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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bittersweet Memories Today

Today is a day filled with bittersweet memories. Although my sweet hubby celebrates another birthday and teases me and tells everyone he married an older woman, today we are equal in age!
Through the years, this man can make me laugh and some of the times we have shared together have been anything but laughable! His strong faith keeps him grounded and therefore keeps me happy as a lark  most days!
If I am going to be stuck in this world when times are difficult and worrisome I want to be stuck like glue with him!
Today is bittersweet for us because my hubby lost his mother ont his date six years ago. This photo is from 1960 on a phamily vacation to my late father-in-law's home state of Arkansas. Oh how my hubby looks like his dadd's twin and our youngest son Nick too! Good genetics!
My daddy Edward Joseph Kocman Sr. was born on this date in the year of Our Lord 1911. He started a chain for good BoJon's. Late cousin Audrey's hubby Chuck turns 81 today and cousin Kay Samples Elliott told me not only is her birthday today but my folks were godparents for her baptism. Thanks daddy, you were the best dad a girl could ask for in this world. Miss you so much.
I am unsure which one of these precious children happen to be my daddy but my grandparents had a wonderful phamily, although filled with much tragedy.
My dad in the top row middle celebrating his parents 60th wedding anniversary with all his siblings that survived. They LOVED their phamilies. I am ashamed so many  siblings are not so loving these days.

Dad you loved celebrating with phamily and cake and ice cream. You loved your little gifts of new cologne too.  Thirty one years gone and I feel like it was just yesterday. Miss you much.

A rose in heaven for Rita Blackwell Robinson my hubby's mom who he misses very much. Today has been six years that you left this earth to spend your days in heaven.

Love you Avery, you are my sunshine.

Thank you for letting me share my loves with you. Makes this BoJon girl happy. Visit Beverly and share some pink today.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hummingbirds and Furry Phamily Friends

My youngest daughter Hannah is quite the talent! Her best buddy Nicole had a bachelor party and they did these awesome paintings! Hannah's friend Bonnie loves hummingbirds and she is thinking of giving her this artful beauty. I missed Blue Monday last week, in fact, I missed everything here last week. One of those weeks where you need to stop, reflect, chill and spend quality time with Handsome Happy Harrison! I thought Jeanne and the Blue Crew would enjoy seeing this painting with the pretty aqua blue background.
We keep hitting those 90's and the blue skies are gorgeous since most fires have been contained . It was a miserable few weeks. Saturday I joined my hubby to sort and deliver mail at his office. Once a month he gets awesome overtime to do this and I love helping him out. This crane was across the street from the Federal Building where the OKC Bombing Trial took place. Back then Jeremy worked a construction crew and they worked inside that building. It still saddens me to think of what happened and I do not like giving notoriety to any mass murderer. Our mainstream media glorify these people and never give the respect the victims are due. Sadness. Our world is madness.
Silly dogs. Smokey has a smile for the camera, Stella, not so much! That girl hates her picture taking! Must be something mysterious from her past. So I am joining Sandee and everyone at Aw...Monday. I wanted to capture my friend and neighbor Kodiak but once I hand over his daily treat, he retreats to the coolness of his house. That old fella is moving more slowly each day and his sight  is shot. Yet last Fall he took an adventure. He got out of the side gate at his house, and walked all the way to Aurora, Colorado. Now let me tell you, that is a long way away from here. Thankfully a good Samaritan found him and he returned home safely. I guess he felt a big adventure was needed in his golden years.
I found two cool and very blue water rafts for the pool for $1.50 a piece at Walmart. I love those bargains. The hubby and I enjoy a dip in the swimming pool. This Love is...shares our sentiments.
Maxine is keeping with my summer theme today. HaHaHa! Don't you just love those trunks her dog is sporting?
I love this image of sLOVEnia! My cousin Kay had the chance to visit last summer. I would love to visit too. But the state of our world is so uncertain. I pray more than I do most things. But a year ago I put up daily posts about my BoJon Heritage. My cousin Mike had started a blog several years early as a journal and journey for his kids and grandkids and nieces and nephews. Lost of things have happened in our old neighborhood and the EPA has started helping folks there. That is a long story for another time , but I still love the place I called home for so much of my life. A lifelong friend still has her mom living in their home behind my childhood home and she visits her mom as often as she can although these days, like me, Carol lives in Denver. I decided I need to revisit BoJon town and so during the month of August I am going to try to post each day. Now I have a  few days where Nick needs to get back to school and running and finish that degree but I want to keep my heritage alive for as long as I am able. So I hope you will come along for the ride.
I love this guy! Happy and Handsome Harrison James! I was blessed with his company all day on Friday. Momma and Daddy work for the same company and since they work different hours Daddy swung by with this handsome boy in tow and he spent his day with this grammie. He has a summer cold and so I kept that tissue box close. Nick and I both are struggling with summer cold. A neighbor has a huge cottonwood tree and that is lethal to me. I am so allergic to trees and that one is top of the list. This baby is growing so quickly and his cutie onesie said "Dude, your girlfriend keeps checking me out!" He loves being with this grammie and I am bittersweet about his journey at daycare but I do understand and he needs time with other kids his own age. I just cherish my time with him. You can never be sad when Harrison is around. He has the biggest smile and each time I see him he is doing something new.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Aw...Mondays/Blue Monday/Love is.../Maxiine Cracks Me Up/

