“Its NOT Every Day – But.. WHY NOT”

Plans for a “Bar-B-Que” – –  and be here at high “NOON” – – but “WOW” – – the RAIN  came with such high winds blowing – –  – – Who in the world will show up NOW?

Such a strong blast of  a storm – – if you were out side – – you would have been blown down the  street – – without a prayer – – just blown away!

  BUT… as fast as the storm blew – – it passed over and in good time – – the rest of the day the “SUN” was out in full glory – – the most wonderful of days for a terrific “BAR-B-Que”… if ever there was a day – – this was it!

And… who do you think stole the show – – none other than the newest addition to our FAMILY …”Grand-Son, Lex” as seen in the arms of his extra special buddy  and Love of LIFE  “Grand-Pa, Al” – – the one that can hold  and sing  with rock music that  now… I do believe that baby, LEX – – feels like a “KINGS’  Son” – – while in the arms of  “KING Al, himself!”

The SUN is shining so that you would not even know that a heavy wet storm had just  hit the area – – but look how dry and bright the SUN has cleared the rest of the day – – for  our famous “MUSIC MAN”   GENE, himself – – to make magic on the “BAR-B-Que” grill – – and make sure that we all have the best of good eats – – for the rest of the day.

   “HERE’s GENE”  and with his magic touch of  preparing and making so many Delicious  “Bar-B-Que” meals – – we all had  “seconds and seconds” while the getting was good!  While with god FRIENDS and FAMILY – – and a nice SUMMER DAY… after all is said and done – – “WOW” let’s all do it again – – everything was just so good – – just have to credit where it is due – – and to our CREATOR – – the ONE that LOVES for His children to enjoy with HIM a great FAMILY gathering with the best of FRIENDS!


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“SATURDAY is a   terrific   “DAY”  for a FAMILY and FRIENDS  to meet the new CHILD – – to our FAMILY   – – and a PHOTO   showing the “FOUR GENERATIONS… what a BLESSING to us all!”

This is a terrific PHOTO because it is the first of  a “four  generation” – –  for me in the “RED” dress – – a “RED LETTER” Day on my calendar  – – just goes to show that if only…  You can LIVE long enough – – and each generation     will marry and have children – –  well… then  you can mark on your calendar – –  this is the “GOOD LIFE” that we read in the BIBLE to look forward , too   – – for it is following the promises that  are BLESSINGS – – from the Almighty Yahweh – – and I can only give THANKS for this beautiful Blessing… Little Baby LEX!

“Little baby, LEX in the center and his MOMMY, Alyssa sitting next to him – -In the red dress is ME, the GREAT- Grandma and next  is daughter in law Jill, MOM to  Jaime,  standing on right and younger sister to Alyssa.


Just a little music to hear  – – all about the day of the week  for  when  – – you were born – – see if the words apply to you  and do the the words identify accurately for your special BIRTH DAY?

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“Here we are MOMMY and Me, little Lex and we are going to take a  FUN trip on this big AIRPLANE – – and see all of the Saint Louis area – – from way up there in those big BLUE beautiful shies – – made for you and me!”

 “My MOMMY is so terrific – – she likes to do so many fabulous FUN things – – and the best part of the day is – – she is showing me, little LEX how everything works  and how to have FUN doing all of these new things in LIFE – – so that one day  – – I will be able to decide just exactly what my WORK and or or type of LIFE’s plan will be –  and very soon – – as I want to learn how to do everything, too!”

“OH MY GOODNESS” – – here I am all alone in this big Airplane and as the “Co-Pilot” have to let the Control Tower know what is going on up here!  Some how or the other…  MOMMY is missing – – and I am NOW in control     of this big PLANE – – I NEED – – HELP – – to guide me in the landing – – sure do not want to crash a big beautiful PLANE – – – on my first flight!”

“MAY DAY – – MAY DAY”   D.V.

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“Great Grandma… This song is for YOU”

Getting to know you… Getting to  play on my MUSIC BOX – – Songs just for the  ONE  I LOVE – – – the MOSTEST – – the best of GRANDMAS…. and NOW … watch me  dance my feet around – – doing some high kicks into the air – – cause I am flying through the  “Air Ways” directly to you… MY LOVE!”

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“Remember that this SONG…  that I am singing is just for YOU… “DEAR GRANDMA!”  – – – – and I know that you remember that old time song – – – I LOVE  YOU a bushel     and a peck – – and a HUG around the neck – – – yes in deed – – from a way back and when!”

My very first songs go to my MOMMY and DADDY that teach these good songs to ME – – and GRANDMA you get to hear the best of all – – as we travel the highway of LIFE… cause I LOVE YOU!

