“Are YOU…Getting Dressed for Halloween Party”

“Are YOU getting ready to celebrate HALLOWEEN?”

Now is the time to prepare and make your own “outfits” from garments that you may have in the “ATTIC”  and  or from a costume pattern, maybe one,  that is  very nice and easy… as these usually only get the  ‘one-time’ wear, but…  they  could  be used for the next generation and, or  even passed on to friends!

     “Halloween Outfits” – “I Want to WEAR…”–


This “PHOTO” is really two Photos… taken in the same room…just  close enough… for  that  healthy plant… to be a connector…so that I could place together…and now it looks like one  “TERRIFIC  PHOTO”  of my “GRAND-Daughters” dressed so cute… that I  also wish that I could dress as the little mouse on the left – – which is  “MISS  Jaime Aldrich” … and if ever again… that I could have a chance to wear a “Bride’s Gown” – –  I only wish that I could look as sweet as a our little “BRIDE” as  “MISS  Alyssa   Aldrich” – – and these are “HOME-MADE” out-fits… which are  always rated  with an “A  PLUS”  in my book!


 “For  this and  the up and coming HALLOWEEN…  which will  be  next  “Saturday” …

“How would you like  these two special  and very well dressed “Halloweeners”  show up at your front door to receive a very special  treat ??”

To all of those that can remember,  that old MOVIE, “Meet Me in St. Louis” – you will see how  “Halloween” was celebrated at the turn of the CENTURY – and all of the preparation for the children – and the FUN that they all had – just for ideas!


“Sit back and enjoy!”

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NAVY DAY – October 27


Navy Day on October 27th salutes all of the military personnel who have served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.

The United States Navy (USN) is the United States Armed Forces’ naval warfare service branch and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy currently stands as the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service engages over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve.

Navy History

Throughout the Revolutionary War, the Navy’s importance grew. Today, the United States maintains 40 naval bases across the country, including the world’s largest Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Below the sea, submarines became a part of the Navy during World War II. While experiments began in the late 1800s and during the Civil War, they did not join a large part of the Navy inventory until World War II. At that point, subs became necessary for surveillance and rescue, even though they were also armed.

With the advent of the airplane, the Navy became vital stations for the Airforce as well. As a result, the Navy modified ships into floating landing strips. Today, joint Naval and Airbases such as Pearl Harbor-Hickam provided necessary fleets of the sea and air defense.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Navy

Between 1922 and 1972, the Navy celebrated its birthday on October 27th to honor President Theodore Roosevelt’s birth. He elevated the U.S. Navy to a premier fighting force. During his term as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he built up the power and strength of the U.S. Navy. Roosevelt’s pursuit of the naval aircraft advanced the U.S. Navy. As president, Roosevelt was the first president to submerge in a submarine and also the first to fly. His support of the Navy led the former Secretary of the Navy, John F. Lehman, to say, Theodore Roosevelt “was one of the architects of our modern Navy.”


Recognize Naval service members and their dedication to their country. Visit a Naval museum to learn more about the Navy’s history. Discover more about naval training, the types of ships in our fleets, and where they sail around the world. Use #NavyDay to post on social media.


The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, choosing October 27th to honor the birth of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Navy Day received particular attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby:

“Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which seems certain to attend the celebration of Navy Day on Friday, October 27, in commemoration of past and present services of the Navy. From our earliest national beginnings, the Navy has always been and deserved to be an object of special pride to the American people. Its record is indeed one to inspire such sentiments, and I am very sure that such a commemoration as is planned will be a timely reminder.”

In 1949, the Department of Defense Secretary Louis A. Johnson directed the United States Navy’s participation on Armed Forces Day in May. Although, as a civilian organization, the Navy League was not affected by this directive and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before.

Then, in the 1970s, the “birthday” of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775. CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define October 13th as Navy Day’s new date. However, Navy Day in the United States remains primarily recognized as October 27th.  

and… My son, Lee G. Aldrich,  Jr.

Just the best NAVY MAN… that I know.

