Thursday, October 14, 2010


This is Maria and her girl friends getting ready for the homecoming dance. They had just marched in the parade at Ligoneer that morning, came home and spent a few hours getting ready and went from band uniforms and t-shirts to this! Her friend Savannah (in the blue and white) was the only one not in the band but they are great friends.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Damien Sanzotti

A wonderful wedding day, September 25th, made special by the love abounding.
For Damien and Kate, a wish for you for the happy years that you two will be sharing...
For always, a wish for you for a perfect love, the kind that lasts forever, and all the happiness you'll find in spending life together.
With love Grandma and Grandpa.

Friday, September 24, 2010

...and then to Jackson

After a few days in Vegas, I flew to Jackson, WY where I met John Reese, his parents and a friend, Jeff Buxton. We fished for 3 days and caught plenty of them. Thursday was a float trip down the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho, Friday was a hike into the Bridger Teton National Forest to fish Crystal Creek and then Saturday we wade-fished the Snake in the Teton National Park. Here are a few of the fish we visited, including a 22 inch brown trout that put up quite a challenge.

Thank you to all who were involved, especially John, Jim and Sandy Reese who are always very generous with their house and home. I have been fortunate to be invited to this once-in-a-lifetime trip more than once and I am very greatful for that opportunity. You folks are the greatest hosts.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Trip to Vegas

I have been in Las Vegas for the last few days to attend a BICSI conference. BICSI is the group that manages the registration that I hold (RCDD) and also are involved in developing standards for the the installation, performance and design of telecommunications infrastructure around the world.

I have missed being with the family very much.

Michael at CityCenter, Balloon!, Aiplanes!,

I love you all (I will be home soon Little B).

September Birthdays!

Happy Belated Birthday to Katie who is now "7"!
and today to Natalie, who is "12"!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How you can tell that you are in an Arab country

'When you cannot find a single garden in your city, but there is a mosque on every corner — you know that you are in an Arab country.

'When you see people living in the past with all the trappings of modernity — do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country.

'When religion has control over science — you can be sure that you are in an Arab country.

'When clerics are referred to as “scholars” — don’t be astonished, you are in an Arab country.

'When you see the ruler transformed into a demigod who never dies or relinquishes his power, and nobody is permitted to criticize — do not be too upset, you are in an Arab country.

'When you find that the large majority of people oppose freedom and find joy in slavery — do not be too distressed, you are in an Arab country.

'When you hear the clerics saying that democracy is heresy, but seizing every opportunity provided by democracy to grab high positions — do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country. ...

'When you discover that a woman is worth half of what a man is worth, or less — do not be surprised, you are in an Arab country. ...

'When land is more important than human beings — you are in an Arab country. ...

It is not surprising that if you replace Arab with Christian many of these still ring true

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bruno and his train table

Bruno has a new train table. Thank you Katie for lending him your trains. He loves them.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bruno at the playground

Bruno's favorite words "another time" and the 'bone-less' arm running...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa - half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful!

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe - well-developed and open to trade, especially for something of real value.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain - very hot, relaxed, and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece - gently aging, but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain, with a glorious and all-conquering past.

Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel - has been through war, doesn't make the same mistakes twice, and takes care of business.

Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada - cool, self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

After 70, she becomes Tibet - wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages.... An adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge.


Between 1 and 80, a man is like Iran - ruled by nuts.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bruno and the Balloon

There was a hot air balloon landing in our backyard the other day. Bruno thought it was "scary" .

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


A granddaughter is someone
to think about always,
for thoughts of her
bring warmth and cheer...
May laughter surround you
may love fill each day
may troubles be small
as you go on your way.
Love Grandma, and Grandpa

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lauren is 11 years old today!!! Happy Birthday!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Trip to Williamsburg

Mom and I enjoyed our recent Williamsburg trip, visiting Damien and Mount Vernon on the way. We had a great lunch with Johanna and Steve Pond , who now live in Williamsburg. Our accommodations there were better than before and certainly more than adequate. We were able to visit the historic places, Jamestown, Yorktown, and Smithfield. Our new car performed admirably and we returned home May 23rd.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter in Wheaton

The trip to Wheaton to visit the Bryan Sanzottis was a good one. We stopped in Berlin, Sugar Creek and Walnut Creek. Overnight in South Bend, and arrive in Napperville for lunch with Bryan,Pam,Megan and Hayley at Jimmy's Grill. After a short walk along the river, we headed for Champion Forest for overnight. Saturday it rained most of the day and the girls were off(Hayley driving) to the gym. Mom and I and Bryan had breakfast at Harringtons in Geneva on the Fox River. Then drove home for a short rest. When the girls got home, and Eric pulled in, we were off to the movies to see "Alice in Wonderland" It was great. Then dinner at Rock Bottom and home again for an overnight. Sunday was bright and sunny, we set up tables and put things in order for a 2 pm Easter dinner. It was great, and the guests were interesting. Joe and Judy Bramel, Kevin and Lea and their daughter, Eric and his female friend. Shortly after eating, Mom and I left for Medina Ohio, arriving just short of mid-night. After an overnight, we visited with Uncle Lou and Aunt Ellen, leaving Medina about 11 arriving home about 4:15 in time for Mom to teach her Monday night students. Great trip, glad to be home.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Time for a potty break

Bruno is getting introduced to lunkers...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Facts ought to matter

"To listen to talk radio, to watch TV pundits, to read newspaper online message boards is to realize that, increasingly, we are a people estranged from critical thinking, divorced from all logic, alienated from even objective truth. We admitt no ideas that do not confirm us, heqar no voices that do not echco us, sift out all information that does not validate what we believe. Any people thus handicapped sow the seeds of their own decline; they respond to the world as they wish it were rather to the world as it is. But the fact that you refuse to acknowledge a wall does not change the fact that it's a wall. And you shouldn't have to hit to find that out." Leonard Pitts

Friday, January 15, 2010

Little Nana is One Hundred

January 15,2010 Today, Little Nana would have been 100 years old.
Happy Birthday.

"She was as good as she was fair,

None,none on earth above her

As pure in thoughts as angels are--

To know her was to love her."

I once heard someone say that it's not death that brings us the greatest loss in life, but all that dies inside of us. As life goes on, I hope that you will find ways to celebrate the memory of our Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother. I know she would want us all to live every day to the fullest and continue the celebration of her contagious love for life. May time speed your healing, and mine.