“The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show”

  Here we are sending GREETINGS to all of our FRIENDS that were unable, to come along for all of the FUN!

Looks like little LEX is busy watching the main event, the “Blue Angels” – because that is what “LEX” wants to be when he is a little older!

If you did not get your tickets,  in time for the “SHOW” just hate to say it,  but you did miss out,  on one of the very best  “EVENTS” taking place, right here in the “Saint Louis” area!

     “Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo”

“Just one of the BEST   “Air SHOWS” and everyone we talked with – just had so much Fun,  enjoying all of  the planned  “Activities”   here at  the “SPIRIT of St. LOUIS  AIR SHOW”  a most  wonderful  “TIME”  for all of  us, in Saint Louis!”

“LUCKY  Saint Louis to have the History and Heritage with men and women to carry  on  with all of the “AVENUES of  FLIGHT”  now,  and  for all generations,  that will  follow!”     D.V.

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“Happy Birthday to LEX from Great Grandma”

It sure is a good thing, to remember the “half-way mark” in time. What I mean, to say is – that little children love music, and when it is just for them – well then, that means more FUN,  for them too!

So, when you are  at the big “one and a half” going on to the BIG  BOY  “TWO” – let us start singing and dancing all  to some “HAPPY” music – made just for “LEX”  himself!

Great Grandmas’  just LOVE to sing and dance, since they are  “NOW” in their second “CHILD-hood” stage, and just LOVE  playing like a kid,  again!

As a “KID” again – I am trying to decide, if it is more “FUN”  doing the age of  “TEN”  better, than starting out again, at the beginning age, of  just  being the big “ONE!” 

“It is so much more  “FUN”  at this age – when you can change the years around, this way, or that a way,  just to see where the cooperating  “BODY” wants to take you!”  All these many years, I remember telling everyone  – that is,  to all  those, that were so nosy, and just had to ask, “HOW old,  are you  anyway?”

For so many years, I was keeping company, with good old “JACK BENNY” himself  – till all of a sudden, my son turned “39” and then, even for a while, I would just tell  everyone, “We are both, “39” again!” 

There were a few “dumb looks”  as I remember – but then, as time goes on, “It goes on without, YOU!”  There just seems to be an awakening amongst the people that do  know you, and they already have a good idea – so why go through the old, “Song and Dance”  routine,  again?

Life is so FUNNY, at times –  that is when you are young – I mean “real young”  you tell everyone how old you are – but,   you have added too many extra years. Then when you do hit “21” – you stay there for awhile.

Some are like me, when I was “15” and applying for work, I was asked, “Are you, 18” and thinking that I may look “18” to them, I  just said,  “YES!”  So I filled out all the paper work and did not have a Social Security card. I just said, “No one ask me for one, before?”   They were so nice, they said, “Don’t worry, we will send for one, for YOU!”

So the good word for “TODAY”  is, “Be what  ever age you feel comfortable, at being – no matter what age you are – YOU will have FUN – if you can just show everyone  some “LOVE and KINDNESS”  for all  of the wonderful things,  that they are helping you  to do, each and everyday of your LIFE!

“OH” one more thing,  everyone was created for a very special job,  and or task to do here on EARTH.   If you give THANKS to your Creator day and night, when getting up early in the day and when you go to bed at night – You will be guided along your journey here, as to what you were created to do!  “Seek and find” and before you know it – you will find that “special PATH” made just for you!   D.V.

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“It is a GREAT DAY for a PICNIC”

        “WOW” and another “WOW”


St. Vincent’s Home Picnic, invitation said to bring your FAMILY, so this photo has some of my FAMILY!

This is my son, Al and his two daughters, which are my “GRAND-DAUGHTERS”  which is absolutely  terrific, if I say so myself. 

That is  “JAIME” on the left,  and then on the right is “ALYSSA”   and, is there a  better  word than,  “WOW”  that, I can say, as I am so proud to be their “Grandma” – so, and here we go, with an  “Oh- well”  – but!

Just have to exclaim, and maybe even  a little louder, so  how about another  and very loud,  “BIG WOW -WOWEE!”

We had FUN and enjoyed  everything and  meeting everyone that  we had not seen for so very many years  – so glad that so many “golden-oldies” did show up, and for our rating  for this extra special occasion,   just to let you know, that is for  all of those, who did not show up,  it was “Excellent” – “TOP DRAWER”   the best of times – for all of  those, that were there!

Just to make everyone feel  real GOOD, and  to know,  that we had a terrific “good-old-time”  including  that excellent meal,  you may as well just say,  that this  get together occasion for all of us  “old-timers”  from the 1940’s was just,   “OFF THE CHARTS!”

        “St. Vincent’s Home – Chapel”


Here we are,  in the St. Vincent Chapel, on a tour guide to see all of the new and different things going on  today this, September 27th – 2015!

