“Due Diligence”

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Alan Aldrich in this picture shows what we should start doing early in life – learn and work hard to make tomorrow a brighter day! This is New Years’s eve – What is your plan for “2014” – to make better?

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Sunset Cat Ancestor

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The Sunset Cat that visits me – looks just like this cat we had in the 1970s. Our cat just put herself in the center of the “CRIB” setup  we had under our tree. Could the “SUNSET CAT” be a relative?

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Million Dollar Photo Pose

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Alan Aldrich – This is the exciting face of  my “Grandson” –  When your child looks this happy, you know that Almighty God  gets  all the credit!

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Wm. B. & Irene Riley

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Uncle Bill Riley’s birthday was Christmas Day, and this is the only photo with Aunt Irene, that I could find. 9,000 foot above sea level  MT. Manitou scenic incline trip to summit of Mt. Mnitou, Colorado.

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Dull Facts make Exciting Story!

My son, Lee Jr. and I were talking on the telephone – when he started to give me some ideas of old stuff I had done a long time ago. All kinds of silly stuff that one would put in “FILE 13” – Lee was telling me to write something about that which…  everybody would like to hear about. I’m telling him that I want to be reminded about stories that I had told him or someone in the family, that he remembers and if I were to re-tell them now, would these  old  stories mean something special to the reader and would  they also be… something  that…  they would really enjoy? The time just flies so fast, when you are talking about “NOTHING!”

The days between Christmas and New Year’s – are the days that we do not know what we should be doing … everything and  anything special  was done…because these days are  NOW… the “extra days of the year”  – some of us are on “HOLIDAY” from work and without a regular schedule to work from – “WE ARE LOST!”

We all have heard a million times of all the “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS” we should be making and to make amends for all the wrongs – and resolve to make this coming year “a better than any other year” – we are  NOW  – – moving up and to a better than ever position in time!  This requires … maybe using our  BRAINS… for something more important than… a “HAT RACK!”

It is important that we look back and take note of some corrections that we can make toward  putting  forth…  a much better effort in all that we are now planning…  to make our life and the lives of our family better. Have a pencil and pad of paper ready for this list – so that by writing down – we are making sure we have a written record and date  of this with dates as to when we are going to do…  and  or start new resolves to correct ways that were not productive in the past. This of course takes time – but we will find this will be the best start for a new and fully indigenous new person we will be in this NEW YEAR!

Time spent now on the plans to make ourselves a better person to be and to live with – will make wondrous results in all aspects of our life – today, tomorrow and forever!  D.V.

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“Icy Roads” require Angel Service!

Do you remember when you were in need of emergency help when driving in freezing cold weather, and all roads were thick ice skating rinks? Some years back, while I was at work – it started to rain – temperatures started to drop – roads took on a nice shinny glaze – icing up – too dangerous to be on for any reason at all!

Do you think this “BOSS” would let anyone go home early to avoid this worst of all storms? “NO!” I think he was hoping that some of his employees would have accidents – he liked when bad things happened to people. You know there are some people in this world just like that! You can see it in their face when they hear of some catastrophe happening to someone they know. They are just enjoying every word about what some poor soul must endure.

Anyway, the streets were frozen, and now it is 5:00 p.m. – and the few of us employees slide out to our cars. It takes quite a bit of time to break up the ice from the wind shield – also the motor running to warm up the inside and help with the melting of the ice. Also, those were the days, when I was still wearing dresses or skirts and some type of tops for work, just to look like a LADY! That freezing cold wind was whistling “DIXIE” up my skirt – just making me colder than necessary!

Looks like I can now see out of the windows, so I start to move the car slowly. I’m keeping an eye on the other employees and what they are doing, to determine just exactly how safe will this trip be? So, we all go to different directions and now I am by myself on Hwy. 141 and there just isn’t anyone else out or about. Going westerly – all lanes to myself – slower than slow – and would you believe the light is changing and I am going to have to stop – why? – Not a soul but crazy me – no one with any sense would be out on a night like this?

Sitting at the “STOP LIGHT” with my foot on the break – the car is very slowly sliding – the rear of the car is pulling me in a slow doughnut turn and toward the ditch  of which I look like I might end up in for the night? “OH God send me some help – help to know what to do – looks like I’m going to freeze out here – no way for me to walk home from here – no traffic – no houses nearby – what can I do? Please help! I am almost in tears.

While I am trying to figure this out the light has turned green – and my eyes are ready to open the flood gates! All of a sudden… some man is knocking on the driver side window! I don’t know what to do – open the window some – he ask me, “Do you know how to drive on ice?” –  “NO!” – “Well get your foot off the break and when you are on ice… keep the car in “NEUTRAL”… when you are at the “STOP SIGNS” – so you won’t slide all over!” “Aim your car as I tell you – I am going to be behind you and push you some so you can get on your way!”

I was still praying to myself, and doing what I was told, the car window was still open some – so I could hear and do just exactly what I was told to do to get out of this mess. Started moving slowly back on to the highway, turned my head to holler out the window to say “THANK YOU”  – but no one was there?

It must have been an “ANGEL” – Almighty God sends his Angels if we pray often and all the time!

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