Grandma Says..

Observations and views from a different set of eyes

The Day We All Remember


Fifty years ago and yet, I remember it as clearly as if it was yesterday.  I was sitting in history class when the classroom door opened and the Principal of our school beckoned our teacher out into the hallway.  A few moments later, the two returned with grief stricken faces and announced to the class that our President had been shot. Tears streamed down our teacher’s face as he announced we were to pack up our things…school was cancelled for the rest of the day.

We filed out of the school and headed home.  I was only thirteen but I felt the loss of our nation’s leader along with the rest of my classmates.

Students walked home slowly with solemn faces.  When my sister and I arrived home, our parents met us with the news that our President had died.

For three days, the nation stopped and we watched.  The days were spent in front of the television as the details of the assassination of John F. Kennedy were played out and history unfolded itself in front of our eyes.  Television cameras recorded the grief of a nation; the shooting of Oswald and the final goodbye to our president.

Over the years, I have never met anyone who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard of President Kennedy’s death.  We all remember and we all feel sad every year on the anniversary of the assassination of our President.

But, the picture that stands so clearly in my mind is not one of the vivid recordings of the shooting of the President, or the shocking scene of Lee Harvey Oswald’s death, or the long funeral procession.

The picture I associate with the overwhelming sadness and the grief we all experienced, as one nation, over those three days is the picture of a three year old son saluting his father…saying Goodbye.


I imagine that as my generation passes on that the memories and stories of where we were and what we were doing will become lost and forgotten.  There will be no one left to describe the pain and the sorrow the nation felt on that awful day we lost our President.

But I remember. Yes, it was fifty years ago…but I remember.



Let’s Get This Party Rolling!


Yes my friends, today is Cranky’s 63rd Birthday.  So, where’s the party?

So, far I haven’t received one birthday wish.  Not a one.  Did everybody forget?  Am I expecting too much to hope that my loved ones and friends would have circled this day on the calendar?

There’s no party hats, no balloons and my phone is dead silent.  You would think that such an important day would at least call for one lousy “Happy Birthday” wish, right?

I realize that 63 is not a milestone birthday filled with Hallmark cards that read, “Fifty Is Nifty” or “Sixty and Still Sexy!” but even a boxed card would be nice.  Do I have to wait another couple of birthdays to get a “Sixty Five And Still Alive” banner hanging amid a room filled with black balloons and a cake sinking under the weight of dozens upon dozens of blazing candles?

I crammed this week took all my tests so if I happened to imbibe a little too much Diet Pepsi at the festivities, I would still be able to take time to recuperate before hitting the books again!  So, where’s the party?

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Oh, wait a minute!  I just looked at the clock and discovered it’s only 5:30 AM.  Okay, it might be a wee bit early for people to start celebrating.

So, I’m going back to bed.  Wake me up when the party starts!




No Words Needed



God Bless all of our military heroes, both home and abroad.  God Bless those Veterans who served on foreign lands or defended our homeland. God Bless those who made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly.

Let us never forget to thank a Veteran for their service, not just today, but every day!  They are the reason we are the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free!

Happy Veterans Day!

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Words to Remember


Found this early this morning and just felt I had to share it.  It just spoke to me and the way I’ve lived my life and continue to live it…away from the crowd.

Have a great Sunday!



Are You Tough Enough To Wear Pink?


October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hey guys and gals, it’s that time of year to grab that pink ribbon in support of the researchers, patients and survivors of this deadly disease.  A cure is close…hopefully I will live to see it in my lifetime.  Until breast cancer is eradicated from the face of the earth, though, the Cancer Foundation needs support from all of us.

My small part is to provide the button above and ask my followers to consider putting it on their site for the month of October.  I also want to share the information I found on the National Breast Cancer Association, which provided me with information such as how to create an Early Detection Plan, their “Share The Shock” resource programs and fundraisers available for monetary support of cancer victims and research efforts.  Click here or press the button on my sidebar for information on how we can all learn more about this disease and how we can help to beat it in our lifetime.