In the Photo above is  “GRANDMA”  MARY ELLEN ALDRICH,  Grandson, “ALAN” and his Dad, big “Al.” For those that like to read good books,   “Al” is  the  published author of   “AEROS” –  Book by Al Aldrich ********* Check out “AMAZON”    *****   “This book is terrific, if I say so, myself!”

This was one of the best days  for a “senior citizen” to have,  just to  be able to celebrate with FAMILY and old “CLASSMATES” from “GRADE SCHOOL DAYS” and to think,   that this  surprise was perfect, as  I  only had to wait, almost  a good  “seventy”  and  or more years to arrive,  at this point  in time, and be  really surprised!

  “WOW” what a wonderful   “LIFE” – and if we just  – do not weaken –  Let’s do it again!     D.V.

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“O key – Dokey”

“O Key – Dokey” is the answer, that  I received on the “telephone”  earlier today,  when I was talking to my son, Lee.

So, all day – I kept hearing those silly words working around in my head – just could not stop thinking – that I have not heard anyone say “O key – Dokey” in maybe 50 years  or more. No one,  that I know of – has ever answered me – when talking – with a “O key – Dokey” and in such a silly little ole sing-song way?

Since it has been so long,  just had to check it out on line – just to see if there was a song – and just exactly  what the words  still meant?  Never can tell, what “words” mean, today!  Seems that some of the old stuff,  that we thought was okay and funny,  a hundred years ago,  well – it has an entirely different meaning today.

After my search on-line, found the above song for “kids” that seems to be all-right, as children are singing it, or so it looks and sounds like, to me.

The words still float around in my brain, just  guessing  that they will for awhile.  Waiting to use these same old words,  when my son, Lee calls back.  Boy, “OH-Boy” – will he  ever be surprised!  So I’m guessing, we  will have to find out – how and why and or where he picked up these silly old words – from a hundred years back or so? Guess we will be laughing for a long time,  on the phone – sure glad that,  this is not way back  in those “good ole” days, that, I can remember  – when we talked a long time on the phone –   “toll calls”  ended up, costing the “caller” a pretty  dine or two!

Let me know – if you have some silly “old time” words, that we do not use?  Just  maybe,   they need to be revised and or used again – maybe just for effect!

“Silly is”  as   “old SILLY  does”  and  “that would be me.” “Fun and laughter is the name of the game!”  “How else can one keep  their self,  young – and try to be a little younger,  than they really are!”

“If you have small children around – play the above song, “HOKEY – COKEY”   but, do  say the  old words “O key – Dokey” – see if they will remember, later on.” 

When the children ask if they can do something, and you answer in a “sing-song” voice, “O key – Dokey”  and then you all,  will  start to laugh and continue having more “FUN” with more singing and dancing around,  just remember then,   that you are  making a terrific memory,  for all to remember, forever!

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“Celebrating BIRTHDAY THOUGHTS – Throughout the YEARS”

“Birthday Wishes for the BEST BIRTHDAY People I KNOW”

“There are BIRTHDAY BABIES… and then there are BABIES… WOW”

Everything on this EARTH, has a beginning,  a first start, or a first step,  a procedure or maybe we should say, that  if you start with this,  and then follow through with that which, well  maybe,  let’s  just say, we did jump through all of the “HOOPS” and then,  we received a big  “WHOOPS?”

Let me introduce  “Big  DADDY ‘O”  now called  “KING AL” due to the fact he is NOW a published author of  the  book,  “KING AL”  in “AEROS” and it is based on facts,  with a story everyone just loves, with so much information based on true facts.

No one could have dreamed, that someday, this  little  “baby in this PHOTO”  flying though the air  in the arms of  his DADDY, Lee Aldrich,Sr.,  that is  while we were living in Florida,  would  receive  the inspiration  to someday be a PILOT and  FLY!

This is a very 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 attentatively,  to hear all that his  “BIG BROTHER” has to say.

This next PHOTO of baby “ALYSSA”  which is  “FIRST” daughter  of  “Big Al”  made arrangements while they were  still  “babies in HEAVEN”  way before there was ever a twinkling in the eyes of their  “PARENTS to be” and wanting  to be in the same  “ALDRICH  FAMILY.”  Most importantly, they wanted  to be born on the same date, but years  and  years a part.  But, of course, on the very same day,  that being on a  “JANUARY the 9th.”   

“Wow, is that some doing, or what, would you call it?”   At a TIME,  when some  babies are in the,  “to be born POOL”   have their eyes  set on  the “WHO and WHERE and WHY”  of  a particular  “FAMILY”  and NOW, wanting to be,  in that  special place,  where they would  be next selected, to be chosen   as they were able to  intercept  arrangements  in  TIME and SPACE – which I call a real LIFE “MYSTERY” or a  “what?”

