“Nothing like CHRISTMAS in JULY”

This “JULY” seems to be just a little on the extra HOT side — just could be that I am older and as we get older –  we feel some things more than we did when we were younger – – guess maybe our skin is getting too thin – – or not enough of the correct VITAMINS – something… so with some PHOTOS of “HAPPY  TIMES” and even one taken in DECEMBER – – should bring on a “COLD” wave!

How’s this for  “Aunt Irene” – since her BIRTHDAY was yesterday, the 17th of JULY – –  this is her son,  “Bernard Riley” and was killed when only ten (10) years of age. 

My MOTHER had told me that everyone just loved little, “Bernie” he was always so happy and  kind and smart – – and so good looking as you can see on this PHOTO – – and this PHOTO that I have, always  hung on the wall at “Aunt Irene’s” home.
 This PHOTO at my home on “Cherbourg” should cool us off – – almost wish we had some snow blow in – – just to reduce some of the heat wave here in Missouri.

That is “Aunt Irene”  with my son,  Lee Aldrich jr., on   the floor and Al Aldrich sitting on her lap  “CHRISTMAS  DAY” – – must be some kind of a “Walkie-talkie” system that they are trying out – – have no idea if that was a good gift or not???
 Now this is a very good PHOTO of “Aunt Irene” taken in the late 1950’s … as this is my brother,  TOM’s and his wife Rose’s “WEDDING DAY” and a party to celebrate. 

From the left is brother, DENNY and his wife, JUDY – and next is our “AUNT IRENE” and her sister, MARIE – – and the “Groom, TOM, himself. – – Congratulations to them as they are still alive and married all these many years.

“Happy Birthday Aunt Irene!”

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“Aunt Irene’s BIRTH-DATE and TIMELINE”

Just have to start off … with  that which… I feel was Aunt Irene’s  finest HOUR in LIFE – – the birth of her son, Bernie. This old PHOTO which I feel “LUCKY”  to have  – – and so glad that ‘It’  was one that was not lost in the moves from  moving to several other locations. “Little Bernard Riley” was  the LOVE and JOY to  “William B. and Irene C. Riley!”

This is “Irene” and her Mother, Mrs. Thomas F. Brady and would be taken at least ten years  later – – as little “BERNIE” was killed by a drunken driver at the age of ten (10) – – which really was devastating  – – there are no words to describe  how things were after that.

“Years have gone by – – and finally  “MARIE BRADY”  a much younger  sister to “IRENE” gets married and “Grandma Anne E. Brady” is still living  and Aunt Irene  and her husband, Bill –  have moved to Ashland Avenue,  Saint Louis and live in the downstairs flat – – and this is where I am seen in the arms of Aunt Irene in her backyard!”

“Time just seems to “Fly” when you  are having  “FUN” – –  and since Aunt Irene lived here across the “Fairgrounds Park” from us – – it was easy for us to visit  and visit often – as so many of the cousins of the  “SMART and BRADY Families” lived with just a few short miles of each other – – in most cases – – just a real nice walking distance  and there you were… visiting!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos in color indicate that “TIME” has really gone by – –  as these two PHOTOS of  “Aunt Irene” were taken when I was married and living in Florida.  Aunt Irene came down to visit for a week or two – – and part of the time with us we took her to the “RACE TRACK at Hialeah” and we had a nice meal in he “CLUB HOUSE” – – as I do not like to  take a chance and bet – – I prefer a nice meal and  to watch  others – – spending money they do not have – – in HOPES of winning MONEY – –  that  they  will never happen to win  – –  at something you most likely know nothing about – –  as  for those that need the money the mostest – -also loose the most! 

Trying to remember what was happening in this time frame – – my guess for these two PHOTOS would be in the year of 1965 as there were lots of things going on in the  1960’s – – trips back and forth to Missouri and Florida – – then births and deaths –  and  then complete moves from one place to another – –   sure glad that I was young enough to be able to do all that – as  now it  seems to be – –  more than just one person could or would be able to do. Thanks be to the Almighty for giving me the  extra strength to do and be where I was suppose to be – –  when and where   I was needed to be of a help!     D.V.

“Happy Birthday   Aunt Irene – – and enjoy the Heavenly realm with all of he FAMILY!”

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“To Aunt Irene from TOMMY”



The Back Nine – Fabulous!

This is one of the best emails we’ve read in a while:  no politics, no sex, and no “axes to grind”. 

We now want to share it with my other “older friends” who, like me, are also on the Back Nine!





You know… time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.


But, here it is… the back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?


I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.


But, here it is… my friends are retired and getting gray… they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant… but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.


Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!


And so… now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the back nine, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over on this earth… it’s over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.


So, if you’re not on the back nine yet… let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not!


You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…. so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember… and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!


“Life” is a gift to you.    The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.  LIVE IT WELL!   ENJOY TODAY!   DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY!   HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.   LIVE HAPPY IN 2017!




~Your kids are becoming you…… but your grandchildren are perfect!


~Going out is good… Coming home is better!


~You forget names…. But it’s OK because some people forgot they even knew you!!!


~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything like golf.


~The things you used to care to do, you aren’t as interested in anymore, but you really don’t care that you aren’t as interested.


~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV ‘ON’ than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”.


~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..


~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”… ???


~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!!


~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.


~Everybody whispers.


~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet….

2 of which you will never wear.


~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs,

Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!


Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”    Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!

It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

Thank you.


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“July 17th is almost here for Aunt IRENE”

*****“Aunt Irene Riley Birthday… almost here”*****

It sure is good to be able to remember … Birthdays – – of the  rich and famous “RILEY”  FAMILY –  whether they are here –  and –   or where ever…  they may be.

