A daily record of gratitude; from quilting to photography to a mix of technology, books, movies and the musings of life!

Welcome to my Blog of my daily gratitude and photo of the day!

Since January 1, 2012, my goal is to write a daily sentence or two (or paragraph or two) about gratitude of the day and to include one photo (at least) that I took that day (but will add others from time to time). It has definitely been a challenge most days throughout the past eight years, and welcomed the challenge again this year - 2019. I hope you will continue the ride with me!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sophie Nolan - 11/23/1931 to 7/9/2020

A depression baby (youngest of five) born to immigrant parents from Poland, Zosia Borkowski made her way through life in Cleveland, Ohio, (not always easy) as best as she could under whatever circumstances were thrown at her. She gave a valiant fight through dementia for the past 12 years +, and then six days ago, tested positive for COVID-19; not a good combination to have for anyone. 

Now, here is where the "rubber meets the road." Due to my mom being transferred from the nursing home where she spent the last 9 years on that long road of decline with dementia, and in lockdown (no visitors...AT. ALL), she was transferred to another nursing home with an entire COVID unit, and once again, NO VISITORS allowed unless a "thousand" page waiver was signed...ahem. Since that was not going to happen, we had to share our concerns (maybe construed as begging?) with the nursing staff (very accepting, thankfully) on holding her hand and whispering in her eye how much we love her throughout her very short time there. 

The heartbreaking thing was that due to all of the above, and the state of the entire world, at the very end of our loved one's life, we could not be there with her for us to hold her hand and whisper a prayer of God's mercy in her ear. I must add, though, once my/our mom passed peacefully, with a great nurse at her side, she called us immediately, and through tears, told us she was sorry. I replied back with sincere gratitude and that she was a "stand in" daughter for all three of us and our entire family. The poignant moment was never lost on her or any of us.

At 88.5 years old, Sophie was still tough as nails and her strength was beyond measure (she once lifted a car to save one of her nephews life back in the day); a Girl Scout co-leader, and a friend to many.

She loved her family and loved to cook big Polish dinners, especially during the holidays. She was a bowler (until she fell down a step and shattered her elbow); an excellent crocheter (she did not wing her stitches like me!), loved reciting the rosary and going to Church.

Living a long life as she did, despite her medical challenges, afforded to see her three daughters grow up and marry, and truly loved being a grandma to seven grandchildren (six boys and one girl).

She had a big heart and even kept a positive attitude in assisted living, and then in a nursing home, which was not easy feat.

Sophie/Mom/Grandma/Auntie will be missed dearly by many, but her legacy and that Polish strength that served her well her entire life will live on in her daughters and grandchildren. God Bless you, Mom. RIP



Photos from the family - below from circa 1973

Sophie and Kimberly

Grandma with Nate, Justin, Brandon and Kimberly

Getting the Wendy's fix!

Terri/me and Mom

Olivia and Grandma in Crofton, MD

Ryan, me, Grandma and Olivia

Mom and her daughters; Kimberly, Annette, and me

Sophie and baby sister, Annette

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Ryan's Good Sinai Appointment with Dr. Shad!

Today was our first time back to a hospital clinic visit (scheduled) after several telehealth calls (since earlier this year), and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, is kickin' it! They were so efficient in how patients (and a loved one) enter the hospital (with masks), as well as a few health questions and taking our temperatures - that it all felt just right. We then walked down a few hallways and entered the Hem/Onc clinic and were quickly ushered into a sparkling clean exam room that was ready for Ryan. 

Labs were drawn, medication rundown completed, and Dr. Shad performed a very thorough physical exam that we were on our way with a good report in no time. Efficient and quick!

We never take these days or these medical appointments for granted. We are very thankful to all the medical staff in staying the course, keeping their patients in good standing, and all the while with a smile and upbeat attitude they all seem to muster day in and day out! Thank you ALL!!!



Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Summer Lap Swimmers

I've never met a pool that I didn't want to swim laps in, especially on hot summer mornings. Thankfully, our pool has early morning lap swimming times (first session starts at 8am - and I am in that first session), but next week, they are offering 7:00am swims! I'm not sure about that time, but it will be good for some of our members I'm sure. These sessions are 30 minutes long to maximize the membership in taking advantage of the lap lanes, and the "regulations" on how many can show up at each session. So far I am pleased how everything is working with the sign ups, and even more pleased with jumping into the water, starting down a lane (freestyle) and thoroughly enjoying the water washing over my shoulders with each stroke I take!

