#mywritingprocesstour

 

Glory, Gambler, Nellie & Fur Angel Norman. My Inspirations.

Today I am joining the other bloggers that participated in #mywritingprocesstour. This is a tour that tells us more about the writing process of the person behind their blog. I was graciously invited by two other bloggers early on in the tour but I declined as this summer is flying by and has my head spinning on all the stuff I need to do each day I didn’t think I had time to participate in this tour and to be honest I’m not a chain letter if you call it that type of person as I always have trouble finding others to follow along with me and agree to do something I would like them to do. So I need to say thank you to Jenna from Owned By A Husky and Jan from Wag N Woof Pets for thinking of me and asking me to join them.

I had been reading other peoples writing process and really enjoyed what they were telling me about their process so when Hawk from BrownDogCBR asked me to join in on his tour I figured why not, I can do this. If you don’t know Hawk I recommend you hop on over and say Hi to him and tour his blog. He is a fellow Chesapeake on many beautiful adventures. Some are at his mountain home and some are at his home on the shores. Where ever he is he is seeing beauty each day of the year and sharing it with us.

So from one Chessie to another Chessie person here are the three questions of the tour I have to answer.

What am I working on?

I am working on finding time to take pictures, edit pictures, come up with and write a blog post. I try to have a couple days done in advance but with trying to train my Chesapeakes Gambler and Glory for upcoming hunt tests in each spare moment of my free time that doesn’t leave much time to prepare my posts like I would like to. I have a couple of reviews that I need to get done and a thank you blog hop for a company I do reviews for coming up.

 

Why do I write what I do?

My blog is about my Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I started this blog almost 3 years ago when my foundation bitch Nellie was pregnant with her third and final litter. I thought it would be cool to follow along with Nellie’s whelp and have a diary of the puppies. The diary would be for the potential puppy people who were getting a puppy and for me to look back on in the years ahead. I posted a few times but really didn’t get going blogging until later in 2012 where Norman, Nellie, Gambler and Glory became my inspiration. I got serious blogging now to promote Sand Spring Chesapeakes and get my name out there for future puppy buyers. I don’t hide anything about my kennel and breeding. For those who what to know what Sand Spring Chesapeakes is about all they need to do is follow along with this blog and they will follow the adventures of our Chessies. Some days they might get to follow along with MK our cat-chessie too!

How does my writing process work?

My writing process is a fly by night operation. I really don’t know what I am doing. If you can’t tell I’m not the best at grammar, spelling or anything in between. Spell check is very helpful but it still doesn’t help me with the correct writing process. I will be honest here and tell you I wasn’t very good with English and spelling in school and in college I had to take general English or whatever classes and I damn near flunked out. I think they passed me just to get me the hell out of their classroom because I was so sad. I hated writing and anything to do with it. Now that I am older and don’t really care what people think I love to write and tell my story in my own way. I get a giggle when people ask me if I really meant to spell things the way I do or if I meant to write the wrong word. Yes, yes I meant it because I don’t know no better, if you don’t like it don’t read it! How’s that for a philosophy?

Ok now for my real process, my goal this year was to write a blog post each day for the whole year. So far I have stuck with that goal and some day’s I am lucky enough to post two if I didn’t want to combine blog hops. I  mostly do blog hops as it gives me a structure to follow. I have a blogging calendar on google calendar that lists all the blog hops as well as different animal events throughout the whole year that I can blog about and tie into a blog hop if I so wish. I love taking pictures, mostly of my Chesapeakes so I take a bunch, edit them and then tie them into a blog hop. As long as I have my Chessies I will have inspiration.

So that’s #mywritingprocesstour in a nutshell.

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I would like to invite you all to check out my pal Lisa along with Scout, Teddy, Ash and her grandson Diesel from Dogs N Pawz. I’m passing this tour on to yet another Chessie person as Ash is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever who has done a tremendous job at losing weight. Lisa also started her own blog hop Tuesday’s Tails which is a hop for any animal that needs a furever home. If you know of a animal that needs to find a furever home join Lisa and her co-host Sue from Talking Dogs each Tuesday of the month. They also have a Tuesday’s Tails facebook page to help get the word out on animals needing furever homes. Lisa just recently started a new website called  The Daily Coffee Bean. The Daily Coffee Bean is a website that reviews the different coffee makers on the market today. Visit her site if you are looking for a new coffee maker.

