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My 1st Christmas tree away from home!

My 1st Christmas tree away from home!

Memory: How funny is this? I was trolling though my old photos and stumbled upon this “great design”. It was my 1st qtr at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and my roommate Diana and I got creative! Clearly we were on a budget! We lived in a relatively new dorm – Ellis Hall. The first coed dorm, Edwards Hall,  opened our freshman year. You might imagine that my parents weren’t having any of that. The joy of so many old photos is that they evoke so many memories. In this case, I so enjoyed my roommate but she didn’t make it past 1st qtr. When she left I think she was planning her marriage. We lost touch…but I’ve never lost the memory of Diana!

More memories created in 2013: These photos are a revisit to photos I posted when I returned from the Pugh Family Reunion in my home town (one of my three) of Stratton, CO. My cousin’s wife, Avril and one of my dear friends, and I visited her mother Lily. This visit and trip through Lily’s craft life of quilting and crochet will be forever special to me.

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My 2nd Christmas

Carolyn’s 2nd Christmas

 

Memories: While I don’t remember my 2nd Christmas I do remember this photo which was in the family photo albums…and is now in my photo collection. I have to smile….my mom loved to decorate the tree but often it was a unique look!

More from 2013:

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Dad - Navy 1941

Dad – Navy 1941
(1923-2002)

 

A memory about Dad: This is one of the times I wish I had asked Dad (who turned 18 in September of 1941) how he spent his 1st Christmas away from home and in war-torn Honolulu. I do remember that he told us he arrived in Honolulu one week after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was part of the Navy team that helped to rebuild. When we, the family of four, returned from Australia in 1957, we had a layover in Honolulu. Dad showed us a hotel  where he helped to rebuild the front plaza area. I think this photo was taken when Dad graduated from Boot Camp in San Diego.

More glimpses into 2013:

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Santa and Carolyn

Santa and Carolyn

 

 

A Santa Memory: My sister Betty and I have fond memories of visiting Santa in the Capwell’s Window on Telepgraph and 20th Avenues in Oakland.  I think Betty was too small for this photo and I kind of remember that she didn’t want to sit on his lap this particular year.

Betty and I  like tradition –  we took her girls there  in their early years (1970’s). Capwell’s closed in 1996.

Today’s 2013 memories:

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My Toni Doll

My Toni Doll

The memory: it’s Christmas 1954. Grandma and Grandpa are on their way from their Oakland home to spend Christmas Eve night with their daughter Marty and her family in Walnut Creek, CA. Betty and I are eagerly awaiting our adored grandparents. Of course, because it’s Christmas,they come with special gifts. We awake on Christmas morning to our presents which include Pick-up Sticks (we loved those), Toni dolls, Grandma’s fudge….oh and waking Grandma and Grandpa up….they slept on the sofa bed close to the Christmas tree.

Today –  2013 : Another glimpse into the creativity of the knitters who surround me !

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Yesterday I awoke thinking of the 12 days of Christmas (even humming and that is a stretch for me). I thought momentarily that I would use it as the theme for sharing all the creativity and memories that have been twirling around in my brain since before Thanksgiving…..but that lovely theme is used by many including my dear friend of Kimberly’s Daily Craftini.  So my theme for this season is Memories of the Season along with the creativity and joy that I see so often in our circle of knitting and friendships.

Betty and Carolyn

Betty and Carolyn

A childhood memory: My sister Betty and I are young. She’s enough younger than me that her memory is vague about this, but she does recall singing How Much is that Little Doggie in the Window (she was asked to sing many times when she was young because she had pitch perfect voice).  Mom was driving with her two girls down Mt Diablo Blvd in Lafayette, CA. We see the store windows aglow with Christmas lights; we are full of glee as we are singing (this is before I knew I shouldn’t blast out my voice which didn’t carry a tune ). I remember singing The First Noel, Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and How Much is that Little Doggie in the Window as Mom was driving a “new” Pontiac with a 2-yr old in the front seat and a “bossy” 5-yr old in the back seat. 


Today’s memories: The knitters/crafters, as always, have been prolific. Here comes a random collection! p.s. if you aren’t in these photos you will be sometime in Memories of the Season!

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