Fantasy Football Mom

I’m sure it goes back further, but my earliest memories of my mom screaming shouts of encouragement at the TV were when I was about 12. That would be around 1967. (Yeah, I’m old, shut up.) And it was ALL about the Green Bay Packers. Don’t ask me why. I don’t know that she has ever set foot in the state of Wisconsin. But she loved her Bart Starr, and her Golden Boy Paul Hornung, and Ray Nitschke, and on and on…

Then, for what seems like a lifetime, the yelling was all about #4, Brett Favre. Here’s a picture of my mom at the recent 21st annual Crotte family fantasy football draft. Yes, that’s a little shrine to St. Brett.

mom and st brett

He might do it, I’ve seen him play and he’s good, but Aaron Rodgers has some mighty big shoes to fill. But no matter, she’s still screaming and yelling at the TV.

And we love her like that!

Labor (Day Weekend) of Love

It was our first trip back to Toledo since we have all moved down to NC, and I think we made the most of it!

Our first stop was to visit Ginny in Cincinnati. We bought her an area rug for her birthday for her apartment living room, so we brought it with us from Winston and installed it. It is always great to see Ginny, my second daughter! She has grown up to be a pretty amazing young woman, with a wonderful sensitivity that draws people. She’s a counselor and advocate for abused children, working in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


The following morning, we drove up to Columbus, and dropped off some furniture that we brought down for my brother Al and his family. Here I am with my SIL Kirsten and my two nephews, Christian and Daniel.

We then met Gail’s niece Aamanda, who also lives in Columbus, for a quick lunch, and still made it to Toledo in time for a round of golf with Kevin, and then dinner at Gail’s sister Amy’s. She and husband Rick put on a tasty dinner, especially considering it was last minute on a Friday after work.

Saturday morning was the 21st annual Crotte family fantasy football league draft. We look forward to this every year. We could have done it online from Winston, but it was much better live and in person at my parents’ house. Our team, Salsa Picante, is owned by me, Gail, and Kevin. More news on this as the season unfolds!

draft room2 2009

Afterwards we met with our realtor, saw Gail’s parents, and then went back to my parents’ house for my father’s 80th birthday celebration. Well, one of them as this was not the actual day. BTW, have you ever tried to find a 80th year BD card? I think they’re hard to find! I had to get a 50 + a 30!


We had a very full weekend! I am grateful for all the people in my life! I’m grateful for cars and U-Haul trailers and easy roads. I’m grateful for the mapping functions on our iPhones. My gratefulness is overflowing today!

Be careful if you’re driving home this weekend! And remember, no TWD! (texting while driving)

Sunday Scenery – via nephew Ben


This awesome picture comes from my nephew, Ben, who is an accomplished and creative photographer. He has a wonderful eye! And that is coupled with a wanderlust that has taken him to many unique and out of the way corners of the world.

This shot was taken at his current place of employment, as a scuba instructor in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If you want to learn how to scuba, this is the place to go!

Great job, Ben!


Lee, I hope this was alright, using someone else’s photo. But I thought it was exceptional, he IS my nephew, and I gave him all the deserved cred!