Tuesday, February 26, 2019


It's almost March!

That means it is time to
prepare for
St. Patrick's Day.

Quite a while ago I found 

Grasshopper Cupcakes 
by Janell Brown
from her book One Sweet Cupcake-
 you can order here.
Don't those look delicious?
I think I will make these 
for MyHero
and maybe the grandkids.

I'll be busy collecting 
the ingredients today.
Oh- Look!
THIS will save me some work.
These are already 
You can order them here

MyHero is in for a

ps-this is not a sponsored ad-
just something I found for fun.
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Saturday, February 23, 2019


Hi everyone.
I am posting this for Diane@
Lavender Dreams.
Please follow her new blog-
her other blog was shut down.
I will let her explain in her own words
what happened.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Behemoth squashes the little Lavender Dreamer

That's right. "The Rise of the Machines" is upon us. Our former happy little blog (lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com) was suddenly terminated.

Why and how was it done? It wasn't someone reporting us. It was Google's automated piece of software (a bot) that roams the Blogger world looking for pre-programmed words of woe. Once it detects something it kills the whole blog without warning. Without any notification about these supposed offending words. Without an opportunity to fix anything. Just ZAP ... your digital life is deleted. Everything is gone!

Ten years of blogging, thousands of posts, many thousands of photos, over ten thousand comments and a hundred thousand heart-felt words all gone in an instant. Devastating! Be warned all you innocents in blogland.

The blog was actually removed twice, for "phishing". Which, as you all know, is absurd. We have never asked for your personal, private information. The Appeals process reinstated the blog the first time then the Google Bot zapped us again the next day. But the second time we were locked out of the Appeals process. We tried sending Feedback. Never got a answer. Tried to post to the Blogger Help Community. They never published the post. Located twenty phone numbers for Google. The numbers are all automated and only a couple allowed you to leave a message. We left messages. Never got a callback.

Google/Blogger pronounces you guilty using an "automated system" (their words) and gives you little or no opportunity to prove otherwise. It's been a nightmare. (for more details see the timeline post below)

So what choice do we have now that Google/Blogger has burned down our blog? Like the Phoenix from Greek mythology we shall rise from the ashes with this new blog. We will start over and hope that our many friends and followers will be able to find us and that they will never ever have to suffer the same fate.
Mr. Lavender D.

You can imagine how devastating this has been to me. I appreciate my sweet hubby taking the time to help me start a new blog. But can I ask all of you to do me a favor? Will you please put a sentence or two in your next post to let people know where I am and what has happened to me? You can say that my blog was unfairly removed by Blogger and we are trying our best to get it back, but for now I will post updates on the process here:
And also a plea to Blogger to bring back lavenderdreamstoo. We're a supportive community! Maybe they will listen if we all voice our consternation together!
Thank you, Lavender Dreamer Diane

You have our permission to copy and paste any part or all of this post to your social media. At the very least please post a few lines on your own blog about what's happened to Lavender Dreams and include our new blog address. Thanks. MrLD
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Thursday, February 14, 2019


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
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

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
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.

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


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 
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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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
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 

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

Love you all-
Bloggers and blog readers are

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Friday, February 8, 2019


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


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
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 
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 
in your life!

ps.  Snow White?  She was Charlie's cat.
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