I have a past

Growing up, my folks took lots of photos of us. When he was in the Navy, my Dad bought a really nice 35mm camera somewhere in Europe. Unfortunately, all the photos they took were developed as slides. I think they lasted longer probably and I am pretty sure they were cheaper too. Looking at family photos involved a huge production of getting out the projector and the screen and loading all the slides in the trays and yelling at all of us to sit down and stop making
unidentifiable “animal” shadows on the screen. We usually looked at them when our Grandparents came to visit from California, but I don’t remember seeing them very often.

When my old scanner died last spring, I made sure that the new one had the ability to scan slides and asked my Mom & Dad to send me some so I could see how well it worked. They just sent a few for starters, but I am so hooked already. So lets take a little jaunt down memory lane.

Christmas morning – I was 3 and my little sister Weezee was a little over 1. She was born with a hip problem that necessitated wearing that brace until she was 18 months old. She learned to walk in that thing! As you can see, my interest in kitchen accessories seemed to begin quite young. I actually have pretty clear memories of playing with that set of dishes and pans.My Mom thinks this one was taken about a year later – Weezee and I with our cousin Paul. That sofa we are sitting on was in the house when my folks bought it. Covered in maroon velvet, it was the Queen Mary of sofas – huge and very comfy. When they redid the living room, my parents gave the sofa and it’s matching chair to my grandparents to use in their cottage on Cayuga Lake. Years later, Larry and I ended up with it and we only got rid of it because we moved to a place with a smaller living room and it just didn’t fit in there.1962 – this is my Dad, holding the oldest of my 3 brothers. Louise and I were never sure just why they kept bringing home more boys, but no one was listening to us.And on the same day, my Mom with us girls. I can say without equivocation, all 3 of us would love to be that thin again!I got such a kick out of seeing these – probably way more than you guys did, but I promise not to bore you with more of them too often. They make a nice post on a morning when we woke up to find that our coffee maker had given up the ghost. I am thanking the Lord for Amazon Prime because I have to work here at home all day, but for $3.99 shipping, we will have a brandy-new one tomorrow. In the meantime, we are squeezing coffee grounds through old t-shirts, huddled around a small fire, staring bleakly into space. Not having good coffee first thing in the morning gives me a rather dim view of life.

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12 Responses to I have a past

  1. Flea says:

    A French press won’t give up on you, you know. :)

    Love the walk down memory lane.

  2. Ashleigh says:

    YAY! A fellow coffee lover!

    Squeezing coffee grounds through a tshirt huh? That’s pretty desperate. Did you know that black socks work better. Never see stains either. ha. ha.

    Cute pics. Never boring either to take trips down memory lane.


  3. Mental P Mama says:

    I love going down memory lane with folks. I can relate to much of your story;) Especially why there had to be all the boys…and I only had two of them! Sending you some virtual caffeine☀☺

  4. Deb says:

    Well first, I am sending hot, fresh coffee thoughts your way. Secondly, I am amazed at the furniture in the first photo because the rug and chairs look so today in the decorating mode. I swear my rug is similar…but I’ll tell ya later when all my worldly belongings are freed from storage unit 1039. I love the braids. And did you notice the top is spinning? Dad looks quite handsome and Mom and you girls are adorable. I feel as though I know your family. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  5. TSannie says:

    Aren’t memories just the best?

  6. Trisha says:

    Love the pictures! It is always fun to look back at the way we were . . .once upon a time!

  7. Ellyn says:

    Loved this post.

    Should have been here. We had tons of hot fresh coffee this morning. Sorry.

    Grandma, send more slides. We neeeeeeed more old pictures.

  8. Laura ~Peach~ says:

    love the old slides we want MORE!!! how cool the top is spinning ! So sorry to hear that you had to start the day without coffee (proper) I would be in the truck frantically searching for something to remedy that LOL.

  9. Country Girl says:

    What? You don’t have a Starbucks nearby? Ha!

    Loved your trip down memory lane. And I am totally digging those glasses on your mom.

  10. Olly says:

    That was great! I totally love looking at old family photos – the hair styles, glasses, etc. So many of ours are in slides, too.

  11. Weezee says:

    Man we were cute little kids! And yes I wish I were that thin again!

  12. Sean says:

    You know Foldegers makes coffee in a tea bag, we allways keep some hiddin in the back of the cubbord for emergencys.

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