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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Blue Monday Tribute/Aw....Monday/Love is.../My BoJon Heritage/

I wish this were my blue door. But when I open it today I will not see the smiling face of Sally DiStefano. SmilingSally hosted Blue Monday  for many years and those of us who got to know her admired her strength in illness. She had a very serious illness and yet she smiled through it and always put a positive note on everything. She loved the Lord with a passion that we don't see as often as we should in these troubling times we live in. But Sally had faith, she was never afraid to share it with you and she was an absolute delight to know. I don't know if any other meme has such a hostess, that visits each person who participates on a weekly basis. She was as true to her blogging friends as she was to her own family and friends. I am going to miss my sweet friend. She touched many lives  and I will be praying for Johnny, the wonderful hubby she left behind as well as her entire family.

Mr. Kitty was a small little fellow when he came to live with us. He befriended Roxanne, Hannah's little chihuahua. She had been with us for too short of a time and we lost her November 3, 2013 Mr. Kitty was terribly naughty we he first came to live with us. You know the usual, shredding toilet paper, pouncing on the other cat and dogs but never Roxanne. He knew she was very ill and he liked to lay next to her and gently set his paw on her. They were so cute together. In the five short months Mr. Kitty knew Roxanne he became her comforter, her friend and neither one of them knew that the other one was not a dog or cat like they were! I wanted to share my photo of them together for Sandee and everyone who participates in Aw...Monday. A funny feline and quirky dog. I will keep them in my heart forever.
Love is...knows what we did last night! We stayed in and ordered the MMA fight. My hubby boxed when he was younger and studied Bruce Lee's martial arts - Jeet Kune Do. So through all the years we have been together I have learned a lot about these sports. All three of the favored fighters lost last night but we were glad to be watching and enjoying each other's company. We stayed up way too late but still got a lot of work accomplished today. We worked in our shed and recycled nearly 40 boxes. We flatten them and drove to the rec center where they have the huge dumpster to recycle. Our regular recycle bin for the city of Northglenn is already overflowing and they do not come until next week. We just need one more day in the shed and we will be done. Downsizing, trashing old documents and shredding them. We sorted over 100 books! But I found my Saint Joesph's Cookbook which is like a bible to a cook. That particular church was filled with Italian folks and I knew many of those older ladies who cooked for crowds. I have a favorite Swiss Steak recipe, bana bread and Watergate Salad from the cookbook. Now I am just still searching for my BoJon heritage cookbook, The woman's glory in the Kitchen. It is filled with lots of sLOVEnian recipes and they are authentic. My mom used that same book and iy is a joy to me.
I have shared this before but here is a favorite dish, I call it, BoJon soul food. Kolabasi sauerkraut and potatoes. Noelle was in Pueblo a few weeks ago and brought some Kolabasi home. Our relatives still make this delicious sausage and we enjoy having it occasionally. It is served traditionally for major holidays such as CHRISTmas and Easter. My Irish hubby has embraced the sLOVEnian culture and he loves this dish.
Our grandson Colton and his son Harrison. Like father, like son, legs, long, long legs. This baby is a joy and a blessing. He is such a good boy. He only cries if he is cold or hungry otherwise he is so happy. My mother use to tell me that as long as God gave you a good husband and healthy children you didn't need much else in life. She was right.

I am going to miss seeing Sally at Blue Monday but I hope many of you who participate will still stop here for a visit. I know I will be checking in with you. I hope you have a wonderful week.


Denise said...

sweet post my friend, love you.

Joyful said...

Sweet tribute to Smiling Sally. Those of us who participated in her meme and those who knew her will miss her for sure. The cat and dog friends are so sweet. It's amazing how much love animals can show to their human pets and to their 4 legged friends. I like your traditional dinner. We have it at my house several times a year though I do not make it from scratch.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a lovely tribute to our dear friend, Sally. I added a link to your post on my post. If you know of any other Blue Monday Tribute posts, please let me know. I am adding the links to my post as I find them.....


xinex said...

Beautiful tribute for our dear Sally, Anne. I will truly miss her....Christine

Sandee said...

Awww on that kitty and pup photograph. So adorable.

Love your grandson and your great grandson. You mother was a very wise woman too.

I also want that food. That's looks fabulous.

Have a perfect Awww Monday Anne. ☺

Buttercup said...

Prayers and thoughts for Sally's family and friends. Ireland will be a wonderful trip. I was in Dublin two summers ago and loved it. Hope to make it back to Ireland to explore the rest of the beautiful country.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Love your blue door and lovely words for Sally. My son had long legs as a baby and guess what? At 6 foot 2 now, he still has long legs!! Very cute pictures of the boys and also your cat, my crazy poodle would not be able to curl up with any cat!
Wren x

Kathe W. said...

Sweet post- very sorry to hear about your friend. Have a good week.

BeadedTail said...

Sorry to hear about your friend Sally. Purrs and prayers to her family. Cute photo of Mr. Kitty and Roxanne. It's wonderful they were such great friends!

Theresa said...

So sorry that we all lost Sally:(. I didn't know her but follow so many who participated in Blue Monday and loved her. Heaven gained an angel for sure. Love that sweet picture of your grandson holding his Son, makes me smile:). Have a wonderful week ahead dear friend. Hugs

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I miss Sally, too, Anne! It is still hard to believe she is no longer with us. I am half Irish from my father, half Ukrainian on my mother's side. I love perogies and kielbasa and halupki (stuffed cabbage) as my Mom made them.

I can't believe you are already a great grandmother! God bless!

Intense Guy said...

I love Kielbasi and sauerkraut!

Colton and Harrison are adorable.

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