Tuesday, October 29, 2019

SWEET CHEEKS PICKS/DROPS/SMASHES A PUMPKIN

If you have seen this before
I apologize.
I think it will be a recurring post
every Fall for me.

I couldn't resist

posting this again.

for all you

PUMPKIN PICKERS.

This is SweetCheeks

at two years old.

She is 12 now.

Here she is holding

THE PUMPKIN

she picked out.
..AND..

Here she is about 

15 seconds later.
Ummmmm.....

Poor SweetCheeks!

I love that we have a

moment like this forever

frozen in time.

Someday she will show this

to her own granddaughter

and smile a sweet

little smile of remembrance.

I hope you have a 

Smashingly good Wednesday..

and I mean that in the

NICEST WAY!;>)
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Monday, October 28, 2019

MY BEAUTIFUL LULU AND HER SENIOR PICTURES

She was the
SWEETEST BABY-
Quiet, thoughtful
& loving.
So, it is no surprise
she stayed the same way.
This beautiful young woman
is a senior this year
and goes off to school next year.
I will miss her dearly.

There are lots more pictures
but this is all I have for now.

Isn't she a beauty?
INSIDE and OUT!
AND
to make it even better---
she is a barista at 
STARBUCKS!
A cup served with lots of love!!!!

If you want to see a progression 
over the years of her growing up
you can

Have a great week!!!!
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE OCTOBER TABLE RESULTS

Here were your choices~
Oh No-
I see I forgot to number them-
Well-they go from left to right-
skipping the dishes on the top right.
I could fix it-but I am too lazy. (true)

So-here we go~

I had to rent a larger banquet hall for 
TABLE #1-Passel of Pumpkins
Latane, Sheri, 
Rain (bringing spiders and skeletons to 'dress it up'), Nonnie(hoping that is an edible gift on the plate), Laura, Jeanie (looked up passel to make sure it wasn't something naughty),
Linda(Itsy-Bitsy), Kathy, Sandi, Jenn,
Jack & Sherry(taking a traveling break to join us)
Laurie (#1 or #4-A stubborn Canadian who would NOT choose just one), Diane, Fabby, Debby Ray,
Vee, Debra(SheWhoSeeks),Gert, Mary Ellen, 
CHERI-Master Critiquer-(read it below folks-)
Theresa(Ganky),  MA, Missy, Jo, Linda(LifeJournal), Jan, Adam, Ron, Woody,
(3 guys!!!!  Ron will ply them all with cocktails-including BJ-only here because Ron is serving drinks), Moontides, Mevely, Julie, Phyllis, Betsy, Sue (LiveLoveJournal), Tessa, Michelle D, Bless, Gayla, Debbie-Dabble, Nancy, Rue, Kim, Linda(FairyBlogmother),Akasha,Great-Granny(waving Hi to a new friend)
Jan(Lowcarb)- (counted down to successfully pick a table)
and, last but not least, CHERI-read it yourself-
CHERI said...
Oh, dear! I’m not in love with any of them actually….I’d like to see more traditionally fall ones! #3…the flowery one is TOO FLOWERY! #4 the creamy one is TOO CREAMY (not enough color). #5 the pear one…well, I don’t want to say anything too mean so I’ll skip over that one! #6 I like but it’s TOO SPRINGY for fall. #7…hmmm…just don’t care for. And #2 is just TOO GRAY. So that leaves #1…not wild about the dishes but the overall look is definitely FALL so I pick #1!!!!! (I’m not usually so picky!!!!) (PS: I know you are going to tear me up on this one:)

Table #2-Copper Cups
Here we have BusyBeeSuz, Susie She Junks-
(wanted to sit at Table 1 but thought it looked like
snow outside),
 bobbie-(took 2 days to decide but
likes the brown bottles in this one-that's my girl)
Melanie (wants a Moscow Mule in her cup-I will give her a
Wisconsin Jackass and she can take it or leave  it),
Denise(sitting here because she figures she won't 
break the cups-drinking problem do you think?)
Lorraine, Penny, Laurel, Cindy, 
Liz (only duringhe day-nights will see her at Table 4-another one 
of "those" people)
AnnMarie, Kris, & Debbie-
(Lakehouse), Cindy-Creations & Lorrie,

Table#3-Some Fall Color
I honestly thought this would be a full table
because of the fall colors.
See what I know? (not much)
A small intimate party of three:
Rita (taking the plates home with her-Good Lord),
Susan Kane & Lauren!

