Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wishing You All
A Beautiful
And Blessed
Happy Thanksgiving

Now WHERE did that
turkey get to?
He knows we have a date!

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Monday, November 20, 2017


Finally, the count is done.
First of all-thanks so much
for playing along.
I made the list of names and
I checked it twice.
If I missed anyone,
I apologize.

A couple of you emailed me
your table choice
so those names are included here, too.

So--here were the choices:
Here are the seating arrangements~

Table #1-Elegant & Colorful
Sandi, Theresa, Petie, Lorrie Adam,
Louise, Fabby, Krishna, Jill, Patty Mc,
Kim, Cheryl, Beach Gypsy
(Petie- didn't want to bring a tablecloth
this time-BUT-she couldn't decide which
table to sit at-so I helped her.
Y'all be nice to her now.)

#2 Copper Light
Debra, Jean, bobbie, Kay, Noreen,
Michele Jan, Rose, Lorraine, Vee, 
Bethany, Doris
(Vee gave me a bit of a hard time
but FINALLY made her choice-
and I thought Doris was gonna have
a heart attack trying to decide...but she did it)

#3- Green Ivy
Laurie, Jenn, Amy, Pat, Janet,
Sylvia, Susie, Brenda, Debby Ray, Donna,
AnnMarie, Cheryl, Jean, Carol
(Watch AnnMarie-if there is anything 
VINTAGE on the table it just might
disappear when she leaves--just sayin')

#4 Rustic Plank
Judy, Fran, Sheri, Kitty, Karen, Laura,
Pam, Dishywoo, Penny, Linda, GDazeez,
Lesley, KarenAnn, Connie, Diane, Debby,
Phyllis, Jan, Jann, Janet, Donna, 
Missy, Deborah, Lauren

Whew! Whole lotta people at this table.
I see at least ONE trouble maker
and you know who you are,
but I won't point her out.

#5 Just Plain Fun
Cecilia, Carla, Celeste, Rosie,
Shelia, Anne, Janice

Two artists and some sweeties sitting here
at Table #5.

#6 Refined Roses
I guess the gal that set this 
table will be dining alone because 
nobody showed up for dinner.
Maybe because she is serving one of those

#7 Going For The Gold
Miss Kitty, Ron, Lauren, Mary,
Diana, Ellen, Amanda

Well, You gals at table #7 
will have a good time because
we all know that Ron brings 
the cocktails!!!

#8 Whisper White
Betsy, Lisa, Happy, Gay, Sandi,
Mailyn, Sally, Suz, Sugar, Pilar

(Anyone else see the humor in the fact that 
both chose the same table?
Bet there are a few laughs there!)

Well, there you have it.
If you look at the last box 
on the collage you will see a
Visit Wisconsin to see one in person.

I will be back later this week-
meantime I will be
 stuffing myself my turkey
in a day or so.

Have a wonderful week!!!! 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017


Well, here we are!
Thanksgiving week is almost upon us.
I have been saving ideas for setting a fine

Let's see what our choices are.
If you want to play along pick 
that you would like to be seated at.
Got that?  ONE pick!!!!  lol
Some of you are  kinda naughty 
about picking more than one
you know who you are.

I think I have sources for all of these
this time...Okay-

Elegant & Colorful

 Think it's not  a Thanksgiving table?
Look at the place setting~

Copper  Light

Green Ivy

Rustic Plank

Just plain fun!
Looks like MacKenzie Childs 

Refined  Roses
Going For The Gold
last, but not least,

Whisper White
Martha Stewart

So-There you have it~
Vote for your favorite.
This will be the last 
Pick Your Favorite
I do before I do a Christmas one 
or two or three.

Have fun voting and I will be
back to tally the votes
and tell you who you are sitting with.

Had my mammo..
and blood work yesterday
and then my 
full annual physical today.
I can't WAIT!
(okay- I mighta lied about that).....
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Monday, November 13, 2017

PUTTING THE BRAKES ON FOR A BIT! Grab your lunch-this is a long post!


