I am so grateful that I made it through last year!
However, I am determined to continue this website and just “Do it!” as that famous Nike slogan had said to do!
I am having difficulty in understanding some tech stuff though, but am still trying to teach myself through it.
I’m becoming a PHD master on YouTube, too, as I keep trying to find the answers to these tech questions, too!
So enough of that and on to the intention I’ve always had for this website and that is to share my father’s pictures and his stories of Millbrook, New York.
I’ve been busy scanning those beloved pictures, on and off for months now, too.
In July the Millbrook Historical Society had purchased the Epson Fast-Foto Scanner that I am so very grateful for and have been scanning as much as I can.
I still have many more photo boxes to do though, and will then go on to scan my father’s thousands in his slide collection,too.
So I am progressing slower than I had wanted to do, but am determined to get this done.
This project is way too important to me on a personal level, because I know what it means to my father, who had turned 90 on May 28, 2018!
I also know in the potential of JOY it will bring to so many in the future, too.
I just want to bring a smile to someone’s face in the images on this site and bring a Millbrook Memory!
We all have our Millbrook Memories and this website I hope will be shared to all those near and far, as well!
Please share with all that you think might enjoy what is here and what may come in the future, too.
I am so grateful for all those that have already signed up for the Millbrook Memories Newsletter too.
I haven’t yet been able to compose the first one, but plan to in the future.
I am still trying to figure out in how to create a Millbrook Memories Store, as well, but haven’t as of yet to understand in how to actually do it.
A great deal of stress concerning some family issues have been occuring in my life over the last 6 months or so, and my brain just isn’t working as I would like it to, but I will never give up either.
In this upcoming Millbrook Memories Store I plan to use my father’s pictures of Millbrook on mugs, T-shirts, Calendars, and you get the idea with the print on demand technology, but I am still uncertain in how to create that on this site.
If anyone has any suggestions would appreciate it, so please message me!
2018 went by so quickly, and yet didn’t our lives while growing up in Millbrook did as well?
Yes, it did and life seems to be happening in a faster montion than ever these days, doesn’t it?
Well, today marks the 5th month since I bought the domain name www.MillbrookMemories.com to share my father, John Kading’s, pictures and slides of Millbrook, New York to the world!
When I bought the domain on October 10, 2017, I really had no idea if I could continue to keep up with all that there was to learn in how to create and build this site, but here I am at its 5th month Birthday!
It has been frustrating at times, as anything that you are trying to learn can be, but I am determined to continue my vision into making this a Forever Gift to my parents!
I am committed to telling the stories behind my father’s lifetime of pictures in Millbrook, New York too!
The memories of Franklin Avenue through the many years of his life and the businesses that have come and go!
Some in Millbrook have stayed for years, while other’s have not, but it’s in our hearts that keep our Millbrook Memories Alive!
Some can remember Jamo’s and had their favourite on their menu, while other’s had another restaurant that they loved something on their menu!
Daniele’s Cheesecake Recipe
Well, I got a message from someone that saw my post about the restaurants in Millbrook about a month ago, and he wondered if anyone knew the secret recipe in Jimmy Daniele’s Cheesecake?
He also went on to tell me that his father’s birthday was March 17th on St. Patrick’s Day and Jimmy Daniele always gave him his green cheesecake!
Does anyone remember Daniele’s Resturant on Franklin Avenue?
What do you remember about it and do you remember this cheesecake too?
All I can remember about Daniele’s was that it had so many courses and was expensive to eat there.
I remember many people would stop at The Corner News Store before they would dine there, too.
It was a classy place to eat and I would have been really impressed with my date if he had chosen this place for our dinner date for sure!
As I continue to think of posts for this site Millbrook Memories, I thought of my life in how many restaurants have come and gone throughout the years and how many I may have pictures of in my father’s collection!
So I decided to go on a search in the images I have already scanned and share them with all of you!
However, first I had to do some research to see who is still actively doing business now in Millbrook, New York!
So here is the list I was able to create of the Restaurants in Millbrook, NY that may be of interest to you, especially with Valentine’s Day next week!
As many reading, this may remember how The Google of Millbrook was The Corner News Store and it would always endorse local businesses, and I would like to use this site to do the same!
