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Memories of World War II May 28, 2018

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Family photographs,World War II — Janet @ 4:34 pm

2018_05_28_08_48_18.pdf001    March 1943 – a visit with my brother training to be a Navy pilot

 

9 Years Old – A Birthday Party To Remember April 23, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Family,Fizz — Janet @ 1:09 am

IMG_1414  lining up to form teams – I think this was Team Indecisive -i.e. they couldn’t decide on a name

IMG_1422  lined up ready for the first question in the X-Box Quiz, or was it Minecraft?  I wouldn’t have been an asset to any of the teams!

IMG_1423  looks like someone has broken ranks and is headed for the food – that’s the host kneeling on the table – hmm a bit of chaos developing

IMG_1406  Fizz the Cat knew all the answers

IMG_1424  hmm, are they paying attention to the quizmaster?

And so it went on but I left.  Too chaotic for Grandma.  But I checked this morning and there were no injuries etc and a good time was had by all.  Happy Times.

 

 

Publication Day In 2nd Grade April 21, 2018

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Grandchildren,School Days — Janet @ 3:43 pm

IMG_1392  Parents and students reading the reports

IMG_1393   That’s my grandson Sean on the left with the skeleton(?) T-shirt

IMG_1395  Readers were encouraged to write comments    (The teacher is a Seahawks fan wearing his Number 12 jersey)

IMG_1398  Sean’s mum (Susan) reading one of the reports

I love these parent/grandparent participation events.  Such a privilege.  And they spark wonderful memories of the years when our sons were that age – and when I was that age!

 

A Day At The Races March 4, 2018

Filed under: Apex Team,Bicycling,Cycling,Family,Family Photos — Janet @ 5:25 pm

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Yesterday marked the start of the cycling season – racing that is.  It was a chilly and foggy morning in the valley near Auburn south of Seattle.  Here is son James about to be launched – family members are gathered round.  It was a time trial wth cyclists starting every 30 seconds.  5 miles out, 5 miles return, taking approximately 28 minutes.  Various teams were represented.  James is with the Apex Team – they were well represented in the various categories.

James start time was about 9:20 and the fog had considerably dispersed by then.  That’s me to the left trying to get him at the start.   Grandson Sean is the supporter just to the right and James’ wife Susan is there in green.

 

I Have Been Away February 18, 2018

A marvelous trip to London and Dublin to visit family and friends.

IMG_1013   Son Andrew and his 2 daughters Alannah 12 and Isolde 7 in their home in Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland

IMG_1048  In a pub in Terenure, DublinIMG_1039   Same pub, Vaughn’s, Alannah, Kerri-Anne and Amanda.  Amanda is Andrew’s wife and Kerri-Anne is her sister.

Following lunch the granddaughters and I went to the small but very good Village Bookstore 2 doors away.  During my trip I visited book stores at every opportunity.  My failing?  My interest!!  Alas, I didn’t come across any yarn stores in my travels.  It’s just as well, I could hardly shut or lift my suitcase for the return trip back to Seattle.

 

Vaughn’s in the village of Terenure is within easy walking distance of Andrew and Amanda’s home in Rathgar.  Rathgar village also has numerous excellent bars and restaurants and shopping facilities.  Up until about a month ago Rathgar also had a book store    IMG_5195

 

 

 

My husband Ian and I lived in Rathgar when we first came to Ireland in Year 1 of our marriage in 1968.  We had the top floor flat in a former house – very similar to Andrew and Amanda’s home now.      IMG_5211   sort of but not exactly like this red brick home

Ian and I did our shopping at the Gourmet Shop in Rathgar but sadly the owners passed away recently and the shop is now closed – a victim of the passage of time and a small shop bowing to the dominance of a much larger shopping facility (SuperQuinn) opening nearby.

Rathgar Presbyterian Church is strikingly dominant in the village.  And this is where our youngest son David was baptized.    IMG_5198   This photo doesn’t do it justice.

 

 

 

 

January 6 January 6, 2018

Filed under: Family,Family memories,Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 8:25 pm

A date when I especially think of my sister Ruth who passed away last September.  She was born in 1926 so today would have been her 92nd birthday.  I think of her every day but today especially.  Good memories.  Following are a few pictures taken over the years.

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Ruth at lake photo

 

Ruth and Finn feb 2015

 

ruth and me

 

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Family Games December 19, 2017

Filed under: Card Games,Family — Janet @ 3:23 pm

IMG_4949  Family fun with the game of Coup – I think Ethan was Ashley’s partner – a silent one but still part of the fun