September 30, 2014


Door County, Wisconsin, October 1980. Dad's giving Mom some tips about photo taking.

Visitors to the Door County property will remember the "hill" behind my Dad. The elevation was a result of the septic mound system. Mom later planted spruce trees along the driveway. Still later, Mr. Irene and I brought home a spruce "offspring"transported in a coffee canand planted it in our backyard.

The party winds up.

Rockford, Illinois, November 1960. Our friends have finished hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

(I don't remember the lurking-Siamese-cat figurine.)

September 28, 2014

Enjoy the drive.

Door County, Wisconsin, October 1980. Most roads have a lake view.

Heading Home

Lakeview Park, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, October 1979. Dad snaps a photo of Mom and her best friend, Donna, as the group returns from a weekend in Door County.

Sunday Outing

High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Summer 1960. My Dad's twin sister, Jonė, and her daughter—my Toronto Cousin—join friends under the pergola.

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


September 26, 2014

Autumn Tour

Taliesen Estate, Spring Green, Wisconsin, October 10, 2009. Several years ago, the leaves changed color later in the season.

Gentleman Farmer

Colombia, about 1954. My Dad's friend Casey favored photos of himself on horseback.

Scenic Overlook

New York, 1951. My Dad's maternal Aunt, Victoria, and Victoria's older daughter stop during one of the family drives along the Hudson River Valley.

September 25, 2014

Noisy Reunion

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, July 1967. There were many of these birds throughout the park.

"The suburbs are the best reflection of Russian life – vast and meaningless, ugly and violent, littered with scrap metal and plastic bags. But also full of melancholy beauty during a radiant chemical pink sunset."

Bohemian suburbs.

Local Color

Toronto Ontario, Canada, Summer 1971. Dad spots a photo opportunity during the trip he and Mom made to Dad's high school reunion.

Mom's suit was quite elegant; it was one of the tailored garments she sewed.


High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 1960. My Toronto Cousin, like many children, finds water fountains fascinating.

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

September 23, 2014

Falling-Leaves Reunion

Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, October 1965. There's one that stands out.

Crocodile Ride

Addison, Illinois, August 1963. I favored this ride, but I also enjoyed the "Flying Swans."

September Table

Near Penza, Russian Soviet Socialist Republic, September 1963. Natasha, a younger sister of my paternal Grandmother Tatjana, wrote "To dear, always beloved Tanjusha. On our balcony."

Thanks again to my dear friend D for translating the text from Russian to English.

September 22, 2014

Welcome, Autumn

Verona, Wisconsin, October 2007. Just a few hours of Summer remain.

Related by Marriage: Don't feed the pests.

Suburban Chicago, early Autumn 1980. The geese persuade Mr. Irene's Mom.

Another Delivery

Here's another baby blanket I recently finished. The recipient, a girl, arrived last week. Her Mom just opened the package in which I shipped the blanket.

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Verona, Wisconsin, September 2014. The blanket design is the same as this one.

September 21, 2014

Unshorn, in Three Takes

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Near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, June 2014. "You came to see me?"

Sunday Paper: Moving Edition

Suburban Chicago, December 1959. Mom's talking with a patient again, and I interrupt my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana.

Carry the esssentials when you hike.

Utica, Illinois, October 1963. The end of the weekend at Starved Rock nears. Mom has her pocketbook and her fancy knitting bag. She's also wearing sensible shoes.

September 20, 2014

East Glacier

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. Although we visited the park five times, we only once made the trip to East Glacier. The drive from our lodgings in Many Glacier was indirect and tedious, and there wasn't much to do there besides visit Glacier Park Lodge.


Suburban Chicago, 1968. I don't know the occasion for which my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, prepared, but she wore her "best" here. She's standing in the upstairs hallway.


Near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, August 1957. Dad's more focused here.

"If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest[.]"

Said Putin.

September 16, 2014

Autumn-Approaches Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, September 2014. The blossoms of the Peegee Hydrangea Tree turn pink when Autumn nears.

She loved babies.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, about 1969. My Dad's twin sister, Jonė, cuddles a new arrival. Her husband Kadis and her daughtermy Toronto Cousinwatch.

Thanks to my Toronto Cousin (*smooch*) for making this photo available to us.

The blog celebrates its third birthday today.

Last year, when the blog celebrated its second birthday, I promised to keep posting every day, and as long as I have photos. I renew the promise today.

Ha! I remember when I got excited about the fiftieth post.

Suburban Chicago, April 1963. I'm celebrating by drinking my favorite beverage, "50/50."

What brought you here?

September 14, 2014

Swiss Browns, in Three Shades

Near New Glarus, Wisconsin, September 14, 2014. We pulled over again to visit these beauties.

Moving Fast

Suburban Chicago, September 1959. I understand why my Parents installed a backyard fence.

Gigi was a good hostess.

Door County, Wisconsin, June 1981. My Mom's best friend, Donna, joined my Parents for the weekend. Donna brought Heidi, one of the Dachshunds. A patient crocheted the ivory, gold, and brown afghan for my Mom. We still use the afghan; Rex sleeps on it every night in his chair.

September 13, 2014

Lawn-Art Reunion

Taliesen Estate, Spring Green, Wisconsin, September 2, 2014. The exhibit changes frequently.

Fall Fishing

Downers Grove, Illinois, September 1963. It'll still be warm enough this year to go fishing.