Monthly Archives: July 2022

MY DAY: Saturday drawing to a close

It’s a bit after 9:15 PM and a very productive, fun day is drawing to a close. The western sky is shades of deep grey-blue with pink and orange mixes. I spent four days at a very busy, Guest-filled park. … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The last day of July…

It’s just after 1:00 PM and I am finally getting around to getting my day officially underway. Since I teach late into the evening, ending around 11:15 PM, I don’t feel guilty or like I have wasted my day. I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday morning, July 30th

And just like that, July has entered its last two days and summer days are now limited. For me, summer seems to end when I hear the marching band practices resume next door at the high school. While I love … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: TP or Teepee?

One of the solid rules in The Haasienda was in the bathroom where there was one drawer in the sink’s vanity to hold three rolls of toilet paper. The sign in the drawer, which still remains in place to this … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday morning on the deck, July 29th

After the string of excessively hot and humid weather, I am enjoying this morning’s 69 degrees. While the humidity is near 90%, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. The morning is electrifying with energy all around but it doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning, July 28th

It’s still a bit damp outside so I am working from my bedroom this morning before getting ready for the park and a park members’ meeting immediately after my shift. This morning, there was a cartoon on Facebook that reminded … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Remembering Robert Todd Lincoln

Today is the anniversary of Robert Todd Lincoln’s death. Robert (1843-1926), the eldest son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, died on July 26, 1926. In terms of education, career pursuits, and his relationships with family members, Robert set himself apart. … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wednesday evening crawling through

I completely forgot to post a morning “Make It A Great Day” blog but I can assure you, I made it a great day. I busied my morning in bed with my hospital bed table as my center of operation, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday morning on the deck, July 26th

My sinus pressure and headache alerted me there was rain in the area long before I saw the dark, heavy clouds to the south where some storms are currently passing through The Miami Valley. Cincinnati down to Lexington, Kentucky appears … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday morning on the deck – July 25th

It’s July 25th and the countdown to age 58, engaging the start of my 59th year is exactly two months away. The morning is damp, owing to yesterday’s brief soaking, and the air feels heavy with 95% humidity. The skies … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The original Deeds Barn

Snuggled toward the cash register portals upon entering The Heritage Center inside the Kettering Education portion of Carillon Historical Park is the original Deeds Barn, originally located at 319 Central Avenue in Dayton, Ohio. It has been moved to the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday morning, July 23rd

A bit balmy at 69 degrees and a high of 90 degrees is expected. Since I will be inside all day, I do not mind but I feel for those who need to be out in the heat. Tomorrow is … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday morning on the deck, July 24th

Today is the birthdays of my great-aunt, Joyce Clary Riser, and my maternal great-grandmother, Thelma Daugherty Barmes. The weather on the deck is breezy and while the humidity is fairly low, there’s still an ominous feeling about the impending 90 … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday morning on the deck

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney I’ve always loved this quote and although I don’t know if I’ve ever done the impossible, I have turned a lot of things around to them possible, and hopefully … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Research, yard work, concert

Early Thursday, I convinced myself I would not mow the yard as I wanted to enjoy the breezes on the deck while researching. At 2:00 PM, I itched for something different to break up my day. The weather was hot … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: The founding of DELCO

July 21, 1909: Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, DECLO, is incorporated. Yesterday, while researching Col. Edward Deeds and DELCO, I learned that the company was formed on July 21, 1909 and that their first manufacturing plant was on the northwest Dayton … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning on the deck

It’s a cool 72 degrees with a nice breeze staying off the humidity which is not all that bad. Things are chirping, buzzing, singing, swishing, humming, and burrring all around The Haasienda. I love these early morning symphonies. Several neighbors … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The finger rock

Cicero, Indiana offered some great off-the-beaten-path fishing locations just north of the reservoir. When I was growing up, my birth father and his younger brother, my Uncle Garry, loved to fish in this area. Mother often joined us, bringing along … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Anniversaries for July 20th

71 degrees, for the moment, is quite comfortable even with the high humidity tapping to be noticed but kept at bay by a cool breeze intermittently passing across the deck. The high is to reach 90 degrees by midafternoon. Today … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Tuesday rolls in damp and humid

Everything is sticky. The world outside still contains dampness from the Sunday rainfest and the humidity is 96% now. It’s mildly uncomfortable but I am grateful we’ve not received flooding as so many in Indiana and Illinois have. I feel … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: On the steps of The Capital

This is one of my favorite photographs from my youth, taken on July 18, 1974, the steps of The United States Capitol Building with my grandparents, Leroy and Donna Barmes, and our 6th District Indiana Congressman, Elwood “Bud” Hillis. A … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Cue: Karen Carpenter

It’s a wet, wet, wet, wet Monday morning here in The Miami Valley. Karen Carpenter’s song, “Rainy Days and Mondays,” is on autoplay in my brain. The thunderstorms began in the wee hours of Sunday morning and the rain was … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Friday at home

The morning is nearing 10:00 AM but I have been productive with some laundry, filling and starting the dishwasher, and doing some tidying up. Now, I am surrounded by my one book on Col. Edward Deeds and three biographies on … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday morning

At some point through the night, we were gently baptized with a bit of rain. The threat of more rain seems possible due to the gray clouds but the forecast assures us there is no more to be had this … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Gravesites of The Barn Gang

Who was The Barn Gang? Very simply, they were a group of some of Dayton’s finest minds, mostly National Cash Register (NCR) talents, who met in the two-story carriage house at 319 Central Avenue owned by Col. Edward Deeds, a … Continue reading

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