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Very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit! I hope your day is as fabulous as you are!

time passes

Mar. 4th, 2011 03:43 pm
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button, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today is the 14th anniversary of my dad's passing, so I wore his old jacket today. My mom remembered, before she gave away all his clothing, that I'd always loved this jacket. It's from Reed's in Albany, so I must have been just a kid when he bought it.

It's hard to believe that it's really been 14 years. It doesn't seem like it's been that long since I've seen him. He still shows up in my dreams occasionally, and it never seems strange to see him there.

Another anniversary today is the birth of one of my favorite people I've never met in person, [livejournal.com profile] pkmorrison. Happy birthday, my lady! We should all look so good when we reach your age. ;)

time passes

Mar. 4th, 2011 03:43 pm
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

button, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today is the 14th anniversary of my dad's passing, so I wore his old jacket today. My mom remembered, before she gave away all his clothing, that I'd always loved this jacket. It's from Reed's in Albany, so I must have been just a kid when he bought it.

It's hard to believe that it's really been 14 years. It doesn't seem like it's been that long since I've seen him. He still shows up in my dreams occasionally, and it never seems strange to see him there.

Another anniversary today is the birth of one of my favorite people I've never met in person, [livejournal.com profile] pkmorrison. Happy birthday, my lady! We should all look so good when we reach your age. ;)

lizziebelle: (little me)

~, originally uploaded by skippymarv.

My grandfather, August Zandt, was born 110 years ago today. Happy birthday, Grandpa! I miss you.

This photo was taken in '64. Which means that Grandma was only 5 years older than I am now in it. O_o

lizziebelle: (little me)

~, originally uploaded by skippymarv.

My grandfather, August Zandt, was born 110 years ago today. Happy birthday, Grandpa! I miss you.

This photo was taken in '64. Which means that Grandma was only 5 years older than I am now in it. O_o

100 years

Oct. 13th, 2010 07:57 am
lizziebelle: (little me)

~, originally uploaded by skippymarv.

My grandmother, Hedwig Ritz Zandt, was born 100 years ago today. Happy birthday, Grandma. I miss you.

100 years

Oct. 13th, 2010 07:57 am
lizziebelle: (little me)

~, originally uploaded by skippymarv.

My grandmother, Hedwig Ritz Zandt, was born 100 years ago today. Happy birthday, Grandma. I miss you.

lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)

dots, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Even though it's not particularly warm today, it is sunny, and the wind's not blowing, so I went down to Heritage Park at lunchtime and wandered around with my camera. There's a nice little playground there that has all sorts of interesting colors and shapes.

let's play )



I'm at the point where I'm pretty much over winter now. I'm tired of being cold, tired of having to dress in layers, tired of having to wear socks and boots. I want warm breezes and flowers, bare toes and dandelions.

I'm also pretty tired of getting my hopes up about something, then having them dashed against the rocks. That's been the story of my life for a few years now, and I want it to stop. Hear that, Universe? It's time to start coming through with your promises. So there. :P

******

On a totally unrelated note, Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] capriuni! I hope the Universe comes through with Good Things for you this year. :)

lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)

dots, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Even though it's not particularly warm today, it is sunny, and the wind's not blowing, so I went down to Heritage Park at lunchtime and wandered around with my camera. There's a nice little playground there that has all sorts of interesting colors and shapes.

let's play )



I'm at the point where I'm pretty much over winter now. I'm tired of being cold, tired of having to dress in layers, tired of having to wear socks and boots. I want warm breezes and flowers, bare toes and dandelions.

I'm also pretty tired of getting my hopes up about something, then having them dashed against the rocks. That's been the story of my life for a few years now, and I want it to stop. Hear that, Universe? It's time to start coming through with your promises. So there. :P

******

On a totally unrelated note, Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] capriuni! I hope the Universe comes through with Good Things for you this year. :)

Grampa

Dec. 17th, 2009 11:27 am
lizziebelle: (little me)

File0057, originally uploaded by CherylZ.

Today would have been my grandfather's 109th birthday. He's been gone 30 years, and I still miss him lots. He was a wonderful grandfather, and since I was one of the oldest grandchildren, I was very close to him, especially when I was little and we lived nearby.