BSoleille! The bright side of being a summer lap swimmer...


Monday, July 6, 2020


My "kid" sister, Kimberly, is also a quilter, and a very good one at that! She certainly has her own style and loves the soft colors and does beautiful piecing (meaning her sewing skills are excellent and her points match - but we have NO Quilt Police - ever!) Sew, while here on the holiday weekend, Kimberly brought this quilt top for me to Long Arm quilt it, and I did! It turned out awesome, and I even put on the binding for her to she could go home with a completed quilt for her enjoyment! How's that for a holiday treat?

BSoleille! The bright side of "Cheerio!"


Sunday, July 5, 2020

#CelebratingOthers with James Ford Rhodes Class of 1980 All American David Gentile!

Growing up in the midwest, specifically, Cleveland, Ohio, where folks here love their hometown, their sports teams, and living the good life on Lake Erie, it is a beautiful thing. A huge fan of Cleveland and all its offerings is an All American "kid" who grew up less than a mile from me (and was my first crush in the 2nd grade); David (Dave) Gentile. By the time we were teenagers and runners on the cross-country and track teams in high school, we did a lot of fun and goofy stuff, but looking back, it was always "clean fun." That "clean fun" comprised of riding bikes, playing a lot of tennis with the NJTL Program (National Junior Tennis League); going to all the summer movies (and ice cream afterwards at Baskin-Robbins) hanging out at each other's homes (along with his younger sister, Ann); and running lots of miles. 

Once we both got our driver's licenses at age 16 (learning to drive in the Blizzard of 1977), our world exponentially increased and we traveled (with a large group) - on day trips all over Northeast Ohio (and many concerts at Blossom Music Center as "lawn seats" were $5 a concert - and thankfully, we enjoyed seeing all the big names in rock and roll as they came through the venue - sometimes up to three concerts in one week!) Talking with Dave recently, I told him that he was the brother I never had and he lived up to the title superbly!

Dave was born in Cleveland to Italian parents who coincidentally grew up in an orphanage; Louis (passed away in 2013) and Thelma (passed away in 2018). He also has two siblings, an older brother, Louie (also a Rhodes Grad who is married and has two children) and younger sister, by three years, Ann Kukucka (married with three children, and now, three grandchildren!). It was a busy and fun childhood growing up in Old Brooklyn where Dave attended the same schools as me and his parents and siblings enjoyed big Italian meals with homemade pizzas and the most awesome homemade chocolate chip cookies in town.

Dave also reminded me that once we hit James Ford Rhodes High School, he became involved in the "Funlovers Club," started by a few upperclassmen to do fun and crazy things together (most likely trying to get the girls attention) by rolling people's houses (with toilet paper), delivering flowers to said girls, going on huge summer picnics in the MetroParks and planning events to have big fun. By the time Dave graduated in 1980, he made great friends and decided to continue his education at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

And as the running craze continued throughout the 1970's and 1980's, Dave continued to run his way onto the cross-country and track teams at BW. Dave admitted that his 'guilty pleasure' is a long run, so it made perfect sense that he took that all those miles, and being in great running shape, to parlay his team to do well and excel throughout their conference meets all four years he was on the team. Ultimately, Dave continues to run - 12 miles a day (rarely takes a day off), and has run 15 marathons with a best time of 2:24 (that's 5:30 per mile pace). While home on summer breaks, we signed up (with Ann too) and ran many road races together throughout NE Ohio and loved every minute of it, typically winning our age groups at most races.

Although college running was a lot of fun for Dave, he also continued to excel in the classroom, and the reason we go to college - to get a great education, right? Dave majored in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing, graduating in 1984 with honors. 

He then began his illustrious career, mostly in medical devices (dental), commonly known as biologistics in dental implants within a couple of years after graduating. But before I go into more detail on Dave's career path,  the job market was scarce in 1984, so Dave began working in retail (Chess King) to make ends meet (and also worked there as an intern while in college and on breaks). By 1986, with few interviews in what he'd like to do (sell medical devices/pharmaceuticals), nothing was panning out, at least not yet). So, by divine intervention in looking back, Dave decided to enter the Higbee Company Store Management Training Program, where lo and behold, met the love of his life, Beth, who was in the same company's Buyer Training Program. 

