Monthly Archives: January 2023

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Frosty Monday

We just had a strong snow shower move through the area, covering everything in a nice thin sheet of white.  It doesn’t feel too cold, but the heavy dark sky makes it appear so. OMEA was a success, and I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Posing four dogs… I don’t

Folks are always asking me how I get The Quartet to pose for their group photos. Easy answer… I don’t. The pooches pose themselves. It usually comes to this: I am photographing one or two of the beasts and the … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday, January 28th

It is a bit warmer today at 45 degrees and five more notches to climb by mid-afternoon. The sky is dull, but I will still take the warmer temperature. I am feeling a bit better, today. Yesterday was a battle … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: John McCrory of Scotland & Indiana

John McCrory is my 6th great-grandfather. John McCrory BIRTH: 1778, Scotland DEATH: 30 Jul 1868 (aged 89–90); Fayette County, Indiana BURIAL: Glenwood Union Cemetery, Glenwood, Rush County, Indiana, USA John McCrory was born about 1778 in Scotland where he grew to manhood. Emigrated … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Erma’s previous owner reaches out

The big topic on social media is the impending snowstorm arriving in The Miami Valley within the next twenty-four hours. It really won’t impact me for travel purposes, except maybe Thursday morning when I take Mama Kay to the hospital, … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: What a snowstorm!

The big topic on social, the news, and basic chatter was today’s snowstorm. Last evening, schools began closing by 5 PM. I think these closing notifications, some arriving during students’ lessons, was a great motivator. Well, when I checked outside … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Thursday morning

Thursday morning delivered the lightest dusting of snow. The day promises to be cold and grey. Hopefully, in about six weeks we shall begin to see hints of spring and that will do my heart a wonder of good. I … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Surrounded by love

Several photos of The Quartet. Bailey snuggling with me. Later, Bailey snuggling with Chief while the pooches nap in my study.

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: The end of the week…

I packed a lot into my Thursday and all in all, it was such a good day. Mama Kay breezed through her foot surgery. We were at Sycamore Hospital for less than three hours. Before taking her home we ran … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Bailey…

Bailey, after nine years, still struggles with basic commands like sit and stay. However, she can sneeze on command (yes, you read that correctly), and she gives kisses to Erma and Chief. Her kibble doesn’t reach the top of the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Hugs, kisses, and “I love you”

A hug. A kiss. “I love you.” This was my life as a child with my parents, my siblings, my Mother’s parents, my great grandparents, my aunts, my uncles, and my cousins. It is still practiced and with the newer … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The A&W Root beer stand

As a small child, I loved going to the A&W Root Beer Stand in East Elwood. I got to press the speaker box button so my parents could order. Before the updated the eatery with attached food tray holders, the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Treasures from the dump

My great grandfather, Virgil Barmes of Elwood, Indiana, loved going to rummage through the city dump. Yes, it was gross but the gentleman retrieved so many things which he repaired or fixed up. The big prizes were bicycles which he … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The eyes have it

I learned that my grandmother’s and Aunt Joyce’s first cousin, Judy Jones Sanders, a granddaughter of Joel & Anna Jones, died from Covid in 2020; none of us had any idea Judy had passed away. I looked at a photo … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Who ate my sandwich?

I nibbled at a sandwich while working from my desk in the study. I rose to get something from the kitchen and returned within thirty seconds to discover an empty plate. “Who ate my sandwich?” Bailey’s response:

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Monday afternoon

It has been a day alternating in attending to items around the house mixed with some napping while my DLJH Favorites playlist continues. Right now, “Angus Dei” by Karl Jenkins is resounding throughout the house and it is perfect. I … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday snow

On the stove is a very large pot filled with chopped cabbage, onions, sausage, two containers of Chinese hot and sour soup, garlic, seasoning a can of fire roasted tomatoes, a can of Italian seasoned tomatoes, and a can of … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Saturday with The Quartet

In thirty minutes, I will meet Mama Kay for post-Mass dinner, and I am still contemplating a return to The Schuster Center tonight for the Sondheim tribute with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and some incredible performing artists from Wright State … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: An orchestra, some college students, and Sondheim…

Tonight was utterly remarkable watching a stage filled with some of the Miami Valley’s most exceptional performers gathered to celebrate the genius and the music of Stephen Sondheim. On the Schuster Center stage was assembled the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra under … Continue reading

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MY DAY: A kaleidoscope kind of day

What a kaleidoscope day of events and experiences! Mama Kay surprised me with a drive toward the Dayton Mall and lunch at O’Charley’s restaurant. I enjoyed a sirloin steak, baked potato, and loaded potato soup. I love it when others … Continue reading

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A beautiful Thursday

I could not ask for better weather. The sun is blasting us with its bright golden rays and the temperature is nearing the mid 50s. I was up late last night working on my Boone Township project and finally crawled … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Ancestral homes in Boone Township

My family were early pioneers of several townships that are nestled in the northeastern corner of Madison County in Central Indiana. VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP BOONE TOWNSHIP

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: A mild Tuesday afternoon

I have a few windows open to invite the comfortable breeze inside to hopefully air out the house. I spent about thirty minutes blowing a ton of leaves from the front yard to the easement. These leaves are from the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Greenlee wedding anniversary

PHOTOS: Andrew Taylor Greenlee as a young man; Prudence Ball as a young woman; Andrew Taylor Greenlee & Prudence Anna Ball Greenlee; the Greenlee tombstone in Forrestville Cemetery,

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MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: Sunday afternoon

After going to bed a little after midnight, I sprang awake at 3:30 AM and remained so until time to feed the dogs at 7 AM. I opted to skip the London/Boston/Kettering ZoomFest to grab some sleep. I wrestled with … Continue reading

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