May 26th 2013 8:18 am
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We think Gma's guardian angel tapped her on the
shoulder this morning. She remembered out of the blue
that we had an old photo of her Dad with Angel Foxie
as a puppy. Also his silver schnauzer Sugar Baby,age 13.
This was taken in 1994 at our place. The year our daughter
graduated from high school. Foxie came from a retired
Navy couple in Indiana. Was brought by travel home to me
in North Dakota. We would fish for 2 wks. every June.
As the northern pike came off the spawning beds.
We posted the picture on our fur babies pages to share.
Dad is honored today with all the others who served
their country through the military. Dad served 32 years
in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1981 from the military.
He then built his retirement home. Landscaped and planted
a beautiful yard with a variety of trees. Enhanced by
all Mom's endless varieties of flowers. They raised a big
vegetable garden every year. Learned to make some very
tasty wines. He carried mail for the U.S. Postal System
for a decade.
Dad re-did all my plumbing and electrical in my old farm
house. Remodeled the house extensively. Built on an additional
2 bedrooms. Allowing everyone to sleep on the main floor.
He also helped build my sister's new home. This was years
after remodeling an old home for her.
He took up furniture making as a hobby. He enjoyed a few
years of some very large projects. He built for me: solid oak
living room furnishings. A large china hutch,entertainment
center,end tables and lamps. He built end tables and coffee
tables for his grandchildren. A library table for himself.
Dad lost his eye sight and was blind the last decade of his
You see, everyday as I go about a normal day....I will think
of him. He did so much here at my home. He taught me to fish.
I was 6 yrs. old when I was given my 1st. bamboo cane pole.
We camped and fished in the state parks in Alabama. Fished for
little sun fish. He'd clean them all,no matter how large or small.
One summer when the 3 grand children were 8,9 and 10. Also
one great-niece. Mother and Dad took them on a trip of a
lifetime. The southern states all the way to Disney World
and back to Indiana. Can you image, 3 adults and 4 kids, ages
8-10???? I was the 3rd. adult.... We had many challenges along
the way. The kids have never forgotten the trip.
Wishing Everyone A Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Remember the ones who serve today with your prayers.
Take a minute to thank those who served our country
and her people in the past.
God Bless You All,
Mazy,Angel Foxie, Angel Baby,Precious and Gma Keda
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What a wonderful tribute to your dad Keda! What a great life he had with a wonderful family loving him so very much. Memories will last a lifetime and some come at such an unexpected moment.
Your dad sounds like an amazing person.... Momma's Dad also took up woodworking and was so happy when he got to retire from being a meat inspector for the USDA. He and her Momma moved to a smaller town, bought and fixed up their retirement home and he had over a decade of finally getting to play as much golf as he wanted. Momma's momma has had some bad health issues in the last couple of years and her Daddy has stepped right up to do the housework that she is no longer able to do...
Momma told her Mom that her Dad was a real gem and her Momma said every day she gives thanks for how lucky she is to have him...
Memorial Day always makes Momma think of her Uncle Tom... he lost his right arm in WWII when he left cover to drag a buddy off an airfield that was being bombed... but it never stopped him from doing all kinds of things one-handed--like play golf, hang wallpaper, etc. He was Momma's favorite uncle.
He sounds like a pawsome guy.
Beautiful picture and such special memories. Happy Memorial Day to your family.
Thanks pals....We went to the cemetery yesterday to put flowers on hubby's parents and grandparents graves. There's no one left around here to take flowers but us. Hard to believe hubby's parents (like an extra set of grandparents to me)have been gone since 93 and 95. Since this is the home place, I think of them often, as I go about my days. I adapted to the prairie because they took me under their wings. Grew me up and gave me the survival skills I needed for a rural prairie life. Hubby looks more like his Dad everyday.
Today was the 1st. time,I couldn't call my Dad on Memorial Day. The 1st. of many 1st's to come. A little sad,but I put n an old flannel shirt of his, that fits me like a nightgown and felt him with me.
Chilly and raining now. Thunder has been pretty loud and close. May shut puter down?
Praying all of you had a wonderful weekend.
Hugs and kisses,Kazy and Gma Keda
Your Grandpa was one special guy! Angel Kisses for him!!