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People at Work- Dan McDonald

Today at 8 AM, Dan and his SIL Todd, came to install my new furnace.  Their day ended about 12 hours later. Well done!

It is great to have efficient heat and not worry about carbon monoxide emissions from the old furnace.  Come summer there will be AC, too. And it was great you knew I needed more amps of electricity first and a new box so all is safe.

This old house hasn’t been this toasty since I moved in here in ’91.

Thanks Dan, for letting me photograph you in my old school basement.

And thanks Mar and Erika for recommending Uncle Dan.  He did a super job, just as you said he would.

Dan McDonald


Thirty four years ago, when the kids were little, I made little books with photos and words……..

Here are the Adventures of Matthew highlights.

No thought of acid-free paper or archival pigment ink when I created this.

I covered two pieces of cardboard with fabric, ironed some of that paper that was coated and would bond when it got really hot and zig-zag stitched the pages on the sewing machine.

The end papers were marbled on this one.

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I entered this photo to try to win something from Cheerios but I forget what it was.

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Munich

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Photographed tonight in Target.  You were on my mind.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATTHEW-

Miss you! Love you  xxooxx

love,

MA

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Frozen Moment

Always trying to catch the action shot.  The feel of motion.  But then it ends up stiff.

Here is Maura starting the backstroke heat.

Maura, forever frozen, in this tiny second,  as she pushes off the wall.

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Now We Are Six- Happy Birthday Maura Clare!

Updated Post with corrections 

Now We Are Six

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six
now and forever.

-A.A. Milne

Six Years Old November 17, 2014
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(Retro Raggedy Ann and Andy party tablecloth from blog follower and friend Deb B.who has been saving it to give to me and driving it around since forever and got it out of the trunk of her car on Greenfield School Veterans Day Dinner, thank you Deb!)


Now We Are Six- Happy Birthday Maura Clare

Now We Are Six

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six
now and forever.

-A.A. Milne

Six Years Old November 17, 2014

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(Retro Raggedy Ann and Andy party tablecloth from blog follower and friend Deb B.who has been saving it to give to me and driving it around since forever and got it out of the trunk of her car on Greenfield School Veterans Day Dinner, thank you Deb!)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

Achievement

Marlene helped me out with these diving trophy photos of the kids.  Thanks Mar. We’re all here in Ohio ready to celebrate Maura’s sixth birthday.

Jack is below with a photo holding a game ball as he missed out on the diving awards.

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Jack revceived the game ball.

Achievers Shirt from the Big Lebowski


Spring Day in November, Dropping Thirty Degrees Tomorrow and Happy Anniversary Lala and James

No school today on Veterans Day.  Spent some time outside before the threatened polar vortex arrives.

watching tight rope

watching tight rope

sat on a bench and knit

sat on a bench and knit

Cathedral of Learning

Cathedral of Learning

on the lawn

on the lawn

Conflict Kitchen in Closed

Conflict Kitchen in Closed

Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library

Diplodocus

Diplodocus

the trees without leaves

the trees without leaves

Happy Third Anniversary Lala and James love Ma and MIL Ruthie


Hotel Pic from Indiana Swim Meet Weekend by Anna

It doesn’t sound good to say “Anna (11) shot her sister Maura (almost 6) while she was sleeping in the hotel.”
But that is exactly what she did-
(And the next time we are together Anna, your ole Grandma is going to help you start your very own blog!)
Your eye sees a lot! Or should I say -Your eyes see a lot! Thanks for sharing.

I love that you saw Maura asleep on the floor and texted the photo to me at 11:52 PM

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Uncle Frank’s (and Aunt Linda’s) “New” Car- 1953 Ford Crestline Victoria V8

It’s registered in her name.  In fact, if I got the story right, Aunt Linda is the one who negotiated and bought this beauty at a car show in Ohio.

What a jewel.  Look at the pristine condition.

1953 Ford Crestline Victoria V8- 1953 was the 50th anniversary of Ford, I read.  “Power steering and power brakes were being added to this line”.

This model is a year younger than me!

I was up in the neighborhood Friday night and I called and asked if they were eating supper.  “Not yet”, said Uncle Frank.

So I went to photograph the car but alas, it’s in the garage as it’s getting to be winter weather here.

And it was suppertime.  I did get a few detail shots inside the garage. A big pot of vegetable soup was shared with me and Steve and as I drove us home, I promptly forgot all the little details about the car and should have written them down.

Thank goodness Linda had a photo . Here is the photo that Aunt Linda took of the new aquisition. She calls the color salmon.

Aunt Linda's Photo of Ford Crestline Vcitoria V8

Aunt Linda had photographed the car another day and was able to  send it to me via her phone right then and there.

Originally posted in 2011.  Uncle Frank with his 1955 Ford Pickup – see the new engine in gallery above

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P.S.

Not Jay Leno yet but here is Uncle Frank with his 1933 Plymouth on a different 2011 blog post that still gets a lot of hits,


Alum Creek Dog Park Autumn by Anna (11)

Autumn tree by Anna

When one of the grandkids sees something when they’re out and about and thinks-

“oooh, a good one for Grandma’s Blog”, takes a picture to send to me, I like to share it.

Good to encourage their “seeing”.

I told Anna I’ll help her start a blog of her very own. I think she has a great eye. She could start once a week, not daily.

Two years ago Anna took the photo of the pick up truck filled with mannequin legs, headed “to the dummy store.”


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