Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day!  A day to remember all who have served and lost their lives for this country.  Also a day to remember all those who have passed before us.  Today was my grandfathers birthday.  It is hard to believe that both of them have been gone  for over 50 years!  We really missed out not having him around for a longer time

A special "thank you" for those who have served and those who are still serving!

Lt. Col Tami  daughter,  Air Force National Guard reserves  Molly granddaughter, Air Force National Guard  reserves, Lt Col Mark  SIL, retired Air Force/ National guard!

                                          Daughter Tami in an military exercise~!

Grandson Tyler,  finished his 20 week training and is in the Air Force National Guard!

      Our friend  the  Rabbi Irwin served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force!

                                   Our friend Lou, served in the U.S. Navy!

                              Our friend Jerry served 4 years in the U.S. Air force!

Our friend Roger, served in the U.S. Army.  Mary ...thank you too!

My brother-in-law, Olias, served in the U.S. Marines

Remember Them,  by Rabbi Jack Riemer 

At the rising of the sun and at its going down 
We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter 
We remember them.
At the opening of the buds and the rebirth of spring 
We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer 
We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn 
We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends 
We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, 
As we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart We remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, 
As we remember them.

Those who have passed!

 Chief Norman Lipperd, my father, U.S. Navy, serving in World War II! ....passed away Nov 23,1991 at the age of 76.


                        Vicki's father, Lolly Ariano served in the U.S.Air Force as a pilot in WWII!

                                           Vicki's dad,  Lolly Ariano.....passed away June 13, 2008. at the age of 90.

Father Michael Judge was the first fatality of 9/11  ng the many hats Judge wore was as chaplain for the New York Fire Department. He was killed after going to the World Trade Center with some off-duty firefighters after the first plane hit.

Prayer for 9/11
Lord, take me where you want me to go.
Let me meet who you want me to meet.
Tell me what you want me to say,
And keep me out of your way.
It’s not my prayer. It’s a prayer that came from the Franciscan priest Father Mychal Judge, who was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center when he was ministering to a fallen firefighter.
Mychal Judge was a chaplain for the New York City Fire Department. His church, St. Francis of Assisi, was right across the street from the fire station Engine 1, Ladder 24 on West 31st Street, not far from  Guideposts editorial offices. He had printed the words of the prayer on a card to hand out to anyone who needed them.
On September 10, 2001, he called his fellow NYFD chaplain Everett Wabst of Staten Island for some more prayer cards. Father Mychal had run out of them. Wabst was driving into New York with the cards when he heard of the attack. Soon he learned about Father Mychal’s tragic death.
For the next 48 hours, Wabst counseled firefighters, survivors and first responders. And he used the prayer that came from one of the disaster’s first victims. They’re words that work any day of the year, but they seem particularly poignant for this day.
Lord, take me where you want me to go.
Let me meet who you want me to meet.
Tell me what you want me to say,
And keep me out of your way.

Our friend James served in the U.S. Marines as a nurse, he passed away July 29, 2011 at the age of  65.
    OUr friend Captain Rich Richenberg, U.S. Air Force.....passed away May 21, 2011 at the age of 53.
                   Our friend Frank served in the U.S. Navy, passed away April  2012, at the age of  73.

Our friend, Louis Goldman, served in the U.S. Army, he passed away August 6, 20012, at age 82.


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  • Firefighters Killed
This photo combination made with undated family photos provided via the City of Prescott, Ariz. shows the 19 firefighters killed battling an out-of-control wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., on June 30, 2013. Top row, from left: Andrew Sterling Ashcraft, Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Dustin James DeFord, Chris Mackenzie, Eric Shane Marsh, and Grant Quinn McKee. Second row, from left: Sean Misner, Scott Daniel Norris, Wade Scott Parker, John Joseph Percin Jr., Anthony Michael Rose, Jesse James Steed, and Joe Thurston. Bottom row, from left: Travis Turbyfill, William Howard "Billy" Warneke, Clayton Thomas Whitted, Kevin Woyjeck, and Garret Zuppiger.
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                                                          May they Rest In Peace

In loving memory of our grandparents!

Joyce and Rodney my maternal grandparents....passed in the late 60's

John and Rose, Vicki's maternal  grandparents! Passed in the 80's!

  In the 20 years that Vicki and I have lived together we have lost family and memory of them!                                                  
My Aunt Jean, Jeannie Wiennie....passed 1998 at the age of 70! 

Vicki's Aunt Florine......passed 1999 at the age of 70!

