“Start the day off – with GOOD THOUGHTS”

Some days when you are just getting  your own “MOTOR”  up and running into  a new and bright  day  – a middle of the  “WEEK”  day started – it is so early in the morning –  YOU have had your shower and you  now, have no idea at all –  since you did not plan,  that which you will wear  – just kind of  thought it will be warmer  – a maybe – – and guess we will wait and see – just what the “WEATHER MAN” is bringing us,   for the  twenty-first day in February?

So there I am – into the drawers – pulling out this and that – and just setting aside – thinking – maybe – or well, let’s see what else is available in another drawer?

Next drawer  – something purple – is this the bottom or the top? Sure enough top and matching bottom in purple and have not worn in years – but I did find a long sleeve white  sweater in the above drawer,  that could be worn under this purple top – white  turtle neck and white sleeves to  make this purple outfit look – good – keener  and or terrific – and with the two long sleeves – surely,  I will be warn – no matter,  what the “Weather Man” has decided to send to us today!

Well, there I am all dressed – and looking in the mirror, and what first came to mind – I remember that our little “Jamie”  herself – wore a purple outfit in  the lobby of our “AIRPORT”  – standing there by the front doors – and she looked so beautiful – and just so that I would have this wonderful memory forever – someone took her Picture – and today – that PHOTO is above – for all to see and admire – as she looks like she is just arriving or even maybe,  she  could be ready to take off and FLY with her DADDY  – as  “JAMIE”  does have  a nice “bag” of stuff –   so that  which ever  way – no matter – in her coming and or  of her going,   “Jamie”  is  all ready  to go  where ever, and looking beautiful, all  the day long.

Just thought, that I should add this  special PHOTO of  little,  “MISS Jamie”  our  very own,   “Miss Congeniality” since she has that special  gift of getting along with everyone – always  so sweet and friendly – always there to help every one,  with whatever she can – just to help make everyone  feel real good and happy –  and to think,  that we are  all  able to have  many  wonderful times,  being  all  together  yesterday – today,  and forever!

“I just LOVE this PHOTO and grateful to who ever took this PHOTO,  and gave it  – to me –  “treasures like this”  – are the best kind of memories to have –  and that is forever!”      D.V.

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“Be sure to pass on – to your SONS to READ”



1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check-out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or not at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.
13. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
14. You marry the girl, you marry her family.
15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
17. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
18. Never turn down a breath mint.
19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.
20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
22. Eat lunch with the new kid.
23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
24. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.
25. Manners maketh the man.
26. Give credit. Take the blame.
27. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.
28. Write down your dreams.
29. Always protect your siblings (and teammates).
30. Be confident and humble at the same time.
31. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you.
32. The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.

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“Look – An old PHOTO from Way Back and When”

Some days,  you just do not know, what you will find – and in this PHOTO,   is  just such a situation,  perplexing me, since it is  coming  from  the “way back and when” –  requiring some  real brain work – just trying to  do a recall  –  of all –  that was going on,  on this day, in the  past life of  an  “older Grandma!”

 This is No 1, Grandson, Alan sitting at our  Lowrey Theatre Console  Organ, with a Leslie speaker and he is getting  big smiles  – as he is all ready to start to play something special for all of us in the family  room – as music was  first and foremost on the list of what we all like and  did do – especially – when we  would all get together.

Just looking at those “Crochet Dressed Dolls” – in the upper background,  – I can remember who would make those dolls for me  – as they were some of the best gifts to give to someone – friends and family,  – those that you liked,  and knew that they would like this type of a gift, too! I am just  surprised,  that I did not think to keep some for myself – they sure do look good!

Looks like this PHOTO will stir up some dust in the old brain department – for several days – just trying to remember,  what the occasion was – maybe  something special – that I should not have forgotten – and or at least  – put a real good old memory back,  into  its rightful place – my  “memory”  box!  D.V.