Hope you all enjoyed reading my tour as much as I have enjoyed reading all of yours.

Tuesday’s Tails~Cooper Adopted

This is the Blog Hop that features shelter animals. Find a cat, dog, rabbit, etc. at your local animal shelter or rescue and feature them on this Blog Hop! Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their doggies, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

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Thanks to Dogs N Pawz for hosting this blog hop!
Rescue success! Today I am happy to say I have a rescue success story. A couple weeks ago you might have seen my blog post about my friend passing away and her animals going to the shelter. You can read about it here.
I had Cooper  until I found a home for him which only took 2 days but I kept him for a week to work on his re potty training and for us to have our time to grieve over my friend and his mom.
Cooper making himself at home.

Cooper making himself at home.

MK checking him out.

MK checking him out.

Selfie with Cooper.

Selfie with Cooper.

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

Selfie with Cooper and Nellie.

Selfie with Cooper and Nellie.

I will still get to see Cooper and follow along with his life as he was adopted by my boss’s nanny. She will be using our clinic for her vet services and my boss will keep me informed on how the little bugger is doing. The report today is that Cooper is now being switched to adult food as he as lost weight getting exercise playing with my boss’s kids. He is doing great with his re potty training and has wormed his way into his new owner’s hearts. I believe this was the best choice for Cooper and happy he is in a loving home and that he found a home so soon after his shelter stay. A rescue success!

Since I am sharing my rescue success story about my friends dog I thought it was only appropriate to finished this post with a tribute to my departed friend. After seeing her obituary in the paper I needed to do a proper tribute to her as she so deserved that.

Here is what the paper said: Meyer, Susan (Nee Lipovsek ) Passed away Monday, January 13, 2014, age 67years. Dear sister of George (Karen) and John Lipovsek. Dear friend of JoAnn Stancer. Also survivied by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Private services were held.

Here is my tribute:

Picture from way back in the day.

Picture from way back in the day.

Susan J Meyer

4/14/46 – 1/13/14

Susan Jane Meyer of Greenfield, WI passed away 1/13/14 during a hospital stay for COPD. Sue worked for Allis Chalmers until they closed from there she traveled the US and Europe. She spend a few years in Texas where she met her beloved dog Bucky. Sue had a love for animals as it showed when she worked in various Veterinary Hospitals helping the client’s pet’s and then rescuing several dogs and cats that nobody else wanted. I JoAnn had the privilege of meeting Sue at the first clinic I worked in after I graduated from Veterinary Technician school, this was back in June of 1990. From then a beautiful long friendship had started and we ended up working at three different clinics together. At the various clinics she became good friends with some of the other staff and clients which she continued to see after her time in the clinic was done, she always showed up for our monthly girls night out evenings where we got together with the gals we used to work with, some of those gals I still work with. During this time Sue was there for me during the loss of my mom and dad at such a young age. If I was to have a second mom I told her it would of been her, Sue never had children and she told me the same that if she was to have a daughter she would’ve wanted one like me. She told me so many times that my parents would’ve been proud of what I became. That meant the world to me. After being a Veterinary Assistant her last job was at American Family Insurance where she worked in the legal department for over 10 years. She retired from American Family when her health declined from COPD. Sue loved  to gamble and traveled to other states to gamble. Her favorite place to go was Las Vegas, Sue was the first person to invite me along with her on one of her trips to Vegas and showed me the ropes. We stayed at the Westward Ho and she invited me to the famous “HO-waiaan Luau and Dinner, it was a time I will never forget. Sue loved Arizona and had hopes to retire there those dreams were cut short and she never made it there. She spend her time at her home in Greenfield with her animals. Sue was preceded in death by her mother and father, her animals Missy, Bucky, Pepper, Bicky, Josie, Elliott, Raymond, Stewie, & Oscar Meyer. She left behind her 2 brothers George and John, nephews, grand nephews and nieces as well as her dog Cooper who will miss hanging with his momma each and every day. God Bless you Sue may you be pain free caring for all the animals over the rainbow bridge. Sue’s ashes along with her animals will be spread on my property as well as some will be going to Vegas where she can forever pull the one arm bandit.

