• family history,  food,  garden,  grandpa,  other stuff,  spiritual things,  this and that

    Pumpkin Harvest: Storytelling Photographs

      journal entry: Grandpa likes to leave the pumpkins on their vines until the last possible moment. This year, the weather stayed warm well into November but the pumpkins were ready in late September. The Grandchildren keep track of the pumpkins and pick out their favorites. When it is time, they get to use the infamous “pumpkin knife” with Grandpa’s help and the hand pruners to cut the easier stems. I want to remember the relationship between Grandpa and his grandchildren more than I want to remember the pumpkins. Planting and keeping a garden is a wonderful way to talk with little children without other influences. There are no phones…

  • family history,  kids,  photography,  tiny tales

    Photography Favorites: The Newspaper

      journal entry:   It is easy to take a photograph of a face holding still and staring at you.  Not much of a story in that one.  My favorite photographs are storytelling photographs. Like this one.  A mother reading the newspaper with her children.  Talking about things.  Explaining things.  Pointing out the pictures and their significance.  Fewer and fewer people take the newspaper these days.  I suppose that a mother could sit down in front of the computer and hold her children on her lap and do the same thing.  She could, but it wouldn’t be the same.  There is something about rustling the paper and turning the pages.…

  • family history,  kids,  photography,  scrapbooking

    Photography Favorites: The Pocketknife

      journal entry:   Holden has always loved knives.  Much to the horror of everyone.  Standing on top of a pile of ready-to-spread-around-the-yard-mulch, he found a piece of wood that was soft and hadn’t been chopped small.  He said it was perfect.  This photograph, and those which follow, made me wonder if it was possible to use a pocket knife without putting your tongue in your cheek?  What is it about tongues that makes them participate in so many tasks?         The next question will be: “How long can a boy who loves pocket knives carve things without needing stitches?”   Time will tell.      

  • food,  garden,  grandpa

    Harvesting Potatoes With Grandpa

    “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now, in October.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne- journal entry: Grandpa likes to wait for help.  This kind of help.  He thinks that harvesting from the garden or the trees is a million times more fun when children are around.  They find magic in everything.  Grandma asked for twelve, big, potatoes for dinner.  Grandpa asked George if he wanted to help find the potatoes.  George talks very well and said “I do.” They got some buckets from the sandbox.  Grandpa got his pitchfork and explained to George how it…

  • kids,  other stuff,  photography

    Happy Birthday George !

    Q.     What do you give a 900 pound gorilla for his birthday? A.    I don’t know.  But you better hope that he likes it ! journal entry: George is turning two.  He happened to be visiting Grandma with his family for the week-end.  George doesn’t live where Grandma lives.  So, we gathered up all of George’s cousins who live nearby and even a great-grandmother.  Dinner was okay.  Meatloaf and baked potatoes. George likes baked potatoes.  Then, we went outside for the party ! The little kids seem to do better with cupcakes than cake.  That is what I usually make for them.  Just like a child, George saw magic…

  • kids,  photography

    How Grandma’s Have Heart Attacks

    “Take risks:   if you win you will be happy – if you lose you will be wise.” -Author Unknown- JOURNAL ENTRY: I am not really sure how I raised five children.  If I had to do it today, I couldn’t.  Well, I mean I could but I would be a wreck.   I know that children do this.  Hang upside down.  I did it when I was a child by wrapping my sweater around the tricky bars and going around and around and around.  My children climbed and jumped and straddled and hung and ran and fell and cried and crashed.  I took it in stride . . . a much…

  • kids,  photography

    Through Grandma’s Eyes: Letting Children Be.

    “Don’t smother each other.  No one can grow in the shade.” – Leo  Buscaglia – journal entry: I am a happy grandmother when it comes to the parents of my grandchildren.  They are easy-going parents who share my feelings about most things.  If we don’t see eye-to-eye on some matter . . . tough for me.  They are the parents.  I’m a believer.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t have some thoughts.  Just a few: children like to take their time children eventually figure it out children don’t wear watches therefore, children don’t care about time children aren’t in a hurry to get somewhere even if you are children like…

  • kids,  tiny tales

    Grandma Loves Finger Paints

    “Are we to paint what is on the face, or behind the face, or inside of the face?” -Pablo Picasso- journal entry: Okay, Grandmas.  Summer is the perfect time for finger paints.  Winter is not.  In the house is not.  In regular clothes is not.  Four in a package at WalMart.  A bargain. Yellow, green, red and blue.  Thick and sticky.  Really messy.  You can send children all over the yard painting things.  Rocks.  Trees.  Swing sets.  Fences. Grandmas can sit far away and hold a hose in their hand.  Or they can turn the hose on before they sit down and sit far away.  It depends on what the…

  • photography

    Close-Ups of Children from Far Away

    “These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old, dry plates of sixty years ago. I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. And they, in turn, seem to be aware of me.” -Ansel Adams- journal entry: As I look back at photographs of this face from the time of his birth until today . . . I can see that the same gifts are at work.  He remains a kind and tenderhearted boy.  A grateful boy.  One who is quick to help and quick to say “I’m sorry”.  He…

  • photography,  tiny tales

    Easy Photo Journals

    “There are no seven wonders in the eyes of a child. There are seven million!” -Author Unknown- journal entry: I buy one dollar glasses.  No, really I do.  Because little people always want to “borrow” them or “just try them on” or wear them outside “just for a minute”.  Somehow, during the borrowing or trying on or just a minutes they change shape.  Glasses are not really the most important part of this conversation.  Making small photo journals is.  The newest version of completely free Picasa, downloaded from the internet, helps even a computer dunce like me to make wonderful things.  I love being able to write on the photographs…