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“3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe”

Whip up my 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe in no time.
My easy Peanut Butter Cookies taste as good as a classic recipe without all the fuss.

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Whip up my 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe in no time. My easy Peanut Butter Cookies taste as good as a classic recipe without all the fuss.
Servings: 12 -15 cookies


  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) peanut butter
  • 1 egg*


  • Preheat your oven to 350oF (180oC) and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl stir all three ingredients together until smooth.
  • Using a tablespoon measure scoop out 2 tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a smooth ball.
  • Place pre-rolled cookies on your cookie sheet about one inch apart, no need to worry about these spreading.
  • Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction to form that classic criss-cross pattern.
  • Bake these 3 ingredient cookies for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Store your peanut butter cookies in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Replacing Eggs: You can replace the eggs in this recipe by following my Egg Substitutes Chart for cookies. Flax egg will work well.

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NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY – Fourth Saturday in October

National Make A Difference Day brings community service to a whole new level each year. Organizations join forces on the fourth Saturday in October to make a difference, big or small.

Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.

For more than 20 years, USA Weekend and Points of Light sponsored National Make a Difference Day. It became the largest national day of community service. However, the two organizations no longer promote the community service weekend. Despite that, the event carries on, thanks to many with like-minded beliefs in their communities.

All across the country, organizations pick up the tools required to help others during this weekend. Sometimes, they pick another weekend in October. However, they do it, they do so making a difference in the lives of others and their communities. The expression of love for each other through support and good ol’ elbow grease is sometimes all we need to make a difference.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MakeADifferenceDay

Making a difference can come in many forms so this day is wide open for participation!

  • Volunteer in your community or for an organization with merit. 
  • Be a mentor. Help a youth or another professional to gain new skills.
  • Make a donation to a charity with meaning to you. 
  • Say a kind word of support to someone who is struggling. 
  • Put your skills to work. Sometimes our hobbies can bring joy to others in ways we least expect it.

Do what you can to make a difference and use #MakeADifferenceDay to post on social media.


Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine and joined by Points of Light.  Together they sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years. While the organizations no longer support Make a Difference Day, the observance still impacts communities around the country. Volunteers and organizations have taken up the banner to help their communities in ways that best fit their needs. For example:

  • Laurence Segal’s Cans For Cancer (Bottles 4 A Cure) collects bottles and cans each year in the name of Make A Difference Day. The proceeds are donated to cancer research.  
  • The Center for Nonprofit Management at MSU Texas in Wichita Falls, Texas promotes an event in the spirit of the day, too. Check out their Calendar of Events for dates and times.
  • Central School of Grand Cane, Louisiana will participate by spending the day sanding and painting picnic tables. The National Honor Society members are volunteering their time for this project. 
  • The Kiwanis Club embraces the Make A Difference Day theme each year. Learn more about their projects by visiting kiwanis.org.
  • The TRIO Club at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington will be supporting the local ECEAP program with shoes and coats for 3-5 year-olds.

Do you know an organization that carries on the torch for Make A Difference Day each year? Send us the information through our Contact Us link, and we’ll add it to the list.

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“The Book of Proverbs

This section of the Bible includes a feminine depiction of wisdom and the text of the “Eshet Chayil” blessing.


The Book of Proverbs is the second book in the Ketuvim (or Writings), the third section of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). The full Hebrew title is Mishlei Shlomo, or The Proverbs of Solomon, a reference to King Solomon, who, according to Jewish tradition, is the author of Mishlei.

Who Wrote the Book of Proverbs?

In spite of this attribution, it is unlikely that Solomon, in fact, authored much of Proverbs. For one, several other authors are credited throughout the book, such as the officials of King Hezekiah, Agur son of Yakeh and King Lemuel. Also, while much of the material may have been produced prior to the Jewish exile from Israel, some modern scholars set the book’s true completion in the post-exile period, long after King Solomon’s actual reign.

