Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

I wrote this for Memorial Day

a while ago but I think it is

relevant every day.

This means even more to me now that I am

volunteering at the VA Center here. 



Memorial Day is here once more,

We fly the flags above our door,

We plant our flowers that mark the grave,

Of every solider that was so brave,



They fought for freedom for everyone,

Many lives snuffed out by a sniper's gun.

We proudly march in our little bands,

As daybreak filters across our lands,



But I wonder if we can truly see,

What cost it was to make us free.



Confederate soldiers fought the Yanks,

Some brothers fought brothers in those ranks,

To free the downtrodden that were lost,

To free all men at any cost.



My father was a medic in World War One,

A war not talked about by anyone,

Some men lost limbs and some were gassed,

Some were picked up by comrades, others 

bypassed.



World War II! How tragic indeed,

People standing by watching others bleed.

Souls thrown to the winds with no remorse,

Foreign government standing on their own 

course.



Vietnam was not a war they said,

Then how come so many soldiers ended up 

dead?

No heroes welcome for them in sight,

They slunk home in the dead of night.



Should I go on-with Korea & Desert Storm?

Iran? Afghanistan? Are you getting warm?

Do you feel the pain you see in their face?

Does it make you squirm in your warm, safe 

place?



I've just one more thing I'd like to say,

It's about celebrating Memorial Day,

Look around and everything you see,

Was paid out in blood so that we are free.

Put your hand on your heart,

For the blue, white and red,

Raise your eyes to the flag,

Say a prayer for the dead.


Because of a solider I can have my say,

So ~God Bless you this Memorial Day~


And To All Our Soldiers-


© Diana Kosmoski 5/31/10

I will be back on Monday.

Thank you for all the positive and wonderful

feedback on my book.

You are all

THE BEST!

Friday, May 22, 2015

MY BIG SECRET! I Can't Believe It Myself! I'm An Author!!!!

Well, I am sorry to have kept you all 
IN THE DARK
for so long.

Just so you know- when I was
SICK THIS WINTER
I was NOT sitting around eating bon-bons
and watching old Columbo movies-
Well, I might have watched a few of those.

However, 
Before I could share this on my blog
I had to get all my ducks in a row~
before I made this announcement.
And WHAT IS IT?
Well,
I HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK!
A bonafide, honest-to-goodness 
PUBLISHED BOOK!
Ready?
TA-DAH!!!!
I did not even tell MyHero or my family
that I was doing this until I had a
PROOF COPY 
in hand.
They about fell over.
MyHero didn't fall over and die-
good thing because he has no life insurance.

Want to know what it's about?
Lucy was born and raised in Ridgebury, in the mountains of Pennsylvania; an area steeped in superstition. When Lucy was 6 she discovered she had the gift of “sight”-the ability to see the future of others but not her own. Her “sight” is somehow connected to the Deep Woods on the back of her farm and makes her an oddity to other children. When her father mysteriously disappears when Lucy is 9, she enters the Deep Woods looking for answers to questions she is too young to ask. As a young girl, she marries into a religious order and eventually moves to the Valley towns of Athens, Sayre and Waverly . As a young wife, she is terribly unhappy and her life takes many twists and turns- including one of forbidden love, betrayal and abandonment. Her quest for love takes her to Florida and the Midwest, but ultimately takes her home to the mountains to seek answers to age-old questions. It is a story that will touch your heart.

Yes-that is ME on the cover.
That is LUCY in the book.
There are a couple of you that knew
beforehand because I needed a bit of help 
along the way.
One friend has read it so she could 
promote it for me on her blog.
She had a less-than-perfect copy
because I only had a couple of proofs
and she got one.
My friend, Jettie Parrish, reviews books
for authors and she helped me navigate
the waters of publishing.
For that I am 
SO GRATEFUL.

Is it a GOOD book?
I dunno!
I THINK it is.
It is an "easy read"-much like
I write my blog.
I would call it a beach read-BUT-
there is no sex, violence, or bad language.
I don't want my grandkids to be embarrassed 
by it someday.
Although there is no sex 
there is fulfilling romance.

You can order it from Amazon for immediate delivery.
It is $14.95 plus shipping.
Click HERE for that link.

