Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Friday, July 28, 2017

SLEEPING IN--FUNNY ON FRIDAY/AdNonsense

Warning-Before you read this I must tell
you that my son read this and, laughing, asked...
~What is WRONG with you, Mom?~
So...read at your own risk...
Forewarned...

Grace tiptoed quietly 
into the room 
where her grandparents
were trying out 
the new Hide-a-bed.

As she looked down, 
she was surprised to see 
that Granddad
had left for work 
and
Uncle Phil was
keeping Grandmom warm.
 LAZBOY Ad-Traditional Home
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See, I warned you it was bad!
Hope it gave you a smile anyway.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MY COTTAGE ON COOK---A Previous Rehab-House #6

Most of you that have followed my blog
for a while know that we have moved
many times.
Since MyHero and I got married we
have rehabbed 15 houses (I think)
I may have forgotten one or two~!;>)

Anyway, 
I thought it might be fun to post 
a few pictures of some of our rehabs because 
I started this blog for my family.
 I imagine each one of them thinks of 
a different house as
HOME!
In the beginning I didn't take many pictures.
I only had a Polaroid.
Remember those?
So, the first few houses have sporadic pictures
but I will try to dig some more 
out of my old books as I go.
So-
Here you have Move to House#SIX 
(Dec1989-July1994)

Cottage On Cook
This house had been on the market for 5 years.
It was an obsolete floor plan which we 
figured out how to fix by moving one wall-
which gave us a huge family room.
It had 4 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths.

It reeked inside because they kenneled
dogs in the basement.
Yes! Real kennels!
In the basement!
It was a mess!
It was also a BARGAIN!

The most dramatic transformation
was on the outside.
I don't have any befores that I can find.
But we painted it from red stained 
(dark red) board and batten
to what you see here.
We replaced windows and put up a picket fence.
After we were done the front looked like this.
in December.
Summer snippets-Dining room window

Living room window (again)

Front entry and little window in the attic
There was a little light behind that window that went on automatically at dusk.
All the kids believed a family of elves 
lived up there.
I'm pretty sure they did!
MyHero went up to replace a lightbulb and
 was going to paint the window grid 
cream color but he 
got disoriented and could 
not find his way back to the ladder- 
I had to tap on the opening
to guide him back----shhhhhhh
I think the paint is probably still sitting there.
This was a cute house-good-sized- 
with about 2500 sq.ft
plus a full basement that we fixed up.
It had a nice yard that backed up 
to an undeveloped field
and I copied ideas I had seen 
in someone else's yard.
If nothing else I am a good copy cat!

So---what do you think?
Do you like these posts of old houses even if
some of the materials and colors, etc.
 might be "dated"?

Let me know -because I have a 
BUNCH OF THEM!
Otherwise, I am going to resort to showing you
pictures of MyHero doing things like
THIS!
Yes- He was jumping over a chair.
Yes- He was over 60.
Yes-He has issues!
And YOU ALL think I am
THE CRAZY ONE!
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Friday, July 21, 2017

FUNNY ON FRIDAY-AdNonsense- PETER STEALS THE SHOW

Be quiet, Peter~
and
Quit Crying!

There are about a
gazillion people out here
but I can't SEE
your Mom!

Wait a minute!

THERE she is!

Psssssttt..
Mrs. Pansywhacker
could you come back here?

Peter got so nervous that
he started to cry..
and then he peed his pants..
and when the teacher
went to hug him and tell
him it was okay
he puked down her back!!

Now she said we
may not even
HAVE this darned old
summer pageant.

Can you just come and get him?
He smells gross and
he is ruining everything!!!!
Good Housekeeping ad-American Girl
To the advertiser: If you would like your graphics removed please notify me.

Have a great weekend.

Our internet, cable, phone service
has been disrupted and 
off and on for the last few days
due to the storms in this area.
Bear with me as I make my way
around to visit.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

PICK YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING TABLE TALLY!!

It is always fun for me to see
who picks which table.

Some of you, 
I can almost guess---
but some of you surprise me.

