Wednesday, March 11, 2020

JUST CAN'T DO IT! Taking A Break!

I know many of you
are just like me!

You think you can do it ALL.
You think you can 
make the coffee, 
drink the coffee,
wash the coffee cup,
wash the laundry,
dry the laundry,
fold the clothes and
put them away.

I think I can do all that...
ALL the time.
Now, add in MOVING,
a sprained thumb, wrist,
and upper arm.
Add in a home we are leaving
that will need to be cleaned
top to bottom,
and things that need to be finished
in the
NEW PLACE.
Add in purging and packing
and hard decisions.

I can do ALL that, 
BUT........
I have to take a break from 
blogging 
until after I get moved.
We are moving at the end of March.
After that,
I PROMISE
to come back and share 
the new place with you.
Befores AND Afters!

Here is just a sneak peek
at the far end of the kitchen.
Fridge was not in yet
but was delivered this week.
A counter depth SS--
My son orchestrated all this work
while we were gone.
Color on walls is
Irish Mist-Cabinetry is Dove White
Counter top is Quartz.
Backsplash is white subway tile.
Microwave can also be used as
an oven or hot air fryer.

Lots more to show....
So---I promise to come back
with room by room makeovers
as I go along.

Please bear with me...
and pray I don't kill anyone 
die during this move!

Thank you all so much
for being such faithful followers.





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Friday, March 6, 2020

A CONVERSATION WITH BRIGHT EYES---LOOK AT THAT BIRD!

I stayed with my daughter and her family
for a couple of days on the way home
from vacation.

Bright Eyes (aka Anna Ireland)
popped into the bedroom right after
I woke up.

Looking out the window
there was a small sweet bird
sitting on the branch of the tree.

Nana:  Oh! Look, Anna!
Look at that little bird.
I wonder if it is one of 
God's little messengers...
or maybe it is your guardian angel.

Maybe it is your Cousin Anna Bella
and SHE is your guardian angel.

Long Pause:
Anna:  Yeah- Or maybe it is just a bird
sitting on a branch.

So, there you have it, folks!
I think we have a realist in the group!

Have a wonderful Friday.

COMING SOON:
Pictures of the condo!
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

IT'S MARCH---TIME FOR SOMETHING GREEN AND GOOD!

We are home but not able to 
get into our new place (the condo) yet.
DARN IT!!!
My most wonderful son
won't even give me 
a sneak peek of it.
Remind me why I am keeping him
in my will...
oh-yeah---
he is doing all the work over there
for us...that's why.

So, meanwhile.
I am packing things up,
despite having sprained my thumb and wrist..
Don't ask--
not pretty.

Let me tell you  a  secret-
It is hard to get your underwear 
UP OR DOWN
with a sprained digit!
Too much information?
Too bad-
YOU chose to come here and read!

Anyway--
Here's a little treat for you!
Posting this a bit early in the month
so that you have time to make it for
ST PADDY'S DAY!

Crème de Mint Cake
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
2 teaspoons mint extract
12 drops green food color
2 jars (16 oz each) hot fudge topping
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Thin rectangular crème de menthe chocolate candies, unwrapped and cut into pieces, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
Make cake batter as directed on box, adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of the mint extract with the water. Reserve 1 cup batter. Stir 3 drops of the green food color into reserved batter; set aside. Pour remaining batter into pan.
Drop green batter by generous tablespoonfuls randomly in 12 to 14 mounds onto batter in pan. Cut through batters with metal spatula or knife in S-shaped curves in one continuous motion. Turn pan one-fourth turn; repeat cutting for swirled design.
Bake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
Carefully spread fudge topping evenly over cake. In medium bowl, stir whipped topping, remaining 1/2 teaspoon mint extract &  remaining 9 drops green food color. Spread whipped topping mixture evenly over fudge. Garnish with candy pieces. Store covered in refrigerator.
Now, I will tell you that being
St. Paddy's Day
 all the calories
 have all been removed
so you can enjoy every bite.
( Removing those calories
is an Irish trick that I promised not to tell)
I'll be serving it to
The Fam here in the Heartland.
Let's hope one of the grandkids doesn't
eat all the Andes Mints beforehand
because if they are gone
YOU KNOW
they will blame it on
THIS ONE.
Hope you have a
most wonderful week!!!

I'll be back real soon-
with a 
PICK YOUR FAVORITE
Spring Table!
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Friday, February 21, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BESTIE, SANDY, & MY BROTHER, CHARLIE, IN HEAVEN

Wow!
A lot of years have flown by since
Sandy and I were kids and
 first met in a laundromat
in North Fort Myers, Florida
in the Fall of 1970.
Little did we know the day we met
that we would become best friends
for life.
Friends that would see each other
through marriages,
 the births of children,
divorces that we weren't expecting
and re-marriages.
We have both moved all over the 
country but have always lived 
within driving distance of each other.

