July 27, 2014

July 24, 2014
Kinder House, Des Plaines, Illinois.

Kinder House, Des Plaines, Illinois.

July 23, 2014
A peaceful morning along the Des Plaines River.

A peaceful morning along the Des Plaines River.

July 22, 2014

Cannot believe how hot it feels right now and it’s not even 90° yet.

July 18, 2014

Ironic that President Obama is warning us about misinformation regarding the shoot-down of #MH17. This from an administration that promulgated the “rogue Cincinnati IRS agents” and the “internet video” that caused the Benghazi attack.

July 14, 2014
The original McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.

The original McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.

July 4, 2014

The sound of exploding ordinance is all over my neighborhood. My dogs hate it. They’re locked away in a quiet bedroom.

June 18, 2014
Looks like rain is inevitable today!

Looks like rain is inevitable today!

June 9, 2014
Plato Center railroad tracks.

Plato Center railroad tracks.

June 6, 2014
Listening to Rascal Flatts with my two best friends on a Friday evening.

Listening to Rascal Flatts with my two best friends on a Friday evening.

June 4, 2014
15 Minutes of Fame

My mother had her 15 minutes of fame back in August 1945. During the war, she worked as a private secretary for a captain at the old Kearney [Nebraska] Army Air Base. The captain was in charge of ordinance and a couple other departments on the base. It was common for some of the big-name entertainers of the day to go on the road and entertain the servicemen at the various bases throughout the country.

Many big-name bands came to play at dances held at the N.C.O Club or in one of the hangars on base. Bands such as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, The King Cole Trio and Les Brown and his Band of Renown (including singer Doris Day) played there.

Twice a week, Mom would stay on the base and play her accordion at the Officer’s Club. She was a music major at the University of Nebraska and played the piano in addition to the accordion.

In August, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was coming to play. It was customary to bring most of the musicians with the band, but also fill in with local musicians when necessary. The Dorsey Orchestra had made arrangements to use a local piano player, but on the day of the dance, the piano player was sick. The quartermaster knew that Mom could play the piano and asked her to sit in with the band. The night of the dance, Mom played with the orchestra, but just played chords instead of playing any solos. It was a fun evening, especially for a girl from a small town in Nebraska!

Mom still remembers most of the set list:

  • Jersey Bounce
  • Green Eyes
  • Can’t Get Out Of This Mood
  • Blues In The Night
  • I’m Beginning To See The Light
  • All Or Nothing At All
  • Brazil
  • The Moon Got In My Eyes
  • Beer Barrel Polka
  • On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe
  • Tangerine
  • Mairzy Doats
  • It Might As Well Be Spring
  • Moonlight Cocktail
  • Sentimental Journey
  • Linda
  • Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree

June 1, 2014
Getting some rain. Hopefully it will not interfere with our satellite signal.

Getting some rain. Hopefully it will not interfere with our satellite signal.

June 1, 2014
A barely-visible rainbow east of us.

A barely-visible rainbow east of us.

May 31, 2014

Is there anything better than the first couple sips of cold beer after cutting grass in the hot sun??

May 30, 2014