“DADDY sure did look good in uniform!”

Just have to add this song… as it reminds me… that…  DADDY just had to have one more cigarette…




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“Father’s Day at Fairgrounds Park”

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Nothing like a “PARK” within walking distance to your  “HOME” – – because you can enjoy  all  of the big  FAMILY and RELATIVE with FRIENDS and even the Neighbors  getting together  –  you will have “PARK” benches with lots of nicely mowed green grass for he children to play and run around playing GAMES – – while you find the perfect spot to set-up the REFRESHMENT table – – and bigger containers filled with blocks  of  ice … to keep all those favorite drinks ready  – – to cool down – – at just the right moment.


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Here we are… my brothers,  DENNY Jr.,  and TOMMY and “ME” – – and to have  this wonderful lake  – – right in the middle of   “FAIRGROUND PARK”  – –  and  also the bridge – – as you can see in the background – – sure  does make  for lots of FUN —  as we have so much ground to run around on – – and  then  know to  finally…  end up  near the “LAKE” to cool down  – as you see us having our picture taken – together!

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FATHER’s DAY”    PHOTO … “FATHER and Children” and in this PHOTO – – – we even have our “brand new baby”  little  sister, “EVE KAREN” – – this is a very special day to all  of  us – to  be able  –  – to have this PHOTO of a HAPPY DAY – – when we were all together!  

In   LIFE… we are each on a “journey” and some of us are designated to be together …in a FAMILY setting – –  and then sometimes – – our “journey” takes one or two of us out  of this FAMILY – causing grief and sorrow – – and at other TIMES great JOY and LOVE – – but that is what this “JOURNEY” is all about – – we do need to learn different lessons – – on HOW and WHEN to make changes  – – look for the TRUTH and LIGHT – – that the CREATOR of us all is providing to us – – and  in the end …we each reap that which we sow – – 

Looking back… each generation from so far back… has done all that they thought was to be  the  “PATH” for them – – but when someone…takes the TIME to look back and see  the LESSONS each previous generation went through – and then…  what they accomplished – –  then… that “ONE” can start to understand  – – if only   there would have been a  more perfect  “LOG of EXPERIENCE”  passed on – – to the next generation…  – but in this LIFE – – each generation feels – – that they have to do it  “THEIR WAY” – –  not using any of the previous experiences – – NOW –   suffer to  redo the  very same old  mistakes…  all along   their…  way!


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“FATHER’s DAY” *** JUNE 19th, 2016

WAY back in the 1940’s – – the house that we lived in – – did have a very large kitchen – – compared to this  photo – –  and we had  a “GAS” stove and oven – an even older style than the electric  below.  – BUT – – my FATHER was a “CHEF” by trade – – and he could  bake and cook anything – and never had to check with a “COOK-book” – – DADDY – – was the “CHEF” and or “COOK” –  and that is what I remember seeing – 

During the “WAR” years – – my FATHER would be busy in the evenings making DIVINITY and FUDGE candy for the service men and women – – and the three of us  – my brothers,  DENNY  and TOMMY and myself – -would each have a spot standing around the large kitchen table – -waiting for our turn to do the testing  – – to test the  syrup  – – to see if  it was at the hard cooked stage – – and we each  just loved getting to tell DADDY what we thought – – but of course he was just having us there and involved – – making “LIFE-LONG –  memories of the good times – – when a FAMILY does something good and also “GOOD for AMERICA!”

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Every flat surface in the house – there would be “WAX PAPER” – and the “DIVINITY” – waiting to be  wrapped and then boxed  – – then my DAD took  all the packages – – to the POST-OFFICE – and mailed over-seas to our servicemen – – because when he had been in the service – – his MOTHER – – would make “sweet treats” and send to him – – to be shared with friends in the Philippines – – and everyone knows – – that for…  the men and women  – away from HOME – – feel so much better – – when someone back HOME – – sends LOVE – via “SWEET-TREATS!”

I know… because when my son, LEE, Jr.,  was in the NAVY – – aboard the USS RANGER – – I would have  the “FAMOUS-BAR” store send to my son a couple of cases of candy and “fortune-cookies” – – and since they were at “sea” for long periods of time – – my son’s friends  were often  receiving “SWEETS”   – – – the best reminder  – – that someone at home – -is sending lots of LOVE!

Is this the  “DADDY”  – – that you know???  Would you also have a “DADDY” – –  that was in charge … of the KITCHEN,   too???Displaying ATT00001.jpg

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“DADDY” *** DENNY Jr., *** ME…

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This is  “DADDY”  holding … Mary Ellen and our new addition… little baby, “DENNY Jr. – – and we are in the back yard our our…  AUNT Irene Brady Riley.