-OR-
You can order it from 
MY NEWLY SET UP 
for the same price but I will pay shipping
AND I will autograph it for you-
It may take from one to two weeks
for it to arrive.
I can only ship to the 48 states 
through Etsy.
If you want an autographed 
hard copy/soft cover
from me and live outside the 
48 states let me know and 
I will see if we can accomplish that
via the local post office.

It should also be available
on Kindle very shortly.
I think the cost there 
will be $4 and some change.

edited to add:
Just got the notification from Kindle
Click HERE to purchase as an ebook.
It is $4.29

Whether or not I sell a single copy, 
I wanted to do this for my grandchildren.
Someday they can say their 
grandmother had a book published.

It is an oversized paperback and is
420 pages long with book club questions
at the end.

So---there you have it---
Now you know!
No more secrets here.....
Or are there?

That is one reason for the new picture in my profile.
My son insisted....the brat....
I looked younger in the "old" picture.
And so-
There you have it!!!
Can you believe it?
I still can't!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I AM A THIEF! There- I've Said It And Have A Recipe To Prove It!

I felt guilty 
ALL THE WAY HOME!
Kind-of...
okay...just a little bit guilty.

There is a house that no one lives in
on a permanent basis-
close to my son's house.
They check it once or twice a season.
They have a 
HUGE RHUBARB PATCH.
Every year it goes to waste!
Well,  when I pulled into my son's drive
and I blame him for LIVING
 there next to that patch
so it is really all his fault
my eyes were immediately 
drawn to that poor neglected patch.
That LITTLE DEVIL on my shoulder
whispered in my ear.
He said- DO IT!
GO TAKE SOME RHUBARB.
HE did not say STEAL
HE said TAKE.
So- ahem- I did!

Look at the result of my theft good fortune.
The DEVIL made me cut this rhubarb up
and slather it with sugar and a crunchy top.
Oven ready!
Now- The OTHER PERSON I blame is 
GERT@Gert, Tom  & Rusty, too,
because SHE posted the original recipe here

I doubled it for the monster eaters at this house:
You can find her original recipe by clicking above.
Here it is as I doubled it.
This makes a 9x13 pan FULL-(greased pan)

Rhubarb Crisp
8-10 Cups rhubarb, cut into ¾” pieces
1-1/2 Cups sugar
2/3 Cup flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

TOPPING:
2 Cups flour
1-1/4 Cups brown sugar
1 Cup Oatmeal- I used the one minute kind
1 Cup melted butter 

Directions: 
1.       Combine rhubarb, sugar, flour and cinnamon and put in an 9x13 greased pan.
2.       Combine flour, brown sugar, oatmeal, melted butter  and sprinkle crumbly mixture
  over rhubarb.
3.       Bake a 350 for one hour or until golden brown and bubbly.
We like it served with a scoop of ice cream
 but it is 
GREAT with whipped cream, too.
Yes-Now that I am thinking about it...
That GERT is really the one 
that made me a THIEF!
If you get a chance-pop over there and tell her that!
She does look DEVILISH in that red, doesn't she?
However-
Underneath that devilish look is the 
sweetest lady ever!

ps.  MyHero ate 5 helpings.
I may need a forklift to get him out the door
later this morning.....

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW WORD WEDNESDAY

Well- this MIGHT sound like a 
COMMON WORD 
to you.

But-it can cause some consternation...
especially if you live in the south and 
hear a sentence that sounds like this:
SweetCheeks was fond of saying:

Let's go ride on 
THE ALLEYGATOR!
WHAT?
You want to ride on the ALLEYGATOR?
Where IS the ALLEYGATOR?

You know where it is, Nana!
It's at the STORE!
What? What Store?

I dunno.
You can ride it at the 
HOSPITAL, too!

Know where this is headed?
Well-here you are----
HERE IS THE 
ALLEYGATOR!

Yes-Yes-
That is a whole lot better than trying to ride one of
THESE SUCKERS!
So- Just this once I am going to 
KEEP MY BIG MOUTH SHUT
and keep my comment to myself....
but feel free to add YOURS!