There were some 
BIG TABLES
and some 
SMALL TABLES
but no one ended up sitting alone---
and if they had
you can bet that is the table I would be at...
I would have the undivided attention
of a one person audience....
something that never happens
around here!

These are a little bit of work 
to put together but 
SO MUCH FUN!

So....here we go!
At TABLE #1
Roses. Roses, Roses

Jenn, Linda, Susie, Nancy, Louise, Sheri,
Mary, Wanda, Cindy, Nancy, Sylvia &
Marilyn

TABLE #2
Black Beauty

Lauren, Lori B, Jettie, Suzan & Cyn.

TABLE #3
Planked & Pretty

Ellie, Rachel, Sugar, Debbie, Noreen, LV, Connie,
Lorraine, Amy, Lisa, Carol, Cheryl, Amy(ToodyGoo),
Donna,Susan, Kim, Kathleen, Nancy, Petie, Ckrut,
Leena, Cecelia (by the skin of her teeth)
& Susan&Bentley...(also by the a nanosecond)

TABLE #4
Sweetly Informal

Kathy, StartingOver, Vee, Lori, Lorrie, Connie,
Martha Ellen, Kay, Lorraine, Donna

TABLE #5
Barnside Blues

Patty,  Fran, Julie. AnneMarie, Rose, Jane, 
Debby & Carla

TABLE #6
Sit Down With Citrus

Debra, Mildred, Beach Gypsy, Denise, Jada
Ron & Adam (Adam popped in but didn't vote)
I put Adam at Ron's table because I know he 
will corrupt him with cocktails!

TABLE #7
Balloons & Buckets

Sue, ZK, Sandie, Jeanie & Alicia

If you didn't sign your real name,
I just used the name 
that shows up when you post.
I know some of you don't like 
your 'real name'
out there.
I know most of you but won't 'out' you!  lol

Hope you have a 
GREAT SUNDAY NIGHT.
I will be around Tuesday with 
some sort of nonsense.
You know I will!

Thank you all so much for playing along.
I have lots of fun with this.
If I missed anyone- I am so sorry--
I double checked and hope
I didn't leave anyone out.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY- BIG BOY E!!!!

Eight years ago today
after a long, arduous labor this
 LARGE TEN POUND PLUS
sweet boy was born
into our family.

He has been such a blessing to us.
He is smart, sweet, silly
and has a tender heart
and he LOVES saving money.

We won't be with him today
to celebrate-
because he lives 6+ hours away
but we are with him in spirit
and called to wish him a
HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


We might even have a present
for you, Big E!
Your mom will give it to you for us!

MAYBE it is 
markers you can share with your sister!
In case she runs out!
We all know how much fun
that is!

Or-
Maybe it will be something
for your 
NEW BIRTHDAY PRESENT
YOUR PET!
Please DO NOT bring him into 
MY ROOM at YOUR HOUSE
early in the morning
when I am visiting!

Waking up next to Papa is scary enough!

Have a great birthday, Ethan!
We love you to the moon and back!!!!
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Friday, July 14, 2017

HEY! I DIDN'T TAKE HER GOLD TEETH!!! Funny on Friday- AdNonsense

Thank you so much!
I love this necklace too.
You know Aunt Felicia always promised me
that it would be mine someday.


Well, when I went to the wake and
noticed that she was WEARING it..
I kind of panicked.

So, the next day when I went to the
funeral I made sure I was
the last one in line before
they closed the casket.

I leaned down to kiss her
and snatched that thing off her
neck quicker than a duck
on a Junebug,
slipped it in my pocket
and no one was the wiser.

After all, a promise is a promise!
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Have a most wonderful weekend...

I will post the results of the
Pick Your Favorite 
Summer Wedding Table
in a day or so...
still time to play...here...

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MR SWEET HAS WALKED THROUGH THE GATE AND CROSSED THE GREAT DIVIDE.

Thank all of you that have prayed for

bj's (SweetNothings) husband, Bill.

Sometimes we don't get the outcome
we want when we send up prayers.
We pray for a cure and hope against hope
that it will happen on Earth 
so that our family unit can remain unbroken.