Since… little “DENNY” was born in the last part of January…  it is now time to get out side in the “SUN LIGHT” – –  and warmer weather    and build up –  in  getting some natural   vitamins    – – – as  I remember  – – when we were little – –  we always   received  “cod liver oil” – – and that is something that I feel more people should  do. The reason  being … I’m  going  with – –    that thought  – – is that you do take your vehicle in to the repair shop – to have the oil changed and  all  moving  parts …   greased and oil – – so that all parts move – without squeaking – –  so…  why not  apply the same oiling to the bones in the body. 

In addition to that… my MOM  – – would make for us a very good drink – – using “OVALTINE” powder – she would  order  – – the large five pound can – – from  one of the big department stores – – in the downtown Saint Louis area . That is still a favorite of mine – – and I know that you can still make a very good “Malted MILK Shake” at   home if you like – – once you do – – you will always be wanting more!

One other thing that I remember… while we would be visiting at AUNT IRENE’s house — I was always   fascinated by the little “canary”  in its own cage – – that she had in her kitchen. When we would be sitting around her kitchen table – —- it was FUN to actually talk to a little “bird” in its cage – – and bouncing from one perch to another – – and keeping  us entertained with the beautiful singing – – I always wanted  a small bird and cage of my own – – but I’m guessing – – with small children – – we would have opened the cage door and then  –  –  well – – who knows what happens in a situation like that?? 

Getting close to “FATHER’s DAY” – – and it sure is good – – to always have more “GOOD MEMORIES” –  and  to be able to give THANKS to the ALMIGHTY CREATOR – – – for  giving to me – – the best of FAMILIES – – to be born into!

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“DADDY and ME!”

You can tell  – – just by looking at this old PHOTO  — that this is when the world was in “better times” – – when you take the time to think about the past – – and do a little comparing – – how and what we were doing  – – way back in the 1930’s – – what do you think??



Looking at me – – – in the strong arms of  my “DADDY” – – I am sitting on top of the world!  Being the first child in the FAMILY – -I am taken everywhere – -I am getting to meet all of the FAMILY  and FRIENDS – and from what my MOTHER told me – everyone liked me and wanted me to visit them – evidently – – the one thing that which –  I do  even  NOW – – I was doing then – – and that  was  asking questions – – asking  “WHY”  was the one word – that I used more than any other…  just wanted to know  WHY  everything was the way it was?

One story that – – my MOTHER told me  – – was  that  when  she had the refrigerator  door open – she was  getting something  out  –  – and walked  away just long enough – – and I was just the right size to stand there – – looking in at all of the food – – – and what a “mystery” to me – – was  the wire basket full of “FRESH EGGS?”  – – I had round balls – – that were small – -about the size of those eggs – – and must have been trying to make a connection – – as to “WHY” my toys would be in there??

So…  before she knew what I was up to doing – – I had taken hold of one egg – – and threw it down on the floor – – – and just looking at the broken egg on the floor – – and not   able to figure out why…   this ball  did not   bonce    up and back to me – – the mess – – just did not look right – – so I am guessing to see what was wrong – – I grabbed another egg – – and threw it…  also down to the floor! As my MOTHER turned around – and saw the mess – – I started to cry – – as   there was something happening here – – and I did not know about eggs – – and that these were not balls for me to play with.

I am guessing that after – – someone would be telling me more – – about what I could touch and what to keep my little nosy hands off – – before there was too much damage done!

This…   “PHOTO” of me and  DADDY is one of my   favorites – – you can see that I have my shoes and socks on – – and I always knew – -I was then ready to go somewhere – – and as you can see my “HAND”  is busy pointing to where we should be going – – and it sure was good to be up so high – – so as to see and be able to be  the “director” of where we were going and what we would be doing!

“It sure does pay… to be  DADDY’s”  little girl!”  It was always FUN… to get to travel in style – – being carried in the arms of   “DADDY!”

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Today is February 2nd… and… BIRTHDAY to my FATHER…also  – TODAY  is dedicated to  the  “OLD GROUND-HOG” which is suppose to be able to give us (people) a forecast of what the  WEATHER will be in the following weeks…so with all of  that foolishness going on…my DADDY is having FUN…being called the old GROUND-HOG, himself!

The above PHOTO is of me and DADDY…taken in the back yard of where we were living when my brother, DENNY, Jr., was born. Maybe around my brother’s birthday …I may have posted the  PHOTO of my MOTHER holding baby DENNY…and I am sitting in my little rocker…and I am watching …just to be sure everything is being done correctly…as I am so close  and  next to  our new baby …as when my brother was to be born…and this was back in the day…when they kept Mothers ready to be  delivered   in the hospital at least  a good two weeks or more . 

 So…for my MOTHER to be in the hospital a couple of weeks…I had to be placed with someone…and NOW that we were all back together… and with a new baby…I was not going to be  just put somewhere…without knowing WHY???

Looks like with the new baby…and all of the  new excitement….I was the only baby …and now…there is a new baby…so I had to put my “TWO CENTS” out there …for all …to KNOW that I was still around… and …in this  PHOTO… I  may have been sixteen or seventeen  months old…and from what I was told…I always had a lot to say…Still  DO…have two cents more to add…


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