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Have You Forgotten

Have You Forgotten

Have you forgotten about me

And all those with me and those after us

Few knew us except for those we called Brothers

Some of us came to be in the name of Freedom

Those who followed us fought to keep that Freedom

Have you forgotten that we were the ones who never returned

Never got that last chance to say we love our Country,

We all fought under our Free and Flying Flag that we love

We fought so our…


Added by Loretta Riddell on May 10, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments


The power of a rock and simple words and painted pictures.. Recently joined Astoria Rocks.. when I joined there were about 40 of us and it has grown to over a 1,000...

So many people painting rocks with ladybugs ships and everything one could imagine... but I painted a few that just held words that hold meanings for me such as Hope, Faith, Courage, and Smile.. today one special little Guy with a beautiful Smile found the Smile Rock...

Through this group I have witnessed Families…


Added by Loretta Riddell on May 5, 2017 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Pondering a Question

There has been a question I have wrestled with for many years.. As I get older I get tired of relocating this creature that many times creates frustration during the growing season...

So now I pose this question to all of you

What is the benefits of leaving slugs to roam free in gardens??

Do they really have a purpose other than they are a living thing..

This morning I found a young one slithering up the metal pole to my hummingbird feeder..

If you know their…


Added by Loretta Riddell on May 4, 2017 at 6:16am — 4 Comments

The Anzac on the Wall author unknown

The Anzac on the Wall

I wandered thru a country town, 'cos I had some time to spare,

And went into an antique shop to see what was in there.

Old Bikes and pumps and kero lamps, but hidden by it all,

A photo of a soldier boy – an Anzac on the Wall.

'The Anzac have a name?' I asked. The old man answered 'No'.

The ones who could have told me mate, have passed on long ago.

The old man kept on talking and, according to his tale,

The photo was unwanted…


Added by Loretta Riddell on May 3, 2017 at 6:36am — 1 Comment

Poppy ! FYI

I knew the poppies were for our fallen soldiers, but I had no idea of the true meaning!

Today I saw a man selling poppies stop a lady and asked if he could reposition her poppy. While doing so he told that lady she should wear the poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who…


Added by Loretta Riddell on May 1, 2017 at 8:20am — 1 Comment

If I could

If I could turn the clock back

I would return to the days when life was good

Survival was hard and required work

But life was Good..

We believed and trusted in God..

To show us the…


Added by Loretta Riddell on March 12, 2017 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

For You There Is No Wall

For You There Is No Wall

For you there is no Wall, there is only my fading

memories that grow weaker with time

These solemn fading memories are slightly

brightened by my nightmares in the night,

nightmares that recall the horror of your

deaths and the extreme sadness I…


Added by Loretta Riddell on January 26, 2017 at 8:16am — No Comments


So many times I have created Memorial Videos or Tributes

About lost Loved Ones or Fallen Heroes...

And People who make a Difference in the lives of so Many Broken Hearts

Always with the thought have I done justice to the Lost

Creating Memories that celebrate a Special Someone's… Continue

Added by Loretta Riddell on January 26, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Eagle Cam


Added by Loretta Riddell on December 28, 2016 at 9:24am — No Comments

If you ever have the chance Take It

Well having a Old Fashioned Christmas was the greatest thing to happen in quite awhile...

No phones were used, no computers were available and our only form of communication was to Talk, Hug and Hold... Games were played with the children, walks and snowball fights were lots of fun and everyone survived not having a electronic device in their hand...

Three days and I will miss them all hearing their voices instead of receiving email updates.

But we all agreed (even the young…


Added by Loretta Riddell on December 28, 2016 at 6:44am — No Comments

This is a Wonderful World

I still have yellow roses growing even with the cold and Robert is still finding red roses ..We call his red roses The Roses of Love and my yellow The Roses of Peace which is our Wish for Everyone

Added by Loretta Riddell on December 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

September Memories for Many are My December Memories

So many Memories many of us carry in our Hearts. And some like me find the Memories even more important during the Month of December.

Lives lost and some lives lost but still living and suffering, but there are the good memories, and the many prayers especially at this time of year when I know some will travel back in time and feel loss..

Yet I know they will return to me after they traveled the hard road forever seared into their soul. Thinking about my Veterans, those who…


Added by Loretta Riddell on December 6, 2016 at 6:56am — No Comments

Danced even when he had no strength left

Rest In Peace sad words indeed

But he taught me much

He gave his all to those needing that helping hand

A ear to listen

And most of all He gave Hope to many stuck in a tunnel of darkness

Prayers for His Family and His Multitude of Brothers, Sisters and Military Families who Shall Never Forget

God has another Angel Named Jeff Seeber…


Added by Loretta Riddell on December 2, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Seeing 2016 out with a Tree of Gratitude

This year will end on My Memories of A Lifetime

I will Honor my Parents and their Struggles and instead of a Tree inside I will have a big Fir Limb standing in upright. Honor a Mother who worked on Military Ships, While my Father wore a Uniform.. back in those days she could not afford a tree and ask a gentleman for a limb he had cut off a tree so he could fit it into him home.. telling him she just wanted it for decorating.. Decorations for her limb were the very meager .. but she had…


Added by Loretta Riddell on November 30, 2016 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Mr?Miss Rabbit now has a abode

The rain stopped for a couple hours today so went out on my bank where the trees I planted have grown over 20 foot tall and used all my limbs and natural habitat to create a shelter on the highest level of my once terraced bank, which will give this new resident shelter from the high storm winds in the winter plus it stays pretty dry as all the rain goes down the bank.. But if it gets to bad I may later put a eco friendly tarp over it and anchor it down.. Have watched this little critter for…


Added by Loretta Riddell on November 25, 2016 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Do You Know What's Really Happening

In my State are a Couple of real Dedicated Women and they are much younger than me.

One lived in a Abusive Marriage (but not anymore) the other a young mother who ended up being Trafficked in the Sex Trade (but not anymore)

Lauren has ridden over 10,000 on her motorcycle raising funds to Help Rebecca help others who have been victims in the sex trafficking trade.. Helping Victims in the whole Country not just our Home State..and at this point Lauren has raised over $50,000…


Added by Loretta Riddell on November 25, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Loving My Simple Life

The above picture is the Main Street named Exchange in my tiny town, only about 6 blocks long.. Marine one block over is the street that gets everyone through our town to the bridges that either head farther down the coast or take the 4+mile long bridge to Washington...

No big fancy malls here, more…


Added by Loretta Riddell on November 25, 2016 at 9:02am — 1 Comment

Loving Life

Guess that picture says it all

The fun of making mistakes

Is when you try to make it right

But the changes never change the outcome

Cherished those mistakes

Taught me gratitude

and a real appreciation for…


Added by Loretta Riddell on November 23, 2016 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

My Thankful Thanksgiving Prayer

I know how blessed my life has been

I have lived a life where real love exists

Filled with compassionate, caring Brothers and Sisters, Husband, and Family chosen and blood.

Yet again I face the fact I will again this year lose more of those I love and have given me love.. One goes into the hospital before Thanksgiving and is now talking about earning his wings, his struggles have been many and his pain only a few could imagine.. a lifetime spent in the Navy Seals and other…


Added by Loretta Riddell on November 22, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments


Hope you enjoy it as much as I did...



Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your…


Added by Loretta Riddell on November 16, 2016 at 7:32am — No Comments

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