Basketballs and Bonus Shot

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

Not quite the last photo of 2014. For that, look below the basketballs.

Basketballs
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Bonus shot: Not only is it New Year’s Eve, but it’s also Dad’s birthday. So I made Mom get up on this small pink pony so I could get this shot for Dad to keep for eternity. You’re welcome, Dad. You’re welcome, world.

Mom on pink pony

Listen to Your Mom

October 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

Last spring Mom suggested I take more photos of colorful flowers. I reminded her I had lots of photos of flowers. She said, “You can never have too many pictures of flowers.”

Today we were on a walk. She pointed ahead to a brilliant red bush and said I should take a picture. I said I already had so many photos of leaves. She said, “You can never have too many photos of colorful leaves.”

Right again, Mom. You have to enjoy the beautiful times of year while they last, for they are fleeting.

Note: She also suggested I take a photo of the leaves looking through her Jackie O. sunglasses. Cool.

Red leaves, normal

Red leaves, normal

Red leaves , through sunglasses

Red leaves , through sunglasses

Apples

Apples

Crabapples

Crabapples

Back in Stockholm

October 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

My parents and I took an afternoon drive to Stockholm, Wisconsin, to see the fall colors and sample some pie from the Stockholm Pie Company (triple berry for Dad, sour cream raisin for Mom and me). A perfect fall day to be out and about.

I visited Stockholm for the first time this past summer and fell in love with the charming little town, population 66. I tried not to replicate photos this time, but feel free to compare.

Halfway

August 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

Halfway through the holiday weekend. Lazy morning followed by an afternoon spent writing, walking, and looking through old photo albums sent from my cousin Sally, who inherited them from my great-uncle Merlin. Love these two photos in particular of my Mom and Sally on a pony and my grandparents and some friends in their youth.

Family

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Weekend party number three kicked off tonight with my friends’ super fun wedding reception at a pizza joint. It was splendid. But then again, Juli and Paul are fabulous, so a great time was par for the course.

I love these two — everyone does. Look how cute they are. I adore them beyond words.

May they live long, healthy, bright, and shiny lives. I can’t imagine them doing anything less.

Cuteness times two

Cuteness times two

Dorothy’s Family

August 3, 2014 § 2 Comments

Dorothy's Family

Living Room Concert

August 2, 2014 § 5 Comments

My brother David and cousin Denny played a concert in my living room this afternoon.

Stage

Stage

Banjo and guitar.

Bluegrass, old country, and Dylan.

Dueling guitars

Dueling guitars

Covers and originals.

I wanted to call all of my friends and tell them to rush over for a listen.

Case

Case

Post-gig: musicians and road crew

Post-gig: musicians and road crew

August 1, 1924

August 1, 2014 § 5 Comments

Family have come to Minnesota from Nebraska, Iowa, North Carolina, and California to celebrate the 90th birthday of my mom’s first cousin Dorothy. Tonight was the first of several group get-togethers that will culminate in a big bash Sunday afternoon.

A few days before she was born, the eighth Olympic games closed in Paris. Four days after she arrived, the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” debuted. World War One had ended six years earlier and the stock market would set off the Great Depression five years later.

She’s one of the sweetest people you could ever meet, and it’s wonderful to see so many people coming from all over to celebrate her. She is loved and adored by so many.

Glorious Dorothy

Glorious Dorothy

All the cousins

All the cousins

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