National Watermelon Day on August 3rd recognizes the refreshing summertime treat enjoyed at picnics and fairs!  And since watermelon is 92% water, it is very satisfying in the summer heat.

This vine-like flowering plant originated from southern Africa. While the word watermelon refers to both the fruit and the plant to botanists, the plant is a pepo. The pepo is a berry with a thick rind and fleshy center. Interestingly, pepos develop from an inferior ovary. They are also characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae, a scientific term for the gourd family.

While the watermelon fruit is loosely considered a type of melon, unlike other melons, it’s not in the genus Cucumis. The smooth exterior usually produces a dark green rind with stripes or yellow spots. Watermelons produce a juicy, sweet interior flesh ranging from deep red to pink. However, sometimes it comes in orange, yellow, or white. 

While melon holds plentiful water, wild melons were bitter and tasteless. This clue suggests that desert dwellers likely cultivated the first melon. Additional evidence of the watermelon’s value is supplied in the seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs. Over time, cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of the sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today. 

With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWatermelonDay

While you’re celebrating the day, spread the joy! Visit a pick your own watermelon patch or pick one up from your local farmer’s market. Then, slice it up and invite the neighborhood over to share. Make a fruit salad or cut it into wedges. What are your favorite watermelon memories? Try these other fun ways to celebrate the day, too!

  • Host a seed-spitting contest.
  • Create a new watermelon recipe.
  • Enjoy watermelon flavored candies or beverages.
  • Create a frozen watermelon dessert.
  • Learn how to pick a ripe watermelon.

Post on social media using #NationalWatermelonDay.

Parents and educators, check out more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay by visiting the National Day Calendar Classroom


While our research did not uncover the creator and origin of National Watermelon Day, we do offer you many more ways to celebrate fresh fruits and veggies.

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“Another BIG Birthday Wish to Last Forever”

“Get Ready for a Big Birthday Party”

           “Happy Birthday Lee Aldrich”

“How is this for a PHOTO –  Lee and ME!”

One of our regular customers, that is,  during the “SEASON”  in Florida… wanted a PHOTO of us, to take NORTH  when he returned  back home, so that he could tell all of his friends, what  a terrific guy, “LEE Aldrich” is  and  that,  when they go to Florida,  to be sure to tell them,  (that is Lee and  Me)  that they also like going to the “race track”  as “Lee always knows” which horse will WIN!

“And, this is the customer,

with my husband, Lee 

 they like  watching the “ponies” running  

and,  once in a while, just a great big  maybe,  picking a WINNER!”

We have a  list of   the regulars at the “Snack Bar” and an extra special list… that will be checking  in with us   during and in the “season”   as  they  make big plans  and then … all  are off and to the “RACE TRACK”… where  the  best  “FUN in FLORIDA”  is the name of the GAME!

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“Birthday Memories that Last Forever and Ever”


and… Guess that everyone likes this song for some reason or another… but when you have a person in your LIFE… that was the best of people to you and everyone… and then just too soon in LIFE… are taken to the next level of living … the great hereafter… and  there never ever seems to be another person that could take  even a small part of that LIFE  that you had shared with the one and only… all I can say…make the best of memories you can everyday of your LIFE… because those memories will be the substance that will keep you in LOVE with the one and only one for you and that’s forever!

and…When this record came out…I had to buy  it  for Lee…it was the last of the records that I bought  and still have… as Lee passed away some time after this… just something about the words and music that we both just had special feelings for… and always brings back real good memories of those … days so long ago!

and… This is that special song that Lee would sing to me… his voice was terrific… Dean Martin sounds like Lee when singing and with a terrific voice… all I could do was to sit back and dream.

Lee and good friend, Ron who also worked  a shift of cooking at our restaurant… just have to take some time off… to do what is more FUN… hitting avery small ball as far as you can… then walking a mile and a half just to  maybe find that poor ole ball… and then to do  all that again and  again!  (What a day of good ole Fun?)

So just for extra FUN… I decided to tag along one day… just glad that I took my camera along.

As you can see in the above Photo… the best part of a game of Golf… is just taking some time out to rest… and let someone else work hard  just trying to get a good photo of  two grown men having lots of FUN… just taking a forty whacks at a very nice  little ole ball!

“Just so you you all know… the Birthday Cake and Ice Cream are ready to be served… come and get it NOW!”

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“Everybody Needs a Hug and a Kiss”

“Brother Tommy sent over a notice… that we all need a HUG and a KISS… so I am posting some things to put  all of us  in the mood … to get busy with the Hugging and the Kissing!”

It must now  be quite some years ago… and lots of people would have a small business size card … which read what you see above.

It seems that some Doctor must have started a trend back then…. to  help people that were not feeling as good as they should  to carry this card and when not feeling up to par… hand this card to someone that will give you that most needed hug!.   That great big HUG… which will help you to have much better HEALTH!

Just remembered that I have a “HUG PHOTO”… as you see  posted in the middle of the above… that is my husband, Lee and ME … when living in Florida… Donny wanted to take our picture as Daddy was going to take a quick nap… before going back to the Restaurant to work… and…  I sure am glad that I have the above photo!

Guess that I should call this photo …my forever lasting hug and kiss… to last for all the rest of my days… as Lee is no longer here on Earth… he is now in Heaven!

All creatures large and small on Earth LOVE a HUG or two…too!

“I guess that is what we should say to the person that we feel that is in need of a very warm hug and kiss!

And for another  point of view!

Prayers never fail…they are so  very powerful and become such a Blessing to all of those…  that are in dire need of them!