Enjoy Valentine’s Day by supporting these local restaurant’s in Millbrook, NY.
Now, how’s that for a title to get your attention?
I hope I have yours now!
If you have taken a stroll through Millbrook Memories, you will see that I am on a quest to accomplish getting my fathers-John Kading’s- lifetime of photos and slides into an organized system so in that I will be able to share them with their stories on this website!
I am on a quest to bring JOY to all those that these images will give to many people around the world!
I mean, after all, Millbrook had the Bennett College for years that had students from around the world!
We also had Millbrook School too!
And so many that have their Millbrook Memori
Dad’s Workplace for Organizing his Pictures
Here’s a sneak peek of a corner in my father’s living room that we have created into the workspace to get this major project completed in the months to come! Those boxes are all filled with pictures!
What makes me excited is that the suggestions in this Ebook were what I had set up for my dad to organize his lifetime of pictures, and it is working!
Yeah! Doing the Happy Dance!
So the possibilities of this Ebook in helping you or anybody that has been feeling guilty of not organizing their family photos, I can now say it is so very possible to get it done with this information!
You now have a way!
And I want to help all of you too, so you can also do the Happy Dance!
Storage of Your Photos could be Destroying them right now!
The suggestions of the proper way to store your photos is also a very important factor to consider when you are ready to organize your photo albums too!
Did you know that you are destroying your beloved pictures if you have them in one of those magnetic albums?
Yep! I know but The Corner News Store, as well as so many other stores, sold them for displaying pictures!
This book will tell you how and why you need to rescue them immediately from being destroyed in those magnetic albums!
My Plan, Your Plan
What I loved about the planning to organize your photos is that we are all so different to what may work for us, and that is so important to have a successful outcome too in accomplishing this task!
Just for those that are overwhelmed with the idea to begin this task of organizing your photos, I have to honestly say that you are not alone because that is the #1 reason why people avoid it!
But I want to share with you a poem that was included in this Ebook called:
I wanted to write this post because I felt it was time, and I needed to stop to ASK something of all of you reading this now.
First, I want to tell all of you in how much I appreciate all that have encouraged me to create this site to honour my parents, John and Marilyn Kading.
I am so touched by of all the comments that have been posted on the Millbrook Memories FaceBook page and want everyone to know whenever I visit my dad, I read them all out loud to him!
There are still some names he remembers, too!
Thankful for that!
It touches me so deeply in what words so many people have written in their memories of him, or my mother or The Corner News Store, too.
I am so grateful.
But I need your HELP
I need your help to comment, either on the website or the Facebook page to ideas in what you would love to see my post that will make your heart jump for joy in the memories they will bring up to your mind?
Ideas such as these:
The Corner News Store through the years
The Millbrook Central Schools-Elm Drive, The Middle School, The High School (Old and New)
The businesses throughout the Village of Millbrook
The Restaurants of Millbrook
The Churches-St. Joseph, Grace Church, Lyall Memorial Federated Church
Parades-Memorial Day, July 4th, etc.
Millbrook Community Day
These are just a few of the picture ideas I know that my dad has in his collection, but would appreciate your feedback in what would you want me to first focus on to bring the joy of his pictures into your hearts?
Millbrook Memories Store
My father’s famous saying I have heard him say over and over again throughout my life is this:
“Find a need and fulfil it!”
So with that, I need your suggestions to what may be your needs that I can fulfil here on this website called Millbrook Memories?
My intentions when I began this site was to share my father’s lifetime of pictures of his beloved Millbrook!
And as I continued my research I discovered many Print On Demand companies that will take your photo or image and print it on products:
and the list goes on and on just depends on the company.
Then I found a company that would take your images and make an adult colouring book from it!
(I have caught that Adult Coloring Wave, and plan to never get off it either!)
Then, of course, there are the Photo Books that many images in my father’s collection would make a SPECIAL gift for someone!
Organize the Memories
Another category that I am finding in actually performing this project of sorting and organizing my father’s lifetime of pictures as well as his slides, is the “HOW TO” Do it in the correct way so in that they can be found easily again?
Honestly, I have to confess that I have been researching this for years.
I guess I knew that this day would eventually come where I would need to use it!
And this is the time when I need to get this done!
