“You remember “GARFIELD” – Garfield the CAT”

“If ever there was such a “Sophisticated”  and  “Miss Elegant Cat” – “one” that makes tracks around the Globe!” – -“I’ll eat my hat!”





Celebrated each year on June 19, it is National Garfield the Cat Day.  A fictional character, Garfield is a title protagonist from the comic strip Garfield which was created by Jim Davis.   Today is set aside to celebrate him and the entertainment that he brings us.

June 19, 1978, was the first publication of Garfield which chronicles the life of the lead character, the cat Garfield (named after Jim Davis ’s grandfather); Garfield’s owner, Jon Arbuckle: and Jon’s dog, Odie.

  • 2013 – Garfield is syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals and holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.

Set in Muncie, Indiana, common themes in the comic strip include Garfield’s laziness, obsessive eating, love for lasagna and coffee and hatred of Mondays and diets.  The focus is mostly upon the interaction between Garfield, Jon, and Odie.

  • Garfield was one of the cartoon characters to appear in Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue.


Share your favorite Garfield memories or Garfield-like tendencies by using #GarfieldTheCatDay on social media.


National Garfield The Cat Day was first celebrated in 1998 on the 20th anniversary of the comic strip and Garfield’s birthday. Boca Raton City Council Member, Wanda Thayer, proclaimed June 19 as Garfield the Cat Day during surprise birthday party at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton

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When we were living  in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – sometimes we  would all go somewhere and try our hand at “FISHING” – this is something that “bogs like to do”   and I was along for the ride – the “guy” that takes the PHOTOS – and has something  ready to eat,   for everyone – and  then will clean up afterwards –  just the morale support to keep the rain away,  and the good fishing  in a  very good and quiet time –  what a wonderful job,  just made  for me to do – and even to like doing it – just for  the FUN!

L to R – – – Lee, Jr., and Lee, Sr., and  youngster AL,  keeping his eye on “ME” wondering around – not talking – as that would scare the fish away – if they are even out there – waiting for their dinner – so that we could maybe catch them – and then,  have them for our dinner!

“What a game we all play – while we are thinking,  that we are  all having lots of FUN!”


June 18



National Go Fishing Day is observed annually on June 18th.  This is a day to take time from your daily routine to find a stream, pond, lake or river, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a fish or two.

In addition to providing food, fishing is a recreational pastime of many.

Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught.  A rod, reel, line and hooks with any one of the different forms of bait or lures, are the most common form of recreational fishing.

The practice of catching (or attempting to catch) fish with a hook is known as angling.  Catch and release (returning the fish to the water to continue its life) is sometimes expected or required by law. For others, this is a preferred form of fishing. 

Hobbyists with knowledge of habitat, foraging behavior and migration hone their fishing techniques for a successful fishing adventure. Some fishermen still follow fishing folklore, which claims that fish feeding patterns are influenced by the position of the sun and the moon.

The earliest known English essay on recreational fishing was published in 1496.


During the 16th and 17th centuries, recreational fishing began to gain popularity.  In 1653, Izaak Walton published a book titled, The Compleat Angler or Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Walton’s book is the definitive work championing the position of the angler who loves fishing just for the sake of it.


Celebrate National Go Fishing Day with a few friends or the whole family.

Share your whopper using #NationalGoFishingDay on social media. And enjoy those fresh fillets using this Easy Fried Fish Fillet recipe


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Go Fishing Day.

“While living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.”

“While we are on the beach, one very terrific day – and when we got  too tired of getting our body tanned by the wonderful “Florida Sunshine” – we  decided that,  we can take our “fishing rod” all nicely baited up – and wade out into a nice spot in that great big “Ocean” that you see, behind me,  –  just inviting us to sit,  on our very own – over-blown tire tubes – and “just wait”  for that extra  big fish to  find us,  and tie  its-self  onto the very well baited hook  – and maybe we will have a real nice  “fish-dinner” tonight, but, and   or even –  maybe just a real silly fishing story  – to sit around a nice fire, and just laugh  about – because we  all just had so much  “FUN”  — TODAY  – –  GONE-FISHING!”

