Friday, February 19, 2021

A HEART-Y BREAKFAST--(GET IT?)-NANA STYLE with a TUTORIAL

 I thought I would post this for some of my readers

that didn't know me--BACK WHEN~

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
SEVERAL 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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Sunday, February 14, 2021

WHAT VALENTINE'S DAY IS REALLY LIKE-A BLAST FROM THE PAST

 If you have been following for a while 

you will have read this before.

If not-grab your coffee and breakfast

because it is a long post!

Oh! To relive those days!


First you must hang a
banner INSIDE..
So that 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 he
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
HE got that BHIG of an envelope.


Secondly..
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
Next---
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 enyway. Hmmmf.
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 makes this-
 Ria loved the self-stick hearts...
And SweetCheeks has now changed into her third Princess Outfit...
and has busied herself
making th...........
Oh, Dear Lord In Heaven...
Pray tell WHO left HER alone
with 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 took 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 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.
The pictures and story above are from a few years ago.
But the fun continued for the weekend
Guess what!
This weekend we get to do it all
over again.
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 @ 6:55 am 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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Thursday, February 11, 2021

PICK YOUR FAVORITE VALENTINE'S DAY TABLE RESULTS

 Well, folks-

You all hated #1 so that has been

LEFT OUT IN THE COLD

like an unwanted house mouse.


Instead-

We are starting seating with:

#2-PINK ROSES

Linda/Life&Linda, Doris, Jan L, Shortbread&Ginger, Laurie/SpruceTree

#3-CHALKY CHARMING RUNNER

bobbie, Kim & Ron the teacher (who is NOT a teetotaler)-just sayin'

#4-RUBY STEMWARE

Lisa(here for the cookie), Ramblings/Linda, Nancy(has the plates in her hutch), Dwena, Rose, Michele, Lorrie, Jan/Jan's Journey, Billie Jo, Debra, JennythePirate-going to#7 for dessert..sigh ADDING-Cecilia (because I missed her name-sorry, Cici)!!!!

#5-SWEET WHITE ROSE

jp/GreenRidge, Ellie, Lisa M, Judy, Cyndi

#6-PINK BOWTIE NAPKINS

Carole/KatieIsabella, Racheld, Ginny

#7-BLACK & WHITE & RED ALL OVER

LindaC, Gert, Woody, Bonnie, Ann, Mevely, Jack & Sherry-(what is funny is that Woody & Jack are life-long friends and both ended up here), Dawn & Louise & JennythePirate for dessert only.

#8-POLKA DOT HEARTS

Jeanie, CHERI, Diane(wearing polka dots clothes..and maybe clown makeup-who knows), Theresa, Wanda, Lis, Bless, Karen, Nellie, Jan/LowCarb, LV, Betsy/Estelle, Sheri, Terri D, 16Blessings (who really has 18 blessings, I think), MA, Catherine, Susie, Pogonip

#9-TULIPS FOR TWO

Missy, Denise, Kris, Jettie, Penny, Marilyn

#10-PINKLY PRETTY

Melanie, CindyJo, Phyllis, Julie, Leena, Carla, Laurie,Cindy/Cloches, Kathy/LookingatLife, PamelaS, Tete, Sandra (said she was waiting to see WHO picked #1--NO ONE DID, Sandra-NO ONE)!

So-wondering now IF I missed anyone but wondering WHO I missed!  lol

I am sure you all will let me know!

Will be back in a day or so with an update on hubby's health. I had originally tagged it onto the end of my PickYourFavoriteTable post but deleted it because I wanted the table choice to be FUN and not have anyone worried about anything.  Thank you all for asking and commenting anyway on John's health.

Thanks again for playing along.

It is worth the work for all the fun!

And Poor #1 that got 

NO VOTES..

NEUTRAL & NICE

Well, baby, sometimes you got it and

sometimes you don't!


Although I did think that

Tom the Backroads Traveler

might find it plain enough to 

sit down...Nope!  


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Thursday, February 4, 2021

PICK YOUR FAVORITE-VALENTINE'S DAY TABLE!

 Happy Valentine's Day!

Still on break for a bit but wanted

to give you a 

PICK YOUR FAVORITE

VALENTINE DAY TABLE!

How about some luncheon tables?

How about you pick your favorite?

How about you only pick ONE?

#1

NEUTRAL AND NICE



#2 PINK ROSES


#3
CHALKY CHARMING RUNNER


#4
RUBY STEMWARE


#5
A SWEET WHITE ROSE


#6
PINK BOWTIE NAPKINS

#7
BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER

#8
POLKA DOT HEARTS

#9
TULIPS FOR TWO

#10
PINKLY PRETTY


I couldn't decide which seven to pick
so I went all out.
You have TEN CHOICES this time!

KNOCK YOURSELVES OUT~
Well, not literally-
I want you to be conscious enough to vote!

I will be back soon with the results.

Meanwhile-I have been doing a lot of sorting
and purging and organizing.

Life is very different right now,
isn't it?

But we will all just keep plugging along
and hope that things soon return
to a 'new normal'--
whatever that is.

OK!

 So-vote now-m'kay?
Go on-
VOTE!
Don't just sit there!!!!
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