Monday, February 19, 2018

BANTERING WITH BRIGHT EYES-A NEW FEATURE

I am going to do some 
short little snippets of 
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE KID
every once in a while called
BANTERING WITH BRIGHT EYES.

Probably everyone has one
REALLY FUNNY KID
in their family
OR
you know someone that has 
THAT KID.

Ours used to be 
SWEETCHEEKS
and many of you followed along
and laughed at her antics.
SweetCheeks is STILL funny
but on an "older kid" level now.

Well, THIS KID, is 
JUST AS FUNNY.
Here she is after cutting her bangs tight
to her head in front.
Yep--she is THAT KID!

She is not as DROLL as SWEETCHEEKS
but she is funny in a different way.
Smart beyond her years.

We were visiting this past week.
She was rubbing Papa's (MyHero) head
and looking at it.
He just got a haircut and it is
VERY SHORT!
I did NOT have my camera so missed
the photo op--but you will get the idea.

So-Here is 
CONVERSATION #1!

She climbs up on Papa's lap and is
rubbing his head.

Bright Eyes:  Papa- What is wrong with your head?
Papa:  What do you mean?
BE: Look at your hair!!!! (laughing)
Papa: What's wrong with my hair?
BE: It's all spotty and missing in spots  Why don't you just shave your whole head? That would look a LOT better, Papa!
Papa:  My hair is just fine, Bright Eyes!
BE:  Wait- Let me get you a mirror! (as she runs off to get a mirror from her "princess kit")

Thanks for humoring me by reading this.
While I am doing these to give you a smile 
for the day I am also doing them so that we
have a record of 
THINGS SHE SAYS.

Have a wonderful, wonderful week!!!!


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

THE GOOD-THE BAD-AND THE UGLY-VALENTINES!!!

The good:
This sweet little 
Vintage card.
The bad:
A real heartbreaker indeed!
The ugly:
1980's oversized heart sweater
If this is in your closet well...
I'm sorry I said anything (NOT)
What?  Didn't like THAT sweater?
How about  this one?
Reminds me of those 
Christmas sweaters.
How about a heart on a pig?
Now THAT'S pretty cute if 
you ask me.
But the best is yet to come!
My favorite?
This little Valentine!!!!
Couldn't you just eat him up?
Looks like somebody tried but
couldn't get past the kissing!
Hope you have a great day!
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

VALENTINES DAY CRAFTING WITH KIDS-A TUTORIAL -NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

Well, you started all this-
You seemed to ENJOY the previous post about
The Three Bears Cereal Tutorial!

So- I dug another post out of the archives
to share with you.
Grab something with caffeine because
you will be tired when you are done reading this.

Step One:
First you must hang a banner inside 
so 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 HIMS 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 HIMS got that big of an envelope.


Step Two:
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

Step Three:
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 enyways! PFFFFFT!
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 made this-
 Ria loved the self-stick hearts...

SweetCheeks has changed into 
her 3rd Princess outfit and has busied herself
making th...........
Oh, Dear Lord In Heaven...
While I was refilling my coffee cup,
pray tell WHO handed HER 
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 taked 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, they put on their matching
dresses that Nana bought them
 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.
These little girls are big girls now...
but I love them as much as I did 
when they were little like this...
even more...

Kind of bittersweet to look back on 
these special times.

I may invite them over to
do this again this weekend. 

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 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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Monday, February 5, 2018

REMEMBERING MY BROTHER CHARLIE---REST IN PEACE

I can't believe that it has been
FIVE YEARS
since my brother
CHARLES WILCOX
passed away.
You can read that story here

I remember him like this...
on the farm...
feeding the turkeys....
When he was older one year he
pumped them full of BBs to round them up.
My mother found out on
butchering day.
She sold turkeys to the nearby farmers
for Thanksgiving dinner-
but not THAT YEAR!  lol
So--the kid WASN'T perfect!
But then he grew up
and had a family...

Shown here with his beautiful daughter
Sarah and her baby.

He was just the nice guy that you thought
would always be there.
He was "that guy" that everyone liked-
kind and generous,
a good dad and all around good guy.

The phone would ring and he would say
"Hello, Sister Dearest"
That was his take-off of 
MOMMIE DEAREST
-don't ask-although 
 I never did hit him with 
coat hangers---
A ring with prongs?  Maybe!

So, today, I will think fond thoughts about him.
I will smile at some things 
and tear up at some memories.

I only had one sibling-my brother.
I was lucky because we were never estranged.
I just want to say that if you have a 
strained relationship with a family member
try to rectify it before it is too late
PROVIDING THEY 
ARE NOT CRAZY PEOPLE
because you never know when 
time might be up for you or them.

My brother went from  diagnosis to death
in a few hours and had never really been sick.
You just never know.

