Thursday, September 29, 2016

TBT: Golden Days in England 1969

If the sky is blue and the temperature balmy, it's one of those perfect days in England. We knew to make the most of them.

This page was made from this photo of a day in the Yorkshire Dales.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Yesterday to Today

One of the photos from yesterday became this page. Made for a challenge it could only have 3 analogous colors. Fine with me!

Hope you like it too.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

TBT: A Yorkshireman in 1972

Ok, not a man but a little boy born in Yorkshire. After 30 years, I finally got some of my older photo albums from former husband.  I wonder if he has any memories of his children from these times. The one of me and #2 son is on Thanksgiving 1972 and the one with his father is later that year.

Remember when we had to pay for film and then developing?  I rarely shot in b&w but did at this time. A shame because my dress was a fine orange wool!

I suspect this photo is one where Daddy is bouncing him and asking "Are you a happy boy?" No doubt, he was. Hopefully he is as happy today.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: Finishing Up a Busy Day in Budapest

Our afternoon at the artist village did give me a chance to have a cup of tea that gave me enough caffeine to have energy for the evening. The walk really helped too. I loved the music and dancing which took me back to things I heard as a child. It was a nice note to end on.

Monday, September 12, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 35

One of those weeks that wasn't exciting in either a great way or an awful way. Just a lot of the daily that makes for a stable life.

I put the 'anything is possible' next to my friend Rod who was down in Costa Rica. He wants to go to Borneo some day and right now that's not high on the list for his significant other.  But then ...anything is possible!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

TBT: Back to 1956

The last of the three photos sent to me by my cousin. I added a sepia filter, straightened and cropped this one but left it with the trio centered. That was the standard way photos were taken back then, making sure to get your subject centered in the photo. At least nothing is 'growing' out of any of their heads.

My Nana on the left was 58 years old then. She had been a widow for nine years and despite Social Security legislation being passed in 1935, she had virtually no income. With a 4th grade education, she had only worked in a silk mill for a few years before her marriage at age 18. My coal-miner grandfather never received a pension when he died of MS and Black Lung.  She only had health benefits when Medicare was passed in 1965. Nana was totally dependent on the good will of her daughters and daughter in law. She lived with one or the other from 1947 until she died in 1972.

Without family, I wonder what happened to other women like her.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: Bus rides, Pastries, Markets and More Pastries

Sometimes Budapest seemed to be a blur of activities. We never really had much free time to explore places we had seen on our previous trip but then again we were pretty vacationed out by this point. Lots of factors were at play but of course we did eat!

Monday, September 5, 2016

AAM Monday : Project Life Week 34

Another one of those hot hot weeks that I've very glad is in the past. He was in Alaska fishing and I had myself a staycation of sorts. Just a good break with no expectations. I love those weeks.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

TBT: Summer 1956

Another one of the photos sent to me by my cousin Joe. This is the house in MD where I spent most of my growing  up years until I was married. The tall man is my father and he was 6'4 and 36 years old here. How funny it is to think how I thought they were all so old when I was 12. But that's a child's perspective.

The man to his left is my maternal grandmother's brother Peter who moved from PA to NYC, probably to avoid a life spent in the PA coal mines. At some point he met his wife Victoria who is seated on the porch. She already had a son and came from an Italian family so it was quite a change from the Lithuanian and Irish people who seemed to fill most of the town in PA.

It was after WWII that more people moved away from their hometowns and married spouses of different ethnic backgrounds. Those moves allowed a lot of economic growth but at the same time, family connections were often lost. Life is full of choices.

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