Are you too feeling this sudden urge to get this done in your life?
Are there others like me that have suddenly awakened to the fact that time is running out to get this done?
Are you suddenly aware that time may not be on your side concerning’s your family member’s memory as they age?
Are you suddenly realizing that their memory and the stories behind the pictures may be coming to an end soon, too?
Maybe, you are like me that just has to get this project done and complete before there is no more time to ASK?
Do you have someone, maybe a parent or family member that had taken all those precious pictures of your family, and even the extended family and friends for years, to have them either being forgotten in photo albums or in shoe boxes?
Do you say that someday you should get them all organized and scanned for your children or your grandchildren?
Well, maybe you should start today, and let’s do this together, shall we?
I’ll share some ideas that have been working for me and you share what may be working for you too!
Amazon Has it All!
While learning MY HOW in how to create and build this website www.MillbrookMemories.com, I learned in how I could help my readers find the perfect products for what they needed and wanted to satisfy their deepest wishes!
So I joined the Amazon Associate program to have those most helpful and necessary products that went together along with what I am doing to organize my father’s lifetime of pictures and slides!
I wanted to show you what I used all along this exciting and yet “urgent” journey to successfully get this done and complete!
Here are some items that may be of interest to you too!
(Note-Dad didn’t look like this the day after, but loved the picture with Jasmyn and him! She was around 2 and a half years old in this picture!)
January 26, 2011 (7 year’s ago!)
It’s Wednesday morning around 9:30 AM and the day after my dad’s open-heart surgery.
He is doing fine after the surgery and thankfully it had gone as planned.
They first did a triple bypass, then they replaced his aortic value, too with one from a pig, believe it or not!
Then did something important with the aorta and grafted it so it wouldn’t break or tear. Hey, I am not a nurse!
The caseworker came in at 5:45 PM to tell us that the surgeon had just finished in the operating room a few moments ago and would be in to talk to us soon.
Just a few moments later he came in to tell us what he did, which is pretty much what I already said in the beginning.
An important thing that he told us was that he had placed some kind of zapper thing in there, too. I think it’s similar to a pacemaker that helps to get his heart beating like it should be.
Pacemaker in the Future?
He went on to say that if he ever needs a pacemaker, it will be no biggie to now put it in him.
Another note I want to say is that he talked in the ‘we’ way, when we discussed the reduction aspect of the aorta and the graphing of that ‘something’ in him, which I found so comforting and truly a professional approach.
It seems to me that there was a bit of research done to come up with this way in doing what needed to be done to fix the problem of this ‘something’ in him on his aortic value, too,too.
The doctor told us that this is not as a common procedure than what he had thought he’d do in my dad’s case. But he emphasized that ‘we’ part of the group of professionals that were on the team for this operation.
Thankful to the Professionals
I’m so very thankful for all their knowledge and experience in how to fix my dad’s heart problems.
The professionals at Vassar Brothers Hospital are the greatest!
He also made it quite clear that my dad aortic value, too was by far one of the worst he had seen and whatever the name for it ( I am no nurse, you know!) affects only about 20% of the population.
So what my dad had been actually quite rare.
But today, thanks to this operation.
It’s now perfectly fine, even though I know there’s part of a pig in him now! LOL!
Thank you, whoever you are pig!
That part of you has given my dad hopefully many more years with all of us that love him so very much!
I’m so very grateful this morning to be able to write about the success of the series operation that my father had gone through yesterday.
I’m so very thankful to have a hospital with these highly trained surgeons to be in my neighborhood.
Years back you had to drive to Westchester County Hospital to have this procedure done!
However, today it’s done right in Poughkeepsie, New York!
Thanking my Spirit/Reiki Guides
I thank all for your comfort and felt all of you with me as I sent the Reiki through my hands to the top of my thighs that represented my father’s body during the surgery.
I also thank you for that symbol of the number five that had told me that it would be around that hour of five that we would hear from the doctor.
And it was indeed 5:45 pm when we were notified by the nurse that the surgery was complete and the doctor would be in shortly to update us.
It was 6:25 when he sat with us to tell us of the success of the operation.
I love that today is a new day for my dad!
And now and in the days to come he will need the necessary rehab for his heart, but it will be so rewarding in the end!
