Wednesday, May 22, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE GARDEN SPOT RESULTS

WOW! THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG!!

I am FINALLY getting
all the votes tallied.
I had one as late as 2 minutes ago
(thank you, Benita!)

Wow- So much fun & diversity.
So---here we go--
if there is shame attached to your name...
TOO BAD!

#1-LUSH LIVING 
There's Barbara (wants NO ONE ELSE
in the garden with her-oh-wait-except for a landscape team because SHE DOESN'T LIKE GARDENING!), 
Cheri-(her GA weather is so hot she doesn't want any water to attract 'squitoes to her garden...and her flowers look at her-wilt & die (hmmm)
Debbi(minus her crystal ball) and afraid if Robert Redford washed her hair he might drop the pitcher and knock her out!)
Judy (thinks Robert Redford is HOT-garden or not)Tete, Nonnie/Connie, Lorrie-(stealing flowers from Garden#2 in the DEAD of the night-kinda makes you wonder who what else she has planted in her garden in the dead of night (bodybag involved?), Diane-(is also going to plant flowers), the other Connie,
Kathy, Vivian, Sugar, Janice and 
OUR DEAR RON-will provide cocktails at 5.

#2-STEP IT UP
Cindy-(wants someone to PUSH HER up the steps), Jan, Laura-no water feature for her she is afraid of drowning, Betsy, Pam-(don't tie her to a rock(wonder when that happened to her as a child-HMMMM)
Susie-(mentioned Snakes & her husband in the same sentence and that's all I'm gonna say 'bout that)
Saimi-(NOT #7-too much gardening as a kid)
Gert-(might need help with the steps)
Doris-(will get her exercise on the steps but NO #7 kind of exercise-thank you very much), Denise, Noreen, Laurel, 
Kay (reminds her the gardens of England), HappyOne, Sandie, Carol, Dawn, Liz(here for the flowers) AND
bj(Sweet Nothings)...who wants Harrison Ford sitting on a bench with margaritas and a smile...I am assuming the way she said it that clothing is optional)--Hey I don't make this up!

#3-FEED THE FISH
Jill, Lisa-(with a morning cup of coffee)
Cecilia, (wants the garden to herself so will kill off the couple-my idea) 
 Laurie/HeavensWalk-she doesn't blog anymore but you can still her amazing gardens on her old posts)!
Missy-(whining because there is no gardener mentioned), bobbie says "get rid of the couple but keep the bench"(should team up with Cecilia to get rid of the couple-but Cecilia would probably do her in because she wants the garden all to herself), Lorraine (likes a flat yard), mxtodis (reminds her of the magical garden of her childhood).

#4-SMALL & SWEET
 Cindy, Sally, Leena, Nellie (wants someone to make the garden for her), Martha-(really wants to be in #2-but is keeping it real), Phyllis (also wants to be in #2 but is afraid of falling down the steps-if you were at #2 bj would probably push you down the steps so she could be alone with Harrison Ford)-
Ann is here (only because #7 is too much work),
Linda/LaCarte, MA & Benita.

#5 WATER LILIES
There is a small, sweet party going on here!
Rose (will add fish to keep the mosquitoes down),
Kate, Anonymous, Susan, Linda & Lisa.

#6-SQUARE DEAL
Anonymous-Likes the house and we would like to know who YOU are so we can visit!
DJ-just gonna post what she said-
OK I have decided. I want the house #6 with the yard and garden #3. I want those people out of my yard!!!
But, Out of Africa can join me even though he (oops, I mean them) isn't included in the price. I'll pay whatever it takes. He makes me steamy even without the weather.  
Wow- DJ and bj are both pretty hot to trot!
Gay-confused me with a peach--too much wine---shhhhhh & 
Dear Vee-likes the open views.

#7-A REAL GARDEN
Karen-(always wanted a garden-it's never too late),
Carla-(wants no veggies & all flowers), Linda/ItsyBitsy, Theresa-(reminds her of her childhood gardens), Terri, Carolyn, 
Rain(send her Robert Redford-says her hubby won't mind),
Henny Penny, Ellie(and her cat), John-(would like this one if he has help-volunteers?  Anyone-anyone-anyone?), Linda/LifeJournal, Debby-(says she is a weirdo---okay---), Jan, Nancy-(says she has a wandering eye-maybe she should throw her lot in with DJ & bj & Rain?) Jettie (and her dog-or two dogs-she's not fooling me), Jack & Sherry-(they will wave driving by in their motorhome), Louise, (Canadian Laurie not to be confused with other Lauries), Sandi & Jenn (who named every other garden before choosing this one).

