Showing posts from 2018

Thank You Dad For Your Service!

Pictures of my dad after he completed basic training. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA and was part of Company E 3rd Battalion 1st Training Regiment. After completing basic training he immediately enrolled in MP school. While in MP School, he was part of Company B 10th Batallion 4th Training Regiment.

My dad pictured is pictured on the left. 

To all our Veterans, Thank you for your service!

Halloween 2018

My favorite narwhal and skeleton in the world.
"Say Cheese!"

What I've Been Up To Lately.

You could call it stress relief, sanity management or a creative burst of energy. I think all those labels are fitting for my recent return to painting. I have to say thank you to my best friend for providing the inspiration for this. Recently, she invited me over for a cup of tea and to do some art. We chatted and listened to music while painting. I walked away afterwards so relaxed. I said to myself, "Okay you need to do more of this." 

Happy Birthday, Ladybug!

Today she's eleven! How crazy is that. Happy Birthday, Ladybug! Love you to the moon and back. Here's some pictures from yesterday's family celebration. 

For a look back at last year's celebration, take a look at this link:  Just like that...She's 10

Hard Work Pays Off

My daughter is such a hard worker.  For the longest time, she's been working on getting her kip. For those of you who are not familiar with gymnastics terminology, here's Wikipedia's definition of a glide kip.

The glide kip is performed by swinging in a piked hollow position, toes in front, under the bar to extend to a straight hollow position parallel to the floor. Once extended, the gymnast quickly pulls his or her feet towards the bar while simultaneously pushing down with straight arms to arrive in a straight hollow front support on the bar.

Here's what it looks like in slow motion.

This move may look easy but believe me, it takes incredible strength, coordination, and good timing to be able to perform it correctly. 

I am late posting this video. At the end of September my daughter made her first kip and I was lucky enough to be there to see it when it happened. The first one I didn't get on video but I was able to capture her next two though. Here's one of the…

Amanuensis Monday: Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate

Before I get too far into into this post, I have to say thank you to my mother, for saving this document! It was mixed in with a bunch of my father's papers and could have very easily been thrown out by mistake. This is my grandfather Harold Murrell Sr.'s Naturalization Certificate. I am so proud of this man. He was born in Barbados and arrived in the U.S. on September 29th, 1927.  When he arrived, he didn't have much more than the clothes on his back and from there he went on to create a full life. He married my grandmother Ethel Smith Murrell in 1932 and raised two children Janice and my father, Harold Jr., in the Bronx, and then later, Hollis, NY. He worked for mass transit in NYC for 30 years which made it possible for him to purchase his own home and take care of various extended family members. He was one of the good ones. 

To Be Given To
The Person Naturalized                                                                         No. 5321893
Certificate of Nat…

Hey Big Brother, Check These Out!

Over the last couple of months, I've found myself saying to my big brother, "Hey, Check these out!" when I come across something I really think he'll get a kick out of seeing. I inherited a lot of family memorabilia from my dad and when I get the time, I try to work on scanning and putting things in albums. These pictures were dated January 1976 on the back, so it appears they are from Christmas of 1975. 

My paternal grandmother, Ethel Murrell, my brother, myself, and grandfather Harold Murrell Sr.
Grandma Ethel, me and David
Grandpa Harold, David, Mom and me. 
Me and David Got to love the expression on my face here. LOL.  Not sure if I was getting sleepy or just simply distracted. 
On a more serious note, please say a prayer for all those who have been affected by Hurricane Florence. I've included the link to the American Red Cross here:

Mystic, Connecticut Trip 2018

These are pictures from our last trip of the Summer. You can see that my son is now taller than his father. He's still got a lot of growing left to do so who knows how tall he'll end up being. We visited the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT and spent time at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, RI.

Tombstone Tuesday: Harold E. Murrell --The Headstone Is In Place

For a while now, I was hoping my pop would visit in a dream. I just wanted to have a nod or wink to know he was okay. That he had settled in on the other side. I hoped he had found some peace. Well, this past week while on vacation I had a dream and he came to visit. The details of the dream I am going to keep private but I will mention that my dad was slick. I don't think he wanted me to realize it was him until after I woke up. The gentleman that I saw in the dream appeared to be in his early twenties, young, bright eyed and hopeful. A version of him that I didn't get to see in life. He looked at ease and comfortable with himself. I am grateful for this little wink from him. Thanks, dad. Give a hug and kiss to grandma, grandpa, and aunt Janice for me.

Military Monday: Grandpa Murrell's National Guard Unit

I've featured pictures of my paternal grandfather Harold Murrell Sr. in his National Guard uniform, here on this blog before. If you missed that post, here's the link: 
Military and Mappy Monday: Harold Murrell's National Guard Enlistment Card
Harold Murrell Sr was a Private First Class for Co. I of the 369th Infantry. I am guessing this is a picture of his company. 

Harold Murrell Senior is pictured in the center.

Sunday's Obituary: Janice Murrell's Funeral Program

I was seventeen when my father's sister passed away. Janice Elaine Murrell was a beautiful and loving spirit. She had a wonderful sense of humor and she loved to laugh. I explained recently to my kids that sometimes in life you don't get what you need in the shape or form you think it's supposed to come in. My dad was a man who had difficulty opening up with his family. The close father daughter relationship we didn't have. We had a relationship and we loved each other but the bits of nurturing that I wasn't able to get from him, came instead in the shape and form of wonderful grandparents and this beautiful lady, his sister. 

Janice Murrell pictured in the foreground. 

Thinking Of Janice Today

Janice Murrell is pictured on the left.
Janice was on my mind and so that is who I have decided to share something about today. Janice Elaine Murrell was my father's older sister. She was a sweet and generous spirit who I have many fond memories of.

Sadly, Janice passed away on December 14, 1989 after battling breast cancer. My father, Harold Murrell, gave the eulogy at the funeral. Recently, my mother came across his handwritten notes from the funeral and she passed them on to me. It's interesting seeing my father's handwriting now.  I had been on a little bit of a break from going through the things I inherited from him. Sometimes, you need a break from the grieving process. Sometimes, you have to take time to live life and that's what I've been doing lately.

My sister genuinely enjoyed the act of giving and doing for others.
Her generosity was a legend within the family. My children Andrea and David her niece and nephew were a source of great joy and happi…