“Check out YOUR Health and Be Careful”

  “Time of the Old Woman?”

In North America; Weather Prone Accidents! The headline above is what I read on “Coast to Coast” – evidently this period of accident prone time for… “Old-Women” – starts February 25 and goes through March 4, 2014!

  Since I caught only that small bit of information,  then… and accidents are still continuing at this time of year… just maybe there is something  NOW…that we should  watch out  for … so thought I would pass this  on once again!

Maybe this “Old-Woman  prone to accidents” period has occurred last year to me and maybe even years before and just now we are learning to check out “strange happenings” with one another to see if…  in reality… if some mysterious things are reoccurring to us?

Last year, February 28th I took a fall during the night… did not feel bad when I was getting up… out of bed to go to the bathroom… but the short walk to the bathroom…  something no one knows what could have happened, but I passed out!

Falling flat forward and breaking a bone in the nose. How long was I out… like a light?  How did I hit the dresser and then end up black and blue on the side that hit? No one knows?

My grandson, Alan took me to the emergency hospital – they ran all kinds of tests and I was there for days. I almost felt like a porcupine – everything was x-rayed… needles putting stuff in me and  other needles stuck in to take blood for testing for everything also  checking what the medicines  that I had been taking to see if they needed to be changed  NOW… and if other meds would correct everything and  or anything? I felt like a big “PIN-CUSHION.”

Surgery was found to be the necessary item  and needed now! I was just not ready for surgery…  by a doctor I did not know! I wanted a second opinion by a doctor that had an idea of how my body works…  this was  all more than my brain could fathom? So, I signed for my release from this hospital,  so that  I could check all this information out.

When I left the hospital…  all of a sudden I could hardly walk… pain  NOW running up and down my right leg… so now I have another problem? This new situation required  more testing and checking to see what my problems and  all of this new and additional pain situation would entail, as the risks were running high… what part of the body to be operated on first?

This prone accident week for the “OLD WOMAN” – last year – caused me to have to go through two major surgeries within the month of March 2013.

This is the SEASON… as so many things are happening all around the world… TODAY! This is just what happened to me… so take good care of your health… without good health… what is there to work with?     D.V.

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Remembering “EVE KAREN” on her BIRTHDAY and Forever”


       “Eve Karen is a Natural…”Eve Karen 001

Like I was saying…nothing like celebrating someone’s BIRTHDAY for the whole week.

Evidently…we must have been enjoying ourselves so much… and in taking a few pictures… while  we were “bowling”  those that were in the area around where we were…must have thought that,  we thought we were special or very important… just to be doing all the silly stuff … that we were  way back in the day when we  were taking EVE KAREN McClarren  around, must have been just a little more than most people would do on a “HAPPY DAY” outing???

Sure was glad to have my brother, TOM McClarren along… as he was taking the PHOTOS… and if ever…  you are    having  “FUN” and a very good time… it will  sooner or later… all fade… from  the old “memory”   bank…but… if you have a couple of old PHOTOS  well… there is… then…  no  way  of ever forgetting!

Having lots of old PHOTOS… in a good place, that is accessible, since you will always  want to have a  beautiful  visual memory… because  for us old timers’ … good memories are what we always want to have  for sharing… and that is forever!

When celebrating and having lots of GOOD FUN…always have someone in charge of taking the PHOTOS…because someday…those PHOTOS will be worth millions in memories…  so for your “medicine”  today,  just  remember that I was the “ONE” to tell  you… and YOU can thank me later,  good memories are the LIFE in the “LIVING Journey”… that we are for sure  in our  traveling mode…NOW!

“Our little KAREN”was just like everyone else… watching “TOMMY” and admiring him… and listening to his every word. Tom has a persona that attract others… just like a “VIP”  and I’m guessing back in the day… as you can see…  little KAREN is  maybe one of the  very first to decide, that our  very young and good looking  “TOM” is “Mr. Wonderful, himself”!

Just having  lots of old PHOTOS that go back to some good old times,  that we all had  and shared… when we were young and sitting on top of the world … too young to know just exactly who would go where… and what in the world … if anything could  be achieved  …. that could make  for our memories  being so enjoyable… as well as being remembered!

 “Happy Birthday to Dear… “Eve Karen” and your identical twin sister, “KATHlEEN”… LOVE… from all the family!”

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“My Little Sisters Eve Karen and Kathleen… Remembered”

“This is with MOM and the three of us… February 1946 … as our baby sister,  “EVE KAREN  Francisca McClarren” was born on the 16th, and when “MOM and DAD” took our sister to the  “HOLY NAME CHURCH” to be baptized  and  were asked what  is the baby’s  NAME  to be… he was told  – – “EVE KAREN” – – the Priest said … “there is not a   “SAINT EVE KAREN” …  DO you have a DOG?” 

“I  need a  “SAINT’s  NAME.”  So as not to hold up the ceremony…  MOM  remembered that… “Francisca CABRINI”  was in the NEWS…  as just having been canonized a  “SAINT”  … so that is  “HOW”   our little  sister “KAREN” received her  long and full name.

This was an “IRISH PRIEST” and his “IRISH brogue” was so strong…  you could  hardly  understand  what he was saying, as the word “DOG” really sounded like “DOGUE!”

“This  next photo  is  of “KAREN” with DADDY, and of course the three of  us  – DENNY – ME  –  TOMMY –  in the area where the “APPLE”  trees were growing,  and every so often… when the trees were full of good apples…  one of  the kids  would run down and get a handful of  ‘apples’  for  their friends… but…  for some of the kids, there was a problem… they could not eat the green “apples”  they would  immediately get… a good case of the “runs” to the bathroom.”

