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Recently I had a birthday – a big, scary one. To ease the transition into a new decade I decided I’d like to spend part of the day doing something with my daughters Patty and Deb. We rarely do anything together and so I wanted it to be something we’d all enjoy.
Patty brought home made chocolate cupcakes (two had chocolate pudding in the middle…yummm) and a birthday balloon.
Took awhile but finally we chose what we wanted to paint and then set about our task.
The pottery painting was Patty’s present to me and this is the gift card she made.
Me and my girls.
(The above picture has been tweaked … ya think )
I still have one more gift to collect so stay tuned in March to find out what it is and where Deb and I are going !!!
Please CLICK HERE to read about our beautiful furry family members, and their adventures on the Vineyard.
I took this picture of Gay Head on a 28 degree day in Feb 1989.
I took another shot and as I turned to walk back to the car my camera opened… I was concerned that all my pictures were ruined. I took the roll of film right to the camera store to be processed. Not only were all of my pictures okay but look how the last picture came out. I sort of like it.
Some of the places and things I love about the Vineyard.
Ocean Park Bandstand.. Illumination Night.. post card.. Edgartown waterfront.
Gay Head cliffs.. writing in the sand.. Edgartown lighthouse.
Menemsha sunset.. the beloved ferry Islander (retired in 2007)
The Tabernacle.. Oak Bluffs beach.. Gay Head lighthouse.. Old Whaling Church.
My friend Will Jones and I were always looking for things to keep us busy and out of trouble during our summers on MV. Someone showed me how to make little flowers by using yarn and forks… I immediately showed Will. We set about our tasks, me at my house, he at his.
The next morning Will’s mom called my mom asking if he was at my house ? Seems she went looking for a fork and couldn’t find any !!! A few moment later Will was at my door, and yes, he had all his mother’s forks with him and they were filled with yarn. Seems I had neglected to show him how to get the yarn off the forks to make the little flowers…
Will had carried those forks from his house way on the other side of Oak Bluffs …
up Circuit Ave …
(Will’s mom – my mom)
Our moms were childhood friends, as were Will and I. Our moms graduated from Oak Bluffs High School together (long before the regional high school was built). Our moms moved to Newark, NJ after graduation and it was there that they met their future husbands, our dads, who were also childhood friends. ( In 1907 Will’s mom, Bertha Carter, was the first child born in Oak Bluffs after its name change from Cottage City.)
(my dad – Will’s dad)
Will and I spent every day of the summer together. We went swimming, rode the Flying Horses, read, drove our parents crazy and were inseparable. For many years his parents owned a bowling alley in Oak Bluffs across from the Flying Horses. Long before automation the pins had to be set by hand, I even did it from time to time myself.
Being a summer kid on the Vineyard was the best thing in the world… it still is.
Will is older than I am by 18 days and I never let him forget it. We still see each other from time to time and talk a lot about our childhoods on the Vineyard.