So-next time you are by an
ALLEYGATOR
I dare you to say to someone:
I'll hold the
ALLEYGATOR for you while you get on!
Imagine the looks you will get!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

More Reminiscing- HAIR-DO'S FROM THE 60s

Well, I did the 
No-Boys-Allowed  products of the 60's here
 ~one about Hair PRODUCTS from the 60's here
~ one about SCENTS of the SIXTIES here
~ one about the CLOTHING of the 60's here

So--Now that we have put on our 
SECRET deodorant,
Used enough DIPPTY-DOO 
so our hair won't move in a hurricane,
sprayed ourselves with Love's Fresh Lemon scent,
and got our groove on with a Gunne Sax dress-
Let's FIX OUR HAIR, 
shall we?

So---
What was popular in the 60's for hairstyles?
We had the TWIGGY cut
which was pretty easy care.
AND we had the BEEHIVE
which took a pound of lacquer hair spray 
to hold it in place.
How about THE BOB?
Or did you have the  
SPLIT BANG HI-TOP?
You needed one can of Aqua Net 
per day for this baby!
We had the long loose look
And-oh-yes- 
Let us NOT FORGET
THE BOWS!
There was the BIG BOW style---
And the 
LITTLE BOW STYLE
And let's not forget 
THE FLIP!
Speaking of FLIP~
Did YOU flip over a BOY that 
had a cut like
THIS ONE?
-OR-
Were you more likely to go for a guy that
wore his hair like this?
The "bad boy"?
As for me?
Well, I usually got stuck with someone that
looked like THIS-

How about YOU?
Do you recognize yourself in any of the  
1960's hairstyles above?
Or remember seeing pictures of 
YOUR MOM like that?
Or scarier still- Your GRANDMOTHER
that looked like any of them?
Spill the beans!

Meanwhile,
I'll be pushing the old beans around 
over at the VA this morning...
see you later!

Monday, May 18, 2015

SweetCheeks First Communion-Family Photos Today


Our little SWEET CHEEKS made her
FIRST COMMUNION
yesterday.
Look at the gloves!
They are heavily beaded  white gloves that 
belonged to her
GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER HAZEL.
She was a tiny little woman and the gloves
 are in perfect shape.
Our girl looked so sweet..
Here is the oldest, Lulu, 
with the littlest, Bright Eyes,
on their way into the service.

Little cousin CJK thought the whole thing was
A SCREAM!
A bit later---
He was trying to pry the gum out of Mom's mouth.
LOOK CLOSE!
We have a 
PHOTO BOMBER 
in the background!
I have never seen a baby that loves a camera
like Bright Eyes does.
Mama's Boy got the gold ring so he got to hold
Baby Bright Eyes.
Not a peep out of her during a one hour church service.
We are all SO SAD that NO ONE in the family
LIKES HER!

MyHero says these things just
WEAR HIM OUT!
Pardon my absence.
I am going to get a mirror to hold under his nose
to make sure he is still breathing.
Be back later!

ps.  I am not trying to be secretive.
I do have something special to share and thought
it would be okay to share it by today.
I have to wait a couple of days yet
so please bear with me.
I don't like doing this and I should have waited
to say anything before I had a GO.
Y'all can slap me when you see me!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Sass-Honey- I'm Home!

Here is where I was this 
past week!
Gotta love Waterlogue.
It can make a watercolor out of
any photo!
This is taken from the park across
the street from my daughter's house.

However, 
TODAY I AM HOME!

Oh- yeah- Home Sweet Home!
I had Mindy's two boys 
at the house in Milwaukee for the week.
They were good kids-busy-busy-
as kids that age are.
The topper is that the house has to be kept
REALTOR READY
in case there is a showing.
There were TWO SHOWINGS while I was there.
I like to put on the 
Dog & Pony Show
complete with cake on the table,
the dining room table set for show,
and fresh flowers throughout.
My best friend, SANDY, drove over from
MINNESOTA
and stayed for three days.
We ate ourselves sick and I got her 
hooked on 
CALL THE MIDWIFE.
She is fully addicted and now I have to send her
Season Two & Season Three
because she can't get PBS
out in the wilds of Minnesota!

We had a LOT of good LAUGHS!

Today I am off to our little 
SWEET CHEEKS
FIRST COMMUNION!
How in the world did she get this old?
I will have pictures of this special day tomorrow
and some other news for you, too!

So...y'all come back now, ya hear?
But----while you are waiting--
Let me show you a picture of the 
SMARTEST ONE YEAR OLD IN THE WORLD.
She is TEXTING!
Bet you can't beat THAT!