Thursday, April 19, 2018

TAKING A MEDIA BREAK----

Hi-
Off for some 
Rest and Relaxation-
Back in a couple of weeks.
Be good while I am gone!
See you soon!
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

MORE PRAYER REQUESTS---FOR KAREN AND ERICH AND KATIE

When I put up a prayer request
I often get prayer requests
from other people.

It breaks my heart
that there is so much suffering 
in the world.
 I will never understand,
this side of heaven, 
why good people have to suffer.

My friend Kimberly used to blog.
She no longer blogs but she
requested prayers for her
sister, Karen.
Doesn't she just look like the
nicest lady?
Here is what Kimberly wrote:
My Sis is going through radiation right now for an aggressive breast cancer and is in a lot of pain. Could you say a prayer for her too? 

Kimberly wrote quite a bit more, too,
but I felt some of it was too personal
to share.

Also-
Many of you know Carole
She blogs as Katie Isabella.
Her son, Erich, has had a 
long, intense struggle with cancer.

Here is the last email I got from Carole.
I am ashamed to say it was overlooked in my 
email system and I didn't see it for several days.

Here is a portion of the message.
I am writing to ask you and your dear husband John to pray for Erich. His CT scan showed two very suspicious places even though every CT scan and CEA marker has been totally normal all the way through last October. His CEA Count was one (1) every year for the last four years. He had his routine CT scan two weeks ago and that was done with the hope that the oncologist would discharge him. Last Friday we found that will not happen. (He has more battles to fight)

There was more to her email, but I don't want
to violate Erich's privacy too much.


And, last but not least,

Katie is the daughter of one of
our friends.
Our daughters used to babysit for her.
Her story is just heartbreaking
and I will let you go to the page
her mom, Debra, put up to 
read the details.
https://www.gofundme.com/wd2x6-help-katie-beat-cancer
If you don't pray,
please join me in sending your
HEALING THOUGHTS
and 
WELL WISHES 
to 
KAREN & ERICH & KATIE

Thank you so very much!

I hope you have a wonderful
Sunday!

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

STILL WAITING FOR SPRING!!!!

Yesterday as I was driving
home I stopped to consider
one of my favorite places
that is still closed for the
Winter.

This is Bay Beach.
Our small town amusement park
where tickets still cost
25 cents each and it
costs one, or two, tickets
per ride.

This is the  pavilion where
our daughter, Mimi,
got married 
a few years ago.
It was the first wedding held there
in 40 years!
They treated us like royalty
and gave everyone 
free tickets for rides.
Everyone loved it!
However, today it is 
CLOSED!

This is the Zippin-Pippin~
It was Elvis Presley's favorite
roller coaster.
The city bought it a few years ago
and had it erected at 
the amusement park.
I finally got a chance to ride it
last year with my granddaughters.

Do you KNOW how much
I love roller coasters?
Does that surprise you?
I am the one in the front row
with my arms in the air;
discreetly covered so my fat arms
(as SweetCheeks so fondly calls them)
don't wave in the breeze!
And as I look around,
I see the little train station buttoned tight.
Its little cars and engine parked inside.
SHUT!
The small pavilions are empty,
benches tilted sideways.
CLOSED!
The swings have no load
to carry-except for the snow
that has been covering them.
We do have bits and pieces of
GREEN showing through here and there.
However, everything is still
CLOSED!
The playground equipment
echoes with the whistles
of the wind.
CLOSED!

Finally ~I look up and see
the Spring sky and notice a
jet has scratched its way
across the surface.
My deck chairs sit sadly,
waiting...waiting...waiting...
for Spring when they will
be filled with a warm body
~or a wet one~
depending on the day.
Yep!  I am
READY FOR SPRING.

And..what else is ready for
Spring?
Not this one-
he appears
to still be hibernating!

I hope you have a wonderful,
wonderful Thursday.

Next week at this time I will be on my way
HERE!
CAN'T WAIT!!!!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SOME SPECIAL PRAYER REQUESTS FOR MY DEAR FRIEND MARY AND FOR DEBBIE-DABBLE'S NEPHEW JOHN

You know,
sometimes some of us have a
DOWN DAY
and we might even feel a bit depressed
or sad or blue.