Leo and Smokey were resting in the cool comfort of air conditioning while outside the temperatures were rising. They are just adorable. Please visit Sandee and say Aw...Monday. I am late, the internet was on the fritz, we kept getting five minutes of giant raindrops and then more sunshine. It was a weird day.
Leo was enjoying the Fourth of July festivities yesterday. My son-in-law Roger snapped this photo.
Hannah's diamond shaped birthday cake. Vickie at the Albertson's bakery near our home does one amazing job with these beautiful cakes.
The lighting made the frosting look lime green when it was really Hannah's favorite color, mint green.
Hannah bought this pool and we have all had so much fun. I will tell you, you have not lived until you ride that slice of pizza in the pool!
Noelle enjoying the cool pool.
Rebekah and Noelle enjoying some pool time.
Noelle and I enjoyed sharing that pizza slice. It was fun to float on. I hope Jeanne and the Blue Monday crowd stop by soon.
Too much fireworks yesterday! People were shooting fireworks at 2:00 A,M. Oh my goodness, I did not think I would ever get to fall asleep. Jeremy said it was the same in his neighborhood, and the police showed up at two a.m. on the street directly in front of his house. Silly people.
Ah,,,,even Maxine was wishing the Stars and Stripes well. Hope you had a wonderful 4th and hope it was safe. Considering the disgraceful turn our nation is taking, I pray, trust God and value my freedom for the time being and those who fought and are fighting to keep it. 

Friday, July 1, 2016

A Pretty Pink SUV for Pink Saturday

I dropped off a few encouragement cards at the post office this early A.M. and parked near this bright pink Hummer.
I figured Beverly and the Pinkies would like to see this pretty SUV. I know you won't miss it if you are driving on the highways and byways. Enjoy a beautiful Pink Saturday.
Some patriotic roses to start off the weekend.
A Dollar Tree patriotic American flag centerpiece.

Uncle Sam's hat from the Dollar Tree.
Red/white/blue floral arrangement with pinwheels.
America the Beautiful 
Words by Katharine Lee Bates
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet 
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God mend thine every flaw, 
Confirm thy soul in self-control, 
Thy liberty in law! 

O beautiful for heroes proved 
In liberating strife. 
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life! 
America! America! 
May God thy gold refine 
Till all success be nobleness 
And every gain divine! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for halcyon skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the enameled plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till souls wax fair as earth and air 
And music-hearted sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrims feet, 
Whose stem impassioned stress 
A thoroughfare for freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till paths be wrought through 
wilds of thought 
By pilgrim foot and knee! 

O beautiful for glory-tale 
Of liberating strife 
When once and twice, 
for man's avail 
Men lavished precious life! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till selfish gain no longer stain 
The banner of the free! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till nobler men keep once again 
Thy whiter jubilee! 

Katharine Lee Bates wrote this beautiful song while looking out at Pikes Peak. It is a favorite song of mine. As a child my parents home was built across the street from an open space and the view of Pikes Peak was magical. Please enjoy a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Pray for our country as we seem to be headed down a very dangerous path. God Bless You and God Bless America!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Aw...Monday Blue Monday Love is... "S" is for....SONday skies

This google image from APlacetoLoveDogs.com reminds me of the hot days we have had. Keep your pets safe and cool by keeping them indoors. I am appalled at people leaving dogs in cars to run a quick errand. Their body temperature is about 20 degrees higher than the temp outdoors. It is 92 here right now at 4:32 P.M. and I would not let any of our pets stay in a hot car for one minute. These two look like they have had enough of the indoor heat!
This sweet google image made me smile. It is true, no bad days when you have these kinds of furry friends waiting for you. Tell Sandee at Aw...Monday that you stopped by to say hello.
We had a great Father's Day dinner last week at the Olive Garden. It is always a great time.  My hubby wore his Kentucky blue Wildcat hat and his blue and orange Bronco tie dyed shirt. It was a good evening.