Interestingly, this blue loving guy was only in the program for one month because one of the companies he was interviewing for had an opening and Dave was hired. In the meantime, Beth had moved from Springfield, Ohio, to Cleveland with Higbee's, was was only there a month when a mutual friend introduced them because she wanted to know more about her new city, and their mutual friend "knew a guy" who was "Mr. Cleveland" and could show her the sights and sounds of her new city. Love blossomed after a whirlwind romance ensued and they married on June 10, 1989, in Springfield, Ohio. 

Dave and Beth then moved around quite a bit (Cleveland/Chicago/Columbus) as Dave was building his career in dental implant companies, becoming the CEO of two companies and a COO of one company. 

They also began building their awesome family of four children; Ian, born in 1990 - graduated from BGSU and has a Masters from Ball State, and works as an applied behavior analyst; Gabby, born in 1993 - graduated from Kent State and works as an account manager for a Cleveland Ad Agency; Rebecca, born in 1996 (in Chicago) - graduated from John Carroll University and currently earning her Masters Degree at Cleveland State University in Non-Profit Administration, and Sophia, born in 2000 - a sophomore at Xavier University in their Honors Program and according to Dave, affectionately stated that she will be next "RBG or Ruth Bader Ginsburg." 

For the last 15 years, they've been residing in a Cleveland suburb with Dave still working in the dental implant industry and Beth going back to work once the kids were grown as a dental implant coordinator for a couple of oral surgery practices in their local area. They both love their work, their home and enjoy their children fiercely. Dave revealed that having his kids was the best gift(s) he ever received, and that  his family makes him brave. They also make him tick with pride that only a father can understand. He then admitted that he loves surprising his whole family with gifts and trinkets and even trips when possible. 

When I asked him what his favorite possession is, he rattled off very quickly it is his St. Christopher medal that helps keep travelers safe (and Dave did a lot of traveling on his job through the years). He'd like to keep the good karma of his medal with a bucket list trip to Rome, Italy, preferably with his entire family. I do hope the world will open up once again for that kind of travel, and Dave and Beth can get in that trip!

As I wrap up this post, it was certainly a pleasure for me to catch up with "my brother," and have to confess that we giggled and laughed for the first 20 minutes of our "interview." What I couldn't remember, Dave did, and visa versa. I'm so proud of him and his family, and can't believe 40 years melted away as we spoke, 'er, laughed.

And lastly, I would like to share one funny story that really had us laughing; the ride to Blossom Music Center in my Dad's 1973 Maxi-blue Gremlin for a summer rock and roll concert, probably the summer of 1978. I don't believe we were late in going, but without a GPS/iphones/Alexa/Suri/or a Tom-Tom for directions, we either had to use a map or wing it (Blossom was about 26 miles from where we lived). While driving, I realized very quickly I missed a key exit, but told the folks in the car not to worry as I proceeded to cross the barriers from one interstate to the other (I480 to I77). Do you know what the grassy areas have between those highways? They have big concrete "boulders" that you cannot see to the naked eye - especially with all that green grass. Only when you have a Gremlin sitting on top of one do you know. After we settled down from laughing so hard, we all got out of the car and rocked it back and forth until it "fell" frontwards and I was able to drive out and get onto the correct highway...and my Dad never knew...(they don't call me Wild Ter for nothin').

BSoleille! The bright side of shining the spotlight and #CelebratingOthers with David Gentile!


Photos provided by Dave:

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Maryland Crabs on the Fourth!

Those who live in Maryland, visiting or are familiar with Maryland Crabs certainly know the delicacy that they are, and, of course, loved by many. They are especially great on a hot day, not only enjoy cracking them open to "find" the meat, but washing everything down with a tall glass of iced tea or an ice cold beer. I don't think there is anything like it around (though I do love Lake Erie perch, but no need to crack anything to get to the 'meat').

BSoleille! The bright side of eating crabs, Maryland style (brown paper for table cloth and plenty of old bay and butter to go with)! Also, a couple rounds of corn hole is also a crowd pleaser for sure!


Brandon and Bill

Jerry and Justin

Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy July 4th Weekend 2020

A family visit from my sister Kimberly and family was just the ticket to kick off this holiday weekend despite COVID (we are all healthy). Sew...while the cousins slept in, the rest of us hit the parkway early this morning (high temps of of over 100 degrees later in the day) and glad we did to get in a quick 4 miler and the chance to eat a wee bit more than we would otherwise with all the "exercise."

