“First Halloween for LEX”

Last night was Halloween – and I was as scared as the next guy – everyone was trying to scare someone – and I  had no idea of what to do!  Still thinking –  what is all of this big fuss about – –  I am wondering –  will these PHOTOS of me last – seems that they have an expiration date on them – so if you do not see me, LEX sitting here – in my warm brown  BUNNY-BEAR looking outfit – – I’m guessing that you waited too long to check out  “fourgrandmas.com” – – since nothing lasts    forever – hurry up – and let me know what you think of this silly HALLOWEEN stuff  –  that is going on?

This next PHOTO is baby, LEX and he has no mittens on,  to keep his  little baby fingers warm!  I think that LEX is trying to say his hands are cold –  and no one is paying any attention!


This is “Auntie Jaime” trying to help little baby, LEX  enjoy his very first HALLOWEEN –  but,  it just could be,  just a little too cold  out –   for a whole lot of  the FUN  –  that we are expecting our  little baby,  LEX to  really enjoy on his  very first and too cold of a night –  for  Halloween!

Wait till next year and watch for the difference!

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“Happy Birthday to Sister Mary Alvira” on 10/31/2018

“Sometimes it really will  pay for  you to subscribe to the “NEWSPAPER” – – as this next PHOTO – is one of those  rare PHOTOS – that is worth a million – just to see the “NUNS” that,  you knew way back in the  “1940’s” – when,  they never ate anything in  the “public”  view – but NOW,  in  1985 – if my guess on the ‘year’ is  correct   – are now allowed to be seen eating and enjoying  a real fine treat,  one  that we all like – the “ICE CREAM   CONE” – and I think the “NUNS” like the treat!”

           “Happy Birthday…Sister Mary Alvira”

“Happy Birthday to Sister Mary Alvira… and her Birthday is on October 31st…which is… also…  HALLOWEEN!”

Sister Mary Alvira is the NUN sitting on the left of this photo… enjoying an ice cream cone on the  “Anniversary” Sunday  Celebration taking place at the German St. Vincent’s Orphan Home.

The “NUNS”  did not pose for pictures, way back when I was a small child at the Orphanage, but  – today you see more  and more photos of the NUNS,  but for me   NOW –  “Sister Mary Alvira”   has passed on to her greater reward –  and it is too late to get photos that would be more current.

The above photo is a good likeness of  “Sister Mary Alvira”…as I remember her. When, I was  a very little girl  –  living  at the  Orphanage,  – I really did not like her, but –   many years before I came to this  Orphanage  –  she  and her own  four older  sisters were  also placed in the very  same Orphan HOME as I remember,  that their own  Mother  had died… and their  Father  had no way to take care of them – so they were  “ORPHANS” – and four of these  five girls did decide to join the  “Sisters of Christian Charity” – so that they were a part of the Orphanage  System  – most of their lives.

“Sister Mary Alvira”  was the youngest of these girls and was a teacher of the  5th and 6th grades,  at the time, that –  I came to live there.  One of the other and older  siblings –  “Sister Mary Emeline”  also came to serve as a “NUN” in the  same Orphanage, and was in charge of the “Boys’   Dining  Room”  and I was assigned to work for her…  and she was so nice and kind , that I became   a very good friend of her’s for LIFE.  Just because “Sister Emeline” was a blood sister of “Sister Mary Alvira” –  I changed my way of thinking about “Sister M. Alvira” –  and she too, became a  very good and long lasting friend – until the day that each of them passed on to the  sweet reward of ever lasting eternity, with our  Almighty Creator,  where they were each,   in hopes of going  to – on that final  and last day.

My memories are good of each of these “sisters” who also became  “SISTERS”  in the same Convent in  Wilmette,  Illinois!   


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“DeAndreis Prom Memory”

“Memories are made of this”   –  those words just came to mind –  just thinking back all those years ago – as I had  just heard from a friend,  that there was a write up – – about  the “DeAndreis High School”  in the last week or two in the “Saint Louis Review”  and, since I do not receive the “Review” have no idea what their memory is – – that,  they are publishing, NOW!

So, remembering  that –  I have a “PHOTO” and it is so good, just have to post it,  TODAY – in case someone needs to see what  they  were  missing,  if they did not attend the “DeAndreis High School, in the 1950’s!”

Stamped  in gold on the above  PHOTO…”DeAndreis  Junior Prom- 1957″ and of course no names on the back of this PHOTO – but that is a very young,  “MR. Wonderful, himself” my little brother, “Tom McClarren”  third, from the left, the “one” with his arms  held  behind.  Looks like a perfect “Military stance”.