I love this picture of him, with my cousin [livejournal.com profile] shortysugarplum and some unknown relative making bunny ears behind his head.

I could never quite believe my mother's stories about how strict he was when she was growing up, because to me he was the man who told me what that beautiful blue bird was (a great blue heron), and snuck sunflower seeds out of the birdfeeder to munch on, and told me that garter snakes were good because they eat bugs, and taught me the chickadee's song.

Happy birthday, Grampa!

Grampa

Dec. 17th, 2009 11:27 am
lizziebelle: (little me)

File0057, originally uploaded by CherylZ.

Today would have been my grandfather's 109th birthday. He's been gone 30 years, and I still miss him lots. He was a wonderful grandfather, and since I was one of the oldest grandchildren, I was very close to him, especially when I was little and we lived nearby.

I love this picture of him, with my cousin [livejournal.com profile] shortysugarplum and some unknown relative making bunny ears behind his head.

I could never quite believe my mother's stories about how strict he was when she was growing up, because to me he was the man who told me what that beautiful blue bird was (a great blue heron), and snuck sunflower seeds out of the birdfeeder to munch on, and told me that garter snakes were good because they eat bugs, and taught me the chickadee's song.

Happy birthday, Grampa!

Uncle Bob

Dec. 12th, 2009 12:44 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
Today would have been my Uncle Bob's 91st birthday. I never met him; he was killed in Holland in WWII, at the river crossing that was written about in the book A Bridge Too Far. My cousins Peggy and Judy, and Judy's daughter Juliette, went to Holland this fall for the 65th anniversary of that battle, and met some of Bob's fellow soldiers. Peggy did up a pamphlet for some schoolchildren there, and sent me a copy. It has pictures of Bob and some of his siblings, and details about Bob's service and life that I hadn't known. He was a paratrooper and a medic, and he was in the second boat to cross the river that day. He and four of his brothers had been stationed in England before the battle, and my uncle Pat had seen him off when he flew to Holland.

I didn't know much of my dad's family as well as I knew my mom's, as they lived farther away and didn't have many family gatherings. A lot of us have reconnected lately on Facebook, and Peggy suggested that we do something to commemorate Bob on his birthday. I suggested Noon as a time we could all think of him and honor him, and it touches me that many of his nieces & nephews were thinking about a man they never knew on his birthday. And now you are, too.

All of my dad's siblings are gone now, and I'd like to think they're all together, having a fine party (they were half Irish, after all). Here's to you, Uncle Bob, and all of the men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free. Sláinte!

Uncle Bob

Dec. 12th, 2009 12:44 pm
lizziebelle: (little me)
Today would have been my Uncle Bob's 91st birthday. I never met him; he was killed in Holland in WWII, at the river crossing that was written about in the book A Bridge Too Far. My cousins Peggy and Judy, and Judy's daughter Juliette, went to Holland this fall for the 65th anniversary of that battle, and met some of Bob's fellow soldiers. Peggy did up a pamphlet for some schoolchildren there, and sent me a copy. It has pictures of Bob and some of his siblings, and details about Bob's service and life that I hadn't known. He was a paratrooper and a medic, and he was in the second boat to cross the river that day. He and four of his brothers had been stationed in England before the battle, and my uncle Pat had seen him off when he flew to Holland.

I didn't know much of my dad's family as well as I knew my mom's, as they lived farther away and didn't have many family gatherings. A lot of us have reconnected lately on Facebook, and Peggy suggested that we do something to commemorate Bob on his birthday. I suggested Noon as a time we could all think of him and honor him, and it touches me that many of his nieces & nephews were thinking about a man they never knew on his birthday. And now you are, too.

All of my dad's siblings are gone now, and I'd like to think they're all together, having a fine party (they were half Irish, after all). Here's to you, Uncle Bob, and all of the men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free. Sláinte!
lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)
My day started out with worry as my car was running quite roughly when I started it this morning, but after a couple of minutes it seemed to be OK. *whew* I put in a can of dry gas when I filled up on the way home, just in case. Hopefully, that's all that was the matter. It did get rather cold overnight.