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It’s Looking A Lot Like Christmas Sand Spring Style

One more day til Christmas so here are some more crazy Sand Spring Christmas photos. May you all have a safe and blessed holiday. Eat lots and worry about the diet later 😀

Meet The Bloggers~I’m JoAnn

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I am joining up with the hosts of Meet the Bloggers AJ from I Still Want More Puppies and Amy from Go Pet Friendly along with their co-hosts Jodi from Kol’s Notes, Leslie from Bringing up Bella, Jenny Jugs from My Brown Newfies, Dawn from NEPA Pets, Mel from No Dog About It, Julie from The Daily Dog Blog, Lauren from Life With Desmond, Kim from Cindy Lu’s Muse, Kristine from Rescued Insanity, Peggy from Peggy’s Pet Place and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.

Thank you for this blogging event. I do post up pictures of me along with my Chesapeakes and MK so my regular readers already know what I look like. So I am posting up pictures of me for the new bloggers coming to visit my blog, plus none of you know the answers to the questions we have been asked so  you will learn something new about me.

So here goes…….

I am the current owner of 3 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and 1 Marsh Kitty. I have been blogging about their adventures since 11/17/11. I am married and have been for almost 18 years. I am so glad he is into the animals as much as I am or I wouldn’t be able to support my habit. I try to train along with my husband when he is home our dogs for hunting and UKC, AKC hunt test competitions. I just started showing my young chessies in UKC, AKC conformation shows. Recently I got Gamblers UKC Grand Champion title. Glory is currently showing in AKC conformation. I have done lure coursing and dock jumping with them also. Anything dog related I am there. I recently lost my heart/foundation dog of Sand Spring Norman but in his illness I gained a cat! At one time I owned 6 cats but haven’t had any for a few years until now when little 1.3# Marsh Kitty entered our lives.

Here is a current photo of me and my gang taken the end of October (minus the cat).

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Norman (the old guy I am hanging on to) is now passed and I don’t have any current pictures of me with the remaining three. (you think I would of prepared better and had one taken for this post)!

Now onto the questions:

What’s your favorite non-animal related book? Janet Evanovich Number Series
What’s your favorite non-animal related movie? My Sisters Keeper
What’s your favorite non-animal related food? Veggie Pizza
Who’s your favorite actor? Mark Harmon
What’s one thing you have to do every day? Feed the animals, dogs, chickens, pheasants
What makes you feel fabulous? My dogs winning at competitions
What do you wish you were more skilled at? Conformation handling
What’s your favorite holiday? Halloween 
Favorite meal? Pizza
What do you like to do in your free time? Anything on the computer, blogging, facebooking, editing pictures
What one word would people who know you use to describe you? Crazy
If your pets could talk, what one word would THEY use to describe you? Wackadoodle
What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of? Having Norman live 13 years.
How is your pet most like you? Fun loving and not afraid to do crazy things.
What can your body do for you that makes you most proud? Get up each morning and be able to walk
If you could change one thing about your life what would it be? Have my mom and dad live longer
Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy? Take pictures, hunting with my dogs, hanging with my friends
What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself? Indulge in manicure.
What drives you nuts about your pets? When I am trying to get something done and they are being needy and nudging me
What melts your heart? The soft look on my dogs face
If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have? Rottweilers 
 
Now you ask who am I really????? 
 
Let the pictures tell you!
 
I am a avid hunter, here I am with Norman and our first hen pintail.

I am a avid hunter, here I am with Norman and our first banded mallard.

Our house is filled with stuff we have harvested over the years.

Our house is filled with stuff we have harvested over the years.

I kiss ducks.

I kiss ducks.

I can shoot with the best of them.

I can shoot with the best of them.

I just love my puppies.

I just love my puppies.

If I could be a hoarder I would.

If I could be a hoarder I would.

I used to ride my horse up a foot wide trail in the Colorado mts to shoot elk.

I used to ride my horse up a foot wide trail in the Colorado mts to shoot elk.

One of my best adventures was Alligator hunting and yes I kiss gators too.

One of my best adventures was Alligator hunting and yes I kiss gators too.