I am trusting that all will go well.
And before he knows it- He will be on the golf course in the spring making a hole in one.
And so it is…
January 26, 2018
This is 7 years later!
I am now fully and completly engaged to create this website-www.MillbrookMemories.com!
This website is to celebrate my father’s lifetime of pictures and the stories that go along with them!
In addition, it is also to honor my mother, and all she had done throughout her life in bringing all of us together, too!
I wish to raise the glass to both my parents for all that they had accomplished in their lifetimes.
My mom had worn so many ‘hats’ through her life, but this one when her and Shirely Evert got into the ‘Red Hats Society’ is one of my all time favorites of my mom!
And boy, did she enjoy her ‘Seniors” on Tuesday, too!
Thank you to all that gave her so much joy in whatever part you had played in her life, too!
As I browse through all my journal writing’s over the last 16 years and how much my life is what it is today because of her.
I will try my best to honor her on this website, but I need a bit of help to have you comment to tell me a story that will give those that read it a laugh out loud or just a memory that you may have of her would be wonderful!
Going through my past journal writings to see what may be of interest to Millbrook Memories, and came across this one and my reflections of my dad having open-heart surgery and all the emotions that it had brought into my family’s life.
However, when you read it you will see this word called Reiki that I do on my father.
So for those that may not be familiar with it, it is a spiritual healing art that helps in balancing our energy bodies, which we have 4 of them, spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical, so in that healing can be achieved.
Some may know this, while other’s may not, that I began my Reiki Journey back in March 2006 and continued through the completion of becoming a Reiki Master/Teacher in October of that year, too!
I have taught many students throughout the years, and will continue to do so whenever there is a student or students that have a desire to learn it, too!
Love sharing my Reiki!
But for the most part, I have used it for myself and the calming of my anxiety that it’s spiritual comfort has given me throughout these past 11 years!
So when my dad had this very intense open-heart surgery it was such a blessing to me to have it to use on myself, on my mother and of course on the patient himself, my father!
And as I post the updates on his surgery you will see that word quite a bit I must tell you too!
At times like this when dad was going through this open-heart surgery and the months of rehab after, it was a blessing to have my reiki and all the support of the many friends and family members that came to visit him during that time, too!
I will be continuing on with this very important event in our family’s life tomorrow, too!
Blessings to all!
January 25, 2011
It’s a bit after one in the afternoon and I am sitting in the cardiothoracic waiting room at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York.
My dad went into surgery about 9 am this morning and they’ve told us that it’ll be around seven tonight until he may be done.
I am thinking it’ll be around four or five, but we will see.
I did reiki on him yesterday afternoon while he lay down on his bed and did as much as I could this morning before he left to go to the operating room.
I am feeling that everything will be fine.
I have asked my guides to watch over him and to let him know that he is not alone and that the Reiki energy is within him and ready to be enhanced if need be.
Tonight, January 19, 2006, my father will be doing a slide presentation at Lyall Memorial Federated Church, which is our family’s church.
My father has all his life had a passion for his pictures, and he will tonight be able to share that passion with an audience.
I can remember all through my life vividly the flashing of that flash or the distinct clicking sound of a picture being taken by him.
Now, after all these years, of his dedication in capturing the many images of his life experiences in his hometown in and around the small village of Millbrook, New York, he will be able to share his precious pictures and slide collection.
My father has always throughout his life had a camera with him, or should I say, attached to him.
It was like he had a magical way, to be able to take at a moment notice any event that was worthy to have that everlasting snapshot added to his precious collection.
( Update! Remember this was 12 years ago!)
He is now in the process of organizing those thousands and thousands of pictures throughout his life!
Recently he has somehow become focused and consumed to get this overwhelming project accomplished at this time in his life.
If you really got to know my father, you’d realize that his attention span is very short, so for him to finally crack down in organizing his many images into some kind of order is truly a huge accomplishment!
Does Procrastination get inherited?
I guess that’s where I must get my bad habits from about procrastinating!
Thanks, Dad! It must have been passed down in the gene pool to me in avoiding tasks that just hasn’t caught my attention to complete, yet.
It usually takes something or someone to crack the wipe for me to get certain things done in my life that I really should!