“Sometimes we need a poster to tell us the whole story … as we can get so tongue tied, sometimes… we could end up saying the wrong things… and mess up just doing  all that which really  comes naturally!”

We learn and remember so much better when we  have a song or two… so that those words will just so nicely settle into our brain… into  that  which is a very soft spot where  only the “Hugs and Kisses” are  to be remembered…  now and forever.

And this next…  is nice and easy to remember… but here it is for “Mother’s Day”  …but then…

… after you hear it a time or two… you can change the words for Daddy… Brother and  or Sister … and make it … to and for the  personal name…  of the LOVE of YOUR LIFE!              D.V.

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“Just one Memory that I will never forget”

“Remembering Lee Aldrich, Sr.”

“Love and take good care of your FAMILY… as  we will never know … what tomorrow will bring!”

“Billy Graham seen at Southern Funeral Home”

If you are like me… you certainly do not want to be going to the Funeral Home… You want all of your friends and relatives to stay well and alive!  “And forever… if possible”

But, with LIFE …  DEATH also comes and when it comes…  you sure did not want it to happen to you and your FAMILY … but it did!

In the 1960’s…  my husband, Lee Aldrich had to have several surgeries due to having been  shot,  when he was on the Saint Louis Police Department. Some of the surgeries were in Saint Louis and then after retiring and our going to Florida… he still needed more.

While in Florida and having one of these surgeries to help him,  to be able to walk… the Doctor cut some arteries… so that some other better arteries could get the blood to his feet. When I had asked this Doctor what we could expect,  he said, “Lee has about 5 or 6 months.”

After  having this surgery,  and Lee was not doing any better than before this surgery, I was so upset,  that I blurted out, “The Doctor said you only have a couple months to live!”  

And I continued, “If I were you… I would call your Saint Louis Doctor and tell him to check your records from down here and we will go back to Saint Louis!”

So, that is what we did. Lee had to have two more surgeries… but since there was  still a small fragment of a bullet near the heart… these surgeries were just getting the best of  LEE, and his health was going downhill,  fast.

We finally made a temporary moved back to Saint Louis, but we still kept the house in Florida…  just in case everything would work out for Lee and evidently… that  just was not,  to be.

One night, Lee decided to sleep on the sofa… since he had such a bad day… while I was at work and he thought that Donny’s bedroom was close by and surly Donny would hear him… that is,   and if,  he would need  some  help?

Lee did not want to wake me, because I had to be at work in the morning. I did hear Lee, so… I ran down the hall to the living room… he could hardly breathe…  so I helped  Lee…  into the wheelchair and rolled him to the kitchen and called the POLICE!

The POLICE Officer that arrived… had an empty oxygen tank…  I could not believe what was going on…  I was ready to lose my mind.

The neighbor next door, heard the Police car come  and  he came over as they had already knew of our situation and that at any time they would be needed to take care of the younger boys.

The ambulance arrived… and Lee and I went to the hospital as fast as possible. After being at the Hospital Emergency Room for about an hour or so, someone came out and said “Lee died!”

I’m crying and wanted to know if they did anything at all to save Lee? This Doctor said:  “If – we were able to do anything – Lee would only be a vegetable – you would have to take care of him – the rest of your  and his  LIFE!”   And then he added, “You are too young to do it!”

You have no idea the misery that I had to go through that night.  It was  so unreal, as to  what was happening…  so I  had to find a “PAY PHONE” and then,  called my brother Tom McClarren – as I was without a car and needed his advice as to what to do… NOW? 

 Tom told me about the Southern Funeral Home… so  then… I had called them to make all the arrangements. The POLICE Department was called as they would be paying the bills that would  soon be coming in?

At the SOUTHERN FUNERAL HOME… they had my husband,  Lee  set up in their largest room…  as there would be besides  our large FAMILY and FRIENDS… lots  of POLICE OFFICERS and people who knew Lee before I ever met  and married him!

There was standing room only of people, and my Mother-in-law Louise Stanley-Vosmeyer- ALDRICH, nearly (90) ninety years of age … was so over excited…  and asking me if I knew that…  THE – “BILLY GRAHAM”  – Preacher,  was here to visit her son, Lee?

Well, I knew that Lee had had  lots of FRIENDS… but “BILLY GRAHAM” – no way – where is he???  So, Lee’s MOM took me through the crowd and then…  she got close to where my brother TOM was standing… and she pointed to my brother, TOM!

I took “Louise” by the arm and we went over to where my brother,  “TOM” was talking with friends…  and I said “Tom, you are  being mistaken as…  “THE ONE AND ONLY” …“BILLY GRAHAM” …  do you want to say a prayer or two, as this is “Lee’s MOM, Louise” …  all evening, there she was, just so excited that  “BILLY GRAHAM”  came to pray for her son, LEE! 

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“Safe in the hand of God”

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Church Concert – The Sagrada Familia Expiatory Church in Barcelona, Spain


“Brother Tommy sent this over for all of  us to enjoy”

This song is performed in The Sagrada Familia Expiatory Church in Barcelona, Spain, and is a remarkable performance.

It also gives you a look inside the Church designed by the Famed Architect Antonio Gaudi … look up this church. It is spectacular and has been under construction for almost 125 years.



Wonderful soloist…….

Even more interesting is that the song is being sung in Catalan. This is the language of the “Moors” or Muslims and it is being sung in a Catholic church. Also great to see and hear the bagpipes.

Gaudi’s Masterpiece Cathedral…Sacred, awesome, inspirational & unbelievable!!

Concert held at the Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, in memory of the victims of terrorism.

“Safe in the hand of God” sung in Catalan; (Amazing Grace) watch/listen to bagpipes entering the church.


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