“How is this PHOTO of the “RILEY’s” –  in the lap of luxury   in the 1960’s – that is “IRENE”  herself on the left  – and  then  “BILL” on the right –  there is “company” as we can see some  ‘shoes’  of someone on the sofa – and between the “NEWS of  the DAY”  on their  new  “TV” and  in the “newspaper” – what an exciting  – “LIFE for RILEY” –  or what more would one  expect?”

NOW… let us compare the above PHOTO –  to the PHOTO  below – this could be from the very same “MOVIE” – “my oh my…o” – WOULD this be the very same  couple?

That is …  “AUNT IRENE”  on the left – with her  little  white apron on as she is still on “KITCHEN DUTY” –  they may have had the first course – and are making room for dessert –  (one thing that I know for sure is that my  “Aunt Irene” could  “out cook” and bake anyone –  she did know all about having the food just right – oh well – may as well –  just say so here – when she prepared anything  – “it was the BEST”) – because  I know   that there was never a complaint –  everyone always wanted more of all the “GOOD EATS” –  as everything was  TERRIFIC!

This must have been the “RILEY” theme –  “BILL, himself “–  always sitting on the right side – – that way  there was never a question about “who dun it”  – when something would  ever –  that is ‘if ‘   ever –   be  found – to be out of place –  there is something about that “old saying” – “A place for everything – and everything in its own place” –  adds up to not having any  discouraging words!  That is one way to be “HAPPY”    and almost … forever!


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“Great Grandma – I LOVE YOU”

“Hey GREAT GRANDMA … I LOVE YOU – – and I have many big kisses just for you – – and a HUG around the neck!”

  “Here we are… me  baby, Lex and my great big ole  “TEDDY”  – – I have my going out to a special DINNER outfit on  – – not quite ready  – -still waiting for my socks and shoes – – but –  how do you like  my big fancy going out to dinner  “TIE”  – – it is strictly first class –  and I like the way it gives my chin a little tickle now and then – – just something different  for a young baby to get used to wearing!”

  “Now it is getting time for some serious  thinking about going to sleep – – the “PARTY” is over and here with big ole “TEDDY” – – I get the feeling that he is here to protect me – –  to  kind of scare off any wild , fussy flying things in the night. Just so you know… Grammy… I am wearing your favorite hat – – just getting  it all broken in for you – –  so…when I feel that I am tired of it – – it will make you look glamorous – – like it does for me – – right?”

“OH… look at the “tie” that “TEDDY” has on – – he kind of has a disappointed  look – – cause he wanted to wear my  “BRAND  NEW” going out to “DINER TIE”  – – which is off bounds for him to have…right NOW!”

  “WE are all going on a short trip – – at least that is what I thought I heard someone say – – but in all of the getting ready – – I almost think that they forgot me – – HOW LONG … does it take – – once all the bags are packed and ready to go?”

   “Looks like my little “TEDDY” is about to climb out and see if he can find someone to pick me up and carry me out to that big moving machine – – the one that takes us to your house… GRAMMY – – maybe we are coming over to see you – – I just do not get to hear every thing that is said – – because – – I am sitting here – – just looking pretty – – but ready to go in a hurry – – see you soon!”     D.V.

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“Today’s READING from the BIBLE- for Every Day”


Psalm chapter 71

In You, O  YAHWEH, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed.
In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually resort;  You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my Elohim, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel  man,
For You are my hope; O  Sovereign Yahweh, You are   my  trust  from my youth.
By You have I been held up  from the womb; You are He that took me out of  my mother’s bowels; My praise  shall be continually of You.
I  am as a wonder to many;  But  You are my strong refuge.
My mouth shall be filled with Your praise,  And with Your  honor all the day.
 Cast me  not off in the time of old age; Forsake me not when my strength fails.
For my enemies speak concerning  me; And they that watch for my soul  take counsel  together,
Saying, “Elohim  has forsaken him; Pursue and  take him, for there is  none to deliver.”
O  Elohim, be not  far from me; O my  Elohim, hurry to help me!            
Let them be put to shame and consumed that are adversaries to my soul;   Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, that seek my hurt.
But  I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness,  And of Your salvation all  the day; For I  know not the numbers of it.
I will come with the mighty acts  of the  Sovereign Yahweh:  I will make mention of Your righteousness,  even of Yours only.
O  Elohim, You have taught me from my youth;  And  until now I  have declare Your wondrous works.
And even when  I am old and gray-headed, , O Elohim,  forsake me not, Until I have  declare Your strength to the next generation, Your might to every one that is  to come.
 Your righteousness also,  O Elohim,  is very high,  You who have done great things; O Elohim,  who is like You?
You,  who has showed  us  many and severe  troubles, Will  quicken us again, And will bring us up again,  from the depths of the earth.
Increase my greatness,  And turn again and comfort me.
I will also praise You with the psaltery,  Even  your truth, O my Elohim;  To You will  I sing praises with the harp, O you  Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed.
My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the  day long;  For they are put to shame,  For they are confounded,  that seek my hurt.
My son, Lee gave me this reading for today – – and I have read this and dated in my BIBLE each and every time I read  this  page  as well as each daily reading on my regular   schedule – – – just to see how long it will take for  me to receive the special message that is there – – just for me!
Verse 18 – – is really for me in this day and age – – and would venture to also include to all parents – – as it is important to pass this important information in the BIBLE to the next generation and to each generation to come – –  We need rules and truth to help us each day – – and what better place to find this – – but in the WORD given  to us to follow – – and to someday be with our CREATOR – – that spoke the WORD that we  may find HIM and with the TRUTH – – have each generation follow us and be together with us in ETERNITY for ever!   D.V.

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