Note: with my mother’s passing on November 18, 2016, that was the cracking of the wipe, I believe!
Through the years when I worked at the store with my father and I needed him to help me finish a particular project, that the high pitch sound of the fire siren would always seem to go off, and therefore so would he be rushing off to wherever that call would be, too!
And in addition to that high pitch sound of the fire siren, there would be the call from the Millbrook ambulance squad as well, that would turn him into the Super Man and Hero for many throughout the years he was actively involved.
So all it took was a phone call from the Millbrook Ambulance answering service (Remember, there was not a simple calling to 911 back then!) that would call my father and off he would go to rescue someone, which left me to rescue that project and complete on my own!
John Kading, Gets Abducted by Aliens
It never failed to amaze me with how he would get out of doing something by having to do something else.
I had grown up thinking that he had to be the best juggler in the world to do all the things he did in a day’s time.
I would watch him in the morning, to take his daily walk to the Millbrook Diner to have the breakfast of his usual coffee, eggs, sunny-side up and toast, then he’d return to the store to do the bank deposits and another trip down Franklin Avenue to the Bank of Millbrook.
There were many times that I was sure he went to the North Pole or maybe even got abducted by aliens because he took so long to come back from either the Millbrook Diner or from the Bank of Millbrook!
However, he always managed to find his way back again at some time or another during the day.
But Mom, Shirley and I, or whoever has on duty, always seemed to manage his business pretty well, while he was off gallivanting, as my mother had called it many, many times!
He would return and we would say, “John, where were you?”
With his reply always pretty much the same over and over again, “Oh, I just ran into so and so and…” (Yep! that’s my dad!)
It never failed to surprise me in how my father could divert his attention to something or someone else instead of what he was supposed to be doing.
I have to confess to while growing up there were those times when I admit to having passionately despised that fire whistle and those phone calls from that answering service because it meant that my father would have his ‘pass’ to be excused from our project!
Therefore, it meant that I would again have to finish what we had started, and had quite obviously mistakenly thought that we would be able to finish it together!
Which was a mistake on my part to ever have imagined that miracle to happen when he had arranged a never-fail system with God himself in finding ways to be legally excused?
I think he had some kind of magical power to relieve himself of any such projects that he felt me, or someone else could do.
TALK! TALK! TALK!
But there was sure one thing he could do really well and that was to “TALK”!
And let me tell you, he managed really well in accomplishing a lot of that, too!
Nonetheless, in between all the talking, he did manage to get a lot of other things done as we
He was involved in so many organizations as well, from
The Millbrook Business Organization,
Millbrook Lions Club,
Millbrook Rotary Club,
and of course, I can not forget his years of sharing his love of his sheep
and being a leader of Southern Shepherd’s 4H Club!
Finally, today I have come to realize that it was over those thousands of cups of coffee at the Millbrook Diner and “talking” with all those thousands of people, that had brought so much joy and happiness to my father’s life!
So today all those thousands of faces and images that had been captured with a snapshot from the camera that belonged to a man by the name of John Kading, my father, will be forever protected and cherished for years to come on this website www.MillbrookMemories.com!
Enjoy the Images of Years Past
I am hoping and praying that all in attendance at tonight’s presentation will enjoy all those images of people and places of long ago of his beloved village of Millbrook, New York.
(Note: The room was full of Millbrook Lovers, and everyone did enjoy the images and the stories connected with them, too!)
I hope that the audience will appreciate his dedication and devotion to have documented all these images throughout the years and all the changes and improvements that have occurred around the Village of Millbrook and Town of Washington, as well!
I hope that my father will be looked upon and respected as an authority on his town’s history in the years to come.
SharIng the Images- Brings JOY
Maybe it is to have him share these images throughout the area that will give him that sense of joy and happiness in his life just like it had by talking to all those people over all those cups of coffee at the Millbrook Diner had done throughout the years, as well!
Yes, indeed life’s all about “sharing” with others in our lives, and it is with our choice of “sharing” that we are blessed in our lives, too!
So with that, may I introduce to you, my father, John Kading and his precious gift of these images of the days of yesterday in and around the small village known as Millbrook, New York!
Please share your Millbrook Memories in the comments too!
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