Friday, January 29, 2010

They watch our every move

How am I expected to live like this? (The walls look purple but they're not.)
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Monica and me

... at one of the kid's birthday parties.
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Gimme that

Monica sharing gum with Micah.
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Dana, Monica, David and Monica

skating, marching, watching a parade...
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Nay-Nah

This is Dana, our next door neighbor. Well, she used to be our next door neighbor and she, and her sister Monica, played at our house a lot when they were little. Now, she's grown up, lives in CA, and we don't get to see her as much as we'd like. Really and Truly, Dana was David's first love. When he was two and she was eight, he used to wake up during the night calling her name. David visited her in LA (and Monica in San Francisco) this past summer when he and his friend, Philip, took a road trip. I've written of both of them before, but
not enough.
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Sure was good to see Micah last weekend

She's a demonstrative little thing!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tadpole

Lubbock, Texas 1955
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Kirkpatricks

This one was probably taken six years or so after the picture I posted below. Looks like it was New Year's Eve. Front row: Michael, Sean K., Deidre "Dee Dee" K. with Ivan, Laura, Kevin and me in the back row.
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Nick and Jake

Nick and Jake playing Scrabble at Dad's on Thanksgiving.
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Behold, the fish and the fisherman

Stole Jerry's line, from his email that accompanied this picture. It's Dad, with the redfish he caught at the home of Mary Belle Bordone's daughter and son-in-law. The fish haven't a prayer. He can read the weather, the tides, and, perhaps, their minds.
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Kirkpatricks

This was taken the night before the Kirks moved to Texas. They were good friends, Navy friends, as were most of them. I just love the Navy and the feeling of belonging in that community. It was at the Kirk's home that we watched The Wizard of Oz the first time it was on the "idiot box," as Mom lovingly referred to the tv. In the back row, Don is using Laura's hair as a mustache with Mom, holding Mary, and Barbara Kirkpatrick to his right. Billy is the farthest to the left of the group. Michael, shirtless in the center. Me, in the very front, with Ivan K., Kevin K., and Sean K. behind me. Deidre K. is in the picture, but blocked by my head. I had crushes on all of the Kirkpatrick boys. No surprise there.
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Monday, January 18, 2010

Look out world, here she comes!

I'm hurrying to get pictures and home videos together so I can get in line to order a DVD from Allie's new business. Go to her website and view some of her work and you'll want to, too. Her creations are like an updated combination of scrapbooking and blogging all on a treasured keepsake DVD. She does a great job of arranging pictures and setting them to music, making a crisp, vibrant, well-paced presentation with a perfect balance of humor and sentiment. Go to http://fotos2flix.shutterfly.com/ and see what I mean. Fotos2Flix is going to be a big success.
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Work of art that Jerry found in Dad's oven

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The Jewel of the Kitchen

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My Christmas was finally a success

Every year I spend all this time planning menus, looking up recipes, buying ingredients, only to never quite get it together enough to follow through by actually cooking. So, in January, I end up throwing away a bunch of food, deep in self-hatred mode. But, THIS YEAR, because of my new, inspirational, organized kitchen (just LOOK at this pull-out baking cabinet!), I even cooked and decorated delicious cut-out sugar cookies. Unfortunately, I ate almost all of them myself. I was so excited, though, that Erin brought Parker and Hudson over, and our friend, Dana, came to see us and I was able to persuade them to have cookies.
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I love the kitchen sink!

It reminds me of my friend, Michele.
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Place for cookbooks

The tea kettle is part of the copper set Mom bought in France. Terry "liberated" the milk bottle from a pile of them at an old barn in Lubbock when he was in high school.
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Cross stitch Mimi made for me in, you guessed it, 1969

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Part of our new kitchen

It's pretty small, so this is actually almost all of the new kitchen! Not completely finished.
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Memory Lane takes a shortcut through the kitchen

Remember when we used to make these potholders? And, the pig cutting board is just like the one Mike made in shop class that Mom had in her kitchen forever. The cookbook was mine when I was little.
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New Year's Day by the fire

Steak dinner, provided by Dad. Table cloth was a gift that Don and Mary brought me from France. It matches my china which I'd planned to use, when I set the table, but changed my mind and used different dishes. I guess these dishes kind of clash with it, but the tablecloth is lovely with the china.
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Making cranberry bread

This sifter still has the price tag from Rose's dime store in Virginia Beach which was owned by Bill Vaughan's family. Bill Vaughan is married to Polly Carver, Winship's sister and Jake and Edward's aunt. The price tag says $1.07 and has probably been attached for 40 years. I only reinforced it with tape about a year ago - it was hanging on by just a smidgeon of adhesive. Mom told me, while she was in the hospital, that the kitchen chairs that go with the beloved round kitchen table, also came from Rose's. I think the store has been closed for many years, presumably replaced by Walmart or something. That area of Virginia Beach is almost unrecognizable to me now. Remember Kiddie Time, on Saturday mornings, at the Princess Theatre?
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Cranberry bread in the oven

I love to see so many items in my kitchen, given to me by loved ones. The rooster timer was a gift from Karen, and the tea kettle spoon rest from Danielle. Isn't the feature that allows us to view the contents of the oven ever-so-cool? And, how about that adorable red clock?
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Mary and Mike in their kitchen

When Micah and I were visiting in August
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