However, sometimes that cure
comes in a form 
that we don't want to experience.

We all prayed for a healing for Bill
but that healing did not come--
at least not as we understand healing.

That being said,
I do believe that Bill is healed now.
He is beyond all earthly pain and sorrow
and while his journey has ended here,
the journey for bj and her children
and grandchildren to heal has just begun.

Please lift them up in prayer.
If you are not a pray-er,
please send them well-wishes 
and kind thoughts.


The earth lost a good, gentle soul.
RIP, Mr.Sweet.
To the heavens and beyond!!
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PICK YOUR FAVORITE- SUMMER WEDDING TABLE-

Well~
I am still getting caught up
since returning from Florida.

I will share some of that trip soon
I promise!!!

However-
TODAY we are going to have another
PICK YOUR FAVORITE.

Here's the deal-
The budget is unlimited.
You feel good about yourself  and have the
perfect outfit to wear.
This is an INDOOR wedding.

Today the weather is not predictable so 
the reception is INSIDE.
Got it? Okay~

#1
ROSES. ROSES.ROSES.

#2
BLACK BEAUTY

#3
Planked & Pretty


#4
Sweetly Informal & Intimate

#5
Barnside Blues


#6
Sit Down With Citrus

#7
Balloons & Buckets For The Bride


So- You know the routine.
Place your vote.
I'll tally up the votes and tell you
who you'll be sitting with!

Here is our Ria when she was little.
She was a flower girl at a wedding.
This was in a national publication:
 BRIDES.
Look at that hair!  
It was a hot sticky day and it
was an outdoor wedding.
Have a GREAT TUESDAY!
I'll be around to play catch up today~

after I get done pushing the boys at the VA around
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Friday, July 7, 2017

STOP BUYING DISHWASHER PRODUCTS-Funny On Friday-AdNonsense

I'm back with another
take on an old ad.

Samantha Saveslots
hadn't bought
dishwashing
detergent in over a year.

Benston did such a good
job that when he was
done she
simply put the
dishes back
in
the cupboard...

Maybe I should join one of those 
Frugal Groups
and post this!?!

Have a wonderful weekend.
I hope to get some pictures of my vacation
posted this next week.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

A QUICK UPDATE FOR THOSE NOT ON FACEBOOK-RE: LEENA'S HUSBAND, JIM

JUST A QUICK POST-

JIM LANTEIGNE

PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY AT

10:45 pm LAST NIGHT.

PLEASE REMEMBER LEENA AND HER FAMILY

IN YOUR PRAYERS---

OR SEND HER SWEET THOUGHTS

AND WELL-WISHES.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

PRAYER UPDATES: Kristen & Baby--Leena's hubby, Jim--bj's hubby, Bill

I was going to do an update 
this coming weekend but decided to go ahead
and update you today.

Thank you for all your prayers
for Kristen & her unborn baby boy.
You can read about that here.

You will be happy to know that 
Kristen delivered a healthy baby boy 
by C-Section this morning.
Thank you for all your prayers.
Even the doctors were worried about them.
On  a sadder note,
I have an update on Leena's hubby, Jim.
The world of medicine has informed Leena
that there is nothing more they can do for Jim.
They are transferring him 
to some type of hospice care.
Please continue to keep him/Leena/family
in your prayers.

And, last but not least,
an update on
our dear bj's (Sweet Nothings) hubby, Bill.
He is home with hospice care.
Please keep them in your prayers as they 
walk the path they are on.

Thanks to all of you that have prayed
and sent well-wishes to them.
Thanks, too, to those of you that 
send your love and support.

If you are not a pray-er, please send
healing thoughts and love their way.

I will keep you posted as I hear more.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.

I plan to be back blogging full time in the next week or so.
Love to all of you- Diana
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Monday, July 3, 2017

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

It is a day for celebration

for most of us.

We wave our flags 

and grill our burgers


and wolf down our hot dogs.

We stand in line for dripping

ice cream cones

and we stare at the sky

in awe as fireworks

feed us a feast for our eyes.


We are free.

What a blessing to be free.