Let me tell you how good of a friend 
 I am.
When she went to remarry 
she asked me to be matron of honor.
The long distance tolls started
adding up.
Me:  Did you get your dress yet?
Sandy:  I found a nice pants suit.
Me: WHAT?
Sandy: Yes! You heard me right!
A PANTS SUIT!

Me: You can't get married in a pants suit.
Sandy: Watch me! (sensing an "attitude"
here are you?;>)
Me:  I am wearing a soft pink dress as 
your matron of honor.
Sandy:  Great!  I'm wearing a pants suit.
Me:  Really?
Sandy:  Yes! REALLY!!!
hmmmmmmffff
The day before the wedding I went shopping.
I bought a wedding dress in her size.
I took it to her home in Illinois.
Me:  I have a present for you.
Sandy:  What it is?
Me:  It's your wedding dress~

Sandy: (the red head in her making her face flush)
I have a nice pants suit!
Me:  MOM!!! MOM!!!! Come here, Mom!
Look at this- I bought Sandy a REAL wedding dress.
Sandy: Oh, Crap!  Don't get my Mom in on this.
Mom: (timidly) Well, it wouldn't hurt to try it on.
Sandy: (glaring at me) I don't like wedding dresses.
Me:  You'll like this one!
Door to bathroom SLAMS shut.
Door to bathroom opens.
Her Mom and I look at her and we are 
smiling from ear to ear.
Me: It's PERFECT
Mom:  It's PERFECT
Sandy: It's too big on the sides!
Mom:  You have four hours to get ready,
I'll take it in.
Sandy: FINE!!! 
(this is the closest we have ever come
to having a cross word with each other!;>) 

TA-DAH!
ps.  And THAT is what best friends are all about-picking your wedding dress out
for you whether you want one or not!
pffffftt.....A Pant's Suit!!!!
Happy Birthday Sandy!
Listen-she recently connected to the internet world down there in the wilds of Minnesota.
Wish her a Happy Birthday here for me-will you?

And Happy 66th birthday to my brother, Charlie.

He is celebrating his seventh birthday in Heaven
today- I miss you, buddy!
~You are forever in my heart~
Yep-my best friend in life and my brother
born on the same day-
What are the odds on that?
I hope they made him an
Angel Food Cake
up there where calories don't count!

Happy Birthday, Sandy...
I love you as much as if we were
blood sisters.
Who knows?
Maybe we are.....after all...
my Dad used to travel, you know!!!!
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

PLEASE PRAY FOR CONNIE'S HUSBAND, STEVE...AND FOR CONNIE.

Many of you know Connie from her blog
CRAFTY HOME COTTAGE

Connie and I are not only blogging friends.
We keep in touch because
we both have husbands
that deal with health issues.
Not only does it have an effect
on the patient,
it also takes its toll on the caregiver.

Steve is in need of prayer.
He is a very private person,
so it is hard to be open about
how ill he is.
Cancer has ravaged his body
and, at this point,
hospice has been called in.


Above he is shown with Connie
in happier times.
He is the love of Connie's life,
her soul mate, her courage,
her love and her life.

Please pray for Steve & for Connie.
There is a hard path ahead of them.
It is a path none of us wants to walk.
The days and nights will be long,
but still, too short.

If you don't pray, please send
good wishes and thoughts their way.
Connie will be happy to know that
she has people here standing beside her,
sending her love.

As always, thank you all so much
and I will keep you filled in as/when
I know more.


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

CHANGING THE BLOG-IT'S A BIG DECISION...THANKS FOR WEIGHING IN

Speaking of 
WEIGHING IN...
There are days when I feel
BIG 
and then seeing something like this
puts it in perspective.
Not the greatest picture-
taken from the road this 
misty morning.
I imagine this is here waiting
for the Daytona 500
to officially kick-off.

So---the results of my poll~
Between my blog, 
Facebook & personal emails,
I had about 120 responses.
Here is the breakdown:

8-Voted for a Condo Blog
14-Voted for a Camping Blog
31-Voted to combine Condo & Camping
23-Keep blog and add to it
44-WHATEVER or ANYTHING

 Some suggested calling it The Next Chapter.
There were several suggestions of 
names I might use.

So- I think, at this point in time,
I will add to the blog I have
and just headline different subjects.
I have lots of fodder for both
camping and condo living
(or will have after we move and start camping)
Think March and Early Summer.