Since this is a “PROM  NIGHT” – just thought I would  post some music to start off the dancing – even as old as we are TODAY – we can still dance and continue on with good memories to last  us, for ever more!


“Do you remember your PROM NIGHT – and do you still have old PHOTOS?”      D.V.

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“Some old SONGS, You never forget”

Just have to check out another old memory, since my son, Lee  was asking me about “Lambs”  – something in the BIBLE that he was reading – just to see,  if I knew the story – and before he could say too much, there I was singing this old song from the 1940′




Mairzy Doats: The Children’s Song


I know a ditty nutty as a fruitcake
Goofy as a goon and silly as a loon
Some call it pretty,
others call it crazy
But they all sing this tune:

Mairzy doats and dozy doats
And liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?
Yes! Mairzy doats and dozy doats
and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?

If the words sound queer
And funny to your ear,
A little bit jumbled and jivey
Sing “Mares eat oats
And does eat oats
And little lambs eat ivy”

Oh! Mairzy doats and dozy doats
And liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?

“Unforgettable memory – Aunt Irene…”

If you want small children to learn something “NEW” and “never – ever”  forget it  – be sure that they  are under the age of seven (7) years of age  – and make sure…you are having “FUN”  – – – since small children remember those times when they are having  more FUN …and the adults are having just as much FUN… with them!

During the early 1940s – – and WWII was also in full swing – that is when everybody was doing their part in trying to help … with the WAR effort – that is even our Aunt Irene  – – she was saving – since she would go to  the  downtown – Saint Louis  – department stores  – do her ordering and making arrangement for the merchandise to be sent out to her home.

Tuesday – that was the day – as Famous Barr stores gave double “Eagle Stamps” – and by saving on your purchases – well… everyone knows – you then have something for that “raining day” spending.

So… on Tuesdays – when getting on the BUS to come back home – Aunt Irene would be sure to get a “Transfer Ticket” so that she could catch the next BUS  – that is after having made a stop … at our house. Aunt Irene would be at our house before noon – and sometimes even had lunch with us. Then, she would always sit at my Mother’s sewing machine and either be making something for me or do some mending.

My two brothers and I would be standing around her as she would always have so much to say… but on this one occasion she taught us a “NEW SONG” that was very popular at the time on the radio. This “song” had words that – when you sang them a little fast and to the music as she did – you really didn’t know what you were singing – because it sure did sound “funny to your ears” and that was the whole idea of this song – – a play on the words – and as a little kid – I did not realize that then,  and not until I was working for the “Telephone Company” and I was working on the night shift.

We – that is – just a few workers – on the “night shift” and sometimes – so few calls coming through for assistance – that we “girls” had some spare time to talk about all kinds of silly stuff – which lead me to asking “Big MARY” – as she was a singer for some organizations on the side – I had ask her if she knew this old song and if she knew all the words???

A “Kid’s” Song

“Mares eat oats, and “Does” eat oats, and Little Lambs eat ivy – a Kid will eat ivy too, Wouldn’t you?  — If the words sound queer  and funny to your ears —  a little  bit Jumbly and Jivey,  sing – etc., —  you could go on with this forever.”

The words above are the correct words – but the way that I was singing them to “Big Mary” – well – she sure let me in on the whole song – the way – I should  say –  the correct way to sing this song  – and that with the correct words  – and sung fast … well that is where …the Jumbly and Jivey …do their thing.

I am guessing that this learning lesson came about when I was re-hired by the “Telephone Company” for the third or fourth time – as I had worked for them five (5) different times – Oh – almost forgot – I may have been in my 30’s … – took all that time to learn the correct and coolest words to an old song – that  our “Aunt Irene”… taught us three little kids… in maybe 1944???

Try singing those words and see if you don’t remember that old song – and then try to forget it – – That is one “old” song that just hangs on in the “memory bank” – forever!!! 

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“More Information and PHOTOS of Mom”

This first Photo is of Mom,  when she was first expecting me! 

 It is terrific that  some of the soldiers were coming back from the Philippines on trains from California to Saint Louis, and then my “Father to be”  also on that train – met up with a fellow soldier by the last name of  “Fleming” – cousin to  “MARIE Brady” – was telling “Denny McClarren” about a party for him and  his friends coming back  home – – and to come with him and meet his FAMILY.

Denny McClarren was going to his home in “OHIO” but,  there would be a lay over giving him time to take in a “PARTY” for returning soldiers  in the ‘North Saint Louis’ area, and there is the beginning road work for a romance leading to marriage,  and only the “Almighty Creator” knew what  –  was to follow. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If only they made cameras that would be perfectly focused in,  on the extra special  subject, my MOM to be,  – – way back  and then,  in the 1930’s?

