i took a quick trip to albany this weekend to visit my mom and to attend my 35th high school reunion—i haven’t been to one of those in a very long time. our class meets up very informally every year at a golf club, which makes it very relaxed and easy-going (haha, that’s our generation in a nutshell, i think).
i arrived on thursday evening and after dinner we watched movies while i knitted on a secret project.
i have several going right now which i need to make progress on, so all i have with me are things i can’t show you. which does not make for the best blog fodder.
fortunately, my mom is much more entertaining; she’s got all sorts of projects going on. for instance her flowering plants which grow beautifully for her every year. even those old impatiens are plugging away
we thought it was the end of the line for them, after 50 years of propagating from the ancestors of the original plants. my mom’s cuttings were completely wiped out when some sort of blight or fungus took all of them down. fortunately a neighbor had been rooting them successfully a few houses down.
she also likes to bake a LOT. and since she isn’t going to eat it all, she looks for opportunities to make goodies for others. like irish soda bread that she “just threw together quick” for someone this morning.
we spent some time yesterday afternoon getting a start on sorting the boxes of family photos she has. we are so lucky to have had a family that loved the camera! they didn’t even own one, but they recorded many big events and fun daily moments throughout the last century.
i love this set of photos; these are my grandfather’s parents, who gave him these photos when he left italy in 1920 at age sixteen. on the backs are inscriptions in the hand of each parent
my grandpa only saw his parents once again before they died; he and my grandma took my mom across the ocean for a visit in 1932.
my parents’ wedding pictures are also among my favorites; these mid-century studio portraits are just exquisitely styled, shot, and printed in rich black and white.
there are a ton of snapshots too, from picnics, parties, graduations, and days at the beach. we have a lot to go through and lots of blurry, out of focus pictures can really be disposed of at this point. sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.
i won’t add the photo i took home from the reunion—it turned out a bit blurry. it was a small gathering—but then, we were a small class. and i was the only woman from our class to show up. but it was a fun evening and i’m really glad i attended; it turns out that several of us have taken up (or rediscovered) running in the last couple of years so we chatted about that, among other things. i think we should do a 5k together some time, haha. hopefully i’ll be able to get back here for future class gatherings as well.
tomorrow i head back home; i’ll be traveling all day again. but i do have some good news to leave you with—we have winners for the carol feller book giveaway.
the digital copy from carol will go to our friend judi
and i decided to also give away my print version of the book; this copy goes to jerriF
congratulations to the winners; i hope you both enjoy your new books. and many thanks to carol feller for making the giveaway possible!