It was a lovely, sunny day, and I took a nice walk at lunchtime. Tomorrow is supposed to be very cold and windy, so I figured I'd better take advantage while I could. A lot of the snow melted, leaving swaths of bare grass on the slope behind the office. What snow was left sparkled in the sun.

I'm very glad that I no longer live in western NY: they're getting hit hard by lake effect snow today. I remember that well; we lived about a mile from Lake Ontario when I was in high school, and the snow is just unbelievable. As the joke goes, they have four seasons: winter, almost winter, cold, and construction. It's really not as bad here, as much as I complain come February.

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] leenah! My sis-in-law's b'day was yesterday, and her name is close to yours (Lanah). I should remember both your birthdays by now, but fortunately I have Facebook & LJ to remind me. *g*

I've been thinking all day about that spiral in the sky over Norway. No matter what explanation they come up with, they'll never convince me that it wasn't aliens. I've seen too many episodes of Doctor Who to not know this. It had to be a portal to another dimension. It wasn't really a Russian rocket. No, sir.
lizziebelle: (calvin & hobbes)
My day started out with worry as my car was running quite roughly when I started it this morning, but after a couple of minutes it seemed to be OK. *whew* I put in a can of dry gas when I filled up on the way home, just in case. Hopefully, that's all that was the matter. It did get rather cold overnight.

It was a lovely, sunny day, and I took a nice walk at lunchtime. Tomorrow is supposed to be very cold and windy, so I figured I'd better take advantage while I could. A lot of the snow melted, leaving swaths of bare grass on the slope behind the office. What snow was left sparkled in the sun.

I'm very glad that I no longer live in western NY: they're getting hit hard by lake effect snow today. I remember that well; we lived about a mile from Lake Ontario when I was in high school, and the snow is just unbelievable. As the joke goes, they have four seasons: winter, almost winter, cold, and construction. It's really not as bad here, as much as I complain come February.

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] leenah! My sis-in-law's b'day was yesterday, and her name is close to yours (Lanah). I should remember both your birthdays by now, but fortunately I have Facebook & LJ to remind me. *g*

I've been thinking all day about that spiral in the sky over Norway. No matter what explanation they come up with, they'll never convince me that it wasn't aliens. I've seen too many episodes of Doctor Who to not know this. It had to be a portal to another dimension. It wasn't really a Russian rocket. No, sir.
lizziebelle: (Default)

surprise, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It's another gloomy November day, with grey skies and a fine mist falling, but I managed to find a bit of brightness over at Grandmothers' Garden.

Mother Nature hangs on a bit longer )



I went back out later and took some misty pix over at the cemetery, but my DSL is slow today and I've lost patience for uploading, so those will come later.

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! My vacation is half over. I'm quite looking forward to tomorrow, when I will be feasting with good friends over at [livejournal.com profile] ami_1's place. I'm bringing sweet potatoes, and I have fresh rosemary with which to roast them. Nom nom! I adore rosemary.

Oh, hey, and LJ tells me that it's [livejournal.com profile] lamentables' birthday! I'll bet you're already in bed, seeing that you're five hours ahead of me, so I hope you had a good one.

lizziebelle: (Default)

surprise, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It's another gloomy November day, with grey skies and a fine mist falling, but I managed to find a bit of brightness over at Grandmothers' Garden.

Mother Nature hangs on a bit longer )



I went back out later and took some misty pix over at the cemetery, but my DSL is slow today and I've lost patience for uploading, so those will come later.

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! My vacation is half over. I'm quite looking forward to tomorrow, when I will be feasting with good friends over at [livejournal.com profile] ami_1's place. I'm bringing sweet potatoes, and I have fresh rosemary with which to roast them. Nom nom! I adore rosemary.

Oh, hey, and LJ tells me that it's [livejournal.com profile] lamentables' birthday! I'll bet you're already in bed, seeing that you're five hours ahead of me, so I hope you had a good one.

lizziebelle: (Giles hat)
Big happy birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] zarq! I hope you get everything you want this year, including lots of sleep. :)
lizziebelle: (Giles hat)
Big happy birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] zarq! I hope you get everything you want this year, including lots of sleep. :)
lizziebelle: (Giles hat)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] mindyklasky! I hope your day is full of magic. :)

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