Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A LITTLE THANKSGIVING POEM I WROTE YEARS AGO-WISHING YOU ALL A BLESSED THANKSGIVING

I have so much to give
Thanks for...SO much.

Thanks to my family,
Thanks to friends coming my way,
Thank you to everyone that
touches my day.

Thanks for my husband,
Thanks for my home,
Thanks for a resting place
wherever I roam.

Thanks for new babies,
Thanks for sweet life,
Thanks for allowing me
peace amidst strife.

Thanks for my children,
Thanks for grandchildren, too.
Thanks for the blessings
that fall on this crew.

Thanks for Thanksgiving,
As we gather this clan,
Bless every child in it
and woman and man.

Which brings us to the banquet,
The banquet of life,
Where some poor old turkey
Gave us his life.

We'll surround him with taters,
We'll smother him with peas,
We'll say, "Pass the gravy"
and Thank You and Please.

But let us remember,
As the table boards bend,
That all of this bounty
Belongs to God in the end.

Amen!

 © D. Diana Kosmoski 2011 


Told you it was an old poem

but some things never change.

Thank you to everyone that has stuck

here over the years and been part of

my blogging world.

Love to all of you-

Diana

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Monday, November 15, 2021

WHERE OH WHERE HAS NANA BEEN? OH WHERE OR WHERE CAN SHE BE?

What a whirlwind the last few weeks

have been!

As most of you know,

my grandgirl, Alana, 

was accepted into the 

DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM.



Many of you watched her grow up on my blog as

LITTLE LULU.


I have a timeshare in Florida

about an hour from Disney.

I left a week early to spend some time

with her before she starts the program.

As most of you know,

once they enter an away-at-school program

they never really ''come home" again.

We had a wonderful few days hanging out

at a resort on the ocean.



Her mom, my daughter, Tara,

joined us for the last two days 

before we headed to Orlando.



What a wonderful, wonderful experience.

The three of us spent 2 days in 

The Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

We ate our way though Epcot

and enjoyed all the rides in both places.



Then we helped Alana move into her new apartment

right on Disney property.

They are state-of-the-art apartments

and beautiful.  

The campus is like a resort.

Alana will be working in 

THE MAGIC KINGDOM  in FRONTIERLAND.


Her first day is tomorrow and she is really excited.

The unexpected bonus was a wonderful roommate

They connected and 

have spent lots of time hanging out.

As we know, that kind of connection 

doesn't always happen.

I was gone for two weeks and my 

son and his wonderful wife & Carlisle took care of

SCRUFFY 



for me and kept tabs on John while I was gone.

Scruffy after his initial 

WELCOME HOME NANA

punished me for two days by ignoring me. 

LOL- Now he is back to his usual

nose on my leg-where are you going demeanor.



I just got home and turned around to go to a 

VERY SPECIAL PARTY in Chicago

but I will let another blogger share that first.

Thanks for bearing with me. 

I hope to be a better blogger 

during the next few months.

 

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

NOT YOUR NORMAL BEFORE AND AFTER-DID YOU EXPECT NORMAL FROM ME?

There's a story for everything,

isn't there?

My sweet Alana/Lulu and I

were outside on the porch.

It was so hot that we decided to

step inside and sit at the kitchen table.

About five minutes later,

as we were sitting there, we heard a

LOUD POP!

It sounded like someone had run into

the side of our building.

We looked out the window and

couldn't see anything.

I stepped outside to inspect

and found a paint can that had

EXPLODED IN THE HOT SUN!

Seriously?

I mean, I know it says that 

CONTENTS ARE COMBUSTIBLE

but--really?  REALLY?

Yep!

Kinda scary to think we could have

gotten plastered with

hot spray paint if we had

still been out there!

After inspecting the damage,

I was able to scrape the paint off

the window.

However, the screen is ruined,

of course.

I called the manufacturer to see how

to get Verde Green paint off brick.

Well, sadly, this is not normal paint.

No, indeedy.

This is paint with 'stone' mixed in it.

So--what can I do to cover up

THIS MESS,

I ask myself.

My smarter self answered.

Well, dummy....you got a door, you know.

Yep I do have one ugly door.

I also have a mirror and my son 

has an old porcelain doorknob.

TA DA-

This door is placed right over
the paint on the brick and 
attached to the brick wall.

Ir's not done yet~

Nope!  It still has a door knocker that I need to attach

and I think it needs a sweet wreath,

don't you?

I should have waited for a final finished project

but I have been away so long

that I wanted to touch base 

before I forget how to blog and use 

BeFunky! (Photo Editor)-love it-

AND-

Just for your viewing pleasure,

this is what Verde Green Paint

looks like on brick and soffit and trim.

I still have to scrape the soffit and 

window trim and that will have to be touched up.

Oh-and the porch 'floor', too.

Lest you are wondering,

I returned the other

FIVE CANS of VERDE GREEN

to Home Depot.