So, are you tough enough to wear Pink on your website?  That goes for you fellows out there!  After all, many of us have family, friends or acquaintances who have suffered and survived this deadly disease…so come on.  Grab the button and slap it on!

Thanks, my friends!


P.S.  If anyone has trouble copying the badge and putting it on their site…let me know!  I volunteer my services to guide you through the process.  It’s the least I can do for your support!



Cranky’s Believe It Or Not


As some of you may know, I finally got back to blogging a few weeks ago after having to stop to nurse Danny, my SO after his hospital stay for a bleeding ulcer.  Then, last week, increasing pain in my stomach and back forced me to the Emergency Room and I had to stay for three days for tests.  UGH!  After being released, bed rest has been mandatory and this is the first chance I’ve had to try and sit in a chair long enough to chat a bit with you.

I can’t believe that my pain was due to walking my rambunctious puppy two miles a day.  Evidently, his pulling and jumping on the leash resulted in pulling all the muscles in my back and my stomach!  So, I guess a new exercise regime will be required or I fear that my precious puppy may have to find another home.  I am signing him up for behavior classes in a last ditch effort to keep him here…it’s all up to him!

I did come to believe that I was not meant to diet!  After three weeks of dieting (and never cheating) Dan was put in the hospital.  I was back on track for one week and then I got thrown in the hospital.  So, the diet is on hold and all my concentration is going to be on getting our health back, catching up with my blogging buddies and my writing projects.

I hope you all will still visit even if my posts are erratic since I would hate to lose touch with all of you!  Well, back to the heating pad and my pain killers…we’ll talk soon!  Believe it or not!




Breaking News…Cranky’s Back!


Yes, my friends, after a long period of silence, I’m finally able to jump back into my “other” life here on WordPress.  And, oh, how I have missed being here.  But, the days of my turning a wistful eye towards my laptop are over for now and I hope that it will be a long time before I am dragged out of my WP world again!

An update on Danny…the surgery proved successful but Danny’s recovery has been slow…very slow.  His spirits have been a little on the down side since this was the second life-threatening illness in the past 16 months.  I can’t blame the guy for being scared.  But, I spend each day pointing out even the smallest improvement in his health and assuring him that he will improve even more as time goes by.

Of course, we now have a slew of doctor’s appointments for follow-up care and medication changes that have occurred.  Danny still has a lot of health issues (Hepatitis C, a damaged liver and now this damn ulcer) but I assure him that I’m in this for the long haul and he won’t be facing these challenges alone.  I love the guy and want to not only keep him around but want to make sure that whatever time we have left together is spent looking at the beauty and the humor in the world around us.  After all, that’s the best medicine you can give to someone like Danny!  When I can put a smile on his face or comfort him when he’s down…then I know I’m doing what’s right for him.

I can not begin to thank all of you for the thoughts, prayers and good energy you sent our way during this difficult time.  There are no words to express how much that meant to me but the tears in my eyes might give you some insight into how touched I was to read all your comments!

So, although a large part of my day is still spent on Danny’s care; I hope to be able to spend time daily keeping up with all your adventures and sharing some of mine.

I want to end this with a kernel of wisdom that I have gleaned from going through these health events with Danny.  There is no promise of tomorrow, so please, make sure that your time spent with your friends and loved ones is filled with laughs, love and hugs.

Again, thanks for all your love, support and well wishes.  But, be warned, Cranky is back!  And she’s got a lot to say!




Doing The Hospital Hop



Hi everybody…finally got away from the hospital long enough to send a short note.  Saturday Danny woke up violently ill and I had to rush him to the Emergency Room.  Tests showed a bleeding ulcer and since he is on blood thinners…it was very serious indeed.  But, I’m happy to report that surgery stopped the leak and he is now recuperating nicely.  We hope that all stays well so he can come home tomorrow.

Naturally, I have been at his side since Saturday and have had no time to post…but, once things are settled, I’ll catch up with you all!

Hope you are all well and you’ll hear from me soon!  Got lots to tell y’all when I come back!




