“Tomorrow is the Big Birthday for Lee”

  “UP After – DOWN Before!”

When is the correct time  to put up the Christmas tree  and how long should you  leave the Christmas tree up? 



Comments,  that  I have heard… regarding children with birthdays within a week of Christmas – feel  they got the “short end of the stick!”

Seems like.. that if the birthday is too close to Christmas – the child is given more clothes for the one occasion, and maybe more toys the other…  but,  probably would have  received  much more…  had the birthday been near the middle of the year?

The money is in a short supply near the end of the year and a birthday  – it’s a big thumbs down!

Two families I know of …  the  one  young person  decided to celebrate  and  have his birthday in July.  For years, everything was just fine until he decided to join the  Marines. Seems the family had to scramble to find his birth certificate  – his birthday was  really in December and no  one even knew?

The other,  his birthday was the 24th of December and  in all his young years he received less than he thought he should have,  so…  he made up for the shortage, by making more money than he could ever use… and in the  end,  had no one to leave it  all   to?

So… with my sons and their birthdays being on the 5th of December and the other the 9th of January,  we wanted each to enjoy their birthday party on that date,   and  “Christmas”  on its date.  We all help  put up the Christmas tree after the 5th of December,   and  just as fast as possible…   after   “Little Christmas, January 6th” … the Christmas tree came down! 

The 9th of January  is ready for AL’s  birthday party  and friends…  all done  without a sign  and or a leftover  decoration  from the big Christmas Celebration! Everybody is Happy  and received more than enough of  all the things that they had  wished for, and even all  of the trips to see Santa  and also… so much that was requested on their letters to Santa!

It sure does pay off… for making  plans that are good for all of the family and sticking with a good plan –  for when the children are small  and everything is NEW and Wonderful… with lots of extra surprises and excitement –  it makes for good harmony in the household, and all the best of memories to last for a LIFETIME!     D.V.


Just happened on to this… as I was looking for  a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”  song… but this is a big “WINNER in my book”  – for all parents to see and to know – if you work with the small children when their brains are just waiting to get new information and something to do – and use all of the five senses  – what a wonderful world this is – and to think that each young child is born with all of these wonders!

“Thanks be to the Almighty Creator for giving  to us the wonderful  gift of children – and helping  them to  each be that extra special person that he created them to be – all for HIS Glory and Honor for ever and ever!

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“A #1 Favorite Birthday Party for Lee Jr.”

       “Happy Birthday…LEE”

No matter the weather…  no matter the age of the boy… when you  receive  your  “first PONY” …  you will be there no matter what it takes … to take good care  of   “Your DREAM”   come true!

This PHOTO  of  Lee Aldrich  Jr., and his best  “BIRTHDAY  PRESENT”  a  real live little “PONY” was   what I would call, “Top  Drawer”   of  all of the gifts received!

There was nothing in the world that would keep  “Little Lee”  from being outside in all the snow and ice or even in some rain, that “PONY”  was what  he  had wanted,  the mostest, in those days  and was  so LUCKY, that  he did receive the PONY of his DREAMS,  and he was NOW in Seventh HEAVEN, Snow  and or no Snow!

“Seventh Heaven” did not last too long” as you can see this PHOTO was taken in our backyard at “100 Cherbourg Drive, 63129”  and evidently  you can not have a “PONY”   in your backyard.    (that is a story for another time)

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This next PHOTO is “LEE” at an  even   younger age for “Little LEE”  just  sitting  there at the “Keyboard”   and  all registered to start  taking  his first lessons … some “basic lessons”  to learn to play  and make some good music  while playing.This PHOTO is when we were  living in “Fort Lauderdale,  Florida” and my husband, Lee Sr., was one of the partners  in managing and running  the “TOPPERS Restaurant and Lounge” and of course,  when  they  want you and  you are  to be in on the  updating  of the  “LOUNGE”   you  will need a “PIANO”… so why not make a  ‘sweetheart’ deal … one that all  of  your FAMILY will like, such as a little something in the HOME… for  our little LEE… to learn to PLAY!

If  and that is a big “IF” … I could  always have my  own way… every  “HOME  IN AMERICA” would have a “PIANO”  for the children to learn to play.

Just as soon as the children can… and I mean early… they should start to learn  all about music … lessons… practice but, with   a serious course of study  as is  usually  the case, PIANO is  maybe good for everyone but then there could be some children  that would like another instrument better.

