April 23, 2014

Hungry Reunion

Suburban Chicago, Spring 1966. A group of peeps have nested in our driveway evergreen.

A Big Coat

Suburban Chicago, April 1960. Dad shows me how to explore the backyard.

"By another account, a UW-Madison police officer recently noticed a fox crossing University Avenue, a chicken in its mouth."

Watch your coops! The campus foxes are adorable, but they're also hunters.

"Foxes among Badgers." Awww:

A fox meets a real badger: 

The menfolk appreciate the tulips, too.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1949 or 1950. Kadis—the husband of my Dad's twin sister, Jonėand others join the women in the enjoyment of the tulips.

"A 'WTF' article that made me think of you!"

That's what a friend wrote when she sent me the link to a story about a woman who knit a boyfriend for herself.
Also in the news: knitting as a health ritual.

April 22, 2014

Canadian Dollscape

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 1959. My Toronto Cousin also preserved a memory of her dolls. The chimp looks like one of those Soviet plastic-faced dolls; I wonder if someone sent it to my Toronto Cousin as a gift.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin for making this photo available to us.

Eating our way through Austria.

Vienna, Austria, July 1971. Food was a highlight of our European vacation; we didn't skip a meal.

Mom and I wear two of the polyester dresses we sewed for the trip. That's Hofburg Palace in the background.

Related by Marriage: The Men in the Party

Chicago, Illinois, November 23, 1949. Mr. Irene's Dadon the leftagain stands up in a friend's wedding. The groom is the fellow wearing the white bow tie.

April 21, 2014


Verona, Wisconsin, April 2014. They're not looking for cover.

A damaged image is still a keepsake.

Kaunas, Lithuania, 1944. My Mom and her friend didn't know that this would be their last Spring in Lithuania.

Bring some toys to amuse the baby.

 Near Vilnius, Lithuania, about 1928. Suzanne—on the left—joins her Parents, Sister, and Nephew. (The wheeled cat toy reminds me of the wooden horse.)

Thanks to Suzanne's Granddaughter—my Kaunas Cousin—for making this photo available to us.

April 20, 2014

April 17, 2014

Stormy Reunion

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1966. This was Dad's favorite Glacier photo.

General Manners: Be firm.

Suburban Chicago, November 1971. It's dinner time, and Gigi is mooching again.

Resizing Liechtenstein

The country is getting smaller. We visited the principality during our 1971 tour of Europe's German-speaking countries.

The two-day stop in Liechtenstein was memorable for one incident. We stayed at a 1960s-style motor inn. The one-story structure looked out onto a valley, and the room doors opened directly to the outside. My Dad awoke early one morning, and he stepped outside to take some photographs. As he returned to the room, he found it peculiar that a little dog followed him through the door. Once inside the bedroom, Dad realized that he'd stepped into other guests' quarters. The couple had let their dog out for its morning business, left the door unlocked, and were in the midst of enjoying their privacy when Dad walked in on them.

Vaduz Castle, Liechtenstein, July 1971. The castle is one of the few sites in Liechtenstein. It's not open for tours, however, because it still serves as the prince's residence.

"You don’t think Venice is so modern until you try to make it look like it was 700 years ago."

Filming Marco Polo.

ADDED: Here's Marco Polo's Venetian home:

Venice, Italy, April 1984. Okay, that looks 700 years old.

April 16, 2014

April 15, 2014

Spring Scene

Suburban Chicago, May 1976. Keep an eye on your chicks.

We're missing a captain.

Lake Nipissing, Ontario, Canada, July 1964. I'm anxious to go fishing with my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, during her visit to the lake.

"Isn't he nice?"

My Best Friend's maternal Aunt, Mame, met her husband Gino while she traveled in Genoa, Italy. Mame thought Gino's brother, Dolfo, would be a match for one of her sisters, Louise. Mame sent this 1950 photo of herself and Dolfo to Louise. The two stand in front of the Piazza della Vittoria.

