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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fixing Photos and Other Stuff

It has been a really long time since I posted but I am still alive and well.  My children's activities and my many volunteer jobs keep my time full these days.  I work on my genealogy about 2 hours per week.

I am slowly going through everything that I have in boxes again.  I've restored my mom's photo album so that it can be used again.  The cover was completely broken off and the photos were falling off the pages.  Now, she has a new album that I found on Amazon.  It was challenging because of the nonstandard size.  The photos are back on the pages and the book is back in her possession.  Someday, I will go through that album and scan each photo.

During the Fall, I scanned my dad's photo collection of his time in the Air Force during Vietnam.  I created a photo journal on Shutterfly and printed books for myself and family.  The books turned out great including some of the sillier photos.  It is hard to believe that he passed away just over 11 years ago.

I challenged myself last week to finally get a photo out of a frame.  The photo was stuck on the glass.  Over the years as the photo slowly became dry and somewhat brittle, it has released.  To get the remainder of the photo off of the glass, I used a hair dryer.  With some damage, I fixed the photo with some acid free markers but not before I scanned it.  I was also able to fix the scanned version in Photoshop.  Jack and Minnie Flanagan are now free of their frame if they need to be.  I was able to return the original in the frame back to my mom.  She'd been missing that photo for quite some time even though she knew where it was.

Before the fix
After the Fix 
I have more things to "fix", scan, and return to my mom.  So, for now, my blog will sit.

Friday, May 15, 2015


The first part of 2015 in a picture review.......I wish that I had time to work on my genealogy.....maybe soon.  In the meantime, here's what I've been up to with my family and children. Also, this is why I live in California.  Sonoma in January was absolutely beautiful and you can't beat the weather in Anaheim in March.  Yosemite in April was amazing.  All of the Yosemite photos were taken by my 10 year old with a little point and shoot camera while she was out with her hiking group.  May has been hit or miss weather with some rain but we still stayed dry at the Zoo Safari overnight at the Sacramento Zoo with my 7 year old.  The best was Yosemite.  It just takes your breath away when you see it in person.  

Mission San Francisco Solano in Downtown Sonoma, California

At Cline Cellars' California Missions Museum in Sonoma, California
The original site of the mission in Sonoma before it was built in town
 (and before there were all the wineries). 

Inside the CA Missions Museum at Cline where they house all 21 Mission models from the
1939 World's Fair.  CA Mission history is an important piece of California history.

At the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, California.
I only took a few photos.  Real trains.....huge trains in here.  

Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland - Yes its the original Disneyland. 

Tea cup ride at cool. 

Star Tours at Disneyland.

My 4th grader singing with 1/3 of the school district's choir.  Pretty amazing. 

Visitors at our campsite in Yosemite.  

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park 

More Yosemite

Half Dome
Zoo Safari evening tour of the animals.

Zoo Safari nighttime presentation of animals.

Heard lions roar and the flamingos squawking during the night at the Sacramento Zoo.