Table #4- Creamy Dream
Terri D (dressing up for the occasion-I am
assuming that means she is putting underwear on 
this time?), Connie, 
Patty McD (nope not THOSE McDonalds-Or IS she?)
Jenny (the nomad or pirate-changes
professions on any given day AND dictated the 
menu for me)
Pam (had a hard time breaking with tradition to make this pick), 
Ronda (our island girl- wants a window seat),
Lisa-our beach girl, Carla & Sweet Sally

Table #5-Pass The Pears
NOBODY-NOBODY-NOBODY!
Everyone did want to straighten the tablecloth
though except for  one special person).

Table #6- Sunshine On My Table Makes Me
Happy
Can you believe that HAPPY decided to sit here?
Joining her is Ellen, Emily, Carole and Ginny

Table #7-Lots of Lavender
Sandra-here for the bread-which she will have to 
fight Terri for-she is ALSO here for the bread!
Ann is here for the WINE, Merle, 
Rick-A REAL man that admits he loves lavender!
Diane-Lavender Dreams (go figure she would pick
this table).

So!  There you have it-
Another successful dinner party!
Kind of----lol

If I missed anyone I am SOOO Sorry!
Let me know and I will add you to the mix.
Although, some of you might want to 
leave after the things I said about you.

Have a wonderful weekend.
We are preparing for yet 
MORE RAIN!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

PRAYER REQUEST UPDATE-GOOD NEWS AND ASKING FOR CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR ABBY AND THE TWINS!

Such wonderful news!
I will post it in 
Katie's words.
All the glory goes to God as we got positive news today🙌 It has not spread and all margins are clear. This has been a time in our walk with the Lord that has forever changed us. I never completely trusted Him till now and this time we decided we would praise him even with bad news and uncertainty. I prayed for hours each day and God revealed himself in so many ways. I never felt closer to Him and I pray I never forget the peace and love He brought us both. This has made me appreciate the man I love more then ever. To see your husband more concerned for you then himself is noble. He woke up from surgery with tears coming down his face saying he surrendered as the nurse prayed with him. I know that not everyone’s story ends this way and many things make no sense especially when we lose those we love. I know that during this time heaven seemed like it could not come quick enough as this world carries pain but it’s not the way the story ends. To each person who sent us texts,prayed, made meals etc you made a huge difference and we thank you more then you’ll ever know. I raise a hallelujah🙌🙏

Thanks to all of you that prayed
OR
winged healing thoughts and wishes
their way.

This man has been saved for
a higher purpose-
raising his children
and loving his wife.

Don't forget to keep
Abby & her twin babies in your prayers
and thoughts.
You can read about that
HERE if you missed it.

Thank you so much!
It is always wonderful
to be able to post 
GOOD NEWS!

Will be back in a day or so
with the results of 
PICK YOUR FAVORITE
OCTOBER TABLE!
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Friday, October 18, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE OCTOBER TABLE

Well, guess I better do this now
or October will be in the past.
I was going to do 
Halloween tables
but there weren't enough that 
I thought suitable.
So-here you go-
October tables.
PICK ONE-
Now I KNOW all of you can count-
so ONE is GOOD!
Got it?

Here we go:
#1-A Passel of Pumpkins

#2 Copper Cups

#3 Some Fall Color


#4-Creamy Dream

#5 Pass The Pears Please



#6 Sunshine On My Table Makes Me Happy

#7 Lots of Lavender

So, there you have it!
Pick your seat (I won't watch).
and don't get your undies in a bundle
if you have a hard time deciding.
(see how I cleverly tied that into picking your seat)....oh, nevermind......

Have a great weekend and I will count
the votes next week and give you my
usual taunts and teases.
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DAWN P-CAN YOU PLEASE SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS?

This is the only way 
I know how to reach you.
My email is 
dianakos1@gmail.com
I will not give your email out to anyone.
Hope you see this- 
Thanks!
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

A DOUBLE--NO TRIPLE--PRAYER REQUEST--ONE FOR TWINS!

Hello my friends~
Life is so odd sometimes, isn't it?
I met a barista at Starbucks, Laura,
several years ago.
A wonderful woman a few years
younger than myself.
We became pretty good friends
and she worked with my 
youngest daughter, Mimi.

She recently retired and I 
attended her retirement party.

This morning I got an urgent message
from her about her daughter, Abby.
I am going to paste here just what
she texted me.
My daughter Abby is pregnant with identical twins. It is a very high risk pregnancy, twin to twin transfusion. She had surgery in Philadelphia two weeks ago. During the surgery her membranes were ruptured and her water broke. She did not go into labor, and her tear healed. She is home now on bed rest. So far her doctor doesn’t feel the surgery was a success. We are in the fight of our life to save these two boys. She is 19 weeks now. We are praying she can make it to 30 weeks and that the smaller twins bladder fills. Abby did finally share her story on social media. The boys need all the prayers they can get. So I am reaching out to you and asking if you could keep Hunter and Hayden in your prayers

Here is a picture of her beautiful daughter, Abby-
Here is an ultra sound of her sweet twins~
As always,
I would never post pictures without permission.

