Archive for November, 2010

Much To Be Thankful For

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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We decided to work our way to the Dallas area for Thanksgiving and are going to try to avoid the colder air around Christmas.  Rick’s medication is making him sensitive to the cold.

The Cowboys didn’t win, but the rest of Thanksgiving was wonderful.  Here’s a rare shot of 6-foot tall Rick and sons Justin (L) and Marc (R).  You always feel safe walking between these two.


We gathered at Justin and Kiri’s house and tossed down some fantastic food.   We were able to get everyone together during halftime of the game for a portrait.


Then it was up at 3:00 AM on Friday to miss out on a few deals at Walmart    We did end up with another laptop at a good price.  Then it was time to hit the road to head back to South Texas and warmer weather.

More Birthdays and No Power Cord

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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Here’s a blogging tip.  When you go on a trip, don’t forget the power cord to the laptop.  It not only make it difficult to blog, but makes you feel pretty stupid.

Anyway, we wanted to pass on birthday wishes to our granddaughter Ayden (Lance’s daughter) and  daughter-in-law Kiri (Justin’s wife).

Ayden turned 10 and had a birthday party with her friends.  Here she is shedding wrapping paper.


Pink is her favorite color.


Kiri turned to a new, wonderful, age.


No matter the age, we wish them the best.

We’ll Miss you, Mom

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

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Nelle H. Levvis, 90, died Thursday, November 11, 2010 at her home in East Hartland, CT.

Mrs. Levvis was born June 21, 1920 in Washington DC.  She attended Sweetbriar College and George Washington University.  Nelle married Walter E. Levvis in 1940 and they resided many years in New York City before moving to Rockford, Illinois.  In Rockford she devoted herself to raising three sons and volunteering with several organizations. She was instrumental in the founding of the Goldie B. Floberg Center, served as president of the United Cerebral Palsy Association in the Rockford area and was an active member of the Junior League and the Second Congregational Church.

In 1978 Nelle and Walt moved to Mount Dora, FL, where they enjoyed their lakeside paradise. In 1996 they moved to a retirement facility in Vero Beach, FL.

Mrs. Levvis was preceded in death by her husband Walt and oldest son Robert W. Levvis.  She is survived by her brother, Richard Hudgens of St Louis, Missouri, daughter-in-law, Lynn Levvis (Robert) of Gainesville, Virginia,   two sons, Richard Levvis and wife Tinka Levvis of McAllen, Texas and Gary Levvis and wife Meg Levvis of East Hartland, Connecticut, one granddaughter Tammi Levvis of Haymarket, VA.,  four grandsons: Todd Levvis of Seattle, WA, Marc Levvis of Rockwall, TX, Justin Levvis of Rowlett, TX and Noel Levvis of East Hartland, CT., five great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held in Vero Beach, Florida at a later date, to be announced.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Goldie B. Floberg Center, 58 W. Rockton Rd., P.O. Box 346, Rockton, IL 61072  or to the American Cancer Society at

Gracie’s Day

Friday, November 12th, 2010

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Happy 9th Birthday to granddaughter Gracie.  We are so proud of her.  She is a good fisherman, student and cheerleader.  I know her parents are beaming as well.


Benefit Roping

Monday, November 8th, 2010

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For years, working in the oilfield equipment manufacturing business, Rick worked with our friend, Becky Casanova.  She had a knack for even being able to complete Rick’s sentences.   Becky’s husband, Roley, is an accomplished cowboy and competes in Team Roping events. Team roping is depicted in this beautiful drawing by Wyanne Chase.


A few months ago, Roley was severely injured in a horseback riding accident.  Residents of the  Falfurrias, Texas and Premont, where Roley grew up and where many family members live, decided to have a team roping benefit in his honor.  The object is to raise funds to help offset medical bills.

Since it is only 60 miles away, we wanted to go to the event and see Becky and Roley.  When we arrived, the kids were getting their ring side positions.


Roley’s daughter, Mia, mounted up to assist.


Judging from the size of this “cowboy”, apparently there is no limit to when you start riding.  It is at least 18 inches between his feet and the stirrups.


It started to get dark when the  competition began.  The cowboys waited for their turn.


It was great to see Becky, Roley and Mia since it has been more than a year.


We were happy to see Roley take his first steps away from his wheelchair since his accident.  We are hopeful that the recovery continues without incident.