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Family Matters

July 29, 2021

A baptism last week. A wedding this week.

Last Friday, we headed to the Midwest. We haven’t traveled on an airplane in over two years because of COVID-19, but when a family wedding celebration is on the horizon, we go! Our destination was not an easy place to get to. We drove our car to the park ‘n ride to catch a bus that took us to the airport. We boarded a plane for a two-and-a-half-hour flight. We then boarded a regional plane for another hour’s flight. Arriving at the small airport, we picked up our rental car and drove another hour and a half to our destination. In all, it took us thirteen hours. We missed the rehearsal dinner, but the Midwest heat and humidity were there to greet us!

Saturday – Wedding Day

The Bride – Our Niece

Parents of the Bride – A Nervous Dad

The Bride and Groom

Father/Daughter Dance

We didn’t get a family photo of my brother and two sisters, but we did play cornhole at the reception. What else do you do in corn country? (Notice the determination on my face.) I lost to a five-year-old!

Me!

Sunday morning, we did a reversal of our Friday travel schedule. I was immediately reminded why flying is not my favorite pastime. Besides delays, cancellations, and turbulence, other problems creep up. On our first flight, all I wanted was a cold glass of ice water. Problem One:  No ice available. Problem Two:  They ran out of water before they got to us! Really?? The second flight had a mechanical glitch that had to be fixed. And so, we waited until it was a go. Twelve and a half hours later, we finally reached home. Even though it was a short visit and there were a few minor problems with our flights, it was wonderful to be able to get together with our family and enjoy a day of celebration! Family matters!

Love Is…

July 22, 2021

This past weekend our youngest grandchild was baptized. He wore a 140-year-old family baptismal gown. I’m sure our Irish relatives were looking down from heaven with happiness and pride.

Including our daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, there were thirteen people under one roof for the weekend. Six of those were children – ages five and younger. On Sunday, more people arrived for the baptismal celebration. It was a happy day with a bit of chaos sprinkled in. During all of the goings-on, these two found a quiet space to share a book.

Love is faith, family, and friends!

A Shamrock Wish for Everyone!

March 18, 2021

May you always have

A sunbeam to warm you

Good luck to charm you

And a sheltering angel

So nothing can harm you

Laughter to cheer you

Faithful friends near you

And whenever you pray,

Heaven to hear you.

It’s a day late, but I wish everyone…

An Apple a Day

March 11, 2021

The exact date is not known, but March 11th  is believed to mark the day Johnny Appleseed passed away and rose up to the apple pie in the sky. So, today we celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day.

Legend has that Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman, traveled to places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, planting apple trees and apple seeds. A rather odd personality in the manner in which he dressed, Johnny Appleseed brought kindness, wisdom, and news to the people as he passed through each place.

Johnny Appleseed’s legacy lives on through his apples and the goodness they provide.

Look at the benefits!

Apples may help lower cholesterol.

Apples are a source of good fiber and digestion.

Apples help your immune system.

Apples may help to prevent cancer.

Apples help with weight loss.

Apples protect your heart.

Apples are good for brain health.

Apples lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Apples are nutritious.

Thank you, Johnny Appleseed!

Johnny Appleseed Cake

Johnny Appleseed written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Genevieve Godbout, Golden Books, 2017.

Home for the Holidays

November 26, 2020

COVID-19 is making itself a disastrous nuisance throughout the country as doctors and local officals plead with citizens to shelter in place during this holiday season. I guess the song, “Home for the Holidays” is very appropriate this year. Since many of us are stuck at home with no place to go, I thought I’d inject a bit of humor into this unusual Thanksgiving.  

“What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” ~Erma Bombeck

“Thanksgiving—when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook.” ~Melanie White



“There’s always something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Even if it’s just not being a turkey.” ~Unkown

My good friend, Amelia Bedelia, gave me some tips on how to dress a turkey. She’s such a character!

“May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!”

~Anonymous

However you celebrate this Thanksgiving, I wish you happiness. Be safe, be thankful, and hope the COVID-19 vaccine comes soon.

The Festival of Diwali

November 19, 2020

Last Saturday, our neighbor sent an email to surrounding neighbors letting us know that his family would be celebrating the first night of Diwali, the festival of lights. They graciously invited us to come and enjoy their fireworks display. When we arrived, the entrance to their home was decorated with bright white lights. Neighbors stood, socially distanced, at the end of their driveway and watched as fireworks lit up the sky. It was an unexpected treat.