If  –  “Marie” did mot have to be the one child in the “Brady Family” to have to be the “Care-taker” of the older “PARENTS” –  since they did not have  that “Social Security”  thing,  set up way back then – maybe we would have had the chance to get to know our MOTHER when she was much younger? But of course, we do not have that choice to make,  as we  have been “thought of ” – way before the ‘world’  was a reality – – and we are only the “creatures” – and never  have been,  the “CREATOR” of this universe.  Everything had been in  a special  plan of the Creator and only by the “CREATOR”  as we read in the BIBLE “Psalm 139”.

So, I am very  well pleased,  with the way everything has been and is going according to a plan and we just need to learn to be content with what we have and have received – and to do our part to help to make everything better for our neighbor as our self – and without complaining. “Who in the world likes to hear constantly,  from a big complainer – any way?”

There was an old sayin so long ago – – forgot who started promoting it – – but it goes like this, “The LORD helps those that help themselves” – – and of course most people took that the wrong way – –  but,  if you give a thought or two about it – – it means that if you  can help some one along the road to Eternity –   – instead of only doing for yourself – – you will be receiving so much more help in your own needs – – because – – when someone is only receiving and never giving – his empty hand will cause such “backache” – – that there is no healthy  LIFE for  such a stingy one.

“In giving,  we receive  more Blessings from our CREATOR – – and that is what is most important  for us – – on this trip to our Eternal Reward!”     D.V.

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“Marie, the Guardian of the Family”

Every FAMILY has different rules – – and what will work for one Family,  may not be what another Family will agree to doing.

On the right is Marie Brady and neighbor friend,  Martha  Hoffman sitting nest to her and on the nest set of steps by himself, Thomas F. Brady – -Marie’s  father. In the very early 1900’s  those front steps that they are sitting, were scrubbed every week – – regular as clock work – and as you can see – they enjoyed sitting on these nice and clean steps – – what more could you ask for – to be out doors an enjoy talking with neighbors and keeping  as “COOL” as you will get during  that hot Summer weather.

This Photo has to have been taken,  before 1927, as that is the year that Mr. Brady died. The reason to mention that, is that Marie was the care-taker of her parents since all of the rest of the FAMILY was married and moved away, only to come home on the weekend when old Mrs. Brady would prepared a very large dinner for all of the children with spouse to enjoy. Jim Brady and wife were living in Texas and Phillip Brady  not married was living in Chicago  due some riff he had with his Father.

 This is my Grandma Brady sitting on  her back porch with their   “canary”  getting some fresh air and SUNSHINE. They always had a bird and my Mother had one also,  for the longest time – – and I still have their  keep safe “bird-bath” – which meant so much to all of the “Brady’s” –  and I did use it for our Bird in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is a very good profile shot of  “Anne Brady” and the same profile for  “Aunt Irene” and most of the Family that picked up the British  genes.


 So, on this Photo we see all of them enjoying  the good ole days  – a well deserved rest after a long hard and hot day of work. Each day of the week there were always the same chores to be done – the clothes to be washed on Monday – no fancy wash machines and then every thing hung outside on the clothes line, Tuesday everything that was washed had to now be ironed, even down to the last handkerchief. They may not have had electric irons – – can not remember for sure – – because I have seen some old irons that were used as “door-stops”  so that was a job that could last a couple of days.

Regular house-cleaning  follow by Friday and Saturday  “BAKING”  bread, cakes and pies and all of their favorites to last the week. Mr Brady never ate any baked goods from a “BAKERY” would only eat that which  his wife would bake! Everything was  baked from scratch,   and I still have some of their old recipes.

After Mr. Brady died, Marie and her Mother still lived together – still doing all that they had done in the past, and Marie was still obligated to staying at home taking care of her MOTHER,  and as her Mother was getting too old to do all of  her own  baking and making the large meals for the family to come over and enjoy – a small change was made.

On Sundays, one of the brothers and wife would come over and take the “MOTHER to their home and they  were  to enjoy a good time. Every time that Mrs. Brady was to be taken out, she would have Marie give  to her $50.00,  and she put it in her purse. After several months of this going on,  Marie did not put the $50.00 in her Mother’s purse this one time – – just to see what would happen.

“WOW!” They brought the MOTHER back home so fast and the Mother was upset – – that she did not have any money to give them – -but that was the idea of this!  Did they want their MOTHER – or did they just  want the money,  that she would be bringing to them? So when the air cooled down – – everybody knew how they stood – –  just  simply connivers for as long as they could get by with it. Naturally    ” Marie” was now the enemy – since she held the purse strings.

That is the way it is – – in some Families – – lessons to be  taught and  then learn the correct way of living with your own Family!

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