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29 June 2017

AOL (Sign On - Dial Up)



It was thrilling to go through the process.  The doors that became open to us to travel "out there" to amazing places.  It was a time when our lives began to change.....forever.


29 May 2017

Thank You


To all the USA Military for serving to give us Freedom.
Thank you to all who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May God bless you all.

10 May 2017

How I spent my birthday


A visit to Saint Bonaventure Church, Detroit.
Also the final resting place of Father Solanus.


A very special unexpected Birthday Blessing from Brother Richard.
I was caught off-guard when I received a blessing with this relic that belonged to Father Solanus since the early 1900's until his death in 1957.  I am still in awe that I was permitted to hold it and also take a picture.  This still takes my breath away and I am sure always will.  
It is hard to put into words how blessed I feel.


Recently I had done some research on the hospital where I was born, Grace Hospital.  The hospital was demolished in 1979.  After leaving the Monastery, I drove to the area.  
As I was taking pictures of the sign, I looked at the time.  It was two hours short of the time I was born on Mothers's Day 1948 at 4:43 p.m.


As the day was ending we celebrated our first bonfire of the season.  
We had chips, wine and Sander's birthday cake.
A perfect end to a lovely birthday.





26 January 2017

Mary Tyler Moore


Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirtyish single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis.

MTM was a favorite of mine way back when.  
Saturday night tv always included her show.
  
"Who could turn the world on with a smile?"

On a personal level, I applaud her efforts in actively pursuing a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, 
a very important life issue for me and my family.  Thank you, Mary, for your mission.

Rest in peace, Mary.  

Happy Birthday, Michigan



Celebrate Michigan's 178th birthday. Happy birthday, Michigan! The Great Lakes State became the 26th state to join the union on Jan. 26, 1837.




16 January 2017

1969

The year I got my first car - a brand-spanking-new 1969 Cougar.
Happiness was my own set of wheels.  💙💙💙💙💙

15 January 2017

When your heart is broken



Losing a pet is nothing short of devastating.  I don't think it matters if your pet has been sick or it happens so fast you find yourself reeling from the shock.  But it doesn't make a difference.  Sophie's gone and I'm hurting.  I'm missing Sophie so much.  There is nothing like unconditional love.  That is what a person and dog relationship is about.  Unconditional Love.  My companion is gone and I'm brokenhearted.  I will look back and try to comfort myself knowing that it wasn't just me rescuing her from the streets of Detroit.  She rescued me.  She came into my life when I was adjusting to living alone.  And now I am at that place again.  Alone.  And lost again.
Thank you, Sophie, for our years together.  I love you forever.

03 January 2017

Love, Love, Love

 
Life Magazine
This picture is probably my absolute favorite picture of all time.
It's hard to understand why we like some things passionately while other things don't matter much.
But for me, this picture speaks to me.
It was that one moment in time that is a little bit romance, a little bit spontaneity, and a big moment in American History that symbolized the official end to World War II.
Can you imagine being that girl?
Wish it was me.

     Update:  Four giant statue replicas of this pose were created.  One was on display at Memorial Park on Woodward Avenue, just north of 13 Mile Road, in Royal Oak, Michigan.  It was installed in June at Memorial Park, and of course I was there.  Well, sad to say, after six months of it being in my part of the world, it was removed from this temporary location and is on its way to its next temporary location.  I'm sad to see it go, but I am happy that I got to enjoy it.  It doesn't happen too often that you can share in a piece of American History.  But I did this summer.  And it is a cherished memory.  Lucky me.


                                                         from Bernie's Gallery*

Little B

Little B
Little B holding bridesmaid's bouquet, Busia's front porch

Believing

No one sees the stars during the day, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.
we don't remember days
we remember moments

1925

1925
My historical home ♥

Autumn

Autumn

Winter

Winter

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

The Outbuilding

The Outbuilding

Sophie

Sophie

Sophie

Sophie
My very special companion. We found each other in August of 2006. It was one of those things when you truly know you found the right dog for you and that the dog felt the same way about you. And that was the beginning. I love coming home to my Sophie. She is still so much puppy, but I know how quickly the time goes by when the years aren't kind to dogs, so being a puppy for as long as possible is fine with me. She is loving and oh so affectionate. A true cuddler.

Bob

Bob

Bob

Bob
Here is my tailless cat. His best friend is Sophie. Watching both of them is so much fun. I hadn't expected to get another cat at the time I was at Petco looking at the fish. Then I heard that there was a pet adoption going on. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love cats. So of course I had to wander over. I looked at the adoptees and my eyes fell on Bob. I asked to hold him and that was all it took. He loved being held and of course he was acting as charming as possible. I said "Wrap him up." Off we went to the car and headed home. Bob doesn't so much like to be held like he did that first day. But that is ok. He is my little buddy. He is very happy living with me and Sophie, but not so much Chloe. He pretty much keeps out of Chloe's way and when he forgets, she reminds him. Trust me, she does. :-)~

Chloe

Chloe
This is my darling little kitty that has been with me for a very long time. She loves only me. Unfortunately her mom cat did not take her prenatal vitamins and Chloe suffered because of it. She has been blind for a very long time. The amazing thing is it is hard to notice it. She gets around wonderfully. Sometimes I get sad when I think about it because she can't see how I love her. But she feels it. She knows I love her and accept her for who she is - even when she is a little grumpy (don't we all have those kinds of days I ask?). God blesses our animals and sends them to us to make life just that much better. On 9.16.09 - Chloe left our little family to return "home". I miss her very much, but am comforted because I know she is with Daisy, Dumplin and Andrew - and can once again see as she roams in God's Home. This little cat will always be in my heart. Hugs and kisses to you, My Dear Little Chloe. I am so thankful for our time together. xoxo

Gibby

Gibby

Gibbs

Gibbs
Gibbs is one of the most affectionate cats I have ever had (and there have been many). He joined my family in June 2015. He, like Bob, is a Manx, which for both of them, do not have tails. Gibbs loves to cuddle and is pretty much my little shadow. He was pretty low key the first year, but has evolved into a very active kitty. He explores constantly. I am so thankful we found each other. I love him to pieces.