Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Chapter In My Story . . .

August 20, 1961
4:00 pm
First Congregational Church
Hampton, Iowa
We Were Married
We were at the church on time
My daddy held on tight
I tried to shoo the fly that flew up inside my veil
We signed the license
Cake and Punch Reception after, at the church
We changed our clothes, grabbed the small Samonsite "carry on"
Dressed up in our "going away" finery
Drove a few miles down the country road for dinner and overnight
The next day we drove to Milwaukee to begin our married life together
Gary was finishing up his business undergrad degree, I was beginning my first teaching job
Hamburger was 15 cents a pound, our weekly food budget was 10 dollars
A few days after we arrived in Milwaukee, we were driving to our apartment, and the
back end of an ice cream truck opened up and a huge container of ice cream rolled out
We grabbed it, took it back to the apartment, invited the neighbors, enjoyed the ice cream feast

Life was easy, fun, good
Memory treasures for sure . . .

Love ~

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ramona Lilliann Duffy-Ingalls . . .

Ramona Lilliann Duffy-Ingalls passed away Tuesday, August 1, at her home in Riverside, CA.
Mona, as she was known to friends and family, lived in Riverside for 45 years. She was born in 1936 in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Grossmont High School and soon after married her high school sweetheart, Patrick E. Duffy. Pat was a Marine, so through the 1950s and 60s she lived a military life, and was often on her own raising their seven children while Pat was overseas serving in Korea and Vietnam. They were married 43 years until Pat's death in 1997. Big-hearted and ever the optimist, Mona remarried twice. She lost her second husband, Frank, to cancer after 6 years of marriage. She later married Howard, who made the last 9 years of her life some of her happiest.

Mona loved her garden, her house, and her blogger friends. She loved to sing and play the piano. She had a gift for making old tattered toys, linen, dishes, and dolls beautiful again. She loved her family and showed it often. She thought her children and grandchildren were her greatest achievement. She had faith in the future.

Mona's daughter Sandra (1959-2013) and son Patrick (1955-2016) predeceased her. Her sons, Michael (wife Cindie) of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Daniel, of Riverside, and daughters, Erin Martinez (husband Jim), of Riverside, Maryalice Carter (husband Brock), of Newport Beach, and Dawn Duffy, of Santa Cruz, and her husband Howard Ingalls, survive her. Mona also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and many dear friends.

A gathering of Mona's family and friends will be at Jammin' Bread in Riverside, Sunday, August 27 at 3:00 pm.

Arrangements under the direction of Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 16, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It Is Morning Day . . .

It's The Little Things . . .
Like this little pink rose . . .

Pink Rose, was one of my first plant purchases
when I moved to my newly built home in 1987.
This pretty rose bloomed and bloomed for years,
and then . . . not so much.
Now if I get one bloom, I have a treasure.

"She" bloomed the other day . . .
I couldn't wait to share her with you!
"Her" bud was outstanding . . .
and then "she" spread her wings . . .

Treasure the little things in your life!

Little Great Grand Oakland awakens in the morning with such cheer . . . singing . . .
"It Is Morning Day" . . .

Happy Day My Friends . . .

Love ~