And that, my friends,

is the story for today.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

PICK YOUR FAVORITE OCTOBER TABLE RESULTS

 What a bunch of

whining weenies some of you are!
Lordy!  Not enough wine-
No fire in the fireplace,
Can't see enough of the table,
Don't want to sit with the SQUARES...
seriously,
I had to close my eyes when I typed
some of your names...
and YOU know who YOU are!

Anyway- here we go~
These were your choices....
remember?
Let's start with  
Table#1-Sweet Serenity
Nellie, Lynne, Judy/NorthOra,
bobbi, Theresa, Lisa, Sandie/Chatty,
Sharon, Jan L, Lorrie, Carla, Cindy/Cloches,
Ellie (my 'sis-by-marriage'), Nancy, Connie, 
Laura, 16 Blessings, Doris (made a HARD choice)
AND
Mad Snapper-first time I EVER posted a table she liked but she is moving the pumpkins to make it perfect for Herself!
AND Terri-hovering between here and #7~
ALMOST left her out!!!!

TABLE #2 -Orange & More Orange
Cecilia (wear some bright outfits because she doesn't like no color-she's an artist, you know), Nonie-Wants a wine list, 
Pam S, MA, Dawn, Amy/Toody
Jack & Sherry-my sweet nomads
and HAPPY is happy to be here!

TABLE #3- Blue & Gold
Y'all are in for a treat.  There aren't many of you here but you have 
Sandi-wondering why the name tag says Henry, 
Ginny, Janie
Marybeth & Lisa K.

TABLE #4- Paper & Pears
There is a sweet simplicity here...
Jane K, Kim-here for the dishes, Melanie*,
and Ellen

TABLE #5- Dare To Be Square
Hi to Debra, Julie
Nonnie, Diane/LavenderDreams,
Denise-here because there are TWO glasses-
guess we know who the lush is at this table.
*Melanie was here but thought the table was
TOO FANCY and she would have to change her outfit so she moved to Table #4.

TABLE #6-Grapes?Where's The Wine?
Mevely, Jeanie, 
Babbling Brook-seated right next to Missy, 
Jan/Lowcarb, Jenn-Bringing BOXED wine-
(think what you will there:)
& Dewena-thinks we should have 
a progressive dinner!

TABLE #7-I'm In Love With Ivy
Right this way, ladies~
Shelia-Likes the traditional vibe, 
Linda/Life Journal, Rita, AnnMarie,
Kris, Penny/SimpleThings, 
Linda/Life&Linda,
Jane, Marilyn &
Bless-wanted to sit @#1 but there was no tablecloth-
So-she's here instead.
Seriously?! lol

And then we have 
ANN-Didn't like ANY of the tables
and Jan-Said to let her know when I
was ready to do a Chistmas table-Yes-ma'am
Just for you-Here's a little Christmas table
from my daughter's brunch table last year-
 Maybe Ann
can join you?

So-there you have it!
Size up your companions and move if you choose.
I don't  mean to offend anyone; it is all in good fun.

I HOPE I included everyone--
I think I dropped some names by mistake.
if I didn't catch your name-
let me know so I can add you to a table
and make fun of you, too.

Have a GREAT Sunday and
Y'all come back real soon!
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Sunday, September 26, 2021

PICK YOUR FAVORITE FALL TABLE-SEAT YOURSELF-THANK YOU~

Well, kids-
Here in the midwest
SUMMER IS OVER
that means we have to 
start embracing Fall!

I haven't been around much lately
but thought I would do a 
Pick Your Favorite Fall Table post.

There is. lot going on in our family
right now-
Some wonderful things and some
things that are worrisome.
That being said-
I think we all need the chance to 
escape to a peaceful place-
and what better place than
sitting at
a table with good friends!

I have always loved the 
vibrant colors of Autumn-
the color of the leaves on the trees,
pumpkins and bittersweet....
but I also found some
wonderful Fall inspirations
that are quite neutral
and I love those, too..

You know the routine by now.
I present you with 7 tables
and YOU get to pick 
YOUR FAVORITE TABLE SETTING~~~
and after you pick your favorite
I get to make fun of seat you if I so choose.

Of course,
some of you are
SO NICE that I would
NEVER MAKE FUN OF YOU---
Okay---I mighta lied about that.

Anyway....
Ready?
RAISE YOUR HAND 
if you would LOVE to sit at this table!
(and leave me a comment and let me 
know your hand is up--m'kay?)

TABLE #1
SWEET SERENITY

Okay-Put your arms down-
You can't drink coffee 
with your arm in the air, silly.

This one is a bit more colorful.
Would you want to sit at

Table #2?
ORANGE, ORANGE & MORE ORANGE

Next we have
TABLE #3
BLUE & GOLD

Blue not your choice for Fall?
This is the Soft Side of Autumn for me
Aren't those paper leaves cute and fun?