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“Happy Father’s Day to Grandpa, Thomas F. Brady”

“Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Brady”

“Where, in the world would the “Brady Boys” be without a wonderful  “Mother and Father”  that took a chance,  with a new start in a very  “NEW  AMERICA”  coming over the “OCEAN  by SHIP”  and so  very over crowded,  with all the hardships  to be endured,  as this was  happening  in the “1850” era,  and  each   with their own parents,  and in different years, eventually  selected to  migrate to the “MISSOURI   STATE” area,  and that   is where they would live, and  one day meet,  by the hand of the Almighty, to start a  NEW  and wonderful  FAMILY in the middle of  AMERICA.”

Isn’t  it just wonderful to be able to have these very old PHOTOS of  “Anne E. Smart and Thomas F. Brady”   something now very old, and also to know,  that these  were held in their very own  hands,  and then my “MOTHER’s hands”  terrific old  PHOTOS of  my GRAND-PARENTS.  These old PHOTOS are a real treasure to me, just  to have and  hold, to see  for myself,  and now to share with everyone that is “new”  in our  growing FAMILY  –  from yesterday,  today, and going  forever – forward.

After Mr. Brady died,  and only Marie and her MOTHER were living together,  her one sister, “Irene married to Mr. Wm. B. Riley”  and all of the  Brady brothers married and living  as far away as TEXAS and CHICAGO,  it was getting time for MARIE to start looking around,  to see if  perhaps there was   a suitable person,  that her MOTHER would approve of.

If you have read some of these posts,  you have some of the story already but, I do not believe I had taken the time to mention, that “Grandma Brady” was still living when I was born,  and  as a baby,  I do not remember her,  but she did get to see me and even  to care for me.

I remember my MOTHER, telling me that since “GRANDMA BRADY”  lived with us,  that there were times when my Mother would have need of a  “baby-sitter” and  that she was not sure, if her  own “Mother” my  “Grand-mother”  was strong enough to pick me up,  and or even be  aware of me crying, and  or in need of something. 

“Grandma Brady” was in her eighties and now my DAD would do most of the cooking,  as he was a CHEF and was trained  for cooking, while  serving in the ARMY. So the story goes, that after “Grandma BRADY” was baby-sitting me  several times,  she complained to my MOTHER saying, “All Mary Ellen does is sleep, when you are gone,  and I thought,  that I would get to do something with her?”

My Mother had told me,  that she was glad,  that I like to sleep,  because she did not think, that   her MOTHER could lift a heavy “eight pound”  baby, too much,  and was afraid of my being dropped,  accidentally?   So,  My “GRANDMA BRADY ” was there  for me,  but I was  so satisfied with everything, that I did not take the time to cry for someone,  so my eyes may have seen you, “GRANDMA  BRADY”  but,  my  memory box   was  not as yet programmed for the re- memory of the first  few months of LIFE!

“May the Almighty Yahweh Bless my Grand-parents, as I  am anxious to see them in Eternity – when all of the FAMILY will be meeting together, to share LOVE  and STORIES with wonderful endings for all of us!”     D.V.

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“Happy Father’s Day to Lee Aldrich, Sr.”


This is a PHOTO that reminds me,  that we should take more  “TIME  OUT”  just to take photos of “DADDY” and the small children,   since these precious play times, last  but,  a  few moments in the brain, and without a PHOTO,  gone forever!

When this PHOTO was taken, I would have taken more pictures of  “DADDY”   Lee, Sr.,   stretched out on the floor with our  “newborn baby, AL” and  his big brother, “Lee Jr.,”  if only there was some advanced warning in  our LIFE, that “Daddy” would be needing surgery,  within four  short years from mow,  and so suddenly, not  able to make it, as everything that could go wrong that fatal night  – was so unbelievable!