Grab your coffee, coke or tea-
This is a LONG POStT!

We went to the most beautiful wedding
last Saturday night.
MyHero performed the ceremony.
It was magical.
It was held in a spectacular exclusive setting
about an hour south of us.
The ceremony started at four 
so we left home at two,
following my son & his family down.
We wanted to be early.

On the way down,
we hit a steady fine, sleety rain.
The roads weren't bad yet
you could tell it was coming.

The ceremony started and the bride walked in.
Erin looked movie star beautiful 
there is a special connection.
Not only is she friends with my son
 & his wife,
she was MyHero's nurse for the radiation part
of his treatment.

Used to seeing her in scrubs,
MyHero's mouth dropped open
seeing her walk through the door as a 
He FINALLY recovered, 
told her she was beautiful,
and the ceremony commenced.

I will post some wedding pictures
in an upcoming post
because they deserve a post
of their own.

Following the ceremony,
we walked a brick walkway
to the main clubhouse,
greeted the wedding party,
and went to the Irish pub on the second floor 
for drinks and fabulous hors d'oeuvres.
(internet photo)

Later, we went back downstairs to the
main dining room to eat.
It was the best five course meal
 I have ever had at a wedding..
maybe anywhere!
It was all done effortlessly, 
at an easy pace,
while we chatted and listened
to a few speeches.
There was a dance that followed
back upstairs in the Irish bar.
It was fun to see my little grandson.
CJK (age5)
ask a little girl to dance with him.
She was shy and said NO 
and he was heartbroken,
and embarrassed, 
and hid until the bride's mom,Judy,
dragged him onto the floor.
Such a tender thing to watch unfold.
A hint of what is to come when he is a teen?

Okay--so the
for this

We left early because we heard
from latecomers to the dance
that the roads were bad.
My son & family 
decided to head home, too,
so we followed them.

The first few miles of road were fine,
clear, not even a hint of rain, ice, or snow.
About 30 miles into the drive,
the weather changed abruptly.
There was a heavy 'mist' and the roads looked slick.
They WERE slick.
We slowed down to about 20 MPH under the speed limit.

There was a line of cars behind me
and ahead of me,
 with only a few fools flying past, 
well over the speed limit.

About 5 miles from home we saw
a lot of police cars and the road was down
to one lane--almost to a stop.
We snaked through and carefully 
wound our way home.

On the news this morning I heard there were
The road we were on had been closed 
earlier for part of the night
the police lights and one lane?
Clean up from a fatal accident
on the overpass there.

When I got home I realized that
I had to peel my hands off the 
steering wheel because I had
been gripping the wheel so hard.
My neck and shoulders were tight
and actually ached.

I started thinking about all that is going
on in our lives at this point.
An upcoming move,
which means purging and 'letting go',
some family issues,
someone moving in temporarily,
a recovering husband,
and a recurrence of an old 
auto-immune issue that requires
steroids and anti-inflammatories for me.
That's a whole lotta stress.
10 years ago-this would have all been
a piece of cake to handle.
Today-I wish I was 10 years

But it doesn't stop there--
To punish myself further,
I decided to open an Etsy shop and 
a second blog to support it.

Hello, Blondie!

I had an ephinany!
I guess I needed ICY ROADS to point
out that I need to 

At this point, 
I have decided to put Etsy on hold,
along with the second blog.
My original intent with Etsy was to 
do all handmade items
and not use it as a 'dumping ground'.
I have not had the chance to do much creating
with everything else going on.

I want to thank everyone that made purchases
from the shop.
I did really well in the few weeks I was open
I won't close the shop completely,
nor will I kill the other blog,
but I am taking a 
BREAK by putting the BRAKES ON
for a bit.

I will still be keeping/using
Nana Diana Takes A Break
so you will always find me here.

I need to look forward to
my volunteer work at the VA
and my grandson's library/school.
I don't want either of those to become 

I think I'll go bake a pie...
because we all know...

Thank you to all of you that
read this whole mess-lol
You guys are THE BEST---
I don't care what anyone else says about you!