“Have I got it made in the shade???”   “Come and PLAY in my BAND… the youngest  “MUSIC MAN”  and my “2018” crew   to give the backing that I need!”    D.V.

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“A Special TREAT for TONIGHT”



  • 1cup all-purpose flour
  • 1cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 2cup sweetened condensed milk
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ounces dark chocolate, melted (white, or milk can be used)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease large cookie sheet.
  2. In large bowl, stir together flour, coconut and salt. Add condensed milk and vanilla; stir until well combined.
  3. Drop batter by Tablespoon / scoop (original recipe called for 1/4 cupfuls), 1 inch apart, onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until just golden on bottoms. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. When cookies are cool, dip top halves into melted chocolate of your choice; let stand until set.         

Ready in 30 minutes

Serves  18     *****      1 1/2 dozen cookies


*****    Free: New and Sweet Recipe! *****

Do you have the “Good Housekeeping”  issue for May 2013?  If you can get your hands on this issue  –  grab it!  The reason for getting this issue  –  the free recipe  is  from    Julianna Margulies  – who plays  “Alicia Florrick in the  Good Wife!”

“Good Housekeeping”  did an article about  “The Good Wife”  –   and on page 48 , left bottom corner…  it states to  tell all of  the readers to…    “Steal This Sweet!”  This is  “Julianna’s  fave  macaroon recipe”     and as I was reading  that it only takes four (4) ingredients  and chocolate chips  if you want chocolate icing on top.  As I was reading how easy  this recipe is to make  –  just  had to try  it out  –  and was  so happy with  the good and sweet results.  So if you to   –  like coconut and easy recipes  –  this is the one for you to try,   now.

Another  way that I use coconut is with  “Jello”   – I add a can of  “Fruit Cocktail”   –   walnuts  and coconut.   This is the best dessert for me in the evening  and with all  of the ingredients  that I  really like   and so good for you!

Since  the “Good Wife’s recipe only takes  a portion of a can of the  sweetened condensed milk  –  you need a back up  recipe  – to use the rest of the can.    My suggestion  –  as…  this is what I did.   Another  favorite recipe of mine  and for at least thirty years is  the  “Magic Cookie Bars”   –  so…  this is  a very and sweet use….  If you check this recipe out you will find   –  as I did  –  cut all the items   in half …  since you have almost a half can of condensed milk to use.  Also I used a glass pie plate and you will find  –  this is just the right amount of dessert needed.  And all of this is so easy and a nice sweet treat in the evening!

If you have a “sweet tooth”  and like something quick and easy  –  try my suggestions!    “I’ll be right over   –  to enjoy  with  You!”      D.V.

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“Blue Birds and Good Books – Terrific”

         A “Blue Bird” with a Message!

The other day I started reading – “The Prayer of Jabez”   Devotional Book. I first received this book as a gift with another book written by   “Bruce Wilkinson” in July  of 2006.

Good books are like good movies that you can read and  watch  more times than you can count.  Like they say about movies  – the first time you watch a movie   – you just do not see half of what you thought you saw   –  and maybe  half of the movie did  not make sense and you need to see it again and again.  That is  so   – with life – you really need and  want to  know  – what it was –  that you enjoyed so well?

The same goes for books, at least   with me.  Some books I have to have  – in near by places  – so that I know when I need special uplifting and encouragement   –   and just to be  mentally refreshed  –  I have the right   book  – right there  –  the  best  reading material  –  as handy as it can be!

Today  – as I was reading   “Day  18”   – ‘Power with Purpose’    –  the line… ‘If you want to see the promise in action’,    right then a  “blue bird”   hit the picture window with a dull thud  –   down… but for a moment  –  unconscious   –  regained momentum  – landing on the near by porch rail!  She looked at me and  had a look  –  as if asking me   “why can’t…   I come inside there with you?”   I was asking  her  –  “are you alright?”   When  “she”  the bird – was confident of flying…  off  “she” went.  Such an earth shaking  mood  to put me in –  as  I was reading…  “If you want to see…”    so… “is that an immediate answer  to something   or not?”

Anyway  – I now have plenty of ‘food for thought’. I just love getting so “inspired ” as I read.  Try reading this book if you have  it,   again  –   and if not,  the library will have a copy.  But,  I like my own books as I have to write in them as I go along,  and  that is…   for the next generation to read and…  think about  as to what it  was that I  may have been thinking about  at that point in time … about the material and what was the difference  – – a change in LIFE or what?

Good books are the best of companions and always so close by  and  best of all  –  so  inspiring!     D.V.

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