So there you have it a couple crazy things about me!

 

 

 

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A Tribute To My Dad ~Part 5

3:30 am April 22, 1994

Phone rings: Me, “hello”

Mom, “dad was taken to Waupun Memorial Hospital can you get up here”

Me: “yes, I will be right there

I was a hour away from the hospital. By the time I got there dad had already passed away. I went in said my goodbye’s, kissed him on the cheek and said “till we meet again”.

Now the hard part leaving your love one at the hospital to never see again. We were always a strong family and stuck by each other during the most difficult times. This was no different. I thank God I had my mom, my brother and his wife there and I’m sure they all were glad I was there also. We left as a family that was bonded for life by death. 

MARKESAN- Mr. Maurice R. Bradley, age 47 of Markesan, died Friday, April 22, 1994 at the Waupun Memorial Hospital. He was born on November 24, 1946, in Portage, WI., the son of Raymond and LaVerne Froelich Bradley. He was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Markesan, the 1964 Pardeeville High School Class, the American Legion, he had been in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he was former member of the Markesan Fire Dept. he had been employed at Ness Electric, and was head electriction for Friday Cannine Co. On July 20, 1968, he married Renee Sue in Markesan. He is survived by his wife, Renee of Markesan; one son, Jan (Lynn) Bradley of Salemville; one daughter, JoAnn Bradley of Milwaukee; his parents, Raymond and LaVerne Bradley of Dalton; his mother-in-law, Alberta of Markesan; three sisters, Judith (Donald) Jerome of Pardeeville, Diane (Randy) Laybourn of Dalton, Cindy (Allen) Zook of Dalton; one brother, Dennis (Lana) Bradley of Dalton. One sister, Linda, his father-in-law and his grandparents all preceded him in death. Funeral services will be on Monday, April 25, 1994, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Markesan, with Rev. Dennis Meier officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. at the church. The Wachholz Funeral Home of Markesan is in charge of all arrangements. A memorial has been established. 

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This picture of footprints in the sand are my footprints from a trip to California. I walked along the beach, turned around and saw the footprints so I took a picture of them. After dad died I thought this saying would work perfectly with this picture. 

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Parts of cards gotten at funeral.

Parts of cards gotten at funeral.

Flowers from funeral.

Flowers from funeral.

Planting a tree in honor of dad who died on Arbor Day.

Planting a tree in honor of dad who died on Arbor Day.

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Some of my relatives came the day of the tree planting. My dad’s cousin Dick who was in the army & Legion with him and went to Vegas with him said a few words, a prayer and then took the empty shell casings from the military salute to my dad and pushed them in the ground by the new tree. I didn’t know  he had kept them. It was a nice memorial. 

This property where we planted the tree was my dads. It is now known as Bradley Branches and the new home of my mom and dad as they rest there.

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When my dad died the nurse asked us if we wanted to donate my dads organs. I remember mom telling the nurse as she was crying “why should I donate his organs, no one would donate to him”. What a sad comment to make. The nurse left us alone and we talked and we then decided it didn’t matter that dad didn’t get a kidney. He was gone now and if we could help just one person out then my dad would be happy he didn’t die in vain. 

It turned out that dad helped out many people. We got this letter in the mail shortly after his death. What a difference one person can make!

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After dad died a memorial brick was placed in his honor at the park in Pardeeville, Wisconsin. 

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Below is a tribute video I made of my dad’s life in the Army, The American Legion and his death.

Till we meet again in the big blue sky……

Love Jo

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A Tribute To My Dad ~Part 4

My dad was the rock of this family. He had a family, a career, great friends, hobbies he didn’t have a care in the world. He was loving life, until the day his whole life changed. That day would be 8/31/1989 when my dad had a mini stroke. With that stroke and many tests later the final diagnosis was: 

Malignant hypertension

Bilateral small intracerebral infarcts

Renal Failure

Bilateral small polycystic kidneys

That was a whole lot of seriousness going on. The stroke really didn’t cause any physical damage but the damage was already done inside. All these problems were most likely brought on my cronic hypertension. Dad never went to the doctor. They call high blood pressure the silent killer as it rarely causes any symptoms until it is too late.  This was the start of 5 years in and out of hospitals for various problems. 

