November 9, 2016


Verona, Wisconsin, November 9, 2016. I need a little time off. No worries; I will be back later.

November 8, 2016

Election Day: Dashboard Dane County

Middleton, Wisconsin, November 7, 2016. We're not in Madison any more.

ADDED: This post is not an indicator of my voting preferences. I keep that private.

November 5, 2016

Borealis, in Three Takes

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Verona, Wisconsin, August 2016. I designed this cardigan based on colors I had used last year for a tam. The motif is the same one that I used in this sweater and in this one.

Sunday Paper: New-Year Edition

Suburban Chicago, January 1962. Mom's in the Master Bedroom.

November 4, 2016

Guardian Angels

I am not a religious person (although I favor religious traditions). During the last eight years, however, I have been blessed to be surrounded by "guardian angels." Some are childhood friends who resurfaced and generously visited me multiple times (from places like Colorado, Canada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Minnesota). Others are more recent classmates, coworkers, fellow knitters, mentors, and teachers who have bonded with me profoundly and brightened my days. Some are relatives with whom I had lost touch. They now have rekindled old ties and also visit us regularly. Your love and devotion is tangible every day. More relatives are still "lost"—but hey, our door is open, and you know now to reach me.

There also are the friends and bloggers who encouraged me to start "Amber Reunion." Thank you for making my daily reading so stimulating and for inspiring me to keep going at it every day.

Most joyous are the friends I made because of the blog. What serendipity! It was really beautiful to see them in Madison.

Finally, many of the committed staff at the UW Carbone Cancer Center have become familiar friends who take great care of me. Below are two (and there's more on Carbone "Guardian Angels" here and here,)

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(Always knitting in hand.)

November 3, 2016

Oasis Reunion

 Belvidere, Illinois, September 2016, Did you think I forgot? Nah. Things got tangled today, but I squeezed juice out of the lemon.

November 2, 2016

One-Note Reunion

Belleville, Wisconsin, October 19, 2014. There are some colorful spots on the way to New Glarus.

October 26, 2016

Mule-Deer Reunion

Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1972. She has lovely ears.

A Closer Look (Part 84)

Palanga, Lithuania, about 1920. I know little about this gentle man, expect that he is a relative on my paternal Grandfather's side.

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October 23, 2016

Fading-Fast Reunion

Verona, Wisconsin, October 2016. The season moves quickly.

A Weak Fan

Lake of Bays, Ontario, Canada, July 1969. I am happy for the Cubs, even though I don't really follow baseball. I bought this hat at the Walgreen's in Winston Plaza. The friend with whom I was shopping chided me for making the purchase because she insisted I didn't know anything about baseball. Hey! The Cubs were doing well that summer, and I wanted to get into the fan spirit.

October 18, 2016

Drive north.

Near Lodi, Wisconsin, October 1989. It's a nice getaway.

Before the Ceremony

Melrose Park, Illinois, June 1989. Members of Vėtra, the Connecticut folkdance group with which Mr. Irene performed, gather outside the church before our wedding. Vėtra later did a few numbers at the reception.

October 17, 2016


Door County, Wisconsin, October 1985. It's not monotonous.


Near Erlangen, German, about 1944. By the time this woman—a medical-school classmate of my Mom's—gave Mom this snapshot, the woman's husband had long departed for the Eastern Front.

October 15, 2016

Vista Reunion

Peninsula State Park, Door County, Wisconsin, October 1985. Drive up to the top.

A Closer Look (Part 83)

Panemunėlis, Lithuania, about 1902 to 1904. This is Bronislava. Bronislava was the wife of my Dad's paternal uncle Kazimieras. Bronislava was the mother of Henry and Vytas. That also makes her my Kaunas Cousin's Great-Grandmother.

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October 13, 2016