~ Granny Nan's Country Corner ~

Seize the day . . .

Take time to stop and smell the roses along the way

Welcome to Granny Nan's Country Corner. The year of 2005 has been a difficult year for us at Granny Nan's (followed by the year of 2006, 2007 and now 2008) as we recover from the devastation left behind from Hurricane Katrina and we face the uncertainty of the months ahead in the new year. We will miss our critter friends Cutie-Pie the cat and Lady the mother goose and we will treasure our many fond memories of the joyful time we spent together on our country farm in Louisiana.

Our world is very different now from the world we became accustomed to in past years. We are patiently waiting for our FEMA travel trailer to arrive and hoped the trailer would be here for Christmas or at least for the New Year. Our home is unlivable and lacks doors and most windows. We must bathe with a garden hose when the weather permits and we are struggling to keep warm now that the weather has turned cold. On most days, we won't be caught without our long-underwear on except when we must wash by hand and hang on the line to dry. This is one of life's experiences where one must keep in mind the Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the Serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make,
all things right,
if I surrender to His will.

That I may be reasonably happy,
in this life,
and supremely happy,
with Him forever in the next.

It makes no sense to think of our life in terms of what we lost, or what we don't have, for that kind of thinking cuts us off from the real joys that life can hold. The more we focus on the goodness, the more of it there will be. A lesson very difficult to learn in a world so focused on acquiring "things".

Now, more than ever before, we count our many blessings. We are more aware of how very much our loved ones and friends mean to us and how short our time with them can be. We treasure each moment we share with them so much more now. Love and kindness are the most precious gifts we can give each other. Spend some real quality time with your children, grandchildren, parents, and friends and those memories will last a lifetime.

No matter what your situation or circumstance, life is filled with positive possibilities. The joy of life is the journey. We all need to take just one small positive thing in our life and spend a little time truly appreciating it. We must not forget to take the time to stop and smell the roses along the way.

So, seize the day . . .

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

Can't you hear the pitter-pat
And that happy tune is your step
Life can be complete
On the sunny side of the street

To survive the hurricane was only the first obstacle. Click here to read the article. The alligator and Granny Nan made the news! :-)

Update:  My youngest granddaughter Kacie phoned on Christmas Eve. Kacie lives in Colorado and frequently stays in touch by hitting the memory button on the cordless phone. Luckily for her parents, they have unlimited long distance on their line. Luckily her grandmother does, too. :-)

Kacie wanted to know if I thought Santa Claus would be able to find me in the tent. I assured her I thought so. I'd cut down a tree in the woods, strung lights on it, and set the lovely Christmas tree outside to light the way. She was very relieved and thought Santa would probably find me, too.

Then on December 26th my granddaughters Kacie and Lindsay phoned singing Happy Birthday Grandma, putting a little cha-cha-cha into it. And my dear friends Betty and Les from Canada gave a very kind and thoughtful gift on my birthday. How absolutely blessed they all made me feel. One more treasured memory to last a life time.

Update:  FEMA finally sent an inspector to evaluate my property for setting up a travel trailer, the first step in the long process. The waiting continues. Yesterday (February 3, 2006) my mailman even asked if I was getting a trailer. Hopefully, yes! :-)

Update:  FEMA delivered my travel trailer today (February 7, 2006). Whoopee!!! All day long neighbors (and even the mailman) honked their horns as they drove by yelling "You finally got your trailer". FEMA contract workers grinned ear to ear. A rush has been placed on setting it up and within 2 days everything is hooked up except electricity. Now waiting for permit issued by local government so electrical company can hook up. And my new home is so much nicer than I expected. Trailer is specified ADA compliant and even has a bath tub. Dreaming of soaking in tub until my skin looks like a prune. :-)

Update:  The electricity to my travel trailer has finally been turned on (March 5, 2006). The delay was due to Flour Contractors (FEMA subcontractor) not completing its work. This delay involved about 1100 trailers in my local area. Now I can begin the cleanup of my damaged home and begin taking my life back from a horrible disaster.

Update:  Granny Nan has been very ill during the year of 2007 and is hoping for improvements with her health in the coming year. We are still living in one of FEMA's toxic trailers.

I truly hope you enjoy the visit and bookmark to come back. I'll be adding more holiday sites and keeping you updated on my adventure with Hurricane Katrina. I'll be including some photos of the devastation Katrina left behind and some photos of the volunteers who helped at Granny Nan's in the aftermath of the storm. Some of the volunteers keep in touch now that they are back home and several are planning a return trip to Louisiana in 2006.

Cheerful Celebration's Holiday Web Ring Top List 2005

Thanks so very, very much!

Celebrating holidays is a favorite of mine, especially now that I've reached the age of grandmotherhood. Besides connecting with one's spiritual side, celebrating holidays can also be such a very special way of building fond memories and bonding closer relationships with family and friends.

Holidays can have a way of bringing out the inner-child in each of us and I'm certainly no exception to that one. One of my fondest memories is trick-or-treating on Halloween with my daughters Christine and Michelle and older grandchildren Chad, Brandy and Nicole (now teenagers or older). My grandchildren always insisted that I, not my daughters, must dress in costume. And I must admit that I had more fun as an adult trick-or-treating along side my grandchildren than I did as a child. I hope that my grandchildren treasure those memories as much as I do and carry on our tradition when they have children of their own. And my daughters will also have treasured memories to last a life time trick-or-treating with their grandchildren.

~ Holidays ~

Happy Halloween in the Oaks

Christmas with Granny Nan

Happy New Year

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A Star Is Born

My first great grandchild. How exciting!

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