                                        Good friends Judy and Laddi..... passed in 2002

                                                 My mother Dottie .....passed 2002 at the age of 84!

 My sister Susan age 61 died on December 8, 2008.  Sue's best friend Andy, age 78 died June 15, 2005                                                  
               Louise O, our friend Mary Lou's mother was 96 when she died in July  2008                                                                        

                               The Children of Sandy Hook, December 14,2012

May they all rest in peace!

George K. 89,10/2010 and George G 88, 10/15/2012

                                 Our friend Mickey passed in January 2014, age 76!

Uncle Virgil.....1978
Aunt Kitty.....199/
Mary Lou's husband , Bob , October 1993
My Uncle George, passed 2013

May we always remember them!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Going to Phoenix instead of Alaska!

Well, this morning while we were at Starbucks Vicki decided that we should not chance it to go on the cruise.  I really did not think we should go and neither did my grandson Joshua....he said we should come home. So, we will arrive in Phoenix on Thursday evening and Vicki has a doctor's appointment at 1:00 on Friday.

This morning after going to Starbucks we came back to the hotel and moved into another room for the next two nights.  We actually like this room much better!

"I totally agree with you.....we need to go need to be where you are you think it could be because of the seat in the car that your body is screaming?"

I really do love fountains

We will just keep looking at the beautiful buildings for the next 2 days!

You are not going to believe this....Last night on the weather report ....they said" tomorrow you will need to wear your sun glasses"  lol!  and they were right!  lol!  It is a beautiful day and we are experiencing BLUE skies!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Vancouver and on to Alaska!

Today is decision day and it appears that Vicki is feeling well enough to continue on our adventure.  She talked to the pharmacist and he suggested a combination of Motrin and Tylenol with a muscle relaxer which is sold in Canada but not in the U.S., so she bought an extra bottle for the future.  Today she is feeling so much better that we are going to Alaska tomorrow!  Yippie!

We are wandering around Vancouver like we know where we are going.  If we know where we are going then why are we wandering?  Myself I do believe that the directions we are given are not always correct!                       
The Pansies are beautiful and are planted all around the hotel.  They thrive in cool weather and they sure do get it here.  The bus driver was saying what a beautiful day was with the blue skies...that would be 95 percent cloudy...Well, it was pretty but blue is a stretch!

Okay, do you remember seeing us post from Whistler?  You are right,  there was no post.  Here is what happened.  We got up at 6am and got ready for our round trip on the train.  To begin with they told us we would be riding on a dome topped train.  We got on the train and settled in and had some yogurt and I took a little cat nap.  At 8:30  we had not left yet.  Now keep in mind that we were only going to have 3 hours in Whistler.  There we sat in our 2010 Olympics jackets .....the train was not moving...there was an accident on the tracks and we could not go as the train was just going to go and turn around and come back. Now we did have the option of going on a bus but they say it is a all switchbacks to the top and I did not want to do that!  So, we opted for a refund and they put us into a cab and sent us back to the hotel.What a disappointment.

From the train we went to 7/11 to buy drinks and a sandwich.  We went back to the room and took a nap and then ate our lunch.  As you can see we have had to adjust to not having ourQT.

Here is our lunch....let's get neck is killing me.  I think I will go and get a massage.  If my neck doesn't get better we will have to go home.

We are looking for Cafe CREPES.  Hope it is close by....okay so we went the wrong direction....again!S

                                This is really many new things!

It is very interesting....there are  not many Canadians around here.  We were told the the population in Vancouver is now 65 percent Asian.   Don't get me wrong but  how can  a city change so much in 6 years!

                                                     Are we there yet?

Well, here we are, after walking forever......having crepes for dinner.  The main course was eggs and cheese followed by a Nutella crepe for dessert.  I guess they were good.....I don't need another one any time soon!


Sunday, May 18, 2014


Victoria was our only stop on this four day cruise.  It was a beautiful day.  We went to our favorite place to eat and it was not as good as in the past but it was still good

Vicki has been having problems with her neck.  On Friday she had an acupuncture treatment and she felt some what better.  Today she was in more pain and she had a treatment here at the hotel.  The next cruise, on Tuesday, is on hold.  We will see how she feels tomorrow!   
                                  This is the staircase on the ship.  It was beautiful!

                        T         his was very pretty also!

                                   I love these old buildings,  they are so unique!


                                      So cool!

                                         I wonder why Vicki did not want her picture taken?

                                 This is where we had n chips, of course!

                                                  Okay, we are out of here!!

                                                 My friends are everywhere!

                                                      Back to our home away from home!

                                                  The end to a perfect day!