“I’m asking in a very NICE way”



“Is…anyone…paying …any…attention – – to me?”

 “Is there anyone …at all…paying any attention…at all to Me?”


“Do I have to stand on my head…or do some other drastic type of “DANCE” around here…to get someone’s   attention?”  

“That is…   if someone  with ears …up there can hear and see  ME  – –  can any one … with ears to hear — – hear  ME…  look down here… do not keep pretending …that you can not see  ME – – and that you “UP THERE”   – any ole FRIEND to the “cat family”  – – ME.

I am standing here and I  have my  “BIB”   on –  and  – am “ALL”  ready for some good…  “Eats.” 

 If only  someone, who is …   highly important – will just give to little ole  “ME”  –  the “Time of DAY”   down here!”   

“I only –  am the most “Sophisticated CAT” in this neighborhood…

I personally take  special care…that your home is free from all those  hungry    mice – –

 I, alone  –  am the protector of this house- hold  – – –

 I  can see and hear…everything that you are doing – – and I know that you are getting ready for “THANKSGIVING” – –

So… if  there are a few  special pieces of that  “OLE BIRD”  – –

That you feel that you will not eat…well…look down here – – here I am…patiently waiting for a little sample or two or more… – –

“THANK YOU… .from the bottom of my HEART!”

“Remember…this  is the one and only  CAT…

that protects you from all  of those little ole pest -eee – mice…

BIG – small – or in between!”      D.V.


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National Wrong Way Corrigan Day on July 17th commemorates the transatlantic flight of an Irish-American stunt pilot from Galveston, Texas. Douglas Corrigan (January 22, 1907 – December 9, 1995) gained notoriety for an unplanned transatlantic flight to Ireland on July 17, 1938. 

Growing up as a boy, Douglas Corrigan’s fascination with flight was not uncommon. Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight may have been the most impressionable moment in his young life. In 1938, the young stunt pilot flew from his home in California to New York. Upon his arrival, he asked for permission to duplicate his hero’s historic flight. Unfortunately, the flight service quickly denied his request due to the age of his 1929 Curtiss Robin aircraft. 

With only a magnetic compass, Corrigan advised officials he was returning to California. According to the story, after takeoff, cloud cover prevented Corrigan from accurate navigation. When Corrigan dropped below the clouds hours later, he saw nothing but water. Then Corrigan realized his navigation was off. Despite the confusion, he continued on his journey. Surprisingly, 28 hours later, he landed in Ireland. 

Corrigan’s story of his flight never faltered. Despite accusations that he secretly planned this flight, Corrigan held fast to his original explanation.

After the Flight

The wayward pilot wrote about his misadventure in his memoir, That’s My Story. While out of print, you can find a few copies for the right price. Corrigan also received a movie deal and soon played himself in The Flying Irishman. During World War II, he tested bombers. After the war, the stunt man toured the country with other familiar war heroes in parades. As the notoriety died down, Corrigan settled into a quiet life with his wife and family. Occasionally fame would catch up to him again when Corrigan would run into a reporter who wanted to question the veracity of his story.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WrongWayCorriganDay

Explore the history of transatlantic flight and more stories like Douglas Corrigan’s. Watch The Flying Irishman or visit an air museum. Use #WrongWayCorriganDay to share on social media. Explore these other 8 Amazing Firsts in Flight, too!


National Wrong Way Corrigan Day originates with the date Corrigan left New York in 1938. The first celebration took place in 1987 when Long Island commemorated the 49th anniversary of Corrigan’s flight. The city hosted a parade in honor of the 80-year-old pilot. The celebration was given the name “Wrong Way Corrigan Day.” In 1992, Corrigan’s hometown of Galveston, Texas, also proclaimed Wrong Way Corrigan Day. They chose the date of January 22nd, celebrating their hometown hero’s birthday. 

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“Sending… BIRTHDAY GREETINGS to AL and ALYSSA — January 9th”

  • The clock struck 12 and made me realize… that I am happier than you are for your birthday.
  • Happy birthday.
  • Today is when you can expect anything  and everything from us.
  • Giving it is our choice!
  • Shake your legs, because it is  your birthday today…  and you would not like to miss a chance to make it  very special.
  • Happy birthday.

  • May your life be like wine… tasty, sharp, clear and improving with every year.
  • Don’t forget to write down which wishes you like most …in a comment section and yeah… 
  • don’t forget to share with  us…on your social media accounts Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp, etc..



“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

             Happy Birthday

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”                         Happy Birthday – – – – xoxoxoxoox     D.V.

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“Use YOUR HAND… to guide you …EAT LESS”

“You are carrying your HAND… with you – – so let  “IT”  guide you as to the amount of food…  you are putting into your MOUTH!”

A Handy Guide to Portion Sizes

Here’s how to roughly measure portion sizes using your hand.

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“SPIC and SPAN” to the Rescue!

“Looks like the “BIRTHDAY PARTY” is over… so may as well get ready for some “HOUSE” cleaning – – but will just take this last “PHOTO”  – – to remind me … “A GOOD TIME was HAD by ALL!”

“Let’s have one of your “BIG” smiles … for the camera!”

My “DADDY” said –  that when … ” You want it clean… You will use “SSpic And Span Powder All-Purpose Cleanerpic and Span” – – to clean everything – – and just to prove to me – – that he was right… he purchased this package of “SPIC and SPAN” – – and went to work in my Kitchen.” 

So… what could I do – – but get my camera and take “DADDY’s” photo – – while up on the ladder.

To prove that  DADDY was using the package of “SPIC and SPAN” – – I put the package on top of the oven – –  and if you look up to the ceiling – – you can see the area that DADDY has clean – – and the area that he is working  toward – – “WHAT a difference in the ceiling – – the clean side and the side in need  of cleaning!” 

Just so you know…The ceiling and walls of your “HOME” – – do not get dirty all by their selves – –  – “they” collect all of the smoke from you and your family – – every time you  feel the  “urge” to light up – – one of those  expensive cigarettes!

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The Four Agreements



I recently read a book called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz that opened my eyes to a new way of thinking and way of living. The premise is that there are four agreements you make with yourself and when followed miraculous things will happen.

As you practice living these four practices your life will dramatically change. In the beginning these new habits will be challenging and you will lapse countless times. With practice these agreements become integrated into your being and every area of your life and become easy habits to keep.

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

For more on this, check out the book, The Four Agreements. It has the power to transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, love and true happiness.



Jaime Aldrich Cardwell

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