Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A PLEA AND A PRAYER-OR NOT----

One of the smartest men I have ever known
is my brother-in-law, Mike.
He is married to MyHero's sister.
This is the way I remember him and
my sister-in-law in their young
NYC days-
I remember him as a "hippie" with an old
purple van that we had to push to get it started.
I remember seeing him pick up an instrument
that he had never seen before and be able to play it.
I remember that no matter what subject we
mentioned-he knew something about it.
A smart, funny man with an off-beat sense of humor.

I am not quite sure how to word this
because I don't want to invade family privacy
but I want to put it out there.
Mike has advanced 
BREAST CANCER.
You don't often hear about 
BREAST CANCER in men.
They are not screened for it , 
nor are they expecting it..
It is one of the last things they check for.
That being said,
Mike's condition is very grave.

Mike has always been a self-sufficient person.
He has never asked for help.
He was always able to 
SMART HIS WAY TO SUCCESS.
The sad thing is-
YOU CAN'T OUTSMART CANCER.

Mike's beliefs are different than my own,
but that is his choice and I am not a preacher.
He once heard my youngest daughter sing
at a concert and said...
IF I believed---IF I were a believer--
I would think I just heard an angel sing.
That is the most "religious" thing 
I have ever heard him say.

So, today, I ask for prayers
and well-wishes and an uplifting of hearts..
Pray that Mike finds his way home
with peace in his heart.
Pray for his wife and children.
They are broken and filled with sadness.
Pray for his sister-she is devastated-
Pray that we can help them when the time comes
and stand as strong as we need to stand.

Maybe even pray for a miracle.
THAT would be a testimony, wouldn't it?

Mike, if you could read this-
I would tell you that-
You are loved-as my "brother"
and a kindred spirit.
We are rooting for you, buddy!

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

SILLY SATURDAY- AD SPINS- ADS AS I SEE THEM #`1

Back when I first started blogging
I used to do something called
Magazine Mockery.

It was basically ADS that I found
that I would put my own 
"SPIN" on.

I have a full file folder of those ads
that need to be 
EXPLAINED to MY liking.

I think Saturday is a good day to do this feature.
Everyone is busy and spending family time
so these will be 
VERY SHORT READS.

Here we go with 
AD #1


Roger told Connie that he had agreed

to install the expensive new refrigerator

because he thought she would fill

it with lots of healthy foods...

and start cooking more.

He gently told her, over cocktails,

that although he loved her dearly,

he was sick and tired of

drinking his dinner.



Happy Saturday folks...

try to NOT drink your dinner!
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Friday, May 29, 2015

Finish It Up Friday- Five Fotos For Fun

I am getting to the point where my
photo albums are getting cleared out.
That might be good or bad...

So Here We Go:
Let's COUNT shall we?

-ONE LITTLE BOY-
CJK
on the dock to nowhere:
That is using the Waterlogue application.
Here is what the original looked like:
Two Little Sisters Loving Each Other
while they wait for a snack after a hard
dance practice routine.
SweetCheeks  and Ria
Two All Togged Up
for a wedding.
Big Boy E & CharlesInCharge
THREE Little Schoolgirls
on their way to the car..
I promised to only show them from the 
knees up. 
I LIED!
Someone could NOT find their shoes!
How DOES that happen?
Lulu, Ria & SweetCheeks
The FOUR FINGER GRIP!
Little Miss Bright Eyes
And one more cuz she is
SOO CRAZY CUTE!
Now- I want you to go out and enjoy 
your day!
Here is
FIVE IN A ROW!
Don't be all sedate, stuffy, and safe-
be a little daring!
You just never know what might happen!
Yeah- That would be me...
I can hear my name over the loudspeaker now....
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

SHEETS AND SHADOWS AND SHUDDERS

SHEETS

My father always had a saying

that if someone drank

too much they were

THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND.