So cheers to safe get togethers, grilled burgers and chicken and delicious sides (watermelon and strawberries) and anything else to make a great picnic!

BSoleille! The bright side of July 4th Weekend celebrations!


Kimberly and Jerry; Terri and Bill

The cousins with Jerry and Bill

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

How's Your Summer Reading?

I think I'll have a "classic" summer by reading some "classic" literature. And even though travel (especially air travel) is kind of limited, we can go anywhere in the world through a good book!

My first classic read earlier this spring/summer was "The Trial" by Franz Kafka; second one; "The Stranger" by Albert Camus and the third one; "Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. This one was definitely an adventure and right up my alley. And truthfully, they are fairly easy and quick reads. I still will sink my teeth into a longer and more in-depth book(s), and will most likely keep a good pace and read as many as I can this summer, much to my delight. 

What book is on your nightstand or will go with you on vacation?



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Three Ellie's (Under the Big Tops) are Done!

As we all know, elephants are highly intelligent with complex emotions, feelings, compassion and have self-awareness. They can even recognize themselves in the mirror (see below)! And the best thing about them, elephants can LAUGH!

Working on the three small quilts was really quite fun, and all three are different because all elephants are different, right? I still need to quilt them, and perhaps add a couple of small borders, but the "hard" part is done! 



Those are doors to our room at Tau in northern South Africa - not mirrors, but the way the sunshines on them, it certainly looks like a mirror. Notice how the elephants gather around to look at themselves!
That is me on left; and Laura Murphy on right. I was taking a photo into the "mirror," she was taking a photo head on.

Still on left with Helen Gruneisen and a few more elephants joining in the fun!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Things that Go Bump/Thump into the Night!

While sitting and writing on my computer recently, there was more of an unusual thump on the double patio doors that would not quit for bit (as opposed to moths, flies, wasps). I was deep in thought, so I did not want to get up to check it out at first. Once I had a break, I decided to check out what kept bumping into the window. At first glance I thought it was a bat, but could a bat "stick" to a window? It was a dark night, and I could not see "it" with either the lights on or off, but thankfully, decided to use my phone flashlight and there it was in all its glory, dangling on the window and "trying" to either get my attention or get in the house; a toad! 

Neither one was working for the little critter, so he ended up hanging on the window for over 15 minutes, and as you can see, he got my attention. Hello there, Mr. Toad!



Saturday, June 27, 2020

First Day at the Pool - 2020

It's not because the weather is hot or cold, it's because of COVID and social distancing and signing up for the days we want to swim, that today was the first day we've gone since opening Memorial Day Weekend. I am thankful that I did get to swim laps, and people were good about keeping their distances, but it's not the same, of course.  We must bring our own chairs and the snack bar is closed, and there is no volleyball or basketball playing, but the pool is inviting and definitely refreshing!

I can already tell that I won't be able to get in a lot of days this summer, but each day I do get to go will be a good one, and I'm counting on sunny skies and hot temperatures to jump right into the cement pond!



Friday, June 26, 2020

#CelebratingOthers with James Ford Rhodes Ramette Alumnae Sue (Baciak) Peterson - Class of 1980

I think it's amazing that through 40 years of life, some folks have kept the same cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor,  and Sue (Baciak) Peterson definitely fits the bill (more later on this) in her calm ways, and how she has approached her adventuresome life since graduating from James Ford Rhodes HS in 1980. 

In the last 20 years, when we could get to Cleveland, Ohio, on July 4th, and run in the Bay Days 5-miler, I/we would often run into each other and catch up with our lives after the race. (They have kids the same exact ages as mine). But what struck me is that Sue has always been upbeat and positive and truly loves life and all its adventure(s)!

Sue, and her twin brother, Mark, were born in 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Norman (deceased) and Anthonette Baciak. Her dad was a pharmacist and had his own business until he sold it and then worked at Deaconess Hospital until he retired. Two more siblings added to the Baciak family with the birth of Norma and Jeff, and their parents enjoyed over 50 years of wedded bliss! Today Mark is married and lives in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb; Norma is married to another Rhodes graduate, Scott Artbauer, and they have one child; and Jeff is married and has three children  - all living in Northeast, Ohio. Incidentally, Sue exclaimed that three out of four siblings all got married in the same year, 1989, and within nine months of each other! That was definitely a busy year for the Baciak family!