Premature Post Phenomenon


Yesterday, I started a post for the WordPress Award.  Somehow, someway, somebody pushed the Publish button instead of the Save Draft.  Consequently, the stupid post went to the reader bearing only a title and a picture of the award.

The worst part of the situation is that I wasn’t aware of what happened right away.  While I was busy collecting nominee names, comments and likes started coming in for a post that I didn’t even know went out to the public!  I hurried over and marked it trash (easy to trash when there was hardly any work done on it).

I want to apoligize to anyone who took the time to put a Like or Comment on the post…and I sincerely hope that when I get the post finished…you will take a second look.  I have a great list of nominees ready but will be unable to complete the post until this weekend.

So, mea culpa and I hope you all have a great Friday!



The Answers, My Friend


First I have to apologize for not getting to this post sooner.  A dear, sweet blogging buddy, JayNine nominated me for this award a while back and I am just getting to it.  Mea Culpa, sweetie.

Since I have been nominated for this award five times previous to this one, I am going to skip over the regular rules and do the one thing that JayNine asked me to…answer the questions she wrote for her nominees.

But, before I go any further, let me introduce you to JayNine.  She’s a mom, a blogger and a great person all rolled into one!  She’s got a site called J9’s Opinion and it’s always a fun read.  She also has adorable children and a love of life that shines through in her writing.  You should pay her a visit (fuzzy jammies are welcome) and find out what she has to say.  I believe you’ll be glad you did.

Now, on to the questions that she asked in her award post and my humble answers!

1.  Have you thought of an invention you wish you had shared, that someone else now has patented/created?

I can’t believe it…but the answer is YES!  A couple of sweltering summers ago, over a few beers, I told Danny that we should invent a way to stay cool while we are on our lanai.  I told him some sort of pillow that chemically cooled your bare feet was needed…after all, chill the feet and your body temp drops, right?  I was watching TV the other night and found out that someone had beat me to the punch!


The Chill Pillow is exactly what I pictured my invention would be!  I could have been rich, I tell you!

2.  Have you had sex with a “best-friend” from the opposite sex and it ruined your friendship?

Hmmm…the opposite sex…No.  Enough said!

3.  Would you do me a favor?

Anytime, anywhere, any place.  However, it might take me a while to do it!

4.  Do you Pray?

Wow, confession time.  I do, but I’m afraid that I only do so when I really need something.  Awful, right?  No wonder God turns a deaf ear to my prayers!  I don’t blame her!

5.  Have you been to New York City in USA?

OH YEAH!  Many, many times.  I lived in Connecticut only an hour’s drive from the Big Apple and as a teen used to take a train into the city armed with a fake id!  Ah, to be young again.

6.  Truth or Dare?

I’ll take the Dare anytime!  I love a challenge and have been known to do some very crazy things on a dare!

7.  Have you ever called (or met with) a psychic?

No.  And why?  Because I’m scared of the future…already know the past…and really believe in ghosts so I worry that one will try to “talk” to me.

8.  What’s your secret to a Good Marriage?

Girl, you are asking the wrong person!  I’ve been married three times…none lasted longer than five years.  However, my relationship with Danny has always been built on trust and I believe that’s what you need to last 12 years together as we have.  Without trust, you have nothing!

9.  Which Celebrity do you dream of being intimate with? (LOL! I can’t believe I’m making this stuff up lol)!

It would be easier if you asked which Celebrity do I NOT dream of being intimate with!  Hmmm…I wouldn’t throw Brad Pitt out for eating crackers in my bed!

10.  What was the best gift you were ever given? (from any holiday)

The best gift I’ve ever gotten are my children.  Simple as that!  Without them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today!

11.  Where are you in 5 years?

If I’m not pushing up daisy’s by that time, I plan on being on the road headed to my next book signing.

So, my friend, here are the answers you wanted!  Now, before I leave, I hope you will all visit JayNine and say “Hi.”  Tell her Grandma sent you!  And thanks again to a dear, sweet blogger that I always look forward to hearing from!




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