I am here to tell you-
if you have good health,
or just minor health issues,
fall on your knees and offer up a
WORD OF THANKSGIVING.

While I am prone to complain about
SNOW in APRIL
or a
LATE SPRING
there are people that are 
praying for their lives.
Do you know Mary
Mydogsmygardenandmary?

I have followed Mary for a long, long time.
She has always been such a
BRIGHT VOICE.
I don't know if she wants me to tell you 
how old she is....
but you wouldn't believe me anyway.

Yesterday I got an email from her
asking for prayer.
I know it is hard for her to ask for anything 
for herself-but she is 
anxious and scared.

Here is her email to me:
Good Morning Diana,  I would like to ask you to put me on your prayer list.  I ended up in the ER last Wednesday morning after struggling to breath all night.  My COPD, asthma and heart were in high distress.  I apparently had heart failure and they have to put in a new valve, but can be done without cracking my chest and going in that way.  It will be up through my leg.  So if you could please have some prayers said for me I would appreciate it very much.

I am home now until all the paper work is complete for surgery.  All I have done is sleep since I got home yesterday evening.

I know Mary will appreciate your prayers
and good thoughts.
I love you, Mary, 
but you know that!!!!

Next on the list is 
Debbie-Dabble's nephew, John.
You can read his whole story here
This is him with his beautiful family
before CANCER struck him down.
He is a trained 
nurse-anesthetist.
You know what that means?
It means that
you know more than you want to know
about hospital things....trust me!

His story is just heartbreaking.
Please take a moment to pop by 
Debbie-Dabbles blog
to see his whole story.
Here he is with his brother, Dan.

You can sure tell they are from the
same family.

If you are a pray-er, please pray.
If you don't pray, please send 
healing thoughts and wishes to 
MARY AND JOHN.

My heart aches for them and their families!
Thank you for taking the time to read this-
You are ALL so appreciated
and loved!



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Saturday, April 7, 2018

MY INNER GYPSY IS CALLING MY NAME


While my inner soul
craves the open road,
my heart keeps me tied in the spot
I call home.

If I did not have these
HOME TIES,
you might find me living the life of 
A ROMANTIC GYPSY.

Spring always makes me long to roam.
There were nomads in our family line.
Men that traveled 
to set up new towns 
and,
once the towns were established, 
they would move on to
build another settlement.

I think I inherited some of that trait...
that longing for the road.
While I LOVE my home, 
I sometimes long
to pack my bags and 
travel the highways and byways
of our beautiful country..
Spring and Fall both find me restless...
calling my name to  explore
the lesser known roads of life.

IF I could pack up and travel I might
choose something like this.
I could see myself parking this
in a quiet spot in the foothills,
brewing a pot of coffee,
listening to classical music and  
reading a good book.
Idyllic, yes?
This bit of retro travel heaven
would work just fine for me, too.
After a long idyllic drive 
through the countryside
I could crawl into this bed 
with a happy heart.
Couldn't you?

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Maybe it's because we haven't 
been able to travel
as much since MyHero 
suffered all his health issues.

 Maybe that is what makes 
the open road
call my name.
Maybe it is because my soul is restless.
~or~
Maybe it is because I feel winter weary
and I am anxious for 
Soft Summer Winds.

How about you?
Any other souls out there
that harness your inner
GYPSY?

I am home with a quiet house
(except for our Lulu staying here for the weekend)
for the first time in 
THREE WEEKS!
I may not move from 
MY NEST today...
even though I feel the road
calling my name!

Have a wonderful weekend!
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

OUR BELIEFS ARE NOT EVERYONE'S BELIEFS---BUT OH! THE FAITH OF A CHILD!!!

SweetCheeks was 3-1/2 years old
when she shared her beliefs
with Papa and me.
She is ELEVEN now.

We were driving her to brunch
after church and asked her
what she had learned
about 
The Easter Story.

It was so touching to me
to see what this
little girl
UNDERSTOOD
about Easter.
And it almost makes
me cry listening to
her earnest explanation.