Since Sue and her siblings lived a little ways outside of Old Brooklyn, they attended different elementary and junior high schools. But since they were all super smart, and Rhodes had the honors program that their slated high school did not have at that time, they all went and graduated from Rhodes...with honors I might add. Also at that time, high schools went from 10th - 12th so one goes in as a sophomore. To make "fast friends" that turned into lifelong friends, Sue tried out and made the pom-pom squad, endearingly called the Rhodes Ramettes. They practiced with the marching bands and did their routines at football and basketball games much to the crowds delight.

Sue loved being a Ramette all three years of high school and was one of the captains her senior year. By her junior year, she met the love of her life, Glenn Peterson (Rhodes Class of 1979) and who ran cross-country and track), and they dated all through Rhodes, in college, and married on June 10, 1989.

After graduation, with Glenn already at Kent State University, Sue also went to Kent, graduating with a double degree in Special Education and Elementary Education in December of 1984. Glenn graduated at the same time because he got called up for a slot for the Ohio State Highway Patrol academy and took the class (he went back afterwards to finish his degree in Criminal Justice). 

By the following January/February Sue began teaching in the Berea, Ohio, School District, staying about 5 years. When she and Glenn married, they moved to Huron, Ohio, since that is the station Glenn was assigned to, and I believe, his entire career with the State Highway Patrol.

As they began settling into their home in Huron, Sue started working for the Erie County Education Service Center which morphed into a huge program that is now called Northpoint Education Service Center (takes care of 27 different school districts in the State of Ohio). It was here that Sue honed her good nature skills in dealing with behaviorally challenged students, and students with a whole host of other disabilities that most schools could not accommodate. Sue admitted that this was a terrific career path for her, it suited her personality to a tee! She also stated that while enjoying her job, she decided to go back to get her Masters in Administration and Principalship (at Cleveland State University) which eventually led her to become a Principal and supervisor of the ever growing behavior and special needs programs throughout the Northern part of the state. 

By the time Sue retired in January of 2015, she was driving all over Northeast and Northwest Ohio to a tune of over 500 miles a week, but still loved every minute of her job! That is some dedication, right? Sue says she was very fortunate that her education degrees allowed her to work 30 years in one profession, a blessing for sure! 

Sue, who claims she doesn't have a favorite color, continued working while she and Glenn started their family. Their daughter, Katelyn (now an Athletic Trainer in Cincinnati) was born in July of 1992; and their son, Mitchell (working in Sports Administration), was born in August of 1994. Sue mentioned she was extremely lucky to have found a wonderful woman and friend who had in-home daycare right across the street (they had moved to Vermillion, Ohio, by then).

When I asked Sue what makes her tick, without missing a beat, she said, "travel." You see, Sue and Glenn have been adventure seeking even from their earliest days of dating, beginning with camping. They have traveled all over the USA, most recently (in 2019 for their 30th Anniversary) with a Teardrop camper and visiting as many National Park they could get in in two months. Her favorite:  Big Bend National Park in the Texas tip. She felt like she was sitting on the end of the earth there. Her favorite place internationally is Chicaterra, Italy (been twice). 

And for "giggles and grins" and with another adventure seeking couple they met on their travels, they did an awesome one month "budget" backpack trip from Paris, France to Italy to Greece, and back to Paris. Both Sue and Glenn love to immerse themselves in the local food, drink and cultures of wherever they go in the world which is really the spirit of their adventures. I'll drink to that!

In addition to their fun travels, they are also HUGE Cleveland Sport Team Fans as well as Kent State University Athletic Supporters. Sue added that she and Glenn are on the KSU Greater Cleveland Alumni Board that plan various events throughout the year for alumni. How cool is that? They travel the midwest taking in football, basketball and baseball games whenever they can support their beloved Golden Flashes.

In wrapping up I asked Sue what her favorite gift ever received was, and not missing a beat here either, said her sewing machine (Sears Kenmore) she received from her parents for high school graduation. I about fell off my chair, because I found another "sewist."  Sue expressed her love to peruse Pinterest and then figure out the pattern and make something for her house or camper, and also likes to make things to give away, whether a sewed item or something cooked or baked (she also loves to cook). 

It was so fun catching up with Sue who is thoroughly enjoying her retirement and hanging with her family and friends when time permits. She and Glenn have more travel plans because they love their Teardrop camper and hitting the road to big blue skies and smooth highways and byways seeking fun and adventure along the way! 