Since he now had kidney failure he needed dialysis. Back then they started with peritoneal dialysis. This was a dialysis he could do at home. 

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peritoneal dialysis
Intervention

Schematic diagram of peritoneal dialysis
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a treatment for patients with severe chronic kidney disease. The process uses the patient’s peritoneum in the abdomen as a membrane across which fluids and dissolved substances (electrolytes, urea, glucose, albumin and other small molecules) are exchanged from the blood. Fluid is introduced through a permanent tube in the abdomen and flushed out either every night while the patient sleeps (automatic peritoneal dialysis) or via regular exchanges throughout the day (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis). PD is used as an alternative to hemodialysis though it is far less commonly used in many countries, such as the United States. It has comparable risks but is significantly less costly in most parts of the world, with the primary advantage being the ability to undertake treatment without visiting a medical facility. The primary complication of PD is infection due to the presence of a permanent tube in the abdomen.  
Setting up for dialysis.

Setting up for dialysis.

I believe he had to do this every 3-4 days. He was only able to this type of dialysis until 5/20/90 when his intestine ruptured and he needed emergency surgery. Now the only option was hemodialysis. 

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Hemodialysis in progress

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In medicine, hemodialysis (also haemodialysis) is a method that is used to achieve the extracorporeal removal of waste products such as creatinine and urea and free water from the blood when the kidneys are in a state of renal failure. Hemodialysis is one of three renal replacement therapies (the other two being renal transplant and peritoneal dialysis). An alternative method for extracorporal separation of blood components such as plasma or cells is apheresis.

Hemodialysis can be an outpatient or inpatient therapy. Routine hemodialysis is conducted in a dialysis outpatient facility, either a purpose built room in a hospital or a dedicated, stand alone clinic. Less frequently hemodialysis is done at home. Dialysis treatments in a clinic are initiated and managed by specialized staff made up of nurses and technicians; dialysis treatments at home can be self initiated and managed or done jointly with the assistance of a trained helper who is usually a family member.

 

Dad started out on hemodialysis at Waupun Dialysis Clinic twice a week, as time went by he went to every other day. He would spend 4 hours sitting in a chair getting his blood cleaned. My mom, grandpa and grandpa would take turns driving and hanging out with dad at the clinic. The nurses loved him there as he has such a great sense of humor  he was the life of the party on his dialysis days. 

I don’t know how he did it but he managed to continue to work, thankfully he had a boss that understood his condition and didn’t let that get in the way of his job. He continued to do the hobbies he loved to do except he did have to retire from the Fire Department. He was on dialysis for 4 years, during this time my mom and grandma got screened to be live donors. My mom found out she had type 2 adult onset diabetes so they wouldn’t accept her. My grandma found out she was borderline diabetic so she couldn’t donate either. This crushed my grandma the most. She pleated with the doctors to let her donate and they wouldn’t budge. She told them that she lived her life and if something happened after the procedure she was ok with that as she had lived her life and she was ok with dying. Anything to let her son live a somewhat normal life. The answer was still no. I also tried to donate but I was only 20 at the time and the doctor said he wouldn’t accept me as I didn’t have children yet and having one kidney is stressful on the body so he didn’t want to take my kidney til after I had kids. If he only knew way back then that I really knew what I was talking about and I didn’t want children. I still don’t have any children and don’t plan on starting now so if he would of only listened to me. That is one of my biggest regrets. 

On my dad’s bucket list was to be able to go to Las Vegas. In order for this to happen my mom had to find a clinic near where they were staying and set up his dialysis days. This was easily done and the trip was booked. My mom and dad went on their first trip out of the state since their honeymoon. My dad’s cousin Dick and his wife Sharon went with them. The toured Hoover dam, walked the strip and took in the sites. Little did they know it would be his last trip. 

Mom and Dad in Vegas

Mom and Dad in Vegas

Since I couldn’t donate one of my kidney’s to my dad I did sign my drivers license and registered with the state of Wisconsin for organ donation. I also am on the National Bone Marrow registry. I also give blood when I can. I might not of been able to help my dad but hopefully I will be able to help someone else out one day. I think everyone should be a part of organ donation as you can make a family in need very happy. 