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Louise later married Dolfo. The couple sailed to the United States on the Andrea Doria. Louise and Dolfo settled in a home situated about three blocks from the house Mame and Gino bought.

Thanks to Louise and Dolfo's daughter—my Best Friend—for making this photo available to us.

Loose Moose

In Vilnius.

April 14, 2014


Verona, Wisconsin, April 2014. This morning's weather confused Mr. Robin.

We reach Gunsight Pass.

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. We're on our way to Sperry Chalet.

Exchanging Portraits (Part 21)

Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, March 19, 1965. Friends of my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, celebrate their forty-fifth wedding anniversary.

April 13, 2014

Looking-Ahead Reunion

Madison, Wisconsin, June 2003. Last night's storms led me to think about summer gardening.

Sunday, at the Oak

Near Tauragė, Lithuania, about 1940 or 1941.  My Dad's two friends rest during a visit, I believe, to Raudonė Castle. The women may be sitting next to the Gediminas Oak.

(On the other hand, they may be here instead.)

Most children enjoy a birthday party.

Suburban Chicago, April 1961. Here's another photo from the same party. Happy Birthday!

April 12, 2014


Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. Here's another view of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.

Spring Cleanup

Door County, Wisconsin, June 1977. Dad enjoys the mowing task.

Saturday Parade

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1951. That's Toronto Al's Mom. One of the things that delighted me about Toronto was the city's streetcars. Here, you can see the tracks.

Thanks to Toronto Al for making this photo available to us.

April 11, 2014

The Egg Way

The city of Palanga decorates a boulevard with Lithuanian Easter eggs.

We're listening.

Verona, Wisconsin, April 10, 2014. What pretty ears you have!

"Putin is not finished."

Says the Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States.

The work moves outside when the weather warms up.

Toronto, Ontario, June 1959. Kadis, the husband of my Dad's twin Jonė, chats with a neighbor.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin for making this photo available to us.

Young and Tired

Schweinfurt (or Stuttgart), Germany, about 1947. This is how my Dad looked at about the time he enrolled at Hohenheim University.

April 9, 2014

Gurgling Reunion

Near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, July 1956. Things keep moving.

Hillside Cemetery

Hintertux, Austria, July 1971. We've stopped to have a picnic.

Hello, Friend!

Kaunas, Lithuania, January 24, 1940. My Mom's high-school classmate presents a photo. This was the era when it became fashionable for young women to acquire custom-made folk costumes.

April 8, 2014

She'll sleep with her mouse.

Suburban Chicago, Summer 1970. Gigi won't let anyone take the mouse.

A Red Coat

O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, March 1963. I had seen the photos Dad took when JFK spoke at the O'Hare dedication, but I only now saw this clip among our home movies. That means Mom likely went to the event because she was the one who usually did the filming.

Ciao, Sailors!

Genoa, Italy, 1930. The fellow on the left is Dolfo, my Best Friend's father.

Thanks to my Best Friend for making this photo available to us.

April 7, 2014

Spring Tourists

Venice, Italy, April 1984. The crowds swell on the Rialto Bridge during the Easter holiday.


Door County, Wisconsin, August 1980. That's the 1979 VW Rabbit Dad bought when he passed the Buick Skylark to me. The Rabbit is also the car on which I learned to drive stick.

Keeping Count

Door County, Wisconsin, June 1980. My Mom and her best friend, Donna, are knitting outside.

"When I was a boy, all the best meat went to Moscow. … We used to say that Lithuania had exploding pigs. After the explosion, only the ears, tail and feet were left."

A guide explains Soviet-era life to a tourist bicycling through the "Baltic backwater."
Mom remembers how the Soviets exported Lithuanian products—butter, pork, and geese—to Russia. In turn, trucks labeled "Food for Starving Lithuania" arrived from the Soviet Union. The trucks were filled with watermelons.