John’s grandmother crocheted the American Flag and passed it on along with her family album.
John’s dad received this letter dated Dec. 25, 1912 from his uncle, who was a municipal judge.
Our kitchen window steamed with the preparation of our evening meal.
Another cold night. Time to bring out the keepsake blanket knitted by John’s mom.
Everything stores in Santa: Teddy Bear into red present, red present into present stack, present stack into smaller round base, smaller round base into tree, tree into larger round base, larger round base into Santa.
Time to take pen in hand and write our Christmas messages.
One of Snow White’s seven friends.
Checkmate in two moves: White pawn f3, black pawn e5; white pawn g4, Black queen h4.
Check and Checkmate, http://www.chess.com/learn-how-to-play-chess
More decorative than tasty.
John’s treasured 1960 college sweatshirt hanging on his poolroom cue rack with an old cap.
A wicker bird house seen at the Cottage Garden Farm gift shop near Waupaca, WI.
Be a coffee-drinking individual – espresso yourself!
This tenor guitar accompanied numerous folk songs in the 1960s. Our musical endeavors frequently sent the dog a-howling, but we had fun with lyrics that told all sorts of stories.
This handmade crochet bedspread is a treasured reminder of John’s Grandmother. Her hands were always busy creating doilies, rugs and blankets . . . as well as baking the most luscious pull-apart buns.
John still has his first SLR camera which he bought in the 1960s. It is a Pentacon 6 medium format 120/220 roll film camera with interchangeable finders, focusing screens, lenses and various accessories. We photographed it with pentaprism finder and two Carl Zeiss lenses: 50mm f2.8 and 180mm f2.8. The telephoto has a 35mm Pentax thread adapter where it functions as approximately 360mm.
For more info and lists of accessories see http://www.pentaconsix.com/
The well loved teddy bear and rag doll are both childhood presents that spend their retirement years in our guest room.
A bell’s not a bell ‘til you ring it. A song’s not a song “till you sing it. Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love ‘till you give it away! — Oscar Hammerstein
John played this King trumpet in the 50s and 60s. It was made by the H. N. White Co. of Cleveland, Ohio and given to John by his great uncle who played it in the earlier 1900s. It now resides in an antique library case where it has taken a special shine to the mellow sounds of Winton Marsalis emanating from our nearby sound system.
Old silver dollars rendered in shades of grey.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
— Carl Sandburg
These are two hand made Shekwan ceramic mudmen (1890 – 1919) from Lois’ collection. These original figurines disappeared from the Chinese export market after WWII and were replaced by newer less collectable figurines lacking handmade detail and expressions. We continue to search antique shops as we travel, but haven’t found another original mudman in over a decade.
For more info see http://www.edensong.com/mud_men_figures.htm
Another photo of John’s pipe which is meerschaum carved in a likeness of the ancient Roman Bacchus or Greek Dionysius, god of wine and inebriation. Although depicted both effeminately young and masculinely mature, he usually wears a headdress of grapes, as in this carving. Pagan religious Dionysia festivals evolved into what we now call theatre.