“Don’t take your organs to heaven, heaven knows we need them here”

 

Yes I will      Wisconsin Organ Donation Registry

Organ Donation.Gov

Wisconsin Organ & Tissue Donation Program

Be The Match      National Bone Marrow Registry

Becoming A Organ And Tissue Donor     Department of Transportation WI

American Red Cross  

The Blood Center of Wisconsin

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Wordless Wednesday ~Mom

Today mom would have been 64 years old. I want to take a moment to say Happy Birthday Mom!

My Mom and I.

My Mom and I.

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A Tribute To My Dad ~Part 3

And then two young adults fell in love and became one.

This all happened on July 20, 1968. Maurice Ray and Renee Sue were wed.


These I Can Promise

Author Unknown

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart’s devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that’s ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

St. John's Lutheran Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Wasn’t my mom a beautiful bride? 

The Happy Couple.

The Happy Couple.

They resided in a small town called Dalton. My dad was a electrician and mom was a stay at home mom. They started their family pretty sudden as my brother was born January 2, 1969. They named their first born Jan Lynn Bradley.

Dad and my brother Jan.

Dad and my brother Jan.

On November 18th 1970 came their second child. A daughter they called JoAnn Sue (me).

Ain't I cute?

Ain’t I cute?

My Brother And I.

My Brother And I.

The Bradley Family.

The Bradley Family.

They moved from Dalton to Manchester then to Markesan. They bought a house in Markesan and called it their home for the rest of their lives. They had 2 healthy children, a boy and a girl so they stopped while the getting was good and left it at that. 

Some of my dad’s hobbies:

Dad was a member of the Markesan Volunteer Fire Department for ~19 years. He loved going to the meetings, love to make a difference by serving on the department and helping others out in need. I remember as a kid they would have fire fighting competitions and they would hang a empty beer keg on a cable between 2 squads and they would have to use the fire hose and water to spray the keg and get it to the opposite side. If they did then they won! 

Dad's pride and joy, his boat.

Dad’s pride and joy, his boat.

Can you spot me in the above photo? I don’t have very many pictures of me and my dad and when I scanned this picture in I noticed I was in it. Dad loved to fish. My parent’s had to save up to be able to buy this boat and he was so proud of it. I swear I had to wax it twice a year. On his off time we were always going fishing. My Grandma had land that a river went through and we would go there all the time during the summer months and fish in the evening from the shore. Then we got the boat and we spent time on the lake. We would go on vacation once a year when I got older to Hayward just so we could go fishing on the lakes up north because the fishing was suppose to be better “Up North”. 

Men's Slow Pitch Softball.

Men’s Slow Pitch Softball.

During the summer months dad was the pitcher for the Friday Canning Company men’s slow pitch softball team. When we weren’t fishing we would be cheering dad on at his softball games. He would have tournaments on the weekend that we would go to also. He taught me how to play, I went on to play after college with my girl friends. 

Bowling Winners.

Bowling Winners.

  During the winter months dad and mom were avid bowlers, they were on a couples league and each on their own women’s and men’s leagues. They got my brother and I into bowling also. Dad and I entered a bowling tournament and we won first place. That was one of the proudest days. I didn’t continue on with my bowling. 

My Birthday Party.

My Birthday Party.

Another hobby as you read in Part 1 was hunting. Dad loved to hunt and he taught me how to hunt. I said since my Birthday was during deer season that would be my favorite time as I had my Birthday party at my grandparents house and I got to go hunting. 

Old Hunting Tags.

Old Hunting Tags.

The Bradley Family Older.

The Bradley Family Older.

My dad was my best friend as I was growing up. He taught me a lot. I will never forget what a great father he was to my brother and I as well as what a great husband he was to my mom. We had our family up’s and down’s and threw it all it made our family stronger. 

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A Tribute To My Dad ~Part 2

Dad graduated from Pardeeville High School in June of 1964.

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I needed to add this next photo to show that learning is genetic. See the English grade? That is where I get my bad grammar, bad spelling, bad anything to do with English from!

Old Report Cards.

Old Report Cards.

After High School Dad joined the Army. 

