Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Destiny Ann" Lives!

Image of Newborn baby clutching her mothers finger 
© Kitkana |
This amazing (short) story started with a text message this morning from one of our shared family plan iPhone users that her son dropped her iPhone breaking the front face crystal.  While chatting with "Destiny Ann" online at the Verizon web site, asking about possibilities for a replacement phone,  I asked if "Destiny Ann" was her real name or a pseudonym used for phone purposes.  She replied:

"It is definitely my real name :)  Mom had difficulties and I was pronounced dead when I was born. When the nurse checked one more time, she found a faint heartbeat and mom decided I was destined to live, hence the name. Ann is my middle name but since there's another Destiny on chat, I use my middle name with my first name to save on confusion lol."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent 40-Ash Wednesday 2015

"Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return"  is said as ashes are applied in the form of a cross, to a Catholic's  forehead.   (Ashes in Hand Image © Ansis |
The Lenten season in the Catholic church and others begins today 2/18/15  and concludes with a glorious celebration on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015.  It's intended to be a time (about 40 days)  of prayer, fasting, reflection and good works.

At today's Ash Wednesday's Masses, a portion of the First Reading" taken from Joel 2:12-14 reads as follows:

13 Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness and relenting in punishment.

14 Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing.  Offerings and libations for the Lord, your God.*

*Scripture quotes are from The New American Bible (St. Joseph Edition), 1970

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas 2014

Humble Blogger Dave and Loving Wife Rose
May your Christmas and New Year Holidays be filled with Love and Peace!  As I write this post tonight on December 23rd we have no snow outside.  Quite different from the same time just a year ago when all we were doing was shoveling the white fluffy stuff. The house is now decorated, cleaned and ready. The odor of almond bark candy, cookies, the Worcestershire sauce from making Chex Mix and scented candles hovers in the air. Tomorrow evening on Christmas eve, one of the early arriving grandchildren (Rose and Tristan) will set out 24 white luminaria bags containing lit votive candles (nestled in clay kitty litter at the bottom of the sack) along the sidewalk to "show the way" to 20 or so children and grandchildren and guests to our door. Everyone contributes a food item (we chose pulled pork this year as a main course) and join in the festivities of the evening including a "Moose" visit (one of the older grandkids dressed in costume; Jalen this year) who will carry a large red bag of gifts into our house and distributed these "Santa" gifts to the adults and children with the help of a chosen "elf".  In past years we've had Santa, Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman carry the gifts.  Everyone then returns to the opening of gifts under the Christmas tree.  It's a chaotic 2 to 3 hours and then all is quiet once again after everybody returns home. On some years, after the festivities were  over (but not this year), Humble Blogger and mandolin playing wife Rose attended Midnight Mass at our St. Odilia Church in Shoreview, MN. Occasionally son John and his wife Mary attended with us.  On those occasions, Rose joined the stringed instrument section of the Choir. After Mass, we arrived back home about 2 am for hot "Tom and Jerry drinks and snacks before bed. After a late morning wake up call, we visited relatives for a a much quieter and relaxed Christmas Day! Now, to allow more time with family in the evening, we attend Mass Christmas morning. Rose still plays mandolin and we still visit relatives in a relaxed setting. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

20th Wedding Anniversary

October 15, 2014.  It's  hard to believe 20 years has passed!  To celebrate we took a short (working) trip to Duluth, MN to stay at the historic Fitger's Inn, sight-see a bit and visit Glensheen Estate for a flashlight tour one night and an extended daylight tour the next. Loving wife Rose is in the process of helping Glensheen catalog its artifacts as part of her "Have Gloves Will Travel"  museum registrar business and worked a bit in the "wicker room" of the Mansion.  A photo shows her with white gloves in the room holding an antique bedpan.

Humble Blogger Dave and Loving Wife Rose pose above boardwalk next to Lake Superior at Fitger's Inn
Lakeside look at Glensheen Mansion on North end of Duluth

Rose poses with antique bedpan in "wicker room" of Glensheen Mansion
Loving Wife Rose on Pier by Glensheen Boathouse

Rose and Humble Blogger finish a delicious Anniversary dinner  with chocolate cake dessert. Location was Fitger's MIDI restaurant. 

Humble Blogger Dave poses outside Duluth Pack Store in Canal Park

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day 2014

Daffodils in perfect bloom for the 4th of July in Veterans Memorial Park, White Bear Lake, MN.   Click on photo to see details of : older couple enjoying a chat at top center, flag to right of top center and inscription on stone wall. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Each year someone from our family grooms the Kubiatowicz grave sites at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Owatonna, MN.  Located here are the Andrew Kubiatowicz site, Uncle Steve Kubiatowicz site and Uncle Martin Kubiatowicz site. Grooming entails washing and clipping the grass around the monuments and head & foot stones and adding a fresh geranium to an in-ground stand.   The grooming began with my grandfather Andrew (immigrant from Poland) who died in 1955 and his wife Margaret, his brothers and their wives, my dad and mom Eugene and Mary and my brother Jim and me (your Humble Blogger).  Jim has since moved away, so the duty is left with son Joe and me. The geraniums are on their own at the mercy of Nature during the summer months, but at least they look good on Memorial Day.

Andrew Kubiatowicz Monument in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Owatonna, MN. The flag was installed by the local American Legion.  Dad served in the Army toward the end of WWII.
Dad (Eugene Kubiatowicz) and Mom (Mary Kubiatowicz) brass plaques at the Andrew Kubiatowicz Site

Humble Blogger and son Joe pose for a "selfie" photo after grave grooming responsibilities were finished on Wednesday May 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lent 39-Easter Monday 2014

The Resurrected Jesus meets up with two disciples on the Road to Emmaus and tells them the "Good News" (Mk 16: 12-13;  Luke 24: 13-25)  Image © Nicku |
Note I purchased this image and others by French artist Gustave Dore from for use in my 2014 series of Lenten Blog posts, The images are copyrighted by © Nicku |  Quoting from the site, the images are from "The Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments books collection published in 1885, Stuttgart-Germany. Drawings by Gustave Dore".  Most copyrighted materials are valid for the life of the author + 50 to 70 years depending on the country.  Since Dore lived from 1832-1883, seventy years beyond 1883 was 1953. Thus the copyright has expired for this 1885 publication and entered "public domain".  "Nicku" has scanned (or photographed etc.) the images and submitted them to for sale as digital media.   The images were originally black and white but I have used editing software to enhanced the images and add the colored borders.