Only Good Friday

Good Family – “Only The Good” Friday

I came home from the store to find a wonderful surprise… the “Good” family of my son, Wade, came over and cleaned up my backyard after the heavy snowstorm of last week broke off several major limbs.  Two other grandsons, (Emily’s boys) came along to help with the fray.  They worked hard to get everything  cut up, pruned, raked and hauled away.  After they left to go home… I kept looking out into my back yard and grinned like a Chessy Cat.


Here is Glade, Barrett and Wyatt.  They’re  cleaning out the rain gutters and doing a great job. They love any excuse to get on the roof and walk around.


Wyatt came down from the roof to help with the tree pruning.  I wish the storm had been a little more selective about how it pruned my trees.  Two major branches came down from my globe willow tree.


Braden climbed up the tree to do his pruning work.  He did a great job and the tree looks really nice.  This tree is a River Birch and I love it…. especially in the fall.


Lisa, my sweet daughter-in-law was the ground lady.  She raked and rake.  She’s a Respiratory Therapist at the New Born Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.  Don’t ask me how she shoves those tubes down the throat of a preemie newborn… but she does.  She is part of the life saving team for babies…. and I hope your family never needs her services… but if you do… you family member will be in good hands  She’s the best!


Here is Braden, Wade and Wyatt cutting up limbs and loading the truck for the dump.  I couldn’t get Wade to turn around and smile.  He grabbed an old shirt from out of the my closet and it didn’t fit just right.  Boy… don’t I know what that’s like.


Landon and Josie helped too…. that’s after a few tricks on the swing set.  They pick up sticks and volunteered to help unload the truck at the dump.  What is there about the “dump” that intrigues kids?  I loved to go to the dump with my dad… and my kids loved to go with me.  I use to scare the living daylights out of them by telling them Oscar The Grouch lived there and was waiting for them.   Oh my… that wasn’t a good thing to do…. wouldn’t do that again.   I’m a bit wiser now… Thank Goodness.


The truck is loaded and the workers:  Wyatt, Barrett, Josie, Braden, London, and Glade pose for this final shot.

Thanks guys!  Job well done kids.  Your “goodness” has made this “Only The Good” Friday a “good” one for me.   You make me want to be a better neighbor, friend and family member.

I hope your blessed with good family and friends.

Till Later,


Insightful Nana

P.S.  My brother-in-law, Dew Atwood just mowed my lawn.  More family “good” on this “Only The Good Friday.

P.P.S.  Hey… check out our host Shelly,  at This Eclectic Life. If you want to join us… let Shelly know.   My sis Sheila is a “OtGF” fan too.

As I See It

We’re In For A Change

We’re in for a change and I don’t mean on the political scene.  I’m talking about making a change right here at Insightful Nana.

For sometime, I’ve wanted to share some information with you and didn’t quite know in which category it belonged.  I’ve finally decided that the information is so important that it needs a category of it’s own. The new category is going to be: “Back To Basics.”  Because I’ve witnessed so many economic changes in our world lately, I have the feeling I should get “Back To Basics.”

As a child, I was raised in a home where my Mom was very frugal.  We lived very simply… without a lot of frills.  My mom made all of our clothes… and that was quite a feat since she had 6 girls.  She was a “Scratch Cook” and prepared wonderful meals and taught her 6 daughters to do the same.

I have certainly enjoyed more financial abundance in my life than my mom did when she was raising her family.  It’s been a fun ride… but I see where my money could be more wisely spent at the present time.  So, for me to cut back a bit and tweak some basic skills, is like going home again.

In “Back to Basics, we’ll be exploring all kinds of subjects… Simple, down to earth ideas and tips that will help you through tough times.  That is… if your having to tighten up a bit.  Themes such as emergency preparedness, homemade cleaning solutions, simply homemade medical remedies etc. will be featured.

Freedom comes when you have lots of choices.  I want to give you a lot of choices… so if you have to tighten your belt a bit… you’ll have some back up.  If you don’t have to tighten up… great… these tips still might come in handy.

The “Mom” category is being moved under the “Family” category.  So… it’s kind of like she’s going home too.

I hope you’ll enjoy the new ” Back To Basics” category.  I will be posting there in the next couple of days…  So hold on.  I’ll be inviting you to contribute your ideas too.  Together…we can be prepared and weather any storm.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  In no way am I buying into the “Great Depression” or “Great Recession.”  But, it’s like looking at the planet and saying, “We can do a better job keeping our planet safe… so we can do a few “green things” and help make a difference.”   So, in that light, we can make a difference in our own homes and communities by learning and practicing “Back To Basic” skills.  In helping and supporting each other, we can be prepared for anything.


The Miracle of Birth – Welcome Rosemary Josephine

The miracle of birth was witness by me when my son, Brad and his wife Martha had their fourth child. I, along with Molly, the other grandma…were invited into the delivery room. Welcome to our family, Rosemary Josephine.

Almost two weeks over due…she arrived at 3:15 yesterday, Aug. 13…bright eyed and bushy tailed. Martha’s past deliveries have been a bit risky…and this baby came into the world easily and healthy. Martha did very well also. No complications. So, I’m especially grateful today. This makes 14 grands… 7 girls and 7 boys and I love it!

I always wonder what babies little minds must thinking, as they are whisk away from their familiar nine month environment to the warming table, where their wiped down, prodded and poked, weighed and measured (7lbs 14 oz….19 1/2″) I do know… what ever this little one may have thought, or experienced in her first few moments of life…she will be dearly loved and well taken care of by her loving immediate and extended family.

Here are the first minutes of Rosemary Josephine’s life. Enjoy these moments with me.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. I will be taking care of family matters tomorrow… I’m on board to watch over Norah, Lu and Abram. Family… What a wonderful institution.

P.P.S. The miracle of birth is an experience that has no words to describe it… You would need to have the tongue of an angel to even begin to try.

As I See It

Enjoy The Present Moment

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”

William Feather
1889-1981, Writer

Boy… do I understand this one…. Sometimes, I’m so busy with my nose to the grindstone, I don’t appreciate and enjoy all the blessings I receive, my precious family, good friends and neighbors in present time. So much is an after thought…. I vow to do better!

Join me in enjoying the special moments of this day.

God Bless!

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. On my way to enjoy…. and appreciate a good meal!