Date of entry 1/18/66 Date of exit 10/29/67

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spc5 (sgt) Bradley, Maurice Ray

During this time he was stationed in Kentucky, Virginia and California . Grandpa and Grandma took my dad’s car and drove to Kentucky to visit my dad.This was the first time Grandpa and Grandma went out of state, this would also be their only vacation. 

Visiting Dad.

Visiting Dad.

Dad's car.

Dad’s car.

This car didn’t stand a chance once dad got out of the Army. He got in an accident with it and it was no more.  

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Basic Training In Kentucky .

Basic Training In Kentucky.

Newspaper Articles.

Newspaper Articles.

Dad's Army Group.

Dad’s Army Group.

U.S. Army Transportation School

Dad went to Aircraft Electrician School while in the Army. He
completed the Aircraft Electrician Course 9/1/1966  and was 11 out of 20 with 81.9%. He would go on to use his electrical  knowledge in Vietnam fixing Heuy Helicopters. Since he was fixing helicopters he wasn’t on the front line so he was safe from enemy fire. Aircraft Electrician Diploma.

While in the Army Grandma wrote to dad EVERY day. She would write and put it in the next mornings mail. Dad kept every letter and when he got out he handed Grandma a box full of her letters. I know have that box of letters that I tried to put in order as to when written, that was a hard task as sometimes she wouldn’t write the year or she would only write ex: Wed am on the paper so then I would have to look at the post mark and figure out the date or it would say ex: Wed the 8th so then I would have to pull up a calendar from that year and see what months had Wed that were the 8th in them. I pretty much got them all in order minus some letters that were missing in Action. My Grandma kept all the letters that my dad wrote back to her and she gave me those too. Some of those are missing in action too that I hope to find one day when I have to go through Grandma’s house when she passes. 

Letters From WI.

Letters From WI.

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Before Being Stationed In Vietnam.

Before Being Stationed In Vietnam.

Letters From Vietnam.

Letters From Vietnam.

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1st Cavalry Division.

1st Cavalry Division.

The Chapel.

The Chapel.

The Bathroom.

The Bathroom.

The Heuy Helicopter.

The Heuy Helicopter.

Helicopter that shot gernades.

Helicopter that shot gernades.

Army Guys Entertainment.

Army Guys Entertainment.

I found many photo’s of dad and his Army buddy’s on leave at different places enjoying some entertainment. Found photo’s of dad with the girls from rock and roll bands that the girl’s scribbled a note and their name & address on the back telling him not to forget them. 

View out of a Heuy.

View out of a Heuy.

Don't Mess With MP Bradley!

Don’t Mess With MP Bradley!

Dad Saving A Rooster From A Cockfight.

Dad Saving A Rooster From A Cockfight.

The next picture isn’t a very good picture at all but it was the best out of the three photo’s I found that was taken with the Army guys and their YoYo’s that they got from a company in Illinois after my dad wrote them and told them they needed something to do while having down time in Vietnam. 

YoYo's from Chicago.

YoYo’s from Chicago.

Here is the letter the company wrote my dad a few weeks after they sent out the YoYo’s.

YoYo Letter.

YoYo Letter.

Money From Vietnam.

Money From Vietnam.

When dad’s tour was done in Vietnam and he got to come home he was coming home for good. He spent extra time in Vietnam so that when he was done he was done. He flew into Wisconsin, Grandpa and Grandma picked him up at the airport. They got there before the plane landed and when my dad got off the plane Grandpa cried, that was the first and only time my Grandma saw him cry. She says she will remember that day forever!

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After the Army dad joined the American Legion Post  282 in Markesan, Wisconsin.

Dad was a post commander for the American Legion in 1984, 85, 86, 87, 88 & 89.

I remember being a little girl and being able to go with dad to his legion meetings, they were held once a month on Monday evenings. I would sit there and listen to the war veterans talk and then there would be a break with snacks. Always loved the Bologna sandwiches they had there. When I was about to graduate from college I applied for the American Legion Scholarship and I got it! 

Each Memorial Day the American Legion post would march in the local parade and would have a remembrance ceremony in the cemetery for  all the fallen soldiers. This was one of my favorite holidays as I would get to put lilac’s on the cross statue that was made up for the veterans buried elsewhere’s or ones that didn’t make it home. 