TODAY, my feeling is to take more PHOTOS of the FAMILY ,  and learn to enjoy each and every moment,  because  those  few precious moments,  they  are over in seconds,  never ever to return,  and once gone,  never again  remembered, since the brain only received such  short  “snippets”  just not enough to store in the “MEMORY”  bank  for years to come.  So,  and  unless there are   more  “PHOTOS”  taken and saved of all of the extra special celebrations of LIFE,  just to bring to mind,  all of the “LOVE of  YOUR  LIFE”  of YOU and those You LOVE,  those wonderful memories that would have been “Keepsakes”   will just  be gone forever!

Old PHOTOS bring to LIFE,  at least in  our  mind,  reminders of  those few moments  that,  we all have  and  have shared  a special zest for Living with the true “LOVES of our LIFE time” – here on Earth! 

There are TIMES when we think that  our LIVES are a piece of “HEAVEN on EARTH”  but,   being young and in LOVE,  our minds are not strong enough to let us really know,  that these few  fleeting moments,  if not  fully enjoyed in the  “here and now”  will have only been  a vague and passing  dream of a time in  our LIFE,  you may have  wished for  “IT” to be forever,  but, there  is  only the  right NOW, then it is  “TIME”  forever  “all gone!”

This is when we were living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  and only a mile from the ocean,  and the “FLORIDA SUNSHINE”  would  wake  us all up so early,  no late sleepers, “Mr.  SUNSHINE” would pour himself,   into the  window  with a  “TIME  to WAKE-Up  and  SMILE”  as there was no need for an “Alarm Clock”   so  lucky for us, that we all  were “early birds”  always ready,  for the NEW day to  expect  “FUN!”

“Happy FATHER’s  Day to Lee Aldrich, Sr.,  only the Best of the BEST –  I said so!     D.V.

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“Celebrate a HAPPY FATHER’s DAY with Daddy-O”

FATHER’S DAY – Third Sunday in June


Father’s Day is observed annually on the third Sunday in June.  This day is set aside to honor the role that fathers play in the family structure and society.

After the success of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day observances began to appear.  The road to this national observance was not easy.

  • The first recorded celebration of Father’s Day happened after the Monograph Mining Disaster, which killed 361 men and left around 1,000 children fatherless in December 1907.  Grace Golden Clayton suggested to her pastor Robert Thomas Webb a day honoring all those fathers.  On July 5th, 1908, a gathering in honor of these men took place at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.
  • In 1910, the YMCA in Spokane, Washington recruited several clergymen with the help of Sonora Smart Dodd to honor fathers throughout the city.  The date was set for June 5th but was later changed to June 19th (the 3rd Sunday in June) as many clergymen needed more time to prepare.
  • Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he first had the idea for Father’s Day in 1915.  Meek argued that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday.  The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day.”  Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.
  • After a visit to Spokane in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted fearing that the observance would become too commercialized.
  • President Calvin Coolidge stopped short of issuing a national proclamation in 1924
  • Sonora Smart Dodd continued to work to make Father’s Day a national observance.  In 1938, she collaborated with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers for the commercial promotion of the observance.  Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.
  • In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June.
  • President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent national holiday in 1972 over 50 years after Mother’s Day came into existence.

How To Observe

Father’s Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. Share on social media images of your day together with your kids, and be sure to use #FathersDay too

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“Fudge – FAST and EASY”


“I double the recipe and put in a glass baking dish (9×13 inches). Nice for holidays . . . Keep it for a secret and family and friends will think you worked forever on it . . . (smiles). You can also use peanut butter chips and make peanut butter fudge.”


  1. Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter or margarine in large microwaveable bowl. Zap in microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 3-5 minute, stirring once or twice during cooking. Stir in nuts, if desired.
  2. Pour into well-greased 8×8-inch glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set.



  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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