Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Birthday 

Yes, this is becoming a never ending "birthday blog".
With ten siblings,  I am afraid I've only just begun!

Beth is the baby in our family.  We saved the best for last!
By the time she came along, the excitement and novelty of capturing  and  preserving the many milestones in a baby's life was long extinguished.  (Been there, done that...)
Video cameras were not yet invented and our old vintage 8mm movie camera was out of order.
Sadly, there are precious few photographs and even less film archives to validate my sister's early years.
Even my Dad's infamous audio tapes were no longer being recorded.
Sorry, little sister.
If it's any consolation, you can always view  the miles and miles of tape documenting every moment of my childhood :-)

Beth Ann was born on August 1, 1963.  (Every female in our family was given the middle name of "Ann", including all of our dogs!)

This was a year marked by two other events that would abruptly end  my age of innocence: the assassination of  President Kennedy and the sudden loss of my beloved Grandma.  It was also the year I got my period!

I was thirteen years old and still lived in a fantasy world of make believe.  Heck, I still played with baby dolls and the worst thing I had experienced up until then was the death of Bambi's mother in a Disney cartoon.

The birth of my last baby sister was the only joyful event of the year.

So, "Happy Birthday, Beth".
At 49 years of age, you are the last of the Kucera siblings to enjoy the under 50 status!!!
Just one more birthday and you will be oldies but goodies like us...
God bless you and grant you health and happiness for all the days of your life.

The Davis Family

Beth meaning and name origin

Beth \b(e)-th\ as a girl's name is pronounced beth. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Beth is "house". Short form of Elizabeth (Hebrew) "God's promise", Bethel and Bethany. Not used before the 19th centuryLiterary: Louisa May Alcott gave the name to the sweetgentleand most beloved of the four daughters in "Little Women".

If You Were Born Today, August 1:
Famous people born today: Yves Saint-Laurent, Dom DeLuise, Jerry Garcia, and Sam Mendes. 
Back in 1963, Coolio was also born on this day!!

Early 70's
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
Your birthday this year occurs shortly after a New Moon, suggesting a time of new beginnings and fresh energy. You are instinctively starting a new phase in your life. It's time to give your life a makeover and to branch out into the untried.
Care should be taken when it comes to expressing yourself this year, as the chance of misunderstandings runs high. Fuzzy thinking or glossing over important details should be watched for. Nevertheless, you are eager to put some of your ideas into action this year.

And now some sister quotes:

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of.  You know whatever you do, they'll still be there.  ~Amy Li

Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.  ~Charles M. Schulz

If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.  ~Linda Sunshine

The original Fab Five

Thursday, July 19, 2012

No Sex and the City

Night out on the town .  OK, we are not quite "sex in the city" material!
Happy Birthday, Donna! 
Now you have caught up to your old friends Cindy, Carol and Judi!!!

 Although in general we have aged rather gracefully, we can still feel the accumulated wear and tear from our time on this planet.

Today, for YOU, that would be a grand total of 22,630 days!
And I have been privileged to have known you for 16,790 of those days :-)

"It's not the years, it's the mileage!"

God Bless and Keep you for many many more.

Birthday Horoscope for July 19th:
Cancer is the fourth sign of the astrological year and is known by its symbol, the Crab.  Cancer individuals are intelligent, organized, generous, home loving and tenacious.  They are also devoted to family members and provide enormous emotional support.  AMEN to all of that!!
A few celebrity birthday buddies:

02/03      Morgan Fairchild
02/06      Natalie Cole
02/10      Mark Spitz
02/13      Peter Gabriel
02/18      Cybill Shepherd 
03/02      Karen Ann Carpenter d.2/4/1983
03/11      Bobby McFerrin
03/13      William H. Macy
03/12      Jon Provost
03/26      Teddy Pendergrass
03/26      Martin Short
03/21      Tom Berenger
04/12      David Cassidy
04/20      William Hurt 
04/22      Peter Frampton
04/28      Jay Leno

 In 1950:  3,632,000 babies are born

Oops... I messed up!
Donna and her sister Lynn a few days ago

A friend is someone who knows all about you... and still loves you!"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

51... or 15?  You be the judge!

 My sister Laurie celebrates her 51st birthday today!  

The meaning of the name Laurie is Laurel
(Any of a number of shrubs and other plants with dark green glossy leaves, in particular the mountain laurel and the bay tree)

On your birthday July 14th 1961:
 Jane Goodall arrives at the Gombe Stream Reserve in present-day Tanzania to begin her famous study of chimpanzees in the wild.

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Laurie
Happy Birthday to You.

From good friends and true,
From old friends and new,
May good luck go with you,
And happiness too.

Celebreties who share your birthday:
Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 86. Actress-singerPolly Bergen is 82. Actor Vincent Pastore(“The Sopranos”) is 66. Singer-comedian Kyle Gass of Tenacious D is 52. Actress Jane Lynchis 52. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 51. ActorMatthew Fox (“Lost”) is 46. Actress Missy Gold(”Benson”) is 42. Singer Tameka Cottle of Xscape is 37. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 37. Musician taboo of Black Eyed Peas is 37.  Also Woody Guthrie and Gerald Ford.

  • Your name of Laurie gives you a very happy-go-lucky, spontaneous nature.
  • You see the humorous side of many situations and can laugh at yourself as well as at others.
  • This name gives you a musical, artistic nature and you would do well in any occupation in the entertainment field.
  • You have many friends because of your generous, happy nature, but if crossed you have a quick temper, although your annoyance does not last too long.
  • You do enjoy an argument and will at times say things just to get others going and then you sit back and enjoy the debate.
  • You lack system and order and find it very difficult to budget and save money.
  • Although the name Laurie creates idealism and the urge to help others, we emphasize that it frustrates you through a scattered and emotional nature.
  • This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the nervous system, liver, and bloodstream.

 Dyslexia?  Who moved your candles?!

July 14 Cancers are quick-witted, highly verbal, and prone to react in a haughty manner when crossed. Although social and fun-loving, they are more serious than they appear. They understand the structure needed to maintain tradition.

Friends and Lovers

July 14 people are likely to feel especially close to someone who has acted as a mentor to them. In love, either they met their partner through an unusual set of circumstances or they persevered through difficult times in order to keep their marriage or relationship together.

Children and Family

Whether they are aware of the fact, July 14 folks have a desire to constantly reconnect with their upbringing. They have great respect for their parents. As parents, they are often far too permissive. They believe a child should have maximum freedom to develop his or her own potential without interference from parents.

Grandma Cook and her musical birthday cake server

"Hail, hail the gang's all here!"

Sisters Lois, Judi, Beth and Laurie

               "A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."