Friday, August 26, 2011

Nanny, I'll love you forever...........

My grandmother passed away on August 19th, 2011.

My heart is broken.

She lived for 91 years,  9 months and 8 days. 

I had my grandmother for nearly 52 years.  But selfishly, it wasn't enough.

I will miss her every day of my life.

Just a couple of weeks ago I attended a funeral for one of my insureds..I called Nanny on my way back home and told her about it.  I said that friends had stood up and spoke about the man and what he meant to them and some told funny stories about good times.  Nane said,  "I don't know how people do that,  do you?"  I said, "No I don't, I couldn't do it."    I decided that my final gift to my grandmother would be to stand up and tell everyone what a wonderful person she was.  So I did it.  It was hard at first and hard to finish but I got through it..I will share this with you...

You may know her as Cleona, Chap, Chappie, Mom, Nane or Nanny.  She got the name Chap because when she was a kid they would say she walked like Charlie Chaplin.  And she did..

Nanny loved her family.  There was never any doubt about that.  The door remained open to anyone for as long as she lived.  The light was left on for many many years welcoming you back home to Nannys house..
She was able to remain in her home right up until the last day of her life with the help of her family and sheer determination on her part.  She was a tough lady.  We should all be very proud.

You should also know how every helping gesture was appreciated no matter how small.  Every time someone did repairs, mowed the grass, did her hair or her nails, paid the bills, cleaned the house and cooked for her, got the mail, took her to her appointments and then out to eat, plus all the many many other things it takes to remain independent in your home, she was thankful for it all.  You all allowed her to stay at her home.    She would often say...."I'm so lucky to have such a good family" or "Thank you for being so good to me."  She knew she was blessed with the love of  family. 

Your memories of Nane will be many.   Her faith in YOU and the guidance she shared will sustain you thru your lifetime.  You will always think...Nanny said...

Nanny said...

Get off the cave!!  (Although a lot of times you may not have listened.  Perhaps even jumping from the cave to the house roof.  Don't think she didn't know it!)

Nanny said..
Stand up straight.
Get that hair out of your eyes.
Pick up your feet.
Whatever you want, get it.
Sit down awhile.
You don't have to leave yet, do you?

How many times did you hear, are you SURE that's enough potatoes?
Peel another one for Nanny now wont you?
Other memories will be...
Sitting at the kitchen table for hours and hours, talking about whatever came to mind.  Reading the paper to her and perhaps painting her nails...other times putting up her hair or just looking out the window.  You never knew just who might be coming up the driveway or perhaps we could guess what kind of car was going "up the road"...

You will remember dinners at Nanny house..The dining room being full of people and crowded.  Just like she liked it.  Roast chicken was probably on the table.  And always plenty of stuffing and she wasn't going to run out of mashed potatoes.

You will remember Nannys fried chicken.

Perhaps also a memory will be spending the weekend, but only when it was "your turn".  Sometimes you could stay along with another sibling or cousin but typically it was one at a time.

You will remember that big bible with the pictures.

You will think of all the stray cats Nanny fed.

You will remember minced bologna sandwiches, milk by the gallons, many pots of coffee, spaghetti sauce simmering, cracking walnuts, picking up pine cones, hopscotch on the sidewalks, a large front porch to run and play on with a big chalkboard.  You will remember getting a "talking to" when you were messing up and and the best praise in the world for something good.    

Each of you will have your own personal thoughts and memories to take with you.  That is what she gave to you that was special just to you.  Keep those close to your heart.  She was always there for you in your own special way.  

Nanny loved..

Nanny loved us..She loved eating together..  She loved African violets. 
She loved..
singing happy birthday to us
shoes and
She loved her memories growing up down home in Mifflin...

Nanny didn't like bananas...

Nanny was a Christian..She read and studied her bible.  She so enjoyed going to Sunday School when she was able and discuss the lesson of the week.  We are certain today that she is on the debate team in heaven.  They now have their work cut out for them.  She told it like it was.  Good or bad.

Nanny loved to laugh and appreciated a good joke..even the colorful ones.  She loved to end her phone calls on a light note with a laugh or a smile.  She often said to go to your job with a smile on your face and the world will smile with you.  She is smiling at us today because her favorite thing of all was having everyone together.

She loved collecting dolls and angels.  She seemed to get inspiration through these gifts and today we all know Nanny was OUR inspiration, OUR gift in life and an angel today.  She is flying free without any burdens, no pain and with her loved ones who went before.  Dont be sad for her today.
Celebrate that you had this much time to spend with such a beautiful lady.
She taught us well.
WE have all been the ones that have been blessed.
SO, onward we shall go!

Love you Nanny, and thank you for loving us so well...

Love forever
and Mickey and all the rest of us.. 
and Bob..