“MUSIC” It is the same as learning another language, the brain  is enhanced  immediately making for the learning ability to increase so much  and even more so, that  all  of the  other subjects taken in class at school, become easier and just does so much more for the person’s personality  in all  of  the areas of their LIFE…  and for all of  the years, for their  entire LIFE.  

Check with anyone that took music lessons early in their LIFE… learning is easier  as is the life choices that they will be making, and I feel  that the whole wide world  would be so much better, just to make this one serious change early in the LIFE style… for all  of the children in AMERICA.     D.V.

“Only two more days, the   “5Th”   is almost here  and a big BIRTHDAY PARTY WISH   goes out  to our most  favorite … “A #1″ … BIRTHDAY PERSON!” 

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“A # One Big BIRTHDAY Coming UP”

This is a very extra  special PHOTO of  “BABY AL”  with  “big brother LEE Jr.!”   This PHOTO  took  “first place” in the hearts of all the FAMILY.

Sent this PHOTO to our  “Aunt Irene Riley”  and she had it blown  up and passed  copies on to everyone. She thought this PHOTO  was  “TOP of the HEAP”  just to look at it and  start thinking,  what were the thoughts of  “Big LEE” and  “baby AL”  as he is  holding his  “ear” to hear, looking  so attentive  to hear all that his  “BIG BROTHER” has to say.


Lee 3 001Same table, but since we have guests,  little LEE Jr.,  the BIRTHDAY BOY is  now  at the head of the table and still so young, as we are  having  relatives, so that we did  have to lengthen the table to accommodate, all the extra   family   as they came  bearing gifts  and then for the very young children, you do have to  make a big production of the  “BIG BIRTHDAY”  which is just for them, and so that they will remember for always, otherwise  “HOW” does a small child know …  that this  once a year big “HOLIDAY Celebration”  is to  help them  to know  that we are doing everything that we can… to make this… their very “OWN” and extra  “special” day?

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”  to  Lee Jr.  and many  many more…!”

P.S. “One more  time… just  for you to grow on!”

“Just remember… he  and or she that does not sing along – does not receive some cake and ice cream… and  so…let’s hear it again, nice and loud so that they can hear it all the way down to Grand Avenue!     D.V.

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“How To Make The Most Amazing Cornbread”

This Is The One Side Dish People Always Ask Me To Make


Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups milk


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the oil, butter, eggs, and milk.
  3. Stir just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13” baking pan.
  5. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes.

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Stay Home Because You're Well Day - November 30

November 30th is Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. We all need a break, and it’s nice to take it when we healthy and can enjoy it. That said, if everyone in the working world took the same day to stay home because we were well, chaos would ensue. 

We all need time alone. It’s essential to disconnect from our daily routines. Sometimes we have a checklist of things we would do. Others have no idea what we’d do left to our own devices.

HOW TO OBSERVE #StayHomeBecauseYoureWellDay

This holiday has no agenda other than to spend a healthful day at home. What you do with it is up to you.

We do have some suggestions if you are having trouble deciding what to do.

  • Catch up on some reading.
  • Take a walk.
  • Get started on your Christmas cards.
  • Follow a toddler around all day.  You do feel well, remember?
  • Take a friend to lunch.
  • Get your 2017 calendar up to date.
  • Try a new recipe and make extra to share with someone who wasn’t feeling well today.
  • Take a nap
  • Plan your next vacation.
  • Make a list of all your single friends and match them up as potential mates.
  • Organize all those photos on your phone.
  • Work on an art project.
  • Clean out your closet and donate.

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Stay Home Because You’re Well Day was created by Thomas & Ruth Roy Wellcat Holidays.

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THANKSGIVING DAY – Fourth Thursday in November

Thanksgiving Day is observed each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, amid the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

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In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity. Communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.

Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.

Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. Several U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.

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In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. The ship carried 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship. They suffered from exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived. When the remaining settlers moved ashore in March, they received an astonishing visit. An Abenaki Indian greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American named Squanto.

Squanto was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe. The alliance would endure for more than 50 years, and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

First Thanksgiving

In November 1621, after the first successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast. He invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians suggest that many of the dishes likely used traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

This history of Thanksgiving provided by www.History.com. For more information on Thanksgiving, go to http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving




The Next Thanksgivings

 Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year. In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.

In 1817, New York became the first of several states to adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday officially; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition. 

National Observance

In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.For 36 years, she published numerous editorials. The editor sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents, and other politicians.

At the height of the Civil War in 1863, Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request. In a proclamation, he entreated all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” President Lincoln scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November. It was celebrated on that day every year until 1939 when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition. In 1941, the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

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