The attribution more likely stems from the tradition of tying a book to a biblical figure known for a certain quality. For example, the Book of Psalms is associated with King David, who was known to be a poet and musician. King Solomon was known for his wisdom, and so Proverbs might have seemed like a natural fit.

Much of the book may be unfamiliar to many; however, it does include a few notable passages. One in particular, has become a focal point of the Torah service — etz hayim hi lamahazikim ba v’tomkheha m’ushar or “It is a tree of life to those who grasp her, and whoever holds on to her is happy.” (Proverbs 3:18)

The Book of Proverbs fits within the genre of wisdom literature, as it is unconcerned with Israelite practices such as Temple worship or sacrifice.

Instead, Proverbs offers statements about how to conduct one’s life wisely. While the book does not offer a systematic presentation of specific doctrinal principles, Israelite or otherwise, Proverbs does convey a clear view of reward and punishment connected directly to God. Chapter 1, verse 7 sets the tone: “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Then the text delves further:

For the upright will abide in the land, and the innocent shall remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it. (Proverbs 2:21-22)

Everything begins with God. The good shall be rewarded, and the evil punished. And those who truly pursue wisdom will find reward greater than material wealth: “Happy are those who find wisdom…for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold (Proverbs 3:13-14) Wisdom itself is the greatest reward of all.

Wisdom, Personified

One of the most defining characteristics of Proverbs is the recurring figure of Hokhma, Wisdom. This figure is a goddess-like being, similar to the Sophia of Greek philosophy. At first she appears almost like a prophet of Israel: “Wisdom cries out in the street, in the squares she raises her voice (Proverbs 1:20).”

She appeals to the people directly, urging them to follow her guidance, much the way that biblical prophets urged the sinning Israelites to atone for their sins. Her role shifts, though, when she speaks directly in Chapter 8. Her divine qualities come through, when she places herself right alongside God in the Creation story: “When He established the heavens, I was there…when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker.” (Proverbs 8:27-30)

The Book of Proverbs also presents, as a counterpart to Wisdom, the loose or “strange” woman, who is prominent throughout the book.

Nearly all of Chapter 5 is dedicated to warning young men away from this evil woman: “For the lips of the loose woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil…She does not keep straight to the path of life, her ways wander, and she does not know it.” (Proverbs 5:3-6).

This figure might be a metaphor for the folly that opposes Wisdom, but it might also be a more literal fear. This would accord with some of the book’s broader themes, such as preparing for adult responsibilities and choosing a suitable wife.

Warnings, Good Advice and Righteous Women

In warning young men away from temptresses, the text assumes a parental tone. Fitting with the theme of constant parental concern (many chapters begin with some variation of the entreaty “My child, accept my teachings”), children maturing into adulthood are instructed to choose the right path.

For example, Polonius’ words to Laertes in Hamlet are reminiscent ofProverbs 3:30, “Do not quarrel with anyone without cause, when no harm has been done to you.” In Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3, Shakespeare writes: “Beware of entrance to a quarrel…give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” The parental investment in both texts is clear –a  family that upholds the right qualities guarantees that God’s will is followed.

All these themes are summed up in the final 22 verses in Proverbs, better known as Eshet Hayil. The simplest reading of these verses yields an acrostic poem that describes an ideal woman. While that simple reading might yield a lovely poem to read to one’s wife, it may also be seen as a dedication to this figure of Wisdom that figures so prominently throughout the book.

The same qualities of courage, kindness and piety expounded throughout Proverbs are embodied in this woman — or in the spirit of Wisdom. Some scholars point to earlier references to Wisdom, such as (31:10) “worth greater than jewels,” which nearly replicates the “she is more precious than jewels” ofProverbs 3:15. Whether it’s simply a song to one’s wife, a dedication to an idea, or something else, the themes of Proverbs are neatly summed up in Eshet Hayil: Build a worthy family, stay on the path of virtue and you shall be rewarded.

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“Just a Wonderful Miracle of a Story”

“If your family has not watch this story before…WATCH NOW… you will LOVE it and watch it again and again!”

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