Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A VERY MERRY BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO YOU

I hope and pray that 
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU
has a Christmas filled with 
LOVE & JOY & PEACE.

I will be taking 
A BLOGGING BREAK
between now and the
NEW YEAR...
so we can celebrate the
true meaning of Christmas.
but..
after that I will be back as
FULL OF SASS 
as ever.

Thank you so much for
always visiting and leaving comments.
You are the reason 
I continue to blog.
Love and peace and blessings
to all of you.
xo Diana xo

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Friday, December 23, 2016

MY HERO SLEEPS WITH HIS LITTLE BUDDY-IT'S A PLATONIC RELATIONSHIP

Any nappers in your family?

I have one that seems to 
take a
LOT OF NAPS..
especially when there is 
LOTS OF STUFF on the
TO-BE-DONE LIST!

Today,
unbeknownst to MyHero,
his little friend is joining him.
LOOK HOW CUTE!
They BOTH have matching
sleep masks!

He shifts around a bit
to get comfortable....
However, our little elf
is not much of a napper.
He likes MISCHIEF!
As you can see, he has pushed
HIS MASK UP
so he can see what is going on.
Hey! Buddy!  Time to
WAKE UP!!!
Whaddaya doing under there?
Sigh---looks like MyHero
is still sleeping soundly.
Yes- I know he has had 
cancer this last year.
Maybe I should give him a pass?
NAH....That's not me!
I would have to pretend to be
THAT NICE.

Buddy gives a 
BIG SIGH.
NOW WHAT?

Thank you, Buddy!
You have done your job
for the day.
You have been part of a grand
"pay-back".
Revenge is 
SO SWEET!
and--
MyHero touched you 
(or rather YOU touched HIM-
and that counts)
so he gets
COAL in his STOCKING.
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Now--just a reminder to my readers-
YOU BE GOOD-
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.

Have a wonderful day

ps.  I added some further instructions to my
NEVER FAIL CARAMELS
HERE-

Umm...apparently....a couple of people had
FAILS---and my BFF, Sandy,
my "sister-in-life"
was first in line to tell me.
Thanks, Sandy....Lordy, I love you!
Don't break your last tooth on 
those REFRIGERATOR HARDENED caramels.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

THE CHRISTMAS ROSE-A Poem I Wrote For Christmas


THE CHRISTMAS ROSE
There is a legend old as time 
about the Christmas Rose,
If you've not heard it e'er before~
this is how it goes.

The night sky glowed quite splendidly,
and the girl could see a Star.
It brightly shone upon the land 
and beckoned from afar.

She left her door step quietly 
without a backward glance,
She knew that she must follow it
and take the risk-the chance.

She had heard the shepherds talking 
about the child so near,
That would change the world forever-
that could comfort every fear.

She watched behind a hillock 
as the Magi took their place, 
With their gifts of myrrh & frankincense
& gold in a fine case.

She wanted such a special gift 
for this baby oh-so-dear,
But she was poor, had nothing, 
and she cried a silent tear.

She quickly searched the countryside~ 
a flower was her thought,
But the winter was cold 
& damp & mean-
no flower to be sought.

She earnestly began to weep 
and softly shed each tear,
While an angel watched & marveled 
at the love she held so dear.

"Why are you crying, my child?" she asked 
as she met her on the ground 
"I long to give something to this child
- but nothing have I found."

The angel touched her tears 
where they lay upon the earth,
And a Rose sprung up beneath them-
a green & silent birth.

Now go and give your roses, child,
your gift of heart & tear,
And the Savior child will bless you 
& comfort you, my dear.

She gently picked the roses 
and took them to the place,
Where the baby lay in splendor
in His lowly birthing space.

She stared upon his countenance-
this ragged, humble child,
And He turned his little face up 
and looked at her & smiled.

Yes! That's the story of the Christmas Rose-
it's been heard by many ears,
But the Blessing it brings at Christmas time 
will carry us through the years.
~©Diana Kosmoski~
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Monday, December 19, 2016

SOCK IT TO ME BABY!!!!!! CELEBRATING THE HUMBLE SOCK!

Every year I like to post this little
-ahem- tutorial on wrapping 
SOCKS or MITTENS.

Prepare to spend a lot of time
IN THE BATHROOM
after you read this!

Is there anything more

mundane to wrap than SOCKS????

You KNOW that

you just don't want to

stick them in box

with a bow on it.

Right?

