Saturday, September 29, 2012

Re-Visit the Flowers of Summer 2012

One of my own hybridized day-lilies that finally bloomed.

Sunflower with russet influence.

Flower of one of the day-lily plants in our yard when we moved here.

Another of my hybrids.

The ghostly and weird eggplant flower. We had lots of eggplants this year.

Damn, can't think of the name of the vegetable, but you make gumbo from it. We had lots of that too. Good.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Spot-On, Micah....

Just after I finished observing about the Joy of Having Twins around, with all the unpredictable fun, I read on FB that this little guy put a green pea up his nose---and it got "lost". He had to go to the doctor; the fear being that he may have aspirated it. Tho, as one who has seen the elderly react to aspiration, there is a storm of coughing and wretching.   Probably, he swallowed it.  I hope so.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

We at the 'Blog Know this About Twins....

                      A set of Twins is just as entertaining now as they were nearly a century ago!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More of These Old Family Photos.....

Why I am doing this? Unfortunately, the child on the right, Anne, passed away quite sadly in 1951. The curly top girl, Betty just celebrated her 90th. But just a few days ago, she had a stroke....

My own Mother, Vivian, is L-her-AO at them in the background. The twins are about 2, so Mom's about 5.

 The small boy in the last post, my Grandfather, in his WWI uniform. Don't see many of those these days, do you, Kids?

 Mom's not very happy about those twins just born upstairs at home in the house and they won't let her see her Mommy.

Several years later, they all had a horse ride in Lexington, KY.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Treasure Trove....for family especially.

 My Mom's Father, taken about 1905...

Her Mom and infant twin sisters. Girls born in Aug. 1922, this was a couple months later.

 The family, before my Uncle was born; about 1925 in Cincinnati.  Mom's in the middle with the Buster Brown haircut.
 The only way to tell the Twins apart is that I have heard Betty had the curly hair and Ann's was straight. Taken likely same days as family picture.

 Mom as a tiny infant. Early 1920.
Mom at just shy of 3. Photo likely taken about the time the Twins were born.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Before Photo-Blogging was Kool...

Quite by chance yesterday, I heard on the radio a brief commentary about the late Vivian Maier. Described as a "free spirit", she did interesting street photography in several countries from the 1950-1990's. Oddly, or perhaps because she couldn't afford to, she either did not develop or only had negatives made of her thousands of rolls of mainly black and white film. Her work was discovered after her death in auctioned-off storage lockers.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


...and the generousity of distant in-laws who are high-end accessory consumers and occasionally clean out their stash.  I get to audition these bags, keep what I like and give the rest back for charity sale. Thank you,
Aunt Bubbles!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Color Jam...and my new world

 A multi-media presentation by Jessica Stockholder covered the intersection of State and Adams in Chicago with splashy color this summer. By last week, when I walked over and shot these photos, the art work was begining to look a bit tired and faded, with traffic, dirt, sun exposure, etc.

The corners of the buildings covered with sheets of colored, heavy vinyl or canvas; the street itself covered in color by means of big adhesive sheets, it appeared. Think "big heavy shelf paper". The light reflecting from the sun off the windows gave interesting effects...


 The building where I am working; far up in the lowest floor of the top-most tier of the Clark and Adams Building, now 85 years old, with lots of decorative detail.

Just "south-east" of the AC unit--that's "my" window. I can't see or hear that utility, but I am glad that it is there. The building is hot when it is not working.

Nice view of the lake, any weather that we have and reflections on nearby glass-sided buildings. But I'm still a country-kid at heart. I'm just borrowing these sites for a while.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Why I Don't Post as Much These Days....

Remember, a couple of weeks ago, Cousin Madeline visited? We visited my Father in his nursing facility each day of her stay and took a photo or two.  Dad is declining--I hate to say it, but it's true--from the effects of long-term type 2 diabetes. He is completely unable to take care of himself, spend time out of bed or tolerate solid food; he has visably declined from when his photo was taken.   I had no idea of the ravishes of this disease!   Since I see him each evening after work, monitoring his care and trying to feed him some Ensure, not as much time to think up clever blog posts, but I have some new images coming up soon!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

37-Years Ago.... was back in the crazier days of 1975 when Hubsy and I met at the weekly farmers market on the Square in Madison Wisconsin.  That smile, those eyes: somehow that looked like "home" to me. The world seemed to turn from black and white to technicolor.  The very best: two great sons, two wonderful daughters(-in-law), many wonderful new family members!      Happy Anniversary Weekend!

The Butterfly Hotel is open for business--and packed!

We started, several years ago, to assist the butterfly population by nurturing the young specimens indoors. It was slow going. But this...