That “SAILOR” outfit that  “TOMMY”  is wearing… is the same  “outfit” that  “DENNY” wore on his trip to “OHIO” …  when he was  only “four years old”   and I did  write about that trip a couple weeks earlier, and posted the news-paper clipping along   giving all of the particulars of the   long “trip”  that little  “DENNY”  took … all by himself, when “DADDY” had to go to  “CALIFORNIA”  to work on the  “NAVY SHIPS”   during WWII  just some the exciting things that the  “McClarren”  children did during those “hard” times  right here in AMERICA,  and we  have all have  lived …  long enough to tell about it!

“Just some of the  good ole memories of our little sister, EVE KAREN”  just good to have a few  old  PHOTOS,  for a “BACK-up” … otherwise  no one would believe…  half of  the good old days…  when we were  in those bad and hard times of  a  “WAR” and what  “AMERICANS”  that is all  of us did to help  our “COUNTRY”  WIN… but, we  “ALL”   just did what we could  and always felt good in our hearts,  for  just doing our  small part  in UNITY…  which ended up being a great and positive effort … for in the end.. we were BLESS from above …. for whatever small contribution… that we were able to do.!”         D.V

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“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to Everyone…TODAY”

VALENTINE’S DAY – February 14


Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing. During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards.    

Ancient History

Mixed opinions prevail regarding who or what was celebrated in mid-February. Some point to martyred saints by the name of Valentine or Valentinus. The most popular story tells of the saint who defied a decree by Emperor Claudius II who outlawed marriage for young men because he believed single men made better soldiers. St. Valentine, preferring young lovers to be wed than have them sneaking around (or believing in the power of love), would marry them in secret. However, it may have been another Valentine who performed the marriages. Either way, at least two of them were beheaded for their actions.

Another possible origin for Valentine’s Day takes us back to a pagan festival called Lupercalia. As a way to discourage participation in the fertility festival, the Christian church placed St. Valentine’s Day in the middle of February.

Modern Celebrations

Since the Renaissance, we’ve been exchanging Valentine’s cards. These handmade missives of romance grew into a more commercial venture by the Victorian era. Today, school children exchange Valentine greetings, too. They prepare for the day by making unique boxes to receive their many hearts, cupids, and pun-filled rhymes. 

Chocolates and candy have also become a part of the celebration. While couples tend to be the focus of the day, singles celebrate being single, too. Friends take each other out or reject the overall notion of Valentine’s Day. Dinner and a movie, candlelight, and flowers also fit the bill for couples. It’s one of the busiest days of the year for florists.

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Credit is traditionally given to Pope Gelasius for declaring February 14th as Saint Valentine’s Day around the year 496 to separate the church from the Roman celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient pagan fertility festival which occurred on February 15th.

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“A BIG Happy Birthday to Mr. Wonderful”

When you ring a doorbell… do you always receive a “WONDERFUL” wellcome like  this?

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This is my little brother “TOMMY” and would  you believe… that he  is NOW … the big “80” years of age! The whole wide world would be a real  and truly happy place… if all of us would answer their doorbell with   such a wonderful big smile with  a big welcome to his home as he does… as he is well admired…  as his smile says marvelous things… just to let you know he is glad to see you… and he loves to share the LOVE  he has … for everyone!

Since everyone thinks my little brother, TOMMY is wonderful and some have “Mr. Wonderful” embroidered on shirts for him… he still continues to live up to being that wonderful person… that we all like and admired.

“Mr. Wonderful” celebrates  today … just the day before Valentine’s Day… his 80th Birthday as  to be a wonderful person… someone we all LOVE and are so happy to   be related to and or even a good friend … and with his BIRTHDAY   on the thirteenth of February… no wonder we celebrate “Valentine’s Day on the fourteenth as there is so much LOVE  to share with the most wonderful friends  that we  all have… but especially since my brother TOMMY shares the LOVE of being  “WONDERFUL” all year long?

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY to TOMMY… just happens to be born on Lucky “13”… which makes for you to be… Mr. Wonderful, too!”

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“Happy Birthday with BLESSINGS to Brother TOMMY”

Have to first of all give THANKS to “CHRISSY” for the wonderful 80th BIRTHDAY PARTY arrangements for our “Mr. WONDERFUL, himself…. also  for the terrific selection of desserts … just what the doctor ordered for those … like ME that likes desserts… also for taking good care of all of the Guests… as everyone did have a wonderful time!

In this first Photo… that is “Chrissy” standing  to the right… and leading all of  us…  in the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” song to her DAD… aka “Mr. Wonderful!”    xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “The “BANNER” tells the story… that our “MR. Wonderful is the big … “80”  years old and this is a special BIRTHDAY Party for him”    xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “With the glow of the candles… everyone getting  ready for the signal to start singing… nice… loud and clear down to GRAND AVENUE… just to let the whole wide world know… Mr. Wonderful is now … the Big “80”… and is in fine shape… ready for a run around the block”    xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “This is a terrific shot of the “BANNER” – –all RED…WHITE…BLUE… with the “80” in GREEN… to grow many more years… on”     xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Hip.. Hip…Hooray… for Mr. Wonderful, himself…… just letting some in the audience know … his NAME… is on his shirt” xoxo

  • Mary Ellen Aldrich “This was a terrific BIRTHDAY PARTY for little brother TOMMY… aka “Mr. Wonderful” xoxo
    Mary Ellen Aldrich    “I am here with Cherrie… Tom’s youngest daughter … and I was so Lucky to meet all of her family – just a “WONDERFUL” time”    xoxo

Mary Ellen Aldrich “Can you believe… that there was a day… and not too long ago… that we were both the same height… what happens over time” xoxo

“A very good time was had by all!” 

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