THEN WE HAVE:
Tom- In the landscaping/nursery business his whole life--no thanks-he wants to wander the backroads and beyond and take photos now~

Katie-Only wants the hair washing at the end.
Adam-Thought the "Let's Pick" was just kind of silly (he's right-the results get even sillier, don't they?)

So--there you have it!
I am sure I missed someone even though I checked it twice (including FB).
What do to you think?
Are the results getting 
TOO LONG & TOO MUCH?

Let me know~
Otherwise I will continue the silliness
on into the foreseeable future.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
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Friday, May 17, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE- SPRING GARDEN-A SWITCH UP FROM THE PICK YOUR FAVORITE TABLE GAME

Well, I don't know about you 
but I have been  SO SICK 
of winter that I could fly...
and would if my broom 
weren't in the shop for repairs.
Seriously,
I am starting to feel like the 
Wicked Witch of the MidWEST.
I don't want to grow one more icicle
or cultivate one more snow drift
or have one more cold cloudy day!
I WANT A REAL SPRING.

So, here's the deal.
I am going to show you 

some gardens and you all
get a chance to vote on your favorite.
And, once again, I must remind 
some of you that  
YOU CAN'T SAY
ALL OF THEM.


Okay-Ready?
Here's the set up-
The house can be anything of your choice.
Behind your house you are given the budget 
to do any one
of these projects/yards.
WHICH ONE would YOU pick?

A beautiful oasis with steps leading down into velvet greenness. 

Flowers and plants among rocks and steps

(the couple is an extra option and not included in the purchase price)

A darling little corner of someone's world

A serene little informal oasis

A wonderful study in form and function

Can you smell the "green growth" here?
Okay, folks!
Let's dream of 
GREEN & GROWING THINGS!
Which is YOUR dream garden?

Now- This 
IS NOT AN OPTION
-It is from the movie
OUT OF AFRICA.
As you can see-After a hot day in the
steamy outdoors you would have your
very own hairdresser.
Like I said-
NOT AN OPTION
SORRY!
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

MOTHER'S DAY IS NOT ALWAYS A HAPPY DAY FOR SOME----

I have published this before but
I believe that someone new might
find comfort in the words written here.

You know Mother's Day is a special
day for many people.
However, 
not everyone was blessed to have
a wonderful mother.
To them, Mother's Day is a mockery,
an injustice because of
 all the hurts they
have suffered.

Blogging is not all sweetness
and light.
There are deep, dark pains
that hide beneath some of
the smiling faces...
aches that are too
deep to share with anyone.

Also- I want to acknowledge
that today is a sad day for
those dear women that wanted
desperately to be mothers
and were unable to conceive,
or lost their children in miscarriages,
and to those that made
a decision to not have children
and now regret it.
Also- to those whose children
have passed before them-
Unimaginable pain to bear----
I know there is a lot of pain
in all of our hearts and 
we all grieve with you.

I think this piece I wrote
addresses both types of 
MOTHERS

Mother's Day

Some of us have been blessed with wonderful Mothers.
Some of us have Mothers that were not quite so admirable.

Some of us have Mothers that praised us and adored us,
Some of us have Mothers that never said a kind word.

Some of us have Mothers that loved us unconditionally.
Some of us have Mothers that loved us only
if we met all her expectations,
and even that was not enough.

Some of us have Mothers that smiled readily.
Some of us have Mothers that never found much to smile about.

Some of us have Mothers that~
whatever we did~ it is more than they hoped for.
Some of us have Mothers that
no matter WHAT we did-it was never 
"quite right".

Some of us have Mothers that had a charmed childhood.
Some of us have Mothers that were raised in pain & shame.

Some of us have Mothers that
 need us & want us in their lives.
Some of us have Mothers that are needy
 and we seldom see them.

Some of us have Mothers that complete our lives.
Some of us have Mothers that
leave us aching, wanting and empty.

Some of us have Mothers that stand
on this side of the Great Beyond.
Some of us have Mothers that have passed
 over this earthly barrier.

Some of us will emulate our Mothers.
Some of us will vow to never be
anything like our Mothers.

Some of us are happy and fulfilled,
no matter what kind of Mother we had.
Some of us will never be happy
even if we were nurtured by an amazing Mother.

Today I am blessed to be a Mother.
My daughters are blessed to be Mothers, too.
Today I vow that I will be
the best mother (and grandmother) I can be.

Today I vow that I will love
as deeply as I can those that share my life.

Today I know that I am blessed indeed~
Today I hope that you find blessings
in your own life-
and love your Mother
even if it is just because she gave you life.

