Double Digits for Maura Clare

Look who is 10 years old!  November 17, 2008 doesn’t seem that long ago and suddenly granddaughter Maura Clare is TEN!

I don’t know of anyone who has more energy and enthusiasm for life!

We always have a lot of fun together.

Happy Birthday to you.  Love you lots.  FF Ruthie

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Before the snow began

It just takes some getting used to. The new season. It changed this morning. We like the changing seasons, right?

This chilly icy, now tonight, snowy weather.

So hard on the trees, though. The driving.

Getting cozy by adding covers, readying for hibernation, thinking about making pots of chili, soup. Boiling the kettle for tea. Oh yes, keep on knitting a wooly sweater.

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I’ve got mail

I’ve got mail.

The mail carrier brought it today.

Not just catalogs, flyers with pizza coupons and bulk rate circulars. Real mail, not just junk, addressed to me.

What a happy surprise.

Charlie (3) and his mom mailed his preschool photo AND the self-portrait he drew inside the card. ❤️ Thanks Charlie. (and Laura)

Not a Worry Stone

But a smooth meditation Spalted Maple (piece of highly polished wood) Rubbing it is soothing. I didn’t know the word spalted before today

Created by artisan David Manos- pictured below – who makes gorgeous hardwood buttons and shawl pins, too….you can see his wife Madelyn, peeking! The Wood Rasp Shop at the Indie Knit & Spin Marketplace at the Ace Hotel today.

A Neighbor’s Tribute to Veterans

A Highland Park neighbor’s tribute to  veterans IMG_2368

Link to Gallery of Veterans   

If you would like to include a veteran you know and love or (one of yourself) please send me the photo  rutheh(at) gmail(dot)con and I will add it to the gallery

This  just in…..thank you Joanne   Leonard Cohen reciting In Flanders Fields 

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Lt. Colonel Kathryn Ingram

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Colonels Rick and Kristin Foerster

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Colonel Rose Miller  Afghanistan 2006

 Joanne Basden’s Father Top Left Corner

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi
Quantico, VA 2011 Reunion TBS-4-66

Mike Kichi USMC   Sent by blog follower and friend and frequent commenter Toni Kichi

Martin H Cooper veteran World War II – European Theater –
(Sue Reinfeld’s father)
1st Plt, D Co. 39th OCC
John E. Hilliard Troop Transport 194This was a project I started and it is incomplete.  I am hoping to receive more photographs of Veterans you know and love to add to the gallery.
Orville Lee, 87 years old, who served in France during WWII. Orv is the heart and soul of our weekly retired group we call CAB (Coffee and Bagels). I hear he has beaten his sons climbing a rock wall recently.

Mike’s brother — Ed Kichi — 2nd from the left in the 2nd row. In above photo of the 1st Platoon D Co, 39th OCC

From Anne Hamilton- UK-

Charles Albert Kydd                     ” I thought Ruth might like the attached photo of my great uncle, the brother of my English grandmother (the one you met). Charles Albert Kydd was born in 1896. He went missing and I’ve also attached a document relating to this which I found in amongst my gran’s papers. Unfortunately I don’t know anything else – not even what regiment he was attached to.”

Thankfully he did survive the war and lived into old age!

To include those currently serving in the military  This photo sent by Sally Nauer of her son’s unit (Jonathan Nauer) neighbors at Ft. Knox in the seventies

In Afghanistan, (Back in USA 2012)
I hope you got the pictures of my favorite veterans – the first was my brother, Michael Cooper, who served in Vietnam in 1968 – Sue
Lt. Robert A. Bard, US Navy (22 yrs, 7 mos total service)

Email a photo of a veteran with name and information about service and I will add it to the gallery. rutheh at gmail dot comUncle Alan and familyMy Uncle Alan Ray Hendricks (USA)

, Uncle Harold “Butch”  Hendricks (USN)  My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks

and my son Mark
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SIGNED INTO LAW MAY 26, 1954

Veterans Day.  More than a day off from school.   A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served.  And the correct spelling  “the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “  according to an article  “Apostrophe Sparks Veterans Day Conundrum”.  I had to look it up.  WWII, on the left my father’s brother Alan Ray Hendricks who “observed his 28th bday by flying a bombing mission  over Japanese-held Koror Island in a 7th AAF Liberator on which he is a gunner”.(old yellowed newspaper clipping)  Received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Who do you know who has served? Scan and email a photo of a veteran you know , along with name and service and I will post a gallery of veterans.  Suzanne sent me her father-in-law and father and that sparked the idea.  rutheh at gmail dot com

Suzanne Colvin- “I’m attaching a photo of my dad, shot in Italy, where he served. His name was William Key (1921-2005); he was a Captain in the 5th Army in Italy.

MY SIL’S Grandfather and Father James holds his wings

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James’ Maternal Grandfather

(Grandson  Charles’ Great Grandfather)

Charles Wade Emig  Born: DEC 31, 1923 Coshocton, OH

James’ mother brought down a box filled with memorabilia

James’ father Charles (Chuck) served in Viet Nam  holding grandson Charles 3 years ago