The cliffs of Mohre. Rebekah took her trip to Ireland in April and had a wonderful time.
Rebekah loves searching for waterfalls. This one was from their camping trip 2015.
Colorado camping 2015. I am not an outdoor camper kinda girl. I like to be in hotels. But Rebekah took this photo last August when they went camping.
A SONday afternoon shot of our Colorado skies. Nick had a soccer game and we were driving back from the sports facility. The SONday skies were bright and filled with bright clouds and blue in the 90 degree temps when the weather girl said mid-80's. Making a six figure income to tell the viewers tall tails. S made perfect sense for bright skies and SONday drives. Stop by Jeanne's and share some blues today.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Some Blues and Some Other Fun

Don't you just love this intelligent lil pup? I laugh out loud whenever I see this cute image.
Another smile maker! Do you have a feline friend like this one? You should visit Aw....Monday and tell Sandee how much you appreciate her hosting Aw....Monday. Life is tough some days but you need to smile. Enjoy your week!
I thought perhaps Jeanne would like some blue decorated with a silly kitty. Mr. Kitty looks so innocent. Do not be fooled! He is very much like the cat in the middle photo here! But I still love him.




Love is...can always make me smile. We are steeped in a boiling hot spot! This hot weather is not fit for anything except cactus and tumbleweeds! I am grumpy when it gets too hot!
Ah....foot rubs are great and he will give you your sole attention! But I am a backrub kinda gal instead!
'R' is for Robinson and this one is way past her bedtime! We had a really fun filled Father's Day and enjoyed the company of our kids. I hope your day was perfect too! When Rebkah, who happens to be an R girl too was in Ireland she brought this Coat of Arms to her dad:
My cousin Kay brought me lots of great treasures from her Slovenia trip this past Summer. I would love to travel to both Ireland and Slovenia. Maybe one day...

Stop by soon and say hello to these great meme hostesses soon!

Q is for Quality Fathers/Happy Fathers Day/

Do you know that there are 5089 words starting with the letter Q in the free dictionary? I wanted a Q word to celebrate fathers for Fathers Day 2016. I came up with "quality".
I was blessed with a quality dad. My father worked for 47 years at the C F and I Steel Corp. He loved my mother and together they raised five children. We grew up in a beautiful and friendly neighborhood and were a close knit phamily.
This was my dad  Edward Joseph Kocman Sr. in 1978. He was a remarkable man. A kinder man I have never known. He loved his phamily and he loved the little ones. He was a good dad and once flew a little dog across the country from North Carolina to Colorado because my sister and her phamily lived at Fort Bragg, NC and had a neighbor who was being shipped overseas. They had a little dog and could not take her with them. My dad paid for GiGi to fly across country and she was our pet for many years. That is the type of man my dad was. All these years of missing him on Father's Day will be no different in 2016 than it was in 1985 when he passed away.
This was another quality dad. Carl Thomas Robinson. He was my hubby's dad and he too worked for the steel corporation. He was a guard and my husband is blessed to have a nice memory of him, his brass check as well as this wonderful photo. My father-in-law was orphaned at age 5 when both of his parents passed away. He had an older sister and one younger brother. He was the kindest man and welcomed me into his phamily. He is missed very much too He would being celebrating his birthday on June 20th too. Like my dad, he passed away too soon.
Our son Jeremy who recently married Brittany has a wonderful little girl in his life. Addy is 8 and she is as precious as could be. She has her dad close by but she and Jeremy get along famously and he is a good role model for her as well. Jeremy has always loved children and is in a good place in his life these days. A quality man and dad too.
My grandson Andrew is quality too. He is a sweet guy and has a beautiful little phamily, Tarrah, Jayden and Michael.  He works so hard and is a good husband and dad.
My grandson Colton is a wonderful father. Look at that baby boy! Doesn't he look well loved? My heart is bursting for all these wonderful quality dad's in my life.

The men and dad's is Noelle's life too. There is Alex, on your left with his phamily. He LOVES baseball, or rather, Colorado Rockies baseball, so there is always something to talk about! He is one of those rare "quality" kinda guys too. Raising three kids with precious Christal. Happy Father's Day to all these kind men, quiet, silly, strong and loving. We love them all very much.
Hands down, my favorite baseball and dad quote. My father would give you Harmon Killebrew's stats off the top of his head. Boy do I miss that daddy of mine of this special day.
P H A M I L Y through the years with a quality husband, dad, grand dad an great grand dad. George Avery Robinson, the love of my life and the father of my children. I love these man to the moon and back!
...And this is my Father's Day with this Phamily. We had a wonderful lunch with Jeremy, Brittany and Nick. Tonight we will enjoy a dinner with Noelle, Roger, Rebekah, Zach, Hannah and both of us. My sweetheart received several wonderful gifts. We will have lots of new memories from today. Hug the dad's in your life today. Thank you for stopping by. Linking up with Beverly at Pink Saturday and Jeanne at Blue Monday. Enjoy your week!