But that freedom comes at a cost.

A big cost.

I see it every day I work at the VA.

I see the sacrifices made

 by men and women

to ensure our freedom.


So, take just a moment today

and whisper a

THANK YOU

to all those that fought for us

on this, and foreign, land.

Wing a prayer up 

for those families left behind

when their sons and daughters,

husbands and wives,

mothers and fathers

gave their lives for all of us.



Say a prayer, too,

for all those who served

and whose lives are forever altered.

Prayers, too, for those in

ACTIVE SERVICE.

I am so in debt to all of you!

I will leave you with one of my

very favorite photos


of SweetCheeks.

This was taken on our dock

about 5 years ago when the

fireworks were

bursting in the air over the bay.

THAT is 

WONDER & AWE



I hope I never lose that

WONDER & AWE

and I hope I never lose

my appreciation for this

GREAT COUNTRY.

GOD BLESS THE USA!
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

I'M BACK WITH A SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST- FOR A BLOGGER'S HUBBY

I am home from my get-away
and had a wonderful time.
However, while I was enjoying myself,
someone else was in a fight
for their life.

Many of you know dear
Leena Milligan-Lanteigne's
http://pinkcherubmoon.blogspot.com/
Not too long ago she and her hubby, Jim,
moved to 
Myrtle Beach, SC.
They have loved living there and have
been enjoying their lives until
Cancer raised its ugly head.

Jim is fighting for his life.

I will let Leena tell you in her own words
what is happening there.
I find it very hard to relay these bits of information as they bring me to tears. The hospital at MUSC is very nice. They gave Jim an air mattress because his tail bone is sore from being in bed so much. I talked with a regular doctor yesterday and with an oncologist today. Unfortunately, they all have the same thing to say - stage 4 cancer that originated in the pancreas and has spread to his liver. No options for treatment as his liver is not functioning well enough for chemo. The drugs would not filter out and he'd end up with chemo poisoning. Radiation is not an option as the area they'd try to treat is too big and there are too many other organs in the area that would be damaged in the process. Immunotherapy is not effective with the pancreas for an unknown reason The doctor said that he would like to do another scan to see what is going on with Jim's bile duct. He thinks that if there is a blockage somewhere, another stint might open it up and allow his liver to get rid of the bile, which would hopefully b
ring his bilirubin number down. It was 12, then went up to 20 while at Conway, Today it was 26. If the liver responds and his number gets down to around 3, they could give him chemo. The original stint was put in because the tumor was pressing against the duct. If not and things continue the way they have been, at some point , Jim will be released from the hospital and placed in a Hospice center. I asked if that happened, would he be allowed to come home for short visits and the doctor didn't know. I want him to be able to sit on the porch swing, to play with the dogs and kids, to ride in his golf cart to look at the beach - I can even rent a handicap beach wheelchair from the town and take him to the water! As long as he feels up to it, there is no reason as far as I'm concerned, not to allow him these pleasures as a matter of quality of life. He loves it here so much! I showed him a video of the ocean I took for him on my phone the other day and his whole face it up. This is so damned unfair! I have one more thing to look into but I imagine that we would he told the same things. For now, we can just pray that the doc does the scan finds a blockage and corrects it so Jim can have chemo! Tomorrow we will be down with him for the day, then we will return on Sunday and stay until Tuesday afternoon at a hotel that will allow our dogs and doesn't cost a ridiculous amount! I'd prefer to be there every day but I know that there will be a lot of medical bills to pay. It hurts not to see him every day. The last two days he's not returned my calls or texts on a regular basis like he usually does and I worry that he is getting weaker and/or more depressed. He's been following our lead so far when we say we're fighting and I hope he still is! Not sure what else to say right now so will send this out and update again soon. Love and hugs!


Please, please, pray Jim.
Pray for a healing and, if that is not to happen,
pray for peace and acceptance
of what is to come.
If you are not a pray-er, 
please send healing thoughts and 
well-wishes.

I will be back blogging full-time
in a few days, Lord willing.

Leena and her family and I thank you.
Have a wonderful 
Fourth of July weekend.
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