Archive for the ‘Special Days’ category

Out with the Old…In with the New!

December 30, 2021

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

~Albert Einstein

Make 2022 a year filled with kindness, compassion, and productivity!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 25, 2021

Surround yourself with family and friends and embrace their love, laughter, and joy. Most of all, be thankful for even the smallest blessings in your life.

A Salute to Our Veterans

November 11, 2021

Today we honor those men and women, past and present, who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Celebrate their patriotism today and every day!

My Dad

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a First Lieutenant, navigating B-29 bombers, and was a member of the 505th Bombardment Group based on Tinian Island.

Fly your flag today to show your appreciation!

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


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