 That is why every “BABY”  to be born,  must be given the chance,  with  all  of the LOVE, that we can give them,  to do well here on EARTH, with all the rest of  us children of the  Almighty! 

And next,  ONLY, the biggest and best smile,  showing to all of us, that LOVE,  that she has to share with us,  so very “LUCKY”   are  we, the  happiest members in this  FAMILY!  “Happy is, as HAPPY does!”

Every “AIR PORT”  needs  a highly and enthusiastic “Receptionist”  just like you see in this PHOTO.  This is our very own and most talented  “ALYSSA, herself.”   All ready at the   front desk,  to receive all “PILOTS and their GUEST”  with a  very  big smile, and all  of the most important information, that only an insider like  “her-self”  can take care of with many  big smiles. 

The feet up and on the “DESK”  tells you,  “I am FAMILY”   and any one else in such a position,  would be thrown out those lobby doors,  landing on their nose, and just maybe, face to face,  with an  in-coming  AIR PLANE!

“May the Almighty Bless and PROTECT our children,  today and always,  that they are  exactly where  and doing, exactly   that which, was pre-ordained  and  as written in Psalms 139.”   D.V.

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“Grandmas’ Day Celebrating with Vanilla Ice Cream”


Gorgeous Grandma Day - July 23



On July 23rd Gorgeous Grandma Day recognizes all women of a certain age whether they are grandmothers or not.

Not all women become grandmothers. Those who do, don’t necessarily fit the traditional mold any longer.  Others still reach a point where many assume grandmother status, even though no grandchildren are about. Gorgeous Grandma Day embraces the age of the nana and encourages all women to flaunt their granny attitudes with purpose and style.

While some grandmas fit the traditional mold with gray hair and cookie-baking, home-making, hug-giving, child-spoiling energy to spare, many grannies sport a whole new role. Many take to the part of grandma to the children in their lives.

No matter the type of grandmother they are, they’re all different. Some play the hippest games, wear the latest styles and know how to find the best deals on technology. Even the grandkids can’t keep up! Funny, sassy and energetic grandmas, rebel grannies and smart grannies make the grade, too.

In many scenarios, grandmother-types step into the role where no grandmother remains. These women lend ears, laps, and hugs, much like the nanas of memory. Of course, they build foundations and set young men and women on their course. 

Nearly all of these fantastic women pass down family traditions while teaching children to stand on our own. Full of wisdom and wit, what would anyone do without their nanas? They go by many names, but they’re all gorgeous in their own way.

On Gorgeous Grandma Day, let the grandmothers in your life know how much they mean to you.


No matter your age, be your gorgeous self. Maybe you’re a grandma, and perhaps you’re not. It doesn’t matter. Own the attitude and celebrate. Use #GorgeousGrandmaDay to share on social media


Alice Solomon created Gorgeous Grandma Day in 1984 to honor women of a certain age whether they were grandmothers or not. It’s a time to recognize their accomplishments and their abilities. Their lives have only just begun.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day


National Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23rd tips its hat at the second most popular flavor in America. Take a bow, vanilla. I scream, you scream, we all scream for…VANILLA ICE CREAM!! Of course, the day is part of  National Ice Cream Month and not too far behind National Ice Cream Day.

Since Americans love vanilla ice cream so much, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that vanilla is the most common flavoring in North America for ice cream. In fact, many people consider vanilla ice cream to be the default flavor. 

Many may be familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe. The third president of the United States may have discovered vanilla flavor while visiting France. While he didn’t wouldn’t have been the first to savor the delicious taste of vanilla ice cream, Jefferson enjoyed jotting down recipes. The same applied to ice cream. He also produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s. Only ten copies remain. In fact, the Library of Congress houses one copy that has a cookie recipe on the flip side. Today, the ice cream parlor at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota serves the same recipe so that anyone can have a taste.


Make your own with this old fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream recipe for you to enjoy!  While you’re at it, invite some friends to enjoy it with you. Maybe, go out for some vanilla ice cream. Scoop up a dish full from the ice cream in your freezer. Will you add chocolate syrup or caramel? Oh, and don’t forget the sprinkles! Post a photo on social media using #VanillaIceCreamDay to encourage others to do the same.

…and…  Not only  a “GRANDMA Day”  – but for me,  also  a “GREAT-Grandma Day!” …and… it… Just so happens that, this Grandma just Loves… Vanilla Ice Cream!  Nothing like having two of your favorite things, all happen in just one day!



Of hese two Photos,  this  one is of  my  “GREAT Grand-son Lex”  celebrating his very first “BIRTHDAY”  with his  “Great Grandma” and  his “Aunt Jaime”  and  also  “Jaime” is one of Grandma’s favorite “Grand-daughters,”  also here  to help celebrate with  our extra special, “Baby Lex.”

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