BSoleille! The bright side of #CelebratingOthers with Sue Peterson!


Photos below from Sue:

Sue looking over the Badlands, SD

Mitchell; Sue, Katelyn and Glenn


Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Day in the Life of a Daylily

The summer of 2020 is in full swing with abundance of rain...ahem, and beautiful flowers showing off in all their petal glory. But one flower, the daylily, only blooms for one day; opening in the morning and by the end of the day, its life is over. Thankfully, the flowering stalk continues producing new blooms for up to a few weeks, because, let's face it, that is a sad story for a attractive flower.

So, let's get this straight, the daylily must live its life as best as it could for less than 24 hours - from sunup to sundown. There is not much else to do except look pretty in the yard or field it is growing in, though maybe a kooky woman may take your photo for posterity, right?



The below daylily was taken while out on a scoot, with the sunlight was just right and petals opened to take in the day...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Gorilla Glue and Car Repair

Raise your hand if you ever used Gorilla Glue? Now keep it raised if you ever used it to repair your vehicle. And by the way, I am NOT receiving any compensation for this post, but when something is good, and works, I will gladly spread the news...

I must admit that I've seen Gorilla Tape at some point, had never used it before, but actually purchased a roll (like duct tape) when we desperately needed some for our 2019 Quilt Show and did not have time to get to a big box store. I ended up buying it at our local Auto Zone store on the way to show set up. When I walked in I asked for the aisle of duct tape, and the counter salesman smirked and said they only had one roll of Gorilla Tape and that was it. I bought it and never looked back. The stuff is "magic" and worked for our needs at the show and beyond.

When "The Best Daughter" kept having trouble keeping her front bumpers in place (they kept popping out over the last couple of years) the lightbulb went off for me and I mentioned we should try the Gorilla Glue! Due to the home improvements I've done lately, I ended up purchasing not only liquid nails, twice, but Gorilla Glue for fixing an ear for one of my wooden giraffes from Africa. More importantly though, I actually used it for the wooden transition piece after the flooring was installed because nothing else seemed to work (too shallow for a nail) to keep the piece of wood down. 

After carefully reading the directions on how to use the stuff (very easy), we gave it the old college try, and violá, it worked!  Two weeks ago, when "TBD" was visiting, I mentioned that we should try the Gorilla Glue on her bumpers. What does she have to lose? The stuff dries clear, so even that wasn't an issue. So we applied as directed and waited...for it to dry, then for her to drive home with bumpers intact, and they held up! Then a week went by, and they are still intact. I don't know how long it will hold up, but I/we think it's pretty good that the glue has held up for this long already. 

We are fans... Are you a fan? What have you used it for?



Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Sew...I wanted to have a little fun with something different in my sewing and quilting "habits", and cut out  three "Ellie" quilts, a pattern by https://bjdesignsandpatterns.com/. The most fun has been selecting the "scrap fabrics" that I used for Ellie #1. It's more than likely that Ellie #2 and #3 will look different (who can make them all the same? Not me).

I still have to select some fun borders (three of them) to go around Ellie, and once again will browse over my stash and hopefully select something equally fun...perhaps an African fabric or two. 

BSoleille! The bright side of enhancing creative juices to make something super fun!


The 3 backgrounds for the Ellies were made 8 or 9 months ago...

Following the pattern

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day 2020

To all the dads out there, here's wishing you a very Happy Father's Day. Fatherhood has come a long way since, say, the 1950's and 1960's (how many would change a dirty diaper?), and I believe it's only gotten better (I'm an optimist). 

Although my father passed away in 2001 at age 77, his spirit lives on with his three daughters and grandchildren. And even though he was not much of a talker, he did have a sense of adventure and loved to travel with his Ptak's Bowling Alley pals to bowling tournaments throughout the midwest. His all time favorite was the Peterson Classic in Chicago, Illinois. That tournament has been going strong since 1921, and this year (most likely canceled) would have been it's 110th year of the "prestigious" tournament.

I never checked it out the Peterson Classic before writing this post, but here is the link: http://www.petersenclassic.com/

The photo below, taken on February 3, 1963, is my dad and his bowling buddies in all their glory (he is smack dab in the middle with the brown speckled tie). I don't know if he won any money for the Individual Championship, but he rolled a respectable (I think it is) 1557 for the tournament. 



Bill and Olivia earlier today on our daily scoot!