Photo a Day Challenge



Our granddog Journey poses for his portrait.


A man and his car . . .


John enjoyed viewing the cool race and sports cars son Ted repairs and maintains.


How We See Ourselves


Lois appears to be the braver of our team.


John was about to take his vehicle, a 1958 Triumph TR3A, for an autumn afternoon drive.


A pleasant walk through the butterfly house at Mosquito Hill earned Lois a hand stamp.



Ted tends to a damaged Hewland transmission on Donnybrooke Motorsports’ Brabham formula racer and finds fifth gear once again for its owner/driver.


High Speed

The Canadian-American Challenge allowed unlimited engine size and unrestricted aerodynamics.  By the end of its run in 1986 some cars claimed 1500 horsepower.  Aerodynamic wings, ground effects, effective turbochargers and aerospace materials were developed and became fair game, but the cars were required to have two seats, enclosed wheels and basic safety equipment.  Son Ted, Donnybrooke Motors general manager/mechanic, tended the company’s McLaren M1B No. 22 at Road America for its driver/owner.



No sojourn to Manitowoc is complete without a stop at Beerntsen’s, a candy and ice cream shop located on 8th Street since 1932.  John enjoyed a Boston Nut sundae and Lois a Chocolate Bud, both scrumptious treats served in tulip glasses overflowing with homemade ice cream, chocolate and marshmallow with fresh roasted nuts.  The original custom made  black walnut booths, candy cases and arches provided the perfect ambiance.



We celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary today and found these keepsakes to photograph.

Texture added by CoffeeShop Baking with Mom Ethereal Textures foamy chocolate milk.



Mid-afternoon and the family gathers in the shade of Lois’ tree.  Lois takes the shot while John reviews his pics.


After the tour Lois enjoys sampling the brews.


This bunny and cart was made and painted more than thirty-five years ago.  John, Lois and son Charlie all contributed to the effort.  It is displayed every year during the Easter season.



John stood entranced by the seemingly unending waters of Lake Michigan.


The mirror was warped.  That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.


The giraffe showed his appreciation for the tasty treat.


Daughter-in-law Cheryl offers a treat to make a new friend at the NEW Zoo near Suamaco, WI.


A is for Autocross

Autocross consists of driving a course defined by traffic cones set up on a large parking lot or small track.  Drivers are timed as they run the course one at a time.  Penalty seconds are added for hitting a cone.  Cars are grouped into performance classes and quickest times win.



Open the bonnet of a British sports car (or the hood of an American muscle car), and the guys will gander and gawk.  The sound of this modified MGA’s Rover V8 engine lured Charlie and John like an ancient Greek siren at Blackhawk Farms Raceway.


An old anchor near the lighthouse points the way for son Charlie and daughter- in- law Cheryl.


I liked the window lighting John as we had our morning coffee at a local restaurant.  I think he is thinking of firing up the TR3 that decorates his sweatshirt but sits covered and lonely in our garage.


It’s winter time in Wisconsin

And the gentle breezes blow

Seventy miles an hour

At twenty-five below.


Oh, how I love Wisconsin

When the snow’s up to your butt

You take a breath of winter

And you nose gets frozen shut.


Yes, the weather here is wonderful

So I guess I’ll hang around

I could never leave Wisconsin

‘Cause I’m frozen to the ground

(author unknown)


Happiness Is…

Building a snowman with your brother.


Photos of generations past are treasured reminders of life long ago.