~Happy Mother's Day from Me to You~
©Nana Diana 
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Friday, May 10, 2019

CRUSTLESS PIE? YES!!!! SPRING FOR KEY LIME CRUSTLESS PIE!!!!

Ladies & Gentlemen~
You are going to bow down and kiss my 
 pedicured unpedicured feet after you try this!
Seriously!

I was craving
KEY LIME PIE.
Being completely honest here-
I did NOT have Key Limes nor did I have 
Key Lime juice.
So---I made this with one of those 
funny little squirt cans of
LIME JUICE.
So- I am calling this 
SPRING LIME PIE

So-ALL you need for this pie?
Egg yolks, Lime Juice & 
SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
Heavily butter your pie dish
because there is NO crust.
Whisk all ingredients together and 
pour into pie pan.
Bake, Eat, Enjoy!
That's it!  That's all she wrote, folks.
Above is the 
PRETTY VERSION.
However, when it is served 
here it looks more like this!
We like a 
LITTLE PIE with our WHIPPED CREAM.

Here's the recipe:

3 INGREDIENT CRUSTLESS KEY LIME PIE

Preheat oven to 350.
Heavily BUTTER a glass pie dish.

3 egg yolks (or 3 eggs*)
1 can SWEETENED condensed milk
1/2 cup LIME juice.

Beat eggs yolks slightly (*If you use whole eggs you will get more of  a cheesecake consistency-which is also good)
Add sweetened condensed milk and lime juice.
Whisk or stir until well blended.  
Do NOT beat mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes...then keep checking every 5 minutes until it is completely set and a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  The very outer top ridge will be just slightly brown.  Do not overbake.

This cuts and serves beautifully -

as if it had a crust!

Serve with whipped cream.

This is so good and so easy and you can substitute lemon juice for the lime if you like.

Perfect treat for Mother's Day~

Remember about kissing my feet?
Okay...
start kissing....
Have a MOTHER'S DAY and
EAT SOME PIE!
SPRING LIME PIE!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

PRAYERS PLEASE FOR JETTIE'S SURGERY TOMORROW & TED UPDATE

This is not my usual prayer request.
I am usually crying when I write most of them.
However, this one is close to my heart.

This surgery has been a long time coming.
Jettie is the reason I am blogging today.
She started a blog called
where she blogged for books.
I had never heard of a BLOG before that.
I thought that was pretty cool and,
I thought I would blog for books, too.
(I never did because I got
sidetracked writing nonsense).
Anyway~
After emailing back and forth a whole lotta times,
she led me through the process of 
setting up my blog 
and here I am today-maybe paying
her back just a bit for all she has
done for me.
I hope she is down for a couple of days
cuz she is gonna kill me when she sees this picture.

Of course, I like THIS picture, too.
Now I am REALLY in for it.
But while I am on the subject-
Anyone else think her hubby 
looks like Conway Twitty?
Just sayin'

Jettie and I have shared laughs and sorrows,
ups and downs,
health scares and family problems
for about 15 years.

For the last few years she has been in constant pain.
She has had a hard time walking and
in the last year or so it has been 
REALLY BAD AGAIN!!!!
THIS IS HER 3RD SURGERY
TO FIX IT!
After agonizing over it and waiting "to see"
she decided to have hip surgery.
That was 5(?) years ago.
Fast forward-hip surgery was 
NOT SUCCESSFUL SO IT HAS TO BE REDONE!

I know hip surgery is pretty routine today
but it is still scary when it is happening to you.
Please say a prayer for her 
today and tomorrow.
Her surgery is happening tomorrow.
I am praying the doctor has a great morning
and is feeling good overall when he operates.

Thank you so much
for your prayers for a successful surgery,
no complications,
 and a quick recovery.
Jettie will read your comments here 
in a day or so.

Oh-Yeah-
pray for her critters,too.  
She has BO & CH...
both strays that she adopted.
Conway Her hubby 
has to take care of them and he
pretends he doesn't like 
"house critters"...
(although he has been known to pet them 
when he thinks no one is looking).

As always,
if you don't pray, 
please send
healing thoughts and well-wishes
Jettie's way.
Thanks so much-
Have a great day!

Ted Update:
Susie said yesterday that Ted was doing well.
He had his last chemo treatment yesterday
and, so far, is tolerating the
transplant nicely.
He has some rough days ahead of him
but yesterday was a good day.
Keep him and Susie in your
thoughts and prayers.

Off and running---
Question of the day:
When are you too old to stop running?
Answer:
I'll let you know-as soon as I get there!
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