Memorial Day Parade.

Memorial Day Parade.

Dad is the guy on the left.

Another favorite part of the remembrance ceremony is the playing of Taps. Hearing a Veteran playing Taps sends a chill threw my body and a tear in my eyes, especially when the gun shots are fired at the end.

TAPS

Day is done, gone the sun from

the lake, from the hill,

from the sky.

All is well, safely rest.

God is nigh.

Thanks and praise for our

days ‘neath the sun, ‘neath the

stars, ‘neath the sky.

As we go, this we know,

God is nigh.

Carlene Wojahn

Read A Tribute To My Dad ~Part 1 

A Tribute To My Dad ~Part 1

Side tracking from my Chesapeakes for a couple of blogs to pay tribute to my dad.

This is the first of several series A Tribute To My Dad. My dad is no longer with me. He left this earth on April 22, 1994. Even know it has been 19 years since he left me I miss him more and more each year. Time is suppose to heal all wounds but I tell you time hasn’t healed my wounds yet. Guess I just need more time. I loved my dad, he was my soulmate when I was growing up, I looked up to him and I believed that I was always his favorite (a girl can always hope and believe)! He left this earth when I was only 23, I was barely an adult and didn’t get to experience adulthood with him. This is one regret I have. I can’t dwell on the regrets so……. Come follow along in the journey of my dad’s life.

“ALL BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE FELL IN LOVE”

It all started Feb 22, 1946 when Raymond Oliver Bradley married LaVerne Jane Froehlich. This was the start to a very happy family when two became one!

Grandma & Grandpa

Grandma & Grandpa

November 24, 1946 was the next joy in Ray and LaVerne’s life. Their first son out of six children was born, they named him Maurice Ray Bradley.

Maurice Ray Bradley

Maurice Ray Bradley

What a cute little lad

What a cute little lad

This poem was written by dad’s Grandma Bradley when he was one year old.

Maurice Ray 

There is a darling little boy.

His name is Maurice Ray.

We wish him “Happy Birthday”

For he’s one year old today.

 

His hair is soft and silky;

His eyes so big and blue,

He always has a winning smile

To give to me and you. 

He is a happy little fellow,

And always full of pep.

We think he’s worth his weight in gold,

Our little house hold pet.

 Grandma B

 1946-1947

Grandma's favorite picture of dad

Grandma’s favorite picture of dad

After dad was born Grandpa and Grandma went on to have 5 more children. They had a girl who they named Judith, a Son they named Dennis, 3 more girls named Diane, Linda and Cindy their family was now complete.

The Bradley Family

The Bradley Family

The Bradley Family older

The Bradley Family older

Grandpa and Grandma were farmers, dad started helping them out on the farm at a young age.

Dad on his favorite tractor

Dad on his favorite tractor

Dad did manage time to sneek away and do some hunting, hunting was his favorite past time. This was dad’s favorite hunting dog.

A boy and his dog

A boy and his dog

I used to go hunting with my dad all the time while growing up. He was a fantastic teacher and that was our time together. He taught me how to shoot a shotgun and took me pheasant hunting on my other Grandma’s land with our pointer then with our Chesapeake Trigger. He then taught me how to shoot a rifle and took me deer hunting on his parents land that was passed down to my dad. Deer hunting was my favorite time of the year as it was during my Birthday. We would pack up and stay with Grandpa and Grandma for the weekend. I had Birthday cake and deer hunting, can’t beat that!

I am blessed that I have the above shotgun a Model 12 -20 Gauge shotgun. It was his pride and joy and now I cherish it.

The Bradley Family as adults

The Bradley Family as adults

Families are….

One of God’s greatest treasures and the

Embodiment of all that is important in life.

Families are a refuge

In good times and bad, a warm place

Of peace where acceptance reigns.

It matters not

What you do or where you are,

One thing you never doubt is your family.

The members are always there,

Arms ready to embrace with healing hugs,

And hearts with unconditional Love to share.

A family is a gift that’s never

Completely unwrapped, it is

A present for which each

Member is eternally thankful.

Thank you Grandpa and Grandma for such a wonderful dad. You raised him right and I am blessed to be called his daughter!

Stay tuned for part 2