A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
When Louise went off to school in September of 1937, that left me home with my younger sister Elizabeth. We appropriated Liz's doll buggy to haul our big white cat around in. The time must be September or maybe October because the leaves are all over the ground.
Today we are reminiscing about earlier Septembers. This photo is one of my all-time favorites of my sister Louise, born a year before me, on her way to ride the school bus a bumpy hour's trip into town at Powell Wyoming. She taught me how to read since I wouldn't start school until a year later, so I was the only first grader when I started school that had a library card.
Top photo is a picture of Dwight and Velna Blood in the spring of 2003 when their family celebrated their golden wedding anniversary of December 18 1952 sitting on a bench on the north side of the Jordan River UT LDS Temple. Yesterday I asked my wife to drive me through the temple grounds to see the flowers since I have been immobile and unable to walk around and take flower photos for several months now while recovering from vertigo. When my wife saw the bench where we posed eleven years ago, she asked me to take a picture of it, so I did. So much has happened, so many health issues, so many changes in eleven years. But at least we are still here and we remember with love and fondness when we sat for our Golden Wedding photos on that bright and wonderful day eleven years ago as well as that wondrous day in 1952 when we were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple when I was 20 and Velna was 19. So many years, yet the wondrous moments always seem like they happened yesterday and remain forever imprinted on our minds and on our consciousness. And we remain forever thankful and touched by those special moments.
The pictures I posted yesterday of my two daughters, Kim and Carolyn, and my two great granddaughters, Sadie and Elise (Carolyn's granddaughters) were far and away the most popular pictures I have posted in months. I'm no dummy, so here are two more of the little charmers!
Daughters Kim and Carolyn, and Carolyn's granddaughters Sadie and Elise. The occasion was a baby shower for granddaughter Michelle who married a Utah Ute and avowed that her baby would never wear Utah red. Oh boy. Send in the marriage counselor. Make sure he or she is not a Ute. Michelle received more loot for one little baby than we ever had for all of our five kids combined. We had to use my wife Velna's coat for a blanket for oldest son Russell after she came home from working part time on the Montana State U campus while I was laboring for my master's degree in agricultural economics.
Our daughter Carolyn came from Texas to play with Sadie and Elise for awhile since Daddy is assistant coach of the BYU women's basketball team and Daddy and Mom and little Camille are off in Spain while the women's team is playing basketball.
It didn't matter if the weather was 40 below in a blizzard and a whiteout or if Velna's dad was sick or well, when the call came, he was up and gone to the railyard for another trip either to Cheyenne or Rawlins. I never heard him complain.
Photo of my wife (second from left), her mother, and two of her sisters. We were married in December 1952 so this Easter was our first Easter after marriage. I was finishing my degree at the University of Wyoming and would graduate in May 1953. Fortunately, my wife had a job and could make the payments on her engagement ring. Little did we both knoiw that Easter that we would be headed for four more years of college.