Friday, November 30, 2012

Now, Some Favorite Photos from 2012..

A carnivorous flowering plant as seen in an exhibit of tropical plants at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena CA.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

...and One Last Sad Event Remembered....

My favorite of Hubsy's high school friends; I knew her best, after all. Just as we returned from California last January, we got the horrible news that Bonnie slipped away in her sleep. Not a bad way to "go", it is said. But you can't imagine from this photo how lively and full of mischievious humor she was. Rest in Peace and you are missed, Mrs. P.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Father Bedridden in a Nursing Home...

This photo of my Dad, age about 3 months, with his father; it was taken in the spring of 1920. I visit nearly every evening, which means I don't post as much now.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In Addition, Hobbes Developed....

Stage 2 Kidney Failure.  Sounds dire and it is, but it turns out, it's treatable! She's nearly 20; she's getting better medical care than we are. Worthwhile, since she is the best cat ever! We infuse her with saline water every 2 days. The house looks like a vet clinic.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Scotchie...A Good Cat

A victim of feline diabetes and only about 13 years old, we were shocked and saddened by her loss.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Making Good Progress in NC...

Tho we have not visited our other son and his wonderful young wife, we have an adventure ahead. They were able to purchase a home this year; we plan a visit with a truck-load of furnishings for them. Photo-Ops and Fun! Can't wait.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Beginning to Sum Up 2012 in Photos...

In early January we visited the California Kids, taking many happy memories with us. Hi, Kids!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

PartyTime Again...

 Glowing blue and golden sunset on our way to the party for ...

 FlowerGirl and Hubsy. There was a houseful of her girl-cousins and lots going on....

 The High Empress and Creator of Die-For Desserts, my sister-in-law, produced these incredible examples of All-that is Delicious. She can make the cake look better than the one in the magazine and you can imagine you good they taste...
Party Maverick, age 7

Bella, nearly 3 now

Maverick lives up to her name

 The cake is cut, soon to be served.

Party-Madonna and Tired Fussy Bella

Too old for the children's party, too young for the dance

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I've been a little busy lately....

But I noticed this new art display in the lobby of a downtown Chicago building at Wacker Dr. and Adams Street near the train station.  In this photo, they are in the process of installing glass or plastic faux-poppies in the lobby. The brightness is cheerful on a cold Chicago morning!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hervhey, Rest in Peace...

Back beyond the playhouse, near the fence, is the resting place of Flower-Girl's first pet, the hamster Hervhey. He did pretty well, since he lived nearly 3 years. She was devastated when it happened in September, but then recovered enough to decide it would be OK to wait and tell me the sad news on

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Halloween Gathering....2012

 Flower Girl's grown a lot this year. Hadn't seen her for a while; it is noticable how tall she  is growing.

 Flower Girl, with her Grandmother and her school-friend. FG is dressed as LagunaBlue of Monster High, whoever that is. Her friend appears as a Vampire Princess, tho the dress was so pretty! Too bad it's black.

 Flower Girl's pretty Mom wore this funny hat out when they all went Trick or Treating. We older people stayed and passed out candy from the base-camp. 

 She's about to demonstrate how to stuff a Twix in your mouth. Flower Girl has a sense of humor like 9-year old boy...

 Adored Uncle Hubsy put on Laguna's wig, but only when I promised I wouldn't post any photo's on the Blog.  lol.
 Edie the Dog, after a long Trick or Treat walk, collapsed.

Near time for us to leave. Her friend became over-tired and needed to be taken home to sleep. The energizer-bunny, above, keeps on ticking. Next there was a demonstration of nose-picking...Ok, that's it.

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...