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Monday, November 18, 2019



And Dogs...

The closest thing to heaven on this side of heaven...

Gracie agrees!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day - Remembering Dad

Pulling Dad's letters from an old tin,  I feel his loneliness as I read his letters home. 

(FYI, Jo was my mom)

Jan. 18, 1946

Dear Mom and Dad,

"Just a few lines to let you know I am well..."  

"I have been transferred again, this time on a ship..." 

"Have you seen Jo lately?"

July 15, 1948

"I got paid yesterday.  Boy I sure did need it.  I got forty four dollars....."

Tokyo:  Sept. 30

Dear Mom and Dad,

"Just a few lines to let you know I am well and hope you all are the same.."

"How's the garden getting along this year?"

"I got a letter from Jo the other day...."

"Don't forget to send me some pictures..."

Monday, Aug. 13

"We sure have been having good news lately about the war.  It looks to me like it's almost over..."

"I haven't gotten any mail from you in about a month. I guess I'll get it all at once..."

"I don't want to miss this chance to get home for Christmas..."

"Have you seen Jo lately? I wrote to her tonight. Tell her to answer and let me know if she gets it..." 

"Well this makes almost 2 1/2 years I have been in the Navy.  It don't seem that long. I am getting to like it better than I did before. I get to see a lot of places and things.."

Dad, the handsome sailor on the left.

Love, Bob EM 3R

Dad died when he was just 53 years of age, leaving with me many memories and a heartfelt gratitude to God for an earthly father who was quiet, loving, generous, compassionate, hard-working, and honest.

I was blessed with two brothers who also served in the military, Jimmy, Marines and Larry, Navy.     

God bless those who serve... who give of themselves...  to keep our country a safer place.  


Monday, November 4, 2019

A Howl - O - Ween Tale of The Mysterious Visitor

Twas Halloween Day, 
And a Howl filled the air.
A ruckus like no other, 
Drew me outside in despair.

The morning was damp,
There was something weird found.
See that gate at the far end?
It lay over on the ground.

Sasquatch had been here?  
Or a deer or a bear?
We searched the yard over,
There were clues everywhere!

The blood on the fence 
Resembled a large creatures paw,
Aha! A bear probably, maybe,
Or a raccoon - real tall!

More blood on the fence,
Poor thing must be hurt.
I searched for more clues,
And found lots in the dirt.

See the panel now taped up,
To keep together the gate?
Well that panel was kicked out,
So this thing could escape.

But it could not get out there,
What would it's fate be!?
So it pawed and ran wild,
Kicking the other gate free.

Yes, Halloween morning,
Remember the date.
When something peculiar,
Jumped our 6-foot gate.

It came in with a whooooosh,
And soon it was gone. 
Leaving us puzzled,
As to what really went on.

Dear Diary,  

I'd just been out to pee for the morning, and back inside when Mom and Dad started running around the house like mad-peeps.  Something was happening outside!  I wanted to go out but they wouldn't let me.  Mom said I dodged a bullet.  She said I was one lucky dog! She said I had an angel watching over me and that if I would have stayed outside one more minute that I would be history.  I'm not sure what all that means but I don't want to be history.  I want to be Gracie.  Gracie.

Bunny Chase

Dear Diary, This, from Mom:  Gracie, you wouldn't know a bunny if you ran into one.  She's speaking of my poor eyesight, I'm pre...