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The Professor and Mary Ann… and Jeff

Yesterday, when I heard that Russell Johnson had died, my first thoughts were of the time we met him and Dawn Wells – The Professor and Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island.

Jeff with Dawn Wells & Russell Johnson

Many years ago I was the editor of a local newspaper and as such was regularly invited to the Hollywood Collectors Show in North Hollywood. Jeff went with us the day that Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells were at the show and they graciously allowed me to take a photo of Jeff with them. It’s one of my favorite photos.

Atlantic City Marathon 10-13-13

Jeff, Vanessa and Maya ran the Atlantic City Half Marathon on October 13. You’ll notice in these photos that they were smiling all along the way. That, to me, is amazing.

Waiting for the marathon to begin. Smiling!

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Jeff and Maya at Mile 8 – still smiling!

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Vanessa at Mile 8 – still smiling!

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Jeff crossing the finish line. Such a look of determination on his face!

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Here are the best marathon runners of the day (in my slightly prejudiced opinion).

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What an exciting day it was!

Cousins, cousins everywhere – part two

Auntie Sandy came to visit a couple of weeks after Lisa was here, so there was another gathering of the cousins.

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And, yes, Quincy was still sitting on Chuck’s lap.

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Cousins, cousins everywhere – part one

We wandered out to Chuck & Larie’s for a cousins get-together in mid August when Lisa came to visit, and then we did it again in early September when Auntie Sandy came to visit. I haven’t seen so many cousins at one time in years. Visits include lots of photos, so I’ll just quit typing and post a bunch of them. This post will be Lisa’s visit. Auntie Sandy’s visit will be the next post.

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This is Chuck’s lap dog.

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Oh, yes he is! This is such a hilarous sight – Quincy sits on Chuck’s lap every chance he gets.

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Jayson had Wilbur doing his famous Saying Prayers trick. Aren’t they both adorable?

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And I can’t end this post without introducing you to Cousin Lizard. :)

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Family & Friends Get-Together – August 2013

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Steven, Steve, Jeff

V in pool

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J&V in El Segundo

Stan & kids

Stan & Isabella

shopping in Manhattan Beach

J&V at C&O

K&M

Leo & Leslie

Alfred & Michelle

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Leo's birthday cake

J&V & bottle of wine

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a walk on the pier

Stan & Mike

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…and that was our weekend in Manhattan Beach.

HM3 Mathew Petersen, USN

In a town nearby, local residents who are serving in the military get special recognition in the Hometown Heroes program. Beautiful banners with the service person’s photo, name and rank are attached to lampposts along the main boulevard. My nephew, Matt, is one of those being honored.

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Matt's banner2Thank you for your service, Matt. We’re proud of you, and I’m especially happy that you chose to serve in the Navy.

 

First four bell peppers

Finally! This past week I’ve been watching four bell peppers getting a little bit larger each day. Today, I couldn’t stand it any longer; I had to pick them. They’re going to make a tasty addition to an omelette tomorrow morning. (I included the latest batch of tomatoes in the photo, too.)

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Tomatoes!

Finally! Two beautiful, ripe tomatoes from our garden. There’s nothing as good as just-picked tomatoes still warm from the sun. These were gobbled up moments after I took this photo. Yum!
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Actually, these are tomatoes #3 & #4. The very first two tomatoes had blossom end rot, making them inedible for us, but the birds enjoyed them. After watering with a solution of Epsom salt and water, we haven’t had any more blossom end rot.

Here’s something fun: We’ve got bok choi and romaine lettuce growing in our kitchen garden window. I cut off the bases of several bunches of each, placed them in water, and now new bunches are growing. Aren’t they cute? Give it a try!

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I did the same thing with green onions and have had a continuous supply of them for several months now. Who knew?

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5 zucchini plants sprouted!

I know having five zucchini plants sprout won’t sound very exciting to most folks, but I’ve been waiting TWO weeks for them to show their beautiful little leaves, patrolling the back yard at least six times almost every day.

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The first zucchini sprout popped up three evenings ago. Man, oh man, it was so exciting to see those tiny little leaves peeking out. The next morning another one was waiting for me, and that afternoon number three made an appearance. This morning, number four was basking in the sun when I took my first walk around the yard, and at 3:15 this afternoon number five greeted me when I made my rounds for the fourth time. We should have at least one more in the next few days, and there are two others that I’ve given up hope on. I still have more seeds, but I’m thinking that those five (soon to be six… and maybe eight) zucchini plants might be enough to feed us, my brother and his family, some friends and maybe a large portion of our neighborhood.

In addition to all this (future) zucchini, I’ve got one HUGE tomato plant with dozens of tomatoes on it growing like crazy and 16 more tomato plants germinating, so I think I’ll be busy for a while.

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Oh yeah, and six more packs of tomato seeds just arrived, along with four packs of pepper seeds, one pack of carrot seeds and a pack of scarlet runner bean seeds. Good times!

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