Well, I am not a drinker

so that saying has a whole

different connotation to me.

Yep!

I think of it literally-
I love the smell of line-dried sheets,

don't you?


SHADOWS

I love the play of shadows on

the sheets, too.
They hang bright and white

as the sun hits them from the East.
However, I always stand facing

the West to hang them.

Why?

Because here is what I see.
My Hero and I have a really early appointment

this morning so I may be absent a bit today.

I am hoping my book order gets here today.

I tracked it and it is on its way!

Meanwhile, while I am waiting for those books

I might take a little trip to Walmart.

I can always get an education there.


SHUDDERS

Ummmm...excuse me sir (?)

I think you could probably get by 

wearing a

MEDIUM- the LARGE 

looks a little BIG on you!

Just another DUMMY shopping at 

Walmart!


You all have a  GREAT Thursday!!!

Don't do anything DUMMY DUMB!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW WORD WEDNESDAY - Normal????

It was a cold Fall day. 
 I was driving down the road
on the East side of town.
It was a road that went from 
TOWN to COUNTRY
and back to TOWN 
in about a 3 mile stretch.

Our little three year old Tara 
was sitting in the back seat
long before seat belts were being used.
She leaned forward and tapped my shoulder.

Tara: MOM! I LOVE that NOMALOME!
Me:  What?
Tara:  That NOMALOME! I want to live there!
Me:  What? Where?
Me: We LIVE in a NORMAL HOME, Tara.
Tara: NO.WE.DON'T!
WE DON'T LIVE in a NOMALOME!

Me: What does it look like, Tara?
She starts to cry-
Tara: IT LOOKS LIKE A NOMALOME, 
she says sobbing!

I bite the bullet because it is driving me crazy!
I turn the car around!
I start driving back up the road looking for
the NOMALOME.

I am looking at both sides of the road and pointing?
Me: Is that it? (pointing)
Tara: NO
Me: Is that it?(ponting again) 
Tara:  NO
repeat those sentences about 300
times to yourself

We get all the way back to the starting point.
Me: Okay, Tara- I don't SEE a Normal home!
Tara:  You went passted it!

I am ready to eat the steering wheel.
I turn around AGAIN!

Me: OKAY! Now- TELL ME- when you see the 
NORMAL HOME!

I drive slowly with cars dragging along behind me.
I. don't. care!

Finally-
Tara: THERE- THERE IT IS!
I look-
Here is what a 
NOMALOME looks like!!!!
Tara:  I want to live there!
Me:  I bet that can be arranged!
And just for a moment......
I am ALMOST tempted to just leave her there...
almost~

You will never look at a 
MOBILE HOME
the same way again-it is in our family-
and will always be
a NOMALOME!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BEAR WITH ME! The Mystery Of Lucy Will Soon Be On Its Way!

GOOD MORNING!!!!

I had planned on mailing a copy
of
THE MYSTERY OF LUCY
out this morning to everyone
that had placed an order in my
Etsy Shop.
You can read the original post about
the book and its content here.
My shipment was supposed to be here
on Saturday.
I think it has been delayed due to 
Memorial Day.

I have the envelopes all addressed
 and ready to go.
As soon as the book arrives here
I will get them all mailed.

Sorry to make you wait.

IF you still want to order a copy 
from my Etsy shop
with FREE SHIPPING the 
offer is still open.
You can do that HERE
or you can order it from Amazon HERE
or from Kindle HERE!

Thank ALL of you SO MUCH for all
YOUR SUPPORT.
I am humbled-
and thankful-
and blessed!!!!!

UMMM...helllooooo
I'm WAITING here!!!!
Listen- I'm glad you like my book
but drop my order off first,
will ya?
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I am over at the VA today- I would have taken
some cupcakes in (with sprinkles)
to SHARE with the VETS
but the pigs here ate them all...
and I am NOT talking about the 
FOUR legged kind of pigs either.
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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!
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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!
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