I hope you all have a beautiful day.
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Friday, February 2, 2018

HEART-Y BREAKFAST FOR A COLD FEBRUARY DAY-A TUTORIAL

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
five or six 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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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

PICK YOUR FAVORITE JANUARY TABLE RESULTS--GET READY TO GIGGLE!

WOW!
This PICK YOUR FAVORITE thing
gets bigger every time I do it..
Y'all KNOW that makes a lot more
WORK FOR ME
Right?
But...do you care?
Nope!
You just keep signing up and making
all kinds of comments
and you KNOW
I am going to throw some of those
COMMENTS BACK AT YOU,
right????

I hope that I got everyone seated.
IF I missed you, please let me know!
I checked the names twice
but you know how it is with us blondes
(especially once our hair turns white)

SO
Here's what we started with---


Seated at Table #1/BEAR IT AT THE TABLE
We have Kay G (who changed her mind when someone else sat down with her at a different table-)
Susie, Linda C & not to be the 
ONLY LINDA AT THE TABLE
Linda LaCarte plopped herself down,
Cristina, Liz, 
Bobbie (whose hubby calls her TeddyBear--shhhhh-that might be a secret),
Kathy, Janet and Jane
(just so you know- Jane is here because she thinks the name sounds NAUGHTY...
Bear/Bare...ummm...Jane...never mind)
Jean- a little late but here at last..
Phyllis (Hi Phyllis-nice to see you),
Krishna, Tanna, Lauren, Kim, Candy, Carrie
AND
Nancy (who wants the bears removed) & 
Judy (she wants black faced sheep)
Lordy- what a table that is--
Maybe Judy can bring some black paint and make the bears LOOK like sheep?

Table #2-BABY I'M BLUE
Sally, Bethany (who wanted to sit at another table but 
thought it looked too cold!)
Sheri,
Merle (she's from Down Under so may be standing on her head-not sure how that works),
Diane, Snowhite (yes you have a celebrity at the table)
and Sheila!

Table #3-ANTLERS ON WATCH
Cindy and Katie (who was afraid to offend someone so almost didn't sit anywhere)
Susan and Ellen (who always emails me on the side)
One of these days I am going to "out you", Ellen
AND...poor Debby Ray I put her at the wrong table so shove over girls-here she comes!

Moving along we have:
Table #4-BARNSIDE-INSIDE/OUTSIDE?
Shirley, Ricki, Patti, Penny,
Sugar- and everyone needs a little SUGAR at their table,
Laurie--now let me warn you- IF you sitting next to Laurie
her eyesight is not all that great (no secret) she talks about it-
BUT she may drink out of YOUR cup or just swig her own cup of
painter's water by mistake (instead of her tea)
Linda(ItsyBitsyLinda), Cecilia, 
Cathy-she FINALLY made up her mind,
Fran, AnnMarie, LaDonna, 
SueZK , Karen Ann,
Pam Kitty, Connie and sweet LV.

Whew!
On we go:
Table #5-SHIVER ME SILVER
Here you will find Sylvia, Debra, Gina, Sandi,
Carla, Roxy, LaDonna, Gert, Jan, Leslie, Connie
and I only see one real smart aleck-Missy.
Everyone else is pretty normal (it seems)
AND I had to move Julie over here, too,
because I seated her a the wrong table- duh...
AND I forgot poor Cheryl!!! so added her here...double duh.....

Shifting to 
Table #6-AQUA & RED- ARE READY-
Okay- so KayG WAS here and moved already...sheesh
Left are: Carol, Stacey, Lisa, Debbie(Lakehouse),
Amy, Karen, ckrut and Jettie.
Give Jettie a little extra space-she just had hip surgery. and for Lord's sake- DON'T BUMP HER!

Next up:
Table #7-ALL RIGHT WITH ALL WHITE & GOLD

Sweet Jenn, Louise (my card making friend) Nonie,
Kimberly, Vee, Kris and 
Oh, Lordy-it is Ron and I just know he is bringing
RUM to pour in Kris's Diet Coke and that table
will be A MESS-trust me!

Table #8-BLUE SPARKLED BABY
You will find-Nancy, Ellie, Dianna and Wendy.
They should have a nice conversation
because the table is not crowded full.
I love this table and, honestly, they are
ALL MUCH QUIETER
 than most of us....
You ARE quiet, Nancy, Right?
I know the other three real well.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
#9-FROZEN TO THE SEAT

You might know that there are 
a couple of TROUBLEMAKERS here.
Tete likes the table but wants me to move it inside.
Hello.....Do I look like a moving company?
Adam likes the cold and so does Lauren,
Sweet sweet Rose, Gay and BJ...
Oh-and Bethany WANTED to sit here
but chickened out because of the cold.

So...I hope I didn't INSULT ANYONE
If I did TOO BAD  I'M SORRY.

I guess I am going to have to make this
a monthly feature.
I have even more fun reading your comments
than you do playing along.

Guess I best post tonight being as it is
the last day of January!
Thanks for commenting and choosing.
I'll be back...
that's  a threat promise!


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