Monday, August 15, 2011

A walk in the Park

Turns out that Mickey worked late Friday and we didn't get to have dinner with our neighbors..I really wanted to go!!!!    Had to last minute cancel and I felt bad....I didn't make my *secret salad* then but when I do I will post about it...

Sunday,  I took Bob and Marley to the park for a walk.   We spent the better part of the morning there and then to the Grand ones house for a short visit..Bob and Marley got to run all over their backyard with their little yorkie-poo named Ben.  They had a good time frolicking about..

All that lead to a lazy afternoon of napping..

Next week sounds like the Grands want to see another movie..
Spy kids..So then,  that's what we shall do..
What was your weekend like?
Tell me

Friday, August 12, 2011

Having dinner with friends

What are you weekend plans?

We are having dinner tonight with our friends who are also our neighbors...

They have two of the cutest little boys you ever saw.  

I will be taking my *secret salad*..I will blog about that next week.


Do you have a friend that you haven't visited in some time?   

Go see them!!

This from my friend Tracey today...

  Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

 When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

 Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

 Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

 Take naps.

 Stretch before rising.

 Run, romp, and play daily.

 Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

 Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

 On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

 On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

 When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

 Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

 Be loyal.

 Never pretend to be something you're not.

 If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

 When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Making pancakes

The *Grand ones* have been making pancakes at my house since they were babies...

It is what we do on Sunday mornings when they spend the night....

I am sure by the time they are grown adults, I will have taken 25764 photos of them making pancakes in *Grandmas*  kitchen...
I made Emma her very own copy of the ingredients needed this past Sunday.  She wanted a copy to take home..

By the look on Bobs face, I think he is ready for his own pancake!!!

Making pancakes and memories too!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Questions answered.....

 Thanks for all the questions!!!  Now lets get started...

Joan asked:

1.)  How old is Bob and why did you name him Bob?

*I do not know Bobs age for sure.  He came to me. He wandered into my yard, into my life and into my heart.  He was probably about one or two at that time and Ive had him since June 2006.  So he may be 8 or 9 years old..!!  Oh my ...

* We tried different names on him for a couple of days.  Mickey is actually the one that said, "Bob", and he seemed to respond.    It was that simple. 
2.)  Also, how often do you get back home to PA, and does this unending heat make you want to move?

*I typically go back every year.  I have gone back twice in a year.  I am a big baby and the first to admit it.  I cling to my family like a little monkey.  Mickey is usually not as clingy but he sure misses his family too.  I talk to my grandmother nearly everyday and my mom too.  He is good with a once a week call.  

*This heat is testing my last nerve.  Not so much for me but for Mickey who works out in this, my son does too and for my animals that endure this day and night.  I do my best to make everyone comfortable as possible.

Becky  asked..

1.How in the world do you find time in a day to do all that you do? 
*I am cursed with the disease of being able to work but not relax.  I have only recently trained myself to a *time out* on weekend afternoons.  I either nap or watch a movie..That is my ME time and it was hard to get to that point.  There is ALWAYS so much to do.  I never get it all done.  I am lucky in that I find a LOT of time in my job to do things that typically others do at home.  Bills, calls, and blogging..Shhhhhhh... 
2.If you could take your dream vacation, where would you go?
*  Besides home to Pennsylvania, my dream vacation would be to Alaska with Mickey..

3.When are you coming to visit me?
*  To this, I do not 

4.What is your favorite color?

5.Morning person or night owl?
*Morning!!!  I hit the ground running..

6. Coffee or tea?

7.Boxers or briefs?   Briefs!  LOL...teasing

8.Oh yeah, why DID you name Bob...Bob?   Mickey did..Just a whim

Oklahoma Granny said...
I'm interested in the answers to all the questions already asked but I've got a few others.
1. When was the last time you were able to take a bike trip?
*  It was with my friend Julie and another lady .  It was a couple of years ago!!   

2. Where did you go?
*.  We rode the
It was awesome and a lifetime memory for me.

 3. Where would you like to go?
*  I dont ride anymore at all.  I still have my bike but will probably sell it simply because I dont ride it.  If I could, I would LOVE to ride the roads back home in Pennsylvania with my two brothers.  I would also like to ride the roads of Virginia with my friend Tracey.  But I would think my riding days are about at the end.  Stay tuned.

gayles said...
1. When are you coming to see me?
*Aunt Gayle, I will be seeing you the very next time I come to Pennsylvania..!

2. When are you going to answer these questions? Cause we really want to know the answers
*..There you go!! 

Any more questions?


Our grass was green once...I almost didnt remember  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Ive seen it from time to time on other blogs.  Their readers may have questions about the blogger.  Well, I think since I have about 4 readers, it shouldnt be too big a task! 

Do you have any questions for me?

Is there something you 've been wanting to ask me?

Well Im all ears....

Ask away....