Saturday, December 31, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Happy Birthday, Girls

Shadow Shot Sunday is back, and takes me back a couple of days to December 29. Of course, the birthday of my two favorite ladies, the beautiful Patti and our lovely lass, daughter Allegra. The best of times, a perfect day. Allegra is now 23, Patti born in the 20th century and no need for further details...

As Allegra was in Boston on Thursday, we celebrated both birthdays at home yesterday, tenderloin fillets with a mustard sauce (thanks Cam!). Two beautiful ladies on a special day!

Shadows abound over the girls in these pictures seen prior in SSS (and still special): newborn Allegra arriving to our Derby (CT) home on 1 January 1989. The photos flanking are from a school trip to Paris. Shadows, smiles and wonderment make this shadowy retrospective a great memory...Happy Birthday to the girls...Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tina's WW - Christmas (past)

Parents can never forget the joy of Christmas gifts when they were little. In 1993, Allegra was 5, Cameron 3. Radio Flyer wagon, Snow White and Goofy were the gifts. I think they like what they received...See Tina's WW 

Whimsical Windows - Yale environs

Toby hosts the unique meme, Whimsical Windows Delirious Doors. In this, we look all about for doors, windows and other interesting architectural details. As we are only a few miles from the city of New Haven, it is old and full of styles from many different eras. The view around Ivy League Yale University is no exception. 

The architecture from then is full of slate, brick, dormers, turrets and windows surrounded by arches. The structure on the right is Welch Hall, built in 1891. I do not have the name of the other. Whatever it may be called, it evokes olde Europe in many ways. In and around an older city, we just need to have our photographic device available to capture it all...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Gifts under the tree

Ruby Tuesday arrives during the holiday season - and I hope it was as good for you as was ours. No matter how big the kids are, it is better to give. Really!

This view full of small but requisite rubies is a Christmas tree from a few years ago. The gifts were all wrapped with care (by Patti - a better gift wrapper than I).

The day and season is always a great family time, although the night of 25 December the floor is not this neat, with paper strewn all over the carpet.

Socks and ties are still fun to receive too...

To all and especially to host Mary, a Happy New Year

Tina's Pic Story - Relaxing

Tina hosts this great weekly meme, Pic Story Tuesday. We hope to let our pictures 'talk' as we post to her weekly theme, this week it is relaxing.

In the spirit of the holidays this 26 December, I am showcasing the Christmas tree from a few years ago. As for relaxation, how about our cat at the time, Sir Humphrey. No, he was not a gift! However (and cat owners know this very well), not many beings can relax as well as a cat can.

Such is the cats life...

So the gray feline is enjoying is leisure time quite well as he sits under the tree...see more at Tina's fun site!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vintage (family) vacations

The past comes alive (sort of) with my first I-Photo slideshow converted into my first YouTube video...To those in the know, we are at the Jersey Shore in the vacation hamlets of Brigantine and Atlantic City in decades past. These days were full of sun, sand, salty surf. Luigis, pigeons and Boardwalk bicycles. A vintage vacation vignette...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Christmas tyme

Tall and tinselly, 1959
Today's Sepia Scenes is a reprise of a picture from the past. Yet the memory of the person and his sense of decorating style stays strong. 

Grandpa loved big Christmas Trees, and he liked lots of tinsel on his big tree. So a sepia edit of this washed out color print takes a bit of the shine off this tree, eye protection not necessary...

We are at their home on Oregon Avenue in Steubenville Ohio, 1959. Grandpa, Grandma and Aunt Terry are dressed up for Christmas and the tree is as grand as can be. A happy holiday to all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Whimsical Windows - Ansonia Public

Toby thoughtfully hosts the fun meme Whimsical Windows-Delirious Doors, and here we get to look at unique buildings and chronicle the unique architectural details that make each structure stand out. Today it is a wheelchair vantage view of our hometown Ansonia Public Library.

We live in this small city (18,500) as we look at the library. It was designed by the noted American architect George Keller, known for many monuments, including the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Hartford.

It was
opened in 1892. The exterior walls are clad in red Longmeadow freestone from western Massachusetts, with the foundation walls were of granite from local quarries in Ansonia. A stylish beauty, even if its copper roof now an oxidized green.