Look! Here's an answer to

your wrapping dilemma.
Well, peeps,

Here we go~

First you must get a sock..

well, make it a pair because

one sock won't work for

MOST people.

How about something like

these-?  Cute, huh?

Then you must find some of

those short peppermint sticks.

You can buy them or

someone might send them to you.
Then you must let the

peppermint stick

SNEAK UP ON

the SOCK!
Before you can say

Alla-ka-zam-whoheebobster-helloworld

that peppermint stick

has jumped into the sock

and worked its way down

into the toe.


Can you see it there?

I've pinched it to make it stay

and now I am gonna roll

that little sucker up
into what I like to call

THE SOCK ROLL.
Well, GREAT, we got ourselves 

A SOCK ROLL

NOW- what the heck are do we do with that?

Welllllll....
There's another kinda roll

lying around my house

cuz I've been saving them.

Used toilet paper rolls.

No..No..Not used toilet paper..

Used up empty rolls.

They look like this when they are naked.
Don't worry about that little bit of

white tissue left-you won't see it soon.

Find some foil based wrapping paper.

Foil works best because you can

bend the edges down and you

don't have to glue/tape it

lest you want to.

Wrap that foil paper around

that roll leaving about 1/3"

extending over each end.
Simply bend the paper down

so that it overlaps the edge of the roll.
You will not see this when it is

done but you can glue/tape if if you like.

Then..

Sneak up on those socks and

stuff them in the roll.

A roll in a roll.

I'm just keeping myself rolling here!;>)

Remember you won't see this at the end.
Then, take some sweet tissue paper

and cut an 18" x 18" piece~

or thereabouts.

Center the roll in the middle and

starting at one end,

roll that baby up and then


twist the ends so that it

looks like a big old fat

piece of taffy.

Toilet Taffy

Laffy Taffy!
Now is that cute, or what?

I only need to tie a bit of ribbon

around the twist and I'm done.
And, when it's unwrapped

they will see the shiny foil roll

and NOT this..
Cuz the only place we

REALLY want to see THAT

is in the bathroom.

And we don't even really want

to see it there because that

would mean that someone

like MyHero..

not pointing fingers here but it

has happened

has used the last piece on

the roll
 and neglected to replace

it and there is none to be found

making me want to scream

bad words...naughty words...

Okay-that's it-

Now get rolling and wrapping

cuz there's not much time left!

And I'll just say a little prayer for you

to have to go to the bathroom

a whole lotta times

(if you need empty rolls

to wrap your socks)

cuz I am just nice like that!;>)

You can always TRY this if you need

empty rolls in a hurry!
I am just FULL of .......what

good advice!
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

WHAT ELSE IS OUT (or in) In DECOR?

This was NOT supposed to post today-
My NEW LAPTOP
has a mind of it's own-
It's obviously IRISH!
Anyway- here it is-
You can read it and RANT-
but be nice- Santa is watching~

Wow-
My last post about this subject (here
raised a few comments--
Some good---some hmmmmm...
Let's say I deleted one!  
I might have been called a name or two 
in that one!
Of course, ANONYMOUS had no last name.

So-here we go.
Here are some things that were
FRESH AND NEW 
in homes in my early days of blogging.

What say YOU?
IN or OUT?
Remember these?

Deconstructed chairs

Fabric-wrapped or bare wire lampshades

Wreaths made from books
I have one my daughter-in-love made me that 
I will NEVER part with!
You can see it on my chippy old window below.

Does Chevron make YOU dizzy?

How about Roe Antlers?
I know some of you LOVE them!

When was the last time you saw a
Keep Calm Sign?
Were they overdone and 
now a burn-out?
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Sitting on a 
Morocan Pouf?
There's still lots of them for sale all over
but the 'powers that be' say they are 
OUT for 2017.
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These, too, were really popular 
when I started blogging:

Concrete Countertops
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How about these floor coverings?

Sisal & Jute
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And-last but not least I will end with this one
I can't tell you how many rooms 
I painted for myself
and others with

Faux Finishes
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So - what do YOU think?
It is fun to get another's 'take' 
on what they like...
or don't like...
or don't care.

You know what IS IN STYLE?

This little coat and hat that is 
36 years old!
My daughter's great grandmother 
bought this for her
and she wore it when she was little
and now her daughter-our little
BRIGHT EYES-
is wearing it here.

OH! LOOK! Do YOU see Santa?
Yep-Being cute is always
IN STYLE!
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