus' sumbuddy ehlse's name
on there...Doan't pay eny
attenshun to the name...
just putt it on..
Whereupon I am informed
by Lulu that
"I told SweetCheeks
NOT to give you that one".
Whereupon SweetCheeks says
NOAH.YOHU.DIDN'T.LULU
an' I dohn't care cuz I am ghiving
it to her enyways! PFFFFFT!
I start the legal paperwork
to change my name to Allison.
Great.. We are off
to a nice, calm start...

Now where were we?
Okay..girls..
Let's get started...
WHO WANTS TO MAKE A VALENTINE?

Everyone's hand shoots into the air.

In short order everything
 looks like this.....
All three girls are
Busy-Busy-Busy
Lulu made this-
 Ria loved the self-stick hearts...

SweetCheeks has changed into 
her 3rd Princess outfit and has busied herself
making th...........
Oh, Dear Lord In Heaven...
While I was refilling my coffee cup,
pray tell WHO handed HER 
the glitter?

There is glitter glitter everywhere..
On the floor and on the chair..
In her mouth and on her hair....
I could go on and on with the
rhyming thingy but I'm afraid
the Dr. Suess police will get me.


An especially nice touch? 


The globs of
glue that dropped here and there
and shine brightly up
from the chair...and the table...
and the floor...and the countertop...
Did I say floor? Ah..yes...
and back to the glitter...
Nothing like glitter on the floor
that can be tracked from
room to room..
Leave NO ROOM untouched
seems to have been the motto
of the day.
I decide I need a bathroom break
to dispose of the 3 gallons of coffee
that I have downed in an effort
to keep up with this
CRAFT DAY WITH THE KIDS.
Lo and behold,
in the small reading nook
(where the old steps used to be)
I SEE THIS!!!
How did all these books get off
the shelf and on the floor?
I ask ever-so-sweetly-
between slightly gritted teeth.
Uh-oh---Here it comes...

Welllll...says SweetCheeks..
Ria toohk a few books off
the shellf and then I helped her
and taked the rest offf..and
we jus' put 'em there for now.

Yeah? Where do you think
you're gonna put them later?

Wellll...It was Ria's idea.
I dunno how they gonna
get bahck on the shelfs.

Hmmmm...I dunno where YOU'RE
gonna go either if you guys don't put
these books back.
All too soon-
hahahahahahahaha
the day ends and we clean up the
mess, they put on their matching
dresses that Nana bought them
 and they get ready to go home.
As you can plainly see 
SOMEONE has been so overworked
she has collapsed in a heap
using her sisters as pillows.
These little girls are big girls now...
but I love them as much as I did 
when they were little like this...
even more...

Kind of bittersweet to look back on 
these special times.

I may invite them over to
do this again this weekend. 

If you don't see me by Monday
I will be glued to a seat somewhere
in the house.
I hope it is in a chair in front of
the computer.

Edited to add:

MyHero reads my blog and says:
 You SPENT $459 ON THIS STUFF?
(Sheeez...don't ya know a joke when you read one?;>)
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Monday, February 5, 2018

REMEMBERING MY BROTHER CHARLIE---REST IN PEACE

I can't believe that it has been
FIVE YEARS
since my brother
CHARLES WILCOX
passed away.
You can read that story here

I remember him like this...
on the farm...
feeding the turkeys....
When he was older one year he
pumped them full of BBs to round them up.
My mother found out on
butchering day.
She sold turkeys to the nearby farmers
for Thanksgiving dinner-
but not THAT YEAR!  lol
So--the kid WASN'T perfect!
But then he grew up
and had a family...

Shown here with his beautiful daughter
Sarah and her baby.

He was just the nice guy that you thought
would always be there.
He was "that guy" that everyone liked-
kind and generous,
a good dad and all around good guy.

The phone would ring and he would say
"Hello, Sister Dearest"
That was his take-off of 
MOMMIE DEAREST
-don't ask-although 
 I never did hit him with 
coat hangers---
A ring with prongs?  Maybe!

So, today, I will think fond thoughts about him.
I will smile at some things 
and tear up at some memories.

I only had one sibling-my brother.
I was lucky because we were never estranged.
I just want to say that if you have a 
strained relationship with a family member
try to rectify it before it is too late
PROVIDING THEY 
ARE NOT CRAZY PEOPLE
because you never know when 
time might be up for you or them.

My brother went from  diagnosis to death
in a few hours and had never really been sick.
You just never know.