So, bear with me.
For now I will continue with my 
USUAL NONSENSE.
And show you pictures of
whatever happens to strike my fancy.

Condo Update:
I asked my son to show me a peek
of what was happening at the condo.
He showed me a 4" square of quartz countertop
and a close up of his teeth.
uh-huh

Gotta love a kid man son like that.
Kid has a million dollar smile
(literally-check the invoices)....

He is keeping me in suspense like
Chip Gaines
waiting for 
THE FINAL REVIEW.
Is it time to go home yet?

Okay-back to the matter at hand~
Thanks again for weighing in.
I will be back soon....pinky promise!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

PICK YOUR FAVORITE RESULT- VALENTINE'S DAY TABLE

Once again you have all
picked a table--
some of you complaining and whining
though it was a tough choice.

Here were your choices:
So--here are your tables!

Table #1- Wine & Roses
Gay (the wino), Kim/Nutbrown, Adam, Doris,
Laurie/Heaven's Walk- (makes her own wine
called FatCat/HappyDog (not kidding), Debbie/Lakehouse, Diane, 
Missy the Boozehound, 
Pamela S, (wants non-alcoholic wine-not to worry, Missy & Gay will empty her glass and fill it with sparkling water), 
BusyBee Suz, Henny Penny, Connie Mc.

Table#2-Heart of Roses
Dewena (plans on taking an eggcup as a favor),
Wispy (you know who you are), 
Connie(her heart stopped when she saw the table-assuming it restarted as I did not see an obit for her), 
Ron/The Cocktail King-(likes a round table), Melanie (no froo-froo for her) 
Cindy, Akasha, 
Debbie-(Wants a green table-has confused Valentine's Day with St. Paddy's Day--too much Guiness?-bringing a fire ring and jingle bell things), & sweet Cecelia

Table#3-Tulips To Love
Jettie-Taking everything off to inspect the tablecloth-Hope she isn't talking about her clothing,
Sandi, Vee, Linda/Ramblings, Nancy, Ginnie,
Lorrie(grabbing wine from Table #1) 
Jenn, Rita, Jeanie, Cindy/ckrut, Carla, Pam, Moontide, Susan Kane,
Liz(table hopping-always gotta be one of 'those')
Adding my friend,Rick--late but here! Also, Pat B

#4- Pink & White All Over
A small but sweet crowd
Laurie,  Holly, Ellen, LisaK, Susan

#5-Tulips & Polka Dots
Gert, Janice, Debra, Kris, 
Debby Ray(said her eyes popped out over #5 but she picked 6-go figure), 
bj/Ms.Naughty(apparently wants to see Jettie naked-here's what she said: Number 5 for me...and hope my table is close to Jettie's as rumor has it she said " if I sit by myself I'll remove everything" and I want to see if what she has looks better than mine!!! (this has the overtones of X RATED)
GJan L (first timer-thanks-sorry you had to sit next to the pervert bj! Please come again), 
Julie, Jan/Lowcarb, Beachgram, Gayla, Jo,
Jack & Sherry-(our travelers-Little prayer that Jack feels better soon)

#6-Valentine's Day? Check!
Kathy, bobbie(likes an unsappy table), LV, Louise, CHERI(loves, loves, loves, loves it all),
Terri D, Jan, MA, Kate, Patti, DebbyRay, Ann, Sheri, Carol, Happy, BuildmeupButtercup, RoseL, Cindy/Creations-(she likes a sassy table-guess she picked the right people table), 
Judy(table matches her kitchen), Diana(not me!)

#7- Pink & Gold
Susie(changing her name to Monique), 
Penny, Jenny the Pirate, Laura, 
Kim(likes the fanciness), Kay G, Louca, 
Leena (calling the vacation police on me for doing this) 
Cindy/Cloches-(drinking with Table #1), Linda/Life&Linda, 
Rain (also stealing wine and tulips-she has no shame) 
& dear Sylvia.

Now we have a few STRAGGLERS-
Mevely- Wants a TV tray between Table #5&#6
Tom-All the tables are too fancy
and-last but not least-
our dear friend Dawn P picked
TABLE #9!  Dawn, Dawn, Dawn-were you drinking a bit again?  lol  Please come back...
no offense meant!  lol

Thanks to all of you for playing along.
It is always hysterical to read some of your answers.

I will be tallying up the results of the 
What Should I Do With My Blog Poll
and let you know how that turned out 
in a day or so.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

LOOKING FOR FEEDBACK & OPINIONS-NANA DIANA IS GOING PLACES.....

Hello to all my
WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS.

I think I am at a 
CROSSROADS IN LIFE!