Please pray for these sweet babies,
AND for their mama and daddy,
and for my friend, Laura &
all the other family connected to them.

My 2nd prayer request is for a
dear blogging friend's hubby,
Katie Rickers sent me a message
after I saw this on Facebook,
asking for prayer for her wonderful, 
loving husband, Rob.
Last Monday we got the worst news. Rob had a skin biopsy on his leg come back as melanoma. It’s the kind of news you can’t even breathe when you hear. As I look back on some of our trials I have seen God’s hand and I know that He doesn’t waste pain but it’s hard not to ask why😢 Rob has been nothing but amazing through our 20+ years together. He is the best husband and dad you could imagine. We have gone through so much together but we have made it stronger together. I don’t know what God is going to do through all of this but we have faith in Him. We could really use your prayers as he is undergoing surgery this Friday morning at MD Anderson. Please pray that it has not spread into his lymph nodes. The thought of losing my best friend is unbearable. The kids are doing okay but as you can imagine it’s been devastating. We need all medical tests to come back with good results. I’ll give everyone a update as I learn more. Thank you for praying 🙏💜

Please uplift their family in prayer, also.
They are such kind, loving people,
the kind of people we need more of
in this world.

As always,
if you are NOT a praying person,
please send your well wishes
and wing good, healing thoughts
their way.
You will be heard!

Thank you all so much.
I have the best readers
in the world!!!!
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Sunday, October 13, 2019

A PRAYER REQUEST FOR A BLOGGER'S HUSBAND

Good morning!
A while back an old
blogging friend, Carol,
wrote to me and asked
me to do a prayer post 
for her husband.
I put it in a draft to post
on a Sunday and,
I am sorry to say,
forgot to ever post it.

So, today I am reaching out
to ask you to pray for 
Sid, Carol's husband.
Here is what she wrote:

Carol Henstra sparkle7@hotmail.ca
My husband  Sid had a severe stroke. Going on three weeks ago.  His left arm, hand and leg are not working. In order to walk. He has to sit first then walk.  His talking has improved with speech therapy. They have to put  him with a machine  called a lift to get him in this wheelchair.
He also had  a blockage  in his abdomen. Causing him  to have a suction to drain his bile. He is not doing well.

This just came from Carol at 11:30 this morning-

Carol Henstra

11:24 AM (3 minutes ago)
to me


Thank you for posting this of Sid. Update
Sid is in hospital but they had to move him into a room with another patient. He had his operation. Last week. It was for a enlarged prostate gland. He still has to have the catherda  inserted as they are flushing out the urine to make it clear. They do not want to insert and take out until the urine is all purified. Then we pray he will be able to do it all on his own. Without the Catherdar.

 He is eating well. He still is a little confused. Which is still from the stroke. Yet he likes the room mate. He Peter is his name. And he watches out for Sid. He speaks well of my husband as a happy humours likeable guy. The nurses care for him as best they can considering the shortage of nurses.

So in order to be moved to any Long Term Place. One can wait for 3 to 8 years in the hospitial. Family is supportive you bet.  My one son and daughter and there wife and husband, Grandkids. Plus friends.  As a family we have to put down about 8 places of our choice for Sid to go to a Long term Home.  When a bed comes along. Out of our list. If a bed is available. Then he will go. 

Sid is getting rehab. It is slow. Of having the paralysis  in his hand, arm  and in his area of sitting. He has to have the lift to get him in the  wheelchair and back in bed.   Will he sit and walk. Only the Lord will know.  For him to walk again like this with me. Us walking down the street in Toronto. To Famous Aquarium. Would be a prayer answered.

Of course this is a huge shock for me and family.  I try to see him as much as I can in week and weekends. I am living at my daughters. So praying that when he moves it can be close to my daughters or my sons who lives another 45 minutes extra  to get a home there.
Sid and I  married 58 years this past Sept 16th. To be separate is breaking my heart.  Thank you for your prayers. God bless Diana  for posting this. I will keep you posted through Diane.
Carol is no longer blogging.


Please pray for both of them.
If you are not one that prays,
please wing healing thoughts
and well wishes their way.

Thanks so much-
Next up this week- 
Halloween Pick Your Favorite!




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