TABLE #4
PAPER  & PEARS
Or-You can pull up a chair and sit here.
A modern look at Fall

TABLE #5
DARE TO BE SQUARE

Don't want to be square?
Well then---
How about the really warm,
 cozy harvest feeling of

TABLE #6
GRAPES? WHERE'S THE WINE?
And last, but not least
Matthew Mead featured by 
Martha Stewart.

TABLE #7
I'M IN LOVE WITH IVY
So- There you have it.
What's your pick?

You are welcome to come IF
 you promise NOT to spit your food out
when I am not looking.

Now you DO KNOW I can 
MOVE YOU
at will, if I so choose, right?
but I won't...unless...you start acting up
like SOME of you are prone to do.
I won't mention any names here.

I can't wait to seat you
with your foodie friends.

Okay- That's it!  Pick your seat-

snicker 

Bear with me if I don't respond right away.

I apologize for not visiting you like

I have in years past. 

It's been a long few months here.


I am spending the last days up at the camper

and I have no internet up there.

I will tally these as soon as I can.

Meanwhile-sit and party!


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Friday, September 17, 2021

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JASON & MINDY AND UPDATE ON JASON'S BRAIN CANCER

HAPPY  15th ANNIVERSARY    

to

Jason & Mindy 



They were married at Bay Beach

by Mindy's Dad (MyHero)

on a beautiful autumn day.

Fast forward 15 years and they have made

several moves over the years.

They have three beautiful children

        and are in the process of moving from

Omaha, Nebraska

back to the place they love,

Carmel, Indiana.

In the midst of a new job and move,

Jason had a massive seizure at the airport.

Within a few hours they found out he

had a brain tumor.

The brain tumor turned out to be cancerous

and, after surgery, 

he will now be undergoing

30 days of targeted radiation

along with chemo.

It is a very rare cancer.

There are only 4% of head cancers like his.

He has not been formally diagnosed yet-

the results of his tests have been sent

to yet another lab for a specific diagnosis.

He is part of a study so they can track the process.

Please wish them a a happy anniversary

and keep them in your prayers and well wishes

as they move along this path

that was not of their choosing.

Thanks to all of you that have reached out

with prayers and well wishes,

concern and support.

It means the world to me.

Bear with me as I try to play catch up.

I have been to Omaha and then 

taking care of John

and working with Scruffy.

I am just trying to stay ahead of the 8 ball here.

Love to all of you!


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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

UPDATE ON MY SIL (JASON'S) BRAIN CANCER

Jason has a very rare form of brain cancer.

-NOT GLIOBLASTOMA-

I thought I would let him speak for himself

on this.

Their plans are still to sell their house in

Omaha, Nebraska

and move back to 

Carmel, Indiana.

That is where their hearts lie-

and it is "home" to their three kids,

who spent most of their lives there.

Here is Jason's post:

The picture is of him and his good friend, Owen.


Please keep him and the family

in your prayers and send

healing wishes and thoughts.

We are looking for a miracle........


Brain Cancer thought and update.
Hello from Omaha. I wanted to reach out to you as supporters during a time in the Noel house we never expected. Nearly 3 weeks post brain tumor removal surgery I am healing well. No pain and I am walking daily averaging 4-5 miles and starting to get the needed rest for my body to heal. After the walk I’m cooked for the day. Lol 😂. We spent our fair share of time this last week at the hospital visiting doctors, specialist, MRI’s research studies and beyond.
We’re still waiting pathology reports that will help understand short and long term diagnosis, root cause and related items. Either way it’s not going to change my attitude to beat cancer’s ass a second time, live life, care for my family, enjoy my friends, have faith, get back to work and stay the course.
The support, prayers, meal trains, phone calls, visits, text, cards and beyond are making a significant difference for our family and me personally. Thank you very much! I am humbled by it all and know it’s going to be a driver's success in the treatment process.
We have identified next steps in this journey in the coming weeks along with a world class medial team of true professionals at the Nebraska Medical Center. These people are bad ass. Although I haven’t been to the casino or bought a lottery ticket, the number 42 continues to show itself as a significant and meaningful part of this experience. The tumor most likely started growing when I was 42. I had 42 staples holding my head together and just found out that I will have 42 consecutive days of oral chemo that starts on September 20-21st. This will coincide with targeted radiation over 6 weeks too.
No matter how dark this experience could be, three things remain intact - We must be:
1. Do’ers: sitting around isn’t an option. Keep your mind going, body healthy and push forward in all you do
2. Donors: obligation to your family, community, church, friends and beyond must remain at the forefront of who you serve
3. Door openers: how can we, you, and I open the door to better others, their lives and related situations
We look forward to working through the next steps from a medical perspective, getting the house back on the market, relocating to Indiana and getting back to work. It’s been great over the last week having family, friends and co-workers visit. My brother, brother from another mother, mom, sister and others.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Upward and onward. In it to win it!
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