I hope you all have a beautiful day.
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Friday, February 2, 2018

HEART-Y BREAKFAST FOR A COLD FEBRUARY DAY-A TUTORIAL

I came across this in my "to post" list
and I don't think I ever posted it.
IF I did forgive me.
This seems like yesterday but must be
five or six years old.
sigh
This is a long post for me-
so grab your coffee, tea, or
drink of choice.

Anyway--Here you go-

How To Be A Good Nana!

1. The first thing you must do
is get some grandchildren.
If you haven't any of your own
SOMEONE SOMEWHERE
will surely be willing to let
you buy theirs...er..I mean
borrow theirs for a day.
We rustled these up and
hauled them home..one
slipped off and went home
with mom and dad though..
Yep--the littlest one escaped
THIS TIME.
2. The second thing you must do,
after bathing the little suckers,
is read them a bedtime story.
This has become a favorite.
If you don't have it-
you MUST buy it..
You CANNOT be a
GOOD NANA
without this book.3. It MUST have pop up pages.
That way it takes twice as long to
read because
SOMEONE must poke
their finger in every hole
in the pop-up and ask
WHUT'S IN THERE?
Yes-Pop ups are a must!
Notice what she is eating?
It has become fondly known
at this house..as..
The Three Bears Cereal!All too soon
6AM rolls around because
THEY find you.
THEY hunt you down
because
THEY know
WHERE you sleep!
Ah~ Yes! They thought the
hour would never arrive..
It is
BREAKFAST TIME.
Time for what?
Are you paying attention here?
It is time for???
Yes..That's it!
Three Bears Cereal

First (I think I have lost
track of the number of steps
it takes to be a good Nana..
Never mind...read on)
First-You must have
a big pot of boiling water.
I got this out of the sewer..
Oh wait! No! I didn't~
It is BROWN because it has
a pinch of salt and
CINNAMON in it..
You might think that
CINNAMON is the
magic ingredient
but it is NOT!
We will get to that
LATER.
Ok- Pot...boiling water..
DUMP the Oatmeal in!
How much? Seriously?
I dunno- I never measure..
I just dump til it looks
somewhere between mucus
and cement. Works for us.Stir for about ONE MINUTE
(providing you are using
One minute Oatmeal-got it?)
THEN you add the secret
ingredient...it is....READY?
Vanilla...GOOD Vanilla..
None of that cheap all-alcohol
vanilla - I drink that but don't use
it for cooking. Kidding...just kidding..
I drink the almond flavor.Boil a few seconds more..Slap 3 Princess dishes on the counter.
If the boys were here you would also
see Thomas The Train bowls!
Oh-yeah...there's a second
MAGIC INGREDIENT too.
It is butter...Real honest-to-goodness
WISCONSIN BUTTER.
All those chubby people you
see when you are shopping?
Yep...all eating Wisconsin butter..
(I resemble that remark)Just one little pat will do ya.
Next up...sugar...good raw sugar..
brown..and wonderful..and?? C'mon~
Sugar is ? Sweet...Yep..Sugar is sweet..
and so are you...
Wait-I am getting sidetracked here.
Make it into a nice heart shape..
To match the heart shaped bowls..
Get it? (that is SweetCheeks new
byline...GET IT?
Yep..I GOT IT!
And then...and then...
To make it
OH SO CUTE..
You take a heart-shaped
cookie cutter..AND
you stamp a heart in the
center of it.
Now, I ask you..
Is that CUTE..or what?A word of caution to the
New Nanas..
DO NOT ADD MILK
It wrecks the
hearts and makes the kids cry.
Trust me on this.

On Saturday mornings..
they eat on their own little tables..
First is Lulu...someone has colored
on her table and she is not too
happy about that fact...but she is
a hearty eater and decides to
forego complaining to work on
the task at hand.Ria very daintly picks at hers.
SweetCheeks immediately eats
the sugar off hers and tells me
that YOU FURHGOTT THE SHUGHAR
on hers.
REALLY..
Yes..Seriously..Nana..Yoah DID!
(Liar, liar..pants on fire)
I didn't forget but I will get you
a LITTLE more sugar.
Sigh...big sigh..OHKAY THEN!Now comes
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART
OF THE TUTORIAL..
You must PACK THEM UP..
and take them home!
Any questions?
Look for more tutorials in
the future.
Next up we will discuss
spit painting on the
breakfast nook window.
Doesn't THAT sound like fun?
And...thank ya for stopping by~
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