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“Thinking of Our Children, every DAY”

Some PHOTOS are so  terrific – that I could think of more than a hundred good ways to use them in my writing about every thing. This PHOTO of my GRAND-SON, Alan is such a PHOTO – the reason being,  that I feel that all families should have ample  supplies and  in an abundance for the children – so that they feel,  that they can use and be creative – while they have DREAMS – that are so important and need to be developed  from day “ONE” of the their birth!

A young person has  “Ideas and Dreams” – that we know nothing of – but –  if they are allowed to use a supply of different materials  – will have all kinds of new wonders  – ready for the world at large to further develop and be terrific in so many new  uses – that there will be lots of us – scratching our heads – and wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” But,  that is the way the world works –  – “New minds – bring forth new  ideas – that were never ever thought of – and will be just perfect for all of our new inventions – all  coming up – and –  right around the corner!

           “Due Diligence” is the name of this PHOTO.

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Alan Aldrich in this picture shows what we should start doing early in life – learn and work hard to make tomorrow a brighter day! 

May the Almighty Yahweh bless all of our young children – with the knowledge and wisdom that is needed – to further help AMERICA – be the best HOME  on this EARTH,  for all of the AMERICAN people!   D.V.

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“BABY FACE” – You have the cutest little  “BABY FACE” – when I look at this PHOTO – that song is all that pops up in my brain – and you got me singing that melody – even when,  I am trying to do other things. Just guess, that I am not going to get too much done – just thinking about the sweetest little “BABY FACE” of my  “Great GRAND-SON, LEX!”


Just so, that everyone will be able to sing –  all of the words – and remember,  that when they see a “sweet baby face” – that you all can sing to the  sweet baby – and let them know – just how much you LOVE them – just –  as I LOVE my sweetie pie, LEX!


Let me know – if after the first time of listening to this  song,  “BABY FACE” –  if you are also – singing it to yourself – without  even knowing that your singing “BABY FACE!”

May the Almighty Creator –  Bless all of our beautiful BABIES – and keep them safe and well –  providing for all children  just  the best of parents – that will LOVE and SING to their  children – making for a very happy FAMILY –  where,  they  will always have the best of memories –  forever!     D.V.

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“Sing OUR SONG, Over the RIVER to Grandmother’s House”

This is LEX – and, I just heard my favorite song of  all time – “Over the RIVER and through the WOODS to GRANDMA’s House we go” and from what I heard this has been the # 1 traveling song  – at this time of the year –  as we travel for the great “Thanksgiving Feast of a Dinner” for all of the FAMILY!

As you can see – I am in my finest  “Tux Outfit” and all ready to travel through the woods to “GRANDMA”s HOUSE”  just like that  song  – that we will  all  be singing  in our  “Auto”  –  and our  “Automatic DRIVE” will be set – as the song said  that the “HORSE” knows the way to “Grandma’s HOUSE” – so with a whole lot of loud singing and laughing all the way – we will be planning on having lots of FUN and GAMES with  our A #1   FUN  Grandma!





“Grandma just said,  that she likes this PHOTO of  me, “LEX”  singing our favorite song “Over the River” because, I know just how to open my mouth  wide so that all of the words can be heard for miles around – Grandma thinks,  that I am the best of any singer that she has heard – and I LOVE singing loud just for her, too!

So, just in case you see a vehicle, sailing down the highway – and everyone in the vehicle is singing nice and loud,  and laughing and having too much FUN – you will know that,  that is us – and we are all  on our way to our “FUN GRANDMA’s house – for  more “TURKEY and PUMPKIN PIE –   and she was telling me about an old song, that  her “Aunt Irene Brady Riley” taught to her and her brothers, Denny and Tommy – in the late 1940’s – and that it is a real silly kind of song just for kids.

Just in case you can not wait,  till I tell you exactly what it is –  “Grandma” does have it posted – back  some time ago – just hunt back through some of her old  pages – and you will find it! One hint…  I will give to you…”It sounds ‘funny’  to your ears!”

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