The woodwork inside is absolutely stunning as the exterior, the woodwork amazing. I use the the first-floor ramp, the friendly and staff will fetch whatever book I am looking for. A fine place for learning as well as architectural study, too. This is a cool meme, thanks for hosting!

Tina's WW - Ornamental

Parents are happy when the children are able to celebrate the Christmas season for the first time - and get ornaments for the tree to mark the occasion...see Tina's WW!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tina's Pic Story - Contrasting Cat

Tina's Pic Story arrives again, and we are ready to participate. We provide a story in pictures, as Tina provides the weekly theme, this time it is kontrast. The story includes instead of different colors or textures, size differences and even a cat...

The always lovely Patti sets up a Christmas village. The contrast is that in the real world, the buildings are bigger than we are.

Yet here, the buildings are much smaller than us - in fact, an entire village fits in our living room

Now, our feline is much smaller than us, weighing in at a low 12 lb/ 5.5 kg. Yet, the contrast changes when he decides to pay the village a visit...

He seems to be a giant visitor that looks threatening. I think that he is actually purring here. It would seem to be safer inside - although the two tiny women do not seem afraid of the the towering cat just around the corner. Since we know Linus quite well, we wouldn't be afraid either!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Holiday Lighting

Ruby Tuesday arrives in the Christmas holiday time where many are rushing to decorate their homes. Of course, many of the items we like to show off are manufactured of questionable quality.

Like this 'tree' of lights, a inverted cone full of lights that is to represent a coiled conifer. Made of plastic, including the stakes, also made of the flimsy material.

This was a few years ago, and I think that a strong wind toppled the tree. When Patti tried to reattach the tree, said stake broke. It could not stand.

Ever resourceful, Patti attached it to the railing by the front door. Voila, the tree stood, the ruby lights shining on a snowy Christmas night. An interesting holiday ruby to say the least!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Yule past

1964, East Hartford
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is an awesome meme that has been hosted by Brisbane artist Tracy, and continues with a new team! It has and continues to be a fun meme to contribute to as I have since September 2009. Happily, it continues as Tracy steps down from the hosting duties. Always a great meme to enjoy, as we see shadows everywhere, and we anticipate and capture said shadows. Even in old scanned prints…

1993, Ansonia

Parents like to show off their children, a common place is the Christmas holiday cards. We take the digitized view to any mass retailer who converts into cards to mail.

It was not so easy to make a photo card in 1964 in East Hartford – maybe a family photo would be inserted into a bi-fold card. In those times, the one sided picture card was not considered.

In that era of new neighborhoods, salesmen would prowl the streets to solicit. Such as the Christmas card salesman/photographer. Mom thought the idea grand and thus captured all seven of us, and quickly those who could dress themselves (all but one month old Christopher) were to gather in their Sunday best for the photo shoot. Which was the 1964 card.

Naturally, when our kids were young cherubs, we did the same. Two examples that have been scanned (film was the medium in the 1990s) are in 1993 (Cam in the Snoopy attire) and Allegra thinks 1999 was the other, that being a bit blurry. But with shadows!
1999, Ansonia

It was always fun for us parents to capture and send the cards.

Of course, Allegra and Cam are big now, and bi-fold cards are what we send now…Happy continued shadow shooting in Queensland, Tracy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Sound Check

Sepia Scenes brings me back to a familiar subject, that is grandfather Ralph I. The guess is that we are around 1955 in downtown Steubenville Ohio, perhaps Market at Fourth Street.

When he went downtown, he dressed for the occasion - we see the coat, tie, jacket and hat. I saw this was a kid, and it shows his stylish side. Note the women who also dressed up for the city...

His business was the lease and maintenance of police and fire department two-day radios, mostly in Steubenville and Jefferson County Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia.

Undoubtedly, he had something to do with the communications on the truck - maybe this is in a parade? I cannot say for sure, however this picture beautifully captures the man, his profession and his era very well...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tina's WW - Barriers and walls

I hope I don't offend, but I remember this picture from age seven. The man in glasses is my father, then a reporter for UPI based in New York City. The year is 1962, the background is the Berlin Wall as seen from West Berlin. The sky is gray, the feeling is dark. At least it has been gone 22 years...