Not being familiar with the festival of Diwali, I did a little research. It happens to be India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. It’s a festival of lights that lasts for five days and is celebrated by the Hindu faith and others. The name comes from the clay lamps Indians use to light the outside of their homes. The lights celebrate the power of good over evil. Each day involves special tasks. Food, fireworks, dressing up in their finest clothes, colored sand, and special lights and candles are all a part of the festival.

Of course, there is much more to learn about Diwali, but I’ll leave that up to you. Here are a few books to introduce young readers to this joyful celebration.

Binny’s Diwali written by Thrity Umrigar and illustrated by Nidhi Chanani, Scholastic Press, 2020.

Diwali: The Magical Diyas written by Anitha Rathod, Independently Published, 2019.

Baby’s First Diwali DK Children Board Book, 2019

Thank You for Your Service!

November 12, 2020

I realize yesterday was Veterans Day, but we can never thank our veterans enough for the sacrifices they’ve made for our country.

Remembering my dad who served in the Army Air Corps as First Lieutenant, navigating B-29 bombers, and was a member of the 505th Bombardment Group that was based on Tinian Island.

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”- – General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Friday Is National Drive-Thru Day!

July 23, 2020

Have you ever been through a drive-thru? Fast food? Dry cleaners? Bank? On July 24th, we celebrate National Drive-Thru Day.

With the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding us everywhere, drive-thrus and curbside pickups are a blessing. Drive up, get your groceries, your morning coffee, your evening meal, your library books, your prescriptions. Getting married? Plan a drive-thru wedding in Las Vegas! Lucky for us, all of these activities can be done without having to come in contact with a crowd of people.

Drive-thrus have been around since the 1930s. How many of you knew that?

Here are some fun facts about drive-thrus.

  • The first drive-thru was a bank in Syracuse, NY in 1928.
  • In-N Out Burger on the West Coast opened as a drive-thru in 1948. It’s the longest-running drive-thru in the U.S.
  • The first drive-thru burger chain was Jack in the Box established in 1951. At that time, it was drive-thru service only.

If you’re bored with staying at home, get into your car, put on your mask, and choose one of the many drive-thurs that are available and celebrate National Drive-Thru Day!

Check this out!

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Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler, Flatiron Books, 2019.

The Fourth of July

July 2, 2020

Saturday is July 4th. On this day, America celebrates its independence from Great Britain.

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This has been an extremely challenging year for Americans. As we celebrate our nation’s freedom, pause between bites of hot dogs and hamburgers to pray for peace, unity, justice, and equality.

And I’m proud to be an American
Where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

~Lee Greenwood

National Dairy Month

June 25, 2020

Each year Madison, Wisconsin celebrates Dairy Month with a huge gathering on the Capital Concourse. This year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this delightful and delicious celebration was held as a virtual event. It’s not quite the same as being there. So, I decided to put up an old post of my visit to see Cows on the Concourse.

The Cow Stops Here

IMG_1130Mo-o-o-ve over! June is National Dairy Month, and the cows were out – Cows on the Wisconsin State Capital Concourse, of course, of course. “Dairy aire” was in the air. Got Milk? You betcha! White milk, chocolate milk, and strawberry milk were on the menu. There were hunka, hunks of cheese and mounds of squeaking cheese curds. If you missed breakfast or lunch, grilled cheese sandwiches were making the rounds. For dessert or an anytime treat, I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream and don’t forget the overstuffed cream puffs. The cows were doing their best to please. It was a dairy day overload.

Follow me and see.

First stop — cows. I had a hard time getting close to the mooers. Those little kiddies wouldn’t let me in.

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big cow

I was looking for Alice in Dairyland, but found Natalie Salkowski, the Fairest of the Fair, instead. Notice she has a cow in her last name, and I think she’s wearing a dress designed by “Holstein.”

dairy queen

Milk mustaches were en vogue.

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There were all kinds of dairy treats.

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grilled cheese

It was an “udderly” satisfying day. So don’t forget to celebrate National Dairy Month. Drink a glass of milk today!

Want to know more about cows and dairy products? Check these out.

The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons (Aladdin, 1987), Cows (Animals Animals) by Renee C. Rebman (Benchmark Books, 2009), Farm Animals Cows by Cecilia Minden (Cherry Lake Pub., 2009), Cows (Animals That Live on the Farm) by JoAnn Early Macken (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2009), Ice Cream:  The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2008)

For Fun:  A Big Cheese for the White House:  The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar by Candice Fleming (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2004) 

Say Cheese!

 


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