Category Archives: Family

Beach in October

Lat October we went to a picnic at the Edgwater Yacht club on the Lake Erie coastline.  The picnic was for the Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts guild and one of our members is also a member of the yacht club.

Edgewater Yacht Club

Katie on an Anchor

To the east was downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland

To the east was Edgewater Beach.  We walked there to collect beach glass; there was little glass, but there was a lot of other *stuff* – shells, driftwood, plastic, other…

Edgewater Beach

To the north was Lake Erie.  Lake Erie has big boats! Big, big boats.

Big Boat!

Rosemarie Hanus melts glass to make beads in northeast Ohio. She was a founding member and is active in the Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts guild.

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Rainy New Year’s Day

The temperature had warmed and much of the snow and ice had melted, so it seemed like a great day for a walk.  Along with some moody fog, there was a fine mist of rain; but hey, it was only a fine mist… until 2 minutes into the walk.

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I was attempting to frame this photo of Hinckley Reservoir when the heavens opened and poured rain upon us.  I quickly snapped it and put the poor camera away.  I love how it turned out!

It only poured for about 2 minutes and then settled back into the gentle mist for the remainder of the walk.  Our timing could not have been worse!

Spike doesn’t mind the wetness, but apparently Genghis Khan (who has been remoikered Dinkus) is not so fond of it.  He was almost constantly shaking the water off.
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First Day of School 2009 – 2010

It’s that time of year!  Here are the “traditional” photos of everybody in front of the linden tree.  When I was little, I had my photo taken in front of a huge maple tree each year; I used that tree for my kids until we moved in 1997.

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First Day of School 2009 - 2010

First Day of School 2009 - 2010

I wasn’t able to get the cat and the dog in the same picture… well, at least before the bus came.

First Day of School 2009 - 2010

First Day of School 2009 - 2010


Randers Pride First Bloom Already

There is already a flower on our Randers Pride daylily!  The color of the lily is exactly as I remember and the flower is very large.  It does look a little odd though, the flower stalk should be much taller – it is only about 18 inches tall.  I think that it should be twice that.  I imagine that as the plant grows larger, the height will come along.

First Bloom Randers Pride Daylily

First Bloom Randers Pride Daylily

This phot was taken on a rare sunny day here in northeast Ohio!  We took advantage of the nice weather, and put Katie to work.

Katie Tending the Flowers

Katie Tending the Flowers


Randers Pride – Heirloom Daylilies

Over the weekend, we bought some day lilies today from Heritage Farms in Peninsula, Ohio.

Gazebo at Heritage Farm

Gazebo at Heritage Farm

These extra special flowers are called Randers Pride. My family bred lilies up until the late 1950’s. This flower was named after my maternal grandfather, who’s surname was Randers; I believe that he was the one that developed the flower.  It was registered by Libis-Cheetham. Libis was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name, so that would be my great grandfather, but unfortunately, I do not know who Cheetham was. This flower is extra special to me because it was registered in 1957 – the year that I was born. It helps that it is a quite tall plant with beautiful large yellow flowers.

Randers Pride Daylily

Randers Pride Daylily

Here are the three Randers Pride plants nestled into their new home, along with 2 friends named My Kia.  You didn’t think that I could possibly only buy what I went to purchase, did you?  My Kia was described as “quite prolific with red flowers”.  Oh, the human is my daughter, Katie.

Katie with Lilies

Katie with Lilies

Spike, the dog, thought that she was quite camouflaged while hiding behind the bee-balm. She was a good helper too.

Spike, the Camo-Dog

Spike, the Camo-Dog


I Accidentally Ate My Christmas Present

Christmas presents tend to be modest and often somewhat odd in our household.  When I encountered a yummy bag of potato chips in the living room last night, well, I opened it and ate some.

Yummy Potato Chips - aka Christmas Present

Yummy Potato Chips - aka Christmas Present

How was I supposed to know that it was supposed to be my gift, and my daughter had forgotten to hide it and to wrap it?  Would you have known?

The blanket in the background was made by the same daughter for her brother.  It is a fleece blanket with monkeys on one side and ponies on the other side – inspired by a Jonathon Coulton song, Skullcrusher Mountain:

You like monkeys, you like ponies
Maybe you don’t like monsters so much
Maybe I used too many monkeys
Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?


Thanksgiving Hike

Doesn’t everybody go hiking in the snow on Thanksgiving? Katie and I took Spike for a walk at Hinckley Lake.  Here she is, in the car, anticipating the walk.

Spike Anticipating a Walk

Spike Anticipating a Walk

Arriving at Hinkley Reservation

Arriving at Hinkley Reservation

Surprisingly there were quite a few people hiking or running.  One gentleman running by gleefully commented on what a glorious day that it was.  It was indeed a beautiful day, starting out a little overcast …

Thanksgiving at Hinckley Reservation

Thanksgiving at Hinckley Reservation

Thanksgiving Hink at Hinckley Reservation

Thanksgiving Hike at Hinckley Reservation

and ending with the sky clear and the sun out.

Blue Sky in Northeast Ohio

Blue Sky in Northeast Ohio

Read another series about hiking and walking the dog at Hinckley Reservation starting here.