Whimsical Windows - Older New Haven

Whimsical Windows (and Delirious Doors) is back again, This fun (and perhaps informational) meme is hosted by Toby in Judea. She notes that we are merely tasked to captures windows, doors and other interesting architectural items, post and link. I am happy to contribute…

We live 15 minutes from New Haven Connecticut, home of Yale University – and full of old buildings. The top photo was captured on Orange Street. It once was full of upscale homes that mostly are attorney offices. This one is eye-catching, I guess from the late 1880s, and full of classic details like turrets, arches and gingerbread trim. The modern day utility wires are not distractions from this brick beauty – we ignore them and admire this architectural gem.

The second subject sits along more upscale Whitney Avenue, near East Rock and north of downtown. 

It is the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The congregation started in 1840, and this building was opened in 1931.

Houses of worship bak then seemed to harken back to centuries old  Europe. I do not know what the exterior of this building is clad with, but it looks very substantial.

Its windows have an old world style, the gothic (?) arches wonderfully detailed. Beautiful in a way the modern style cannot replicate.

This is a fun meme, and we all have lovely architecture that is local to us, which prompts us carry our cameras with us at all times...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tina's Pic Story - In the Kitchen

Tina so thoughtfully hosts the Tuesday fun meme 
Pic Story. In this, we let the pictures do the talking, adding descriptions to enhance our photos. She has chosen the theme for the week as "In the Kitchen"

In 2005, we decided to renovate our kitchen to make it more friendly for me in the wheelchair. 

I like to dabble in cooking, so it would be much easier for me to do so. The counters were lowered and I have a roll-under space for food preparation. 

In the first view, I am inspecting the work. It seemed fine, and I fit under, as designed.

In the other two, I am preparing something in the ceramic slow cooker, stew or perhaps soup. During the construction, we did not have a kitchen to cook in. So when we did, it was time to cook again.

I have nothing against restaurants and microwave meals...however. but home cooking is always a little bit better.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Christmas in East Hartford

Ruby Tuesday, hosted graciously by Mary, arrives for the week. The only rule a lot, a little red. Given that it is the Christmas/holiday season, my theme is Christmas at home in earlier times on in East Hartford Connecticut.

At left is the sort of thing we do not see these day on siblings - matching nightwear for Christmas Eve pictures. My mother purchased five matching ruby nightgowns and sort of matching ruby sleepwear for the two boys. I am hazy on the year, but believe is 1967. A while ago...

The other picture is from 1976, and I took it with the then revolutionary Polaroid SX-70 instant picture camera - those of a certain age do remember these. I was in college by then, so no matching sleep clothing. Plenty of things to open. though.And lots of ruby wrapping paper and old style (non-LED) lights. Nice memories of families together...Follow the rubies at Mary's fun meme.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Skyview

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives courtesy of Tracy, down under in Brisbane.

We see shadows on the ground, underneath the sky most of the time. However, in the sky? Of course...

A couple of years ago, Allegra travelled to Grand Rapids MI for a church conference. Naturally, given my blog name, I commissioned a photo or two from upstairs. Allegra thoughtfully complied.

This is on a Continental Express EMB-145 jet somewhere between Cleveland (KCLE) and Hartford (KBDL). Shadows appear on and inside the fluffy cloud, the subtle lighting changes a treat for the viewer.

There is also evidence of the photo hunter in the window also...The graphic shows the flight tracker at the time, going the other way. Note that the computer generated plane has a shadow, too...

Ah, shadows abound all over and we (and obliging kids) capture them, so see many more at Hey Harriet!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sepia Scenes - 7 December

Sepia Scenes, thoughtfully hosted by Mary, is back. Today is December 7, the day that 'lived in infamy' back in 1941. It seems that WWII mobilized the entire USA in one form or another, and by its end, Americans were happy to see its end in August 1945.

Note the huge flag that is draped across the porch of the house.

The picture has a relative (the girl) and I guess other neighborhood kids in Steubenville Ohio involved in the shot, taken by my grandfather. It was a day to celebrate. I believe that the headline is splashed across the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the children (and dog) are really celebrating. What began that December 7 finally ended...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tina's WW - Kids, behave...

Many decades ago, maybe at 20 months, I was trying to make a point with big sister Michele. Really, really trying, that is…see Tina's WW!