Throwback Thursday: Steamship

I just found an image from an old postcard of the S.S. Chicago, the steamship that brought my great grandmother and three of her children to Ellis Island in 1909. Francesca Piccioli was from the Marche region of Italy, but she had been working as a wet nurse in France, which explains why she boardedContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Steamship”

Snomicron Update

In honor of the Omicron coronavirus variant that’s blasting through the country right now, some have nicknamed yesterday’s snowstorm Snomicron. Monday’s snow was beautiful, but a foot of it was a lot more than anyone expected! In addition to losing at least one tree in our yard, we lost internet service for most of theContinue reading “Snomicron Update”

Throwback Thursday: Mister Peanut

I remember a room filled with Mister Peanut cookie jars, key rings, beer steins, and coin banks. I had thought I was remembering them in my grandparents’ basement, but my mother recently told me it could not have been there; my grandmother disliked the Mister Peanut memorabilia and would not allow more than a fewContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Mister Peanut”

Photo Friday: Providence

A few weeks ago, walking along the Alexandria waterfront, we came upon this lovely tall ship, the sloop Providence. There’s something special about seeing an 18th century replica ship in the port of an 18th century city. We do like our history here. The original ship Providence began life as the Katy, used as aContinue reading “Photo Friday: Providence”

Twilight for Tangier

I recently joined an online group, Abandoned in Virginia. Members post photographs of abandoned buildings around the state; the emphasis is on stunning images of decaying buildings that were nevertheless glorious in their day. Yesterday I posted my first image, an abandoned home on Tangier Island. And I was floored by the responses I received.Continue reading “Twilight for Tangier”