I have been blogging for
10 YEARS THIS WEEK!
I can hardly believe it.
During that 10 years,
a lot has changed.
We moved three times,
(counting the upcoming move on March 1st)
John has survived 3 bouts of cancer,
I retired once and went back to work-
now 'retired' a second time. (maybe)

My local grandkids are growing up
and don't depend on Nana like 
they once did.
(Well, except for little CJK who is
always up for some homework help-lol)
and I do see him often.

My other daughter and her 3 kids
live 6+ hours away so I don't 
have the hands on with them
like I did/do with the local kids.
Other grandkids are grown and gone.

So--while
Nana Diana Takes A Break
was a good escape from all
the rigors of daily life,
life is changing.

First off-
I have no intention of 
quitting blogging.
(you can smile now)
but---here are my questions for you -
with some input 
from me.

I am thinking of taking the blog
in a new direction.
I have searched online and cannot
find a blog dedicated to 
CONDO LIVING
(which is a bit different from 
living in a regular home).
I have been thinking about 
doing a blog that would show
the ins & outs of condo living,
the remodeling we are doing,
adapting to a new lifestyle,
along with all my daily stuff as well.
(you know--my usual nonsense)
(Nana Diana Conquers Condo Living)

My 2nd idea is this~
We bought a 30' Class C
Minnie Winnie Camper.
I will be driving us around
as we 
LEARN TO CAMP-
omg-IMAGINE THAT!!!
Can't wait to get my first
spray-down during
PUMP OUT.
I already have her named-
MINNIE MANOR!
(Nana Diana On The Road With Minnie Manor)
OR-
3rd Choice-
I could combine the two-
depending on what I am doing-
or where I am-
and call it something like
Nana Diana's 
Condo & Camping -
or
Nana Diana's 
Condo & Camping Comical Chronicles,
or something along those lines.

So-throw it at me-
what do you think?
I would leave the old blog in place,
but close the comments to it
with a link to the new blog.

I think I am ready for a change-
but don't want to lose touch
with any of you.
I have seen that happen 
too many times
in Blogland.

Would you follow along if I
take a new direction?

I will still do the 
Pick Your Favorites
(cuz I know you all love that)
and feature family moments
but will make some changes.

Now if I could only change/erase these 
wrinkles....sigh.....

Be back in a few days with the
Pick Your Favorite Results-
I like to give it a few days so 
that bloggers have a chance to weigh in.

Still on vacation.
I am not so good at 
'resting and relaxing'...lol...

Happy Thursday-
Love you guys!
(blog names I tossed out are only suggestions-
open to input)
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

PICK YOUR FAVORITE VALENTINE'S DAY TABLE

Yes-It's true I am on vacation,
BUT SOME OF YOU-
(and you know who you are)
have asked me if I am going to do a
VALENTINE'S DAY
PICK-YOUR-TABLE POST.

So, being as the weather is
NOT PERFECT,
I am going to humor all of you
(and myself)
with some lovely table choices.

If you are not a 
Pink and/or Pretty
sort of person 
probably none of these 
will appeal to you.
It seems those are most of 
the choices for
VALENTINE'S DAY.

However, I did find ONE 
that is not all PINK!
You'll see that as you scroll through

#1-WINE & ROSES

#2-HEART OF ROSES


#3-TULIPS TO LOVE

#4 PINK & WHITE ALL OVER


#5 TULIPS & POLKA DOTS

#6-VALENTINE'S DAY? CHECK!

#7-PINK & GOLD

SO~There you have it.
You know the drill.
PICK ONE TABLE
and I will tell you who your
dinner companions will be.
C'mon-you can do this!
Just ONE, m'kay?

Have a great week.
I will be back with the 
wrap up on who picked what...
or is that whom?
Whatever!
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Monday, January 27, 2020

HAVEN'T QUITE LEFT YET- ANOTHER PRAYER REQUEST-TWO OF THEM

I am sure many of you know
the blog
RAMBLINGS OF A RETIRED LADY.

Her husband, Jim,
is in a coma
and ready to 'go home'.
Please pray for a peaceful passing
for him and 
for peace of mind for her
and her children & grandchildren.

She is 78 years old
and her blog has changed
but here is the link
if you would like to leave her
a word of comfort.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady

Also, my friend, Jettie's
brother-in-law, Leamon,
is passing.
He is the last sibling on her husband's side
so it is a sad passing for her hubby.

Please keep them in your 
thoughts and prayers, too.

Thank you so much.
I will be on the road soon
and out of touch for a while.

If you don't pray,
please send good thoughts
and wishes their way.

Love to all of you~
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