Friday, November 20, 2009


I went digging around in Dad's Navy box again today.
I found many slides and was dismayed about trying to look at them until I found:

What a neat little gadget! You slip the slide in the slot...

and press down to make it light up!

With my camera on the macro setting, I was able to get shots of some of the slides.

Some of them were labeled. This one said, "Londonderry".

This one was labeled, "The Idiot". Not sure why...

And this one bore the labeling of "Seasick".
I wonder if that's how Dad felt when taking this picture?


"The dizzy angle".
Boy, it sure is!!!

"Mountains anyone?"

"Break in a storm"

"Rough seas on USS S. B. Roberts"
Here's the website for the ship! If you click on "about us" 

and then click on "history",
you will see that there were two ships.
The first one sank.
Pretty sure the one in the photo below is DD-823,
seeing as how Dad was 7 years old when the DE-413 sank.

"Water over the side"


I looked up "Lantflex" and all I could find was that it was some sort of operation and there were several of them through the 50's and 60's.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Recently, I helped my Mom move, and I wound up with a box of treasures from my Dad's time in the Navy.

He is in this picture below. Hint: he's the whitest guy in the group, which is one reason why his nickname was Whitey. I was also called Whitey for a time in grade school, not only because I was the blondest kid in class, but also because there were about 3 or 4 other girls named Heidi.

He was stationed on the USS Courtney and traveled around South America.

Here's a map (from the inside cover of the book above) that shows the destinations and the dates they were there.

Dad hung out with a guy named Spoonamore (I love that name!) and they played chess and whist during their down time.

I love my Dad, but I am so, SO very glad I did not get his ears.

This book shows what goes on during training. Yikes.

I also wound up taking three chess sets home. The other two are just pieces in a box and a paper chess board.

Don't they look CRANKY???

I am so glad this note was in the box.
"Ivory nut
S. America '59"

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Wow, life has been downright CRAZY lately.

Relay For Life.


Looking for a job.

A hike at Frenchman's Bar with a good friend.

Looking for a job.

A broken bicycle (that got fixed and I suspect started the whole mess about things breaking!).

Looking for a job.

Going on interviews.

Being told you're over qualified.

Two broken cars, one of which is STILL in the shop a week and a half later.

Looking for a job.

Going on more interviews.

Being told you're UNDER qualified.

Bowling with Bozos.

STILL looking for a job.

A broken computer and having to rebuild it into a new case along with a newer hard drive and a fresh XP install.

(Broken computer)

New computer (in theory). Still having issues.

Stop the world, I wanna get off!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Toad's washerwoman outfit

The set and the costumes of Wind in the Willows has provided us with many opportunities to be silly.
The character of Toad has to be dressed in a washer woman's outfit to escape from prison.

Tony- who plays Toad

Matt- who plays the part of Rat

Martin portrays Badger

Evan, who plays the part of Tom Weasel, but is also Toad's understudy.

The limo has also provided us with a bit of fun:

Oh no! Somebody's hit the Assistant Director!

Great, now they got Evan and Michelle.

The two people who designed, built and painted the set, the limo, the train and a few other items to make this whole show fabulous:
Deb and Chris!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Wednesday I received a layoff notice-
last day August 27th, unless I find something else sooner.

Friday- a frantic call from Martin who was at the theater dealing with a roof leak.
The last time it happened, it was small.
This time--- about 100 gallons of water.

Woke Saturday morning to text message from one of my actors.
He'd rolled his car the night before.
Thankfully he's okay despite being sore and bruised.

Saturday's preliminary costume parade went well, over all.
A few hitches left to work out.

(Tony as "Toad")

And now it's Sunday.
I will get groceries for the family then have a relaxing afternoon.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Photo Shoot!!!

So today was our photo shoot of
Wind in the Willows.
These photos are similar to the ones that will wind up on the posters and post cards.
Posted these because they're fun.