Now pardon me while I go relax~

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Sunday, November 12, 2017


I had an outreach from someone
via Messenger.
She is traveling now- 
gone for the winter-
 but is worried
about her brother's wife.
This is her plea.
Please pray for my brother Bob
and his wife Jeri.
Jeri has been in the hospital for 9 days.
She had surgery on her back.
She is not doing well.
She can not walk.
She does not have feeling
in her hands or feet.
Her digestive system is not working well.
My brother is very sad and discouraged.
Many things are not going well.
He is desperate.
He is tired. He is discouraged.
Thank you for your prayers.

Please pray for the person that sent this to me, too.
Her name is Carol
and she is suffering the anxiety that comes from
being away from home when someone is ill.

Also, Robbin's mom, Donna-
Down On The Farm
During the procedure Monday on mom's back, they discovered she has another compressed vertebra.  So 3 compression fractures instead of 2.  Sometime in the last 3 weeks another vertebrae became compressed.  They were only able to fix 2 of the fractures since, as the doctor explained, they can only do 2 at a time so instead of coming out of the procedure pain free . . . she's still hurting.

They have put her on a stronger pain medicine which helps a little, but of course doesn't take the pain away. She will have to go back in a couple of weeks for the same procedure to get the third compression fracture fixed. 

The only way to keep the compression fractures from continuing is to start giving her injections every six months to strengthen the bones.  But she has to have some teeth pulled before they can give her the injection, since the injection will make pulling any teeth nearly impossible, and my mom's teeth are not good.

In the middle of everything, my mom is trying to take maintenance chemo every week.

As you can imagine all of this is very discouraging to my mom, and to our entire family. 

And..continue to pray from 
my best friend's family.
Mainly her son, Mr. T.
They still don't have the full scope
of what is wrong with him
and are going to do more biopsies.
It's a scary time for all of them.

Thank you, as always, 
for all the prayers.

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

I hope each and everyone
reading this will have a
blessed Sunday.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017


I am ashamed that I don't

always think about what the cost

is for my freedom.

I don't always think about

the person that laid

down their life so that

I can enjoy the freedoms

this country allows.

I don't always think about

the day-to-day struggles that

some of our veterans must deal with...

the physical, emotional, spiritual end

of it.

I do think about my Father,

a vet of WWI (yes-WWI)-

He was a young man in the service and 

a man of many years when I was born (53).

His gas mask was in our attic.

He never talked about WWI

but I have 1/2 of the letters he

wrote home to his family.

My dear brother had the other half.

I do think about my Uncle Samuel,

that fought in the Korean War~

but I don't ever remember him

mentioning it.

I do think about my foster brother, Gene,

that was part of the Vietnam war years...

the war that wasn't a war,

or so they say.

I do think about my nephew, Scott,

that suffered permanent damage

when he was fired on as

he guarded one of

Sadam's palaces.

I think about my friend, Tom,

a man that shared a 3 room 

schoolhouse with me in the 

shadow of the mountains 

in Pennsylvania,

a career man that was a 

Chief Petty Officer.

And, I do think about a man

that has a blog..

A man that I met in my blog travels...

you know when you hit that

Next Blog button on the top..

This is a man that gave it all

for his country...

and is now but a shadow

of his former self, on the outside..

Inside- he is a fighter of the

greatest magnitude.

I have so much respect for

Kurt The Krippled Warrior.

He lives a hard life but asks

for no pity or sympathy.

As many of you know,

I volunteer at the VA on Tuesdays.

I am so blessed to be a small part of it.

Two of the men I work with

were in Vietnam and served faithfully.

Thank you Dave you crazy fool

and Rick.

Rick is the "normal" to balance


I am blessed to know you both.

Today, I hope  to

raise a salute to every man or woman

that fights for all of us.

God Bless Our Veterans

and those that are serving

our country today.

Without you- we have no hope.

Have a wonderful Tuesday

and if you out and about and see

a service person shake his or her hand

and tell them 

Thank You For Your Service.

You'll be glad you did.
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