If you have a moment
it is worth the listen.
Just so you know~
I do think she
might have mixed
a little bit of
Gulliver's Travels
into the the
Jesus story!;>)

She almost started
crying when she
thought Jesus might
have felt pain.
Here it is-
Listen up and see what
YOU think!
If you click on the little square
on the bottom right hand side
it will go full screen.
(I'm sure most of you know that)

Amen, SweetCheeks, Amen!

From me to you-
A Blessed Easter
For those that don't have
time to listen....


For my wonderful, engaging blogging friends
that are not of the 
Christian faith-
I love you all just as dearly 
as I love everyone else.

EVERYONE MATTERS
and I hope you have a 
Wonderful Sunday!!!
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SPRING IN WISCONSIN-JOIN ME ON THE DINING ROOM PORCH!

I am back from my daughter's house
and just wanted to check in with you!

Look! Look!
Can you believe it is March 27, 2018 already?
It is now
OFFICIALLY SPRING IN WISCONSIN!
Isn't this pretty?
Care to join me on the side porch?
What?
What do you mean I am a liar?
Oh! Yeah!
This IS my porch but it is from 
THE END OF MAY A FEW YEARS AGO!!!!

Here is 
THE REAL PICTURE
of what a 
SPRING DAY in Wisconsin
REALLY looks like!
and this....
yes-I still have the Christmas flag 
on the playhouse-thanks for noticing.
Does this look like Spring to you?
THAT is the sad reality of  living in
WISCONSIN IN SPRING!

However, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE
for me to leave this out by the back door
until today.
Which reminds me?
Did I share a post of what the side porch 
looked like for Christmas?
NO?
Well, no time like the present!
Notice the ice on the table?
That was my PRESENT for Christmas.
and,yes, I know the difference between present and present~
By the way,
That is the same table that you saw up above.
Hurry! Hurry all you early shoppers!
There are only 273 days until Christmas!
You're welcome!

I will have an announcement
for you in a few days.
I am going back to work
full time for a two year period
as a partner with my son, hubby
and one other person.

I will be sharing pictures of our
REHABBED OFFICE
in a bit.
First I need to get the paint
out from under my fingernails...
although I did more
'supervising' than painting.
Age DOES have its privileges!
HA!
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Be Gone For A Bit!

I am behind in---
posting
&
visiting blogs.

Bear with me for a bit.
Right now I am watching three 
little grands while 
MOM & DAD 
are on their way to
ARGENTINA!!!

 I brought Lulu & her friend along
to help with the kids.
(Lulu & Co. are on Spring Break).

As luck would have it----
Lulu has been throwing up since
early this morning.
I have a feeling it si going to be
A  LONG FEW DAYS!

I might need a break from 
THE BREAK
when I get home!

Have a great week
& I promise to 
visit next week!
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

PREPARING (A CAKE) FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!!!

March is half over already!!
How can that be?
AND 
Saturday is 
ST. PATRICK'S DAY!


Even all you
NONE IRISH
pretend to be
 Irish  
just for a day.
Well, except for a few of you
English that wouldn't
lower yourselves to do so.
You know who you are,
but being the
loving people we are,
we forgive ya,
and God Bless ya,
all the way to the
Blarney Stone and back.

I grew up in a small
Irish Community in Pennsylvania.
I believed in leprechauns
until I was at least 12...
well...maybe older...
hmm..matter of fact I'm
pretty sure I might
STILL BELIEVE
in them.

So, today I am going to
give you a little recipe.
You have a 
COUPLE OF DAYS
get your butt to the store
for the ingredients so
you can make it for your family.
And your family will lay down
in your path and let you walk on
them after eating this.

Ready?
Now please don't be asking me
where I got this recipe because
the truth is
I don't remember.
So, if anyone has the source for it
I will be glad to give credit.
I THINK it came out of a
Taste of Home magazine but
I'm not betting my 
IRISH CHINA
on that fact.
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.
Have a wonderful day as you prepare yourself
for all the
IRISH DRUNKS
that will be running amuck on
Saturday.
I won't be one of them because I don't drink
GREEN BEER.
I will be the one sitting in the corner
taking pictures for 
BLACKMAIL PURPOSES-----
and that's all I'm gonna be 
saying about that!

Happy Thursday!
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